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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: Medical supplies from Russia purchased by US

Apr. 1, 2020 8:14 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: ___ — State Department: planeload of medical supplies from...

In this March 26, 2020, Patrick Goodman cuts Keith Donaldson's hair at Creative Image barber shop in Columbia, SC. South Carolina's governor has not given a stay at home order closing non-essential businesses, but Columbia did pass an order, which will close Goodman's shop. (AP Photo /Jeffrey Collins).

Living outside lockdown: Barbers, beauty shops still open

Mar. 28, 2020 9:09 AM EDT

ELGIN, S.C. (AP) — With South Carolina's first coronavirus hot spot just a short jaunt up the highway, Johellen Lee hadn't been out for anything but groceries for nearly a month. “I looked like a hag,” she said. So she headed to see her best friend and hair stylist Erica Nealy at her beauty...

FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2020, file photo, Executive Director Chrisse France talks about Preterm, the busiest abortion clinic in Ohio, in the procedure room in Cleveland. The governor and attorney general of Texas are moving to ban most abortions in the state during the coronavirus outbreak, declaring they don't qualify as essential surgeries. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

Texas moves to ban most abortions due to virus outbreak

Mar. 23, 2020 8:15 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The governor and attorney general of Texas are moving to ban most abortions in the state during the coronavirus outbreak, declaring they don't qualify as essential surgeries. Attorney General Ken Paxton said Monday that the order issued over the weekend by Gov. Greg Abbott barred...

Judge: Cancellation of high court election was legal

Mar. 16, 2020 5:27 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's secretary of state legally canceled a scheduled May 19 election for a seat on the state's highest court, a judge ruled Monday, saying the governor can rightfully fill the post even though a judge who is resigning won't leave until November. Two would-be candidates had accused...

Pope Francis prays in S. Marcello al Corso church, in front of a miraculous crucifix that in 1552 was carried in a procession around Rome to stop the great plague, Sunday, March 15, 2020. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some, it can cause more severe illness, especially in older adults and people with existing health problems. (Vatican News via AP)

Worshippers go online, those at services keep a distance

Mar. 15, 2020 5:04 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Pastors across the United States delivered sermons to empty pews Sunday as houses of worship adjusted to the reality of the coronavirus pandemic, with the Vatican indicating that the holiest week on its calendar will look vastly different next month. While many religious institutions around...

FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, file photo, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger speaks during the Martin Luther King, Jr. annual commemorative service at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. Georgia's elections board on Wednesday, approved a set of rule changes to govern the use of new voting machines that are being rushed to counties statewide for the state's fast-approaching presidential primaries in March. (Branden Camp/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File)

Georgia 2nd state to postpone pres. primaries over virus

Mar. 15, 2020 12:04 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's March 24 presidential primaries have been postponed until May because of fears over the new coronavirus, state election officials announced Saturday, a day after Louisiana also pushed back its primaries. In-person early voting, which began statewide March 2, will be halted and the...

Attorney: Georgia followed law in canceling court election

Mar. 13, 2020 2:53 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — An attorney said in court Friday that Georgia's top election official followed the law when he canceled a May election to the state Supreme Court to allow the governor to appoint a replacement for a sitting justice who won't leave office until November. John Barrow, a former Democratic...

The Latest: Oregon to get fraction of protective gear needed

Mar. 12, 2020 11:16 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic: Oregon officials say they will be getting just a fraction of the personal protective equipment sought from the U.S. government for front-line medical workers treating COVID-19 patients. Nik Blosser, Gov. Kate Brown’s chief of staff, told The Associated Press the...

Iraqi workers spray disinfectant as a precaution against the coronavirus in the shrine of Imam Ali in Najaf, Iraq, Sunday, March 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Anmar Khalil)

The Latest: 2 in Congress self-quarantine over virus contact

Mar. 8, 2020 10:25 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak (all times local): 3:15 a.m. Two members of Congress, Sen. Ted Cruz and congressman Paul Gosar, say they are isolating themselves after determining they had contact at a political conference with a man infected with the coronavirus. Cruz says he had brief...

FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2018 file photo, Georgia Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp speaks a day before Election Day at Peachtree DeKalb Airport in Atlanta. The Georgia attorney general's office says in a newly released report made available Tuesday, March 3, 2020, that an investigation found there was no foundation to Republican Gov. Brian Kemp's allegations that Democrats sought to hack the state's voter registration system before his contentious 2018 election. (Hyosub Shin/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File)

Report: No proof of Dem hacking claim by Georgia Gov. Kemp

Mar. 3, 2020 3:16 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia attorney general’s office has concluded that there is no foundation to Republican Gov. Brian Kemp’s allegations that Democrats sought to hack the state’s voter registration system before his 2018 election. The divisive race that November pitted Kemp against...