Latest Fourth of July News

Fayetteville food trucks gain popularity amid pandemic

Sep. 27, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Melissa and Jason Wilson harbored a longtime dream of owning their own restaurant. And when they came into a little money, they decided to make that dream come true. But it wasn’t a brick-and-mortar restaurant they invested in — it was the mobile kind. They opened...

Nevada COVID-19 positivity rises after month-long decline

Sep. 24, 2020 6:18 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Likely spurred by increased exposures to the coronavirus at social gatherings during the Labor Day weekend, Nevada’s statewide daily positivity rate for COVID-19 is on an upward trend after a steady decline over the past month, health officials say. A recent surge in Washoe County...

FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2019, file photo, a balloon is inflated at the 2019 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, N.M. Organizers had to cancel this year's event due to the coronavirus pandemic, but Mayor Tim Keller said Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, he wants to keep the tradition alive for residents. So local pilots are being invited to launch from city parks, golf courses and other open spaces from Oct. 3-11. (Roberto E. Rosales/The Albuquerque Journal via AP, File )

Albuquerque aims to save spirit of annual balloon fiesta

Sep. 23, 2020 6:58 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Fall in Albuquerque just isn’t fall without the annual international hot air balloon fiesta, with its massive morning ascensions filling the skies with colorful balloons from around the globe as spectators watch from the packed launch field below. Organizers had to cancel...

Dr. Deborah Birx, a high-ranking member of President Trump's coronavirus response team, exits Sid McDonald Hall to conduct a press conference at the University of Alabama Friday Sept. 11, 2020, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (Gary Cosby Jr./The Tuscaloosa News via AP)

Labor Day holiday has yet to lead to virus surge in Alabama

Sep. 22, 2020 1:58 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A feared increase in Alabama's coronavirus caseload after Labor Day get-togethers has yet to materialize two weeks after the holiday, leaving health officials cautiously optimistic. While new cases are being confirmed daily and about 240 people have died of COVID-19 since the first...

FILE - In this early Friday, May 29, 2020 file photo, a protester carries a U.S. flag upside, a sign of distress, next to a burning building in Minneapolis. Protests over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody Monday, broke out in Minneapolis and across the country. The U.S. has been dramatically disrupted in a matter of months, brought low by a global pandemic, Depression-era economic dislocation, and then, nationwide unrest over racial injustice. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

AMERICA DISRUPTED: Troubles cleave a nation, and a city

Sep. 17, 2020 9:41 AM EDT

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — It was difficult to celebrate America in Saginaw this year. The deadly coronavirus had torn through the county. Unemployment had surged five-fold. Weeks of protest over racial inequality left many debating what should be hallowed and what must be changed. But Tom Roy had given it his...

FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2019, file photo, Kanye West appears on stage during a service at Lakewood Church in Houston. The Arizona Supreme Court is considering an appeal by West of a decision on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, that barred him from appearing on the state's Nov. 3 ballot as an independent presidential candidate. Ballot printing deadlines are fast approaching in the state. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke, File)

Arizona Supreme Court denies West's bid to appear on ballot

Sep. 8, 2020 6:47 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected Kanye West’s bid to appear on the state’s Nov. 3 ballot as an independent presidential candidate, just hours before eight of the state’s 15 counties faced a deadline for printing ballots. The decision marked the end of the...

People fishing at the Newport Fishing Pier in Sunny Isles Beach as the coronavirus pandemic continues on Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020. (David Santiago/Miami Herald via AP)

Florida posts fewest new cases of COVID-19 since mid-June

Sep. 7, 2020 4:02 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida reported 1,838 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, the lowest single-day number of new infections reported by state health officials since June 15. But health officials across the state were waiting to see if the Labor Day weekend might produce an uptick in the number of...

New Orleans officials express concern over Labor Day crowds

Sep. 6, 2020 6:07 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Large crowds in New Orleans over the Labor Day weekend prompted city officials to issue a warning that the activity could cause a spike in coronavirus cases and that businesses will face citations for violating rules. “The city is aware of large crowd activity in violation of the...

People visit Robert W. Crown Memorial State Beach during the coronavirus outbreak in Alameda, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Crowds pack beaches as California bakes in weekend heat wave

Sep. 6, 2020 12:53 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California is sweltering under a dangerous heat wave Labor Day weekend that was spreading triple-digit temperatures over much of the state, raising concerns about power outages and the spread of the coronavirus as throngs of people packed beaches and mountains for relief. Death Valley...

Cannon Beach City Council bans fireworks

Sep. 5, 2020 9:11 AM EDT

CANNON BEACH, Ore. (AP) — After what the city called one of the worst years for fireworks during the Fourth of July holiday, the City Council unanimously voted this week to ban all fireworks. Legal fireworks were allowed within city limits, but not on the beach. The new ordinance extends the ban on...