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FILE - In this Monday, July 6, 2020 file photo, a health care worker administers a COVID-19 test at a site sponsored by Community Heath of South Florida at the Martin Luther King Jr. Clinica Campesina Health Center in Homestead, Fla. In early July 2020, California is averaging 91 reported COVID-19 deaths per day while Texas is close behind with 66, but Florida, Arizona, Illinois, New Jersey and South Carolina also saw sizable rises. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Coronavirus deaths take a long-expected turn for the worse

Jul. 11, 2020 2:10 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A long-expected upturn in U.S. coronavirus deaths has begun, driven by fatalities in states in the South and West, according to data on the pandemic. The number of deaths per day from the virus had been falling for months, and even remained down as states like Florida and Texas saw...

FILE - In this July 9, 2020, file photo Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden adjusts his mask during a tour of McGregor Industries, a metal fabricating facility in Dunmore, Pa. Biden is pledging to define his presidency by a sweeping economic agenda beyond anything Americans have seen since the Great Depression and the industrial mobilization for World War II. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

Biden forges brand of liberal populism to use against Trump

Jul. 11, 2020 9:40 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden stood in a Pennsylvania metal works shop, just miles from his boyhood home, and pledged to define his presidency by a sweeping economic agenda beyond anything Americans have seen since the Great Depression and the industrial mobilization for World War II. The prospective...

FILE - In this June 11, 2020, file photo President Donald Trump gestures as he steps off Air Force One at Dallas Love Field in Dallas with Senate candidate Tommy Tuberville. Trump has endorsed Tuberville in the race, turning decisively against his former attorney general with direct appeals for Alabama voters to reject Sessions's candidacy. “Do not trust Jeff Sessions,” Trump tweeted this spring. “He let our Country down.” (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Sessions vies for Senate comeback in race shadowed by Trump

Jul. 11, 2020 10:23 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Seeking a political comeback, former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is trying to beat out ex-college football coach Tommy Tuberville in Tuesday’s Republican primary runoff and reclaim the Alabama Senate seat he held for decades. To do that, Sessions also has to go...

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.

Virus cases up sharply in Africa, India as inequality stings

Jul. 11, 2020 12:03 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa’s confirmed coronavirus cases have doubled in just two weeks to a quarter-million, and India on Saturday saw its biggest daily spike as its infections passed 800,000. The surging cases are raising sharp concerns about unequal treatment in the pandemic, as the wealthy...

Jasmin Pierre poses for a photo with her smartphone app, in New Orleans, Thursday, July 2, 2020. Pierre, who survived multiple suicide attempts, doesn't want people struggling alone. She created The Safe Place, a free Black-oriented mental health app that's seen more signups during the pandemic. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Pandemic, racism compound worries about Black suicide rate

Jul. 11, 2020 9:12 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Jasmin Pierre was 18 when she tried to end her life, overdosing on whatever pills she could find. Diagnosed with depression and anxiety, she survived two more attempts at suicide, which felt like the only way to stop her pain. Years of therapy brought progress, but the 31-year-old Black...

FILE - In this July 7, 2020, file photo President Donald Trump listens during a

AP FACT CHECK: If he's said it once, he's said it 100 times

Jul. 11, 2020 11:39 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — If saying things 100 times could make them true, President Donald Trump's account of how the U.S. is doing with the coronavirus would be true. COVID-19 testing would be the envy of the world, the economy would be on the cusp of roaring back, the threat would be receding in a pandemic...

Women lean on a gravestone in Potocari, near Srebrenica, Bosnia, Saturday, July 11, 2020. Nine newly found and identified men and boys were laid to rest as Bosnians commemorate 25 years since more than 8,000 Bosnian Muslims perished in 10 days of slaughter, after Srebrenica was overrun by Bosnian Serb forces during the closing months of the country's 1992-95 fratricidal war, in Europe's worst post-WWII massacre. (AP Photo/Kemal Softic)

Leaders, survivors mark 25 years since Srebrenica massacre

Jul. 11, 2020 1:03 PM EDT

SREBRENICA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Virtually joined by world leaders, the survivors of Bosnia's 1995 Srebrenica massacre on Saturday remembered the victims of Europe's only acknowledged genocide since World War II and warned of the perpetrators' persistent refusal to fully acknowledge their...

A bee rests on a yellow sign that reads

Even during pandemic beekeeping remains an essential service

Jul. 11, 2020 11:22 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — “Excuse me, can I ask what you’re doing here?” a resident in a southeast Washington neighborhood asks as Sean Kennedy and Erin Gleeson get out of their truck and scour the streets. The sign on their back windshield, “Bees Onboard,” gives them away....

FILE - In this May 26, 2020, file photo, a grizzly bear roams an exhibit at the Woodland Park Zoo, closed for nearly three months because of the coronavirus outbreak in Seattle. Grizzly bears once roamed the rugged landscape of the North Cascades in Washington state but few have been sighted in recent decades. The federal government is scrapping plans to reintroduce grizzly bears to the North Cascades ecosystem. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Conservation groups upset by North Cascades grizzly decision

Jul. 11, 2020 11:43 AM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The forested mountains in and around North Cascades National Park in north central Washington state have long been considered prime habitat for threatened grizzly bears, so environmental groups are upset the Trump administration scrapped plans to reintroduce the apex predators there....

FILE - In this June 17, 2020, file photo Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden pauses while speaking, in Darby, Pa. Amid a summer of racial unrest and calls for more diversity in leadership, President Donald Trump lags Democratic rival Joe Biden in the percentage of people of color on their campaign staffs, according to data the campaigns provided to The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

Trump lags Biden on people of color in top campaign ranks

Jul. 11, 2020 11:33 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid a summer of racial unrest and calls for more diversity in leadership, President Donald Trump lags Democratic rival Joe Biden in the percentage of people of color on their campaign staffs, according to data the campaigns provided to The Associated Press. Twenty-five percent of the...

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Guests enter the Magic Kingdom during the first day of reopening at Walt Disney World, Saturday, July 11, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Florida sets record week for coronavirus deaths

Jul. 11, 2020 2:29 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's coronavirus death rate rose again Saturday, setting a one-week record of nearly 500 fatalities that is about 80 more that the previous seven-day high set in early May. The state health department reported 96 new deaths, bringing the total for the week to 496 or an...

SC pharmaceutical plant adds 380 jobs in $215M expansion

Jul. 11, 2020 2:25 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A pharmaceutical plant in South Carolina has announced a $215 million expansion, that will create 380 new jobs. Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corp., in a news release Friday, said the expansion would include adding new office, warehouse and vaccine production space at its plant in Lexington...

Vermont Tax Department: many tax filings due Wednesday

Jul. 11, 2020 2:23 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Department of Taxes is reminding residents that the extended deadline for many tax filings is on Wednesday. The state extended the deadlines because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Vermont filing deadline for personal income tax, corporate income tax and fiduciary income...

Supreme Court vacates 4 more sentences after Oklahoma ruling

Jul. 11, 2020 2:23 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Native American man convicted in Oklahoma of first-degree murder and another who pleaded guilty to manslaughter had their convictions vacated because the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that much of the eastern part of the state remains a reservation on which tribal members are subject to...

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp speaks at the Georgia Cancer Center in Augusta, Ga., Thursday, July 2, 2020, as part of his

MARTA to require masks; Kemp says local orders unenforceable

Jul. 11, 2020 2:21 PM EDT

BROOKHAVEN, Ga. (AP) — Georgia’s largest public transit system plans to require riders to wear masks to protect against the coronavirus, even though the governor insists that local mask orders aren’t enforceable because he hasn’t mandated them. MARTA, the main public transit system...

Ex-Alabama officer facing charges caught in New Hampshire

Jul. 11, 2020 2:21 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A former Alabama police officer facing human trafficking and other charges has been apprehended in New Hampshire, the U.S. Marshals Service said Saturday. Joshua Matthew Davidson, 30, whose last known address was in Fort Deposit, Alabama, was located and arrested without incident at an...

5 killed including teen in Chicago weekend gun violence

Jul. 11, 2020 2:18 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Five people including a 15-year-old boy were killed in separate shootings from Friday afternoon into early Saturday, Chicago Police said. Police said the boy was in the street in the Jeffery Manor neighborhood on the city’s South Side when a vehicle pulled up Friday afternoon and...

Puerto Rico questions Spain's legacy as statues tumble in US

Jul. 11, 2020 2:15 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Statues, street names, plazas and even the body of conquistador Juan Ponce de León himself: Spain left a nearly indelible legacy in Puerto Rico that attracts hordes of tourists every year, but some activists are trying to erase it as they join a U.S. movement to eradicate...

Kentucky man sent to prison for illegal gambling operation

Jul. 11, 2020 2:12 PM EDT

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky man has been sentenced to one year and three months in prison for operating an illegal gambling operation on the internet. The Daily News reports Douglas Booth was sentenced Wednesday in Bowling Green federal court after reaching a plea agreement on charges including...

State epidemiologist: CT 'very fortunate' with COVID decline

Jul. 11, 2020 2:12 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut is in a “very fortunate place” with the coronavirus, the state's epidemiologist says, as deaths have all but vanished and the state's transmission rate is among the lowest in the country. Dr. Matt Cartter tells the Hartford Courant he's grateful for the...