Teacher Lisa Fitzgerald O'Connor, third from left, poses for photographs with colleagues Luz Jimenez, left, Maria Damas, second from left, Meagan Hammerbacher, United Federation of Teachers chapter leader Shawn Hindez, second from right, and Sarah Kuhner, right, at M.S. 324 Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in New York. It has been seven years since the central air conditioning system worked at the New York City middle school where they teach. As a new school year approaches amid the coronavirus pandemic, O'Connor and her colleagues are threatening not to return unless it's repaired.

Schools mull outdoor classes amid virus, ventilation worries

Riot swiftly declared for Portland protest at union building
Portland police officers walk through the Laurelhurst neighborhood after dispersing protesters from the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office early in the morning on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020 in Portland, Ore.

US tops 5 million confirmed virus cases, to Europe's alarm
In this July 30, 2020, file photo, passengers board a Casco Bay Lines ferry bound for Peaks Island in Portland, Maine.

Postal Service emerges as flash point heading into election
In this July 31, 2020, file photo, letter carriers load mail trucks for deliveries at a U.S. Postal Service facility in McLean, Va. The success of the 2020 presidential election could come down to a most unlikely government agency: the U.S. Postal Service.

New Zealand marks 100 days of virus elimination
Customers at a cafe enjoy lunch in the sunshine in Christchurch, New Zealand, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020. New Zealand marked a 100 days of being free from the coronavirus in its communities Sunday, Aug. 9, with just a handful of infections continuing to be picked up at the border where people are quarantined.

Bikers descend on Sturgis rally with few signs of pandemic
Bikers ride through downtown Sturgis, S.D., on Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. Organizers of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally expect 250,000 people to visit the town of Sturgis during the 10 day rally.

In this July 30, 2020, file photo, boxes for illegal and legal vote-by-mail ballots are shown as the the Miami-Dade County canvassing board meets to verify signatures on vote-by-mail ballots for the Aug. 18 primary election at the Miami-Dade County Elections Department in Doral, Fla. Never in U.S. history will so many people exercise the right on which their democracy hinges by marking a ballot at home.

Vote-by-mail worries: A 'leaky pipeline' in many states

Father, son charged in Ahmaud Arbery slaying seeking bond
Program allows some Alaska Native Vietnam vets to get land
Schools face big virus test as students return to classroom
Postal Service loses $2.2B in 3 months as virus woes persist
In this Nov. 28, 2018, file photo, Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. speaks before a convocation at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. Falwell has agreed to take an indefinite leave of absence from his role as president and chancellor of Liberty University, the school announced Friday, Aug. 7, 2020.

Liberty University's Falwell taking leave of absence

US adds 1.8 million jobs in a sign that hiring has slowed
Milwaukee chief demoted over tear-gas use, other concerns
Protesters rally in Portland as mayor decries violence
Congress urges Postal Service to undo changes slowing mail

Utah protesters face charges with potential life sentence

US rescinds global 'do not travel' coronavirus warning

Hurricane Alpha? Amped up season forecast, names may run out

The Latest: US deaths predicted at nearly 300,000 by Dec. 1

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine tests positive ahead of Trump visit

NY attorney general seeks to dissolve NRA

Simon Cowell injures back while testing electric bicycle
Postal Service emerges as flash point heading into election
Trump bans dealings with Chinese owners of TikTok, WeChat

No one hurt in Bloomington house fire

1 dead, 1 injured in Douglas County crash

150 members of Minnesota National Guard to deploy to Guantanamo Bay

Black bear spotted at University of St. Thomas


PHOTOS: A massive explosion devastated Beirut, Lebanon

A damaged hospital is seen after a massive explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. The explosion flattened much of a port and damaged buildings across Beirut, sending a giant mushroom cloud into the sky. In addition to those who died, more than 3,000 other people were injured, with bodies buried in the rubble, officials said.

PHOTOS: New murals on display at Union Depot in St. Paul

PHOTOS: New murals on display at Union Depot in St. Paul

FULL NIGHTCAST: Thursday, Aug. 6

FULL NIGHTCAST: Thursday, Aug. 6

FULL SPORTSCAST: Thursday, Aug. 6

FULL SPORTSCAST: Thursday, Aug. 6

Get Growing: Hibiscus and pesky animals

Get Growing: Hibiscus and pesky animals