Local
May 23

Inspired by sister, Owatonna's Carter Broton resumes hockey

As a first-year junior hockey player that laced up skates exactly once in a two-year span directly following his graduation from Owatonna High School in 2017, Carter Broton's journey to becoming a future college athlete could best be described as unconventional, at least superficially.
National
May 22

The Latest: UN warns cybercrime on rise during pandemic

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with…
Variety
May 22
A Hertz Car Rental is closed during he coronavirus pandemic on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 in Paramus, N.J.

Debt and coronavirus push Hertz into bankruptcy protection

Hertz filed for bankruptcy protection Friday, unable to withstand the coronavirus pandemic that has crippled global travel and with it, the heavily indebted 102-year-old car…
National
May 22

US intervenes in case challenging Pritzker's COVID-19 moves

The U.S. Justice Department intervened Friday in a lawsuit challenging Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker's stay-at-home order to stem the spread of the coronavirus.
National
May 22
Rectangles designed to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus by encouraging social distancing line a city-sanctioned homeless encampment at San F

San Francisco sanctions once-shunned homeless encampments

San Francisco is joining other U.S. cities in authorizing homeless tent encampments in response to the coronavirus pandemic, a move officials have long resisted but are now reluctantly embracing to safeguard homeless people.
National
May 22
U.S. District Judge Dolly M. Gee on Friday ordered the U.S. government to better explain why it hasn’t released some of the approximate 350 parents

Judge demands ICE better explain why it won't release kids

A federal judge on Friday criticized the Trump administration's handling of detained immigrant children and families, ordering the government to give the court detailed information about its efforts to quickly release them in the wake of the coronavirus.
Coronavirus
May 22
A North Memorial medical worker gave a thumbs up to a woman who was tested for COVID-19 at the hospital's drive-up testing site in Robbinsdale on May

Rush to do COVID testing leads to waste, harm, U center's report says

In the rush to deploy as many COVID-19 tests as possible, important nuances are being lost about which kinds of tests are not worth doing, causing waste and potential harm during a pandemic, according to a new report from a University of Minnesota policy center.
Variety
May 22
Circles designed to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus by encouraging social distancing line San Francisco's Dolores Park, Thursday, May 21, 2

Memorial Day tempts Americans outdoors, raising virus fears

Millions of Americans are getting ready to emerge from coronavirus lockdowns and venture outdoors to celebrate Memorial Day weekend at beaches, cookouts and family outings,…
National
May 22

Pence visits Georgia cafe that reopened despite virus

Vice President Mike Pence on Friday praised Georgia's decision to quickly reopen businesses during the coronavirus outbreak during a visit to the state that included lunch with the governor at an Atlanta café that had resumed dine-in service.
Coronavirus
May 22
President Donald Trump.

Trump says he'll 'override' states to reopen places of worship

President Donald Trump labeled churches and other houses of worship as "essential" and called on governors nationwide to let them reopen this weekend.
National
May 22

Judge orders Los Angeles to move thousands of homeless

A judge on Friday ordered Los Angeles city and county to move thousands of homeless people living near freeways after an agreement on a plan fell through.
National
May 22
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, shown in 2017.

US warns Los Angeles stay-at-home extension could be illegal

The U.S. Department of Justice on Friday warned the mayor of Los Angeles and the county's top health officer that an extension of the coronavirus stay-at-home order may be unlawful.
National
May 22

New York eases ban on gatherings

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 pandemic.
National
May 22

Allies: Ex-Detroit mayor to be released from prison early

Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is being quarantined at a federal prison while awaiting a likely release in June, which would be years before he was scheduled to finish his 28-year sentence for corruption, a pastor said Friday.
National
May 22

Mitsubishi Aircraft closing overseas locations, cutting jobs

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries is cutting hundreds of jobs in Washington state and shuttering its U.S. operations for the troubled SpaceJet project, the company said Friday.
Variety
May 22

Loosened restrictions, holiday weekend to test California

George Cruz relaxed at an outdoor beach restaurant as a waitress wearing a face covering rushed by, carrying a tray with a Pina Colada in a pineapple-shaped cup. An employee in a face covering stood nearby with cleaning supplies in his gloved hand, ready to sanitize any empty tables.
National
May 22

Disinfected dice: Las Vegas casinos getting ready to roll

Free parking, but no valet service. Bartenders, blackjack dealers and waiters wearing masks. Hand sanitizer everywhere.
Coronavirus
May 22
Beth Thomsen was suited up with full-body PPE by Noel Salo before going into an exam room to administer flu, COVID-19 and RSV tests to a 2-month-old c

Twin Cities ICU beds filling up as COVID-19 cases, deaths rise

The latest figures from the Minnesota Department of Health showed 534 COVID-19 cases in hospitals — a decline of 32 compared with Thursday — but a record 233 of those patients needing intensive care.The department also reported 33 more deaths and 813 more cases.
Variety
May 22

Merriam-Webster revises 'Chinese restaurant syndrome' entry

Merriam-Webster has updated its entry on "Chinese restaurant syndrome," a term many Asian Americans saw as antiquated and even racist.The phrase was previously defined as…
Variety
May 22

Global tourism upended; worst-case earnings scenario dodged

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments Friday related to national and global…