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Annie Williams, right, stands in line to vote at one of six in-person voting centers in Baltimore on Tuesday, June 2, 2020. While Maryland's primary was being conducted mostly by mail due to the coronavirus, limited in-person voting was open Tuesday with social distancing guidelines in place. (AP Photo/Brian Witte)

Democratic Baltimore mayoral race too close to call

Jun. 3, 2020 3:01 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — The race for the Democratic nomination for Baltimore mayor was too close to call Tuesday. After polls closed, the city’s Board of Elections released mail-in votes received through late last week. But the slim margin of votes between the leading candidates made the race too close for...

FILE - In this May 25, 2018, file photo, Jose Espinoza, 18, stands outside his trailer with his 4-month-old infant, Emmily, and wife, Maria Rodriguez, 19, in Vado, N.M. while speaking about making only $50 a day picking onions. New Mexico's child poverty rate rose slightly and continues to rank near the bottom nationally despite improvements in the state's economy, a child-advocacy group said Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. The 2019 New Mexico Kids Count Data Book, released by New Mexico Voices for Children, found 26% of the state's children in 2018 remained at or below the federal poverty line. That places the state back to 49th nationally in child poverty. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras, File)

Report: Child disparities highest in US South, West

Jun. 2, 2020 1:05 PM EDT

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — Childhood disparities around malnutrition, graduation rates, and early deaths are worst among rural, black-majority counties in the American South and isolated counties with Native American populations, according to a new report. Those inequities put these populations more at risk...

Arrest made after California homeless fed poisoned food

May. 29, 2020 9:01 PM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — One person was arrested after eight homeless people were given poisoned food that sent several to the hospital, Southern California authorities said Friday. The poisonings occurred over the course of about a week in mid-May in Huntington Beach in Orange County south of Los Angeles,...

With City of Phoenix staffers helping, in red at left, patrons get on an express bus set up by the city to take people to a heat relief station inside the Phoenix Convention Center as temperatures climb to 112-degrees Friday, May 29, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Virus protection adds new wrinkle to Southwest heat relief

May. 29, 2020 8:34 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Trying to stay safe during a global pandemic is hard enough, but people in Southwest desert cities like Phoenix and Las Vegas where temperatures can soar into the triple digits are also trying to protect themselves from the brutal heat. A 48,000-square-foot (4,459-square-meters) hall of the...

A member of the Minnesota National Guard stands guard by the State Capitol in St. Paul, Minn. Friday, May 29, 2020. Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announced that he asked the Minnesota National Guard to be responsible for the safety of the State Capitol. (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP)

The Latest: US agency calls back drone it sent to Minnesota

May. 29, 2020 7:26 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer knelt on his neck (all times local): 6:25 p.m. U.S. Customs and Border Patrol says it dispatched a drone to Minneapolis following three nights of violent protests there but ended...

File - In this Aug. 21, 2014, file photo, William McRaven addresses the Texas Board of Regents, in Austin, Texas. The retired U.S. Navy admiral and former chancellor of the University of Texas system delivered an online address to MIT's graduating class on Friday, May 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

War hero McRaven tells MIT grads they're the 'real heroes'

May. 29, 2020 6:16 PM EDT

William McRaven, the retired U.S. Navy admiral who directed the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, told members of MIT's graduating class Friday that they are the “real heroes” who will save the world from pandemics, war, climate change, poverty and racism. McRaven, who delivered his address online...

In this May 27, 2020, photo, health care worker Tonya Wilkes adjusts her mask while working at a Lowndes County coronavirus testing site in Hayneville, Ala. Experts say Lowndes County and nearby poor, mostly black counties in rural Alabama are now facing a “perfect storm” as infections tick up: a lack of access to medical care combined with poverty and the attendant health problems that can worsen the outcomes for those who become sick. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)

Virus taking hold in rural, old plantation region of Alabama

May. 29, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

HAYNEVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Sparsely populated Lowndes County, deep in Alabama's old plantation country, has the sad distinction of having both the state’s highest rate of COVID-19 cases and its worst unemployment rate. Initially spared as the disease ravaged cities, the county and other rural areas in...

This  photo combo shows, from left, Baltimore Mayor Bernard

Baltimore voters face watershed moment with mayoral primary

May. 29, 2020 3:15 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore’s most consequential election in a generation is set to take place next week, when voters will be looking for a leader who can rein in violent crime, address entrenched poverty and restore steadily eroding trust in local government. Although Tuesday's election is a...

In this May 21, 2020, photo, grave diggers bury a body at Radwan Cemetery in Aden, Yemen. At a cemetery in Yemen’s largest southern city, dozens of fresh graves are a testament to a spike in deaths amid the coronavirus pandemic. The cemetery workers who bury them don’t know what killed the newly deceased. But there’s no denying that there's been an increasing number of people getting sick in the port city of Aden — likely from the coronavirus. (AP Photo)

The Latest: UN urges $2.4 billion in aid for war-torn Yemen

May. 29, 2020 1:31 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — UN urgently appeals for $2.4 billion to help Yemen cope...

FILE- In this file photo taken Thursday, April 30, 2020, Women carrying their children lineup to receive vegetables from the Jan Hofmeyer community services in the Vrededorp neighborhood of Johannesburg. South Africa is struggling to balance its fight against the coronavirus with its dire need to resume economic activity. The country with the Africa’s most developed economy also has its highest number of infections — more than 19,000.  (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, file)

UN chief warns leaders pandemic may cause historic famine

May. 28, 2020 7:41 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. chief on Thursday warned the largest gathering of world leaders since the coronavirus pandemic began that it will cause “unimaginable devastation and suffering around the world,” with historic levels of hunger and famine and up to 1.6 billion people unable to...