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A large homeless encampment is shown Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in Phoenix. Maricopa County officials said Wednesday there have been 490 cases of homeless people infected with the virus since the pandemic began among the county's approximately 7,400 homeless, with at least nine people self-identifying as homeless have died in Maricopa County. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Over 500 Arizona inmates test positive amid slowing virus

Aug. 5, 2020 6:10 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona corrections officials have said that 517 inmates at the state prison in Tucson have tested positive for the coronavirus even as the overall spread in the state seems to be turning a corner. And state health officials on Wednesday reported 1,698 newly confirmed coronavirus cases and...

A survivor is taken out of the rubble after a massive explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. The explosion flattened much of a port and damaged buildings across Beirut, sending a giant mushroom cloud into the sky. In addition to those who died, more than 3,000 other people were injured, with bodies buried in the rubble, officials said.(AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Negligence probed in deadly Beirut blast amid public anger

Aug. 5, 2020 6:05 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Investigators probing the deadly blast that ripped across Beirut focused Wednesday on possible negligence in the storage of tons of a highly explosive fertilizer in a waterfront warehouse, while the government ordered the house arrest of several port officials. International aid flights began...

The Latest: Russia sends doctors, equipment to Lebanon

Aug. 5, 2020 4:35 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the explosion in Beirut (all times local): 9:25 p.m. Russia’s Ministry for Emergencies says that its first plane carrying relief teams, doctors and medical equipment has landed in Beirut. The ministry said Wednesday the aircraft has delivered a mobile hospital along with...

Protesters demanding attention to the needs of the homeless continue to camp in front of City Hall, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in Portland, Maine. City officials are trying to devise a strategy on how to handle the encampment, which began almost two weeks ago. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Organizer of homeless camp outside City Hall meets mayor

Aug. 4, 2020 1:09 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The mayor of Maine's largest city met with an organizer of an encampment for homeless people that has been set up outside City Hall, but the two sides have yet to reach an agreement about the future of the camp. Portland Mayor Kate Snyder met with organizer Jess Falero before the...

Natasha Blunt poses for a portrait in New Orleans, Friday, July 31, 2020. Blunt owes thousands of dollars in back rent after she lost her banquet porter job. She has yet to receive her stimulus check and has not been approved for unemployment benefits. Her family is getting by with food stamps and the charity of neighbors. (AP Photo/Dorthy Ray)

Wave of evictions expected as moratoriums end in many states

Aug. 4, 2020 12:10 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Kelyn Yanez used to clean homes during the day and wait tables at night in the Houston area before the coronavirus. But the mother of three lost both jobs in March because of the pandemic and now is facing eviction. The Honduran immigrant got help from a local church to pay part of...

Los Angeles protesters demand rent cancellation amid virus

Aug. 2, 2020 3:49 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Demonstrators who gathered again Sunday outside the home of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti called on the city to cancel rents for people finding it hard to make ends meet as the coronavirus pandemic ravages California's economy. Tenant rights activists statewide have for weeks urged...

A part of a park near Han river is flooded after heavy rain in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020. South Korean Meteorological Administration issued a warning of heavy rain for Seoul and central area. (Kim In-chul/Yonhap via AP)

Heavy rain hammers South Korea, leaving 6 dead, 7 missing

Aug. 2, 2020 6:37 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Torrential rain pounded most of South Korea over the weekend, leaving six people dead and seven others missing, officials said Sunday. The Ministry of the Interior and Safety said the heavy rainfall triggered landslides in dozens of places, flooded residential areas and roads, and...

Colorado governor says return to school 'reasonably safe'

Jul. 30, 2020 6:12 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado Gov. Jared Polis said Thursday he thinks it's “reasonably safe” to open schools this fall and announced plans to distribute medical-grade masks to teachers across the state to curb the spread of the coronavirus. “I think the hard work of Coloradans is what has...

Portland, Maine, mayor meets with homeless protesters

Jul. 30, 2020 10:29 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The mayor of Portland, Maine met with homeless protesters who have been camped outside City Hall for a week demanding the immediate improvement of services. Mayor Kate Snyder listened to the testimonies of people at the encampment, many of whom are teenagers and have been homeless...

Concord officials consider removing homeless encampments

Jul. 30, 2020 10:07 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Concord city officials are considering cutting down trees near the Merrimack River to reveal and remove homeless encampments. The idea was discussed Monday during Concord’s Public Safety Board meeting, the Concord Monitor reported. City councilor Fred Keach suggested removing...