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North Carolina ferry workers test positive for COVID-19

Oct. 21, 2020 2:33 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Five workers on a North Carolina ferry route have tested positive for COVID-19, the N.C. Department of Transportation said Wednesday. A news release from the department said the five employees work on the Cherry Branch-Minnesott Beach run. The news release says the five employees are...

FILE- In this Oct. 15, 2020, file photo, passenger Cari Driggs, right, from Provo, Utah, waits to board a United Airlines flight to Hawaii for vacation at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco. The CDC is strongly recommending that passengers on planes, trains and buses wear masks, but it's still stopping short of requiring face coverings to prevent spreading COVID-19. All leading U.S. airlines require passengers other than small children to wear masks during flights, but enforcement can be spotty. The Federal Aviation Administration has declined to require masks. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

CDC: 'Strong recommendation' but no rule for masks on planes

Oct. 20, 2020 1:31 PM EDT

The government’s top public health agency is raising the importance of wearing face masks on planes, trains and buses, although the Trump administration has resisted making masks mandatory for travelers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new interim guidelines for travelers, including a...

Alaska accepts bids for 2 fast ferries that faced struggles

Oct. 20, 2020 11:01 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska is redoubling efforts to sell two fast ferries by accepting sealed bids. The state Department of Transportation issued a public notice of the bidding process Thursday, CoastAlaska reported Monday. The state set a minimum reserve price for each ship but does not plan to reveal...

Puerto Rico to relax COVID-19 restrictions, extend curfew

Oct. 16, 2020 3:24 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s governor on Friday announced that more people will be able to visit restaurants, gyms, theaters and casinos as the U.S. territory relaxes some pandemic-related restrictions. In addition, public transportation including buses and trains will resume service...

Editorial Roundup: North Carolina

Oct. 14, 2020 2:54 PM EDT

Recent editorials from North Carolina newspapers: ___ Oct. 13 The Greensboro News & Record on indoor worship services in North Carolina: Those odd-looking, animate objects you’re beginning to see again in the stands at college and pro football games are called people. Time was when actual human beings...

Lightning strikes Washington State Ferry

Oct. 12, 2020 8:53 AM EDT

EDMONDS, Wash. (AP) — A Washington State Ferry was knocked out of service Saturday evening after it was struck by lightning, and repairs have kept it out of service into Sunday. KOMO-TV reports the M/V Puyallup was near the Edmonds ferry dock on its Edmonds-Kingston run when the lightning strike hit,...

Poland evacuates 750 people as WWII Tallboy bomb is defused

Oct. 12, 2020 7:03 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Hundreds of people in northwest Poland have been evacuated for a few days to allow Navy sappers to neutralize a British World War II giant Tallboy bomb resting under a waterway leading to the port of Szczecin. The 5.4 ton bomb was found in Sept. 2019 during work to deepen the...

Lightning knocks Washington state ferry out of service

Oct. 11, 2020 1:54 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A passenger ferry in Washington State was struck by lightning that impacted its navigation system and temporarily knocked the ferry out of service. The M/V Puyallup was near the dock in Edmonds during a run between Edmonds and Kingston when it was hit by lightning Saturday evening. NN one...

Yang Jiechi, Director of the Central Foreign Affairs Commission of the Chinese Communist Party, left, holds talks with Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, right, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. A high level Chinese delegation led by Yang Jiechi met Sri Lankan leaders including president Gotabaya Rajapksa to discuss strengthening of economic ties between the two countries. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

China grants $90M to Sri Lanka after visit by top official

Oct. 11, 2020 9:30 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — China announced Sunday that it was providing a $90 million grant to Sri Lanka, two days after the island nation's president sought help from a visiting Chinese delegation in disproving a perception that China-funded megaprojects are “debt traps.” Calling the...

Yang Jiechi, Director of the Central Foreign Affairs Commission of the Chinese Communist Party, left, holds talks with Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, right, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. A high level Chinese delegation led by Yang Jiechi met Sri Lankan leaders including president Gotabaya Rajapksa to discuss strengthening of economic ties between the two countries. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Sri Lankan leader insists Chinese-funded projects are viable

Oct. 9, 2020 11:09 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s president asked a visiting delegation led by a senior Chinese diplomat on Friday to assist him in disproving a perception that China-funded megaprojects are “debt traps” aimed at gaining influence in local affairs. President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa...