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Man in child porn case that closed observatory indicted

Aug. 8, 2020 12:04 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A man linked to a child pornography investigation that sparked a mysterious closure of a solar observatory in New Mexico two years ago has been indicted. Court documents show that a grand jury last month indicted former janitor Joshua Lee Cope on three child pornography counts...

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...

FILE - In this Sunday, June 14, 2020, file photo, hand sanitizer is squirted into a worshiper's hands as they enter for a Sunday Mass at a church in Paterson, N.J. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can help stop the coronavirus from spreading, but drinking the products turned out to be deadly for four people in Arizona and New Mexico in May and June. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

4 US deaths tied to methanol-based hand sanitizers

Aug. 7, 2020 7:57 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can help stop the coronavirus from spreading, but drinking the products turned out to be deadly for four people in two states. Health officials reported this week that 15 adults were poisoned in Arizona and New Mexico in May and June after drinking hand...

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Virus-quieted oceans open window for Shark Week researchers

Aug. 7, 2020 5:06 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic forced people to stay put, but it gave sharks a travel passport and scientists a rare opportunity. Ocean spots cleared of fishing boats and other intrusions by COVID-19 quarantines saw increased and even unusual marine life behavior - and Discovery...

Federal utility moving forward on Tennessee coal ash removal

Aug. 7, 2020 4:33 PM EDT

GALLATIN, Tenn. (AP) — A federal utility is moving forward with plans to remove coal ash at a Tennessee power plant and move it to a lined, permitted landfill onsite. The Tennessee Valley Authority says the plan at the Gallatin Fossil Plant is pending state approval. TVA’s preferred option is...

FILE - In this July 23, 2020 file photo, health care workers prepare a COVID-19 test sample before a person self-administered a test at the COVID-19 drive-thru testing center at Miami-Dade County Auditorium in Miami.  Racial disparities in the the U.S. coronavirus epidemic extend to children, according to two sobering government reports released Friday, Aug. 7.  One of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports looked at hospitalizations of children with COVID-19. Hispanic children were hospitalized at a rate eight times higher than white kids, and Black children were hospitalized at a rate five times higher, it found.(David Santiago/Miami Herald via AP)

US reports show racial disparities in kids with COVID-19

Aug. 7, 2020 4:31 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Racial disparities in the U.S. coronavirus epidemic extend to children, according to two sobering government reports released Friday. One of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports looked at children with COVID-19 who needed hospitalization. Hispanic children were...

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine acknowledges members of the media while entering his residence after testing positive for COVID-19 earlier in the day Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Bexley, Ohio.  DeWine tested positive using a rapid test Thursday, before testing negative later in the day using a more sensitive laboratory-developed test.  No test for coronavirus infection is perfect, and test results can be affected by a variety of factors, including the type of test used, the quality of the sample and when it was taken during the course of any infection. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Ohio governor’s COVID-19 results show tests imperfections

Aug. 7, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine's positive-then-negative test results for the coronavirus are a reminder that no test is definitive. The governor tested positive using a rapid test Thursday, before testing negative later in the day using a more sensitive laboratory-developed test. He was tested...

This July 2015 photo taken by University of Ottawa glaciology professor Luke Copland shows Canadian Ice Service ice analyst Adrienne White taking a photo of cracks of the Milne Ice Shelf, which just broke apart.  The Milne ice shelf was on of the Arctic's few remaining intact ice shelves, but at the end of July 2020 about 43% broke off. Scientists say that without a doubt it's man-made global warming. (Luke Copland via AP)

Canada's last intact ice shelf collapses due to warming

Aug. 7, 2020 3:38 PM EDT

Much of Canada's remaining intact ice shelf has broken apart into hulking iceberg islands thanks to a hot summer and global warming, scientists said. Canada's 4,000-year-old Milne Ice Shelf on the northwestern edge of Ellesmere Island had been the country's last intact ice shelf until the end of July when ice...

A woman uses her phone as she passes by the ByteDance headquarters in Beijing, China, on Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. President Donald Trump on Thursday ordered a sweeping but unspecified ban on dealings with the Chinese owners of consumer apps TikTok and WeChat, although it remains unclear if he has the legal authority to actually ban the apps from the U.S. TikTok is owned by Chinese company ByteDance. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

AP Explains: From Hong Kong to TikTok, US-China ties plummet

Aug. 7, 2020 3:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has launched a major diplomatic and economic offensive against China, hitting Chinese officials with myriad sanctions over the past four months as relations between Washington and Beijing plummet to their lowest levels in decades. President Donald Trump and his...

FILE - In this May 1, 2013, file photo, Carmen Blandin Tarleton speaks at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston following a face transplant. In February 2007 her estranged husband doused her with industrial strength lye, burning more than 80 percent of her body. In July 2020, Tarleton became the first American and only the second person globally to undergo a second face transplant procedure after her first transplant failed. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

AP Exclusive: Woman is 1st in US to get 2nd face transplant

Aug. 7, 2020 2:40 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — For the second time in a decade, a New Hampshire woman has a new face. Carmen Blandin Tarleton, whose face was disfigured in an attack by her ex-husband, became the first American and only the second person globally to undergo the procedure after her first transplant began to fail six years...