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Lilitha Jiphethu, 11, sings in her first language, Xhosa, inside her home in Orange Farm, South Africa, on Tuesday, April 28, 2020. “I have a friend in Jesus. He is loving and he’s not like any other friend. He is not deceitful. He is not ashamed of us. He is truthful, and He is love.” (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

Through kids' eyes: Virus outbreak brings sadness, fear, joy

May. 27, 2020 5:25 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — These are children of the pandemic. In the far-north Canadian town of Iqaluit, one boy has been glued to the news to learn everything he can about the coronavirus. A girl in Australia sees a vibrant future, tinged with sadness for the lives lost. A Rwandan boy is afraid the military will...

Northwest cherry crops facing disease and decreased harvest

May. 25, 2020 4:22 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Cherry industry officials in Oregon and Washington state estimate a tree infection has substantially depleted the fruit for this year's harvest. The infection known as little cherry disease has chopped an estimated 40 million pounds (18 million kilograms) of cherries from the...

This undated photo provided by Timber Press shows monarch butterflies in the University of Delaware Botanical Garden in Newark, Del., and is featured in the Douglas Tallamy book

Author urges gardeners to form one big `national park’

May. 19, 2020 10:22 AM EDT

Imagine if all the back and front yards — and even patio container plants — across the country were seen as one magnificent patchwork quilt, a ``Homegrown National Park.” Home gardeners would join forces to bring back a variety of native plants to protect and nurture struggling birds, bees...

In this April 27, 2020, photo, knockout roses bloom at the end of a driveway in a subdivision in Evans, Ga. (AP Photo/Lisa J. Adams Wagner)

VIRUS DIARY: Luck (good for now) is her isolation soundtrack

May. 12, 2020 11:55 AM EDT

EVANS, Ga. (AP) — I woke up this morning to the sounds of birds instead of sirens. Rather than dodging potholes and swearing at all the incompetent drivers complicating my 10-mile commute to the office, I spent the 45 minutes leading up to my work shift watching the steam from my coffee curl in the air as...

FILE - In this April 22, 2020, file photo President Donald Trump passes Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, during a briefing about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

AP Exclusive: Docs show top WH officials buried CDC report

May. 9, 2020 2:51 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The decision to shelve detailed advice from the nation’s top disease control experts for reopening communities during the coronavirus pandemic came from the highest levels of the White House, according to internal government emails obtained by The Associated Press. The files...

In this April 21, 2020, photo, Wyatt Anthony, 13, covers an apple core with dirt as part of his effort to grow an apple tree at the side of his front yard in Allison Park, Pa. Wyatt has not been within 50 feet of an acquaintance outside his immediate family since March 13. (AP Photo/Ted Anthony)

VIRUS DIARY: Planting an apple seed, dreaming of tomorrow

Apr. 28, 2020 9:21 AM EDT

ALLISON PARK, Pa. (AP) — He winds up and throws the apple core, aiming for the woods where he hopes a tree will grow. He overshoots his mark. It bounces across the hill of the next-door neighbors' yard. “I’ll get it,” he says. But in these days of isolation and distance, that is a...

In this Oct. 23, 2019, photo, apples collected by amateur botanists David Benscoter and EJ Brandt of the Lost Apple Project, rest on the ground in an orchard at an abandoned homestead near Genesee, Idaho. Benscoter and Brandt recently learned that their work in the fall of 2019 has led to the rediscovery of 10 apple varieties in the Pacific Northwest that were planted by long-ago pioneers and had been thought extinct. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)

10 pioneer-era apple types thought extinct found in US West

Apr. 15, 2020 1:02 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A team of retirees that scours the remote ravines and windswept plains of the Pacific Northwest for long-forgotten pioneer orchards has rediscovered 10 apple varieties that were believed to be extinct — the largest number ever unearthed in a single season by the nonprofit Lost...