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Virus lockdown shuts Kashmir year after autonomy is stripped

Aijaz Hussain, Associated Press  |  Updated Aug 5th - 4:36am

Authorities enforced security restrictions in many parts of Indian-controlled Kashmir on Wednesday, a year after New Delhi revoked the disputed region’s semi-autonomy in a decision that set off anger and economic ruin amid a harsh security clampdown.

Indian PM lays foundation of temple at razed mosque site

Biswajeet Banerjee and Ashok Sharma, Associated Press  |  Updated Aug 5th - 3:39am

Despite the coronavirus restricting a large crowd, Hindus rejoiced Wednesday as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi broke ground on a long-awaited temple of their most revered god, Ram, at the site of a demolished 16th century mosque.

California virus cases underreported, health official says

Amy Taxin, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 4th - 11:02pm

Figures showing California has slowed the rate of coronavirus infections may be in doubt because a technical problem has delayed reporting of test results, the state's top health official said.

Times Square advertisers asked not to run Hindu temple ad

Thalia Beaty, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 4th - 10:03pm

A coalition of advocacy organizations — including Muslim, human rights, anti-fascist and secular groups — has asked advertisers in Times Square not to display images from a Hindu group that is celebrating the building of a temple on disputed grounds in northern India.

CDC warns parents to be on lookout for acute flaccid myelitis in children

Maggie Fox, CNN  |  Posted Aug 4th - 8:41pm

Parents and pediatricians need to be on the lookout in the coming months for a rare, paralyzing condition that affects young children, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday.

AP Explains: Kashmir on edge 1 year after major Indian shift

Aijaz Hussain and Sheikh Saaliq, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 4th - 8:08pm

Indian-controlled Kashmir has remained on edge in the year since New Delhi scrapped the disputed region’s semi-autonomy and imposed a near-total clampdown.

'Too many are selfish': US nears 5 million virus cases

Suman Naishadham, Carla K. Johnson and Philip Marcelo, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 4th - 5:52pm

Fourth of July gatherings, graduation parties, no-mask weddings, crowded bars — there are reasons the U.S. has racked up more than 155,000 coronavirus deaths, by far the most of any country, and is fast approaching an off-the-charts 5 million confirmed infections, easily the highest in the world.

New York Fed: Black-owned business hard hit by pandemic

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Updated Aug 4th - 5:39pm

Black-owned businesses have been almost twice as likely to fail as businesses overall during the current pandemic, according to a study released Tuesday by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Have You Seen This? Dad pulls ultimate dad joke on golfer

John Clyde, Contributor  |  Posted Aug 4th - 5:26pm

You have to hand it to this man, he is committed to the grand daddy of all dad jokes and he's absolutely slaying it.

Astronauts: SpaceX Dragon capsule 'came alive' on descent

Marcia Dunn, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 4th - 5:20pm

The astronauts on SpaceX’s first crew flight said Tuesday that their Dragon capsule “came alive” and sounded like a beast as it descended through the atmosphere to a smooth splashdown in the Gulf of Mexico.

Tampa teenager accused in massive Twitter hack that affected Bill Gates, Elon Musk pleads not guilty

Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 4th - 3:03pm

A Florida teen identified as the mastermind of a scheme that gained control of Twitter accounts of prominent politicians, celebrities and technology moguls pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to multiple counts of fraud.

Trump signs $3B-a-year plan to boost conservation, parks

Darlene Superville, Associated Press  |  Updated Aug 4th - 2:05pm

President Donald Trump signed legislation Tuesday that will devote nearly $3 billion a year to conservation projects, outdoor recreation and maintenance of national parks and other public lands following its overwhelming approval by both parties in Congress.

Gulf of Mexico's 'dead zone' much smaller this year

Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 4th - 1:45pm

Tropical weather stirred up the Gulf of Mexico, reducing this year’s dead zone off Louisiana’s coast to the third-smallest ever measured, the scientist who has measured it since 1985 said Tuesday.

Curfew in parts of Kashmir ahead of revocation anniversary

Aijaz Hussain, Associated Press  |  Updated Aug 4th - 12:40pm

Authorities imposed a curfew in many parts of Indian-controlled Kashmir on Tuesday, a day ahead of the first anniversary of India’s decision to revoke the disputed region’s semi-autonomy.

AP Exclusive: Rare wildflower could jeopardize lithium mine

Scott Sonner, Associated Press  |  Updated Aug 4th - 12:04pm

A botanist hired by a company planning to mine one of the most promising deposits of lithium in the world believes a rare desert wildflower at the Nevada site should be protected under the Endangered Species Act, a move that could jeopardize the project, new documents show.

COVID-19 measures could disrupt rare polio-like disease

Mike Stobbe, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 4th - 11:52am

Health experts once thought 2020 might be the worst year yet for a rare paralyzing disease that has been hitting U.S. children for the past decade.

Screen time and kids: Parents need to worry less about hours logged, study says

Megan Marples, CNN  |  Posted Aug 4th - 10:31am

When it comes to screen time, parents should start worrying less about the amount of time their teenagers are online and instead focus on the quality of the content.

Can you get the coronavirus from secondhand smoke?

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 4th - 8:59am

Can you get the coronavirus from secondhand smoke?

Woman with high-risk pregnancy receives fake COVID-19 test results

Matt Rascon, KSL TV  |  Posted Aug 4th - 8:22am

A woman with a high-risk pregnancy said she received a fake positive COVID-19 test result from an alleged scammer in a text message.