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Medical staff holds swabs for rapid COVID-19 tests at a high school in Rome, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. While hospitalizations and intensive care admissions are slightly rising, Italy has so far managed to keep its coronavirus infections per 100,000 people far lower than France, Spain or Britain, which earlier this week were forced to impose new restrictions to avoid a second pandemic wave. (Cecilia Fabiano/LaPresse via AP)

The Latest: Kansas: Record 16% of virus tests are positive

Sep. 28, 2020 2:42 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas is reporting another seven-day record for new coronavirus cases, with 16% of tests for the virus during that period coming back positive. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said Monday that the U.S. state had 2,037 new confirmed and probable coronavirus cases since...

FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 7, 2015 file photo, a worker stands in front of ongoing excavations at the Templo Mayor archeological site, directing people into the adjoining museum in downtown Mexico City, once the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan. In light of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, it remains unclear how much humanity has learned from one of the greatest mass die-offs due to the smallpox epidemic, which gave rise to the first successful vaccine in 1796. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)

500 years ago, another epidemic swept Mexico: smallpox

Sep. 28, 2020 11:40 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — There were mass cremations of bodies; entire families died and the inhabitants of the city, afraid to pull their bodies out, simply collapsed their homes on top of them to bury them on the spot. The scene, beyond even the current coronavirus pandemic, was a scourge brought 500 years ago...

A woman walks among the Spanish flags placed in memory of coronavirus (COVID-19) victims in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. An association of families of coronavirus victims has planted what it says are 53,000 small Spanish flags in a Madrid park to honor the dead of the pandemic. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

The Latest: Mexico virus data may not be available for years

Sep. 27, 2020 11:03 PM EDT

Mexico City — Mexico’s top coronavirus official said Sunday that definitive data on the country’s death toll from COVID-19 won’t be available for “a couple of years.” The statement by Assistant Health Secretary Hugo López-Gatell is likely to revive debate about...

Cemetery workers dig fresh graves in a section of the Valle de Chalco Municipal Cemetery which opened early in the coronavirus pandemic to accommodate the surge in deaths, in Valle de Chalco on the outskirts of Mexico City, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020.(AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Mexico official: definitive COVID-19 toll will take 2 years

Sep. 27, 2020 9:55 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s top coronavirus official said Sunday that definitive data on the country's death toll from COVID-19 won’t be available for “a couple of years.” The statement by Assistant Health Secretary Hugo López-Gatell is likely to revive debate about...

Police end Mexico toll booth takeovers after 8 months

Sep. 27, 2020 6:37 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Of all the forms of protest in Mexico, taking over highway toll booths is one of the odder and more lucrative. Protesters often take over the booths for a few hours and charge motorists a fixed rate, lower than the original toll, to pass. They keep the money for their...

11 killed in bar shooting in Mexico's most violent state

Sep. 27, 2020 6:33 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Gunmen killed 11 people, including four women, early Sunday in a bar in the central Mexico state of Guanajuato. State prosecutors said the bullet-ridden bodies were found at a bar near the town of Jaral del Progreso. The area is near the border with Michoacán state, which has been...

Normal college students join family members of 43 missing students from the Rural Normal School of Ayotzinapa in a march marking the sixth anniversary of the 43 students' enforced disappearance, in Mexico City, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Mexico to pursue soldiers, federal police in abduction probe

Sep. 26, 2020 6:29 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico has issued 25 arrest warrants for those who carried out and knew about the abduction of 43 students in southern Mexico in 2014, including for the first time members of the military and federal police, the Attorney General’s Office announced Saturday. “Those...

Agriculture workers risk safety and health during pandemic

Sep. 26, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Pedro Cabrera Flores, 70, had spent the past eight summers packing green beans into cans in Gillett, Wisconsin. In order to be hired again, he had to complete the season, but, in August, he decided to quit his job because he felt unsafe, he said. New workers were not being tested for...

Farmers stand at La Boquilla Dam, where they wrested control on Tuesday from National Guard troops in order to close the valves and reduce the flow of water toward the United States, in Chihuahua State, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. Tuesday's clash between hundreds of farmers and National Guard troops was the latest flashpoint in a months-long conflict over the Mexican government's attempts to pay off its water debt with the United States over objections of local farmers. (AP Photo/Christian Chavez)

Mexico wants to pay US water debt, stay out of US election

Sep. 25, 2020 4:55 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s president called on politicians and angry farmers in northern Mexico Friday to allow the country to pay its water debt to the United States, noting he does not want Mexico to become an issue in the U.S. elections. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said that...

2 men charged in migrant smuggling, ransom scheme

Sep. 25, 2020 5:16 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Two men face federal charges in South Florida for their part in a migrant smuggling operation that involved kidnapping and torturing Cubans and extorting money from victims’ family members, authorities said. Reynaldo Marquez Crespo, 41, and Jancer Sergio Ramos Valdes, 33, made their...