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Virus rules prompt restaurant closures in Missouri cities

Dec. 2, 2020 2:32 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Health officials in Kansas City and St. Louis County who shut down some bars and restaurants in recent days for violating coronavirus restrictions are facing legal action and criticism from business owners and some public officials. A Kansas City bar owner is asking a Jackson County...

FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2020, file photo, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. A bipartisan group of lawmakers, including Manchin,  is putting pressure on congressional leaders to accept a split-the-difference solution to the months-long impasse on COVID-19 relief in a last-gasp effort to ship overdue help to a hurting nation before Congress adjourns for the holidays. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Senate GOP leader sticking with partisan virus relief plan

Dec. 2, 2020 1:43 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell said he's largely sticking with a partisan, scaled-back COVID-19 relief bill that has already failed twice this fall, even as Democratic leaders and a bipartisan group of moderates offered concessions in hopes of passing pandemic aid before Congress...

San Francisco bans smoking inside apartments; pot smoking OK

Dec. 2, 2020 1:42 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — City officials in San Francisco have banned all tobacco smoking inside apartments, citing concerns about secondhand smoke. But lighting up a joint inside? That’s still allowed. The Board of Supervisors voted 10-1 Tuesday to approve the ordinance making San Francisco the largest...

Editorial Roundup: Alabama

Dec. 2, 2020 10:41 AM EST

Recent editorials from Alabama newspapers: ___ Dec. 2 The Decatur Daily on the flu season and the rise in COVID-19 hospitalizations in some Alabama hospitals: First, the good news. The good news is we could see a less severe flu season than normal, if patterns elsewhere hold here. In the Southern Hemisphere,...

Editorial Roundup: Georgia

Dec. 2, 2020 10:32 AM EST

Recent editorials from Georgia newspapers: ___ Dec. 1 The Brunswick News on the lack of treatment options for individuals with mental health issues in Georgia: New proposals for improving the treatment of individuals with mental health issues in Georgia will hopefully amount to more than mere lip service. The...

Editorial Roundup: North Carolina

Dec. 2, 2020 10:31 AM EST

Recent editorials from North Carolina newspapers: ___ Dec. 1 The Salisbury Post on a bar in North Carolina that was ordered to close its indoor operation: This year has been challenging for businesses of all types, especially businesses whose revenue has fallen off a cliff because of COVID-19 restrictions or...

Hong Kong activists Joshua Wong, right, and Ivan Lam, left, are escorted by Correctional Services officers to prison, in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020. Three prominent Hong Kong pro-democracy activists,  Wong, Lam, and Agnes Chow were sentenced to jail Wednesday for a protest outside police headquarters as authorities step up a crackdown on opposition to tighter Chinese control of the territory. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Hong Kong activists Joshua Wong, Agnes Chow, Ivan Lam jailed

Dec. 2, 2020 9:57 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Three prominent Hong Kong pro-democracy activists were sentenced to jail Wednesday for a protest outside police headquarters as authorities stepped up a crackdown on opposition to tighten control by Beijing over the territory. The activists — Joshua Wong, Agnes Chow and Ivan Lam...

Tigray refugees who fled the conflict in the Ethiopia's Tigray carry their furniture on the banks of the Tekeze River on the Sudan-Ethiopia border, in Hamdayet, eastern Sudan, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. The elderly woman waits for her family with their two cows they brought with them at center. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

UN, Ethiopia sign deal for aid access to embattled Tigray

Dec. 2, 2020 9:56 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — In a breakthrough a month after deadly conflict cut off Ethiopia’s Tigray region from the world, the United Nations on Wednesday said it and the Ethiopian government have signed a deal to allow “unimpeded” humanitarian access, at least for areas under federal...

At several places in the pedestrian zone people have put up candles in memory of the victims in Trier Germany, Wednesday, Dec.2, 2020. The day before, a 51-year-old man had raced through the pedestrian zone in an SUV, killing five people in the process. (Oliver Dietze/dpa via AP)

German city grieves after 5 killed in pedestrian zone attack

Dec. 2, 2020 9:47 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Residents of Trier placed flowers and lit candles at the base of the southwestern German city's landmark Roman gate Wednesday in tribute to the five people who were killed and more than a dozen others injured when a man sped an SUV through a central pedestrian zone. His motive remained...

Upstate NY mayor, ex-police chief arrested on drug charges

Dec. 2, 2020 8:21 AM EST

MASSENA, N.Y. (AP) — The mayor and former police chief of a northern New York town was arrested on drug charges after an undercover drug operation, authorities said. Timmy Currier, the mayor of Massena, threw a gram of crack cocaine out of his car window before his arrest Tuesday, the St. Lawrence County...