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FILE - In this early Friday, May 29, 2020 file photo, a protester carries a U.S. flag upside, a sign of distress, next to a burning building in Minneapolis. Protests over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody Monday, broke out in Minneapolis and across the country. The U.S. has been dramatically disrupted in a matter of months, brought low by a global pandemic, Depression-era economic dislocation, and then, nationwide unrest over racial injustice. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

AMERICA DISRUPTED: Troubles cleave a nation, and a city

Sep. 17, 2020 9:41 AM EDT

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — It was difficult to celebrate America in Saginaw this year. The deadly coronavirus had torn through the county. Unemployment had surged five-fold. Weeks of protest over racial inequality left many debating what should be hallowed and what must be changed. But Tom Roy had given it his...

FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2019, file photo, Kanye West appears on stage during a service at Lakewood Church in Houston. The Arizona Supreme Court is considering an appeal by West of a decision on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, that barred him from appearing on the state's Nov. 3 ballot as an independent presidential candidate. Ballot printing deadlines are fast approaching in the state. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke, File)

Arizona Supreme Court denies West's bid to appear on ballot

Sep. 8, 2020 6:47 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected Kanye West’s bid to appear on the state’s Nov. 3 ballot as an independent presidential candidate, just hours before eight of the state’s 15 counties faced a deadline for printing ballots. The decision marked the end of the...

People fishing at the Newport Fishing Pier in Sunny Isles Beach as the coronavirus pandemic continues on Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020. (David Santiago/Miami Herald via AP)

Florida posts fewest new cases of COVID-19 since mid-June

Sep. 7, 2020 4:02 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida reported 1,838 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, the lowest single-day number of new infections reported by state health officials since June 15. But health officials across the state were waiting to see if the Labor Day weekend might produce an uptick in the number of...

New Orleans officials express concern over Labor Day crowds

Sep. 6, 2020 6:07 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Large crowds in New Orleans over the Labor Day weekend prompted city officials to issue a warning that the activity could cause a spike in coronavirus cases and that businesses will face citations for violating rules. “The city is aware of large crowd activity in violation of the...

People visit Robert W. Crown Memorial State Beach during the coronavirus outbreak in Alameda, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Crowds pack beaches as California bakes in weekend heat wave

Sep. 6, 2020 12:53 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California is sweltering under a dangerous heat wave Labor Day weekend that was spreading triple-digit temperatures over much of the state, raising concerns about power outages and the spread of the coronavirus as throngs of people packed beaches and mountains for relief. Death Valley...

Cannon Beach City Council bans fireworks

Sep. 5, 2020 9:11 AM EDT

CANNON BEACH, Ore. (AP) — After what the city called one of the worst years for fireworks during the Fourth of July holiday, the City Council unanimously voted this week to ban all fireworks. Legal fireworks were allowed within city limits, but not on the beach. The new ordinance extends the ban on...

Gov. Brian Kemp, left, is briefed by his press aid Tate Mitchell, right, before speaking at a press conference in a hanger at the DeKalb-Peachtree Airport in Atlanta, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020.  Kemp and first lady Marty Kemp will take part in a fly-around tour of Georgia. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Kemp: Use Labor Day caution after prior holiday virus spikes

Sep. 4, 2020 8:06 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Gov. Brian Kemp toured the state Friday urging Georgia residents to take health precautions over the Labor Day weekend, acknowledging spikes in coronavirus infections following prior holidays when people dropped their guard and celebrated in large crowds. The Republican governor touted...

A waiter in a face mask delivers food to the tables outside of a local restaurant during lunch on Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, in Hoboken, N.J. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)

Will long Labor Day weekend mean another coronavirus spike?

Sep. 4, 2020 4:36 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Stir-crazy in some cases after the dreary Summer of COVID-19, Americans headed into the Labor Day weekend amid warnings from public health officials not to make the same mistakes they did over Memorial Day and July Fourth. The fear is that backyard parties, crowded bars and other...

FILE - This Nov. 17, 2019, file photo shows Kanye West on stage during a service at Lakewood Church in Houston. A law firm with ties to prominent Democrats has filed a lawsuit attempting to keep West off presidential ballots in Virginia. Attorneys for Perkins Coie filed a lawsuit in Richmond on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, on behalf of two people who say they were tricked into signing an “Elector Oath” backing West's candidacy. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke, File)

Judge bars Kanye West from appearing on Arizona’s ballot

Sep. 3, 2020 11:47 PM EDT

A judge has barred Kanye West from appearing on the Nov. 3 ballot in Arizona, concluding that a voter who challenged his candidacy had shown he would probably prevail and had established the possibility of an irreparable harm if the rapper’s name were to appear on the ballot. The ruling Thursday by Judge...

Sisolak reviewing some virus limits, urges Labor Day caution

Sep. 3, 2020 9:32 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Gov. Steve Sisolak said he is reviewing whether to ease rules on religious gatherings, youth sports and business gatherings restricted because of the coronavirus, but has pleaded in the meantime for Nevadans to avoid large family gatherings over Labor Day weekend. The governor said at a...