National parks hope visitors comply with virus measures

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A man pets a wild bison on the head. Rescuers pull a treasure seeker from a snowy canyon. A woman taking photos stumbles into scalding water. Visitors to Yellow...

New-look Santa Anita cashes winning ticket as racing returns

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Horses are thundering down the stretch again at Santa Anita. There are no fans or owners cheering them on. No photos in the winner’s circle. No bets placed at the track's window...

'Strong' after shooting, El Paso now vulnerable to virus

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Inked on skin and hashtagged on social media, the words “El Paso Strong” united city residents after a mass shooting at a Walmart last year. As COVID-19 took ho...

After weeks of COVID-19 cases, Russian doctor craves quiet

MOSCOW (AP) — As he strides down the sidewalk outside Moscow's Filatov Hospital in blue jeans and garish crimson shoes, Dr. Osman Osmanov shows no signs of the rigors he's just been through. ...

Putin says coronavirus situation in Russia stabilized

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin said Friday the coronavirus outbreak in Russia has begun to abate, creating a positive environment for easing restrictions, as officials defended the country's d...

Cape Town is virus hot spot for South Africa and continent

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Cape Town has become the center of the COVID-19 outbreak in South Africa and one of Africa's hot spots. The popular tourist destination at the southern tip of Afr...

Taiwan's medical expertise is incredible asset to share: Mongolian representative

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Despite the distance and limited trade figures between the two countries, Mongolia is a crucial partner for Taiwan due to its abundant metal resources; however, for a coun...

What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

Rising anxiety may be the common denominator as countries around the world gradually emerge from lockdowns due to the new coronavirus. What a return to normal looks like varies widel...

Mexico faces infectious waste disposal problem amid pandemic

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mountains of infectious waste, including huge piles of discarded coffins and tons of hospital garbage, are popping up across Mexico amid the coronavirus pandemic, a grisly problem a...

Taiwanese college student dies after falling into ravine while mountaineering

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A 21-year-old college student surnamed Chien (簡) fell more than 60 meters into a ravine and died Saturday (May 16) on a two-day mountaineering trip to Mt. Bilu (畢祿山) in ce...

AP PHOTOS: Shrine in Japan offers solace to those at home

TOKYO (AP) — Shinto shrines, a go-to place for many Japanese to pray for good health and safety, have largely shuttered during the coronavirus pandemic. But one Tokyo shrine went online for those seek...

Virus hot spots flare, hospitals tested as economies reopen

Fresh coronavirus outbreaks are testing public health networks and the resolve of planners to reopen from pandemic shutdowns. Japan pushed ahead with relaxing its state of emergency ...

Renowned restaurant adds mannequins amid social distancing

WASHINGTON, Va. (AP) — One of the country’s most renowned restaurants says mannequins will add a touch of whimsy and help with social distancing when customers return to its grand dining room later th...

Typhoon Vongfong slams into pandemic-hit Philippines

A strong typhoon slammed into the eastern Philippines on Thursday (May 14) after authorities evacuated tens of thousands of people while trying to avoid the virus risks of overcrowding emergency shelt...

Park: Crowds stayed manageable during reopening of Smokies

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — Crews had to rescue one hiker and dealt with congestion in a few popular places when the Great Smoky Mountains reopened over the weekend, but crowds stayed manageable, a park ...