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Arizona lowers federal ventilator request as supply dwindles

Apr. 6, 2020 8:54 PM EDT

GLENDALE, Ariz (AP) — With little hope of getting the 5,000 ventilators it requested from the dwindling national stockpile, Arizona has revised its request down to just the 500 it expects to need soon to treat coronavirus patients, the state's health director said. Most of the ventilators would be used to...

FILE - In this March 24, 2020, file photo stacks of medical supplies are housed at the Jacob Javits Center that will become a temporary hospital in response to the COVID-19 outbreak in New York. A review of federal purchasing contracts by The Associated Press shows federal agencies waited until mid-March to begin placing bulk orders of N95 respirator masks, mechanical ventilators and other equipment needed by front-line health care workers. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Lost Time: How coronavirus spread while supply orders lagged

Apr. 6, 2020 4:49 PM EDT

The government’s stockpile of critically needed medical supplies and equipment is nearly drained just as the numbers of people infected with the coronavirus and in need of critical care is surging. Back in January, the first alarms were sounding about the outbreak in China. In time, it would become a...

FILE - In this March 24, 2020, file photo stacks of medical supplies are housed at the Jacob Javits Center that will become a temporary hospital in response to the COVID-19 outbreak in New York. A review of federal purchasing contracts by The Associated Press shows federal agencies waited until mid-March to begin placing bulk orders of N95 respirator masks, mechanical ventilators and other equipment needed by front-line health care workers. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

US 'wasted' months before preparing for coronavirus pandemic

Apr. 6, 2020 12:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — After the first alarms sounded in early January that an outbreak of a novel coronavirus in China might ignite a global pandemic, the Trump administration squandered nearly two months that could have been used to bolster the federal stockpile of critically needed medical supplies and...

Editorial Roundup:

Apr. 6, 2020 10:01 AM EDT

Fort Dodge Messenger. April 3, 2020 Pets bring great joy, great responsibility Potential owners of dogs, cats must be aware as they consider adopting When last seen, an orange cat with the unlikely name of Raven was at the Almost Home Humane Society of North Central Iowa, awaiting a chance for a real home. The...

Bait shop owners reeling amid shutdown during spring fishing

Apr. 4, 2020 3:05 AM EDT

KIRKWOOD, Pa. (AP) — Tending to a line on his fly rod, Shawn Coe crouched Friday morning on a stone-and-mud island surrounded by the shallow waters of Octoraro Creek near Kirkwood. Coe, 30, who moved to Lancaster County from Alaska in October, said fishing has been a welcome way to stay active since both...

FILE - This screen grab from the website HealthCare.gov shows the extended deadline for signing up for health care coverage for 2020.   (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services via AP, File)

Insurance marketplaces offer help with coronavirus job cuts

Apr. 3, 2020 6:49 PM EDT

More than a million people could swamp the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance marketplaces in the coming months as employers lay off staff during the coronavirus pandemic. The health insurance markets are a backbone of the Obama-era law that President Donald Trump has tried to demolish. They are now...

KC homeless couple is laid off, tests positive for COVID-19

Apr. 3, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Every word John Price spoke was a struggle. Every breath was exhausting. Every morning he woke with a fever. It took him a week to get tested for the coronavirus. He worried it wouldn’t happen. For about four months, Price and his wife Sarah have been living north of the...

Indiana gets dozens of price gouging complaints amid virus

Apr. 2, 2020 2:17 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's attorney general said Thursday that dozens of Hoosiers have contacted his office to complain about merchants charging exorbitant prices for toilet paper, food, cleaning products and other essential items during the coronavirus pandemic. Attorney General Curtis Hill said the...

FILE - In this Tuesday, May 23, 2017 file photo, a bride and groom pose for wedding pictures at the Bethesda Terrace in New York's Central Park. Now that most Americans have been ordered to stay at home and avoid nonessential travel to slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in 2020, many couples — including those who were only days or weeks away from getting married — have had to abruptly postpone their special day, while many others are in limbo, unsure of how to proceed. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

What to do when the coronavirus crisis delays your wedding

Apr. 2, 2020 10:45 AM EDT

Couples are often told to prepare for anything when it comes to their wedding, but a global pandemic isn’t typically something to consider. Now that most Americans have been ordered to stay at home and avoid nonessential travel to slow the spread of the coronavirus, many couples — including those...

FILE - This Nov. 9, 2009, file photo, shows the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station near Farmington, N.M. An online meeting that was meant to decide the future of the major coal-fired power plant in New Mexico has been derailed by a group of young people who interrupted the proceedings by playing rap music laden with racial epithets and posting derogatory messages. The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission was hosting the virtual meeting Wednesday, April 1, 2020, regarding the planned closure of the San Juan Generating Station. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

New Mexico panel OKs abandonment of coal-fired power plant

Apr. 1, 2020 4:32 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico regulators on Wednesday green-lighted an application by the state's largest electric utility to abandon its interest in a major coal-fired power plant as the state works toward emission-free mandates and more renewable energy. The Public Regulation Commission voted...