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A woman and two children wear masks at a playground, Saturday, July 11, 2020, in Los Angeles. The number of deaths per day from the coronavirus in the U.S. had been falling for months, and even remained down as some states saw explosions in cases. But now a long-expected upturn has begun, driven by fatalities in states in the South and West. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

The Latest: Heat wave brings crowds to California's beaches

Jul. 12, 2020 6:42 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES -- A heat wave has brought crowds to California’s beaches, where people mostly heeded warnings to keep a safe distance from each other as the state grappled with a spike in coronavirus infections and hospitalizations. Lifeguard Chief Jason Young said Sunday that people are spread out on Orange...

Covid-19 patients are being treated with oxygen at the Tshwane District Hospital in Pretoria, South Africa, Friday July 10, 2020. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize this week said South Africa could run out of available hospital beds within the month.

South Africa returns to ban on alcohol sales as virus surges

Jul. 12, 2020 3:55 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa says the country will immediately return to a ban on the sale of alcohol to reduce the volume of trauma patients so that hospitals have more beds open to treat COVID-19 patients. Confronted by surging hospitalizations due to the coronavirus, South...

South Africa's president bans alcohol sales immediately to reduce trauma cases, free hospital beds for virus patients

Jul. 12, 2020 2:48 PM EDT
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's president bans alcohol sales immediately to reduce trauma cases, free hospital beds for virus patients.

Average US gas price up 2 cents over 2 weeks to $2.24/gallon

Jul. 12, 2020 12:59 PM EDT

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline increased by 2 cents over the past two weeks, to $2.24 per gallon. That’s 59 cents below the average pump price from a year ago. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey said Sunday that the increase comes as...

Chief Yeoman Warder Peter McGowran, right, speaks on a radio flanked by Yeoman Gaoler Jim Duncan as they stand next to the gates at the main entrance before opening to visitors at the Tower of London, in London, Friday, July 10, 2020. The Tower of London reopened to visitors Friday as the British government continues to relax its coronavirus restrictions. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Retail bankruptcy filings keep coming, coffee habits change

Jul. 10, 2020 1:56 PM EDT

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments Friday related to the national and global response, the work place and the spread of the virus. ________________________ RETAIL: — Clothing company Express has reopened about 95% of...

A customer wears a face mask to help curb the spread of the new coronavirus as he walks behind sales advertisements at a shopping mall in Bangkok Thursday, July 9, 2020. Daily life in the capital slowly returns to normal as Thai government has eased restrictions imposed weeks ago to combat the spread of COVID-19. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Bed Bath & Beyond closing stores, cruises prepare to sail

Jul. 9, 2020 7:25 PM EDT

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments Thursday related to the national and global response, the work place and the spread of the virus. ________________________ RETAIL: — Bed Bath & Beyond plans to close about 200...

Sur La Table closing stores, seeking bankruptcy protection

Jul. 9, 2020 4:29 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Cookware and kitchen chain Sur La Table is closing 56 of its 121 stores as it seeks bankruptcy protection, the latest retail casualty of the coronavirus pandemic. The privately held Seattle-based company said that has agreed to sell the remaining stores to affiliates of Fortress Investment...

Best-Sellers-Books-USAToday

Jul. 9, 2020 1:26 PM EDT

1. “The Room Where It Happened” by John Bolton (Simon & Schuster) 2. “White Fragility” by Robin DiAngelo (Beacon Press) 3. “How to Be an Antiracist” by Ibram X. Kendi (One World) 4. “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic) 5....

FILE - In this March 26, 2020 file photo, a woman leaves a Walgreens pharmacy that is enforcing social distancing rules by allowing only a certain numbers of people in as customers line up on the sidewalk outside the store in New York. The coronavirus pandemic pushed the drugstore chain to a $1.7-billion loss in its fiscal third quarter, as customers stayed home to avoid the virus or consolidated their shopping to grocery stores. The international drugstore chain said Thursday, July 9 the rapidly spreading virus took a bite of between $700 million and $750 million out of sales in the quarter.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

Walgreens lost $1.7B in 3Q as global pandemic tightened grip

Jul. 9, 2020 11:20 AM EDT

The coronavirus pandemic pushed Walgreens to a $1.7 billion loss it the most recent quarter with customers staying home or limiting shopping to essential supplies from grocery stores. The drugstore chain said Thursday that the rapidly spreading virus took a bite of between $700 million and $750 million from...

A National Guardsman directs traffic at a COVID-19 testing site outside Hard Rock Stadium, Wednesday, July 8, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Florida is one of the nation's hot spots for coronavirus. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

'A hot mess': Americans face testing delays as virus surges

Jul. 8, 2020 9:05 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — With a cough and shortness of breath, it took Austin, Texas, resident Sam Lee three tries to get a COVID-19 test. The first time, he showed up an hour before the public testing site was set to close and was told they had reached capacity. He was turned away from a second center when...