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People wearing protective masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walk through the row of ginkgo trees along the sidewalk as the trees and sidewalk are covered with the bright yellow leaves Friday, Nov. 27, 2020, in Tokyo.(AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

The Latest: Minnesota tops 100 daily deaths for 1st time

Nov. 27, 2020 1:46 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Health has reported 101 more COVID-19 deaths, the first time the state has topped 100 single-day deaths since the start of the pandemic. The state health department reported 5,704 new cases on Friday, putting the state at 3,476 deaths and 295,001 cases since...

7 of Nebraska's 10 largest cities have local mask mandates

Nov. 27, 2020 12:26 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Seven of Nebraska's 10 largest cities have imposed mask mandates to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus, though Gov. Pete Ricketts has resisted ordering them to be worn throughout the state. The cities issued the orders as the number of virus cases, hospitalizations and deaths...

Judge tosses cases involving Omaha protesters

Nov. 27, 2020 9:05 AM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A judge has dismissed cases against 25 people who were arrested and jailed for blocking traffic at a bridge during a summer racial injustice protest in Omaha. The Omaha World-Herald reports that Douglas County Judge Marcena Hendrix ruled Wednesday that Omaha's ordinance prohibiting the...

Man in custody after 2-state car chase

Nov. 27, 2020 8:18 AM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A Bellevue, Nebraska, man is jailed after a lengthy chased that crossed back and forth across the Iowa-Nebraska line. The Omaha World-Herald reports that the 34-year-old suspect is accused of a long list of crimes, including reckless driving and possession of methamphetamine. It wasn't...

Nebraska nurse dies of COVID-19 as cases surge

Nov. 26, 2020 4:25 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska hospital is mourning the death of a nurse who died of the coronavirus as cases surge across the state. The nurse, who worked on a surgical unit at Immanuel Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska, died Wednesday, according to a letter by Ann Schumacher, president of CHI Health. The...

Taylor scores 21 to lead Austin Peay over Omaha 72-66

Nov. 25, 2020 8:16 PM EST

ESTERO, Fla. (AP) — Terry Taylor had 21 points and 12 rebounds as Austin Peay beat Nebraska Omaha 72-66 on Wednesday at the Gulf Coast Showcase. Jordyn Adams had 18 points for Austin Peay (1-0). Reginald Gee added 14 points. Mike Peake had four blocks. Marlon Ruffin had 20 points for the Mavericks (0-1)....

FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2020 file photo, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts speaks during a news conference in Lincoln, Neb. Gov. Ricketts and other state officials unveiled the state's plan to distribute a coronavirus vaccination on Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, at the Capitol in Lincoln, Nebraska. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik File)

2 more Nebraska cities require masks amid COVID-19 surge

Nov. 25, 2020 5:29 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Two more of Nebraska's biggest cities joined the growing list of communities that have passed local mask requirements in the face of the governor's refusal to issue a statewide mask order to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. The leaders of Grand Island and La Vista voted Tuesday...

Omaha council approves new police union contract

Nov. 25, 2020 7:58 AM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Omaha City Council has approved a new five-year police union contract, even while acknowledging that it doesn't overhaul the police department the way some residents wanted. The Omaha World-Herald reports that the council gave its approval at a meeting Tuesday. The new contract...

This undated photo provided by the Sarpy County Jail shows Roberto Carlos Silva, of Omaha, who was arrested in connection to an attack at a Nebraska fast food restaurant in which two people were shot and killed and two were wounded. Silva was booked into jail early Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020 on suspicion of first-degree homicide and arson charges in the attack Saturday night at a Sonic Drive-in in the Omaha suburb of Bellevue. (Sarpy County Jail via AP)

Bond denied in fatal attack at Nebraska fast food restaurant

Nov. 24, 2020 1:36 PM EST

PAPILLION, Neb. (AP) — A 23-year-old man charged with fatally shooting two employees at a Nebraska fast food restaurant and wounding two others was denied bond Tuesday at his first court appearance. Roberto Carlos Silva Jr. faces two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of attempted first-degree...

Nebraska man faces January sentencing for vehicular homicide

Nov. 24, 2020 11:06 AM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska man who plowed his dump truck into the back of a stopped minivan will be sentenced in January in the deaths of two youths. A Sarpy County jury found Jesse O. Knight of Papillion, Nebraska, guilty on Friday of two counts of motor vehicle homicide, the Omaha World-Herald...