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A woman wearing a protective face mask speaks with healthcare workers during a house-to-house campaign to help curb the spread of the new coronavirus, in the Mallasa neighborhood of La Paz, Bolivia, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

The Latest: China sees drop in new locally transmitted cases

Aug. 9, 2020 10:43 PM EDT

BEIJING — New locally transmitted cases of coronavirus in China fell to just 14 over the past 24 hours, the National Health Commission reported Monday. The low figure was offset, however, by 35 cases brought into the country by Chinese travelers from overseas arriving in seven different cities and...

President Donald Trump signs an executive order during a news conference at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Trump's pandemic relief orders are limited in scope

Aug. 9, 2020 7:29 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump's new executive orders to help Americans struggling under the economic recession are far less sweeping than any pandemic relief bill Congress would pass. Trump acted Saturday after negotiations for a second pandemic relief bill reached an impasse. Democrats...

Ana Marcelo, an agroindustrial engineer from the city of Esteli, poses with the crown after being chosen Miss Nicaragua, in Managua, Nicaragua, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. Marcelo was crowned in front of a limited audience (two people per contestant spaced safely) plus a production crew of 85. The masks were off the contestants, but the judges wore them and were spaced at a safe distance. (AP Photo/Alfredo Zuniga)

Virtual preparation allows Miss Nicaragua amid pandemic

Aug. 9, 2020 11:43 AM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — For four months, everything was virtual: the modeling and speech classes, the make-up courses and the emotional support session via videoconference. And when eight contestants vying to be Miss Nicaragua did finally start in-person practices, they did so with masks covering their...

Lebanese priest Marwan Mouawad, speaks during Sunday Mass at Saint Maron-Baouchrieh Church that was damaged by last Tuesday's explosion that hit the Beirut seaport, in Baouchrieh neighborhood in Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020. In interviews with The Associated Press, Father Rabih Thoumy and church priest Father Marwan Mouawad recount the horror of the moment the blast rocked the church. Thoumy says:

Lebanon priests recount horror as blast rocked church

Aug. 9, 2020 11:32 AM EDT

The video shows Father Rabih Thoumy swinging a chain censer sending smoke into the air when abruptly there is a rumble and then a loud bang as the shockwave from Beirut's devastating explosion slams into the church. Thoumy darts for cover as stained glass and other debris fall from above. The camera tips over,...

James Jackson poses for a photograph outside his home during the coronavirus pandemic, Thursday, July 30, 2020, in West Park, Fla. Jackson is among the tens of thousands hospitality workers fighting for survival in the age of the pandemic. Jackson's employer, the Diplomat Beach Resort, in Hollywood, Fla., was forced to close in March because of the outbreak. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

For pandemic jobless, the only real certainty is uncertainty

Aug. 9, 2020 9:50 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — For three decades, Kelly Flint flourished as a corporate travel agent, sending everyone from business titans to oil riggers around the planet. Then came the worst pandemic in a century, leaving her jobless and marooned in an uncertain economy. Furloughed since March, Flint has dipped into...

James Jackson poses for a photograph outside his home during the coronavirus pandemic, Thursday, July 30, 2020, in West Park, Fla. Jackson is among the tens of thousands hospitality workers fighting for survival in the age of the pandemic. Jackson's employer, the Diplomat Beach Resort, in Hollywood, Fla., was forced to close in March because of the outbreak. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

For pandemic jobless, the only real certainty is uncertainty

Aug. 9, 2020 9:46 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — For three decades, Kelly Flint flourished as a corporate travel agent, sending everyone from business titans to oil riggers around the planet. Then came the worst pandemic in a century, leaving her jobless and marooned in an uncertain economy. Furloughed since March, Flint has dipped into...

Marcio Antonio do Nascimento stands next to a framed childhood image of his 25-year-old son Hugo do Nascimento  who died from the new coronavirus, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020. Brazil was leaping toward a grim milestone, 100,000 deaths from COVID-19, on Saturday, Aug. 8, and five months after the first reported case, the country had not shown signs of crushing the disease. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Brazil makes grim milestone -- 100,000 deaths from COVID-19

Aug. 8, 2020 6:50 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil surpassed a grim milestone of 100,000 deaths from COVID-19 on Saturday night, and five months after the first reported case the country has not shown signs of crushing the disease. The nation of 210 million people has been reporting an average of more than 1,000 daily deaths...

FILE - In this April 29 2020, file photo, a resident from the Alexandra township gets tested for COVID-19 , in Johannesburg, South Africa. Africa’s confirmed coronavirus cases have surpassed 1 million, but global health experts tell The Associated Press the true toll is several times higher.  (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)

The Latest: Brazil surpasses 100,000 deaths from COVID-19

Aug. 8, 2020 6:26 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Brazil has surpassed a grim milestone — 100,000 deaths from COVID-19. And five months after the first reported case, the country is showing no signs of crushing the disease. The nation of 210 million people has been reporting an average of more than 1,000 daily deaths from the pandemic...

FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2019, file photo, members of the Miami of Ohio team pose on the field after the Mid-American Conference championship NCAA college football game against Central Michigan, in Detroit. The Mid-American Conference on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, became the first league competing at college football’s highest level to cancel its fall season because of COVID-19 concerns. A person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press the university president’s voted to not play in the fall and consider a spring season. The person spoke to AP on condition of anonymity because an official announcement was still being prepared.(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

After MAC surrenders to pandemic, will other leagues follow?

Aug. 8, 2020 5:09 PM EDT

In many ways, the Mid-American Conference has little in common with Power Five leagues that first come to mind when fans think of major college football. There are no 75,000-seat stadiums in the MAC. Million-dollar per year coaches are rare. In a typical season, NFL scouts might find one or two potential...

Bikers ride through downtown Sturgis, S.D., on Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. Organizers of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally expect 250,000 people to visit the town of Sturgis during the 10 day rally.  (AP Photo/Stephen Groves)

Bikers descend on Sturgis rally with few signs of pandemic

Aug. 8, 2020 4:53 PM EDT

STURGIS, S.D. (AP) — The coronavirus may be changing the world, but there aren't many signs of the pandemic at the massive annual motorcycle rally being held this week at a small city along Interstate 90 in western South Dakota. The scene Saturday at the 80th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally was familiar to...