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WIld Hills Winery co-owner Colleen Halverson views the emerging fruit of a grapevine in the vineyard of the business near Muscoda, Wis. Tuesday, July 21, 2020. The winery, formerly known as Weggy Winery, produces about 2,000 gallons of wine a year. Halverson and husband Aaron want to eventually increase production to 10,000 gallons a year. (John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

New wineries tout views, alter business plans amid pandemic

Aug. 8, 2020 1:02 AM EDT

MUSCODA, Wis. (AP) — The ridge a few miles north of here holds 20 varieties of grapes, orchards filled with peach, apple, cherry, apricot and other fruit trees and one of the largest black current patches in the state. What sold Colleen and Aaron Halverson on this 81-acre property in southern Richland...

Kouadjo Bini and Iredia Ray Osadolor are members of a state New American/Foreign Born/Immigrants advisory board to the North Dakota departments of health and human services. (Jill Schramm/Minot Daily News via AP)

Volunteers help immigrant businesses during pandemic

Aug. 8, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Culture differences, language and often other barriers can stand in the way of immigrant business owners who could benefit from assistance programs to help them navigate the new world created by COVID-19. A newly organized New American/Foreign Born/Immigrant Advisory Board to the state...

Health workers screen people for COVID-19 symptoms at a residential building in Dharavi , one of Asia's biggest slums, in Mumbai, India, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. As India hit another grim milestone in the coronavirus pandemic on Friday, crossing 2 million cases and more than 41,000 deaths, community health volunteers went on strike complaining they were ill-equipped to respond to the wave of infection in rural areas. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

Asia Today: Australian state records 466 cases, 12 deaths

Aug. 8, 2020 12:54 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Australian state of Victoria recorded 466 new cases of COVID-19 and 12 deaths, including another man in his 30s. The figures were released as the city of Melbourne remained in lockdown and under an overnight curfew. Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews said that six of the...

A boy looks on as health workers screen people for COVID-19 symptoms at a residential building in Dharavi, one of Asia's biggest slums, in Mumbai, India, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. As India hit another grim milestone in the coronavirus pandemic on Friday, crossing 2 million cases and more than 41,000 deaths, community health volunteers went on strike complaining they were ill-equipped to respond to the wave of infection in rural areas. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

The Latest: India reports 933 deaths as cases near 2.1M

Aug. 8, 2020 12:48 AM EDT

NEW DELHI, India — India has recorded 933 COVID-19 fatalities in the past 24 hours as fresh infections surged by another 61,537 cases to reach nearly 2.1 million. The Health Ministry says the total deaths touched 42,518, including more than 20,000 in the past 30 days. An average of around 50,000 new cases...

Desks are spaced out in a classroom at Aikahi Elementary School in Kailua, Hawaii on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. While Hawaii has one of the lowest rates of cases per capita in the country and many of its schools have open-air campuses, the challenges of returning kids full time to classrooms may still be insurmountable. (AP Photo/Jennifer Sinco Kelleher)

The Latest: Hawaii schools to open year with remote learning

Aug. 7, 2020 10:21 PM EDT

HONOLULU — Hawaii officials say the state’s public school students will begin the academic year with remote learning only, after a spike of coronavirus cases. Gov. David Ige said Friday that all public students will spend the first four weeks of the school year learning online from home. Officials...

A patient infected with the new coronavirus is transferred from an ambulance onto a stretcher at the National Hospital emergency entrance in San Salvador, El Salvador, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. For months, the strictest measures confronting the COVID-19 pandemic in Latin America seemed to keep infections in check, in El Salvador, but a gradual reopening combined with a political stalemate has seen infections increase nearly fourfold. (AP Photo/Salvador Melendez)

El Salvador political stalemate a drag on pandemic response

Aug. 7, 2020 10:02 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — For months, the strictest measures confronting the COVID-19 pandemic in Latin America seemed to keep infections in check in El Salvador, but a gradual reopening combined with a political stalemate has seen infections increase nearly fourfold. Other countries have seen...

Oahu students to start school year with distance learning

Aug. 7, 2020 9:54 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Amid an alarming spike of coronavirus cases in Hawaii, public school students on Oahu will begin the academic year with distance learning only, officials announced Friday. Hawaii Gov. David Ige said that most students will spend the first four weeks of the school year learning online from...

FILE - A trainer and club member at Mountainside Fitness, Thursday, July 2, 2020, in Phoenix, which has challenged Gov. Doug Ducey's gym shutdown order. A judge heard arguments Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in the challenge filed by Mountainside Fitness and another health club chain. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Arizona's reported virus cases fall as gym standoff sharpens

Aug. 7, 2020 9:18 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The standoff between Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and health club owners sharpened Friday as a judge rejected the governor's request to delay the process for reopening health clubs now closed for five weeks because of the pandemic. Judge Timothy Thomason's ruling came as confirmed cases...

FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2015, file photo, Southern Utah celebrates with the trophy after defeating Northern Arizona in an NCAA college football game for the Big Sky Conference title Cedar City, Utah. The Big Sky Conference postponed its football season on Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, to the spring because of the coronavirus pandemic and called for the FCS playoffs to be moved to the second semester as well.(Jordan Allred/The Spectrum via AP)

The Latest: Clemson's Trevor Lawrence considered opting out

Aug. 7, 2020 7:38 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence said he considered opting out of this season when he was unsure what college football would look like going forward amid the coronavirus pandemic. But Lawrence said Friday once he understood...

Lamont: Connecticut National Guard's COVID costs to be paid

Aug. 7, 2020 7:05 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Ned Lamont said Friday that he's been personally assured by President Donald Trump that Connecticut will receive continued federal reimbursement for the National Guard's expenses during the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. The Democratic governor said he spoke with Trump late on...