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Cemetery workers bury 65-year-old Maria Joana Nascimento, whose family members, behind, suspect died of COVID-19, at Vila Formosa cemetery in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. Brazil is nearing 3 million cases of COVID-19 and 100,000 deaths. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

The Latest: UN says cybercrime hindering pandemic response

Aug. 7, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations’ counterterrorism chief says a 350% increase in phishing websites was reported in the first quarter of the year and many of them targeted hospitals and health care systems, hindering their response to the coronavirus pandemic. Vladimir Voronkov told the U.N....

House COVID oversight panel demands documents from 4 states

Jul. 29, 2020 8:05 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The head of a congressional coronavirus oversight panel on Wednesday demanded Tennessee's Gov. Bill Lee and three other Republican governors provide documents showing how their states are combating the pandemic. “I am writing to request information about the private guidance...

People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus walk outside Flinders Street Station in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, July 23, 2020. There were few bare faces among rush-hour commuters in Australia’s second-largest city on Thursday morning as Melbourne residents were largely complying with a new law making face coverings compulsory. (James Ross/AAP Image via AP)

The Latest: Hard hit Australian state sees new cases drop

Jul. 28, 2020 11:23 PM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia — Australia’s hard-hit Victoria state has recorded its lowest daily tally of COVID-19 cases in nine days while the state premier is expressing hope that it is the start of a downward trend. Victoria on Wednesday reported 295 new cases and nine deaths, seven of which were in aged...

FILE - In this July 9, 2020 file photo, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt speaks during a news conference in Oklahoma City. A federal judge has ruled that Oklahoma's tribal gaming compacts automatically renewed on Jan. 1, 2020, handing a victory to the tribes who sued Gov. Kevin Stitt to renew them. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

Federal judge: Oklahoma tribal gaming accords renewed Jan. 1

Jul. 28, 2020 2:22 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Oklahoma’s tribal gaming compacts automatically renewed on Jan. 1, handing a victory to the tribes who sued Gov. Kevin Stitt to renew them. U.S. District Court Judge Timothy DeGiusti rejected Stitt’s argument that the compacts —...

2 Oklahoma tribal leaders say they don't support agreement

Jul. 17, 2020 7:30 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — One day after announcing an agreement in principle with Oklahoma’s attorney general on proposed federal legislation regarding tribal jurisdiction, the leaders of two of five major Native American tribes indicated Friday that they don't support the deal. Muscogee (Creek) Nation...

FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2020, file photo, Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter speaks during a news conference at his office in Oklahoma City, Okla. Hunter announced Thursday, July 16, 2020, that his office and five major Native American tribes in Oklahoma have reached an agreement on civil and criminal jurisdiction after a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision. Under the agreement, the state would have criminal jurisdiction over non-Native American offenders throughout the treaty territories, with some exceptions, while the tribes would have jurisdiction over offenders who are tribal citizens. (Nate Billings/The Oklahoman via AP, File)

Oklahoma AG reaches jurisdiction agreement with five tribes

Jul. 16, 2020 4:27 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma’s attorney general and five major Native American tribes in Oklahoma on Thursday announced an agreement on proposed federal legislation regarding civil and criminal jurisdiction following a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision. Republican Attorney General Mike Hunter...

People wear masks while viewing the gorilla habitat at the San Francisco Zoo on Monday, July 13, 2020, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

The Latest: 2 more big Calif cities keeping schools shut

Jul. 15, 2020 10:22 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco and Sacramento have become the latest cities in California to announce that public school students will not return to classrooms when the new term begins because of surges in coronavirus cases and delays in getting test results back. They join Los Angeles and San Diego, the...

FILE - In this June 20, 2020 file photo, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt is recognized as President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the BOK Center, in Tulsa, Okla. Stitt announced Wednesday, July 15, 2020, that he's tested positive for the coronavirus and that he is isolating at home. The first-term Republican governor has backed one of the country's most aggressive reopening plans, has resisted any statewide mandate on masks and rarely wears one himself. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

Oklahoma's governor says he has tested positive for COVID-19

Jul. 15, 2020 6:14 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt announced Wednesday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus and that he is isolating at home, making him the first U.S. governor to report testing positive. Stitt, 48, said he mostly feels fine, although he started feeling “a little achy”...

Oklahoma's Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt says he has tested positive for the coronavirus, is isolating at home

Jul. 15, 2020 11:42 AM EDT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt says he has tested positive for the coronavirus, is isolating at home.
FILE - In this Saturday, June 20, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks at BOK Center during his rally in Tulsa, Okla. The head of the Tulsa-County Health Department says Trump’s campaign rally in late June “likely contributed” to a dramatic surge in new coronavirus cases there. (Stephen Pingry/Tulsa World via AP, File)

Health official: Trump rally 'likely' source of virus surge

Jul. 8, 2020 7:22 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — President Donald Trump's campaign rally in Tulsa in late June that drew thousands of participants and large protests "likely contributed" to a dramatic surge in new coronavirus cases, Tulsa City-County Health Department Director Dr. Bruce Dart said Wednesday. Tulsa County reported 261...