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Medical personnel administer COVID-19 testing at a drive-through site, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, in San Antonio. Coronavirus testing in Texas has dropped significantly, mirroring nationwide trends, just as schools reopen and football teams charge ahead with plans to play. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Texas testing drops as schools reopen, prepare for football

Aug. 15, 2020 4:32 PM EDT

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Anyone can get a coronavirus test at the CentroMed clinic in San Antonio, but on a recent day, the drive-thru was empty. Finally two masked people in a maroon SUV pulled straight on through with no wait. With hundreds of deaths reported each day, students returning to class and football...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden and his running mate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., pass each other as Harris moves tot the podium. To speak during a campaign event at Alexis Dupont High School in Wilmington, Del., Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

The Ultimate Recovery: Cycles of pain anchor Biden's moment

Aug. 15, 2020 8:01 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A young lawyer bounds across a parking lot in New Castle, Delaware, a blur of long sideburns, wide lapels and self-assurance. He throws open a door to a beauty salon, and the ladies inside whoop with surprise. It’s clear from the grainy footage that the stylists don’t know...

FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2019, file photo Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., talks to the media in the spin room following the Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by ABC on the campus of Texas Southern University in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

'Do something:' Harris' rapid rise driven by call to action

Aug. 15, 2020 3:33 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Hours before Kamala Harris took the stage for the first time as Joe Biden's vice presidential pick, she received a text message from a childhood classmate with photos from their school days. In one of the pictures, a racially diverse group of first-graders are gathered in a...

Dr. Michelle LaRue sits for a portrait in Hyattsville, Md., on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2019. LaRue is a manager at CASA de Maryland, an immigration advocacy group that has partnered with health officials in Prince George's County just outside of Washington. D.C., to make the calls to Spanish speakers. She said earning trust begins with hiring contact tracers who not only speak Spanish but also intimately understand immigrant communities. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Fear, language barriers hinder immigrant contact-tracing

Aug. 15, 2020 12:26 PM EDT

Only a handful of contact tracers working to slow COVID-19 in 125 communities near Chicago speak Spanish, despite significant Hispanic populations. Churches and advocacy groups in the Houston area are trying to convince immigrants to cooperate when health officials call. And in California, immigrants are being...

Worshippers queue to pay respects to the war dead at Yasukuni Shrine Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020, in Tokyo. Japan marked the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Japan marks 75th anniversary of war end with no Abe apology

Aug. 15, 2020 2:57 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan on Saturday marked the 75th anniversary of its surrender in World War II, with Emperor Naruhito expressing “deep remorse” over his country’s wartime actions at a somber annual ceremony curtailed by the coronavirus pandemic. Naruhito pledged to reflect on the war's...

A man falls after being hit by counter demonstrators during a protest , Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020, in Stone Mountain Village, Ga.  Several dozen people waving Confederate flags, many of them wearing military gear, gathered in downtown Stone Mountain where they faced off against a few hundred counterprotesters, many of whom wore shirts or carried signs expressing support for the Black Lives Matter movement.   (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Police move in after fights break out during Georgia protest

Aug. 15, 2020 2:44 PM EDT

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. (AP) — After several hours of mostly peaceful demonstrations Saturday in an Atlanta suburb that's home to a giant Confederate memorial, large numbers of police moved in to disperse the crowds when fights broke out. Several dozen right-wing demonstrators, some waving the Confederate...

Larry Jimenez, 34, inflates his inner tube in preparation for open sea fishing, at Playa Escondida in La Guaira, Venezuela, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, amid the new coronavirus pandemic. Venezuelans like Jimenez have turned to fishing the high sea on salvaged inner tubes for survival as the nationwide lockdown paralyzes an already crumbling economy and eliminates their jobs in construction and restaurants. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

Venezuelans brave open sea on tubes, fishing for survival

Aug. 15, 2020 12:55 PM EDT

LA GUAIRA, Venezuela (AP) — The biggest fear is a fishhook puncturing the inner tube that keeps them afloat far from shore. Then come sharks grabbing their catch and maybe biting their legs. And the current that threatens to pull them out to sea. A small but growing number of people in the coastal town of...

Elena German reacts as she speaks during her interview with the Associated Press in Minsk, Belarus, Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020. Alexander Taraikovsky's life-partner Elena German told The Associated Press on Saturday that she is sure her 34-year-old mate was shot by police. German spoke a few hours before Taraikovsky's funeral and burial, an event that could reinforce the anger of demonstrators who for the past have protested what they consider a sham presidential election and the violent police response to their protests. (AP Photo/Mstyslav Chernov)

Partner of dead Belarus protester believes police shot him

Aug. 15, 2020 3:03 PM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The partner of a man who died in the protests engulfing Belarus says she does not believe the official account that Alexander Taraikovsky was killed when an explosive device that he intended to throw at police blew up in his hand. Elena German told The Associated Press on Saturday...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden's running mate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., looks up as she signs required documents for receiving the Democratic nomination for President and Vice President of the United States in Wilmington, Del., Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Newsweek apologizes for op-ed questioning Harris eligibility

Aug. 15, 2020 4:39 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Newsweek has apologized for an op-ed that questioned Sen. Kamala Harris’ U.S. citizenship and her eligibility to be Joe Biden’s running mate, a false and racist conspiracy theory which President Donald Trump has not dismissed. “This op-ed is being used by some as a tool...

President Donald Trump speaks at a news conference in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump skews record on Biden-Harris, economy

Aug. 15, 2020 7:51 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump greeted the Democratic presidential ticket of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris this past week with a litany of distortion and falsehoods, raging against cases of voting fraud where they didn't exist and declining to quash conspiracy theories about Harris’...

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Guard shoots man after he was beaten in a mask confrontation

Aug. 15, 2020 4:40 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis security guard who was beaten in a confrontation over face masks opened fire early Saturday and wounded one of his attackers. St. Louis Police said the shooting happened around 2:30 a.m. after the guard told three men they couldn't be inside a Shell gas station because they...

Hagedorn fires chief of staff after allowance spending spree

Aug. 15, 2020 4:35 PM EDT

U.S. Rep. Jim Hagedorn has fired his chief of staff after a spending spree on taxpayer-funded communications, his office said on Saturday. The freshman Republican congressman, who represents Minnesota's 1st District, spent almost 40% of his office’s annual expense allowances in the first quarter of this...

Medical personnel administer COVID-19 testing at a drive-through site, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, in San Antonio. Coronavirus testing in Texas has dropped significantly, mirroring nationwide trends, just as schools reopen and football teams charge ahead with plans to play. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Texas testing drops as schools reopen, prepare for football

Aug. 15, 2020 4:32 PM EDT

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Anyone can get a coronavirus test at the CentroMed clinic in San Antonio, but on a recent day, the drive-thru was empty. Finally two masked people in a maroon SUV pulled straight on through with no wait. With hundreds of deaths reported each day, students returning to class and football...

Right-wing group, counter-protesters clash in Michigan

Aug. 15, 2020 4:27 PM EDT

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Members of the far-right Proud Boys group and counter-protesters clashed violently Saturday afternoon in western Michigan, resulting in arrests, police said. Assistant Chief Vernon Coakley of the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety said a few people were arrested, but...

Severe thunderstorms cause power outages in Minnesota

Aug. 15, 2020 4:25 PM EDT

Severe thunderstorms swept across Minnesota on Friday night, knocking down trees and causing power outages. Xcel Energy said the storms caused power outages for about 125,000 households, mostly in the Twin Cities metro area, the Star Tribune reported. By Saturday afternoon, about 113,000 customers had power...

Heat wave baking Southwest expected to continue several days

Aug. 15, 2020 4:23 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — An “intense and relentless" heat wave baking much of the U.S. Southwest will continue for the next several days, forecaasters warned Saturday. Phoenix on Friday tied a record for the date with a high of 117 degrees (47 Celsius). Friday was the eighth day in 2020 with a high of at...

Dorian Autman competes in the Bull Doggin event at the 65th annual Okmulgee Roy LeBlanc Invitational Rodeo, the nation's oldest all-black professional rodeo event, in Okmulgee, Okla., Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Long-running Oklahoma Black rodeo rides on despite COVID-19

Aug. 15, 2020 4:20 PM EDT

OKMULGEE, Okla. (AP) — The oldest continuously held Black rodeo in the U.S. rode on in eastern Oklahoma despite months of uncertainty because of the coronavirus pandemic, though this year some cowboys wore face masks along with boots. The 65th annual Roy LeBlanc Invitational Rodeo took place Aug. 7-8 in...

Oklahoma reports 901 more COVID-19 cases, 13 more deaths

Aug. 15, 2020 4:13 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma on Saturday reported an additional 901 cases of the coronavirus and 13 more deaths. The Oklahoma State Department of Health said the number of reported cases is now at 47,798. There have been a total of 657 deaths from COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus. The true number...

Wisconsin records 829 new COVID-19 cases, 13 deaths

Aug. 15, 2020 4:13 PM EDT

Wisconsin health officials reported 829 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, along with 13 more deaths. Over the past two weeks, the rolling average number of daily new cases has decreased by about 81, a decrease of roughly 9%. There were about 194 new cases per 100,000 people in Wisconsin over the past two weeks,...

N.C. education board won't expand virtual charter enrollment

Aug. 15, 2020 4:06 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A closely divided North Carolina Board of Education has refused to let two statewide virtual charter schools expand their enrollment this year to meet higher demand for online instruction with the COVID-19 pandemic. A majority of board members voted on Friday against the proposal,...