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Kindergarten students work on an activity at Annandale Public School in Sydney, Monday, May 25, 2020. Students in two more Australian states returned to school full-time as numbers of COVID-19 patients in hospitals across the country fall. (Joel Carrett/AAP Image via AP)

Asia Today: More Australians in class, Tokyo measure to ease

May. 25, 2020 1:13 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Students in two more Australian states returned to school full-time Monday as numbers of COVID-19 patients in hospitals across the country fall. New South Wales and Queensland states joined the less populous Western Australia and South Australia states and the Northern Territory in resuming...

Sara Stewart, foreground, reads a book while away from crowds visiting Baker Beach during the coronavirus outbreak in San Francisco, Sunday, May 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Officials: 2 church services sources of virus outbreaks

May. 25, 2020 1:12 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — As Gov. Gavin Newsom prepares to release plans for how religious institutions can reopen in California during the coronavirus pandemic, health officials announced that two church services that were held without authorization have been sources of outbreaks. Mendocino County public health...

This Week: New home sales, US GDP, consumer spending

May. 25, 2020 1:10 AM EDT

A look at some of the key business events and economic indicators upcoming this week: HOUSING MARKET BELLWETHER The economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic has spared few areas of the economy, and the market for newly built homes is no exception. Sales of new U.S. homes plunged 15.4% in March to a...

Pedestrians pass a street crossing Friday, May 22, 2020, in Tokyo. Tokyo is still under a coronavirus state of emergency until the end of May though there have been no hard lockdowns. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

The Latest: Japan set to end Tokyo's state of emergency

May. 25, 2020 1:09 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: — Japan set to remove state of emergency from Tokyo, 4 other...

FILE - This file image provided by U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service shows the website for HealthCare.gov. Many laid-off workers who lost health insurance in the coronavirus shutdown soon face the first deadlines to qualify for fallback coverage under the Affordable Care Act. (U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service via AP, File)

1st deadlines for laid-off workers to get health insurance

May. 25, 2020 12:26 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Many laid-off workers who lost health insurance in the coronavirus shutdown soon face the first deadlines to qualify for fallback coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Taxpayer-subsidized health insurance is available for a modest cost — sometimes even free — across the...

A currency trader talks on the phone near the screens showing the Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI), left, and the foreign exchange rate between U.S. dollar and South Korean won at the foreign exchange dealing room in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, May 25, 2020. Asian shares are mostly higher, with Tokyo stocks gaining on expectations that a pandemic state of emergency will be lifted for all of Japan. But shares fell in Hong Kong on Monday after police used tear gas to quell weekend protests over a proposed national security bill for the former British colony. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Asian shares climb, Tokyo gains on hopes for reopening

May. 25, 2020 12:14 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares are mostly higher, with Tokyo stocks gaining on expectations that a pandemic state of emergency will be lifted for all of Japan. But shares fell in Hong Kong on Monday after police used tear gas to quell weekend protests over a proposed national security bill for the former...

This image provided by Stuff, shows CEO Sinead Boucher in Auckland, New Zealand Nov. 28, 2019. Stuff, one of New Zealand's largest media organizations has been sold for a single dollar to the chief executive, Sinead Boucher in a management buyout that would be completed by the end of the month. (David White/Stuff via AP)

CEO buying struggling New Zealand media company for $1

May. 24, 2020 11:22 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — One of New Zealand's largest media organizations is being sold for a single dollar to its chief executive, the owners announced Monday. The organization Stuff prints many of the nation’s daily newspapers and runs a popular news website of the same name. It employs...

This photo courtesy of Dan Whaley, @dwhly, shows a warehouse fire burning at San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco early Saturday, May 23, 2020.  The fire tore through the warehouse, sending thick smoke over the waterfront and causing its walls to collapse.  (Dan Whaley, @dwhly via AP)

Warehouse fire devastates San Francisco's fishing industry

May. 24, 2020 10:56 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A huge fire that tore through a warehouse on San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf has destroyed fishing gear used to deliver about two-thirds of the city's fresh seafood, threatening to disrupt the upcoming Dungeness crab season, local fishermen said Sunday. The fire erupted before dawn...

Visitors gather on the beach Sunday, May 24, 2020, in Newport Beach, Calif., during the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Memorial Day weekend draws crowds and triggers warnings

May. 24, 2020 8:27 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Memorial Day weekend marking the unofficial start of summer in the U.S. meant big crowds at beaches and warnings from authorities Sunday about people disregarding the coronavirus social-distancing rules and risking a resurgence of the scourge that has killed nearly 100,000...

This undated photo made available by SpaceX shows NASA astronaut Bob Behnken in his spacesuit at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, Calif. On Wednesday, May 27, 2020, Behnken and Doug Hurley are scheduled to board a SpaceX Dragon capsule atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and, equipment and weather permitting, shoot into space. It will be the first astronaut launch from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center since the last shuttle flight in 2011. (SpaceX via AP)

SpaceX's 1st astronaut launch breaking new ground for style

May. 24, 2020 7:03 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The first astronauts launched by SpaceX are breaking new ground for style with hip spacesuits, gull-wing Teslas and a sleek rocketship — all of it white with black trim. The color coordinating is thanks to Elon Musk, the driving force behind both SpaceX and Tesla, and a...