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A passenger wearing a face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus is disinfected her hand before getting on a trolley bus in Pyongyang, North Korea, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)

The Latest: S Korea concerned as new cases spike above 100

Aug. 13, 2020 10:23 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea is reporting 103 new coronavirus cases. It is one of the country’s biggest daily jumps in months, and officials are expressing concern that infections are getting out of control in the capital of Seoul and other major cities as Koreans increasingly venture out in...

Most of New York City's virus checkpoints on Staten Island

Aug. 13, 2020 8:14 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City officials have been focusing nearly exclusively on Staten Island for the city's COVID-19 checkpoints, with authorities stopping more than 1,350 vehicles to register travelers returning from more than 30 states who are required to quarantine for 14 days. City data reviewed by...

Seattle to build 600 new units to house chronically homeless

Aug. 13, 2020 7:56 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle will invest approximately $60 million through 2021 to quickly build housing for people who are chronically homeless, city leaders announced Wednesday. The investment by Mayor Jenny Durkan’s administration is the most the city has ever spent in a single year on permanent...

Austin cuts police budget by 1/3 amid national 'defund' push

Aug. 13, 2020 6:52 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — In a unanimous vote, the Austin City Council moved Thursday to cut about one-third of next year's $434 million police budget amid national calls for “defunding” law enforcement agencies in favor of spending more money on social services. That will come to just over $150...

Police, strike force aim to dispose of 300 guns in Utah

Aug. 13, 2020 5:34 PM EDT

OGDEN, Utah (AP) — Two law enforcement agencies in Utah are looking to dispose of more than 300 guns accumulating in evidence storage that either went unclaimed or are no longer needed in criminal investigations. The Ogden Police Department and Weber Morgan Narcotics Strike Force have asked the Ogden City...

Kansas City extends COVID-19 restrictions to mid-January

Aug. 13, 2020 4:48 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City will require residents and visitors to wear masks in indoor public places until at least Jan. 16, Mayor Quinton Lucas announced Thursday. The mayor and Rex Archer, director of the city's health department, said cases of COVID-19 continue to increase in the Kansas City...

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp looks on during a coronavirus briefing at the Capitol Friday, July 17, 2020, in Atlanta.  Kemp sued the city of Atlanta over its face-mask requirement just after President Donald Trump arrived in the city without wearing a mask, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said Friday. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Georgia governor to drop lawsuit over Atlanta mask mandate

Aug. 13, 2020 4:38 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Thursday said he’s dropping a lawsuit against the city of Atlanta in a dispute over the city’s requirement to wear masks in public and other restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic. Kemp had sued Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and the...

Police take shooting suspect, Maurice Hill, into custody after a standoff with police that wounded several police officers, in Philadelphia early Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019. The Philadelphia man charged with shooting six police officers during an hours-long standoff last summer, was held for trial Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020 on a third set of charges stemming from the incident. (Elizabeth Robertson/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

Man charged in cops shooting ordered to trial on more counts

Aug. 13, 2020 4:31 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia man charged with shooting six police officers during an hours-long standoff last summer was held for trial Thursday on a third set of charges stemming from the incident. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Municipal Court Judge Karen Y. Simmons held Maurice Hill for...

Tulsa commits $5.6M of virus relief to get students online

Aug. 13, 2020 4:11 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Tulsa will spend $5.6 million of the $30 million in federal coronavirus relief funds it received to provide internet services for public school students, Mayor G.T. Bynum said Thursday. “Through the use of CARES dollars, we will be providing better opportunity and internet...

President Donald Trump, center, accompanied by U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, left, and Trump's White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, right, speaks in the Oval Office at the White House, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 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. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The Latest: US envoy: UAE-Israel deal 'huge win' for Trump

Aug. 13, 2020 4:02 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Here is the Latest following President Donald Trump's announcement that the United Arab Emirates and Israel will open diplomatic ties in a deal halting Israel's planned annexation of Palestinian land: 11:55 p.m. UNITED NATIONS — The U.S. ambassador to the United...