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Oklahoma COVID-19 hospitalizations begin creeping back up

Oct. 27, 2020 1:47 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The number of people hospitalized with the coronavirus in Oklahoma began creeping back up on Tuesday, although not to the record levels reached last week. The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported 907 people were hospitalized with confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19, the...

Greece's Prime Minister Kyriakos, left, welcomes Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during their meeting in Athens, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. Tension with Turkey was one of the main topics of discussion between the Greek and Russian foreign ministers who met in Athens. Neighbours and NATO allies Greece and Turkey have been locked in a bitter dispute in over maritime boundaries and energy exploration rights in the eastern Mediterranean. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

The Latest: Russian foreign minister Lavrov in quarantine

Oct. 27, 2020 1:01 PM EDT

MOSCOW -- Russia’s foreign minister has self-isolated after contact with a person who has tested positive for coronavirus. The Foreign Ministry says Sergey Lavrov was feeling well but will postpone his official trips and meetings. It didn’t identify the infected person. The announcement follows...

Many NH voters relying on absentee ballots amid pandemic

Oct. 27, 2020 12:58 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — As Election Day approaches, many New Hampshire voters have taken advantage of the state's absentee ballot law, which was expanded to allow for concerns about the coronavirus. As of Tuesday, more than 225,000 absentee ballots were requested statewide. Of that, over 181,575 ballots have...

Florida announces 4,298 new COVID-19 cases and 56 deaths

Oct. 27, 2020 12:42 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida health officials reported nearly 4,300 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday as the number of patients hospitalized for the disease also ticked upward over the past few days. The Florida Department of Health also confirmed 56 new deaths Tuesday, bringing the death toll from...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020 file photo, Pope Francis puts on his face mask as he attends an inter-religious ceremony for peace in the Basilica of Santa Maria in Aracoeli, in Rome Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. Pope Francis’ decision to forego wearing a face mask has been noticed, with some concern, by the commission of Vatican experts he appointed to help chart the Catholic Church’s path through the coronavirus pandemic and the aftermath. The Rev. Augusto Zampini, one of the key members of the pope’s COVID-19 commission, acknowledged Tuesday that at age 83 and with part of his lung removed, Francis would be at high risk for complications if he were to become infected with COVID-19. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)

'We're working on it:' Pope's COVID advisers and the mask

Oct. 27, 2020 12:11 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis’ decision to forgo wearing a mask has been noticed, with some concern, by the commission of Vatican experts he appointed to help chart the Catholic Church’s path through the coronavirus pandemic and the aftermath. The Rev. Augusto Zampini, one of the key members of...

Smoke billows as clashes broke out during a protest against the government restriction measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Turin, Italy, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. Protesters turned out by the hundreds in Italian several cities and towns on Monday to vent anger, sometimes violently, over the latest anti-COVID-19 rules, which force restaurants and cafes to close early, shutter cinema, gyms and other leisure venues. In the northern city of Turin, demonstrators broke off from a peaceful protest and hurled smoke bombs and bottles at police in the city square where the Piedmont regional government is headquartered. (Claudio Furlan/LaPresse via AP)

New protests loom as Europeans tire of virus restrictions

Oct. 27, 2020 11:52 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Italy braced Tuesday for more nationwide protests against virus-fighting measures like regional curfews, evening shutdowns for restaurants and bars and the closures of gyms, swimming pools and theaters — a sign of growing discontent across Europe with renewed coronavirus restrictions....

Recent Missouri editorials

Oct. 27, 2020 11:49 AM EDT

Jefferson City News Tribune, Oct. 27 We’re pleased to see Gov. Mike Parson has called another special session, this one to determine how to spend federal money available to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. We just wish it would have come sooner. We’re in the thick of a global pandemic that’s hit...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, file photo, passers-by examine a storefront window in Boston's fashionable Newbury Street shopping district. U.S. consumer confidence dipped slightly in October as a new wave of coronavirus cases began across the country. The Conference Board reported Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020,  that its consumer confidence index fell to a reading of 100.9, from 101.8 in September. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Consumer confidence dips to 100.9 as virus spreads in US

Oct. 27, 2020 10:37 AM EDT

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — U.S. consumer confidence dipped slightly in October as a new wave of coronavirus cases appeared across the country. The Conference Board reported Tuesday that its consumer confidence index fell to a reading of 100.9, from 101.8 in September, but still remains well below...

FILE- This May 1, 2018, file photo shows Merck corporate headquarters in Kenilworth, N.J.  Surging sales of cancer medicines and reduced spending helped Merck overcome a big hit from the coronavirus pandemic and increase its profit 12% in the second quarter. The  drugmaker on Friday, July 31, 2020,  increased its financial forecast for the year, all while it’s investing in development of two experimental vaccines and a possible treatment for COVID-19.  (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Strong sales of drugs, vaccines, propel Merck in 3Q

Oct. 27, 2020 10:35 AM EDT

Drugmaker Merck, bouncing back from a $1.6 billion hit from the coronavirus pandemic in the second quarter, boosted its third-quarter profit by 55% and blew past Wall Street expectations. The strong result was due to sales slightly higher than a year ago, plus restrained spending and a one-time gain. The...

FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2019, photo a Puckett Machinery Company technician walks past a new heavy duty Caterpillar excavator that awaits modification at Puckett Machinery Company in Flowood, Miss. Caterpillar is reporting a third-quarter profit of $668 million and topped most expectations, though demand for its equipment is being driven down by the pandemic. The Deerfield, Illinois, company reported a profit Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, of $1.22 per share. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

As pandemic depresses demand, Caterpillar muscles through 3Q

Oct. 27, 2020 8:22 AM EDT

Caterpillar’s sales fell 23% in the third quarter as the pandemic throttled demand for construction equipment and a trade war with China continues to create headwinds. The company still managed to top Wall Street expectations, despite rising COVID-19 infections that hamper almost all sectors, including...