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A man floats on Shawnee Mission Lake at dusk Friday, May 22, 2020, in Lenexa, Kan. As coronavirus-related stay-at-home orders are lifted, people are flocking to lakes, parks and other nearby attractions to celebrate the long Memorial Day weekend. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Frito-Lay worker at Topeka plant tests positive for COVID-19

May. 23, 2020 6:04 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A worker at a Frito-Lay plant in Topeka has tested positive for the coronavirus as more Kansas businesses reopened in advance of Memorial Day. The company said in a statement Friday that it has taken steps to identify and notify employees who had direct contact with the infected worker...

A health worker checks a computer screen at the COVID-19 test department of the Broussais Hospital in Paris, Monday May 11, 2020. French President Emmanuel Macron has repeatedly pledged the country would be able to test up to 700,000 people per week as key to the re-opening process, but so far the number of people tested is much lower and the effective capacities in the country remain vague. (Alain Jocard, Pool via AP)

The Latest: UN warns cybercrime on rise during pandemic

May. 23, 2020 12:43 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: —UN warns cybercrime on rise during pandemic. —South...

Judge lifts stay on sale of Venezuela's US refineries

May. 22, 2020 10:49 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A U.S. judge on Friday approved moving forward with the sale of Venezuela’s prized U.S.-based CITGO refineries, allowing a Canadian mining company to collect $1.4 billion it lost in a decade-old takeover in the South American nation by the late socialist President Hugo...

24 workers at Vancouver fruit plant have coronavirus

May. 22, 2020 7:00 PM EDT

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Two dozen employees at a Vancouver, Washington, food processing company have been sickened with the coronavirus, officials said. It may be the Portland area’s biggest workplace outbreak reported thus far, excluding the health care sector, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported. ...

In this Wednesday, May 20, 2020, photo, people survey the flood damage to the Curtis Road Bridge in Edenville, Mich., over the Tittabawassee River. The bridge sits just south of Wixom Lake where the dams failed. (Neil Blake/The Grand Rapids Press via AP)

Residents, businesses sue dam operator over ruinous flooding

May. 22, 2020 6:01 PM EDT

WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. (AP) — Residents and businesses in Central Michigan communities that were submerged when two dams failed this week on Friday sued the operator of the dams and two state agencies charged with overseeing the structures. The lawsuit came as yet more residents were forced to evacuate...

Construction on Nebraska's football training center delayed

May. 22, 2020 5:14 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Construction on a new home for the University of Nebraska's football program has been delayed in part because of the potential financial fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, the school's athletic director said Friday. Design work for the $155 million facility is continuing but...

Initial bond for central Montana copper mine set at $4.6M

May. 22, 2020 4:24 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Operators of a central Montana copper mine will be required to post a $4.6 million bond before construction can begin, the first of multiple bonds the company will need to pay to mine near White Sulphur Springs, state officials said. The state Department of Environmental Quality...

Wyoming coal mine lets another 101 go amid less power use

May. 22, 2020 1:23 PM EDT

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — A coal company has furloughed or laid off 101 workers at a Wyoming mine, citing reduced energy use during the coronavirus pandemic. Navajo Transitional Energy Co. furloughed 93 hourly employees and eight salaried staff Thursday at the Antelope mine. The furloughs and layoffs were...

Delegates applaud as Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives for the opening session of China's National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Friday, May 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, Pool)

China boosts spending for virus-hit economy, takes up HK law

May. 22, 2020 7:33 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China’s No. 2 leader on Friday promised higher spending to revive its pandemic-stricken economy and curb surging job losses but avoided launching a massive stimulus on the scale of the United States or Japan. Premier Li Keqiang told lawmakers Beijing would set no economic growth...

Floodwater reaches the bottom of a stop sign, Wednesday, May 20, 2020, in Midland, Mich. (Katy Kildee/Midland Daily News via AP)

Flood raises fears of pollution at Michigan toxic waste site

May. 21, 2020 11:37 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — It took seven years to settle on a plan for cleansing two rivers and floodplains polluted with dioxins from a Dow Chemical Co. plant in central Michigan. The work itself has lasted nearly twice as long, with plenty still to do. Now, scientists and activists fear some of the...