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The Latest: Medical group says COVID-19 response not enough

Mar. 26, 2020 6:23 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak in South Dakota (all times local): 5:30 p.m. The largest medical advocacy group in South Dakota said on Thursday Gov. Kristi Noem is not doing enough to stop the spread of COVID-19. The South Dakota Medical Association, which advocates for...

Lourdes Sanvicente, 45, left, and a coworker wear protective face masks at the direction of the stand's owner, as they sell tamales, sandwiches, and pastries at a street stand in Mexico City, Wednesday, March 25, 2020. Sanvicente, who doubts the existence of the new coronavirus, says both she and her husband work as street food sellers, together earning 320 pesos (around $13.50) per day to support themselves and their five children.

Coronavirus could hit Mexico's high obesity, diabetes rates

Mar. 25, 2020 8:59 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic could be especially deadly in Mexico because of the country's high rates of obesity and diabetes, a coalition of consumer and health advocacy groups said Wednesday. The Alliance for Food Health said in a report that four of the first five coronavirus deaths in...

FILE - In this July 9, 2015, file photo, a man walks outside the headquarters of Gilead Sciences in Foster City, Calif. Gilead Sciences said Wednesday, March 25, 2020 it will give up the specialty status it received days earlier for its COVID-19 drug amid public outrage that the company was seeking to boost the profits of its treatment. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

Drugmaker backpedals on specialty status for COVID-19 drug

Mar. 25, 2020 3:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing public criticism, the maker of a promising coronavirus drug said Wednesday it will waive a special regulatory designation that could have allowed it to block competition and boost profits for its treatment. Gilead Sciences said it will ask U.S. regulators to revoke the so-called...

FILE - In this March 23, 2020, file photo California Gov. Gavin Newsom updates the state's response to the coronavirus, at the Governor's Office of Emergency Services in Rancho Cordova, Calif. Newsom's administration warned state agencies the government will have less money to spend because of coronavirus restrictions, which will likely postpone some of the state's ambitious spending plans during the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

California governor says virus likely to curb state spending

Mar. 24, 2020 8:09 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — With nearly 40 million people stuck at home because of the coronavirus, California's governor on Tuesday warned state agencies to prepare for less money from the government that will likely postpone many of the state's ambitious spending plans. Citing a “severe drop in...

FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2019, file photo, a worker gets ready to pass out instructions on how to fill out the 2020 census during a town hall meeting in Lithonia, Ga. The U.S. Census Bureau on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, suspended field operations for two weeks, citing the health and safety of its workers and the U.S. public from the novel coronavirus. (AP Photo/John Amis, File)

Census mails out more notices, judge tosses lawsuit by group

Mar. 24, 2020 4:00 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. Census Bureau has mailed out a second round of notices reminding people to participate in the 2020 census, officials said Tuesday. The bureau also said it now has more than 37,000 temporary workers and hopes to hire as many as 500,000 temporary workers to help with its...

FILE - In this Thursday Feb. 6, 2020 file photo, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers holds a press conference in Madison, Wis. Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers says he will order the closure of all non-essential businesses starting Tuesday, March 24, 2020, due to the coronavirus outbreak. He's also urging people to stay at home to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.(Steve Apps/Wisconsin State Journal via AP, File)

Groups want mail-only election, order's effect unclear

Mar. 24, 2020 3:46 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Voting advocacy groups and the mayor of Wisconsin's largest city on Tuesday urged Gov. Tony Evers to close polling sites and conduct the state's spring election entirely by mail to protect voters and a dwindling pool of election workers from the coronavirus. Evers has refused calls to...

FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2013, file photo, inmates walk through the exercise yard at California State Prison Sacramento, near Folsom, Calif. One inmate and five employees in California’s massive prison system have tested positive for coronavirus, leading to increased pressure Monday, March 23, 2020, on corrections officials to begin releasing some of the state’s 123,000 convicts early. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

California governor cautious on earlier release of inmates

Mar. 23, 2020 10:51 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday ruled out releasing violent inmates in response to the coronavirus pandemic, but left the door open to other relief that he said needs to be carefully weighed to avoid worsening the state's homelessness crisis. One inmate and five employees...

FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2019, file photo, a worker gets ready to pass out instructions on how to fill out the 2020 census during a town hall meeting in Lithonia, Ga. The U.S. Census Bureau on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, suspended field operations for two weeks, citing the health and safety of its workers and the U.S. public from the novel coronavirus. (AP Photo/John Amis, File)

Census Bureau delays deadline for 2020 count by 2 weeks

Mar. 20, 2020 5:55 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. Census Bureau is delaying the deadline for counting everyone in the U.S. by two weeks because of the spreading novel coronavirus, officials said Friday. The 2020 census had been scheduled to stop at the end of July, but the deadline has now been extended to mid-August, said...

Texas Rangers minor league players Chris Seise, right, and Kevin Mendoza shake hands in greeting in the batting cages Thursday, March 12, 2020, in Surprise, Ariz. Major League Baseball is delaying the start of its season by at least two weeks because of the coronavirus outbreak and has suspended the rest of its spring training game schedule. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Minor league advocacy group demands $15,000 salaries

Mar. 20, 2020 4:04 PM EDT

A collection of former and current players have formed an advocacy group asking that Major League Baseball roughly double salaries in the minors to $15,000 per season. Advocates for Minor Leaguers is led by Garrett Broshuis, a former pitcher and the lawyer who has represented players in lawsuits alleging minor...

Osvaldo Salas, 29, stands with his son outside their home in suburban Phoenix on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Salas, who isn't proficient in English, says he's disappointed state authorities haven't posted any information on the coronavirus in Spanish and that he has to rely on friends, family and TV for the latest. Salas, a restaurant cook, is worried about supporting his four children if he can't work anymore. (AP Photo/Astrid Galván)

Getting coronavirus updates in Spanish is a mixed bag in US

Mar. 18, 2020 11:50 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Osvaldo Salas speaks a little English, but not proficiently. The suburban Phoenix man relies on Spanish-language TV and friends and family for information on the coronavirus because state and local officials haven't posted any updates online in Spanish even as the global pandemic widens. ...