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FILE - In this Monday, July 6, 2020 file photo, a health care worker administers a COVID-19 test at a site sponsored by Community Heath of South Florida at the Martin Luther King Jr. Clinica Campesina Health Center in Homestead, Fla. In early July 2020, California is averaging 91 reported COVID-19 deaths per day while Texas is close behind with 66, but Florida, Arizona, Illinois, New Jersey and South Carolina also saw sizable rises. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Coronavirus deaths take a long-expected turn for the worse

Jul. 11, 2020 2:10 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A long-expected upturn in U.S. coronavirus deaths has begun, driven by fatalities in states in the South and West, according to data on the pandemic. The number of deaths per day from the virus had been falling for months, and even remained down as states like Florida and Texas saw...

FILE - In this July 9, 2020, file photo Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden adjusts his mask during a tour of McGregor Industries, a metal fabricating facility in Dunmore, Pa. Biden is pledging to define his presidency by a sweeping economic agenda beyond anything Americans have seen since the Great Depression and the industrial mobilization for World War II. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

Biden forges brand of liberal populism to use against Trump

Jul. 11, 2020 9:40 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden stood in a Pennsylvania metal works shop, just miles from his boyhood home, and pledged to define his presidency by a sweeping economic agenda beyond anything Americans have seen since the Great Depression and the industrial mobilization for World War II. The prospective...

FILE - In this June 11, 2020, file photo President Donald Trump gestures as he steps off Air Force One at Dallas Love Field in Dallas with Senate candidate Tommy Tuberville. Trump has endorsed Tuberville in the race, turning decisively against his former attorney general with direct appeals for Alabama voters to reject Sessions's candidacy. “Do not trust Jeff Sessions,” Trump tweeted this spring. “He let our Country down.” (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Sessions vies for Senate comeback in race shadowed by Trump

Jul. 11, 2020 10:23 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Seeking a political comeback, former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is trying to beat out ex-college football coach Tommy Tuberville in Tuesday’s Republican primary runoff and reclaim the Alabama Senate seat he held for decades. To do that, Sessions also has to go...

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis gives an update on the state's response to the coronavirus pandemic during a press conference at Florida's Turnpike Turkey Lake Service Plaza, in Orlando, Friday, July 10, 2020. DeSantis made the visit to announce an increase in electric vehicle charging stations that will be available at turnpike plazas by year's end. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

The Latest: Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan has coronavirus

Jul. 11, 2020 2:47 PM EDT

NEW DELHI — Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan says he has tested positive for the coronavirus and is hospitalized in Mumbai, India’s financial and entertainment capital. In a tweet on Saturday, Bachchan, 77, said his family and staff have also undergone tests and are awaiting results. He appealed...

Covid-19 patients are being treated with oxygen at the Tshwane District Hospital in Pretoria, South Africa, Friday July 10, 2020. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize this week said South Africa could run out of available hospital beds within the month.

Virus cases up sharply in Africa, India as inequality stings

Jul. 11, 2020 12:03 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa’s confirmed coronavirus cases have doubled in just two weeks to a quarter-million, and India on Saturday saw its biggest daily spike as its infections passed 800,000. The surging cases are raising sharp concerns about unequal treatment in the pandemic, as the wealthy...

Jasmin Pierre poses for a photo with her smartphone app, in New Orleans, Thursday, July 2, 2020. Pierre, who survived multiple suicide attempts, doesn't want people struggling alone. She created The Safe Place, a free Black-oriented mental health app that's seen more signups during the pandemic. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Pandemic, racism compound worries about Black suicide rate

Jul. 11, 2020 9:12 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Jasmin Pierre was 18 when she tried to end her life, overdosing on whatever pills she could find. Diagnosed with depression and anxiety, she survived two more attempts at suicide, which felt like the only way to stop her pain. Years of therapy brought progress, but the 31-year-old Black...

FILE - In this July 7, 2020, file photo President Donald Trump listens during a

AP FACT CHECK: If he's said it once, he's said it 100 times

Jul. 11, 2020 11:39 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — If saying things 100 times could make them true, President Donald Trump's account of how the U.S. is doing with the coronavirus would be true. COVID-19 testing would be the envy of the world, the economy would be on the cusp of roaring back, the threat would be receding in a pandemic...

Women lean on a gravestone in Potocari, near Srebrenica, Bosnia, Saturday, July 11, 2020. Nine newly found and identified men and boys were laid to rest as Bosnians commemorate 25 years since more than 8,000 Bosnian Muslims perished in 10 days of slaughter, after Srebrenica was overrun by Bosnian Serb forces during the closing months of the country's 1992-95 fratricidal war, in Europe's worst post-WWII massacre. (AP Photo/Kemal Softic)

Leaders, survivors mark 25 years since Srebrenica massacre

Jul. 11, 2020 1:03 PM EDT

SREBRENICA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Virtually joined by world leaders, the survivors of Bosnia's 1995 Srebrenica massacre on Saturday remembered the victims of Europe's only acknowledged genocide since World War II and warned of the perpetrators' persistent refusal to fully acknowledge their...

A bee rests on a yellow sign that reads

Even during pandemic beekeeping remains an essential service

Jul. 11, 2020 11:22 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — “Excuse me, can I ask what you’re doing here?” a resident in a southeast Washington neighborhood asks as Sean Kennedy and Erin Gleeson get out of their truck and scour the streets. The sign on their back windshield, “Bees Onboard,” gives them away....

FILE - In this May 26, 2020, file photo, a grizzly bear roams an exhibit at the Woodland Park Zoo, closed for nearly three months because of the coronavirus outbreak in Seattle. Grizzly bears once roamed the rugged landscape of the North Cascades in Washington state but few have been sighted in recent decades. The federal government is scrapping plans to reintroduce grizzly bears to the North Cascades ecosystem. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Conservation groups upset by North Cascades grizzly decision

Jul. 11, 2020 11:43 AM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The forested mountains in and around North Cascades National Park in north central Washington state have long been considered prime habitat for threatened grizzly bears, so environmental groups are upset the Trump administration scrapped plans to reintroduce the apex predators there....

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People wearing protective face masks to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus sit inside a train in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, July 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Iran's president warns lockdowns could lead to protests

Jul. 11, 2020 3:00 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said Saturday that lockdowns meant to curb the spread of the pandemic could lead to street protests over economic problems, his website reported. In a regular Cabinet meeting on the coronavirus, Rouhani said the easiest way to fight the virus is to close...

Town orders review of police handling of hotel bias assault

Jul. 11, 2020 2:57 PM EDT

STONINGTON, Conn. (AP) — An independent investigator is reviewing the Stonington police department’s handling of the alleged assault of a Black hotel worker by a white couple last month. The incident occurred at the Quality Inn in Mystic on June 26. The Day reports surveillance video shows the man...

Mourners hold images of loved one during the blessing of cremated remains of Mexicans who died from COVID-19 at St. Patrick's Cathedral, Saturday, July 11, 2020, in New York. The ashes were blessed before they were repatriated to Mexico. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)

With NY recovering, Cuomo fears US hotspots will bring spike

Jul. 11, 2020 2:49 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The number of New Yorkers hospitalized with the coronavirus fell to the lowest point in nearly four months, state officials said Saturday. But Gov. Andrew Cuomo is predicting a new increase in cases amid outbreaks in other states. “The only question is how far up our rate...

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis gives an update on the state's response to the coronavirus pandemic during a press conference at Florida's Turnpike Turkey Lake Service Plaza, in Orlando, Friday, July 10, 2020. DeSantis made the visit to announce an increase in electric vehicle charging stations that will be available at turnpike plazas by year's end. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

The Latest: Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan has coronavirus

Jul. 11, 2020 2:47 PM EDT

NEW DELHI — Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan says he has tested positive for the coronavirus and is hospitalized in Mumbai, India’s financial and entertainment capital. In a tweet on Saturday, Bachchan, 77, said his family and staff have also undergone tests and are awaiting results. He appealed...

More troopers punished for role in in overtime pay scandal

Jul. 11, 2020 2:46 PM EDT

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) — Another Massachusetts State Police trooper implicated in a department overtime scandal has been fired, and the agency is working to fire five more troopers, the department's commander has announced. In addition, 15 troopers face punishment including repayment of fraudulently...

University of Wyoming reports first virus case among staff

Jul. 11, 2020 2:46 PM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — An employee at the University of Wyoming has contracted the coronavirus, the schools says, marking the first time someone living or working on campus has tested positive. The school in a statement Friday said the man went into self-isolation on July 3 when he began feeling symptoms. He...

POOL - Iraqi security forces stand guard at the Iraq-Iran border crossing of Mandali in northern province of Diyala, Iraq, Saturday, July, 11, 2020. Al-Kadhimi launched a campaign in the northern province of Diyala to enforce the proper payment of taxes on imported goods and recover

Iraq's PM takes step in battle against border corruption

Jul. 11, 2020 2:44 PM EDT

MANDALI, Iraq (AP) — Iraq's prime minister took a first step Saturday to combat cross-border corruption that has long plagued the country's frontiers as part of a reform plan to grapple with unprecedented financial shortfalls. Mustafa al-Kadhimi launched a campaign to recover “hundreds of...

Muncie Schools set 2 days for in-person enrollment

Jul. 11, 2020 2:41 PM EDT

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — Officials in Muncie Community Schools have set aside two days for parents who want to enroll their children in person. Each of the district’s school buildings will be open for class registration from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday and 1-6 p.m. Thursday. The Star Press in Muncie reports...

FILE - In this July 12, 2018 file photo, Democratic candidate for governor, Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim, speaks during a gubernatorial debate in New Haven, Conn. The New Haven Register reports that Ganim filed suit in state Superior Court against Delta Airlines over a dog bite he says he suffered on a flight in 2018. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)

Connecticut mayor sues Delta Airlines over dog bite

Jul. 11, 2020 2:32 PM EDT

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Bridgeport’s mayor is suing Delta Airlines over a dog bite he says he suffered on a flight. A suit filed in state Superior Court alleges Mayor Joe Ganim was sitting in his seat on a Delta flight in November 2018 when he was bitten by a dog that was accompanying a boarding...

Fire destroys much of 249-year-old California church

Jul. 11, 2020 2:30 PM EDT

SAN GABRIEL, Calif. (AP) — A fire destroyed the rooftop and most of the interior of a California church that was undergoing renovation to mark its upcoming 250th anniversary celebration. Fire alarms at the San Gabriel Mission rang around 4 a.m. Saturday, and when firefighters responded to the historic...