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Local health agencies struggle to ramp up virus tracking

ATLANTA (AP) — As state after state begins to reopen, local health departments charged with tracking down everyone who has been in close contact with those who test positive for the new coronavirus are still scrambling to hire the number of people they need to do the job. They are often ...

Public officials cite virus while limiting access to records

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Many state and local governments across the country have suspended public records requirements amid the coronavirus pandemic, denying or delaying access to information that could shed light on key government decisions. Public officials have said employees either ...

Supreme Court sides with Lucky brand in trademark dispute

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is siding with fashion brand Lucky in a dispute with a Miami-based apparel manufacturer that owns the "Get Lucky" trademark. The high court ruled unanimously in favor of Lucky on Thursday and against Marcel Fashion Group. The case before the justices ...

Poll: Virus, econ crisis drive fears of having enough to eat

OAK PARK, Ill. (AP) — Kate Maehr has never seen anything like it: lines stretching for blocks as people, many with children, inch forward to get boxes of food they hope will last until the next giveaway, until the next paycheck or until they can get government food assistance. "It's just ...

Defense attorneys: Don’t rush to judgment in Arbery shooting

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — Attorneys for two white men accused of pursuing and killing a black man in Georgia said Thursday their clients have been vilified and cautioned against a rush to judgment in a case that has drawn national attention. Gregory and Travis McMichael, a father and son, are ...

System off Florida could become season’s first named storm

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A trough of low pressure moving through the Florida Straits could organize over the northwestern Bahamas later Friday or Saturday and become the first named storm of the 2020 hurricane season, the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said. Tropical storm force ...

NIH director: Large-scale vaccine testing expected by July

Having a COVID-19 vaccine by January is "a stretch goal," but the head of the National Institutes of Health is gearing up for a master experiment to rapidly tell if any really work. At least four or five possible vaccines "look pretty promising" and one or two will be ready to begin ...

Bayern still the team to beat as Bundesliga soccer resumes

DÜSSELDORF, Germany (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic has changed almost everything about soccer in Germany, except Bayern Munich's chances of winning. The seven-time defending champions are still the team to beat. When the Bundesliga resumes on Saturday after a two-month suspension caused ...

Native American tribe says sovereignty allows checkpoints

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The head of a Native American tribe said Wednesday it won't comply with South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem's demand to remove coronavirus checkpoints it set up on federal and state highways that run through its reservation. Harold Frazier, the chairman of the Cheyenne ...

Virginia, Maryland suburbs aligned with DC in COVID response

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — The allure was tempting: Haircuts were to be had, as was the chance to drink a beer at an outdoor bar after governors in Maryland and Virginia agreed to loosen weekslong lockdown restrictions because of the coronavirus. But unlike other areas of the country that are ...