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Tennessee reveals priorities for first coronavirus vaccines

Oct. 23, 2020 7:43 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's Department of Health has revealed its plan to distribute COVID-19 vaccines once they become available. According to a news release, the agency submitted its draft proposal to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week. The plan was made public on...

Members of the festival organizing team at the Kali Bari Hindu temple pray via live transmission on the first day of Durga Puja celebrations in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. Most of the festival festivities are being scaled down following the health officials warning about the potential for the coronavirus to spread during the religious festival season, which is marked by huge gatherings in temples and shopping districts. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

Asia Today: Vaccine promise is election issue in India state

Oct. 23, 2020 7:28 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — A promise of free COVID-19 vaccination has become an issue in key state elections in India. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman made the promise when releasing the ruling Hindu nationalist party’s manifesto for elections that begin in Bihar state next week. Every Bihar resident...

A woman walks past a personal finance loan office Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, in Franklin, Tenn.  Consumers, by and large, improved their credit profile during the pandemic. Helped by federal stimulus payments, expanded unemployment benefits, lender relief agreements and a shift in habits, Americans used less credit, paid down debt, made fewer late payments and improved their credit scores. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Keeping your credit profile healthy during a pandemic

Oct. 23, 2020 7:00 AM EDT

Credit may not be top of mind for many consumers these days. But as the pandemic and its associated economic woes drag on, they may want to give it some attention. COVID AND CREDIT The good news is that consumers, by and large, improved their credit profile during the pandemic, despite record unemployment and...

People wearing face masks to protect from coronavirus, sit in a square in Barcelona, Spain, Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. Spain has reported 1 million confirmed infections — the highest number in Western Europe — and at least 34,000 deaths from COVID-19, although experts say the number is much higher since many cases were missed because of testing shortages and other problems. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

The Latest: Poland brings in restrictions across the country

Oct. 23, 2020 6:54 AM EDT

Poland’s government has announced all of the country will become a “red zone” of strict anti-COVID-19 restrictions starting Saturday, just short of a lockdown. Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki appealed Friday to Poles to strictly observe the restrictions in order to protect lives. The...

Sailboats sit anchored off Choeng Mon beach on the resort island of Koh Samui, Thailand, on Oct. 15, 2020. Thai Health officials said Friday, Oct. 23, 2020 a French woman who traveled to the resort island on the same day and later tested positive for the coronavirus there probably acquired the infection after arriving in Thailand. (AP Photo/Adam Schreck)

French woman in Thailand may have acquired virus locally

Oct. 23, 2020 6:45 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A French woman on the Thai resort island of Samui has tested positive for the coronavirus and probably acquired it after arriving in Thailand in what could be one of few cases of local transmission, health officials said Friday. The finding was announced the same week that Thailand began...

Medical staff transfer a COVID-19 patient, due to the lack of room, from the CHR Citadelle hospital in Liege, Belgium, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. Authorities in Belgium fear another deadly wave of coronavirus cases could soon hit care homes for the elderly, as the country also confronts the possibility of its hospitals becoming overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

Restrictions tightened, but no new virus lockdown in Belgium

Oct. 23, 2020 5:38 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgian Prime minister Alexander De Croo stopped short Friday of imposing another full lockdown, as the country did in March, but introduced a series of new restrictive measures as the number of COVID-19-related hospital admissions and deaths continues to soar. Already severely hit during...

FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2020, file photo, Ohio State head coach Ryan Day talks to his team during their NCAA college football practice in Columbus, Ohio. No. 6 Ohio State has outsized expectations for the 2020 season after coming within one play of advancing to the national championship game last season. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)

On other side of an outbreak, teams can find some relief

Oct. 23, 2020 2:32 AM EDT

A few days before the long-awaited start of the Big Ten football season, Ohio State coach Ryan Day was not about to celebrate a win over COVID-19. “To look at it like it’s been a success right now would be premature because we have two more months,” Day said. “This is not a...

Koki Ozora, a college student who started a nonprofit called

Japan youngster starts volunteer online message counseling

Oct. 23, 2020 1:10 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Suicides are on the rise among Japanese teens and that worries 21-year-old Koki Ozora, who grew up depressed and lonely. His nonprofit “Anata no Ibasho,” or “A Place for You,” is run entirely by volunteers. It offers a 24-hour text-messaging service for those...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden answers a question as President Donald Trump listens during the second and final presidential debate Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, Pool)

AP FACT CHECK: Falsehoods and fumbles in Trump-Biden debate

Oct. 23, 2020 1:10 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The facts took a hit right out of the gate Thursday night. President Donald Trump’s first line of the night, about COVID-19 deaths, was false and set the tone as he and Democratic rival Joe Biden unleashed a torrent of claims in their last presidential debate. Trump misrepresented...

FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2020 file photo Gov. Brad Little makes a COVID announcement plan during a press conference at the Joe R. Williams Building in Boise, Idaho. Moments after hearing their regional hospital was overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients and looking at sending people as far away as Seattle for care, members of Idaho's northernmost health department board voted to repeal the local mask mandate. (Darin Oswald/Idaho Statesman via AP, File)

Hospitals are full but some parts of Idaho refuse mask rules

Oct. 23, 2020 1:04 AM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Moments after hearing an Idaho hospital was overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients and looking at sending people as far away as Seattle for care, members of a regional health department board voted Thursday to repeal a local mask mandate. “Most of our medical surgical beds at Kootenai...