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FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2019 file photo a car drives through a darkened Montclair Village as Pacific Gas & Electric power shutdowns continue in Oakland, Calif. Pacific Gas and Electric promised regulators Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, that it has learned from its mishandling of deliberate blackouts and won't disrupt as many people's lives during the pandemic this year, when the utility expects to rely on outages to prevent its outdated grid from starting deadly fires. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

PG&E tells regulators upcoming outages will go more smoothly

Aug. 14, 2020 1:17 AM EDT

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Pacific Gas and Electric promised regulators Thursday that it has learned from its mishandling of deliberate blackouts and won’t disrupt as many people’s lives during the pandemic this year, when the utility expects to rely on outages to prevent its outdated grid from...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden joined by his running mate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., replaces his face mask after speaking at the Hotel DuPont in Wilmington, Del., Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Trump, Biden trade barbs on coronavirus response

Aug. 14, 2020 1:17 AM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday attacked Joe Biden for calling on governors to mandate that all Americans wear masks for the next three months, accusing the Democratic presidential candidate of politicizing an issue Trump himself has used for political gain in recent months....

Commuters using protective gear amid the coronavirus pandemic sit inside a public bus in Lima, Peru, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

The Latest: India overtakes UK in virus death toll

Aug. 14, 2020 1:16 AM EDT

NEW DELHI — India’s coronavirus death toll overtook Britain to become the fourth-highest in the world with another single-day record increase in cases Friday. According to the Health Ministry, India reported 1,007 deaths in the past 24 hours. Its total rose to 48,040 deaths, behind the United...

Eric Severson holds a sign as a few dozen people gather in front of the United States Post Office on Rodd St. to protest recent changes to the U.S. Postal Service under new Postmaster General Louis DeJoy Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020 in Midland, Mich. (Katy Kildee/Midland Daily News via AP)

Trump admits he's blocking postal cash to stop mail-in votes

Aug. 14, 2020 1:10 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump frankly acknowledged Thursday that he's starving the U.S. Postal Service of money in order to make it harder to process an expected surge of mail-in ballots, which he worries could cost him the election. In an interview on Fox Business Network, Trump explicitly...

FILE - In this June 30, 2020, file photo, Gov. Gavin Newsom removes his face mask before giving an update on the state's initiative to provide housing for homeless Californians amid the coronavirus pandemic, during a visit to Pittsburg, Calif. Newsom has had a summer of muddled messaging and bad news in the coronavirus fight, a trend crystallized by the governor's delayed response to a data error that caused a backlog of nearly 300,000 virus test results. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, Pool, File)

California governor on the hot seat over pandemic response

Aug. 14, 2020 1:08 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom has had a summer of muddled messaging and bad news in the coronavirus fight, a trend crystallized this week by his delayed response to a data error that caused a backlog of nearly 300,000 virus test results. “The buck stops with me, I'm...

A mother, right, and her daughter, center, wear face masks to help curb the spread of the new coronavirus as they use free wifi to access an online lesson inside a temporary tent in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. In some areas of the country, students are still yet to go to school due to the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

Indonesia takes part in late-stage China vaccine trial

Aug. 14, 2020 12:46 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — More people in Indonesia rolled up their sleeves Friday to test a potential coronavirus vaccine developed by a Chinese company. The Indonesian government announced the partnership between state-owned enterprise Bio Farma and the Chinese company Sinovac BioTech in early July. As...

In this Aug. 5, 2020, file photo, The Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee. Joe Biden is poised to unveil his vision for the modern-day Democratic Party in the first presidential nominating convention of the coronavirus era next week. The all-virtual affair will test the former vice president’s ability to overcome unprecedented logistical challenges in an urgent mission to energize his sprawling coalition. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)

Democrats tested in first party convention of pandemic era

Aug. 14, 2020 12:44 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Joe Biden is poised to unveil his vision for the modern Democratic Party in the first presidential nominating convention of the coronavirus era, an all-virtual affair that will test the former vice president's ability to overcome unprecedented logistical challenges in an urgent mission to...

Cars queue at a COVID-19 test centre in Auckland, New Zealand, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. Health authorities in New Zealand are scrambling to trace the source of a new outbreak of the coronavirus as the nation's largest city goes back into lockdown. (AP Photo/Dean Purcel)

New Zealand probing for outbreak source, may extend lockdown

Aug. 14, 2020 12:36 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Health authorities said Friday they were investigating whether shipping workers were a source of New Zealand's first domestic coronavirus outbreak in more than three months. The outbreak has grown to 30 people and extended beyond Auckland, the country's largest city, for the...

A Naga wearing a face mask leans on a guitar and sits by a deserted road in Kohima, capital of the northeastern Indian state of Nagaland, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. India has the third-highest caseload after the United States and Brazil, but only the fifth-highest death toll, and authorities say the fatality rate has dropped below 2% for the first time. (AP Photo/Yirmiyan Arthur)

Asia Today: India's virus death toll rises, Seoul cases jump

Aug. 14, 2020 12:34 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s coronavirus death toll overtook Britain to become the fourth-highest in the world with another single-day record increase in cases Friday. According to the Health Ministry, India reported 1,007 deaths in the past 24 hours. Its total rose to 48,040 deaths, behind the United...

FILE -In this June 16, 2020 file photo, a sign for a Wall Street building is shown in New York.  Stocks are opening mostly lower on Wall Street Thursday, Aug. 13, a day after the S&P 500 closed just below its pre-pandemic record high. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Asian shares mixed on weak China data, worries over pandemic

Aug. 14, 2020 12:13 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mixed on Friday as investors studied fresh data out of China showing that its recovery remains subdued. Shares rose in Japan and Australia, but fell in Hong Kong, South Korea and Shanghai. China said Friday that its factory output rose 4.8% from a year earlier in July, on a...