Latest Holidays News

Californians urged to avoid Thanksgiving gatherings

Nov. 25, 2020 6:04 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — With California desperately battling an out-of-control coronavirus surge, the state's health secretary is urging families to avoid gathering for Thanksgiving and Los Angeles County appeared on the brink of issuing a stay-home order to prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed....

President-elect Joe Biden speaks at The Queen theater Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Biden seeks unity as Trump stokes fading embers of campaign

Nov. 25, 2020 5:57 PM EST

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — On a day of grace and grievance, President-elect Joe Biden summoned Americans on Wednesday to join in common purpose against the coronavirus pandemic and their political divisions while the man he will replace stoked the fading embers of his campaign to “turn the election...

COVID-19 deaths, coronavirus cases climb again in Illinois

Nov. 25, 2020 5:35 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — As concerns mount that Thanksgiving celebrations could trigger a major COVID-19 surge, the Illinois health department reported Wednesday that the number of cases climbed past the 10,000 mark for the first time in three days and the number of deaths continued to rise. The Illinois Department...

Lee Norman, Kansas secretary of health and environment, gives updates to the status of state hospitals  during a news conference, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020 at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. (Evert Nelson/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP)

Gov. Kelly urges state to 'hunker down' amid virus surge

Nov. 25, 2020 5:27 PM EST

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly warned residents Wednesday not to let down their guard during Thanksgiving Day celebrations as coronavirus cases soar and hospitals overflow. The number of confirmed and probable case cases rose by 5,738 from Monday to 147,797, bringing the daily...

Editorial Roundup: New York

Nov. 25, 2020 5:26 PM EST

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New York’s newspapers: A Great Election, Against All Odds The New York Times Nov. 22 The 2020 election was not simply free of fraud, or whatever cooked-up malfeasance the president is braying about at this hour. It was, from an administrative...

FILE  - In this undated file photo issued by the University of Oxford on Monday, Nov. 23, 2020, a researcher in a laboratory at the Jenner Institute in Oxford, England, works on the coronavirus vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University. With major COVID-19 vaccines showing high levels of protection, British officials are cautiously — and they stress cautiously — optimistic that life may start returning to normal by early April. Even before regulators have approved a single vaccine, the U.K. and countries across Europe are moving quickly to organize the distribution and delivery systems needed to inoculate millions of citizens. (University of Oxford/John Cairns via AP, File)

The Latest: Oklahoma schools may offer in-school quarantine

Nov. 25, 2020 5:02 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma State Department of Health announced Wednesday that public schools will be allowed to offer in-school quarantines for students exposed to the virus. Schools in Mustang became the first in the state to adopt the policy, the department said. ...

Holiday travelers crowd the ticketing area of terminal one Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020 at MSP in Minneapolis. Millions of Americans took to the skies and the highways ahead of Thanksgiving at the risk of pouring gasoline on the coronavirus fire, disregarding increasingly dire warnings that they stay home and limit their holiday gatherings to members of their own household. (David Joles/Star Tribune via AP)

VIRUS TODAY: Americans travel as Biden addresses nation

Nov. 25, 2020 4:40 PM EST

Here's what's happening Wednesday with the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S.: — Millions of Americans are traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday despite warnings from health officials that family gatherings could make a bad situation worse. — More people are applying for unemployment benefits as the...

Holiday travelers crowd the ticketing area of terminal one Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020 at MSP in Minneapolis. Millions of Americans took to the skies and the highways ahead of Thanksgiving at the risk of pouring gasoline on the coronavirus fire, disregarding increasingly dire warnings that they stay home and limit their holiday gatherings to members of their own household. (David Joles/Star Tribune via AP)

Americans risk traveling over Thanksgiving despite warnings

Nov. 25, 2020 4:29 PM EST

Millions of Americans took to the skies and the highways ahead of Thanksgiving at the risk of pouring gasoline on the coronavirus fire, disregarding increasingly dire warnings that they stay home and limit their holiday gatherings to members of their own household. Those who are flying witnessed a distinctly 2020...

Lamont: $10,000 fines on businesses that break virus rules

Nov. 25, 2020 4:12 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A few flagrant violations of Connecticut's coronavirus rules and concerns about the holiday shopping season have prompted Gov. Ned Lamont to impose a steep new $10,000 fine on businesses that don't follow the mandates at a time of surging COVID-19 cases. The new fine will replace the...

In this provided by the State of New York, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo holds up a new Thanksgiving-themed face mask during his daily coronavirus briefing at the Wyandanch-Wheatley Heights Ambulance Corp. Headquarters in Wyandanch, N.Y. After disclosing that he will no longer be celebrating Thanksgiving with his 89-year-old mother in-person, Cuomo asked New Yorkers to abandon plans for in-person Thanksgiving festivities. (Kevin P. Coughlin/State of New York via AP)

Cuomo warns post-holiday uptick could stress hospitals

Nov. 25, 2020 3:55 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned of a post-Thanksgiving uptick Wednesday that could stress hospitals across the state, which has recorded the highest seven-day average of new COVID-19 cases since late April. New York recorded 6,265 new positive cases Tuesday, the highest for a single...