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Mountainside Fitness posts their safety guidelines as the facility remains open even as Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has issued an executive order for all gyms to close due to the surge in coronavirus cases in Arizona Thursday, July 2, 2020, in Phoenix. For the third straight day, several health clubs in metro Phoenix were defying Ducey's 30-day shutdown order to close gyms, bars, water park and tubing businesses, raising questions about whether officials who have been criticized for responding indecisively to the pandemic will be effective in shutting down the clubs. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

The Latest: Hot-spot Arizona reaches ICU capacity of 91%

Jul. 3, 2020 2:12 PM EDT

PHOENIX — Arizona has reached new peaks in hospitalizations and emergency room visits, indicating the state is only intensifying as a coronavirus hot spot. State health officials say the capacity of hospital intensive care units is at an all-time high of 91%. The number of people hospitalized Thursday due...

Feds stop sending nursing homes gowns described as useless

Jul. 3, 2020 1:40 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The federal government is no longer sending nursing homes disposable isolation gowns described in New Hampshire as useless garbage bags and instead is providing a different style, according to a spokesperson for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The New Hampshire Health Care...

Judge rules Illinois governor's order exceeded authority

Jul. 3, 2020 1:15 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A county judge has ruled Gov. J.B. Pritzker exceeded his authority by extending the state’s public health disaster declaration beyond the first 30 days in response to the coronavirus outbreak. The impact of Thursday’s ruling by a judge from southern Illinois’...

Amid virus fight, campaign season brings ethical quandaries

Jul. 3, 2020 11:58 AM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Candidates in the November election who already hold office are grappling with a thorny question: where does the coronavirus stop and the campaign begin? In Montana, Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock’s actions helped keep the state’s infection rate from the COVID-19...

Few Louisiana prisoners furloughed amid coronavirus outbreak

Jul. 3, 2020 10:22 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Few Louisiana prisoners have been released through the furlough program that state officials developed in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The Louisiana Department of Corrections created a review panel in April tasked with considering up to 1,100 state prison inmates for...

FILE - This Aug. 13, 2019, file photo shows New York City's Metropolitan Correctional Center. On Thursday, July 2, 2020, U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos said that federal lockup failed to implement common-sense measures to protect prisoners after a COVID-19 outbreak infected dozens of inmates at the facility and will allow a lawsuit brought by four inmates to proceed. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

Judge: NY lockup's COVID-19 response lacked common sense

Jul. 2, 2020 8:32 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A Manhattan federal lockup failed to implement common-sense measures to protect prisoners after a COVID-19 outbreak infected dozens of inmates at the facility, a judge said Thursday. U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos said four inmates who sued over conditions at the Metropolitan...

Gov. Tim Walz speaks during a news conference to highlight a COVID-19 testing milestone in Minnesota in Minneapolis, Monday, June 29, 2020. (Leila Navidi/Star Tribune via AP)

Walz asks Trump for 'major disaster' aid following unrest

Jul. 2, 2020 6:22 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz requested money Thursday from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help Minnesota rebuild and repair fire damage from the unrest that followed George Floyd’s death. Walz asked President Donald Trump to declare a “major disaster” because of...

Minnesota banks, credit unions, offer COVID-19 mortgage help

Jul. 2, 2020 5:02 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — State officials said Thursday that 31 Minnesota financial institutions have committed themselves to provide additional mortgage-relief options to homeowners facing financial hardship caused by the coronavirus pandemic who don't have federally backed mortgages. Under the framework...

FILE - In this March 12, 2020 file photo, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a press conference at the Miraflores Presidential Palace in Caracas, Venezuela. A British judge on Thursday July 2, 2020, refused to give Venezuela control of over $1 billion in gold sitting in a Bank of England vault, ruling that it is unlawful to give it to the President Nicolas Maduro since Britain does not recognize him as the president. Maduro has demanded the gold to help his cash-starved nation fight the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix, File)

British judge denies Maduro Venezuela's gold in London bank

Jul. 2, 2020 4:47 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A British judge on Thursday refused to give Venezuela's Nicolás Maduro control of nearly $2 billion in gold sitting in a Bank of England vault because Britain does not recognize the socialist leader as president of the Latin American nation. Maduro has demanded the gold to help his...

Gov. Roy Cooper answers a question during a briefing at the Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh, N.C., Wednesday, July 1, 2020.  (Ethan Hyman/The News & Observer via AP)

Cooper vetoes string of North Carolina reopening bills

Jul. 2, 2020 4:39 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed a string of bills on Thursday passed in the Republican-controlled legislature to reopen businesses and help reignite parts of the economy most hurt by the coronavirus. With GOP lawmakers unlikely to have the votes needed to override the Democratic...