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Diana Vega, a registered respiratory therapist, peeks through a curtain during setup at a temporary coronavirus testing site Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

'Too many are selfish': US nears 5 million virus cases

Aug. 4, 2020 3:23 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Fourth of July gatherings, graduation parties, no-mask weddings, crowded bars — there are reasons the U.S. has racked up more than 155,000 coronavirus deaths, by far the most of any country, and is fast approaching an off-the-charts 5 million confirmed infections, easily the highest in...

Maryland county targets big parties to limit spread of virus

Jul. 31, 2020 9:14 AM EDT

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) — Maryland's Prince George’s County is targeting large gathering at private homes because a rise in coronavirus cases is linked to recent parties. The Washington Post reported Thursday that new cases in Prince George's County began to rise after the July 4 holiday weekend. ...

This image released by Universal Pictures shows, from left, Laura Dern, Joseph Mazzello and Sam Neill in a scene from the 1993 film

In an upside-down summer, 'Jaws,' 'E.T.' are hits again

Jul. 30, 2020 2:53 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When historians look back on the top films at the box office in the summer of 2020, they may feel like they’ve slipped into a time warp, or maybe “Back to the Future.” Over the second weekend in July, “Empire Strikes Back” — 40 years after it was...

Juneteenth recognized as state holiday in Massachusetts

Jul. 27, 2020 12:10 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts has recognized June 19 as Juneteenth Independence Day, an annual state holiday commemorating the emancipation of Black slaves in America. Republican Gov. Charlie Baker signed the measure, which had been included as an amendment to a coronavirus spending bill, on Friday. He said...

While waiting for the arrival of the Merrimac Ferry, visitors to the Merrimac Ferry Landing Concessions in Merrimac, Wis. receive treats from the business Thursday, July 16, 2020. (John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

Ice cream sales, boat repair boom on Lake Wisconsin

Jul. 27, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

MERRIMAC, Wis. (AP) — Adam Gallus was prepared for the worst when in April he forged ahead with a more than $20,000 remodeling project on his ice cream stand, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. The shop, which hugs the roadway just feet from the Merrimac Ferry landing, now has a larger service window, new...

In this Wednesday, July 22, 2020, photo taken from a video public service announcement by the Placer County Sheriff's Office, Yankee Jims Road is choked with traffic by people seeking to visit the former Sierra Nevada Gold Rush mining area near the town of Yankee Jims, Calif. California State Parks banned public parking on narrow Yankee Jims Road in the middle of Placer County gold country within Auburn State Recreation Area to reduce the risk of COVID-19 exposures after social-media-fueled surges in the number of visitors. Last weekend, there were more than 300 vehicles parked in an area with legal room for only 12. (Angela Musallam/Placer County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Eastern Sierra county now on California virus watch list

Jul. 24, 2020 11:02 PM EDT

MAMMOTH LAKES, Calif. (AP) — California has placed Mono County on its coronavirus watch list because of a surge in cases in Mammoth Lakes, a center for tourism and outdoor recreation in the eastern Sierra Nevada. The surge is largely linked to the town’s restaurants, the Los Angeles Times reported...

Models wearing face masks pose during a mask fashion show in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, July 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

The Latest: S Korea has 100+ cases for 1st time in 4 months

Jul. 24, 2020 9:54 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has reported 113 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 over the past 24 hours — its first daily jump above 100 in nearly four months. But the rise was expected as health authorities had forecast a temporary spike driven by imported infections found among cargo-ship...

Gov. Laura Kelly wears a mask during a press conference Monday, July 20, 2020. Gov. Kelly signed an executive order Monday that mandates the use of masks in schools, daily temperature checks and hand sanitizer in each classroom. (Evert Nelson/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP)

Kansas governor requires masks, checks for fever at schools

Jul. 20, 2020 7:50 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly issued an order Monday requiring masks and daily temperature checks in the state's K-12 schools, setting some coronavirus-inspired rules that are stricter than guidelines adopted by the Republican-controlled State Board of Education. Kelly also released the...

FILE - In this July 8, 2020, file photo, a worker washes graffiti off the sidewalk in front of the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse in downtown Portland, Ore., as two agents with the U.S. Marshals Service emerge from the boarded-up main entrance to examine the damage. Oregon's largest city is in crisis as violent protests have wracked downtown for weeks. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus, File)

US official visits Portland, calls protesters 'anarchists'

Jul. 16, 2020 7:23 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The head of the Department of Homeland Security visited Portland, Oregon, on Thursday, just hours after issuing a scathing statement that called the protesters who have taken to the streets every night for nearly two months “violent anarchists" and a "violent mob” that...

St. Louis Count limits youth sports amid COVID-19 outbreaks

Jul. 16, 2020 6:02 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis County will impose limits next week on youth sports amid coronavirus outbreaks among players, the county executive announced Thursday. Teams will be banned from playing other teams, they'll be restricted to groups of 10 people or fewer, and spectators won't be allowed, St. Louis...