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A Venezuelan migrant girl, wearing a protective face mask with a graphic version of the Virgin of Guadalupe, waits for a bus to travel to the border, after breaking camp in Bogota, Colombia, Thursday, July 2, 2020. Facing no work due to the COVID-19-related economic shutdown, hundreds of Venezuelan migrants are returning to their country. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

The Latest: Kansas governor cites schools for mask order

Jul. 2, 2020 7:12 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas’ governor and its top public health official worry that the state won’t be able to reopen its K-12 schools for the new school year in August if it doesn’t reverse a recent surge in reported coronavirus cases. Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly told legislative leaders...

President Donald Trump swings a baseball bat during the Spirit of America Showcase at the White House, Thursday, July 2, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

US jobs surge: Trump sees sunshine, Biden 'no victory yet'

Jul. 2, 2020 5:03 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. economy just posted its best single-month job gain in history. U.S. unemployment is at one of its worst points since the Great Depression. Both are true. As Republicans and Democrats fought to spin Thursday's jobs numbers to their advantage, both sides face tremendous political...

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis greets Vice President Mike Pence upon his arrival at Tampa International Airport on Thursday, July 2, 2020, in Tampa. The Vice President met with Governor DeSantis regarding the efforts the state is making to combat COVID-19. (Ivy Ceballo/Tampa Bay Times via AP)

Pence, DeSantis meet; Florida hits 10,000 daily virus cases

Jul. 2, 2020 4:54 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida reported more than 10,000 new confirmed coronavirus cases for the first time Thursday, an unwanted milestone eclipsed hours before Vice President Mike Pence and Gov. Ron DeSantis met in Tampa to discuss the state's response to the disease. The new record of 10,109...

Police detain a protester after spraying pepper spray during a protest in Causeway Bay before the annual handover march in Hong Kong, Wednesday, July. 1, 2020. Hong Kong marked the 23rd anniversary of its handover to China in 1997, and just one day after China enacted a national security law that cracks down on protests in the territory. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Congress passes bill rebuking China over Hong Kong crackdown

Jul. 2, 2020 4:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has approved a bill rebuking China over its crackdown in Hong Kong amid protests against a strict “national security” law that outlaws so-called subversive or terrorist acts, as well as collusion with foreign forces intervening in the city’s affairs. Critics...

Stickers with messages of the pro-democracy movement are left by protesters on a street in Hong Kong, Thursday, July 2, 2020. Hong Kong police have made the first arrests under a new national security law imposed by mainland China, as thousands of people defied tear gas and pepper pellets to protest against it. Police say they arrested 10 people under the law, including at least one who was carrying a Hong Kong independence flag. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

China, pro-Beijing activists condemn 'meddling' in Hong Kong

Jul. 2, 2020 12:50 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — China's government and pro-Beijing activists in Hong Kong condemned what they called foreign meddling in the territory's affairs on Thursday, as countries moved to offer Hong Kongers refuge and impose sanctions on China over a new security law. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao...

Number of new Arizona COVID-19 cases down after record day

Jul. 2, 2020 12:24 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The number of new coronavirus cases in Arizona is down somewhat from the previous day's record-breaker. The Arizona Department of Health Services reported Thursday 3,333 new cases and 37 deaths related to COVID-19. Meanwhile, the state's hospital capacity remains at 89%. In total, Arizona...

Health officials disinfect an area around a hospital after one of the hospital's patients tested positive for the new coronavirus in Gwangju, South Korea, Wednesday, July 1, 2020. South Korea is considering including religious facilities on the same list with nightclubs, hostess bars and karaoke rooms as

The Latest: South Korea worries as virus resurgence spreads

Jul. 1, 2020 10:41 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea says it has confirmed 54 more COVID-19 cases as the coronavirus continues to spread beyond the capital region and reach cities like Gwangju, which has shut schools and tightened social restrictions after dozens fell sick this week. The figures reported Thursday brought the...

President Donald Trump speaks with reporters before departing on Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, Tuesday, June 23, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump says he looks like Lone Ranger in a mask and likes it

Jul. 1, 2020 10:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — After long resisting wearing a mask in public, President Donald Trump said Wednesday he thinks it makes him look like the Lone Ranger — and he likes it. “I’m all for masks. I think masks are good,” Trump told Fox Business in an interview. "People have seen me...

A waitress takes a food order from the kitchen at Slater's 50/50 Wednesday, July 1, 2020, in Santa Clarita, Calif. California Gov. Gavin Newsom has ordered a three-week closure of bars, indoor dining and indoor operations of several other types of businesses in various counties, including Los Angeles, as the state deals with increasing coronavirus cases and hospitalizations. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Cases spike in Sunbelt, other states back off on reopening

Jul. 1, 2020 7:25 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — California closed bars, theaters and indoor restaurant dining all over again across most of the state Wednesday, and Arizona's outbreak grew more severe by nearly every measure as the surging coronavirus crisis across the South and West sent a shudder through the country. The run-up in...

Vice President Mike Pence, right, is greeted with an elbow bump by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, left, as he arrives to discuss the surge in coronavirus cases Wednesday, July 1, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Pence backs Arizona business closures in coronavirus hotspot

Jul. 1, 2020 6:51 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday implored people in Arizona to wear masks and support business closures as the state reports record infections, deaths and emergency room visits. Pence wore a mask when he descended the steps of Air Force Two in Phoenix and greeted Arizona Gov. Doug...