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A woman, right, has a meal, inside a restaurant's outdoor tent Thursday Oct. 22, 2020, in Kew Gardens in the Queens borough of New York.  Gov. Andrew Cuomo is easing restrictions slightly in some coronavirus hot spots in New York City, but adding them in areas along the Pennsylvania border as the state recorded more than 2,000 new infections in a single day for the first time since mid-May. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

The Latest: Mexico's Chihuahua border state back in lockdown

Oct. 23, 2020 9:26 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s northern border state of Chihuahua returned to the highest level of alert and lockdown Friday after coronavirus cases jumped there and hospitals began to fill up. The Chihuahua state government declared the return to the “red” level of alert Friday, which closes...

Members of the festival organizing team at the Kali Bari Hindu temple pray via live transmission on the first day of Durga Puja celebrations in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. Most of the festival festivities are being scaled down following the health officials warning about the potential for the coronavirus to spread during the religious festival season, which is marked by huge gatherings in temples and shopping districts. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

The Latest: UN chief urges G20 to unite on coronavirus fight

Oct. 22, 2020 10:24 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. chief says it’s “very frustrating” that leaders of the 20 major industrialized nations didn’t come together in March and establish a coordinated response to grapple with the coronavirus in all countries as he proposed. The result, he says, is every...

Washington surpasses 100,000 confirmed coronavirus cases

Oct. 22, 2020 8:54 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — State data shows the number of people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Washington has surpassed 100,000. The Department of Health reported 651 new cases and confirmed 3 new deaths on Thursday. The latest numbers increased the confirmed cases to 100,525 and the total number of people who...

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...

Correction: Railroad Bridge-Major Disaster story

Oct. 21, 2020 1:04 PM EDT

PROSSER, Wash. (AP) — In a story October 20, 2020, about a Washington state request for federal disaster relief because of widespread widlfires in September, The Associated Press erroneously reported the state had asked that a destroyed, 100-year-old bridge across the Yakima River near Prosser be included....

Washington state issues more COVID restrictions for colleges

Oct. 20, 2020 10:34 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee will now require colleges and universities to provide quarantine facilities for all students if they are exposed to COVID-19. The governor on Tuesday issued more restrictions for higher education campuses as the University of Washington struggles to contain...

Military personnel enter the Sudima Hotel in Christchurch, New Zealand, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. A number of fishing crew who flew into New Zealand on chartered planes have the coronavirus. The crew members have been in quarantine at the Christchurch hotel since they arrived, and tested positive during routine testing, officials said. The news could deal a blow to New Zealand’s efforts to restart its fishing industry, which has struggled to find local workers to crew fishing vessels.  (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

The Latest: Imported workers test positive in New Zealand

Oct. 20, 2020 10:27 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Eighteen fishing crewmen who last week flew to New Zealand from Moscow have tested positive for the coronavirus, underscoring the difficulty New Zealand faces in trying to import needed workers while remaining virtually virus free. A total of 235 crew from Russia and Ukraine were...

FILE - In this Nov. 26, 2019, file photo, Tim Eyman, a career anti-tax initiative promoter, poses for a photo with the expired car registration tabs on his SUV in a parking garage in Seattle. The Washington Supreme Court has unanimously struck down Eyman's Initiative 976, a measure that would have steeply discounted the price of car registrations while gutting transportation budgets across the state. The justices on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, said the measure violated the state Constitution's requirement that initiatives be limited to a single subject and said its description on the ballot was misleading. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Justices strike down Eyman's $30 car tab initiative

Oct. 15, 2020 6:10 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously struck down Tim Eyman’s Initiative 976, a measure that would have steeply discounted the price of car registrations at $30 while gutting transportation budgets across the state. The justices said the measure violated the state...

CORRECTS NAME OF CANDIDATE AT LEFT TO MAIA ESPINOZA INSTEAD OF OF MONICA MARCHETTI - Maia Espinoza, a candidate for Washington state superintendent of public instruction, is shown at left in an undated photo taken by Monica Marchetti and provided by her campaign. Espinoza is challenging incumbent state superintendent Chris Reykdal, right, shown in an AP photo taken Oct. 2, 2020, in Olympia, Wash., in the upcoming November election. (AP Photo)

COVID, sex ed define Washington superintendent race

Oct. 14, 2020 1:27 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic and a controversial sex education mandate are casting a shadow over the race for Washington state education chief in the November election. With upheaval affecting all corners of public life in 2020, incumbent state superintendent Chris Reykdal says his experience as...

Inslee: 5 Washington counties can relax virus restrictions

Oct. 13, 2020 9:28 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says five counties in central and eastern Washington still under the tightest COVID-19 restrictions will be allowed to resume more activity and open more services. At a news conference Tuesday the governor said Yakima, Benton, Franklin, Douglas and Chelan...