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Pope Francis shares a word with Monsignor Luis Maria Rodrigo Ewart as he arrives in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican for his weekly general audience, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. A Vatican official who is a key member of Francis' COVID-19 response commission, the Rev. Augusto Zampini, acknowledged Tuesday that at age 83 and with part of his lung removed after an illness in his youth, Francis would be at high risk for complications if he were to become infected. Zampini said he hoped Francis would don a mask at least when he greeted people during the general audience.

The Latest: Pope ends public audiences amid virus surge

Oct. 29, 2020 10:26 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican is ending Pope Francis’ general audiences with the public amid a surge in coronavirus cases in Italy and a confirmed infection at last week’s encounter. The Vatican says Francis would resume livestreaming his weekly catechism lessons from his library in the...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020 file photo, European Commissioner for Europe fit for the Digital Age Margrethe Vestager speaks during an online news conference at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels. The European Union is set to propose new laws to rein in the power of big tech companies, including measures to ensure customers are protected, smaller rivals are treated fairly, and illegal content is dealt with, the bloc's digital and antitrust chief said on Thursday, Oct, 29. Executive Vice President Margrethe Vestager outlined two draft laws that the EU's executive Commission plans to introduce in early December.  (Yves Herman/Pool Photo via AP, file)

EU digital boss: New rules to curb big tech aim for fairness

Oct. 29, 2020 10:10 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The European Union is set to propose new laws to rein in the power of big tech companies, including measures to ensure customers are protected, smaller rivals are treated fairly, and illegal content is dealt with, the bloc's digital and antitrust chief said on Thursday. Executive Vice...

Navy's Hawaii fuel tank plan update rejected by state, EPA

Oct. 29, 2020 9:46 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — State and federal regulators have rejected a U.S. Navy plan to upgrade a fuel storage facility in Hawaii, asking for more information about protection measures for the underground tanks. The Hawaii Department of Health and the federal Environmental Protection Agency issued a letter Monday...

Retired Hawaii official fined $5K for accepting free meals

Oct. 29, 2020 9:40 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A former top examiner for the Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs has been fined $5,000 for accepting free meals from a vendor he oversaw. The state Ethics Commission announced the fine levied against Tian Xiao, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Wednesday. Xiao was the...

Alaska group sues to block wolf trapping season on island

Oct. 29, 2020 9:34 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska conservation group filed a lawsuit to stop the state from reopening wolf trapping season on Prince of Wales Island. The lawsuit filed Monday by the Alaska Wildlife Alliance asks a state judge to intervene in a proposal by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to open a...

German Chancellor Angela Merkel adjusts her face mask as she arrives for a speech about German government's policies to combat the spread of the coronavirus and COVID-19 disease at the parliament Bundestag, in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. (Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Merkel warns of 'difficult winter' as virus surges in Europe

Oct. 29, 2020 8:48 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel told Germans to expect a “difficult winter” as the number of newly reported coronavirus cases in the country hit a new high Thursday, neighboring France prepared to resume life under a new lockdown and some experts urged the Spanish government to take...

FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2020, file photo, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar speaks during a media briefing in the James Brady Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. Trying to pull back the veil on health costs to encourage competition, the Trump administration on Oct. 29, will finalize requirements for insurers to tell consumers up front the actual prices for common tests and procedures. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Trump rule requires health plans to disclose costs up front

Oct. 29, 2020 8:15 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trying to pull back the veil on health care costs to encourage competition, the Trump administration on Thursday finalized a requirement for insurers to tell consumers up front the actual prices for common tests and procedures. The late-innings policy play comes just days ahead of...

FILE - In this Monday, April 20, 2020 file photo, cars are lined up at a Volkswagen car dealer in Essen, Germany. German automaker Volkswagen says it returned to profit in the third quarter thanks to cost discipline and a rebound in global sales markets led by China after the lifting of the severe restrictions on activity in the early phase of the pandemic. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)

Volkswagen returns to profit as global auto markets recover

Oct. 29, 2020 6:05 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German automaker Volkswagen said Thursday it returned to profit in the third quarter thanks to cost discipline and a rebound in global sales markets led by China after the lifting of the severe restrictions on activity in the early phase of the pandemic. After-tax profit was 2.75...

FILE - In this March, 10, 2015, file photo, New Mexico state Sen. Jacob R. Candelaria speaks during the Senate Public Affairs Committee at the state Capital in Santa Fe, N.M. On Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, Candelaria said he received anonymous threatening telephone messages shortly after publicly criticizing a political demonstration that took place outside the state Capitol, and that he fears for his safety. (Luke E. Montavon/Santa Fe New Mexican via AP, File)

State senator pivots from fugitive to reformer

Oct. 29, 2020 1:52 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A state senator who fled home because of threatening phone messages after criticizing a protest against coronavirus restrictions says he plans to pursue reforms that make police more responsive to threats against elected officials — including those who may be especially...

A view of Cinderella Castle from Seven Seas Lagoon in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. The Walt Disney Co. announced Tuesday that it is planning to lay off 28,000 workers in its theme parks division in California and Florida. The company has been squeezed by limits on attendance at its parks and other restrictions due to the pandemic. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

Disney World lays off 720 performers because of pandemic

Oct. 28, 2020 10:28 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — With many of its live entertainment shows gone dark because of the coronavirus, Walt Disney World on Wednesday laid off 720 actors and singers, according Actors' Equity Association, the labor union representing the performers. Only 60 Equity performers are working or returning...