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A marble urn that contains the cremated remains of security guard Luis Zamudio, who died from symptoms related to COVID-19 at the age of 58, sits on a shelf along with his helmet and his face shield at his home in Lima, Peru, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

The Latest: Australia adds 53 earlier dead to pandemic toll

Sep. 3, 2020 11:21 PM EDT

SYDNEY — Australian authorities have added 53 deaths at nursing homes from earlier this year to the country’s total of coronavirus deaths. Those deaths plus six that officials reported Friday for the previous 24 hours raises Australia’s toll from the pandemic to 737. Victoria state...

Arkansas communities endorse hate crimes law effort

Sep. 2, 2020 6:56 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Community leaders in an Arkansas region that has struggled with racism and white supremacists over the years on Wednesday endorsed an effort by the governor and lawmakers to enact a hate crimes law. The leaders of Harrison and surrounding Boone County signed resolutions denouncing...

An auto parts store employee surveys the damage to the facilty on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020, in Lake Charles, La., in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

The Latest: Reported tornado in Arkansas spins off Laura

Aug. 28, 2020 12:19 AM EDT

The Latest on Laura: JONESBORO, Ark. — A reported tornado tore part of the roof from a rural church in northeastern Arkansas as the remnants of Hurricane Laura crossed the state. Craighead County was under a tornado warning with there was a report of a tornado on the ground Thursday night near the Refuge...

A resident wears a mask to curb the spread of the coronavirus as she speaks on her phone in Beijing on Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The Latest: China nears full re-opening of schools

Aug. 27, 2020 11:52 PM EDT

BEIJING — China began moving into its final weekend before a full re-opening of schools amid continuing measures to prevent any further spread of coronavirus. The country reported just nine new cases on Friday, all brought from outside the country. Hospitals are treating 288 people for COVID-19 and...

This GOES-16 GeoColor satellite image taken Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020, at 2:40 p.m. EDT., and provided by NOAA, shows Hurricane Laura over the Gulf of Mexico. Hurricane Laura strengthened Wednesday into “an extremely dangerous Category 4 hurricane,

The Latest: Louisiana governor closes part of Interstate 10

Aug. 26, 2020 9:32 PM EDT

The Latest on Hurricane Laura (all times local): BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said the state is closing Interstate 10 from around the Atchafalaya Bridge outside of Lafayette all the way into part of Texas, because several stretches within that area are expected to flood. In a radio...

FILE - In this Friday, March 2, 2018 file photo, televangelist Jim Bakker leaves a funeral service for the Rev. Billy Graham in Charlotte, N.C. When the U.S. government extended pandemic hardship loans to thousands of religious institutions, Bakker and Morningside USA, his ministry in Blue Eye, Mo., were among the most high-profile recipients. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Jim Bakker gets PPP loans during legal fight on fraud claims

Aug. 24, 2020 12:35 PM EDT

When the U.S. government extended pandemic hardship loans to thousands of religious institutions, Jim Bakker and Morningside USA, his ministry in Blue Eye, Missouri, were among the most high-profile recipients. On April 28, the pastor received approval for an amount between $650,000 and $1.7 million in Paycheck...

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson speaks Wednesday Aug. 19, 2020, in Little Rock, Ark., during a news conference at the Capitol to reveal a draft of a proposed hate-crime law that will be considered during the next legislative session. (Staton Breidenthal/The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP)

Arkansas governor, lawmakers unveil hate crimes proposal

Aug. 19, 2020 6:51 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' Republican governor, attorney general and a bipartisan group of lawmakers unveiled legislation Wednesday that would impose harsher penalties for crimes motivated by the victim's race, ethnicity or sexual orientation, an effort that would end the state's distinction as one...

FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2015, file photo, Sen. Linda Collins, R-Pocahontas, speaks at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark. Rebecca Lynn O'Donnell on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the death of Collins. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)

Arkansas woman pleads guilty to killing former lawmaker

Aug. 6, 2020 1:40 PM EDT

POCAHONTAS, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas woman pleaded guilty Thursday to killing a former state lawmaker who was found dead from multiple stab wounds outside her home last year. Rebecca Lynn O'Donnell pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and abuse of a corpse in the death of former Arkansas state Sen. Linda...

People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus hold portable fans to cool themselves in the heat in Tokyo, Wednesday, Aug, 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

The Latest: Japan region declares coronavirus emergency

Aug. 5, 2020 11:10 PM EDT

TOKYO — The governor of Japan’s Aichi Prefecture has announced a regional “state of emergency” seeking to curb the coronavirus. Gov. Hideaki Ohmura on Thursday asked businesses to close altogether or close early and urged people to stay home at night. The measures continue through Aug....

Arkansas to fund statue of Black woman civil rights leader

Jul. 29, 2020 6:11 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas officials plan to use a state grant to help fund the construction of a statue of civil rights leader Daisy Bates in the U.S. Capitol, instead of using that money for an easement at the site of a Confederate statue in downtown Little Rock. Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott Jr....