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FILE - In this May 28, 2020, file photo, a woman passes a fence outside Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery adorned with tributes to victims of COVID-19 in New York. The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus topped 200,000 Tuesday, Sept. 22, a figure unimaginable eight months ago when the scourge first reached the world’s richest nation with its sparkling laboratories, top-flight scientists and towering stockpiles of medicines and emergency supplies. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

'Unfathomable': US death toll from coronavirus hits 200,000

Sep. 22, 2020 9:16 PM EDT

The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus topped 200,000 Tuesday, by far the highest in the world, hitting the once-unimaginable threshold six weeks before an election that is certain to be a referendum in part on President Donald Trump's handling of the crisis. “It is completely unfathomable that...

FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2020, file photo Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Robert Redfield appears at a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing on a

200,000 dead as Trump vilifies science, prioritizes politics

Sep. 23, 2020 12:58 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — “I did the best I could,” President Donald Trump said. Huddled with aides in the West Wing last week, his eyes fixed on Fox News, Trump wasn’t talking about how he had led the nation through the deadliest pandemic in a century. In a conversation overheard by an...

FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2020 file photo, Hoda Kinno, 11, is evacuated by her uncle Mustafa, in the aftermath of a massive explosion at the port in Beirut, Lebanon.  The Kinno family from Syria's Aleppo region was devastated in the wake of the explosion -- Hoda suffered a broken neck and other injuries and her sister Sidra, 15, died in the explosion. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)

'The port came to us': Story behind AP photo of Beirut blast

Sep. 23, 2020 1:58 AM EDT

JIYYEH, Beirut (AP) — When Mustafa Kinno felt the ground shake and heard the deafening blast toward the port, he frantically called his brother living nearby. No reply. He tried a neighbor, who said the family was sitting outside their apartment across from the port when it exploded. Terrified, Mustafa...

This September 2020 photo provided by Johnson & Johnson shows a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine being developed by the company. Johnson & Johnson is beginning a huge final study to try to prove if the single-dose vaccine can protect against the coronavirus. (Cheryl Gerber/Courtesy of Johnson & Johnson via AP)

Late-stage study of first single-shot vaccine begins in US

Sep. 23, 2020 8:21 AM EDT

Johnson & Johnson is beginning a huge final study to try to prove if a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine can protect against the virus. The study starting Wednesday will be one of the world's largest coronavirus vaccine studies so far, testing the shot in 60,000 volunteers in the U.S., South Africa, Argentina,...

In this photo provided by the United Nations, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa speaks in a pre-recorded message played during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, at U.N. headquarters in New York. The U.N.'s first virtual meeting of world leaders started Tuesday with pre-recorded speeches from some of the planet's biggest powers, kept at home by the coronavirus pandemic that will likely be a dominant theme at their video gathering this year. (Eskinder Debebe/UN via AP)

Telling COVID's story: At UN, leaders spin virus storylines

Sep. 23, 2020 3:05 AM EDT

The subject: coronavirus. The status: urgent. The solutions: as diverse as the nations they lead. With the 75th annual U.N. General Assembly reduced to recorded speeches because of the pandemic, leaders are using this week as an opportunity to depict the pandemic from the vantage points of their nations and...

President Donald Trump reacts after a campaign rally Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, in Moon Township, Pa. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Not so hush-hush search: Trump airs thinking on court seat

Sep. 23, 2020 12:07 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Barack Obama spent hours reading legal briefs as he mulled candidates for the Supreme Court. Bill Clinton savored building a personal connection with Ruth Bader Ginsburg. And Ronald Reagan offered a personal touch in making his case for Anthony Kennedy after his first two picks for a...

Kara Stewart of Martin, Ky., stands outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, before a private ceremony and public viewing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Ginsburg, 87, died of cancer on Sept. 18. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Thousands expected to honor Ginsburg at Supreme Court

Sep. 23, 2020 9:17 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of people are expected to pay their respects at the Supreme Court to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the women's rights champion, leader of the court's liberal bloc and feminist icon who died last week. Even with the court closed to the public because of the coronavirus...

Sharon Hayes, center, a poll judge in the general election, and Joyce Rollins, right, wait in line to vote outside the St. Louis County Board of Elections in St. Ann, Mo., on the first day of in-person absentee voting in Missouri on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. (Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)

Election 2020 Today: Trump vs. science, Biden takes his time

Sep. 23, 2020 7:39 AM EDT

Here’s what’s happening Wednesday in Election 2020, 41 days until Election Day: HOW TO VOTE: AP’s state-by-state interactive has details on how to vote in this election. TODAY’S TOP STORIES: TRUMP VILIFIES SCIENCE: With the nation’s COVID-19 death toll at 200,000, President...

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko takes his oath of office during his inauguration ceremony at the Palace of the Independence in Minsk, Belarus, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. Lukashenko of Belarus has assumed his sixth term of office in an inauguration ceremony that wasn't announced in advance. State news agency BelTA reports that the ceremony will take place with several hundred top government official present. (Andrei Stasevich/Pool Photo via AP)

President of Belarus inaugurated despite election protests

Sep. 23, 2020 8:37 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — President Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus assumed his sixth term of office Wednesday during an inauguration ceremony that officials did not announce in advance after weeks of mass protests against the authoritarian leader's reelection, which opposition activists maintain was rigged. ...

A handout photo published by Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny on his instagram account on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. German doctors say Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny released from hospital after poisoning treatment. Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been released from a Berlin hospital after more than a month's treatment for poisoning, with doctors now believing that a “complete recovery” from the nerve agent is possible, the facility said Wednesday Sept. 23. (Navalny instagram via AP)

Russia's Navalny released from German hospital after 32 days

Sep. 23, 2020 9:03 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been released from a Berlin hospital after more than a month's treatment for poisoning, with doctors now believing that it's possible he could see a “complete recovery” from the Soviet-era nerve agent, the hospital said Wednesday. ...

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Sniffer dogs named K'ssi, left and Miina react with trainer Susanna Paavilainen at the Helsinki airport in Vantaa, Finland, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. Four corona sniffer dogs are trained to detect the Covid-19 virus from the arriving passengers samples at the airport.  (Antti Aimo-Koivisto/Lehtikuva via AP)

Finland deploys coronavirus-sniffing dogs at main airport

Sep. 23, 2020 9:16 AM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Finland has deployed coronavirus-sniffing dogs at the Nordic country’s main international airport in a four-month trial of an alternative testing method that could become a cost-friendly and quick way to identify infected travelers. Four dogs of different breeds trained by...

Reports note issues at veterans home with fatal virus cases

Sep. 23, 2020 9:13 AM EDT

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Reports on the activities at a Hawaii nursing home with a fatal coronavirus outbreak found various problems, including what one investigation called a culture of complacency among staff. The COVID-19 outbreak at the Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home in Hilo has claimed the lives of 25...

Oregon Lottery games offline for Portland, coast after fires

Sep. 23, 2020 9:11 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Lottery games in Portland and on the coast went dark after damage caused by wildfires. Matt Shelby, an Oregon Lottery spokesperson, said 95 retailers in the Portland area and 25 on the northern Oregon coast lost connection to lottery games when fires damaged the Century Link...

Sale of Hawaii beer operation to clear way for acquisition

Sep. 23, 2020 9:10 AM EDT

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice has approved the sale of the Hawaii operations of a beer company, which could clear the way for a related acquisition by Anheuser-Busch Inc. Craft Brew Alliance agreed to sell Kona Brewing Co.’s Hawaii operations to PV Brewing Partners, West...

Overdoses and alcohol-related deaths rising during pandemic

Sep. 23, 2020 9:09 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — State officials in Maryland say fatal drug overdoses and alcohol-related deaths are rising. The Baltimore Sun reported that new data released on Tuesday revealed that such deaths increased by 9.1% from January to June of this year compared to those months last year. Opioids were...

During a raid, federal police officers carry boxes of confiscated documents in front of an office building in Garbsen, Germany, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. Since the early morning hours, the federal police have been conducting searches in five federal states in connection with the illegal smuggling of workers for the meat industry. About 800 officers are mainly on duty in Saxony-Anhalt and Lower Saxony, a spokesperson for the Central German Federal Police said. More than 40 residential and business premises are being searched, according to the federal police. (Julian Stratenschulte/dpa via AP)

German police raid over 60 sites linked to meat industry

Sep. 23, 2020 9:08 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German police simultaneously searched more than 60 homes and businesses in five states early Wednesday in connection with the alleged illegal trafficking of migrants for use in the meat industry. Federal police said in a statement that the focus of their investigation was on two different...

Organizations donate $38K to relieve sex assault kit backlog

Sep. 23, 2020 9:05 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Three Alaska nonprofit organizations have donated more than $38,000 to assist a police department with testing its backlog of sexual assault kits. The organizations acted on reports that the Nome Police Department had a large number of sexual assault evidence kits awaiting...

Pro-oil Alaska governor also backs renewable energy ideas

Sep. 23, 2020 9:03 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — While Alaska's Republican governor continues promoting the oil industry underpinning the state's economy, he also has expressed interest in renewable energy projects. Gov. Mike Dunleavy said improvements in technology and decreasing costs of renewable power “open up some...

A handout photo published by Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny on his instagram account on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. German doctors say Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny released from hospital after poisoning treatment. Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been released from a Berlin hospital after more than a month's treatment for poisoning, with doctors now believing that a “complete recovery” from the nerve agent is possible, the facility said Wednesday Sept. 23. (Navalny instagram via AP)

Russia's Navalny released from German hospital after 32 days

Sep. 23, 2020 9:03 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been released from a Berlin hospital after more than a month's treatment for poisoning, with doctors now believing that it's possible he could see a “complete recovery” from the Soviet-era nerve agent, the hospital said Wednesday. ...

'Prolific sextortionist' gets 40 years for harming 150 girls

Sep. 23, 2020 9:03 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for coercing more than 100 girls to send him sexually explicit photos and videos. Benjamin Jenkins, 25, also faces a lifetime of supervision after his eventual release, according to the U.S. Justice Department, which described him as a...