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In this March 27, 2020 photo provided by Thomas Kim, TJ Kim, 16, loads medical supplies into a plane in Leesburg, Va., before flying to a hospital in Luray. Kim began delivering donated medical supplies to rural hospitals in need after realizing his flight training could be put to good use during the coronavirus pandemic. (Thomas Kim via AP)

16-year-old pilot flies medical supplies to rural hospitals

Apr. 7, 2020 9:57 AM EDT

McLEAN, Va. (AP) — TJ Kim can’t play lacrosse -- COVID-19 took the sport away. And at age 16, he can’t drive alone. But Kim can fly. And he’s turned his flying lessons into missions of mercy, bringing desperately needed supplies to rural hospitals in need. Each week, he carries...

A man walks a dog on an empty downtown street as the sun sets Wednesday, April 1, 2020, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Hopeful birdsong, foreboding sirens: A pandemic in sound

Apr. 6, 2020 2:51 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Hopeful birdsong and foreboding sirens. Chiming church bells and bleating ferry horns. The coronavirus crisis has drastically transformed the world in sound. The routine cacophony of daily life has calmed, lending more weight to the noises left behind. And in those mundane sounds, now so...

In this April 5, 2020 photo, Pastor John Hanson stands atop a truck as members of his congregation arrive for Sunday morning

Drive-in churches an option for faithful who want closeness

Apr. 7, 2020 6:22 PM EDT

BALDWIN, Wisc. (AP) — As the morning sun melts the last traces of snow in the surrounding farmland, the faithful, gathered to celebrate Christianity’s holiest week, cheerfully honk out their hallelujahs and peace greetings. It’s Sunday morning drive-in worship at Peace Lutheran Church. More...

A woman is reflected on a bus station as she wears a protective face mask amid concerns over the country's coronavirus outbreak, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Monday, April 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

Israeli leader announces lockdown over Passover holiday

Apr. 6, 2020 6:38 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Monday a complete lockdown over the upcoming Passover holiday to control the country's coronavirus outbreak, but offered citizens some hope by saying he expects to lift widespread restrictions after the week-long festival. Netanyahu's...

In this Feb. 26, 2019 photo, migrants rest in the chapel of the San Juan Bosco migrant shelter, in Nogales, Mexico. For years, Catholic-led, U-S.-based nonprofits have been at the forefront of efforts to support migrants and asylum seekers along the Mexican border. Tough new border policies, coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic, have drastically changed their work, much of which now takes place in Mexico. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)

Pandemic, border crackdown hamper Catholics' aid to migrants

Apr. 6, 2020 11:15 AM EDT

NOGALES, Mexico (AP) — For years, Catholic-led, U-S.-based nonprofits have been at the forefront of efforts to support migrants and asylum seekers along the Mexican border. Tough new border policies, coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic, have drastically changed their work, much of which now takes place in...

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Pope Francis celebrates Palm Sunday Mass behind closed doors in St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, Sunday, April 5, 2020, during the lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 infection, caused by the novel coronavirus. (AP Photo/pool/Alberto Pizzoli)

The Latest: Pope Francis denounces pandemic profiteers

Apr. 8, 2020 6:51 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: — New York virus death toll tops 9/11; Wuhan lifts lockdown....

Lighter than normal traffic flow in and out downtown Atlanta Monday, April 6, 2020. Gov. Brian Kemp has issued an order to shelter in place in hopes of slowing the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

The Latest: Japan's Abe: Stay home, obey state of emergency

Apr. 8, 2020 12:42 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: — Japan PM Abe urges cooperation with state of emergency in...

FILE - In this Monday, July 15, 2019 file photo, Naason Joaquin Garcia, the leader of a Mexico-based evangelical church with a worldwide membership, attends a bail review hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court. On Tuesday, April 7, 2020 a California appeals court has dismissed the criminal case against the Mexican megachurch leader on charges of child rape and human trafficking. The case was dismissed on procedural grounds. GarcĂ­a, the self-proclaimed apostle of La Luz del Mundo, has been in custody since June. He is currently being held without bail in Los Angeles. The attorney general's office said it was reviewing the court's ruling. (Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via AP, Pool, File)

Court drops rape, other charges against megachurch leader

Apr. 8, 2020 12:28 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California appeals court ordered the dismissal of a criminal case Tuesday against a Mexican megachurch leader on charges of child rape and human trafficking on procedural grounds. Naasón Joaquín García, the self-proclaimed apostle of La Luz del Mundo, has been in custody...

Cardinal George Pell sits in the back seat of a car as he leaves prison in Geelong, Australia Tuesday, April 7, 2020. Pope Francis' former finance minister Pell had been the most senior Catholic found guilty of sexually abusing children and has spent 13 months in high-security prisons before seven High Court judges unanimously dismissed his convictions. (James Ross/AAP Image via AP)

Cardinal Pell welcomes court's dismissal of abuse conviction

Apr. 7, 2020 8:41 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Cardinal George Pell welcomed Australia’s highest court clearing him of child sex crimes Tuesday and said his trial had not been a referendum on the Catholic Church’s handling of the clergy abuse crisis. Pell, Pope Francis’ former finance minister, had been...

Arizona governor orders self-quarantine for NY travelers

Apr. 7, 2020 8:15 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Gov. Doug Ducey on Tuesday ordered anyone flying into an Arizona airport from the coronavirus hotspots of New York, New Jersey or Connecticut to self-quarantine for 14 days. Ducey said the action was needed to prevent the growth of infections in the state, which already has cases in all 15...

In this April 5, 2020 photo, Pastor John Hanson stands atop a truck as members of his congregation arrive for Sunday morning

Drive-in churches an option for faithful who want closeness

Apr. 7, 2020 6:22 PM EDT

BALDWIN, Wisc. (AP) — As the morning sun melts the last traces of snow in the surrounding farmland, the faithful, gathered to celebrate Christianity’s holiest week, cheerfully honk out their hallelujahs and peace greetings. It’s Sunday morning drive-in worship at Peace Lutheran Church. More...

In this Monday, April 6, 2020 photo, Father Brian Mahoney waits for the next churchgoers confession, held in the parking lot due to the virus outbreak, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Chelmsford, Mass. After Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker issued an emergency order prohibiting most gatherings of over 10 people due to the coronavirus, the parish moved their confessional outdoors with drive-up service. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Deaths from COVID-19 in Massachusetts rise by nearly 100

Apr. 7, 2020 6:19 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The number of people in Massachusetts who have died from COVID-19 rose to 356 Tuesday, an increase of 96 new deaths — more than three times the 29 deaths reported Monday. The number of residents who have tested positive topped 15,200, according to the Department of Public Health. More...

Noem: Stronger orders necessary to delay hospital surge

Apr. 7, 2020 5:26 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem on Tuesday said the stronger executive orders she issued this week are necessary to delay a surge in hospitalizations from the coronavirus, but that a lock down on daily life is still not needed. The governor has resisted issuing a statewide order to...

California court tosses case against Mexican megachurch leader charged with child rape

Apr. 7, 2020 5:06 PM EDT
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California court tosses case against Mexican megachurch leader charged with child rape.
An obituary in the Kansas City Star newspaper details the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on traditional funeral services, Sunday, April 5, 2020, in Overland Park, Kan. Most funerals now are either small private services with a public memorial service sometime in the distant future or no public service at all in response to social distancing and stay-at-home orders implemented in an effort to stem the spread of the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Kansas limits size of church services heading into Easter

Apr. 7, 2020 5:02 PM EDT

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Religious services and funerals in Kansas will be limited to 10 people after state officials identified three coronavirus clusters related to church gatherings, Gov. Laura Kelly announced Tuesday. A statewide stay-at-home order that Kelly issued last month allowed for religious...