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FILE - In this Jan. 30, 2020, file photo, Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, right, and House Speaker Lee Chatfield, R-Levering, left, speak at the Michigan Capitol in Lansing, Mich. Michigan lawmakers moved Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, to pass a $62.7 billion budget that would keep spending flat thanks to a federal rescue and avoid major cuts that had been feared due to the coronavirus pandemic. The plan was unveiled in the morning and was expected to win final approval by day's end before going to Gov. Whitmer for her signature. (AP Photo/David Eggert, File)

Michigan lawmakers unveil, approve $62.7B state budget

Sep. 23, 2020 11:10 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers Wednesday swiftly proposed and passed a $62.7 billion budget that will keep spending flat thanks to a federal rescue and avoid major cuts that had been feared due to the coronavirus pandemic. The bipartisan plan was unveiled in the morning and won final approval by...

FILE - In this July 24, 2020, file photo Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Seema Verma speaks during an event with President Donald Trump to sign executive orders on lowering drug prices, in the South Court Auditorium in the White House complex in Washington. Federal officials say a sharp decline in routine medical care for low-income children during the coronavirus shutdown will cause long-term harm if not reversed. A data snapshot released Wednesday by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, found that vaccinations, screening for childhood diseases, visits to the dentist, and even mental health care, dropped precipitously from March through May of this year. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Virus shutdown took a toll on routine health care for kids

Sep. 23, 2020 6:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A sharp decline in routine medical care for low-income children during the coronavirus shutdown could cause long-term harm if not reversed, federal officials warned Wednesday. A data snapshot from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, found that vaccinations, screening...

People gather at the Supreme Court to honor the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Washington.  (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Ginsburg's death exposes fragility of health law protection

Sep. 21, 2020 5:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With COVID-19 the newest preexisting condition, the Obama-era health law that protects Americans from insurance discrimination is more fragile following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. A week after the presidential election, the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments on an...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, file photo, Dawn Wooten, left, a nurse at Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, Georgia, speaks at a  news conference in Atlanta protesting conditions at the immigration jail. An Associated Press review of medical records for four detained immigrant women at the detention center and interviews with lawyers have revealed growing allegations that a gynecologist performed surgeries that the women never sought or didn’t fully understand. (AP Photo/Jeff Amy, File)

More migrant women say they didn’t OK surgery in detention

Sep. 18, 2020 11:13 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Sitting across from her lawyer at an immigration detention center in rural Georgia, Mileidy Cardentey Fernandez unbuttoned her jail jumpsuit to show the scars on her abdomen. There were three small, circular marks. The 39-year-old woman from Cuba was told only that she would undergo an...

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey speaks at a news conference with U.S. Census Director Steven Dillingham and other state leaders to urge Arizonans to participate in the nation's once-a-decade census population count Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Phoenix. Ending the 2020 census at the end of September instead of the end of October, could cost Florida and Montana congressional seats and result in Texas, Florida, Arizona, Georgia, and North Carolina losing $500 million in federal funding for healthcare for its neediest residents. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, Pool)

Ducey, US Census head push for complete Arizona count

Sep. 17, 2020 6:10 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Gov. Doug Ducey and the head of the U.S. Census Bureau encouraged Arizonans on Thursday to complete their census forms as statistics showed more than 10% of the state's residents haven't yet participated in the once-a-decade national count. With just 13 days remaining before the count ends,...

Virus outbreak at Navy shipyard; Order on revenue shortfall

Sep. 17, 2020 3:26 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Democratic Gov. Janet Mills signed an order Thursday to address a projected revenue shortfall caused by the pandemic. Her order curtails the General Fund by $221 million and the highway fund by $23 million but avoids deep program cuts and layoffs of state workers, and keeps the...

FILE - In this Aug. 19, 2020 file photo, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks to reporters after visiting New Bridges Elementary School in the Brooklyn borough of New York to observe pandemic-related safety procedures. On Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, de Blasio announced that he and about 500 other city employees will take one-week, unpaid furloughs from their jobs in the coming months as the city grapples with a financial crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

NYC mayor orders staff furlough amid COVID financial crisis

Sep. 16, 2020 3:56 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday that he and about 500 other city employees will take one-week, unpaid furloughs from their jobs in the coming months as the city grapples with a financial crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The furloughs, which would start in...

A man examines residences destroyed by the Almeda Fire at the Parkview Townhomes in Talent, Ore., on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

The Latest: Downed power lines sparked 13 Oregon fires

Sep. 16, 2020 3:39 PM EDT

The Latest on wildfires in the U.S. West (all times local): 11:30 a.m. SALEM, Ore. — A fire incident report says downed power lines sparked at least 13 fires during a period of high winds last week between two Oregon communities that were devastated by flames. The report from the Northwest Interagency...

Alaska dentist who defrauded Medicaid sentenced to 12 years

Sep. 16, 2020 8:59 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska dentist convicted on 46 counts of defrauding the federal Medicaid program has been sentenced to 12 years in prison. Seth Lookhart, 35, was also filmed riding a hoverboard during a procedure on a patient who was under anesthesia, KTUU-TV reported Monday. Anchorage...

FILE - A man walks past a poster showing a US dollar outside an exchange office in Cairo, Egypt, in a Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016 file photo.In 2019, before the coronavirus pandemic hit and the U.S. economy crashed, median household income was the highest ever on record, but the number of U.S. residents without health insurance also increased, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020.  AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

While income in the US rose in 2019, so did the uninsured

Sep. 15, 2020 3:52 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — In 2019, before the coronavirus pandemic hit and the U.S. economy crashed, median household income was the highest ever on record, but the number of U.S. residents without health insurance also increased, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Tuesday. Median household income in 2019 was...