This is AP News Minute.
The Food and Drug Administration is advising all US blood banks to start screening for the Zika virus. Friday’s move by the FDA is a major expansion of US intervention aimed at protecting the nation’s blood supply from the mosquito-borne disease.
The death toll from the devastating earthquake in central Italy has risen to 278. Italian officials said 238 people have been rescued so far, but some people are still unaccounted for in the hardest hit area.
Maine Republican governor Paul Lepage left an obscene voicemail message for a Democratic legislator on Thursday. Lepage says he took offense as being called a “racist,” and told reporters he wished it was 1825 so he could challenge a lawmaker to a duel. The governor later apologized to the people of Maine but not to the legislator.
And a cat chase on a busy Texas highway didn’t leave officials amused. Surveillance video shows an unidentified woman trying to trap a cat on a busy road full of cars and trucks. The tollway authority says the incident should be a warning of what not to do, and to let trained experts handle it.
Susanne Gaffney, the Associated Press with AP News Minute.