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FILE - In this March 1, 2017, file photo, then Elon Trustee Louis DeJoy is honored with Elon's Medal for Entrepreneurial Leadership in Elon. N.C. U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin and union officials say the U.S. Postal Service is considering closing post offices across the country, sparking worries ahead the anticipated surge of mail-in ballots in the 2020 elections. Manchin on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 said he has received numerous reports from post offices and colleagues about service cuts or looming closures in West Virginia and elsewhere, prompting him to send a letter to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy asking for an explanation. (Kim Walker/Elon University via AP, File)

Postal Service loses $2.2B in 3 months as virus woes persist

Aug. 7, 2020 6:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service says it lost $2.2 billion in the three months that ended in June as the beleaguered agency — hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic — piles up financial losses that officials warn could top $20 billion over two years. But the new postmaster general,...

An eco-corridor for the endangered Golden Lion Tamarin crosses over an interstate highway in Silva Jardim, Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. Once recently planted trees grow on the bridge, it will allow the primates to safely cross the busy highway that bisects one of the last Atlantic coast rainforest reserves. (AP Photo/Mario Lobao)

Endangered Brazilian monkeys get a bridge to themselves

Aug. 7, 2020 4:52 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The overpass juts from a forest over a four-lane highway in a rural area outside Rio de Janeiro. It's meant for a very special sort of pedestrian: golden lion tamarins, small orange primates that for decades have been at risk of extinction. The little primate, whose name derives from...

In this satellite image provided by 2020 Maxar Technologies on Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, an aerial view of the MV Wakashio, a bulk carrier ship that recently ran aground off the southeast coast of Mauritius. The prime minister of Mauritius says the government is appealing to France for help with a brewing environmental disaster after a ship that ran aground almost two weeks ago off the Indian Ocean island nation began leaking oil. Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth said Friday that the leak “represents a danger for Mauritius

Mauritius declares emergency as stranded ship spills fuel

Aug. 7, 2020 4:44 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The Indian Ocean island of Mauritius declared a “state of environmental emergency” late Friday after a Japanese-owned ship that ran aground offshore days ago began spilling tons of fuel. Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth announced the development as satellite images showed a...

In this undated photo provided by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, excavation work continues at a site of an incomplete tunnel intended for smuggling, found stretching from Arizona to Mexico. (Courtesy of ICE via AP)

US: Border tunnel appears to be 'most sophisticated'

Aug. 7, 2020 2:37 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — An incomplete tunnel found stretching from Mexico to Arizona appears to be “the most sophisticated tunnel in U.S. history," authorities said. The tunnel intended for smuggling ran from a neighborhood in San Luis Río Colorado, Mexico, to San Luis, Arizona, where it stopped short...

The Air India Express flight that skidded off a runway while landing at the airport in Kozhikode, Kerala state, India, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. (AP Photo)

Plane skids off runway in India; 16 killed, dozens hurt

Aug. 7, 2020 2:35 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — A special flight carrying evacuees to India who had been stranded abroad because of the coronavirus skidded off a runway and split in two while landing Friday in heavy rain in the southern state of Kerala, killing at least 16 passengers and injuring 123 more, police said. Abdul Karim, a...

Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, questions witnesses as Kenneth Braithwaite, nominated to be Secretary of the Navy, Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr., nominated for reappointment to Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force and James Anderson, nominated to be Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy testify, during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 7, 2020. (Kevin Dietsch/Pool via AP)

Sen. King: Delays, overtime limits at postal service harmful

Aug. 7, 2020 11:55 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine U.S. Sen. Angus King, an independent, is warning that changes at the U.S. Postal Service, including a ban on overtime, are harmful to Maine residents and may hamper the agency's ability to deliver absentee ballots in November. King called the postal service...

Thousands of British Airways employees face job losses

Aug. 7, 2020 10:31 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Some 4,000 British Airways workers are learning Friday whether they will be fired as the airline slashes jobs amid the drop in demand and travel restrictions stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. The trade union Unite accused the airline of forcing workers out due to “naked company...

Buildings in Harlem sit dark during a power outage early, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in New York. A power outage cast darkness across dozens of blocks in New York City as many people in the city were still without electricity in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Isaias. Con Edison said that a problem with its transmission system

Power outage leaves large swaths of Manhattan in the dark

Aug. 7, 2020 9:41 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A power outage cast darkness across large swaths of Manhattan early Friday, as tens of thousands of people in other parts of New York City were still without electricity in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Isaias. A spokesperson for Consolidated Edison said Friday's blackout started at 5:13...

Former finance minister Lim Guan Eng speaks to media outside court house in Kuala Lumpur, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. Lim has been charged with corruption over a $1.5 billion undersea tunnel project. Lim was part of a reformist government ousted in March, and his party slammed the criminal charge as political persecution by the new government. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Malaysia's ex-finance minister charged over tunnel project

Aug. 7, 2020 6:29 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's former finance minister was charged Friday with corruption over a $1.5 billion undersea tunnel project, a move he slammed as political persecution by the new government. Lim Guan Eng, who was part of a reformist government ousted in March, pleaded not guilty to a...

Ferry between Kentucky, Missouri reopens after engine repair

Aug. 7, 2020 4:54 AM EDT

HICKMAN, Ky. (AP) — A ferry that is the only direct route between Kentucky and Missouri has reopened after being out of service for several weeks while engine repairs were made. The Dorena-Hickman Ferry reopened Thursday afternoon on the regular summer operating schedule, the Kentucky Transportation...