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School aide Serin Brandt, center, helps a student as he arrives on a scooter for the first day of in-person classes at Erasmus High School in Brooklyn's Flatbush neighborhood, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020 in New York. The city's plans to send kids back into classrooms rely on an ambitious plan to do random virus testing of pupils and staff throughout the school year. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

In NYC and LA, returning pupils face battery of virus tests

Oct. 1, 2020 12:31 PM EDT

The two largest school districts in the U.S. are rolling out ambitious and costly plans to test students and staff for the coronavirus, bidding to help keep school buildings open amid a rise in infections among the nation's school-age children. New York City set in motion its program to begin monthly testing of...

Students bump elbows as they arrive for the first day of in-person classes at Erasmus High School in Brooklyn's Flatbush neighborhood, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020 in New York. The city's plans to send kids back into classrooms rely on an ambitious plan to do random virus testing of pupils and staff throughout the school year. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

The Latest: NYC school district to test monthly for virus

Oct. 1, 2020 11:59 AM EDT

NEW YORK — The New York City school district is rolling out a monthly plan to test students and staff for the coronavirus. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says the city plans to do more than 100,000 virus tests on students a month, at a cost of between $78 and $90 per test. The nation’s largest...

A general view of the round table meeting at an EU summit at the European Council building in Brussels, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020. European Union leaders are meeting to address a series of foreign affairs issues ranging from Belarus to Turkey and tensions in the eastern Mediterranean. (Johanna Geron, Pool via AP)

EU leaders seek end to embarrassing Belarus sanctions clash

Oct. 1, 2020 11:14 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders sought Thursday to end an embarrassing standoff that prevents them from imposing sanctions on senior officials in Belarus who stand accused of falsifying presidential election results and leading a crackdown on peaceful protesters. The roadblock borders on the absurd....

FILE- In this Aug. 31, 2020 file photo, Miami-Dade County Public Schools' superintendent Alberto Carvalho leans over to greet students remotely during a visit to Ms. Vanessa Acosta's, right, 1st grade class during a brief visit to Bob Graham Education Center in Miami Lakes, Fla. Authorities announced, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, that a 16-year-old student has been arrested for orchestrating a series of network outages and cyberattacks during the first week of school in Florida's largest district. (Carl Juste/Miami Herald via AP, File)

Facing state pressure, Miami schools OK reopening next week

Sep. 30, 2020 6:27 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Faced with a state ultimatum, the Miami-Dade school board agreed unanimously to reopen schools for classroom instruction next week despite looming fears that they're unprepared to prevent another spike in coronavirus infections. It was either share classroom air again or lose millions in state...

FILE - In a Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, file photo, then-United Auto Workers president Dennis Williams speaks during a roundtable with reporters in Detroit. Williams, the former president of the United Auto Workers, pleaded guilty Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, to an embezzlement scheme, saying he suspected that union dues were being used for golf, lodging and fancy meals but

Ex-UAW president pleads guilty in embezzlement scheme

Sep. 30, 2020 5:22 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The former president of the United Auto Workers pleaded guilty Wednesday to an embezzlement scheme, saying he suspected that union dues were being used for golf, lodging and fancy meals but “deliberately looked away” and enjoyed the bounty. Dennis Williams is the latest senior...

FILE - In this April 27, 2020 file photo, Gov. Asa Hutchinson takes off his Arkansas Razorbacks facemark as he arrives for the daily coronavirus briefing at the state Capitol in Little Rock. Hutchinson issued the order Thursday, July, 16, 2020, effective Monday, July 20, requiring people to wear masks in public throughout the state, which is dealing with a surge in coronavirus cases. The governor issued the order after weeks of resisting such a requirement. (Staton Breidenthal/Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP, File)

Arkansas school superintendent dies from COVID-19

Sep. 29, 2020 6:06 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas school superintendent died Tuesday from the illness caused by the coronavirus, as a White House task force said the state continued to have one of the highest rates of new virus cases in the country. The Atkins School District announced that Superintendent Jody Jenkins...

School board chairman asks member to resign over comments

Sep. 29, 2020 5:59 PM EDT

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The chairman of a Vermont school board has asked a board member to resign after comments he posted on Facebook regarding Black Lives Matter. Mount Anthony Union School Board Chairman Timothy Holbrook said Monday that the comments from board member Ed Letourneau were...

Students line up to have their temperature checked before entering PS 179 elementary school in the Kensington neighborhood, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020 in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Hundreds of thousands of elementary school students are heading back to classrooms Tuesday as New York City enters a high-stakes phase of resuming in-person learning during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

NYC elementary schools reopen in big back-to-school test

Sep. 29, 2020 5:59 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Elementary school students went back to classrooms across New York City on Tuesday in a high-stakes test for the nation's biggest public school system even as the mayor warned that a recent rise in coronavirus cases was “cause for real concern.” With children wearing masks...

The EU flag hangs from Europa House in London, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. The ninth round of trade talks between the EU and Britain is set to start in Brussels as the two sides continue to clash over the controversial UK Internal Market Bill. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

UK pushes on with EU-reviled law as Brexit talks go to wire

Sep. 29, 2020 5:26 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union and British negotiators hunkered down Tuesday to seek last-minute compromises on everything from fisheries to competition in hopes of creating a post-Brexit trade deal. But the atmosphere was soured by U.K. lawmakers voting to let their government wriggle out of commitments...

European Commissioner for Values and Transparency Vera Jourova speaks during a media conference on data protection at EU headquarters in Brussels, Thursday, July 16, 2020. (Stephanie Lecocq, Pool Photo via AP)

EU defends commissioner who criticized Hungarian government

Sep. 29, 2020 5:11 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union officials and Germany came to the defense of an EU commissioner Tuesday after Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban called for her resignation because she publicly criticized his government's policies. Germany's Europe Minister directly addressed Values Commissioner Vera...