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Trump-connected lobbyists reap windfall in COVID-19 boom

Brian Slodysko, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 6th - 3:45am

Forty lobbyists with ties to President Donald Trump helped clients secure more than $10 billion in federal coronavirus aid, among them five former administration officials whose work potentially violates Trump's own ethics policy, according to a report.

Update on the latest in business:

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 6th - 3:45am

Asian stock markets are higher today as investors look ahead for data they hope will support optimism about a global economic recovery.

2020 Watch: Has Trump surrendered to the coronavirus?

Steve Peoples, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 6th - 3:34am

and his daughter. In case you missed it, Ivanka Trump urged Americans to practice "social distancing and wear a mask when in close proximity to others” just before her father faced a large South Dakota crowd that was doing the opposite.

Asia stocks rise as investors shrug off virus worries

Joe McDonald, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 6th - 2:39am

Asian stock markets rose Monday as investors shrugged off rising coronavirus cases in the United States and some other countries.

UK's lockdown-hit arts venues to get $2B rescue package

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 6th - 2:28am

The British government has announced more than 1.5 billion pounds (almost $2 billion) to help the country’s renowned arts and cultural institutions recover from the coronavirus pandemic, after some theaters and music venues warned that without support they might never open again.

Australia to shut state border as Melbourne infections surge

Andy Brownbill and Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 6th - 1:39am

Australian authorities were preparing to close the border between the country's two largest states, as the country's second-largest city, Melbourne, recorded two deaths and its highest-ever daily increase in infections on Monday.

Africa starts opening airspace even as COVID-19 cases climb

Cara Anna, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 6th - 1:14am

As COVID-19 cases surged in many parts of the world, the island nation of the Seychelles was looking good: 70-plus straight days without a single infection. Then the planes arrived.

AM Prep-Cooler Copy

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 6th - 1:05am

School districts across America are in the midst of making wrenching decisions over how to resume classes in settings radically altered by the coronavirus pandemic, with school buses running below capacity, virtual learning, outdoor classrooms and quarantine protocols for infected children the new norm.

Tokyo governor, Abe say they'll cooperate on virus, Olympics

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 5th - 11:56pm

Tokyo’s governor and her political rival, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, agreed Monday to cooperate on handling the coronavirus outbreak to safely hold the Olympics next year.

The Latest: Pakistan minister tests positive for coronavirus

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 5th - 10:55pm

Pakistan’s Minister of State for Health Zafar Mirza tested positive for the coronavirus, the latest high profile government minister to contract the virus.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump falsely says 99% of virus cases benign

Hope Yen and Calvin Woodward, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 5th - 10:16pm

President Donald Trump is understating the danger of the coronavirus to people who get it, as more and more become infected in the U.S.

1 ad, 3 accents: How Democrats aim to win Latino votes

Will Weissert, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 5th - 10:13pm

The Spanish-language ads for Joe Biden used the same slogan to contrast him with President Donald Trump — “los cuentos no pagan las cuentas,” a play on words that roughly means “telling stories won't pay the bills.”

Amid pandemic, fewer students seek federal aid for college

Collin Binkley and Larry Fenn, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 5th - 10:01pm

a time when students were cut off from school counselors, and families hit with financial setbacks were reconsidering plans for higher education.

Low-cost airline HK Express resuming flights in August

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 5th - 9:59pm

Hong Kong low-cost airline HK Express, part of the Cathay Pacific Group, said Monday it will gradually resume flights on Aug. 2 as Asian governments ease coronavirus-related travel restrictions.

Asia Today: Australian state's cases spike, borders to shut

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 5th - 9:59pm

The hard-hit Australian state of Victoria recorded two deaths and its highest-ever daily increase in coronavirus cases on Monday as authorities prepare to close its border with New South Wales.

Global stocks rise as investors look ahead to week's data

Joe McDonald, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 5th - 9:54pm

Global stock markets rose Monday as investors shrugged off worries about rising coronavirus infections in the United States, Australia and some other countries.

Thais bid addio to theater where they fell in love with film

Jerry Harmer, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 5th - 9:44pm

If Hollywood is where dreams are made, Bangkok’s Scala theater for the past 51 years was where Thais immersed themselves in the old-fashioned blockbusters of war, the heart-felt romances and quirky comedies.

Lebanon holds Baalbek concert despite virus, economic crisis

Bilal Hussein, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 5th - 8:32pm

Lebanon on Sunday hosted its annual music festival in the ancient northeastern city of Baalbek without an audience for the first time, a move organizers dubbed “an act of cultural resilience” to the coronavirus pandemic as well as the country's unprecedented economic meltdown.

Newspaper owner: Sorry for equating mask rule to Holocaust

John Hanna, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 5th - 7:10pm

A Kansas county Republican Party chairman who owns a weekly newspaper apologized Sunday for a cartoon posted on the paper's Facebook page that equated the Democratic governor's coronavirus-inspired order for people to wear masks in public with the mass murder of Jews by the Nazis during the Holocaust.