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The Latest: Portugal's surge in cases highest since February

The Latest: Portugal's surge in cases highest since February

LISBON, Portugal — Portugal is experiencing a surge in coronavirus cases, with the government set to review its pandemic rules on Thursday. The European Union country reported 1,350 new cases on Wednesday, the highest daily total since February.
Reports find US housing crisis worsening; gov't help needed

Reports find US housing crisis worsening; gov't help needed

NEW YORK (AP) — Two studies released Wednesday found that the nation's housing availability and affordability crisis is expected to worsen significantly following the pandemic, likely widening the housing gap between Black, Latino and white household
France eases mask rules; will end nightly virus curfew

France eases mask rules; will end nightly virus curfew

PARIS (AP) — France on Wednesday eased several COVID-19 restrictions, with authorities saying it's no longer always mandatory to wear masks outdoors and halting an 8-month nightly coronavirus curfew this weekend.
Vaccines, low COVID case counts increase Father's Day hope, but risk is still there

Vaccines, low COVID case counts increase Father's Day hope, but risk is still there

Last year's Father's Day snuck up quickly on Raywat Deonandan, coming five weeks after the birth of his first child Harrison, and three months into a global pandemic.
COVID hits Ecuador doctors who delayed wedding to treat sick

COVID hits Ecuador doctors who delayed wedding to treat sick

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — They were a pair of young doctors in love who put off marriage to save lives.
Thailand sets mid-October to reopen to vaccinated visitors

Thailand sets mid-October to reopen to vaccinated visitors

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand plans to fully reopen to vaccinated foreign visitors by mid-October as the government seeks to restart the crucial coronavirus-devastated tourism industry, the prime minister announced Wednesday.

Latinas left workforce at highest rate, see slow recovery

PHOENIX (AP) — Teresa Marez spent 14 years building a strong clientele base as a hair stylist in San Antonio. When her son, who is autistic, had to switch to virtual learning because of the pandemic, she quit her job to help him.
Waddling into view are the stars of Netflix's 'Penguin Town'

Waddling into view are the stars of Netflix's 'Penguin Town'

NEW YORK (AP) — They arrive every year in their snazzy black and white tuxedos, causing traffic jams and clamoring for quality real estate.
Spain hopes to jumpstart electric car industry with EU funds

Spain hopes to jumpstart electric car industry with EU funds

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Daniel Sánchez is one of the luckier electric car owners in Spain. With a free recharging station less than a kilometer from his home just north of Barcelona, he can keep his Tesla ready to roll.
'Luca' star Jacob Tremblay on the 'relief' of getting first COVID-19 vaccine shot

'Luca' star Jacob Tremblay on the 'relief' of getting first COVID-19 vaccine shot

TORONTO — Like his adorable sea-monster character in Disney and Pixar's new animated film "Luca," actor Jacob Tremblay is set for some summertime fun.