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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:...

Members of the Phoenix Mercury, left, and Los Angeles Sparks stand for a moment of silence in honor of Breonna Taylor before a WNBA basketball game, Saturday, July 25, 2020, in Ellenton, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

WNBA players urge people to vote against team owner, senator

Aug. 5, 2020 1:19 PM EDT

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — WNBA players urged people to vote against Atlanta Dream co-owner Kelly Loeffler, a Republican U.S. senator running to keep her seat in Georgia. Loeffler, who spoke out publicly against the league's social justice plans and sent a letter to WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert objecting...

Two employees of the Ryugyong Health Complex disinfect the hands and check the fever of people coming to the complex to help curb the spread of the coronavirus, in Pyongyang, North Korea, Friday, July 31, 2020. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)

The Latest: SKorea holds leader of church with virus cluster

Jul. 31, 2020 11:57 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korean prosecutors have arrested the elderly leader of a secretive religious sect as part of an investigation into allegations the church hampered the government’s anti-corfonavirus response after thousands of worshipers were infected in February and March. Prosecutors are...

FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2012 file photo, former presidential candidate Herman Cain addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington.  Cain has died after battling the coronavirus. A post on Cain's Twitter account on Thursday, July 30, 2020 announced the death.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Former GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain dies of COVID-19

Jul. 30, 2020 7:23 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Herman Cain, former Republican presidential candidate and former CEO of a major pizza chain who went on to become an ardent supporter of President Donald Trump, died Thursday of complications from the coronavirus. He was 74. Dan Calabrese, who authored a post on Cain's website announcing...

House COVID oversight panel demands documents from 4 states

Jul. 29, 2020 8:05 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The head of a congressional coronavirus oversight panel on Wednesday demanded Tennessee's Gov. Bill Lee and three other Republican governors provide documents showing how their states are combating the pandemic. “I am writing to request information about the private guidance...

A mourner pauses by the casket of Rep. John Lewis lying in repose at the state capital, Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Atlanta. Lewis, who carried the struggle against racial discrimination from Southern battlegrounds of the 1960s to the halls of Congress, died Friday, July 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Civil rights icon Lewis lauded as hero at Georgia Capitol

Jul. 29, 2020 6:00 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — John Lewis was lauded as a warrior and a hero during a ceremony Wednesday at the Georgia Capitol, where the civil rights icon who represented much of Atlanta in Congress will lie in repose before a funeral service that at least two former presidents are expected to attend. Atlanta Mayor...

Confederate monument removed from Georgia square

Jul. 29, 2020 5:41 AM EDT

MCDONOUGH, Ga. (AP) — A Confederate monument in Georgia was removed overnight on Wednesday by workers who used a crane to pull the figure off its pedestal. Crews began removing the monument that stood in McDonough Square Tuesday night and finished it off early Wednesday morning, WSB-TV reported. The Henry...

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...

FILE-In this Friday, July 17, 2020 file photo, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp speaks during a coronavirus briefing at the Capitol, in Atlanta. A judge plans to hear arguments Tuesday, July 28, 2020, on an emergency request by Georgia’s governor to stop Atlanta from enforcing a mandate to wear a mask in public and other restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic while a lawsuit on the issue is pending. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

Georgia gov, Atlanta to continue mediation on mask order

Jul. 28, 2020 4:44 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s governor has withdrawn a request for an emergency order to block the state’s largest city from ordering people to wear masks in public or imposing other restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic while a lawsuit on the matters is pending. Gov. Brian Kemp earlier...