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A patient is loaded into an ambulance by emergency medical workers outside Cobble Hill Health Center, Friday, April 17, 2020, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The despair wrought on nursing homes by the coronavirus was laid bare Friday in a state survey identifying numerous New York facilities where multiple patients have died. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

NY count: 6,300 virus patients were sent to nursing homes

Jul. 6, 2020 4:44 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York hospitals released more than 6,300 recovering coronavirus patients into nursing homes during the height of the pandemic under a controversial, now-scrapped policy, state officials said Monday, but they argued it was not to blame for one of the nation's highest nursing home death...

Vos company received $150K-$350K in coronavirus loans

Jul. 6, 2020 4:44 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Assembly Republican Speaker Robin Vos' popcorn company received tens of thousands of dollars through a federal small business lending program intended to support the economy during the coronavirus pandemic, according to data released Monday. Robin J. Vos Enterprises in...

FILE - In this June 30, 2020 file photo, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin testifies during a House Financial Services Committee hearing on the coronavirus response on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Treasury Department said it is releasing on Monday, July 6 the names of more than 700,000 companies that received funds from the government’s small business lending program, a massive effort intended to support the economy as states shut down in April to contain the viral outbreak (Tasos Katopodis/Pool via AP, File)

Small business aid went beyond hard-hit companies, data show

Jul. 6, 2020 4:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government on Monday identified roughly 650,000 mostly small businesses and nonprofits that received taxpayer money from a program that was designed to soften job losses from the coronavirus but also benefited some politically connected firms. Recipients of the money from the the...

Ski area owned by gov's family, other resorts get PPP loans

Jul. 6, 2020 4:35 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — An investment group led by the family of Republican Gov. Chris Sununu benefited from a program created to preserve jobs at smaller businesses during the coronavirus pandemic. Waterville Valley Holdings, which received between $350,000 and $1 million from the Paycheck Protection...

In this June 6, 2020, photo, Maisie Brown, 18, second from left, a member of the Mississippi branch of Black Lives Matter, leads a protest march with others during a rally in Jackson, Miss., over police brutality. Young activists like Brown are energizing the debate about removing the Confederate battle emblem from the Mississippi state flag. Brown says elected officials must step up and change the flag. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Reeves' tweet 'messy, loud and wrong,' protest leader says

Jul. 6, 2020 4:31 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi Senate leader and a protest organizer are speaking out against Republican Gov. Tate Reeves's tweet Sunday that said the “liberal media” is ignoring new coronavirus cases that could have been caused by protests and blaming a surge of holiday barbecue...

Pittsburgh remains virus hotspot; reports 218 new infections

Jul. 6, 2020 4:30 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — An additional 450 people in Pennsylvania have tested positive for the new coronavirus, with nearly half the new cases coming from the Pittsburgh area, state health officials reported Monday. There were 218 new confirmed infections in Allegheny County, a virus hotspot that is home to...

Arkansas shuts down bar after linking it to virus cases

Jul. 6, 2020 4:26 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas health officials have shut down a Little Rock bar after tracing it to a cluster of coronavirus cases and finding the business wasn't complying with virus safety measures. The Department of Health on Saturday ordered Brewski's Pub and Grub to cease operations until it...

Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., and Gov. Kristi Noem greet President Donald Trump and first Lady Melania Trump upon arrival at Ellsworth Air Force Base, Friday, July 3, 2020, in Rapid City, S.D. Trump is en route to Mount Rushmore National Memorial. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

South Dakota governor, exposed to virus, joined Trump on jet

Jul. 6, 2020 4:24 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Shortly after fireworks above Mount Rushmore disappeared into the night sky on Friday, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem accompanied President Donald Trump aboard Air Force One despite having had close contact with Trump’s son’s girlfriend, who had tested positive for the...

Louisiana casinos to lay off nearly 1,150 workers in August

Jul. 6, 2020 4:24 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A casino operator has reported plans to lay off nearly 1,150 workers at Louisiana locations next month, the latest job losses to hit casinos in the wake of coronavirus-related economic shutdowns. About 161 workers for L’Auberge Hotel and Casino in Baton Rouge are expected to...

Wisconsin sees 484 new COVID-19 cases

Jul. 6, 2020 4:16 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Health officials have confirmed nearly 500 more cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin. The state Department of Health Services said Monday that Wisconsin has seen 32,061 cases since the pandemic began in March. That's an increase of 484 cases since Sunday. The death toll has held at 796 since...