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A pedestrian pass the New York Stock Exchange, Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, in New York.  Stocks around the world are falling sharply Wednesday, Oct. 28,  on worries the worsening pandemic will push governments to bring back restrictions on businesses.    (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

S&P 500 sinks 3.5% as surging virus cases lead to shutdowns

Oct. 28, 2020 4:48 PM EDT

The Dow Jones Industrial Average sank 943 points Wednesday as surging coronavirus cases forced more shutdown measures in Europe and raised fears of more restrictions in the U.S. The S&P 500 slid 3.5%, its third straight loss and its biggest drop since June. The benchmark index is already down 5.6% this week,...

FILE - In this Sunday, March 29, 2020, file photo, a sign welcomes motorists to New York, on the border with Connecticut, near Rye Brook, N.Y. Governors in New York's tri-state region were left scrambling in late October 2020 when virus infection rates in Connecticut and New Jersey climbed high enough to qualify for their own 14-day quarantine requirements. It highlighted a worrying trend in a region that used the list to set itself apart from large swaths of the country and raised questions about whether it was worth keeping. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Rising infections complicate rules for New York-area travel

Oct. 28, 2020 4:47 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Rich Collins is trapped in the maze of coronavirus-related travel restrictions in the Northeast. The Rhode Island firefighter has custody of his 5-year-old daughter every other weekend in an agreement with his ex-wife, but he can't bring her to his home because she lives in upstate...

Lawsuit planned over hunting, fishing at US wildlife refuges

Oct. 28, 2020 4:47 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Trump administration is violating the Endangered Species Act by expanding hunting and fishing by 3,600 square miles (9,300 square kilometers) on the national wildlife refuge system and national fish hatchery system, an environmental group says. The Center for Biological Diversity on...

Council to decide on further cuts to Portland police budget

Oct. 28, 2020 4:44 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Four months after the Portland City Council approved reallocating $15 million from the Police Bureau budget to other city programs and initiatives, the council could OK diverting additional millions from the law enforcement agency. Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty and Commissioner Chloe...

A woman holds a poster reading:'The culture dies' as she attends a protest of people working in the entertainment and event industry against the German government's economic policies to combat the spread of the coronavirus and COVID-19 disease and demand more support for their business, in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. (Photo/Markus Schreiber)

France, Germany impose new lockdowns to curb virus spread

Oct. 28, 2020 4:44 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — France announced a full nationwide lockdown for the second time this year and German officials imposed a partial four-week lockdown Wednesday, as governments across Europe sought to stop a fast-rising tide of coronavirus cases. The World Health Organization says the European region —...

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko attends a meeting in Minsk, Belarus, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. (Nikolai Petrov/BelTA Pool Photo via AP)

Belarus minister says police could use guns during protests

Oct. 28, 2020 4:44 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The interior minister of Belarus warned that authorities wouldn't hesitate to approve the use of live ammunition on protesters if it's necessary to quash more than 2 1/2 months of demonstrations against the reelection of the country's authoritarian president. In a YouTube interview...

Ohio announces record $5 billion returned to employers

Oct. 28, 2020 4:42 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio employers will receive a record $5 billion in repayments from the state insurance fund for injured workers to help with the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Mike DeWine and the fund's administrator announced Wednesday. The return of the dividends marks the third...

FILE - In this May 19, 2016, file photo, Illinois Sen. Bill Brady, R-Bloomington, speaks at a meeting in Springfield, Ill. Illinois Senate Republicans urged Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, to release the specific data the Democrat is using to impose restrictions on indoor dining and bar service in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus.  Brady called for a public hearing at which Pritzker would lay out the numbers he says show that the autumn surge in COVID-19 is fueled by close contact among restaurant and bar patrons. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

GOP leaders ask Pritzker to justify his bar, restaurant plan

Oct. 28, 2020 4:37 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Senate Republicans urged Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Wednesday to release the specific data he is using to impose restrictions on indoor dining and bar service in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Senate Minority Leader Bill Brady called for a public...

Montana judge grants petition to change offensive lake name

Oct. 28, 2020 4:36 PM EDT

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A Montana judge has granted a petition to rename a small lake near Whitefish because its name includes an offensive term referring to a Black person. District Judge Dan Wilson approved the petition Tuesday to change the name of “Lost Coon Lake” to “Lost Loon...

FILE - In this June 24, 2020 file photo, Rep. Angie Craig, D-Minn., speaks during news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. A third-party congressional candidate told a close friend before he died that he had been recruited by Republicans to draw votes away from the Democratic incumbent, according to a published report Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. The Star Tribune obtained a voicemail that Adam Weeks of the Legal Marijuana Now Party left for his friend, Joey Hudson, four weeks before Weeks died last month. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Even in death, pot candidate upends Minnesota US House race

Oct. 28, 2020 4:35 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Adam Weeks was never going to win Minnesota’s 2nd District seat in Congress, but the deceased Legal Marijuana Now Party candidate has had an outsized effect on the race. His death in September from an apparent accidental fentanyl overdose set off a legal battle over whether the...