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A man pushing a shopping cart with food on the street as South African National Defence Forces drive through a densely populated Alexandra township east of Johannesburg, South Africa, Saturday, March 28, 2020. South Africa went into a nationwide lockdown for 21 days in an effort to control the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. 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/Themba Hadebe)

'Complete collapse of economies' ahead as Africa faces virus

Apr. 5, 2020 5:57 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Some of Uganda’s poorest people used to work here, on the streets of Kampala, as fruit sellers sitting on the pavement or as peddlers of everything from handkerchiefs to roasted peanuts. Now they're gone and no one knows when they will return, victims of a global economic...

In this Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, photo, Elizabeth Rahlan-Ksor poses for a portrait at her home in Greensboro, N.C. (Woody Marshall/News & Record via AP)

North Carolina teen faces deportation over adoption problems

Apr. 5, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — She’s both a daddy’s girl and the “mini-me” to her mom. Snapshots of them from a life full of smiles and laughter are spread over a nearby wall in the family’s small, tidy home in the shadow of N.C. A&T. Prom. On a boat at the lake leaning on...

Judge for now won't release immigrants with high virus risks

Apr. 4, 2020 6:38 PM EDT

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — A federal judge declined to order the release of two people from immigration detention facilities in Maryland after their lawyers argued that they are at a high risk of death or serious illness from a coronavirus infection. But U.S. District Judge Theodore Chuang said he would...

Sioux Falls housing aid program reaches first recipients

Apr. 4, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The unknown is what’s so frightening for Stephanie Bossman. She always made her own way in the world, earning enough to live, pay for day care and to give her two young sons a happy home. The 29-year-old single mom, a graduate of South Dakota State University, has never...

FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump look to the first lady's box before delivering his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress in the House Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington,  as Vice President Mike Pence and Speaker Nancy Pelosi watch. Trump and Pelosi have not spoken in five months at a time when the nation is battling its worst health crisis in a century. (Leah Millis/Pool via AP)

In time of crisis, Trump-Pelosi relationship remains broken

Apr. 3, 2020 7:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two of the most powerful people in Washington haven't spoken in five months at a time when the nation is battling its worst health crisis in a century, one that has already killed more than 6,000 Americans and put 10 million others out of work. President Donald Trump and House Speaker...

Kansas governor signs bill to launch new transportation plan

Apr. 3, 2020 6:10 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly signed legislation Friday to launch a new, 10-year transportation program she and other officials see as a $10 billion stimulus to counter the economic damage from the coronavirus pandemic. The program will use use existing funds to pay for $1 billion a year in...

Former Vice President Joe Biden, left, and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., right, greet one another before they participate in a Democratic presidential primary debate at CNN Studios in Washington, Sunday, March 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Democrats elevate health care as virus-era campaign argument

Apr. 3, 2020 5:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are zeroing in on health care as one of the few issues that might resonate among Americans who have largely shelved election-year politics as they focus on protecting their families from the spreading coronavirus. Joe Biden, the prospective Democratic nominee, is criticizing...

Group holding immigrant children settles ex-employee claim

Apr. 3, 2020 4:45 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice says a Texas-based organization that runs facilities to hold immigrant children has settled a retaliation claim from an ex-employee. Southwest Key Programs will pay $68,000 to the employee, the Justice Department said in a Friday news release. DOJ alleged the...

This combination of 2019 file photos shows U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., left, in Washington, and Todd McMurtry, an attorney who represented a Kentucky student embroiled in media lawsuits after a viral encounter with a Native American activist, in Frankfort, Ky. In 2020, while Massie defends his lone-wolf effort to resist a $2.2 trillion coronavirus-relief package, McMurtry, his primary campaign opponent in Kentucky is pouncing with a new TV ad accusing the Republican incumbent of betraying President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, Adam Beam)

Ad: Kentucky congressman betrayed Trump on virus relief bill

Apr. 3, 2020 12:56 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky, (AP) — While U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie defends his lone-wolf effort to resist a $2.2 trillion coronavirus-relief package, his primary campaign opponent in Kentucky is pouncing with a new TV ad accusing the Republican incumbent of betraying President Donald Trump. With his ad, Todd McMurtry is...

FILE - In this June 19, 2019, file photo, Diane Foley, mother of journalist James Foley, who was killed by the Islamic State terrorist group in a graphic video released online, speaks to the Associated Press during an interview in Washington. Family members of Americans who are imprisoned abroad or held hostage by militant groups say in a new report that the U.S. government must do better in communicating with them. The report from the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation is based on interviews with 25 former hostages and detainees as well as their relatives and advocates. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

More US government support sought for Americans held abroad

Apr. 3, 2020 8:56 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Relatives of Americans who are wrongfully imprisoned abroad or held hostage by militant groups say in a report that the U.S. government must do better in communicating with them, though they cite improvements over the past five years. Several of those interviewed for the report issued...