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Alaska Supreme Court chief justice plans to retire

Nov. 30, 2020 4:10 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The chief justice of the Alaska Supreme Court plans to retire next year, the court system announced Monday. Chief Justice Joel Bolger said he gave early notice of his intent to retire June 30 to help ensure a smooth transition, given the time it can take to fill a judicial vacancy,...

Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, left, and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey bump elbows as they meet to certify the election results for federal, statewide, and legislative offices and statewide ballot measures at the official canvass at the Arizona Capitol Monday, Nov. 30, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, Pool)

Arizona certifies Biden's narrow victory over Trump

Nov. 30, 2020 4:09 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona officials certified the state's election results on Monday, formalizing Democrat Joe Biden’s narrow victory over Donald Trump even as the Republican president's attorneys continued to make baseless claims of fraud about the state's vote count. Democratic Secretary of State...

Brendan Hurley, a junior in high school, is tested for COVID-19 at a drive-through testing site in a parking garage in West Nyack, N.Y., Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. The site was only open to students and staff of Rockland County schools in an effort to test enough people to keep the schools open for in-person learning. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Cuomo says hospitals must prepare for expected virus surge

Nov. 30, 2020 4:08 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — New York’s hospitals must prepare for an expected surge in coronavirus infections by stockpiling masks and gowns, expanding capacity and identifying retired nurses and doctors who could pitch in, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday. Cuomo said that with more than 3,500 people now...

People wearing face masks to try to curb the spread of coronavirus walk past the temporarily closed Topshop flagship store on Oxford Street, during England's second coronavirus lockdown, in London, Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. Arcadia Group, the retail empire of tycoon Philip Green, which owns well-known British fashion chains like Topshop and employs around 15,000 people, appears to be on the brink of collapse following the economic shock of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Philip Green's retail empire Arcadia calls in administrators

Nov. 30, 2020 4:08 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Arcadia Group, the British retail empire that has been run by the billionaire Philip Green for 18 years, was placed into a type of bankruptcy protection on Monday, a decision that effectively puts around 13,000 jobs at risk. In another blow to the country's retail industry in the run-up to...

Barbara Roque, top left, holds up a sign during a Voice for Choice - Open Our Schools rally in Horsham, Pa., Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020. Joining her are her children, from left to right, Elaina, Emily, Erica and her husband, David. The group holding the event said their rally is about having the choice to choose from in-person Instruction or virtual. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

Pennsylvania expands virus app to school-age phone users

Nov. 30, 2020 4:06 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s two-month-old coronavirus exposure notification app can now be used by mobile phone users as young as 13 as health officials work to stop the virus' spread in schools around the state, officials said Monday. The app, named COVID AlertPa, had previously been...

Snowmaking guns await colder temperatures at Shawnee Peak, Monday, Nov. 30, 2020, in Bridgton, Maine. Ski areas in Maine have been implementing modifications to meet state COVID-19 safety protocols. Among the changes at Shawnee Peak will be new sheltered outdoor food service and extended dining capacity. Alpine skiing in Maine has an estimated economic impact of $1 billion annually, according to the Ski Maine Association. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Maine lawmaker to miss swearing in because of COVID-19

Nov. 30, 2020 4:04 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine Legislature will be missing at least one member because of COVID-19 when lawmakers convene this week. Republican Sen.-elect Rick Bennett, of Oxford, announced Sunday on social media that he tested positive for the virus, and will be quarantining at least through Dec. 12. He...

Texas man sent to prison for bomb threat to Federal Reserve

Nov. 30, 2020 4:03 PM EST

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A South Texas man was sentenced on Monday to two years in federal prison after making online threats to bomb a Federal Reserve building, according to authorities. Joel Hayden Schrimsher had pleaded guilty on Aug. 24 to conveying false or misleading information through the...

Official: St. Louis area in 'crisis mode' as virus surges

Nov. 30, 2020 4:02 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis County Executive Sam Page warned area residents Monday that the county is in “crisis mode” as COVID-19 cases keep rising and hospitals strain to treat new patients. Page said area hospitals could run out of intensive care beds sometime this week and the National...

Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed responds to questions from members of parliament at the prime minister's office in the capital Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. The fugitive leader of Ethiopia's defiant Tigray region on Monday called on Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to withdraw troops from the region as he asserted that fighting continues

'Stop the madness,' Tigray leader urges Ethiopia's PM

Nov. 30, 2020 4:00 PM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The fugitive leader of Ethiopia’s defiant Tigray region on Monday called on Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to “stop the madness” and withdraw troops from the region as he asserted that fighting continues “on every front” two days after Abiy declared...

Governor picks appeals court judge for Kansas Supreme Court

Nov. 30, 2020 3:59 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly on Monday appointed state Court of Appeals Judge Melissa Taylor Standridge to fill a vacancy on the Kansas Supreme Court, despite the objections of the state’s most influential anti-abortion group. “As governor, the process of appointing...