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Firefighter Elielson Silva plays his trumpet on the top of a ladder for residents cooped up at home, during a lockdown to help contain the spread of the new coronavirus in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, April 5, 2020. As he played in several Rio neighborhoods on Sunday, his final numbers were Brazil’s national anthem, then “Hallelujah.” (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Rio firefighter trades hose for horn to extinguish the blues

Apr. 7, 2020 11:15 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Decked out in full firefighting gear, Elielson Silva stands 150 feet above the ground atop a retractable ladder poking up from a red fire truck. His lofty perch is about as high as Rio de Janeiro's colossal Maracana soccer stadium behind him. Silva faces a row of apartment buildings...

Feds extend waiver on monitors for some East Coast fisheries

Apr. 7, 2020 2:15 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The federal government has extended a waiver on the requirement for at-sea monitors for some East Coast fisheries. Fishing boats often carry human observers, or at-sea monitors, to gather data that is important to the management of fisheries. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric...

Andrew Goetze holds a sign in opposition to a Palm Sunday service taking place at Godspeak Calvary Chapel Sunday, April 5, 2020, in Newbury Park, Calif. Many churches, beaches, parks and hiking trails around the state have been closed because they attracted large crowds amid the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

California county requires wearing masks when going outside

Apr. 5, 2020 11:10 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Just days after recommending that people wear masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, a county in Southern California went a step further and ordered all residents to cover their faces when leaving home as the number of infections and deaths continued to rise across California. ...

Georgia Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division Corporal Barry Britt, right, enforces Gov. Bryan Kemp's order to open the beaches on Tybee Island, Ga., Saturday, April 4, 2020, allowing people to exercise outside, with social distancing of at least six feet because of the coronavirus outbreak. (Stephen B. Morton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Island mayor battles Georgia governor over virus limitations

Apr. 5, 2020 6:04 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A small coastal city in Georgia that thrives on tourism closed its beach, fearing carefree crowds of teenagers and college students posed too great a risk for spreading the new coronavirus. Two weeks later, the state's governor has reversed that decision, saying people weathering the...

A pedestrian in a mask during the coronavirus outbreak walks by a mural of the late actor James Dean on Hollywood Boulevard, Saturday, April 4, 2020, in Hollywood section of Los Angeles. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

California COVID-19 testing backlog cut by two-thirds

Apr. 4, 2020 11:03 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has cut its COVID-19 testing backlog by more than two-thirds, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Saturday, but has still managed to test less than one half of 1% of the state's nearly 40 million residents. “I own that. I have a responsibility as your governor to do...

The empty Zell B. Miller Learning Center on the campus of the University of Georgia, in Athens, Ga, on Thursday, April 2, 2020. UGA moved all classes online for the remainder of spring and summer semesters as well as canceling spring commencement In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and coronavirus. (Joshua L. Jones/Athens Banner-Herald via AP)

Virus deaths top 200 in Georgia as stay-home order kicks in

Apr. 4, 2020 7:13 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Coronavirus deaths in Georgia exceeded 200 on Saturday as people statewide spent their first full day under the governor's emergency order to stay home. The Georgia Department of Public Health reported that at least 208 people have died from illnesses related to the coronavirus as of...

FILE - In this March 5, 2018, file photo, a person photographs a shipwreck's remains after a nor'easter that battered the New England coast made it visible on Short Sands Beach in York, Maine. Researcher Stefan Claesson said in April 2020, that he believes the vessel is the Defiance, a sloop that washed ashore during a violent storm in 1769. The shipwreck, last exposed by the 2018 storm, reappears every few years due to natural ocean movements. (Deb Cram/Portsmouth Herald via AP, File)

Researcher believes he has ID'd shipwreck in Maine

Apr. 3, 2020 9:29 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A researcher believes he's identified the mysterious shipwreck that appears from time to time in the right conditions on a beach in York. The ship's remains, which were last exposed by a nor'easter in 2018, are likely those of the Defiance, a sloop that washed ashore during a violent...

An Impoverished Indians gives his finger print on a biometric machine after purchasing food ration in Prayagraj, India, Thursday, April 2, 2020. India is adding more resources to tackle its increase in coronavirus cases by announcing that private hospitals may be requisitioned to help treat virus patients, and turning railway cars and a motor racing circuit into makeshift quarantine facilities. The steps were taken after a nationwide lockdown announced last week by Prime Minister Narendra Modi led to a mass exodus of migrant workers from cities to their villages, often on foot and without food and water, raising fears that the virus may have reached to the countryside, where health care facilities are limited. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

The Latest: India's PM looks to boost country's morale

Apr. 3, 2020 12:38 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: — India's PM urges citizens to light candles Sunday night to...

Social distancing means leave those seals alone, feds say

Apr. 2, 2020 3:00 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The federal government wants people seeking social distance to know they still have to stay away from seals they encounter at the beach. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Wednesday more people are spending time outdoors as the East Coast approaches the harbor seal...

A drive-thru COVID-19 testing facility is set up in Camden, N.J., Tuesday, March 31, 2020, in view of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. The newly erected facility is scheduled to open Wednesday. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

New Jersey death toll from COVID-19 approaching 300

Mar. 31, 2020 6:17 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's death toll from the coronavirus approached 300 on Tuesday, Gov. Phil Murphy said, just a day after the tally reached about 200. The number of positive cases is near 19,000, up from about 16,000, while the death toll climbed from 198 to 267 overnight, Murphy said during a...