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Justices overturn $2.9M award to Yakima nurses for unpaid OT

Aug. 13, 2020 1:44 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court has narrowly overturned a decision awarding $2.9 million to a group of nurses at Yakima Regional who were pressured to work unpaid overtime and miss meal breaks. In a 5-4 ruling Thursday, the court said it didn't condone the hospital's behavior, but the...

Officials: Backlogged data led to spiked in virus cases

Aug. 13, 2020 1:43 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Several Alabama counties saw a large increase in coronavirus cases earlier this week because of backlogged data, officials said. The high one or two-day increases seen in some counties were due to new testing facilities not reporting information regularly to the Alabama Department...

House Republican leader says he had COVID-19

Aug. 13, 2020 1:42 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — House Republican Leader J.T. Wilcox is the first Washington lawmaker known to have tested positive for COVID-19, posting on Facebook this week that he has completed a self-isolation period and is “feeling great now.” In his Tuesday post, Wilcox wrote that he decided to...

FILE - In this March 16, 2020, file photo, a pedestrian wears a face mask while standing outside the High School of Economics & Finance, closed due to coronavirus concerns, in New York. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, that he would allow children statewide to return to classrooms for the start of the new school year, citing the state's success in battling the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

NYC mayor defends school opening timetable as concerns rise

Aug. 13, 2020 1:41 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio held firm Thursday to plans to reopen the nation’s largest public school system within a month, despite pleas from teachers and principals to delay the return of students to classrooms. The city is aiming for a hybrid reopening Sept. 10, with most...

People with flowers and old Belarusian national flags gather to protest against the results of the country's presidential election in Minsk, Belarus, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. Crowds of protesters in Belarus swarmed the streets and thousands of workers rallied outside industrial plants to denounce a police crackdown on demonstrations over a disputed election that extended the 26-year rule of authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Thousands in Belarus form 'lines of solidarity' in protest

Aug. 13, 2020 1:39 PM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Crowds of protesters in Belarus swarmed the streets and thousands of workers rallied outside industrial plants Thursday to denounce a police crackdown on demonstrations over a disputed election that extended the 26-year rule of authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko. In several...

Artist Karla Funderburk, owner of Matter Studio Gallery, adjusts one of of the thousands of origami cranes hanging during an exhibit honoring the victims of COVID-19, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, in Los Angeles. Funderburk started making the cranes three months earlier, stringing the paper swans in pink, blue, yellow and many other colors together and hanging them in her gallery.  (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

Artist creates origami crane memorial for COVID-19 victims

Aug. 13, 2020 1:38 PM EDT

An artist in Los Angeles is memorializing each of the thousands of people who have died from COVID-19 in the United States with a delicate origami crane. Karla Funderburk started making the cranes three months ago, stringing the paper swans in pink, blue, yellow and many other colors together and hanging them in...

Big Sky scuttles rest of fall sports schedule over COVID-19

Aug. 13, 2020 1:37 PM EDT

FARMINGTON, Utah (AP) — The Big Sky Conference has voted to postpone all fall sports competition until the spring because of concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. The decision follows the Big Sky’s postponement of fall football on Aug. 6 when the league became one of the first in the nation to...

President Donald Trump speaks in the Oval Office at the White House, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, in Washington. Trump said on Thursday that the United Arab Emirates and Israel have agreed to establish full diplomatic ties as part of a deal to halt the annexation of occupied land sought by the Palestinians for their future state. White House senior adviser Jared Kushner is at right. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Netanyahu: 'New era' in Israel's relations with Arab world

Aug. 13, 2020 1:37 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the announcement that full diplomatic ties will be established with the United Arab Emirates has ushered in a “new era” in Israel’s relations with the Arab world. In a nationally broadcast statement...

FILE -In this June 16, 2020 file photo, a sign for a Wall Street building is shown in New York.  Stocks are opening mostly lower on Wall Street Thursday, Aug. 13, a day after the S&P 500 closed just below its pre-pandemic record high. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

S&P 500 briefly rises above record close as stocks drift

Aug. 13, 2020 1:35 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street is drifting on Thursday, and the S&P 500 is again on the verge of erasing the very last of its pandemic losses. The S&P 500 was 0.1% higher in afternoon trading at 3,383.64. Earlier in the afternoon, it briefly rose above 3,386.15, which was the record closing level it...

Nearly 1,000 new virus cases in Pa., but trends show drop

Aug. 13, 2020 1:33 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania reported nearly 1,000 new virus cases and another 24 new coronavirus-related deaths on Thursday, bringing the state’s total to more than 122,000 Pennsylvanians infected and more than 7,400 dead. Almost one-third of the new cases are from Philadelphia and Allegheny...