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FILE - In this April 27, 2020, file photo Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Seema Verma walks to the Rose Garden to attend a briefing with President Donald Trump about the coronavirus in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. Federal health authorities have received reports of nearly 26,000 nursing home residents dying from COVID-19, according to materials prepared for the nation's governors. Verma says states should use “extreme caution” before reopening nursing homes to visitors. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Nearly 26,000 COVID deaths in nursing homes spur inspections

Jun. 1, 2020 6:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 26,000 nursing home residents have died from COVID-19, the government reported Monday, as federal officials demanded states carry out more inspections and vowed higher fines for facilities with poor infection control. The partial numbers released by the Centers for Medicare and...

President Donald Trump points to Elon Musk as he arrives to speak after viewing the SpaceX flight to the International Space Station, at Kennedy Space Center, Saturday, May 30, 2020, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump claim of saving space program off base

Jun. 1, 2020 4:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is making claims on space that are off course from reality. Over the weekend, he took full credit for the government's role in the launch of SpaceX, the first-ever private spacecraft to attain orbit with astronauts on board. Trump also asserted that he saved the...

Wyoming food, child care assistance services under pressure

Jun. 1, 2020 1:06 PM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Vital social services including child care assistance and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program are experiencing growing pressures in Wyoming resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. State Department of Family Services Director Korin Schmidt told lawmakers that additional...

2 indicted for bilking $13M from North Carolina Medicaid

Jun. 1, 2020 12:14 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Federal authorities in North Carolina say a man and woman from Las Vegas have been arrested and accused of using obituary postings siphon $13 million in fraudulent charges from the North Carolina Medicaid Program. Latisha Harron, 44, also known as Latisha Holt, and Timothy Harron, 50,...

President Donald Trump answers questions from reporters during an event on protecting seniors with diabetes in the Rose Garden White House, Tuesday, May 26, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump spars with Twitter on voting, protests

Jun. 1, 2020 2:10 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Twitter tangled over truth and consequences this past week as the social media giant flagged the president's tweets for spreading false information and potentially inciting violence. The episode left Trump fuming and threatening reprisals against the platform he...

Rep. Alan Seabaugh, R-Shreveport, center, gestures as he speaks to colleagues on the House floor during a long day of bill debate, on Thursday, May 28, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

Louisiana lawmakers near end of session, ready for another

May. 31, 2020 8:31 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers worked through a final stack of bills Sunday as they neared the end of a regular session upended by the coronavirus outbreak, agreeing to a broad expansion of the state's medical marijuana program and closing a budget gap created by the pandemic. A rapid...

Syringe exchange, fatal overdoses soar. Some blame COVID-19.

May. 31, 2020 10:47 AM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Like a tidal wave swelling in the distance, Amy Baker saw Fayette County’s spike in fatal overdoses coming. It was mid March, Baker remembers. Kentucky had just diagnosed its 47th case of novel coronavirus as Gov. Andy Beshear signed an executive order to ban group gatherings,...

President Donald Trump speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House, Friday, May 29, 2020, in Washington. From left with Trump are, White House trade adviser Peter Navarro, White House national security adviser Robert O'Brien, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and White House chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump vs. Twitter on truth and consequences

May. 30, 2020 9:23 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Twitter tangled over truth and consequences this past week as the social media giant flagged the president's tweets for spreading false information and potentially inciting violence. The episode left Trump fuming and threatening reprisals against the platform he...

Chicago announces new efforts to boost Census participation

May. 30, 2020 8:48 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago officials are turning to texting and a roving van providing Wi-Fi access to encourage participation in the U.S. Census. Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced the programs on Friday. The coronavirus pandemic has prevented more traditional efforts of encouraging participation, including...

2 area animal shelters getting $8 million to expand capacity

May. 30, 2020 8:47 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Cook County is expanding its ability to shelter animals thanks to $8 million in grant money for two suburban Chicago facilities. In a news release, County Board President Toni Preckwinkle's office says $6 million will go to the South Suburban Humane Society to build a new facility. The other...