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  • Divers search for Kennedy Townsend’s daughter, grandson

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Divers and boats on Saturday resumed the search in the Chesapeake Bay for the bodies of the daughter and a grandson of former Maryland Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Maryland police said. The search began Thursday afternoon after a report of a canoe in the bay that didn’t return to shore […]
  • Virus alters Holy Week celebration worldwide, not the spirit

    For Pope Francis at the Vatican, and for Christians worldwide from churches large and small, this will be an Easter like none other: The joyous message of Christ’s resurrection will be delivered to empty pews. Worries about the coronavirus outbreak have triggered widespread cancellations of Holy Week processions and in-person services. Many pastors will preach […]
  • NY gets 1,100 ventilators with help from China, Oregon

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York secured a planeload of ventilators from China on Saturday, and Oregon was sending a shipment of its own to battle the coronavirus pandemic at its U.S. core, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. But the governor’s startling plan to force hospitals elsewhere in the state to give spare ventilators […]
  • New coronavirus limits bring new religious freedom tension

    NEW YORK (AP) — Despite state and local limits on public gatherings, some faith leaders have persisted in holding in-person services — a matter of religious freedom, they say, as the nation approached its fourth Sunday battling the coronavirus pandemic. The most high-profile clash over in-person worship – and crowd limits designed to stop the […]
  • Hunt for medical supplies creates marketplace of desperation

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Shady middlemen, phantom shipments, prices soaring by the hour, goods flown in on a private plane. What sounds like an organized-crime thriller is now the new reality for governors desperately trying to find the medical equipment their states need in the throes of a pandemic. With the federal stockpile dwindling fast, […]
  • A mounting casualty of coronavirus crisis: Health care jobs

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Tens of thousands of medical workers across the United States are suddenly out of work as operating rooms and doctor’s offices go dark, casualties of urgent calls to prioritize coronavirus patients at overwhelmed hospitals and of the economic waves the crisis is churning. Even as hospitals scrounge for professionals from the […]
  • Lives Lost: Detroit woman, mother of 4, loved ballroom dance

    DETROIT (AP) — When Laneeka Barksdale got so sick from the coronavirus that she had to be hospitalized, she tried to keep family from driving her there so as not to put them in danger. The 47-year-old mother of four began feeling sick in early March, initially thinking it was just a cold. A slight […]
  • Wisconsin GOP appeals to Supreme Court on extended voting

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Saturday to block extended absentee voting in Tuesday’s primary, despite public health fears about in-person voting amid the coronavirus pandemic. Republicans are asking the high court to undo a federal judge’s ruling this week that declined to postpone the election but added six […]
  • Asian Americans use social media to mobilize against attacks

    Kyle Navarro was kneeling down to unlock his bicycle when he noticed an older white man staring at him. Navarro, who is Filipino, tried to ignore him, but that soon became impossible. The man walked by, looked back and called Navarro a racial slur. He “spat in my direction, and kept walking,” Navarro said. Navarro, […]
  • Another cruise ship with virus victims docks in Florida

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Another cruise ship with coronavirus victims on board, including two fatalities, docked in Florida on Saturday. Princess Cruises spokeswoman Negin Kamali said in an email that the Coral Princess ship was docking in Miami. The ship with 1,020 passengers and 878 crew members had been in limbo for days awaiting […]
  • Correction: Mormon Conference story

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — In a story April 4, 2020, about The Church of Jesus Christs of Latter-day Saints’ conference, The Associated Press erroneously reported that church membership increased in 2019 for the first time since 2012. It should have said the annual rate of membership growth increased in 2019 for the first time […]
  • A gentler Gotham? NYers anxiously wait out coronavirus

    NEW YORK (AP) — To a casting director, he might have seemed the perfect impatient New Yorker — broad, bald and with a booming voice, tattoos on his neck and hands visible under his construction jacket. Justin Hunter stood in line outside the Park Slope Food Coop, one of several dozen shoppers spaced 6 feet […]
  • Florida mom seeks custody of son, says father is virus risk

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida mother is asking a judge to allow her to keep custody of her 2-year-old son during the pandemic, claiming the boy’s father and his fiance are at higher risk of contracting the coronavirus since they’re first-responders. Tabatha Sams has asked a judge to let her keep custody of Dawson […]
  • Contagious singing as Corona Community Chorus unites voices

    NEW YORK (AP) — Casper ter Kuile lights a candle in front of his computer screen. And then the music begins. All around the world, linked by video, more than 100 people sing “Come, Come Whoever You Are,” lyrics adapted from a poem by Rumi, the 13th century Sufi mystic. Then, laughing together, “Kookaburra,” the […]
  • Where will the bodies go? Morgues plan as virus grows

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — There are the new dead. And then there are the bodies waiting in overcrowded mortuaries to be buried as cities struggle to meet demand and families wrestle with rules on social distancing that make the usual funeral rituals impossible. Med Alliance Group, a medical distributor in Illinois, is besieged by calls and […]
  • Pet fostering takes off as coronavirus keeps Americans home

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Simeon family was heading home to Omaha from a Smoky Mountains vacation when Kim Simeon spotted a social media post from the Nebraska Humane Society, pleading with people to consider fostering a pet amid concerns about how the coronavirus would affect operations. A day later, a 1 1/2-year-old black lab […]
  • Global diplomacy under the gun in the time of coronavirus

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Entire countries are on lockdown, state visits canceled, travel curtailed, key meetings postponed or moved online. The coronavirus pandemic has dramatically altered international diplomacy. While the interruptions may seem to many like trivial inconveniences for a well-heeled jet set, they may have significant implications for matters of war and peace, arms control […]
  • At funerals in virus outbreak, mourning is from a distance

    LEXINGTON, S.C. (AP) — No one stands in line to embrace the widow and share memories of her husband of 50 years. No rows of family and friends file toward the flag-draped coffin to pay their last respects. No symphony of sniffles is heard across the room as the minister gives a final prayer. Instead, […]
  • NOT REAL NEWS: False coronavirus claims and phony remedies

    A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ CLAIM: Eating alkaline foods will stave off the novel coronavirus, which has a […]
  • New York gets Chinese ventilators; Trump wants more thanks

    NEW YORK (AP) — The New York governor said Saturday the Chinese government was facilitating a shipment of 1,000 donated ventilators to his state, highlighting the extreme measures leaders are taking in what has become a cutthroat scramble to independently secure enough lifesaving devices during the coronavirus pandemic. In a sign of the disorganized response […]

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