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This image from video provided by the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign shows Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., as he announces he is ending his presidential campaign Wednesday, April 8, 2020, in Burlington, Vt. (Bernie Sanders for President via AP)

Biden woos skeptical Sanders backers on health, college debt

Apr. 9, 2020 7:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden attempted to lure progressives to his presidential campaign on Thursday with promises to expand Medicare and forgive college debt. The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee backed lowering the Medicare eligibility age from 65 to 60 while also pledging to cancel student...

In this March 29, 2020, photo, volunteers India Blocker-Ford, center, D.J. Wood, left, and Regina Summers, right, sort donated bags of hot meals while children wait for the food to be distributed in southeast Washington. Neighborhood deliveries are part of a new Martha's Table initiative, along with community partners, to get needed food directly to the neighborhoods they serve. Local volunteers are the tip of the spear for a grassroots community effort to keep Washington's most vulnerable  neighborhoods fed during the unprecedented coronavirus crisis which has nearly shut down the American economy. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

DC community volunteers provide food for locked-down needy

Apr. 9, 2020 2:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A line begins forming as a van pulls into the parking lot of a senior living center in southeast Washington. By the time the half-dozen masked volunteers set up the folding table and start pulling out plastic bags filled with fruits, vegetables and canned goods, about 15 people stretch...

Palestinian workers distribute food supplies from the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for impoverished refugee families after a three-week delay caused by fears of the coronavirus, at the Sheikh Redwan neighborhood of Gaza City, Tuesday, March 31, 2020. Gaza, which is blockaded by its neighbors Israel and Egypt, has only detected a few cases of coronavirus, with all of them confined to quarantine centers. But international officials fear the virus could quickly spread in the densely populated area, whose overburdened health system is not equipped to deal with a large outbreak. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

Hamas arrests Gaza activists after Zoom call with Israelis

Apr. 9, 2020 12:07 PM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Hamas-run security forces have arrested several peace activists in the Gaza Strip on treason charges after they took part in a web conference with Israeli activists, officials said Thursday. The Hamas-run Interior Ministry said the activists are accused of “holding a...

Voters masked against coronavirus line up at Riverside High School for Wisconsin's primary election Tuesday April 7, 2020, in Milwaukee. 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/Morry Gash)

The Latest: Voters return 77% of absentee ballots in time

Apr. 7, 2020 10:53 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on Wisconsin's primary election (all times local): New numbers from the Wisconsin Elections Commission show voters have returned at least three-quarters of the absentee ballots they requested in time for them to count in the state’s spring election and more could be...

Ben Rogers, longtime Boy Scout volunteer, dead from COVID-19

Apr. 7, 2020 5:09 PM EDT

MOLINE, Ill. (AP) — Ben Rogers, a long-time activist with the Boy Scouts of America in Illinois and Iowa, died Tuesday from complications resulting from COVID-19, a fellow scouting activist announced Tuesday. Rogers, 67, of Moline, Illinois died at a Rock Island hospital after battling coronavirus for more...

FILE -In a Feb. 23, 2013 file photo, Shirley Douglas poses with her children Kiefer Sutherland and Rachel Sutherland after she received the ACTRA Toronto Award of Excellence at the 11th annual ACTRA awards in Toronto. Shirley Douglas, the impassioned Canadian activist and veteran actress who was mother to actor Kiefer Sutherland and daughter of medicare founder Tommy Douglas, has died at age 86. Sutherland announced his mother’s death on Twitter Sunday, April 5, 2020, saying she succumbed to complications surrounding pneumonia. (Galit RodanThe Canadian Press via AP, File)

Canadian actress and activist Shirley Douglas dies at age 86

Apr. 5, 2020 6:05 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Shirley Douglas, the impassioned Canadian activist and veteran actress who was mother to actor Kiefer Sutherland and daughter of Canada medicare founder Tommy Douglas, died Sunday. She was 86. Sutherland announced his mother’s death on Twitter, saying she succumbed to complications...

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...

Cuba gives prominent dissident house arrest, reads sentence

Apr. 3, 2020 10:54 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Cuban dissident José Daniel Ferrer was placed under house arrest Friday after a court sentenced him to 4 1/2 years for assault and kidnapping but released him from the prison where he had spent the past half year. Ferrer, a strong opponent of the island’s communist government, is...

In this handout photo released by the Foundation for Fighting Corruption, Dr. Anastasia Vasilyeva of the Alliance of Doctors union, right, and the Foundation for Fighting Corruption's lawyer Vyacheslav Gimadi sit in court room in Okulovo, Novgorod region, about 400 kilometers (about 250 miles) northwest of Moscow, Russia, Friday, April 3, 2020. An activist doctor who had criticized Russia's response to the coronavirus outbreak was forcibly detained as she and some of her colleagues tried to deliver protective gear to a hospital in need. 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. (The Foundation for Fighting Corruption via AP)

Russia detains activists trying to help hospital amid virus

Apr. 3, 2020 1:57 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — An activist doctor who had criticized Russia's response to the coronavirus outbreak was forcibly detained as she and some of her colleagues tried to deliver protective gear to a hospital in need. Dr. Anastasia Vasilyeva of the Alliance of Doctors union was trying to bring more than 500...

Judge blocks Dallas sick leave ordinance amid virus outbreak

Mar. 31, 2020 1:54 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — A federal judge has blocked the city of Dallas from enforcing an ordinance requiring private businesses to offer paid sick leave, but activists contend employees need those benefits more than ever as the coronavirus continues to spread. District Judge Sean Jordan on Monday granted a...