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Parents hoping to get back to work face a child care crisis

Alexandra Olson and Sally Ho, Associated Press  |  Posted May 31st - 9:27am

A single father in New Jersey is taking unpaid leave from his job as a baker because he has no one to look after his son. A university employee in New York realizes she may never return to the office after her autistic daughter's child care center closed for good. A new mother in Utah uses vacation time to take two hours off from work each day.

While asking for more, states are slow to spend virus aid

Geoff Mulvihill, Associated Press  |  Posted May 31st - 7:51am

including California, the most populous — are projecting deficits equal to about 20% of the budgets they proposed before the virus took hold.

Boy Scout victims' choice: Sue rashly, or wait and risk loss

Mike Catalini, Associated Press  |  Posted May 31st - 7:08am

Some victims of childhood sex abuse who are considering suing the Boy Scouts of America face a choice: an anguished rush to meet a deadline earlier than what lawmakers intended, or wait and sue local councils, perhaps putting them at greater risk of losing.

Asia Today: India reports over 8,000 new virus cases

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 31st - 2:43am

India reported more than 8,000 new cases of the coronavirus in a single day, another record high that topped the deadliest week in the country.

The Latest: Italy records 355 new virus cases, 75 deaths

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 31st - 1:22am

Italy registered 355 new coronavirus cases and 75 deaths, some of the lowest such numbers since the nation’s lockdown against the pandemic began in early March. Italy now totals 233,019 known cases of COVID-19 and 33,415 deaths.

China's manufacturing still sluggish as virus hits exports

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 30th - 9:55pm

China's manufacturing activity expanded in May but at a sluggish pace for the second straight month as the coronavirus pandemic weighed on the global economy.

Asia Today: India reports 8,000 new cases; South Korea 27

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 30th - 8:43pm

India reported more than 8,000 new cases of the coronavirus in a single day, another record high that topped the deadliest week in the country.

Goodell: 'Tragic events' call for 'urgent need for action'

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 30th - 7:53pm

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says “there remains an urgent need for action” following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the protests around the country that have followed.

Launch provides Trump moment to relish during difficult week

Jill Colvin, Associated Press  |  Posted May 30th - 2:34pm

President Donald Trump celebrated on Saturday the first launch of American astronauts from U.S. soil in nearly a decade, marveling at the power of the rocket ship and the danger faced by its passengers as they soared into the stratosphere and provided a moment of triumph as the country raged and mourned.

Infected workers, parts shortages slow auto factory restarts

Tom Krisher, Associated Press  |  Posted May 30th - 11:32am

The U.S. auto industry’s coronavirus comeback plan was pretty simple: restart factories gradually and push out trucks and other vehicles for waiting buyers in states left largely untouched by the virus outbreak.

Cuomo signs bill granting front-line worker death benefits

Karen Matthews, Associated Press  |  Posted May 30th - 11:31am

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill Saturday granting death benefits to the families of police officers, public health workers and other front-line workers who have died of the coronavirus.

AP Explains: Trump actions on Hong Kong just threats for now

Ben Fox, Associated Press  |  Posted May 30th - 10:45am

President Donald Trump has announced what he said are “significant actions” regarding U.S. relations with Hong Kong. But the measures are still just a warning, at least for now. He said he would direct his administration to begin eliminating the policies that give the semi-autonomous Chinese territory a distinct trade and legal relationship with the United States. But he didn't say when. He also mentioned there would be a “few exceptions” but he didn’t take any questions at his announcement Friday. So, while tensions are high, the status quo seems to hold.

US food prices see historic jump and are likely to stay high

David Pitt, Associated Press  |  Posted May 30th - 8:47am

As if trips to the grocery store weren’t nerve-wracking enough, U.S. shoppers lately have seen the costs of meat, eggs and even potatoes soar as the coronavirus has disrupted processing plants and distribution networks.

Italy court rules Uber food delivery riders were exploited

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 30th - 8:46am

A court in Milan has ordered the appointment of a judicial administrator to oversee Uber Italy for one year after determining the company's food delivery service exploited workers, according to Italian news reports.

Flooded Michigan city is midcentury architecture mecca

Tammy Webber, Associated Press  |  Posted May 30th - 8:44am

Christopher Jue knew he was home the moment he and his wife stepped inside the sprawling 62-year-old ranch with brick floors, a sunken living room and built-in desks, shelves and bureaus — hallmarks of an Alden B. Dow original.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump vs. Twitter on truth and consequences

Hope Yen, Calvin Woodward and Ricardo Alonso-zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted May 30th - 7:23am

President Donald Trump and Twitter tangled over truth and consequences this past week as the social media giant flagged the president's tweets for spreading false information and potentially inciting violence.

Pop-up bar scene, tanning salon test shutdown rules in NYC

Tom Hays, Associated Press  |  Posted May 30th - 6:38am

What passes for a pandemic-era speakeasy these days in New York City isn’t secret at all.

Schools nationwide brace for cuts from new financial crisis

Jeff Amy, Associated Press  |  Posted May 30th - 6:13am

It was during the Great Recession when Catoosa County first shortened its school year, from 180 to 175 instructional days, as it began years of furloughs due to budget cuts. As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the next school year will be shorter still, with only 170 classroom days.

A year later, motive of Virginia mass shooting still unclear

Ben Finley, Associated Press  |  Posted May 30th - 5:53am

The rampage at a Virginia Beach city government building was the latest in a string of high-profile mass shootings nationwide, between the high school killings in Parkland, Florida, and the Walmart massacre in El Paso, Texas.