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FILE - In this July 11, 2019, file photo, Assemblywoman Autumn Burke, D-Inglewood, calls on lawmakers to approve a wildfire measure she co-authored, with Assemblyman Chris Holden, D-Pasadena, and Assemblyman Chad Mayes, R-Yucca Valley, before the Assembly in Sacramento, Calif. A coronavirus outbreak in the California Legislature has indefinitely delayed the state Assembly's return to work from a scheduled summer recess. Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon's office confirmed five people who work in the Assembly have tested positive for the coronavirus. They include Burke, who is believed to have contracted the virus while on the Assembly floor last month. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

The Latest: Young people most of Arizona's confirmed cases

Jul. 6, 2020 8:33 PM EDT

PHOENIX — The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Arizona has now surpassed 100,000 and younger people, not the elderly, have comprised more than half of them, state health officials said Monday. The Department of Health Services said in a statement that more than 62,000 of the 101,441 reported cases...

Edouard downgraded from tropical storm over North Atlantic

Jul. 6, 2020 8:18 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Edouard has been downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone as it moves Monday far off in the Atlantic away from the continental United States. Edouard had become a tropical storm on Sunday. But by late Monday afternoon, Edouard lost its tropical storm status about 445 miles (715 kilometers)...

US signs order for first West Coast gas-export terminal

Jul. 6, 2020 8:10 PM EDT

The Trump administration on Monday formally authorized exports from a proposed Oregon natural-gas terminal, the first on the U.S. West Coast. Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette signed the order for the proposed Jordan Cove liquid natural gas terminal in Coos Bay, Oregon. Monday’s approval for the project,...

Burned bear in Colorado recovering, expected to be released

Jul. 6, 2020 8:00 PM EDT

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — A young bear rescued after suffering burns in a Colorado wildfire has shown strong signs of recovery and is expected to be released, wildlife officials said. Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials posted a message on social media saying the bear that suffered severe burns on its paws...

Tumani, a 13-year old critically endangered western lowland gorilla that is expecting to give birth later this summer, eats in her enclosure at the Audubon Nature Institute in New Orleans, Monday, July 6, 2020. If successful, it will be the first gorilla born at the zoo since 1996. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Endangered gorilla in New Orleans expecting 1st baby

Jul. 6, 2020 7:29 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — One of the critically endangered gorillas in the New Orleans’ zoo is expecting her first baby, and already is being trained with a “doll" to hold her future offspring. Thirteen-year-old Tumani's training “doll” doesn’t look anything like a gorilla...

Skepticism, encouragement as Wyoming weighs $1B land deal

Jul. 6, 2020 7:13 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Top Wyoming officials heard both skepticism and encouragement Monday as they discussed a proposal to bid on a Connecticut-sized area of private land and mineral rights spanning three states. The State Loan and Investment Board made up of Gov. Mark Gordon and the other four statewide...

A replica of a statue of Frederick Douglass sits in the studio of Olivia Kim, a sculptor who worked on finishing three replicas, July 16, 2018 in her Rochester, N.Y. studio. A statue of abolitionist Frederick Douglass has been ripped from its base in Rochester on the anniversary of one of his most famous speeches. Police say the statue of Douglass was taken from Maplewood Park and placed near the Genesee River gorge on Sunday, July 5, 2020. (Tina MacIntyre-Yee/Democrat & Chronicle via AP)

Frederick Douglass statue vandalized in Rochester park

Jul. 6, 2020 6:57 PM EDT

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Police in Rochester were trying to determine Monday who ripped a statue of abolitionist Frederick Douglass from its base on the anniversary of one of his most famous speeches, delivered in the upstate New York city in 1852. The statue of Douglass was taken on Sunday from Maplewood...

Children wearing face shields as a precaution against the new coronavirus outbreak sit spaced apart in individual tables at the Pereira Agustinho daycare, nursery school and pre-school, after it reopened amid the new coronavirus pandemic in Duque de Caxias, Monday, July 6, 2020. The city of Manaus in the Amazon rainforest and Duque de Caxias in Rio de Janeiro’s metropolitan region, became on Monday the first Brazilian cities to resume in-person classes at private schools since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the nation's private school federation. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

First major Brazilian cities resume classes amid pandemic

Jul. 6, 2020 6:56 PM EDT

DUQUE DE CAXIAS, Brazil (AP) — The Brazilian cities of Manaus in the Amazon rainforest and Duque de Caxias in Rio de Janeiro's metropolitan region on Monday resumed in-person classes at private schools, the first large cities to do so since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Both cities have been hard hit...

FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2016, file photo, heavy equipment is seen at a site where sections of the Dakota Access pipeline were being buried near the town of St. Anthony in Morton County, N.D. A federal judge on Monday, July 6, 2020, sided with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and ordered the Dakota Access pipeline to shut down until more environmental review is done. (Tom Stromme/The Bismarck Tribune via AP, File)

Judge orders Dakota Access pipeline shut down pending review

Jul. 6, 2020 5:58 PM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A judge on Monday ordered the Dakota Access pipeline shut down for additional environmental review more than three years after it began pumping oil — handing a victory to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and delivering a blow to President Donald Trump’s efforts to weaken...

People enjoy the beach in the Black Sea in Odessa, Ukraine, Saturday, July 4, 2020. Tens of thousands of vacation-goers in Russia and Ukraine have descended on Black Sea beaches, paying little attention to safety measures despite levels of contagion still remaining high in both countries. (AP Photo/Sergei Poliakov)

In Russia and Ukraine, no social distance on crowded beaches

Jul. 6, 2020 12:38 PM EDT

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Tens of thousands of vacation-goers in Russia and Ukraine have descended on Black Sea beaches, paying little heed to public health measures despite the numbers of reported coronavirus cases remaining high in both countries. Desperate for a break from the confinement of months-long...