Latest 2019-2020 Coronavirus pandemic News

The Latest: Pope urges finding good even from pandemic

Nov. 29, 2020 9:32 AM EST

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis is encouraging people to try to take away something good “even from the difficult situation that the pandemic forces on us.” Addressing faithful gathered a safe distance apart in vast St. Peter’s Square on Sunday, Francis offered these suggestions:...

Indiana teacher, substitute shortage worsened by COVID-19

Nov. 29, 2020 9:31 AM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Dozens of Indiana schools are struggling to stay open as growing numbers of coronavirus infections and related quarantines exacerbate a preexisting statewide teacher and substitute shortage. As of last Monday, 1,755 schools across the state have reported at least one positive case of...

Oakland County relocates virus testing sites, Wayne adds 2

Nov. 29, 2020 9:26 AM EST

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — Drive-thru COVID-19 testing locations in Oakland County are being relocated as colder weather sets in, while Wayne County has added testing sites. In Oakland County, tests will be available on Mondays at the Old Holly fire station, Tuesdays at the Rochester fire station, Wednesdays at...

Illinois EPA remakes curriculum for virtual use

Nov. 29, 2020 9:17 AM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has revised its environmental education programs for virtual use because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The theme of this year's Poster, Poetry and Prose Contest is “Fight Food Waste: Our Environment Can't be Replaced!”...

Church-goers wearing face masks as a precaution against the coronavirus lineup outside the Notre-Dame-des-Champs church in Paris, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020. French churches, mosques and synagogues can open their doors again to worshippers - but only a few of them, as France cautiously starts reopening after a second virus lockdown. Some churches may defy the 30-person limit they feel as too unreasonable, and other sites may stay closed until they can reopen for real. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Court orders France to rethink 30-person limit on worship

Nov. 29, 2020 9:16 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — France’s highest administrative court on Sunday ordered a rethink of a 30-person attendance limit for religious services put in place by the government to slow down the spread of coronavirus. The measure took effect this weekend as France relaxes some virus restrictions, but it faced...

Residents enter a school where a mural of Brazil's late Formula One driver Ayrton Senna covers the wall during municipal elections, at a polling station in the Rocinha slum of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Nov.15, 2020. Voters across Latin America's biggest country are electing mayors and municipal council members. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

Center-right mayor faces socialist in Brazilian metropolis

Nov. 29, 2020 9:13 AM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — The mayor of the largest city in the Americas was trying to fend off a reelection challenge from the socialist leader of a squatters movement as 57 Brazilian cities held runoff elections on Sunday. Guilherme Boulos, backed by former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, pushed his way...

People weakest link for apps tracking coronavirus exposure

Nov. 29, 2020 9:11 AM EST

The app builders had planned for pranksters, ensuring that only people with verified COVID-19 cases could trigger an alert. They’d planned for heavy criticism about privacy, in many cases making the features as bare-bones as possible. But, as more states roll out smartphone contact-tracing technology,...

Indigo Martinez, left, and Rashod Kent select a coat from among the 150 given away on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020 at Windmill Park in Fairmont, W.Va.  Kent, now 40, and retired from athletic competition, returned to Windmill Park on Saturday, but this time as the face of the Rashod Kent Foundation, a nonprofit organization he formed this year in order to give back to a local community he said played a crucial role in his formative years.   (Scott Gillespie/Times-West Virginian via AP)

Former NFL player helps families in his WVa hometown

Nov. 29, 2020 9:01 AM EST

FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — In his storied athletic career, Rashod Kent accomplished something very few individuals have ever done before. After playing major college basketball for Rutgers, he switched sports and played in the National Football League. The former Fairmont Senior High standout averaged 9.5...

Rancher Mike Wilcox surveys the debris left at the site of the Keystone-Wallace Copper Mill, where he worked briefly in the 1970s on Nov. 12, 2020. Wilcox fears a copper mine's plans to pump diluted sulfuric acid into the shallow aquifer that supplies his well will drive him out of business.  (Zak Podmore/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

Ranchers, landowners worry about copper mine's plan

Nov. 29, 2020 8:01 AM EST

LISBON VALLEY, Utah (AP) — When Mike Wilcox was a young man in the mid-1970s, he took a job at the Keystone-Wallace copper mine and mill near his home in Lisbon Valley, Utah. Some days, Wilcox went down in the open pit and dug a series of deep holes that were each loaded with 100 pounds of explosives....

FILE - In this March 24, 2020, file photo, a man is seen through the Olympic rings in front of the New National Stadium in Tokyo. Tokyo Olympic organizers on Friday, Nov. 27, 2020 announced a series of 18 test events set to begin in March and run into May. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Reports: Cost of Tokyo Olympic delay put at about $2 billion

Nov. 29, 2020 6:40 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The cost of the one-year postponement of the Tokyo Olympics is estimated to be just under $2 billion, or about 200 billion yen. Japan’s Kyodo news agency and the Yomiuri newspaper both reported the figure on Sunday citing unnamed sources close to games organizers. The reported cost of...