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Memorial Day weekend draws crowds and triggers warnings

Curt Anderson and Brian Mahoney, Associated Press  |  Posted May 25th - 9:36am

Big crowds turned out for the Memorial Day weekend in the U.S. amid warnings from authorities about people disregarding the coronavirus social-distancing rules and risking a resurgence of the scourge that has killed nearly 100,000 Americans.

US faces Memorial Day like no other under virus restrictions

Menelaos Hadjicostis and Derek Gatopoulos, Associated Press  |  Posted May 25th - 9:29am

Americans marked a Memorial Day like no other as the coronavirus pandemic upended traditional commemorations and forced communities to honor the nation's military dead with smaller, more subdued ceremonies like car convoys instead of parades.

Lufthansa: Government fund approves 9 billion euros in aid

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 25th - 9:19am

German airline Lufthansa said Monday it has received approval for a 9 billion-euro ($9.8 billion) "stabilization package” from a government support fund to keep the company going through the turbulence from the coronavirus outbreak, but cautions the deal has not been approved by the European Union's executive commission.

Efforts underway to get food from US farms to the needy

Josh Funk, Associated Press  |  Posted May 25th - 9:03am

As food banks have struggled to meet soaring demand from people suddenly out of work because of the coronavirus pandemic, it has been especially troubling to see farmers have to bury produce, dump milk and euthanize hogs.

US communities face tough choices on opening public pools

Heather Hollingsworth, Associated Press  |  Posted May 25th - 8:21am

Public pools will look very different this summer if they open at all with the coronavirus threat still looming, as teenage lifeguards will be tasked with maintaining social distancing and spotting COVID-19 symptoms in addition to their primary responsibility of preventing drownings.

States give few details on billions spent on virus supplies

David A. Lieb, Associated Press  |  Posted May 25th - 7:58am

States are spending billions of dollars stocking up on medical supplies such as masks and breathing machines during the coronavirus pandemic. But more than two months into the buying binge, many aren't sharing details about how much they’re spending, what they’re getting for their money or which companies they’re paying.

Lock your cars! Vehicle theft spikes in COVID-19 pandemic

Stefanie Dazio, Associated Press  |  Posted May 25th - 7:09am

The coronavirus hasn’t been kind to car owners.

German court ruling clears the way to settle VW diesel cases

Christoph Noelting and David McHugh, Associated Press  |  Posted May 25th - 5:39am

A German court has ruled that Volkswagen must buy back cars from owners of its diesel cars equipped with software that evaded emissions testing — but consumers must accept the current value of the car based on the mileage they drove since buying it, not the purchase price.

In race for tourism, Greece reopens cafes, island ferries

Derek Gatopoulos, Associated Press  |  Posted May 25th - 4:20am

Greece restarted regular ferry services to its islands Monday, and cafes and restaurants were also back open for business as the country accelerated efforts to salvage its tourism season.

German activity picks up, can't escape official recession

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 25th - 4:00am

A key indicator of German business outlooks bounced upward in May as more businesses and activities re-opened — but the index remained far below normal readings as Germany faced a long journey toward full recovery from the coronavirus downturn.

Japan lifts coronavirus emergency in all remaining areas

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted May 25th - 4:00am

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe lifted a coronavirus state of emergency in Tokyo and four other remaining areas on Monday, ending the restrictions nationwide as businesses begin to reopen.

Germany divided over plans to nix rules despite outbreaks

Frank Jordans, Associated Press  |  Posted May 25th - 3:34am

Germany's federal government and state governors squared up Monday for a battle over plans to end pandemic-related restrictions despite fresh clusters of cases across the country.

2020 Watch: Differing views on remaking post-virus economy

Will Weissert, Associated Press  |  Posted May 25th - 3:31am

Presidential politics move fast. What we’re watching heading into a new week on the 2020 campaign:

EU's top diplomat urges 'more robust strategy' toward China

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 25th - 2:47am

The European Union's top diplomat has called for the bloc to have a “more robust strategy” toward China amid signs that Asia is replacing the United States as the center of global power.

Global shares rise on hopes for economies' gradual reopening

Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press  |  Posted May 25th - 1:18am

Global shares rose Monday, with Europe tracking gains in Asia despite news that the German economy fell into recession in the first quarter of the year amid the coronavirus pandemic.

China demands US withdraw sanctions on tech suppliers

Joe McDonald, Associated Press  |  Posted May 25th - 1:12am

China demand Monday that Washington withdraw export sanctions imposed on Chinese companies in the latest round of a worsening conflict over technology, security and human rights.

The Latest: Lake revelers in Missouri draw stern warning

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 25th - 12:08am

Missouri’s health director issued a dire warning Monday after photos and video showed Memorial Day weekend revelers partying close together.

Asia Today: South Korea to require masks on transit, flights

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 24th - 11:45pm

South Koreans will be required to wear masks when using public transportation and taxis nationwide starting Tuesday as authorities look for more ways to slow the spread of the coronavirus as people increase their public activities.

AP FACT CHECK: Faulty Trump claims on virus drug, vote fraud

Hope Yen, Marilynn Marchione and Calvin Woodward, Associated Press  |  Posted May 24th - 10:55pm

When President Donald Trump doesn't like the message, he shoots the messenger.