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A mask covers the mouth on the statue of Golden Gate Bridge chief engineer Joseph Strauss at an empty visitors plaza in San Francisco on April 17, 2020. Normally, the months leading into summer bring bustling crowds to the city's famous landmarks, but this year, because of the coronavirus threat they sit empty and quiet. Some parts are like eerie ghost towns or stark scenes from a science fiction movie. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

AP PHOTOS: Lockdown journey through a silenced San Francisco

May. 23, 2020 8:44 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The late San Francisco Chronicle columnist Herb Caen was fond of saying, “One day if I go to heaven … I’ll and look around and say, ‘It ain’t bad, but it ain’t San Francisco.‘” I’ve thought about these words often as...

Preston Griffin, who runs First Class Mortuary Transport, poses for a portrait inside his vehicle after delivering a body to the Alfonso Cannon Funeral Chapels in Philadelphia, Pa. on May 6, 2020. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

He gets no sleep collecting coronavirus victims’ bodies

May. 23, 2020 3:05 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Preston Griffin never sleeps. Not really. Even when he sneaks a nap, his iPhone, set at maximum volume, is angled on the pillow, brushing his earlobe. He can’t miss the customized ringtone. The first note blares, and Griffin hops up. A funeral home director is on the line. He...

A health worker checks a computer screen at the COVID-19 test department of the Broussais Hospital in Paris, Monday May 11, 2020. French President Emmanuel Macron has repeatedly pledged the country would be able to test up to 700,000 people per week as key to the re-opening process, but so far the number of people tested is much lower and the effective capacities in the country remain vague. (Alain Jocard, Pool via AP)

The Latest: UN warns cybercrime on rise during pandemic

May. 23, 2020 12:43 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: —UN warns cybercrime on rise during pandemic. —South...

Employees meet outside the U.S. Postal Service distribution facility Friday, May 22, 2020, in east Denver. The facility, which handles 10-million pieces of mail daily for Colorado and Wyoming, is still open despite being ordered to shut down by city health officials because of a coronavirus outbreak investigation. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Denver mail hub stays open despite coronavirus closure order

May. 22, 2020 5:55 PM EDT

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. (AP) — A U.S. Postal Service distribution facility in Denver that handles 10 million pieces of mail a day for Colorado and Wyoming remained open Friday despite being ordered to shut down by city health officials because of a coronavirus outbreak investigation. The agency said it is...

A Federal Bureau of Federal Prisons truck drives past barbed wire fences at the Federal Medical Center prison in Fort Worth, Texas, Saturday, May 16, 2020. Hundreds of inmates inside the facility have tested positive for COVID-19 and several inmates have died with numbers expected to rise. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Federal prison system to begin moving nearly 7K inmates

May. 22, 2020 5:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal Bureau of Prisons will begin moving about 6,800 inmates who have been waiting in local detention centers across the U.S. to federal prisons to avoid jail overcrowding in the coronavirus pandemic, officials said Friday. It's not clear when it would begin. The inmates will be...

Volunteers look for survivors of a plane that crashed in residential area of Karachi, Pakistan, May 22, 2020. An aviation official says a passenger plane belonging to state-run Pakistan International Airlines carrying more than 100 passengers and crew has crashed near the southern port city of Karachi. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)

Pakistan jet with 98 aboard crashes in crowded neighborhood

May. 22, 2020 3:28 PM EDT

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — A jetliner carrying 98 people crashed Friday in a crowded neighborhood near the airport in Pakistan’s port city of Karachi after an apparent engine failure during landing. Officials said there were two survivors from the plane but they also found at least 57 bodies in the...

FILE - In this May 17, 2016,  file, photo, Farhad Azima, the owner, chairman and chief executive officer of Kansas City-based Aviation Leasing Group poses for a photo at his home in Kansas City, Mo. An Iranian-American aviation magnate and gunrunner tied to the CIA and the Iran-Contra scandal must pay a sheikhdom in the United Arab Emirates over $4.1 million over a series of business disputes, a British court ruled Friday, May 22, 2020. (Jill Toyoshiba/The Kansas City Star via AP, File)

UK court orders gunrunner to pay over $4.1M to UAE emirate

May. 22, 2020 2:56 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An Iranian-American aviation magnate and gunrunner tied to the CIA and the Iran-Contra scandal must pay a sheikhdom in the United Arab Emirates over $4.1 million over a series of business disputes, a British court ruled Friday. The ruling against Farhad Azima caps a...

People walk on Ledra street a main shopping street in Nicosia, Cyprus, Thursday, May 21, 2020. Cyprus took a major step toward a return to normality on Thursday when most restrictions of a two month-long stay-at-home order were lifted, allowing primary school kids to return to classes and hair salons and outdoor cafeterias to re-open. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

Flights to Cyprus to resume from select countries next month

May. 22, 2020 12:36 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus on Friday outlined plans for the phased resumption next month of commercial flights from a select number of countries with low COVID-19 infection rates to jump-start its vital tourism sector. Transport Minister Yiannis Karousos said flights will begin in two phases —...

Pakistan's aviation authority says there were 98 on board passenger plane that crashed, 91 passengers and 7 crew members

May. 22, 2020 9:31 AM EDT
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's aviation authority says there were 98 on board passenger plane that crashed, 91 passengers and 7 crew members.
FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2019, file photo, soldiers from China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy let out a yell as they march in formation during a parade to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of Communist China in Beijing. China will boost defense spending by just 6.6% in 2020, the lowest rate in years as it battles an economic crisis brought on by the coronavirus outbreak, the government said Friday, May 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)

China hikes defense spending by 6.6%, lowest rate in years

May. 22, 2020 1:00 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China will increase its defense spending by 6.6% in 2020, the lowest rate in years as it battles an economic crisis brought on by the coronavirus outbreak, the government said Friday. The figure is down from the double-digit percentage increases of just a few years ago that have given China...