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A worker wearing a mask to protect against the coronavirus walks past space themed displays promoting an online service in Beijing, China on Monday, Aug. 3, 2020. An outbreak in China's far northwestern region of Xinjiang is continuing to subside. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The Latest: Mainland China, Hong Kong report fewer new cases

Aug. 3, 2020 11:00 PM EDT

BEIJING — Both mainland China and Hong Kong reported fewer new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday as strict measures to contain new infections appear to be taking effect. Mainland China announced 36 new cases across the country, down from 43 the previous day. Of those, 28 were in the northwestern region of...

Gyms will need to triple distance for exercising indoors

Aug. 3, 2020 8:52 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee released updated guidance Monday for gyms and fitness facilities that nearly triples the minimum distance required for patrons exercising indoors, except for those practicing certain team sports. Starting Aug. 10, instead of the current requirement of six...

FILE - In this March 10, 2020, file photo, a King County Election worker wearing gloves collect ballots from a drop box in the Washington State presidential primary in Seattle. On Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, state voters will decide which candidates for governor, U.S. House and dozens of other races advance to November amid the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic. The top two vote getters advance to the fall, regardless of party, under Washington's 'Top 2' system. (AP Photo/John Froschauer, File)

Vote by mail in Washington is the one constant amid COVID-19

Aug. 1, 2020 11:06 AM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Heading into Tuesday’s primary, Washington’s nearly 4.6 million voters received their ballot in the mail, just as they have in previous elections, long before anyone had ever heard of COVID-19. And voters have quite a bit to decide as they narrow down the candidates in...

Washington governor slams military testing impact on orcas

Jul. 30, 2020 11:49 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The governor of Washington state and other state officials have criticized a Navy military testing program that would potentially harm endangered orcas if approved. The planned military exercises include testing torpedoes, firing projectiles at seven times the speed of sound, piloting...

President Donald Trump, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows talk before Trump speaks with reporters on the South Lawn of the White House, Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Washington. Trump is en route to Texas. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

As virus aid talks stalemate, Trump scorns help for cities

Jul. 29, 2020 6:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday dismissed Democratic demands for aid to cash-strapped cities in a new coronavirus relief package and lashed out at Republican allies as talks stalemated over assistance for millions of Americans. Another lawmaker tested positive for the virus....

FILE - In this  July 15, 2020, file photo, job seekers exercise social distancing as they wait to be called into the Heartland Workforce Solutions office in Omaha, Neb. A Republican proposal to slash the $600 weekly benefit boost for those left jobless because of the coronavirus shutdown could result in weeks or even months of delayed payments in some states. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

GOP's jobless benefit plan could mean delays, states warn

Jul. 28, 2020 10:31 PM EDT

A Republican proposal to slash the $600 weekly benefit boost for those left jobless because of the coronavirus shutdown could result in weeks or even months of delayed payments in some states. Older computer systems that took weeks to set up for the initial federal unemployment enhancement would need to be...

Phased reopening pause due to virus extended indefinitely

Jul. 28, 2020 8:53 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced Tuesday that the statewide pause for counties looking to advance from their current stage of COVID-19 economic reopening will continue indefinitely. It's the second time the pause has been extended since first implemented earlier this month. The...

Seattle mayor says US agents have demobilized, left city

Jul. 28, 2020 6:25 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said Tuesday she had received confirmation that U.S. agents had left the area after being sent to Seattle last week to protect federal buildings amid lingering unrest over the police killing of George Floyd. Durkan, Gov. Jay Inslee and other local leaders said in...

Washington kills 1 member of wolf pack preying on cattle

Jul. 28, 2020 12:52 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has killed one of the three members of an endangered wolf pack in the northeastern corner of the state in an attempt to reduce the pack's attacks on cattle. The adult, non-breeding female member of the so-called Wedge wolf pack that has...

Judge rejects legal challenges to Inslee’s emergency orders

Jul. 24, 2020 11:26 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A federal judge Friday denied a request for a preliminary injunction against Gov. Jay Inslee’s emergency coronavirus orders that had been brought by some Republican state lawmakers. Filed in May, the legal challenge contended “the emergency has been contained” and...