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A National Guardsman directs traffic at a COVID-19 testing site outside Hard Rock Stadium, Wednesday, July 8, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Florida is one of the nation's hot spots for coronavirus. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

'A hot mess': Americans face testing delays as virus surges

Jul. 8, 2020 7:11 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — With a cough and shortness of breath, it took Austin, Texas, resident Sam Lee three tries to get a COVID-19 test last month. The first time, he showed up an hour before the public testing site was set to close and was told they had reached capacity. He was turned away from a second...

Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci speaks during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 30, 2020. (Al Drago/Pool via AP)

The Latest: Fauci cautiously optimistic on COVID vaccine

Jul. 8, 2020 6:50 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS — The leading U.S. infectious disease expert says he is cautiously optimistic that a coronavirus vaccine with some degree of effectiveness will be successfully developed by the end of the year or the beginning of 2021. Dr. Anthony Fauci told a U.N. event Wednesday that Moderna’s...

FILE - In this July 17, 2019, file photo, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms speaks during a Senate Democrats' Special Committee on the Climate Crisis on Capitol Hill in Washington.  Bottoms announced Monday, July 6, 2020, that she had tested positive for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Atlanta mayor to defy governor, require masks in city

Jul. 8, 2020 5:41 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta's mayor says she will sign an executive order mandating masks in Georgia's largest city Wednesday, defying Gov. Brian Kemp's decision to strongly encourage but not require face coverings. Spokesman Michael Smith said Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms plans to sign an order requiring masks,...

Tyler Perry to pay funeral expenses for girl shot in Atlanta

Jul. 8, 2020 5:11 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Tyler Perry has offered to pay the funeral expenses for an 8-year-old girl who was fatally shot in Atlanta over the weekend, a representative for the actor and filmmaker confirmed Wednesday. “I’m outraged today because I’d rather be paying for 8-year-old Secoriea...

The Lavish Night Club where a shooting early Sunday night left numerous dead and at least 8 injured Sunday, July 5, 2020, in Greenville, S.C. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)

Sheriff: Georgia man charged in S. Carolina club shooting

Jul. 8, 2020 6:59 AM EDT

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A Georgia man was arrested and accused of fatally shooting two people in a South Carolina club during the July 4th weekend, authorities said. Jarquez Kezavion Cooper, of Athens, Georgia, was charged Tuesday with two counts of murder, seven counts of attempted murder and possession...

FILE - In this July 5, 2020, file photo, an officer investigates the scene of a shooting in Chicago. Still reeling from the coronavirus pandemic and street protests over the police killing of Floyd, exhausted cities around the nation are facing yet another challenge: A surge in recent shootings has left dozens dead, including young children. (Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune via AP, File)

Exhausted cities face another challenge: a surge in violence

Jul. 8, 2020 12:14 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Still reeling from the coronavirus pandemic and street protests over the police killing of George Floyd, exhausted cities around the nation are facing yet another challenge: a surge in shootings that has left dozens dead, including young children. The spike defies easy explanation, experts...

A member of the Georgia National Guard stands outside the State Capitol on Tuesday, July 7, 2020, in Atlanta. Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp mobilized the guard after a surge in gun violence in the city over the weekend. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Atlanta Mayor: No need for troops, despite governor's order

Jul. 7, 2020 10:16 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The mayor of Atlanta said Tuesday that she doesn’t agree with the Georgia governor’s order to mobilize the National Guard in her city as a surge in violence became a political talking point. Gov. Brian Kemp declared a state of emergency on Monday and authorized activation of...

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...

This undated photo provided by Jenna Varner shows her friend Marc Wilson, of Sharpsburg, Ga. Wilson, a biracial man charged with murder in the shooting of a 17-year-old white girl on a Georgia highway, says he fired in self-defense after her friends in a pickup truck yelled racial slurs and tried to run his car off the road. (Jenna Varner via AP)

Man charged with murder claims defense against racist attack

Jul. 7, 2020 5:24 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A biracial man charged with murder in the shooting of a 17-year-old white girl on a Georgia highway says he fired in self-defense after her friends in a pickup truck yelled racial slurs and tried to run his car off the road. Marc Wilson, 21, of Sharpsburg has been jailed since...

FILE - Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., listens during a virtual Senate Committee for Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions hearing, Tuesday, May 12, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington. Atlanta Dream co-owner and Sen. Kelly Loeffler is not in favor of the WNBA's social justice plans and has sent a letter to Commissioner Cathy Engelbert objecting to the league’s initiatives to honor the Black Lives Matter movement when the season begins in Florida. Loeffler is a U.S. Republican senator running for re-election in Georgia.(Win McNamee/Pool via AP, File)

Dream owner Loeffler objects to WNBA's social justice plans

Jul. 7, 2020 5:17 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Atlanta Dream co-owner Kelly Loeffler is not in favor of the WNBA's social justice plans and has sent a letter to Commissioner Cathy Engelbert objecting to the league’s initiatives to honor the Black Lives Matter movement. Loeffler, who is also a Republican U.S. senator running for...