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FILE - In this Aug. 25, 2020 file photo hundreds of Immanuel Schools supporters hold signs and gather outside the B.F. Sisk Courthouse in support of the schools' decision to defy the county's COVID-19 orders prior to a court hearing in Fresno, Calif. The California private school has been ordered to pay $15,000 for defying a judge's order to close classrooms and stop in-person teaching. The decision Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, in the Fresno County Superior Court ends a nearly three-month legal battle between Immanuel Schools, a private K-12 Christian school in California's Central Valley, and county and state officials. (Craig Kohlruss/The Fresno Bee via AP, File)

The Latest: Calif. school fined for defying pandemic order

Oct. 20, 2020 8:29 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO — A California private school has been ordered to pay $15,000 for defying a judge’s order to close classrooms and stop in-person teaching. Tuesday’s decision in Fresno County Superior Court ends a nearly three-month legal battle that pitted county and state officials against...

Appeal filed in ruling reinstating Wisconsin capacity limits

Oct. 20, 2020 6:29 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — An appeal was filed Tuesday to a judge's order putting back in place limits on how many people can gather in Wisconsin bars, restaurants and other indoor venues. Gov. Tony Evers' administration issued the emergency order two weeks ago to help curb surging coronavirus cases in the...

People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus pass by a statue with a face mask at a park in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. South Korea's daily coronavirus tally has dropped below 50 for the first time in more than two weeks despite reports of small-scale local infections. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

The Latest: S. Korea increases hospital, nursing home tests

Oct. 18, 2020 10:16 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has reported 76 new cases of the coronavirus as officials begin testing tens of thousands of employees at hospitals and nursing homes to prevent transmissions at live-in facilities. The figures released by the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on Monday brought...

Medical staff takes a COVID-19 test at a coronavirus test center in Cologne, Germany, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. The city exceeded the important warning level of 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in seven days. More and more German cities become official high risk corona hotspots with travel restrictions within Germany. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

New virus restrictions in Europe; Merkel warns of hard days

Oct. 17, 2020 11:32 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Germans to come together like they did in the spring to slow the spread of the coronavirus as the country posted another daily record of new cases Saturday. “Difficult months are ahead of us,” she said in her weekly video podcast. “How...

Jen Grippo, owner of the Original Oyster House, poses for a portrait Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, in  in Pittsburgh. The iconic restaurant celebrated its 150th anniversary on Monday, Oct. 12. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)

150 years: The Oyster House celebrates its sesquicentennial

Oct. 17, 2020 9:25 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — It was Oct. 12, 1870, and the morning edition of the Pittsburgh Daily Post’s front page carried news of the re-election of city-born Civil War general James Negley to Congress, dispatches from the Franco-Prussian War and ads for dry goods from the Joseph Horne Co. But there was...

Virginia man opens restaurant, has eyes on other projects

Oct. 17, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

ELKTON, Va. (AP) — Every morning, Rey Gotay goes to set up and open his newest business, Old 33 Beer & Burger Grill in Elkton, but the classic American-style eatery is far from Gotay’s first or last business endeavor. Operating and managing a business is his bread and butter, and it’s...

Wolf vetoes bill to let restaurants operate at full capacity

Oct. 16, 2020 5:08 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed a Republican-sponsored bill Friday that would have let restaurants and bars reopen at up to full capacity, saying it would have jeopardized public health and safety. It was the latest in a string of coronavirus-related vetoes from the Democratic...

Puerto Rico to relax COVID-19 restrictions, extend curfew

Oct. 16, 2020 3:24 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s governor on Friday announced that more people will be able to visit restaurants, gyms, theaters and casinos as the U.S. territory relaxes some pandemic-related restrictions. In addition, public transportation including buses and trains will resume service...

A beachgoer walks down Waikiki Beach, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, in Honolulu. A new pre-travel testing program will allow visitors who test negative for COVID-19 to come to Hawaii and avoid two weeks of mandatory quarantine goes into effect Thursday. The pandemic has caused a devastating downturn on Hawaii's tourism-based economy and many are hoping the testing will help the economy rebound. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)

Thousands arrive in Hawaii on first day pre-travel testing

Oct. 16, 2020 2:12 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — About 8,000 people landed in Hawaii on the first day of a pre-travel testing program that allowed travelers to come to the islands without quarantining for two weeks if they could produce a negative coronavirus test. Angela Margos was among the first passengers in San Francisco to get on a...

Trainer Legend Tarvers, center, leads a group during a workout at Legacy Fit, Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, in Miami. As the vast majority of in-person fitness clubs switched to virtual classes when the pandemic hit, Legacy Fit took the opposite approach. When Florida became one of the nation's COVID-19 hot spots in July, CEO Manning Sumner decided to host classes in a ballroom-sized outdoor tent that would still ensure safety, but allow clients to exercise in-person. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Some businesses opening, expanding despite pandemic hurdles

Oct. 16, 2020 11:05 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — First there was taco night, then barbecue sandwiches, followed by meats by the pound — all splashy marketing events to generate buzz leading up to Proof BBQ's grand opening in the Cleveland suburbs. And then came coronavirus. Michael Griffin already had success with a...