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Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a press conference in 10 Downing Street, London, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020 where he announced new restrictions to help combat a coronavirus surge. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali, Pool)

The Latest: Britain imposes monthlong lockdown to curb virus

Oct. 31, 2020 3:34 PM EDT

LONDON — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced England will start a monthlong lockdown next week. Johnson says the new measures will begin Thursday and last until Dec. 2. Non-essential shops must close and people can only leave home for a short list of reasons. Unlike the U.K.’s first...

Phoenix police: 3 teens shot, wounded at party at warehouse

Oct. 31, 2020 3:15 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix police were trying to piece together the circumstances of an early morning incident in which three teens showed up at hospitals after being shot during a fight at a party at a vacant warehouse. Police were called by two different hospitals Saturday regarding a 17-year-old girl, a...

Hawaii inmate dies at Arizona prison with COVID-19 outbreak

Oct. 31, 2020 2:44 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii inmate has died at a privately owned prison in Arizona that has experienced an outbreak of the coronavirus, Hawaii officials said. A 61-year-old man was found unresponsive in his bed at the Saguaro Correctional Center on Thursday morning and was pronounced dead shortly afterward,...

An Arizona Western College EMT Academy student hands a pair of straws to a participant in the drive-through COVID-19 saliva test on the main campus at Arizona Western College, in Yuma, Ariz., Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. The straws are part of the testing kit. The testing, organized by the Yuma County Public Health Services District, lasted from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and saw 671 tests administered, according to Yuma County spokesperson Kevin Tunnell. The purpose of the testing, according to Yuma County, was to capitalize on the recent development of a saliva test for COVID-19 by Arizona State University's Biodesign Institute. The new test helps health officials achieve the goals of providing testing for all citizens that is simple and easy to use and is non-invasive, and to get a snapshot of the current infection rate in Yuma County. Health officials are asking everyone to get tested regardless of how they feel physically. (Randy Hoeft/The Yuma Sun via AP)

Arizona sees biggest rise in virus cases, deaths in months

Oct. 31, 2020 1:44 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's coronavirus outbreak worsened Saturday as the state reported about 1,900 new cases and 45 deaths, the biggest spikes in months. The rise in the number of confirmed infections was the largest single-day increase since Aug. 1, following increases that have been growing over the past...

Botanists gather Siler Pincushion cacti near the White Dome Nature Preserve Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in St. George, Utah. The species moved from endangered to threatened in 1993, however, the numbers are slow to increase as development moves in on their habitat. (Chris Caldwell/The Spectrum via AP)

Utah scientists get dirty to save threatened cactus

Oct. 31, 2020 12:23 PM EDT

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — Blake Wellard holds a middle-aged cactus in his hand, its long tendrilous roots dangling a foot and a half below the clod of desert dirt in which they are, purposefully, still enmeshed. The freelance botanist, as Wellard calls himself, knows that having these delicate and desiccated...

FILE - This May 4, 2009 file photo shows Judge Robert Brutinel, a Yavapai County Superior Court judge, who was later appointed to the Arizona Supreme Court, in Phoenix. Current and former chief justices of the Arizona Supreme Court say the additional of two more justices didn't make it more efficient, one of the stated expectations stated by Gov. Doug Ducey when he signed the expansion legislation into law. In fact, the increase to seven justices from five made the state high court less efficient because it now means two more justices and their law clerks review draft opinions before they're issued, current Brutinel said. (Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier via AP, File)

2016 Arizona court expansion not seen as efficiency boost

Oct. 31, 2020 11:06 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Current and former chief justices of the Arizona Supreme Court say the addition of two more justices didn't make it more efficient, which was one of the expectations stated by Gov. Doug Ducey in 2016 when he signed the expansion legislation. In fact, the increase to seven justices from five...

President Donald Trump greets an overflow crowd before speaking at a campaign rally at Rochester International Airport, Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, in Rochester, Minn. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Road to 270: Biden has options, Trump walks narrow path

Oct. 31, 2020 7:50 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden each has a path to the 270 Electoral College votes needed to win the White House. Biden's is appreciably wider. The former vice president is competitive in all the battleground states Trump carried in 2016 and has put a handful...

Vice President Mike Pence waves after speaking at a campaign rally, Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, in Flagstaff, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Vice president tries to woo voters in liberal Arizona cities

Oct. 30, 2020 11:40 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence touched on the economy, tax cuts, abortion, religion and military service Friday in a wide-ranging appeal to voters in two Arizona counties that President Donald Trump lost in 2016. Pence's visits to the liberal cities of Flagstaff and Tucson came as both...

Air Force to conduct exercise in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas

Oct. 30, 2020 10:58 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The U.S. Air Force says residents of parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Texas can expect to see and hear additional military flight activity in the coming week, including some at night. Officials said the 355th Wing will conduct an exercise that will include airplane and helicopter...

Arizona reports increase of 1,565 confirmed COVID cases

Oct. 30, 2020 10:34 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's coronavirus outbreak heated up Friday as the state reported over 1,500 additional known COVID-19 cases and daily averages for cases and deaths continued to rise. The state Department of Health Services reported 1,565 additional known cases and 16 more deaths, increasing the state's...