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Pedestrians wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walk on a street during the morning rush hour in Beijing, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

The Latest: Pakistan warns of new lockdown as deaths rise

Oct. 21, 2020 5:58 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s military-backed National Command and Operation Center has issued a warning that another lockdown could be imposed to contain COVID-19 deaths if people don't stop violating social distancing rules. The announcement on Wednesday came after Pakistan reported reported 660 new...

Military personnel enter the Sudima Hotel in Christchurch, New Zealand, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. A number of fishing crew who flew into New Zealand on chartered planes have the coronavirus. The crew members have been in quarantine at the Christchurch hotel since they arrived, and tested positive during routine testing, officials said. The news could deal a blow to New Zealand’s efforts to restart its fishing industry, which has struggled to find local workers to crew fishing vessels.  (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

The Latest: Imported workers test positive in New Zealand

Oct. 20, 2020 10:27 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Eighteen fishing crewmen who last week flew to New Zealand from Moscow have tested positive for the coronavirus, underscoring the difficulty New Zealand faces in trying to import needed workers while remaining virtually virus free. A total of 235 crew from Russia and Ukraine were...

FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2020 file photo, Gov. Brad Little shares his COVID-19 reopen plan during a press conference at the Statehouse in Boise, Idaho. Idaho is seeing its largest coronavirus spike since the pandemic began, with new cases increasing by 46.5% percent over the past two weeks. That has some health care experts urging Gov. Brad Little to take additional action to slow the spread. (Darin Oswald/Idaho Statesman via AP, File)

Idaho's coronavirus cases spike again, doctors urge action

Oct. 20, 2020 7:12 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho is seeing its largest coronavirus spike since the pandemic began, with new cases increasing by 46.5% percent over the past two weeks. That trend has some health care experts urging Gov. Brad Little to take additional action to slow the spread. “As a health system, we're...

Energy Department to drill east Idaho well to clean up waste

Oct. 20, 2020 3:34 PM EDT

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — A well will be drilled early next year at a federal nuclear site in eastern Idaho to remove hazardous waste from a Lake Erie-sized aquifer that supplies water to cities and farms in the region, officials said Tuesday. The Energy Department’s Office of Environmental...

Idaho estimates resident death count increased beyond virus

Oct. 19, 2020 9:21 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho state officials estimate hundreds of more residents have died than in a normal year, even without counting fatalities that are attributed to the coronavirus. The state estimates 861 more Idaho residents died between January and September this year than died on average during those...

Idaho OKs contract to distribute low-income education money

Oct. 19, 2020 7:12 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho officials on Monday approved a contract with Florida-based vendor ClassWallet to distribute $50 million in federal coronavirus emergency money to low-income families to help children learn during the coronavirus pandemic. The Idaho State Board of Education awarded the no-bid...

Schools in Washington state, Idaho report COVID-19 outbreaks

Oct. 19, 2020 1:34 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Several school districts in Washington state and Idaho have chosen not to report COVID-19 cases at their schools since opening in August, painting an incomplete picture of how the virus is affecting students. Among the largest districts in Spokane County and Kootenai County in Idaho,...

3 killed in crash in Idaho Falls; vehicles end up in canal

Oct. 18, 2020 7:04 PM EDT

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Three people suffered fatal injuries in a two-vehicle crash in Idaho Falls early Sunday, police said. Responding officers found both vehicles in a canal near an intersection where the crash occurred at about 3:10 a.m., the Post Register reported. Two women who were ejected from a...

No class Monday in West Ada district due to teacher shortage

Oct. 17, 2020 2:52 PM EDT

NAMPA, Idaho (AP) — A school district in Idaho has canceled school next Monday due to a teacher shortage after hundreds called out in sick in protest of in-person instruction during the pandemic. The West Ada School District in the Boise metropolitan area made the announcement to cancel on Friday and said...

Police say Idaho woman bit officer during arrest

Oct. 17, 2020 1:55 PM EDT

OGDEN, Utah (AP) — A Twin Falls, Idaho, woman is behind bars after a traffic stop turned violent. Amanda Yarbrough, 40, was charged Wednesday in 2nd District Court with third-degree felony assault by a prisoner and misdemeanor assault on a police officer. The incident occurred Tuesday after a Weber County...