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A man wearing a face mask walks past a bank's electronic board showing the Hong Kong share index in Hong Kong, Tuesday, July 14, 2020. Asian shares fell Tuesday as skepticism set in about the recent upbeat mood on global markets, as newly confirmed coronavirus cases rose in the U.S., Brazil and parts of Japan. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Stocks are off to a wobbly start as virus lockdowns return

Jul. 14, 2020 9:46 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are off to a mixed start on Wall Street following weakness in overseas markets as investors fret over new shutdowns in California to fight the spread of coronavirus infections. The S&P 500 edged up 0.1% in the first few minutes of trading Tuesday. Banks fell especially hard after...

FILE - In this Saturday, July 11, 2020, file photo, Tampa Bay Rays' Kevin Kiermaier bats during baseball practice in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson, File)

Rays like playoff chances during pandemic-shortened season

Jul. 14, 2020 9:35 AM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays like their chances of returning to the playoffs and reject the notion that winning the World Series during a season shortened by the coronavirus pandemic would be less impressive than capturing a title under normal circumstances. “This season counts. It...

FILE - In this Feb. 13, 1972, file photo, Olympic rings in the center of the Makomanai ice arena is seen during the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics, in Sapporo, Japan. Yasuhiro Yamashita, the president of the Japanese Olympic Committee, said Tuesday, July 14, 2020, that if Tokyo can pull off next year’s Summer Olympics, then the Japanese city of Sapporo could be in good standing with a bid to hold the 2030 Winter Olympics.  (AP Photo)

Tokyo Olympics could help Sapporo land 2030 Winter Games

Jul. 14, 2020 9:14 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The president of the Japanese Olympic Committee said Tuesday that if Tokyo can pull off next year’s Summer Games, then the city of Sapporo could be in good standing to hold the 2030 Winter Olympics. Yasuhiro Yamashita, a former Olympic gold medalist in judo, acknowledged in a news...

FILE - This October 2015, aerial file photo shows U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan, Okinawa, southern Japan. Japanese defense minister said on Tuesday, July 14, 2010 that officials have discovered

Japan: US military coronavirus policy has multiple problems

Jul. 14, 2020 7:58 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's defense minister said Tuesday that officials have discovered "a number of problems” with U.S. military measures to guard against the coronavirus among service members stationed in Japan after 95 Marines tested positive at several bases on the southern island of Okinawa. Okinawan...

FILE - In this June 18, 2020, file photo, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a press conference at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo. The Abe government's Defense White Paper 2020 highlights what are potential Chinese and North Korean threats as Japan tries to further increase its defense capability. (Rodrigo Reyes Marin/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Japan says coronavirus adds to security threat by China

Jul. 14, 2020 7:18 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — China is pushing harder to make territorial claims in the regional seas and even using the coronavirus pandemic to expand its influence and take strategic superiority, posing a greater threat to Japan and the region, Japan's government said. The report highlighting the government's defense...

Chander Shekhar, co-owner of Shopno Fashion in New York's Jackson Heights neighborhood, poses for a portrait on June 22, 2020, the first day of New York City's

Small businesses worldwide fight for survival amid pandemic

Jul. 14, 2020 4:03 AM EDT

Hour after hour in the dark, Chander Shekhar’s mind raced ahead to morning. More than three months had dragged by since the coronavirus forced Shekhar to shut down his business — a narrow, second-floor shop racked with vibrantly colored saris, on a block in New York’s Jackson Heights...

This June 1, 2020, rendering provided by Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre shows the Hope probe. The U.S., China and the United Arab Emirates are sending spacecraft to Mars in quick succession beginning this week.(MBRSC via AP)

UAE's Mars orbiter launch from Japan delayed by weather

Jul. 14, 2020 3:58 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The liftoff of the United Arab Emirates' Mars orbiter was postponed until Friday due to bad weather at the Japanese launch site. The orbiter named Amal, or Hope, is the Arab world's first interplanetary mission. The launch was scheduled for Wednesday from the Tanegashima Space Center in...

A man wearing a face mask walks past a bank's electronic board showing the Hong Kong share index in Hong Kong, Tuesday, July 14, 2020. Asian shares fell Tuesday as skepticism set in about the recent upbeat mood on global markets, as newly confirmed coronavirus cases rose in the U.S., Brazil and parts of Japan. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Asia shares drop on jitters over virus, China-US friction

Jul. 13, 2020 11:28 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Shares fell in Asia on Tuesday as skepticism set in about the recent upward momentum in global markets given rising confirmed coronavirus cases and percolating tensions between the U.S. and China. The White House’s decision to reject nearly all Chinese maritime claims in the South...

A man wearing a mask to curb the spread of the coronavirus sits near a red lantern outside a restaurant in Beijing Monday, July 13, 2020. China reported eight new cases, all of them brought from outside the country, as domestic community infections fall to near zero. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The Latest: Hawaii to wait to waive quarantine requirement

Jul. 13, 2020 11:22 PM EDT

HONOLULU — Hawaii’s governor says he will wait another month to waive a 14-day quarantine requirement for out-of-state travelers who test negative for COVID-19, citing an increasing number of cases locally, “uncontrolled” outbreaks in several U.S. mainland states and a shortage of...

A class keeps social distance at the San Francisco Zoo on Monday, July 13, 2020, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

US debates school reopening, WHO warns 'no return to normal'

Jul. 13, 2020 5:27 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The resurgence of the coronavirus in the United States ignited fierce debate Monday about whether to reopen schools, as global health officials warned that the pandemic will intensify unless more countries adopt comprehensive plans to combat it. “If the basics aren’t followed,...