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The Latest: Virus KOs Boise St-San Jose St football game

Nov. 28, 2020 12:50 PM EST

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The Mountain West Conference canceled Saturday’s game between Boise State and San Jose State because of an “upward trend of COVID-19 cases and contact tracing” in the Broncos program. The cancellation came a...

FILE - In this Nov. 18, 2020, file photo, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey puts his face mask on after addressing the media on COVID-19 during a news conference in Phoenix. Ducey has funneled nearly $400 million of federal coronavirus relief funds to state agencies to help pay for operations, allowing them to return some of their original budget allocations to the state treasury. (Michael Chow/The Arizona Republic via AP, File)

Arizona reports 4,136 more COVID cases, 36 additional deaths

Nov. 28, 2020 12:37 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The state on Saturday reported 4,136 additional known COVID-19 cases and 36 more deaths, increasing the state’s totals to 322,774 cases and 6,624 deaths. COVID-19-related hospitalizations also increased, reaching 2,383 as of Friday, including 553 patients in beds in intensive-care...

North Carolina State linebacker C.J. Hart Jr. (5) sacks Florida State quarterback Chubba Purdy (12) during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, in Raleigh, N.C. (Ethan Hyman/The News & Observer via AP, Pool)

Florida State hit with 2nd straight game-day postponement

Nov. 28, 2020 12:18 PM EST

Florida State’s has had a home football game postponed on the day it was to be played for the second straight week. The Atlantic Coast Conference announced Saturday the Seminoles' game against Virginia would not be played because of COVID-19 issues within Florida State’s program. The game was to...

A man walks past a poster in the window of a clothing shop in Manchester, England, Saturday Nov. 28, 2020. A four-week national lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus is still restricting civil liberties and will put more pressure on shops to attract customers back to shopping streets when restrictions are relaxed in the run-up to Christmas.  (Danny Lawson/PA via AP)

The Latest: Infections level off in Italy; restrictions stay

Nov. 28, 2020 12:15 PM EST

ROME — Italy’s coronavirus infections have leveled off after nearly a month of new restrictions, with another 26,323 new positive cases and stabilizing numbers in hospital intensive care units. But public health officials warned Saturday that the second wave of the outbreak is hardly under control,...

Antibodies from donated blood key to COVID-19 fight

Nov. 28, 2020 11:32 AM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — People who have suffered through COVID-19 have a valuable weapon for those fighting the coronavirus now: antibodies. The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports that the Central Illinois Community Blood Center is collecting plasma from the blood of recovered COVID-19 patients....

FILE - In this July 22, 2016 file photo, Norman Seabrook, the former head of New York City's jail guard union, talks to reporters outside federal court after pleading not guilty in his bribery case. Seabrook wants to serve his nearly five-year prison term at home because of the coronavirus pandemic. His lawyers said in a court filing that he is at

NYC jail union boss asks to serve time at home amid pandemic

Nov. 28, 2020 11:27 AM EST

A convicted former union boss for New York City corrections officers wants to serve his nearly five-year prison term at home because of the coronavirus pandemic. Lawyers for Norman Seabrook said in a court filing last week that he is at “acute risk” of becoming infected because he has pulmonary...

Alex Baer skis down a run after hiking up Beaver Mountain, Sunday Nov. 22, 2020, near Logan, Utah. Northern Utah ski resorts are preparing for a ski season in the age of the coronavirus pandemic. Beaver Mountain is reducing the number of people allowed in lodges and encouraging people to change in their cars instead. (Eli Lucero/The Herald Journal via AP)

Resorts, avalanche forecasters brace for pandemic ski season

Nov. 28, 2020 11:23 AM EST

LOGAN, Utah (AP) — Whether you’re new to the world of winter sports or you’re a backcountry veteran praying for snow, it’s important to know the safety recommendations for the coming season, for the times they are a-changin’. Travis Seeholzer, the operations manager at Beaver...

COVID outbreak reported on Oregon mink farm

Nov. 28, 2020 11:23 AM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon mink farm has reported an outbreak of COVID-19 among animals and staff. The Statesman Journal reports the farm has been placed under quarantine, meaning no animals or animal products can leave the farm. The state has not said where the farm is located, how many animals the farm...

COVID: Fears grow over Inland Northwest hospital capacity

Nov. 28, 2020 11:22 AM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Health officials in rural communities in Washington state are worried that Thanksgiving gatherings could take the COVID-19 pandemic from bad to worse and, in some places, overwhelm already strained health systems. The Spokesman-Review reports the small towns surrounding Spokane County...

Rapid City to consider mask mandate at special meeting

Nov. 28, 2020 11:12 AM EST

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — The Rapid City Council will consider a mask mandate for the city at a special session meeting on Monday. The Rapid City Journal reports the council will consider choosing between two ordinances and a resolution requiring face coverings. One ordinance specifies masks to be required...