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'Battlin’ Betties' give back to veterans in Delaware

Nov. 15, 2020 9:00 AM EST

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The Battlin’ Betties, with their 1940s and ’50s-era attire, bright red lipstick and throwback hairstyles, look like they just climbed off the nose of a vintage World War II airplane or out of a footlocker of an Army soldier. That’s the idea. When they visit veterans...

Oceania Federation of Chinese Organizations President Di Sanh Duong speaks to the media following a tour of the intensive care unit at the Royal Melbourne Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, on June 2, 2020. The leader of a Chinese community organization has become the first person to be charged under Australia’s foreign interference laws that were passed two years ago, police said Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020. Duong has a relationship with a foreign intelligence agency, an Australian Federal Police statement said. Police would not name the country or detail the allegation, but the legislation largely targets China’s growing influence. (James Ross/AAP Image via AP)

Australia accuses head of Chinese group of foreign meddling

Nov. 5, 2020 7:42 PM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The leader of a Chinese community organization has become the first person to be charged under Australia’s foreign interference laws that were passed two years ago, police said Thursday. Di Sanh Duong, 65, has a relationship with a foreign intelligence agency, an...

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Letters, texts, caravans, parades: Advocates mobilize voters

Oct. 29, 2020 1:28 PM EDT

Sometimes her hand hurt, but Nancy Gehman kept writing. Every evening from July until mid-October, the 85-year-old retiree sat with a gel pen, writing notes imploring fellow Americans to find a way to vote. Then she mailed them: All 1,260 letters. “It was comforting to know that I was doing something...

A voter turns sideways as he eyes the opening of a ballot drop box before placing his ballot inside it Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, in Seattle. Washington state is one of five states, along with Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, and Utah, that conduct elections entirely by mail-in voting. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Election 2020 Today: Wooing Florida, getting out the vote

Oct. 29, 2020 8:27 AM EDT

Here’s what’s happening Thursday in Election 2020, five days until Election Day: HOW TO VOTE: AP’s state-by-state interactive has details on how to vote in this election. ON THE TRAIL: President Donald Trump will be in Florida and North Carolina; Democratic challenger Joe Biden will be in...

Rhonda Herring poses for a photo wearing a shirt with a picture of her slain son Brandon Herring,  in Raytown, Mo., on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. Herring's son was killed in Kansas City in 2017, and found in a creek bed. Herring says she knows who killed him and has experienced threatening behavior by them, including men shooting by her home. She is very dissatisfied with the way police have handled the case. (Jill Toyoshiba/The Kansas City Star via AP)

Kansas City residents: Lack of trust in police drives crime

Oct. 23, 2020 2:20 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Barbara J.K. Johnson was still in her Easter clothes when she ran out to her yard where a 14-year-old neighborhood boy lay on the ground, bleeding from a gunshot wound. He was dead by the time police arrived. Such things happen too often on South Benton Avenue in Kansas City, where...

Miami road to be named after Trayvon Martin

Oct. 10, 2020 1:50 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A Florida road will be named after a Black teenager whose death by a neighborhood watch volunteer in 2012 catalyzed a movement for racial justice. The Miami Herald reports Trayvon Martin’s name will be added to section of an avenue that leads to a high school he attended in Miami....

2 Arizona residents facing charges after fight at protest

Oct. 8, 2020 12:27 AM EDT

SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. (AP) — Police in Sierra Vista say charges have been filed against two Hereford residents after protests last month in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. They say 55-year-old Cathleen Tashman stopped her car on State Route 92 during demonstrations that were planned by two groups...

This undated photo provided by Nicolette Louissaint shows her posing for a portrait. Louissaint is the executive director of Healthcare Ready, a disaster preparedness and response group which serves as a hub for coordinating donations and shipments of medicines, protective gear and other supplies during disasters. It was formed in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina. (Maximillian Franz/Nicolette Louissaint via AP)

Insider Q&A: Healthcare Ready director on disaster response

Oct. 4, 2020 10:10 AM EDT

When natural disasters strike, quickly getting the right aid to people is difficult at best. Doing so amid the worst pandemic in a century increases that challenge dramatically. For thousands of Americans displaced this year by hurricanes, floods and wildfires — plus those trying to avoid COVID-19...

Teyonna Lofton, 18, shows the scars while sitting outside her home in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood in Chicago, Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, from surgeries to graft a vein from her leg to increase blood flow in her arm where she was shot. Lofton, a beaming high school graduate, had just been honored by friends and family with a car parade. As she waited at a gas station to buy a soft drink, shots rang out, and she fell hard. She prayed she would not die. In a chaotic year destined for the history books, Auburn Gresham, a Black community in Chicago, has written its own grim chapter, enduring a deadly virus, economic misery and gun violence, a constant state of turmoil that mirrors the tumult afflicting much of urban America. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

One Chicago community endures virus, violence and turmoil

Oct. 2, 2020 12:43 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — In harrowing moments, in the sobs of grieving mourners and the incessant wail of sirens, the crises of 2020 have played out painfully within a single Chicago community: Patricia Frieson posted a hopeful Facebook message in late February when a mysterious new disease invaded her neighborhood:...

Hawaii food bank serving 80K people monthly during pandemic

Oct. 1, 2020 9:32 AM EDT

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A Hawaii Island food bank has significantly increased its services since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, serving up to 80,000 people monthly. The Food Basket provided assistance to about 14,000 people per month at this time last year, The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported ...