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People visit Ocean Beach during the coronavirus outbreak in San Francisco, Sunday, July 5, 2020. Californians mostly heeded warnings to stay away from beaches and other public spaces during the long weekend as state officials urged social distancing amid a spike in coronavirus infections and hospitalizations. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

The Latest: Californians mostly avoid beaches over weekend

Jul. 5, 2020 7:35 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES -- Californians mostly heeded warnings to stay away from beaches and other public spaces during the long weekend. State officials urged social distancing amid a spike in coronavirus infections and hospitalizations. Many communities canceled July 4 fireworks shows and other annual festivities...

FILE - This Feb. 8, 2018, file photo shows a sign along a highway to protests the route of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in Deerfield, Va. The developers of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline announced Sunday, July 5, 2020, that they are canceling the multi-state natural gas project, citing delays and increasing cost uncertainty. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Developers cancel long-delayed, $8B Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Jul. 5, 2020 6:56 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The developers of the long-delayed, $8 billion Atlantic Coast Pipeline announced the cancellation of the multi-state natural gas project Sunday, citing uncertainties about costs, permitting and litigation. Despite a victory last month at the United States Supreme Court over a critical...

Andrej Plenkovic, Croatia's Prime Minister incumbent casts his ballot at a polling station in Zagreb, Croatia, Sunday, July 5, 2020. Amid a spike of new coronavirus cases, voters in Croatia cast ballots on Sunday in what is expected be a close parliamentary race that could push the latest European Union member state further to the right. (AP Photo)

Croatia's ruling conservatives win big in parliamentary vote

Jul. 5, 2020 6:43 PM EDT

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — The ruling conservatives overwhelmingly won Croatia's parliamentary elections held Sunday amid a spike in new coronavirus cases as the latest European Union member state leaned further to the right. With over 90 percent of the vote counted, the governing Croatian Democratic Union, or...

Developers of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline announce cancellation of multi-state natural gas project

Jul. 5, 2020 3:35 PM EDT
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Developers of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline announce cancellation of multi-state natural gas project.
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at Alexis Dupont High School in Wilmington, Del., on June 30, 2020. As his bid for a second term faces growing obstacles, President Donald Trump’s primacy in the dizzying digital world is one of his top advantages, giving him a massive platform to connect with supporters and push a message that ignores his vulnerabilities related to the pandemic, unemployment and race relations. Biden and his allies are working feverishly to establish a social media force of their own. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Trump, Biden fight for primacy on social media platforms

Jul. 5, 2020 2:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — On an average day, President Donald Trump sends about 14 posts to the 28 million Facebook followers of his campaign account. His Democratic rival, Joe Biden, delivers about half that many posts to an audience of just 2 million. The numbers are similarly skewed in other spheres of the...

Drinkers in Soho congregate, as coronavirus lockdown restrictions eased across England, in London, Saturday July 4, 2020. England embarked on perhaps its biggest lockdown easing yet as pubs and restaurants reopened for the first time in more than three months. (Victoria Jones/PA via AP)

Naked men and drunks: England assesses the reopening of pubs

Jul. 5, 2020 12:39 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — It seems to have been more like a typical Saturday night than a drunken New Year's Eve. The reopening of pubs in England does not seem to have overwhelmed emergency services as many had feared ahead of the biggest easing of Britain's coronavirus lockdown. But one senior police officer said...

Instacart worker Saori Okawa loads groceries into her car for home delivery on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, in San Leandro, Calif. Okawa is one of an estimated 1.5 million so-called gig workers who make a living driving people to airports, picking out produce at grocery stores or providing childcare for working parents. But with the pandemic pummeling the global economy and U.S. unemployment reaching heights not seen since the Great Depression, gig workers are clamoring for jobs that often pay less while facing stiff competition from a crush of newly unemployed workers also attempting to patch together a livelihood until the economy recovers. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Gig workers face shifting roles, competition in pandemic

Jul. 5, 2020 12:34 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — There were the two-hour, unpaid waits outside supermarkets when San Francisco first started to lock down, on top of the heavy shopping bags that had to be lugged up countless flights of stairs. And yet even after signing up for several apps, 39-year-old Saori Okawa still wasn't making as...

Smoke billows from a fire following an explosion at a fireworks factory outside the town of Hendek, Sakarya province, northwestern Turkey, Friday July 3, 2020. There were an estimated 150 workers at the factory, Gov. Cetin Oktay Kaldirim told state-run Anadolu Agency.  Several firefighters and ambulances were sent to the factory, which is away from residential areas, but explosions continued to hamper efforts to bring the fire under control.  The cause of the blast wasn't immediately known. (IHA via AP)

Death toll rises to 6 in Turkey fireworks factory explosion

Jul. 5, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — The death toll from a massive explosion in a fireworks factory in Turkey has increased to six. The governor of Sakarya in northwest Turkey announced two new deaths and said rescue teams were still searching for one more person after Friday’s explosion. The governor, Cetin Oktay...

Tattoos, manicures will be available as NYC enters Phase 3

Jul. 5, 2020 10:42 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Looking for a tattoo to commemorate the chaos of 2020? Now's your chance. Tattoo parlors and other personal care businesses like nail salons will be allowed to welcome customers in New York City starting Monday, as it enters Phase 3 of reopening. The rest of the state's regions have already...

LSU AgCenter's free beginning farmer program starts Oct. 1

Jul. 5, 2020 10:36 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The LSU AgCenter is taking applications for a free 16-week training program for about 20 beginning farmers. The Grow Louisiana program accepts both people who want to farm and those who have been farming for less than 10 years, program director Marcus Coleman said in a news release...