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FILE - In this March 13, 2020, file photo, students at Stuyvesant High School leave after classes in New York. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday, Aug. 7, 2020 that he would allow children statewide to return to classrooms for the start of the new school year, citing the state's success in battling the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

Cuomo clears New York schools statewide to open, carefully

Aug. 7, 2020 2:45 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York schools can bring children back to classrooms for the start of the school year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday, citing success in battling the coronavirus in the state that once was the U.S. heart of the pandemic. The Democratic governor's decision clears the way for...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Aug. 7, 2020 2:28 PM EDT

Recent editorials of regional and national interest from New England’s newspapers: CONNECTICUT Five to 10 days before power is restored in Connecticut after Isaias? Not acceptable. Not during coronavirus. Hartford Courant Aug. 5 Tropical Storm Isaias was an extraordinary storm, hitting harder and doing...

Data shows rise in overdose deaths during the pandemic

Aug. 7, 2020 2:20 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Health experts in Colorado warn that early 2020 data indicates a rise in overdose deaths during the coronavirus pandemic, even as the federal government has distributed grants to rural hospitals for prevention and treatment programs. Colorado’s Department of Public Health and...

Fauci to join Raimondo to discuss school reopening plan

Aug. 7, 2020 1:59 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Parents of Rhode Island school children with concerns about this fall's return to the classroom during the coronavirus pandemic will get the chance to have their questions answered by Dr. Anthony Fauci. Fauci, who's earned a national profile as director of the National Institute of...

FILE - In this July 9, 2020, file photo California Gov. Gavin Newsom visits the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection's McClellan Reload Base in Sacramento, Calif. As Newsom unveiled details for California elementary schools seeking to reopen with in-person instruction amid the coronavirus pandemic, one of the state's two powerful teachers unions warned that reopening schools would be

The Latest: California tops 10,000 virus deaths, 3rd highest

Aug. 7, 2020 1:40 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California has surpassed 10,000 deaths from the coronavirus, making it the U.S. state with the third-highest deaths since the start of the pandemic. The figure was reported Friday by Johns Hopkins University, with 10,024 dead since the outbreak began in California in February. New...

FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2015, file photo, Southern Utah celebrates with the trophy after defeating Northern Arizona in an NCAA college football game for the Big Sky Conference title Cedar City, Utah. The Big Sky Conference postponed its football season on Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, to the spring because of the coronavirus pandemic and called for the FCS playoffs to be moved to the second semester as well.(Jordan Allred/The Spectrum via AP)

The Latest: Big Sky postpones football season until spring

Aug. 7, 2020 1:04 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The Big Sky Conference postponed its football season to the spring because of the coronavirus pandemic and called for the FCS playoffs to be moved to the second semester as well. The Big Sky’s decision all but officially...

A passenger of a bus coming from Romania, leftt, undergoes a voluntary Covid-19 blood test, at the Tiburtina bus station, in Rome, Wednesday, July 29, 2020. The Lazio region, which includes Rome, is beginning voluntary tests on passengers arriving in Italy from Romania, Bulgaria and Ukraine, with a blood test on finger with results in 8 minutes followed by swab test if result is positive. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

Big jump in Italy's daily new cases driven by travel

Aug. 7, 2020 1:03 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The number of daily new coronavirus infections in Italy jumped 38% higher Friday, with 552 confirmed cases registered compared to the previous day. Italy hadn’t seen a such a high daily new caseload since late May. Barely two weeks ago, Italy had been registering roughly 200 new cases a...

FILE - In this photo posted on Twitter, students crowd a hallway, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, at North Paulding High School in Dallas, Ga.  The Georgia high school student says she has been suspended for five days because of photos of crowded conditions that she provided to The Associated Press and other news organizations. Hannah Waters, a 15-year-old sophomore at North Paulding High School, says she and her family view the suspension as overly harsh and are appealing it. (Twitter via AP, File)

Principal drops penalty for Georgia teen over school photos

Aug. 7, 2020 1:00 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia high school student said her five-day suspension for sharing images of crowded conditions on campus was lifted on Friday after she appealed and said she was ready to take her case to court. Hannah Watters told The Associated Press that her principal called her mother, apologized,...

FILE - In this June 16, 2020 file photo, vehicles circulate on Army Boulevard, on the second day of the reopening of the economy, three-months after a lockdown aimed at preventing the spread of the new coronavirus in Soyapango, El Salvador. For months, the strictest measures confronting the COVID-19 pandemic in Latin America seemed to keep infections in check, in El Salvador, but a gradual reopening combined with a political stalemate has seen infections increase nearly fourfold by August. (AP Photo/Salvador Melendez, File)

El Salvador political stalemate a drag on pandemic response

Aug. 7, 2020 11:34 AM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — For months, the strictest measures confronting the COVID-19 pandemic in Latin America seemed to keep infections in check in El Salvador, but a gradual reopening combined with a political stalemate has seen infections increase nearly fourfold. Other countries have seen...

Visitors walk along the edge of the ocean, Thursday, Aug. 7, 2020, in old Orchard Beach, Maine. As the summer tourist season reaches its peak Maine's coronavirus positivity rate remains among the lowest in the nation. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Jobless claims continue to fall in Maine; colleges get aid

Aug. 7, 2020 11:02 AM EDT

ORONO, Maine (AP) — Jobless claims are continuing to fall in Maine. The Maine Department of Labor said 1,700 individuals filed an initial claim for unemployment assistance in the week that ended on Aug. 1. That's 900 less than the previous week and far less than the totals from April and May, when tens of...