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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...

FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2020, file photo, San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle celebrates after beating the Green Bay Packers 37-20 in the NFL NFC Championship football game in Santa Clara, Calif. Kittle has agreed to a five-year extension with the San Francisco 49ers that reportedly is the richest contract ever at the position. A person familiar with the deal says the sides agreed Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, on the deal to keep Kittle off the market next offseason. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File)

George Kittle signs $75M, 5-year extension with 49ers

Aug. 14, 2020 8:10 PM EDT

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — All-Pro tight end George Kittle has signed his five-year, $75 million extension with the San Francisco 49ers that is the richest contract ever at the position. Kittle officially signed the deal Friday, a day after agreeing to the contract that keeps him locked up in San Francisco...

Oakland Athletics' Ramon Laureano (22) charges the Houston Astros dugout after being hit by a pitch thrown by Humberto Castellanos in the seventh inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Ramon Laureano's suspension reduced from 6 games to 4

Aug. 14, 2020 7:47 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Oakland Athletics center fielder Ramon Laureano had a six-game suspension reduced to four games Friday after appealing the penalty for his role in a benches-clearing brawl with the rival Houston Astros. Major League Baseball said a settlement had been reached and the A's were...

This 2007 photo provided by the Kamala Harris campaign shows her with her mother, Shyamala, at a Chinese New Year parade. (Kamala Harris campaign via AP)

For Harris, memories of mother guide bid for vice president

Aug. 14, 2020 8:54 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Speaking from the Senate floor for the first time, Kamala Harris expressed gratitude for a woman on whose shoulders she said she stood. In her autobiography, Harris interspersed the well-worn details of her resume with an extended ode to the one she calls “the reason for...

FILE - In this Friday, May 22, 2020, file photo, a sold sign sits in front of a house in Brighton, N.Y. The coronavirus pandemic helped shape the housing market by influencing everything from the direction of mortgage rates to the inventory of homes on the market to the types of homes in demand and the desired locations. (AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey, File)

Home prices climb to record in pandemic as buyers seek space

Aug. 14, 2020 3:08 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A renter most of his adult life, Clarence Swann became fearful that landlords would use the coronavirus pandemic as an excuse to gouge their tenants. So, with a desire to move near family, the retired veteran bought his first home last month at the age of 74. Swann said he used his veteran...

FILE - In this March 6, 2019, file photo, is Alcatraz Island in San Francisco. Alcatraz Island will reopen its outdoor areas to the public next week after being closed for five months due to the pandemic. The Mercury News reports Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, the island that once housed Al Capone and George

Alcatraz to reopen after monthslong closure due to pandemic

Aug. 13, 2020 8:08 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Alcatraz, the infamous former island prison off San Francisco, will reopen its outdoor areas to the public next week after being closed for five months because of the pandemic. The island, which once housed Al Capone and George “Machine Gun Kelly," will reopen Monday. But it...

FILE - In this June 17, 2020, file photo, Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., speaks during a House Judiciary Committee meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington. The potential ascendancy of Sen. Kamala Harris to the vice presidency next year has kicked off widespread speculation about who might replace her if Democrats seize the White House. California Gov. Gavin Newsom is already being lobbied by hopefuls and numerous names are emerging in the early speculation. Bass, who was on Joe Biden's vice presidential short list, would likely get consideration. (Kevin Dietsch/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Talk of Harris successor sets off California guessing game

Aug. 13, 2020 1:17 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The possible election of U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris as vice president has set off a fierce competition in California to replace her, with contenders already pressuring Gov. Gavin Newsom for what could be a once-in-a-lifetime appointment. Joe Biden tapped Harris this week to join him on the...

FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2020, file photo, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, right, passes under pressure from San Francisco 49ers' Nick Bosa, left, during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl 54 football game in Miami Gardens, Fla. The potential for a Bosa brothers reunion in the NFL will have to wait at least a few more years. Big brother Joey has signed a long-term extension with the Los Angeles Chargers and younger brother Nick has three years left on his rookie deal with the 49ers. So the pass rushing stars won’t be linking up on the same team anytime soon. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

Super Bowl loss 'ingrained' in 49ers brains

Aug. 13, 2020 3:02 AM EDT

Nick Bosa said he hasn’t been able to watch the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl even once. Jimmie Ward needed to wait more than a month to pop in that tape and has watched it maybe 20 times. The Super Bowl loss that came after San Francisco blew a 10-point fourth-quarter lead over the Kansas City Chiefs...

Houston Astros' Martin Maldonado hits a three-run home run against the San Francisco Giants during the sixth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Maldonado's 3-run shot leads Astros over Giants 5-1

Aug. 12, 2020 11:30 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Martín Maldonado hit a three-run home run to back a strong start by Zack Greinke and help the Houston Astros to a 5-1 win over the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night. The game was tied with no outs in the sixth when Carlos Correa, Kyle Tucker and Abraham Toro hit consecutive...

Howard Mudd, former NFL player, standout coach, dies at 78

Aug. 12, 2020 8:37 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Howard Mudd, a former NFL All-Pro player and longtime offensive line coach, has died. He was 78. The Indianapolis Colts announced Mudd’s death Wednesday. No details of his death were provided by the team. Mudd had been in a motorcycle accident in the Seattle area recently. In a post...