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Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a press conference in 10 Downing Street, London, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020 where he announced new restrictions to help combat a coronavirus surge. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali, Pool)

The Latest: Britain imposes monthlong lockdown to curb virus

Oct. 31, 2020 3:34 PM EDT

LONDON — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced England will start a monthlong lockdown next week. Johnson says the new measures will begin Thursday and last until Dec. 2. Non-essential shops must close and people can only leave home for a short list of reasons. Unlike the U.K.’s first...

Dutch government halts KLM bailout amid standoff over terms

Oct. 31, 2020 3:05 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The government of the Netherlands will halt its multibillion euro coronavirus bailout to national carrier KLM amid a standoff with a pilot's union about terms of the rescue package, the Dutch finance minister said Saturday. The dispute, if not resolved, could have dire...

President Donald Trump walks to the podium to speak at a campaign rally at Keith House, Washington's Headquarters, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, in Newtown, Pa. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump baselessly cites fraud in virus toll

Oct. 31, 2020 1:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The actual crisis of the coronavirus pandemic and a manufactured crisis over voting fraud featured heavily in President Donald Trump’s misstatements during the 2020 campaign’s final week. Democrat Joe Biden went astray on trade as he assailed the president’s record on...

The airport fire brigade sprays water onto a 'Lufthansa', left, and 'easyJet' ariplane that are parked in front of Terminal 1 after their arrival at the new Berlin-Brandenburg-Airport 'Willy Brandt' in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. Berlin's new airport opens after years of delays and cost overruns. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

New Berlin airport opens 9 years late with little ceremony

Oct. 31, 2020 12:22 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Nine years late and far above its original budget, Berlin's new airport finally opened on Saturday with little fanfare as the aviation industry struggles with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Construction of the Berlin Brandenburg Airport Willy Brandt, named after the former West...

New Mexico report shows progress in climate change efforts

Oct. 31, 2020 12:07 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico has made progress in reducing greenhouse gases and adapting to the effects of climate change, but work remains, state officials said. A state climate change task force released its second annual climate report Friday, The Santa Fe New Mexican reported Friday. The...

Proposed geothermal plant draws fire in Nevada desert town

Oct. 31, 2020 11:04 AM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Renewable energy power plants have their place — but not in Gerlach, say many residents of the town about 100 miles (161 kilometers) north of Reno. The community of about 100 is fired up about a geothermal project proposed by Reno-based Ormat Technologies Inc., which would sit less...

The Machu Picchu archeological site is devoid of tourists while it's closed amid the COVID-19 pandemic, in the department of Cusco, Peru, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. Currently open to maintenance workers only, the world-renown Incan citadel of Machu Picchu will reopen to the public on Nov. 1. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)

In Peru's Cuzco, pandemic devastates tourism and economy

Oct. 31, 2020 10:47 AM EDT

CUZCO, Peru (AP) — Efraín Valles guided world leaders, pop stars and a princess on exclusive tours through the land of the Incas. He now makes ice cream to survive amid the coronavirus pandemic. Valles, once one of the most sought-after tour guides in Cuzco high in Peru's Andes, is one of the 1.3...

An associate, left, ring customer purchases at a Target store, Tuesday Oct. 20, 2020, in New York. The coronavirus pandemic is transforming holiday hiring this year, with companies starting hiring earlier and offering extra safety protocols. Target said it expects to hire more than 100,000 people for the holiday season. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Pandemic reinvents holiday hiring for retailers

Oct. 31, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Wanted this holiday shopping season: Cart sanitizers, curbside delivery workers and mask enforcers. The push to hire temporary workers has begun in earnest this holiday season — in some cases, weeks earlier than last year. But the pandemic has reshaped the kinds of jobs retailers...

This image provided by U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service shows the website for HealthCare.gov. Millions of Americans who have lost health insurance in an economy shaken by the coronavirus can sign up for taxpayer-subsidized coverage starting Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020. (U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service via AP)

'Obamacare' sign-ups begin as millions more are uninsured

Oct. 31, 2020 9:41 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of Americans who have lost health insurance in an economy shaken by the coronavirus can sign up for taxpayer-subsidized coverage starting Sunday. It's not a new COVID relief program from the government but the return of annual sign-up season under the Affordable Care Act, better...

A timber harvest operation is seen southeast of Martin City, Mont. near the Hungry Horse Reservoir on Oct. 17, 2019. Prices for logs used in timber are reaching record levels amid the pandemic. (Hunter D'Antuono/Flathead Beacon via AP)

High demand, high prices for forest products amid pandemic

Oct. 31, 2020 8:10 AM EDT

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — As the unpredictable nature of the coronavirus pandemic continues to affect every industry differently, sawlog prices in Montana are reaching record levels, said F.H. Stoltze Land and Resource Manager Paul McKenzie. “The product demand has increased dramatically in general...