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A woman speaks on her phone as she shops for Ramadan lanterns ahead of the holy month, in the Sayeda Zeinab neighborhood of Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, April 21, 2020. Ramadan begins with the new moon later this week and Muslims all around the world are trying to work out how to maintain the many cherished rituals of Islam's holiest month during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

Egypt's doctors criticize government over virus 'negligence'

May. 25, 2020 3:53 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s medical union on Monday blamed the government for increasing levels of coronavirus infections and deaths among healthcare professionals, its sharpest criticism yet of the country’s handling of the pandemic. Citing growing frustration over a lack of protective equipment,...

2 dozen Maine nonprofit groups to get grants amid pandemic

May. 25, 2020 3:50 PM EDT

ELLSWORTH, Maine (AP) — A community foundation in Maine is providing more than $200,000 in grants to a marine science institution, a gay advocacy group and others. The Maine Community Foundation said it's giving the grants to 24 nonprofits in the state. The Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Portland will...

Pastor sentenced for stealing Oso slide donations

May. 25, 2020 1:02 PM EDT

OAK HARBOR, Wash. (AP) — Bodies were still buried beneath the mud of the Oso hillside in May 2014 when pastor Gary Ray funneled $30,000 in cash — donations meant for grieving families of the 43 killed — into a church bank account where only he had access. “People were still searching...

Nesting loggerhead turtle found dead, investigation underway

May. 25, 2020 12:36 PM EDT

MANTEO, N.C. (AP) — The National Park Service said Monday it is investigating after a nesting loggerhead sea turtle was found dead on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore beach, with signs that the creature was run over by a vehicle. The female turtle came onto the beach early Monday morning and had begun...

Light rain helps slow wildfire in southeastern Colorado

May. 25, 2020 12:10 PM EDT

KIM, Colo. (AP) — Light rain helped slow the growth of a lightning-sparked wildfire burning on Colorado's southeastern plains on Sunday, the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control said. The fire in canyon land 10 miles northwest of Kim has burned 18.6 square miles (48 square kilometers) and was...

Maui watershed purchase could be delayed due to virus cuts

May. 25, 2020 11:16 AM EDT

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — A county government's acquisition of a private water delivery system for Maui’s drinking water may be delayed because of budget cuts resulting from the coronavirus outbreak. Maui County Water Director Jeff Pearson said his department had allocated $2.5 million to evaluate the...

Des Moines Area Religious Council Food Pantry worker Patrick Minor pulls a package of ground pork out of a cooler during a pantry stop, Wednesday, May 20, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. As food banks have struggled to meet soaring demand from people suddenly out of work because of the coronavirus outbreak, it has been especially troubling to see farmers have to bury produce, dump milk and euthanize hogs. Now some states are spending more money to help pay for food that might otherwise go to waste, the U.S. Agriculture Department is spending $3 billion to help get farm products to food banks, and U.S. senator is seeking $8 billion more to buy farm produce for food banks. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Efforts underway to get food from US farms to the needy

May. 25, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — As food banks have struggled to meet soaring demand from people suddenly out of work because of the coronavirus pandemic, it has been especially troubling to see farmers have to bury produce, dump milk and euthanize hogs. Now some states are providing more money to help pay for food that...

Man, 18, dies in apparent drowning in nature preserve

May. 25, 2020 10:54 AM EDT

YELLOW SPRINGS, Ohio (AP) — An 18-year-old died in an apparent drowning in a closed nature preserve in western Ohio, authorities said. The Miami Township Fire-Rescue Department reported getting an emergency call at around 2 p.m. Sunday. A Yellow Springs police officer responded and found the victim in...

Man, 2 daughters rescued after boat capsizes in Maine pond

May. 25, 2020 10:33 AM EDT

PARLIN POND TOWNSHIP, Maine (AP) — A man and his two daughters were rescued Sunday after their boat capsized on Parlin Pond in western Maine. A person was seen and heard screaming from the shoreline on Sunday around 1:30 p.m., said the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildife. An off-duty game...

New Hampshire seeks volunteers for counting bats

May. 25, 2020 9:56 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire wildlife biologists are looking for help keeping track of the state's bat population this summer. Fish and Game officials are leading an online training session Thursday including an overview of bats in New Hampshire, how to identify different species and how to...