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Two men in vintage US WWII uniforms walk toward the Les Braves monument at sunrise prior to a D-Day 76th anniversary ceremony in Saint Laurent sur Mer, Normandy, France, Saturday, June 6, 2020. Due to coronavirus measures many ceremonies and memorials have been cancelled in the region with the exception of very small gatherings. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

The loneliest of D-Day remembrances is hit by pandemic

Jun. 6, 2020 4:00 AM EDT

COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, France (AP) — At daybreak on Saturday, Charles Shay stood lonesome without any fellow veteran on the very same beach where he waded ashore 76 years ago, part of one of the most epic battles in military historic that came to be known as D-Day and turned the tide of World War II. Compared...

German bomb experts defuse WWII-era bomb in Frankfurt

Jun. 5, 2020 10:54 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — A World War II bomb discovered in the grounds of Frankfurt's convention center was defused on Friday after around 2,700 people were asked to leave their homes, the fire service said. The 500-kilogram (1,100-pound) American bomb was found on Tuesday during construction work. Police...

World War II D-Day veteran and Penobscot Elder from Maine, Charles Norman Shay poses on the dune overlooking Omaha Beach prior to a ceremony at his memorial in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, Normandy, France, Friday, June 5, 2020. Saturday's anniversary of D-Day will be one of the loneliest remembrances ever, as the coronavirus pandemic is keeping almost everyone away, from government leaders to frail veterans who might not get another chance for a final farewell to their unlucky comrades. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

On sad anniversary, few to mourn the D-Day dead in Normandy

Jun. 5, 2020 10:12 AM EDT

SAINT-LAURENT-SUR-MER, France (AP) — At least the dead will always be there. All too many have been, for 76 years since that fateful June 6 on France's Normandy beaches, when allied troops in 1944 turned the course of World War II and went on to defeat fascism in Europe in one of the most remarkable feats...

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...

FILE- In this June 6, 2020 file photo, an emotional Stephen Ambrose, the National D-Day Museum founder, acknowledges applause as he is introduced at opening ceremonies for the museum in New Orleans. Director Steven Spielberg applauds at right as Tom Brokaw of NBC News applauds at center left. Before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the National WWII Museum in New Orleans was planning on a 20th anniversary crowd of thousands. The National D-Day Museum was designated the National World War II museum a few years after it opened. (AP Photo/Bill Haber, file)

COVID-19 puts National WWII Museum 20th anniversary online

Jun. 4, 2020 1:40 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the National WWII Museum in New Orleans was planning on a 20th anniversary crowd of thousands. Now it's working to avoid crowds by selling a limited number of scheduled tickets and holding all anniversary commemorations - including an annual D-Day...

Work shirt became Tuscumbia sailor's family legacy

May. 31, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (AP) — Before going off to the Navy in World War II, Tuscumbia native Fred Martin Coburn hung his blue work shirt on a nail at his family’s house. The oldest brother of a large family that included five brothers and two sisters, Coburn never would return to retrieve that shirt....

At 100, WWII vet has seen both loss and the lights of life

May. 30, 2020 3:05 AM EDT

YORK, Pa. (AP) — One of the great survivors stood proudly at his door, which was decorated with American flags. He looked out onto another day, the sun breaking through the clouds. His face lit up through all its years. "I've got the handiest apartment around," Dale Chapman said. Just a few feet away are...

Activist Yoon Meehyang, who begins her four-year term as a lawmaker for the ruling liberal party on Saturday, speaks during a news conference at National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, May 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Lawmaker-elect denies wrongdoing over 'comfort women' funds

May. 29, 2020 5:01 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A prominent South Korean activist who was recently elected to the National Assembly denied on Friday that she misused public donations for Korean survivors of Japanese wartime sexual slavery. Yoon Meehyang, who begins her four-year term as a lawmaker for the ruling liberal party...

A woman walks past a boarded up business, Thursday, May 28, 2020, in East Cleveland, Ohio. The state says about 1.3 million Ohioans have filed unemployment claims in the past 10 weeks as Ohio's stay-at-home order depressed the economy and led to widespread layoffs. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services says about 42,000 people filed claims for the week ending May 23. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Rising US job losses stir fears of lasting economic damage

May. 28, 2020 10:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The coronavirus crisis threw at least 2.1 million Americans out of work last week despite the gradual reopening of businesses around the country, stoking fears Thursday that the scourge is doing deep and potentially long-lasting damage to the U.S. economy. Despite a few glimmers of hope,...

Emily DiPalma Aho looks over photographs and memorabilia of her father, Emilio DiPalma, a World War II veteran, at her home in Jaffrey, N.H., Wednesday, May 13, 2020. Emilio, who as a 19-year-old U.S. Army infantryman stood guard at the Nuremberg Nazi war crimes trials, died last month at the age of 93 after contracting the coronavirus at Holyoke Soldiers' Home in Massachusetts. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Lives Lost: Veteran guarded Nazis during war crimes trial

May. 28, 2020 7:45 PM EDT

Emilio DiPalma was, as he liked to say, just a kid from western Massachusetts when he found himself in a front-row seat to history as a courtroom guard in Nuremberg, Germany, during the first and most famous trial of Nazi war criminals in 1945. The 19-year-old had fought Germans on the front lines in World War...