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Wisconsin quarterback Graham Mertze throws a pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Illinois Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Madison, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Wisconsin issues statement amid reports Mertz tests positive

Oct. 25, 2020 10:42 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin says nobody who played in the season opener Friday night tested positive for COVID-19 or reported having any symptoms beforehand, amid weekend reports that quarterback Graham Mertz has tested positive. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel and Wisconsin State Journal reported Mertz...

President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Londonderry, N.H. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump aide: 'We're not going to control the pandemic'

Oct. 25, 2020 10:34 PM EDT

LONDONDERRY, N.H. (AP) — The coronavirus has reached the upper echelons of the White House again, with an outbreak among aides to Vice President Mike Pence just over a week from Election Day. A top White House official declared: “We’re not going to control the pandemic.” Officials on...

Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99) walks off the field following an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)

Terrible Texans drop to 1-6 with 35-20 loss to Packers

Oct. 25, 2020 7:02 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — J.J. Watt stalked the sideline, helmet in hand, scowl on his face as he watched his Houston Texans be dominated by the Green Bay Packers, a team he spent his childhood rooting for. The three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year has been through a lot in his 10 years with the Texans, but...

Wisconsin health officials worry about contact tracing plans

Oct. 25, 2020 3:49 PM EDT

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) — A key element of Wisconsin's plan to help contain the COVID-19 pandemic is proving to be difficult. With an average of 3,400 daily cases reported in the last week in Wisconsin, and an additional 3,626 positive tests confirmed in Sunday's update, contact tracers are now so overrun that...

Are neighboring states part of rural Minnesota virus growth?

Oct. 25, 2020 1:09 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Statistics from Minnesota health officials show that the 10 counties with the fastest growth in coronavirus cases since the beginning of October are all in rural parts of the state, many of which border surrounding states. Adjusted for population, the rate of new cases across 56 counties...

Man fleeing Madison police allegedly beat up delivery driver

Oct. 25, 2020 10:39 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Madison police say a man who attempted to flee from officers Saturday night after reports of a suspicious vehicle beat up a delivery driver before he was arrested. Police said several callers reported seeing a vehicle creating sparks from something that was apparently underneath it....

Milwaukee casino, other businesses carry on despite pandemic

Oct. 25, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — In mid-July, Rodney Ferguson, CEO and general manager of Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, was faced with the unenviable task of informing 1,600 employees that he didn’t have work for them anymore. “It was extremely difficult because it’s a family here,” Ferguson...

President Donald Trump arrives for a campaign rally at Robeson County Fairgrounds, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, in Lumberton, N.C. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Surging coronavirus colors White House race in closing days

Oct. 25, 2020 12:45 AM EDT

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — President Donald Trump assured supporters packed shoulder to shoulder at a trio of rallies Saturday that “we’re rounding the turn” on the coronavirus and mocked challenger Joe Biden for raising alarms about the pandemic, despite surging cases around the country...

FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 16, 2019 file photo, Marc Short, chief of staff for Vice President Mike Pence, speaks with reporters at the White House in Washington. Vice President Mike Pence will maintain an aggressive campaign schedule this week the White House said Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020 despite his exposure to Marc Short, his chief of staff who tested positive for the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

The Latest: Pence's top aide tests positive for coronavirus

Oct. 24, 2020 11:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the presidential campaign (all times local): 10:50 p.m. A spokesman says Vice President Mike Pence will continue with his aggressive campaign schedule after his chief of staff, Marc Short, tested positive for the coronavirus Saturday. Pence spokesman Devin O’Malley...

Milwaukee Bucks senior vice president Alex Lasry, left, and guard George Hill walk through a Milwaukee neighborhood during a voter canvassing effort Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. Hill and Lasry joined volunteers from the Milwaukee-based Common Ground organization to remind local residents to vote.  (AP Photo/Steve Megargee)

Bucks' George Hill returns to Milwaukee, encourages voting

Oct. 24, 2020 9:08 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Bucks guard George Hill said the importance of Wisconsin in the upcoming election caused him to fly back here this weekend to assist in a local voting drive. Hill, who lives in San Antonio, worked alongside about 50 volunteers from the Milwaukee-based organization Common Ground...