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A devotee applies vermilion on the face of another during Durga Puja festival in Mumbai, India, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. The Hindu festival season is traditionally laced with an unmatched fanfare and extravaganza, with socializing being the hallmark of the celebration. But because of the coronavirus pandemic this year's festivities have started on a pale note. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

The Latest: India's daily infections at lowest in 3 months

Oct. 27, 2020 12:29 AM EDT

NEW DELHI — Authorities in India are reporting 36,470 newly confirmed coronavirus infections — that’s the lowest one-day tally in more than three months in a continuing downward trend. In its report Tuesday, the Health Ministry also listed 488 new fatalities from COVID-19 in the previous 24...

The American flag flies outside of the Justice Department building, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Justice Dept.: 127 suspected MS-13 members charged this year

Oct. 21, 2020 7:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors have charged 127 suspected members of the violent MS-13 street gang this year, and six face sentences of life in prison after being convicted in 2020, the Justice Department said Wednesday. The statistics — detailed in a report being released by the Justice...

Toby Gregory's yard that is adorned with 1,006 white crosses to represent Oklahoma deaths due to COVID-19, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, in Tulsa, Okla. Gregory was able to keep up with the state death toll until last week, and then it became too many. He says he doesn't have the room or supplies to keep up with the current death toll, but will do about 50 more crosses. (Mike Simons/Tulsa World via AP)

The Latest: Ireland sets new virus restrictions for 6 weeks

Oct. 19, 2020 8:12 PM EDT

LONDON — Ireland’s government is putting the country at its highest level of coronavirus restrictions for six weeks in a bid to combat a rise in infections. Premier Micheal Martin said Monday the measures take effect at midnight Wednesday and run until Dec. 1. People are being asked to stay at home,...

Bernie Arnould, center, gets help from Kaden Ashley and D.J. Hebert, left, all with Pelican Companies, as they board up the windows to the front of MC Bank in Amelia, La., Wednesday, Oct., 7, 2020, in In preparation for Hurricane Delta.  (Chris Granger/The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate via AP)

The Latest: Major Hurricane Delta intensifies over the Gulf

Oct. 8, 2020 10:56 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Delta (all times CDT): 10 p.m. MIAMI — Hurricane Delta has gotten stronger as it marches toward the U.S. Gulf Coast, now packing top sustained winds of 120 mph (195 kph). The devastating Category 3 storm is expected to make a likely landfall late Friday...

This Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020 satellite image made available by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows Hurricane Delta in the Gulf of Mexico at 10:41 a.m. EDT. Delta made landfall Wednesday just south of the Mexican resort of Cancun as an extremely dangerous Category 2 storm. (NOAA via AP)

The Latest: Hurricane warning for stretch of US Gulf Coast

Oct. 7, 2020 11:40 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Delta (all times CDT): 10 p.m. A hurricane warning has been issued for a stretch of the northern U.S. Gulf Coast as Hurricane Delta has begun trekking on a forecast path toward Louisiana. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said late Wednesday that Delta...

Mike Espy readies to speak with reporters in Jackson, Miss., after winning the Democratic nomination for a U.S. Senate seat in Mississippi, Tuesday, March 10, 2020. After his victory Tuesday, he will face Republican incumbent U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith and Libertarian candidate Jimmy Edwards in November. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Biden endorses Democrat Espy in Mississippi US Senate race

Sep. 30, 2020 1:59 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss (AP) — Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is endorsing Mike Espy in Mississippi's U.S. Senate race as the former agriculture secretary again tries to unseat Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, a Republican loyal to President Donald Trump. Hyde-Smith was appointed to the Senate in the spring of 2018...

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Mississippi: 'Fake' letter claims mask mandate abolished

Sep. 28, 2020 3:22 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A letter circulating on social media claiming to be from the office of Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves and abolishing the statewide mask mandate is fake, Mississippi Emergency Management Agency officials said Sunday. “The letter is a FAKE,” the agency wrote on its Facebook...

Mississippi Secretary of State Michael Watson, speaks to members of the Senate and House Elections Committees during a joint hearing at the Mississippi State Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Wednesday, June 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi justices: No broad absentee voting amid COVID-19

Sep. 18, 2020 6:27 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi law does not allow absentee voting by all people who have health conditions that might make them vulnerable to COVID-19, the state Supreme Court ruled Friday. A majority of justices reversed a Sept. 2 decision by Hinds County Chancery Judge Denise Owens, saying she too...

A barge runs aground along downtown Pensacola, Fla., on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, as Hurricane Sally moves inland. Hurricane Sally lumbered ashore near the Florida-Alabama line Wednesday with 105 mph (165 kph) winds and rain measured in feet, swamping homes and trapping people in high water as it pushed inland for what could be a slow and disastrous drenching across the Deep South. (Tony Giberson//Pensacola News Journal via AP)

The Latest: Sally weakens to depression; still dumping rain

Sep. 16, 2020 10:48 PM EDT

Here are the latest developments on tropical weather: MIAMI — Sally has weakened to a depression but is still dumping torrential rains over eastern Alabama and western Georgia. The National Hurricane Center said winds of the once-powerful hurricane have decreased to about 35 mph, with some higher gusts....

FILE - In this July 19, 2020, file photo, Kanye West makes his first presidential campaign appearance, in North Charleston, S.C. West has sued the West Virginia Secretary of State's Office after being told his bid to get on the ballot for president came up short on qualified signatures. (Lauren Petracca Ipetracca/The Post And Courier via AP, File)

Kanye West makes presidential ballot in Mississippi

Sep. 8, 2020 2:30 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Kanye West will appear as a presidential candidate on Mississippi's ballot in November, after being approved as a qualified candidate by the State Board of Election Commissioners on Tuesday. The rapper has already qualified to appear on the ballot as an independent candidate in...