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Maine's cities harder hit by virus than rural areas

Jun. 4, 2020 2:42 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Localized data about the coronavirus outbreak show that Maine's cities have seen higher rates of infection than rural areas, according to data released by the state. The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention released the data for 55 of the state's 400 ZIP codes on...

Tear gas floats in the air as a line of police move demonstrators away from St. John's Church across Lafayette Park from the White House, as they gather to protest the death of George Floyd, Monday, June 1, 2020, in Washington. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump denies tear gas use despite evidence

Jun. 4, 2020 9:22 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and some of his supporters are claiming authorities did not use tear gas against people in a crackdown outside the White House this week. There's evidence they did. Law enforcement officials shy away from describing crowd-dispersing chemical tools as tear gas; it...

Tear gas floats in the air as a line of police move demonstrators away from St. John's Church across Lafayette Park from the White House, as they gather to protest the death of George Floyd, Monday, June 1, 2020, in Washington. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump denies tear gas use despite evidence

Jun. 3, 2020 8:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and some of his supporters are claiming authorities did not use tear gas against people in a crackdown outside the White House this week. There's evidence they did. Law enforcement officials shy away from describing crowd-dispersing chemical tools as tear gas; it...

FILE - In this Monday, April 20, 2020 file photo, emergency room doctors and nurses wear personal protective equipment due to COVID-19 concerns at St. Joseph's Hospital in Yonkers, N.Y. On Wednesday, June 3, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a study which found hospital emergency room visits from chest pain and heart attacks fell early this spring, further confirming experts' fears that U.S. coronavirus outbreaks scared away many heart patients from going to ERs who should have gone. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Heart patients avoided ERs as coronavirus hit, US study says

Jun. 3, 2020 5:01 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Emergency room visits in the U.S. for chest pain and heart attacks fell early this spring, according to a study that supports fears that the coronavirus outbreak scared away people from going to the hospital. ER visits were up for respiratory illnesses and pneumonia, but were down for...

FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2020, file photo, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organization, left, shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping before a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Throughout January, the World Health Organization publicly praised China for what it called a speedy response to the new coronavirus. It repeatedly thanked the Chinese government for sharing the genetic map of the virus “immediately” and said its work and commitment to transparency were “very impressive, and beyond words.” But behind the scenes, there were significant delays by China and considerable frustration among WHO officials over the lack of outbreak data, The Associated Press has found. (Naohiko Hatta/Pool Photo via AP, File)

China delayed releasing coronavirus info, frustrating WHO

Jun. 3, 2020 1:13 AM EDT

Throughout January, the World Health Organization publicly praised China for what it called a speedy response to the new coronavirus. It repeatedly thanked the Chinese government for sharing the genetic map of the virus “immediately,” and said its work and commitment to transparency were...

People wearing protective gear disinfect as a precaution against the new coronavirus at a wedding hall in Suwon, South Korea, Tuesday, June 2, 2020. (Kim Jong-taik/Newsis via AP)

The Latest: UN body calls for action on debt amid pandemic

Jun. 2, 2020 10:33 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 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. ___ UNITED NATIONS — The president of the U.N. Economic and Social Council is calling...

FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2020, file photo, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organization, left, shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping before a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Throughout January, the World Health Organization publicly praised China for what it called a speedy response to the new coronavirus. It repeatedly thanked the Chinese government for sharing the genetic map of the virus “immediately” and said its work and commitment to transparency were “very impressive, and beyond words.” But behind the scenes, there were significant delays by China and considerable frustration among WHO officials over the lack of outbreak data, The Associated Press has found. (Naohiko Hatta/Pool Photo via AP, File)

China delayed releasing coronavirus info, frustrating WHO

Jun. 2, 2020 2:52 PM EDT

Throughout January, the World Health Organization publicly praised China for what it called a speedy response to the new coronavirus and thanked the Chinese government for sharing the genetic map of the virus “immediately." But in fact, Chinese officials sat on releasing the genetic map, or genome, of the...

Arizona schools chief released reopening guidelines

Jun. 1, 2020 7:59 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's top school official released guidelines on Monday for reopening the state's K-12 schools that includes detailed suggestions on how the districts can decide whether to start traditional classes after summer break or switch to partly or fully digital learning models. But the document...

FILE - In this April 27, 2020, file photo Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Seema Verma walks to the Rose Garden to attend a briefing with President Donald Trump about the coronavirus in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. Federal health authorities have received reports of nearly 26,000 nursing home residents dying from COVID-19, according to materials prepared for the nation's governors. Verma says states should use “extreme caution” before reopening nursing homes to visitors. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Nearly 26,000 COVID deaths in nursing homes spur inspections

Jun. 1, 2020 6:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 26,000 nursing home residents have died from COVID-19, the government reported Monday, as federal officials demanded states carry out more inspections and vowed higher fines for facilities with poor infection control. The partial numbers released by the Centers for Medicare and...

A worker marks socially distanced spots in a parking lot for parishioners, due to the coronavirus outbreak, outside St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Chelsea, Mass., Friday, May 29, 2020. Masses, which were stopped in March due to fears of spreading the coronavirus, will resume this weekend. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Officials cite mistakes as CDC removes coronavirus guidance

May. 29, 2020 5:32 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials removed some coronavirus reopening tips for religious organizations only hours after posting them late last week, deleting guidance that discouraged choir gatherings and the use of shared communion cups. A federal health official on Friday said the Centers for Disease...