Public health

This satellite image taken on Wednesday Aug. 5, 2020 shows the port of Beirut and the surrounding area in Lebanon following a massive explosion on Tuesday. Residents of Beirut confronted a scene of utter devastation a day after a massive explosion at the port rippled across the Lebanese capital, killing at least 100 people, wounding thousands and leaving entire city blocks blanketed with glass and rubble. (Planet Labs Inc. via AP)
August 05, 2020 - 11:10 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the explosion in Beirut (all times local): 6 a.m. Thursday The Australian government has pledged an initial 2 million Australian dollars ($1.4 million) to the relief effort in Lebanon following the deadly blast that ripped across the capital Beirut. Prime Minister Scott...
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A man walks past the closed Stag pub, after bars, cafes and restaurants were ordered to close as lockdown restrictions were reimposed due to a coronavirus cluster in the area, in Aberdeen, Scotland, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. A five-mile travel rule has been put in place and residents are being told not to enter each other's houses as First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said over 50 cases have now been reported. (Andrew Milligan/PA via AP)
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August 05, 2020 - 10:33 pm
LONDON (AP) — Officials in Scotland ordered bars, cafes and restaurants in the city of Aberdeen to close Wednesday, reimposing anti-virus restrictions after a cluster of 54 COVID-19 cases in the area was linked to a single bar. Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the new cases raised wider...
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People wearing face masks to protect against the coronavirus ride scooters during a rainfall in Beijing, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. Measures to contain the spread on a COVID-19 outbreak in China's northwestern region of Xinjiang, including locking down some communities and limiting public transport, appear to have been effective and reported case numbers have gradually fallen. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
August 05, 2020 - 10:14 pm
BEIJING — New COVID-19 cases in China’s northwestern city of Urumqi have shown a slight rise, with 27 reported Thursday, five more than the day before. The uptick in the Xinjiang region shows authorities are still battling to end country’s latest major outbreak that appeared around three weeks ago...
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FILE - In this Aug. 6, 1945, file photo, smoke rises 20,000 feet above Hiroshima, western Japan, after the first atomic bomb was dropped during warfare. Hiroshima was targeted because it was a major Japanese military hub filled with military bases and ammunition facilities. The city of Hiroshima on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the world’s first nuclear attack. (AP Photo, File)
August 05, 2020 - 9:36 pm
HIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) — The city of Hiroshima in western Japan marks the 75th anniversary of the world’s first nuclear attack on Thursday. Three days after its Aug. 6, 1945, bombing of Hiroshima, the United States dropped a second atomic bomb on Nagasaki. Japan surrendered on Aug. 15, ending World...
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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin arrives for continued negotiations ahead of a meeting, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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August 05, 2020 - 9:11 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — After more than a week’s worth of meetings, at least some clarity is emerging in the bipartisan Washington talks on a huge COVID-19 response bill. Negotiators are still stuck, but still trying. A combative meeting Wednesday involving top Capitol Hill Democrats and the postmaster...
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FILE - In this July 22, 2020, file photo, a man takes a coronavirus test at a mobile site at the Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science, in Los Angeles. California has stopped updating a list of counties facing more restrictions on businesses and schools after a problem in the state's coronavirus testing database has led to an undercount. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
August 05, 2020 - 8:36 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California has stopped removing or adding to a list of counties facing more restrictions on businesses and schools as it tries to determine the impact from an unresolved technical problem with the state's coronavirus testing database, health officials said Wednesday. The state...
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Mayor Lori Lightfoot, right, with Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson, announces CPS will begin the school year with remote learning, at a news conference in Chicago on Aug. 5, 2020. (Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune via AP)
August 05, 2020 - 6:20 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s mayor on Wednesday announced that the nation’s third-largest school district will not welcome students back to the classroom to start the school year, and will instead rely on remote instruction. The city's decision to abandon its plan to have students attend in-person...
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FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2017, file photo, Indiana's Cory Thomas (11) kicks the winning goal past Penn State's Dani Marks (18) during overtime in a Big Ten NCAA college soccer match in Bloomington, Ind. The NCAA Board of Directors is allowing each division of the association to decide independently whether it will be able to conduct championship events safely in fall sports such as soccer, volleyball and lower levels of football during the coronavirus pandemic. (Chris Howell/The Herald-Times via AP, File)
August 05, 2020 - 6:18 pm
The announcements came within 40 minutes of each other Wednesday morning, one bleak, the other providing a glimmer of hope for a college football season that is looking iffy at best right now. First, Connecticut canceled what was supposed to be its first season as a major college football...
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Cars wait in lines, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, at a COVID-19 testing site outside Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. State officials say Florida has surpassed 500,000 coronavirus cases. Meanwhile, testing is ramping up following a temporary shutdown of some sites because of Tropical Storm Isaias. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
August 05, 2020 - 6:12 pm
U.S. testing for the coronavirus is dropping even as infections remain high and the death toll rises by more than 1,000 a day, a worrisome trend that officials attribute largely to Americans getting discouraged over having to wait hours to get a test and days or weeks to learn the results. An...
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A healthcare worker performs an antigen test, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, at a COVID-19 testing site outside Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. State officials say Florida has surpassed 500,000 coronavirus cases. Meanwhile, testing is ramping up following a temporary shutdown of some sites because of Tropical Storm Isaias. Antigen testing reveals whether a person is currently infected with COVID-19. It differs from antibody testing because once the infection is gone, antigens won't be present. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
August 05, 2020 - 5:49 pm
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Florida surpassed 500,000 coronavirus cases Wednesday as testing ramped up following a temporary shutdown of some sites because of Tropical Storm Isaias, state officials said. A long line of cars waited outside Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens on Wednesday morning for...
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