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Over 900 students, staff in Georgia district quarantining

Aug. 11, 2020 5:06 PM EDT

CANTON, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia school district has quarantined more than 900 students and staff members because of possible exposure to the coronavirus since classes resumed last week and will temporarily shut down a hard-hit high school in which a widely shared photo showed dozens of maskless students...

President Donald Trump prepares to sign four executive orders during a news conference at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. Seizing the power of his podium and his pen, Trump on Saturday moved to bypass the nation's elected lawmakers as he claimed the authority to defer payroll taxes and extend an expired unemployment benefit after negotiations with Congress on a new coronavirus rescue package collapsed.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

States strain to carry out Trump order on unemployment aid

Aug. 10, 2020 10:50 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Virginia (AP) — Governors and state labor department officials were scrambling Monday to determine whether they could implement President Donald Trump’s executive order to partially extend unemployment assistance payments to millions of Americans struggling to find work in the...

Women wearing face masks to help protect against the coronavirus walks by an advertising board displaying an American flag and Statue of Liberty on a street in Beijing, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. China's biggest recent outbreak of coronavirus has grown slightly. Hundreds people have developed COVID-19 in the far northwestern region of Xinjiang, with more than dozens of new cases reported Thursday in its capital and largest city, Urumqi. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

The Latest: Confirmed coronavirus cases reach 20 million

Aug. 10, 2020 9:53 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The confirmed number of coronavirus cases in the world has reached 20 million. That’s according to the tally kept by Johns Hopkins University. Health officials believe the actual number is much higher, given testing limitations and the fact that as many as 40% of all those who...

CORRECTS SPELLING OF LAST NAME TO WATTERS, NOT WATERS - FILE - In this photo posted on Twitter, students crowd a hallway, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, at North Paulding High School in Dallas, Ga.  The Georgia high school student says she has been suspended for five days because of photos of crowded conditions that she provided to The Associated Press and other news organizations. Hannah Watters, a 15-year-old sophomore at North Paulding High School, says she and her family view the suspension as overly harsh and are appealing it. (Twitter via AP, File)

Georgia governor: School openings going well _ mostly

Aug. 10, 2020 6:23 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s governor said Monday that the reopening of some of the state’s schools amid the coronavirus outbreak has gone well — except for the widely shared photos of students crowded together without masks. “I think quite honestly this week went real well other...

Boy, 7, becomes youngest to die with COVID-19 in Georgia

Aug. 7, 2020 4:11 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A 7-year-old boy with COVID-19 has become the youngest known person to die in Georgia since the coronavirus pandemic began, state health officials reported. The boy had no other chronic health conditions, according to data released by the state. The case is from Chatham County, which...

In this  Feb. 15 2017 photo, state Rep. Matt Gurtler, R-Tiger, presents HB 156 to a subcommittee of the Public Safety & Homeland Security Committee in Atlanta. State Rep. Matt Gurtler and Athens gun dealer Andrew Clyde advanced to a runoff in northeast Georgia’s 9th Congressional District from a nine-candidate field in the state's primary election Tuesday, June 9, 2020. (Bob Andres/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Clyde, Gurtler, vie for Republican nod in northeast Georgia

Aug. 6, 2020 4:27 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A self-styled constitutional conservative who's been a thorn in the side of Republican leadership is taking on a gun dealer who fought the IRS and won in the Republican runoff in Georgia's 9th Congressional District. The winner of Tuesday's matchup between Matt Gurtler and Andrew Clyde will...

People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus hold portable fans to cool themselves in the heat in Tokyo, Wednesday, Aug, 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

The Latest: Japan region declares coronavirus emergency

Aug. 5, 2020 11:10 PM EDT

TOKYO — The governor of Japan’s Aichi Prefecture has announced a regional “state of emergency” seeking to curb the coronavirus. Gov. Hideaki Ohmura on Thursday asked businesses to close altogether or close early and urged people to stay home at night. The measures continue through Aug....

Georgia governor plans special session to fix tax bill

Aug. 5, 2020 8:29 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp said Wednesday that he plans to call a special session of the state legislature in order to fix a technical error on a bill that exempts hurricane relief payments from certain taxes. Kemp said in a statement that he signed House Bill 105 despite the problem. The...

Gov. Brian Kemp, lower left, signs HB 426, hate-crimes legislation, into law as demonstrators hold signs asking him to veto HB 838 in the North Wing of the Georgia State Capitol building Friday, June 26, 2020. Kemp signed into law House Bill 426 which would impose additional penalties for crimes motivated by the victim’s race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender or disability. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Georgia governor signs new law to protect police

Aug. 5, 2020 8:01 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Wednesday signed into law a new measure providing additional legal protections to police officers, a step that critics say is flawed and out of step with nationwide efforts to make officers more accountable for their actions. House Bill 838 creates a new crime:...

A sign outlining safety measures hangs on the door at Leroy Massey Elementary School on Tuesday, July 28, 2020, in Summerville, Ga. Thursday is the first day of school for over 2,600 students in the Chattooga County Schools system. As other districts around the state delayed their back-to-school days or moved to all-remote learning, Chattooga County school officials are going ahead with its plan to start school Thursday, one of the earliest start days in the nation. (C.B. Schmelter/Chattanooga Times Free Press via AP)

Georgia passes 200,000 COVID-19 cases, nears 4,000 deaths

Aug. 5, 2020 6:14 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia became the fifth American state to record 200,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus on Wednesday, as the state also neared 4,000 deaths from the COVID-19 respiratory illness that the virus causes. The milestone comes amid signs that the pace of new infections in the current upsurge has...