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Washington mental hospital staff call virus testing unsafe

By MARTHA BELLISLE Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) — Workers who had been exposed to the coronavirus at Washington state's largest psychiatric hospital were herded into a small building to be tested. Inside, few wore masks. They were given test kits by people without gloves and told to swirl a ...

The US reopening is coming, but ‘normal’ is still a ways off

By SARAH DiLORENZO Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Everyone wants to know: When, oh when, will it go back to normal? As some governors across the United States begin to ease restrictions imposed to stop the spread of the coronavirus, hopes are soaring that life as Americans knew it might ...

Fears of virus seem far away as stores reopen in rural US

By MATTHEW BROWN and AMY BETH HANSON Associated Press ROUNDUP, Mont. (AP) — Traffic got a little busier along Main Street, but otherwise, it was hard to tell that coronavirus restrictions were ending in the tiny Montana town of Roundup. That's because it's largely business as usual in the ...

Poll: Cost makes nearly 1 in 10 leery of seeking COVID care

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — As states gear up to reopen, a poll finds a potential obstacle to controlling the coronavirus: nearly 1 in 10 adults say cost would keep them from seeking help if they thought they were infected. The Gallup-West Health Healthcare ...

Trump urges states to consider opening schools before summer

By COLLIN BINKLEY AP Education Writer President Donald Trump says states should "seriously consider" reopening their public schools before the end of the academic year, even though dozens already have said it would be unsafe for students to return until the summer or fall. Trump made the ...

Report: Biden accuser spoke to neighbor of alleged assault

By ALEXANDRA JAFFE Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — An associate of a former Senate aide to Joe Biden says the woman told her about her allegations of sexual assault against Biden — now the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee — in the 1990s. The account, which was published ...

Lawmakers, many in masks, debate mammoth new aid package

By ANDREW TAYLOR and ALAN FRAM Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A nearly $500 billion measure helping businesses and hospitals cope with the coronavirus' devastation edged toward House passage Thursday, as lawmakers' face masks and bandannas added an eerie tone to Congress' effort to aid a ...

26 million have sought US jobless aid since virus hit

By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 4.4 million laid-off workers applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week as job cuts escalated across an economy that remains all but shut down, the government said Thursday. Roughly 26 million people have now ...

Stopping virus a huge challenge at crowded US meat plants

By JOSH FUNK Associated Press OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Daily reports of giant meat-processing plants closing because workers tested positive for the coronavirus have called into question whether slaughterhouses can remain virus-free. According to experts, the answer may be no. Given that the ...

10,000 deaths: Ravaged nursing homes plead for more testing

BERNARD CONDON, MATT SEDENSKY AND JIM MUSTIAN Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — After two months and more than 10,000 deaths that have made the nation's nursing homes some of the most terrifying places to be during the coronavirus crisis, most of them still don't have access to enough tests ...

In Hawaii case, justices see broad reach of Clean Water Act

By MARK SHERMAN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that sewage plants and other industries cannot avoid environmental requirements under landmark clean-water protections when they send dirty water on an indirect route to rivers, oceans and other navigable ...

A record 6.6 million seek US jobless aid as layoffs mount

By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 6.6 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week — doubling a record high set just one week earlier — a sign that layoffs are accelerating in the midst of the coronavirus. The stunning report ...

Son: Jazz great Ellis Marsalis Jr. dead at 85; fought virus

By JANET McCONNAUGHEY and REBECCA SANTANA undefined NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Ellis Marsalis Jr., the jazz pianist, teacher and patriarch of a New Orleans musical clan, died late Wednesday after battling pneumonia brought on by the new coronavirus, leaving six sons and a deep legacy. He was ...

With US border work on track, rural towns fear an outbreak

By MATTHEW BROWN, STEPHEN GROVES and CEDAR ATTANASIO Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Major construction projects moving forward along the U.S. borders with Canada and Mexico are raising fears that the coronavirus could race through temporary camps and workers could spread it to ...

Joe Biden predicts Democratic convention delay until August

By BILL BARROW Associated Press Prospective Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said he thinks his party's nominating convention will have to be pushed back from July into August because of the coronavirus threat. "It's going to depend on what kind of action is taken between now and the ...

Economic fallout mounts, along with competition for masks

By MICHAEL R. SISAK, LORI HINNANT and MARK SHERMAN Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The economic damage from the coronavirus crisis piled up as an unprecedented 6.6 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits in a single week, and the competition for masks and other protective gear ...

Coronavirus vaccine test opens as US volunteer gets 1st shot

By LAURAN NEERGAARD and CARLA K. JOHNSON AP Medical Writers SEATTLE (AP) — U.S. researchers gave the first shot to the first person in a test of an experimental coronavirus vaccine Monday -- leading off a worldwide hunt for protection even as the pandemic surges. With a careful jab in a ...

5 dead, including officer and gunman, in Missouri shooting

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Five people including a police officer and a gunman have died in a shooting at a Missouri gas station after the gunman went inside and opened fire, police said Monday. The dead also include three citizens, Springfield police Chief Paul Williams announced Monday, and ...

Millions holed up at home as U.S. routines shift profoundly

By TIM SULLIVAN and TERRY SPENCER Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Millions of Americans began their work week holed up at home against the coronavirus Monday as the escalating outbreak shifted the nation's daily routines in ways never before seen in U.S. history. With wide swaths of the ...

Stocks lose 6% on Wall Street as more businesses shut doors

By STAN CHOE AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks lost more than 6% on Wall Street Monday as huge swaths of the economy come closer to shutting down due to the coronavirus outbreak, from airlines to restaurants. Emergency actions taken by the Federal Reserve late Sunday to prop up the ...