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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)

The Latest: US requires virus test data to include race, sex

Jun. 4, 2020 2:36 PM EDT

The U.S. government is requiring the collection of additional demographic details from people tested for COVID-19, including their sex, age, race and ethnicity. The extra data requirements apply to hospitals and laboratories and are intended to help track the virus’ impact on various racial, age and...

Senate confirms Trump's pick to lead Voice of America

Jun. 4, 2020 2:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A divided Senate voted along party lines Thursday to confirm President Donald Trump’s choice to head the Voice of America and other U.S. government-funded international broadcasters that have been the subject of harsh criticism from the White House. Despite significant Democratic...

Martin Luther King III takes a moment by George Floyd's casket Thursday, June 4, 2020, before a memorial service for George Floyd in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Floyd to be eulogized in Minneapolis memorial, first of 3

Jun. 4, 2020 2:10 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Mourners filed into a sanctuary in Minneapolis on Thursday for the first in a series of a memorials to George Floyd, whose death at the hands of police has sparked sporadic violence and turbulent protests around the world against racial injustice. The afternoon service was set for North...

Social distancing guidelines on the floor by train departure information screens to help stop the spread of coronavirus in Waterloo station, London, Thursday, June 4, 2020. Waterloo station, which is wide recognised as the busiest train station in Britain, is still much quieter than normal as most commuters are working from home and not commuting into central London offices. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

UK hosts vaccine summit amid calls for free virus vaccine

Jun. 4, 2020 2:06 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A vaccine summit hosted by the British government on Thursday raised billions of dollars to immunize children in developing countries as experts wrestled with the difficult question of how any potential vaccine against the new coronavirus might be distributed globally — and fairly. The...

FILE - In this June 1, 2020, file photo President Donald Trump departs the White House to visit outside St. John's Church in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Pentagon-Trump clash breaks open over military and protests

Jun. 4, 2020 1:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is not only drawing criticism from his usual political foes but also facing backtalk from his defense secretary, his former Pentagon chief and a growing number of fellow Republicans. A day after Defense Secretary Mark Esper shot down Trump's idea of using...

A currency trader walks by the screens showing the Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI), left, and the foreign exchange rate between U.S. dollar and South Korean won at the foreign exchange dealing room in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, June 4, 2020.  Asian stock markets are mixed after Wall Street rose on better U.S. jobs and manufacturing data than expected.(AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Stocks slip on Wall Street as a 4-day rally peters out

Jun. 4, 2020 1:44 PM EDT

Stocks gave up some early gains and were lower on Wall Street in afternoon trading as the market takes a pause following its longest winning streak in nearly four months. The S&P 500 was down 0.5%, as of 1:30 p.m. Eastern time, after earlier being on track for its first five-day winning streak since December....

Nation's public schools need major repairs, report finds

Jun. 4, 2020 1:30 PM EDT

The majority of U.S. public school districts need to make major building repairs in at least half of their schools, yet many districts are unable to pay for updates or have postponed them to improve security in case of a shooting, according to a federal report. The U.S. Government Accountability Office on...

A fireman sprays disinfectant at mannequins as a precaution against coronavirus outbreak, at Tanah Abang textile market in Jakarta, Indonesia, Thursday, June 4, 2020. Authorities in Indonesia's capital will ease a partial lockdown as the world's fourth most populous nation braces to gradually reopen its economy. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

Jun. 4, 2020 1:03 PM EDT

The United Nations is among organizations urging companies to create a “people's vaccine” for COVID-19 that would be free to everyone once one is developed. In a hopeful sign, almost 1.9 million people applied for unemployment benefits in the United States, the ninth straight week of decline, as the...

In this Wednesday, June 3, 2020 photo, a manager at the Presidente Supermarket uses a forklift to move a shipment of food at the store in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami.  U.S. productivity fell at a 0.9% rate in the first three months of this year, a smaller decline than first estimated, while labor costs rose at a slightly faster pace. The Labor Department reported Thursday that the first quarter decline in productivity was smaller than the initial estimate a month ago of a 2.5% drop. Labor costs rose at a 5.1% rate, slightly faster than the 4.8% increase first reported.(AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

US productivity falls at 0.9% rate in first quarter

Jun. 4, 2020 12:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. productivity fell at a 0.9% rate in the first three months of this year, a smaller decline than first estimated, while labor costs rose at a slightly faster pace. The Labor Department reported Thursday that the first-quarter decline in productivity was smaller than the initial...

FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 17, 2020 file photo, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova gestures as she attends Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's annual roundup news conference summing up his ministry's work in 2019, in Moscow, Russia. Russia's Foreign Ministry has accused the Financial Times and the New York Times of spreading

Russia angrily denies German allegations on 2015 cyberattack

Jun. 4, 2020 12:05 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian Foreign Ministry on Thursday angrily rejected Germany's allegations over Russian intelligence involvement in a cyberattack against the German parliament. The ministry's spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, said the claim concerning a 2015 hacking attack on the German parliament was...