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Coronavirus data funneled away from CDC, sparking worries

NEW YORK - Hospital data related to the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. will now be collected by a private technology firm, rather than the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - a move the Trump administration says will speed up … more

Walmart to require customers to wear masks at all its stores starting Monday

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart will require customers to wear face coverings at all of its namesake and Sam's Club stores, making it the largest retailer to introduce such a policy that has otherwise … more

U.S. carries out 1st federal execution in nearly 2 decades

TERRE HAUTE, Indiana - The U.S. on Tuesday carried out its first federal execution in almost two decades, killing by lethal injection a man convicted of murdering an Arkansas family in a 1990s plot to build a whites-only nation in the Pacific … more

Masks for kids? Schools confront the politics of reopening

On one side are parents saying, let kids be kids. They object to masks and social distancing in classrooms this fall - arguing both could hurt their children's well-being - and want schools to reopen full time. On the other side are parents and … more

Global vaccine plan may allow wealthy countries to buy more

LONDON - Politicians and public health leaders have publicly committed to equitably sharing any coronavirus vaccine that works, but the top global initiative to make that happen may allow rich countries to reinforce their own stockpiles while making … more

Burger King addresses climate change by changing cows' diets

By MICHELLE CHAPMAN AP Business Writer Burger King is staging an intervention with its cows. The chain has rebalanced the diet of some of the cows by adding lemongrass in a bid to limit bovine contributions to climate change. By tweaking their … more

Trump administration rescinds rule on foreign students

BOSTON (AP) - Facing eight federal lawsuits and opposition from hundreds of universities, the Trump administration on Tuesday rescinded a rule that would have required international students to transfer or leave the country if their schools held … more

Confederate statue removed from prominent spot at Ole Miss

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A Confederate monument that's long been a divisive symbol at the University of Mississippi was removed Tuesday from a prominent spot on the Oxford campus, just two weeks after Mississippi surrendered the last state flag in the … more

UN: Pandemic could push tens of millions into chronic hunger

ROME (AP) - The United Nations says the ranks of the world's hungry grew by 10 million last year and warns that the coronavirus pandemic could push as many as 130 million more people into chronic hunger this year. The grim assessment was … more

Election costs soar in prep for virus voting

WASHINGTON - The demand for mail-in ballots is surging. Election workers need training. And polling booths might have to be outfitted with protective shields during the COVID-19 pandemic. As officials prepare for the Nov. 3 election, one certainty … more

Judge seeks more details on Trump's clemency for Stone

WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal judge on Monday demanded more information about President Donald Trump's decision to commute the prison sentence of longtime ally Roger Stone. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson ordered that the parties provide her … more

U.S. rejects nearly all Chinese claims in South China Sea

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration escalated its actions against China on Monday by stepping squarely into one of the most sensitive regional issues dividing them and rejecting outright … more

California shuts bars, indoor dining and most gyms, churches

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday extended the closure of bars and indoor dining statewide and ordered gyms, churches and hair salons closed in most places as … more

Time to make masks mandatory? It's not just a U.S. debate

PARIS (AP) — Amid pervasive backsliding on social distancing, Britain and France are weighing whether to require people to wear masks in public places.Scientists say the two countries' … more

More than 200 schools back lawsuit over foreign student rule

BOSTON (AP) — More than 200 universities are backing a legal challenge to the Trump administration's new restrictions on international students, arguing that the policy jeopardizes students' … more

Official: Firefighting system was inoperable on Navy ship

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A fire suppression system was inoperable when a blaze erupted aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard in San Diego, so sailors fought the blaze with water, a top Navy official said … more

Experts: Floyd's pleading didn't mean he could breathe

MINNEAPOLIS - As George Floyd repeatedly pleaded "I can't breathe" to police officers holding him down on a Minneapolis street corner, some of the officers responded by pointing out he was able to speak. One told Floyd it takes "a lot of oxygen" to … more

U.S. bets on small company to deliver COVID-19 vaccine

EDITOR'S NOTE - This story is part of an ongoing investigation by The Associated Press, the PBS series FRONTLINE and the Global Reporting Centre that examines the deadly consequences of the fragmented worldwide medical supply chain. When precious … more

Catholic Church lobbied for taxpayer funds, got $1.4B

NEW YORK - The U.S. Roman Catholic Church used a special and unprecedented exemption from federal rules to amass at least $1.4 billion in taxpayer-backed coronavirus aid, with many millions going to dioceses that have paid huge settlements or sought … more

Medical group cited by Trump denounces school funding threat

A medical association that the White House has cited in its press to reopen schools is pushing back against President Donald Trump's repeated threats to cut federal funding if schools don't open this fall. In a joint statement with national … more
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