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129 new COVID-19 cases, two new deaths on Saturday

CONCORD – The state Department of Health and Human Services announced 129 new positive test results for COVID-19 on Saturday and two new deaths, one Man from Merrimack County and one man from Hillsborough County, both older than 60. The daily PCR test positivity rate was 1.3%. Today’s ...

Police: NH man used pocketknife to attack taxi driver

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire man has been charged with assaulting a taxi driver with a pocketknife, authorities said Saturday. New Hampshire State Police said the taxi driver told authorities that he was assaulted by a passenger while driving on Interstate 89 in Concord on Friday. ...

Candidate vies to be NH’s only Black sheriff, urges reforms

When he started his campaign, Mark Brave heard from some voters that police reforms and tackling racial injustice shouldn't be a priority in New Hampshire. What's the point, they say, in a mostly white state that has no headline-making cases about Black people dying at the hands of ...

Murkowski’s nod gives Barrett extra boost for Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett won crucial backing when one of the last Republican holdouts against filling the seat during an election season announced support for President Donald Trump's pick ahead of a confirmation vote expected Monday. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, ...

Pence’s top aide tests positive for coronavirus

A spokesman says Vice President Mike Pence will continue with his aggressive campaign schedule after his chief of staff, Marc Short, tested positive for the coronavirus Saturday. Pence spokesman Devin O'Malley says Pence and his wife, Karen Pence, both tested negative for the virus on ...

Reid says Biden should end Senate filibuster after 3 weeks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Senate leader Harry Reid says if Democrats win the presidency and the Senate, Joe Biden should take "no more than three weeks" to test bipartisanship before ending the filibuster so Democrats can overcome what they call Republican obstruction and pass bills. The ...

Surging coronavirus colors White House race in closing days

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — President Donald Trump assured supporters packed shoulder to shoulder at a trio of rallies Saturday that "we're rounding the turn" on the coronavirus and mocked challenger Joe Biden for raising alarms about the pandemic, despite surging cases around the country and more ...

‘We don’t speculate’: How AP counts votes and calls races

As it has for more than 170 years, The Associated Press will count the nation's vote in real time on Election Day and report the results of presidential, congressional and state elections on Nov. 3 and beyond. AP will use that vote count to declare winners in some 7,000 races, so the world ...

Four years in, Trump has plenty of unfinished business

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump swept into office nearly four years ago as an outsider who promised to get things done quickly on behalf of the American people through sheer force of will and unrivaled knowledge about the art of the deal. He has checked off some items on his to-do ...

Biden’s warning on oil tests voter resolve on climate change

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Joe Biden is confronting the harsh political realities of combating climate change. The Democratic presidential nominee has spent months touting a $2 trillion plan to boost investment in clean energy and stop all climate-damaging emissions from the U.S. economy by 2050. ...

Crews vacuum ‘murder hornets’ out of Washington nest

BLAINE, Wash. (AP) — Heavily protected crews in Washington state worked Saturday to destroy the first nest of so-called murder hornets discovered in the United States. The state Agriculture Department had spent weeks searching, trapping and using dental floss to tie tracking devices to ...

AstraZeneca, J&J resuming US tests of COVID-19 vaccines

Two drugmakers announced Friday the resumption of U.S. testing of their COVID-19 vaccine candidates. Testing of AstraZeneca's vaccine candidate had been halted since early September, while Johnson & Johnson's vaccine study was paused at the beginning of last week. Each company had a study ...

Pence to keep up travel despite contact with infected aide

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence plans to maintain an aggressive campaign schedule this week despite his exposure to a top aide who tested positive for the coronavirus, the White House said Saturday. Pence himself tested negative, his office said. Under Centers for Disease ...

Europe, U.S. watch case totals grow, debate new restrictions

CHICAGO (AP) — Confirmed coronavirus infections continued to soar Saturday in many parts of the U.S. and Europe. In some cases, so did anger over the restrictions governments put in place to try to stem the tide. Oklahoma, Illinois, New Mexico and Michigan were among states announcing new ...

Stressed freshmen missing quintessential college experience

It's a major life milestone, the first time many U.S. teens have ever been on their own. Even in normal times, freshman year in college can be a jumbled mix of anticipation, uncertainty and emotional highs and lows. In these hardly normal times, when the quintessential college experience ...

No escaping from Wales: UK police to enforce travel ban

LONDON (AP) — A police force in England says it will try to stop people from leaving Wales, which has started a 17-day lockdown to slow a surging rate of coronavirus infections. The Gloucestershire Constabulary will patrol routes from Wales and pull over drivers they believe are making long ...

StayWorkPlay invigorates young Granite Staters

MANCHESTER – For an energetic, nonprofit company like the statewide StayWorkPlay, the “play” part of their name is easy, living in New Hampshire offers so much to so many. But few stop to recognize the advantages of working here as well. The idea is direct: attract and retain a young ...

Court records: Man had guns, search online for Biden home

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man indicted last month on child pornography charges had searched earlier this year for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden's home online, traveled near the home and wrote a checklist that ended with the word "execute," according to federal ...