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A waiter takes an order from customers sitting indoors as another has lunch at an outdoor table at Ginger and Lemongrass restaurant, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in New York. The city on Wednesday began allowing restaurants to offer indoor dining at 25 percent capacity.(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

The Latest: Studies: Immune system clue to virus reactions

Sep. 30, 2020 3:44 PM EDT

NEW YORK — One of COVID-19′s scariest mysteries is why some people are mildly ill or have no symptoms and others rapidly die — and scientists are starting to unravel why. An international team of researchers found in some people with severe COVID-19, the body goes rogue and attacks one of its...

FILE - This electron microscope image made available and color-enhanced by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Integrated Research Facility in Fort Detrick, Md., in 2020, shows Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 virus particles, orange, isolated from a patient. One of COVID-19's scariest mysteries is why some people are mildly ill or have no symptoms and others rapidly die — and scientists are starting to unravel why. (NIAID/National Institutes of Health via AP)

Mild to severe: Immune system holds clues to virus reaction

Sep. 30, 2020 1:23 PM EDT

One of COVID-19's scariest mysteries is why some people are mildly ill or have no symptoms and others rapidly die — and scientists are starting to unravel why. An international team of researchers found that in some people with severe COVID-19, the body goes rogue and attacks one of its own key immune...

Flash in dark sky was probably random meteor, expert says

Sep. 30, 2020 11:46 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A flash that lit up the skies over parts of Pennsylvania and Ohio in the wee hours of Wednesday was probably a random meteor, an expert said. Many social media users around the Pittsburgh area reported seeing a streaking fireball shortly after 4 a.m. It remained in the skies for a short...

The leader of the Polish ruling party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski,center, speaks to reporters in Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. The three parties in Poland's conservative coalition government signed a new coalition agreement on Saturday, putting aside disagreements. But they gave no details, leaving lingering uncertainty about how the Cabinet will look in practice after an expected reshuffle.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Kaczynski joins new Polish Cabinet as deputy prime minister

Sep. 30, 2020 11:23 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki presented a reshuffled Cabinet on Wednesday that formally brings the conservative ruling party's leader into a government position, together with a new education minister who has said LGBT people are “not equal” to others....

Study: Neanderthal genes may be liability for COVID patients

Sep. 30, 2020 11:13 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Scientists say genes that some people have inherited from their Neanderthal ancestors may increase their likelihood of suffering severe forms of COVID-19. A study by European scientists published Wednesday by the journal Nature examined a cluster of genes that have been linked to a higher...

Worker killed in lift collapse at North Carolina university

Sep. 30, 2020 7:04 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A construction worker died after a lift carrying the laborer collapsed on a North Carolina university’s campus. The lift was extended about 35 feet (11 meters) in the air when dirt on the wet ground caved in around one of its tires Saturday, killing Tiburcio Mendoza, The News...

Researchers: Dolphins found dead were stranded during Sally

Sep. 30, 2020 3:41 AM EDT

DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. (AP) — Six dolphins found dead in an Alabama marsh likely became stranded as Hurricane Sally swept through the area this month, according to researchers. A paddleboarder in Dauphin Island's Graveline Bay first spotted the remains of the dolphins Friday, according to a statement Tuesday...

Smoke rises over a vineyard as the Glass Fire burns, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, in Calistoga, Calif. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

California's wine country residents facing fire fatigue

Sep. 29, 2020 10:54 PM EDT

NAPA, Calif. (AP) — Will Abrams and his family packed their pickup truck with laptops, clothes, sleeping bags and a tent and quickly left their rental home in California's wine country after seeing flames on a hill about a quarter-mile away Monday morning. It was their third hurried fire evacuation in as...

Influencers behaving badly: Mexico kicks them out of ruins

Sep. 29, 2020 6:38 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Archaeological authorities in Mexico said Tuesday they kicked some cast members of a popular local “Jersey Shore”-style reality show out of the Mayan ruins of Uxmal after they behaved "immaturely" and refused to wear masks or follow social distancing rules. It was the...

UMaine will rename building named for eugenics advocate

Sep. 29, 2020 6:09 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The name of a former university president and scientist who advocated for eugenics and helped obscure the health risks of tobacco will be removed from a building at the University of Maine. The board voted Monday to remove Clarence Cook Little's name from Little Hall on the Orono...