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FILE - In this May 16, 2020, file photo, a billboard is installed on an apartment building encouraging people to wear face masks in Cape Town, South Africa, on the 51st day of a strict government lockdown in a bid to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The pandemic has fractured global relationships as governments act in the interest of their citizens, but John Nkengasong, Africa's top public health official, has helped to steer the continent's 54 countries into an alliance praised as responding better than some richer nations. (AP Photo/Nardus Engelbrecht, File)

The Latest: Online teaching for 3 top Michigan universities

Sep. 24, 2020 6:17 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. — Leaders of Michigan’s three biggest research universities say online teaching will likely last for the entire academic year, keeping many students out of classrooms until next fall. The presidents of the University of Michigan, Michigan State University and Wayne State University...

FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2020 file photo, State school Superintendent Richard Woods speaks at a news conference in Atlanta, where Gov. Brian Kemp announced legislation to cut five mandatory standardized tests for Georgia public school students, including four in high schools. The state Board of Education on Thursday, Aug. 27 chose which four high school tests it will drop. (Bob Andres/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File)

Georgia high school tests might not count toward grades

Sep. 24, 2020 6:05 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Students in Georgia public high schools would face no consequences for failing statewide standardized tests for at least one year under a proposal from state Superintendent Richard Woods in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Woods announced the plan Thursday, saying that he wants the...

Houston sampling wastewater to track spread of COVID-19

Sep. 24, 2020 5:44 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Results from a program that’s testing Houston’s wastewater to monitor the local spread of the coronavirus have shown that it could be a faster way of detecting outbreaks in the nation’s fourth-largest city, officials said Thursday. Since May, the city and scientists from...

FILE - In this May 1, 2018, file photo, Former Donald Trump campaign official Michael Caputo, left, joined by his attorney Dennis C. Vacco, leaves after being interviewed by Senate Intelligence Committee staff investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, on Capitol Hill in Washington. A House subcommittee examining President Donald Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic is launching an investigation into reports that political appointees have meddled with routine government scientific data to better align with Trump’s public statements. The Democrat-led subcommittee said Sept. 14, 2020 that it is requesting transcribed interviews with seven officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Health and Human Services, including communications aide Michael Caputo. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

US Health Department's Caputo has cancer, spokesperson says

Sep. 24, 2020 4:50 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Michael Caputo, who is on a 60-day leave from his role as spokesperson for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services after accusing government scientists of sedition, has metastatic cancer, a state lawmaker said Thursday. Doctors have diagnosed cancer in the head and neck, David...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020 file photo, senior Clinical Research Nurse Ajithkumar Sukumaran prepares the COVID 19 vaccine to administer to a volunteer, at a clinic in London. The British government on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020 says it may take part in a study that tries to deliberately infect volunteers who have been given an experimental vaccine against the coronavirus in an effort to more quickly determine if the vaccine works. The approach, called a challenge study, is risky but proponents think it may produce results faster than typical studies, which wait to see if volunteers who have been given an experimental treatment or a dummy version get sick.  (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

UK may take part in COVID-19 vaccine 'challenge studies'

Sep. 24, 2020 4:37 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The British government says it may take part in a study that tries to deliberately infect volunteers who have been given an experimental vaccine against the coronavirus in an effort to more quickly determine if the vaccine works. The approach, called a challenge study, is risky but...

Montana virus cases hit record; numbers rise in schools

Sep. 24, 2020 1:41 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Newly confirmed coronavirus cases in Montana spiked to another record on Thursday and health officials reported that the number of infections tied to schools had more than doubled in just a week. The state health department reported 333 new confirmed cases of the respiratory virus,...

FILE - In this Tuesday, March 3, 2020 file photo, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures, during a press conference at Downing Street on the government's coronavirus action plan in London. Britain botched its response to the coronavirus the first time around. Now many scientists fear it’s about to do it again.
The virus is on the rise again in the U.K., which has recorded almost 42,000 COVID-19 deaths, with confirmed infections at their highest level since May.  (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, Pool, File)

As virus surges, critics say UK hasn't learned from mistakes

Sep. 24, 2020 1:03 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain bungled its response to the coronavirus the first time around. Now many scientists fear it’s about to do it again. The virus is on the rise once more in the U.K., which has recorded almost 42,000 COVID-19 deaths, with confirmed daily infections hitting a record-high 6,634 on...

Earthquake measuring 4.2 shakes Turkish megacity of Istanbul

Sep. 24, 2020 12:03 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — An earthquake measuring magnitude 4.2 hit near Istanbul on Thursday, a Turkish government agency reported, causing some residents to rush outdoors in fear. There was no immediate report of damage or casualties. The Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency said the quake was centered in...

Sweden: Bones of dog found at Stone Age burial site

Sep. 24, 2020 8:28 AM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Archaeologists on Thursday reported finding the remains of a dog from more than 8,400 years ago at a human burial site in southern Sweden. “The dog is well preserved, and the fact that it is buried in the middle of the Stone Age settlement is unique,” osteologist Ola Magnell...

Choir practice in Spain infects 30 of 41 members with virus

Sep. 24, 2020 8:03 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — At least 30 of 41 members of a gospel choir in northeastern Spain have contracted coronavirus following a rehearsal indoors with little air circulation, local authorities and the chorus say. The River Troupe Gospel, a volunteer gospel group, rehearsed on Sept. 11 ahead of an open-air...