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FILE - In this July 30, 2020, file photo, passengers board a Casco Bay Lines ferry bound for Peaks Island in Portland, Maine. America's failure so far to contain the spread of the coronavirus as it moves across the country has been met with astonishment and alarm on both sides of the Atlantic. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

US tops 5 million confirmed virus cases, to Europe's alarm

Aug. 9, 2020 11:09 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — With confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. hitting 5 million Sunday, by far the highest of any country, the failure of the most powerful nation in the world to contain the scourge has been met with astonishment and alarm in Europe. Perhaps nowhere outside the U.S. is America’s bungled...

A Belarusian soldier casts his ballot at a polling station during the presidential election in Minsk, Belarus, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020. After 26 years in office, the authoritarian leader of Belarus is facing the toughest challenge yet as Alexander Lukashenko runs for a sixth term. Discontent over a worsening economy and his government's dismissive response to the coronavirus pandemic has helped fuel the country's largest opposition rallies since he became its first and only elected president following the collapse of the Soviet Union. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Tensions rise as Belarus holds presidential vote; aide flees

Aug. 9, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Tensions were high in Belarus as the country held a presidential election Sunday. Eight staff members for the main challenger to the authoritarian president were reportedly detained by police and one of the campaign's leading figures fled the country. The election pits President...

New York Yankees' Giancarlo Stanton drops his bat as he watches his solo home run off Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Sean Gilmartin during the fifth inning of the first game of a doubleheader baseball game Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Yankees place Stanton on 10-day IL with hamstring strain

Aug. 9, 2020 10:47 AM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The New York Yankees have placed slugger Giancarlo Stanton on the 10-day injured list with a left hamstring strain. The move was announced before Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays. Stanton was hurt in Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader with the Rays while advancing from...

This photo provided by Dirt Candy shows Amanda Cohen, a leader of the Independent Restaurant Coalition, a new lobbying group formed in response to the economic fallout from the pandemic. She’s the chef and owner of Dirt Candy, a fine-dining vegetarian restaurant in New York.  (Georgi Richardson/Dirt Candy via AP)

Insider Q&A: Leader for independent restaurants hit by virus

Aug. 9, 2020 10:30 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amanda Cohen is a leader of the Independent Restaurant Coalition, a new lobbying group of chefs and restaurants that was formed in response to the viral pandemic. Professionally, Cohen is the chef and owner of Dirt Candy, a fine-dining vegetarian restaurant in New York City. The...

FILES - This combo of two file photos shows Pedro Pierluisi, left and Wanda Vazquez in San Juan, Puerto Rico. At left, Secretary of State Pedro Pierluisi attends his confirmation hearing at the House of Representatives on Aug. 2, 2019, and at right, Puerto Rico Gov. Wanda Vazquez gives an interview at La Fortaleza governor residence on Aug. 16, 2019. Both served as replacement governors in the wake of a Puerto Rican political crisis and are competing against each other for a chance to win the job in their own right as the disaster-struck U.S. territory holds primary elections on Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Dennis M. Rivera Pichardo, Files)

Puerto Rico's historic primaries marred by lack of ballots

Aug. 9, 2020 10:29 AM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s historic primaries were marred on Sunday by a lack of voting materials in a majority of centers across the U.S. territory that forced frustrated voters who braved a spike in COVID-19 cases to turn around and go back home. The situation infuriated voters...

Confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. reach 5 million, the highest in the world

Aug. 9, 2020 10:09 AM EDT
NEW YORK (AP) — Confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. reach 5 million, the highest in the world.

North Macedonia police find 94 migrants hidden in truck

Aug. 9, 2020 10:03 AM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Police in North Macedonia say they have found 94 migrants packed into a truck in a the country’s southeast. A police patrol stopped the truck with Macedonian national license plates late Saturday near the town of Radovish, 110 kilometers (68 miles) southeast of the...

Mohammed El Garbouh, a horse carriage owner, waits for customers in the landmark Jemma el-Fnaa in Marrakech, Morocco, Wednesday, July 22, 2020. Morocco's restrictions to counter the coronavirus pandemic have taken a toll on the carriage horses in the tourist mecca of Marrakech. Some owners struggle to feed them, and an animal protection group says hundreds of Morocco's horses and donkeys face starvation amid the collapsing tourism industry. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)

Starvation looms for Morocco's horses as tourism collapses

Aug. 9, 2020 10:03 AM EDT

MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) — Abdenabi Nouidi sold his favorite horse for $150 to help feed the others on the team that pulls tourists in carriages through the buzzing streets of Marrakech, and he is still scared about the future for the others. The prospect of starvation looms for carriage horses and other...

Pam Kissell, a food service worker at the Bellows Falls Union High School, in Westminster, Vt., wraps meals to be handed out to students as part of the Windham Northeast Supervisory Union summer meals program on Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. (Kristopher Radder/The Brattleboro Reformer via AP)

NH hospitals losing millions; many Maine businesses hurting

Aug. 9, 2020 9:55 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A look at coronavirus news from around New England: ___ NEW HAMPSHIRE New Hampshire's hospitals are hurting financially and bracing for cuts due to the coronavirus pandemic. The state's hospitals collectively lost $575 million in revenue between March and July, said Kathy Bizarro-Thunberg,...

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...