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US colleges struggle to salvage semester amid outbreaks

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Colleges across the country are struggling to salvage the fall semester amid skyrocketing coronavirus cases, entire dorm complexes and frat houses under quarantine, and flaring tensions with local community leaders over the sprea...

 

Oklahoma COVID-19 death toll tops 1,000

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The number of deaths in Oklahoma from the illness caused by the new coronavirus topped 1,000, the Oklahoma State Department of Health reported Saturday. Health officials said 11 new COVID-19 deaths raised to 1,004 the Oklahoma d...

 

Kansas mother, four children killed in collision with semi

VIOLA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas mother and her four children were killed Friday after hitting a semitrailer loaded with grain in southwest Sedgwick County, the sheriff's office said. Jessica Noel, 32, of Viola was driving a Ford Expedition shortly b...

 

Residents debate mountain living amid wildfire concerns

RED FEATHER LAKES, Colo. (AP) — Amanda Harmon spent years dreaming of living in Colorado's mountains. And she worked for it, too. Seven days a week, Harmon waited tables at a golf course and cleaned vacation rentals here, a remote community of 400 p...

 

Kansas advocates propose agency to track foster care system

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Child welfare advocates in Kansas are pushing for an independent agency to monitor the state's troubled foster care system. Nonprofit advocacy group Kansas Appleseed, with support from some lawmakers, wants the state to create a...

 

Maine lobster business salvaged its summer despite pandemic

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's lobster fishermen braced for a difficult summer this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, but then the unexpected happened. They kept catching lobsters, and people kept buying them. The pandemic has posed s...

 

AP Explains: What's next for Trump's Supreme Court pick?

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has chosen Judge Amy Coney Barrett to replace the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg, sending the nomination to the Senate with hopes of a quick confirmation fewer than 40 days before the presidential election. R...

 

Tiny airborne particles may pose a big coronavirus problem

NEW YORK (AP) — At a University of Maryland lab, people infected with the new coronavirus take turns sitting in a chair and putting their faces into the big end of a large cone. They recite the alphabet and sing or just sit quietly for a half h...

 

Q&A: How to handle technology issues with online school

NEW YORK (AP) — Across the U.S., the pandemic has forced students to attend virtual school to prevent spread of the coronavirus. But the more we rely on technology, the bigger the consequences when gadgets or internet service let us down. T...

 

Alps surprised by early snowfall, Swiss town sees new record

BERLIN (AP) — Parts of Switzerland, Austria and Germany were surprised by unseasonably early snowfall overnight, after a sharp drop in temperatures and heavy precipitation. The Swiss meteorological agency said Saturday that the town of Montana, in t...

 

13-year-old covers Hurricane Laura from grandparents' house

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Even St. Julien has been known to break a news story before other media outlets in his hometown in rural Acadia Parish, sometimes even upsetting spokespeople for agencies when he shares information before they do. The p...

 

Virginia city's underground music scene fights to survive

HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) — By day, Grant Penrod peruses town in suit and tie as a lawyer, but when dusk falls he transforms into Gnat King Cruel, an alien come to Earth along with his trusty crew of bandmates who together are known as Crab Action. S...

 

Oklahoma coronavirus cases rise by 823

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — There were a reported 823 newly confirmed coronavirus cases in Oklahoma on Sunday, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health. The department reported 84,333 total virus cases, up from 83,510 reported on Saturday, b...

 

AP Top 25 Takeaways: LSU gets Air Raided; No. 3 OU upset

The Pirate plundered the defending national champions. Oklahoma got its annual faceplant as a big favorite out of the way early. Texas made a crazy comeback to keep the Big 12 from going up in flames. College football was batty on Saturday, which...

 

Protests cost Wichita police about $1.5 million in overtime

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A plan designed to help Wichita police monitor and control social equality protests in the city in early June cost the Wichita Police Department more than $1.5 million in overtime for officers and other employees. The d...

 

Lawrence settles with Black driver shot by rookie officer

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The city of Lawrence has agreed to pay $80,000 to settle an excessive force lawsuit filed by a Black man who was shot by a rookie police officer in 2018 during a traffic stop. Akira Lewis sued the city, two officers, the p...

 

15-year-old boy shot to death in Kansas City, Kansas

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Kansas City, Kansas police are investigating the shooting death of a 15-year-old boy. Police spokesman Dustin Dierenfeldt said officers responded to a report of gunshots in the Rosedale area of the city Saturday evening. T...

 

India's confirmed coronavirus tally reaches 6 million cases

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's confirmed coronavirus tally reached 6 million on Monday, keeping the country second to the United States in number of reported cases. The Health Ministry reported 82,170 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, driving t...

 

2020 Watch: How much do debates matter this year?

NEW YORK (AP) — Presidential politics move fast. What we're watching heading into a new week on the 2020 campaign: Days to general election: 36 Days to first debate: 1 ___ THE NARRATIVE The race is tightening somewhat in some states, but Joe Biden i...

 

AP Top 25 Reality Check: Big Ten back in poll, not on field

There was no way this was going to turn out anything but odd, and it's not going to get easier going forward. The college football season will not have all 10 FBS conferences playing until the first week of November. In the Associated Press college...

 

Trump's tax revelation could tarnish image that fueled rise

WASHINGTON (AP) — The bombshell revelations that President Donald Trump paid just $750 in federal income taxes the year he ran for office and paid no income taxes at all in many others threaten to undercut a pillar of his appeal among blue-collar v...

 

New US citizen refugees excited for first presidential vote

PHOENIX (AP) — They came fleeing war and persecution in countries like Myanmar, Eritrea and Iraq, handpicked by the United States for resettlement under longstanding humanitarian traditions. Now, tens of thousands of refugees welcomed into the U...

 

Trump ex-campaign boss hospitalized amid threat to harm self

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Brad Parscale has been hospitalized after he threatened to harm himself, according to Florida police and campaign officials. Police officers talked Parscale out of his F...

 

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's dubious claims on health care, court

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump isn't providing all the facts when he promises that people with preexisting medical problems will always be covered by health insurance if "Obamacare" is ruled unconstitutional. Eager to get conservative J...

 

5 takeaways from NY Times report on Trump's tax returns

WASHINGTON (AP) — A New York Times report that President Donald Trump paid just $750 in federal income tax the year he entered the White House — and, thanks to colossal losses, no income tax at all in 11 of the 18 years that the Times reviewed — s...

 

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