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FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2020, file photo, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announces the state's phase three openings at a news conference in St. Petersburg, Fla. As the summer coronavirus spike in Sunbelt states subsides, Florida has gone the furthest in lifting restrictions, especially on restaurants where the burden of ensuring safety has shifted to business owners and residents _ raising concerns of a resurgence. (John Pendygraft/Tampa Bay Times via AP, File)

The Latest: Florida governor requires schools to remain open

Nov. 30, 2020 3:58 PM EST

MIAMI — Florida’s Gov. Ron DeSantis said on Monday that schools will be required to remain open despite the rise in confirmed COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, arguing lockdowns and closures have not worked. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases,...

Casperson, 'titan' of the Upper Peninsula, dies at age 61

Nov. 30, 2020 10:13 AM EST

ESCANABA, Mich. (AP) — Tom Casperson, a former state lawmaker from the Upper Peninsula who cast a key vote to expand Medicaid and built alliances with labor unions, has died at age 61. Casperson, a Republican from Escanaba, died Sunday. He had been stricken with cancer. Fellow Republicans in the Senate...

Editorial Roundup: Texas

Nov. 30, 2020 10:00 AM EST

The Dallas Morning News. Nov. 28, 2020 Texas killed straight-ticket voting, and our state is better for it Voters have to consider the candidate, not the party. In this moment of political division, our mind has been turning to another moment in our political history. The moment when George Washington, after his...

Editorial Roundup: Nebraska

Nov. 30, 2020 10:00 AM EST

Omaha World Herald. Nov. 29, 2020 Local quality of life puts Offutt in contention for Space Command Nebraskans can take pride that Offutt Air Force base is among the six military sites under consideration to host the re-established U.S. Space Command. And there’s an additional reason the situation is...

Editorial Roundup: Iowa

Nov. 30, 2020 10:00 AM EST

Des Moines Register. Nov. 24, 2020 Iowa nursing homes are in crisis; Gov. Kim Reynolds should bring in the Iowa National Guard to help Troops could deliver meals, ensure proper use of protective equipment, coordinate visits with family and assist understaffed facilities. When a restaurant’s cooks, servers...

1st female president of Kentucky State University dies

Nov. 30, 2020 4:57 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Mary L. Smith, the first female president of Kentucky State University, has died at the age of 84, the university said. Smith died at her home Saturday, the historically Black university said. Smith served as Kentucky State's president from 1991 to 1998. Before that she was special...

Today in History

Nov. 30, 2020 12:00 AM EST

Today in History Today is Monday, Nov. 30, the 335th day of 2020. There are 31 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 30, 2000, Al Gore’s lawyers battled for his political survival in the Florida and U.S. Supreme Courts; meanwhile, GOP lawmakers in Tallahassee moved to award...

FILE - In this file photo dated Thursday, May 12, 2005, the Los Angeles, USA, premiere of the movie

Dave Prowse, actor who played Darth Vader, dies at 85

Nov. 29, 2020 10:31 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Dave Prowse, the British weightlifter-turned-actor who was the body, though not the voice, of arch-villain Darth Vader in the original “Star Wars” trilogy, has died. He was 85. Prowse died Saturday after a short illness, his agent Thomas Bowington said Sunday. Born in Bristol,...

FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2020 file photo, Jill Biden moves her husband, Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, back from members of the media as he speaks outside his campaign plane at New Castle Airport in New Castle, Del., to travel to Miami for campaign events. Protecting Joe stands out among Jill Biden's many roles over their 43-year marriage, as her husband's career moved him from the Senate to the presidential campaign trail and the White House as President Barack Obama's vice president. She's a wife, mother, grandmother and educator with a doctoral degree — as well as a noted prankster who will soon be putting her own stamp on what it means to be first lady. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Jill Biden, Joe's chief protector, to step up as first lady

Nov. 29, 2020 5:29 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — She's fended off protesters who made a run at her husband. She's moved him farther from reporters during the coronavirus pandemic. She's supported his presidential ambitions again and again — except in 2004, when she deployed a novel messaging technique to keep Joe Biden from...

FILE - In this Saturday, March 21, 2020, file photo, a municipality worker wearing a face mask and protective suit disinfects the area outside the historical Sultan Ahmed Mosque, also known as Blue Mosque, amid the coronavirus outbreak, in Istanbul. When Turkey changed the way it reports daily COVID-19 infections, it confirmed what medical groups and opposition parties have long suspected — that the country is faced with an alarming surge of cases that is fast exhausting the Turkish health system. The official daily COVID-19 deaths have also steadily risen to record numbers in a reversal of fortune for the country that had been praised for managing to keep fatalities low. With the new data, the country jumped from being one of the least-affected countries in Europe to one of the worst-hit.(AP Photo/Emrah Gurel, File)

Turkey's new virus figures confirm experts' worst fears

Nov. 29, 2020 2:32 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — When Turkey changed the way it reports daily COVID-19 infections, it confirmed what medical groups and opposition parties have long suspected — that the country is faced with an alarming surge of cases that is fast exhausting the Turkish health system. In an about-face,...