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Chef Jermaine Wall stacks containers of soups at Community Servings, which prepares and delivers scratch-made, medically tailored meals to individuals & families living with critical & chronic illnesses, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston. Food is a growing focus for insurers as they look to improve the health of the people they cover and cut costs. Insurers first started covering Community Servings meals about five years ago, and CEO David Waters says they now cover close to 40%. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Insurers add food to coverage menu as way to improve health

Jan. 23, 2021 8:53 AM EST

When COVID-19 first swarmed the United States, one health insurer called some customers with a question: Do you have enough to eat? Oscar Health wanted to know if people had adequate food for the next couple weeks and how they planned to stay stocked up while hunkering down at home. “We’ve seen...

Dr. Angel Temponi, left, administers the second dose of the Moderna vaccine to Dr. Barton Bernstein Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021 at Yuma Regional Medical Center in Yuma, Ariz. (Randy Hoeft/The Yuma Sun via AP)

The Latest: Arizona COVID-19 cases down despite high rate

Jan. 22, 2021 6:26 PM EST

PHOENIX -- Health officials say the number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Arizona are declining despite the state having the worst infection rate in the country. Department of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ said Friday that the number of patients and even the positivity test rate have dipped...

Kentucky project to gather data needed to expand internet

Jan. 22, 2021 4:11 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky has launched a broadband speed test project to gather information needed to expand home internet access. The test is free and anonymous and can be taken at http://ewdc.ky.gov/Initiatives/Pages/KBI.aspx through Feb. 18. The information is needed to expand access for distance...

Czechs to make mandatory minimum of local food in stores

Jan. 20, 2021 8:26 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — The lower house of the Czech Parliament approved on Wednesday a requirement that supermarkets carry a minimum share of local food, a move to be less dependent on imports. The share of Czech food in stores that are bigger than 400 sq. meters (4305 sq. feet) should be at least 55% in 2022 and...

Book store worker, Dikeledi Nhlapo, holds a copy of Dorah Sitole's

South Africa's trailblazing Black food writer dies of virus

Jan. 19, 2021 9:34 PM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's trailblazing Black food writer Dorah Sitole's latest cookbook was widely hailed in December as a moving chronicle of her journey from humble township cook to famous, well-traveled author. The country's new Black celebrity chefs lined up to praise her as a mentor who...

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Rapper Bow Wow apologizes for attending packed Houston club

Jan. 19, 2021 6:48 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Rapper Bow Wow apologized after Houston’s mayor called him out for attending a crowded gathering at a city nightclub during a weekend packed with concerts as Texas continues to grapple with the coronavirus. Mayor Sylvester Turner took to Twitter on Sunday to let the Ohio rapper,...

This Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021 photo provided by AppHarvest shows tomatoes being grown in their Morehead, Ky. facility. The company is one of several big players in the fast-growing indoor farming space. Experts say tech advances from the cannabis industry and lower-cost, energy efficient LED bulbs are helping fuel growth, along with increasing customer demand for sustainable food. (AppHarvest via AP)

High-tech indoor farmer AppHarvest starts shipping tomatoes

Jan. 19, 2021 2:30 PM EST

AppHarvest — an indoor farming company backed by Martha Stewart — thinks the agriculture sector is ripe for disruption. And now, its tomatoes are ripe for eating. The Morehead, Kentucky-based company said Tuesday it has begun shipping beefsteak tomatoes to Kroger, Walmart, Publix and other grocers....

Root vegetables are displayed at the Union Square Farmers Market in New York on Jan. 8, 2021. Carrots, parsnips and other root vegetables are the stars of the farmers' market during the middle of Winter, and a great way to add variety and nutrition to your cold weather meals.  (Katie Workman via AP)

Warm meals for cold times: Getting to know root vegetables

Jan. 19, 2021 1:18 PM EST

If you’ve been to a farmers’ market lately, then the reality of seasonal cooking in the middle of winter has plainly revealed itself to you. Tis the season for root vegetables, and not a whole lot else. But there is beauty to cooking with the season, not just because it feels in sync with the...

FILE- in this Jan. 15, 2021 file photo, Uganda's leading opposition challenger Bobi Wine walks back to his residence after giving a press conference outside Kampala, Uganda. Despite failing to dislodge the long-time leader President Yoweri Museveni, Wine has emerged from Jan. 14, 2021 disputed polls as the country's most powerful opposition leader after his party won the most seats of any opposition group in the national assembly. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)

Despite election loss, Uganda's Bobi Wine wins growing power

Jan. 19, 2021 10:28 AM EST

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan presidential challenger Bobi Wine has emerged from last week's disputed election as the country's most powerful opposition leader after his party won the most seats of any opposition group in the national assembly. It's a major achievement for a party that's barely six...

Mityana Municipality politician, Zaake Francis, close ally to opposition leader Bobi Wine gestures, in Rubaga hospital, Kampala, Uganda, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, after he was alledgedly beaten by security personnel at the gates of Bobi Wine's  house on Saturday. A day after Uganda’s longtime leader was declared the winner of the country’s presidential election, the opposition party dismissed the results as “fraud” and called for the release of their leader, Bobi Wine, who has been under alleged house arrest for several days. (AP Photo/Nicholas Bamulanzeki)

Uganda police surround Bobi Wine's opposition party offices

Jan. 18, 2021 3:01 PM EST

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The opposition party of Ugandan presidential challenger Bobi Wine said on Monday that police have prevented top officials from going to their headquarters in the capital, Kampala, as they prepare to launch a legal challenge to free Wine from house arrest. Police swooped in at dawn...