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Associated Press editor Michael Warren's car sits next to a fold-out toilet seat and a pop-up changing tent at a rest area along Interstate 75 in Florida on July 25, 2020. Warren considers these two items essential to long-distance road trips in the pandemic. (AP Photo/Michael Warren)

VIRUS DIARY: Have toilet seat, will travel

Aug. 13, 2020 11:04 AM EDT

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) — People said we were crazy. We said we’d be careful. Maybe so, my doctor-uncle warned, but it would only take one moment of carelessness to get infected — one time finding ourselves too close to unmasked people. Others raised eyebrows in Zoom calls, silently judging...

Police: Box truck rear-ends school bus, 1 dead, 7 injured

Aug. 12, 2020 11:36 PM EDT

ALMA, Ga. (AP) — A box truck rear-ended a school bus that had stopped Wednesday to unload students in rural southeast Georgia, leaving at least six students and the bus driver injured, police said. Authorities said the injured truck driver died later in a hospital. The Georgia State Patrol said the school...

Second Georgia school closed for weeks as quarantines grow

Aug. 12, 2020 5:18 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A suburban Atlanta school district temporarily stopped in-person instruction at a second of its six high schools on Wednesday, saying an increasing number of COVID-19 cases was forcing large numbers of Cherokee County students and teachers into quarantine. Meanwhile, Georgia's largest school...

FILE - Georgia's Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, center, signs legislation Tuesday, May 7, 2019, in Atlanta, banning abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which can be as early as six weeks before many women know they're pregnant. A federal judge is permanently blocking Georgia’s 2019 “heartbeat

Georgia appeals ruling that blocked restrictive abortion law

Aug. 12, 2020 10:07 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia is appealing a federal judge's ruling that permanently blocked the restrictive abortion measure lawmakers passed last year. U.S. District Judge Steve Jones ruled last month that the law cannot take effect because it violates the U.S. Constitution. Lawyers for the state on Tuesday...

Jeremiah Miller, 17, of Atlanta, leans on a large check sign for the #OneCheckIsNotEnough campaign near Georgia Senator David Perdue's office on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, in Atlanta. The campaign said the large check is to urge politicians to support recurring direct payments in the next coronavirus relief package. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Over 900 in Georgia district quarantine as high school shut

Aug. 11, 2020 6:46 PM EDT

CANTON, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia school district has quarantined more than 900 students and staff members because of possible exposure to the coronavirus since classes resumed last week and will temporarily shut down a hard-hit high school in which a widely shared photo showed dozens of maskless students...

President Donald Trump prepares to sign four executive orders during a news conference at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. Seizing the power of his podium and his pen, Trump on Saturday moved to bypass the nation's elected lawmakers as he claimed the authority to defer payroll taxes and extend an expired unemployment benefit after negotiations with Congress on a new coronavirus rescue package collapsed.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

States strain to carry out Trump order on unemployment aid

Aug. 10, 2020 10:50 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Virginia (AP) — Governors and state labor department officials were scrambling Monday to determine whether they could implement President Donald Trump’s executive order to partially extend unemployment assistance payments to millions of Americans struggling to find work in the...

Women wearing face masks to help protect against the coronavirus walks by an advertising board displaying an American flag and Statue of Liberty on a street in Beijing, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. China's biggest recent outbreak of coronavirus has grown slightly. Hundreds people have developed COVID-19 in the far northwestern region of Xinjiang, with more than dozens of new cases reported Thursday in its capital and largest city, Urumqi. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

The Latest: Confirmed coronavirus cases reach 20 million

Aug. 10, 2020 9:53 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The confirmed number of coronavirus cases in the world has reached 20 million. That’s according to the tally kept by Johns Hopkins University. Health officials believe the actual number is much higher, given testing limitations and the fact that as many as 40% of all those who...

CORRECTS SPELLING OF LAST NAME TO WATTERS, NOT WATERS - 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 Watters, 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)

Georgia governor: School openings going well _ mostly

Aug. 10, 2020 6:23 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s governor said Monday that the reopening of some of the state’s schools amid the coronavirus outbreak has gone well — except for the widely shared photos of students crowded together without masks. “I think quite honestly this week went real well other...

People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus hold portable fans to cool themselves in the heat in Tokyo, Wednesday, Aug, 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

The Latest: Japan region declares coronavirus emergency

Aug. 5, 2020 11:10 PM EDT

TOKYO — The governor of Japan’s Aichi Prefecture has announced a regional “state of emergency” seeking to curb the coronavirus. Gov. Hideaki Ohmura on Thursday asked businesses to close altogether or close early and urged people to stay home at night. The measures continue through Aug....

Gov. Brian Kemp, lower left, signs HB 426, hate-crimes legislation, into law as demonstrators hold signs asking him to veto HB 838 in the North Wing of the Georgia State Capitol building Friday, June 26, 2020. Kemp signed into law House Bill 426 which would impose additional penalties for crimes motivated by the victim’s race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender or disability. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Georgia governor signs new law to protect police

Aug. 5, 2020 8:01 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Wednesday signed into law a new measure providing additional legal protections to police officers, a step that critics say is flawed and out of step with nationwide efforts to make officers more accountable for their actions. House Bill 838 creates a new crime:...