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House Speaker Clay Schexnayder, R-Gonzales, gavels in the Special Legislative Session, Monday Sept. 28, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. (Bill Feig/The Advocate via AP)

Louisiana session winds down after GOP virus oversight deal

Oct. 21, 2020 6:47 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Now that Republicans in Louisiana's House and Senate have muscled through a deal to give themselves the ability to nullify Gov. John Bel Edwards' coronavirus restrictions, the waiting game begins. Will the Democratic governor veto the bill, sending lawmakers home with little to show...

Clemson protest focuses on sexual assault survivors

Oct. 21, 2020 6:47 PM EDT

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — About 40 Clemson University students gathered outside a university building Wednesday as part of a multi-day protest to demand support for survivors of sexual violence. The Greenville News reports that the students want university leaders to comply with a set of demands made a year...

FILE - In this Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020 file photo, Penn State head coach Pat Chambers gestures in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Bloomington, Ind. Penn State’s Pat Chambers has resigned following an internal investigation into allegations of inappropriate conduct by the Nittany Lions’ basketball coach. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

Penn State coach Pat Chambers resigns after investigation

Oct. 21, 2020 6:46 PM EDT

Pat Chambers resigned as Penn State's basketball coach Wednesday following an internal investigation by the school into allegations of inappropriate conduct. Chambers, 49, had been at Penn State for nine years and was coming off the team’s best season under his directions. Penn State athletic director...

Merritt Norvell, first Black AD at Michigan State, has died

Oct. 21, 2020 6:30 PM EDT

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Merritt Norvell Jr., the first Black athletic director at Michigan State, has died. He was 79. A spokesman at the University of Nevada confirmed Wednesday that football coach Jay Norvell, who is Merritt Norvell's son, took some time away from the team because of his father's...

Medical Assistant Savannah Dela Vega places a nasal swab in a container for coronavirus testing at the drive-thru clinic in Casper, Wyo., Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. Wyoming health officials reported the number of people hospitalized with the virus has increased to the highest since March. (Cayla Nimmo/The Casper Star-Tribune via AP)

The Latest: CDC official sees 'distressing' rise in cases

Oct. 21, 2020 6:10 PM EDT

ATLANTA — The deputy director for infectious diseases for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the United States is seeing a “distressing trend” with coronavirus cases increasing in nearly three-quarters of the country. Dr. Jay Butler said at a briefing Wednesday one factor in...

State to audit 2 school districts; 22 new COVID-19 deaths

Oct. 21, 2020 5:14 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts education officials have made good on a promise to audit school districts that have not updated their timeline for bringing students back for in-person instruction despite community coronavirus transmission rates considered safe. State Education Commissioner Jeffrey Riley in a...

Survey: Alabama child care enrollment down by 23,000 kids

Oct. 21, 2020 4:41 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Enrollment in child care centers across Alabama has dropped by more than 23,000 children since the coronavirus pandemic began even though most facilities have reopened, a new state report showed Wednesday. While 85% of the 2,381 facilities surveyed by the Department of Human...

In this photo provided by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, clinical research coordinator Tammy Lewis-McCauley administers an injection to Katelyn Evans, a trial participant, as part of the hospital’s clinical trial of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. (Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center via AP)

Next up in hunt for COVID-19 vaccine: Testing shots in kids

Oct. 21, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

The global hunt for a COVID-19 vaccine for kids is only just beginning — a lagging start that has some U.S. pediatricians worried they may not know if any shots work for young children in time for the next school year. Older adults may be most vulnerable to the coronavirus, but ending the pandemic will...

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma to plead to 3 criminal charges

Oct. 21, 2020 4:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Drugmaker Purdue Pharma, the company behind OxyContin, the powerful prescription painkiller that experts say helped touch off an opioid epidemic, will plead guilty to federal criminal charges as part of a settlement of more than $8 billion, the Justice Department announced Wednesday. ...

Governor urges Rhode Islanders to scale back Thanksgiving

Oct. 21, 2020 3:48 PM EDT

With the number of new confirmed COVID-19 cases on the rise, Gov. Gina Raimondo on Wednesday urged Rhode Islanders to scale back their Thanksgiving holiday plans by avoiding out-of-state travel and limiting celebrations to just those who live within the same household. For people planning to attend larger...