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  • Traveling minister accused of sexual misconduct with boys

    SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — A traveling minister who was arrested this week in South Carolina on charges of sexual misconduct involving teenage boys has had multiple addresses throughout the United States, leading authorities to believe there may be more victims. William Coats was arrested Wednesday in Spartanburg County and charged with indecent exposure, disseminating obscene […]
  • Tornado or virus? Pandemic means tough sheltering decisions

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — As each day brings the United States closer to peak severe weather season, Tornado Alley residents are facing a difficult question: Is it better to take on a twister outside a community shelter or to face the possibility of contracting the new coronavirus inside one? So far, sheltering from deadly weather […]
  • Missouri dad charged with accidentally shooting 8-year-old

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri man has been charged with accidentally shooting his 8-year-old child after giving a lesson on gun safety as he put a pistol away. Phillip Lumas Sr., 45, of Jefferson City, was charged Tuesday with felony second-degree domestic assault and misdemeanor second-degree endangering the welfare of a child, the […]
  • Wiped out of toilet paper? Here’s why

    What does toilet paper have to do with a global pandemic? Nothing. Yet millions of people have been panicking about their household supply. Stores shelves have been emptied. Amazon is often out of stock. And social media is bursting with jokes and pleas for a roll or two. The good news: Things are calming down, […]
  • US economy unlikely to recover as rapidly as it collapsed

    BALTIMORE (AP) — President Donald Trump has been telling voters that the U.S. economy will leap back to life “like a rocket,” stronger than ever after its bout with the coronavirus. But there is a reason economics is called the “dismal science.” There are emerging signs that any recovery will fail to match the speed […]
  • Virus vexes bar exam, leaving young future lawyers in limbo

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — One of Emily Hughes’ first memories after entering law school at the University of Cincinnati in 2017 is an assistant dean scrawling “July 28-29, 2020” across a chalkboard. “Does anyone know what these dates are?” he asked. One student hummed the graduation march. But, no. It was the date of the […]
  • McConnell, Democrats jostle over urgent business virus aid

    WASHINGTON (AP) — An urgent $250 billion request by President Donald Trump to supplement a business “paycheck protection” program for firms crippled by the coronavirus outbreak faces a roadblock Thursday in the Senate. Democrats have signaled they’ll block the request when it’s offered by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Democrats want add-ons and protections to make […]
  • What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

    With a startling 6.6 million people seeking jobless benefits last week, the United States has reached a grim landmark: Roughly one in 10 workers have lost their jobs in just the past three weeks. Meanwhile, a spike in deaths in Britain and New York and surges of reported new infections in Japan and India’s congested […]
  • Record 16.8 million have sought US jobless aid since virus

    WASHINGTON (AP) — With a startling 6.6 million people seeking jobless benefits last week, the United States has reached a grim landmark: More than one in 10 workers have lost their jobs in just the past three weeks to the coronavirus outbreak. The figures collectively constitute the largest and fastest string of job losses in […]
  • Storms packing high winds cause damage in Indiana, Arkansas

    MOORESVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Severe storms with high winds, hail and possible tornadoes swept across the Midwest and caused damage to dozens of homes and businesses in parts of Indiana and Arkansas, authorities said. A few injuries were reported following Wednesday night’s storms and the threat of more severe weather was forecast for the coming […]