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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...

Court ruling could block thousands of Iowa ballot requests

Oct. 21, 2020 8:03 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A split Iowa Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a new Republican-backed law that could bar county elections commissioners from mailing absentee ballots to thousands of people who omitted information on their applications. The 4-3 ruling means that voters who want to cast mail-in...

Iowa governor stands by use of virus aid for IT project

Oct. 21, 2020 4:09 PM EDT

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds' administration will try to convince federal auditors to reverse course and approve its plan to spend $21 million in coronavirus relief funds on a long-planned information technology upgrade. Reynolds said Wednesday that the state believes spending...

FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2019, file photo, Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields (1) runs with the ball against Wisconsin during the first half of the Big Ten championship NCAA college football game, in Indianapolis. The ACC, Big 12 and SEC have been playing anywhere from three to five weeks amid the pandemic, and all the players and coaches around the Big Ten could do is watch.
“Most of it's been torture, just not being able to play games,” Ohio State coach Ryan Day said. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

College Football Picks: Big Ten returns to Big Ten weather

Oct. 21, 2020 1:51 PM EDT

Just as Big Ten weather hits the Midwest comes the start of the Big Ten football season. The conference that called off fall football in August only to reverse course a month later kicks off a nine-week season with no breaks and five teams already in the AP Top 25. No. 14 Wisconsin and Illinois get things rolling...

Virus deaths, hospitalizations hit new highs in Iowa

Oct. 21, 2020 1:27 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The number of Iowa residents dying from the coronavirus is quickly rising again after weeks of increasing hospitalizations and outbreaks at nursing homes, state data showed Wednesday. The Iowa Department of Public Health reported 31 new deaths from the virus Wednesday, the most...

Iowa man latest charged in fatal shooting of Nebraska man

Oct. 21, 2020 12:09 PM EDT

BELLEVUE, Neb. (AP) — A third man has been charged in the shooting death of a Bellevue teenager earlier this month. Rashaun Faison, 21, of Council Bluffs, Iowa, was arrested Friday night and charged with first-degree murder in the Oct. 12 death of 17-year-old Kalani Zalopany. On Monday, a Sarpy County...

MidAmerican Energy idles 46 wind turbines after blade woes

Oct. 21, 2020 11:13 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa-based electric utility MidAmerican Energy has idled nearly four dozen power-generating wind turbines after huge blades broke off of two turbines in recent weeks. MidAmerican has paused the use of 46 turbines it has identified as having similar blades, which are about 177 feet...

Two more suspects charged in 2017 death of Davenport man

Oct. 20, 2020 5:48 PM EDT

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Two suspects from Illinois were charged Tuesday with first-degree murder in a 2017 shooting death in Davenport. Darryl Merritt, 24, of Cahokia, Illinois, and Dyon Thomas, 22, of East St. Louis, Illinois, were charged in the death of 18-year-old Demetrius Allen Jr. in Davenport on...

Conservative lawyer floats challenge of election outcome

Oct. 20, 2020 5:08 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A national conservative group may challenge the outcome of the Nov. 3 elections by arguing that municipalities are improperly using hundreds of millions of dollars in private money to administer the polls, a lawyer for the group said Tuesday. Attorney Erick Kaardal argued during a...

Shuttered Iowa ethanol plant settles tax incentive deal

Oct. 20, 2020 3:36 PM EDT

EMMETSBURG, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s economic development arm and a shuttered ethanol plant at Emmetsburg that had promised to produce millions of gallons from crop waste have reached a settlement that lets the company off the hook for millions of dollars in tax incentives. The Iowa Economic Development...