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This photo combination shows digital colorization, left, by Anju Niwata and Hidenori Watanave, and original black and white file photo that smoke rises around 20,000 feet above Hiroshima, Japan, after the first atomic bomb was dropped on Aug. 6, 1945. Niwata and Watanave are adding color to pre-war and wartime photographs using a combination of methods. These include AI technologies, but also traditional methods to fill the gaps in automated coloring. These include going door to door interviewing survivors who track back childhood memories, and communicating on social media to gather information from a wider audience. The team has brought to life more than a thousand black-and-white photographs that illustrate the pre-war lives of ordinary people and chronicles the onset and destruction caused by World War II. (Anju Niwata & Hidenori Watanave via AP)

Melting 'frozen memories,' AI helps Japanese recall war days

Aug. 13, 2020 10:51 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — When Tokuso Hamai saw the colorized version of an old black-and-white photo of a picnic held under cherry tree blossoms sometime before World War II, forgotten memories of family members, most of whom died in the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in 1945, came pouring out. “In colorized...

A passenger wearing a face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus is disinfected her hand before getting on a trolley bus in Pyongyang, North Korea, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)

The Latest: S Korea concerned as new cases spike above 100

Aug. 13, 2020 10:23 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea is reporting 103 new coronavirus cases. It is one of the country’s biggest daily jumps in months, and officials are expressing concern that infections are getting out of control in the capital of Seoul and other major cities as Koreans increasingly venture out in...

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich calls a timeout during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)

It's over: For first time in 23 seasons, Spurs miss playoffs

Aug. 13, 2020 9:50 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Gregg Popovich didn't put much thought into San Antonio's playoff streak when it was rolling along. He's not thinking about it now, either. The Spurs' record-tying run of 22 consecutive playoff appearances is over, and the longest season in team history — almost 300...

Longtime president of Vermont's Sugarbush is retiring

Aug. 13, 2020 9:41 PM EDT

WARREN, Vt. (AP) — The longtime president of Vermont’s Sugarbush ski resort is retiring, the resort announced Thursday. The resort said that Win Smith, the current president and chief operating officer of Sugarbush, will continue as an advisor to the current leadership team. Smith will be replaced...

Kisako Motoki, 86, speaks, looking though a red cellophane depicting what she saw the atmosphere of the night of the Great Tokyo Air Raid on March 10, 1945, during an interview with the Associated Press at the Center for the Tokyo Raids and War Damage in Tokyo Wednesday, July 29, 2020.  In Japan, war orphans were punished for surviving. They were bullied. They were called trash, sometimes rounded up by police and put in cages. Some were sent to institutions or sold for labor. They were targets of abuse and discrimination. Now, 75 years after the war's end, some are revealing their untold stories of recovery and pain, underscoring Japan’s failure to help its own people. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

75 years later, Japan war orphans tell of pain, recovery

Aug. 13, 2020 9:22 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — For years, orphans in Japan were punished just for surviving the war. They were bullied. They were called trash and left to fend for themselves on the street. Police rounded them up and threw them in jail. They were sent to orphanages or sold for labor. They were abandoned by their...

A worker disinfects a theater after a movie screening, at the Cineteca Nacional, Mexico's film archive, in Mexico City, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. After being closed for nearly five months amidst the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, movie theaters in the capital reopened Wednesday at 30% capacity.(AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Mexico City reopens movie theaters to sparse crowds

Aug. 13, 2020 8:53 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The few, the brave — those were the people returning this week to movie theaters in Mexico City that had been closed for four months due to the coronavirus pandemic. Yes, there was popcorn. But movie goers had to wear face masks, and could only lift them to eat or drink. And their...

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham speaks during a COVID-19 briefing at the state Capitol in Santa Fe, N.M., on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. (Gabriela Campos/Santa Fe New Mexican via AP)

New Mexico governor warns of family, Labor Day gatherings

Aug. 13, 2020 8:32 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham warned Thursday that family gatherings and long holiday weekends have been a source of infection for many New Mexicans who have contracted COVID-19 and that they make for the worst possible situation as health officials look to reduce the spread of the...

FILE - In this March 6, 2019, file photo, is Alcatraz Island in San Francisco. Alcatraz Island will reopen its outdoor areas to the public next week after being closed for five months due to the pandemic. The Mercury News reports Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, the island that once housed Al Capone and George

Alcatraz to reopen after monthslong closure due to pandemic

Aug. 13, 2020 8:08 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Alcatraz, the infamous former island prison off San Francisco, will reopen its outdoor areas to the public next week after being closed for five months because of the pandemic. The island, which once housed Al Capone and George “Machine Gun Kelly," will reopen Monday. But it...

NY agency faces questions over PPE readiness for the future

Aug. 13, 2020 7:49 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York’s health agency is walking back a recent statement by the state’s top health official, who had cast doubt on reports from nurses about dire shortages of protective gear at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in late March and early April. State health commissioner...

Serena Williams returns a shot to her sister Venus Williams during the WTA tennis tournament in Nicholasville, Ky., Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Sibling rivalry: Serena beats Venus to take 31st meeting

Aug. 13, 2020 7:38 PM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — There was zero interaction between the two, not even a furtive glance, when Venus Williams walked past Serena Williams in the Top Seed Open's warmup area Thursday before their 31st matchup as pros. Moments later, both headed to the court, each wearing a face covering — Serena...