Latest 2019-2020 Coronavirus pandemic News

COVID-19 cases grow in Maine, which had kept virus at bay

Oct. 27, 2020 3:20 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine has posted three consecutive days with more than 50 reported coronavirus cases for the first time since May. The state’s total number of reported cases of coronavirus has increased by 57, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. The new cases...

FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2020, file photo, Theola Carter, left, and Carrie Braxton fill out their ballots on the first day of the state's in-person absentee voting window for the Nov. 3 election outside the City-County Building In Madison, Wis. With just a week to go until Election Day and 320,000 outstanding absentee ballots in hotly contested battleground Wisconsin, the push is on to get all ballots returned after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to extend the counting deadline. (John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal via AP File)

Supreme Court ruling spurs Wisconsin to get early votes in

Oct. 27, 2020 3:18 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democrats and Republicans in the battleground state of Wisconsin were pushing Tuesday to get 320,000 outstanding absentee ballots returned by the close of polls on Election Day after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to extend the deadline to receive and count ballots, as Democrats had...

Washington joins multi-state review pact on COVID-19 vaccine

Oct. 27, 2020 3:12 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington is among a handful of Western states that have joined California in a pact to independently review the safety and efficacy of any coronavirus vaccine that is ultimately approved by the FDA before any distribution occurs in those states, Gov. Jay Inslee announced Tuesday. ...

In this Oct. 20, 2020, photo, Evelio Mancera and his daughter, Jennifer Mancera, both residents of Madison, fill out their ballots on the first day of the state's in-person absentee voting window for the Nov. 3 election outside the city's City-County Building Tuesday in Madison, Wis. (John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

Worst place, worst time: Trump faces virus spike in Midwest

Oct. 27, 2020 3:10 PM EDT

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) — Gabe Loiacono is the kind of voter President Donald Trump can ill afford to lose. He lives in a pivotal county of a swing state that is among a handful that will decide the presidency. A college history professor who last cast a ballot for a Democrat more than 20 years ago, Loiacono...

Carol McCarthy sends candy down the candy chute that she will use to give out treats to socially-distant trick-or-treaters on Halloween, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, in Palmyra, N.J. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

One Good Thing: Wickedly creative pandemic trick-or-treating

Oct. 27, 2020 3:10 PM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — Dropping candy down a chute for little costumed Baby Sharks, Mulans and Black Panthers. Flinging full-size candy bars to them via mini-catapults, “Game of Thrones” style, or with decorated slingshots. Scattering candy at social distances across the front yard, placing it in...

2021 World Championship Cheese Contest set back due to virus

Oct. 27, 2020 3:09 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The World Championship Cheese Contest set for February 2021 in Madison has been postponed for a year because of the coronavirus, event officials said Tuesday. Contest chief judge Jim Mueller said in a release that the competition in Madison has been rescheduled to March 2022 in order...

FILE- This May 1, 2018, file photo shows Merck corporate headquarters in Kenilworth, N.J.  Surging sales of cancer medicines and reduced spending helped Merck overcome a big hit from the coronavirus pandemic and increase its profit 12% in the second quarter. The  drugmaker on Friday, July 31, 2020,  increased its financial forecast for the year, all while it’s investing in development of two experimental vaccines and a possible treatment for COVID-19.  (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Strong sales of drugs, vaccines, propel Merck in 3Q

Oct. 27, 2020 3:09 PM EDT

Drugmaker Merck, bouncing back from a $1.6 billion hit from the coronavirus pandemic in the second quarter, boosted its third-quarter profit by 55% and blew past Wall Street expectations. The strong result was due to sales slightly higher than a year ago, plus restrained spending. The Kenilworth, New Jersey,...

Judge: SC cannot reject ballots due to mismatched signatures

Oct. 27, 2020 3:07 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A federal judge in South Carolina ruled Tuesday that local election boards cannot reject voters’ ballots on the basis of mismatched signatures and must review and reprocess previously rejected ballots for the upcoming general election. The temporary injunction comes after a...

Indiana reports 51 more COVID-19 deaths, 2K more virus cases

Oct. 27, 2020 3:06 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana reported 51 more coronavirus-related deaths on Tuesday as the state's new coronavirus infections topped 2,000 for the sixth straight day and its COVID-19 hospitalizations remained at the highest level since April. The new deaths, which occurred over several days, raised...

Salt Lake City homeless community prepares for winter

Oct. 27, 2020 3:04 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A homeless shelter in Salt Lake City has asked the public for help with clothing donations as it prepares for the upcoming winter season in Utah. The Rescue Mission of Salt Lake usually hands out up to 80,000 clothing items ahead of the colder months each year to people living on the...