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Locals chat as they sit at a traditional coffee shop in central Athens, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. Greece saw a jump in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases during last week, and Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is widely expected to announce new social restrictions.(AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)

The Latest: Greece tightens restrictions as virus spreads

Oct. 31, 2020 7:07 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece — Greece will shut down restaurants, bars, cafes, cinemas and gyms across a large part of the country, including the capital Athens, after a surge in coronavirus cases. Outlining the measures in a televised address, Prime Minister Kyriakos said the changes will take effect Tuesday morning...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden holds his face mask during a rally at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St. Paul, Minn., Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Biden looks to restore, expand Obama administration policies

Oct. 31, 2020 6:59 AM EDT

Stop and reverse. Restore and expand. Joe Biden is promising to take the country on a very different path from what it has seen over the past four years under President Donald Trump, on issues ranging from the coronavirus and health care to the environment, education and more. The Democratic presidential nominee...

Residents in Anchorage, Alaska, take part in early voting in a mall in Alaska's largest city on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. Alaska residents living in Juneau, Anchorage, Wasilla, Fairbanks and Nome can cast their votes early as designated locations. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

Who is voting? Who is winning? Early vote only offers clues

Oct. 31, 2020 12:19 AM EDT

As early voting breaks records across the U.S., political analysts and campaigns are reviewing reams of data on the voters, looking for clues to key questions: Who is voting? And who is winning? On one level, the answers can be simple. Registered Democrats are outpacing registered Republicans significantly...

Una mujer porta una mascarilla mientras limpia una acera frente a un mural del fallecido presidente venezolano Hugo Chávez durante una jornada de limpieza y desinfección organizada por el consejo comunal y organización colectiva del vecindario 23 de Enero de Caracas, Venezuela, el miércoles 29 de abril de 2020. (AP Foto/Matias Delacroix)

Hugo Chavez's ex-nurse indicted in US for money laundering

Oct. 31, 2020 12:15 AM EDT

MEDELLIN, Colombia (AP) — Hugo Chávez’s former nurse has been charged with money laundering in a Miami federal court, accused of taking bribes from a billionaire media mogul to green light lucrative currency transactions when she served as Venezuela’s national treasurer. Claudia...

Today in History

Oct. 31, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, Oct. 31, the 305th day of 2020. There are 61 days left in the year. This is Halloween. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 31, 1941, work was completed on the Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota, begun in 1927. On this date: In 1795, English poet John...

FILE  - In this May 11, 2020, file photo, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear puts on a face mask after speaking to reporters at the Capitol in Frankfort, Ky. Kentucky's governor said Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020,  that he will quarantine after a member of his security detail who drove with his family the day before later tested positive for COVID-19.
Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear said he and his family feel fine, show no coronavirus symptoms and have tested negative for the virus. (Ryan C. Hermens/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP, File)

The Latest: Kentucky sees near-record number of new cases

Oct. 30, 2020 9:53 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Kentucky reported a near-record number of new coronavirus cases Friday as the surging outbreak continued sending more people to hospitals, Gov. Andy Beshear said. “This is a dangerous time. We’re moving the wrong way,” the Democratic governor said as he urged Kentuckians to...

Mexico rebukes governor for call to vote against Trump

Oct. 30, 2020 9:45 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s federal Interior Department issued a stern rebuke Friday to the governor of the western state of Michoacan for posting a video urging migrants living in the United States to vote against President Donald Trump. The department, which oversees Mexico's domestic affairs,...

Residents in Anchorage, Alaska, take part in early voting in a mall in Alaska's largest city on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. Alaska residents living in Juneau, Anchorage, Wasilla, Fairbanks and Nome can cast their votes early as designated locations. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

Who is voting? Who is winning? Early vote only offers clues

Oct. 30, 2020 9:31 PM EDT

As early voting breaks records across the U.S., political analysts and campaigns are reviewing reams of data on the voters, looking for clues to key questions: Who is voting? And who is winning? On one level, the answers can be simple. Registered Democrats are outpacing registered Republicans significantly...

FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2019, photo, plastic and other debris sits on the beach on Midway Atoll in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. According to a study released on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, more than a million tons a year of America's plastic trash isn't ending up where it should. The equivalent of as many as 1,300 plastic grocery bags per person is landing in places such as oceans and roadways. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones)

Study: 1 to 2 million tons of US plastic trash go astray

Oct. 30, 2020 7:11 PM EDT

More than a million tons a year of America's plastic trash isn't ending up where it should. The equivalent of as many as 1,300 plastic grocery bags per person is landing in places such as oceans and roadways, according to a new study of U.S. plastic trash. In 2016 — the last year enough data was available...

FILE - Russian President Vladimir Putin attends an annual VTB Capital

Russian election threat potent, but interference so far slim

Oct. 30, 2020 6:59 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Russian interference has been minimal so far in the most tempestuous U.S. presidential election in decades. But that doesn’t mean the Kremlin can’t inflict serious damage. The vulnerability of state and local government networks is a big worry. One troubling wildcard is the...