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Veteran laid to rest at Kansas cemetery amid virus outbreak

Apr. 10, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) — No military bugler sounded “Taps” for Raymond Boler, a soldier for nearly 40 years. No honor guard stood among the white marble headstones of Leavenworth National Cemetery on a recent Monday to fire the three-volley salute he had hoped would see him to his final rest....

In this Wednesday, April 8, 2020, photo, Kelly Adsero holds a family photo of her grandfather Bill Chambers that shows him when he was a young solider in the Canadian Army. Chambers, 97, died March 14, 2020, at an adult family home where he lived with four other World War II veterans. He wasn't obviously ill, but tested positive for the new coronavirus after he died. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Lives Lost: At 97, World War II vet takes a final road

Apr. 10, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — In his final months, Bill Chambers couldn't walk, but he found peace in motion. Three times a week, his oldest daughter, Patty Cooper, would meet him at the adult family home where he lived with four other World War II veterans. The caretakers would load him into her Volvo SUV, and she would...

Democratic veteran running to oversee Missouri elections

Apr. 9, 2020 3:43 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Democratic veteran who previously worked on reforms in Ferguson is running for Missouri Secretary of State. Missouri Democratic Party Executive Director Lauren Gepford on Thursday lauded Yinka Faleti as the party's nominee to be the state's top elections official. No other...

A man wears a mask on his face while visiting the artwork titled Seven Magic Mountains by artist Ugo Rondinone amidst the coronavirus outbreak, Tuesday, April 7, 2020, near Jean, Nev., south of Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Sisolak closes golf courses, limits religious gatherings

Apr. 8, 2020 9:34 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada’s governor on Wednesday ordered a closure of golf courses, real estate open houses, religious gatherings of 10 people or more and additional restrictions to try to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Gov. Steve Sisolak said he was expanding rules related to social distancing...

Mourners stand by the casket of veteran Mary Foley, Wednesday, April 8, 2020, in Malden, Mass. Foley, who died at the age of 93, served in the U.S. Air Force, including WWII. Due to the coronavirus crisis, she cannot be given a formal military funeral. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

COVID-19 deaths rise to 433; state to collect data on race

Apr. 8, 2020 5:37 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The number of people in Massachusetts who have died from COVID-19 rose to 433 Wednesday, an increase of 77. The number of residents who have tested positive for the coronavirus that causes the disease rose to nearly 16,800, according to the Department of Public Health. Nearly 1,600 have been...

FILE - This June 15, 2019 file photo shows John Prine performing at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn.  Prine died Tuesday, April 7, 2020, from complications of the coronavirus. He was 73.  (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File)

Celebrated singer-songwriter John Prine has died at 73

Apr. 8, 2020 1:22 PM EDT

John Prine, the ingenious singer-songwriter who explored the heartbreaks, indignities and absurdities of everyday life in “Angel from Montgomery,” “Sam Stone,” “Hello in There” and scores of other indelible tunes, died Tuesday at the age of 73. Prine died of...

FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2019, file photo, acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly testifies during a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee about about ongoing reports of substandard housing conditions in Washington, on Capitol Hill. Modly says the captain of the COVID-stricken aircraft carrier who was fired last week had betrayed his service and may have been “too naive or too stupid” to be commanding officer of the ship. Officials are confirming that Modly made the comments Sunday, April 5, 2020, to the ship's crew in Guam. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Navy boss resigns amid uproar over firing of ship captain

Apr. 7, 2020 6:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly resigned Tuesday, bringing to a climax an extraordinary drama that he advanced by delivering a profanity-laced upbraiding of the officer he fired as captain of the coronavirus-stricken USS Theodore Roosevelt. In announcing the resignation, Defense...

In this Oct. 12, 2019 photo provided by Linda McCall, Army veteran Ralph McCall, is poses in Decatur, Ga. Ralph McCall is one of dozens of veterans who are being moved from a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs nursing home in Decatur, Georgia, to other VA facilities. The agency said the veterans will be safer in other VA locations less affected by the coronavirus. The agency is also trying to clear out space in the facility in case the adjacent hospital needs it for a surge of COVID-19 patients. Family members are protesting the move. (Linda McCall via AP)

Families protest as veterans nursing home emptied for virus

Apr. 7, 2020 5:39 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — With her husband's Veterans Affairs nursing home closed to visitors to guard against the coronavirus, Linda McCall hadn't seen him for weeks but at least took comfort that he was nearby in suburban Atlanta. Now, 78-year-old Ralph McCall has been moved to a facility two hours away, and...

New Mexico Supreme Court upholds homicide conviction ruling

Apr. 7, 2020 1:29 PM EDT

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court has upheld a ruling convicting an Alamogordo man of fatally shooting his ex-wife and her boyfriend in 2015. Terrick Thompkins, 39, was convicted in May 2018 of first-degree murder after fatally shooting Jessica Thompkins, 30, and her boyfriend Phillip...

Air Force veteran Willie Williams, 63, left, chats with Army veteran Vincent Whittemore outside the Soldiers' Home, Monday, April 6, 2020, in Chelsea, Mass. U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie said Sunday the federal Department of Veterans Affairs will provide the assistance at the Chelsea Soldier's Home and the Holyoke Soldiers' Home that have been hard-hit in the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Federal officials delivering help to 2 private nursing homes

Apr. 6, 2020 7:17 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Federal officials are delivering help to two private nursing homes in Massachusetts. The federal Department of Veterans Affairs will provide the assistance, U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie said Sunday at a White House briefing. A spokeswoman for the department said Monday...