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Locals chat as they sit at a traditional coffee shop in central Athens, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. Greece saw a jump in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases during last week, and Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is widely expected to announce new social restrictions.(AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)

The Latest: Greece tightens restrictions as virus spreads

Oct. 31, 2020 7:07 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece — Greece will shut down restaurants, bars, cafes, cinemas and gyms across a large part of the country, including the capital Athens, after a surge in coronavirus cases. Outlining the measures in a televised address, Prime Minister Kyriakos said the changes will take effect Tuesday morning...

Former U.S. Ambassador to Japan Bill Hagerty greets supporters at a polling place Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Brentwood, Tenn. Hagerty and Dr. Manny Sethi are competing to become the GOP nominee in the race to replace retiring Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

AP News Guide: A look at Tennessee’s election

Oct. 31, 2020 6:36 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — With all eyes on the presidential election, the biggest race in Tennessee remains the open U.S. Senate seat now that Republican incumbent Sen. Lamar Alexander is retiring as his term ends. A handful of U.S. House and legislative seats also remain competitive in the GOP-dominant...

FILE - Joel Smallbone, right, and Luke Smallbone of For King and Country appear at the 47th Annual GMA Dove Awards in Nashville, Tenn. on Oct. 11, 2016. The brother duo earned their first artist of the year award at the Gospel Music Association’s Dove Awards, which aired on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, without an audience due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP, File)

Dove Awards name for KING & COUNTRY top artist

Oct. 30, 2020 10:06 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Brother duo for KING & Country earned their first artist of the year award at the Gospel Music Association’s Dove Awards, which aired on Friday without an audience due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The awards show changed up the format during its telecast on Trinity...

FILE  - In this May 11, 2020, file photo, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear puts on a face mask after speaking to reporters at the Capitol in Frankfort, Ky. Kentucky's governor said Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020,  that he will quarantine after a member of his security detail who drove with his family the day before later tested positive for COVID-19.
Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear said he and his family feel fine, show no coronavirus symptoms and have tested negative for the virus. (Ryan C. Hermens/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP, File)

The Latest: Kentucky sees near-record number of new cases

Oct. 30, 2020 9:53 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Kentucky reported a near-record number of new coronavirus cases Friday as the surging outbreak continued sending more people to hospitals, Gov. Andy Beshear said. “This is a dangerous time. We’re moving the wrong way,” the Democratic governor said as he urged Kentuckians to...

Medical personnel don PPE while attending to a patient (not infected with COVID-19) at Bellevue Hospital in New York, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. Hospitals in the city's public NYC Health and Hospitals' system have been upgrading their equipment, bracing for a potential resurgence of coronavirus patients, drawing on lessons learned in the spring when the outbreak brought the nation's largest city to its knees. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

State leaders facing 2nd wave resist steps to curb virus

Oct. 30, 2020 6:25 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Even as a new surge of coronavirus infections sweeps the U.S., officials in many hard-hit states are resisting taking stronger action to slow the spread, with pleas from health experts running up against political calculation and public fatigue. Days before a presidential election...

FILE - In this May 2, 2019, file photo, the DraftKings logo is displayed at the sports betting company headquarters in Boston. Sports daily fantasy and betting website DraftKings will debut as a publicly traded company Friday, April 24, 2020, against a backdrop of a near-complete shutdown of athletic competition across the globe due to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Tennessee's online-only sports betting to start on Sunday

Oct. 30, 2020 5:10 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Sportsbooks are set to accept the first bets in Tennessee's unique online-only sports betting program starting early Sunday, the Tennessee Lottery announced Friday. Three of the four initial operators — DraftKings, FanDuel and BetMGM — have completed all the...

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, right and Tennessee Commerce and Insurance Commissioner Hodgen Mainda survey storm damage, in Nashville, Tenn. on Tuesday, March 3, 2020. Tornadoes ripped across Tennessee early Tuesday, shredding at least 40 buildings and killing many people. One of the twisters caused severe damage across downtown Nashville and leaving hundreds of people homeless. (AP Photo/Travis Loller)

Report: State commissioner faced sexual misconduct complaint

Oct. 30, 2020 4:49 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee insurance commissioner who submitted his resignation this week faced an investigation over allegations of sexual misconduct by one of his department’s employees, records show. According to a Department of Commerce and Insurance investigation summary report, there...

Buildings at Hunter Oaks Apartments undergo renovations on Tuesday. Sept. 22, 2020, in Memphis, Tenn. Owners of the apartment complex are among seven landlords who manage or own more than 5,000 rental units and have filed a lawsuit claiming that a national eviction moratorium has not only placed them under unfair financial strain, but also infringed on their rights as property owners. (AP Photo/Adrian Sainz)

Federal government defends eviction ban in court hearing

Oct. 30, 2020 4:20 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The federal government defended its national eviction ban before a judge Friday, arguing that the moratorium had helped prevent the spread of COVID-19 and did not overstep the authority provided by Congress. The arguments are part of a federal lawsuit filed by a handful of...

Tiger at Tennessee zoo tests positive for coronavirus

Oct. 30, 2020 4:06 PM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Three tigers at a Tennessee zoo are in quarantine after one tested positive for the new coronavirus, according to a Friday news release from Zoo Knoxville. The United States Department of Agriculture’s national veterinary lab confirmed the positive test for Bashir, an...

In record year, half of Tennessee voters have voted already

Oct. 30, 2020 1:52 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee officials say a record of nearly 2.3 million voters have already cast their ballots ahead of the Nov. 3 election, making up just more than half of the state’s registered voters. The 51% turnout total to date accounts for the full 14-day in-person early voting...