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Joe Harvey, former New Mexico state senator, dies at 80

May. 25, 2020 1:21 AM EDT

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — Joe Harvey, a former Democratic state senator in New Mexico, who also served as Hobbs city manager for 23 years, died this month. His family said Sunday he died May 8, at his home in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. No cause of death was given. He was 80. Born in 1939 in Spokane, Washington,...

Pedestrians pass a street crossing Friday, May 22, 2020, in Tokyo. Tokyo is still under a coronavirus state of emergency until the end of May though there have been no hard lockdowns. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

The Latest: Japan set to end Tokyo's state of emergency

May. 25, 2020 1:09 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: — Japan set to remove state of emergency from Tokyo, 4 other...

In this Friday, May, 22, 2020 photo released by the Woodland Park Zoo shows a 2 1/2-month-old male gorilla, Kitoko, with mom Uzumm. Kitoko was injured Saturday, during a skirmish among his six-member family group in Seattle. Animal health experts say little Kitoko was bitten on the head, likely by accident when another gorilla tried to bite his mother, Uzumma. Kitoko sustained a fractured skull and a severe laceration, but zoo officials say the 2 1/2-month-old gorilla underwent surgery and may survive if he doesn't develop an infection. (Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren/Woodland Park Zoo via AP)

Baby gorilla badly injured in family skirmish at Seattle zoo

May. 24, 2020 7:01 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A baby gorilla was badly injured at a Seattle zoo on Saturday when he was caught in a skirmish between his family group members, zookeepers said. Animal health experts at the Woodland Park Zoo say little Kitoko was bitten on the head, likely by accident when another gorilla tried to bite his...

No timeouts in rodeo: A few still planned despite pandemic

May. 24, 2020 3:31 AM EDT

GRANGEVILLE, Idaho (AP) — Even though scores of rodeos across the country are canceling or postponing this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers of the White Bird Rodeo and Grangeville’s Border Days Rodeo say the show must go on. White Bird organizers are planning to adhere to their...

Visitors wearing masks to curb the spread of the coronavirus take shelter from a sudden rainstorm at a park in Beijing on Saturday, May 23, 2020. New coronavirus cases dropped to zero in China for the first time Saturday but overwhelmed hospitals across Latin America – both in countries lax about lockdowns and those lauded for firm, early confinement. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The Latest: Montana outbreak tied to Schwab country club

May. 24, 2020 1:04 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: — Montana outbreak tied to golf and country club developed by...

COVID-19: State approves 7 more counties for Phase 2

May. 23, 2020 8:55 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Seven more counties have been approved to move into the second phase of Gov. Jay Inslee’s plan to slowly reopen the state following restrictions to slow the spread of COVID-19. KOMO reports that Secretary of Health Jonn Wiesman gave the OK Saturday to Cowlitz, Grant, Island,...

Some recreational fishing set to reopen in Washington

May. 23, 2020 5:20 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — After two months of closures because of COVID-19 pandemic concerns, many of Washington state’s coastal waters are set to reopen for fishing on Tuesday, officials said. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife said marine areas 1-3 including Willapa Bay and Grays Harbor,...

24 Spokane pasta factory workers test positive for COVID-19

May. 23, 2020 3:03 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A pasta company has announced there was a coronavirus outbreak at its Spokane factory as Washington state prepares to reopen parts of its economy following a two-month lockdown. Philadelphia Macaroni Company Inc. confirmed the outbreak in a statement Friday saying 72 workers were...

Man charged in federal court with coronavirus relief fraud

May. 23, 2020 10:01 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A suburban Seattle software engineer submitted false loan applications seeking over $1.5 million meant for businesses financially impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, according to federal court documents. Baoke Zhang, 35, was charged with wire fraud and bank fraud, according to a complaint...

Yakima School District leads WA in youth meal distributions

May. 23, 2020 9:02 AM EDT

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — By 10:30 Wednesday morning, a line of cars stretched three blocks surrounding Yakima School District’s Washington Middle School. More cars continued to arrive in anticipation of the weekly meal distribution, which is scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to noon at several district schools....