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Navajo Nation reports 10 additional deaths from COVID-19

Jul. 11, 2020 1:27 PM EDT

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — Navajo Nation officials reported 10 additional deaths from COVID-19 as the tribe's sprawling reservation remained under the latest weekend lockdown imposed to combat the coronavirus outbreak. Tribal officials reported 56 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases that increased the total...

FILE - In this Tuesday, July 7, 2020, file photo, Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Josh Bell, right, listens to manager Derek Shelton during a team workout at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. Shelton and other first-year managers are scrambling to make up for lost time. The rookie skippers are getting creative when it comes to getting a feel for their players during a season unlike any other.  (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Chemistry class: New managers test for right mix amid virus

Jul. 11, 2020 12:59 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Derek Shelton needs his freedom. Maybe now more than ever. Fortunately for the first-year Pittsburgh Pirates manager, bench coach Donnie Kelly made it a point to provide it. Each day Kelly puts together a meticulous schedule designed to find a way for separate groups of players to get...

FILE - Cars line up for coronavirus testing at Hansen Dam Recreation Center, Tuesday, July 7, 2020, in Los Angeles. The resurgence of the virus has spiked demand in LA and across the state for tests, leading to long lines and a fear that supplies will run low and create a bottleneck in a system that has taken months to expand. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

Coronavirus deaths take a long-expected turn for the worse

Jul. 11, 2020 12:10 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...

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....

Alex Johnson, left, and Jonathan Walker operate a device they invented that turns text into braille on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020 in Panama City, Fla. The two high school students submitted their device with a video presentation to the national Invention Convention and were awarded the opportunity to receive a patent. (Patti Blake/News Herald via AP)

Florida students work on patent for invention for the blind

Jul. 11, 2020 3:01 AM EDT

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Local high school students Jonathon Walker and Alex Johnson have been developing a device that turns text into braille for some time and now they’re working with a law firm to get a patent for it. When the students first won the science fair in Pensacola several months back,...

Natalia Afonso, 27, an international student from Brazil at Brooklyn College, sits on a stoop outside her home during an interview, Thursday, July 9, 2020, in New York. Afonso, who is studying teaching education and finished her first semester this spring, said she has lived in the U.S. for 7 years and

Foreign students weigh studying in person vs. losing visas

Jul. 11, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — International students worried about a new immigration policy that could potentially cost them their visas say they feel stuck between being unnecessarily exposed during the coronavirus pandemic and being able to finish their studies in America. Students from countries as diverse as India,...

Ricky Birch, second from left, and Shawn Henning, second from right, celebrate with their attorneys after the state permanently dismissed their murder charges, Friday, July 10, 2020, at Torrington Superior Court in Torrington, Conn. Birch and Henning each had served 30 years in prison for the 1985 murder of Everett Carr in New Milford, Conn. (Brigitte Ruthman/Republican-American via AP)

Judge dismisses cases against men convicted in 1985 murder

Jul. 10, 2020 7:08 PM EDT

TORRINGTON, Conn. (AP) — Two men who spent decades in prison based in part on the erroneous testimony of world-famous forensic expert Henry Lee had all charges against them dismissed Friday by a Connecticut Superior Court judge. The ruling by Superior Court Judge Dan Shaban came after the state Supreme...

Dr. LouAnn Woodward, Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine, left, confers with Marc Rolph, the University of Mississippi Medical Center executive director of Communications and Marketing during a news conference in the School of Medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center campus, about concerns with the state's spike in COVID-19 patients at hospitals across the state Thursday, July 9, 2020, in Jackson, Miss. The medical professionals attending detailed recommendations to curb the community spread virus. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Numbers of COVID cases in Mississippi continue to rise

Jul. 10, 2020 4:32 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's Department of Health reported 1,031 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus on Friday, as numbers of new cases continue to rise in the state. Officials reported 11 deaths. The day marked the highest-ever number of hospitalizations for coronavirus with 711 people in...

Comet Neowise soars in the horizon of the early morning sky in this view from the near the grand view lookout at the Colorado National Monument west of Grand Junction, Colo., Thursday, July 9, 2020. The newly discovered comet is streaking past Earth, providing a celestial nighttime show after buzzing the sun and expanding its tail. (Conrad Earnest via AP)

Comet streaking past Earth, providing spectacular show

Jul. 10, 2020 3:29 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A newly discovered comet is streaking past Earth, providing a stunning nighttime show after buzzing the sun and expanding its tail. Comet Neowise — the brightest comet visible from the Northern Hemisphere in a quarter-century — swept within Mercury’s orbit...

Justice Dept.: Ohio State researcher shared work with China

Jul. 10, 2020 2:57 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A medical researcher and professor who had been working most recently at Ohio State University is facing federal charges in what prosecutors say was a sophisticated scheme to transfer U.S.-backed research to China. Song Guo Zheng, 57, of suburban Hilliard, and his research groups...