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Yoga, beer and coffee: A good fit at yoga class in Virginia

Jan. 23, 2021 9:00 AM EST

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — On a dreary Sunday morning, The Stockpot in Norfolk would have been a perfect place for some comfort food. But I drove there sleepy-eyed for something else. A clue as to what? I brought my yoga mat. As I set up in the restaurant’s mezzanine area for a Sky’s the Limit...

New Hampshire sets vaccine goal; Vermont urges mindfulness

Jan. 2, 2021 5:08 PM EST

Coronavirus-related developments across New England: CONNECTICUT Bishop Frank Caggiano of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport is in quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19. The diocese said in a statement that Caggiano, 61, learned of the test result on Wednesday and immediately went into a 10-day...

Mike Hamlar, president of Hamlar-Curtis Funeral Home & Crematory in Roanoke Va., Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020. Hamlar would like to see funeral professionals added to the list of first responders. The staff comes into contact with people who died from COVID-19 and with their families, who may also be infected. (Don Petersen/The Roanoke Times via AP)

Funeral homes find new ways to care for families, staff

Jan. 2, 2021 9:01 AM EST

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Nurses, doctors and emergency responders are the people most often identified as being on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. But Mike Hamlar, president of Hamlar-Curtis Funeral Home & Crematory in Roanoke, believes that list is incomplete. “Funeral service...

Meditation expert, author and speaker Mallika Chopra poses for a portrait on Dec. 21, 2020, in Santa Monica, Calif. Chopra is a “mindfulness consultant” on the new Apple TV+ animated children's series ”Stillwater.

With ‘Stillwater,’ Mallika Chopra brings mindfulness to kids

Dec. 29, 2020 10:11 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — When the producers of the new animated children’s series “Stillwater” asked Mallika Chopra to be the show’s “mindfulness consultant,” the meditation expert, author and speaker said she was immediately on board. “What an amazing title to...

Ambulance company settles lawsuit with pregnant employee

Dec. 29, 2020 8:25 AM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Ambulance company American Medical Response will settle a discrimination lawsuit after it refused to provide a pregnant Spokane, Washington employee a temporary reprieve from heavy-duty work, regulators announced Monday. AMR will pay $162,500 to a paramedic to resolve a lawsuit...

Relatives of 12 Hong Kong activists detained at sea by Chinese authorities, attend a press conference in Hong Kong, Monday, Dec. 28, 2020. Trials for 10 people accused of attempting to flee Hong Kong by speedboat amid a government crackdown on dissent got underway in China on Monday, a court official said. The defendants face charges of illegally crossing the border, while two face additional charges of organizing the attempt, according to an indictment issued in the southern city of Shenzhen. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Hong Kongers charged in China plead guilty, relatives told

Dec. 29, 2020 3:06 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Relatives of the 10 Hong Kongers accused of fleeing the city by speedboat during a government crackdown on dissent say they've been informed that their family members pleaded guilty, according to a support group. The families of the detainees were informed by court-appointed lawyers...

Amid pandemic, Baltimore neighbors work to keep spirits up

Dec. 17, 2020 6:31 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — Phone lines are busier for Baltimore mental health hotlines as demands for their services are on the rise. And across Baltimore, neighborhoods and communities are sticking together as they search for ways to cope with pandemic-induced stress and anxiety. In Southeast Baltimore’s...

Paramedic Bertrand Brissaud, cares for the patient in room No. 10, a few hours before he died after his nearly month-long battle against COVID-19 at Bichat Hospital, AP-HP, in Paris Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. The patient in room No. 10 died later on Dec. 1. His was one of 775 virus deaths in France that day, adding to a national death toll now topping 56,000 and the worldwide count of more than 1.5 million dead. As one of the man's carers, Brissaud had been more physically intimate with him than many people are with their friends. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

'Such is life': In virus wards, death is a foe but a fact

Dec. 11, 2020 2:36 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — During their daily morning round of the intensive care unit, hospital staffers and medical students pause outside room No. 10, abruptly emptied of the patient who lost his nearly month-long battle against COVID-19 the previous evening. The man died at 6:12 p.m., the medic leading the briefing...

After ICU battle couple seeks to comfort those with COVID-19

Dec. 6, 2020 12:46 PM EST

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) — It has been about six months since Fred Reyes was diagnosed with COVID-19, and while he continues to recover, he and his wife, Sharon, are supporting others who are going through experiences similar to theirs. This is a very difficult holiday season for many, and while it’s...