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A masseur wearing a mask to curb the spread of the new coronavirus gives a customer a massage a shopping mall in Beijing on Monday, May 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The Latest: South Korea reports 19 new virus cases, China 7

May. 26, 2020 12:13 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — South Korea reports 19 new virus cases, China 7. —...

FILE - In this July 17, 2019, file photo, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms speaks during a Senate Democrats' Special Committee on the Climate Crisis on Capitol Hill in Washington. Neither public rivals nor personal friends, Bottoms and Stacey Abrams spent years climbing parallel ladders from nearby outposts at Atlanta City Hall and the Georgia Capitol.  Now the Atlanta mayor and the former Georgia governor candidate find themselves at the same political intersection on Joe Biden's list of potential running mates. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Atlanta is home to 2 potential contenders for Biden's VP

May. 26, 2020 12:11 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Neither public rivals nor personal friends, Keisha Lance Bottoms and Stacey Abrams spent years climbing parallel ladders at Atlanta City Hall and the Georgia Capitol. They are now Georgia’s most influential African American women. Bottoms, the 50-year-old Atlanta mayor, is a top...

SOS Funeral workers transport by boat a coffin carrying the body of an 86-year-old woman who lived by the Negro River and is a suspected to have died of COVID-19, near Manaus, Brazil, Thursday, May 14, 2020. The virus has spread upriver from Manaus, creeping into remote riverside towns and indigenous territories to infect indigenous tribes. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Death and denial in Brazil’s Amazon capital

May. 26, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

MANAUS, Brazil (AP) — As the white van approached Perfect Love Street, one by one chatting neighbors fell silent, covered their mouths and noses and scattered. Men in full body suits carried an empty coffin into the small, blue house where Edgar Silva had spent two feverish days gasping for air before...

Maine encourages absentee voting in July primary election

May. 25, 2020 9:47 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's top election official is encouraging people to vote via absentee ballot during the July primary election to limit the exposure voters and polling workers have to the coronavirus. The state will still hold in-person balloting July 14 with new social distancing protocols, but...

Council members could ban smoking in bars in Louisiana city

May. 25, 2020 8:19 PM EDT

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — City leaders in northwest Louisiana will consider banning smoking in bars. KTBS-TV reports the Shreveport City Council is scheduled to consider extending the city's smoking ban to bars, parks and playgrounds on Tuesday. The move would also ban vaping. Councilman John Nickelson said...

More than 200 COVID-19 infections at Guatemala textile plant

May. 25, 2020 6:23 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — More than 200 workers at an export-focused textile plant in Guatemala have tested positive for the novel coronavirus and more results are pending in what could be one of the country's largest outbreaks, officials said Monday. Zulma Calderon, the health prosecutor for Guatemala's Human...

Iowa sees Sunday surge of COVID-19 deaths, confirmed cases

May. 25, 2020 1:46 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa saw a surge of COVID-19 deaths and coronavirus cases over a 36-hour period, with 10 additional deaths and 436 new cases confirmed by midday Monday. The state’s online dashboard showed 459 total deaths since the state’s first COVID-19 death two months ago. The...

Lawsuit: Kansas mayor deleted posts panning virus response

May. 25, 2020 1:44 PM EDT

SCOTT CITY, Kan. (AP) — A resident of a western Kansas town is claiming in a lawsuit that the mayor violated residents' free-speech rights by deleting criticism on social media of how the town was responding to the coronavirus pandemic. Tracy Chambless says in the lawsuit that Scott City and its mayor,...

Cities, counties will soon get first share of federal aid

May. 25, 2020 10:15 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Local governments across Virginia are set to start receiving their first share of federal funding designated to cover spending related to the coronavirus pandemic. Virginia got about $3.1 billion from the federal CARES Act and opted to give half to localities with fewer than 500,000...

Pedestrians pass a street crossing Friday, May 22, 2020, in Tokyo. Tokyo is still under a coronavirus state of emergency until the end of May though there have been no hard lockdowns. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

The Latest: Japan set to end Tokyo's state of emergency

May. 25, 2020 1:09 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — Japan set to remove state of emergency from Tokyo, 4 other...