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A woman and two children wear masks at a playground, Saturday, July 11, 2020, in Los Angeles. The number of deaths per day from the coronavirus in the U.S. had been falling for months, and even remained down as some states saw explosions in cases. But now a long-expected upturn has begun, driven by fatalities in states in the South and West. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

The Latest: Heat wave brings crowds to California's beaches

Jul. 12, 2020 6:42 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES -- A heat wave has brought crowds to California’s beaches, where people mostly heeded warnings to keep a safe distance from each other as the state grappled with a spike in coronavirus infections and hospitalizations. Lifeguard Chief Jason Young said Sunday that people are spread out on Orange...

New French premier promises help for virus-hit French Guiana

Jul. 12, 2020 5:42 PM EDT

CAYENNE, French Guiana (AP) — As virus numbers soar in French Guiana, France’s new prime minister traveled Sunday to the South American territory and promised not to ignore its suffering. French Guiana, which borders Brazil, now accounts for about a quarter of new daily cases reported in all of...

This July 8, 2020 file photo shows Veronique Monguillot, wife of Philippe Monguillot, a bus driver who was attacked in Bayonne on Sunday night, holding a photo of her with her husband, during a protest march in Bayonne, southwestern France. The wife of a French bus driver savagely beaten after he asked four of his passengers to wear face masks aboard his vehicle called Saturday for

Widow condemns "barbaric" death of driver beaten over masks

Jul. 11, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

BAYONNE, France (AP) — The wife of a French bus driver who was beaten to death after he asked four passengers to wear face masks aboard his vehicle called Saturday for “exemplary punishment” for his killers. The assault on Philippe Monguillot has scandalized France. President Emmanuel Macron...

Women's rights activists protest against French President Emmanuel Macron's appointment of an interior minister who has been accused of rape and a justice minister who has criticized the #MeToo movement, in front of Paris city hall, in Paris, France, Friday, July 10, 2020. The French government said it remains committed to gender equality and defended the new ministers, stressing the presumption of innocence. Gerald Darmanin, Interior Minister, firmly denies the rape accusation, and an investigation is underway. New Justice Minister Eric Dupond-Moretti is a lawyer who has defended a government member accused of rape and sexual assault, and has ridiculed women speaking out thanks to the #MeToo movement. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Multiple protests against French minister accused of rape

Jul. 10, 2020 4:12 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Chanting “Impunity is Over!” or dancing against sexual violence, women’s rights activists protested Friday in multiple cities in France and abroad against President Emmanuel Macron’s appointment of a new interior minister who is accused of rape and a justice...

People queue up prior to visit the Eiffel Tower, in Paris, Thursday, June 25, 2020. The Eiffel Tower reopens after the coronavirus pandemic led to the iconic Paris landmark's longest closure since World War II. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

France ordered to fight pollution or pay millions in fines

Jul. 10, 2020 3:03 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France’s highest administrative body ordered the government to take immediate measures to combat pollution in Paris and several regions or pay up to 20 million euros ($22.6 million) a year in fines. The Council of State’s unusual ruling Friday came after the government failed to...

France's President Emmanuel Macron, right, attends a visio conference with Kosovo Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, Friday, July 10, 2020. The leaders of Serbia and Kosovo will hold talks in Brussels on July 12, the first meeting between the two in long-stalled European Union-supervised negotiations aimed at normalizing relations, European Commission spokesman Peter Stano said Monday. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, Pool)

Serbia, Kosovo to resume talks but won't budge on key issues

Jul. 10, 2020 1:49 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Serbia and Kosovo agreed Friday to resume long-stalled negotiations on normalizing their strained relations, but both sides refused to budge on key issues in their dispute during video talks led by France and Germany. And Serbia's president said the Europeans have unrealistic expectations...

France urges Netanyahu not to annex parts of West Bank

Jul. 10, 2020 9:25 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron is urging Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu not to annex occupied territory in the West Bank, warning that it would violate international law and threaten long-term peace efforts. The two leaders spoke by phone Thursday, and Macron's office said in a...

A worker stands on a scaffolding at Notre Dame cathedral, Friday, July 10, 2020 in Paris. Notre Dame Cathedral will be rebuilt just the way it stood before last year's devastating fire. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Notre Dame Cathedral to be rebuilt without modern touches

Jul. 10, 2020 6:38 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Notre Dame Cathedral will be rebuilt just the way it stood before last year’s devastating fire. No swimming pool or organic garden on the roof of the medieval Paris monument, or contemporary glass spire, or other modern twists. And to stay historically accurate, it will again be built...

FILE - In this April 15, 2020, file photo, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham puts on her face mask when not speaking during an update on the COVID-19 outbreak in the state during a news conference in the state Capitol in Santa Fe, N.M. Gov. Lujan Grisham used her line-item veto power to preserve executive control over hundreds of millions of dollars in federal coronavirus relief funding, a move that could mean the loss of additional financial assistance for some Native American communities. She used her veto pen to scratch out entire paragraphs of the budget to prevent the Legislature from earmarking $318 million in federal virus relief funding for local governments. (Eddie Moore/The Albuquerque Journal via AP, Pool, File)

The Latest: New Mexico closes state parks, suspends sports

Jul. 9, 2020 10:49 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico authorities will halt indoor restaurant service, close state parks to nonresidents and suspend autumn contact sports at schools in response to surging coronavirus infections in the state and in neighboring Texas and Arizona. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham unveiled the sweeping...

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Climate activists protest from Notre Dame Cathedral crane

Jul. 9, 2020 5:44 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Greenpeace activists hung banners from a huge construction crane atop Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on Thursday, accusing France and President Emmanuel Macron of not doing enough to fight climate change. The medieval landmark is under reconstruction after a devastating fire last year and is...