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Food insecurity worsens, even in America's breadbasket

Jun. 14, 2021 01:06 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — As the sun set behind an overcast sky in early December, deepening the cold of the late afternoon, Jesse Rennich stood in line with about 30 others before an Adopt-a-Block food distribution drop at Tatley Place in south Bismarck. Dressed in jeans...

Sturgis native ready for Olympic taekwondo after virus delay

Jun. 14, 2021 01:02 AM EDT

SPEARFISH, S.D. (AP) — Sturgis native Paige McPherson’s Olympic dream to participate in taekwondo is still alive. McPherson was supposed to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, but the COVID-19 pandemic forced the "Summer Olympics” to be postponed until 2021. ...

As COVID-19 cases wane, vaccine-lagging areas still see risk

Jun. 13, 2021 17:29 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — New COVID-19 cases are declining across most of the country, even in some states with vaccine-hesitant populations. But almost all states bucking that trend have lower-than-average vaccination rates, and experts warn that relief from the pandemic could be fleeting in...

The Latest: Netherlands beats Ukraine 3-2 at Euro 2020

Jun. 13, 2021 16:52 PM EDT

The Latest on soccer’s European Championship: ___ Denzel Dumfries rescued the Netherlands with a goal in the 85th minute to give his team a 3-2 win over Ukraine at the European Championship. The Dutch had lead 2-0 with a pair of...

Navajo Nation finds 11 new COVID-19 cases, 6 deaths

Jun. 13, 2021 16:50 PM EDT

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation has reported 11 new COVID-19 cases and six deaths this weekend. Tribal health officials issued a breakdown of the latest virus stats Sunday, which saw only two new cases but no deaths. There were nine new cases and six deaths...

Judge tosses hospital workers' vaccine requirement challenge

Jun. 13, 2021 16:15 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A federal judge threw out a lawsuit filed by employees of a Houston hospital system over its requirement that all of its staff be vaccinated against COVID-19. The Houston Methodist Hospital system suspended 178 employees without pay last week over their...

Shop owner's plea as California reopens: 'I need customers'

Jun. 13, 2021 16:08 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — During the darkest days of the coronavirus pandemic, Martha Medina would occasionally slip into her shuttered store on Los Angeles’ oldest street to ensure everything was secure. Colorful folklorico dresses from each of Mexico's 32 states lined the...

Chicago man jumps into Lake Michigan for 365th straight day

Jun. 13, 2021 16:05 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago bus driver looking for a way to relieve stress during the coronavirus pandemic jumped into Lake Michigan for a 365th straight day on Saturday. Dan O’Conor said he started jumping into the lake at Montrose Harbor on the city's North Side last...

Illinois average for positive COVID tests remains below 1%

Jun. 13, 2021 15:41 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The number of COVID-19 cases in Illinois continued to drop over the weekend with the state’s seven-day positivity rate on all tests remaining under 1%. The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 298 new and confirmed cases on Sunday, along with...

After G-7, Biden says he's reestablishing US credibility

Jun. 13, 2021 15:32 PM EDT

NEWQUAY, England (AP) — President Joe Biden on Sunday said the United States had restored its presence on the world stage as he used his first overseas trip since taking office to connect with a new generation of leaders from some of the world’s most powerful countries and more closely...