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California governor calls for protecting 30% of state land

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order Wednesday to protect nearly a third of California's land and coastal waters in his latest effort to fight climate change that he has blamed for recent record-breaking wildfires. He directed state agencies to pursue actions that ...

Pence, Harris spar over COVID-19 in vice presidential debate

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Trading barbs through plexiglass shields, Republican Mike Pence and Democrat Kamala Harris turned the only vice presidential debate of 2020 into a dissection of the Trump administration's handling of the coronavirus pandemic, with Harris labeling it "the greatest failure ...

Body camera video shows brutal attack on Los Angeles officer

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles police released shocking video Wednesday that captured a brutal attack on an officer inside a station last month, including footage from the officer's own body-worn camera that shows a violent struggle for his gun. The 21-minute video compilation of the Sept. ...

Bleak outlook without stimulus: More layoffs, anemic growth

By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's move Tuesday to cut off talks on another government aid package will further weaken an economy straining to recover from an epic collapse, economists say, and deepen the hardships for jobless Americans and ...

Trump’s age, health woes raise his risk for COVID-19 illness

President Donald Trump has several strikes against him — age, obesity, elevated cholesterol and being male — that could put him at greater risk of becoming seriously ill from the coronavirus infection he disclosed early Friday. Trump was fatigued and will spend a "few days" at a military ...

Stocks end bumpy day lower after Trump’s positive virus test

NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street's major stock indexes fell on Friday after President Donald Trump tested positive for the coronavirus, but the losses ended up milder than investors braced for early in the morning. The S&P 500 slumped 1.7% as soon as trading began, only to churn through ...

Blackburn, who traveled with Trump, tests negative for virus

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn on Friday tested negative for the coronavirus after potentially being exposed earlier this week, a spokesperson confirmed. The Tennessee Republican had traveled with President Donald Trump ahead of Tuesday's debate. Trump has since announced ...

Rik Mehta, Joe Piscopo say Trump looked normal at fundraiser

Comedian Joe Piscopo and Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rik Mehta both told The Associated Press on Friday that President Donald Trump seemed completely normal at his Thursday night fundraiser in New Jersey, going as far as calling Trump "energetic." Trump's doctor reported Friday that the ...

Trump’s virus hospitalization rocks final stage of campaign

An election year already defined by a cascade of national crises descended further into chaos Friday, with President Donald Trump heading to a military hospital with the coronavirus after consistently playing down the threat. With Trump in quarantine with what the White House described as mild ...

Trump, stricken by COVID-19, heads to military hospital

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump appeared in public Friday evening for the first time since being stricken by COVID-19, boarding his Marine One helicopter for a flight to a military hospital as the virus that has killed more than 205,000 Americans spread to the highest reaches of the ...

California voters weigh in again on care at dialysis clinics

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California voters will again weigh in on the quality of care dialysis clinics provide to about 80,000 people in the state with kidney failure. Proposition 23 would require a doctor or highly trained nurse at each of the state's 600 dialysis clinics whenever patients are ...

US panel tackles race, poverty in virus vaccine priorities

A U.S. advisory panel made recommendations Friday for who should be first in line to get COVID-19 vaccine, including a plea for special efforts by states and cities to get the shots to low-income minority groups. As expected, the panel recommended health care workers and first responders get ...

Mexican workers send home huge amounts of money amid virus

PHOENIX (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic stopped work for nearly a month at the California farm where Luis earns $80 a day picking tomatoes, but that didn't stop him from sending $800 to family in Mexico. The money had traveled far by the time he was back at work in June. It kept his family ...

GOP senator with virus says he’ll make Supreme Court vote

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Republican Utah Sen. Mike Lee revealed Friday he was infected with the coronavirus in an announcement that came just hours after President Donald Trump said he had the disease. The conservative senator plans to isolate for 10 days then return to public life the day the ...

Documents show large police presence at George Floyd burial

HOUSTON (AP) — Authorities deployed hundreds of law enforcement personnel, including six sniper teams and Border Patrol agents, during George Floyd's June burial in suburban Houston, due in part to online rumors of possible protests and riots, according to documents obtained by the American ...

Signs of Asian giant hornet nest found in Washington state

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Agricultural officials in Washington state said Friday they are trying to find and destroy a nest of Asian giant hornets believed to be near a small town amid concerns the hornets could kill honey bees crucial for pollinating raspberry and blueberry crops. Evidence of ...

Voting nearly impossible for eligible voters behind bars

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Most of the three-quarters of a million people held in U.S. jails have the right to vote. But many of them are unable to, stymied by misinformation, limited access to registration and ballots and confusion from the officials in charge. The result is widespread voter ...

Giant pumpkins smash Utah state record at weigh-off in Lehi

LEHI, Utah (AP) — The Utah Giant Pumpkin Growers group has recorded eight pumpkins from the state this year that weighed more than 1,000 pounds (455 kilograms), setting a state record. The first-place pumpkin at the 16th annual event last Saturday in the city of Lehi came in at 1,825 pounds ...

Feds fault operator, regulators in limo crash that killed 20

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State regulators repeatedly failed to properly oversee a poorly maintained stretch limousine with corroded brakes that hurtled down a hill at more than 100 mph (160 kph) and crashed in a ravine, killing 20 people, federal investigators said Tuesday. National ...

Disney to lay off 28,000 at its parks in California, Florida

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Squeezed by limits on attendance at its theme parks and other restrictions due to the pandemic, The Walt Disney Co. said Tuesday it planned to lay off 28,000 workers in its parks division in California and Florida. Two-thirds of the planned layoffs involve part-time ...