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Family members in a car watch a drive-in circus from a parking lot in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. The circus's aim is to provide entertainment for people during the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Asia Today: Victoria health chief quits in quarantine probe

Sep. 25, 2020 11:30 PM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The health minister in Australia's Victoria state has resigned in the fallout from an inquiry into why security guards were used instead of police or the military at quarantine hotels. Lapses in security at the hotels were given as the major reason for a second wave of COVID-19...

Officials: Virus cases at Utah homeless shelter reach 72

Sep. 25, 2020 11:16 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An outbreak at a Utah homeless shelter has resulted in 72 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, officials reported. The rapid increase in cases at the Gail Miller Resource Center in Salt Lake City coincides with a rise in cases in the state as a whole. Utah reported 1,404 new confirmed...

Arizona sees 518 new virus cases, hospital counts still low

Sep. 25, 2020 11:13 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — New coronavirus cases in Arizona are remaining fairly stable as the state continues to see no big rise in cases after the Labor Day holiday. The state Health Services Department reported 518 new virus cases Friday, bringing the total since the pandemic began hitting the state in March to...

FILE - In this photo Sept. 16, 2020 file photo, provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state during a speech in Lansing, Mich. Gov. Whitmer says movie theaters and other entertainment venues can reopen after nearly seven months of closure during the coronavirus pandemic. She also has lifted a cap so more people in Michigan can attend funerals and other indoor events. The governor also issued an order Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, requiring all preK-12 students to wear masks in classrooms, beginning Oct. 5. (Michigan Office of the Governor via AP File)

Whitmer OKs theaters, bigger crowds; requires masks in K-5

Sep. 25, 2020 11:05 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Friday that movie theaters and other venues can reopen in two weeks after nearly seven months of closure during the coronavirus pandemic, and she relaxed a cap so more people can attend funerals and other indoor events. The governor also issued an...

Security guards wearing masks and armed with restrainers stand guard at the entrance to the Auto China 2020 show in Beijing, China on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. The auto show, the first major in-person sales event for any industry since the coronavirus pandemic began, opens Saturday in a sign the ruling Communist Party is confident China has contained the disease. Still, automakers face intensive anti-virus controls including quarantines for visitors from abroad and curbs on crowd sizes at an event that usually is packed shoulder-to-shoulder with spectators. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

China opens auto show under anti-disease controls

Sep. 25, 2020 10:30 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Ford, Nissan and BMW unveiled new electric models for the Chinese market on Saturday as the Beijing auto show opened under anti-virus controls that included holding news conferences by international video link. Automakers are looking to China, the first major economy to start recovering from...

FILE - In this July 22, 2020, file photo, Tyson Salomon, left, gets a pedicure outside Pampered Hands nail salon in Los Angeles. A steady drop in coronavirus cases across California cleared the way Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, for the wider reopening of businesses in nine counties, including much of the San Francisco Bay Area, the state's top health official said. Dr. Mark Ghaly, the state health secretary, said nail salons could also reopen with restrictions, though he cautioned that California's reopening must remain

The Latest: Concerns over coronavirus upticks in California

Sep. 25, 2020 9:38 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California has begun to see concerning upticks in coronavirus data after a period of decline. The state health secretary said Friday that there have been increases in the number of newly confirmed cases, hospital emergency department visits for COVID-19 and new hospitalizations for...

FILE - This Thursday Feb. 20, 2020 file photo shows House Appropriations committee Chairman, Del. Luke Torian, D-Prince William, delivering remarks as the House considers the budget bill during the House session at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. Virginia lawmakers unveiled new state spending proposals Friday, Sept. 25, 2020 including one that would give law enforcement officers a $500 bonus. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Virginia lawmakers unveil new budget plans amid pandemic

Sep. 25, 2020 9:29 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia lawmakers unveiled budget proposals Friday aimed at mitigating the effects of the coronavirus with funding for mental health services, high-speed internet access, and assistance for people behind on rent and utilities. The House of Delegates and the state Senate advanced...

FILE - In this April 1, 2020, file photo, Dr. Mark Ghaly, secretary of the California Health and Human Services, gestures to a chart showing the impact of the mandatory stay-at-home orders, during a news conference in Rancho Cordova, Calif. Dr. Ghaly urged state residents to renew their efforts to prevent spread of the coronavirus amid some troubling trends, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. Ghaly said infection rates are rising in some areas and one state model projects hospitalizations, now at their lowest level since early April, could increase nearly 90% in the next month. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, Pool, File)

California virus hospitalizations could surge in next month

Sep. 25, 2020 9:13 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has begun to see concerning upticks in coronavirus data after a sustained period of decline, the state's top health official said Friday, urging people to renew efforts to prevent spread. The increases include the rate of cases per capita, hospital emergency department...

Officials report Oregon's largest daily COVID-19 case count

Sep. 25, 2020 8:23 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Health Authority reported 457 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Friday, the state's largest daily total since the the start of the pandemic. Officials attributed the rise in cases to Labor Day gatherings, the return of college students to campus and the interruption of testing...

FILE - In this July 14, 2020, file photo, a health worker performs a COVID-19 test at a Test Iowa site at Waukee South Middle School in Waukee, Iowa. South Dakota, Idaho and Iowa are seeing sky-high rates of tests coming back positive. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Virus cases rise in US heartland, home to anti-mask feelings

Sep. 25, 2020 8:02 PM EDT

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — It began with devastation in the New York City area, followed by a summertime crisis in the Sun Belt. Now the coronavirus outbreak is heating up fast in smaller cities in the heartland, often in conservative corners of America where anti-mask sentiment runs high. Elsewhere around the...