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7 Arkansas St. athletes positive for COVID-19, no symptoms

Jun. 4, 2020 2:46 PM EDT

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — Seven Arkansas State athletes tested positive for COVID-19 and are self-isolating for 14 days, chancellor Kelly Damphousse announced Thursday. The seven athletes are from three sports, and all were asymptomatic. They learned of the positive results Wednesday night. The athletes who...

A sign marking the entrance to ESPN's Wide World of Sports at Walt Disney World is seen Wednesday, June 3, 2020, in Kissimmee, Fla. The NBA has told the National Basketball Players Association that it will present a 22-team plan for restarting the season at Disney. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

AP source: NBA owners approve 22-team season restart plan

Jun. 4, 2020 2:46 PM EDT

The NBA’s Board of Governors has approved a 22-team format for restarting the league season in late July at the Disney campus near Orlando, Florida, another major step toward getting teams back onto the court and playing games again. The format calls for each team playing eight games to determine playoff...

COVID: Washington unemployment fraud might be $650 million

Jun. 4, 2020 2:44 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington officials said Thursday they believe they have recovered about half of the hundreds of millions in unemployment benefits paid to criminals who used stolen identities to file claims during the coronavirus pandemic. Employment Security Department Commissioner Suzi LeVine said...

Maine's cities harder hit by virus than rural areas

Jun. 4, 2020 2:42 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Localized data about the coronavirus outbreak show that Maine's cities have seen higher rates of infection than rural areas, according to data released by the state. The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention released the data for 55 of the state's 400 ZIP codes on...

Telehealth expansion could become permanent after pandemic

Jun. 4, 2020 2:39 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The temporary expansion of telehealth during the coronavirus pandemic would become permanent under a bill endorsed Thursday by a Senate committee. As passed by the House in March, the bill would allow reimbursement for medication-assisted treatment for substance use disorders conducted...

In this May 17, 2020, still image taken from a video conference call, Hadassah Raskas, 22, and other leaders of the website Corona Connects promote opportunities for people to volunteer during the coronavirus pandemic. (Courtesy of Hadassah Raskas via AP)

Kindness spreads with volunteer links at corona connects

Jun. 4, 2020 2:38 PM EDT

It started with a simple spreadsheet created by a group of college students who wanted to help during the pandemic. In just two months, that spreadsheet has grown into an online platform that has connected would-be do-gooders with nearly 3,000 opportunities to volunteer across the United States. Corona Connects...

Dealers in masks wait for customers before the reopening of the D Las Vegas hotel and casino, Wednesday, June 3, 2020, in Las Vegas. Casinos were allowed to reopen on Thursday after temporary closures as a precaution against the coronavirus. (AP Photo/John Locher)

The Latest: US requires virus test data to include race, sex

Jun. 4, 2020 2:36 PM EDT

The U.S. government is requiring the collection of additional demographic details from people tested for COVID-19, including their sex, age, race and ethnicity. The extra data requirements apply to hospitals and laboratories and are intended to help track the virus’ impact on various racial, age and...

Police seek suspects in customer attack over social distance

Jun. 4, 2020 2:28 PM EDT

AURORA, Colo. (AP) — Aurora police were searching for three people suspected of violently attacking a woman in Target after the shopper asked the group to grant her more social distance. A man and two women bumped into the female shopper inside the Target in Aurora on May 8 before the shopper then asked...

Montana unemployment applications drop, but 47K out of work

Jun. 4, 2020 2:25 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Applications for unemployment benefits in Montana have declined — but are still much higher than normal — as the state continued to lift closures designed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, officials said Thursday. The number of new applications for job assistance...

Alaska gives arriving travelers the option of virus test

Jun. 4, 2020 2:22 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska is giving people who travel to the state the option to be tested for COVID-19 rather than having to quarantine for 14 days. The changes take effect Saturday, and Gov. Mike Dunleavy said state officials will continue watching case counts in evaluating the policy, the...