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People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus walk outside Flinders Street Station in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, July 23, 2020. There were few bare faces among rush-hour commuters in Australia’s second-largest city on Thursday morning as Melbourne residents were largely complying with a new law making face coverings compulsory. (James Ross/AAP Image via AP)

The Latest: Hard hit Australian state sees new cases drop

Jul. 28, 2020 11:23 PM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia — Australia’s hard-hit Victoria state has recorded its lowest daily tally of COVID-19 cases in nine days while the state premier is expressing hope that it is the start of a downward trend. Victoria on Wednesday reported 295 new cases and nine deaths, seven of which were in aged...

Models wearing face masks pose during a mask fashion show in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, July 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

The Latest: S Korea has 100+ cases for 1st time in 4 months

Jul. 24, 2020 9:54 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has reported 113 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 over the past 24 hours — its first daily jump above 100 in nearly four months. But the rise was expected as health authorities had forecast a temporary spike driven by imported infections found among cargo-ship...

President Donald Trump, accompanied by first lady Melania Trump, stands during the national anthem with a flyover by the U.S. Navy Blue Angles at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Friday, July 3, 2020, near Keystone, S.D. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Health officials: No outbreak from Trump's Rushmore visit

Jul. 16, 2020 4:11 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — It doesn't appear the July 3 Mount Rushmore fireworks event attended by President Donald Trump turned into a hotbed of infections, either from South Dakotans or out-of-state tourists, South Dakota health officials said Thursday. Most of the people who attended the Mount Rushmore...

Lane Lasley rides a bull in the Monster Energy Team Challenge in Sioux Falls, S.D., Friday.July 10, 2020, as Professional Bull Riders welcomed just over 1,000 fans into the arena that usually holds 9,000. (AP Photo/Stephen Groves)

Professional Bull Riders welcome fans back into arena

Jul. 10, 2020 11:50 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — As bull riders attempted to hang on for eight seconds Friday night, they were encouraged by something they hadn’t heard in months — the cheers of a crowd. A little more than a thousand fans were on hand in the 9,000-seat arena to watch one of the first indoor...

Commuters wearing face masks to protect against the spread of the new coronavirus walk through a subway station in Beijing, Thursday, July 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: China easing into reopening as local cases wane

Jul. 8, 2020 11:25 PM EDT

BEIJING — China says it has nine new confirmed coronavirus cases, all of them brought from outside the country, and no new deaths. Thursday’s report buttresses growing signs the virus has been essentially contained inside the nation in which it first appeared late last year. The near elimination...

President Donald Trump speaks at Mount Rushmore National Monument Friday, July 3, 2020, in Keystone, S.D. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The Latest: Trump to establish 'National Garden' of heroes

Jul. 6, 2020 5:21 PM EDT

MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL, S.D. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's July Fourth celebration at Mount Rushmore (all times local): 9:30 p.m. President Donald Trump says he will establish a “National Garden of American Heroes,” which he is describing as “a vast outdoor...

Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., and Gov. Kristi Noem greet President Donald Trump and first Lady Melania Trump upon arrival at Ellsworth Air Force Base, Friday, July 3, 2020, in Rapid City, S.D. Trump is en route to Mount Rushmore National Memorial. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

South Dakota governor, exposed to virus, joined Trump on jet

Jul. 6, 2020 5:15 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Shortly after fireworks above Mount Rushmore disappeared into the night sky on Friday, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem accompanied President Donald Trump aboard Air Force One despite having had close contact with Trump’s son’s girlfriend, who had tested positive for the...

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump watch as the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team descend during a

For nation's birthday, Trump stokes the divisions within US

Jul. 4, 2020 11:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — On a day meant for unity and celebration, President Donald Trump vowed to “safeguard our values” from enemies within — leftists, looters, agitators, he said — in a Fourth of July speech packed with all the grievances and combativeness of his political rallies....

President Donald Trump smiles at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Friday, July 3, 2020, near Keystone, S.D. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

At Mount Rushmore, Trump digs deeper into nation's divisions

Jul. 4, 2020 11:38 AM EDT

MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL, S.D. (AP) — At the foot of Mount Rushmore and on the eve of Independence Day, President Donald Trump dug deeper into America's divisions by accusing protesters who have pushed for racial justice of engaging in a “merciless campaign to wipe out our history.”...

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee removes his mask as he begins a news conference Wednesday, July 1, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Governors stress 'personal responsibility' over virus orders

Jul. 4, 2020 8:06 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Earlier this week, as Tennessee registered what then was its highest single-day coronavirus case increase, Gov. Bill Lee held a news conference and issued a stern response. It wasn't a mandate to wear masks in public or clamp down on businesses or social gatherings. Instead, it was...