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In this March 19, 2020, photo, Carol Talkington helps Terri Bonasso tape a notice on the emergency room door following a vigil at the closing of the Fairmont Regional Medical Center in Fairmont, W.Va. The coronavirus pandemic couldn't come at a worse time for communities trying to cope after a wave of hospital shutdowns across the rural United States. (Tammy Shriver/Times-West Virginian via AP)

Rural areas fear spread of virus as more hospitals close

Apr. 1, 2020 6:24 PM EDT

CARROLLTON, Ala. (AP) — As the coronavirus spread across the United States, workers at the lone hospital in one Alabama county turned off beeping monitors for good and padlocked the doors, making it one of the latest in a string of nearly 200 rural hospitals to close nationwide. Now Joe Cunningham is more...

Jade Brooks at her apartment, Tuesday, March 31, 2020, in Boston. It's the first of the month and everybody knows the rent's due. Wednesday is the first time the landlord is knocking on the door since the coronavirus turned the economy upside down. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

April 1, rent's due: Many struggle to pay in virus outbreak

Apr. 1, 2020 12:24 PM EDT

It's the first of the month, and everybody knows the rent's due. For millions of Americans, Wednesday is the first time the landlord is knocking on the door since the coronavirus outbreak turned the economy upside down. Many of those renters are without jobs - nearly 3.3 million people in the U.S. filed for...

Julie Dolan, chair of her town's Broadband Committee, poses with her computer on the steps of her family's rural home in Sandwich, N.H., Thursday, March 26, 2020.  In the town of 1,200 best known as the setting for the movie “On Golden Pond,

Those without broadband struggle in a stuck-at-home nation

Mar. 31, 2020 8:45 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — In Sandwich, New Hampshire, a town of 1,200 best known as a setting for the movie “On Golden Pond," broadband is scarce. Forget streaming Netflix, much less working or studying from home. Even the police department has trouble uploading its reports. Julie Dolan, a 65-year-old...

In this handout photograph taken Tuesday, March 17, 2020 and provided by Jack Hagan, Drew Anderson is shown on the top of Buffalo Mountain near Silverthorne, Colo. The outdoors has become a great escape for people as the new cronoavirus creates a wave of turbulent times. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing heath problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (Photo Courtesy of Jack Hagan via The AP)

Call to the wild: Great outdoors an escape in tough times

Mar. 29, 2020 1:15 PM EDT

Jim Klug's office phone rings off the hook with anxious anglers inquiring about the status of their upcoming fly-fishing trips. It's a stressful time for the co-owner of a fishing travel company as he postpones and re-books international and domestic expeditions due the coronavirus pandemic. The best way for him...

A medical worker screens people arriving at a special COVID-19 testing site in Boston, Saturday, March 28, 2020. The drive-thru testing site is only open to qualified first responders who meet the state criteria for testing. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Massachusetts' cases jump by more than 1,000

Mar. 28, 2020 6:13 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A look at developments related to the new coronavirus around New England: MASSACHUSETTS The number of cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts jumped by more than 1,000 to a total of 4,257, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health said Saturday. The state also had nine more deaths...

In this photo taken March 24, 2020, Mia Grace, right, holds a package of toilet paper as she and her dog Breezy observe social distancing chalk marks on the sidewalk while waiting to get in to The Reef Capitol Hill, a marijuana store in Seattle, which was limiting the number of people in the store at one time to help slow the spread of the new coronavirus. Earlier in the week, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee ordered nonessential businesses to close and the state's more than 7 million residents to stay home in order to slow the spread of the new coronavirus. In Washington and several other states where marijuana is legal, pot shops and workers in the market's supply chain were deemed essential and allowed to remain open. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

What's essential? In France: pastry, wine. In US: golf, guns

Mar. 28, 2020 4:31 PM EDT

The coronavirus pandemic is defining for the globe what's “essential” and what things we really can't do without, even though we might not need them for survival. Attempting to slow the spread of the virus, authorities in many places are determining what shops and services can remain open. They're...

Judge: RI trooper's suit against superiors will go to trial

Mar. 27, 2020 3:56 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that a Rhode Island state police lieutenant's claims that his superiors pressured him to falsify a report will go to trial. U.S. District Court Chief Judge John McConnell Jr. ruled that a jury will decide whether Lt. Michael Casey’s claims are a...

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For seniors, isolation changes life in varied, nuanced ways

Mar. 27, 2020 2:54 PM EDT

One remembers the polio epidemic and the hardships of World War II. One is stoic about it all — because, he says, he's already “here past the welcome.” A third, old enough to remember the aftermath of the 1918 flu epidemic, turns to her faith in challenging times. For older Americans, some...

In this photo taken March 20, 2020, cattle rancher Mike Filbin stands on his property in Dufur, Ore., after herding some cows and talks about the impact the new coronavirus is having on his rural community. Tiny towns tucked into Oregon's windswept plains and cattle ranches miles from anywhere in South Dakota might not have had a single case of the new coronavirus yet, but their residents fear the spread of the disease to areas with scarce medical resources, the social isolation that comes when the only diner in town closes its doors and the economic free fall that's already hitting them hard. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)

Rural America watches pandemic erupt in cities as fear grows

Mar. 25, 2020 2:39 PM EDT

DUFUR, Ore. (AP) — The social distancing rules repeated like a mantra in America's urban centers, where the coronavirus is spreading exponentially, might seem silly in wide-open places where neighbors live miles apart and “working from home” means another day spent branding calves or driving...

In this Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, photo, Dartmouth College's Matthew Delmont views the website he created, Black Quotidian, in his office on the school's campus in Hanover, N.H. The website is an archive of digitized African-American newspaper content that highlights the lives of every day African-Americans in the 20th century. Many of the people featured were well known in their communities but often were overlooked in African-American history books. (AP Photo/Michael Casey)

Website aims to highlight hidden figures in black history

Feb. 28, 2020 6:08 AM EST

HANOVER, N.H. (AP) — A few years back, Matthew Delmont felt his teaching about African American history had gotten a little stale so he starting casting around for a fresh way to bring it to life. The Dartmouth College professor initially turned to Twitter for a year to share stories about the everyday...