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The Latest: Italy adds record 31,758 daily coronavirus cases

Oct. 31, 2020 2:41 PM EDT

ROME — Italy added a record 31,758 coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours and doubled the deaths to nearly 300 on Saturday. The Health Ministry says approximately one of every seven people receiving swab tests has tested positive in recent days. Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte is considering more...

In this handout photo released by Georgian Dream Party Press office, Georgian businessman Bidzina Ivanishvili, who created Georgian Dream party, wearing a face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus, speaks to the media after voting at a polling station during the parliamentary elections in Tbilisi, Georgia, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. Ivanishvili quickly congratulated his supporters on winning the vote after several exit polls showed his party with a strong lead.(Georgian Dream Party Press office via AP)

Georgia's ruling party claims victory in parliamentary vote

Oct. 31, 2020 2:39 PM EDT

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — Georgia's governing party claimed victory in a tightly contested parliamentary election Saturday, but an opposition alliance around an ex-president who has spent years in self-imposed exile refused to concede defeat and aspired to form a new coalition government in the ex-Soviet...

US Coast Guard ship assigned to Arctic instead of Antarctic

Oct. 31, 2020 2:37 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard has assigned its icebreaker Polar Star to the Arctic in December instead of its normal role in supporting Antarctic affairs. The Polar Star's change in deployment was due to concerns stemming from the coronavirus pandemic. The announcement also echoes concerns...

The Hollywood Pantages Theatre marquee indicates that the theater is a voting location, in Los Angeles on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. California mailed ballots to all active registered voters this year, and more than 8.7 million have already been returned. That's nearly 60% of all votes cast in the 2016 presidential election in California. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Amid pandemic, in-person voting underway in California

Oct. 31, 2020 2:37 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In-person voting started for most California counties this weekend as local election officials — many for the first time — opened polling places days early in hopes of avoiding crushing crowds on Election Day. More than 22 million people are registered to vote in...

Young people take part in a massive protest against the conservative government on the eighth straight day of angry demonstrations that were triggered by a recent tightening of the abortion law, in Warsaw, Poland, Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Abortion rights protest held for 10th day in Poland

Oct. 31, 2020 2:36 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Demonstrators held anti-government protests across Poland for the 10th straight day Saturday in response to the tightening of one of Europe’s strictest abortion laws. The latest protests, though smaller than in previous days, showed the determination and discontent of...

Alaska to require masks and COVID-19 screens at Capitol

Oct. 31, 2020 2:22 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Legislative Council approved a measure that requires lawmakers, employees and reporters to be screened for the coronavirus when entering the Capitol and to wear masks or face coverings in the building and other legislative offices. The council also voted on Thursday to keep...

Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., speaks during an event for Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden at Michigan State Fairgrounds in Novi, Mich., Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Peters, James make final cases in Michigan's Senate race

Oct. 31, 2020 2:19 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democratic Sen. Gary Peters and Republican challenger John James are making their final cases to the electorate in the closing days of a $100 million-plus duel that will help shape whether the winner of the presidential race can enact his legislative agenda. Michigan, long a...

Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst talks to his players during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Illinois Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Madison, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Athletic director: Wisconsin has 22 positive COVID-19 cases

Oct. 31, 2020 2:18 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez says the total number of positive COVID-19 cases within the Badgers’ football program has increased to 22. Alvarez told ESPN’s “College GameDay” on Saturday that 12 football players and 10 staffers have tested...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, accompanied by his granddaughters Maisy Biden, right, and Natalie Biden, center, arrives at Flint Bishop International Airport in Flint, Mich., Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, for a rally with former President Barack Obama. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The Latest: First lady defends president's handling of virus

Oct. 31, 2020 2:14 PM EDT

WEST BEND, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on the presidential campaign (all times local): 1:10 p.m. Melania Trump is defending the president’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic and criticizing Democrat Joe Biden for his dire warnings about the crisis. The first lady says in prepared remarks to a crowd in...

FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2020, file photo, passengers stand on line at John F. Kennedy International Airport in the Queens borough of New York. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, that the state is now requiring travelers from non-neighboring states to test for COVID-19 before and after arrival in the state. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Travelers to NY must test for virus, nearby states exempted

Oct. 31, 2020 2:05 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York is now requiring travelers from non-neighboring states to test for COVID-19 before and after arrival in the state. The state is scrapping its list that required residents of most states to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in New York. Instead, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said...