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A woman looks out a window from a locked-down public housing tower in Melbourne, Monday, July 6, 2020. As Australia is emerging from pandemic restrictions, the Victoria state capital Melbourne is buckling down with more extreme and divisive measures that are causing anger and igniting arguments over who is to blame as the disease spreads again at an alarming rate. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

Asia Today: Australian PM defends Melbourne lockdown

Jul. 8, 2020 12:18 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s prime minister says a shutdown of the nation’s second-largest city is necessary and promised continuing financial support for businesses that fear they won’t survive a second lockdown. The Victoria state government said Melbourne and part of its...

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Trump pushes state, local leaders to reopen schools in fall

Jul. 8, 2020 12:17 AM EDT

President Donald Trump launched an all-out effort pressing state and local officials to reopen schools this fall, arguing that some are keeping schools closed not because of the risks from the coronavirus pandemic but for political reasons. “They think it’s going to be good for them politically, so...

A currency trader watches monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, July 8, 2020. Asian shares were mostly lower Wednesday as uncertainty over the pandemic sapped the buying enthusiasm that has been driving prices higher. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Asian shares mixed as pandemic saps buying momentum

Jul. 7, 2020 11:37 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Shares were mixed in Asia on Wednesday as uncertainty over the pandemic sapped the buying enthusiasm that has been driving prices higher. The selling followed a deeper pullback on Wall Street and in France, Germany and elsewhere after the European Union’s executive arm said this...

FILE - San Francisco Police Auxiliary Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT) volunteer David Flynn offers face masks to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus at Dolores Park in San Francisco, Sunday, May 24, 2020. California is creating roving

The Latest: New Zealand to charge patient who went shopping

Jul. 7, 2020 10:21 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand authorities say they will press charges against a coronavirus patient who escaped quarantine in Auckland and went shopping at a supermarket. Air Commodore Darryn Webb, the head of managed isolation and quarantine, said the 32-year-old man escaped through a fence at...

FILE - In this June 11, 2020, file photo, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, puts on a face mask during a Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Sen. Grassley will not be attending the Republican National Convention for the first time in his 40-year Senate career due to concerns about the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, Pool, File)

Trump 'flexible' on size of convention as lawmakers shy away

Jul. 7, 2020 9:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With coronavirus cases surging in Florida, President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he’s “flexible” on the size of the Republican National Convention in Jacksonville. The president spoke as a growing number of Senate Republicans said they’d skip the event, and...

President Donald Trump listens during a

Trump pushes state, local leaders to reopen schools in fall

Jul. 7, 2020 7:47 PM EDT

President Donald Trump on Tuesday launched an all-out effort pressing state and local officials to reopen schools this fall, arguing that some are keeping schools closed not because of the risks from the coronavirus pandemic but for political reasons. “They think it’s going to be good for them...

FILE - In this Oct. 31 1997, file photo, Daniel Lewis Lee waits for his arraignment hearing for murder in the Pope County Detention Center in Russellville, Ark. On Tuesday, July 7, 2020, family members of the victims of Lee, who is scheduled to be put to death next week, asked a federal judge to delay his execution, saying the coronavirus pandemic puts them at risk if they travel to attend it. (Dan Pierce/The Courier via AP, File)

Victims' family asks for delay of federal inmate's execution

Jul. 7, 2020 7:27 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Family members of the victims of an inmate scheduled to be put to death next week asked a federal judge to delay his execution Tuesday, saying the coronavirus pandemic puts them at risk if they travel to attend it. The family members of Daniel Lewis Lee's victims asked that Lee's...

COVID-19 antibody testing and diagnostic testing are administered at a converted vehicle inspection station, Tuesday, July 7, 2020, in San Antonio. Local officials across Texas say their hospitals are becoming increasingly stretched and are in danger of becoming overrun as cases of the coronavirus surge. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Texas passes 10,000 confirmed new virus cases in single day

Jul. 7, 2020 7:18 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas surpassed 10,000 new coronavirus cases in a single day Tuesday for the first time, crossing a sobering milestone rarely seen since the pandemic first hit the U.S. in March. The record high of 10,028 new cases in Texas served as another alarming new measure of the swift...

Excavations to resume for 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre graves

Jul. 7, 2020 7:05 PM EDT

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa will resume test excavations of potential unmarked graves from the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre after the effort was halted in March because of the coronavirus outbreak, city officials announced. The pandemic’s travel restrictions have made it difficult for the archaeology team...

Tara Carlson poses for a photo outside her home in Omaha, Neb., Tuesday, July 7, 2020. Carlson pulled her kids out of summer camp at the last minute, losing $300 in deposits. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Missouri summer camp virus outbreak raises safety questions

Jul. 7, 2020 6:43 PM EDT

Missouri leaders knew the risk of convening thousands of kids at summer camps across the state during a pandemic, the state's top health official said, and insisted that camp organizers have plans in place to keep an outbreak from happening. The outbreak happened anyway. An overnight summer camp in rural...