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Commuters wearing face masks to protect against the spread of the new coronavirus walk through a subway station in Beijing, Thursday, July 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: China easing into reopening as local cases wane

Jul. 8, 2020 11:25 PM EDT

BEIJING — China says it has nine new confirmed coronavirus cases, all of them brought from outside the country, and no new deaths. Thursday’s report buttresses growing signs the virus has been essentially contained inside the nation in which it first appeared late last year. The near elimination...

This undated photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows Billy Joe Wardlow. Wardlow is scheduled to be executed Wednesday, July 8, 2020. A five-month delay in executions in Texas due to the coronavirus pandemic is set to come to an end with the scheduled lethal injection of Wardlow, condemned for fatally shooting an 82-year-old man nearly three decades ago. (Texas Department of Criminal Justice via AP)

Texas resumes executions after 5-month delay due to pandemic

Jul. 8, 2020 8:44 PM EDT

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas inmate received lethal injection Wednesday evening for fatally shooting an 82-year-old man nearly three decades ago, ending a five-month delay of executions in the nation’s busiest death penalty state because of the coronavirus pandemic. Billy Joe Wardlow was put to...

FILE - In this June 28, 2020 file photo, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner speaks in Houston. Houston officials have canceled the Texas GOP's in-person convention. They say the spread of the coronavirus made it impossible to hold the event as scheduled. Mayor Turner said Wednesday, July 8, 2020, that the city's lawyers exercised provisions in the contract that the Texas Republican Party signed to rent the downtown convention center for a three-day event to have started July 16. Virus cases have surged in Texas, particularly in the state's largest cities. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip File)

Houston scraps Texas GOP’s in-person convention due to virus

Jul. 8, 2020 8:33 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston officials on Wednesday canceled the Texas Republican Party’s in-person convention, saying the spread of the coronavirus made it impossible to hold the event as scheduled. Mayor Sylvester Turner said the city’s lawyers exercised provisions in the contract that the Texas...

COVID-19 antibody testing and diagnostic testing are administered at a converted vehicle inspection station, Tuesday, July 7, 2020, in San Antonio. Local officials across Texas say their hospitals are becoming increasingly stretched and are in danger of becoming overrun as cases of the coronavirus surge. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Texas passes 10,000 confirmed new virus cases in single day

Jul. 8, 2020 12:02 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas surpassed 10,000 new coronavirus cases in a single day Tuesday for the first time, crossing a sobering milestone rarely seen since the pandemic first hit the U.S. in March. The record high of 10,028 new cases in Texas served as another alarming new measure of the swift...

A passenger has her temperature checked to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus as some routes for the Traditional Jeepney buses were opened to help public transportation while the government slowly eases lockdown in metropolitan Manila, Philippines on Friday, July 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

The Latest: Australia’s most populous state to close border

Jul. 5, 2020 11:16 PM EDT

SYDNEY, Australia — The leader of Australia’s most populous state says her government’s decision to close its border with hard-hit Victoria state marks a new phase in the country’s coronavirus pandemic. New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian has long been a critic of states that...

Protesters and journalists gather around a United States flag as it burns outside the White House on a section of 16th Street that has been renamed Black Lives Matter Plaza, Saturday, July 4, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

The Latest: Columbus statue yanked, tossed into Inner Harbor

Jul. 4, 2020 10:47 PM EDT

The Latest on protests over racial inequality: BALTIMORE — Baltimore protesters have pulled down a statue of Christopher Columbus and thrown it into the city’s Inner Harbor. News outlets reported that demonstrators used ropes to topple the monument in the Little Italy neighborhood on Saturday night....

South Korean Imperial guards wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus move near the Deoksu Palace in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, July 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

The Latest: S Korea has 60-plus new virus cases for 3rd day

Jul. 4, 2020 10:46 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has recorded 60-plus COVID-19 cases for a third consecutive day, a continuation of a virus spread beyond the greater Seoul area. The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Sunday it has confirmed 61 additional cases, bringing the national total to 13,091. It...

Mexican soldiers kill 12 gunmen in city on border with Texas

Jul. 3, 2020 6:17 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican soldiers patrolling in the border city of Nuevo Laredo came under fire from drug cartel gunmen Friday, then killed 12 of their attackers in a gunbattle, the military said. The Defense Department said three army patrol trucks were hit by gunfire, but no troops were hurt. The...

FILE - In this June 16, 2020, file photo, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott adjusts his mask after speaking in Austin, Texas.  Abbott on Thursday, July 2, ordered that face coverings must be worn in public across most of the state, a dramatic ramp up of the Republican's efforts to control spiking numbers of confirmed coronavirus cases and hospitalizations. (Ricardo B. Brazziell/Austin American-Statesman via AP, File)

As Texas reverses course on masks, GOP digs in on convention

Jul. 3, 2020 6:10 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — As Texas began mandating face coverings Friday on the orders of Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, his party charged ahead with plans for a massive convention this month in Houston, magnifying the conflicting responses in the Texas GOP to a rampant resurgence of the coronavirus. Abbott,...

FILE - In this June 16, 2020, file photo, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott adjusts his mask after speaking in Austin, Texas.  Abbott on Thursday, July 2, ordered that face coverings must be worn in public across most of the state, a dramatic ramp up of the Republican's efforts to control spiking numbers of confirmed coronavirus cases and hospitalizations. (Ricardo B. Brazziell/Austin American-Statesman via AP, File)

Texas governor issues mask order to fight coronavirus

Jul. 3, 2020 12:48 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday ordered that face coverings must be worn in public across most of the state, a dramatic ramp-up of the Republican's efforts to control spiking numbers of confirmed coronavirus cases and hospitalizations. Abbott, who had pushed Texas' aggressive...