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Lithuania holds parliamentary vote as pandemic hits jobs

Oct. 25, 2020 3:37 PM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Lithuanians voted Sunday in a parliamentary runoff where the winner will have to tackle a growing health crisis and high unemployment due to the coronavirus pandemic. The election was widely expected to bring a change of leadership for the southernmost Baltic nation, which has...

FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, file photo, Salt Lake County Health Department public health nurse Lee Cherie Booth performs a coronavirus test outside the Salt Lake County Health Department in Salt Lake City. About half of U.S. states have seen their highest daily infection numbers so far at some point in October, and the country came very close to back-to-back record daily infection rates last week. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Fear and anxiety spike in virus hot spots across US

Oct. 25, 2020 3:34 PM EDT

Preslie Paur breaks down in tears when she thinks of her state’s refusal to mandate face masks. The South Salt Lake City, Utah, woman can’t work at her special education job due to an autoimmune disease. Her husband, also a special ed teacher, recently quit because his school district would not...

FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2019, file photo, Armando Espinoza delivers paper products to a cafe in downtown Sonoma, Calif., where power is turned off. Pacific Gas & Electric says it may cut power to some 1 million people this weekend in central and Northern California, which could see the most dangerous fire weather of the season. PG&E says it could begin safety shutoffs Sunday morning, Oct. 25, 2020, as gusts and low humidity ramp up the risk of downing power lines and sparking massive fires in tinder-dry brush. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

Utility cuts power to 26,500 Californians over wildfire risk

Oct. 25, 2020 3:30 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric started cutting power Sunday to tens of thousands of customers in Northern California and planned outages for many more to prevent the chance of sparking wildfires due to extreme fire weather. The nation's largest utility said outages began in the north of...

FILE  - In this Sunday Oct. 6, 2019, file photo, Washington D.C. Archbishop Wilton Gregory greets churchgoers at St. Mathews Cathedral after the annual Red Mass in Washington. Pope Francis on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, named 13 new cardinals, including Washington D.C. Archbishop Wilton Gregory, who would become the first Black U.S. prelate to earn the coveted red hat. In a surprise announcement from his studio window to faithful standing below in St. Peter’s Square, Francis said the churchmen would be elevated to a cardinal’s rank in a ceremony on Nov. 28.  (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

Pope names 13 new cardinals, including 1st Black US prelate

Oct. 25, 2020 3:30 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday named 13 new cardinals, including Washington D.C. Archbishop Wilton Gregory, who would become the first Black U.S. prelate to earn the coveted red hat. In a surprise announcement from his studio window to faithful standing below in St. Peter’s Square,...

President Donald Trump points to supporters as he leaves a campaign rally at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Londonderry, N.H. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

The Latest: Trump insists US 'rounding the turn' on virus

Oct. 25, 2020 3:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the presidential campaign (all times local): 3:20 p.m. President Donald Trump is asserting that even without a vaccine, “we’re rounding the turn. It’s going to be over.” Trump made the dubious claim to voters at a packed campaign rally in New...

Missouri reports small increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases

Oct. 25, 2020 3:21 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri health officials reported a relatively small number of newly confirmed COVID-19 cases on Sunday after several days of more than 1,000 new cases. The state has confirmed 167,495 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began, an increase of only 43 over reports on Saturday....

South Dakota tops 1,000 virus cases for 2nd time in 3 days

Oct. 25, 2020 3:14 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The number of new COVID-19 cases in South Dakota increased by more than 1,000 for the second time in three days, state health officials reported Sunday. The state Department of Health reported 1,063 new cases in the last day, two days after the state recorded a daily high of 1,185...

President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Londonderry, N.H. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump aide says 'we're not going to control the pandemic'

Oct. 25, 2020 3:13 PM EDT

LONDONDERRY, N.H. (AP) — The coronavirus has reached into the heart of the White House once more, less than a week before Election Day, as it scorches the nation and the president's top aide says "we're not going to control the pandemic.” Officials on Sunday scoffed at the notion of dialing back...

NDP Leader John Horgan is silhouetted as he sits on his campaign bus following an announcement during a election campaign stop in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)

Pandemic election pays off for ruling British Columbia party

Oct. 25, 2020 3:07 PM EDT

VICTORIA, British Columbia (AP) — The leftist New Democrats won a majority government in the British Columbia election this weekend as voters rewarded Premier John Horgan with a second term after he took a gamble on calling an election during the COVID-19 pandemic. The NDP won enough seats to form a...

A woman casts her ballot on the first day of the parliamentary election inside a polling station in Giza, Egypt, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. Egyptians began voting Saturday in the first stage of a parliamentary election, a vote that is highly likely to produce a toothless House of Representatives packed with supporters of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

Egyptians vote in second day of parliamentary elections

Oct. 25, 2020 3:06 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptians on Sunday trickled into polling stations on the second day of voting for the country’s parliamentary election, amid a slight uptick in daily recorded coronavirus cases. The vote is likely to produce a toothless House of Representatives packed with supporters of President...