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AP PHOTOS: Meals for Paris' marginalized amid coronavirus

Apr. 4, 2020 4:45 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Amid the coronavirus lockdown in France, charity workers are preparing more than a thousand meals a day for migrants and the homeless on the half-abandoned grounds of a former Paris hospital whose patron saint was devoted to the poor. France’s Aurore association, a charity dating back...

Helping the homeless in Bradenton could worsen outbreak

Apr. 4, 2020 3:01 AM EDT

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Agencies that serve the homeless in Manatee County are doing everything in their power to help stop the spread of the coronavirus and protect a vulnerable population that could potentially be devastated by an outbreak. Unfortunately, not everyone who helps the homeless is doing the...

In this Thursday, April 2, 2020, photo, Tulsa River Spirit Expo Center is mostly empty at the Tulsa Fairgrounds in Tulsa, Okla. (Stephen Pingry/Tulsa World via AP)

The Latest: UN to decide in month whether to delay meeting

Apr. 4, 2020 1:29 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: —CDC recommending Americans cover their faces when leaving...

Elderly inmates in Illinois at high risk for coronavirus

Apr. 4, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — As the new coronavirus began its rapid spread through Illinois communities, prison guards at the Logan Correctional Center passed out hotel-size bars of soap and installed disinfectant dispensers, according to 65-year-old prisoner Janet Jackson. Despite the department’s efforts last...

Attorney General William Barr speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Wednesday, April 1, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Barr orders increase in home confinement as virus surges

Apr. 3, 2020 10:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr ordered the Bureau of Prisons on Friday to increase the use of home confinement and expedite the release of eligible high-risk inmates at three federal prisons where coronavirus cases have skyrocketed. Officials were told to give highest priority to inmates...

A homeless person sits on the street in San Francisco, Thursday, April 2, 2020. Since the beginning of an international pandemic, officials in California have said one population is particularly vulnerable to contracting the coronavirus and spreading it to others: the homeless. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

California homeless advocate: 'We're moving way too slowly'

Apr. 3, 2020 10:08 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Since the beginning of an international pandemic, experts have known one population is particularly vulnerable to contracting and spreading the coronavirus: the homeless. California Gov. Gavin Newsom and other elected officials have vowed repeatedly to get them indoors. On Friday,...

A pedestrians crosses a mostly empty Sixth Avenue during the coronavirus outbreak, Friday, April 3, 2020, in New York. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

Apr. 3, 2020 9:07 PM EDT

The Trump administration urged Americans to wear face coverings in public and limited exports of medical supplies Friday as New York’s governor took his own dramatic step to fight the coronavirus by vowing to seize unused ventilators from private hospitals and companies. The new federal guidelines call...

Indiana man convicted of 2002 murder is granted new trial

Apr. 3, 2020 8:35 PM EDT

WARSAW, Ind. (AP) — A mentally disabled man alleging he was coerced into confessing to a 2002 murder of an Indiana woman was released from prison after a judge granted his request for a new trial. Andy Royer was released Thursday, the South Bend Tribune reported. Kosciusko Superior Court Judge Joe Sutton...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Apr. 3, 2020 6:47 PM EDT

Editorials from around New England: CONNECTICUT Stop National Guard funds from going to the Southern wall The Stamford Advocate April 1 The Connecticut National Guard is performing potentially life-saving service to residents as the peak of the coronavirus pandemic approaches. Members helped erect field...

FILE - In this May 23, 2017 file photograph, Dorothy Haymer of Yazoo City, at podium, Indigo Williams, left and Precious Hughes, right. both of Jackson, explains the reasons as African-American mothers of children in public elementary schools, they are plaintiffs in a Mississippi education lawsuit filed on her behalf, by the Southern Poverty Law Center, Tuesday, May 23, 2017, in Jackson, Miss. The women claimed Mississippi allows grave disparities in funding between predominantly black and predominantly white schools. On Thursday, April 2, 2020, a federal appeals court revived the lawsuit, reversing the 2019 decision by a U.S. district judge to dismiss the lawsuit filed against state officials by the Southern Poverty Law Center on the mothers' behalf. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

Court revives suit over Mississippi school funding disparity

Apr. 3, 2020 6:40 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal appeals court has revived a lawsuit that says Mississippi allows grave disparities in funding between predominantly black and predominantly white schools. The Thursday ruling by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reverses the 2019 decision by U.S. District Judge William...