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French President Emmanuel Macron speaks during a joint video press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Elysee Palace Monday, May 18, 2020 in Paris. France and Germany discussed Europe's economic recovery plans to respond to the virus crisis. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, Pool)

The Latest: India starts phase 2 trials for virus vaccines

Aug. 4, 2020 10:42 AM EDT

NEW DELHI, India — Indian health authorities say phase 2 clinical trials for coronavirus vaccines developed by Indian companies have started. They involve an inactivated virus vaccine developed by Bharat Biotech and a DNA vaccine candidate developed by Zydus Cadila. The phase 2 trials for the vaccine...

FILE - Back-to-school supplies await shoppers at a store on Saturday, July 11, 2020, in Marlborough, Mass.  The pandemic has dragged into the new school year and wreaked havoc on reopening plans. That has extended to the back-to-school shopping season, the second most important period for retailers behind the holidays.  (AP Photo/Bill Sikes, File)

COVID-19 reshapes back-to-school spending

Aug. 4, 2020 10:41 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — For Michelle Lynn England, back-to-school shopping always meant heading to Target and the local mall with her two girls and dropping about $500 on each of them for trendy outfits. Not this year. The Charlotte, North Carolina resident has slashed her spending on clothing in half for her...

Police officer, 3 others shot dead at Thai gambling den

Aug. 4, 2020 10:02 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Four people including a police major were killed in a shootout at an illegal gambling den in Thailand's capital, an official said Tuesday. Police who responded to a call about gunshots being fired at the venue in the southern part of Bangkok found the bodies of two women and two men,...

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)

Norway cruise ship passengers with coronavirus reach 43

Aug. 4, 2020 4:27 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The number of passengers on a Norwegian cruise ship who have tested positive for the coronavirus has reached 43, authorities said Tuesday. The outbreak on the MS Roald Amundsen raised new questions about safety on cruise ships during the pandemic even as the industry is pressing...

People wearing face masks stand by a bank's electronic board showing the Hong Kong share index at Hong Kong Stock Exchange on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. Shares advanced across Asia on Tuesday after Wall Street closed broadly higher on encouraging economic reports, starting off August by closing within 3% of the record high it set in February. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Asian shares track worldwide rally as S&P 500 nears record

Aug. 4, 2020 12:07 AM EDT

Shares advanced across Asia on Tuesday after Wall Street closed broadly higher on encouraging economic reports, starting off August by closing within 3% of the record high it set in February. Investors appear to be shrugging off surging coronavirus caseloads in dozens of countries. Tokyo's Nikkei 225 gained...

FILE - A trainer and club member at Mountainside Fitness, Thursday, July 2, 2020, in Phoenix, which has challenged Gov. Doug Ducey's gym shutdown order. A judge heard arguments Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in the challenge filed by Mountainside Fitness and another health club chain. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Health clubs try again to undo Ducey’s gym closure order

Aug. 3, 2020 9:27 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona’s top public health official was grilled in court Monday over why health clubs must remain closed in a bid to guard against the spread of the coronavirus, yet supermarkets, restaurants and other businesses can remain open. Dr. Cara Christ, director of the Arizona Department of...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Aug. 3, 2020 6:34 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers: Nursing home residents must be protected The Warren Tribune Chronicle Aug. 3 About 40 percent of the more than 146,000 Americans killed by COVID-19 have been residents of nursing homes. Somehow, despite knowing older people with...

Humpback whale injures 2 swimmers off Australian coast

Aug. 3, 2020 6:25 PM EDT

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Two women have been injured by a humpback whale while swimming with the giant mammals off the northwest Australian coast, media reported on Tuesday. A 15-meter (50-foot) mother whale was protecting her calf when she swam at a group of snorkelers and swung her tail at Ningaloo Reef...

FILE—In this June 3, 2020 file photo, visitors arrive at Universal Studios, in Orlando, Fla. Amusement parks of all sizes are adjusting everything from selling tickets to serving meals while trying to reassure the public and government leaders that they're safe to visit amid the coronavirus crisis and warnings against large gatherings. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

Universal Orlando laying off undisclosed number of workers

Aug. 3, 2020 5:42 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Almost two months after reopening, Universal Orlando is laying off an undisclosed number of workers. Universal spokesman Tom Schroder said in an email Monday that the Florida theme park resort was reducing its workforce “to reflect current priorities and needs." Universal has...

A JoS. A. Bank clothing chain location in Washington, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020. Tailored Brands, known for its clothing chains Men's Wearhouse and JoS. A. Bank, struggled as the pandemic shut stores and consumer demand for office attire dropped, has filed for bankruptcy. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

US retailers that have sought bankruptcy protection in 2020

Aug. 3, 2020 1:25 PM EDT

Following is a list of retailers that have sought bankruptcy protect in 2020. Le Tote Inc. (Lord & Taylor), Aug. 3 Tailored Brands Inc. (Men's Wearhouse; Jos. A. Bank), Aug. 2 Ascena Retail Group Inc. (Ann Taylor; Lane Bryant) — July 23 Occasion Brands LLC — July 22 The Paper Store Inc....