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CORONAVIRUS

DeWine tests negative for virus after earlier positive test

By FARNOUSH AMIRI and DAN SEWELL Report for America/ Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine tested negative for COVID-19 on Thursday after testing positive earlier in the day before he was to meet with President Donald Trump, according to his Twitter page. The ...

Virus talks on brink of collapse, sides still ‘far apart’

By ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington talks on vital COVID-19 rescue money are teetering on the brink of collapse after a marathon meeting in the Capitol Thursday night generated lots of recriminations but little progress on the top issues confronting negotiators. ...

Laid-off workers endure loss of $600 aid

By SARAH SKIDMORE SELL and PAUL WISEMAN AP Business Writers An unemployed makeup artist with two toddlers and a disabled husband needs help with food and rent. A hotel manager says his unemployment has deepened his anxiety and kept him awake at night. A dental hygienist, pregnant with ...

Capitol negotiators still stuck, still trying on virus aid

By ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — After more than a week's worth of meetings, at least some clarity is emerging in the bipartisan Washington talks on a huge COVID-19 response bill. Negotiators are still stuck, but still trying. A combative meeting Wednesday involving ...

Virus testing in the US is dropping

Even as deaths mount By MATTHEW PERRONE, NICKY FORSTER and MICHELLE LIU Associated Press U.S. testing for the coronavirus is dropping even as infections remain high and the death toll rises by more than 1,000 a day, a worrisome trend that officials attribute largely to Americans getting ...

Progress slow as urgency grows on virus relief legislation

By ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Frustrated Senate Republicans re-upped their complaints Tuesday that Democratic negotiators are taking too hard a line in talks on a sweeping coronavirus relief bill, but an afternoon negotiating session brought at least modest ...

US nears 5 million virus cases

By SUMAN NAISHADHAM, CARLA K. JOHNSON and PHILIP MARCELO Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Fourth of July gatherings, graduation parties, no-mask weddings, crowded bars — there are reasons the U.S. has racked up more than 155,000 coronavirus deaths, by far the most of any country, and is ...

Communities of color face tough school options

By ELIZABETH SHOCKMAN Minnesota Public Radio News ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Areli Cardoso does not want to send her 11-year-old son, Carlos Sanchez, back to in-person classes in Minneapolis this fall. But she's not eager to go back to distance learning, either. Most of what she ...

Parents struggle as schools reopen amid coronavirus surge

By JEFF AMY and DENISE LAVOIE Associated Press DALLAS, Ga. (AP) — Putting your child on the bus for the first day of school is always a leap of faith for a parent. Now, on top of the usual worries about youngsters adjusting to new teachers and classmates, there's COVID-19. Rachel Adamus ...

As school begins amid virus, parents see few good options

WOODSTOCK, Ga. (AP) — John Barrett plans to keep his daughter home from elementary school this year in suburban Atlanta, but he wishes she were going. Molly Ball is sending her teenage sons to school in the same district on Monday, but not without feelings of regret. As the academic year ...

With loan money gone, restaurants are at mercy of coronavirus

By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The check has arrived and beleaguered restaurant owners across America are looking down on their empty wallets. Government covronavirus loans in the spring helped eating establishments rehire laid-off employees and ride out the ...

Fauci confident virus vaccine will get to Americans in 2021

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR and MATTHEW PERRONE Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Dr. Anthony Fauci said Friday that he remains confident that a coronavirus vaccine will be ready by early next year, telling lawmakers that a quarter-million Americans already have volunteered to take part ...

Minnesota company gets most aid in Iowa hog disposal program

By RYAN J. FOLEY Associated Press IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — One influential pork company has received most of the money from an Iowa program designed to support farmers who euthanized their hogs after the coronavirus devastated their industry, newly released data shows. Christensen Farms, ...

Trump, GOP suggest temporary fix for $600 jobless benefit

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and some of its Republican allies in the Senate are signaling they want to extend, at least temporarily, a $600-per-week expanded jobless benefit that has helped keep families and the economy afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic. The move looks to be too ...

Misinformation on the virus highly contagious

By DAVID KLEPPER Associated Press PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — As the world races to find a vaccine and a treatment for COVID-19, there is seemingly no antidote in sight for the burgeoning outbreak of coronavirus conspiracy theories, hoaxes, anti-mask myths and sham cures. The phenomenon, ...

Minnesota officials concerned with rising hospitalizations

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota health officials said Wednesday that rising hospitalizations due to the coronavirus are a concern, just a day before Gov. Tim Walz was to announce guidance for schools reopening in the fall. Hospitalizations statewide have climbed back above 300, including 143 ...

Trump’s coronavirus retweets spark claims of censorship

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE and AMANDA SEITZ Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The feud between conservatives and social media companies over alleged censorship escalated Tuesday after President Donald Trump and his son shared a fresh dose of misinformation about a disproven drug for ...

Newly confirmed COVID cases slip in Minnesota; 4 new deaths

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota health officials said Tuesday the number of newly confirmed coronavirus case slipped after several days of large case counts. The Minnesota Department of Health reported 480 new COVID-19 infections on Tuesday, bringing the number of confirmed cases in the ...

States resist mask rules as Midwest virus uptick stirs alarm

By AMY FORLITI, LEAH WILLINGHAM and HEATHER HOLLINGSWORTH Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The baseball season descended deeper into crisis Tuesday, states like Mississippi and South Carolina cast about for more hospital beds, and governors in some of the hardest-hit places ...

Trump, Congress square off over virus aid as crisis worsens

By LISA MASCARO AP Congressional Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump acknowledged Monday a "big flareup" of COVID-19 cases, but divisions between the White House and Senate Republicans and differences with Democrats posed fresh challenges for a new federal aid package ...