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A health officer collecting swab samples from rail commuters to test for COVID-19 drinks water during a break at a railway station in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

The Latest: Sri Lanka orders more curfews over virus cluster

Oct. 21, 2020 11:49 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Authorities in Sri Lanka have closed the country’s main fish market and widened the curfew in many parts of the island nation following a surge of coronavirus infections related to a new cluster centered on a garment factory. The government imposed a curfew Thursday in parts of...

Wisconsin man sentenced to 27 years for sex trafficking

Oct. 21, 2020 6:27 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Wisconsin man accused of forcing women into working as prostitutes was sentenced Wednesday to 27 years in prison. Christopher Childs, 48, of Hartford, pleaded guilty in October 2019 to one count of sex trafficking by force, fraud and coercion. Authorities said the women worked out of...

2 charged with tearing down Wisconsin Capitol statutes

Oct. 21, 2020 5:49 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Prosecutors charged two more men Wednesday with damaging property for allegedly helping topple two statutes on the Wisconsin Capitol grounds during a June protest against police brutality and racism. The Wisconsin State Journal reported that 21-year-old Sasha Clemente and 27-year-old...

Wisconsin records record-high virus deaths with 48

Oct. 21, 2020 4:47 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin recorded its highest one-day total of new COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday and the first patient was admitted to a field hospital near Milwaukee that opened last week to help hospitals coping with the influx of patients. The surge that began in early September showed no signs of...

FILE - In this Oct. 12, 2019, file photo, Wisconsin running back Nakia Watson (14) carries during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Madison, Wis. Wisconsin’s rushing attack will look quite a bit different this season without Jonathan Taylor in the backfield. Wisconsin begins adjusting to life without Taylor on Friday night, Oct. 23, 2020, when the 14th-ranked Badgers host Illinois in their pandemic-delayed season opener.(AP Photo/Andy Manis, File)

No. 14 Wisconsin's rushing attack adapts to post-Taylor era

Oct. 21, 2020 4:12 PM EDT

Wisconsin’s rushing attack will look quite a bit different this season without Jonathan Taylor in the backfield. The Badgers hope it won’t necessarily be that much less potent. Wisconsin begins adjusting to life without Taylor on Friday night when the 14th-ranked Badgers host Illinois in their...

FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2020 file photo, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. A

'Panicked' Sen. Ron Johnson touts Trump to Wisconsin leaders

Oct. 21, 2020 3:17 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A “panicked” Sen. Ron Johnson urged members of the state chamber of commerce in battleground Wisconsin on Wednesday to vote for President Donald Trump, saying he has been praying for a victory and “the other side is not in love with this country.” Johnson, a...

Editorial Roundup: US

Oct. 21, 2020 2:11 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ Oct. 21 Los Angeles Times on the U.S. Department of Justice's antitrust lawsuit against Google: The internet has been a powerful source of innovation and opportunity in the half-century since the first electronic message was sent between...

FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2019, file photo, Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields (1) runs with the ball against Wisconsin during the first half of the Big Ten championship NCAA college football game, in Indianapolis. The ACC, Big 12 and SEC have been playing anywhere from three to five weeks amid the pandemic, and all the players and coaches around the Big Ten could do is watch.
“Most of it's been torture, just not being able to play games,” Ohio State coach Ryan Day said. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

College Football Picks: Big Ten returns to Big Ten weather

Oct. 21, 2020 1:51 PM EDT

Just as Big Ten weather hits the Midwest comes the start of the Big Ten football season. The conference that called off fall football in August only to reverse course a month later kicks off a nine-week season with no breaks and five teams already in the AP Top 25. No. 14 Wisconsin and Illinois get things rolling...

FILE - In this Aug. 31, 2018, file photo, Wisconsin running back Garrett Groshek (37) heads to the end zone with a 42-yard touchdown against Western Kentucky during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Madison, Wis. Groshek ran for 194 yards on 42 carries and caught 29 passes for 289 yards last season. (AP Photo/Andy Manis, File)

Illinois seeks to stun No. 14 Badgers for 2nd straight year

Oct. 21, 2020 1:00 PM EDT

Illinois at No. 14 Wisconsin, Friday at 8 p.m. ET (Big Ten Network). Line: Wisconsin by 19 1/2. Series record: Wisconsin 42-37-7 WHAT’S AT STAKE? Wisconsin seeks to avenge a 24-23 loss at Illinois from last year in one of the season’s biggest upsets. The Badgers were favored in that game by 30...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at Michigan State Fairgrounds in Novi, Mich., Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Biden's lessons learned: spending time, money in Midwest

Oct. 21, 2020 11:36 AM EDT

Joe Biden has visited Wisconsin just twice as the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee. That's still two more times than Hillary Clinton did in 2016. Even in a national political environment fundamentally altered by the coronavirus pandemic, the former vice president has paid far more attention to swing-voting...