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FILE - In this April 13, 2020, file photo, a worker assembles gearboxes at the Kofon factory in Huanggang in central China's Hubei province. China’s economy rebounded from a painful contraction to grow by 3.2% over a year earlier in the latest quarter as anti-virus lockdowns were lifted and factories and stores reopened. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)
July 15, 2020 - 11:40 pm
BEIJING (AP) — China became the first major economy to grow since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, recording an unexpectedly strong 3.2% expansion in the latest quarter after anti-virus lockdowns were lifted and factories and stores reopened. Growth reported Thursday for the three months...
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People wear masks while viewing the gorilla habitat at the San Francisco Zoo on Monday, July 13, 2020, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
July 15, 2020 - 10:21 pm
SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco and Sacramento have become the latest cities in California to announce that public school students will not return to classrooms when the new term begins because of surges in coronavirus cases and delays in getting test results back. They join Los Angeles and San Diego...
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FILE - In this March 31, 2020 file photo, a woman pulls groceries from a cart to her vehicle outside of a Walmart store in Pearl, Miss. Walmart will require customers to wear face coverings at all of its namesake and Sam's Club stores. The company said the policy will go into effect on Monday, July 20, 2020 to allow time to inform stores and customers. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
July 15, 2020 - 7:26 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart will require customers to wear face coverings at all of its namesake and Sam's Club stores, making it the largest retailer to introduce such a policy that has otherwise proven difficult to enforce without state and federal requirements. The company said Wednesday that the...
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A man walks by the closed Tropical Isle Bar on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Tuesday, July 14, 2020. A sharp increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations is forcing bars to shut down again just a month after they were allowed to partially reopen. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
July 15, 2020 - 1:04 am
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — It's a fresh taste of bitter medicine for New Orleans: A sharp increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations is forcing bars in the good-time-loving, tourist-dependent city to shut down again just a month after they were allowed to partially reopen. Louisiana had been an...
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Dana Renner continues to hand out five pack bags of masks to residents Tuesday, July 14, 2020, at the Lee County Multipurpose Center in Tupelo, Mississippi. The center has over 16,000 masks to give and will continue the give away each day from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Thursday. This give-away is in response to the county seat, Tupelo, now requiring masks inside businesses and other buildings open to the public.(Thomas Wells/Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Via AP)
July 14, 2020 - 9:56 pm
JACKSON, Miss. — At least 30 Mississippi legislators and 11 other people who work in the state Capitol are known to have tested positive for the new coronavirus, said the state health officer, Dr. Thomas Dobbs. Officials said last week that 26 legislators and 10 other from the Capitol had the virus...
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FILE - In this Thursday, May 7, 2020 file photo, a construction worker passes a sign thanking the NHS in London, as the country in is lockdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The British economy grew by far less than anticipated during May, dampening hopes that the recovery from what is set to be one of the country’s deepest recessions in centuries will be rapid. The Office for National Statistics said Tuesday, July 14, 2020, that the economy grew by 1.8% in May from the previous month after some easing of the lockdown, such as encouraging those in construction or manufacturing to return to work. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)
July 14, 2020 - 5:20 am
LONDON (AP) — The British economy grew by far less than anticipated during May, dampening hopes that the recovery from what is set to be one of the country's deepest recessions in centuries will be rapid. The Office for National Statistics said Tuesday that the economy grew by 1.8% in May from the...
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A man wearing a mask to curb the spread of the coronavirus sits near a red lantern outside a restaurant in Beijing Monday, July 13, 2020. China reported eight new cases, all of them brought from outside the country, as domestic community infections fall to near zero. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
July 13, 2020 - 10:17 pm
CAIRO — Yemen’s Houthi rebels are easing a variety of coronavirus restrictions amid a news blackout on the virus’ toll in their territory. The Houthi Cabinet announced late Monday it was allowing restaurants, wedding halls, public baths, parks and playgrounds to reopen. The statement encouraged...
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FILE - In this July 1, 2020, file photo, Abel Gomez waits for his order at Mariscos Linda food truck as dining tables are sealed off with caution tape due to the coronavirus pandemic in Los Angeles. California Gov. Gavin Newsom has extended the closure of bars and indoor dining statewide and has ordered gyms, churches and hair salons closed in most places as coronavirus cases keep rising. On Monday, July 13, 2020, Newsom extended that order statewide and closed additional parts of the world's fifth-largest economy, including indoor malls and offices for noncritical industries. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
July 13, 2020 - 9:36 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Bars and inside restaurant dining are banned throughout California, while indoor religious services, gyms and hair and nail salons are again off-limits in most of the state, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday in issuing a sweeping set of closures to head off surging coronavirus...
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July 12, 2020 - 1:02 am
BOSTON (AP) — At this time of the year, The Friendly Fisherman on Cape Cod is usually bustling with foreign students clearing tables and helping prepare orders of clam strips or fish and chips. But because of a freeze on visas, Janet Demetri won't be employing the 20 or so workers this summer. So...
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Workers wearing masks walk by the New York Stock Exchange during the coronavirus pandemic, Thursday, July 9, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
July 10, 2020 - 4:32 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Optimism returned to Wall Street on Friday, and stocks rallied to cap a shaky week dogged by worries that rising coronavirus counts may halt the economy’s recent upswing. The S&P 500 climbed 1%, and the biggest gains came from cruise ship operators, airlines, banks and other...
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