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A hospital worker takes a break on an outdoor walkway as the day shift comes to an end and night falls upon the La Timone hospital in Marseille, southern France, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020. France is more than two weeks into its second coronavirus lockdown, and intensive care wards have been over 95% capacity for more than 10 days now. Associated Press journalists spent 24 hours with the intensive care team at La Timone, southern France's largest hospital, as they struggled to keep even one bed open for the influx of patients to come. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)

A lifetime of pain in 24 hours: A French ICU in the pandemic

Nov. 17, 2020 3:35 AM EST

MARSEILLE, France (AP) — Four more calls to go, each with careful words, painful silences. It’s 2 p.m. in the intensive care ward of Marseille’s La Timone hospital, and Dr. Julien Carvelli is phoning families hit by the latest coronavirus surge with news about their children, husbands, wives....

A hospital worker takes a break on an outdoor walkway as the day shift comes to an end and night falls upon the La Timone hospital in Marseille, southern France, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020. France is more than two weeks into its second coronavirus lockdown, and intensive care wards have been over 95% capacity for more than 10 days now. Associated Press journalists spent 24 hours with the intensive care team at La Timone, southern France's largest hospital, as they struggled to keep even one bed open for the influx of patients to come. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)

A day in the life of a COVID ward: Just trying to hold on

Nov. 17, 2020 12:20 AM EST

MARSEILLE, France (AP) — It’s 2 p.m. in the intensive care ward of Marseille’s La Timone hospital, and Dr. Julien Carvelli is phoning families hit by the second wave of the coronavirus with news about their children, husbands, wives. With intensive care wards at over 95% capacity in France...

Associated Press writer Tamara Lush plays video games during the coronavirus outbreak with the news on the television in the background Oct. 26, 2020, in St. Petersburg, Fla. She started playing Plague, Inc. on her iPad in 2014. A pandemic could never happen in real life, she figured. But six years later, this Florida-based writer is seeking solace in virtual worlds, and found a poignant message in one Nintendo Switch game called Spiritfarer. (AP Photo/Tamara Lush)

VIRUS DIARY: In pandemic, seeking solace in virtual worlds

Nov. 13, 2020 9:26 AM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — It’s 2014, and you’re relaxing with your best friend in a pastel-hued Florida condo the day after Thanksgiving. She’s checking Facebook and you’re on your iPad, playing a video game called Plague, Inc. “You try to kill the entire world with a...

Fletcher Peters of New York, a journalism student at NYU, reacts as she watches President-elect Joe Biden on a monitor in Times Square on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, in New York, as he addressed the nation. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

One week in an America riven by politics and the plague

Nov. 8, 2020 1:58 PM EST

On Nov. 1, as election week dawned, Dr. Juan Fitz lay dying in the same Lubbock, Texas, hospital where he had worked in the emergency room for nearly 20 years. Months before, he had told a professional journal of his fear that he would bring COVID-19 home to his two young children. But the Army veteran...