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Italian Interior Minister Giuliana Lamorgese addresses the Senate on days of protests following Italy’s latest anti-virus restrictions  in Rome, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. Italy reported nearly 25,000 new confirmed coronavirus infections as the interior minister accused right-wing extremists, soccer hooligans and anarchists of using widespread malcontent over new anti-virus restrictions as a pretext to wage “urban guerrilla” violence. (Roberto Monaldo/LaPresse via AP)

The Latest: Kansas reports about 3,400 new cases over 2 days

Oct. 28, 2020 5:19 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas doesn’t appear to be containing the coronavirus, reporting nearly 3,400 new cases over just two days. The state health department’s data showed that the rolling average for new confirmed and probable coronavirus cases was 1,084 a day for the seven days ending Wednesday....

This GOES-16 GeoColor satellite image taken, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, at 1 p.m. EDT, and provided by NOAA, shows Hurricane Zeta in the Gulf of Mexico nearing Louisiana.  (NOAA via AP)

The Latest: Powerful Hurricane Zeta makes Louisiana landfall

Oct. 28, 2020 5:13 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Zeta (all times CDT): 4 p.m. MIAMI — The National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Zeta has crashed ashore in storm-weary Louisiana as a powerful Category 2 storm, striking the latest blow of an extraordinarily busy Atlantic tropical storm season. The...

FILE - In this July 31, 2013, file photo, tourists visiting the Mendenhall Glacier in the Tongass National Forest are reflected in a pool of water as they make their way to Nugget Falls in Juneau, Alaska. The U.S. Forest Service announced plans Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, to lift restrictions on road building and logging in Tongass National Forest, a largely pristine rainforest in southeast Alaska that provides habitat for wolves, bears and salmon. Conservation groups vowed to fight the decision. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

Road, logging restrictions to end in largest national forest

Oct. 28, 2020 3:46 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The federal government announced plans Wednesday to lift restrictions on logging and building roads in a pristine rainforest in Alaska that provides habitat for wolves, bears and salmon. Conservation groups vowed to fight the decision. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said it has...

University of Wyoming proposes new budget reduction plan

Oct. 28, 2020 1:55 PM EDT

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Nearly 80 positions will be eliminated, the operations budget will be cut and the athletic department will cut travel costs and reduce salaries as the University of Wyoming addresses a $42 million budget deficit exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic. The proposal comes after Gov....

A worker places netting at a construction site inside the Tower of David Museum in the Old City of Jerusalem, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. Jerusalem's ancient citadel is devoid of tourists due to the pandemic and undergoing a massive restoration and conservation project. The Tower of David, the Old City's iconic fortress, contains remnants of successive fortifications built one atop the other stretching back over 2,500 years. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

With no visitors, Jerusalem citadel undergoes major facelift

Oct. 28, 2020 11:22 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic may be keeping tourists away from Jerusalem's ancient citadel, but it has created a rare opportunity for the site to launch a massive restoration and conservation project. In the process, Israeli archaeologists are studying the bastion's medieval past in the hope...

This Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, still image provided by Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope shows what appears to be a rocket booster reentering the earth's atmosphere. Image was taken from the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope located atop the summit of Mauna Kea, in Hawaii. (Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope via AP)

Rocket booster likely caused lights in Hawaii's night sky

Oct. 28, 2020 10:06 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Reports of a cluster of blinking lights traveling across Hawaii's weekend night sky were likely caused by a rocket booster reentering the planet's atmosphere, scientists said. Astronomers said there is a high probability the booster pierced Earth’s atmosphere after orbiting for 12...

FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2020, file photo, a worker in a hazmat suit carries a hose while working at a water treatment facility at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said Wednesday, Oct. 28, that his government is carefully working on final details on a release of the massive amount of treated but still radioactive water from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant, after a speculated decision of a release to the sea by the end of October has triggered fierce protests from fishermen around the country. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Japan PM says plan to release Fukushima water coming soon

Oct. 28, 2020 9:08 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said Wednesday that his government is working on the final details of a plan to release massive amounts of radioactive water being stored at the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant, a decision that has been delayed by protests. More than nine years after the...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, second right, and U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, second left, attend a ceremony to sign amendments to a series of scientific cooperation agreements, at Ariel University, in the West Bank settlement of Ariel, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. The United States and Israel amended the agreements on Wednesday to include Israeli institutions in the West Bank, a step that further blurs the status of settlements widely considered illegal under international law. (Emil Salman/Pool via AP)

US, Israel extend science accords into West Bank settlements

Oct. 28, 2020 8:39 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The United States and Israel amended a series of scientific cooperation agreements on Wednesday to include Israeli institutions in the West Bank, a step that further blurs the status of settlements widely considered illegal under international law. Until now, three U.S.-Israeli science...

FILE - In this Monday, April 20, 2020, file photo members with Los Angeles Fire Department wear protective equipment at a COVID-19 testing site in the Skid Row district in Los Angeles. California has seen an uptick in coronavirus-related hospitalizations and intensive care admissions in the last two weeks, prompting renewed warnings Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, from California Gov. Gavin Newsom and the state's top health official even as new cases, remain well below the recent surge across much of the nation. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

California warns of virus uptick, names vaccine ethics panel

Oct. 27, 2020 7:02 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has seen an uptick in coronavirus-related hospitalizations and intensive care admissions in the last two weeks, prompting renewed warnings Tuesday from Gov. Gavin Newsom and the state's top health official even as newly confirmed cases remain well below the recent surge...

Denver museum to study, restore triceratops fossil

Oct. 27, 2020 5:20 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The Denver Museum of Nature and Science has announced it will study a triceratops skull known as Pops for up to a year before returning it to Weld County for residents to enjoy. Museum curator Joe Sertich contacted the county in 2018 about studying the fossil and said that in exchange, he...