Latest Labor Day News

NJ man who brought explosives to bar avoids jail time

Oct. 21, 2020 5:18 PM EDT

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J. (AP) — A man accused of bringing explosives to a Jersey Shore bar, resulting in a Labor Day parade cancellation, will not see jail time after pleading guilty, officials say. Thomas Kaiser of South Plainfield, New Jersey, was sentenced to one year of probation Tuesday after pleading...

FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2019, file photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, the dive boat Conception is engulfed in flames after a deadly fire broke out aboard the commercial scuba diving vessel off the Southern California Coast. Federal authorities are expected to vote Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020 on what likely sparked a fire aboard a scuba dive boat last year that killed 34 people off the coast of Southern California. The pre-dawn blaze aboard the Conception is one of California's deadliest maritime disasters, prompting both criminal and safety investigations into the Sept. 2, 2019 tragedy that claimed the lives of 33 passengers and one crew member on a Labor Day weekend expedition near an island off Santa Barbara. (Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP, File)

California boat owners faulted for fire that killed 34

Oct. 20, 2020 8:18 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — One of the deadliest accidents in recent U.S. maritime history was the fault of owners of a Southern California dive boat whose lack of oversight resulted in a fire that swept through the vessel and killed 34 people in their bunks below deck, federal safety officials ruled Tuesday. The...

All-terrain wheelchairs added at Indiana Dunes State Park

Oct. 11, 2020 9:49 AM EDT

CHESTERTON, Ind. (AP) — Three new all-terrain wheelchairs have been added for guest use at Indiana Dunes State Park. The park in Northwest Indiana says the chairs were purchased by the Friends of Indiana Dunes. Two of the chairs are designed for use on trails, and one chair is designed for use on the Lake...

Sheriff: Busiest year ever for volunteer search, rescue team

Oct. 7, 2020 4:12 PM EDT

GRANITE FALLS, Wash. (AP) — Snohomish County search and rescue crews came to the aid of two hikers over the weekend in what the county sheriff's office says has been the busiest year ever recorded for the volunteer search and rescue team. The Daily Herald reports by the end of Labor Day weekend the search...

New Mexico reports 159 new coronavirus cases and no deaths

Sep. 27, 2020 6:06 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Health officials in New Mexico on Sunday reported 159 new confirmed coronavirus cases with no additional deaths. The latest numbers increased the statewide totals to 28,844 cases and 870 known deaths since the pandemic began. Of the 159 new cases, New Mexico Department of Health...

A limited number of fans in the student section, seated according to COVID-19 restrictions requiring social distancing and masks, watch in the first half an NCAA college football game between LSU and Mississippi State in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. Mississippi State won 44-34. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

The Latest: Cal State Long Beach campus announces quarantine

Sep. 26, 2020 9:36 PM EDT

LONG BEACH, Calif. — All California State University, Long Beach, students who live on campus have been placed in quarantine after five students tested positive for COVID-19 and all in-person instruction will be halted for two weeks. University President Jane Close Conoley said in a statement that the...

FILE - In this July 22, 2020, file photo, Tyson Salomon, left, gets a pedicure outside Pampered Hands nail salon in Los Angeles. A steady drop in coronavirus cases across California cleared the way Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, for the wider reopening of businesses in nine counties, including much of the San Francisco Bay Area, the state's top health official said. Dr. Mark Ghaly, the state health secretary, said nail salons could also reopen with restrictions, though he cautioned that California's reopening must remain

The Latest: Concerns over coronavirus upticks in California

Sep. 25, 2020 9:38 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California has begun to see concerning upticks in coronavirus data after a period of decline. The state health secretary said Friday that there have been increases in the number of newly confirmed cases, hospital emergency department visits for COVID-19 and new hospitalizations for...

Officials report Oregon's largest daily COVID-19 case count

Sep. 25, 2020 8:23 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Health Authority reported 457 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Friday, the state's largest daily total since the the start of the pandemic. Officials attributed the rise in cases to Labor Day gatherings, the return of college students to campus and the interruption of testing...

Court cuts police excessive force verdict 75%, to $50,000

Sep. 25, 2020 3:41 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday reduced a $200,000 verdict to no more than $50,000 in an excessive force case against a Detroit-area police officer. The court said the awarding of punitive damages was puzzling: The same jury gave just $1 to Nikos Kidis in compensatory damages for his...

Nevada COVID-19 positivity rises after month-long decline

Sep. 24, 2020 6:18 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Likely spurred by increased exposures to the coronavirus at social gatherings during the Labor Day weekend, Nevada’s statewide daily positivity rate for COVID-19 is on an upward trend after a steady decline over the past month, health officials say. A recent surge in Washoe County...