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Deaf dog, deputy provide comfort in last moments of life.

Oct. 31, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — A teenage boy with Huntington’s disease could move only a finger, but his eyes lit up as he held the therapy dog’s leash a month before he died in hospice care. An elderly woman couldn’t have any visitors in her room due to the coronavirus, but her spirit soared on...

FILE  - In this May 11, 2020, file photo, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear puts on a face mask after speaking to reporters at the Capitol in Frankfort, Ky. Kentucky's governor said Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020,  that he will quarantine after a member of his security detail who drove with his family the day before later tested positive for COVID-19.
Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear said he and his family feel fine, show no coronavirus symptoms and have tested negative for the virus. (Ryan C. Hermens/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP, File)

The Latest: Kentucky sees near-record number of new cases

Oct. 30, 2020 9:53 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Kentucky reported a near-record number of new coronavirus cases Friday as the surging outbreak continued sending more people to hospitals, Gov. Andy Beshear said. “This is a dangerous time. We’re moving the wrong way,” the Democratic governor said as he urged Kentuckians to...

This May 7, 2020, file photo, shows a Dunkin' Donuts at the Greater Pittsburgh International Airport in Moon, Pa. The Dunkin’ doughnuts and coffee chain confirmed it's held talks to be taken private by a private equity firm, sending shares rocketing to an all-time high at the opening bell Monday, Oct. 26, 2020.(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Arby's and Buffalo Wild Wings owner buying Dunkin' Brands

Oct. 30, 2020 9:45 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Dunkin’ doughnuts and coffee is being combined with Buffalo Wild Wings and Arby's sandwiches. Inspire Brands Inc. said Friday that it is acquiring Dunkin' Brands Group Inc. for $11.3 billion, including the Dunkin’ Brands’ debt that Inspire will be taking on. The...

2 plead guilty in Georgia case of 2 buried children

Oct. 30, 2020 6:42 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ga. (AP) — Two people have pleaded guilty to murder charges in the deaths of two teenage siblings found buried outside their Georgia home and will testify against the siblings' father and others facing the death penalty in the case, prosecutors said Friday. During a court hearing in Effingham...

A camping trailer by a neighboring camp has been damaged by Hurricane Zeta in Grand Isle, La., Friday, Oct. 30, 2020.  Gov. John Bel Edwards says the damage from Zeta was “catastrophic” in Grand Isle, a barrier island community south of New Orleans that was one of the hardest-hit areas. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)

Zeta's toll on a Louisiana island: 'Like a bomb was dropped'

Oct. 30, 2020 6:22 PM EDT

GRAND ISLE, La. (AP) — Mark Andollina remembers stinging rain and a howling wind that peeled the roof off part of his Cajun Tide Beach Resort on Grand Isle, the Louisiana barrier island town where residents were among the first to feel the ferocity of Hurricane Zeta. Andollina was salvaging what he could...

Civil rights groups settle lawsuit over utilities access

Oct. 30, 2020 5:46 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Civil rights groups have reached a settlement with a Georgia city to end policies that they said illegally restricted access to utility services and disproportionately affected Black and Latino residents. The lawsuit filed in May 2017 against LaGrange says the city, which is the only...

FILE - In this July 17, 2020, file photo, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp speaks during a coronavirus briefing at the Capitol, in Atlanta. Republican Gov. Kemp and his wife are quarantining after being exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19, his spokesman announced Friday, Oct. 30. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

Georgia governor tests negative for COVID-19 after exposure

Oct. 30, 2020 5:42 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Republican Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp tested negative for COVID-19 after having had “direct exposure” to someone who tested positive, but he is quarantining as a precaution, according to a statement posted to his official Twitter account Friday. The statement said first lady...

Georgia House speaker wants to rename port for Sen. Isakson

Oct. 30, 2020 5:03 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — One of Georgia's most powerful lawmakers wants to rename the Port of Savannah for former U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson. Republican state House Speaker David Ralston plans to sponsor a proposal in the legislature next year to put Isakson's name on the port, Ralston spokesman Kaleb McMichen...

A voter casts their vote in the glow of a voting machine during early voting at the Dunwoody Library after Hurricane Zeta knocked out power in the surrounding areas on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, in Dunwoody, Ga. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Georgia officials expect outages won't affect Election Day

Oct. 30, 2020 4:38 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia officials say they don't expect power outages caused by severe weather that swept through parts of the state to interrupt Election Day voting. The remnants of Hurricane Zeta, which hit southeastern Louisiana as a Category 2 storm Wednesday, swept across northern Georgia, knocking...

Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., meets with Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trumps nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, not pictured, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. (Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times via AP, Pool)

Perdue declines to participate in final debate with Ossoff

Oct. 30, 2020 4:12 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A final debate between Republican Sen. David Perdue of Georgia and Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff has been canceled after Perdue dropped out, saying he would attend a campaign rally with President Donald Trump instead. The cancellation was announced Thursday night, a day after Perdue and...