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Jeorganna Barnes, a worker at Harrah's casino in Atlantic City, N.J., wipes slot machines with disinfectant Wednesday, July 1, 2020, as the casino prepared to reopen after 3 1/2 months of being shut down due to the coronavirus. Five of Atlantic City's casinos will reopen on Thursday, while three others, including Harrah's, will open Friday. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

Alaska Airlines secures loans; casinos in NJ reopening

Jul. 2, 2020 12:54 PM EDT

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments Thursday related to the national and global response, the work place and the spread of the virus. ________________________ TRANSPORTATION: Alaska Airlines has secured nearly $1.2 billion in...

FILE - In this March 12, 2020 file photo, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a press conference at the Miraflores Presidential Palace in Caracas, Venezuela. A British judge on Thursday July 2, 2020, refused to give Venezuela control of over $1 billion in gold sitting in a Bank of England vault, ruling that it is unlawful to give it to the President Nicolas Maduro since Britain does not recognize him as the president. Maduro has demanded the gold to help his cash-starved nation fight the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix, File)

British judge denies Maduro Venezuela's gold in London bank

Jul. 2, 2020 12:52 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A British judge on Thursday refused to give Venezuela's Nicolás Maduro control of nearly $2 billion in gold sitting in a Bank of England vault because Britain does not recognize the socialist leader as president of the Latin American nation. Maduro has demanded the gold to help his...

Stickers with messages of the pro-democracy movement are left by protesters on a street in Hong Kong, Thursday, July 2, 2020. Hong Kong police have made the first arrests under a new national security law imposed by mainland China, as thousands of people defied tear gas and pepper pellets to protest against it. Police say they arrested 10 people under the law, including at least one who was carrying a Hong Kong independence flag. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

China, pro-Beijing activists condemn 'meddling' in Hong Kong

Jul. 2, 2020 12:50 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — China's government and pro-Beijing activists in Hong Kong condemned what they called foreign meddling in the territory's affairs on Thursday, as countries moved to offer Hong Kongers refuge and impose sanctions on China over a new security law. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao...

FILE - In this Thursday, May 14, 2020, file photo, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a news conference in Doral, Fla. A federal appellate court has stayed a lower court ruling that gave impoverished Florida felons the right to vote. The order issued Wednesday, July 1, 2020, disappointed voting rights activists and could have national implications in November's presidential election. In May, a federal judge ruled that Florida law can’t stop disenfranchised felons from voting because they can’t pay back any legal fees and restitution they owe. DeSantis immediately appealed to the Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, requesting a stay of the ruling and a review of the case by the full appeals court. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

The Latest: Florida reports 10,000 daily coronavirus cases

Jul. 2, 2020 12:36 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Florida has reported 10,000 new confirmed coronavirus cases for the first time. That daily number on Thursday is six times higher than the daily record less than a month ago. The state also reported 67 deaths for the second time in a week. The seven-day average for daily deaths is...

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2020, file photo, rescue workers search the scene where a Ukrainian plane crashed in Shahedshahr, southwest of Tehran, Iran. Sweden’s Foreign Minister Ann Linde said Thursday, July 1, 2020 that Iran had agreed to compensate the families’ of the foreign victims of a Ukrainian passenger plane that was shot down outside Tehran in January. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)

Sweden: Iran to compensate Ukraine plane crash victims

Jul. 2, 2020 12:15 PM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Iran has agreed to compensate the families’ of the foreign victims of a Ukrainian passenger plane that was shot down by Iranian forces outside Tehran in January, Sweden’s foreign minister said on Thursday. “We have signed an agreement of mutual understanding that we...

European Union's Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier and British Brexit negotiator David Frost attend a meeting with their delegations on further Brexit negotiations at EU headquarters in Brussels, Monday, June 29, 2020. European Union and U.K. negotiators resumed in-person talks on a post-Brexit trade deal on Monday, with both sides insisting that the process must accelerate markedly if they're to reach an agreement by the end of the year. (John Thys, Pool Photo via AP)

Post-Brexit talks deadlocked after latest negotiating round

Jul. 2, 2020 12:01 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — EU and U.K. negotiators in charge of finding a post-Brexit compromise resumed in-person talks this week, but the result remained the same, with no progress achieved on a range of key issues preventing a new trade agreement to be sealed. Discussions ended Thursday a day earlier than...

FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2020, file photo, fans at Comerica Park watch a baseball game between the Detroit Tigers and the Baltimore Orioles in Detroit. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is allowing for the return of pro sports in Michigan as long as fans aren't in attendance. The move Thursday, June 25, 2020, follows Major League Baseball's decision this week to set a 60-game schedule to start July 23 or July 24 in empty ballparks. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

The Latest: Boise State cuts baseball, women’s swimming

Jul. 2, 2020 11:56 AM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Boise State is cutting its baseball and women’s swimming and diving programs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The program cuts, along with additional department and program operating reductions, will reduce the...

Nightbird Restaurant chef and owner Kim Alter, left, mimics giving a hug to nurse practitioner Sydney Gressel, center, and patient care technician Matt Phillips after delivering dinner to them at University of California at San Francisco Benioff Children's Hospital in San Francisco, March 27, 2020. A group of tech-savvy, entrepreneurial San Francisco friends wanted to help two groups devastated by the coronavirus pandemic. They came up with a plan that involved soliciting donations, tapping friends in the restaurant world and getting San Francisco hospitals to accept free food cooked up by some of the city's top chefs. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Not so random acts: Science finds that being kind pays off

Jul. 2, 2020 11:08 AM EDT

Acts of kindness may not be that random after all. Science says being kind pays off. Research shows that acts of kindness make us feel better and healthier. Kindness is also key to how we evolved and survived as a species, scientists say. We are hard-wired to be kind. Kindness “is as bred in our bones as...

FILE - In this Monday, March 9, 2020 file photo, Britain's Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex leaves after attending the annual Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey in London.  Court documents have revealed that Meghan felt “unprotected” by Britain’s monarchy and was “prohibited from defending herself” against negative media reports when she was pregnant, according to documents submitted Thursday July 2, 2020, as part of Meghan’s lawsuit against the publisher of the Mail on Sunday newspaper and MailOnline website. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

Court papers: Meghan felt 'unprotected' by monarchy

Jul. 2, 2020 10:27 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, felt “unprotected by the institution” of Britain’s monarchy and was “prohibited from defending herself” against negative media coverage when she was pregnant, U.K. news outlets agency reported Thursday, citing court documents. ...

FILE - This Friday Jan. 11, 2013 file photo of a member of the Cybercrime Center as he turns on the light in a lab during a media tour at the occasion of the official opening of the Cybercrime Center at Europol headquarters in The Hague, Netherlands. Dutch and French police have broken into an encrypted communications network used by organized crime gangs, allowing them to

European police crack encrypted phones, arrest hundreds

Jul. 2, 2020 8:21 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — European police delivered a major blow to organized crime after cracking an encrypted communications network, allowing them to covertly watch "over the shoulder” of criminals in real time as they planned drug trafficking, arms sales, assassinations and torture, officers...