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FILE - In this May 28, 2020, file photo, a woman passes a fence outside Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery adorned with tributes to victims of COVID-19 in New York. The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus topped 200,000 Tuesday, Sept. 22, a figure unimaginable eight months ago when the scourge first reached the world’s richest nation with its sparkling laboratories, top-flight scientists and towering stockpiles of medicines and emergency supplies. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

'Unfathomable': US death toll from coronavirus hits 200,000

Sep. 22, 2020 9:16 PM EDT

The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus topped 200,000 Tuesday, by far the highest in the world, hitting the once-unimaginable threshold six weeks before an election that is certain to be a referendum in part on President Donald Trump's handling of the crisis. “It is completely unfathomable that...

Senate OKs bill to loosen virus limits on restaurants, bars

Sep. 22, 2020 8:44 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Legislation to loosen Gov. Tom Wolf's pandemic restrictions on Pennsylvania's bars and restaurants easily passed the state Senate on Tuesday. The Republican-controlled Senate voted 43 to 6 for a bill that would end the requirement that customers buy food in order to purchase alcohol...

NY urged to avoid another surge of virus in jails, prisons

Sep. 22, 2020 8:26 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Family members of incarcerated New Yorkers and corrections officers are calling on the state’s lawmakers and governor to ensure prisons and jails won’t again face a staffing shortage, barriers to social distancing and dangerous rationing of protective gear ahead of the...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020 file photo Wesley Thomas works out at Fitness SF Transbay during the coronavirus outbreak in San Francisco. A steady drop in coronavirus cases across California cleared the way Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, for the wider reopening of businesses in nine counties, including much of the Bay Area, the state said. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu,File)

California reopens more widely as infections hit lowest rate

Sep. 22, 2020 8:22 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — More of California was cleared to reopen additional businesses Tuesday, including most of the San Francisco Bay Area and one of Southern California's largest counties, as coronavirus infection rates have fallen to their lowest level of the pandemic. Dr. Mark Ghaly, the state health...

In this image made from UNTV video, Muhammadu Buhari, President of Nigeria, speaks in a pre-recorded message which was played during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, at UN headquarters in New York. The U.N.'s first virtual meeting of world leaders started Tuesday with pre-recorded speeches from some of the planet's biggest powers, kept at home by the coronavirus pandemic that will likely be a dominant theme at their video gathering this year. (UNTV via AP)

The Latest: Nigeria urges vaccine to be available to all

Sep. 22, 2020 8:15 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest from the U.N. General Assembly (all times EDT): 8:15 p.m. The president of Africa’s most populous country, Nigeria, is calling for the “uninhibited supply of safe and effective coronavirus vaccines for all.” African nations have been outspoken in...

Judge will rule soon on GOP attempt to block mail ballots

Sep. 22, 2020 8:13 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Requiring Montana counties to open polling places for November's election would be “absolutely catastrophic," for voters and for public health, the governor's chief legal counsel, Raph Graybill, told a federal judge Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen heard arguments...

U.S President Donald Trump is seen on a video screen remotely addressing the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, at U.N. headquarters. This year's annual gathering of world leaders at U.N. headquarters will be almost entirely

World powers clash, virus stirs anger at virtual UN meeting

Sep. 22, 2020 8:08 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Kept apart by a devastating pandemic and dispersed across the globe, world leaders convened electronically Tuesday for an unprecedented high-level meeting, where the U.N. chief exhorted them to unite and tackle the era’s towering problems: the coronavirus, the “economic...

WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert answers questions about a postponed game between the Seattle Storm and the Minnesota Lynx after Game 1 of a WNBA basketball semifinal round playoff game between the Connecticut Sun and the Las Vegas Aces, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Bradenton, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Game on! Seattle, Minnesota set to start WNBA playoff series

Sep. 22, 2020 8:07 PM EDT

The Seattle Storm and Minnesota Lynx prepared to take the court Tuesday night, two days after Game 1 of their WNBA playoff semifinal was postponed because of inconclusive COVID-19 tests. WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert said three players on the Storm had inconclusive results Sunday from tests they took the day...

Texas health department reports 3,964 new coronavirus cases

Sep. 22, 2020 8:06 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas health officials reported 3,964 new cases Tuesday of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 and 77 more COVID-19 deaths. The number of Texas cases since the pandemic began reached 716,207 while the death toll had reached 14,994, the Department of State Health Services said. The...

Kentucky wins quick federal approval for extra jobless aid

Sep. 22, 2020 7:20 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky won swift federal approval for another infusion of extra unemployment payments for many people who lost work during the COVID-19 outbreak, Gov. Andy Beshear said Tuesday. The go-ahead came one day after Beshear announced his administration requested the supplemental $400 in...