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FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2020, file photo, funeral home workers remove the body of a person suspected to have died from the coronavirus outbreak from a residential building in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province. Skepticism about China’s reported coronavirus cases and deaths has swirled throughout the crisis, fueled by official efforts to quash bad news in the early days and a general distrust of the government. In any country, getting a complete picture of the infections amid the fog of war is virtually impossible. (Chinatopix via AP, File)

The Latest: Israel's health minister has new coronavirus

Apr. 2, 2020 1:13 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: ___ — Isreaeo's health minister diagnosed with new...

Capt. Wayne Hudson of the Douglas County Sheriff's office speaks at a news conference in Omaha, Neb., Wednesday, April 1, 2020, to announce that Ronald Penzkowski a former director of communications for then-Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle a decade ago, was arrested on suspicion of making terroristic threats and stalking. Investigators say that Penzkowski sent at least 15 email messages to Dr. Adi Pour, Douglas County Health Director, threatening to

Ex-Omaha weatherman accused of targeting health director

Apr. 1, 2020 6:42 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A former Omaha TV weatherman and spokesman for a former mayor has been accused of emailing death threats to the director of Douglas County Health Department over her handling of the new coronavirus outbreak. The Douglas County Sheriff's office said Wednesday that Ronald Gerrard...

Police: Man lied about having coronavirus to avoid arrest

Apr. 1, 2020 5:30 PM EDT

BUFFALO, Mo. (AP) — A southwest Missouri man is facing a felony charge of making a terrorist threat after he allegedly tried to avoid being arrested by lying about possibly having the coronavirus. Dallas County Sheriff's deputies went to Larry Moore's home in Buffalo on March 20 to investigate a...

Kansas man allegedly threatened to give girl coronavirus

Apr. 1, 2020 4:29 PM EDT

SCOTT CITY, Kan. (AP) — A western Kansas man was arrested and jailed after he allegedly told an 11-year-old girl that he was going to give her the coronavirus and then coughed in her face. Chance Archie Seamans, 31, of Scott City, was arrested Tuesday night at a Dollar General store in Scott City. Police...

Missouri man allegedly intentionally coughed on customers

Apr. 1, 2020 11:38 AM EDT

CUBA, Mo. (AP) — An eastern Missouri man was charged with making a terrorist threat after he allegedly coughed toward customers and wrote COVID on a cooler at a Dollar Tree store. John Swaller, 33, of Cuba, was charged Tuesday and was being held on $25,000 bail in the Crawford County jail. An employee of...

Man arrested in Kitsap house standoff faces more charges

Mar. 31, 2020 5:39 PM EDT

KITSAP, Wash. (AP) — A 37-year-old man was charged with multiple crimes in Washington state after allegedly threatening to kill his parents and barricading himself in his mother's home while deputies attempted to arrest him, authorities said. Michael Eby Barr was arrested on charges of felony harassment...

Police: Man threatened to spread virus in online 'hoax'

Mar. 30, 2020 10:37 AM EDT

HAVELOCK, N.C. (AP) — Police in North Carolina say they've filed charges against a man who claimed on Facebook that he had the coronavirus and was going to infect others with it. The Craven County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement on Monday that Christopher Floyd, 44, of Havelock, has been...

Florida sheriff: Man coughs on deputy, says he has virus

Mar. 29, 2020 4:35 PM EDT

STUART, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man is facing charges that he threatened and assaulted an officer after he coughed on a deputy and said he had the coronavirus, according to authorities. The Martin County Sheriff's Office said Christian Perez, 23, was initially stopped for reckless driving when he claimed to...

Flagstaff mayor closes salons, says complaint unmerited

Mar. 28, 2020 2:37 PM EDT

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The mayor of Flagstaff says her decision to close nail salons and beauty parlors is not barred by the governor's order blocking cities from expanding his list of businesses that can't be shuttered to stop the spread of the new coronavirus. Mayor Coral Evans said Friday that Gov. Doug...

Las Vegas man accused of threatening to kill congresswoman

Mar. 27, 2020 10:28 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A federal judge has set a preliminary hearing next month for a 47-year-old Las Vegas man accused of threatening to kill U.S. Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nev. Louis Damato made his initial court appearance on two felony charges Friday via video with a U.S. magistrate. Damato was arrested at a...