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CORONAVIRUS

Will mail-in voting turn Election Day into Election Week?

By NICHOLAS RICCARDI Associated Press A shift to mail voting is increasing the chances that Americans will not know the winner of November's presidential race on election night, a scenario that is fueling worries about whether President Donald Trump will use the delay to sow doubts about ...

US death toll surges past 100,000

By CARLA K. JOHNSON, SUSAN HAIGH and LISA MARIE PANE Associated Press HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The U.S. surpassed a jarring milestone Wednesday in the coronavirus pandemic: 100,000 deaths. That number is the best estimate and most assuredly an undercount. But it represents the stark ...

Walz signs order allowing outdoor dining amid pandemic

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz signed an executive order Wednesday that formally implements the next phase of his "Stay Safe MN" plan, which will allow restaurants and bars to offer outdoor dining and salons and barber shops to reopen starting next ...

Federal coronavirus testing plan puts burden on states

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration's new strategy for coronavirus testing puts much of the burden on states while promising to provide supplies such as swabs and material to transport specimens. The plan, which was delivered Sunday to members of Congress, drew harsh criticism Monday ...

Branson’s Virgin Orbit fails on first rocket launch attempt

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Richard Branson's Virgin Orbit failed Monday in its first test launch of a new rocket carried aloft by a Boeing 747 and released over the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Southern California. The inaugural launch had appeared to be going well until moments after the rocket ...

Some churches say services still too risky as cases grow

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Many religious leaders in Minnesota say it's too soon to throw open their doors to the faithful, despite the governor's recent decision to lift some coronavirus restrictions on places of worship. Gov. Tim Walz said Saturday that the state will allow them to reopen ...

Europeans soak up the sun but virus travel rules a mishmash

BERLIN (AP) — Europeans soaked up the sun where they could, taking advantage of the first holiday weekend since coronavirus restrictions were eased, while governments grappled with how and when to safely let in foreign travelers to salvage the vital summer tourist season. Overjoyed French ...

Memorial Day weekend draws crowds and triggers warnings

By CURT ANDERSON and BRIAN MAHONEY Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Memorial Day weekend marking the unofficial start of summer in the U.S. meant big crowds at beaches and warnings from authorities Sunday about people disregarding the coronavirus social-distancing rules ...

Memorial Day even more poignant as veterans die from virus

By R.J. RICO Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — One was a 94-year-old veteran of World War II who was the first of his 11 brothers to enlist in the military. One was a Vietnam veteran who lost his leg overseas and was always touched when people thanked him for his service. Another was ...

UK leader Johnson stands by aide over 250-mile lockdown trip

By JILL LAWLESS Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Sunday he wouldn't fire his chief aide for allegedly violating the national lockdown rules that he helped to create by driving the length of England to his parents' house while he was infected with the ...

White House imposes coronavirus travel ban on Brazil

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Sunday further limited travel from the world's coronavirus hotspots by denying entry to foreigners coming from Brazil, which is second to the U.S. in the number of confirmed cases. Trump had already banned certain travelers from China, Europe, ...

Nursing home testing goal unmet

By ALAN SUDERMAN Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Nearly two weeks ago the White House urged governors to ensure that every nursing home resident and staff member be tested for the coronavirus within 14 days. It's not going to happen. A review by The Associated Press found that ...

Trump declares churches ‘essential,’ calls on them to reopen

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday labeled churches and other houses of worship as "essential" and called on governors nationwide to let them reopen this weekend even though some areas remain under coronavirus lockdown. The president threatened to "override" governors who ...

Some churches to defy Walz

Roman Catholic, Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod congregations to hold services By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Roman Catholic and Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod congregations across Minnesota plan to resume worship services in defiance of the state's ban on ...

Meatpacking safety recommendations are largely unenforceable

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Federal recommendations meant to keep meatpacking workers safe as they return to plants that were shuttered by the coronavirus have little enforcement muscle behind them, fueling anxiety that working conditions could put employees' lives at risk. Extensive guidance issued ...

Nearly 39 million have lost jobs in US

Since virus took hold By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER and DANICA KIRKA Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits in the two months since the coronavirus took hold in the U.S. has swelled to nearly 39 million, the government reported ...

Minnesota State Fair canceled

ST. PAUL – The Great Minnesota Get-Together will not be held in 2020. The board of managers of the Minnesota State Agricultural Society, which governs the Minnesota State Fair, announced the move after their meeting Friday. The event was scheduled for Aug. 27 through Labor Day, Sept. 7. ...

Watchdog cites persistent infection lapses in nursing homes

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Before COVID-19 killed thousands of nursing home residents, about 4 in 10 homes inspected were cited for infection control problems, according to a government watchdog report Wednesday that finds a "persistent" pattern of ...

Outdoor dining, hair salons open June 1

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota restaurants and bars may reopen June 1 for outdoor dining with social distancing and other safeguards, while salons can resume cutting hair at partial capacity, Gov. Tim Walz said Wednesday, drawing sharp criticism from ...

Back to business, but not business as usual

As nations open By DAVID CRARY, DAVE COLLINS and NICOLE WINFIELD Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — This is what "normal" will look like for the foreseeable future. In Connecticut, restaurants are reopening with outdoor-only dining and tables 6 feet (2 meters) apart. In Beverly Hills, ...