Latest 2019-2020 Coronavirus pandemic News

Relief program aims to keep local Maryland restaurants open

Oct. 27, 2020 5:39 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Some Maryland restaurants and food-service businesses hurt by the coronavirus pandemic will be eligible to apply for up to $10,000 in aid, officials announced Tuesday. The relief program was announced Tuesday by Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman, The Capital Gazette...

A woman with an umbrella passes the New York Stock Exchange, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. U.S. stocks are drifting Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, as momentum slows a day after Wall Street slumped to its worst loss in a month on worries about rising virus counts and Washington’s inability to deliver more aid to the economy.  The (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Stocks end another wobbly day lower as virus cases rise

Oct. 27, 2020 5:35 PM EDT

Wall Street's losses mounted for the second straight day Tuesday as momentum slows on worries about rising virus counts and Washington's inability to deliver more aid to the economy. The S&P 500 fell 0.3% after spending much of the day swinging between small gains and losses. Most of the stocks in the index...

This booking photo released by the Chicago Police Department shows Jessica Hill, 21, one of two sisters accused of stabbing a West Side Chicago store security guard 27 times with a knife after he asked them to wear face masks and use hand sanitizer on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. They were ordered held without bond on Tuesday, Oct. 27. (Chicago Police Department via AP)

Store guard stabbed 27 times for asking women to wear masks

Oct. 27, 2020 5:32 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Two sisters accused of stabbing a West Side Chicago store security guard 27 times with a knife after he asked them to wear face masks and use hand sanitizer were ordered held without bond Tuesday. The alleged attack late Sunday by Jessica Hill, 21, and Jayla Hill, 18, left the 32-year-old...

Pat Austin takes COVID-19 swabs in for testing at the state drive-thru testing location UTEP Monday, Oct. 26, 2020 in El Paso, Texas. The testing drive-thru site is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. (Briana Sanchez/The El Paso Times via AP)

Virus pushes twin cities El Paso and Juarez to the brink

Oct. 27, 2020 5:31 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A record surge in coronavirus cases is pushing hospitals to the brink in the border cities of El Paso and Ciudad Juarez, confronting health officials in Texas and Mexico with twin disasters in the tightly knit metropolitan area of 3 million people. Health officials are blaming the...

Virginia Democrats sue for list of voters with ballot errors

Oct. 27, 2020 5:31 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Democrats are suing Richmond's top elections official to get a list of absentee voters whose ballots contain errors that need to be corrected in order for them to be counted in the Nov. 3 election. In a lawsuit filed late Monday in Richmond City Circuit Court, the Democratic...

Court hears challenge to Minnesota mail-in ballots extension

Oct. 27, 2020 5:29 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A challenge to Minnesota's seven-day extension for counting absentee ballots received after Election Day went before an appeals court panel Tuesday, as attorneys for the Republican plaintiffs argued that leaving the extension intact could lead to the disqualification of thousands of...

Evers urges self-imposed lockdown as cases hit new record

Oct. 27, 2020 5:29 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers pleaded with Wisconsin residents Tuesday to stay home and limit their interactions to immediate family amid new statewide daily records for confirmed coronavirus infections and related deaths. The virus has been running rampant in Wisconsin since September. The state...

Many voters relying on absentee ballots amid pandemic

Oct. 27, 2020 5:25 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — As Election Day approaches, many New Hampshire voters have taken advantage of the state's absentee ballot law, which was expanded to allow for concerns about the coronavirus. As of Tuesday, more than 225,000 absentee ballots were requested statewide. Of that, over 181,575 ballots have...

Tourists walk on the beach as the tail end of Hurricane Zeta makes landfall in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, early Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. Zeta is leaving Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula on a path that could hit New Orleans Wednesday night. (AP Photo/Tomas Stargardter)

Gulf Coast braces, again, for hurricane as Zeta takes aim

Oct. 27, 2020 5:22 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Residents of the storm-pummeled Gulf Coast steeled themselves for yet another tropical weather strike Tuesday as Tropical Storm Zeta took aim at southeast Louisiana, fraying the nerves of evacuees from earlier storms and raising concerns in New Orleans about the low-lying city’s...

FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2020 file photo, Colorado Governor Jared Polis makes a point during a news conference on the state's efforts against the new coronavirus in Denver. Denver will enforce tighter restrictions for businesses and offices, reducing their maximum capacity from 50% to 25% amid rising coronavirus cases. The new orders also limit indoor events to 25 people and outdoor events to a 75-person capacity. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski,File)

Denver tightens capacity rules for businesses, offices

Oct. 27, 2020 5:22 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Denver will enforce tighter restrictions for restaurants, retail and offices, reducing maximum capacity from 50% to 25% amid rising coronavirus cases in the state. The new orders also limit indoor events to 25 people and outdoor events to a 75-person capacity, Mayor Michael B. Hancock said...