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Washington state issues more COVID restrictions for colleges

Oct. 20, 2020 10:34 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee will now require colleges and universities to provide quarantine facilities for all students if they are exposed to COVID-19. The governor on Tuesday issued more restrictions for higher education campuses as the University of Washington struggles to contain...

Military personnel enter the Sudima Hotel in Christchurch, New Zealand, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. A number of fishing crew who flew into New Zealand on chartered planes have the coronavirus. The crew members have been in quarantine at the Christchurch hotel since they arrived, and tested positive during routine testing, officials said. The news could deal a blow to New Zealand’s efforts to restart its fishing industry, which has struggled to find local workers to crew fishing vessels.  (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

The Latest: Imported workers test positive in New Zealand

Oct. 20, 2020 10:27 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Eighteen fishing crewmen who last week flew to New Zealand from Moscow have tested positive for the coronavirus, underscoring the difficulty New Zealand faces in trying to import needed workers while remaining virtually virus free. A total of 235 crew from Russia and Ukraine were...

Han Shin Bi, a high school senior in Seoul, demonstrates how to take online classes after an interview in Seoul, South Korea, on Sept. 18, 2020. “Online classes were really inconvenient,” said Han. Experts say the reduced interaction with teachers, digital distractions and technical difficulties are widening the education achievement gap among students in South Korea, leaving those less well off, like Han, at even more at a disadvantage. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Pandemic widens learning gap in education-obsessed S. Korea

Oct. 20, 2020 10:03 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — When South Korea began its delayed school year with remote learning in April, that spelled trouble for low-income students who rely on public education, get easily distracted and cannot afford cram schools or tutors used by many in this education-obsessed country. Students like...

FILE - In this Aug. 25, 2020 file photo hundreds of Immanuel Schools supporters hold signs and gather outside the B.F. Sisk Courthouse in support of the schools' decision to defy the county's COVID-19 orders prior to a court hearing in Fresno, Calif. The California private school has been ordered to pay $15,000 for defying a judge's order to close classrooms and stop in-person teaching. The decision Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, in the Fresno County Superior Court ends a nearly three-month legal battle between Immanuel Schools, a private K-12 Christian school in California's Central Valley, and county and state officials. (Craig Kohlruss/The Fresno Bee via AP, File)

California school fined for violating court COVID-19 order

Oct. 20, 2020 9:52 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California private school has been ordered to pay $15,000 for defying a judge’s order to close classrooms and stop in-person teaching, in what may be the first judgment of its kind against a California school for violating health orders aimed at slowing the spread of...

At least 50 COVID-19 cases tied to North Carolina event

Oct. 20, 2020 9:32 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Health officials in a North Carolina county said Tuesday evening they are investigating at least 50 confirmed cases of COVID-19 connected to an event at a church, according to TV station WBTV. Mecklenburg County urged all people who attended convocation events at the United House of...

Indiana Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb participates in the Indiana Gubernatorial debate with Democrat Woody Myers and Libertarian Donald Rainwater, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, in Indianapolis. The candidates were in separate studios to allow for social distancing guidelines. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Indiana governor faces debate challenges over virus actions

Oct. 20, 2020 9:27 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb took on the conservative criticism over his coronavirus pandemic orders as he faced his two reelection challengers in a televised debate Tuesday night. Holcomb, a Republican, also faced arguments from Democratic candidate Woody Myers that he’s been too...

Nevada plans no immediate changes as COVID-19 cases spike

Oct. 20, 2020 9:16 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada’s rate of coronavirus infections is steadily rising again. But state officials are reluctant to blame relaxed guidelines and say there is no reason yet to consider stricter measures. “We’re not at that point now,” Gov. Steve Sisolak said Tuesday....

President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Erie International Airport Tom Ridge Field in Erie, Pa, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

In debate countdown, Trump holds rally, Biden does prep

Oct. 20, 2020 9:12 PM EDT

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — President Donald Trump pushed into arguably the most important state on the electoral map on Tuesday, opting for a rally in Pennsylvania instead of formal debate practice two days ahead of the final presidential debate that may be his last, best chance to alter the trajectory of the 2020...

FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2020, file photo, empty seats are shown at Levi's Stadium during the first half of an NFL football game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Arizona Cardinals in Santa Clara, Calif. California health officials announced Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, that they will allow a limited number of fans to attend professional sporting events in counties with lower rates of transmission of the coronavirus. That includes Santa Clara County, home to the San Francisco 49ers professional football team, but health officials there said they won't allow fans at such events anytime soon. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

California will allow fans at pro sports but not Disneyland

Oct. 20, 2020 8:05 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will let fans back in outdoor stadiums for pro sporting events in counties with low coronavirus infection rates but isn’t ready to allow Disneyland and other major theme parks to reopen, the state's top health official said Tuesday. San Francisco and neighboring...

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Oregon surpass 40,000

Oct. 20, 2020 7:51 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Health officials say Oregon has surpassed 40,000 confirmed coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic. The Oregon Health Authority on Tuesday reported 346 new confirmed and presumptive cases, bringing the state's case tally to 40,135. The death toll is 633. When Gov. Kate Brown...