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North Carolina county to help people with utility bills

Aug. 3, 2020 1:08 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Officials in a North Carolina county have set aside money to help families who are late in paying their utility bills due to COVID-19. Wake County will give up to $500 per household to help residents pay their overdue bill, The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Monday. County...

California lawmakers were globetrotters before pandemic

Aug. 3, 2020 1:00 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif (AP) — It was a different era for California lawmakers before the coronavirus pandemic: business-class flights to Japan, stays at 5-star hotels and dinners with local politicians in the name of promoting economic ties. In February, the Japanese government paid to host six California...

McMaster withholds HBCU funds as voucher lawsuit proceeds

Jul. 29, 2020 5:55 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — State attorneys told a judge Wednesday that South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster is withholding pandemic relief funds to the state's historically Black colleges and universities following a lawsuit over his plan to send $32 million in tuition grants to private schools. Orangeburg County...

People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus walk outside Flinders Street Station in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, July 23, 2020. There were few bare faces among rush-hour commuters in Australia’s second-largest city on Thursday morning as Melbourne residents were largely complying with a new law making face coverings compulsory. (James Ross/AAP Image via AP)

The Latest: Hard hit Australian state sees new cases drop

Jul. 28, 2020 11:23 PM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia — Australia’s hard-hit Victoria state has recorded its lowest daily tally of COVID-19 cases in nine days while the state premier is expressing hope that it is the start of a downward trend. Victoria on Wednesday reported 295 new cases and nine deaths, seven of which were in aged...

Lab technician James Donald, right, uses a nasal swab to test Hugo Marti for COVID-19, Tuesday, July 28, 2020, at the AHEPA Apartments in Miami. Miami-Dade County Commissioner Esteban

DeSantis considers nursing home visits as death toll rises

Jul. 28, 2020 4:16 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said he's thinking about opening up nursing homes and assisted living facilities to visitation after months of touting his efforts to protect what he says are the people most vulnerable to the coronavirus. DeSantis made his comments after a...

FILE - This March 18, 2020 file photo, shows a view of the Target store in Annapolis, Md. Target is joining Walmart in closing its stores on Thanksgiving Day, ending a decade-long tradition of jump starting Black Friday sales. The move, announced Monday, July 27 comes as stores are rethinking the Black Friday in-store door busters as they try to curb the spread of the coronavirus, which has seen a resurgence in a slew of states.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Target joins Walmart in ending Thanksgiving store shopping

Jul. 27, 2020 5:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Target is joining Walmart in closing its stores on Thanksgiving Day, ending a decadelong tradition of jump-starting Black Friday door buster sales. The move, announced Monday, comes as stores are rethinking this year's Black Friday shopping bonanza weekend — along with other key...

Survey shows Iowa providers don't like privatized Medicaid

Jul. 27, 2020 4:10 PM EDT

A majority of health care providers are dissatisfied with Iowa’s privatized Medicaid program, saying access to care hasn’t improved for the more than 650,000 people who rely on the system and that reimbursements are slow and difficult to secure, according to a survey released Monday. State Auditor...

FILE - Gov. Roy Cooper listens to a question during a briefing at the Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, July 14, 2020, amid the coronavirus pandemic. As many as 1 million families in North Carolina have fallen behind on their electric, water and sewage bills, threatening residents and their cities with severe financial hardship unless federal lawmakers act to approve more emergency aid. Last week Cooper urged Congress to act swiftly and adopt a wide array of new federal spending, stressing in a letter that the “actions you take in the next few weeks are vital to our ability to emerge from this crisis.” (Ethan Hyman/The News & Observer via AP, file)

Unpaid bills drive N. Carolina families to financial brink

Jul. 27, 2020 10:02 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — As many as 1 million families in North Carolina have fallen behind on their electric, water and sewage bills, threatening residents and their cities with severe financial hardship unless federal lawmakers act to approve more emergency aid. The trouble stems from the widespread economic...

President Donald Trump speaks during an event to sign executive orders on lowering drug prices, in the South Court Auditorium in the White House complex, Friday, July 24, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

With no new law to curb drug costs, Trump tries own changes

Jul. 25, 2020 12:18 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unable to land the big deal with Congress to curb drug costs, President Donald Trump has moved on his own to allow imports of cheaper medicines, along with other limited steps that could have some election-year appeal. At a White House ceremony Friday, Trump signed four executive orders....

Models wearing face masks pose during a mask fashion show in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, July 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

The Latest: S Korea has 100+ cases for 1st time in 4 months

Jul. 24, 2020 9:54 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has reported 113 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 over the past 24 hours — its first daily jump above 100 in nearly four months. But the rise was expected as health authorities had forecast a temporary spike driven by imported infections found among cargo-ship...