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Texas reports 3,978 new coronavirus cases, 123 more deaths

Sep. 18, 2020 7:17 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — More than 3,978 new cases were reported Friday of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, as well as 123 new COVID-19 deaths, according to Texas health officials. Hospitalizations from COVID-19 also continued to fall with 3,172 beds filled Friday, 74 fewer than the day before. The trend...

The Denver Broncos and the Tennessee Titans take the field in an empty stadium prior to an NFL football game, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

Empty seats make for some strange sights, sounds in NFL

Sep. 18, 2020 2:05 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Broncos quarterback Drew Lock felt like he was at the library, whispering in the huddle at empty Empower Field so the Tennessee Titans couldn’t eavesdrop. All the vacant seats at Gillette Stadium had Patriots star Julian Edelman reminiscing about his time in junior college. Aaron...

Medical staff prepare to take a COVID-19 tests at a drive through community based assessment centre in Christchurch, New Zealand, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. Health authorities in New Zealand are scrambling to trace the source of a new outbreak of the coronavirus as the nation's largest city, Auckland, goes back into lockdown. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

The Latest: First case-free day for New Zealand in 5 weeks

Sep. 17, 2020 11:15 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand has reported no new confirmed cases of the coronavirus for the first time in more than five weeks as hopes rise that an outbreak discovered in Auckland last month has been stamped out. Friday’s report also marked the fourth consecutive day without any cases of...

Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy, right, is seen on the sideline against the Los Angeles Rams in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in Inglewood, Calif. (Keith Birmingham/The Orange County Register via AP)

Cowboys host Falcons, with McCarthy moving past memory lane

Sep. 17, 2020 6:28 PM EDT

Mike McCarthy got the sentimental stuff out of the way before his first home game as coach of the Dallas Cowboys, in the stadium where he won his Super Bowl with Green Bay a decade ago. After getting hired, McCarthy wanted to know how long the ride was from team headquarters to AT&T Stadium, so he made the...

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks during a news conference where he provided an update to Texas' response to COVID-19, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Texas eases virus rules as cases drop, but bars still closed

Sep. 17, 2020 3:45 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas is ready to relax coronavius restrictions for the first time in months, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott announced Thursday, but bars remain closed indefinitely and a mask mandate is still in place following a massive summer spread that became one of the deadliest outbreaks in the...

Texas reports 3,400 new COVID-19 cases, 135 deaths

Sep. 16, 2020 6:36 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas health officials reported more than 3,400 confirmed new cases of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 on Wednesday, as well as 135 new COVID-19 deaths. Hospitalizations from COVID-19 continued to fall. Amid those improvising numbers, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott scheduled a...

In this Aug. 7, 2020 photo provided by the Iowa Falls Times Citizen, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds greets people at the Hardin County GOP Sweet Corn Feed in Eldora, Iowa. Reynolds scoffs at calls for a statewide mask order, calling them

Iowa governor won't budge on masks even as virus deaths rise

Sep. 15, 2020 11:48 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Plenty of Republican governors initially rejected mask mandates, but few have held to their skepticism amid soaring coronavirus cases with the tenacity of Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds. Reynolds scoffs at calls for a statewide mask order, calling them “feel-good” actions, and...

FILE - In this Oct. 30, 2018 file photo, Chick-fil-A signage is displayed in downtown, Athens, Ga. Chick-fil-A said Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, that it no longer plans to open a restaurant in the San Antonio airport, even though the Texas city relented and agreed to let it do so after more than a year of legal wrangling. (Joshua L. Jones/Athens Banner-Herald via AP, File)

Chick-fil-A: No longer seeking lease at San Antonio airport

Sep. 14, 2020 5:04 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Chick-fil-A said Monday that it no longer plans to open a restaurant in the San Antonio airport, even though the Texas city relented after more than a year of legal wrangling that began when some city leaders opposed the fast-food chain getting a spot, citing donations made by company...

Houston Police chief Art Acevedo announces the department's findings in an April 21 officer-involved fatal shooting of Nicolas Chavez, during a press conference at the Edward A. Thomas building on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, in Houston. (Godofredo A. Vásquez/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Houston chief: Officers ignored training in fatal shooting

Sep. 11, 2020 6:55 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston police officers initially seemed to be doing everything right during their April encounter with a man in the midst of a mental health crisis. But when the man picked up a stun gun, the officers killed him with a barrage of 21 bullets. Officers can be heard on body-camera footage...

In this photo taken Friday, June 5, 2020, a surfer walks on a sparsely populated Waikiki beach in Honolulu. Hawaii faces unpleasant options for addressing a dramatic decline in tax revenues precipitated by the coronavirus pandemic and the shutdown of the state's tourism industry. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)

The Latest: Illinois university quarantines all student body

Sep. 8, 2020 10:48 PM EDT

PEORIA, Ill. — Bradley University in central Illinois is requiring its entire student body to quarantine for two weeks because of clusters of COVID-19 on campus and is reverting to remote learning, officials announced Tuesday. Officials of the private university said they have linked a spike of the...