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Virginia farmers market aims to remain proactive in pandemic

Sep. 26, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — The Blacksburg Farmers Market has mostly kept moving throughout the pandemic, but the people who run the long-existing institution are working to ensure that the operation continues to experience as few disruptions as possible. Fencing has been installed around Blacksburg’s...

People take part in a 'We Do Not Consent' rally at Trafalgar Square, organised by Stop New Normal, to protest against coronavirus restrictions, in London, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

The Latest: Minister calls for tighter Madrid restrictions

Sep. 26, 2020 8:55 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain — Spain’s health minister has reiterated his plea for Madrid’s regional authorities to apply more stringent restrictions on mobility in Europe’s worst coronavirus hotspot. Minister Salvador Illa said Saturday that “the situation in Madrid is complicated,...

Julian Siegel, owner of The Riverside Market, poses for a photo, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Siegel figures business dropped about 20% earlier this spring at his, restaurant after someone posted a picture on the Nextdoor app of people waiting in his parking lot for food.   (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Social media and COVID shaming: Fighting a toxic combination

Sep. 26, 2020 8:53 AM EDT

In the spring, Rick Rose drew the wrath of strangers after he practically shouted on Facebook that he wasn’t buying a face mask. Two months later, he contracted COVID-19 — and, he posted, he was struggling to breathe. Days later, on July 4, he was dead. That post, among the Ohio man's final public...

In this image made from UNTV video, Kausea Natano, Prime Minister of Tuvalu speaks in a pre-recorded message which was played during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, at UN headquarters.  (UNTV via AP)

In leaders' UN videos, the backgrounds tell stories, too

Sep. 26, 2020 8:47 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping urged the world to “reject attempts to build blocks to keep others out” as an image of his country’s storied Great Wall hung behind him. Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte used photos and videos to illustrate what he was talking...

Covey, a wirehaired pointing Griffon, retrieves a blue grouse in the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest, is shown in an undated photo. (Thom Bridge/Independent Record via AP)

Montana's mountain grouse offer long seasons in high country

Sep. 26, 2020 8:11 AM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Few things may be more heart-pounding for a hiker or hunter than a mountain grouse’s unexpected flush along a quiet trail. Whether it’s a chance encounter while archery hunting for elk, or toting a shotgun in the company of a bird dog for long jaunts along the Continental...

Security guards wearing masks and armed with restrainers stand guard at the entrance to the Auto China 2020 show in Beijing, China on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. The auto show, the first major in-person sales event for any industry since the coronavirus pandemic began, opens Saturday in a sign the ruling Communist Party is confident China has contained the disease. Still, automakers face intensive anti-virus controls including quarantines for visitors from abroad and curbs on crowd sizes at an event that usually is packed shoulder-to-shoulder with spectators. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

China opens auto show under anti-disease controls

Sep. 26, 2020 5:35 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Ford, Nissan and BMW unveiled electric models with more range for China on Saturday as the Beijing auto show opened under anti-virus controls that included holding news conferences by international video link. Automakers are looking to China, the first major economy to start recovering from...

FILE - In this March 24, 2013 file photo, anti gay marriage activists dressed as Marianne, the symbol of the French Republic since the 1789 revolution, demonstrate in Paris. French women enjoy a universal reputation for their instinctive knack for spot-on chic attire. Ministers, already working overtime to tamp down the coronavirus spread and ramp up the economy, have gotten side-tracked in a debate about whether crop tops or other skimpy clothing on girls in classrooms is acceptable or a grave affront to the French Republic. (AP Photo/Michel Euler; File)

Crop tops or 'republican' dress? France debates schoolwear

Sep. 26, 2020 4:21 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French women enjoy a reputation for their instinctive knack for spot-on chic attire. But now they may well be confused. Ministers, already working overtime to tamp down the coronavirus spread and ramp up the economy, have gotten side-tracked in a debate about whether crop tops or other skimpy...

Women share a light moment while attending a social gathering in a poor neighbourhood in Mbare, Harare, Friday, Sept,18, 2020. As Zimbabwe's coronavirus infections decline, strict lockdowns designed to curb the disease are being replaced by a return to relatively normal life. The threat has eased so much that many people see no need to be cautious, which has invited complacency. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Progress against virus brings complacency in parts of Africa

Sep. 26, 2020 4:16 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — With Zimbabwe’s coronavirus infections on the decline, schools are reopening, along with churches, bars, restaurants, airports and tourist attractions. Strict lockdowns designed to curb the disease are being replaced by a return to relatively normal life. The threat has eased...

FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 11, 2019 file photo, candles reflect in an entrance sign after a human chain with lights was formed around the Jewish synagogue during the Sabbath celebrations in Halle (Saale), Germany, following an attack on the synagogue on Yom Kippur 2019. As Jews around the world gather Sunday night to mark the beginning of Yom Kippur, many in Germany remain uneasy about going together to their houses of worship to pray, a year after a white-supremacist targeted a synagogue in the eastern city of Halle on the holiest day in Judaism.  (AP Photo/Jens Meyer, file)

Yom Kippur synagogue attack leaves German Jews still uneasy

Sep. 26, 2020 4:07 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — As Jews around the world gather Sunday night to mark the beginning of Yom Kippur, many in Germany remain uneasy about going together to their houses of worship to pray, a year after a white-supremacist targeted a synagogue in the eastern city of Halle on the holiest day in Judaism. If the...

Black artist pulls exhibit from HistoryMiami to protest

Sep. 26, 2020 3:01 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — To the late songstress and civil rights activist Nina Simone, the role of an artist was quite clear: “An artist’s duty, as far as I’m concerned, is to reflect the times,” she once told an interviewer. Although filmed decades ago, Simone’s words feel...