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First responders battle a massive fire that erupted at a warehouse early Saturday, May 23, 2020 in San Francisco. Arriving crews were confronted with towering flames engulfing the warehouse.  (KPIX-TV CBS-Viacom via AP)

Fire destroys warehouse on San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf

May. 23, 2020 7:10 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A fire engulfed a warehouse on San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf early Saturday, sending a thick plume of smoke over the waterfront and threatening to spread to a historic World War II-era ship before firefighters brought the flames under control. One firefighter sustained a hand...

Rectangles designed to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus by encouraging social distancing line a city-sanctioned homeless encampment at San Francisco's Civic Center on Thursday, May 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

San Francisco sanctions once-shunned homeless encampments

May. 22, 2020 11:06 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco is joining other U.S. cities in authorizing homeless tent encampments in response to the coronavirus pandemic, a move officials have long resisted but are now reluctantly embracing to safeguard homeless people. About 80 tents are now neatly spaced out on a wide street...

A homeless encampment is seen at the corner of Wilshire Blvd. and Beaudry Ave. as traffic moves along the 110 freeway below during the coronavirus outbreak, Thursday, May 21, 2020, in downtown Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Judge orders Los Angeles to move thousands of homeless

May. 22, 2020 9:51 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge on Friday ordered Los Angeles city and county to move thousands of homeless people living near freeways after an agreement on a plan fell through. U.S. District Court Judge David O. Carter issued a preliminary injunction requiring the relocation, by Sept. 1, of an estimated 6,000...

FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2020, file photo, John Isner of the U.S., front, returns a ball in his semifinal match against Taylor Fritz of the U.S. at the Mexican Tennis Open in Acapulco, Mexico. According to an email obtained by The Associated Press on Monday, May 4, the WTA and ATP professional tours, the groups that run the four Grand Slam tournaments and the International Tennis Federation are expected to establish eligibility rules that will factor in the players’ rankings and past prize money earnings. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)

The Latest: Pennsylvania working on sports virus guidelines

May. 20, 2020 8:55 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania is working on guidelines to allow sporting events and exhibitions to get back to “some semblance of normalcy” after practically everything shut down to help stem the spread of...

FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2017, file photo, a person cycles past tents set up along a pathway in Portland, Ore. A measure to tax the incomes of the wealthiest residents and the profits of the biggest businesses to raise $2.5 billion over a decade to address the homeless crisis sailed to victory in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan region even as the state faces crippling revenue losses and record-high unemployment. Nearly 60% of voters in the three counties that make up the greater Portland region approved the tax amid a greatest economic turmoil in years, a sign of just how intractable the homeless problem has become in the liberal Pacific Northwest city. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Portland, Oregon, homeless tax wins handily amid virus woes

May. 20, 2020 3:13 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A measure to tax the wealthiest residents and the biggest businesses in Portland, Oregon, to raise $2.5 billion over a decade to address homelessness sailed to victory as final ballots were tallied Wednesday, even as the state faces crippling revenue losses and record-high...

FILE - In this Sunday, March 15, 2020, file photo, former Vice President Joe Biden participates in a Democratic presidential primary debate at CNN Studios in Washington. Biden won Oregon’s Democratic presidential primary, outpacing Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who both suspended their campaigns earlier in the year. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Biden wins Oregon Democratic presidential primary

May. 20, 2020 1:04 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Republican voters in Oregon’s vast 2nd Congressional District on Tuesday elected a former state senator to be their candidate to replace Rep. Greg Walden, who didn’t run for a 12th term in the conservative region covering the rural eastern and central part of the state....

In this photo taken May 8, 2020, medical staff from Rehoboth McKinley Christian Hospital including Chief Medical Officer Val Wangler, center, hold a protest over working conditions and depleted staff in Gallup, N.M. Many nurses and doctors say staffing at the hospital was inadequate because of hospital CEO David Conejo's move to cut back on nurses in the first week of March to offset declining hospital revenues after elective surgeries were suspended. They voiced their discontent at the recent protest calling for his resignation. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)

Outbreak on edge of Navajo Nation overwhelms rural hospital

May. 19, 2020 6:43 PM EDT

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — On the eve of New Mexico's shutdown of bars and restaurants to stem the spread of the coronavirus, the city of Gallup came alive for one last night of revelry. Before the night was out in the desert oasis on the fringes of the Navajo Nation, 98 people were detained for public...

Aubrey, 57, describes the loneliness brought on by social distancing protocols after receiving a dose of antipsychotic medication to treat his schizophrenia, Wednesday, May 6, 2020, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Even before the pandemic, access to mental health services in the U.S. could be difficult, including for people with insurance. Now experts fear COVID-19 will make the situation worse. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Pandemic threatens to deepen crisis in mental health care

May. 19, 2020 10:15 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — More than three weeks after Brandon Bell stopped showing up at a New York office that serves people with schizophrenia, employees finally located him at a nearby homeless shelter. The office remains open, but patients aren’t stopping by as much during the pandemic. Group activities...

Police: Man angry about virus closure attacks 2 with machete

May. 18, 2020 7:43 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee couple were in critical care after a man attacked them with a machete because he was angry about shutdowns that were taking place during the coronavirus pandemic, police said. Kelvin D. Edwards, 35, attacked Kevin Craft, 55, and his wife, Leanne Craft, 50, of Brentwood,...

Homeless couple, Matthew Padilla, left, and Juan

California homeless quarantine in hotels, more rooms needed

May. 18, 2020 2:09 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Anxiety mounted every time someone at the homeless shelter sneezed or residents got too close. For Matthew Padilla, a 34-year-old with a pacemaker and asthma, catching the novel coronavirus would likely mean death. So he jumped at the chance to move into a hotel room for free as part of...