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People wearing face masks to protect against the coronavirus ride an escalator past a sign of a nail salon at a shopping and office complex in Beijing, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. Mainland China and semi-autonomous Hong Kong saw declines in their recent outbreaks Tuesday. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: China's community virus cases hit single digits

Aug. 11, 2020 11:03 PM EDT

BEIJING — China’s newly confirmed community transmitted cases of coronavirus fell into the single digits on Wednesday, while Hong Kong saw another 33 cases of infection. The National Health Commission said all nine new cases were found in the northwestern region of Xinjiang, whose capital Urumqi...

Crew member on Alaska ferry tests positive for coronavirus

Aug. 11, 2020 1:51 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A crew member on an Alaska state ferry tested positive for the coronavirus, which caused a cancellation of the service in Southeast Alaska. The Alaska Marine Highway System said the planned run of the ferry M/V LeConte in Lynn Canal near Juneau was canceled Sunday after the diagnosis...

Alaska coastal communities face long gaps in ferry service

Aug. 11, 2020 1:49 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska transportation department has released a draft winter ferry operating plan with long service gaps for some coastal communities and others won't have any service during the season. The state Department of Transportation and Public Facilities said the expected gaps and...

Alaska reports 98 new coronavirus cases among residents

Aug. 10, 2020 10:20 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services reported Sunday that there were 98 newly confirmed cases of the coronavirus among state residents. The new case reports brought the number of residents known to be currently infected to 2,594, while 1,091 residents were reported...

Black bear tracks pizza scent, destroys car in Juneau

Aug. 8, 2020 5:23 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A black bear has destroyed a Juneau Pizza employee's car looking for food in a residential neighborhood, raising concerns from wildlife experts that the animal will have future encounters with people. “I think it was the delicious smell of the pizza that drove the bear to the...

Alaska judge dismisses lawsuit over state coronavirus funds

Aug. 8, 2020 12:23 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska judge dismissed a lawsuit that alleged the method by which the state dispersed its federal coronavirus funds was unconstitutional. The lawsuit, brought by Juneau resident Eric Forrer, was filed after a legislative panel, instead of the Alaska State Legislature, approved...

Crane hits key bridge in Alaska, no structural damage found

Aug. 7, 2020 10:28 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A construction barge carrying a crane hit the underside of the Douglas Bridge in Juneau on Wednesday. A bystander recorded the incident from shore and posted it onto social media, where it was widely shared. The 620-foot (189 meter) long Douglas Bridge connects Douglas Island with...

University of Alaska regents no longer considering merger

Aug. 7, 2020 10:02 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The University of Alaska Board of Regents are no longer considering a proposed merger of the University of Alaska Southeast and the University of Alaska Fairbanks, officials said. The board unanimously voted Wednesday to rescind the resolution made in June that directed the...

Juneau police say crowding bystanders caused 'chaotic' scene

Aug. 6, 2020 1:29 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Juneau police said they arrested three men after their response to a call of a knife-wielding man devolved into a “chaotic scene” with some bystanders crowding around, filming and yelling at officers. All on-duty officers were called to the downtown area Wednesday...

People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus hold portable fans to cool themselves in the heat in Tokyo, Wednesday, Aug, 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

The Latest: Japan region declares coronavirus emergency

Aug. 5, 2020 11:10 PM EDT

TOKYO — The governor of Japan’s Aichi Prefecture has announced a regional “state of emergency” seeking to curb the coronavirus. Gov. Hideaki Ohmura on Thursday asked businesses to close altogether or close early and urged people to stay home at night. The measures continue through Aug....