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In this photo provided by the Spanish Ministry of Defence, soldiers install modules in the car park of the Hospital Clinico Universitario in Zaragoza, Spain, Tuesday Aug. 11, 2020. Spain's army is setting up a field hospital in Zaragoza as the northern city struggles to stop a new spike in cases of the coronavirus. The region of Aragon, home to Zaragoza, has led Spain over the past seven days with over 200 people hospitalized and  over 30 deaths from COVID-19. (MDE via AP)

The Latest: Spain sets up field hospital in northern city

Aug. 12, 2020 8:41 AM EDT

MADRID — Spain’s army is setting up a field hospital in Zaragoza as the northern city struggles to stop a new spike in coronavirus cases. The region of Aragón, home to Zaragoza, has led Spain over the past seven days with 242 hospitalizations and 32 deaths from COVID-19. The army says it...

A man looks at an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. Shares were mostly lower in Asia on Wednesday after Wall Street pumped the brakes on its recent rally. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

World stocks edge higher as US aid talks remain in focus

Aug. 12, 2020 7:46 AM EDT

World stock markets turned higher on Wednesday though market sentiment appears fragile due to a lack of progress in U.S. talks on more economic aid. Wall Street appeared set to open higher after closing lower the previous day, with Dow futures 0.8% higher and those for the S&P 500 gaining 0.7%. In Europe,...

FILE - In this file photo dated Tuesday June 30, 2020, a coronavirus test sample is collected at a coronavirus testing station in Leicester, England. The British government insists that science is guiding its decisions as the country navigates its way through the coronavirus pandemic. But a self-appointed  group of independent experts led by a former government chief adviser says it sees little evidence-based about Britain’s response. Unlike other countries, the scientific opposition to Britain’s approach is remarkably organized. The independent group sits almost in parallel to the government’s own scientists, assesses the same outbreak indicators and has put out detailed reports on issues such contact tracing, reopening schools and pubs, and relaxing social distancing. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira, File)

UK scientists openly question government's pandemic response

Aug. 12, 2020 3:10 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — As Britain navigates its way through the coronavirus pandemic, the government insists that science is guiding its decisions. But a self-appointed group of independent experts says it sees little in Britain's response that is evidence-based, especially after an upturn in new cases forced a...

In this May 5, 2020, photo provided by Christina Rothermel Branham, is her son James, doing school work at their Tahlequah, Oklahoma home. Branham, a psychology and counseling professor at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, said she is going to attempt virtual learning through her local school district for her son. But she plans to switch to a homeschooling curriculum of her choosing if it isn't going well after about a month, noting that the virtual learning she oversaw in the spring was

Interest in homeschooling has 'exploded' amid pandemic

Aug. 12, 2020 1:02 AM EDT

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — As parents nationwide prepare to help their children with more distance learning, a small but quickly growing number are deciding to take matters entirely into their own hands and begin homeschooling. Some are worried their districts are unable to offer a strong virtual learning...

People wearing face masks to protect against the coronavirus ride an escalator past a sign of a nail salon at a shopping and office complex in Beijing, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. Mainland China and semi-autonomous Hong Kong saw declines in their recent outbreaks Tuesday. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: China's community virus cases hit single digits

Aug. 11, 2020 11:03 PM EDT

BEIJING — China’s newly confirmed community transmitted cases of coronavirus fell into the single digits on Wednesday, while Hong Kong saw another 33 cases of infection. The National Health Commission said all nine new cases were found in the northwestern region of Xinjiang, whose capital Urumqi...

FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2019, file photo, Ohio State players celebrate the team's 34-21 win over Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship NCAA college football game, in Indianapolis. The Big Ten won't play football this fall because of concerns about COVID-19, becoming the first of college sports' power conferences to yield to the pandemic. The move announced Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, comes six day after the conference that includes historic programs such as Ohio State, Michigan, Nebraska and Penn State had released a revised conference-only schedule that it hoped would help it navigate a fall season with potential COVID-19 disruptions.(AP Photo/AJ Mast, File)

Big Ten, Pac-12 pull plug on fall football amid pandemic

Aug. 11, 2020 10:38 PM EDT

A crumbling college football season took a massive hit Tuesday when the Big Ten and Pac-12, two historic and powerful conferences, succumbed to the pandemic and canceled their fall football seasons. Five months almost to the day after the first spikes in coronavirus cases in the U.S. led to the cancellation of...

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...

People wearing face masks wait their turn to be called for a PCR test for the COVID-19 outside a local clinic in Santa Coloma de Gramanet in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Worldwide virus cases top 20 million, doubling in six weeks

Aug. 11, 2020 6:31 PM EDT

It took six months for the world to reach 10 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus. It took just over six weeks for that number to double. The worldwide count of known COVID-19 infections climbed past 20 million on Monday, with more than half of them from just three countries: the U.S., India and Brazil,...

Dutch government plans to tighten virus quarantine measures

Aug. 11, 2020 3:07 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch health minister said Tuesday he plans to introduce mandatory home quarantine for people identified by local authorities as having been in close contact with somebody infected with the coronavirus, and for travelers returning from high-risk countries. Health Minister...

Megan Foster poses for a picture on the campus of the University of North Carolina-Charlotte on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, in Charlotte, N.C. The iconic summer job for high school and college students has been on the wane for nearly 20 years. But the pandemic is squeezing even more young people out of the workforce. Foster, a grad student, was unable to get a paid internship or summer job in her field of communications. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Summer jobs for young people are vanishing with the pandemic

Aug. 11, 2020 10:56 AM EDT

Sara Buie lined up a summer lifeguard job to help pay for a new laptop, textbooks and a backpack for her freshman year at Virginia’s James Madison University. But the coronavirus pandemic closed her community pool. She tried offering online tutoring to middle school and high school students. But only one...