Latest 2019-2020 Coronavirus pandemic News

FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2020, file photo, Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes (40) looks to pass while defended by Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant (12) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Memphis, Tenn. Harrison Barnes became the latest NBA player to reveal that he has coronavirus, making the announcement Tuesday, July 14, 2020, and saying he has hopes to join his team at the league’s restart later this summer. (AP Photo/Nikki Boertman, File)

Kings' Barnes isn't at NBA restart, says he has coronavirus

Jul. 14, 2020 8:07 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Harrison Barnes of the Sacramento Kings became the latest NBA player to reveal that he has the coronavirus, making the announcement Tuesday and saying he has hopes to join his team for the league’s restart later this summer. Barnes is the only player who has started all...

Tampa Bay Rays' Tyler Glasnow, right, bumps fists with catcher Mike Zunino after pitching during baseball practice Tuesday, July 14, 2020, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)

Puig picks Braves, Glasnow makes strong return to Rays

Jul. 14, 2020 8:02 PM EDT

Opening day rosters gained clarity on Tuesday when the Atlanta Braves reached an agreement with Yasiel Puig, while Tampa Bay pitcher Tyler Glasnow provided hopes for teams awaiting players to be cleared following positive tests for the coronavirus. Puig agreed to a one-year deal pending a physical, a person with...

In this 1998 photo, Wesley Ira Purkey, center, is escorted by police officers in Kansas City, Kan., after he was arrested in connection with the death of 80-year-old Mary Ruth Bales. Purkey was also convicted of kidnapping and killing a 16-year-old girl and is scheduled to be executed on July 15, 2020, in Terre Haute, Ind. (Jim Barcus/The Kansas City Star via AP)

Whether inmate mentally fit for execution could cause delay

Jul. 14, 2020 7:58 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The man next on the list to be executed by the federal government after a nearly 20-year hiatus ended this week may have a better chance of avoiding lethal injection, legal experts say, because he suffers from dementia and so, his lawyers say, can no longer grasp why he's slated to die....

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House, Tuesday, July 14, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump signs bill, order rebuking China, and slams Biden

Jul. 14, 2020 7:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed legislation and an executive order on Tuesday that he said will hold China accountable for its oppressive actions against the people of Hong Kong, then quickly shifted his policy speech into a political one, hurling broadsides against Democratic rival Joe...

A street juggler wearing a protective face mask, performs at a street crossing during a red light in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, July 11, 2020, amid a government-ordered lockdown to curb the spread of the new coronavirus.(AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

The Latest: Venezuela's new coronavirus cases reach 10,000

Jul. 14, 2020 7:40 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuelan officials say new coronavirus cases have surpassed 10,000 nationwide, with an alarming number of recent illnesses found in the capital of Caracas. President Nicolás Maduro on Tuesday ordered strict enforcement of quarantine measures in Caracas where most of the 303 new...

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks outside of the Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital during a press conference, Tuesday, July 14, 2020, in Greenville, Ky. McConnell made the appearance to express his gratitude for Kentucky's front-line healthcare workers and to discuss the impact of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. (Greg Eans/The Messenger-Inquirer via AP)

McConnell: GOP virus aid for schools, others out next week

Jul. 14, 2020 7:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday he'll begin to roll out details of the new COVID-19 relief package to senators next week and suggested it will include new funding for school reopenings, some unemployment benefits and money for health care providers. Expected to hit $1...

Mississippi State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs expresses concern at the public's lack of wearing face masks at Gov. Tate Reeves' COVID-19 press briefing in Jackson, Miss., Wednesday, July 8, 2020. State officials provided reporters an update on the coronavirus and the state's ongoing strategy to limit transmission. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi Capitol outbreak: At least 41 with coronavirus

Jul. 14, 2020 7:25 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — At least 30 Mississippi legislators and 11 other people who work in the state Capitol are now known to have tested positive for the new coronavirus, the state's top public health official said Tuesday. That is an increase from last week, when officials initially said 26 legislators...

FILE - In this March 16, 2020, file photo, a subject receives a shot in the first-stage safety study clinical trial of a potential vaccine by Moderna for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute in Seattle. According to results released on Tuesday, July 14, 2020, early-stage testing showed the first COVID-19 vaccine tested in the U.S. revved up people’s immune systems the way scientists had hoped. The vaccine is made by the National Institutes of Health and Moderna Inc. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

First COVID-19 vaccine tested in US poised for final testing

Jul. 14, 2020 7:25 PM EDT

The first COVID-19 vaccine tested in the U.S. revved up people’s immune systems just the way scientists had hoped, researchers reported Tuesday -- as the shots are poised to begin key final testing. “No matter how you slice this, this is good news,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the U.S....

Kentucky reports second-highest daily number of virus cases

Jul. 14, 2020 7:16 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Coronavirus cases rose to the second-highest daily total in Kentucky, a surge that should “create a knot in your stomach" and puts the state at a crossroads, Gov. Andy Beshear said Tuesday. The Democratic governor bluntly warned that people need to wear masks and follow...

Seattle Mariners' Zach DeLoach, left, watches as a pitch goes past and to catcher Tom Murphy as an umpire prepares to make a call during baseball practice Sunday, July 12, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

AP sources: About 10 MLB umpires opt out over virus concerns

Jul. 14, 2020 7:05 PM EDT

About 10 Major League Baseball umpires have opted out this season, choosing not to work games in the shortened schedule because of concerns over the coronavirus. Two people familiar with the situation told The Associated Press about the decisions on Tuesday. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because...