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Wichita police seek clues in 2 homicides in recent days

Jun. 30, 2020 9:29 AM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita police are asking for the public's help to solve two separate homicides in the city in recent days. The first occurred Sunday afternoon, when police were called to Planeview Park after the body of a man was found there, police said. The man was later identified as Manuel...

FILE - In this April 1, 2020, file photo, people walk past posters encouraging participation in the 2020 Census in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. Just how badly has the new coronavirus impacted life in the U.S.? The U.S. Census Bureau, along with five other federal agencies, will try to answer that question with a new experimental, weekly survey that just got approved earlier this week.  (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Advocates worry blacks, Hispanics falling behind in census

Jun. 19, 2020 9:24 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Halfway through the extended effort to count every U.S. resident, civil rights leaders worry that minority communities are falling behind in responding to the 2020 census. With outreach efforts to motivate minority responses upended by a global pandemic, both the National Urban League...

Workers fit harnesses around a statue of Don Diego de Vargas during the statue's removal from Cathedral Park in Santa Fe, N.M., Thursday, June 18, 2020. Crews in Santa Fe on Thursday removed the statue of the Spanish territorial governor from the city park and two other markers were slated to come down as monuments to historical figures were being dismantled across the country. (Matt Dahlseid/Santa Fe New Mexican via AP)

Statue of Spanish governor removed from New Mexico park

Jun. 18, 2020 9:53 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Crews in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on Thursday removed a statue of a Spanish territorial governor from a city park and two other markers were slated to come down as monuments to historical figures were being dismantled across the country. The statue of Don Diego de Vargas was taken down...

Fabricio Queiroz, second left, is escorted by police after arriving from Sao Paulo at the Japarecagua airport, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, June 18, 2020. Brazilian authorities on Thursday arrested Queiroz sought as part of an investigation into allegedly suspicious movements of money he made while a driver for Flavio Bolsonaro, a Brazilian senator and son of President Jair Bolsonaro. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

Arrest of ex-aide to Bolsonaro’s son another hit for leader

Jun. 18, 2020 8:41 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian authorities on Thursday arrested a man sought as part of an investigation into allegedly suspicious movements of money while working for the son of President Jair Bolsonaro, marking another indirect blow to the embattled leader. Fabrício Queiroz, a former driver for...

FILE - In this May 26, 2020 file photo, Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro, wearing a face mask with a logo of the Federal Police, leaves his official residence of Alvorada Palace in Brasilia, Brazil. Bolsonaro won the presidency in 2018 with a campaign that emphasized law and order, and said police should be able to kill criminals with almost no legal constraints in order to curb homicides. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, FIle)

Close ally of Brazil's Bolsonaro leaves education ministry

Jun. 18, 2020 4:37 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian Education Minister Abraham Weintraub, a close ally of President Jair Bolsonaro, gave up his Cabinet post Thursday, saying in a video that he is leaving to become one of the directors at the World Bank. The move came a day after Brazil’s top court decided to keep...

Seattle psychiatric unit to close after $500M shortfall

Jun. 16, 2020 12:30 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The University of Washington Medical Center has announced plans to close its psychiatric facility at its Montlake center in Seattle, lay off employees and reduce the number of available inpatient beds after financial shortfall caused by the coronavirus. “They are going to officially...

People walk through Mercado Sonora at the end of the day, as it reopens to the public for the first time in months, Monday, June 15, 2020. As Mexico pushes forward with reopening amidst rising coronavirus infection numbers, the popular market returned Monday with new regulations to help reduce crowds: mandatory mask-wearing and temperature checks, no children, pregnant women, or elderly shoppers allowed, and odd and even number storefronts opening on alternate days. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Mexico begins reopening even as cases, deaths remain high

Jun. 15, 2020 9:31 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico began more re-openings of businesses shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic, even as deaths and new cases continued at an unbroken pace. The Health Department said total confirmed cases rose by 3,427 to 150,264, and confirmed deaths rose by 439 to 17,580. Both numbers are...

FILE - In this June 2, 2020 file photo, Protesters rally in Phoenix during demonstrations over the death of George Floyd. Many immigrants feel solidarity with the Black Lives Movement and want to participate in ongoing national marches. But they face an added risk of ending up in immigration custody if they get arrested, even for protesting peacefully. Immigrant advocates say they've been fielding calls from people who want to march but are worried about how it will affect their immigration status. In Phoenix, several young immigrants were arrested at the beginning of the movement. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

For immigrants, marching with Black Lives Matter has risks

Jun. 12, 2020 4:01 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Among the thousands who march each day in support of the Black Lives Matter movement are immigrants and their advocates. But protesting for them has an added risk: inadvertently winding up in immigration custody. All over the country, immigrants are expressing solidarity with the movement...

Fanny Mendez, right, mother of 14-year-old Marlene Beltran, left, and Felipe Beltrán, 5, helps her children at home to make a cube out of paper as they listen to an hour-long lesson broadcast by the Bacata Stereo radio station during the lockdown to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus in Funza, Colombia, Wednesday, May 13, 2020. The Beltrans work on dairy farms and have no internet connection at home, so the hour-long radio lesson developed by the municipal government keeps the children busy while schools are closed. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

Amid virus lockdown, radio lessons return in Latin America

May. 28, 2020 4:22 PM EDT

FUNZA, Colombia (AP) — At a small farmhouse outside Colombia’s capital city, Marlene Beltran picks up a ruler and crayons. She turns on the radio, sits down at a creaky wooden table and helps her 5-year-old brother with a lesson on how to make paper cubes and decorate them with drawings that tell a...

Omaha-area hospitals see another uptick in virus patients

May. 26, 2020 5:54 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Omaha-area hospitals have reported another uptick in coronavirus patients but local health officials are still managing the caseload without any issues, the state's top doctor said Tuesday. Nebraska Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Gary Anthone, said Douglas County's hospitals are treating...