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This Sunday, April 5, 2020, photo shows an envelope containing a 2020 census letter mailed to a U.S. resident in Detroit. If you're a census slacker and haven’t yet filled out the form for the 2020 head count, the federal government is trying another way to get in touch with you. Starting Wednesday, the U.S. Census Bureau is mailing out millions of paper forms to homes whose residents haven’t yet answered the once-a-decade questionnaire. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Census sends paper forms to laggards as Midwest sets pace

Apr. 8, 2020 3:46 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — If you're a census slacker and haven't yet filled out the form for the 2020 head count, the federal government is trying another way to get in touch with you. Starting Wednesday, the U.S. Census Bureau is mailing out paper forms to 64 million homes whose residents haven't yet answered...

Judge orders release of report on offensive school flyers

Apr. 6, 2020 8:00 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming judge has ordered the release of a school district's investigative report on bullying and harassment at a junior high school in Cheyenne that was prompted by racist and homophobic flyers posted last year. The ruling by Laramie County District Judge Peter Froelicher, dated...

In this March 31, 2020, photo, Kyle Navarro poses in San Francisco. The school nurse was recently unlocking his bicycle when an older white man called him a racial slur and spat at him. Asian Americans are using social media to organize and fight back against racially motivated attacks during the coronavirus pandemic, which the FBI predicts will increase as infections grow. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Asian Americans use social media to mobilize against attacks

Apr. 4, 2020 11:08 AM EDT

Kyle Navarro was kneeling down to unlock his bicycle when he noticed an older white man staring at him. Navarro, who is Filipino, tried to ignore him, but that soon became impossible. The man walked by, looked back and called Navarro a racial slur. He “spat in my direction, and kept walking," Navarro said....

Ohio mayor pleads for church to stop in-person services

Apr. 3, 2020 6:18 PM EDT

LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio mayor pleaded with a local church to “reconsider" holding in-person services amid concerns of the rapid spread of the coronavirus. Monroe Mayor Jason Frentzel sent a letter Thursday to Solid Rock Church asking church officials to halt service, the Cincinnati Enquirer...

People prepare places to sleep in area marked by painted boxes on the ground of a parking lot at a makeshift camp for the homeless Monday, March 30, 2020, in Las Vegas. Officials opened part of a parking lot as a makeshift homeless shelter after a local shelter closed when a man staying there tested positive for the coronavirus. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Billions in virus aid aim to shelter, test the homeless

Apr. 2, 2020 9:23 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration said Thursday it is distributing about $3 billion in the first round of coronavirus aid to help the homeless find emergency shelter and communities expand testing and treatment. Advocacy groups say the homeless population is particularly at risk during the...

FILE - This Dec. 12, 2018, file photo shows traffic on the Hollywood Freeway in Los Angeles. The Trump administration is rolling back tough Obama-era mileage standards and gutting one of the United States' biggest efforts to slow climate change. The administration released its relaxed mileage rules Tuesday. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

Trump rollback of mileage standards guts climate change push

Mar. 31, 2020 4:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration's rollback of mileage standards Tuesday marks a win for Americans who like their SUVs and pickup trucks, but the government's own estimates show big costs, too — more Americans dying from air pollution, more climate-damaging tailpipe exhaust and more...

Order issued in Iowa lawsuit over juvenile offender treatment

Mar. 31, 2020 3:27 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A federal judge has ordered an Iowa state home for male juvenile offenders to stop the use of a physical restraining device and to reform its use of isolation as a form of punishment. The ruling Monday came in a class-action lawsuit filed against the Boys State Training School in...

Linda DeFrancesco stocks shelves with her farm's own salsa, spreads, veggies and salsa at DeFrancesco Farm Stand in Northford, Conn., Thursday, March 26, 2020. Businesses across the state are worried about the impact of the coronavirus, even the ones considered

Urgent question from small businesses: When will aid arrive?

Mar. 31, 2020 11:57 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When will the money arrive? That's the urgent question for small business owners who have been devastated by the coronavirus outbreak. They're awaiting help from the $2 trillion rescue package signed into law Friday. But with bills fast coming due, no end to business closings and an economy...

The Latest: Medical group says COVID-19 response not enough

Mar. 26, 2020 6:23 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak in South Dakota (all times local): 5:30 p.m. The largest medical advocacy group in South Dakota said on Thursday Gov. Kristi Noem is not doing enough to stop the spread of COVID-19. The South Dakota Medical Association, which advocates for...

Lourdes Sanvicente, 45, left, and a coworker wear protective face masks at the direction of the stand's owner, as they sell tamales, sandwiches, and pastries at a street stand in Mexico City, Wednesday, March 25, 2020. Sanvicente, who doubts the existence of the new coronavirus, says both she and her husband work as street food sellers, together earning 320 pesos (around $13.50) per day to support themselves and their five children.

Coronavirus could hit Mexico's high obesity, diabetes rates

Mar. 25, 2020 8:59 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic could be especially deadly in Mexico because of the country's high rates of obesity and diabetes, a coalition of consumer and health advocacy groups said Wednesday. The Alliance for Food Health said in a report that four of the first five coronavirus deaths in...