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Visitors gather on the beach Sunday, May 24, 2020, in Newport Beach, Calif., during the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Memorial Day weekend draws crowds and triggers warnings

May. 24, 2020 8:27 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Memorial Day weekend marking the unofficial start of summer in the U.S. meant big crowds at beaches and warnings from authorities Sunday about people disregarding the coronavirus social-distancing rules and risking a resurgence of the scourge that has killed nearly 100,000...

Woman, 19, severely wounded in pizza restaurant knife attack

May. 24, 2020 4:24 PM EDT

HARVEY, La. (AP) — Police in a New Orleans suburb were on the lookout Sunday for a man suspected of attacking and severely wounding a 19-year-old who was working at a pizza restaurant. The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said the suspect was believed to be a local homeless man. WVUE-TV reports...

Hazel Roberts walks in a field of flags ahead of Memorial Day, Saturday, May 23, 2020, in Cohasset, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Holiday amid pandemic: Americans divided on how to respond

May. 23, 2020 8:58 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump played golf at one of his courses Saturday during the Memorial Day weekend as he urged U.S. states to reopen after coronavirus-related lockdowns. Yet many Americans remained cautious as the number of confirmed cases nationwide passed 1.6 million. In California, where...

A slow reawakening in New Orleans as restrictions are eased

May. 23, 2020 4:07 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans is stirring to life as the country heads into the Memorial Day holiday weekend with restaurants and businesses slowly opening their doors for the first time in more than two months of coronavirus-related shutdowns. In the French Quaarter, many bars and other businesses remain...

FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2019, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Anthony Chickillo (56) chases a play during the first half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale, Ariz. Chickillo has agreed to a contract with the New Orleans Saints after playing the last five seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The deal was announced Saturday, May 23, 2020,  by Saints general manager Mickey Loomis.  (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Saints adding ex-Steelers linebacker Anthony Chickillo

May. 23, 2020 3:07 PM EDT

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Linebacker Anthony Chickillo has agreed to a contract with the New Orleans Saints after playing the last five seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The deal was announced Saturday by Saints general manager Mickey Loomis. The 6-foot-3, 255-pound Chickillo is changing teams for the first...

Harmless or Foul Play: Artist drips paint on virus murals

May. 23, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — In the wee hours of Saturday morning, someone stalked Frenchmen Street squirting streaks of ketchup-thick paint on many of the much-beloved, graffiti-style murals that had sprung up over the past weeks during the coronavirus lockdown. Fans of the work were outraged by what they assumed...

Sheriff: 3 critically wounded in neighborhood shootout

May. 22, 2020 10:25 AM EDT

SLIDELL, La. (AP) — Three people were critically wounded and a fourth person was hurt in a shootout that stemmed from a fight at a business in the New Orleans metropolitan area, a sheriff said Friday morning. The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office said in a release that the exchange of gunfire erupted...

In this Friday, May 15, 2020 photo, houses are seen near a recently completed

Cities find green ways to reduce storm floods

May. 21, 2020 11:17 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — For more than a century, New Orleans has depended on canals and pumps to get rid of stormwater in a city where about half the land is below sea level. Now the bustling Mississippi River port that expanded by filling in wetlands is spending $270 million to create spaces for rainwater,...

NOPD officer who lost father to virus now wears his badge

May. 21, 2020 3:14 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS, La. (AP) — A New Orleans man whose father died due to the novel coronavirus was sworn into the city’s police force wearing his late father’s badge. Mark Hall Jr.’s mother placed her late husband's officer badge on her son's new uniform during the personal ceremony held on...

The Latest: Japan ending state of emergency in 3 prefectures

May. 21, 2020 1:30 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — Japan approves lifting state of emergency in three...