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FILE - In this May 20, 2020 file photo, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe arrives for a meeting in Paris. A new French prime minister will be appointed on Friday to replace Edouard Philippe, who has resigned amid an expected government reshuffle, the French presidency announced. (Thomas Coex, Pool via AP)

French government ministers investigated over virus crisis

Jul. 3, 2020 3:41 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A special French court ordered an investigation Friday of three current or former government ministers over their handling of the coronavirus crisis. COID-19 patients, doctors, prison personnel, police officers and others in France filed an unprecedented 90 complaints in the Court of Justice...

Arizona store shootout ends with robber, bystander dead

Jul. 3, 2020 3:40 PM EDT

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — A man robbing a gas station convenience store fatally shot a bystander before being killed in a wild shootout with another bystander, police in the Phoenix suburb of Scottsdale said Friday morning. The suspect in the robbery was also believed to have pulled off two holdups at gas...

Alabama reports highest number of daily virus cases at 1,700

Jul. 3, 2020 3:39 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama reported more than 1,700 new confirmed coronavirus cases— the highest number yet for a single day— as doctors and state officials expressed concern about further spread during the Fourth of July holiday weekend. The state on Thursday surpassed the previous...

FILE - This April 20, 2020 file photo shows the Marion Correctional Institution in Marion, Ohio. The number of prison inmates testing positive for the coronavirus soared well past the 50,000 mark this week, as recent outbreaks threatened to undo control measures put in place earlier in the pandemic. (Fred Squillante/The Columbus Dispatch via AP, File)

New outbreaks push inmate coronavirus cases past 50,000

Jul. 3, 2020 3:38 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The number of prison inmates testing positive for the coronavirus soared well past the 50,000 mark last month, as recent outbreaks threatened to undo control measures put in place earlier in the pandemic. At the end of June, the total number of coronavirus cases among prisoners had...

Knox and Shelby join Nashville, Memphis in mask mandate

Jul. 3, 2020 3:35 PM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Knox County and Shelby County on Friday joined Nashville and Memphis in requiring people to wear face masks in many public settings to slow the spread of the new coronavirus. The orders come as the virus cases continue to surge in Tennessee. The state recorded 1,822 new cases on...

FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2009, file photo, former hostages, from left, Tom Howes, Marc Gonsalves and Keith Stansell pose for a portrait in New York. The American defense contractors held for years by leftist rebels in Colombia moved closer to collecting on a $318 million judgment against their former captors after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a last-minute appeal by a sanctioned Venezuelan businessman whose assets they were seeking to claim. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

US victims of FARC rebels win claim to Venezuelan's fortune

Jul. 3, 2020 3:33 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Three American defense contractors held for five years by leftist rebels in Colombia moved closer to collecting on a $318 million judgment against their former captors when a U.S. Supreme Court justice rebuffed an appeal by a sanctioned Venezuelan businessman whose assets they seek to claim. ...

People wearing protective face masks walk past a closed entrance to the beach during the new coronavirus pandemic, Friday, July 3, 2020, in the South Beach neighborhood of Miami Beach, Fla. Beaches throughout South Florida are closed for the busy Fourth of July weekend to avoid further spread of the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Curfews, closures as COVID-19 burdens Florida hospitals

Jul. 3, 2020 3:31 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Florida's most populous county instituted an overnight curfew, and beaches and businesses began closing down again as the state's number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations soared, threatening a further spread during the festive Fourth of July weekend. Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez...

Andrew Stuart wears a bandana as a mask while taking a selfie with his dog, Voltron, on Sunset Blvd, Thursday, July 2, 2020, in West Hollywood, Calif. Sheriff's deputies in West Hollywood will issue citations to people who are not wearing masks in public, ramping up enforcement that previously had largely been imposed without penalties. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

California enters July 4 weekend with many beaches closed

Jul. 3, 2020 3:26 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California headed into the Fourth of July weekend Friday under classic sunny summer skies and new health orders that temporarily put many popular beaches off-limits and canceled fireworks shows in an effort to prevent runaway coronavirus infections. A few surfers were in the water off...

Christy Kasler, center, from Ohio, enjoys a day at the beach, Thursday, June 18, 2020, while her daughter-in-law Cory plays with her grandson, Bentley, in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Across America, people are leaving their cares β€” and sometimes their masks β€” at home after months of worry about the virus as Southern states like South Carolina open hotels and restaurants and like Myrtle Beach advertise β€œYes, the beach is open!”  (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)

Pandemic makes stay-at-home explosions popular this July 4th

Jul. 3, 2020 3:24 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Mostly-masked shoppers were selecting their own explosives Friday for stay-at-home fireworks shows this holiday weekend. “This whole COVID thing has been really bad all around,” said Forest Casey, a fourth-generation fireworks salesman at his family-owned shop in...

In this photo taken on Thursday, July 3, 2020, migrants and SOS Mediterranee staffers stand aboard the Ocean Viking ship in the Mediterranean Sea. A charity ship says it has declared a state of emergency on board after six of the rescued migrants aboard tried to kill themselves. SOS Mediterranee, which operates the Ocean Viking, said in a statement Friday, July 3, 2020 that some of the 180 migrants have started physical fights among themselves or are threatening fellow survivors and crew. (Flavio Gasperini/SOS Mediterranee via AP)

Aid ship declares emergency after 6 migrants attempt suicide

Jul. 3, 2020 3:18 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Six migrants aboard a rescue ship in the Mediterranean Sea tried to kill themselves and others have gotten into fights and threatened fellow passengers and crew members in growing desperation over their inability to find a country willing to take them in, the charity that operates the vessel...