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Public officials disinfect a church as a precaution against the coronavirus in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. South Korea reported over 100 new virus cases Friday, one of its biggest daily jumps in months, as officials express concerned that infections are getting out of control in cities as people increasingly venture out in public. (Han Jong-chan/Yonhap via AP)

The Latest: S Korea fears infections getting out of control

Aug. 14, 2020 10:14 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — New coronavirus cases in South Korea have reached the highest level in five months, and authorities fear infections are getting out of control in the Seoul region, which is home to half the country’s 51 million people. Officials reported 166 newly confirmed cases Saturday. That...

An exhibit at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, in Springfield, Mass., shown Tuesday, June 23, 2020, features images of Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant. Bryant was among nine people, along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, killed in a helicopter crash in January of 2020, in California. The museum is scheduled to reopen in the beginning of July 2020 after a renovation.  (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

The Latest: Alabama veterans preach caution to teammates

Aug. 14, 2020 6:13 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Alabama running back Najee Harris is hoping he and his teammates can deal with 12 weeks “of just really trying to be safe.” The Crimson Tide star and other veterans have preached caution to teammates while also...

Alabama health officials encouraged by COVID-19 numbers

Aug. 14, 2020 2:10 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama health officials are encouraged by a decline in COVID-19 cases about a month after a state mask order took effect but cautioned that people should not abandon precautions as the state heads to Labor Day gatherings and school openings. “Things are encouraging, at the...

UAB freshman linebacker Allen Merrick dies of gunshot wound

Aug. 14, 2020 12:10 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — UAB freshman linebacker Allen Merrick has died after suffering a gunshot wound. Gadsden Police Capt. Bobby Jackson said Merrick died Friday morning at UAB Hospital in Birmingham. He said the gunshot appeared to be accidental, but added that the investigation was ongoing and he...

FILE - In this July 29, 2020 file photo, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey  announces the extension of a state order requiring face masks in public during a news conference  in Montgomery, Ala.  Ivey’s chief of staff is quarantining at home after his wife tested positive for COVID-19.   Ivey spokeswoman Gina Maiola said Friday, Aug. 14,  that Ivey’s Chief of Staff Jo Bonner does not have symptoms but is in quarantine at home. (AP Photo/Kim Chandler, File)

Alabama governor's chief of staff quarantines after exposure

Aug. 14, 2020 11:20 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey’s chief of staff is quarantining at home after his wife tested positive for COVID-19. Ivey spokeswoman Gina Maiola said Friday that Ivey’s Chief of Staff Jo Bonner does not have symptoms but is in quarantine at home. Bonner’s wife took a...

County school board member in Alabama charged with sex abuse

Aug. 14, 2020 11:11 AM EDT

SELMA, Ala. (AP) — A member of the Perry County Board of Education was arrested after a woman accused him of trying to sexually assault her during a fishing outing, officials said. Donald Nichols, 66, was arrested at his home Thursday night and charged with sexual abuse and attempted rape, WAKA-TV...

Alabama man charged in 1999 killings of his mother, sister

Aug. 14, 2020 8:50 AM EDT

ROCKFORD, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama man is charged with using a shotgun to kill his mother and sister more than two decades ago. Coosa County authorities announced the arrest of Joe Daniel Stallions, 42, of Ariton on Thursday. Stallions is charged with capital murder in the deaths of his 38-year-old mother,...

Mazda-Toyota boosts investment in Alabama plant by $830M

Aug. 13, 2020 6:35 PM EDT

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Mazda Toyota Manufacturing, the new joint-venture between the two auto companies, on Thursday announced an additional $830 million investment in its new Alabama plant. Gov. Kay Ivey said in a news release that the investment in the new auto facility is now $2.3 billion, up from the...

Officials: Backlogged data led to spiked in virus cases

Aug. 13, 2020 1:43 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Several Alabama counties saw a large increase in coronavirus cases earlier this week because of backlogged data, officials said. The high one or two-day increases seen in some counties were due to new testing facilities not reporting information regularly to the Alabama Department...

$500 million expansion at Alabama's AM/NS Calvert mill

Aug. 13, 2020 12:55 PM EDT

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama steel mill is getting a $500 million expansion that's expected to create 200 direct jobs, officials said. ArcelorMittal announced the expansion plans Wednesday for it AM/NS Calvert mill in north Mobile County. The company intends to add an electric arc furnace to its...