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CTA hopes to win back Chicago riders after pandemic slump

Jun. 12, 2021 09:24 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Commuters returning to the buses and trains run by the Chicago Transit Authority will be greeted by employee volunteers acting as “ambassadors,” part of a campaign to bring riders back as coronavirus restrictions end. The CTA launched the campaign in...

Illinois reopening Monroe County cave system

Jun. 12, 2021 09:18 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A cave system in southern Illinois closed more than a decade ago will reopen to the public this month. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources announced this week that Illinois Caverns in Monroe County will reopen on Wednesday. ...

Torah ark desecrated inside Frankfurt Airport prayer room

Jun. 12, 2021 09:09 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A leading Jewish group in Germany on Saturday condemned the antisemitic desecration of a Torah ark inside the Jewish prayer room at Frankfurt's international airport. Frankfurt police said a swastika was painted on the cabinet inside the prayer room, which...

Delaware cafe plans to keep dream alive for injured cook

Jun. 12, 2021 09:03 AM EDT

HOCKESSIN, Del. (AP) — Shannon Kokoszka and Linda Mele made a dream of running their own small cafe come true despite misgivings about opening a new business while coronavirus pandemic restrictions were still in place. About five months ago, the women, friends for more...

AMA doctors meet amid vocal backlash over racial equity plan

Jun. 12, 2021 08:22 AM EDT

The nation’s largest, most influential doctors’ group is holding its annual policymaking meeting amid backlash over its most ambitious plan ever — to help dismantle centuries-old racism and bias in all realms of the medical establishment. The dissenters are a vocal...

Connecticut legislature addresses nursing home deficiencies

Jun. 12, 2021 08:22 AM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Some big changes are expected at Connecticut nursing homes in the coming months. From mandatory two-month supplies of personal protection equipment and full-time infection specialists to the ability for residents to have cameras in their rooms,...

To curb drug prices, Democrats still seeking a balance

Jun. 12, 2021 08:12 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are committed to passing legislation this year to curb prescription drug prices, but they're still disagreeing on how to cut costs for patients and taxpayers while preserving profits that lure investors to back potentially promising treatments. ...

After charming leaders, Queen Elizabeth sits back for parade

Jun. 12, 2021 08:05 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Fresh from charming leaders at the Group of Seven summit, Queen Elizabeth II was back at her residence at Windsor Castle on Saturday to view a military parade to mark her official birthday. The 95-year-old monarch sat on a dais to watch the ceremony that...

The Latest: Russian COVID-19 cases spike 47% in a week

Jun. 12, 2021 07:54 AM EDT

MOSCOW — Russia’s national coronavirus taskforce reports the country’s tally of daily new infections has risen by almost half over the past week and more than doubled in Moscow. It says there were 13,510 infections recorded in the previous day, sharply higher than...

Biden to urge G-7 leaders to call out, compete with China

Jun. 12, 2021 07:39 AM EDT

CARBIS BAY, England (AP) — The United States plans to push democratic allies on Saturday to publicly call out China for forced labor practices as the Group of Seven leaders gather at a summit where they will also unveil an infrastructure plan meant to compete with Beijing’s efforts in the...