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A medical worker wearing gear to protect against coronavirus infection disinfects a driver of his ambulance after escorting a patient to a hospital for COVID-19 patients in St.Petersburg, Russia, Thursday, June 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

The Latest: Filipino leader says US unrest hurts virus fight

Jun. 4, 2020 11:59 PM EDT

MANILLA, Philippines — Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte says that he is glad “Filipinos are really law-abiding” and that the Philippines is not going through unrest like America, which would make the coronavirus quarantine enforcement formidable. Duterte made the remarks during a...

Closed businesses are seen on Bourbon Street due to the coronavirus pandemic, in New Orleans, Friday, April 24, 2020. (Max Becherer/The Advocate via AP)

Louisiana loosens virus restrictions; bars can reopen Friday

Jun. 4, 2020 7:36 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Nearly three months after they were closed because of the coronavirus, Louisiana's bars, spas and tattoo shops can begin restarting operations Friday, as the state continues to loosen its virus-related restrictions. Gov. John Bel Edwards issued the latest restrictions Thursday,...

This image provided by West Virginia governors office, Gov. Jim Justice holds a news conference regarding the COVID-19 epidemic, Friday, May 29, 2020 in Charleston, W.Va.   (West Virginia governors office via AP)

About 4.5K file for jobless aid as reopenings continue

Jun. 4, 2020 5:26 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — About 4,500 West Virginians filed for unemployment aid last week despite the gradual reopening of businesses in the state, according to federal statistics released Thursday. The filings are slightly down from the previous week though they remain historically high. State officials...

Dealers in masks wait for customers before the reopening of the D Las Vegas hotel and casino, Wednesday, June 3, 2020, in Las Vegas. Casinos were allowed to reopen on Thursday after temporary closures as a precaution against the coronavirus. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Vegas, baby! Casinos reopen after long coronavirus closure

Jun. 4, 2020 5:00 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Mask use was spotty among customers as casinos in Las Vegas and throughout Nevada reopened Thursday for the first time since March following a closure to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. “Wash your hands while saying, ‘Vegas Baby!' 20 times," a video marquee cheered on...

Oklahoma justices asked to settle compact tiff with governor

Jun. 4, 2020 3:56 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma’s Republican legislative leaders asked the state Supreme Court on Thursday to settle whether Gov. Kevin Stitt overstepped his authority when he reached deals with two Native American tribes to allow sports gambling. That was Attorney General Mike Hunter’s...

Horse racing returns to Louisiana's Acadiana region

Jun. 4, 2020 3:30 PM EDT

OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) — The 2020 Evangeline Downs horse racing season opens Friday, almost three months later than originally scheduled. Because of the delayed start, Evangeline Downs' racing schedule will only include 50 days instead of the planned 84 days. The summer meet is still scheduled to end...

In this Feb. 22, 2019 photo, players gather around a table of craps at the Golden Nugget casino in Atlantic City N.J. Commercial casinos in 25 U.S. states won $43.6 billion from gamblers in 2019, an increase of nearly 4% from the previous year, according to a report issued late Wednesday, June 3, 2020, by The American Gaming Association, the casino industry’s national trade group. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

US commercial casinos won $43.6 billion in 2019, up 3.7%

Jun. 4, 2020 11:47 AM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Helped by the continuing spread of legal sports betting, commercial casinos in the U.S. won $43.6 billion from gamblers last year, an increase of 3.7% from the previous year. In a report issued late Wednesday, The American Gaming Association, the casino industry’s national...

Long-closed Woodland race track in Kansas is for sale

Jun. 4, 2020 12:56 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — After failing to convince lawmakers to change the state's gambling laws, the owner of a long-closed Kansas horse and dog racing track is selling the property. The Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas, said in a news release Wednesday that Las Vegas casino...

Students wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus stand in a line to have their body temperatures checked before entering their classrooms at a high school in Ulsan, South Korea, Wednesday, Jun 3, 2020. (Bae Byung-soo/Newsis via AP)

The Latest: New Zealand on verge of eradicating virus

Jun. 3, 2020 10:02 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 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. ___ WELLINGTON, New Zealand - New Zealand is on the verge of eradicating the virus from its...

Edwards names new chairman of Louisiana gambling board

Jun. 3, 2020 6:33 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards quickly tapped a new leader for Louisiana's gambling regulatory board Wednesday, only two days after the Senate surprised the governor by blocking confirmation of his previous pick who had held the job for seven years. The Democratic governor announced that Lt....