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FILE-In this Friday, July 17, 2020 file photo, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp speaks during a coronavirus briefing at the Capitol, in Atlanta.  Kemp on Thursday, Aug. 13, said he’s dropping a lawsuit against the city of Atlanta in a dispute over the city’s requirement to wear masks in public and other restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

Kemp order won't let governments order masks in businesses

Aug. 14, 2020 7:38 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Gov. Brian Kemp's administration says numbers show the state is making progress in its fight against COVID-19, despite a leaked federal report urging the state to take stronger steps, a per capita infection rate that is third-worst in the country over the past two weeks and soaring death...

FILE - In this May 27, 2020, file photo, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey calls on Hennepin County attorney Mike Freeman to charge the arresting officer in the death of George Floyd as he speaks during a news conference, at City Hall in Minneapolis. Mayor Frey on Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, announced plans to hold open 100 police officer positions next year as part of a hiring freeze to help manage a 2021 budget and as activists are clamoring to shift money away from traditional policing. (Evan Frost/Minnesota Public Radio via AP, File)

Minneapolis mayor proposes keeping vacant 100 police jobs

Aug. 14, 2020 5:24 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey on Friday announced plans to hold open 100 police officer positions next year as part of a hiring freeze to help manage a 2021 budget and as activists are clamoring to shift money away from traditional policing. Frey said the city projects about 100 officers,...

Last call in Georgia city now at 11:30 p.m. under settlement

Aug. 14, 2020 4:29 PM EDT

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Bar patrons in one Georgia city will face new rules under a settlement forged between the Athens-Clarke County government and six bar owners. The group sued last month after Athens Mayor Kelly Girtz and the county commission approved an ordinance moving last call from 2 a.m. to 10 p.m....

Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse announces the cancellation of the Holyoke St. Patrick's Day Parade and Road Race due to public health concerns related to the coronavirus, on Tuesday, March 10, 2020. (Don Treeger/The Republican via AP)

UMass taps lawyer to probe Alex Morse misconduct allegations

Aug. 14, 2020 3:58 PM EDT

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts state university has hired a prominent Boston lawyer to conduct an independent review into allegations of inappropriate conduct by Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse, a former adjunct professor who is running for Congress. The University of Massachusetts Amherst said Friday that...

A broken cash register sits on the counter of African Food & Liquor in Chicago, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. The West Side convenience store was ransacked Monday just hours after Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot warned vandals that the city will hold them accountable for ransacking downtown retailers earlier that day. It was the second time since May that the neighborhood store was vandalized. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford)

Chicago officials pledge swift response to theft, vandalism

Aug. 14, 2020 3:48 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago officials under pressure to reassure residents after hundreds of people vandalized and stole from downtown businesses pledged Friday to respond forcefully to any similar attempts during the weekend. Flanked by local and federal officials at a press conference near the city's...

Mississippi city schedules special mayoral election

Aug. 14, 2020 3:48 PM EDT

DIAMONDHEAD, Miss. (AP) — Residents in a south Mississippi city will elect a new mayor next month to fill the seat left vacant when its current mayor died. The nonpartisan special election in Diamonhead will be held Tuesday, Sept. 15, WLOX-TV reported. Residents who are not registered to vote can do so on...

A woman reacts as she marches holding an old Belarusian national flag in the center of Minsk, Belarus, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020.  Some thousands of people have flooded the cnetre of the Belarus capital, Minsk, in a show of anger over a brutal police crackdown this week on peaceful protesters that followed a disputed election. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Thousands flood Belarus capital as election protests grow

Aug. 14, 2020 3:36 PM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Tens of thousands of people flooded the heart of the Belarus capital of Minsk on Friday in a show of anger over a brutal police crackdown this week on peaceful protesters that followed a disputed election, and authorities sought to ease rising public fury by freeing at least 2,000 who...

People queue in line to check-in for a British Airways flight to Heathrow airport, Friday Aug.14, 2020 at Nice airport, southern France. British holidaymakers in France were mulling whether to return home early Friday to avoid having to self-isolate for 14 days following the U.K. government's decision to reimpose quarantine restrictions on France amid a recent pick-up in coronavirus infections. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)

Virus flareups in Europe lead to club closings, mask orders

Aug. 14, 2020 2:42 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — New flareups of COVID-19 are disrupting the peak summer vacation season across much of Europe, where authorities in some countries are reimposing restrictions on travelers, closing nightclubs again, banning fireworks displays and expanding mask orders even in chic resort areas. ...

A street sweeper checks his mobile phone as he takes a break near a coronavirus-themed mural in Jakarta, Indonesia, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. Indonesia's only vaccine production company has started this week a so-called phase 3 clinical trials to test a potential coronavirus vaccine developed by a Chinese company. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

Asia Today: India's virus death toll rises, Seoul cases jump

Aug. 14, 2020 11:31 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s coronavirus death toll overtook Britain's to become the fourth-highest in the world with another single-day record increase in cases Friday. According to the Health Ministry, India reported 1,007 deaths in the past 24 hours. Its total rose to 48,040 deaths, behind the United...

A broken cash register sits on the counter of African Food & Liquor in Chicago, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. The West Side convenience store was ransacked Monday just hours after Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot warned vandals that the city will hold them accountable for ransacking downtown retailers earlier that day. It was the second time since May that the neighborhood store was vandalized. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford)

Chicago convenience store ransacked twice since May

Aug. 14, 2020 9:06 AM EDT

Security cameras captured the pillaging of a West Side Chicago convenience store hours after Mayor Lori Lightfoot warned vandals that the city would hold them accountable for ransacking downtown retailers. Walid Mouhammad, owner of African Food & Liquor, watched surveillance video helplessly from home on...