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Music fest, barbecue contest in Memphis are rescheduled

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 28th - 2:05pm

Tourism officials in Memphis, Tennessee, say the Beale Street Music Festival and the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest have been rescheduled for the fall after they were postponed by the new coronavirus outbreak.

3 more national parks close to prevent coronavirus spread

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 28th - 12:58pm

Three more of America's most popular national parks have closed their gates as pressure mounts on superintendents to prevent crowded trails that could lead to more spread of the coronavirus even as the Trump administration sticks to its decision to waive entrance fees at the parks.

New York governor delays state's presidential primary from April to June

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 28th - 10:39am

New York governor delays state's presidential primary from April to June.

Coronavirus roils every segment of US child welfare system

David Crary, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 28th - 9:39am

Child welfare agencies across the U.S., often beleaguered in the best of times, are scrambling to confront new challenges that the coronavirus is posing for caseworkers, kids and parents.

How to prep for and spend your government relief check

Sean Pyles Of Nerdwallet, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 28th - 9:38am

A federal relief package aiming to provide payments to distressed consumers passed Friday — but that money is not likely to land for a number of weeks.

Ex-Sen. Tom Coburn, conservative political maverick, dies

Sean Murphy, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 28th - 9:23am

Former U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, an Oklahoma family doctor who earned a reputation as a conservative political maverick as he railed against federal earmarks and subsidies for the rich, has died. He was 72.

Relative says former US Sen. Tom Coburn, conservative political maverick and Oklahoma physician, has died

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 28th - 9:20am

Relative says former US Sen. Tom Coburn, conservative political maverick and Oklahoma physician, has died.

Texts, not door-knocks: Census outreach shifts amid virus

Mike Schneider and Terry Tang, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 28th - 9:10am

In tiny Munfordville, Kentucky, the closure of the public library has cut people off from a computer used only for filling out census forms online. In Minneapolis, a concert promoting the once-a-decade count is now virtual. In Orlando, Florida, advocates called off knocking on doors in a neighborhood filled with new residents from Puerto Rico.

NY delays presidential primary; Trump eyes a quarantine

Jennifer Peltz and Carolyn Thompson, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 28th - 9:06am

As coronavirus cases kept rising in the national epicenter of New York, President Donald Trump said Saturday he is considering a quarantine affecting residents of the state and neighboring New Jersey and Connecticut. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday he wasn't sure what the president meant but didn't “like the sound of it.” Meanwhile, Cuomo postponed New York's presidential primary from April to June, and nurses made anguished pleas for more protective equipment and rebuffed officials' claims that supplies are adequate. With New York cases expected to mushroom toward a mid-to-late-April peak, Cuomo took a manual-pump air mask in hand to show what might lie in store if needed ventilators don't arrive.

Analysis: Virus pulls federalism debate into 21st Century

Michael Tackett, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 28th - 9:00am

A flu pandemic was ravaging the world, killing indiscriminately in almost every country, including more than 600,000 deaths in the United States. The states were in a panic, but there was almost no call for broad federal assistance — at least, not one heeded by the president.

'Officers are scared out there': Coronavirus hits US police

Jake Bleiberg and Corey Williams, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 28th - 7:45am

More than a fifth of Detroit's police force is quarantined; two officers have died from coronavirus and at least 39 have tested positive, including the chief of police.

Living outside lockdown: Barbers, beauty shops still open

Jeffrey Collins, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 28th - 6:43am

With South Carolina's first coronavirus hot spot just a short jaunt up the highway, Johellen Lee hadn't been out for anything but groceries for nearly a month.

A walk through town: Families, coronavirus and togetherness

Denise Lavoie, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 28th - 4:30am

In a quiet suburb just north of Richmond, Virginia, a mother and her three children spend a weekday afternoon planting a small garden of spinach, red cabbage and lettuce. Across town, a dad teaches his kids how to play volleyball on an empty court. In a sprawling park, a father shows his son and daughter the perfect flick of the wrist to skip rocks in a stream.

Students provide sanitizers to daily workers to fight virus

Edna Tarigan, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 27th - 11:03pm

They toil on the fringes, without any job security or set hours or decent wages. And the coronavirus has made their already difficult lives harder, and more hazardous.

Sheriff: Girl, 4, found in woods; had been missing 2 days

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 27th - 5:55pm

Searchers on Friday found a 4-year-old girl who had been missing for two days in a wooded area in east Alabama.

Judge mulls request to release migrant children over virus

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 27th - 5:21pm

A federal judge on Friday said she doesn't want a sudden, large-scale release of immigrant children from U.S. government custody but wants to know why they're still being held as the coronavirus spreads.

'The day the music died': Coronavirus tests New Orleans

Kevin McGill and Rebecca Santana, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 27th - 4:55pm

There were the great fires of 1788 and 1794 and the multiple yellow fever outbreaks of the 1800s. Hurricane Betsy hit in 1965, Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and the memories linger in New Orleans like remnants of a bad dream.

AP Sources: Alleged Maduro co-conspirator is in DEA custody

Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 27th - 4:29pm

A retired Venezuelan army general indicted alongside Nicolás Maduro has surrendered in Colombia and is being taken by Drug Enforcement Administration agents to New York for arraignment, four people familiar with the situation said Friday.

Confirmed coronavirus infections top 100,000 in US, deaths at over 1,500, according to Johns Hopkins University tally

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 27th - 3:53pm

Confirmed coronavirus infections top 100,000 in US, deaths at over 1,500, according to Johns Hopkins University tally.