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Meatpacking union: 44 COVID-19 deaths among workers

May. 28, 2020 5:45 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — At least 44 meatpacking workers in the U.S. have died from the new coronavirus and another 3,000 have tested positive, according to an estimate released Thursday by the largest union representing workers. Meat processing plants have become hot spots for infections in communities...

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., wears a face mask used to protect against the spread of the new coronavirus as he attends a press conference after meeting with Senate Republicans at their weekly luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

The Latest: Italy's schools on pace to reopen in September

May. 28, 2020 5:40 PM 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. — Italy's education minister says students will be back in school in...

FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2019, file photo, Buffalo Sabres captain Jack Eichel (9) looks on during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the St. Louis Blues, in Buffalo, N.Y. Eichel kept his frustrations in check for the first 14 minutes of an end-of-season interview with Buffalo-area reporters on Thursday, May 28, 2020. It wasn’t until he was asked to assess the future of a team that’s not made the playoffs during his five year tenure, when Eichel finally let loose by saying:

Eichel lets loose: Sabres captain `fed up' with losing

May. 28, 2020 5:23 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Sabres captain Jack Eichel kept his frustrations in check for the first 14 minutes of an end-of-season interview session with Buffalo-area reporters Thursday. It wasn’t until he was asked to assess the future of a team that’s not made the playoffs during his five-year...

A medical worker collects a swab sample from a journalist for a COVID-19 test before the National People's Congress closing session and the Chinese Premier press conference in Beijing, on Thursday, May 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The Latest: South Korea's central bank lowers rate to 0.5%

May. 27, 2020 10:26 PM 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: — US deaths from coronavirus surpass 100,000 mark. —...

Matt Fontaine receives a gallon of free milk on his motorcycle distributed by members of the Rhode Island National Guard and volunteers with the Dairy Farmers of America to families in need, Wednesday, May 27, 2020, in Pawtucket, R.I. Dairy farmers have a milk surplus because demand has dropped as schools and restaurants closed during the coronavirus pandemic, and some farmers have had to pour excess milk away. Farmers donated the 4,300 gallons of milk given away today at McCoy Stadium. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

New gym rules released; GOP seeks nursing home oversight

May. 27, 2020 4:43 PM EDT

Gyms and fitness studios will be subject to new rules when they're allowed to reopen Monday as part of the state’s second phase of resuming its economy from the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Gina Raimondo said Wednesday. Among the new guidelines: face masks will be required for most workouts and exercise...

Iowa Department of Public Health Deputy Director Sarah Reisetter watches as Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds speaks during her daily COVID-19 press conference at the Emergency Operations Center, Wednesday, May 27, 2020 in Johnston, Iowa. (Brian Powers/The Des Moines Register via AP, Pool)

Northwest Iowa county with meat plant sees coronavirus spike

May. 27, 2020 3:43 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A northwest Iowa county that is home to a meatpacking plant has seen nearly 500 coronavirus cases in the past week, but state officials and the company said Wednesday they couldn't confirm an outbreak at the facility. The state health department reported 678 cases since Wednesday in...

Scallop fishing off New England to face some limitations

May. 27, 2020 1:58 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Scallop fishing off New England will be subject to some limitations for about 10 months, federal regulators say. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration closed the northern Gulf of Maine fishing area, which means vessels fishing under federal regulations can't fish for or possess...

These freshly picked pears, photographed Aug. 25, 2015, in a home orchard near Langley, Wash., were donated to a local food bank where they were reported to be extremely popular with its clients.Food pantries often only have access to contributions of canned fruits and vegetables. (Dean Fosdick via AP)

Home gardeners can help the hungry by donating some harvest

May. 27, 2020 8:59 AM EDT

Gardening’s popularity has surged during the coronavirus pandemic; it provides exercise, outdoor time, emotional well-being and wholesome produce. Home gardening also can provide some hunger relief to others during a time of rising food insecurity. Many home gardeners are donating portions of their freshly...

This May 10, 2020 photo shows locusts swarming over city and near by area in Ajmer, Rajasthan, India. More than half of Rajasthan's districts are affected by this worst attack. An invasion of locust swarms is posing a challenge to India’s farmers who are already struggling with economic instability due to the virus lockdown. Authorities estimate that desert locusts have engulfed more than 40,000 hectares in seven of India’s heartland states, raising concerns among farmers about the upcoming summer crop. (AP Photo/Deepak Sharma)

Swarms of desert locusts threaten India's summer crops

May. 27, 2020 3:12 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — An invasion by swarms of desert locusts has devastated crops in India's heartland, threatening an already vulnerable region that is struggling with the economic cost of coronavirus lockdown. The situation has been particularly grim in central India's Rajasthan, where millions of locusts...

In this photo provided by Cristobal Francisquez, his parents Paulina and Marcos Francisco pose for a photo in front of their house in Sioux City, Iowa, Monday, May 25, 2020. They bought the home after years of working in a meatpacking plant and other food processing jobs. (Cristobal Francisquez via AP)

Worker shortage concerns loom in immigrant-heavy meatpacking

May. 26, 2020 7:07 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — When Martha Kebede’s adult sons immigrated from Ethiopia and reunited with her in South Dakota this year, they had few work opportunities. Lacking English skills, the brothers took jobs at Smithfield Foods' Sioux Falls pork plant, grueling and increasingly risky work as the...