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FILE - In this May 6, 2019 photo file photo an injection drug user, deposits used needles into a container at the IDEA exchange, in Miami. National data is incomplete, but available information suggests U.S. drug overdose deaths are on track to reach an all-time high. Addiction experts blame the pandemic, which has left people stressed and isolated, disrupted treatment and recovery programs, and contributed to an increasingly dangerous illicit drug supply.  (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, Fie)

US overdose deaths appear to rise amid coronavirus pandemic

Oct. 20, 2020 11:32 AM EDT

Matthew Davidson was beating his heroin addiction. The 31-year-old was attending group recovery meetings. He had a restaurant job he liked. He was a doting uncle to a baby nephew. Then the coronavirus pandemic hit. Davidson lost his job. He started staying home alone in his apartment near Georgetown, Kentucky...

Women eating snack walk by a Chanel cosmetic shop at the capital city's popular shopping mall in Beijing, Monday, Oct. 19, 2020. China’s shaky economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic is gaining strength as consumers return to shopping malls and auto dealerships while the United States and Europe endure painful contractions.(AP Photo/Andy Wong)

China's economy accelerates as virus recovery gains strength

Oct. 19, 2020 5:51 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China’s shaky economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic is gaining strength as consumers return to shopping malls and auto dealerships while the United States and Europe endure painful contractions. Growth in the world’s second-largest economy accelerated to 4.9% over a...

Wisconsin suspends coronavirus totals during computer work

Oct. 17, 2020 5:25 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has suspended the reporting of new COVID-19 totals until early next week while its computer system undergoes an upgrade. The Journal Sentinel reports the department announced Friday that it is upgrading its Wisconsin Electronic Disease...

President Donald Trump talks with voters after an NBC News Town Hall, at Perez Art Museum Miami, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, in Miami. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump sees what others do not in the pandemic

Oct. 17, 2020 8:34 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — “I believe we’re rounding the corner." “We’re a winner on the excess mortality.” “We have the vaccines coming and we have the therapies coming.” “We have done an amazing job.” President Donald Trump sees in the pandemic what...

Maine businesses get first round of aid to weather pandemic

Oct. 15, 2020 3:07 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine has awarded more than 2,300 economic recovery grants to small businesses and nonprofit groups in the state to help them weather the coronavirus pandemic. The grants totaled $105 million and were supported by federal coronavirus relief funds, Democratic Gov. Janet Mills said...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, file photo, passers-by walk past a business storefront with store closing and sale signs in Dedham, Mass. U.S. employers advertised for slightly fewer jobs in August while their hiring ticked up modestly. The Labor Department said Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020,  that the number of U.S. job postings on the last day of August dipped to 6.49 million, down from 6.70 million July. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

US jobless claims rise to 898,000 with layoffs still high

Oct. 15, 2020 10:41 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose last week by the most in two months, to 898,000, a historically high number and evidence that layoffs remain a hindrance to the economy’s recovery from the pandemic recession. Thursday’s report from the Labor...

Iran acknowledges cyberattacks on government departments

Oct. 15, 2020 6:17 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's cybersecurity authority acknowledged cyberattacks on two governmental departments this week, state media reported Thursday. The cyberattacks occurred Tuesday and Wednesday and were under investigation, the state-owned IRAN daily newspaper said. While the report did not say which...

France to restore state of health emergency after 3 months

Oct. 14, 2020 2:06 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel President Macron’s office says France will restore a state of health emergency that expired on July 10. There are no additional measures that come into force with the move announced Wednesday, but it will allow the government to enforce stricter measures in the...

France to restore state of health emergency, which could allow stricter future measures to contain virus spread

Oct. 14, 2020 1:59 PM EDT
PARIS (AP) — France to restore state of health emergency, which could allow stricter future measures to contain virus spread.
FILE - A woman walks in front of the Microsoft stand during the Cybersecurity Conference in Lille, northern France, Wednesday Jan. 29, 2020. Microsoft announced legal action Monday, Oct. 12, 2020 seeking to disrupt a major cybercrime digital network that uses more than 1 million zombie computers to loot bank accounts and spread ransomware, which experts consider a major threat to the U.S. presidential election. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)

Microsoft attempts takedown of global criminal botnet

Oct. 12, 2020 7:56 PM EDT

Microsoft announced legal action Monday seeking to disrupt a major cybercrime digital network that uses more than 1 million zombie computers to loot bank accounts and spread ransomware, which experts consider a major threat to the U.S. presidential election. The operation to knock offline command-and-control...