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Charity: Rescue ship gets OK to bring 180 migrants to Sicily

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 5th - 9:38am

A humanitarian group said Sunday its rescue ship with 180 migrants stranded aboard for days has “finally” received instructions to sail to an Italian port, so its passengers can be disembarked.

Gig workers face shifting roles, competition in pandemic

Cathy Bussewitz and Alexandra Olson, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 5th - 8:44am

There were the two-hour, unpaid waits outside supermarkets when San Francisco first started to lock down, on top of the heavy shopping bags that had to be lugged up countless flights of stairs.

Trump Cabinet members look to reassure battleground voters

Bobby Caina Calvan, Ellen Knickmeyer and John Flesher, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 5th - 6:35am

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue tromped through a strawberry festival in central Florida, detailing the government's new trade pact. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo talked about foreign policy at a roundtable in south Florida. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler toured parts of Michigan and Wisconsin, where he boasted of the Trump administration's efforts to clean up the Great Lakes.

Mercedes to recall 660,000 vehicles in China for oil leak

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 5th - 12:02am

Mercedes-Benz will recall more than 660,000 vehicles in China later this year for a possible oil leak.

The Latest: Italy reports dip in virus cases after 5 days

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 4th - 10:33pm

Florida health officials say the state has reached a grim milestone: more than 200,000 people have tested positive for COVID-19.

Japan floods leave up to 34 dead, many at nursing homes

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 4th - 9:37pm

Deep floodwaters and the risk of more mudslides that left at least 34 people confirmed or presumed dead hampered search and rescue operations Sunday in southern Japan, including at elderly home facilities where more than a dozen died and scores were still stranded.

Asia Today: India's cases up as WHO cautions vs vaccine plan

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 4th - 8:36pm

India has reported another record 24-hour jump in coronavirus cases as the World Health Organization cautioned against the country’s plans to release a vaccine by August.

Bellagio error may be biggest sportsbook loss for Vegas

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 4th - 5:32pm

The nearly quarter-million dollars in winning wagers reportedly placed at MGM Resorts last Sunday might be the largest sportsbook loss in Las Vegas history on bets made after an event has started.

Amazon homeless shelter boosts unique program for sick kids

Sally Ho, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 4th - 9:11am

After becoming homeless, Connie Wade realized she'd be missing something critical to care for her daughter.

Trump signs extension of COVID-relief fund for businesses

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 4th - 8:25am

President Donald Trump on Saturday signed into law a temporary extension of a subsidy program for small businesses battered by the coronavirus,

Across Sun Belt, hopes for economy give way to renewed fears

Tamara Lush and Jim Vertuno, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 4th - 8:17am

At the beginning of March, Joey Conicella and Alex Marin were riding high. Their new Orlando restaurant, Hungry Pants, had drawn rave reviews. With revenue rising, they planned to hire more servers. Sunday brunch service was coming soon.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's empty assurance on controlling virus

Hope Yen and Calvin Woodward, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 4th - 7:05am

“We have it totally under control,” President Donald Trump said in late January. A month later: “The Coronavirus is very much under control in the USA."

Virus spike in Spain reveals plight of seasonal farm workers

Aritz Parra, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 4th - 5:19am

In the 20 years since he left his native Senegal, Biram Fall has never slept in the streets. This week, when he ran out of savings after failing to find work in northern Spain’s peach orchards, he still refused to do so.

US envoy forges ahead with troubled Taliban peace deal

Kathy Gannon, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 4th - 4:18am

Washington's envoy to Afghanistan on Saturday emphasized the economic benefits of the peace deal with the Taliban, forging ahead with an agreement that has run into new political obstacles in the U.S. and the region.

Californians celebrate July 4 with virtual parades, masks

Janie Har, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 11:18pm

As the coronavirus surges in the state, Californians celebrated Independence Day with virtual parades featuring photos of flag-draped front porches instead of pancake breakfasts and crowded festivities.

The Latest: S Korea has 60-plus new virus cases for 3rd day

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 11:09pm

South Korea has recorded 60-plus COVID-19 cases for a third consecutive day, a continuation of a virus spread beyond the greater Seoul area.

Trump, Biden fight for primacy on social media platforms

Alexandra Jaffe and Amanda Seitz, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 10:52pm

On an average day, President Donald Trump sends about 14 posts to the 28 million Facebook followers of his campaign account. His Democratic rival, Joe Biden, delivers about half that many posts to an audience of just 2 million.

Asia Today: 3,000 Australians in Melbourne in hard lockdown

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 7:51pm

Australia’s Victoria state recorded 108 new coronavirus cases Saturday, forcing authorities to lock down nine public housing towers and three more Melbourne suburbs.

As Texas reverses course on masks, GOP digs in on convention

Paul J. Weber, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 4:09pm

As Texas began mandating face coverings Friday on the orders of Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, his party charged ahead with plans for a massive convention this month in Houston, magnifying the conflicting responses in the Texas GOP to a rampant resurgence of the coronavirus.