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In this April 27, 2020, photo, Song Huiyan shows her fashion dresses for her online clients during the live-streaming at her clothing shop in Beijing. Retailers in China are embracing livestreaming as a sales channel amid a Chinese "shoppertainment" boom accelerated during the COVID-19 pandemic. Via livestreaming, retailers can interact with customers in real time, while customers make purchases directly in the stream.(AP PhotoAndy Wong)


VIRUS-OUTBREAK-WISCONSIN-LAWSUIT — The Wisconsin Supreme Court strikes down Gov. Tony Evers’ coronavirus stay-at-home order, ruling that his administration overstepped its authority when it extended it for another month without consulting legislators. The 4-3 ruling essentially reopens the state, lifting caps on the size of gatherings, allowing people to travel as they please and allowing shuttered businesses to reopen, including bars and restaurants. By Todd Richmond. SENT: 940 words, photos.

VIRUS OUTBREAK — From outdoor kids’ movies for cooped up apartment dwellers in Rio to online shopping and worship around the globe, the coronavirus pandemic has communities adapting to the realities of living with a pandemic while battling to save their economies. Japan is preparing to end its coronavirus state of emergency for most regions, while New Zealand further relaxes its restrictions after deciding its outbreak is under control. By Elaine Kurtenbach. SENT: 1,130 words, photos. With VIRUS OUTBREAK-THE LATEST; VIRUS OUTBREAK-ASIA — Japan easing emergency, Wuhan starts new testing.

A girl receives a donated iftar, the evening meal with which Muslims end their daily Ramadan fast at sunset, as others queue up on marked spots to practice social distancing amid the new coronavirus outbreak in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, May 13, 2020. (AP PhotoDita Alangkara)

VIRUS OUTBREAK-THE SPRING THAT WASN’T — Spring has long been hailed as a time of renewal and rebirth. It’s intrinsic to literature, religion and culture. But the pandemic and accompanying stay-at-home orders this year have kept many Americans inside. Losses of loved ones, jobs and experiences have cast a pall over spring. With no clear end in sight for the pandemic, a season has effectively been excised from one hemisphere’s calendar. By Mallika Sen. SENT: 1,000 words, photo.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-REPUBLICANS — Businesses are going belly up, tens of millions have been laid off and by some measures, the U.S. seems headed for another Great Depression. But Republicans surveying the wreckage aren’t ready for another round of coronavirus aid, instead urging a “pause.” By Andrew Taylor. SENT: 910 words, photo.

VIRUS-OUTBREAK-CHINA-LIVESTREAMING — Retailers in China are embracing livestreaming as a sales channel amid a Chinese “shoppertainment” boom that has accelerated during the COVID-19 pandemic. By Business Writer Zen Soo. SENT: 910 words, photos. Also see MORE ON THE VIRUS OUTBREAK below.

Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., listens to testimony before the Senate Committee for Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions hearing, Tuesday, May 12, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Toni L. SandysThe Washington Post via AP, Pool)

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ELECTION 2020-OBAMA — Former President Barack Obama is emerging as a central figure in the 2020 election. Democrats are eagerly embracing him as a political wingman for Joe Biden, while President Donald Trump is looking forward to focusing the spotlight on one of his favorite political foils. By Washington Bureau Chief Julie Pace. SENT: 950 words, photo.




VIRUS OUTBREAK-NEW ZEALAND-NEW NORMAL — New Zealand drops most of its lockdown restrictions as the country prepares itself for a new normal. SENT: 420 words, photos. With NEW-ZEALAND-BUDGET — New Zealand plans spending spree to counter virus job losses.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-WHISTLEBLOWER — A government whistleblower says America faces the “darkest winter in modern history” unless leaders act decisively to prevent a rebound of the coronavirus. SENT: 870 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: 950 words after 10 a.m. hearing.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-PENNSYLVANIA — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is struggling to fight against a Republican revolt over his stay-at-home orders and business shutdowns. SENT: 990 words, photo. UPCOMING: 900 words after 1:40 p.m. event.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-WASHINGTON — Trump is calling on governors across the nation to work to reopen schools that have been closed because of the coronavirus. SENT: 790 words, photos.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-ONE GOOD THING-CRANE OPERATOR — When Tristan Van den Bosch craned his neck, an uplifting idea in coronavirus times struck him. SENT: 490 words, photos.

VIRUS-OUTBREAK-MENTAL HEALTH — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urges governments, civil society and health authorities to urgently address mental health needs arising from the coronavirus pandemic, warning that psychological suffering is increasing. SENT: 410 words.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-LIVES LOST-POLISH BROTHERS — Polish brothers who survived the Holocaust die weeks apart from the coronavirus. SENT: 1,040 words, photos.

VIRUS-OUTBREAK-PARAGUAY-PHOTO-GALLERY — Paraguay, land-locked “island” amid the pandemic. SENT: 290 words, photos.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-FRANCE-DENTISTS REOPENING — Anyone who suffered through France’s two-month lockdown with a toothache or other oral affliction of a non-emergency nature has a hope of licking the pain. SENT: 560 words, photos.

GROUND GAME — AP’s coronavirus podcast, “Ground Game: Inside the Outbreak,” is about how U.S. states will need to strike a balance between reopening their economy and staying healthy. Listen to the podcast at https://appodcasts.com/category/ground-game/. Embed code is available on AP Coverage Plan.

A separate advisory has been sent outlining AP’s complete coronavirus coverage.




MELISSA-ETHERIDGE-SON-DEATH — Beckett Cypher, 21-year-old son of Melissa Etheridge, dies. SENT: 220 words, photo.

OBIT-MACURDY — John Macurdy, bass who sang 1,001 times at Met, dies at 91. SENT: 610 words.




TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE — Trump and Republicans are launching a broad election-year attack on the foundation of the Russia investigation, trying to reframe it as a “deep state” plot to sabotage his administration. SENT: 1,090 words, photos. With RUSSIA PROBE-UNMASKING-Q&A — What does “unmasking" someone in an intel report mean?

Find more coverage on the 2020 U.S. Elections featured topic page on APNewsroom.

CONGRESS-INTELLIGENCE — The Senate is expected to vote on whether to extend three federal law enforcement surveillance authorities as members of both parties have expressed concerns that the laws infringe on Americans’ rights. SENT: 700 words, photo. UPCOMING: 800 words after Senate vote, time uncertain.

WILD-HORSES-BLM — Federal land managers say it will take two decades and cost more than $1 billion over the first six years alone to slash wild horse populations to sustainable levels necessary to protect U.S. rangeland. SENT: 640 words, photos.




ASIA-TYPHOON — A strong typhoon slams into the eastern Philippines after authorities evacuate tens of thousands of people while trying to avoid the virus risks of overcrowding emergency shelters. SENT: 580 words, photos.

IRAN-NAVY — The U.S. military offers condolences to Iran over a friendly fire incident in the Islamic Republic that killed 19 of its troops, identifying the weapon used in the incident as an anti-ship cruise missile. SENT: 330 words, photos.

AUSTRALIA-CLERGY ABUSE — An Australian pedophile priest is sentenced to more jail time after admitting to crimes against another four boys in the 1970s. SENT: 370 words.




FINANCIAL-MARKETS — Asian shares declined on pessimism about life getting back to normal soon amid the coronavirus pandemic, even as Japan prepared to let businesses reopen in some regions. By Business Writer Yuri Kageyama. SENT: 760 words, photos.

VIRUS-OUTBREAK-DUBAI-AIRPORT-CEO — The CEO of the world’s busiest airport for international travel wants to get the globe flying again, but even he acknowledges everything remains up in the air during the coronavirus pandemic. An AP Interview. By Jon Gambrell. SENT: 800 words, photos.




HIGH SCHOOLS-FDM — Many of the nation’s high school football coaches are endorsing USA Football’s Football Development Model for youth leagues nationwide. SENT: 390 words.




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