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Israeli animal rights activists wearing protective gear demonstrate against the spread of coronavirus among mink in Denmark's fur industry ahead of international Fur Free Friday, in Tel Aviv, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

The Latest: Tennessee won't mandate vaccines in its schools

Nov. 24, 2020 7:10 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee’s governor says that once coronavirus vaccines become available, they will be optional in the state’s K-12 public schools. Gov. Bill Lee said Tuesday that vaccines will be very important for Tennessee to “ultimately really be able to handle” the...

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine looks on during a press conference Wednesday, Nov. 18, at Toledo Express Airport in Swanton, Ohio. On Tuesday DeWine announced a three-week 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. general curfew, with multiple exceptions, meant to slow the spread of the coronavirus as cases stay at near-record high levels. (J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune via AP)

Ohio governor sees growing criticism from fellow Republicans

Nov. 23, 2020 9:18 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — For months, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine steered cleared of second-guessing President Donald Trump, a fellow Republican, despite their polar-opposite responses to the pandemic. The governor's reward? A suggestion by the president that another Republican should challenge him in Ohio's 2022...

FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2020 file photo, outgoing Minnesota State Senate President Senate President Jeremy Miller, R-Winona gave Sen. David Tomassoni, DFL-Chisholm a congratulatory elbow bump before Tomassoni addressed the Senate Chamber in St. Paul, Minn.   At least 187 state legislators nationwide have tested positive for the virus and four have died since the pandemic began, according to figures compiled by The Associated Press. Twelve Arkansas lawmakers have tested positive for the virus over the past month, the second largest known outbreak in a state legislature. (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP)

Many GOP lawmakers shrug off Statehouse mask-wearing rules

Nov. 21, 2020 5:39 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Many Republican lawmakers in states where coronavirus cases and hospitalizations have surged are not only rejecting statewide mask mandates. They're also resisting rules requiring them in their own capitols. Efforts to require lawmakers and staff to wear masks have received a cool...

Travelers make their way through the 30th Street Station ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, in Philadelphia. With the coronavirus surging out of control, the nation's top public health agency pleaded with Americans not to travel for Thanksgiving and not to spend the holiday with people from outside their household. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Some governors ignore CDC advice on Thanksgiving gatherings

Nov. 20, 2020 7:16 PM EST

Coronavirus infections are ravaging South Dakota, where more than half of tests have come back positive for weeks. Yet Gov. Kristi Noem won't require masks or take other measures to curb the spread, including urging families to limit Thanksgiving gatherings. Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt said he'll attend a college...

FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2020, file photo, EMT Giselle Dorgalli, third from right, performs chest compression on a patient who tested positive for coronavirus in the emergency room at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in the Mission Hills section of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Daily COVID-19 deaths in US reach highest level since May

Nov. 20, 2020 6:41 PM EST

The surging coronavirus is taking an increasingly dire toll across the U.S. just as a vaccine appears close at hand, with the country now averaging over 1,300 COVID-19 deaths per day — the highest level since the calamitous spring in and around New York City. The overall U.S. death toll has reached about...

In this March 2, 2020, photo provided by Naomi Worcester, a crew of workers unload gear as they arrive on Kure Atoll in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, one of the most remote places on Earth. Cut off from the rest of the planet since February, four environmental field workers are back, re-emerging into a changed society by the coronavirus outbreak. (Naomi Worcester/Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources via AP)

The Latest: Hawaii imposes new COVID-19 travel restrictions

Nov. 19, 2020 11:18 PM EST

HONOLULU — Anyone flying to Hawaii will be required to have a negative COVID-19 test result prior to their departure for the state, with the new rule going into effect two days before Thanksgiving, Gov. David Ige announced Thursday. Until now, passengers flying to the islands using a pre-travel testing...

Motorists wait in long lines to take a coronavirus test in a parking lot at Dodger Stadium, Wednesday, Nov 18, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

California imposes curfew to curb skyrocketing COVID cases

Nov. 19, 2020 9:42 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is imposing an overnight curfew for nearly all residents as the most populous state tries to head off a surge of coronavirus cases that threatens to overwhelm its health care system, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Thursday. What officials are calling a limited stay-at-home...

FirstEnergy: Ohio regulator's firm got $4M consulting fee

Nov. 19, 2020 8:17 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Fired former FirstEnergy executives improperly paid a firm tied to a future Ohio utility regulator about $4 million early last year to terminate “a purported consulting agreement” that had been in place since 2013, one of the nation's largest electric utilities told...

FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2019 file photo Kimberly Hall, director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, looks over a photo display outside her office, in Columbus, Ohio. A federal lawsuit has been filed seeking to force Ohio to increase the amount of child support payments it provides to people who have taken custody of children they're related to. At issue in the complaint filed Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020 is a gap between payments to non-licensed relatives and relatives who become licensed. Hall, the director of Ohio's human services agency, told The Associated Press in October 2019 the agency planned to increase such payments.(AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins, File)

Ohio sued over lower payments to relatives caring for kids

Nov. 19, 2020 4:32 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — People in Ohio who have taken custody of children they're related to are being illegally denied state foster care payments to help cover their child-raising costs, according to a federal lawsuit filed Thursday. At issue are payments to relatives who aren't licensed caregivers but are...

Diners are served outside by a waiter wearing a mask, face shield and rubber gloves, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, in the West Hollywood area of Los Angeles. Los Angeles County imposed new restrictions on businesses Tuesday and is readying plans for a mandatory curfew for all but essential workers if coronavirus cases keep spiking. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Los Angeles virus surge raises specter of stay-home order

Nov. 18, 2020 8:57 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County’s coronavirus cases are rising so fast they could average more than 4,000 a day within three weeks and leave the nation’s most populous county on the cusp of a lockdown and curfew, a public health official said Wednesday. The county announced new...