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Old Dominion forward Kalu Ezikpe, top, and Maryland forward Galin Smith battle for the opening tip-off in an empty arena during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in College Park, Md., Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. (Karl Merton Ferron/The Baltimore Sun via AP)

The Latest: Wisconsin women's hoops cancels another game

Dec. 2, 2020 1:37 PM EST

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Wisconsin says its Dec. 8 women’s basketball home game with Prairie View A&M has been canceled due to protocols related to COVID-19. The Badgers’ Big Ten opener Saturday at Iowa remains on as scheduled. This...

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) runs off the field after the team's win over Pittsburgh in an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov 28, 2020, in Clemson, S.C. (Ken Ruinard/The Independent-Mail via AP, Pool)

In the ACC, even without fans, there's no place like home

Dec. 2, 2020 1:37 PM EST

Clemson’s Death Valley does not have as many signs of life on game days. Hard Rock Stadium is often very quiet when Miami scores. Lane Stadium isn’t shaking atop its foundation when Virginia Tech takes the field before kickoff. These are obvious deviations from the norms, further proof that nothing...

*** Hold For Story *** A costumer exits Pie 'N Burger Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, in Pasadena, Calif. Pasadena has become an island in the center of the nation's most populous county, where a surge of COVID-19 cases last week led to a three-week end to outdoor dining and California's first stay-home order since the pandemic began to spread across the state in March. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Pasadena bucks LA County order, keeps outdoor dining going

Dec. 2, 2020 1:17 PM EST

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — It was a rare sight after Los Angeles County restaurants were restricted to takeout to reduce the spread of the coronavirus: tables and chairs set up outside the Pie 'N Burger shop in Pasadena. Owner Michael Osborn explained to two men who approached him Monday that the city famous...

FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2020 file photo a man wearing a mask passes the New York Stock Exchange in New York. Stocks are opening moderately lower on Wall Street, edging below the record highs they set a day earlier. The S&P 500 fell 0.4% shortly after the opening bell Wednesday, Dec. 2. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Major stocks indexes hover near record highs on Wall Street

Dec. 2, 2020 1:13 PM EST

U.S. stock indexes are mixed in afternoon trading Wednesday, easing off a fresh set of record highs reached on optimism that coronavirus vaccines could soon start driving a stronger economic recovery. The S&P 500 was little changed a day after opening December with a bang. It closed at a record high of...

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting via video conference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020. Russian President Vladimir Putin announced start of large-scale vaccination of medics and teachers against COVID next week. Speaking during an online meeting dedicated to inauguration of new hospitals for coronavirus patients built by Russian Defense Ministry, Putin said Russia has enough capacity to start

Putin orders 'large-scale' COVID-19 vaccination in Russia

Dec. 2, 2020 12:53 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered the start of a “large-scale” COVID-19 vaccination by late next week, with doctors and teachers to be the first in line to receive the Sputnik V shots, which have yet to complete advanced studies needed to ensure its...

FILE - This May 4, 2020, file photo provided by the University of Maryland School of Medicine, shows the first patient enrolled in Pfizer's COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine clinical trial at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore.  Pfizer and BioNTech say they've won permission Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, for emergency use of their COVID-19 vaccine in Britain, the world’s first coronavirus shot that’s backed by rigorous science -- and a major step toward eventually ending the pandemic. (Courtesy of University of Maryland School of Medicine via AP, File)

Britain approves vaccine and will begin shots within days

Dec. 2, 2020 12:52 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain became the first country in the world to authorize a rigorously tested COVID-19 vaccine Wednesday and could be dispensing shots within days — a historic step toward eventually ending the scourge that has killed more than 1.4 million people around the globe. In giving the...

This photo provided by Kia Motors America shows the Kia 2021 Forte.  The Kia Forte is a sharp little four-door with lots of features and personality. Redesigned for 2019, the Forte has all the latest driver conveniences and safety features, as well as a cabin with a sporty design aesthetic and high-quality materials.  (Kia Motors America via AP)

Edmunds: Some of the best cars cost less than $399 per month

Dec. 2, 2020 12:48 PM EST

The COVID-19 pandemic initially slowed car sales, but now many new-car buyers are making more expensive purchases than ever before, according to sales data from Edmunds. The average transaction price for a new car in the third quarter of 2020 was slightly above $39,000, with payments averaging just under $570...

People face a riot police line during a protest against a top court ruling restricting abortions in Warsaw, Poland, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020. Poland is facing one of the biggest protest movements since the collapse of Communism three decades ago. It erupted after the country's constitutional court, packed by loyalists of the conservative ruling party, attempted to further tighten one of the world's most restrictive abortion laws. The women-led protest for some feels like a revolutionary moment that signals a deeper generational change. (AP Photo/Agata Grzybowska)

Rage and hope fuel women's revolt over abortion in Poland

Dec. 2, 2020 12:48 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Karolina Micula had used her bare chest in political protest once before. When Poland’s right-wing government first tried to restrict abortion rights, the actress and singer delivered an intense performance onstage in Wroclaw in 2017 that included her spreading paint in the...

File -- In this Tuesday, Nov.10, 2020 file photo windows are illuminated at the headquarters of the German biotechnology company BioNTech in Mainz, Germany. Pfizer and BioNTech say they've won permission Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, for emergency use of their COVID-19 vaccine in Britain, the world's first coronavirus shot that's backed by rigorous science -- and a major step toward eventually ending the pandemic.(AP Photo/Michael Probst, file)

Vaccine 1st puts spotlight on German pharma company BioNTech

Dec. 2, 2020 12:36 PM EST

MAINZ, Germany (AP) — The email that arrived in the ancient German city of Mainz shortly before 1 a.m. in the morning marked a turning point in the global effort to deliver a reliable vaccine against the coronavirus pandemic - and for the little-known biotechnology company that helped develop it. BioNTech...

This Sept. 5, 2019 photo shows a gambler making a sports bet at Bally's casino in Atlantic City N.J. Participants in a national sports betting conference on Dec. 1, 2020, agreed that huge holes in state budgets due to the coronavirus outbreak, and the demonstrated eagerness of fans to bet on sports are likely to spur a further expansion of sports betting and online casino gambling in the U.S. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

Virus, fan eagerness may spur sports bet, casino expansion

Dec. 2, 2020 12:34 PM EST

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Huge holes in state budgets due to the coronavirus pandemic and the demonstrated eagerness of fans to bet on sports are likely to spur a further expansion of sports betting and online casino gambling, experts said Tuesday. Speaking at the Betting On Sports America online...