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FILE - In this Jan. 23, 2020, file photo, Chinese paramilitary police stand guard outside the closed Hankou Railway Station in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province. Cutting off access to entire cities with millions of residents to stop a new virus outbreak is a step few countries other than China would consider, but it is made possible by the ruling Communist Party's extensive social controls and experience fighting the 2002-03 outbreak of SARS. (Chinatopix via AP, File)

Social controls, SARS experience help China close off cities

Jan. 24, 2020 8:52 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Cutting off access to entire cities with millions of residents to stop a new virus outbreak is a step few countries other than China would consider, but it is made possible by the ruling Communist Party’s extensive social controls and experience fighting the 2002-03 outbreak of SARS. ...

FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2020 photo, a man wears a face mask as he walks past a display for the upcoming Lunar New Year, the Year of the Rat, in Beijing, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. A virus that has killed more than two dozen people and sickened hundreds more has all but shut down China's biggest holiday of the year, the Lunar New Year. Instead of family reunions or sightseeing trips, many of the country's 1.4-billion people are hunkering down as the country scrambles to prevent the illness from spreading further. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)

Virus puts damper on Lunar New Year, China's biggest holiday

Jan. 24, 2020 8:41 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Temples have locked their doors. The Forbidden City, Shanghai Disneyland and other major tourist destinations are closed. Restaurant reservations are being cancelled. A virus that has killed more than two dozen people and sickened hundreds more has all but shut down China's biggest holiday...

People stand in front of an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. Shares are mostly higher in quiet trading as China closes down for its week-long Lunar New Year festival. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Stocks rise as virus in China not declared global emergency

Jan. 24, 2020 7:25 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Global stock markets rose Friday after the outbreak of a new virus in China that that has killed 25 people and led to transport limits in several cities was not declared a global emergency. Germany's DAX gained 1.4% to 13,577 while the CAC 40 in Paris rose 1.1% to 6,038, helped also by a...

Fireworks light up the sky near the illuminated Olympic rings during a ceremony held to celebrate the 6-months-to-go milestone for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, in the Odaiba district of Tokyo. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Tokyo Olympics reach 6-months-to-go mark with some fireworks

Jan. 24, 2020 6:53 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo put on a flashy fireworks display on Friday to mark the 6-months-to-go milestone for this year's Olympics. The show took place high above a barge stationed in Tokyo Bay that supports a massive replica of the five Olympic rings, a reminder the games are almost here. Japan residents needed...

George Salines, right, whose daughter died in the Bataclan concert hall during the Nov. 13, 2015, attacks in Paris, and has written a book with Azdyne Amimour, left, whose son was among the gunmen that night, attend a joint interview in Paris, Tuesday Jan. 21, 2020. Both men lost children that night. The book,

Book reveals 2 fathers linked by grief to 2015 Paris attacks

Jan. 24, 2020 3:38 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — Lola Salines happily accepted the last-minute concert ticket from a friend the night of Nov. 13, 2015. At 28, the Parisian had already created her own brand at a prestigious French publishing house, frequently took her lunch break to swim laps at the local pool with her father and was dating...

FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2018 file photo, Allison and Bertrum Jean pose as they hold a portrait of their late son Botham Shem Jean at their home in Castries, St. Lucia. A public service announcement honoring the life of Jean, who was killed in his living room by Amber Guyger, a white Dallas police officer who said she mistook his apartment as her own, will air during the Super Bowl next month to highlight the impact of police violence, the family's lawyer said. (Vernon Bryant/The Dallas Morning News via AP, File)

NFL initiative yields PSA on man killed by Dallas officer

Jan. 24, 2020 1:15 AM EST

DALLAS (AP) — A public service announcement honoring the life of a black man killed in his living room by a white Dallas police officer who said she mistook his apartment as her own debuted as part of an NFL initiative aiming to promote social justice and racial equality. The two-minute video featuring...

The Alaska Marijuana Control Board listens to testimony during a public comment period on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in Juneau, Alaska. Alaska's legal marijuana industry hit a milestone Thursday, as regulators approved the first retail stores that will be allowed to have customers consume marijuana products on site.(AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)

Alaska pot shops to be among 1st in US to allow consumption

Jan. 24, 2020 12:53 AM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Marijuana shops in Alaska will be among the first nationally where onsite use would be permitted. Alaska's legal marijuana industry hit the milestone Thursday as regulators approved the first retail stores in the state that will be allowed to have customers smoke or consume marijuana...

People stand in front of an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. Shares are mostly higher in quiet trading as China closes down for its week-long Lunar New Year festival. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Asian markets gain as China closes down for Lunar New Year

Jan. 24, 2020 12:08 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares were mostly higher in quiet trading on Friday in Asia as China began a week-long Lunar New Year festival that is being overshadowed by the outbreak of a new virus that has killed 25 people and sickened more than 800. Japan's Nikkei 225 index rose less than 0.1% to 23,811.54 and in...

FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2019, file photo, an Emirates jetliner comes in for landing at Dubai International Airport in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Dubai International Airport, the world's busiest for international travel, said Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, that it is taking special precautions to screen the droves of Chinese tourists expected for the Lunar New Year holiday after the outbreak of a pneumonia-like virus that has led to China's lockdown of the entire city of Wuhan. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell, File)

Airports taking precautions after China virus outbreak

Jan. 23, 2020 11:29 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Airports are adding passenger screenings and taking other precautions to prevent a new virus from being spread by Chinese tourists going abroad for the Lunar New Year holidays. China has imposed an unprecedented, open-ended shutdown of Wuhan, the city of 11 million people...

A man rides his bicycle past the closed Hankou Railway Station in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. Overnight, Wuhan authorities announced that the airport and train stations would be closed, and all public transportation suspended by 10 a.m. Friday. Unless they had a special reason, the government said, residents should not leave Wuhan, the sprawling central Chinese city of 11 million that's the epicenter of an epidemic that has infected nearly 600 people. (Chinatopix via AP)

Those trapped in China virus lockdown expect lonely holiday

Jan. 23, 2020 10:40 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Bai Xue had planned a road trip through China's lush eastern coast to ring in the Lunar New Year, usually a time of lively family reunions and abundant feasts. Then came a new virus, a rapidly developing outbreak, and the shutdown of her city. After Wuhan authorities announced the city would...