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A cyclists passes an empty Flinders Street Station during lockdown due to the continuing spread of the coronavirus in Melbourne, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. Victoria state, Australia's coronavirus hot spot, announced on Monday that businesses will be closed and scaled down in a bid to curb the spread of the virus. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

The Latest: Navajo reservation ready to reopen tourist sites

Aug. 14, 2020 9:15 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Popular tourist destinations in the Navajo Nation, including Canyon de Chelly, can start welcoming back tourists Monday under the tribe’s reopening plan. Much of the reservation has been closed since March as the new coronavirus swept through. The tribe released a plan this week...

A ditch marks the Canada-U.S. border and separates people walking on the road, right, in Surrey, British Columbia, and those gathered at Peace Arch Historical State Park, left, in Blaine, Wash., Sunday, July 5, 2020. Although the B.C. government closed the Canadian side of the park in June due to concerns about crowding and COVID-19, people are still able to meet in the U.S. park due to a treaty signed in 1814 that allows citizens of Canada and the U.S. to unite in the park without technically crossing any border. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

Canada U.S border restrictions extended to at least Sept.

Aug. 14, 2020 12:09 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — The Canada-U.S. border will remain closed to non-essential travel for at least another month, Canada’s public safety minister said Friday. The statement by Public Safety Minister Bill Blair came a day after Mexico announced a similar measure for its border with the United States. The...

A statue is seen outside Amsterdam's Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. A spokeswoman for Amsterdam's Olympic Stadium says a bronze statute of an athlete saluting with an outstretched arm reminiscent of the gesture made infamous at rallies in Nazi Germany is to be removed from outside the stadium because the salute has links to fascism. The 3-meter (10-foot) tall bronze statue that was placed outside the stadium for the 1928 Summer Games that were staged in the Dutch capital. (AP Photo/Esther Corder)

Saluting statue to be removed from Amsterdam Olympic Stadium

Aug. 14, 2020 11:07 AM EDT

AMSTERDAM (AP) — A bronze statute of an athlete saluting with an outstretched arm reminiscent of the gesture made infamous at rallies in Nazi Germany is to be removed from outside Amsterdam's Olympic Stadium because the salute has links to fascism, a spokeswoman for the stadium said Friday. The 3-meter...

Maryland county votes to keep Confederate memorial

Aug. 14, 2020 10:13 AM EDT

EASTON, Md. (AP) — A county on Maryland's Eastern Shore has voted to keep a memorial honoring Confederate soldiers, sparking a protest outside the meeting as activists said officials had used the coronavirus pandemic as an "excuse" to shelve the issue. The Talbot County Council voted 3 to 2 to keep the...

FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2018, file photo, victims of clergy sexual abuse, or their family members, react as Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro speaks during a news conference at the State Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. Pennsylvania Roman Catholic dioceses are facing recent lawsuits from people hoping a court decision in 2019 has shown a way around time limits for filing litigation. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Slew of church abuse lawsuits hinges on state court decision

Aug. 14, 2020 7:40 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's Roman Catholic dioceses have been hit with about 150 lawsuits from people who say they were sexually abused as children by priests and hope a state court decision last year has shown a way around time limits for legal claims. Lawyers involved in the litigation say they...

Navajo man loses latest bid to delay federal execution

Aug. 13, 2020 8:43 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The only Native American on federal death row lost a bid Thursday to push back his execution date. Unless Lezmond Mitchell gets relief from another court or is granted clemency, he will be put to death on Aug. 26 at the federal prison in Indiana where he is being held. Mitchell's...

United States ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft speaks during a Security Council meeting at United Nations headquarters, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

UN is voting on US resolution to extend Iran arms embargo

Aug. 13, 2020 7:38 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council started voting Thursday evening on a U.S. resolution that would indefinitely extend the U.N. arms embargo on Iran, a measure that faces strong opposition from Russia and China and is almost certain to be defeated. The results of the email voting because of...

FILE - This Sept. 9, 2016 photo shows Harkness Tower on the campus of Yale University in New Haven, Conn. A Justice Department investigation has found Yale University is illegally discriminating against Asian-American and white applications, in violation of federal civil rights law, officials said Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz, File)

Feds say Yale discriminates against Asian, white applicants

Aug. 13, 2020 4:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Justice Department investigation has found Yale University is illegally discriminating against Asian American and white applicants, in violation of federal civil rights law, officials said Thursday. Yale denied the allegation, calling it “meritless” and...

Trump campaign sues key Iowa counties over absentee mailings

Aug. 13, 2020 2:43 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — President Donald Trump's reelection campaign has sued two Democratic-leaning Iowa counties that are making it easy to vote by mail during the coronavirus pandemic, seeking to invalidate tens of thousands of voters' absentee ballot applications. The Trump campaign, the Republican...

A sign urging people to wear masks to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus is posted, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, near Art Deco hotels along Miami Beach, Florida's famed Ocean Drive in South Beach. Florida added at least 276 fatalities to its coronavirus death toll on Tuesday, a new state record. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Florida sheriff bans masks for deputies with some exceptions

Aug. 12, 2020 9:04 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A central Florida sheriff says his deputies won’t be allowed to wear face masks except under some conditions, and neither will visitors to the sheriff’s office. Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods said in an email to staff that he had weighed both sides of the issue...