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FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2020, file photo, people walk by outdoor plastic dining bubbles on Fulton Market in Chicago. The United States is approaching a record for the number of new daily coronavirus cases in the latest ominous sign about the disease's grip on the nation. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

The Latest: Indoor dining, bar service banned in Chicago

Oct. 27, 2020 6:18 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Surging coronavirus infections in Chicago have prompted Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker to ban indoor dining and bar services in the city and limit the number of people gathering in one place. The rules taking effect Friday will force diners and bar patrons outdoors and shut down service at 11...

FILE - This April 12, 2016 file photo shows the Microsoft logo in Issy-les-Moulineaux, outside Paris, France. Microsoft took five hours to resolve a major outage of its workplace applications on Monday, but has not clarified what caused the outage. The company said the outage, which affected users’ ability to log into Office 365 applications, began early evening Monday Eastern time. Microsoft did not reply to questions Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020 about what caused the outage, but said on its service-status Twitter account that it had identified a “recent change” that caused problems. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)

Cloud growth helps Microsoft beat Wall Street expectations

Oct. 27, 2020 4:46 PM EDT

REDMOND, Wash. (AP) — Microsoft reported quarterly earnings Tuesday that beat Wall Street expectations, as it continued to weather the coronavirus pandemic amid increased demand for its flagship software and services. The company reported fiscal first-quarter profit of $13.9 billion, or $1.82 per share,...

A newly constructed home is shown for sale, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, in Surfside, Fla. U.S. home prices posted a robust gain in August — another sign that the American housing market remains strong despite economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller: US home prices up 5.2% in August

Oct. 27, 2020 9:28 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices posted a robust gain in August — another sign that the American housing market remains strong despite economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20-city home price index, released Tuesday, showed that home prices climbed 5.2%...

Sven Spichiger, Washington State Department of Agriculture managing entomologist, walks with a canister of Asian giant hornets vacuumed from a nest in a tree behind him Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, in Blaine, Wash. Scientists in Washington state discovered the first nest earlier in the week of so-called murder hornets in the United States and worked to wipe it out Saturday morning to protect native honeybees. Workers with the state Agriculture Department spent weeks searching, trapping and using dental floss to tie tracking devices to Asian giant hornets, which can deliver painful stings to people and spit venom but are the biggest threat to honeybees that farmers depend on to pollinate crops. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Scientists remove 98 'murder hornets' in Washington state

Oct. 27, 2020 1:56 AM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Workers from the state Department of Agriculture managed to destroy the first nest of so-called murder hornets discovered in the U.S. without suffering any stings or other injuries, the agency said Monday. The nest, located in Whatcom County near the Canadian border, created concern...

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) gets the throw off as Arizona Cardinals linebacker Kylie Fitts makes the hit during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

First loss shows Seahawks can't overcome all their flaws

Oct. 26, 2020 7:45 PM EDT

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — There were so many flaws that became exposed in the first five games that it was inconceivable the Seattle Seahawks' unbeaten run to start the season would continue indefinitely. Yet the overwhelming disappointment that came from Seattle’s 37-34 overtime loss to the Arizona...

Players reacting to seeing Dallas Cowboys quarterback Andy Dalton (14) lying on the ground after getting hit by Washington Football Team inside linebacker Jon Bostic (53) in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Cowboys question their own fight in rapidly spiraling season

Oct. 26, 2020 5:06 PM EDT

Dallas receiver Amari Cooper had no answer for why the Cowboys didn't respond when Andy Dalton ended up with a concussion after the quarterback was hit while sliding on a play that led to the ejection of Washington's Jon Bostic. Coach Mike McCarthy didn't hide his disappointment in the rest of the players on...

Sophonie Bizimana, center, a permanent U.S. resident who is a refugee from Congo, poses for a photo, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, at his home in Kirkland, Wash., along with six of his children as he displays a cell-phone photo of his wife, Ziporah Nyirahimbya, who is in Uganda and has been unable so far to join him in the U.S. For decades, America admitted more refugees annually than all other countries combined, but that reputation has eroded during Donald Trump's presidency as he cut the number of refugees allowed in by more than 80 percent. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Under Trump, US no longer leads world on refugee protections

Oct. 26, 2020 2:19 PM EDT

For decades, America led the world in humanitarian policies by creating a sanctuary for the oppressed, admitting more refugees annually than all other countries combined. That reputation eroded during Donald Trump's presidency as he cut the number of refugees allowed in by more than 80%, and Canada replaced the...

The Latest: Seahawks lead Cardinals 27-17 at halftime

Oct. 25, 2020 10:15 PM EDT

The Latest on Week 7 in the NFL (all times EDT): ___ 10:12 p.m. Tyler Lockett caught two touchdown passes, Carlos Hyde ran for a touchdown and DK Metcalf saved a touchdown as the Seattle Seahawks built a 27-17 halftime lead over the Arizona Cardinals. The action-packed first half had plenty of highlights, but the...

Authorities investigating gun pulled at demonstrations

Oct. 25, 2020 7:47 PM EDT

WOODINVILLE, Wash. (AP) — Authorities were investigating why a man wearing a pro-Trump baseball hat pulled out a handgun during a confrontation with demonstrators opposed to the president in suburban Seattle on Saturday. It happened after anti-Trump demonstrators, mostly teen and young adults, gathered in...

Adnan, Ricketts score; Whitecaps beat Earthquakes 2-1

Oct. 25, 2020 12:51 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Ali Adnan and Tosaint Ricketts scored in the second half in the Vancouver Whitecaps' 2-1 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday night. Vancouver (8-12-0) has won three of its last four matches while San Jose (6-8-6) is 1-2-1 in its last four. Both have 24 points and remain...