Latest 2019-2020 Coronavirus pandemic News

CCRI laying off 45 staff in effort to cut costs

Sep. 23, 2020 9:27 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Community College of Rhode Island is laying off 45 full-time, non-faculty staff and is looking at other cost-cutting measures in response to economic challenges brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. President Meghan Hughes also asked the Council on Postsecondary Education to...

Kara Stewart of Martin, Ky., stands outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, before a private ceremony and public viewing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Ginsburg, 87, died of cancer on Sept. 18. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Thousands expected to honor Ginsburg at Supreme Court

Sep. 23, 2020 9:17 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of people are expected to pay their respects at the Supreme Court to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the women's rights champion, leader of the court's liberal bloc and feminist icon who died last week. Even with the court closed to the public because of the coronavirus...

Sniffer dogs named K'ssi, left and Miina react with trainer Susanna Paavilainen at the Helsinki airport in Vantaa, Finland, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. Four corona sniffer dogs are trained to detect the Covid-19 virus from the arriving passengers samples at the airport.  (Antti Aimo-Koivisto/Lehtikuva via AP)

Finland deploys coronavirus-sniffing dogs at main airport

Sep. 23, 2020 9:16 AM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Finland has deployed coronavirus-sniffing dogs at the Nordic country’s main international airport in a four-month trial of an alternative testing method that could become a cost-friendly and quick way to identify infected travelers. Four dogs of different breeds trained by...

Reports note issues at veterans home with fatal virus cases

Sep. 23, 2020 9:13 AM EDT

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Reports on the activities at a Hawaii nursing home with a fatal coronavirus outbreak found various problems, including what one investigation called a culture of complacency among staff. The COVID-19 outbreak at the Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home in Hilo has claimed the lives of 25...

Oregon Lottery games offline for Portland, coast after fires

Sep. 23, 2020 9:11 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Lottery games in Portland and on the coast went dark after damage caused by wildfires. Matt Shelby, an Oregon Lottery spokesperson, said 95 retailers in the Portland area and 25 on the northern Oregon coast lost connection to lottery games when fires damaged the Century Link...

FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2020, file photo, Elton John performs

Elton John announces new North American dates for final tour

Sep. 23, 2020 9:10 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — After postponing several shows because of the coronavirus pandemic, Elton John is saying hello to the yellow brick road of touring. The pop icon announced Wednesday that his “Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour” will return to North America on Jan. 19, 2022, in New Orleans. John...

Overdoses and alcohol-related deaths rising during pandemic

Sep. 23, 2020 9:09 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — State officials in Maryland say fatal drug overdoses and alcohol-related deaths are rising. The Baltimore Sun reported that new data released on Tuesday revealed that such deaths increased by 9.1% from January to June of this year compared to those months last year. Opioids were...

FILE - In this Friday, April 29, 2016 file photo, boxing gloves lie on a boxing ring as boxers work out at El Rayo boxing gym in Madrid, Spain. Journeymen fighters like Jamie Quinn regularly rack up losses in British boxing. They’re hired to fight up-and-comers who are unbeaten or looking to bolster their resumes. Wins are few and far between. The 30-year-old Quinn has a record of seven wins, 104 losses and two draws. He has fought and lost twice since boxing events returned from the pandemic stoppage. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, File)

In Britain, 100-loss journeymen boxers punch the clock

Sep. 23, 2020 9:03 AM EDT

On just a day's notice, journeyman boxer Jamie Quinn caught a train to London for a four-round bout. On the way, he learned that they switched opponents and made it a six-rounder. The news might unnerve some fighters, but Quinn has shown he is ready for just about anything during a career with more than 100...

FILE - In this June 5, 2016, file photo, Serbia's Novak Djokovic kisses the trophy after winning the final of the French Open tennis tournament against Britain's Andy Murray in four sets 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4, at Roland Garros stadium in Paris. Djokovic traveled to the United States, won the Western & Southern Open and experienced a tumultuous exit from the 2020 U.S. Open via disqualification, then flew back halfway around the world and won the Italian Open, which he probably considers perfect preparation for the year’s last Grand Slam tournament, the French Open. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)

FRENCH OPEN 2020: Managing quick continent, surface switch

Sep. 23, 2020 9:03 AM EDT

Serena Williams bypassed any clay-court tuneup tournaments ahead of the French Open, so her first match at Roland Garros will be her first competition since the U.S. Open. Naomi Osaka won the U.S. Open and is sitting out the French Open, which starts its 15 days of main-draw action Sunday after being postponed in...

A steward wears a face mask during the English Premier League soccer match between Leeds United and Fulham at Elland Road Stadium, in Leeds, England, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. (Oli Scarff/Pool via AP)

The Latest: Judo federation cancels event in Japan

Sep. 23, 2020 9:03 AM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The International Judo Federation has canceled an event in Japan because of the coronavirus pandemic. The IJF had announced a return to international competition after a months-long pause with Grand Slam events in Budapest,...