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In this photo provided by Kang Myoung Suk, Chung Seong-ran, 84, poses for a photo at her home in Uiseong, South Korea, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. The coronavirus forced Chung to do something new to celebrate South Korea's Thanksgiving holiday instead of being visited by her daughter. With a welfare worker's help, Chung sent a video greeting to her daughter for the first time in her life. (Courtesy of Kang Myoung Suk via AP)

Coronavirus remakes South Koreans' Thanksgiving traditions

Sep. 29, 2020 4:02 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The coronavirus forced 84-year-old Chung Seong-ran to do something new to celebrate South Korea's Thanksgiving holiday instead of being visited by her daughter. With a welfare worker's help, Chung sent a video greeting to her daughter for the first time in her life....

FILE - In this July 22, 2020, file photo, Tyson Salomon, left, gets a pedicure outside Pampered Hands nail salon in Los Angeles. A steady drop in coronavirus cases across California cleared the way Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, for the wider reopening of businesses in nine counties, including much of the San Francisco Bay Area, the state's top health official said. Dr. Mark Ghaly, the state health secretary, said nail salons could also reopen with restrictions, though he cautioned that California's reopening must remain

The Latest: Concerns over coronavirus upticks in California

Sep. 25, 2020 9:38 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California has begun to see concerning upticks in coronavirus data after a period of decline. The state health secretary said Friday that there have been increases in the number of newly confirmed cases, hospital emergency department visits for COVID-19 and new hospitalizations for...

FILE - In this Wednesday, May 27, 2020 file photo, a general view of the Philippe-Chatrier tennis court with its new retractable roof during a media tour at Roland Garros stadium in Paris. Damir Dzumhur's coach called Roland Garros organizers

Virus again slashes French Open crowd sizes; now only 1,000

Sep. 25, 2020 1:24 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — With only one week separating the end of one and the start of the other, the Tour de France and the French Open were shaping up as a double bill of sports entertainment, with masked but nevertheless live crowds, that would bear out President Emmanuel Macron's arguments that the country can...

FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2017, file photo, the then Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., speaks during a news conference on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program​on Capitol Hill in Washington. The U.S. Justice Department is investigating the now former Florida Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen accused of spending at least $50,000 of campaign money on vacations and restaurant and luxury hotel bills. WFOR-TV first reported the investigation Wednesday. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Florida Republican cooperating with campaign finance probe

Sep. 24, 2020 7:03 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department is investigating a former Florida congresswoman accused of spending at least $50,000 in campaign money on vacations and restaurant and luxury hotel bills. The federal department's Public Integrity Section is looking into the expenditures by Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a...

Attorney Alexander Klauser and chairman of the consumer protection association Peter Kolba, from left, speake during a joint press conference of a class action lawsuit against the Tirol regional authorities for failing in their public health duties, related to the virus outbreak in the ski-resort of Ischgl, seen as a key location from which the virus spread across Europe, in Vienna, Austria, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

Group sues Austrian govt over ski resort virus outbreak

Sep. 23, 2020 7:55 AM EDT

VIENNA (AP) — An Austrian consumer protection group said Wednesday it has filed four civil lawsuits against the country's government for failing to contain a coronavirus outbreak at an Alpine ski resort that has been blamed for thousands of infections worldwide during the early phase of the pandemic. The...

World Series at Arlington, first time at one site since 1944

Sep. 15, 2020 6:10 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The World Series will be played entirely at the Texas Rangers’ new ballpark in Arlington, Texas, and Major League Baseball hopes fans can attend. The Division Series, League Championship Series and World Series all will be part of a bubble designed to minimize exposure to the...

FILE - In this Dec. 28, 2005, file photo, Judy King of Daytona Beach, Fla., holds her cigarette while playing a slot machine at the MGM Grand hotel-casino in Las Vegas. One of the last Las Vegas Strip resorts to reopen after coronavirus closures will be the first to be smoke-free, MGM Resorts International announced Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. Park MGM will prohibit tobacco smoke inside when it opens Sept. 30, said Anton Nikodemus, president and chief operating officer of the 3,000-room property that many remember as the Monte Carlo casino-hotel. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

MGM Resorts adopts smoke-free policy for Vegas Strip casino

Sep. 14, 2020 8:53 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — One of the last Las Vegas Strip resorts to reopen after coronavirus closures will be the first to be smoke-free, MGM Resorts International announced Monday. Park MGM will prohibit tobacco smoke inside when it opens Sept. 30, said Anton Nikodemus, president and chief operating officer of...

This image released by Sony -TriStar Pictures shows Phillipa Soo, from left, Geraldine Viswanathan and Molly Gordon in a scene from

Review: A breakthrough in 'Broken Hearts Gallery'

Sep. 9, 2020 5:33 PM EDT

The 25-year-old Australian actress Geraldine Viswanathan, having already stolen movies left and right, more straightforwardly owns “Broken Hearts Gallery,” a glossy but spirited Gen-Y romantic comedy imbued with the wit and spunk of its young star. Viswanathan was a standout in the 2018 comedy...

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2019, file photo, a Moran tugboat nears the stern of the capsizing vessel Golden Ray near St. Simons Sound off the coast of Georgia. The salvage team is seeking a federal permit to surround the shipwreck with a giant mesh barrier to contain any debris when they cut the ship apart. Salvage workers coming to the Georgia coast to cut apart and remove the cargo ship that overturned will be isolated at a nearby resort to protect them from the coronavirus, officials said Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton, File)

Extra virus safeguards planned for overturned ship removal

Sep. 8, 2020 4:45 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Workers coming to the Georgia coast to cut apart and remove a giant cargo ship that overturned a year ago will be sequestered at a nearby resort, which will close to the public for up to four months, in an effort to prevent coronavirus infections among the salvage team. Tuesday marked...

People walk on a beach, with Table Mountain in the background, in Cape Town, South Africa, Wednesday Aug. 19, 2020. Africa's tourism sector is struggling to cope with the drop in international travel caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The World Travel and Tourism Council estimates the drop in travel caused by the COVID-19 pandemic will see Africa lose between $53 billion and $120 billion in contributions to its GDP in 2020. ( AP Photo/Nardus Engelbrecht)

When will tourists return to Africa? Continent must guess

Sep. 8, 2020 1:12 PM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Raino Bolz quickly diversified when his tourism business in South Africa’s winelands crashed to a halt in March because of the coronavirus pandemic. He sold a minibus — useless without tourists to ferry around — and bought a herd of pregnant cows. He'll...