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In this May 12, 2020 photo, the Rev. Joseph Dutan comforts his niece, Valerie Dutan, at the funeral of his father, Manuel Dutan, at St. John's Cemetery in the Queens borough of New York. Within one month, Dutan experienced the loss of his father and a fellow cleric, whom he considered a mentor. (AP Photo/Jessie Wardarski)

Young priest loses mentor, then his father -- both to virus

May. 14, 2020 11:58 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Rev. Joseph Dutan recalls how he lifted the chalice in the empty church and felt a flood of emotions: grief, the pain of isolation, even doubt. But also, the promise of hope that is the gift of every Easter -- even in the midst of a pandemic that had already robbed him and his community...

In this Wednesday, May 6, 2020 photo, Ruth Evelyn Harrington, right, and certified nursing assistant Stacie Coleman wave during a birthday party for Harrington at River's Bend Retirement Community, in Kuttawa, Ky. The parade marked Harrington's 109th birthday, which could not be held in person due to restrictions in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Dave Thompson/The Paducah Sun via AP)

Kentucky woman's 109th birthday celebrated with parade

May. 7, 2020 5:58 PM EDT

KUTTAWA, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky woman celebrated her 109th birthday Wednesday by watching fire trucks, community leaders and loved ones drive by her home as part of a parade. Ruth Evelyn Harrington, a Kuttawa resident, has lived through two world wars, 17 American presidents, Prohibition and the 1918...

ADDS CITY AND ID OF WOMAN - In this Friday, May 1, 2020, photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, cuts a tape, watched by his sister Kim Yo Jong, during his visit to a fertilizer factory in Sunchon, South Pyongan province, near Pyongyang, North Korea. Kim made his first public appearance in 20 days as he celebrated the completion of the fertilizer factory, state media said Saturday, May 2, 2020, ending an absence that had triggered global rumors that he may be seriously ill.  Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads:

Kim reappears in public, ending absence amid health rumors

May. 2, 2020 7:03 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made his first public appearance in 20 days as he celebrated the completion of a fertilizer factory near Pyongyang, state media said Saturday, ending an absence that had triggered global rumors that he may be seriously ill. The North’s...

In this photo taken by her son, Betty Riddle in Sarasota, Fla., Sunday, April 26, 2020, holds the T-shirt she wore on March 17, 2020, when she voted for the first time. She was barred from voting in Florida until a federal judge temporarily blocked the state from preventing her and 16 other felons from voting because of unpaid legal financial obligations. (Courtesy of Rickie Riddle via AP)

5 things to know today - that aren't about the virus

Apr. 27, 2020 8:06 PM EDT

Your daily look at nonvirus stories in the news: 1. FIVE SHOT DEAD IN MILWAUKEE HOME Police find five people shot to death inside a Milwaukee home and arrest the man who dialed 911 to report the slayings, the city’s police chief says. 2. WHERE FELONS HOPE TO WIN VOTING RIGHT A federal trial is underway in...

A combo of images showing at top the color of the Dutch royal House of Orange dominating the streets and canals on King's Day in Amsterdam, Netherlands on Friday, April 27, 2018 and the same empty scene on King's Day on April 27, 2020. The Dutch national birthday party for their king was a muted affair Monday, dubbed King's Day at Home because of coronavirus restrictions. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

No orange crush: Dutch celebrate King's Day at home

Apr. 27, 2020 1:27 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — There was no orange crush Monday as coronavirus restrictions reined in festivities marking the Dutch king's birthday. Canals and streets in Amsterdam, normally choked with boats and revelers wearing wigs, hats, fake feather boas and anything else they can find in the national...

In this April 10, 2020, photo provided by Ashley Johnson, a birthday sign and a cluster of balloons hang on a car window ready for an impromptu, surprise birthday parade for 6-year-old Jessiah Lee, in Arlington, Va. After Jessiah's birthday party was upended due to the coronavirus, his close friend and mentor, Ashley Johnson, recruited the help of a local fire department, the police and dozens of neighbors to give him a birthday celebration. (Ashley Johnson via AP)

Firefighters, police join huge birthday parade for young boy

Apr. 27, 2020 12:07 PM EDT

Jessiah Lee smiled and watched the parade. His parade. A fire truck blared its sirens. Police cruisers flashed their lights. Dozens of families in cars decorated with balloons honked horns, raised handmade signs and yelled: “Happy Birthday, Jessiah!” None of them knew this 6-year-old boy, but they...

In this April 6, 2018 photo provided by Sharon Reitz, Carolyn Martins-Reitz hugs her son, Thomas Martins, during his birthday celebration in Kearny, N.J. For almost 30 years, a mother and son were inseparable. And death was no different. Martins-Reitz died of the coronavirus in March 2020, and just over a week later, so did Martins. (Sharon Reitz via AP)

Lives Lost: New Jersey mom, son together in life and death

Apr. 20, 2020 12:12 AM EDT

For almost 30 years, they were inseparable — the devoted mom and the son whose world revolved around her. Death, it turned out, would be no different. Carolyn Martins-Reitz died of the coronavirus last month, and just over a week later, so did Thomas Martins. “I find some peace knowing that he's...

National flags are raised outside Fredensborg Castle, in Fredensborg, Denmark, Thursday, April 16, 2020. The Danish Queen Margrethe is celebrating her 80th birthday today but in private due to the new COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. (Olafur Steinar Gestsson/Ritzau Scanpix via AP)

Amid lockdown, Danes find way to celebrate queen's birthday

Apr. 16, 2020 8:56 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Observing social distancing, Danes on Thursday sang birthday songs from homes, balconies, parks and public gardens to honor popular Queen Margrethe II, who turned 80 amid the pandemic lockdown. The festivities were shown live by the country's two public broadcasters, DR and TV2,...

FILE - In this April 3, 2020, file photo a man crosses an empty street in downtown Kansas City, Mo. Americans are increasingly taking preventative measures, including staying away from large crowds and avoiding touching their hands to their faces, amid growing fears of infection with COVID-19, a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

AP-NORC poll: Americans increasing effort to avoid infection

Apr. 6, 2020 8:12 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Americans in overwhelming numbers are actively avoiding others as much as possible and taking additional steps to protect themselves from the coronavirus, according to a survey from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research that shows how concerns about infection have...