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The Latest: California closes all downtown state buildings

Jun. 1, 2020 3:28 AM EDT

The Latest on the death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer pressed a knee on his neck: ___ SAN FRANCISCO — The state Department of Human Resources sent a directive to close all California state buildings “with offices in downtown city...

In this May 28, 2020, photo, Dave Turnier processes mail-in ballots at at the Chester County Voter Services office in West Chester, Pa., prior to the primary election. Tuesday's primary elections in seven states are both significant elections and big tests of campaigning during the age of coronavirus. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Primaries become test run for campaigning during coronavirus

Jun. 1, 2020 2:51 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Tuesday's primaries in eight states are the biggest test to date of campaigning during the coronavirus era, a way for parties to test-drive new ways of getting out the vote during a time when it can be dangerous to leave your home. Voters from Pennsylvania to Iowa to New Mexico will...

Arun Saiju of the RNA-16 volunteer group speaks on a phone inside his makeshift shelter during lockdown at a hospital in Bhaktapur, Nepal, Tuesday, May 26, 2020. RNA-16 stands for “Rescue and Awareness” and the 16 kinds of disasters they have prepared to deal with, from Nepal’s devastating 2015 earthquake to road accidents. But the unique services of this group of three men and a woman in signature blue vests in the epidemic amount to a much greater sacrifice, said doctors, hospital officials and civic leaders. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

Nepal volunteers become local heroes during virus pandemic

Jun. 1, 2020 1:35 AM EDT

BHAKTAPUR, Nepal (AP) — When the new mother died in the hospital last month — the first person to succumb to COVID-19 in Nepal — her days-old baby was moved to an isolation ward. But the woman’s body remained. Ambulance drivers and hospital workers, fearful of the contagion, refused...

A volunteer worker walks past a shattered display window early Sunday morning, May 31, 2020, at the downtown Macy's store in Chicago, after a night of unrest and protests over the death of George Floyd, a black man who was in police custody in Minneapolis. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on Memorial Day. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

After downtown Chicago protests, unrest spreads to suburbs

May. 31, 2020 11:20 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — While Chicago officials took extraordinary steps Sunday to patrol and restrict access to downtown in the hopes of preventing further chaos after tense weekend protests over the death of George Floyd, destruction and unrest spread to the city's neighborhoods and suburbs. Vandals smashed...

In this Thursday, May 28,2020 photo Virginia Binkerhoff stands outside the Just Dandy women's clothing store she owns in downtown Cheyenne, Wyo. The cancellation of this summer's Cheyenne Frontier Days rodeo and cowboy festival due to the coronavirus portends more hard times ahead for businesses struggling in Wyoming's capital city. (AP Photo/Mead Gruver)

No rodeo festival dashes Wyoming city's hopes amid COVID-19

May. 29, 2020 5:56 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Just Dandy women's clothing store in downtown Cheyenne has endured fire, flooding, recessions and so far the coronavirus pandemic, but will this year's cancellation of the city's famous cowboy-and-rodeo festival, Cheyenne Frontier Days, be the daddy-of-'em-all disaster? “I...

FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020 file photo, a view of the AstraZeneca logo, on a building, in South San Francisco, Calif. Drug maker AstraZeneca secured its first agreements Thursday, May 21, 2020 for 400 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, bolstered by an investment from the U.S. vaccine agency. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

UK to start huge vaccine test; China reports promising hints

May. 22, 2020 11:38 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British researchers testing an experimental vaccine against the new coronavirus are moving into advanced studies and aim to immunize more than 10,000 people to determine if the shot works. Friday’s announcement came as Chinese scientists who are developing a similar vaccine reported...

In this photo taken on Thursday, May 7, 2020, medical students Afroditi Gerodimontaki, left, Michaella Alexandrou, center, and Dimitra Siakalli examine a patient at the Pathological Clinic of Sotiria Hospital in Athens. Greece's main hospital for the treatment of COVID-19 is also the focus of a hands-on training program for dozens of medical students who volunteered to relieve hard-pressed doctors from their simpler duties while gaining a close peek at the front lines of a struggle unmatched in modern medical history. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

AP PHOTOS: Medical students help virus hospital in Greece

May. 19, 2020 9:03 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — More than a century ago, the Sotiria hospital in Athens was built as a public sanatorium for patients with a feared infectious disease that spread through coughing and killed indiscriminately — tuberculosis. Now Greece’s main hospital for COVID-19 patients, it’s...

Librarian Holly Ryckman smiles as she chats with 81-year-old Dell Kaplan from the Davis Library in Plano, Texas Friday, May 15, 2020. Ryckman is participating in a program that have popped up across the U.S. during the pandemic to help older adults with a simple offer to engage in small talk. Ryckman said the calls have been

Just a chat: Calls offered for older adults staying home

May. 18, 2020 6:13 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — For 81-year-old Dell Kaplan, the offer to get calls from a stranger just to chat while staying home during the coronavirus pandemic was immediately appealing. “It gets pretty lonely here by yourself,” said Kaplan, a suburban Dallas resident who has been missing meals out with...

A man stands outside an entrance to a Moderna, Inc., building, Monday, May 18, 2020, in Cambridge, Mass. Moderna announced Monday that an experimental vaccine against the coronavirus showed encouraging results in very early testing, triggering hoped-for immune responses in eight healthy, middle-aged volunteers.(AP Photo/Bill Sikes)

Moderna: Early coronavirus vaccine results are encouraging

May. 18, 2020 1:07 PM EDT

An experimental vaccine against the coronavirus showed encouraging results in very early testing, triggering hoped-for immune responses in eight healthy, middle-aged volunteers, its maker announced Monday. Study volunteers given either a low or medium dose of the vaccine by Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Moderna...

Kerri Kaplan, a fifth grade teacher, stands next to a small library she has in her front yard in Phoenix, Ariz., on Friday, April 17, 2020. As government orders shuttered public libraries to slow the spread of coronavirus, some have turned to official and unofficial book-sharing means to satisfy their desire for new reading material.  (AP Photo/Michelle A. Monroe)

Small free libraries offering solace amid virus shutdowns

May. 17, 2020 11:52 AM EDT

Christine Gale Reynolds worked at the public library in Yosemite National Park before it closed in March when California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued shutdown orders to slow the spread of the coronavirus. So, she filled the back of her car with donated books and began her own mobile library. “I know this may...