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Dentist who committed fraud, sentenced to 366 days in prison

Aug. 13, 2020 7:13 PM EDT

BENTON, Ill. (AP) — A Missouri man who practiced dentistry in southern Illinois was sentenced Thursday to a year and a day in prison for fraud despite a probation recommendation by federal prosecutors and the dentist’s lawyer. Prosecutors and defense lawyers said Dr. Yun Sup Kim cooperated with...

Wyoming announces COVID-19 testing program for teachers

Aug. 13, 2020 3:06 PM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon announced Wednesday that teachers will be able to be tested for COVID-19 under a new state program as they prepare to return to classrooms statewide. The program will function similarly to the testing plan implemented in May for long-term care facilities, where...

Iowa Department of Transportation workers help with tree debris removal as grain bins from the Archer Daniels Midland facility are seen severely damaged in Keystone, Iowa, on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. A storm slammed the Midwest with straight line winds of up to 100 miles per hour on Monday, gaining strength as it plowed through Iowa farm fields, flattening corn and bursting grain bins still filled with tens of millions of bushels of last year’s harvest. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette via AP)

Iowa farmers assess losses after storm flattened cornfields

Aug. 13, 2020 12:10 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Farmers across a wide swath of Iowa are dealing with the heartbreaking aftermath of a rare wind storm that turned what was looking like a record corn crop into deep losses for many. The storm, known as a derecho, slammed the Midwest with straight line winds of up to 100 miles per...

Official paid $95,000 to run unemployment agency for 75 days

Aug. 12, 2020 3:36 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A retired state administrator was paid almost $95,000 to run the Arizona Department of Economic Security for 75 days as the agency worked to process a crush of unemployment claims. Tom Betlach ran the agency from March 20 through June 3 as it struggled to reprogram its computer system to...

Editorial Roundup: US

Aug. 12, 2020 3:29 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ Aug. 11 The Los Angles Times on TikTok and WeChat: Even before President Trump signed an executive order that could soon smother social network TikTok, Microsoft emerged as a potential savior for the U.S.-based but Chinese-owned video snacking...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Aug. 12, 2020 2:44 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Florida newspapers: ___ Aug. 12 The Palm Beach Post on reopening schools: “Trust the science.” “Trust the data.” “Trust the health experts.” It’s excellent advice. And yet, how often have our political leaders ignored it as they have balked...

Editorial Roundup: Georgia

Aug. 12, 2020 2:23 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Georgia newspapers: ___ Aug. 11 The Daily Citizen-News on Gov. Brian Kemp's stance on local control: Imagine our surprise when we learned that Gov. Brian Kemp said on Monday that it is up to local school districts and superintendents to decide whether to require students to wear masks...

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Film Review: A teenage political experiment in ‘Boys State’

Aug. 12, 2020 2:11 PM EDT

Teenage political junkies at a leadership conference doesn’t seem like the most riveting subject matter for a documentary. As a product of teenage leadership conferences, I assumed that at best, maybe, it could be fodder for a black comedy. But the new documentary “ Boys State ” convinced me...

New Mexico health insurance co-op prepares to close

Aug. 12, 2020 9:09 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A cooperative health insurance provider to 14,000 customers on New Mexico's subsidized marketplace will cease operations at the start of 2021. State insurance regulators announced Tuesday that New Mexico Health Connections will not be an option during the open enrollment period that...

People wearing face masks to protect against the coronavirus ride an escalator past a sign of a nail salon at a shopping and office complex in Beijing, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. Mainland China and semi-autonomous Hong Kong saw declines in their recent outbreaks Tuesday. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: China's community virus cases hit single digits

Aug. 11, 2020 11:03 PM EDT

BEIJING — China’s newly confirmed community transmitted cases of coronavirus fell into the single digits on Wednesday, while Hong Kong saw another 33 cases of infection. The National Health Commission said all nine new cases were found in the northwestern region of Xinjiang, whose capital Urumqi...