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Pittsburgh's spread helps drive up state COVID-19 infections

Jul. 3, 2020 4:47 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The rising number of COVID-19 infections in the Pittsburgh area helped drive Pennsylvania's number of confirmed new cases to 667, the state Health Department said Friday. Pennsylvania's death toll from the coronavirus pandemic rose by 34 to more than 6,700 since the infection began...

Judge: Hawaii's quarantine is reasonable during pandemic

Jul. 3, 2020 4:40 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A U.S. judge will not stop Hawaii from enforcing a quarantine on arriving travelers, saying in a ruling that the emergency mandate is reasonable during the public health crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. A group of Hawaii, California and Nevada residents tried to stop the...

Use of ICU hospital beds for COVID-19 jumps in Minnesota

Jul. 3, 2020 4:38 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The number of Minnesotans receiving intensive care for COVID-19 has jumped by nine, health officials reported Friday, marking the largest single-day increase in more than a month. The Star Tribune reported that the increase comes as government leaders across the country are taking steps...

Palestinian demonstrators hurl stones at Israeli troops during a protest Israel's plan to annex parts Israel's plan to annex parts of the West Bank and Trump's mideast initiative, in the West Bank village of Kufr Qaddumm near Nablus, Friday, July 3, 2020.(AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

Former world leaders warn against Israel annexation plan

Jul. 3, 2020 4:37 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A group of former world leaders urged European leaders on Friday to keep pressuring Israel against annexation of parts of the West Bank, warning against complacency after Israel made no move to take over the territory on July 1. The Elders, founded by Nelson Mandela in 2007, said in...

FILE - This March 22, 2019, file photo shows Mount Rushmore in Keystone, S.D.  President Donald Trump will begin his Independence Day weekend on Friday with a patriotic display of fireworks at Mount Rushmore National Memorial before a crowd of thousands. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Trump plans fiery speech for Mount Rushmore fireworks

Jul. 3, 2020 4:29 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — President Donald Trump planned a fiery Mount Rushmore speech Friday night including denunciations of protesters he says are trying to “tear down” the nation's history, coupling condemnation of those who pull down statues with the more traditional July Fourth praise of...

Judge retires, ending investigation by judiciary commission

Jul. 3, 2020 4:26 PM EDT

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A Louisiana judge’s retirement brings an end to a state judiciary commission investigation of his conduct. KTBS-TV reports that Shreveport City Judge Lee Irvin retired Thursday. Irvin, 64, had been suspended without pay since January. He was being investigated regarding a...

Arkansas judge: denies casinos motion for contempt

Jul. 3, 2020 4:26 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas judge denied a casino's motion for contempt alleging that a state commission did not follow its own rules and issue the company a casino license within 30 days of the judge's previous ruling. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox's Thursday ruling did not approve...

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly, left, confers with Clay Britton, her chief attorney, before a meeting with legislative leaders about an executive order she issued to require people to wear masks in public, Thursday, July 2, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Kelly says she's worried that if the state doesn't reverse a recent surge in reported coronavirus cases, the state won't be able to reopen K-12 schools in August. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas sees worst 2-week COVID-19 spike since pandemic began

Jul. 3, 2020 4:23 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas reported another big increase in confirmed coronavirus cases Friday, capping its worst two-week spike since the pandemic began and coming as a statewide mask mandate from the governor took effect. The state Department of Health and Environment reported that Kansas has had 15,919...

Russian FM hosts speaker of Libya's east-based parliament

Jul. 3, 2020 4:22 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's top diplomat met Friday with the speaker of the parliament based in eastern Libya to discuss a political settlement for the conflict-stricken country. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at the start of his talks with parliament speaker Aguila Saleh that Moscow supports a cease-fire...

FILE - In this March 29, 2020, file photo, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont addresses the media at medical equipment manufacturer Bio-Med Devices in Guilford, Conn. On Thursday, July 2, 2020, Lamont announced a change to the required 14-day quarantine for visitors from states with high COVID-19 infection rates. He believes the quarantine announced the week before by Connecticut, New Jersey and New York has limited the number of Connecticut's out-of-state visitors. (Brian A. Pounds/Hearst Connecticut Media via AP, File)

Nursing home industry urging public to continue safety steps

Jul. 3, 2020 4:21 PM EDT

Representatives of the nursing home and assisted living industry are urging residents “to do their part” and help keep the current spread of the coronavirus low in Connecticut as a way to prevent a resurgence in long-term care facilities. They credited social distancing, hand washing, the wearing of...