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Patrons eat lunch at Slater's 50/50 Wednesday, July 1, 2020, in Santa Clarita, Calif. California Gov. Gavin Newsom has ordered a three-week closure of bars, indoor dining and indoor operations of several other types of businesses in various counties, including Los Angeles, as the state deals with increasing coronavirus cases and hospitalizations. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Coronavirus cases are rising in 40 of 50 US states

Jul. 2, 2020 12:50 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. climbed to an all-time high of more than 50,000 per day on Thursday, with the infection curve rising in 40 out of 50 states in a reversal that has largely spared only the Northeast. In yet another alarming indicator, 36...

This photo released Thursday, July 2, 2020, by the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, shows a building after it was damaged by a fire, at the Natanz uranium enrichment facility some 200 miles (322 kilometers) south of the capital Tehran, Iran. A fire burned the building above Iran's underground Natanz nuclear enrichment facility, though officials say it did not affect its centrifuge operation or cause any release of radiation. The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran sought to downplay the fire Thursday, calling it an

Analysts: Fire at Iran nuclear site hit centrifuge facility

Jul. 2, 2020 1:17 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A fire and an explosion struck a centrifuge production plant above Iran's underground Natanz nuclear enrichment facility early Thursday, analysts said, one of the most-tightly guarded sites in all of the Islamic Republic after earlier acts of sabotage there. The Atomic...

The U.S. Supreme Court is seen Tuesday, June 30, 2020 in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Justices keep hold on secret Russia investigation material

Jul. 2, 2020 11:26 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is denying Congress access to secret grand jury testimony from special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation through the November election. The justices agreed on Thursday to hear the Trump administration’s appeal of a lower court order for the...

Audrey Strauss, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, speaks during a news conference to announce charges against Ghislaine Maxwell for her alleged role in the sexual exploitation and abuse of multiple minor girls by Jeffrey Epstein, Thursday, July 2, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Epstein friend accused of recruiting girls for sex arrested

Jul. 2, 2020 1:48 PM EDT

British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested Thursday on charges she helped recruit three girls — one as young as 14 — to have sex with financier Jeffrey Epstein, who was accused of sexually assaulting dozens of girls and women over many years. According to the indictment, Maxwell, who lived for...

FILE - In this Monday, June 29, 2020, file photo, Bigard Ogbonna, right, checks a customer's temperature before they enter a store at the Garden State Plaza mall in Paramus, N.J., as New Jersey's indoor shopping malls reopened from their COVID-19 pause. U.S. employers likely rehired several million more workers in June, thereby reducing a Depression-level unemployment rate, but the most up-to-date data suggests that a resurgent coronavirus will limit further gains. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

US unemployment falls to 11%, but new shutdowns are underway

Jul. 2, 2020 1:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. unemployment fell to 11.1% in June as the economy added a solid 4.8 million jobs, the government reported Thursday. But the job-market recovery may already be faltering because of a new round of closings and layoffs triggered by a resurgence of the coronavirus. While the jobless rate...

Nightbird Restaurant chef and owner Kim Alter, left, mimics giving a hug to nurse practitioner Sydney Gressel, center, and patient care technician Matt Phillips after delivering dinner to them at University of California at San Francisco Benioff Children's Hospital in San Francisco, March 27, 2020. A group of tech-savvy, entrepreneurial San Francisco friends wanted to help two groups devastated by the coronavirus pandemic. They came up with a plan that involved soliciting donations, tapping friends in the restaurant world and getting San Francisco hospitals to accept free food cooked up by some of the city's top chefs. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Not so random acts: Science finds that being kind pays off

Jul. 2, 2020 11:08 AM EDT

Acts of kindness may not be that random after all. Science says being kind pays off. Research shows that acts of kindness make us feel better and healthier. Kindness is also key to how we evolved and survived as a species, scientists say. We are hard-wired to be kind. Kindness “is as bred in our bones as...

A surprise display of fireworks sponsored by Macy's explode over the Hudson Yards area of Manhattan as seen from a pier in Hoboken, N.J., late Tuesday, June 30, 2020. Coronavirus concerns are changing the way the holiday is celebrated. In New York, the Macy's annual summer spectacle was replaced by a series of smaller, surprise shows. They’ve been ringing out all week, leading into the televised finale Saturday. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

From big cities to backyards, July 4 not usual blowout bash

Jul. 2, 2020 1:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The idea sounds almost un-American. The Fourth of July was always a time for communities to come together, daylong celebrations with patriotic parades in the morning and fireworks finales to cap it off. This year, people are being urged to stay home. If they want a show, watch it on TV....

FILE - In this June 3, 2020, file photo, demonstrators protest the death of George Floyd, Wednesday, June 3, 2020, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. It’s rare for public opinion on social issues to change sharply and swiftly. And yet in the wake of George Floyd’s death, polling shows dramatic movement in Americans’ opinions on police brutality and racial injustice.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Wide shift in opinion on police, race rare in US polling

Jul. 2, 2020 8:00 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's rare for public opinion on social issues to change sharply and swiftly. And yet in the wake of George Floyd's death, Americans' opinions about police brutality and racial injustice have moved dramatically. About half of American adults believe police violence against the public is a...

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, speaks during a news conference at the State Department, Wednesday, July 1, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, Pool)

Intel chiefs brief congressional leaders on Russia bounties

Jul. 2, 2020 1:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. intelligence chiefs conducted classified briefings Thursday for congressional leaders who have demanded more answers about intelligence assessments that Russia offered bounties for killing U.S. troops in Afghanistan. President Donald Trump has called news reports about the...

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Does wearing a mask pose any health risks?

Jul. 2, 2020 3:32 AM EDT

Does wearing a mask pose any health risks? No, not for most people. Babies and toddlers should not wear masks because they could suffocate. The same goes for anyone who has trouble removing a mask without help. Others can wear masks without risking their health, according to experts, despite false rumors to the...

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FILE - In this file photo dated May 5, 2011, a Finnish Air Force Hawk aircraft in flight.  Finland's Air Force Command has discreetly dropped its swastika logo as unit emblem — after a century — and replaced it with a neutral insignia featuring a golden eagle. The changes was made more than three years ago. (lmavoimat/Lehtikuva via AP, File)

Finnish Air Force Command drops swastika logo as insignia

Jul. 2, 2020 1:59 PM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Finland's Air Force Command has discreetly dropped a swastika logo from its unit emblem — after a century — and replaced it with a neutral insignia featuring a golden eagle. The change, made to avoid false and uncomfortable associations with Nazi Germany’s notorious...

University giving dorm priority to non-Oahu freshmen

Jul. 2, 2020 1:59 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii's public university system is giving student housing priority at its main campus to freshmen who don't live on Oahu, a spokesman said Wednesday. Because of social distancing and other guidelines to keep people safe amid the coronavirus pandemic, the University of Hawaii lost 30% of...

Police: Officer shot possum because it was injured

Jul. 2, 2020 1:58 PM EDT

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia police officer will not be disciplined after a video emerged of him shooting a possum on a residential street because the animal was injured, a spokesman said Thursday. A resident reported that the possum had been hit by a car Wednesday evening and an officer...

PG&E exits bankruptcy, pays $5 billion into wildfire fund

Jul. 2, 2020 1:57 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric has emerged from a contentious bankruptcy saga that began after its long-neglected electrical grid ignited wildfires in California that killed more than 100 people. The nation's largest utility announced Wednesday it emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy and...

No spike, but Nebraska sees COVID-19 cases, deaths creep up

Jul. 2, 2020 1:56 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska has so far avoided the resurgence of new coronavirus cases that have plagued other states around the country, but is still seeing new confirmed cases — and deaths — every day. The state’s virus tracking site shows Nebraska recorded 133 new confirmed cases...

FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2014 file photo, singer Vanilla Ice performs during the skills competition at the NBA All Star basketball game, in New Orleans. Vanilla Ice has indefinitely postponed a Texas concert that had drawn fierce criticism due to the coronavirus pandemic. The 1990s rapper with the hit single “Ice Ice Baby” had been scheduled to play a lakeside concert just outside Austin on Friday, July 3, 2020, but he decided to postpone until a later date, the owner of the restaurant hosting the show said Thursday, July 2. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Coronavirus concerns freeze Vanilla Ice show

Jul. 2, 2020 1:55 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Vanilla Ice has indefinitely postponed a Texas concert that drew fierce criticism due to the coronavirus pandemic. The 1990s rapper with the hit single “Ice Ice Baby” had been scheduled to play a lakeside concert just outside Austin on Friday, but on Thursday he announced...

Lawsuit: Sheriff fails to protect inmates from coronavirus

Jul. 2, 2020 1:54 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Overcrowded cells, a lack of personal protective equipment and limited access to cleaning and sanitation supplies are putting people in a Georgia jail at risk of exposure to the coronavirus outbreak, a federal lawsuit says. Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill and several of his high-ranking...

Groups call for meetings as US lab preps for weapons work

Jul. 2, 2020 1:52 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Several groups are asking state and federal officials to hold semi-annual public meetings as Los Alamos National Laboratory prepares to resume and ramp up production of key components for the nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile. The groups outlined their request in a recent...

Missouri police officer involved in shooting in Kansas City

Jul. 2, 2020 1:50 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas City, Missouri, police officer has been involved in a shooting Thursday, authorities said. Kansas City Police Officer Jake Becchina said no officer was shot during the incident, and there is no update on the person who was shot, KMBC-TV reports. The Missouri State Highway...

Audrey Strauss, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, speaks during a news conference to announce charges against Ghislaine Maxwell for her alleged role in the sexual exploitation and abuse of multiple minor girls by Jeffrey Epstein, Thursday, July 2, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Epstein friend accused of recruiting girls for sex arrested

Jul. 2, 2020 1:48 PM EDT

British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested Thursday on charges she helped recruit three girls — one as young as 14 — to have sex with financier Jeffrey Epstein, who was accused of sexually assaulting dozens of girls and women over many years. According to the indictment, Maxwell, who lived for...