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FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2019, file photo, Alaska Airlines planes are parked at a gate area at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle. Alaska Airlines said over 300 employees among the company's workforce in Anchorage may lose their jobs on Oct. 1, 2020. The company said the Anchorage layoffs are part of company-wide job cuts because of the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, Alaska Public Media reported Tuesday, Aug. 4. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

1.2 million seek jobless aid after $600 federal check ends

Aug. 6, 2020 9:18 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 1.2 million laid-off Americans applied for state unemployment benefits last week, evidence that the coronavirus keeps forcing companies to slash jobs just as a critical $600 weekly federal jobless payment has expired. The government's report Thursday did offer a smidgen of hopeful...

Mayflower II cancels scheduled stop in Rhode Island

Aug. 6, 2020 9:11 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Mayflower II, a replica of the ship that brought the Pilgrims to the New World 400 years ago, has canceled a scheduled stop in Rhode Island because of new travel restrictions required of people who visit the state. The 64-year-old reproduction is sailing from Mystic, Connecticut to...

Poet Tammi Truax looks over her recent work, as her pug

Weekly poems elevate New Hampshire city's virus newsletters

Aug. 6, 2020 9:08 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Valerie Rochon is eager to read her email every Monday morning, even when it makes her cry. In addition to the endless Zoom meeting invitations, each week brings a new poem tucked into otherwise matter-of-fact messages about the coronavirus pandemic from the Portsmouth city manager....

Noem uses COVID-19 restrictions elsewhere to lure business

Aug. 6, 2020 9:03 AM EDT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Gov. Kristi Noem is using COVID-19 restrictions in other states to lure businesses to relocate to South Dakota. In an online ad, Noem tells business owners to “grow their company” in South Dakota where government will stay out of their way. "When it comes to supporting...

Official: 19 dead due to virus at Texas nursing home

Aug. 6, 2020 8:56 AM EDT

MISSOURI CITY, Texas (AP) — Nineteen people at a Texas nursing home have died due to the coronavirus and 24 employees have been infected, officials said. Missouri City said it received notification Wednesday about the deaths and infections at Paradigm at First Colony Nursing Home after Yolanda Ford, the...

Norwegian cruise ship MS Roald Amundsen moored in Tromso, Norway, Monday Aug. 3, 2020. After 40 people, including four passengers and 26 crew members on the Norwegian cruise ship have been tested positive for the coronavirus, the operator says it was stopping for all cruises with its three vessels. The 40 people were admitted to the University Hospital of North Norway in Tromsoe, north of the Arctic Circle,  where the empty ship has docked. (Terje Pedersen/NTB Scanpix via AP)

The Latest: More crew test positive on Norway cruise ship

Aug. 6, 2020 8:42 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark — A northern Norway university hospital says two more crewmembers who worked on a Norwegian cruise ship have tested positive for the coronavirus, bring the total to 55. Following the outbreak on the MS Roald Amundsen, the ship’s owner halted all cruises on Monday and Norway...

French President Emmanuel Macron, hugs a woman as he visits the Gemayzeh neighborhood, which suffered extensive damage from an explosion on Tuesday that hit the seaport of Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

Lebanon probes blast amid rising anger, calls for change

Aug. 6, 2020 8:41 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese officials targeted in the investigation of the massive blast that tore through Beirut sought to shift blame for the presence of explosives at the city’s port, and the visiting French president warned Thursday that without serious reforms the country would “continue to...

St. Louis County fastest growing for coronavirus cases

Aug. 6, 2020 8:06 AM EDT

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — St. Louis County in northeastern Minnesota this week has added new coronavirus cases faster than any other county in the state, according to health officials. Of the 475 cases in St. Louis County as of Wednesday, more than half were confirmed in July. The virus has been detected...

FILE - In this file photo dated Thursday, May 21, 2020, personal protection equipment being used in a coronavirus ward at Addenbrooke's hospital in Cambridge, England.  British government said Thursday Aug.6, 2020, that it won’t be using 50 million face masks it bought for medics during the coronavirus outbreak because of concerns they might not be safe. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, FILE)

UK says 50 million face masks it bought might not be safe

Aug. 6, 2020 7:53 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The British government says it won’t be using 50 million face masks it bought during a scramble to secure protective equipment for medics during the coronavirus outbreak because of concerns they might not be safe. The masks were part of a 252 million pound ($332 million) contract the...

A health worker wearing a protective suit checks chairs before they open a free COVID19 swab testing at a gymnasium in Navotas city, Philippines on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. The capital and outlying provinces returned to another lockdown after medical groups warned that the country was waging a losing battle against the coronavirus amid an alarming surge in infections. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Asia Today: Central Japan region put under virus emergency

Aug. 6, 2020 7:42 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A governor in central Japan announced a state of emergency Thursday because of rising virus cases and asked businesses and people to curb activities, especially during an upcoming holiday. Aichi prefecture has been seeing more than 100 new infections a day since mid-July after an extended...