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The Latest: COVID-19 cases rise in Missouri tourist areas

Jun. 16, 2021 16:38 PM EDT

O’FALLON, Mo. — A swath of southern Missouri is seeing a big rise in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations at just the wrong time — as tourists eager to get out after being cooped up for a year make their way to popular destinations like Branson and Lake of the Ozarks. ...

Japan looks to ease virus emergency ahead of Olympics

Jun. 16, 2021 09:26 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan is expected to ease a coronavirus state of emergency in Tokyo and most other areas this weekend, with new daily cases falling just as the country begins making final preparations for the Olympics starting in just over a month. Japan has been...

Asian shares mixed in quiet trading ahead of US Fed decision

Jun. 15, 2021 23:26 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mixed in quiet trading Wednesday ahead of a U.S. Federal Reserve meeting that may give clues on what lies ahead with its massive support for markets. Japan released data that showed its trade surplus jumped 49.6% in May from the previous...

US Open returns to Torrey Pines and to prime time

Jun. 15, 2021 11:00 AM EDT

UNITED STATES GOLF ASSOCIATION U.S. OPEN Site: San Diego. Course: Torrey Pines GC (South). Yardage: 7, 652. Par: 71. Prize money: $12.5 million. Winner's share: $2.25 million. Television:...

Athlete warning: Follow the rules at Tokyo Olympics, or else

Jun. 15, 2021 10:41 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — If athletes coming to Japan for the Tokyo Olympics needed a warning, they got it Tuesday as officials rolled out the third and final rendition of so-called Playbooks — the rulebooks governing behavior for these pandemic-tainted games. The message: Follow...

Vaccine laggard Japan steps up shots with company efforts

Jun. 15, 2021 07:39 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese companies have joined the effort to speed up the country’s lagging coronavirus vaccine rollout before the Tokyo Olympics begin next month. Medical professionals were being inoculated with the Moderna vaccine Tuesday at a downtown Tokyo office of...

Fast rising teens join Michael Andrew on US Olympic team

Jun. 15, 2021 02:56 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Michael Andrew woke up feeling nauseous the morning of his first race at the U.S. Olympic trials. Torri Huske watched last week's meet featuring slower swimmers on TV, thinking it looked “so scary.” Claire Curzan was “terrified” going into her first final. ...

US documents solve mystery of war criminal Tojo's remains

Jun. 14, 2021 20:28 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Until recently, the location of executed wartime Japanese Prime Minister Hideki Tojo's remains was one of World War II's biggest mysteries in the nation he once led. Now, a Japanese university professor has revealed declassified U.S. military documents...

Americans stand trial in Japan, accused in Ghosn's escape

Jun. 14, 2021 06:17 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Two Americans charged with helping former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn flee Japan while he was facing accusations of financial misconduct agreed Monday that they took part in a scheme for him to escape the country. Statements by Michael Taylor and his son,...

Sturgis native ready for Olympic taekwondo after virus delay

Jun. 14, 2021 01:02 AM EDT

SPEARFISH, S.D. (AP) — Sturgis native Paige McPherson’s Olympic dream to participate in taekwondo is still alive. McPherson was supposed to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, but the COVID-19 pandemic forced the "Summer Olympics” to be postponed until 2021. ...