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Dealers in masks wait for customers before the reopening of the D Las Vegas hotel and casino, Wednesday, June 3, 2020, in Las Vegas. Casinos were allowed to reopen on Thursday after temporary closures as a precaution against the coronavirus. (AP Photo/John Locher)

The Latest: US requires virus test data to include race, sex

Jun. 4, 2020 2:36 PM EDT

The U.S. government is requiring the collection of additional demographic details from people tested for COVID-19, including their sex, age, race and ethnicity. The extra data requirements apply to hospitals and laboratories and are intended to help track the virus’ impact on various racial, age and...

A woman walks past a closed souvenir shop in central capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Wednesday, June 3, 2020. Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou said the third phase of the country's gradual rollback of restrictions will be completed by June 24 instead of July 14. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

Cyprus study shows big pollutant drop during lockdown

Jun. 4, 2020 12:56 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Researchers in Cyprus offered more evidence on Thursday that a two-month lockdown benefited the Mediterranean island nation’s environment. Preliminary results showed significantly reduced levels of carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides along a normally busy street and in a...

In this Monday, May 25, 2020 photo a person walks past a storm drain with discarded gloves and other trash in Philadelphia. Between mid-March, when the city’s stay-at-home order was issued, and the end of April, most of the 19 sewer and storm water pumping stations in Philadelphia had experienced clogs from face masks, gloves and wipes residents had pitched into the potty, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said.(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Epidemic of wipes and masks plague sewers, storm drains

Jun. 4, 2020 1:55 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Mayor Jim Kenney kicked off a recent briefing on Philadelphia's coronavirus response with an unusual request for residents: Be careful what you flush. Between mid-March, when the city’s stay-at-home order was issued, and the end of April, most of the 19 sewer and storm water...

Students wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus stand in a line to have their body temperatures checked before entering their classrooms at a high school in Ulsan, South Korea, Wednesday, Jun 3, 2020. (Bae Byung-soo/Newsis via AP)

The Latest: New Zealand on verge of eradicating virus

Jun. 3, 2020 10:02 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. ___ WELLINGTON, New Zealand - New Zealand is on the verge of eradicating the virus from its...

In this photo provided by the New York Racing Association, Fauci, jockey Tyler Gaffalione up, is led from the paddock to the track for a horse race at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y., Wednesday, June 3, 2020. The racehorse named for Dr. Anthony Fauci finished second in his debut. The 2-year-old colt was beaten by a horse named Prisoner in the third race. (Adam Coglianese/NYRA via AP)

Horse named for Dr. Anthony Fauci finishes second in debut

Jun. 3, 2020 7:22 PM EDT

A racehorse named for Dr. Anthony Fauci reached the finish line at a safe enough distance from others that would have made his namesake proud. Fauci the 2-year-old colt finished a distant second to a horse named Prisoner and was well ahead of third-place Indoctrinate in his much-anticipated debut Wednesday at...

This 2002 photo provided by the Monterrey Bay Aquarium Research Institute shows a close up view of a

Scientists learn how tiny critters make ocean 'snot palaces'

Jun. 3, 2020 5:42 PM EDT

KENSINGTON, Maryland (AP) — Master builders of the sea construct the equivalent of a complex five-story house that protects them from predators and funnels and filters food for them — all from snot coming out of their heads. And when these delicate mucus homes get clogged, the tadpole-looking...

In this image taken from video provided by the RU-RTR Russian television on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, Russian Emergency Situations Ministry trucks work at the scene of an oil spill at a power plant in an outlying section of the city of Norilsk, 2900 kilometers (1800 miles) northeast of Moscow, Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin has declared a state of emergency in a region of Siberia after an estimated 20,000 tons of diesel fuel spilled from a power plant storage facility and fouled waterways. (RU-RTR Russian Television via AP)

Emergency declared in Siberia after diesel fuel leak

Jun. 3, 2020 1:50 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has declared a state of emergency in a region of Siberia after an estimated 20,000 tons of diesel fuel spilled from a power plant storage facility and fouled waterways. The spill took place Friday at a power plant in an outlying section of the city of...

Dead zone prediction: Larger than average; not near record

Jun. 3, 2020 11:50 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — High rivers and high levels of nitrogen and phosphorus from farm and urban runoff mean a larger than average oxygen-starved “dead zone” is likely this year in the Gulf of Mexico, researchers said Wednesday. But the predicted area for an area with too little oxygen for...

Police officers patrol a deserted beach before Cyclone Nisarga makes landfall in Mumbai, India, Wednesday, June 3, 2020. A storm in the Arabian Sea off India's west coast intensified into a severe cyclone on Wednesday, gathering speed as it barreled toward India's financial capital of Mumbai. Nisarga was forecast to drop heavy rains and winds gusting up to 120 kilometers (75 miles) per hour when it makes landfall Wednesday afternoon as a category 4 cyclone near the coastal city of Alibagh, about 98 kilometers (60 miles) south of Mumbai, India's Meteorological Department said. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

Cyclone spares India's business capital from major damage

Jun. 3, 2020 9:29 AM EDT

MUMBAI, India (AP) — The first cyclone in more than a century to hit India's financial capital of Mumbai appeared to have largely spared the metropolis on Wednesday. No deaths or major damages were reported as workers began clearing fallen trees and other debris from affected areas along India's western...

Cyclists ride along the dyke in Emden, Germany, Wednesday, June 3, 2020. The German government wants to increase offshore wind power capacity five-fold by 2040 as part of its plan to wean the country off fossil fuels. Cabinet on Wednesday agreed a bill that would set a goal of 40 Gigawatts of installed offshore wind power capacity in 20 years, from about 7.5 Gigawatts at present. It also raised the target for 2030 from 15 Gigawatts to 20. (Sina Schuldt/dpa via AP)

Germany seeks 5-fold increase in offshore wind power by 2040

Jun. 3, 2020 7:36 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German government wants to increase offshore wind power capacity five-fold by 2040 as part of its plan to wean the country off fossil fuels. The Cabinet on Wednesday agreed on a bill that would set a goal of 40 Gigawatts of installed offshore wind power capacity in 20 years, from about...