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New York eases ban on gatherings

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo dropped the state's absolute ban on gatherings of any size Friday, issuing an executive order saying up to 10 people are now allowed to be together as long as they abide by other social distancing guidelines adopted during the coronavirus ...

App urges people to dance like no one is watching

NEW YORK — Breethe, one of the most downloaded meditation and wellness apps, wants you to dance like no one is watching. In fact, dancing solo may offer additional health benefits beyond what social dancing can provide. Leveraging the latest scientific research on dance and meditation, and in ...

Pandemic threatens to deepen crisis in mental health care

By JOHN MINCHILLO and CANDICE CHOI The Associated Press NEW YORK — More than three weeks after Brandon Bell stopped showing up at a New York office that serves people with schizophrenia, employees finally located him at a nearby homeless shelter. The office remains open, but ...

Stay safe while buying groceries amid the covid-19 pandemic

Erin DiCaprio University of California, Davis Wear a mask, but skip the gloves. Don’t sanitize the apples. And if you are older than 65, it’s probably best to still order your groceries online. As a food virologist, I hear a lot of questions from people about the coronavirus risks in ...

Survey shows effect of virus on food scarcity, rent payments

By MIKE SCHNEIDER The Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. — More than 10 percent of U.S. households in a survey last week said they could not get enough of the food they needed some of the time or often, and almost a quarter of respondents said they will have difficulty paying their rent or ...

Diverse food cultures can expand heart-healthy menu

For many in the United States, dinner means a large portion of meat and two sides, usually a starch and a vegetable. Think steak, potatoes and peas, or chicken, carrots and rice. “That’s a very American and northern European idea – a meal which stems from a large amount of meat being ...

Author urges gardeners to form one big ‘national park’

By KATHERINE ROTH The Associated Press Imagine if all the back and front yards — and even patio container plants — across the country were seen as one magnificent patchwork quilt, a ``Homegrown National Park.” Home gardeners would join forces to bring back a variety of native plants ...

PET TALK: Ferrets as pets

Pets can come in all shapes and sizes. While some animal lovers may consider themselves “dog” or “cat” people, others enjoy smaller pets, also referred to as “pocket pets,” like ferrets.  Many people like ferrets because they are relatively low maintenance, similar to a cat, ...

Karen Pence speaks on health benefits of getting outdoors

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — Second Lady Karen Pence visited Great Smoky Mountains National Park to talk about the mental health benefits of spending time outdoors as officials announced the second phase of a plan to reopen all park trails. Pence was accompanied on her visit Tuesday by Deputy ...

How can you be safe at a pool, the beach or a park?

Claudia Finkelstein, Michigan State University Even if we escaped getting sick from the coronavirus, we are all sick of staying at home, practicing social distancing and wearing masks. While case numbers and deaths from COVID-19 are trending downward, this is not the time to let down your ...

Bringing nature indoors during COVID-19 lockdown

By Kevin Nute University of Hawaii Pandemics change everything, including the way we design buildings. After the 1918 Spanish flu and the scourge of tuberculosis, there was a push for “healthier” buildings, “full of light and air,” as the Swiss architect Le Corbusier put it. This ...

Fear of the Future: Class of 2020 enters a world in crisis

By SHARON COHEN and JOCELYN GECKER The Associated Press Tyler Lyson watched his parents’ financial collapse in the Great Recession, a decade ago. He vowed he’d find the security they never had: He would get a college degree. The 27-year-old won a full scholarship to the University of ...

Online graduations still bring stars to the virtual lectern

By COLLIN BINKLEY The Associated Press This year’s college graduates won’t get to take their triumphant walk across the stage. They won’t get to toss their caps amid a sea of classmates. Instead, they have to settle for online ceremonies while their diplomas are mailed home. But at ...

Aircraft carrier returns to sea after coronavirus outbreak

By LOLITA C. BALDOR The Associated Press WASHINGTON — After nearly two months sidelined in Guam with a coronavirus outbreak, the USS Theodore Roosevelt has gone out to sea for training, in preparation to return to duty in the Pacific. The ship has been docked in Guam since March 27, as ...

First piece of disputed Keystone XL oils sands pipeline finished

By MATTHEW BROWN The Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. — A Canadian company has built the first piece of the disputed Keystone XL oil sands pipeline across the U.S. border and started work on labor camps in Montana and South Dakota. But it has not resolved a courtroom setback that would make ...

Clarkson, Trebek among Daytime Emmy nominees

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The first season of “The Kelly Clarkson Show” received Daytime Emmy Awards nominations for best entertainment talk show and host, while “Jeopardy!” veteran Alex Trebek’s nod for best game show host could give him a second consecutive win in the ...

Clinton and Patterson again team up for book

NEW YORK (AP) — After co-writing the best-selling adult novel of 2018, Bill Clinton and James Patterson have teamed up for another political thriller. “The President’s Daughter” will be released in June 2021, the book’s publishers announced Thursday. As with the million-selling ...

Cuomo: Summer school in New York state will be online

By KAREN MATTHEWS, MARINA VILLENEUVE and MICHAEL HILL The Associated Press NEW YORK — Summer school students will not be reporting to the classroom. New York City will deliver 1 million meals a day to fight hunger during the outbreak. State labor officials hit with a flood of ...

N.Y. archdiocese unveils plan for phased worship reopening

By ELANA SCHOR The Associated Press NEW YORK — The Archdiocese of New York on Thursday released a plan for a phased-in reopening during the coronavirus pandemic, using protocols developed with the advice of medical professionals to help safeguard worshipers. The five-phase plan for the ...