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VIRUS OUTBREAK-NURSING HOME TESTING — Nearly two weeks ago the White House urged governors to ensure that every nursing home resident and staff member be tested for the coronavirus within 14 days. It’s not going to happen. A review by The Associated Press found that at least half of the states are not going to meet White House’s deadline and some aren’t even bothering to try. By Alan Suderman. SENT: 860 words, photos.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-THE HUNGER — The call from the Washington D.C., clinic brought the news that the hard-working Honduran immigrant couple had most feared — they each had the coronavirus. Roberto and Janeth lost their restaurant jobs in the economic lockdown caused by the pandemic and struggle to put food on the table for their 5-year-old daughter. They are among the up to 12 million immigrants in the U.S. without documentation who are barred from most federal government aid. By Ellen Knickmeyer and Jacquelyn Martin. SENT: 760 words, photos.
VIRUS-OUTBREAK — The Memorial Day weekend marking the unofficial start of summer in the U.S. meant big crowds at beaches and warnings from authorities about people disregarding the coronavirus social-distancing rules and risking a resurgence of the scourge that has killed nearly 100,000 Americans. Meanwhile, Japan moved further toward reopening and millions of Australian children returned to school. By Curt Anderson and Brian Mahoney. SENT: 1,160 words, photos. WITH: VIRUS-OUTBREAK-THE-LATEST (sent).
VIRUS-OUTBREAK-TRUMP — President Donald Trump has booked back-to-back Memorial Day appearances amid the coronavirus pandemic. Trump plans to participate in a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on Monday. Afterward, he will head to Baltimore to speak at Fort McHenry national monument. That’s where “The Star-Spangled Banner” was written. But Baltimore’s mayor is unhappy about Trump’s visit, saying it sets a bad example when many residents have been told to limit travel. By Darlene Superville. SENT: 550 words, photo.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-TESTING DATA — Elected officials, businesses and others are depending on coronavirus testing and infection-rate data as states reopen so that they will know if a second wave of contagion is coming — and whether another round of stay-at-home orders or closings might be needed. But states are reporting those figures in different ways, and that can lead to frustration and confusion about what the numbers mean. In some places, there have been data gaps that leave local leaders wondering whether they should loosen or tighten restrictions. In others, officials are accused of spinning the numbers to make their states look better and justify reopening. By Michelle R. Smith. SENT: 1,090 words, photos. This story has moved as the Monday Spotlight.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-EID — Muslims around the world are celebrating Eid al-Fitr, a normally festive holiday marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, with millions under strict stay-at-home orders and many fearing renewed coronavirus outbreaks. The three-day holiday is usually a time of travel, family get-togethers and lavish daytime feasts after weeks of dawn-to-dusk fasting. But this year many of the world’s 1.8 billion Muslims will have to pray at home and make due with video calls. By Joseph Krauss and Niniek Karmini. SENT: 960 words, photos. With VIRUS OUTBREAK-EID AL FITR HOLIDAY — U.S. Muslims try to balance Eid rituals with virus concerns. SENT: 940 words, photo.
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ELECTION 2020-TRUMP 2021 COMEBACK — President Donald Trump has a new pitch to voters for this fall: Trust me. As the economy faces a recession, Trump is increasingly talking up a future recovery that probably won’t materialize until after the November election. He’s asking voters to look past the pain being felt across the nation and give him another four-year term on the promise of an economic comeback in 2021. “It’s a transition to greatness,” Trump says over and over. By Jill Colvin and Zeke Miller. SENT: 985 words, photos.
ELECTION 2020-BIDEN — Calls for pragmatic centrism helped Joe Biden clinch the Democratic presidential nomination. But they left many of the party’s strongest liberals worried that little progress would be made toward their sweeping goals. Biden’s campaign now is discussing top issues with high profile, leading progressives to rectify that. The idea is to unify the party more than it was in 2016 when Donald Trump was elected, but any substantial move to the left may pull Biden away from the center that has defined a political career spanning nearly half a century. By Will Weissert and Bill Barlow. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.
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VIRUS OUTBREAK-HEALTH INSURANCE — Many laid-off workers who lost health insurance in the coronavirus shutdown soon face the first deadlines to qualify for fallback coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Taxpayer-subsidized health insurance is available for a modest cost — sometimes even free — across the country, but industry officials and independent researchers say few people seem to know how to find it. By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar. SENT: 835 words, photo.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-WASHINGTON — The White House has broadened its travel ban against countries hard-hit by the coronavirus by denying admission to foreigners who have been in Brazil in the two weeks before they sought entry to the U.S. President Donald Trump has now banned travel from China, Europe and the United Kingdom and Ireland. By Darlene Superville. SENT: 855 words, photos.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPRING SKIING — Time to dust off those boots and tune those skis. At least one resort high in the Colorado Rockies is planning to reopen after a more than two-month hiatus caused by the coronavirus. Arapahoe Basin near the Continental Divide west of Denver will open Wednesday with restrictions, offering a sign of hope for a devastated industry and for mountain communities that were disproportionately affected by the disease early in the pandemic. By Thomas Peipert. SENT: 585 words, photos.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-ONE GOOD THING-INDONESIAN DANCERS — Two Indonesian choreographers are helping fellow dancers who lost their jobs due the COVID-19 outbreak in Indonesia. They set up Saweran Online on the Indonesia Dance Network YouTube channel as a platform where fellow dancers, choreographers and dance teachers can perform, then receive donation from viewers. More than 60 dance videos have been published by the dancers from various genres. By Edna Tarigan. SENT: 485 words, photos, video.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-RELIGION-CAUTIOUS REOPENINGS — Some congregants around the country headed for their places of worship with numerous precautions in place, on a weekend when President Trump declared houses of worship essential and asked governors to reopen them. SENT: 830 words, photos.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-MEMORIAL DAY — One was a 94-year-old veteran of World War II who was the first of his 11 brothers to enlist in the military. One was a Vietnam veteran who lost his leg overseas and was always touched when people thanked him for his service. Another was drafted into the military at 18 and won a Purple Heart. They are among the untold number of veterans who served and survived during times of war only to die in recent weeks from the coronavirus. By R.J. Rico. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-ASIA — South Koreans will be required to wear masks when using public transportation and taxis nationwide starting Tuesday as health authorities look for more ways to slow the spread of the coronavirus as people increase their public activities. In other developments around Asia, more Australians returned to school and Japan is set to lift a state of emergency in the last localities where it is still in effect. SENT: 760 words, photos.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-BRITAIN — Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he wouldn’t fire his chief aide for allegedly violating the national lockdown rules that he helped to create by driving the length of England to his parents’ house while he was infected with the coronavirus. Defying a growing clamor from public and politicians, Johnson said Dominic Cummings had acted “responsibly, legally and with integrity” when he drove 250 miles (400 kilometers) from London to Durham, in northeast England, with his wife and son at the end of March. By Jill Lawless. SENT: 855 words, photos.
WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT
NEW ZEALAND-QUAKE — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern barely skipped a beat when an earthquake struck during a live television interview. SENT: 265 words, photos.
BABY GORILLA INJURED — A baby gorilla was badly injured at a Seattle zoo when he was caught in a skirmish between his family group members. SENT: 315 words, photos.
MORGAN WALLEN-ARREST — Country music singer Morgan Wallen apologizes after his arrest on public intoxication and disorderly conduct charges. SENT: 130 words, photo.
EX-CONGRESSMAN-MOTORCYCLE CRASH — Former US Rep. Allen West recovering after Texas crash. SENT: 130 words, photo.
RUSSIA-ALLIGATOR — An alligator that many people believe once belonged to Adolf Hitler has died in the Moscow Zoo. SENT: 130 words, photos.
AUSTRALIA-SEVERE STORM — Tens of thousands of homes and businesses have lost power, buildings have been battered, roofs were torn off and trees uprooted as a vast stretch of the west Australian coast was whipped or a second day by a severe storm. No casualties were reported by Monday from what Acting Assistant Commissioner of Western Australia state’s Department of Fire and Emergency Services Jon Broomhall called a “a once-in-a-decade-type” storm system. SENT: 345 words.
EID — Muslims in India and Bangladesh are celebrating a subdued Eid-al Fitr after the holy month of Ramadan. Those who would typically wear new clothes and give hugs kept their distance and gave their Eid money to poor. At a mosque in Bangladesh’s capital, prayers were scheduled hourly to limit the crowds. Devotees stood in line for an hour and wore masks and gloves. Elders and children stayed home. Outside a mosque in New Delhi, one visitor said “even our elders could never imagine that we will have to celebrate Eid in such a way.” By Julhas Alam. SENT: 500 words, photos.
SAN FRANCISCO PIER FIRE — A huge fire that tore through a warehouse on San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf has destroyed fishing gear used to deliver about two-thirds of the city’s fresh seafood. Larry Collins, who runs the San Francisco Community Fishing Association, estimates that thousands of crab, shrimp and black cod traps worth up to $5 million were lost in the blaze. With the Dungeness crab season expected to begin in mid-November, crab boat owners were racing to raise $1 million to buy new gear. SENT: 375 words, photos.
FACT CHECK-WEEK — President Donald Trump has been relentlessly promoting a malaria drug for coronavirus patients and offering assurances about its safety that fly in the face of new studies that point to potential dangers from using the drug for COVID-19. Meanwhile, boastful on the occasion of Memorial Day, Trump exaggerated some of his accomplishments for veterans’ health care and repeated a baseless allegation of rampant mail-in voting fraud. Those are the findings of an AP Fact Check, which examined his recent rhetoric. By Hope Yen, Marilynn Marchione and Calvin Woodward. SENT: 2,650 words, photos.
FELONS VOTING-FLORIDA — A federal judge has ruled that the Florida law requiring felons to pay legal fees as part of their sentences before regaining the vote is unconstitutional for those unable to pay, or unable to find out how much they owe. The 125-page ruling issued Sunday by U.S. District Court Judge Robert Hinkle in Tallahassee concerns the state law to implement a 2016 ballot measure approved by voters to automatically restore the right to vote for felons who have completed their sentence. SENT: 495 words, photo.
NEW ZEALAND-MEDIA SALE — One of New Zealand’s largest media organizations is being sold for a single dollar to its chief executive. The organization Stuff prints many of the nation’s newspapers and runs a popular news website of the same name. Owned by Australia’s Nine Entertainment, Stuff had financial difficulties before the coronavirus pandemic struck and has since seen advertising revenues plunge. By Nick Perry. SENT: 470 words, photo.
SCI-HOME-LAUNCH-SPACE-STYLE — The first astronauts launched by SpaceX are breaking new ground for style with hip spacesuits, gull-wing Teslas and a sleek rocketship — all of it white with black trim. The color coordinating is thanks to Elon Musk, the driving force behind both SpaceX and Tesla, and a big fan of flash and science fiction. By Marcia Dunn. SENT: 620 words, photos.
CHARITY MATCH — Tom Brady delivered the shot of the match by holing out from the fairway. Tiger Woods didn’t miss a fairway and earned some revenge on Phil Mickelson. This exhibition match was as entertaining as the real thing. It was called, “The Match: Champions for Charity,” and it was the second and final TV exhibition before the PGA Tour returns for real at Colonial in just over two weeks. Woods and Peyton Manning won 1-up. The goal was to raise $10 million for COVID-19 relief funds. Online donations sent money climbing toward about twice that much. BY Doug Ferguson. SENT: 895 words.
CAR-NASCAR-COCA COLA-600 -- Brad Keselowski extended Jimmie Johnson’s losing streak to 102 races by holding off the seven-time NASCAR champion in overtime early Monday in the Coca-Cola 600. Keselowski started in the back of the field, worked his way to the front at Charlotte Motor Speedway and gambled in not pitting when caution stopped Chase Elliott from winning with two laps remaining. By Jenny Fryer. SENT: 770 words, photos.
SPAIN-RESTART — The president of the Spanish league says the competition could restart as early as June 11 with the Seville derby between Sevilla and Real Betis. By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 425 words, photos.
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