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This photo taken March 17, 2020, shows the Northern Edge Casino in Upper Fruitland, New Mexico, on the Navajo Nation. Tribes across the country have closed casinos to help slow the spread of the new coronavirus. In the U.S. Southwest, the leader of the Navajo Nation restricted travel for employees who answer to him and wrote letters to federal officials saying anyone pulled away from duty at federal health care facilities on the vast reservation wouldn't be welcome back for 45 days. (Noel Lyn Smith,The Daily Times via AP)

Tribes say persistent efforts pay off in massive stimulus

Mar. 28, 2020 11:49 AM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The sweeping bill that President Donald Trump signed will help better equip health care systems that serve Native Americans, improve the emergency response time on tribal lands, provide economic relief for tribal members, and help with food deliveries to low-income families and the...

FILE - In this March 16, 2011, file photo, a security fence surrounds inmate housing on the Rikers Island correctional facility in New York. Health experts say prisons and jails are considered a potential epicenter for America’s coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

Locked up: No masks, sanitizer as virus spreads behind bars

Mar. 28, 2020 11:47 AM EDT

Something was wrong. The chow hall line at New York’s Rikers Island jail had halted. For three hours, the men stood and waited, without food, until a correctional officer quietly delivered the news: A civilian chef was among those who tested positive for the coronavirus. “We was like, ‘What?...

FILE - This Friday, March 20, 2020 file photo shows a closed sign near an entrance to a playground at an elementary school in Walpole, Mass., amid the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Child welfare agencies in the U.S. have a difficult mission in the best of times, and now they're scrambling to confront new challenges during the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Coronavirus is roiling every part of child welfare system

Mar. 28, 2020 11:40 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Child welfare agencies across the U.S., often beleaguered in the best of times, are scrambling to confront new challenges that the coronavirus is posing for caseworkers, kids and parents. For caseworkers, the potential toll is physical and emotional. Child welfare workers in several...

FILE - In this March 27, 2020 file photo, President Donald Trump signs the coronavirus stimulus relief package in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, as Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., House Minority Leader Kevin McCarty, R-Calif., and Vice President Mike Pence watch. Payments from a federal coronavirus relief package could take several weeks to arrive. While you wait, prep your finances and make a plan for using any money you receive.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

How to prep for and spend your government relief check

Mar. 28, 2020 11:38 AM EDT

The coronavirus pandemic has upended the lives and finances of millions. A federal relief package aiming to provide payments to distressed consumers passed Friday — but that money is not likely to land for a number of weeks. While you'll have to wait for whatever money you might be eligible for, now is the...

A sign encourages the public to stay at home and stay safe during the coronavirus outbreak Friday, March 27, 2020, in downtown St. Joseph, Mich. Officials declared a state of emergency for Berrien County on Thursday due to the COVID-19 pandemic.(Don Campbell/The Herald-Palladium via AP)

Trump declares major disaster in Michigan amid pandemic

Mar. 28, 2020 11:38 AM EDT

President Donald Trump approved a major disaster declaration for Michigan, providing additional money to address the coronavirus pandemic as a top health official warned the situation in Detroit, a national “hot spot” for new cases of the coronavirus, will worsen. THE LATEST The White House...

Attorney General sending warning letters to landlords

Mar. 28, 2020 11:36 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Attorney General said Thursday he is sending warning letters to landlords who are threatening to evict tenants who can't pay rent during the coronavirus pandemic, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reports. The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia has issued an...

Union seeks 'first responder' status for food workers

Mar. 28, 2020 11:36 AM EDT

OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) — The Louisville-based United Food & Commercial Workers Local 227 is trying to get Kentucky and Indiana workers in the retail grocery, meat packing and food processing industries recognized as “first responders” during the coronavirus crisis. As workers in essential...

In this March 24, 2020, photo, farmworkers keep their distance from each other as they work at the Heringer Estates Family Vineyards and Winery in Clarksburg, Calif. Farms continue to operate as essential businesses that supply food to California and much of the country as schools, restaurants and stores shutter over the coronavirus. But some workers are anxious about the virus spreading among them and their families. Steve Heringer, general manager of the 152-year-old family owned business said workers now have more hand sanitizer and already use their own gloves for field work. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Farmworkers key to keeping US fed are wary of virus spread

Mar. 28, 2020 11:30 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Salvador Calzadillas isn't worried about catching the coronavirus when he's picking mandarin oranges in the trees in central California. But he said the mere act of getting to the groves each day puts him and his wife, also a farmworker, at risk, and there’s nothing they...

Chloe Dygert of the United States competes during the qualification race during the Cycling World Championship in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. (Sebastian Gollnow/dpa via AP)

New cycle: US riders face another year of training for Tokyo

Mar. 28, 2020 11:29 AM EDT

The decision to postpone the Tokyo Olympics until next year because of the coronavirus pandemichas left American cyclists with an abundance of mixed feelings. Relief that a move had been finally made. Disappointment that a lifetime ambition will be delayed. Frustration that months and even years of planning have...

North Dakota's confirmed COVID-19 cases rise to total of 83

Mar. 28, 2020 11:29 AM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota health officials confirmed 15 new cases of the coronavirus between Friday afternoon and Saturday morning, raising the total number of positive tests to 83. The highest number of new reports came from Cass County, where six new cases were confirmed in the state's most...