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An Impoverished Indians gives his finger print on a biometric machine after purchasing food ration in Prayagraj, India, Thursday, April 2, 2020. India is adding more resources to tackle its increase in coronavirus cases by announcing that private hospitals may be requisitioned to help treat virus patients, and turning railway cars and a motor racing circuit into makeshift quarantine facilities. The steps were taken after a nationwide lockdown announced last week by Prime Minister Narendra Modi led to a mass exodus of migrant workers from cities to their villages, often on foot and without food and water, raising fears that the virus may have reached to the countryside, where health care facilities are limited. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

The Latest: India's PM looks to boost country's morale

Apr. 3, 2020 12:38 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — India's PM urges citizens to light candles Sunday night to...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Apr. 1, 2020 4:18 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Florida newspapers: ___ March 29 The Miami Herald on Gov. Ron DeSantis denying a reporter access to his coronavirus press conference: Gov. Ron DeSantis denied Mary Ellen Klas, a Miami Herald/Tampa Bay Times reporter in Tallahassee, access to his coronavirus press conference on Saturday. It...

FILE - In this file photo taken on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, Russian President Vladimir Putin wearing a protective suit enters a hall during his visit to the hospital for coronavirus patients in Kommunarka, outside Moscow, Russia. Russian authorities declared a war on

Fake news or the truth? Russia cracks down on virus postings

Apr. 1, 2020 3:03 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Two weeks ago, an opposition-leaning radio station in Russia interviewed political analyst Valery Solovei, who alleged the government was lying when it said no one had died in the country from the coronavirus. Solovei told radio station Echo Moskvy at least 1,600 people might have died since...

Judge rules against conservative think tank in Evers lawsuit

Mar. 31, 2020 9:04 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers can exclude members of a conservative think tank from attending press briefings and keep them off his email list sent to other reporters, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. The MacIver Institute for Public Policy filed the lawsuit in August alleging...

Rights, press groups condemn killing of Mexican journalist

Mar. 31, 2020 8:34 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Human rights and press freedom groups on Tuesday condemned the murder of a Mexican journalist, at least the 12th such killing since the current president took office in December 2018. The U.N. human rights commissioner's office said journalist Maria Elena Ferral had publicly denounced...

Supreme Court last chance for Trump to block Twitter critics

Mar. 23, 2020 12:48 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump will have to go to the U.S. Supreme Court if he wants to block critics from his personal Twitter account. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday rejected by a 7-2 vote his lawyers' request for all of the court's active judges to conduct a rare hearing to...

Winners announced in 2019 OAPME newspaper contest

Mar. 23, 2020 10:02 AM EDT

COLUMBUS (AP) — Newspapers in Columbus, Canton, Sandusky, Cleveland and Massillon were named the best in the state in the annual Ohio Associated Press Media Editors newspaper competition. General Excellence awards for 2019 went to The Columbus Dispatch, The Canton Repository, Sandusky Register, Cleveland...

The New York Times Beijing based correspondent Steven Lee Myers, left, chats with other foreign journalists after attending a daily briefing by Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs office in Beijing, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. At least 13 American journalists stand to be expelled from China in retaliation for a new limit imposed by the Trump administration on visas for Chinese state-owned media operating in the U.S. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

At least 13 US journalists facing expulsion from China

Mar. 18, 2020 7:33 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — At least 13 American journalists stand to be expelled from China in retaliation for a new visa limit imposed by the Trump administration on Chinese state-owned media operating in the U.S. The Chinese government announced Wednesday that Americans working at three major U.S. newspapers would...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020 file photo, a member of an honor guard wears a face mask as he stands guard in Tiananmen Square in Beijing. On Wednesday, March 17, 2020, China announced that it will revoke the media credentials of American journalists at three major U.S. news organizations, in effect expelling them from the country, in response to new U.S. restrictions on Chinese state-controlled media. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

China to expel American reporters after US curbs its media

Mar. 18, 2020 12:19 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China said Wednesday it will revoke the media credentials of all American journalists at three major U.S. news organizations, in effect expelling them from the country, in response to U.S. restrictions on Chinese state-controlled media. The foreign ministry said American citizens working...

Court throws out conviction for online posts directed at DA

Mar. 17, 2020 1:45 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina appeals court threw out the threat conviction Tuesday of a man for social media comments strongly criticizing a local district attorney, saying they did not meet the legal definition of a “true threat.” Three state Court of Appeals judges hearing the case...