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Pedestrians pass a street crossing Friday, May 22, 2020, in Tokyo. Tokyo is still under a coronavirus state of emergency until the end of May though there have been no hard lockdowns. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

The Latest: Japan set to end Tokyo's state of emergency

May. 24, 2020 9:53 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — Japan set to remove state of emergency from Tokyo, 4 other...

Pastor Denny Pagel prays during a service at Grace Bible Church on Sunday, May 24, 2020, in Tempe, Ariz. Parishioners practiced social distancing as the church held its first in-person service since March. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Slowly, surely, US houses of worship emerge from lockdown

May. 24, 2020 4:24 PM EDT

For the first time in two months, there was clapping, singing and fellowship inside Stithton Baptist Church in Radcliff, Kentucky, as members of the congregation returned to the sanctuary for Sunday morning services. There also were masks, hand sanitizer and social distancing. On a weekend when President Donald...

Minnesota tops 20,500 coronavirus cases, 17 new deaths

May. 24, 2020 12:27 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota health officials on Sunday confirmed 730 new cases of the coronavirus, raising the statewide total to more than 20,500. The updated report includes 17 deaths from COVID-19, for a statewide total of 869. Health officials said 709 deaths have occurred among residents of long-term...

Visitors wearing masks to curb the spread of the coronavirus take shelter from a sudden rainstorm at a park in Beijing on Saturday, May 23, 2020. New coronavirus cases dropped to zero in China for the first time Saturday but overwhelmed hospitals across Latin America – both in countries lax about lockdowns and those lauded for firm, early confinement. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The Latest: Montana outbreak tied to Schwab country club

May. 24, 2020 1:04 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — Montana outbreak tied to golf and country club developed by...

Hazel Roberts walks in a field of flags ahead of Memorial Day, Saturday, May 23, 2020, in Cohasset, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Holiday amid pandemic: Americans divided on how to respond

May. 23, 2020 8:58 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump played golf at one of his courses Saturday during the Memorial Day weekend as he urged U.S. states to reopen after coronavirus-related lockdowns. Yet many Americans remained cautious as the number of confirmed cases nationwide passed 1.6 million. In California, where...

Minnesota governor extends occupancy for church services

May. 23, 2020 4:32 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz on Saturday scrapped his 10-person limit on group gatherings and agreed to allow churches to open at 25% occupancy if certain safety guidelines are met. Walz said the decision, coming on a day when the state reported a record number of COVID-19 cases, has been...

FILE - In this Feb. 29, 2020 file photo, U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., speaks at a rally in Springfield, Mass. At a young age, Rep. Omar earned a reputation as a fighter -- a bit of a misfit who saw fighting as a way to survive and earn respect. In her new memoir being released Tuesday, May, 26, 2020. Omar provides details about her life, as she went from a refugee and immigrant to congresswoman for Minnesota. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh File)

Omar describes life as a fearless fighter in new memoir

May. 23, 2020 11:40 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar's metamorphosis from refugee to the first Somali-American in Congress has been well-documented. Now, Omar is out with a new memoir that offers her own spin on her path to prominence, starting with her childhood in Mogadishu. “This is What America Looks...

In this 2017 photo, Carter Broton celebrates in front of a group of fans after scoring a goal for the Owatonna High School boys hockey team at the Four Seasons Centre in Owatonna, Minn. When attempting to define Carter's path that led him back to his hometown, back to organized hockey, and back to realistic aspirations of continuing his playing career at the next level, words like inspiring, incredible, heartwarming and, yes, painful would all be accurate, but only if used in conjunction.  (Jon Weisbrod/The People's Press via AP)

Inspired by sister, Owatonna's Carter Broton resumes hockey

May. 23, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

OWATONNA, Minn. (AP) — As a first-year junior hockey player that laced up skates exactly once in a two-year span directly following his graduation from Owatonna High School in 2017, Carter Broton’s journey to becoming a future college athlete could best be described as unconventional, at least...

Retired postal carrier Steve Dalbec scans for trash as he walks a route picking up trash along the sidewalks and streets in his St. Paul neighborhood on Wednesday, May 13, 2020. Dalbec spends a couple of hours on four days each week patrolling his Midway neighborhood streets and sidewalks for trash, using his homemade trash stick and filling a basket strapped to his hip. (John Autey/Pioneer Press via AP)

Retired postal carrier picks up St. Paul neighborhood trash

May. 23, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The gardens and architecture of St. Paul’s Hamline-Midway neighborhood barely get a glance during Steve Dalbec’s daily walks. Instead, Dalbec scans the gutters, the sidewalks and the street. When he spots a cigarette butt, he leans over to pick it up. He does the same...

Minnesota National Guard offers free testing at 6 armories

May. 22, 2020 6:34 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota National Guard is offering free coronavirus testing at six armories across the state this holiday weekend. Guard members will have the capacity to collect roughly 2,000 samples per day across the six sites, for a total of roughly 6,000 tests over the three-day weekend....