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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...

FILE  - In this May 11, 2020, file photo, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear puts on a face mask after speaking to reporters at the Capitol in Frankfort, Ky. Kentucky's governor said Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020,  that he will quarantine after a member of his security detail who drove with his family the day before later tested positive for COVID-19.
Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear said he and his family feel fine, show no coronavirus symptoms and have tested negative for the virus. (Ryan C. Hermens/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP, File)

The Latest: Kentucky sees near-record number of new cases

Oct. 30, 2020 9:53 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Kentucky reported a near-record number of new coronavirus cases Friday as the surging outbreak continued sending more people to hospitals, Gov. Andy Beshear said. “This is a dangerous time. We’re moving the wrong way,” the Democratic governor said as he urged Kentuckians to...

FILE - In this July 17, 2020, file photo, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp speaks during a coronavirus briefing at the Capitol, in Atlanta. Republican Gov. Kemp and his wife are quarantining after being exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19, his spokesman announced Friday, Oct. 30. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

Georgia governor tests negative for COVID-19 after exposure

Oct. 30, 2020 5:42 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Republican Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp tested negative for COVID-19 after having had “direct exposure” to someone who tested positive, but he is quarantining as a precaution, according to a statement posted to his official Twitter account Friday. The statement said first lady...

Georgia state Rep. Bob Trammell attends and event with Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden at Mountain Top Inn & Resort, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, in Warm Springs, Ga. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Georgia Democrats need big leap to win state House majority

Oct. 30, 2020 2:57 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Republicans again find themselves playing defense in Georgia's state House of Representatives, as Democrats try to leap to a majority in a chamber they haven't controlled since 2004. Democrats must capture a net of 16 seats to control the 180-seat House, overcoming the GOP's 105-75 majority....

A sailboat on a trailer sits overturned in Pass Christian, Miss., Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, in the aftermath of Hurricane Zeta, which passed through Wednesday . (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

The Latest: Calls for voting extension in Georgia after Zeta

Oct. 29, 2020 6:02 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on Zeta (all times CDT): 5 p.m. ATLANTA — A group of civil rights organizations is asking Georgia’s governor to extend early voting hours Friday after the storm disrupted voting Thursday in the battleground state. Groups including the Georgia NAACP and Fair Fight...

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jaime Harrison speaks at a campaign rally on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, in North Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

In South, most Black Senate candidates since Reconstruction

Oct. 29, 2020 11:40 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — In the battle for control of the U.S. Senate this year, the Deep South is fielding more Black candidates than it has since Reconstruction. In South Carolina, Jaime Harrison is raising a previously unfathomable amount of money in what has become a competitive fight to unseat one of the...

Stegeman Coliseum on the campus of the University of Georgia opened for early voting on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020 in Athens, Ga. The Coliseum will be open Oct. 27-29 to all Clarke County voters for early voting. (Joshua L. Jones /Athens Banner-Herald via AP)

Suing governments, designated fees on the ballot in Georgia

Oct. 29, 2020 10:15 AM EDT

Georgia voters will decide whether to make it easier to sue the state and local governments as well as whether it should be harder for the state to spend fees collected for designated purposes on other things. A pair of proposed amendments to Georgia's constitution dealing with those issues appear at the bottom...

This combination photo shows poster art for political documentaries, from left,

Ahead of the election, a landslide of documentaries

Oct. 28, 2020 12:11 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The election has unleashed an avalanche of documentaries like no season before it. Dozens of films, exploring issues from gerrymandering to white supremacists, have sought to illuminate the many issues and trends voters are confronting at the polls on Tuesday. In a presidential election of...

Hallways are empty at Clarke Central High School that would normally be packed with students heading to class in Athens, Ga., on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic Athens-Clarke County Schools are doing distance learning this fall. (Joshua L. Jones/Athens Banner-Herald via AP)

Quarantines vex some Georgia schools as infections spread

Oct. 27, 2020 1:41 PM EDT

ROME, Ga. (AP) — A northwest Georgia school system is sending all its students home to take classes virtually for 10 days because of coronavirus infections and quarantines. The Rome school system said Tuesday that with more than 600 students, faculty and staff members isolated with infections or...

Dr. Robert R. Redfield, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, speaks during a COVID-19 briefing at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention headquarter campus in Atlanta, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020.  (Alyssa Pointer /Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Georgia infections show sharper rise if rapid tests included

Oct. 26, 2020 9:21 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — COVID-19 infections are rising more rapidly in Georgia, in line with a national trend of increasing cases. The broadest measure of COVID-19 cases, which includes rapid antigen tests as well as the more precise genetic tests, shows the number of confirmed and probable cases was 18% higher in...