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James Jackson poses for a photograph outside his home during the coronavirus pandemic, Thursday, July 30, 2020, in West Park, Fla. Jackson is among the tens of thousands hospitality workers fighting for survival in the age of the pandemic. Jackson's employer, the Diplomat Beach Resort, in Hollywood, Fla., was forced to close in March because of the outbreak. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

For pandemic jobless, the only real certainty is uncertainty

Aug. 9, 2020 9:46 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — For three decades, Kelly Flint flourished as a corporate travel agent, sending everyone from business titans to oil riggers around the planet. Then came the worst pandemic in a century, leaving her jobless and marooned in an uncertain economy. Furloughed since March, Flint has dipped into...

Holocaust education now law in Delaware

Aug. 9, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — As a first-generation American and the child of parents who escaped Nazi Germany, state Rep. Debra Heffernan’s perspective has impacted her understanding of how atrocities like the Holocaust happened. “It really did change how I understood the scariness of how the Holocaust...

St. Francis Xavier School students and their families walk together in Newark, on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, after discussing the Catholic school's permanent closure announced the previous week by the Archdiocese of Newark. Nationwide, more than 140 Catholic schools will not reopen in the fall. (AP Photo/Jessie Wardarski)

Amid pandemic, future of many Catholic schools is in doubt

Aug. 9, 2020 8:05 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — As the new academic year arrives, school systems across the United States are struggling to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. Roman Catholic educators have an extra challenge — trying to forestall a relentless wave of closures of their schools that has no end in sight. Already this...

FILE - In this April 29 2020, file photo, a resident from the Alexandra township gets tested for COVID-19 , in Johannesburg, South Africa. Africa’s confirmed coronavirus cases have surpassed 1 million, but global health experts tell The Associated Press the true toll is several times higher.  (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)

The Latest: Brazil surpasses 100,000 deaths from COVID-19

Aug. 8, 2020 6:26 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Brazil has surpassed a grim milestone — 100,000 deaths from COVID-19. And five months after the first reported case, the country is showing no signs of crushing the disease. The nation of 210 million people has been reporting an average of more than 1,000 daily deaths from the pandemic...

More than 80 students quarantined in Tennessee county

Aug. 8, 2020 5:58 PM EDT

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — More than 80 students in a Tennessee school district have been quarantined during the first week of classes after a student tested positive for COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus, officials said. News outlets report that a student at Cookeville High School tested...

FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2020, file photo, wearing masks to prevent the spread of COVID19, elementary school students use hand sanitizer before entering school for classes in Godley, Texas. As schools reopen around the country, their ability to quickly identify and contain coronavirus outbreaks before they get out of hand is about to be put to the test. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

Schools face big virus test as students return to classroom

Aug. 8, 2020 4:37 PM EDT

Reopening schools is easy. Keeping them open will be the hard part. As educators prepare to welcome students back to class for the first time in months, schools’ ability to quickly identify and contain coronavirus outbreaks before they get out of hand will be put to the test in thousands of districts...

Maryland county allowing in-person class in private schools

Aug. 8, 2020 1:20 PM EDT

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — Maryland’s most populous county is allowing private schools to hold in-person classes. Montgomery County’s health officer says he still believes it’s not safe for schools to reopen, but he lifted an earlier order Friday that said schools must remain closed...

Students in the Avon Community School Corporation returned to in-person classes on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Avon, Ind. (Doug McSchooler/The Indianapolis Star via AP)

State officials pressured to set school-shutdown benchmarks

Aug. 8, 2020 10:34 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — With at least 31 positive cases of the coronavirus reported in Indiana schools since buildings began reopening in late July, district leaders, teachers and parents are pressuring state officials to identify benchmarks for what would require schools to go back online as confirmed cases...

Naval Academy to hold mix of in-person and online learning

Aug. 8, 2020 10:30 AM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The U.S. Naval Academy is bringing students back to Annapolis, Maryland, for the fall semester with a mix on in-person and online learning. The academy announced Friday that about 90% of the 4,600 midshipmen will reside in Bancroft Hall. Several alternatives are being explored for...

Families create 'learning pods' amid uncertain school year

Aug. 8, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The unprecedented uncertainty whipped up by COVID-19 just weeks before the start of the school year is prompting an increasing number of parents to pursue what amounts to an academic side hustle — small-group “learning pods” that families hope will bring some stability...