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7 Minnesotans accused in scheme to defraud pandemic food program go on trial

7 Minnesotans accused in scheme to defraud pandemic food program go on trial

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Seven people went on trial Monday for what federal prosecutors have called a massive scheme to exploit lax rules during the COVID-19 pandemic and steal from a program meant to provide meals to children in Minnesota.
Class of 2024 reflects on college years marked by COVID-19, protests and life's lost milestones

Class of 2024 reflects on college years marked by COVID-19, protests and life's lost milestones

LOS ANGELES (AP) — On a recent afternoon, Grant Oh zigzagged across the University of Southern California campus as if he was conquering an obstacle course, coming up against police blockade after police blockade on his way to his apartment while off
Top court to examine COVID-related entry limits imposed by Newfoundland and Labrador

Top court to examine COVID-related entry limits imposed by Newfoundland and Labrador

OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada will weigh the constitutionality of a pandemic-related restriction that curbed travel for public-health reasons.
US births fell last year, marking an end to the late pandemic rebound, experts say

US births fell last year, marking an end to the late pandemic rebound, experts say

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. births fell last year, resuming a long national slide. A little under 3.6 million babies were born in 2023, according to provisional statistics released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Alberta premier stands by pick of 'contrarian' chair to lead COVID-19 data review

Alberta premier stands by pick of 'contrarian' chair to lead COVID-19 data review

EDMONTON — Alberta Premier Danielle Smith says it’s a good idea to have a physician who accused the province of exaggerating COVID-19's impact on hospitals now lead a review of pandemic-era health data. Smith says Dr.
The pandemic exposed staff shortages at nursing homes. A new White House push aims for a remedy

The pandemic exposed staff shortages at nursing homes. A new White House push aims for a remedy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris on Monday said the first rule to set minimum staffing levels at federally funded nursing homes and require that a certain portion of the taxpayer dollars they receive go toward wages for care workers is
Takeaways from AP report on how the search for the coronavirus origins turned toxic

Takeaways from AP report on how the search for the coronavirus origins turned toxic

BEIJING (AP) — The Chinese government froze meaningful efforts to trace the origins of the coronavirus pandemic , despite publicly declaring it supported an open scientific inquiry, an Associated Press investigation has found.
Toxic: How the search for the origins of COVID-19 turned politically poisonous

Toxic: How the search for the origins of COVID-19 turned politically poisonous

BEIJING (AP) — The hunt for the origins of COVID-19 has gone dark in China, the victim of political infighting after a series of stalled and thwarted attempts to find the source of the virus that killed millions and paralyzed the world for months.
New Manitoba health orders affect capacity limits, isolation calls; masks, vaccine cards gone next month

New Manitoba health orders affect capacity limits, isolation calls; masks, vaccine cards gone next month

Manitoba has announced plans to speed up its easing of public health orders, with most capacity limits going bye-bye next week, along with orders for close contacts to isolate.
Manitoba eases health orders for some private gatherings, sporting events, several public settings

Manitoba eases health orders for some private gatherings, sporting events, several public settings

Manitoba will be loosening some public health measures starting next week.
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