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In this Wednesday, June 24, 2020, photograph, a woman walks past a mural in tribute to Frederick Douglass on the exterior wall of the Black-owned Slade's Bar and Grill in the South End neighborhood of Boston. Many from outside Boston have recently ordered takeout, purchased gift cards and supported the restaurant amid nationwide protests against racism. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Religious leaders to invoke Frederick Douglass on July 4th

Jul. 3, 2020 6:14 PM EDT

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — About 150 preachers, rabbis and imams are promising to invoke Black abolitionist Frederick Douglass on July 4th as they call for the U.S. to tackle racism and poverty. The religious leaders are scheduled this weekend to frame their sermons around “What to the Slave is the...

FILE - In this April 8, 2019 file photo, migrants mainly from Sudan, Chad, and afghanistan, gather in a makeshift camp in Paris. The European Court of Human Rights ruled on Thursday July 2 2020 that France violated three the rights of three asylum seekers who lived for months in the street with no means to fill essential needs such as food, housing and health care.(AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)

A European court backs 3 migrants, rules against France

Jul. 2, 2020 7:34 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The European Court of Human Rights ruled on Thursday that France violated the rights of three asylum-seekers who lived for months on the streets with no means to meet basic needs such as food, housing and health care. The court considered that the three migrants — an Afghan, a Russian,...

FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2020, file photo, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., right, shows a note to Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. The House has approved a $1.5 trillion plan to rebuild the nation’s crumbling infrastructure, pouring hundreds of billions of dollars into projects to fix roads and bridges, upgrade transit systems, expand interstate railways and dredge harbors, ports and channels. (AP Photo/ Jacquelyn Martin, File)

House approves $1.5T plan to fix crumbling infrastructure

Jul. 1, 2020 9:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-controlled House approved a $1.5 trillion plan Wednesday to rebuild the nation’s crumbling infrastructure, pouring hundreds of billions of dollars into projects to fix roads and bridges, upgrade transit systems, expand interstate railways and dredge harbors, ports...

Jennifer Gottschalk, environmental health supervisor of the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department, walks down a hallway of the department’s offices in Toledo, Ohio, on Wednesday, June 24, 2020. When the coronavirus pandemic struck earlier in the year, the county’s department was so short-staffed that her duties included overseeing campground and pool inspections, rodent control and sewage programs, while also supervising outbreak preparedness for a community of more than 425,000 people. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Hollowed out public health system faces more cuts amid virus

Jul. 1, 2020 10:25 AM EDT

The U.S. public health system has been starved for decades and lacks the resources to confront the worst health crisis in a century. Marshaled against a virus that has sickened at least 2.6 million in the U.S., killed more than 126,000 people and cost tens of millions of jobs and $3 trillion in federal rescue...

FILE - In this Saturday, May 23, 2020, file photo, a man wearing a face mask is reflected in a mirror as he waits inside his car to be tested for COVID-19 while volunteers take registration information in Annandale, Va. COVID-19 testing was available from Fairfax County at no cost and without a doctor's order. Hundreds of people had lined up in cars and on foot by 10 a.m. Officials planned on testing about 1,000 people from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Six takeaways of the KHN/AP public health investigation

Jul. 1, 2020 7:57 AM EDT

Local and state public health departments in the United States work to ensure that people have healthy water to drink, their restaurants don’t serve contaminated food and outbreaks of infectious diseases don’t spread. Those departments now find themselves at the forefront of fighting the coronavirus...

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, June 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Dem climate plan would end greenhouse gas emissions by 2050

Jun. 30, 2020 5:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats on Tuesday unveiled a plan to address climate change that would set a goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, while pushing renewable energy such as wind and solar power and addressing environmental contamination that disproportionately harms low-income and...

In this March 3, 2020 photo released by the University of Maryland via the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism, Washington, D.C., officials confer under a railroad overpass on L Street NE, about eight blocks from the U.S. Capitol, before garbage trucks and front loaders remove the homeless encampment there. (Susannah Outhier/University of Maryland via AP)

Cities try to arrest their way out of homeless problems

Jun. 29, 2020 1:07 PM EDT

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) — In the nine years he has been homeless, Kenneth Shultz has spent one of every three nights in jail. The 71-year-old retiree has been charged with trespassing 96 times, including after he fell asleep behind gas stations, outside office buildings and in a city park. His 1,034...

FILE - In this Friday, June 26, 2020 file photo, health workers take a nasal swab sample during a testing and screening operation for the new coronavirus, in Hyderabad, Pakistan. (AP Photo/Pervez Masih, File)

Worst virus fears are realized in poor or war-torn countries

Jun. 29, 2020 10:03 AM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — For months, experts have warned of a potential nightmare scenario: After overwhelming health systems in some of the world’s wealthiest regions, the coronavirus gains a foothold in poor or war-torn countries ill-equipped to contain it and sweeps through the population....

Consuelo Pascacio's three children; Estiben 4, Estefany, 11, and Javier, 14, dig into a chicken rice stew she picked up at a

Virus pushes millions into hunger; UN seeks more food funds

Jun. 29, 2020 7:03 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Millions of people have been pushed into hunger by the coronavirus pandemic, the U.N. World Food Program said Monday as it appealed for nearly $5 billion to help feed the growing numbers in poor and middle-income countries. “The frontline in the battle against the coronavirus is...

In this picture made available Friday, June 26, 2020 an aerial view shows a giant ephemeral landart painting by Swiss French artist Saype entitled

Low-key 75th anniversary of UN's birth because of pandemic

Jun. 26, 2020 5:57 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations marked the 75th anniversary of its birth with a scaled-down event Friday because of the coronavirus pandemic, one of many challenges a deeply divided world faces along with poverty, inequality, discrimination and unending wars. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio...