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A bartender brings drinks to customers in a cafe of Saint Jean de Luz, southwestern France, Tuesday June 2, 2020. The French way of life resumes Tuesday with most virus-related restrictions easing as the country prepares for the summer holiday season amid the pandemic. Restaurants and cafes reopen Tuesday with a notable exception for the Paris region, the country's worst-affected by the virus, where many facilities will have to wait until June 22 to reopen. (AP Photo/Bob Edme)

The Latest: Paris expands mask requirements for pedestrians

Aug. 14, 2020 7:26 PM EDT

PARIS — Paris is expanding the areas of the city where pedestrians will be obliged to wear masks starting Saturday morning, with health officials saying the coronavirus is “active” in the French capital and the Mediterranean city of Marseille, The Champs-Elysees Avenue and the area around...

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AP PHOTOS: Clowns suffer, adapt in Peru due to the pandemic

Aug. 14, 2020 7:07 PM EDT

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Circuses in Peru are built around clowns, providing work for more than 500 of the characters. But the shows have been struggling in recent years, their patrons lured away by the internet, video games and other live entertainment, and then the pandemic hit. The coronavirus has kept...

An exhibit at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, in Springfield, Mass., shown Tuesday, June 23, 2020, features images of Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant. Bryant was among nine people, along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, killed in a helicopter crash in January of 2020, in California. The museum is scheduled to reopen in the beginning of July 2020 after a renovation.  (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

The Latest: Alabama veterans preach caution to teammates

Aug. 14, 2020 6:13 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Alabama running back Najee Harris is hoping he and his teammates can deal with 12 weeks “of just really trying to be safe.” The Crimson Tide star and other veterans have preached caution to teammates while also...

Candy Boyd, left, owner of Boyd Funeral Home, is helped as she brings in the body of Lydia Nunez, who died from COVID-19, during a funeral service at the Metropolitan Baptist Church Tuesday, July 21, 2020, in Los Angeles. When people began dying from the coronavirus in the United States, for a few weeks funeral home owner Boyd declined to receive the remains of such patients. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Fear and empathy at LA funeral home serving Black families

Aug. 14, 2020 6:00 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When people began dying from the coronavirus in the United States, for a few weeks funeral home owner Candy Boyd declined to receive the remains of such patients. There were too many unknowns, and Boyd didn’t feel like her employees had the training or equipment to safely handle...

Virus infection rates up in some rural Missouri counties

Aug. 14, 2020 4:32 PM EDT

BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — Coronavirus infections increased at a higher rate in several rural Missouri counties over the past two weeks compared to the state's major metropolitan areas. While many more people have been sickened by the virus in major metropolitan areas including St. Louis and Kansas City, the...

People queue in line to check-in for a British Airways flight to Heathrow airport, Friday Aug.14, 2020 at Nice airport, southern France. British holidaymakers in France were mulling whether to return home early Friday to avoid having to self-isolate for 14 days following the U.K. government's decision to reimpose quarantine restrictions on France amid a recent pick-up in coronavirus infections. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)

By sea, rail or by air, Brits scramble to get out of France

Aug. 14, 2020 3:56 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Cars lined up at ports while trains and planes filled out fast as British tourists scurried to get out of France on Friday before a deadline that would require them to quarantine at home for two weeks. Families cut summer vacations short and other travelers made hasty plans to return to the...

FILE - In this Friday, June 12, 2020 file photo, a doctor holds a bag of blood plasma donated by a COVID-19 survivor at at blood bank in La Paz, Bolivia. Mayo Clinic researchers are reporting a strong hint that blood plasma from COVID-19 survivors helps other patients recover. But it's not proof, and some experts worry if, amid clamor for the treatment, they'll ever get a clear answer. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

Study hints, can't prove, survivor plasma fights COVID-19

Aug. 14, 2020 3:38 PM EDT

Mayo Clinic researchers reported a strong hint that blood plasma from COVID-19 survivors helps other patients recover, but it’s not proof and some experts worry if, amid clamor for the treatment, they'll ever get a clear answer. More than 64,000 patients in the U.S. have been given convalescent plasma, a...

People queue in line to check-in for a British Airways flight to Heathrow airport, Friday Aug.14, 2020 at Nice airport, southern France. British holidaymakers in France were mulling whether to return home early Friday to avoid having to self-isolate for 14 days following the U.K. government's decision to reimpose quarantine restrictions on France amid a recent pick-up in coronavirus infections. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)

Virus flareups in Europe lead to club closings, mask orders

Aug. 14, 2020 2:42 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — New flareups of COVID-19 are disrupting the peak summer vacation season across much of Europe, where authorities in some countries are reimposing restrictions on travelers, closing nightclubs again, banning fireworks displays and expanding mask orders even in chic resort areas. ...

FILE — In this March 29, 2020 file photo, a sign welcomes motorists to New York, on the border with Connecticut, near Rye Brook, N.Y. A federal judge threw out a lawsuit by an Arizona woman who claimed New York's 14-day quarantine requirement for travelers from hotspot coronavirus states infringed on her

Federal judge upholds New York's COVID-19 travel quarantine

Aug. 14, 2020 2:06 PM EDT

UTICA, N.Y. (AP) — A federal judge threw out a lawsuit by an Arizona woman who claimed New York’s 14-day quarantine requirement for travelers from hotspot coronavirus states infringed on her “fundamental right to travel.” U.S. District Court Judge David Hurd on Tuesday became at least...

Police: 3 arrested in attack on worker enforcing virus rules

Aug. 14, 2020 12:20 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana authorities have arrested three women accused of assaulting a teenage restaurant hostess because they were upset they couldn’t all be seated together due to coronavirus distancing rules. Tammy Dabney, 48, was charged with aggravated second-degree battery, and...