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Lawsuit seeks early, easier voting during COVID-19 pandemic

May. 29, 2020 2:15 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A lawsuit is seeking to ease Alabama’s restrictions on absentee ballots and in-person voting during the COVID-19 pandemic, including to allow early voting as a way of mitigating transmission risk at the polls. The League of Women Voters of Alabama and eight voters over age 60...

FILE - In this April 15, 2008, file photo, a bison makes its way across the historic gate to Yellowstone National Park at Gardiner, Mont. Montana's three entrances to Yellowstone National Park, at Gardiner, West Yellowstone and Cooke City are reopening at 10 a.m. Monday, June 1, 2020, after a closure due to the coronavirus. (James Woodcock/The Billings Gazette via AP, File)

Montana gates to Yellowstone park opening Monday

May. 28, 2020 7:24 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana's three entrances to Yellowstone National Park will reopen to visitors Monday, as the state moves to its second phase of restarting the economy after shutdowns because of the coronavirus. Parts of Glacier National Park could open in mid-June, Gov. Steve Bullock added Thursday,...

In this Thursday, May 14, 2020 photo, Teresa Navarro shows a picture of her mother Concepcion Rosillos, 97, in Madrid, Spain. Concepcion Rosillos was one of the residents at the Usera Center for the Elderly, who died during the coronavirus outbreak in Spain.  More than 19,000 coronavirus deaths in Spain's nursing homes have prompted a re-examination of a system. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

'Didn't give a damn': Inside a ravaged Spanish nursing home

May. 28, 2020 3:27 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Zoilo Patiño was just one of more than 19,000 elderly people to die of coronavirus in Spain’s nursing homes but he has come to symbolize a system of caring for the country’s most vulnerable that critics say is desperately broken. When the Alzheimer’s-stricken...

President Donald Trump answers questions from reporters during an event on protecting seniors with diabetes in the Rose Garden White House, Tuesday, May 26, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump falsely blames Obama for pricey drugs

May. 27, 2020 2:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump tangled the facts when he asserted Tuesday at a White House Rose Garden event that “Obamacare” raised prescription drug costs for older people — the opposite is true. Trump also misfired by taunting Democratic presidential rival Joe Biden for...

FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2020, file photo, The Official U.S. Government Medicare Handbook for 2020 over pages of a Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General report, are shown in Washington. The Trump administration says most people with Medicare will have access to prescription plans next year that limit copays for insulin to a maximum of $35 a month. Tuesday's announcement comes as President Donald Trump returns to the issue of drug prices to woo older people whose votes will be critical to his reelection prospects. (AP Photos/Wayne Partlow, File)

Most Medicare enrollees could get insulin for $35 a month

May. 26, 2020 6:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Many Medicare recipients could pay less for insulin next year under a deal President Donald Trump announced Tuesday in a pivot to pocketbook issues important in November's election. “I hope the seniors are going to remember it,” Trump said at a Rose Garden ceremony, joined...

New Hampshire expands virus testing to more workers

May. 26, 2020 5:05 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — As more businesses reopen, New Hampshire is offering coronavirus testing workers who have prolonged contact with colleagues or members of the public while on the job. The state has set up nine testing sites, as well as mobile teams that can visit workplace parking lots to collect large...

Lawsuit: Kansas mayor deleted posts panning virus response

May. 25, 2020 1:44 PM EDT

SCOTT CITY, Kan. (AP) — A resident of a western Kansas town is claiming in a lawsuit that the mayor violated residents' free-speech rights by deleting criticism on social media of how the town was responding to the coronavirus pandemic. Tracy Chambless says in the lawsuit that Scott City and its mayor,...

Sheriff: Elderly West Virginia man killed by relative

May. 25, 2020 12:04 PM EDT

CROSS LANES, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say an 80-year-old West Virginia man was shot to death by a family member Sunday evening. The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office told news outlets Sunday that the suspect, a male relative of the elderly man, was detained after the shooting in Cross Lanes. No other...

Colorado lawmakers return to tackle $3.3 billion budget hole

May. 25, 2020 11:36 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — No public health insurance option. Drastic cuts to K-12 and higher education funding. Seniors losing tax breaks on their homes. These are a few of the dozens of sacrifices Colorado’s Democrat-led Legislature must make when it returns to work Tuesday after a March 14 suspension prompted...

Bill seeks to get meals to medically vulnerable seniors

May. 23, 2020 1:37 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A bill that would establish a Medicare pilot program to address the link between diet, chronic illness, and senior health has been introduced by a bipartisan group including U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern. The Massachusetts Democrat said the bill would ensure that nutritious meals reach medically...