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Pedestrians wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walk on a street during the morning rush hour in Beijing, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

The Latest: Cases in Czech Rep soar to 12K amid new measures

Oct. 21, 2020 2:35 AM EDT

PRAGUE — Coronavirus infections in the Czech Republic have hit new record levels as the number of confirmed cases in one day soared to almost 12,000. The Health Ministry says the day-to-day increase reached 11,984 on Tuesday, almost 900 more than the previous record set on Friday. The country has...

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...

Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson (21) and linebacker Jordan Hicks, rear, combine to tackle Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, right front, after a short gain in the second half of an NFL football game in Arlington, Texas, Monday, Oct. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

McCarthy's 1st season in Dallas coming apart over turnovers

Oct. 20, 2020 9:27 PM EDT

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Mike McCarthy is a big believer in winning the turnover battle. His first season as coach of the Dallas Cowboys is coming apart because of how badly his team is losing that battle. Dallas is minus-12 in turnover margin, the worst in the NFL through six games since 2013 and the worst...

Ballots mailed-in are ready to be sorted at the King County Elections office Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, in Renton, Wash. Election officials there said that 280,000 county ballots had already been returned, nearly 20% of the total sent to voters. Washington state is one of five states, along with Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, and Utah, that conduct elections entirely by mail-in voting. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

More than 17% of Washington voters have returned ballots

Oct. 20, 2020 8:21 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Voters in Washington state are returning their ballots much earlier than in previous years, with 17.6% of the state’s more than 4.8 million voters already having cast their votes two weeks before Election Day. The secretary of state’s office reported that as of Tuesday...

Man who wanted to see Trump gets time served in standoff

Oct. 20, 2020 3:11 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Washington state man who said he was traveling to see President Donald Trump has been sentenced to time served for assaulting Secret Service special agents in West Virginia. Joshua Wills, 31, of Bremerton, Washington, was sentenced in federal court in Charleston to the 23 months...

Republican Rep. Tom Dent diagnosed with COVID-19

Oct. 20, 2020 1:32 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Republican state Rep. Tom Dent of Moses Lake is the second Washington lawmaker known to have tested positive for COVID-19. The Yakima Herald-Republic reported Monday that Dent, who is up for reelection, talked about his diagnosis on NewsTalk-KIT Radio and said he's been recovering at...

Washington's 3rd District race again sets money record

Oct. 20, 2020 1:10 PM EDT

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — This year's race for Washington's 3rd U.S. House District is the most expensive in the southwest Washington district's history. The Columbian reports Democrat Carolyn Long and Republican incumbent Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler set the record two years after setting the previous high...

Car built in Washington state sets a world record at 316 mph

Oct. 20, 2020 12:24 PM EDT

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state car company says it's set a world record after its newest vehicle reached an average speed of 316 mph (510 kph) along a highway in Nevada. Guinness World Records said Richland-based SSC North America's Tuatara model is the fastest production car, The Bellingham...

Trespassers find body in abandoned home south of Spokane

Oct. 20, 2020 12:02 PM EDT

VALLEYFORD, Wash. (AP) — A woman being held in the Whitman County Jail recently told law enforcement officers that she found a body in the garage of an abandoned-looking home in Valleyford, which is just south of Spokane. Spokane County sheriff’s deputies then searched the property and found the...