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While wearing protective masks due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic, Taryne Meade, of Douglas, Mass., photographs her son Liam during a tour of the U.S.S. Constitution, the U.S. Navy's oldest commissioned ship, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in Boston. The ship, which is also known as

Baker revisits reopening; 18 new COVID-19 deaths reported

Aug. 7, 2020 5:42 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts is cracking down on larger gatherings, bars “masquerading” as restaurants and other events that could help spread the coronavirus as public health officials work to tamp down an uptick in COVID-19 cases, Gov. Charlie Baker said Friday. Baker also said he is...

FILE - In this March 13, 2020, file photo, students at Stuyvesant High School leave after classes in New York. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday, Aug. 7, 2020 that he would allow children statewide to return to classrooms for the start of the new school year, citing the state's success in battling the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

Cuomo clears New York schools statewide to open, carefully

Aug. 7, 2020 5:32 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York schools can bring children back to classrooms for the start of the school year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday, citing success in battling the coronavirus in the state that once was the U.S. heart of the pandemic. The Democratic governor's decision clears the way for...

Chase Fenstermacher kicks the ball during a wall pass drill at Pottsville's boys' soccer practice at Alumni Field in Pottsville, Pa., Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. During a press conference Thursday, Gov. Tom Wolf recommended that no sports take place until January 1, 2021. Previously, state guidelines posted to the Governor's Office website stated that

Panel delays decision on Pennsylvania sports for two weeks

Aug. 7, 2020 5:28 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The governing body for Pennsylvania school sports on Friday delayed making, for at least two weeks, a decision about whether to follow the governor's recommendation and cancel sports until January. The board of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association said mandatory fall...

FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2017, file photo, tennis fans move in and out of Arthur Ashe Stadium during the fourth round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York. As coronavirus cases spike in other parts of the country a month before the U.S. Open is supposed to start in New York, the U.S. Tennis Association said Friday, July 31, 2020, it “continues its plans” to hold its marquee event and another tournament beforehand. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

No set guidelines for calling off US Open if COVID outbreak

Aug. 7, 2020 5:08 PM EDT

A player testing positive for COVID-19 will be dropped from the U.S. Open, but the U.S. Tennis Association has not established how many infected participants would force the Grand Slam tournament to be called off. According to a 10½-page “Player Q&A Update” sent out this week by the USTA,...

Beachgoers crowd the beach near the Garden City Pier during the coronavirus pandemic in Garden City south end of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Thursday afternoon, July 16, 2020. (Josh Bell/The Sun News via AP)

The Latest: South Carolina events granted size exceptions

Aug. 7, 2020 5:03 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Fans can watch September’s NASCAR race at Darlington in person and have a four-course meal while watching a medieval jousting tournament in South Carolina thanks to exceptions granted to the state’s rule banning gatherings of more than 250 people during the coronavirus...

$20M in paid COVID-19 leave for Arkansas teachers proposed

Aug. 7, 2020 5:01 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Friday proposed setting aside $20 million for teachers who have to miss work because of the coronavirus as the state reported one of its biggest increases in virus cases since the pandemic began. Hutchinson proposed using federal coronavirus relief...

FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2015, file photo, Southern Utah celebrates with the trophy after defeating Northern Arizona in an NCAA college football game for the Big Sky Conference title Cedar City, Utah. The Big Sky Conference postponed its football season on Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, to the spring because of the coronavirus pandemic and called for the FCS playoffs to be moved to the second semester as well.(Jordan Allred/The Spectrum via AP)

The Latest: Darlington approved for fans for Southern 500

Aug. 7, 2020 4:41 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Darlington Raceway has gotten state approval to have fans in the stands when it runs NASCAR’s Southern 500 next month. The state Commerce Department gave the track “Too Tough To Tame” an exemption to have...

A sign at Darlington Raceway displays a message thanking front-line workers Sunday, May 17, 2020, in Darlington, S.C. NASCAR, which has been idle since March 8 because of the coronavirus pandemic, makes its return with the Real Heroes 400 Nascar Cup Series auto race Sunday. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

NASCAR and jousting exceptions to SC's large crowd ban

Aug. 7, 2020 4:35 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Fans can watch September's NASCAR race at Darlington in person and have a four-course meal while watching a medieval jousting tournament thanks to exceptions granted to South Carolina's rule banning gatherings of more than 250 people during the COVID-19 pandemic. At least 71 events...

FILE - In this  June 1, 2020, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden bows his head in prayer as he visits Bethel AME Church in Wilmington, Del. Photos in a campaign ad for President Donald Trump show that former Vice President Biden is “alone, hiding, diminished.” The ad blurs details that show Biden is praying in a church.  The ad was tweeted by @TeamTrump on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Aug. 7, 2020 4:29 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ____ CLAIM: Photos in a campaign ad for President Donald Trump show that former Vice...

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards makes a point while answering questions about the status of the state in regard to COVID-19, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. The state will continue to be in Phase 2 until Aug. 28. Dr. Daniel Burch does sign language interpretation at right. (Bill Feig/The Advocate via AP)

Louisiana seeks funding for National Guard virus response

Aug. 7, 2020 4:23 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards is questioning why Louisiana must pay a portion of the costs to use the state's National Guard in coronavirus response work if the federal government is picking up the full tab in some other states. The Democratic governor sent a letter Friday to President...