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33 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday

CONCORD – The state Department of Health and Human Services announced 33 new positive test results for COVID-19 and no new deaths on Wednesday. Check number of COVID-19 cases by school every day. Under the “show” pull down and click “schools with cases.” ...

Senators push for extra census time, as court prods deadline

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — As lawyers in a court hearing argued over what would happen if the U.S. Census Bureau blew a deadline to turn over data used for redrawing congressional districts, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators on Tuesday introduced a bill pushing the deadline into next year, even ...

Trump denies downplaying virus, despite Woodward recording

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — President Donald Trump denied during a televised town hall Tuesday that he had played down the threat of the coronavirus earlier this year, although there is an audio recording of him stating he did just that. Trump participated in the event with uncommitted voters, ...

Apology, no firing: Official said US scientists hurt Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Trump health appointee who is accused of trying to muzzle an important scientific publication in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic apologized Tuesday for a separate video in which he reportedly says scientists battling the virus are conspiring against President Donald ...

Experts worry as US virus restrictions are eased or violated

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — State and local officials around the U.S. are rolling back social-distancing rules again after an abortive effort over the summer, allowing bars, restaurants and gyms to open. Fans are gathering mask-free at football games. President Donald Trump is holding crowded ...

VIRUS DIARY: Alone, craving change, but above all grateful

PHOENIX (AP) — For what feels like the first time in my life I'm craving change, longing for something different. But the start of each month aches like I'm repeatedly waking up and reliving the same nightmares from the previous month. The headlines read another business shut down, another ...

Pandemic vs. pandemic: COVID-19 hampers fight against HIV

As COVID-19 swept through the South, Mel Prince watched with alarm as some of the HIV positive patients she helps in the rural Black Belt stopped showing up for lab tests and doctor's visits. Some fell back into drug and alcohol abuse. Others feared the AIDS virus made them more vulnerable ...

Trump defies virus rules as ‘peaceful protest’ rallies grow

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is running as the "law and order" candidate. But that hasn't stopped him and his campaign from openly defying state emergency orders and flouting his own administration's coronavirus guidelines as he holds ever-growing rallies in battleground ...

South Carolina’s lieutenant governor contracts COVID-19

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Lt. Gov. Pamela Evette was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Friday and is recovering in isolation with her family at home, officials said. Evette had a sore throat and headache Thursday and was tested for the virus. She has stayed at her family's home near ...

Anti-inflammatory drug may shorten COVID-19 recovery time

A drug company says that adding an anti-inflammatory medicine to a drug already widely used for hospitalized COVID-19 patients shortens their time to recovery by an additional day. Eli Lilly announced the results Monday from a 1,000-person study sponsored by the U.S. National Institute of ...

Petalo, not Charmin: Virus brings Mexican toilet paper to US

NEW YORK (AP) — Toilet paper is back on store shelves. But you may not recognize some of the brands. Demand for toilet paper has been so high during the pandemic that in order to keep their shelves stocked, retailers are buying up foreign toilet paper brands, mostly from Mexico. Major ...

In defiance of Nevada governor, Trump holds indoor rally

LAS VEGAS (AP) — In open defiance of state regulations and his own administration's pandemic health guidelines, President Donald Trump hosted his first indoor rally since June, telling a packed, nearly mask-less Nevada crowd that the nation was "making the last turn" in defeating the ...

To door knock or not? Campaigning for Congress in COVID era

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Rep. Madeleine Dean calls herself a "big hugger," but there's none of that in-person campaigning in the Philadelphia suburbs as the House freshman runs for reelection largely online to protect against the health risks of COVID-19. Traveling the heartland, Iowa ...

Virus America, six months in: Disarray, dismay, disconnect

For years, Erin Whitehead has been a committed fan of the crisis-fueled medical drama "Grey's Anatomy." She has watched its doctors handle all manner of upheaval inside their put-upon hospital — terrifying diseases, destructive weather, bombs, mass shootings, mental illness, uncertainty, ...

Central American refugees stopped by Trump, then by pandemic

MIAMI (AP) — After years of waiting in countries marred by violence, Central Americans who were finally cleared to reunite with their families in the U.S. are facing a major obstacle: the coronavirus pandemic. Only about 338 — or 12% — of 2,700 people approved to come to the U.S. ...

Teacher departures leave schools scrambling for substitutes

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — With many teachers opting out of returning to the classroom because of the coronavirus, schools around the U.S. are scrambling to find replacements and in some places lowering certification requirements to help get substitutes in the door. Several states have seen surges ...

Trump’s virus debate: Project strength or level with public

WASHINGTON (AP) — "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." — President Franklin D. Roosevelt. "Men will still say, 'This was their finest hour.'" — British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. "One day, it's like a miracle, it will disappear." — President Donald Trump. ...

Harshmallow: Virus prompts pause for Peeps holiday treats

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) — Peeps treats are going on hiatus for several months — another consequence of the coronavirus pandemic. Just Born Quality Confections said it won't be producing the popular marshmallow sweets for Halloween, Christmas or Valentine's Day as the Bethlehem, ...

Antarctica is still free of COVID-19. Can it stay that way?

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — At this very moment a vast world exists that's free of the coronavirus, where people can mingle without masks and watch the pandemic unfold from thousands of miles away. That world is Antarctica, the only continent without COVID-19. Now, as nearly 1,000 scientists and ...

Brazil Indigenous group celebrates 6 months without COVID-19

ALTO RIO GUAMA INDIGENOUS TERRITORY, Brazil (AP) — A group of Tembé men armed with bows and shotguns arrived on motorcycles at the wooden gate blocking access to their villages in Brazil's Amazon. One of them removed the padlock and slipped the chain off the gate. "You are invited," ...