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Montana National Guard to help with prison COVID-19 outbreak

Oct. 26, 2020 6:34 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Army National Guard has been activated to help officers at a state prison contain a coronavirus outbreak, Gov. Steve Bullock said Monday. The 67 volunteer soldiers will be assisting officers at the Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge over the next two weeks with duties such...

Guard's mobilization ceremony largely virtual in Bismarck

Oct. 26, 2020 9:06 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A send-off ceremony for dozens of North Dakota National Guard members looks very different in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Families weren't invited to the ceremony Sunday in Bismarck where 72 guard members of an assault helicopter company were preparing for a nine-month...

A policeman checks documents of a driver at central Syntagma square in Athens, Greece, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. Greece's government has imposed a nightly curfew in greater Athens and other areas with high infection rates as well as a mask requirement. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)

The Latest: New outbreak delays easing of rules in Melbourne

Oct. 24, 2020 11:40 PM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia — A COVID-19 outbreak in the north of Melbourne has led health authorities in Australia’s Victoria state to hold off on any further easing of restrictions in the beleaguered city. Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews withheld any announcement on an easing on Sunday as the state...

West Virginia governor announces funding for former mine

Oct. 24, 2020 4:56 PM EDT

ROCK CREEK, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said Friday he is committing $39 million toward development of the former Hobet mine site in Boone County, The Herald-Dispatch reported. Justice said the money will go toward developing an access road to the site and an intersection at the entrance...

North Dakota Guard helps notify 800 positive for COVID-19

Oct. 23, 2020 5:44 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — National Guard soldiers have helped to notify 800 people who tested positive for COVID-19 but initially weren't told, officials said. The notification backlog, which was due to a recent sharp increase in coronavirus cases, was resolved Thursday largely through shifting the role this...

A health officer collecting swab samples from rail commuters to test for COVID-19 drinks water during a break at a railway station in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

The Latest: Sri Lanka orders more curfews over virus cluster

Oct. 21, 2020 11:49 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Authorities in Sri Lanka have closed the country’s main fish market and widened the curfew in many parts of the island nation following a surge of coronavirus infections related to a new cluster centered on a garment factory. The government imposed a curfew Thursday in parts of...

South Dakota reports 332 COVID-19 hospitalizations

Oct. 21, 2020 1:34 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The number of people hospitalized by COVID-19 climbed to a new high in South Dakota on Wednesday as 332 people received hospital care. Health officials also reported three more deaths from the virus, along with 582 more cases. The state has ranked second in the country for new...

WVa National Guard to increase personnel in virus response

Oct. 20, 2020 4:07 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The federal government has authorized the West Virginia National Guard to increase the number of personnel on active status to support the response to the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Jim Justice said. There are currently 379 members of the state National Guard on active status. The...

In this Nov. 11, 2015, photo provided by the U.S. Navy, Maj. Tulsi Gabbard, Hawaii Army National Guardsman and U.S. House of Representative for Hawaii's 2nd District, delivers a keynote address to audience members about honoring and remembering veterans of war during a Veterans Day sunset ceremony aboard the Battleship Missouri Memorial at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Military officials say Gabbard has left the Hawaii Army National Guard for a new assignment with a California-based Army Reserve unit. The Hawaii National Guard confirmed Gabbard, who holds the rank of major, made the switch in June 2020, but the transfer to an out-of-state unit was not formally announced. (Petty Officer 2nd Class Jeff Troutman/U.S. Navy via AP)

Gabbard leaves Hawaii National Guard for California unit

Oct. 19, 2020 1:49 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Congresswoman and former presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard has left the Hawaii Army National Guard for a new assignment with a California-based Army Reserve unit, military officials said. Gabbard's new part-time assignment as an Army Reserve civil affairs officer follows 17 years with...

FILE - In this June 1, 2020, file photo, vehicles for the District of Columbia National Guard are seen outside the D.C. Armory in Washington. A peaceful protest in a sleepy suburb that's home to the head of the California National Guard was among four demonstrations monitored by National Guard spy planes. That's according to a report by the Los Angeles Times. The four spy planes took to the skies over cities in June to monitor protests following the killing of George Floyd. Three watched demonstrations in Minneapolis, Phoenix, and Washington, D.C. But the target of the fourth was the Sacramento, Calif., suburb of El Dorado Hills. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Report: Spy plane monitored protest where Guard head lives

Oct. 18, 2020 4:34 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A peaceful protest in a sleepy and affluent suburb that's home to the head of the California National Guard was among four demonstrations monitored by National Guard spy planes earlier this year, according to a newspaper report Sunday. The four planes took to the skies over...