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Woodburn sues Marion County over COVID-19 isolation shelter

Jul. 10, 2020 6:55 PM EDT

WOODBURN, Ore. (AP) — The City of Woodburn is suing Marion County over a COVID-19 isolation shelter at a Super 8 Hotel. The lawsuit was filed Thursday following a directive by the Woodburn City Council, the Statesman Journal reported. Attorneys for the city seek a court order against Marion County to...

Cars drive under a sign greeting visitors near the entrance to Walt Disney World, Thursday, July 2, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Despite a huge surge of Floridians testing positive for the new coronavirus in recent weeks, Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom, two of Disney World's four parks are reopening Saturday, July 11. When they do, visitors to “The Most Magical Place on Earth” will find new rules in place. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Parades, close-ups with Mickey out as Disney World reopens

Jul. 9, 2020 3:38 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Forget about up-close “meet-and-greet" sessions with Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck when Walt Disney World parks reopen. There will be no firework shows or parades — those would draw too many people together — and both visitors and employees will be getting...

Camp using Vermont hotel for 3-week stay told to reduce size

Jul. 9, 2020 1:20 PM EDT

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — A New Jersey summer camp that brought several hundred students to Vermont for a three-week stay at a Rutland hotel has been told the hotel is overcapacity. After the state inspected the Holiday Inn in the town of Rutland, officials with camp Zichron Chaim were given three days to reduce...

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, right, speaks to media at the Metropolitan Government Office Thursday, July 9, 2020, in Tokyo. Tokyo confirmed more than 220 new cases Thursday, exceeding its record daily increase from mid-April and prompting concerns of widening of the infections. Tokyo’s more than 7,000 cases are about one-third of Japan's total. “It’s a wake-up call,” Gov. Koike told reporters. “We need to use extra caution against the further spread of the infections.”(Kyodo News via AP)

Asia Today: India's cases jump, transmission rate increases

Jul. 9, 2020 8:53 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India reported nearly 25,000 new coronavirus infections Thursday and its transmission rate is increasing for the first time since March. The new cases bring the total in the world’s third worst-affected country to 767,296. India’s health ministry said the COVID-19 death toll...

Foreign tourists carry their surf boards at Kuta beach, Bali, Indonesia on Thursday, July 9, 2020. Indonesia's resort island of Bali reopened after a three-month virus lockdown Thursday, allowing local people and stranded foreign tourists to resume public activities before foreign arrivals resume in September. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)

Bali island begins to reopen after 3-month virus lockdown

Jul. 9, 2020 3:35 AM EDT

DENPASAR, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s resort island of Bali partially reopened after a three-month virus lockdown Thursday, allowing local people and stranded foreign tourists to resume public activities before overseas arrivals resume in September. Normally bustling beaches and streets on the...

Commuters wearing face masks to protect against the spread of the new coronavirus walk through a subway station in Beijing, Thursday, July 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: China easing into reopening as local cases wane

Jul. 8, 2020 11:25 PM EDT

BEIJING — China says it has nine new confirmed coronavirus cases, all of them brought from outside the country, and no new deaths. Thursday’s report buttresses growing signs the virus has been essentially contained inside the nation in which it first appeared late last year. The near elimination...

A heavy downpour produced flash flooding in Tuscaloosa, Ala., that stranded 40 guests at the Best Western Hotel located on McFarland Blvd. behind McFarland Chevrolet near the intersection with the interstate Tuesday, July 7, 2020. No injuries were reported. The National Weather Service said more than five inches of rain fell in a little over an hour. (Gary Cosby Jr./The Tuscaloosa News via AP)

Torrential rains swamp Tuscaloosa, trap motel guests

Jul. 8, 2020 3:31 PM EDT

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Heavy overnight rains quickly swamped the west Alabama city of Tuscaloosa, covering roads with water and leaving guests stranded in a motel. As much as 5 inches (12.7 centimeters) of rain fell in a brief period late Tuesday, and the resulting flash flood filled cars with water and...

FILE - San Francisco Police Auxiliary Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT) volunteer David Flynn offers face masks to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus at Dolores Park in San Francisco, Sunday, May 24, 2020. California is creating roving

The Latest: New Zealand to charge patient who went shopping

Jul. 7, 2020 10:21 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand authorities say they will press charges against a coronavirus patient who escaped quarantine in Auckland and went shopping at a supermarket. Air Commodore Darryn Webb, the head of managed isolation and quarantine, said the 32-year-old man escaped through a fence at...

This September 2018 photo shows the beach at the popular tourist resort of Puerto Peñasco in the state of Sonora, Mexico. Fears about possible coronavirus infections from hard hit Arizona and regional politics south of the U.S.-Mexico border saw American vacationers turned back on the road to the popular tourist resort of Puerto Peñasco over the long July 4 weekend. The spat in the small community of Sonoyta erupted against a backdrop of local rivalries and resentments, international politics and growing fears about virus spread along the 2,000-mile border. (AP Photo/Annika Wolters)

Virus fears, regional spats snarl Arizona-Mexico route

Jul. 7, 2020 3:55 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Fears about possible coronavirus infections from hard-hit Arizona mixed together with local politics south of the U.S.-Mexico border saw American vacationers turned back on the road to the popular resort of Puerto Peñasco over the long July 4 weekend. The spat in the small community of...

The front desk staff wearing masks due to the coronavirus pandemic help customers at the Rove City Centre Hotel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Monday, July 6, 2020. Dubai reopened for tourists Tuesday amid the coronavirus pandemic, hoping to reinvigorate a vital industry for this city-state before its crucial winter tourist season. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)

Thermometers in hand, Dubai opens for tourists amid pandemic

Jul. 7, 2020 7:28 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — From French soccer jerseys to slick online campaigns, Dubai is trumpeting the fact that it reopened for tourism on Tuesday — but what that means for this sheikhdom that relies on the dollars, pounds, rupees and yuan spent by travelers remains in question. With...