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FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2020, file photo, marks are seen on the face of registered nurse Shelly Girardin as she removes a protective mask after performing rounds in a COVID-19 unit at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis, Mo. Across the U.S., the surge has swamped hospitals with patients and left nurses and other health care workers shorthanded and burned out. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

The Latest: US hits record daily deaths, hospitalizations

Dec. 3, 2020 12:29 PM EST

NEW YORK — The U.S. has reached daily coronavirus records with more than 3,100 deaths and 100,000 hospitalizations New cases have topped 200,000 a day, according to figures released Thursday. The three benchmarks show a country slipping deeper into crisis, with perhaps the worst yet to come. Millions of...

A student checks the time as others wait for the start of the annual college entrance examination amid the coronavirus pandemic at an exam hall in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020. South Korean officials are urging people to remain at home if possible and cancel gatherings as about half a million students prepare for a crucial national college exam. (Kim Hong-Ji/Pool Photo via AP)

The Latest: Young S. Koreans taking crucial university exam

Dec. 3, 2020 3:45 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea — Hundreds of thousands of masked students in South Korea, including 35 COVID-19 patients, are taking the country’s highly competitive university entrance exam despite a viral resurgence that has forced authorities to toughen social distancing rules. The Education Ministry says...

Milwaukee Brewers' Corey Knebel throws during a practice session Monday, July 13, 2020, at Miller Park in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Brewers trade reliever Knebel to Dodgers, cut 3 players

Dec. 3, 2020 2:33 AM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers traded reliever Corey Knebel to the World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday for a player to be named or cash. The Brewers also announced they did not offer 2021 contracts to left-hander Alex Claudio, outfielder Ben Gamel and utilityman Jace Peterson....

Midday fireball, boom thrill gazers from Ontario to Virginia

Dec. 2, 2020 5:18 PM EST

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — A noontime boom that was heard and felt from southern Ontario to Virginia was likely caused by a disintegrating meteor, according to an organization in western New York that keeps track of such phenomena. Witnesses across the area reported hearing the boom or seeing a fireball in the...

FILE - Toronto Raptors' head coach Nick Nurse yells to his players during the first half of an NBA basketball conference semifinal playoff game against the Boston Celtics in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., in this Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020, file photo. Nick Nurse isn’t exactly sure yet how the practice setup for the Raptors will work this season at the team’s temporary home in Tampa, Florida. He is certain of this much: It won’t be the most challenging of his career.(AP Photo/Ashley Landis, File)

Good news for Raptors: In Tampa, no conflict with badminton

Dec. 2, 2020 2:01 PM EST

Nick Nurse isn’t exactly sure yet how the practice setup for the Toronto Raptors will work this season. He is certain of this much: It won’t be the most challenging of his career. Go back to 30 years ago, when the Raptors coach and reigning NBA coach of the year was in England leading the Derby...

Researchers from US and Canada team up to study white sharks

Dec. 2, 2020 1:17 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Researchers in New England and Canada are teaming up to learn more about the great white sharks appearing in Northeast waters in greater numbers each summer. More than a dozen organizations and state agencies from Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine are part of the New...

Democratic Tucson Mayor Regina Romero is seen at the State of the State address at the Arizona Capitol, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, in Phoenix. Romero called for a nighttime curfew Monday, Nov. 30, 2020, in Tucson to prevent the spread of COVID-19, saying the virus is spreading rapidly and hospitals in southern Arizona are on the verge of a crisis. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

The Latest: Tucson votes in mandatory nightly curfew

Dec. 2, 2020 12:17 AM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. -- At the urging of Mayor Regina Romero, the Tucson City Council voted Tuesday night to establish a mandatory nightly curfew for three weeks in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19. The 10 p.m.-to-5 a.m. curfew will take effect Friday and run through Dec. 23. Romero says she sought the curfew...

FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2020, file photo, LA Galaxy midfielder Efrain Álvarez (26) and Portland Timbers midfielder Marvin Loria (44) vie for the ball during an MLS soccer match in Carson, Calif.  Álvarez started for Mexico in last year’s final of the Under-17 World Cup and is among several dual nationals at American training camp this week ahead of a Dec. 9 exhibition against El Salvador in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter will try to persuade him and other dual nationals to commit to the U.S. program. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu, File)

Alvarez, Perea among dual nationals recruited by US soccer

Dec. 1, 2020 10:07 PM EST

Part of Gregg Berhalter’s job as U.S. national team coach is to be a salesman. Efraín Álvarez, an 18-year-old LA Galaxy midfielder, started for Mexico in last year’s final of the Under-17 World Cup and is among several dual nationals at American training camp this week ahead of a Dec. 9...

Enbridge starts construction on Line 3 in Minnesota

Dec. 1, 2020 6:28 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Enbridge Energy began construction on its Line 3 crude oil pipeline replacement in Minnesota on Tuesday, a day after state regulators approved the final permit for the $2.6 billion project amid legal challenges from local activist and Indigenous groups. Spokeswoman Juli Kellner said...

Wildlife advocates sue US agency to protect Canada lynx

Dec. 1, 2020 5:58 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife advocates sued the federal government Tuesday in a bid to force officials to do more to conserve Canada lynx, a snow-loving cat that has struggled to survive in parts of the U.S. West. Attorneys for Friends of the Wild Swan, Rocky Mountain Wild and other groups filed the...