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Residents stand on a balcony of an apartment complex where dozens of COVID-19 cases have been registered among a community of Bulgarian farm workers, in Mondragone, in the southern Italian region of Campania, Friday, June 26, 2020. The governor of the region is insisting that the farm workers should stay inside for 15 days, not even emerging for food, and that the national civil protection agency should deliver them groceries. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

Tensions rise at virus hot spot apartments in southern Italy

Jun. 26, 2020 11:38 AM EDT

MONDRAGONE, Italy (AP) — The governor of a southern Italian region insisted on Friday that residents of an apartment complex quarantine inside for 15 days, not even venturing out to buy food, after dozens of COVID-19 cases among Bulgarian seasonal farm workers and Italians who live there were confirmed....

FILE - This Jan. 23, 2020 file photo shows a patient receiving a flu vaccination in Mesquite, Texas. According to a study released on Wednesday, June 24, 2020, flu vaccines for years were close to 60% effective against the flu strain that caused the most lab-confirmed illnesses last winter, but it proved only 31% effective last season. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

Flu vaccine was disappointing vs. some strains last season

Jun. 24, 2020 5:10 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The flu vaccine did a disappointing job last winter in the U.S., and officials worry that might be a bad sign for the fall. Flu vaccines had been about 60% effective against the type of flu that caused the most lab-confirmed illnesses last winter, but last season's vaccine was only about...

150 cannery workers forced into hotel quarantine without pay

Jun. 21, 2020 10:58 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — About 150 seasonal workers hired by a salmon cannery in Alaska are being forced to quarantine without pay at a hotel in Los Angeles after three of them tested positive for the coronavirus, a lawsuit claims. The workers, most of them from Mexico and Southern California, were hired June 2...

FILE - In this March 28, 2011, file photo, a larger-than-life bronze statue of Patrick A. McCarran of Nevada, left, stands near the entrance to the Senate floor on Capitol Hill in Washington. Democratic members of Nevada's congressional delegation are renewing a proposal to remove a statute of a former Nevada Sen. McCarran from the U.S. Capitol’s Statuary Hall, saying that he left a “legacy of racism, anti-Semitism, and xenophobia.” (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

The Latest: Nevada officials seek removal of McCarran statue

Jun. 20, 2020 12:30 AM EDT

TOP OF THE HOUR: — Nevada officials renew proposal to remove statue of McCarran. — Sharpton takes on Trump for ‘lowlifes’ tweet. — Protesters in North Carolina pull down parts of Confederate monument. — Legend, Union among Black cultural leaders to sign letter to fight...

Protesters chant as they march after a Juneteenth rally at the Brooklyn Museum, Friday, June 19, 2020, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Juneteenth commemorates when the last enslaved African Americans learned they were free 155 years ago. Now, with support growing for the racial justice movement, 2020 may be remembered as the year the holiday reached a new level of recognition. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

NYC mayor forms race commission, sets Juneteenth holiday

Jun. 19, 2020 2:17 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Juneteenth will be an official holiday for city workers and schoolchildren next year, and New York City will form a new commission to examine its history of racial discrimination, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday. The mayor said he had authority to order the June 19 holiday for workers and...

FILE - This Feb. 18, 2005, file photo shows the original Emancipation Proclamation on display in the Rotunda of the National Archives in Washington. President Abraham Lincoln first issued the Emancipation Proclamation declaring all slaves free in Confederate territory on Sept. 22, 1862. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order Wednesday, June 17, 2020, recognizing Juneteenth as a paid holiday for state employees to commemorate the emancipation of slaves in the U.S. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

New York declares Juneteenth a holiday for state employees

Jun. 17, 2020 2:02 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York’s governor signed an executive order Wednesday recognizing Juneteenth as a paid holiday for state employees to commemorate the emancipation of slaves in the U.S. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he will propose legislation next year making June 19 a permanent state holiday. Such a...

FILE - In this Jan. 25 2020, file photo, Georgia Tech head coach Josh Pastner calls a play in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against North Carolina State, in Atlanta. In the wake of nationwide protests over police brutality, Georgia Tech wants to make sure its athletes take  time to vote in November. The school said Thursday, June 4, 2020, that nine teams will cancel all mandatory activities on the Nov. 3 to recognize the importance of casting a ballot. Pastner said George Floyd’s death has given everyone a chance to evaluate “the way we treat each other as human beings and what we can and should do to back up our words.”(AP Photo/Danny Karnik, File)

The Latest: National Soccer Hall of Fame to reopen Wednesday

Jun. 9, 2020 5:59 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The National Soccer Hall of Fame is reopening for the first time in nearly three months. The museum in Frisco, Texas, will reopen to the public Wednesday at 50% of its usual capacity. It has been closed since March 13 because of...

A bugler plays Taps as a motorcade of veterans stops outside the VA Medical Center for a wreath laying ceremony beside memorial stones on the premises, Monday, May 25, 2020, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

New York marks 'especially poignant' Memorial Day amid virus

May. 25, 2020 3:28 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New Yorkers marked Memorial Day with car convoys and small ceremonies instead of big parades as the coronavirus reshaped the solemn holiday, blending tributes to virus victims and frontline workers with the traditional remembrance of the nation's war dead. In a year that marks the 75th...

Hilda Trejo, left, and Sara Vargas Lopez wear face masks as they sell tlacoyos and sopes in a partially-open public market in the Xochimilco district of Mexico City, Friday, May 15, 2020. As Mexico moves toward a gradual reactivation of its economy Monday, the number of new coronavirus infections grows higher every day, raising fears of a new wave of infections that other countries have seen after loosening restrictions. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

The Latest: Probe suggests more virus deaths in Mexico City

May. 19, 2020 2:04 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — Probe suggests many more virus-related deaths in Mexico...

Farmworkers in Mexico hit by competition, unsafe conditions

May. 14, 2020 7:30 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Itinerant farmworkers in Mexico have been hit by a double whammy of rising competition from unemployed locals amid coronavirus lockdowns and unsafe or unhygienic working and living conditions, a coalition of advocacy groups said Thursday. The National Network of Agricultural Laborers...