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Medical personnel prepare a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, in San Antonio. Coronavirus testing in Texas has dropped significantly, mirroring nationwide trends, just as schools reopen and football teams charge ahead with plans to play. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Texas testing drops as schools reopen, prepare for football

Aug. 15, 2020 2:05 PM EDT

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Anyone can get a coronavirus test at the CentroMed clinic in San Antonio, but on a recent day, the drive-thru was empty. Finally two masked people in a maroon SUV pulled straight on through with no wait. With hundreds of deaths reported each day, students returning to class and football...

Northeast states investigate virus spread via youth hockey

Aug. 15, 2020 1:08 PM EDT

EXETER, N.H. (AP) — Public health officials in multiple northeastern U.S. states are investigating the possible spread of the coronavirus among youth hockey players. The New York State Amateur Hockey Association said last week that some of its players tested positive for the virus after attending a skills...

Thrall High School football player Hayden Stefek wears a face mask as he goes through a practice, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, in Thrall, Texas. Coronavirus testing in Texas has dropped significantly, mirroring nationwide trends, just as schools reopen and football teams charge ahead with plans to play. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

The Latest: Alabama high schools cut fans at football games

Aug. 15, 2020 12:37 PM EDT

OPELIKA, Ala. — Alabama high schools are limiting attendance at football games this fall because of the coronavirus pandemic. Opelika High School says it will cap attendance at about 30% of the stadium capacity of 8,000 so fans can maintain proper social distancing. Gulf Shores says attendance at athletic...

President Donald Trump speaks at a news conference in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump skews record on Biden-Harris, economy

Aug. 15, 2020 7:51 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump greeted the Democratic presidential ticket of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris this past week with a litany of distortion and falsehoods, raging against cases of voting fraud where they didn't exist and declining to quash conspiracy theories about Harris’...

Members of the National Cadet Corps, a youth wing of Armed Forces for school and college students, dressed in the colors of the Indian national flag and wearing face masks as a precaution against coronavirus, listen to the speech of Indian prime minister Narendra Modi from the ramparts of the historic Red Fort monument on Independence Day in New Delhi, India, Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020. India's prime minister said Saturday his country has done well in containing the coronavirus pandemic and announced $1.46 trillion infrastructure projects to boost the sagging economy. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

Asia Today: Restrictions in S. Korea, India cases hit 2.5M

Aug. 15, 2020 5:53 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea on Saturday announced stronger social distancing restrictions for its greater capital area where a surge in COVID-19 cases has threatened to erase the hard-won gains against the virus. The two-week measures starting Sunday will allow authorities in Seoul and towns in...

Public officials disinfect a church as a precaution against the coronavirus in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. South Korea reported over 100 new virus cases Friday, one of its biggest daily jumps in months, as officials express concerned that infections are getting out of control in cities as people increasingly venture out in public. (Han Jong-chan/Yonhap via AP)

The Latest: S Korea fears infections getting out of control

Aug. 14, 2020 10:14 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — New coronavirus cases in South Korea have reached the highest level in five months, and authorities fear infections are getting out of control in the Seoul region, which is home to half the country’s 51 million people. Officials reported 166 newly confirmed cases Saturday. That...

Shoppers wearing protective masks to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, ride in a bicycle taxi in downtown in Mexico City, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. With the country facing a deep economic recession, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has pushed to reopen the economy quickly even as COVID-19 infections and deaths continue to rise. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

Health official thinks the coronavirus has peaked in Mexico

Aug. 14, 2020 9:13 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s point man for the coronavirus pandemic said Friday that he thinks the country reached its peak of infections over the last three weeks. Assistant Health Secretary Hugo López-Gatell had previously wrongly predicted that infections would peak in May and June, but on...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, file photo, the twin beams of the annual Tribute in Light commemorating the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks shine amid the city's skyline, in New York. In an announcement made Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, plans are back on, amid the coronavirus pandemic, to beam twin columns of light into the Manhattan sky to represent the World Trade Center during the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

Group vows to stage twin beams of light for NYC 9/11 tribute

Aug. 14, 2020 8:53 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Plans are back on to beam twin columns of light into the Manhattan sky to represent the World Trade Center during next month's anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks. The Tunnel to Towers Foundation announced Friday that it is working on plans to shine the twin beams during its alternative...

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AP PHOTOS: Clowns suffer, adapt in Peru due to the pandemic

Aug. 14, 2020 7:07 PM EDT

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Circuses in Peru are built around clowns, providing work for more than 500 of the characters. But the shows have been struggling in recent years, their patrons lured away by the internet, video games and other live entertainment, and then the pandemic hit. The coronavirus has kept...

Candy Boyd, left, owner of Boyd Funeral Home, is helped as she brings in the body of Lydia Nunez, who died from COVID-19, during a funeral service at the Metropolitan Baptist Church Tuesday, July 21, 2020, in Los Angeles. When people began dying from the coronavirus in the United States, for a few weeks funeral home owner Boyd declined to receive the remains of such patients. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Fear and empathy at LA funeral home serving Black families

Aug. 14, 2020 6:00 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When people began dying from the coronavirus in the United States, for a few weeks funeral home owner Candy Boyd declined to receive the remains of such patients. There were too many unknowns, and Boyd didn’t feel like her employees had the training or equipment to safely handle...