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Workers in face masks dispense lunch outside of an office building in Beijing, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. China reported a further fall in new virus cases to 889 on Friday as health officials expressed optimism over containment of the outbreak that has caused more than 2,200 deaths and is spreading elsewhere. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

China's leaders say nation yet to turn corner in virus fight

Feb. 21, 2020 8:08 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China's leadership sounded a cautious note Friday about the country's progress in halting the spread of the new virus that has now killed more than 2,200 people, after several days of upbeat messages. The Politburo, made up of the senior officials of the ruling Communist Party, said the...

Superior refinery evacuated over concerns of tower collapse

Feb. 21, 2020 7:43 AM EST

SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) — Workers at an oil refinery in Superior were evacuated because of concerns of a tower collapse. The Husky Energy refinery is being rebuilt after major damage from an explosion and fire in 2018. Police said that while crews were working on a tower Thursday they heard a pop and...

Authorities say 1 driver died in collision of pickups

Feb. 21, 2020 7:14 AM EST

FALLS CITY, Neb. (AP) — A driver has been killed in a collision on U.S. Highway 75 in southeast Nebraska, authorities said. The crash occurred around 6:40 a.m. Wednesday, near the Nemaha County-Richardson County line. A northbound pickup truck pulling a trailer cross the center line and struck a southbound...

Driver charged after Des Moines collision that killed 2

Feb. 21, 2020 6:48 AM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A driver has been charged with two counts of vehicular homicide following a Des Moines collision in which two men died, police said. The crash occurred around 11:45 a.m. Thursday, when a southbound car struck an eastbound car that had just entered the roadway, police said. Two men...

In this Feb. 14, 2020, photo, a woman wearing a face mask walks on a almost empty street at the Chinatown in Incheon, South Korea. Even as cases and deaths from the new virus mount, fear is advancing like a tsunami - and not just in the areas surrounding the Chinese city of Wuhan, the center of the outbreak that has been declared a global health emergency. A restaurant owner in the Chinatown says visitors have dropped by 90%. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Stress, rumors, even violence: Virus fear goes viral

Feb. 21, 2020 5:02 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — You might have heard that the fear of a new virus from China is spreading faster than the actual virus. From earnest officials trying to calm a building panic. From your spouse. From the know-it-all who rattles off the many much more likely ways you’re going to die: smoking, car...

FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2020, file photo provided by the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, area officials monitor a potential dam/levee failure in the Springridge Place subdivision in Yazoo County, Miss. Heavy rains and recent flooding across the Southeastern U.S. have highlighted a potential public safety concern for some dams. An Associated Press review has identified hundreds of high hazard dams in the South that lack formal emergency action plans. (David Battaly/Mississippi Emergency Management Agency via AP, File)

Hundreds of dams lack emergency plans in rain-soaked South

Feb. 21, 2020 3:27 AM EST

When recent heavy rains swelled a private Mississippi lake and began eroding its earthen dam, Yazoo County Emergency Management Director Jack Willingham was scrambling for a plan. He had no contact information for any of the homeowners who might need to evacuate, so he drove to the scene and began knocking on...

2 Germans killed in avalanche on Norway's Arctic Svalbard

Feb. 21, 2020 3:16 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Two German nationals have died in an avalanche near a glacier on Norway’s Arctic Svalbard archipelago, which sits more than 800 kilometers (500 miles) north of the Norwegian mainland. The Governor of Svalbard was informed slightly before 3 p.m. Thursday that two people who...

Police: Dismembered body too burned to determine gender

Feb. 21, 2020 3:01 AM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — A dismembered body found ablaze in a secluded, grassy area near some train tracks in Cleveland was too burned to determine the person's gender, according to police. Sgt. Jennifer Ciaccia told the body found early Wednesday was badly burned. She wouldn't discuss further...

Cars of a passenger train are derailed in Wallan, Victoria, Australia, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. The train heading from Sydney to Melbourne, carrying 160 passengers and crew, derailed late Thursday, killing two operators. (David Crosling/AAP Image via AP)

Passenger train partly derails in Australia, killing 2

Feb. 21, 2020 2:15 AM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — Several cars on a passenger train derailed in southeastern Australia, killing two operators and injuring 12 other people, police said. The train was heading from Sydney to Melbourne late Thursday when part of it came off the tracks in Victoria state near Wallan. The two dead were the pilot...

Jury deliberates case for officer charged with manslaughter

Feb. 21, 2020 1:16 AM EST

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Deliberations were expected to continue Friday in the trial of a Delaware officer charged with manslaughter in a deadly 5-car pileup. Frederick Pierce, a Dover police officer, decided not to testify Thursday, WBOC-TV reported. Lawyers on both sides of the case had acknowledged in court...