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FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2018, file photo, Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Michael Kopech throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, in Detroit. White Sox prospect Michael Kopech missed the start of summer camp Frida, Ju;y 3, 2020, due to a personal matter. General manager Rick Hahn said he doesn't have a timeline for the return of the 24-year-old right-hander. “Given the time we're living through together I will try to answer the question that's probably now at the top of everybody's mind and just share the fact that currently Michael is healthy,” Hahn said on a video conference call.(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

The Latest: Pac-12 Commissioner LarryS

Jul. 11, 2020 12:54 AM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott has tested positive for COVID-19. The 55-year-old tested positive late this week after experiencing flu-like symptoms and is self quarantining at the direction of his doctor, according to a...

Today in History

Jul. 11, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, July 11, the 193rd day of 2020. There are 173 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 11, 1804, Vice President Aaron Burr mortally wounded former Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton during a pistol duel in Weehawken, New Jersey. (Hamilton died...

People wait inside their vehicles in line at COVID-19 testing site Wednesday, July 8, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Virus surge visible across Texas: 'The tsunami is here'

Jul. 10, 2020 7:12 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Urgent calls for field hospitals. Cars lined up for hours at drive-thru testing centers. Bars boarded up and grocery stores enforcing masks. Texas today resembles the state in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic. Except now, the outbreak is far worse. Records for...

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro, second right, ascends a flight of steps inside the official residence Alvorada Palace, in Brasilia, Brazil, Friday, July 10, 2020. Bolsonaro, 65, announced that he is infected with the new coronavirus on Tuesday and is using it to publicly extol hydroxychloroquine, the unproven malaria drug that he’s been promoting as a treatment for COVID-19, and now takes himself. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

Brazil's Bolsonaro picks pastor as latest education minister

Jul. 10, 2020 7:01 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announced on Friday his second pick to head the education ministry in 11 days, naming a college professor and church pastor to the post. Milton Ribeiro, a former deputy dean of Mackenzie University in Sao Paulo who preaches at a Presbyterian church in...

President Donald Trump listens as Robert Unanue, of Goya Foods, speaks during a roundtable meeting with Hispanic leaders in the Cabinet Room, Thursday, July 9, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

'A slap in the face:' Goya faces boycott over Trump praise

Jul. 10, 2020 5:34 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The CEO of food company Goya is facing an uproar over his praise for President Donald Trump, with some Latino families purging their pantries of the products and scrambling to find alternatives to the beloved beans, seasoning and other products that have long been fixtures in their cooking....

FILE - In this May 25, 2020, file photo, Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro, wearing a face mask amid the coronavirus pandemic, stands among supporters as he leaves his official residence of Alvorada palace in Brasilia, Brazil. Bolsonaro said Tuesday, July 7, he tested positive for COVID-19 after months of downplaying the virus's severity while deaths mounted rapidly inside the country. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)

COVID hits dozens of Latin leaders, including presidents

Jul. 10, 2020 5:24 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — The COVID-19 pandemic is sweeping through the leadership of Latin America, with two more presidents and powerful officials testing positive this week for the new coronavirus, adding a destabilizing new element to the region’s public health and economic crises. In Brazil, President...

FILE - In this March 18, 2020, file photo, a Border Patrol agent walks along a border wall separating Tijuana, Mexico, from San Diego, in San Diego. U.S. authorities wield extraordinary power available in public health emergencies, like the coronavirus pandemic, to expel Mexicans and many Central Americans immediately to Mexico and waive immigration laws that include rights to seek asylum. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

Border authorities use pandemic powers to expel immigrants

Jul. 10, 2020 3:26 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Honduran woman was nine months' pregnant and exhausted with stomach pain when the Border Patrol found her in the Southern California mountains with her longtime partner and their 9-year-old son. What happened next illustrates how difficult it has become to seek asylum in the United...

EU watchdog to probe trade pact with South American nations

Jul. 10, 2020 7:43 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s independent watchdog has launched an inquiry into the bloc’s trade agreement with the Mercosur group of South American countries after environmental and rights groups complained that the deal does not respect the EU’s legal obligations. The European...

In this undated photo, courtesy of the family of Yurancy Castillo, shows her in Lima, Peru. Castillo did not want to leave her family, but as inflation in Venezuela soared, rendering her salary as a social worker nearly worthless, the young woman decided her future rested far away, in Peru. In May, she came down with a fever and a week later went to the hospital, where after three weeks in an intensive care unit deep in southern Peru, she died at age 30. (Family of Yurancy Castillo via AP)

Lives Lost: Young Venezuelan dreamed of better life in Peru

Jul. 10, 2020 1:12 AM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Yurancy Castillo did not want to leave her family. But as inflation in Venezuela soared, rendering her salary as a social worker nearly worthless, the young woman known for her beaming smile and wild amber-colored curls decided her future rested far away, in Peru. One of her three...

Peruvian migrant Jose Collantes cries as he watches cemetery workers bury his wife Silvia Cano, who died of COVID-19 complications according to Collantes, at a Catholic cemetery in Santiago, Chile, Friday, July 3, 2020. Collantes said he preferred to cremate her in order to take the ashes home with him, but due to bureaucracy had already been waiting two weeks. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

AP Week in Pictures, Latin America & Caribbean

Jul. 10, 2020 12:05 AM EDT

JULY 3-9, 2020 This photo gallery highlights some of the most compelling images made or published by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean. It was curated by AP photo editor Tomas Stargardter in Mexico City. Follow AP visual journalism: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/apnews AP...