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Lebanon priests recount horror as blast rocked church

Aug. 9, 2020 11:32 AM EDT

The video shows Father Rabih Thoumy swinging a chain censer sending smoke into the air when abruptly there is a rumble and then a loud bang as the shockwave from Beirut's devastating explosion slams into the church. Thoumy darts for cover as stained glass and other debris fall from above. The camera tips over,...

FILE - In this July 30, 2020, file photo, passengers board a Casco Bay Lines ferry bound for Peaks Island in Portland, Maine. America's failure so far to contain the spread of the coronavirus as it moves across the country has been met with astonishment and alarm on both sides of the Atlantic. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

US tops 5 million confirmed virus cases, to Europe's alarm

Aug. 9, 2020 11:09 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — With confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. hitting 5 million Sunday, by far the highest of any country, the failure of the most powerful nation in the world to contain the scourge has been met with astonishment and alarm in Europe. Perhaps nowhere outside the U.S. is America’s bungled...

Mohammed El Garbouh, a horse carriage owner, waits for customers in the landmark Jemma el-Fnaa in Marrakech, Morocco, Wednesday, July 22, 2020. Morocco's restrictions to counter the coronavirus pandemic have taken a toll on the carriage horses in the tourist mecca of Marrakech. Some owners struggle to feed them, and an animal protection group says hundreds of Morocco's horses and donkeys face starvation amid the collapsing tourism industry. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)

Starvation looms for Morocco's horses as tourism collapses

Aug. 9, 2020 10:03 AM EDT

MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) — Abdenabi Nouidi sold his favorite horse for $150 to help feed the others on the team that pulls tourists in carriages through the buzzing streets of Marrakech, and he is still scared about the future for the others. The prospect of starvation looms for carriage horses and other...

James Jackson poses for a photograph outside his home during the coronavirus pandemic, Thursday, July 30, 2020, in West Park, Fla. Jackson is among the tens of thousands hospitality workers fighting for survival in the age of the pandemic. Jackson's employer, the Diplomat Beach Resort, in Hollywood, Fla., was forced to close in March because of the outbreak. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

For pandemic jobless, the only real certainty is uncertainty

Aug. 9, 2020 9:50 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — For three decades, Kelly Flint flourished as a corporate travel agent, sending everyone from business titans to oil riggers around the planet. Then came the worst pandemic in a century, leaving her jobless and marooned in an uncertain economy. Furloughed since March, Flint has dipped into...

James Jackson poses for a photograph outside his home during the coronavirus pandemic, Thursday, July 30, 2020, in West Park, Fla. Jackson is among the tens of thousands hospitality workers fighting for survival in the age of the pandemic. Jackson's employer, the Diplomat Beach Resort, in Hollywood, Fla., was forced to close in March because of the outbreak. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

For pandemic jobless, the only real certainty is uncertainty

Aug. 9, 2020 9:46 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — For three decades, Kelly Flint flourished as a corporate travel agent, sending everyone from business titans to oil riggers around the planet. Then came the worst pandemic in a century, leaving her jobless and marooned in an uncertain economy. Furloughed since March, Flint has dipped into...

In this photo provided by Jason Koski and Cornell University, Bryan Maley, right, a grad student in the Master of Public Health program, interviews a student on campus about mask-wearing experiences as part of a public health survey, Friday, July 30, 2020, in Ithaca, N.Y. (Jason Koski/Cornell University via AP)

No parties, no trips: Colleges set COVID-19 rules for fall

Aug. 9, 2020 9:10 AM EDT

As they struggle to salvage some semblance of a campus experience this fall, U.S. colleges are requiring promises from students to help contain the coronavirus — no keg parties, no long road trips and no outside guests on campus. No kidding. Administrators warn that failure to wear masks, practice social...

FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2019, file photo, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine speaks during an interview at the Governor's Residence in Columbus, Ohio. The Ohio governor's positive, then false, results on COVID-19 tests threw fuel on the fire for skeptics about pandemic precautions and critics of the often-aggressive policies the governor championed. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Ohio governor's conflicting COVID-19 tests raise backlash

Aug. 9, 2020 8:59 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio governor's positive, then negative, tests for COVID-19 have provided fuel for skeptics of government pandemic mandates and critics of his often-aggressive polices. “I'm sure the internet is lighting up with ‘Well, you can't believe any test,' ” Mike...

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Trump orders encroach on Congress' powers, invite challenges

Aug. 9, 2020 8:50 AM EDT

BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump has bypassed the nation's lawmakers as he claimed the authority to defer payroll taxes and replace an expired unemployment benefit with a lower amount after negotiations with Congress on a new coronavirus rescue package collapsed. Trump's orders on Saturday...

File---File picture taken Aug.3, 2020 shows teacher Francie Keller welcoming the pupils of class 3c in her classroom in the Lankow primary school to the first school day after the summer holidays in Schwerin, Germany. 2020. As Germany’s 16 states start sending millions of children back to school in the middle of the global coronavirus pandemic, those used to the country’s famous “Ordnung” are instead looking at uncertainty, with a hodgepodge of regional regulations that officials acknowledge may or may not work. (Jens Buettner/dpa via AP, File)

Masks in class? Many questions as Germans go back to school

Aug. 9, 2020 8:10 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Masks during class, masks only in the halls, no masks at all. Distance when possible, no distance within same-grade groups, no distance at all. As Germany’s 16 states start sending millions of children back to school in the middle of the global coronavirus pandemic, the...

A woman wearing a protective face mask speaks with healthcare workers during a house-to-house campaign to help curb the spread of the new coronavirus, in the Mallasa neighborhood of La Paz, Bolivia, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

The Latest: Planned layoffs at British companies surge

Aug. 9, 2020 7:18 AM EDT

LONDON — The number of British companies planning to cut staff numbers in June was five times higher than in the same month a year earlier, in an ominous sign of COVID-19’s economic impact. Figures obtained by the BBC show that 1,778 companies informed the government of plans to cut a total of...