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A Venezuelan migrant girl, wearing a protective face mask with a graphic version of the Virgin of Guadalupe, waits for a bus to travel to the border, after breaking camp in Bogota, Colombia, Thursday, July 2, 2020. Facing no work due to the COVID-19-related economic shutdown, hundreds of Venezuelan migrants are returning to their country. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

The Latest: Kansas governor cites schools for mask order

Jul. 2, 2020 7:12 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas’ governor and its top public health official worry that the state won’t be able to reopen its K-12 schools for the new school year in August if it doesn’t reverse a recent surge in reported coronavirus cases. Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly told legislative leaders...

Louisiana governor's office staffer positive for COVID-19

Jul. 2, 2020 6:47 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A staffer in Gov. John Bel Edwards' press office has tested positive for COVID-19 and was self-quarantined, the governor's office said Thursday. A dozen other staffers were self-quarantined as a precaution. The Democratic governor was not isolating because epidemiologists determined he...

Health officials disinfect an area around a hospital after one of the hospital's patients tested positive for the new coronavirus in Gwangju, South Korea, Wednesday, July 1, 2020. South Korea is considering including religious facilities on the same list with nightclubs, hostess bars and karaoke rooms as

The Latest: South Korea worries as virus resurgence spreads

Jul. 1, 2020 10:41 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea says it has confirmed 54 more COVID-19 cases as the coronavirus continues to spread beyond the capital region and reach cities like Gwangju, which has shut schools and tightened social restrictions after dozens fell sick this week. The figures reported Thursday brought the...

Swarnamala Ratnayaka prepares RNA for testing for the new coronavirus at the molecular pathology lab at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Thursday, April 2, 2020. The test is identical to the PCR test being used by the Centers for Disease Control to ease the testing crisis and stop the spread of COVID-19, which has hit the New Orleans area especially hard. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Louisiana has largest daily spike in virus cases since April

Jul. 1, 2020 9:01 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana has recorded its largest daily coronavirus case spike since April, and the mayor of Baton Rouge announced Wednesday that she is requiring people to wear masks inside businesses in hopes of stemming the worrisome spread of the disease. Nearly 2,100 new cases of the COVID-19...

Senators Jimmy Harris, D-New Orleans, left; Jay Luneau, D-Alexandria, center; and Ed Price, D-Gonzales, speak on the Senate floor in the final hours of Louisiana's special legislative session, on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

Louisiana lawmakers end session with budget deal, tax breaks

Jun. 30, 2020 7:38 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers on Tuesday completed a 30-day special session called in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, after awarding millions of dollars in tax breaks to businesses and finishing the state's multibillion-dollar budget a day before it must take effect. The $34 billion...

Analysis: Masks may have prevented virus spread in protests

Jun. 28, 2020 4:50 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Underpinning protests against racial injustice in New Orleans earlier this month was a fear that the demonstrations, however necessary to raise public consciousness, would endanger public health in a city and state that had been hot spots for the new coronavirus. Cases of COVID-19 have...

Average US gas price up 6 cents over 2 weeks to $2.22/gallon

Jun. 28, 2020 1:57 PM EDT

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline increased by 6 cents over the past two weeks, to $2.22 per gallon. That's 51 cents below the average pump price from a year ago. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey said Sunday that demand for gasoline remains...

1,300-plus leap in reported Louisiana coronavirus cases

Jun. 26, 2020 2:55 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The number of reported COVID-19 cases in Louisiana has taken another large one-day jump, increasing Friday by more than 1,300 as the number of people hospitalized with the disease caused by the new coronavirus continued upward. The state reported a total of 54,769 confirmed cases as of...

About two dozen House Republican lawmakers stand on the Louisiana Capitol steps in support of a petition that would end the state of emergency over COVID-19, on Wednesday, June 25, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. The lawmakers have restarted a petition effort that failed to gain enough signatures earlier in the year, hoping to end the state of emergency declared by Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

The Latest: Mayo Clinic to end pay cuts, recall workers

Jun. 25, 2020 8:24 PM EDT

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic is ending pay cuts that the Minnesota-based health system imposed to deal with a patient downturn caused by the novel coronavirus. The Star Tribune reports Mayo plans to restore pay and return furloughed workers this summer. In April, Mayo announced plans to cut pay to...

About two dozen House Republican lawmakers stand on the Louisiana Capitol steps in support of a petition that would end the state of emergency over COVID-19, on Wednesday, June 25, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. The lawmakers have restarted a petition effort that failed to gain enough signatures earlier in the year, hoping to end the state of emergency declared by Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

Republicans resume bid to override virus state of emergency

Jun. 25, 2020 5:40 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Despite a recent spike in Louisiana’s coronavirus cases and hospitalizations, a group of conservative House Republicans on Thursday restarted a stalled effort to override Gov. John Bel Edwards’ disaster orders enacted because of COVID-19. The Republicans said the...