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In this handout photo taken on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, and provided by Russian Direct Investment Fund, an employee works with a coronavirus vaccine at the Nikolai Gamaleya National Center of Epidemiology and Microbiology in Moscow, Russia. Russia on Tuesday, Aug. 11 became the first country to approve a coronavirus vaccine for use in tens of thousands of its citizens despite international skepticism about injections that have not completed clinical trials and were studied in only dozens of people for less than two months. (Alexander Zemlianichenko Jr/ Russian Direct Investment Fund via AP)

The Latest: WHO: Russian vaccine not in advanced test stages

Aug. 13, 2020 12:57 PM EDT

LONDON — The World Health Organization says the vaccine approved by Russia this week is not among the nine that it considers in the advanced stages of testing. WHO and partners have included nine experimental COVID-19 vaccines within an investment mechanism it is encouraging countries to join, known as the...

FILE - In this July 30, 2020, file photo, a cyclist passes a display window with mask covered mannequins at a dress store in McAllen, Texas. The number of laid-off workers applying for unemployment aid fell below 1 million last week for the first time since the pandemic intensified five months ago, yet still remains at a high level. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

US jobless claims fall below 1 million but remain high

Aug. 13, 2020 12:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment dropped below 1 million last week for the first time since the coronavirus outbreak took hold in the U.S. five months ago, but layoffs are still running extraordinarily high. The figures show that the crisis continues to throw people out...

Distrust of authority fuels virus misinformation for Latinos

Aug. 13, 2020 12:26 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — When Claudia Guzman suspected she had caught the coronavirus, her friends and family were full of advice: Don’t quarantine. Don’t get tested. A homemade tea will help cure you. “They were saying, ‘Don’t go to the hospital,’ because supposedly,...

A Spanish NGO Open Arms volunteer takes a swab to test a woman for COVID-19, at Vilafranca del Penedes in the Barcelona province, Spain, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. Spain is facing another surge in coronavirus infections not even two months after beating back the first wave. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Experts warn Spain is losing the 2nd round in virus fight

Aug. 13, 2020 11:58 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Not two months after battling back the coronavirus, Spain’s hospitals are beginning to see patients struggling to breathe returning to their wards. The deployment of a military emergency brigade to set up a field hospital in Zaragoza this week is a grim reminder that Spain...

Editorial Roundup: New York

Aug. 13, 2020 11:40 AM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New York’s newspapers: Could the Beirut Explosion Be a Turning Point for Lebanon? The New York Times Aug. 12 The appalling negligence that left more than 2,700 tons of ammonium nitrate sitting for more than six years at Lebanon’s port in...

Associated Press editor Michael Warren's car sits next to a fold-out toilet seat and a pop-up changing tent at a rest area along Interstate 75 in Florida on July 25, 2020. Warren considers these two items essential to long-distance road trips in the pandemic. (AP Photo/Michael Warren)

VIRUS DIARY: Have toilet seat, will travel

Aug. 13, 2020 11:04 AM EDT

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) — People said we were crazy. We said we’d be careful. Maybe so, my doctor-uncle warned, but it would only take one moment of carelessness to get infected — one time finding ourselves too close to unmasked people. Others raised eyebrows in Zoom calls, silently judging...

Hawaii governor defends virus response of health officials

Aug. 13, 2020 10:42 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii's governor has defended the performance of two of the state's top heath officials overseeing the coronavirus response, saying they retain his support despite recent criticism from the lieutenant governor and others. Democratic Gov. David Ige said he has confidence in state Department...

2nd ICE detainee in Georgia dies from COVID-19 complications

Aug. 13, 2020 10:41 AM EDT

LUMPKIN, Ga. (AP) — A diabetic Costa Rican man in federal immigration custody has become the second detainee in Georgia to die from COVID-19 complications after being held at a detention center that has reported more than 150 coronavirus cases. Jose Guillen-Vega, 70, died Monday night at a Columbus...

As his 3-year-old son Tzvi looks on, Rabbi Mordechai Chalk leads a service for his congregation via a teleconference app from his home in London on Friday, June 19, 2020, just before sunset. Taking services online-only has been particularly challenging for the Orthodox Jewish community, members of which are proscribed from using electronics on Shabbat, their day of rest. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Dalziel)

AP PHOTOS: Across faiths, pandemic alters worship, rites

Aug. 13, 2020 7:33 AM EDT

London and its environs are home to a notable diversity of faiths and flocks. Rites that have been the bedrock of their beliefs for centuries had to evolve swiftly during the pandemic lockdown to be safe and relevant for the faithful amid global uncertainty. In the Hertfordshire county village of Northchurch,...

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Is it safe to drink from a fountain during the pandemic?

Aug. 13, 2020 4:17 AM EDT

Is it safe to drink from a water fountain during the pandemic? There’s no evidence you can get COVID-19 from the water itself. But since the virus may linger on surfaces, experts say to avoid fountains if you can or to limit any direct contact when using them. In New York City, for example, posters...