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FILE - In this Nov. 28, 2018, file photo, Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. speaks before a convocation at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. Nearly three dozen black alumni of Liberty University are denouncing school President Jerry Falwell Jr. on Monday, June 1, 2020, suggesting he step down after he mocked Virginia’s mask-wearing requirement by invoking the blackface scandal that engulfed the state’s governor last year. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

5 things to know today - that aren't about the virus

Jun. 1, 2020 10:41 PM EDT

Your daily look at nonvirus stories in the news: 1. ‘HATE JUST HIDES. IT DOESN'T GO AWAY' Joe Biden is vowing if elected to address institutional racism in his first 100 days in office as he seeks to elevate his voice in the exploding national debate over racism and police brutality. 2. TORRENTIAL RAINS...

Vehicles stand damaged by the Acelhuate River after a flash flood at a neighborhood in San Salvador, El Salvador, Sunday, May 31, 2020. According to the Ministry of the Interior, at least seven people died across the country after two days of heavy rains. (AP Photo/Salvador Melendez)

Tropical storm kills 17 in El Salvador and Guatemala

Jun. 1, 2020 5:34 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Rains from Tropical Storm Amanda left at least 17 dead and seven missing while causing extensive damage across El Salvador and Guatemala that pushed thousands of people into shelters amid the coronavirus pandemic. EL Salvador Interior Minister Mario Durán said Monday...

The swollen Los Esclavos River flows violently under a bridge during tropical storm Amanda in Cuilapa, eastern Guatemala, Sunday, May 31, 2020. The first tropical storm of the Eastern Pacific season drenched parts of Central America on Sunday and officials in El Salvador said at least seven people had died in the flooding. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

Season's 1st tropical storm drenches part of Central America

May. 31, 2020 7:02 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — The first tropical storm of the Eastern Pacific season drenched parts of Central America Sunday and officials in El Salvador said at least seven people had died in flooding. President Nayib Bukele decreed a 15-day state of emergency to deal with the rains that began...

A National Civil Police Special Forces officer patrols past a mural of Armando Bukele, father of El Salvador's President Nayib Bukele, which was painted by supporters of the president outside a cultural center as a thank you gesture for creating the center when he was mayor, during the enforcement of the coronavirus-related quarantine, in the Iberia area of San Salvador, El Salvador, Thursday, April 23, 2020. When the coronavirus appeared, President Bukele closed the borders and airports and imposed a mandatory home quarantine for all except those working in the government, hospitals, pharmacies or other designated businesses. People were allowed out only to buy groceries, and violators were detained, with more than 2,000 being held for 30-day stints. (AP Photo/Salvador Melendez)

Salvadoran leader to file complaint against congress, courts

May. 21, 2020 5:27 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — President Nayib Bukele is threatening to file a complaint with an international tribunal against El Salvador's other two branches of government in a fight over his harsh coronavirus confinement policies. Bukele wrote late Wednesday that he would take the issue to the Inter...

President Donald Trump speaks during a Cabinet Meeting in the East Room of the White House, Tuesday, May 19, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump 'looking to save lives' on ventilator shipments abroad

May. 19, 2020 6:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Once short on ventilators but now awash with extras, the United States has delivered 1,271 ventilators to seven countries, with the latest shipment going to El Salvador. A senior administration official said Tuesday that the ventilators had been sold and delivered to Australia, Canada,...

In this May 4, 2020 photo, men wearing protective face masks look out from a building where they are being held for violating a quarantine decreed by the government as part of measures to curb the spread of COVID-19, in San Salvador, El Salvador. The detained range from business executives returning from abroad to parents stopped by police while out to buy groceries. (AP Photo/Salvador Melendez)

El Salvador quarantine centers become points of contagion

May. 17, 2020 10:24 AM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele has imposed some of the hemisphere’s toughest measures against the new coronavirus — closing his country’s borders, imposing a national quarantine and dispatching police and the army to detain violators. An...

Judge allows 5 Central American asylum seekers to enter US

May. 15, 2020 4:25 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Five Central American asylum seekers ordered to remain in Mexico by federal authorities will be able to reunite with their families in Massachusetts until their immigration cases are decided, a federal judge in Boston ruled Thursday. The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts said...

A woman wears a mask against the spread of COVID-19 disease, as she attends a funeral at the Central cemetery of Managua, Nicaragua, Monday, May 11, 2020. President Daniel Ortega's government has stood out for its refusal to impose measures to halt the new coronavirus for more than two months since the disease was first diagnosed in Nicaragua. Now, doctors and family members of apparent victims say, the government has gone from denying the disease's presence in the country to actively trying to conceal its spread. (AP Photo/Alfredo Zuniga)

'Express burials' cast doubt on Nicaragua's virus figures

May. 12, 2020 3:50 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Roger Ordoñez was hospitalized with breathing problems last week. When his son Enrique came to visit the next morning, the 69-year-old retiree was already being buried by government workers in protective white full-body suits in a cemetery on the outskirts of Chinandega, a...

People pass by wearing face masks to protect against the spread of the new coronavirus as ride along a street in Beijing, Wednesday, May 6, 2020. China on Wednesday reported just two new cases of the coronavirus and no deaths. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: UN ups appeal to fight virus to $6.7 billion

May. 7, 2020 12:56 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: — UN increases amount of appeal to fight coronavirus to $6.7...

FILE - In this Thursday, March 14, 2019, file photo, a Border Patrol agent talks with a group suspected of having entered the U.S. illegally near McAllen, Texas. The Trump administration has quietly shut down the nation's asylum system for the first time in decades amid coronavirus concerns, largely because holding people in custody is considered too dangerous. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

US can soon start sending people seeking asylum to Honduras

Apr. 30, 2020 7:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has finalized an agreement with Honduras that would allow some people seeking asylum in the United States to be sent to the Central American country instead. The agreement is similar to one with Guatemala and is part of an administration effort to reduce the flow...