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The Latest: Australia's Melbourne reports fewer…

Australia’s second-largest city, Melbourne, has moved close to easing severe lockdown restrictions after recording only 14 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday

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Maine blueberry industry reels from drought…

A late spring frost, a devastating drought and labor troubles wrought by the coronavirus pandemic conspired to make 2020 a difficult year for the wild blueberry producers who harvest the fruit in the nation’s northeastern corner

Asia Today: India's cases keep rising; rallies in…

India has maintained its surge in coronavirus cases, adding 93,337 new confirmed infections in the past 24 hours

Hawaii court hears case on legality of foreign…

The Hawaii Supreme Court heard arguments on the legality of issuing licenses to foreign workers in Hawaii’s longline commercial fishing fleet, which for years has been under scrutiny after an Associated Press investigation revealed claims of human trafficking and questionable labor practices

How major US stock indexes fared Friday

Stocks are closing lower on Wall Street Friday, as another zig-zag week for markets ends with a third-straight weekly loss for the S&P 500

USDA plans additional $14B for farmers reeling…

The federal government says it will give farmers an additional $14 billion to compensate them for the difficulties they’ve experienced selling their crops, milk and meat because of the coronavirus pandemic

Wisconsin secretary resigns amid unemployment…

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development's top leader has resigned after failing to find a way to address a backlog of tens of thousands of unemployment benefit claims

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Dutch bars to close early to rein in spread of coronavirus

The Dutch government says that bars and cafes in the most densely populated regions of the Netherlands will have to close their doors earlier from Sunday as the country begins reimposing restrictions to battle sharply rising coronavirus infection rates, particularly among students and people in their 20s

US Steel, Aptiv rise; NatWest Group, Roku fall

Stocks that moved heavily or traded substantially Friday: US Steel, Aptiv rise; NatWest Group, Roku fall

California jobless rate falls with help of…

California's unemployment rate fell to 11.4% in August

Closing prices for crude oil, gold and other commodities

Closing prices for crude oil, gold and other commodities, and foreign exchange levels

Watchdog: FAA not prepared to update jet…

A government watchdog says the Federal Aviation Administration hasn’t updated standards for emergency airliner evacuations in nearly two decades

Massive damage of rare plants probed at Nevada…

State and federal authorities are investigating the mysterious loss of a significant swath of a rare desert wildflower that’s being considered for federal protection at a contentious mine site in Nevada

New Jersey law seeks to stem pollution in…

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has signed into law a measure giving state regulators power to deny development permits to businesses whose operations pollute predominantly Black and other minority communities

Mistake: Thousands told to return unemployment overpayment

Officials say a programming mistake caused thousands of out-of-work Louisiana residents to get notices saying they'd been overpaid thousands of dollars in unemployment compensation and had to return the money

Emergency tents, restrictions back as virus…

Many residents in Madrid will need a reason to leave their neighborhoods and will face limitations on group gatherings even stricter than the ones in place

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Cyprus: Only handful of tourists showed COVID-19 symptoms

Cyprus is trying to salvage a dismal tourist season by touting that only five of the roughly 200,000 tourists that have spent their holidays on east Mediterranean island nation so far this summer have exhibited any COVID-19 symptoms

Drug shows promise in 1st largely minority…

A drug company says that a medicine it sells to tamp down inflammation has helped prevent the need for breathing machines in hospitalized COVID-19 patients in the first large study that primarily enrolled Hispanics and Blacks

Libya's east-based commander promises end of oil blockade

Libya’s commander who rules the eastern half of the country says that oil production will restart soon, ending a months-long blockade of the nation’s vital oil fields