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A pedestrian in a mask during the coronavirus outbreak walks by a mural of the late actor James Dean on Hollywood Boulevard, Saturday, April 4, 2020, in Hollywood section of Los Angeles. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

California COVID-19 testing backlog cut by two-thirds

Apr. 4, 2020 11:03 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has cut its COVID-19 testing backlog by more than two-thirds, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Saturday, but has still managed to test less than one half of 1% of the state's nearly 40 million residents. “I own that. I have a responsibility as your governor to do...

The empty Zell B. Miller Learning Center on the campus of the University of Georgia, in Athens, Ga, on Thursday, April 2, 2020. UGA moved all classes online for the remainder of spring and summer semesters as well as canceling spring commencement In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and coronavirus. (Joshua L. Jones/Athens Banner-Herald via AP)

Virus deaths top 200 in Georgia as stay-home order kicks in

Apr. 4, 2020 7:13 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Coronavirus deaths in Georgia exceeded 200 on Saturday as people statewide spent their first full day under the governor's emergency order to stay home. The Georgia Department of Public Health reported that at least 208 people have died from illnesses related to the coronavirus as of...

FILE - In this March 5, 2018, file photo, a person photographs a shipwreck's remains after a nor'easter that battered the New England coast made it visible on Short Sands Beach in York, Maine. Researcher Stefan Claesson said in April 2020, that he believes the vessel is the Defiance, a sloop that washed ashore during a violent storm in 1769. The shipwreck, last exposed by the 2018 storm, reappears every few years due to natural ocean movements. (Deb Cram/Portsmouth Herald via AP, File)

Researcher believes he has ID'd shipwreck in Maine

Apr. 3, 2020 9:29 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A researcher believes he's identified the mysterious shipwreck that appears from time to time in the right conditions on a beach in York. The ship's remains, which were last exposed by a nor'easter in 2018, are likely those of the Defiance, a sloop that washed ashore during a violent...

An Impoverished Indians gives his finger print on a biometric machine after purchasing food ration in Prayagraj, India, Thursday, April 2, 2020. India is adding more resources to tackle its increase in coronavirus cases by announcing that private hospitals may be requisitioned to help treat virus patients, and turning railway cars and a motor racing circuit into makeshift quarantine facilities. The steps were taken after a nationwide lockdown announced last week by Prime Minister Narendra Modi led to a mass exodus of migrant workers from cities to their villages, often on foot and without food and water, raising fears that the virus may have reached to the countryside, where health care facilities are limited. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

The Latest: India's PM looks to boost country's morale

Apr. 3, 2020 12:38 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: — India's PM urges citizens to light candles Sunday night to...

Social distancing means leave those seals alone, feds say

Apr. 2, 2020 3:00 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The federal government wants people seeking social distance to know they still have to stay away from seals they encounter at the beach. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Wednesday more people are spending time outdoors as the East Coast approaches the harbor seal...

A drive-thru COVID-19 testing facility is set up in Camden, N.J., Tuesday, March 31, 2020, in view of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. The newly erected facility is scheduled to open Wednesday. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

New Jersey death toll from COVID-19 approaching 300

Mar. 31, 2020 6:17 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's death toll from the coronavirus approached 300 on Tuesday, Gov. Phil Murphy said, just a day after the tally reached about 200. The number of positive cases is near 19,000, up from about 16,000, while the death toll climbed from 198 to 267 overnight, Murphy said during a...

Florida woman dies after getting stuck under dive boat

Mar. 31, 2020 12:28 PM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida diver was killed when she got stuck under a dive boat and trapped by the propeller, Florida Fish and Wildife Conservation Commission officials said. The incident happened Sunday morning while the crew of the Southern Comfort was recovering divers from the water off...

FILE - In this March 27, 2020, file photo, a cyclist rides by the US Naval Ship Mercy enters the Port of Los Angeles. The 1,000-bed USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) docked at the Port of Los Angeles accepted its first patients Sunday, March 29 during its support of the nation's COVID-19 response efforts. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

Retired docs, nursing, med students: California wants you

Mar. 30, 2020 10:05 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California is recruiting thousands of retired health care workers along with medical and nursing students to help as emergency hospitals that could include sites like the Los Angeles Coliseum and other sports arenas handle an anticipated flood of coronavirus patients, Gov. Gavin Newsom...

A man walks past a sign recommending social distancing overlooking the Manhattan skyline in Weehawken, N.J., Monday, March 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

8 nursing home residents die of COVID-19, NJ mayor says

Mar. 30, 2020 4:32 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Eight residents of a nursing home in northern New Jersey have died from COVID-19, and the total number of deaths in the state approaches 200, officials said. Wanaque Mayor Michael Mahler said in a letter on the town's website that the community nurse notified him that the deaths...

A man walks along a closed pier on Waikiki Beach in Honolulu on Saturday, March 28, 2020. Like many cities across the world, Honolulu came to an eerie standstill this weekend as the coronavirus pandemic spread throughout the islands. But Hawaii officials went beyond the standard stay-at-home orders and effectively flipped the switch on the state's tourism-fueled economic engine in a bid to slow the spread of the virus. As of Thursday, anyone arriving in Hawaii must undergo a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine. The unprecedented move dramatically reduced the number of people on beaches, in city parks and on country roads where many people rely on tourism to pay for the high cost of living in Hawaii. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones)

Hawaii tourism grinds to halt as virus restrictions tighten

Mar. 29, 2020 6:17 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Like many cities across the world, Honolulu came to an eerie standstill this weekend as officials implemented measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic throughout the islands. Hawaii officials went beyond the standard stay-at-home orders and effectively flipped the switch on...