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South Korean K-pop group BTS members salute to their national flag during a ceremony marking the National Youth Day at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. (Lee Jin-wook/Yonhap via AP)

The Latest: South Korea's daily virus total drops slightly

Sep. 19, 2020 10:30 PM EDT

South Korea __ South Korea’s new coronavirus tally has fallen below 100 for the first time in more than a month, as the country’s recent viral resurgence is gradually easing. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said Sunday that the newly counted 82 cases took the country’s total...

People gather at the Supreme Court on the morning after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 87, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020 in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was shaped by her minority faith

Sep. 19, 2020 1:47 PM EDT

(RNS) — A phrase from the Book of Deuteronomy hangs framed on the wall of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Supreme Court chamber: “Justice, justice you shall pursue.” For Ginsburg, who died at home surrounded by her family on Friday evening (Sept. 18) at the age of 87, the phrase from the Hebrew...

Cyprus: Only handful of tourists showed COVID-19 symptoms

Sep. 18, 2020 12:09 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus is trying to salvage a dismal tourist season by touting that only five of the roughly 200,000 tourists that have spent their holidays on east Mediterranean island nation this summer have exhibited any COVID-19 symptoms. Cyprus’ Deputy Minister for Tourism Savvas...

An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man prays ahead of the Jewish new year at the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray in Jerusalem's old city, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020.  A raging coronavirus outbreak is casting a shadow over the normally festive Jewish New Year. With health officials recommending a nationwide lockdown, traditional family gatherings will be muted, synagogue prayers will be limited to small groups and roads will be empty.(AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

Under lockdown, Israel faces bitter start of Jewish New Year

Sep. 17, 2020 3:02 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Eating apples dipped in honey on Rosh Hashana is a Jewish tradition to symbolize a sweet start of the New Year. But in Israel, bitterness prevails on the eve of the holiday as the country faces a second nationwide lockdown to stem a raging coronavirus outbreak. Israeli Prime Minister...

Jewish pilgrims gather on the Belarus-Ukraine border, in Belarus, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. About 700 Jewish pilgrims are stuck on Belarus' border due to coroavirus restrictions that bar them from entering Ukraine. Thousands of pilgrims visit the city each September for Rosh Hashana, the Jewish new year. However, Ukraine closed its borders in late August amid a surge in COVID-19 infections. (TUT.by via AP)

Ukraine urges Jewish pilgrims stuck at border to turn back

Sep. 17, 2020 10:13 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine on Thursday strongly warned thousands of Hasidic Jewish pilgrims who have been stuck on its border for days that it won't allow them into the country due to coronavirus restrictions. Ukrainian authorities said about 2,000 people have gathered at the border with Belarus, in hope...

FILE - In this early Friday, May 29, 2020 file photo, a protester carries a U.S. flag upside, a sign of distress, next to a burning building in Minneapolis. Protests over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody Monday, broke out in Minneapolis and across the country. The U.S. has been dramatically disrupted in a matter of months, brought low by a global pandemic, Depression-era economic dislocation, and then, nationwide unrest over racial injustice. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

AMERICA DISRUPTED: Troubles cleave a nation, and a city

Sep. 17, 2020 9:41 AM EDT

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — It was difficult to celebrate America in Saginaw this year. The deadly coronavirus had torn through the county. Unemployment had surged five-fold. Weeks of protest over racial inequality left many debating what should be hallowed and what must be changed. But Tom Roy had given it his...

FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2019, file photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, the dive boat Conception is engulfed in flames after a deadly fire broke out aboard the commercial scuba diving vessel off the Southern California Coast. The crew aboard a Southern California scuba dive boat had not been trained on emergency procedures before the deadly fire broke out last year, killing 34 people in one of the state's deadliest maritime disasters, according to federal documents released Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. (Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP, File)

No emergency training for crew on boat where fire killed 34

Sep. 16, 2020 8:07 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Crew members on a dive boat say they were never instructed on emergency procedures before a predawn fire swept through the vessel as it was anchored off the Southern California coast, killing 34 people as they slept below deck, according to federal documents released Wednesday. National...

FILE - Revelers march during the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade in New York on Oct. 31, 2019. The holiday so many look forward to each year is going to look different in the pandemic as parents and the people who provide Halloween fun navigate a myriad of restrictions and safety concerns. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

Trick-or-What? Pandemic Halloween is a mixed bag all around

Sep. 16, 2020 1:18 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Roving grown-ups tossing candy at kids waiting on lawns. Drive-thru Halloween haunts. Yard parties instead of block parties and parades. Wider paths through corn mazes. The family holiday so many look forward to each year is going to look different in the pandemic as parents and the people...

High winds and wildfires reduce nation's largest apple crop

Sep. 16, 2020 10:55 AM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Washington's apple crop will be up to 10% smaller than expected because wildfires and extreme windstorms have battered orchards in recent weeks, the Washington Apple Commission said Wednesday. Washington supplies 65% of the nation's fresh apple crop each year, and the commission in...

California Gov. Gavin Newsom and Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., talk as they asses the damage during the Creek Fire at Pine Ridge Elementary, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, in Auberry, Calif. (AP Photo/Gary Kazanjian)

Harris, home in California, gets a look at wildfire damage

Sep. 15, 2020 11:20 PM EDT

AUBERRY, Calif. (AP) — Touring wildfire damage Tuesday in her home state, California Sen. Kamala Harris said “ideology should not kick in" when responding to wildfires and the climate crisis, a veiled criticism of President Donald Trump, though she did not say his name. Harris spoke in front of a...