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This image released by Jennifer Asbury shows her kids, Luca Asbury, 6, left, and her brother Will Asbury, 8, with their dog Drake in Littleton, Colo. Will Asbury is going into third grade. School starts Aug. 24 and he'll be there in person. There was a distance learning option but Will and his little sister, Luca, wanted to go. (Jennifer Asbury via AP)

What do the kids say? K-12 students sound off on school

Aug. 11, 2020 4:11 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Parents have weighed in on reopening schools. Teachers have weighed in. Public health experts, too, along with cities, states and President Donald Trump. But what about the kids themselves? As the grown-ups fret, kindergartners to high schoolers faced with a range of scenarios for virtual...

FILE - In this April 29 2020, file photo, a resident from the Alexandra township gets tested for COVID-19 , in Johannesburg, South Africa. Africa’s confirmed coronavirus cases have surpassed 1 million, but global health experts tell The Associated Press the true toll is several times higher.  (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)

The Latest: Brazil surpasses 100,000 deaths from COVID-19

Aug. 8, 2020 6:26 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Brazil has surpassed a grim milestone — 100,000 deaths from COVID-19. And five months after the first reported case, the country is showing no signs of crushing the disease. The nation of 210 million people has been reporting an average of more than 1,000 daily deaths from the pandemic...

McSally, Kelly move on to set up hot Arizona Senate race

Aug. 5, 2020 12:05 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Republican Sen. Martha McSally and Democratic astronaut Mark Kelly secured their parties' nominations Tuesday in the Arizona race to finish the late John McCain's U.S. Senate term. It sets up a heated contest between two former combat pilots in what is expected to be one of the most...

Local firefighters attempt to put out a fire on a derailed freight train on a bridge spanning Tempe Town Lake Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Train derails on Arizona bridge that collapses, catches fire

Jul. 29, 2020 7:30 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A freight train derailed Wednesday as it traveled on a bridge that spans a man-made lake in a Phoenix suburb, setting the bridge ablaze and partially collapsing the structure, officials said. Tempe police said there was another derailment in the same area last month that slightly damaged the...

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., center, speaks during a news conference on on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, July 27, 2020, to highlight the Republican proposal for the next coronavirus stimulus bill. Joining Graham, from left, is Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., Sent. Tim Scott, R-S.C., and Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

GOP tucks $8 billion for military weaponry in virus bill

Jul. 28, 2020 8:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new $1 trillion COVID-19 response package by Senate Republicans is supposed to give the government more weapons to battle the surging coronavirus pandemic. But GOP lawmakers have more than just the “invisible enemy” in mind. The Republican measure includes billions for...

Watchdog finds flawed virus response at California prison

Jul. 23, 2020 4:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal prison complex in California struggled to contain the spread of the coronavirus because of staff shortages, limited use of home confinement and ineffective screening, the Justice Department watchdog said Thursday as it released the first results of remote inspections of...

This 2009 photo shows Arthur H. Rotstein, center, then the Tucson correspondent for The Associated Press, during a 2009 celebration marking his 35 anniversary with the news agency. Rotstein, who retired in 2010, died on Monday, July 20, 2020, from COVID-19. He worked for AP for about six years in his native Chicago and another 29 years in Tucson. Also shown, from left, are Michelle Williams, then chief of bureau in Arizona; AP journalists Amanda Lee Myers, Paul Davenport, Jacques Billeaud, and Bob Christie. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Retired AP correspondent Arthur Rotstein dies from COVID-19

Jul. 20, 2020 8:26 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arthur H. Rotstein, a retired Associated Press correspondent who covered southern Arizona for nearly 30 years and documented the wave of illegal immigration that swept the state in the mid-1990s, has died at age 74. His daughter, Rebekah Rotstein, said he died Monday morning from COVID-19...

A rental sign is posted in front of an apartment complex Tuesday, July 14, 2020, in Phoenix. Housing advocacy groups have joined lawmakers lobbying Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey to extend his coronavirus-era moratorium on evictions when it expires, when the 120-day order ending July 22 was supposed to ensure people would not lose their homes if they fell ill to COVID-19 or lost jobs in the pandemic's economic fallout. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Arizona ban on evictions set to end as heat, infections soar

Jul. 15, 2020 9:02 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Housing advocacy groups in Arizona have joined lawmakers in lobbying Gov. Doug Ducey to extend his coronavirus-related moratorium on evictions, which will expire next week and allow authorities to start removing hundreds of renters in a state that's a national hot spot for both infections...

Tucson police reveal suspect died in March arrest attempt

Jul. 9, 2020 8:52 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities have concluded that Tucson police officers used an appropriate amount of force in a violent struggle three months ago with a man who died while resisting arrest and told officers several times that he couldn’t breathe. The Tucson Police Department on Wednesday revealed for...

Bottled Blonde, one of the many restaurant bars closed for the next 30 days due to the surge in coronavirus cases, is padlocked shut Tuesday, June 30, 2020, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Arizona faces new closures as hospitals prep for virus surge

Jun. 30, 2020 9:24 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona hospitals are hiring out-of-state nurses, squeezing in more beds and preparing for the possibility of making life-and-death decisions about how to ration care as they get ready for an expected surge of coronavirus patients in one of the nation's worst hot spots. Parents, teachers,...