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A woman and two children wear masks at a playground, Saturday, July 11, 2020, in Los Angeles. The number of deaths per day from the coronavirus in the U.S. had been falling for months, and even remained down as some states saw explosions in cases. But now a long-expected upturn has begun, driven by fatalities in states in the South and West. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

The Latest: Heat wave brings crowds to California's beaches

Jul. 12, 2020 6:42 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES -- A heat wave has brought crowds to California’s beaches, where people mostly heeded warnings to keep a safe distance from each other as the state grappled with a spike in coronavirus infections and hospitalizations. Lifeguard Chief Jason Young said Sunday that people are spread out on Orange...

New French premier promises help for virus-hit French Guiana

Jul. 12, 2020 5:42 PM EDT

CAYENNE, French Guiana (AP) — As virus numbers soar in French Guiana, France’s new prime minister traveled Sunday to the South American territory and promised not to ignore its suffering. French Guiana, which borders Brazil, now accounts for about a quarter of new daily cases reported in all of...

Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden pulls down his mask as he makes an unannounced stop at his childhood home on North Washington Avenue in the Green Ridge section of Scranton, Pa., to visit the current homeowner, Anne Kearns, Thursday, July 9, 2020. (Christopher Dolan/The Times-Tribune via AP)

Joe Biden wins Democratic primary in Puerto Rico

Jul. 12, 2020 4:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden won the Democratic presidential primary in Puerto Rico on Sunday. Biden faced seven other candidates on the ballot, though all the others have dropped out of the race. Biden has already locked up enough delegates to become the party's nominee. The primary was scheduled for March...

Joe Biden wins Democratic presidential primary in Puerto Rico

Jul. 12, 2020 4:01 PM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden wins Democratic presidential primary in Puerto Rico.
FILE - In this Aug. 11, 2016, file photo, green chile from Hatch, N. M., goes on sale at a roadside roasting stand in Santa Fe, N.M. Organizers of the annual Hatch Chile Festival said Monday, July 6, 2020, that COVID-19 had forced the cancellation of the event for the first time in its 49-year-old history. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee,File)

Amid pandemic, Hatch Chile Festival canceled for 1st time

Jul. 12, 2020 12:07 PM EDT

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic has canceled yet another beloved New Mexico annual event: the 2020 Hatch Chile Festival. Organizers recently announced that COVID-19 had forced the cancellation of the event for the first time in its 49-year-old history, the Las Cruces Sun-News reports. The...

Trump rips private Texas border wall built by his supporters

Jul. 12, 2020 11:01 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Sunday criticized a privately built border wall in South Texas that’s showing signs of erosion months after going up, saying it was “only done to make me look bad,” even though the wall was built after a months-long campaign by his supporters....

People move away as health workers fumigate a slum to prevent an outbreak of dengue fever in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Monday, March 23, 2020. While 2019 was the worst year on record for global dengue cases, experts fear an even bigger surge is possible because their efforts to combat it were hampered by restrictions imposed in the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Dengue prevention efforts stifled by coronavirus pandemic

Jul. 12, 2020 12:55 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — To slow the spread of the coronavirus, governments issued lockdowns to keep people at home. They curtailed activities that affected services like trash collection. They tried to shield hospitals from a surge of patients. But the cascading effects of these restrictions also are...

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro, center, talks on his phone while standing outside his official residence Alvorada Palace, in Brasilia, Brazil, Friday, July 10, 2020. Bolsonaro, 65, announced that he is infected with the new coronavirus on Tuesday and is using it to publicly extol hydroxychloroquine, the unproven malaria drug that he’s been promoting as a treatment for COVID-19, and now takes himself. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

Video calls, separate bedrooms: Bolsonaro’s first COVID week

Jul. 11, 2020 5:05 PM EDT

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — After months in which Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro downplayed COVID-19 by flouting social distancing recommendations and mostly shunning masks, both coronavirus precautions became part of his cloistered life this week at the official residence in capital Brasilia. Bolsonaro,...

Baracutey blows on a conch shell outside the Capitol building while joining a group of activists demanding statues and street names commemorating symbols of colonial oppression be removed, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Saturday, July 11, 2020.  Dozens of activists marched through the historic part of Puerto Rico’s capital on Saturday to demand that the U.S. territory’s government start by removing statues, including those of explorer Christopher Columbus.  (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

Puerto Rico questions Spain's legacy as statues tumble in US

Jul. 11, 2020 3:21 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Statues, street names, plazas and even the body of conquistador Juan Ponce de León himself: Spain left a nearly indelible legacy in Puerto Rico that attracts hordes of tourists every year, but some activists are trying to erase it as they join a U.S. movement to eradicate...

FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2018, file photo, Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Michael Kopech throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, in Detroit. White Sox prospect Michael Kopech missed the start of summer camp Frida, Ju;y 3, 2020, due to a personal matter. General manager Rick Hahn said he doesn't have a timeline for the return of the 24-year-old right-hander. “Given the time we're living through together I will try to answer the question that's probably now at the top of everybody's mind and just share the fact that currently Michael is healthy,” Hahn said on a video conference call.(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

The Latest: Pac-12 Commissioner LarryS

Jul. 11, 2020 12:54 AM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott has tested positive for COVID-19. The 55-year-old tested positive late this week after experiencing flu-like symptoms and is self quarantining at the direction of his doctor, according to a...