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Knox and Shelby join Nashville, Memphis in mask mandate

Jul. 3, 2020 3:35 PM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Knox County and Shelby County on Friday joined Nashville and Memphis in requiring people to wear face masks in many public settings to slow the spread of the new coronavirus. The orders come as the virus cases continue to surge in Tennessee. The state recorded 1,822 new cases on...

People wearing protective face masks walk past a closed entrance to the beach during the new coronavirus pandemic, Friday, July 3, 2020, in the South Beach neighborhood of Miami Beach, Fla. Beaches throughout South Florida are closed for the busy Fourth of July weekend to avoid further spread of the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Curfews, closures as COVID-19 burdens Florida hospitals

Jul. 3, 2020 3:31 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Florida's most populous county instituted an overnight curfew, and beaches and businesses began closing down again as the state's number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations soared, threatening a further spread during the festive Fourth of July weekend. Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez...

Christy Kasler, center, from Ohio, enjoys a day at the beach, Thursday, June 18, 2020, while her daughter-in-law Cory plays with her grandson, Bentley, in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Across America, people are leaving their cares β€” and sometimes their masks β€” at home after months of worry about the virus as Southern states like South Carolina open hotels and restaurants and like Myrtle Beach advertise β€œYes, the beach is open!”  (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)

Pandemic makes stay-at-home explosions popular this July 4th

Jul. 3, 2020 3:24 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Mostly-masked shoppers were selecting their own explosives Friday for stay-at-home fireworks shows this holiday weekend. “This whole COVID thing has been really bad all around,” said Forest Casey, a fourth-generation fireworks salesman at his family-owned shop in...

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly, left, confers with Clay Britton, her chief attorney, before a meeting with legislative leaders about an executive order she issued to require people to wear masks in public, Thursday, July 2, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Kelly says she's worried that if the state doesn't reverse a recent surge in reported coronavirus cases, the state won't be able to reopen K-12 schools in August. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas sees worst 2-week COVID-19 spike since pandemic began

Jul. 3, 2020 3:09 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas reported another big increase in confirmed coronavirus cases Friday, capping its worst two-week spike since the pandemic began and coming as a statewide mask mandate from the governor took effect. The state Department of Health and Environment reported that Kansas has had 15,919...

Burlington residents encouraged to make noise Friday evening

Jul. 3, 2020 2:42 PM EDT

With Burlington’s traditional July 3 fireworks over Lake Champlain cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic, the city’s mayor encouraged residents to make noise Friday evening. Mayor Miro Weinberger announced a plan for residents to “make noise” from their own homes at 7:30 p.m....

Mountainside Fitness posts their safety guidelines as the facility remains open even as Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has issued an executive order for all gyms to close due to the surge in coronavirus cases in Arizona Thursday, July 2, 2020, in Phoenix. For the third straight day, several health clubs in metro Phoenix were defying Ducey's 30-day shutdown order to close gyms, bars, water park and tubing businesses, raising questions about whether officials who have been criticized for responding indecisively to the pandemic will be effective in shutting down the clubs. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

The Latest: Hot-spot Arizona reaches ICU capacity of 91%

Jul. 3, 2020 2:12 PM EDT

PHOENIX — Arizona has reached new peaks in hospitalizations and emergency room visits, indicating the state is only intensifying as a coronavirus hot spot. State health officials say the capacity of hospital intensive care units is at an all-time high of 91%. The number of people hospitalized Thursday due...

Fargo easing limits on public buildings set due to virus

Jul. 3, 2020 1:27 PM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney said he's easing restrictions on access to public buildings, many of which were closed to residents because of the coronavirus. Mahoney's order will open all City Hall departments to the public and increase capacity in the city commission chambers from 25% to 50%,...

Outgoing French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, left, applauds newly named Prime Minister Jean Castex, after the handover ceremony in Paris, Friday, July 3, 2020. French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday named Jean Castex, who coordinated France's virus reopening strategy, as the country's new prime minister as the country focuses on reviving an economy hard-hit by the pandemic and months of strict lockdown. (Thomas Samson, Pool via AP)

Reopening strategist Castex named new French prime minister

Jul. 3, 2020 1:26 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The new French prime minister appointed Friday said he feels ready to face the key challenge of reviving France's economy following the damage caused by the coronavirus pandemic and a two-month nationwide lockdown. The relatively low-profile Jean Castex, who coordinated France’s virus...

Chicago firm to review Louisville's police department

Jul. 3, 2020 1:20 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has hired a Chicago firm to perform a comprehensive review of the city's police department amid weeks of protests. The firm Hillard Heintze will perform the “top-to-bottom review" of the Louisville Metro Police Department, Fischer said in a...

Kaywan Kawa holds Turkish shell fragments at the bedside of his injured son in the city of Sulaimaniyah, northern Iraq. Iraq has set up border posts to prevent a Turkish military advance deeper into Iraqi territory this week as civilians suffer from over two weeks of airstrikes as Ankara continues to target Kurdish rebels in the country's north. (AP Photo/Adnan Ahmed)

Iraq sets up border posts to try to prevent Turkish advance

Jul. 3, 2020 12:44 PM EDT

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi troops were enforcing positions along the border with Turkey, officials said Friday, to prevent Turkish forces from advancing deeper into Iraqi territory after two weeks of airstrikes as Ankara continues to target Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq. Security officials said Ankara has...