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Maine rep says USDA must help small farms weather pandemic

Jul. 14, 2020 2:15 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A federal program designed to help farmers weather supply chain disruptions amid the coronavirus pandemic needs to do more for small farms, a Maine congresswoman said. Democratic Rep. Chellie Pingree called on U.S. Department of Agriculture secretary Sonny Perdue on Monday to make...

A man wearing a mask to curb the spread of the coronavirus sits near a red lantern outside a restaurant in Beijing Monday, July 13, 2020. China reported eight new cases, all of them brought from outside the country, as domestic community infections fall to near zero. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The Latest: Hawaii to wait to waive quarantine requirement

Jul. 13, 2020 11:22 PM EDT

HONOLULU — Hawaii’s governor says he will wait another month to waive a 14-day quarantine requirement for out-of-state travelers who test negative for COVID-19, citing an increasing number of cases locally, “uncontrolled” outbreaks in several U.S. mainland states and a shortage of...

Protesters chant as they march near City Hall, Monday, July 13, 2020, following a news conference held by Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, Police Chief Carmen Best, and Fire Chief Harold Scoggins. Durkan and Best were critical of a plan backed by several city council members that seeks to cut the police department's budget by 50 percent. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Seattle mayor, City Council at odds over 50% police cut

Jul. 13, 2020 9:04 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan on Monday blasted the City Council's plan to cut the police department's budget by 50% and instead proposed transferring a list of functions like the 911 call center and parking enforcement out of the agency's budget. “We need to invest in community-based...

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, wearing a face mask, talks with CEO London Ambulance Service Garrett Emmerson, right, during a visit to the headquarters of the London Ambulance Service NHS Trust in London, Monday July 13, 2020. (Ben Stansall/Pool via AP)

In reversal, UK says it will make masks mandatory in shops

Jul. 13, 2020 6:35 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The British government decided Monday to require people to wear face coverings in shops, joining a long list of countries that have made masks mandatory under some circumstances in response to the coronavirus pandemic. After weeks of prevarication and days of confused messaging, Prime...

Judge rules against man challenging NH city's mask rules

Jul. 13, 2020 6:11 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Nashua's face-covering ordinance and the governor's declaration of a state of emergency because of the coronavirus will stand while they're being challenged in court, a judge ruled Monday. Andrew Cooper, a Nashua resident, had filed a request for a preliminary injunction as part of his...

Vermont receives 10 times the mail-in ballot requests as '16

Jul. 13, 2020 5:11 PM EDT

Voters across Vermont have requested more than 10 times as many mail-in ballots as were requested at the same point in 2016, the last presidential election year, the state's top election official said Monday. Speaking ahead of the Aug. 11 primary election, Secretary of State Jim Condos' office said that as of...

Sudan: Armed groups attack protest camp in Darfur, kill 13

Jul. 13, 2020 4:36 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudanese armed groups on Monday attacked a protest camp in the war-scarred Darfur region, killing more than a dozen people, activists said, a day after security forces violently broke up another sit-in in the region. Both protest camps in North Darfur province called for better security...

Buses need a bailout from pandemic costs, senators say

Jul. 13, 2020 3:44 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — America's bus services are struggling due to the coronavirus pandemic, and Maine's Republican senator believes they need a bailout. Sen. Susan Collins has proposed a bill that would provide $10 billion in emergency economic relief for bus services. The money would come in the form of...

Inslee requests extension of National Guard COVID-19 mission

Jul. 13, 2020 3:26 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is requesting an extension of the state National Guard's to continue their work on missions related to the coronavirus pandemic. In a letter sent to the Trump administration Monday, the Democratic governor requested an extension of federal authority and...

A car turns in at a location for drive-thru COVID-19 testing at Prisma Richland Hospital on Friday, April 3, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

Hospital again calls off elective surgeries amid SC outbreak

Jul. 13, 2020 2:54 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A hospital system in South Carolina is suspending elective surgeries due to increasing numbers of COVID-19 patients that officials say are straining staff and other resources. Effective Tuesday, officials with Roper St. Francis in Charleston said that procedures that aren't...