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FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2019, file photo, an evacuee lies on a cot at an evacuation shelter for people with special needs, in preparation for Hurricane Dorian, at Dr. David L. Anderson Middle School in Stuart, Fla. Local officials across the South are still scurrying to fix their hurricane evacuation and sheltering plans because of changes needed due to coronavirus and a cratering economy. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Many states scrambling to update hurricane plans for virus

May. 31, 2020 7:22 AM EDT

Officials across the U.S. South are still scrambling to adjust their hurricane plans to the coronavirus. The big unknown: Where will people fleeing storms go? The Associated Press surveyed more than 70 counties and states from Texas to Virginia, with more than 60% of coastal counties saying as of late May that...

FILE - In this April 5, 2020, file photo, Navy Rear Adm. John Polowczyk, supply chain task force lead at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, speaks during a coronavirus task force briefing at the White House in Washington. U.S. officials are invoking a rarely used provision of American law that would shield companies from antitrust regulations to help the country from again running out of medical supplies in a pandemic. Polowczyk, who was appointed to run a White House supply chain task force in response to the outbreak, told reporters last week that the government is expanding the emergency stockpile of critical supplies and medicines managed by the Department of Health and Human Services. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

US seeking industry cooperation on future medical supplies

May. 21, 2020 4:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials are invoking a rarely used provision of American law that would shield companies from antitrust regulations to help the country from again running out of medical supplies in a pandemic. The government began formal discussions Thursday with private industry representatives...

Children of migrant workers from other states wait outside a railway station to catch a train to return to their hometowns, in Mumbai, India, Friday, May 15, 2020. The pandemic has exposed India's deep economic divide as millions of migrant workers have left Indian cities with luggage bags perched on their heads and children in their arms, walking down highways in desperate attempts to reach the countryside. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

The Latest: India surpasses China in coronavirus cases

May. 16, 2020 12:33 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — India surpasses China in coronavirus infection cases. ...

NYPD officers salute the USNS Naval Hospital Ship Comfort as it is pushed out into the Hudson River by tugboats, Thursday, April 30, 2020, in the Manhattan borough of New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Navy hospital ships, once thought critical, see few patients

Apr. 30, 2020 6:41 PM EDT

About a month ago, with Los Angeles girding for a potentially crippling surge of coronavirus cases, a massive white Navy hospital ship chugged into port: a powerful symbol of the government's response to the pandemic. The USNS Mercy, with 1,000 hospital beds and giant red crosses on its sides, was welcomed by...

FILE - In this April 23, 2020 file photo, utility poles are knocked off their foundation, dropping power lines, after a tornado ripped a swath of destruction through the area in Onalaska, Texas. So far, 2020 has been full of reminders that disasters can strike anytime. Fortunately, you have time to prepare your financial records for easy retrieval during storm and wildfire season. Take steps to gather and make copies of your important information, including identification and medical and financial records.  (Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle via AP, File)

Make a financial recovery kit to rally faster after disaster

Apr. 30, 2020 10:10 AM EDT

So far, 2020 has been a year of disruption for many Americans. Finances and lives have been upended by the mental, physical and economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. And now, another threat looms: storm and wildfire season. Colorado State University predicts that we’ll have an “above...

FILE - In this Friday, March 27, 2020, file photo, Nightbird Restaurant pastry chef Hope Waggoner prepares dinner boxes that were to be delivered to hospital workers in San Francisco. California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Friday, April 24 that taxpayers will pay restaurants to make meals for millions of California's seniors during the coronavirus pandemic, an initiative that could pump billions of dollars into a devastated industry. Nightbird owner Kim Alter said in an email that the restaurant is

California food for seniors plan could run out of money soon

Apr. 29, 2020 8:11 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s first-in-the-nation plan to pay for and deliver three meals a day to vulnerable seniors during the coronavirus crisis has less than two weeks to launch before federal funding runs out, government documents show. It wasn’t clear how many, if...

FILE - In this Friday, March 27, 2020, file photo, Nightbird Restaurant pastry chef Hope Waggoner prepares dinner boxes that were to be delivered to hospital workers in San Francisco. California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Friday, April 24 that taxpayers will pay restaurants to make meals for millions of California's seniors during the coronavirus pandemic, an initiative that could pump billions of dollars into a devastated industry. Nightbird owner Kim Alter said in an email that the restaurant is

Money for meals for California seniors could end in 2 weeks

Apr. 28, 2020 7:15 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s first-in-the-nation plan to pay for and deliver three meals a day to vulnerable seniors during the coronavirus crisis has less than two weeks to launch before federal funding runs out, government documents show. It wasn’t clear how many, if...

Vice President Mike Pence, right, and President Donald Trump watch a video of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaking during a coronavirus task force briefing at the White House, Sunday, April 19, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Cuomo, Trump ready to meet after trading virus barbs, praise

Apr. 21, 2020 2:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Their back-and-forth during the coronavirus pandemic has included insults, sharply contrasting views on the role of the federal government and some moments of mutual admiration. Now President Donald Trump and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will meet face-to-face Tuesday for the first time...

The remaining residents are evacuated from Freedom Square of Seminole, Friday, April 17, 2020. in Seminole, Fla. Three nursing home residents have died of the coronavirus in an outbreak that has afflicted Freedom Square of Seminole, a sprawling retirement community that has seen dozens of residents hospitalized because of the virus, officials said. (Dirk Shadd/Tampa Bay Times via AP)

The Latest: South Korea virus cases maintain downward trend

Apr. 17, 2020 11:40 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: —Trump hoping to resume campaign rallies without social...

FILE - In this March 19, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump attends a teleconference with governors at the Federal Emergency Management Agency headquarters, Thursday, March 19, 2020, in Washington. From left, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf, White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx and Adm. Brett Giroir, assistant secretary for health. There’s the standard process for getting urgently needed coronavirus equipment: send a request to FEMA. Then there’s the other way: have a buddy who can pick up the phone and call the Trump White House. Trump’s team has proudly recounted instances where a call to the White House has produced fast results for those who have an in with the president.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Poolm, File)

Calling Trump: When connections help steer virus supplies

Apr. 11, 2020 12:19 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was early on a Friday when Jared Kushner said he received a call from his father-in-law, President Donald Trump. Trump was hearing from friends in New York that the city's public hospital system was running low on critical supplies to fight the new coronavirus — something city...