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Medical personnel prepare a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, in San Antonio. Coronavirus testing in Texas has dropped significantly, mirroring nationwide trends, just as schools reopen and football teams charge ahead with plans to play. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Texas testing drops as schools reopen, prepare for football

Aug. 15, 2020 11:52 AM EDT

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Anyone can get a coronavirus test at the CentroMed clinic in San Antonio, but on a recent day, the drive-thru was empty. Finally two masked people in a maroon SUV pulled straight on through with no wait. With hundreds of deaths reported each day, students returning to class and football...

Work ongoing at US nuclear repository despite virus cases

Aug. 15, 2020 11:26 AM EDT

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Managers of the federal government’s underground nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico say operations are ongoing despite a recent increase in COVID-19 cases among workers. The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant has seen cases among workers more than double in the last...

Work crews spray on the synthetic surface while constructing the new track at Platt High School in Meriden, Conn., Tuesday, Jun3 2, 2020. (Dave Zajac/Record-Journal via AP)

Connecticut student mask requirement challenged in court

Aug. 15, 2020 11:20 AM EDT

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — Two Connecticut parents filed an appeal in state court challenging a Department of Education requirement that students returning to classrooms this fall wear face masks. The appeal filed Friday in Superior Court in New Britain seeks to have the department rescind the requirement...

W&M president, other top leaders taking pay cuts

Aug. 15, 2020 11:18 AM EDT

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — Top leaders at the College of William & Mary are taking pay cuts in response to financial uncertainty related to the COVID-19 pandemic. President Katherine Rowe will ask the governing board of the Williamsburg school to decrease her compensation by 15% through the end of 2020,...

Zita Robinson, left, who's 77 and diabetic, blows a kiss to her granddaughter Traris

Homes with grandparents weigh virus risk as school starts

Aug. 15, 2020 11:10 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Zita Robinson, who's 77 and diabetic, has been careful around her granddaughter since the coronavirus pandemic took hold. A door connects Robinson's apartment in Phoenix to the main house where 8-year-old Traris “Trary” Robinson-Newman and her mother live, but it mostly stays...

Clarksdale mayor: City staff hit hard with coronavirus

Aug. 15, 2020 10:52 AM EDT

CLARKSDALE, Miss. (AP) — So many employees have contracted COVID-19 in one Mississippi city that the mayor has had to hire contractors to fill in. “COVID-19 is running all through every department at the city of Clarksdale," Mayor Chuck Espy said Friday on Facebook Live. "A lot of my team members...

Kansas teachers who quit over virus worries face penalties

Aug. 15, 2020 10:48 AM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas teachers who quit because they don't feel safe returning to teaching in-person classes during the coronavirus pandemic might have to pay their school districts up to $10,000 for backing out of their contracts. Penalties for quitting or resigning are meant to help districts find...

A man rides his scooter in front of a marked version of Vladimir Tretchikoff's

The Latest: South Africa risk high, No. 5 in virus cases

Aug. 15, 2020 10:47 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG — A report in South Africa says there is a higher risk of Black or mixed-race patients dying of COVID-19 in the country’s hospitals than white patients. A report by the National Institute for Communicable Diseases indicates the association but doesn’t go into detail. South...

Alabama high schools limiting fan attendance for football

Aug. 15, 2020 10:36 AM EDT

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama high schools are severely limiting attendance at football games this fall because of the coronavirus pandemic, and at least one canceled sports after deciding it wasn't worth the risk to play. Opelika High School said it will cap attendance at about 30% of the stadium’s...

Thunder Basin High School senior Brian Jackson marches in line with classmates as the school's marching band preps for the upcoming season during a morning band camp session in Gillette, Wyo., on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. The coronavirus pandemic has the local high school musicians marching to a different drummer.   (Mike Moore/Gillette News Record via AP)

Wyoming high school marching bands reunite amid COVID-19

Aug. 15, 2020 10:10 AM EDT

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic has local high school musicians marching to a different drummer. That was evident during the morning hours of week-long of band camps for Campbell County and Thunder Basin high schools as band members practiced the fundamentals without their instruments....