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The Latest: China orders pangolin protection amid pandemic

Jun. 5, 2020 11:11 PM EDT

BEIJING — China is ordering its highest level of protection for the armadillo-like pangolin as part of its crackdown on the wildlife trade following the global coronavirus pandemic. While the virus is believed to have originated in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, most scientists say it was most likely...

Police arrest protesters refusing to get off the streets during an imposed curfew while marching in a solidarity rally calling for justice regarding the death of George Floyd, Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in New York. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

'Not stopping': Defiant NYC protesters march through curfew

Jun. 3, 2020 2:49 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — An 8 p.m. curfew didn’t stop thousands of defiant demonstrators from marching through the streets of New York City throughout the night Tuesday, though some of the rampant destruction seen over the past few nights was quelled. The citywide curfew, which is in place through Sunday,...

Police look for people who did not get off the street after the start of curfew Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in New York, during a protest over the death of George Floyd. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers May 25. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

The Latest: Thousands on New York City streets after curfew

Jun. 3, 2020 12:03 AM EDT

The Latest on the May 25 death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer pressed a knee on his neck: TOP OF THE HOUR: — Thousands of protesters on New York City streets after curfew. — Protest in Washington on Tuesday lacking tension of...

Maryland bike shops shift into higher gear during pandemic

May. 31, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Memorial Day was no holiday for Joe Traill. The owner of Joe’s Bike Shop in Mount Washington and his staff of six employees experienced a deluge of customers, bike orders and repairs on May 25. “We have shortened hours, and it seemed like it only compressed a day’s...

2 area animal shelters getting $8 million to expand capacity

May. 30, 2020 8:47 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Cook County is expanding its ability to shelter animals thanks to $8 million in grant money for two suburban Chicago facilities. In a news release, County Board President Toni Preckwinkle's office says $6 million will go to the South Suburban Humane Society to build a new facility. The other...

A medical worker collects a swab sample from a journalist for a COVID-19 test before the National People's Congress closing session and the Chinese Premier press conference in Beijing, on Thursday, May 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The Latest: South Korea's central bank lowers rate to 0.5%

May. 27, 2020 10:26 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — US deaths from coronavirus surpass 100,000 mark. —...

Brian Morris, owner of Freeride Bike Company in Gilbert, Ariz., poses in the store Friday, May 22, 2020. Morris faced a difficult scenario when the coronavirus pandemic started leading to shutdowns across the nation. If Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey opted to include bike shops among the businesses deemed nonessential, Freeride Bike Company, which he owns with his wife Ashleigh, would have to shutter its doors for who knows how long.
When Ducey deemed bike shops essential, it turned out to be huge boon for their business as cooped-up Americans sought ways to go outside and get moving. (AP Photo/John Marshall)

Sporting goods industry hit or miss during pandemic

May. 27, 2020 5:12 PM EDT

GILBERT, Ariz. (AP) — Brian Morris faced a difficult scenario when the coronavirus pandemic started leading to shutdowns across the nation. If Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey opted to include bike shops among the businesses deemed nonessential, Freeride Bike Company, which he owns with his wife Ashleigh, would...

ADVANCE FOR PUBLICATION ON MONDAY, MAY 25, AND THEREAFTER - In this Friday, May 15, 2020, photo, Duane Daniels and his dog Chutki are shown at their home in Madison, Wis. The two have received help from the Dane County Humane Society's Pets for Life program. (Ruthie Hauge/The Capital Times via AP)

Pets for Life helps Madison pet owners get through pandemic

May. 25, 2020 1:02 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — When Duane Daniels heard through a local veterans group, back in 2018, that pet owners in his south side neighborhood could get free pet supplies and veterinary care, he was skeptical, but he called the number he’d been given. The number belonged to Abbi Middleton, coordinator...

Evers unveils plan for spending $1 billion to fight COVID-19

May. 19, 2020 3:37 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers on Tuesday unveiled his plan for spending $1 billion in federal funds to combat COVID-19 in Wisconsin. The money will be used to fund ongoing virus testing efforts, conduct contact tracing, purchase supplies, provide resources and prepare for a surge. The spending plan...

A security guard, at left, stands in front of a coronavirus-themed mural Monday, May 18, 2020, in the arts district of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

May. 18, 2020 8:18 PM EDT

Europe reopened more widely on Monday, allowing people into the Acropolis in Greece, shops in Italy, markets and museums in Belgium, golf courses in Ireland and beer gardens in Germany while its leaders discussed how to salvage hallowed summer vacations. New infections and deaths have slowed considerably in...