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White House expert, researcher see Arizona cases leveling

Jul. 8, 2020 5:26 PM EDT

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — One of the nation's coronavirus hot spots got a sliver a good news Wednesday when an Arizona State University researcher and the White House’s coronavirus response coordinator both said an exponential rise in the percentage of people testing positive for the virus appears to...

Ducey orders flag honor for pilot killed in wildfire fight

Jul. 8, 2020 10:18 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Gov. Doug Ducey has ordered that flags on state buildings be flown at half-staff Wednesday for a pilot killed in a helicopter crash while helping fight a wildfire. The crash that killed Bryan Boatman of Glendale occurred Tuesday under unknown circumstances, officials said. The identity of...

FILE - In this July 2, 2020, file photo, a trainer, top, at Mountainside Fitness, works with a client in Phoenix. Mountainside Fitness CEO Tom Hatten said Friday, July 3, he would keep his chain open for now. “We are going to stay open until we have our day in court, which is Monday morning,” Hatten said at a Mountainside location in Scottsdale. “If the court does not allow a stay, we will comply and respect the court’s decision. We will deal with being closed again.” (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Health club chain loses bid to stop Arizona shutdown order

Jul. 7, 2020 6:06 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A judge has rejected a request by an Arizona health club chain to stop enforcement of Gov. Doug Ducey’s shutdown of gyms, leading the fitness business to temporarily close its doors after disobeying the governor's order for a week as Arizona experienced a sharp increase in coronavirus...

Students wearing face masks to protect against the new coronavirus have their documents checked by security officers before the first day of China's national college entrance examinations, known as the gaokao, in Beijing, Tuesday, July 7, 2020. China's college entrance exams began in Beijing on Tuesday after being delayed by a month due to the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: Air New Zealand puts hold on new flight bookings

Jul. 6, 2020 11:02 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand’s national carrier has put a temporary hold on new bookings for flights into the country while the government tries to find enough quarantined hotel rooms for people returning home. Air New Zealand says the hold will last for three weeks and it is also trying...

A sports bar is empty before it closed early Monday, June 29, 2020, in Phoenix. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has shut down bars, movie theaters, gyms and water parks amid a dramatic resurgence of coronavirus cases. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Arizona officials: Most virus cases involve younger people

Jul. 6, 2020 7:21 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Arizona has now surpassed 100,000, and younger people, not the elderly, make up more than half of them, state health officials said Monday. The Department of Health Services said more than 62,000 of the 101,441 reported cases involve people...

Medical personnel prepare to test hundreds of people lined up in vehicles Saturday, June 27, 2020, in Phoenix's western neighborhood of Maryvalefor free COVID-19 tests organized by Equality Health Foundation, which focuses on care in underserved communities. As coronavirus infections explode in states like Arizona and Florida, people in communities of color are fighting to get tested. Public health experts say wider testing helps people in underserved neighborhoods and is key to controlling a pandemic. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Latino, Black neighborhoods struggle with test disparities

Jul. 6, 2020 9:54 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A Latino cook whose co-worker got COVID-19 waited in his truck for a free swab at a rare testing event in a low-income neighborhood in Phoenix. A Hispanic tile installer queued up after two weeks of self-isolation while his father battled the coronavirus in intensive care. He didn't know his...

Danielle Savin, co-owner of a bar called Bob's Your Uncle, poses for a photo, Tuesday, June 30, 2020, at the bar in Miami Beach, Fla. Savin owns two bars that were forced to shut down for months in both New York and Miami Beach. When the pandemic first hit and New York was the country's epicenter she feared for that business, but months later the two states have flip-flopped. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Across Sun Belt, hopes for economy give way to renewed fears

Jul. 4, 2020 10:17 AM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — At the beginning of March, Joey Conicella and Alex Marin were riding high. Their new Orlando restaurant, Hungry Pants, had drawn rave reviews. With revenue rising, they planned to hire more servers. Sunday brunch service was coming soon. That was just before the coronavirus...

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee removes his mask as he begins a news conference Wednesday, July 1, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Governors stress 'personal responsibility' over virus orders

Jul. 4, 2020 8:06 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Earlier this week, as Tennessee registered what then was its highest single-day coronavirus case increase, Gov. Bill Lee held a news conference and issued a stern response. It wasn't a mandate to wear masks in public or clamp down on businesses or social gatherings. Instead, it was...

People purchase fireworks on Thursday, July 2, 2020, in Dublin, Calif. For many Americans, the Fourth of July won't be about big festivities but setting off fireworks themselves. Hundreds of cities and towns have canceled shows Saturday because of the coronavirus pandemic, and sales of consumer fireworks are booming; though officials are concerned about fires and injuries with more pyrotechnics going off in backyards and at block parties. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

More fireworks in Americans' hands for July 4 raises risks

Jul. 3, 2020 9:51 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — For many Americans, the Fourth of July will be more intimate this year. It also could be riskier. Saturday will be unlike any Independence Day in recent memory. From Atlanta to San Diego, hundreds of fireworks shows have been canceled as officials restrict large gatherings during the...

Mountainside Fitness CEO Tom Hatten speaks to reporters at one of his health clubs in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Friday, July 3, 2020. Hatten said he would keep his facilities open despite a state order to shut down or face possible legal action. (AP Photo/Terry Tang)

Arizona health club complies with order as cases skyrocket

Jul. 3, 2020 8:33 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — One of two health club chains in Arizona that had defied a state order to shut down and faced possible legal action said Friday it had closed. Life Time Fitness informed state officials of its decision after getting a letter on Thursday threatening legal action by the state. Mountainside...