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Women wearing face masks to help protect against the coronavirus walks by an advertising board displaying an American flag and Statue of Liberty on a street in Beijing, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. China's biggest recent outbreak of coronavirus has grown slightly. Hundreds people have developed COVID-19 in the far northwestern region of Xinjiang, with more than dozens of new cases reported Thursday in its capital and largest city, Urumqi. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

The Latest: Confirmed coronavirus cases reach 20 million

Aug. 10, 2020 9:53 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The confirmed number of coronavirus cases in the world has reached 20 million. That’s according to the tally kept by Johns Hopkins University. Health officials believe the actual number is much higher, given testing limitations and the fact that as many as 40% of all those who...

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Aug. 10, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

San Antonio Express-News. Aug. 9, 2020 A step closer to telling full Latino story A nation’s story will never be fully told if it excludes or minimizes the stories of all the people who make it a nation. Throughout most of the history of the United States, the telling of the American story has been...

Mandan man puts Cold War-era missile site up for auction

Aug. 10, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Leslie Volochenko envisioned a doomsday bunker for the former missile site he purchased in 2012. The Mandan handyman had planned to advertise the site online as a “place for safety.” But he didn’t get title from the government in time for the end of the world as...

This Aug. 6, 2018, photo shows the Rio Grande flowing south of Taos, New Mexico. A recent report by the U.S. Geological Survey found that investments made to reduce the risk of wildfire and to protect water sources in the West are paying dividends by creating jobs and infusing money into local economies. The study focused on several counties along the New Mexico-Colorado border that make up the watershed of the Rio Grande, one of North America's longest rivers. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)

Touristy Taos sees out-of-state visitors despite virus rules

Aug. 10, 2020 12:08 AM EDT

TAOS, N.M. (AP) — Those living in and around Taos all appear to be doing the same thing — examining the license plates of out-of-state tourists. They come from all over, from as nearby as Arizona to as distant as Maryland. They include Georgians, Californians, and Oklahomans. “And...

FILE - In this Tuesday, July 21, 2020, file photo, French President Emmanuel Macron speaks during a media conference at the end of an EU summit in Brussels. Niger and France say unidentified gunmen have killed six French aid workers and two Nigerien guides visiting a wildlife park east of Niger’s capital, early Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020. Macron expressed his condolences and support for the victims' families in a statement. (John Thys/Pool Photo via AP, File)

6 French citizens, 2 guides killed by gunmen at giraffe park

Aug. 9, 2020 8:40 PM EDT

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Unidentified gunmen killed six French aid workers and two Nigerien guides who were visiting a wildlife park east of Niger’s capital early Sunday, authorities from both countries said. French President Emmanuel Macron expressed his condolences and support for the victims'...

Crowds, illegal gear threaten Oregon's pristine Crate Lake

Aug. 9, 2020 1:12 PM EDT

BEND, Ore. (AP) — The clean, clear waters of Crater Lake National Park are being threatened by contamination brought in by visitors after the coronavirus pandemic spurred sharp cutbacks in park staffing. Crater Lake Superintendent Craig Ackerman said he's concerned visitors are ignoring signs prohibiting...

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Rural neighborhood drew app-dependent Yellowstone tourists

Aug. 9, 2020 10:10 AM EDT

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — “This is not it.” Eugenio Bautista uttered that all-too-common realization after rolling to a stop along Stateline Road recently. En route with his family from Yosemite National Park, the roadtripper from Chicago had slept in Idaho Falls. Awakening, he punched...

Indiana U's Eskenazi Museum of Art to reopen Aug. 27

Aug. 9, 2020 9:25 AM EDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Indiana University’s Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art will reopen Aug. 27 after a five-month closure. After being closed for three years for a $30 million renovation, the museum reopened in late 2019 but closed again in March amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Starting Aug....

Chicago science museum gets grant to digitize artifacts

Aug. 9, 2020 9:13 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago has received a grant to digitize thousands of its artifacts that'll make them free to public access. Museum officials said the roughly $225,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services will help build an online collections website...

Hallie Chewing, 19, a rising junior at Liberty University serves customer, Kora Mayo, 6, a cookie dough with rainbow sprinkles cone at Blue Cow Ice Cream on July 13, 2020, in Roanoke, Va. Owner Carolyn Kiser said she’s seen an increase in job applications, although Blue Cow hasn’t needed to hire as many workers as usual. She said the ice cream shop typically employs a lot of students. (Stephanie Klein-Davis/The Roanoke Times via AP)

Virginia teens see pandemic-related shifts in summer jobs

Aug. 9, 2020 9:01 AM EDT

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Teenagers were not spared from the dwindling job opportunities that pervaded the nation due to COVID-19. Restrictions on pools, day cares and food services made many typical summer jobs for students impossible this year. According to a June report from Challenger, Gray & Christmas...