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Some in NYC get absentee ballots with wrong return address

Sep. 29, 2020 5:07 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Mail-in voting has gotten off to a rocky start in New York City, where election officials sent out a large number of absentee ballots with the wrong names and addresses on the return envelopes. The faulty ballots were sent to an unknown number of voters in Brooklyn and could result in...

FILE - In this March 31, 2019 file photo, Kuwait's ruling emir, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, attends the opening of the 30th Arab Summit, in Tunis, Tunisia. Television channels in Kuwait cut into their daily programming Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, to broadcast Quranic verses amid concerns about the country's 91-year-old ruler, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah. (Fethi Belaid/Pool Photo via AP, File)

State television: Kuwaiti ruler Sheikh Sabah has died at 91

Sep. 29, 2020 5:06 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, the ruler of Kuwait who drew on his decades as the oil-rich nation’s top diplomat to push for closer ties to Iraq after the 1990 Gulf War and solutions to other regional crises, died Tuesday. He was 91. In a Middle East replete with...

Jennifer Brady of the U.S. prepares to serve against Denmark's Clara Tauson in the first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Clipped wings: Virus turns tennis pros' flights into ordeals

Sep. 29, 2020 5:05 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — For the part of their job that some tennis players have always disliked — flying — Jack Sock says he toyed with what would have been a novel solution to the problem of how to stay coronavirus-free on planes: Wear a head-to-toe beekeeper's suit. The American was joking, of course....

FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2019 file photo a sign rests in front of a newly constructed home, in Westwood, Mass. U.S. home prices rose in April for the eighth straight month, even as sales have stumbled, a sign the coronavirus outbreak has had little impact on real estate values. The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20-city home price index climbed 4% in April, the largest gain since December 2018, up from 3.9% in March. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller: US home prices rise 3.9% in July

Sep. 29, 2020 5:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices rose at a faster pace in July as the housing market continued to show strength in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak. The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20-city home price index, released Tuesday, rose 3.9% in July from a year earlier, up from a 3.5% annual gain in...

FILE - Author James Patterson poses for a portrait in New York on Aug. 30, 2016. Thousands of schoolteachers will receive $500 grants from Patterson. The grants are to help students build reading skills, especially as schools struggle to adapt to the coronavirus pandemic. The grant program is administered by Patterson and by Scholastic Book Clubs. (Photo by Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP, File)

James Patterson awards $500 grants to thousands of teachers

Sep. 29, 2020 4:59 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Thousands of schoolteachers will receive $500 grants from author James Patterson to help students build reading skills, especially as schools struggle to adapt to the coronavirus pandemic. “Whether students are learning virtually at home or in the classroom, the importance of keeping...

Israeli protesters wave flags and chant slogans during a demonstration against a proposed measure to curtail public demonstrations during the current nationwide lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, in front of the Knesset, Israel's parliament in Jerusalem, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020.  (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

Israelis jam Jerusalem streets over bill to curb protests

Sep. 29, 2020 4:58 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Hundreds of Israeli motorists protested in Jerusalem on Tuesday against a proposed measure to curtail public demonstrations during the current nationwide lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. A large convoy of cars clogged the streets surrounding the Knesset, Israel's parliament, and...

FILE - This Oct. 8, 2019 file photo shows the Apple Pay app on an iPhone in New York. Using contactless payments for in-person retail transactions offers convenience and security benefits, but amid the coronavirus pandemic, hygiene might be the best reason yet. “Contactless” usually means tap-to-pay credit and debit cards, smartphone digital wallets or retailer apps. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane, File)

Millennial Money: Try touchless payment to avoid dirty money

Sep. 29, 2020 4:53 PM EDT

If you’re looking for a self-improvement task in this pandemic era, try teaching yourself to use contactless payments with your phone or “tap-to-pay” credit and debit cards. Any germaphobe will tell you that the surfaces of bills and coins have always been gross. And handing your credit card...

Blue water lines the coast of Koh Chang island in March 2018, Trat Province, southern Thailand. American expat Wesley Barnes, an English-language teacher in Thailand, was sued for criminal defamation by a hotel at which he stayed on the island because of derogatory reviews he posted online. He could face up to five years in prison on two charges if tried and found guilty. (AP Photo/Phusit wirutthanatporn)

US man could get prison for review of Thailand hotel

Sep. 29, 2020 4:52 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Labor activists, journalists and whistleblowers in Thailand have been targets in recent years of criminal defamation lawsuits for exposing alleged corporate wrongdoing, but now a disgruntled hotel guest has joined their ranks and could face prison time for his online comments disparaging a...

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll wears a mask as he talks to an official during the first half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

The Latest: Virus knocks out South Alabama-Troy game

Sep. 29, 2020 4:48 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ South Alabama called off its Saturday game with Sun Belt rival Troy because of COVID-19. The school on Tuesday didn’t say how many players had been affected by the coronavirus, but the team was stopping workouts. South...

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, centre, arrives to take part in a coronavirus press conference, in Berlin, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. Chancellor Angela Merkel and the governors of Germany’s 16 states conferred on how to prevent the country’s coronavirus infection figures from accelerating to the levels being seen in other European countries. (Kay Nietfeld/dpa via AP)

As cases rise, Germany plans new virus restrictions, fines

Sep. 29, 2020 4:48 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel and the governors of Germany’s 16 states agreed Tuesday on plans meant to keep the country’s coronavirus infection figures from accelerating to levels being seen in other European countries, while keeping schools and businesses open if possible. New...