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Pedestrians pass a street crossing Friday, May 22, 2020, in Tokyo. Tokyo is still under a coronavirus state of emergency until the end of May though there have been no hard lockdowns. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

The Latest: Japan set to end Tokyo's state of emergency

May. 24, 2020 9:53 PM 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 set to remove state of emergency from Tokyo, 4 other...

Dark clouds fill the sky during the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway Sunday, May 24, 2020, in Concord, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Hamlin suffers serious setback at start of Coca-Cola 600

May. 24, 2020 8:26 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin had his shot at winning another crown jewel event Sunday night destroyed before the Coca-Cola 600 even began. A piece of tungsten flew off of Hamlin's car during the pace laps at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Hamlin had to return to pit road to have the...

Kurt Busch (1) leads the pack as the green flag is waved at the start of the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway Sunday, May 24, 2020, in Concord, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

No fans, no problem: Some Coca-Cola 600 fans turn out anyway

May. 24, 2020 7:26 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Chris “Pops” Bowyer sat in a lawn chair wearing a plain white T-shirt and drinking a beer alongside wife Jana and their friends outside of their motorhome a few hundred yards from Charlotte Motor Speedway. Bowyer knew he wasn't getting into the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday to...

Sheriff: Deputy shot armed man who disrupted church service

May. 24, 2020 2:10 PM EDT

WAXHAW, N.C. (AP) — A sheriff’s deputy shot and wounded a man who was armed with a knife when deputies responded to a complaint that he had disrupted an outdoor church service in North Carolina on Sunday, authorities said. Investigators were trying to determine why the man, whose injuries...

Police: 6 wounded in shooting in parking lot

May. 24, 2020 12:39 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Six people were wounded in a shooting at a North Carolina parking lot where a fight broke out during a “social gathering,” police said. One of the people wounded in the shooting Saturday night in Charlotte was in serious but stable condition, while the other five...

Riders flock to reopened West Virginia ATV trails system

May. 24, 2020 12:29 PM EDT

GILBERT, W.Va. (AP) — Riders packed a vast network of all-terrain vehicle trails in southern West Virginia on the first weekend the system was allowed to reopen during the coronavirus pandemic. The eight trail networks that make up the more than 700-mile Hatfield-McCoy system were open for Memorial Day...

Visitors wearing masks to curb the spread of the coronavirus take shelter from a sudden rainstorm at a park in Beijing on Saturday, May 23, 2020. New coronavirus cases dropped to zero in China for the first time Saturday but overwhelmed hospitals across Latin America – both in countries lax about lockdowns and those lauded for firm, early confinement. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The Latest: Montana outbreak tied to Schwab country club

May. 24, 2020 1:04 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: — Montana outbreak tied to golf and country club developed by...

Greenhouse owner calls last frost date with uncanny accuracy

May. 24, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — When the wind comes barreling down Mount Mitchell, it bears down hard on the South Toe Valley, bringing with it whatever weather lingers near the summit. On May 10, that wind brought sustained freezing temperatures to Open Ridge Farm, but owner Gretchen Farrell was prepared....

NC farmers start euthanizing 1.5M chickens amid pandemic

May. 23, 2020 5:24 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Coronavirus outbreaks at meat processing plants are forcing North Carolina farmers to euthanize 1.5 million chickens, according to a state official. Assistant Agriculture Commissioner Joe Reardon told The News & Observer that this is the first time during the pandemic that North...

Lawsuit: NC laws expose many voters to virus risks

May. 23, 2020 3:34 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina has failed to change its election laws to ensure that voters can safely cast ballots during the COVID-19 pandemic, voting rights advocates claim in a federal lawsuit. The nonprofit Democracy North Carolina and the League of Women Voters of North Carolina sued Friday on...