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A waiter takes an order from customers sitting indoors as another has lunch at an outdoor table at Ginger and Lemongrass restaurant, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in New York. The city on Wednesday began allowing restaurants to offer indoor dining at 25 percent capacity.(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

The Latest: Studies: Immune system clue to virus reactions

Sep. 30, 2020 3:44 PM EDT

NEW YORK — One of COVID-19′s scariest mysteries is why some people are mildly ill or have no symptoms and others rapidly die — and scientists are starting to unravel why. An international team of researchers found in some people with severe COVID-19, the body goes rogue and attacks one of its...

Members of the royal guard wearing face masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus ride towards the foreign ministry in downtown Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. The Spanish capital and its suburbs, the region in Europe where a second coronavirus wave is expanding by far the fastest, are edging closer to stricter mobility curbs and limits on social gatherings after days of a political row that has angered many Spaniards. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

Political dispute deepens over anti-outbreak plan for Madrid

Sep. 30, 2020 2:42 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — A proposal to set national standards for fighting coronavirus outbreaks in Spain's large cities was accepted Wednesday by most of the country's regions but rejected by Madrid, where Europe's second coronavirus wave is expanding at the fastest rate on the continent. The rejection of the...

In this combination image of two photos showing both President Donald Trump, left, and former Vice President Joe Biden during the first presidential debate Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, at Case Western University and Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

World reacts with surprise, worry to 1st Biden-Trump debate

Sep. 30, 2020 2:03 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Head-scratching perplexity about U.S. democracy in Australia and Denmark. Disdain for “chaos” and “insults” between America's presidential contenders in a Chinese Communist Party tabloid. A European market watcher's warning of a “credibility deficit”...

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street for the House of Commons to attend his weekly Prime Minister's Questions in London, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

UK lawmakers grumble but renew sweeping govt COVID-19 powers

Sep. 30, 2020 1:38 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British lawmakers voted Wednesday to renew the government’s sweeping powers to impose emergency restrictions to curb the coronavirus pandemic, though many slammed the way Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative administration has used them. Legislators are increasingly...

FILE - In this Friday, Feb. 5, 2016 file photo, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange appears at the window before speaking on the balcony of the Ecuadorean Embassy in London. A London court has heard that Julian Assange’s conversations in the latter part of his seven-year stay at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London were systematically bugged, even in the toilet. Two anonymous witnesses who worked for a Spanish firm with a security contract at the embassy said the WikiLeaks founder faced an intensifying bugging operation after Donald Trump became U.S. president. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

Assange bugged while at Ecuadorian Embassy, UK court told

Sep. 30, 2020 1:36 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Julian Assange's conversations in the latter part of his 7-year stay at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London were systematically bugged, even in the toilet, a London court heard Wednesday. In written statements at Assange’s extradition hearing, two anonymous witnesses who worked for a...

Customers make bets at the William Hill sportsbook inside the Tropicana casino in Atlantic City N.J., on March 8, 2019. Caesars Entertainment announced Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, it is buying William Hill for $3.7 billion. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

Caesars Entertainment buys bookmaker William Hill for $3.7B

Sep. 30, 2020 12:37 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Caesars Entertainment said Wednesday it is buying the British bookmaker William Hill for $3.7 billion in a deal aimed at binding its casinos ever closer to the fast-growing legal sports betting industry in the U.S. Caesars said it is interested in the the company's U.S. assets,...

Australian Cardinal George Pell arrives at Rome's international airport in Fiumicino, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. Pell took a leave of absence from his job in 2017 to stand trial in his native Australia on historic child sexual abuse charges, for which he was ultimately acquitted. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Cardinal Pell returns to Vatican mired in financial scandal

Sep. 30, 2020 12:08 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Cardinal George Pell, who left the Vatican in 2017 to face child sexual abuse charges in Australia, returned to Rome on Wednesday to find a Holy See mired in the type of corruption scandal he worked to expose and clean up. The 79-year-old Pell arrived at Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci airport...

Actors dressed as pantomime dames pose for photographers before they march on Parliament to demand more support for the theatre sector amid the COVID-19 pandemic, in London, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Actors in drag march to highlight virus threat to UK theater

Sep. 30, 2020 12:03 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — As much of Britain’s economy emerged from the coronavirus lockdown, its theaters stayed dark, with performers and staff unwillingly idled. So they made a song and dance about it. Scores of actors, technicians and theater workers led by pantomime “Dames” — male...

German Chancellor Angela Merkel listens to the debate about her policy as part of Germany's budget 2021 debate at the parliament Bundestag in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Merkel applauds 'impressive' women protesters in Belarus

Sep. 30, 2020 9:28 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel praised women in Belarus for staging peaceful protests in the wake of the country's disputed presidential election and said Wednesday that she plans to meet soon with the main opposition candidate. Merkel's comments came a day after French President Emmanuel...

Channel migrant-smuggling ring cracked in 4-nation operation

Sep. 30, 2020 8:44 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — A multinational police operation this week led to the arrest of a dozen suspected smugglers who take migrants across the English Channel to the U.K. in small boats under dangerous conditions, officials said Wednesday. The major, four-nation operation also resulted in the seizure of a dozen...