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Florida reports 107 new COVID-19 deaths, 2,795 new cases

Sep. 26, 2020 5:19 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida reported 107 new resident coronavirus deaths Saturday, the day after Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis announced he's lifting restrictions on restaurant capacity. The state also reported 2,795 new confirmed cases of the disease, bringing its total to just under 699,000 people...

Court allows public nuisance suits against 3 Alabama casinos

Sep. 25, 2020 5:43 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Courts in two rural counties were wrong when they dismissed lawsuits filed by the state seeking to have three casinos declared public nuisances, the Alabama Supreme Court ruled Friday. The decision meant the state can resume cases challenging operations at VictoryLand in Macon...

Board rejects resort plan for South Carolina island

Sep. 25, 2020 10:37 AM EDT

BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) — Officials have rejected plans for a resort on an uninhabited barrier island in South Carolina. A Beaufort County zoning board voted unanimously Thursday against the project on Bay Point Island, The Post and Courier reported. "This is a great idea,” Zoning Board of Appeals vice...

Nevada COVID-19 positivity rises after month-long decline

Sep. 24, 2020 6:18 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Likely spurred by increased exposures to the coronavirus at social gatherings during the Labor Day weekend, Nevada’s statewide daily positivity rate for COVID-19 is on an upward trend after a steady decline over the past month, health officials say. A recent surge in Washoe County...

Players for Athletes Unlimited practice on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, in Rosemont, Ill. Elite players are living life in a bubble to prevent the spread of COVID during the inaugural Athletes Unlimited softball season. When they're not at the ballpark or an indoor facility across the parking lot, they are at their hotel or apartment. Everywhere else is off limits to them. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford)

For softball players, season of 'shield life' nears an end

Sep. 24, 2020 5:52 PM EDT

ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Cat Osterman can only wonder what the delivery drivers think. She is not allowed to drop in or hit the drive-thru when she wants a coffee or latte, even though she can walk right over from her hotel. In a COVID-19 world, it can be a tall order. “I laugh just when we have to...

FILE- In this Aug. 12, 2011 file photo, a herd of Asiatic wild elephants gather at a national park in Minneriya, some 200 kilometers (125 miles) from Colombo, Sri Lanka. Sri Lankan authorities announced Wednesday that they will offer livestreams from the island nation's wildlife parks in an apparent move to help revive a tourism industry that has been decimated by the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Chamila Karunarathne, File)

Sri Lanka to offer livestreams from wildlife parks

Sep. 23, 2020 8:30 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan authorities announced Wednesday that they will offer livestreams from the island nation's wildlife parks, in a move to help revive a tourism industry that has been decimated by the coronavirus pandemic. The government's Tourism Promotion Bureau said livestreaming will...

Attorney Alexander Klauser and chairman of the consumer protection association Peter Kolba, from left, speake during a joint press conference of a class action lawsuit against the Tirol regional authorities for failing in their public health duties, related to the virus outbreak in the ski-resort of Ischgl, seen as a key location from which the virus spread across Europe, in Vienna, Austria, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

Group sues Austrian govt over ski resort virus outbreak

Sep. 23, 2020 7:55 AM EDT

VIENNA (AP) — An Austrian consumer protection group said Wednesday it has filed four civil lawsuits against the country's government for failing to contain a coronavirus outbreak at an Alpine ski resort that has been blamed for thousands of infections worldwide during the early phase of the pandemic. The...

The four women who run Atlantic City casinos pose for photos on the Atlantic City N.J. Boardwalk on Sept. 21, 2020: From left, to right they are: Jacqueline Grace of Tropicana; Terry Glebocki of Ocean Casino Resort; Karie Hall of Bally's, and Melonie Johnson of Borgata. Four of Atlantic City's nine casinos are run by women. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

Atlantic City is leading a wave of female casino leaders

Sep. 21, 2020 5:28 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — For decades, women have dealt cards or served drinks in casinos, but they rarely got the chance to run the joint. But women now run four of Atlantic City's nine casinos in what some industry executives and observers say could be the future of the gambling industry. Caesars...

FILE - The Symphony of the Seas cruise ship is shown docked at PortMiami, in a Wednesday, May 20, 2020, file photo, in Miami.Major cruise lines say they will test all passengers and crew for COVID-19 prior to boarding as part of their plan for resuming sailing in the Americas. The Cruise Lines International Association says its members will also require masks onboard and on shore excursions whenever physical distancing can’t be maintained. No date has been set for the resumption of cruising in the Americas. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a no-sail order for U.S. waters through Sept. 30. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

US cruises vow 100% testing in plan for resuming sailing

Sep. 21, 2020 5:00 PM EDT

Major cruise lines say they will test all passengers and crew for COVID-19 prior to boarding as part of their plan for resuming sailing in the Americas. The Cruise Lines International Association, a trade group that represents 95% of global ocean-going cruise capacity, said Monday that its members will also...

Providence College coronavirus outbreak continues to grow

Sep. 21, 2020 3:09 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The number of Providence College students who have tested positive for the coronavirus has grown to nearly 160, a school spokesman said Monday. Widespread student testing over the weekend detected 34 new confirmed cases, spokesman Steven Maurano said. No students have been...