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FILE - In this May 27, 2020, file photo, individual student photographs of Brooklyn's James Madison High School graduating class of 2020, who were unable to walk a graduation stage this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, line the fence around the school in New York. While New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a hybrid reopen plan in the fall for the nation's largest district, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said it is up to him to decide whether schools can open at all. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

The Latest: Catalonia tightens lockdown after virus outbreak

Jul. 12, 2020 3:57 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain — Regional authorities in northeast Spain have tightened a health lockdown and confined over 140,000 people to only leaving their homes for work and other essential activities. Catalan authorities announced the confinement on Sunday, a week after they had already limited travel to and from...

Proposals could bring trains to Colorado's Tennessee Pass

Jul. 12, 2020 10:10 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — It’s been 23 years since trains rumbled through the tunnel atop Tennessee Pass. That could change as interest in the dormant Tennessee Pass Line between Cañon City and Dotsero grows. A fledgling railway project in Utah’s Uinta Basin and a billionaire New York City...

Nevada Assemblyman Jim Wheeler looks at this cellphone outside the Nevada Legislature before the Assembly gaveled in for the fourth day of the 31st Special Session of the Nevada Legislature in Carson City, Nev., Saturday, July 11, 2020. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent via AP, Pool)

The Latest: Nevada lawmakers suspend session over virus case

Jul. 11, 2020 9:28 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. — Nevada lawmakers have pumped the brakes on their emergency special session because someone in the legislative building has tested positive for the coronavirus. Gov. Steve Sisolak has convened the session so lawmakers can balance the state budget amid a projected $1.2 billion shortfall...

Arkansas reports state-record 1,061 new COVID-19 cases

Jul. 11, 2020 6:09 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas reported a state-record 1,061 new cases of the new coronavirus Saturday but no new deaths related to the virus. State health officials reported the total cases of COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus, climbed to 27,864. The state said the death toll remained...

4 more states added to Pennsylvania travel quarantine list

Jul. 11, 2020 5:45 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — State health officials in Pennsylvania have added four states — including neighboring Delaware — to the travel quarantine recommendation aimed at stemming the spread of COVID-19 in the commonwealth. Officials said people who have traveled to Delaware, Iowa, Kansas and...

FILE - In this Oct. 31 1997 file photo Danny Lee waits for his arraignment hearing for murder in the Pope County Detention Center in Russellville, Ark. A federal judge in Indiana on Friday, July, 10, 2020, halted the first federal execution planned in 17 years scheduled three days from now over COVID-19 concerns. Daniel Lee had been scheduled to die by lethal injection. Lee, 47, of Yukon, Okla., was convicted of the 1996 killings of gun dealer William Mueller, his wife, Nancy, and her 8-year-old daughter, Sarah Powell. (Dan Pierce/The Courier via AP, File)

US appeals to proceed with 1st federal execution in 17 years

Jul. 11, 2020 1:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Determined to proceed with the first federal execution in nearly two decades, the Justice Department plans to appeal a judge’s ruling that would halt authorities from carrying it out on Monday. The family of the victims in the case had requested that it be called off because their...

Arkansas' attorney general removes name from office's TV ads

Jul. 10, 2020 10:11 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' attorney general has removed her name, image and voice from her office's television ads to keep baseless claims of political rivals from impacting her duties, an official said. Amanda Priest, spokeswoman for Leslie Rutledge, declined to identify the attorney general's...

Arkansas reports 751 more COVID-19 cases, 4 more deaths

Jul. 10, 2020 6:23 PM EDT

DE QUEEN, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas reported 751 new cases of the coronavirus and four more deaths related to the virus Friday. Gov. Asa Hutchinson said at a news conference in De Queen that the state is now reporting a total of 26,803 cases and 313 deaths from COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus. The...

Northwest Arkansas lawmaker resigns to take new job

Jul. 10, 2020 2:03 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas lawmaker who represents part of Benton County in the state House of Representatives said Friday that he is resigning his post. Grant Hodges, a Republican from Rogers, said in a letter to Gov. Asa Hutchinson that he is stepping down to take a new job. Hodges, who was not...

Arkansas' virus hospitalizations hit new record spike

Jul. 9, 2020 7:00 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas reported its largest one-day increase in hospitalizations from the coronavirus on Thursday as Gov. Asa Hutchinson delayed the start of the school year by nearly two weeks. Hutchinson, however, said he remained committed to reopening classrooms next month even as the state...