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Milwaukee police find 5 dead in house; suspect in custody

By TODD RICHMOND Associated Press Police found five people shot to death Monday inside a Milwaukee home and arrested the man who dialed 911 to report the slayings, the city's police chief said. The police department received a call around 10:30 a.m. from a man who said his family was dead, ...

Riots, escapes and pepper spray: Virus hits juvenile centers

By MARGIE MASON and ROBIN McDOWELL Associated Press Nicole Hingle wasn't surprised when the call came. Frustrations had been building inside juvenile detention centers nationwide as the number of coronavirus cases continued to climb. Now, her 17-year-old son Jace, was on the phone telling her ...

Federal agency releasing report on Missouri duck boat deaths

By MARGARET STAFFORD Associated Press LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — Nearly two years after 17 people died when a tourist boat sank on a Missouri lake, federal transportation safety investigators on Tuesday will release the results of an investigation into the tragedy. The National Transportation ...

Federal inmates battle mixed messages on home confinement

By MICHAEL BALSAMO and COLLEEN LONG Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — She never thought her husband's punishment for selling drugs would be a death sentence. But as the new coronavirus rips through the U.S. prison system and into the facility where he is serving eight years, she fears it ...

Doubts about testing remain in spite of Trump’s assurances

By ZEKE MILLER, JILL COLVIN and JONATHAN LEMIRE Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House released new guidelines aimed at answering criticism that America's coronavirus testing has been too slow, and President Donald Trump tried to pivot toward a focus on "reopening" the ...

Trump says virus testing ‘not a problem,’ but doubts persist

By ZEKE MILLER, JILL COLVIN and JONATHAN LEMIRE Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House released new guidelines Monday aimed at answering criticism that America's coronavirus testing has been too slow, and President Donald Trump tried to pivot toward a focus on "reopening" the ...

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 ...