Latest 2019-2020 Coronavirus pandemic News

Whitmer reopens more businesses, raises cap on gatherings

Sep. 25, 2020 5:11 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Friday that movie theaters and other venues can reopen in two weeks after nearly seven months of closure during the coronavirus pandemic, and she lifted a cap so more people can attend funerals and other indoor events. The governor also issued an...

Lab fails to report thousands of COVID-19 tests to SC

Sep. 25, 2020 5:11 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — For the second time this week, South Carolina health officials said a lab failed to report thousands of COVID-19 tests over several months. Urgent care clinic chain Doctors Care reported the results of more than 7,000 COVID-19 tests from July through this week. About 400 of them were...

Oregon elections boss, a Republican, champions vote-by-mail

Sep. 25, 2020 5:11 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's Republican secretary of state hailed the state's pioneering vote-by-mail as an example for the rest of the nation on Friday, though another election official warned of likely delays in announcing election results because of the coronavirus. Secretary of State Bev Clarno...

MAC returns with 6-game football season starting Nov. 4

Sep. 25, 2020 5:10 PM EDT

The Mid-American Conference, the first major college football league to postpone its season, has become the final one to jump back in, making it 10 out of 10 conferences that will play in the fall. As university presidents in the Big Ten, Pac-12 and Mountain West have done over the last 10 days, MAC leaders on...

In this image made from UNTV video, Abiy Ahmed, Prime Minister of Ethiopia, speaks in a pre-recorded message which was played during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, at U.N. Headquarters. (UNTV Via AP )

The Latest: Ethiopia says dam not meant to harm Egypt, Sudan

Sep. 25, 2020 5:10 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest from the U.N. General Assembly (all times EDT): 5:10 p.m. Ethiopia’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, has told the annual U.N. gathering of world leaders that the country has “no intention to harm” Egypt and Sudan, which are...

Virginia lawmakers unveil new budget plans amid pandemic

Sep. 25, 2020 5:07 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia lawmakers unveiled budget proposals Friday aimed at mitigating the effects of the coronavirus with funding for mental health services, high-speed internet access, and assistance for people behind on rent and utilities. The House of Delegates and the state Senate advanced...

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020 file photo, workers prepare absentee ballots for mailing at the Wake County Board of Elections in Raleigh, N.C.  Nearly 10,000 North Carolinians had their mail-in ballots accepted in the first week of voting, according to data released Friday, Sept. 11 by the State Board of Elections. North Carolina was the first state in the country to send absentee ballots to voters who requested them..  (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

NC elections board, Republicans spar over absentee changes

Sep. 25, 2020 5:06 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's currently Democratic-only elections board exchanged public jabs with state Republican heavyweights on Friday over the efficacy and legality of a brokered agreement intended to ease some absentee ballot rules for the November election. The State Board of Elections this...

A woman looks at screens showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. Asian shares advanced Friday, cheered by a modest rally on Wall Street and rising hopes for fresh stimulus for the U.S. economy.(AP Photo/Hiro Komae)

Stocks post solid gains as technology shares lead rally

Sep. 25, 2020 5:04 PM EDT

Stocks shook off another bout of volatile trading and finished solidly higher Friday, led by gains in technology and health care companies. Despite the rally, the S&P 500 still posted its fourth straight weekly loss, extending Wall Street's September swoon. The S&P 500 rose 1.6% after flip-flopping...

Coronavirus outbreak at hospital grows to 19 known cases

Sep. 25, 2020 5:01 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A COVID-19 outbreak at a major Boston hospital has now grown to 19 confirmed cases. Brigham and Women’s Hospital originally said it had identified 10 cases among staff and patients connected to two inpatient units. The hospital in a statement late Thursday said to date, 98 employees...

FILE - In this March 25, 2019, file photo, Niki Williams, right, a college entrance exam administrator, arrives at federal court in Boston to face charges in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal. Williams is scheduled to plead guilty to charges on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

Former exam administrator pleads guilty in college scam

Sep. 25, 2020 4:59 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A former college entrance exam administrator pleaded guilty Friday to taking bribes to help wealthy parents rig their kids' test scores as part of a college admissions bribery scheme. Niki Williams, 46, a former employee of the Houston Independent School District, is among about 40 people who...