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Asia Today: 27 new cases in South Korea, 2 in China

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 30th - 8:43pm

South Korea on Sunday reported 27 new cases of the coronavirus, including 21 from the densely populated Seoul metropolitan area, where officials are scrambling to stem transmissions linked to clubgoers and warehouse workers.

Goodell: 'Tragic events' call for 'urgent need for action'

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 30th - 7:53pm

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says “there remains an urgent need for action” following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the protests around the country that have followed.

Launch provides Trump moment to relish during difficult week

Jill Colvin, Associated Press  |  Posted May 30th - 2:34pm

President Donald Trump celebrated on Saturday the first launch of American astronauts from U.S. soil in nearly a decade, marveling at the power of the rocket ship and the danger faced by its passengers as they soared into the stratosphere and provided a moment of triumph as the country raged and mourned.

Infected workers, parts shortages slow auto factory restarts

Tom Krisher, Associated Press  |  Posted May 30th - 11:32am

The U.S. auto industry’s coronavirus comeback plan was pretty simple: restart factories gradually and push out trucks and other vehicles for waiting buyers in states left largely untouched by the virus outbreak.

Cuomo signs bill granting front-line worker death benefits

Karen Matthews, Associated Press  |  Posted May 30th - 11:31am

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill Saturday granting death benefits to the families of police officers, public health workers and other front-line workers who have died of the coronavirus.

AP Explains: Trump actions on Hong Kong just threats for now

Ben Fox, Associated Press  |  Posted May 30th - 10:45am

President Donald Trump has announced what he said are “significant actions” regarding U.S. relations with Hong Kong. But the measures are still just a warning, at least for now. He said he would direct his administration to begin eliminating the policies that give the semi-autonomous Chinese territory a distinct trade and legal relationship with the United States. But he didn't say when. He also mentioned there would be a “few exceptions” but he didn’t take any questions at his announcement Friday. So, while tensions are high, the status quo seems to hold.

US food prices see historic jump and are likely to stay high

David Pitt, Associated Press  |  Posted May 30th - 8:47am

As if trips to the grocery store weren’t nerve-wracking enough, U.S. shoppers lately have seen the costs of meat, eggs and even potatoes soar as the coronavirus has disrupted processing plants and distribution networks.

Italy court rules Uber food delivery riders were exploited

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 30th - 8:46am

A court in Milan has ordered the appointment of a judicial administrator to oversee Uber Italy for one year after determining the company's food delivery service exploited workers, according to Italian news reports.

Flooded Michigan city is midcentury architecture mecca

Tammy Webber, Associated Press  |  Posted May 30th - 8:44am

Christopher Jue knew he was home the moment he and his wife stepped inside the sprawling 62-year-old ranch with brick floors, a sunken living room and built-in desks, shelves and bureaus — hallmarks of an Alden B. Dow original.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump vs. Twitter on truth and consequences

Hope Yen, Calvin Woodward and Ricardo Alonso-zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted May 30th - 7:23am

President Donald Trump and Twitter tangled over truth and consequences this past week as the social media giant flagged the president's tweets for spreading false information and potentially inciting violence.

Pop-up bar scene, tanning salon test shutdown rules in NYC

Tom Hays, Associated Press  |  Posted May 30th - 6:38am

What passes for a pandemic-era speakeasy these days in New York City isn’t secret at all.

Schools nationwide brace for cuts from new financial crisis

Jeff Amy, Associated Press  |  Posted May 30th - 6:13am

It was during the Great Recession when Catoosa County first shortened its school year, from 180 to 175 instructional days, as it began years of furloughs due to budget cuts. As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the next school year will be shorter still, with only 170 classroom days.

A year later, motive of Virginia mass shooting still unclear

Ben Finley, Associated Press  |  Posted May 30th - 5:53am

The rampage at a Virginia Beach city government building was the latest in a string of high-profile mass shootings nationwide, between the high school killings in Parkland, Florida, and the Walmart massacre in El Paso, Texas.

Europeans criticize US move to revoke Iran sanction waivers

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 30th - 5:49am

The western European parties to the landmark nuclear deal with Iran on Saturday criticized a U.S. decision to end nearly all of the last vestiges of sanctions relief provided under the 2015 pact.

$10 billion bailout for Germany's Lufthansa passes hurdle

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 30th - 2:50am

German flagship airline Lufthansa agreed Saturday to a compromise worked out between the government and the European Union, overcoming a major hurdle toward final approval of a 9 billion-euro ($10 billion) bailout from Berlin.

Trump strikes China over virus, Hong Kong and student visas

Ben Fox, Associated Press  |  Posted May 30th - 12:24am

President Donald Trump has announced that he would withdraw funding from the World Health Organization, end Hong Kong’s special trade status and suspend visas of Chinese graduate students suspected of conducting research on behalf of their government, escalating tensions with China that have surged during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Latest: South Korea reports 27 new virus cases

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 11:20pm

The mayor of Colombia’s capital is planning to shut down one of the city’s largest neighborhoods as cases there continue to rise.

US cities fear protests may fuel new wave of virus outbreaks

Brian Melley and John Seewer, Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 11:18pm

The massive protests sweeping across U.S. cities following the police killing of a black man in Minnesota have sent shudders through the health community and elevated fears that the huge crowds will lead to a new surge in cases of the coronavirus.

Asia Today: India to allow reopenings in some areas

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 9:04pm

India is extending its lockdown in containment zones until June 30 but will allow economic activities to restart outside these areas even though coronavirus cases continue to rise in major cities.