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FILE  - In this May 11, 2020, file photo, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear puts on a face mask after speaking to reporters at the Capitol in Frankfort, Ky. Kentucky's governor said Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020,  that he will quarantine after a member of his security detail who drove with his family the day before later tested positive for COVID-19.
Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear said he and his family feel fine, show no coronavirus symptoms and have tested negative for the virus. (Ryan C. Hermens/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP, File)

The Latest: Kentucky sees near-record number of new cases

Oct. 30, 2020 9:53 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Kentucky reported a near-record number of new coronavirus cases Friday as the surging outbreak continued sending more people to hospitals, Gov. Andy Beshear said. “This is a dangerous time. We’re moving the wrong way,” the Democratic governor said as he urged Kentuckians to...

FILE- In this July 21, 2020 file photo, people walk by the New York Stock Exchange.  Stocks are falling in early trading on Friday, Oct. 30,  as Wall Street closes out a punishing week and its first back-to-back monthly loss since March, when worries about the pandemic were first peaking.  (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Tech losses drive Wall Street down again, ending grim week

Oct. 30, 2020 5:56 PM EDT

Wall Street closed out another punishing week Friday with the S&P 500 posting its first back-to-back monthly loss since the pandemic first gripped the economy in March. The S&P 500 dropped 1.2% and ended the week with a 5.6% loss, its worst in seven months. Sharp drops in big technology stocks drove much...

FILE - In this file photo taken Saturday, March 8, 2014, Russian President Vladimir Putin, foreground, and Russia's sports minister Vitaly Mutko, standing behind, watch downhill ski competition of the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Roza Khutor mountain district of Sochi, Russia.  Russia’s status as an Olympic team and reputation as a serial cheater in international sports goes on trial on Monday Nov. 2, 2020, as the Court of Arbitration for Sport will start hearings about a manipulated database from the Moscow testing laboratory.  (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)

Russia's reputation, Olympic status on trial for doping

Oct. 30, 2020 4:14 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Russia’s status as an Olympic team, and its reputation as a serial cheater in international sports, goes on trial next week in more legal fallout from the country's state-backed doping saga. At an undisclosed location in Lausanne on Monday, the Court of Arbitration for Sport will start...

FILE -  This Dec. 30, 2019 image from security camera video shows Michael L. Taylor, center, and George-Antoine Zayek at passport control at Istanbul Airport in Turkey. The U.S. State Department has agreed to turn over to Japan Taylor and his son Peter Taylor, who are accused of smuggling former Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn out of the country while he was awaiting trial, the men's lawyers said in legal filing on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. (DHA via AP)

US calls bid to stop extradition of 2 to Japan 'meritless'

Oct. 30, 2020 12:59 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Department of Justice lawyers urged a judge Friday to deny a bid to block the extradition of two American men wanted in Japan for helping former Nissan Motor Co. boss Carlos Ghosn sneak out of the country in a box. Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Hassink described Michael Taylor and...

A fan tries to show a mobile phone app called Cocoa created by the Japanese health ministry to help curb the coronavirus as she enters a baseball stadium before a Japanese professional baseball league game in Yokohama, south of Tokyo on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae)

Asia Today: Japan crosses 100,000 cases, 9 months after 1st

Oct. 30, 2020 10:13 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s coronavirus cases have topped 100,000, nine months after the first case was found in mid-January, the health ministry said Friday. The country confirmed 808 new cases on Thursday, bringing the cumulative COVID-19 cases to 100,334, including 712 people who were on a cruise ship...

Members of Japanese civil groups attend a rally near Mitsubishi Heavy Industries headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. Dozens of people protested outside Mitsubishi Heavy Industries headquarters building in Tokyo on Friday, demanding Japanese companies pay compensation for their wartime abuse of Korean laborers by accepting the South Korean supreme court ruling two years ago that severely strained relations between the two neighbors. The banners read

Protest outside Japan's Mitsubishi over wartime forced labor

Oct. 30, 2020 9:05 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — About a dozen people protested outside the headquarters of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Tokyo on Friday, demanding Japanese companies pay compensation for their wartime abuse of Korean laborers. The protesters called on the companies to accept South Korean Supreme Court rulings that severely...

FILE - In this July 21, 2019 file picture, Italy's Gabriele Detti holds his bronze medal after the men's 400m freestyle final at the World Swimming Championships in Gwangju, South Korea. A large portion of the Italian swimming team, 13 elite athletes, including Detti, has been locked in their tiny hotel rooms at a high-altitude training camp in the Alps for nearly two weeks with the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, file)

AP Interview: Italian swimmers locked up in Alpine resort

Oct. 30, 2020 9:03 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — The high-altitude training camp in the Alps was supposed to represent ideal preparation for the Tokyo Olympics. Instead, a large portion of the Italian swimming team — 13 elite athletes — has been locked in their tiny hotel rooms for nearly two weeks with the coronavirus. Meals...

This photo shows a device to detect carbon dioxide installed in the seats of a baseball stadium, home for the Yokohama DeNA BayStars, in Yokohama, south of Tokyo on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. The device was introduced during a media tour Friday. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae)

Japan uses high-tech experiments to fill baseball stadium

Oct. 30, 2020 9:03 AM EDT

YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Officials in Japan are using some high-tech devices to see if they can fill sports stadiums closer to capacity during the COVID-19 pandemic. The baseball stadium in Yokohama will be used this weekend in an experiment to test if its 32,000 seats can be filled safely. Japanese...

FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2000, file photo, a Japan Air Self-Defense Forces F-2 jet fighter is seen in Toyoyamacho, Aichi Prefecture (state), central Japan. Japan has picked Mitsubishi Heavy Industries as a main contractor to develop the country's own next generation stealth fighter for launch in the 2030s, the defense minister said Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. The next generation stealth jet will replace F-2s that Japan co-developed with the U.S. They are due to be retired around 2035.(Kyodo News via AP, File)

Japan picks Mitsubishi Heavy to develop own stealth fighter

Oct. 30, 2020 4:46 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan has picked Mitsubishi Heavy Industries as a main contractor to develop the country's own next generation stealth fighter for launch in the 2030s, the defense minister said Friday. Separately, Mitsubishi announced that it was suspending its civilian aircraft project given uncertainties...

FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2020, file photo, tickets for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics are on display, in Tokyo. Fans living in Japan who bought tickets for the postponed Tokyo Olympics have been guaranteed refunds by the local organizing committee. Applications begin next month. This means that fans who already know they cannot use their tickets next year can get their money back. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Tokyo Olympics to give refunds to ticket buyers in Japan

Oct. 30, 2020 4:23 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Fans living in Japan who bought tickets for the postponed Tokyo Olympics have been guaranteed refunds, the local organizing committee said Friday. This does not apply to fans who have purchased tickets outside Japan through so-called Authorized Ticket Resellers appointed by national Olympic...