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Biden Vows to Strengthen Economy Despite Exploding Pandemic

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Projected President-elect Joe Biden is acknowledging that the nation is in a “dark” place but says his administration will strengthen the vulnerable economy despite the exploding pandemic. Biden offered an optimistic assessment Monday of the next four years during a meeting with several business and labor leaders ahead of an afternoon economic address from his makeshift…

Michigan Halts Classes, Indoor Dining as Coronavirus Surges

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration is ordering high schools and colleges to stop in-person classes, closing restaurants to indoor dining, and stopping organized sports — including the football playoffs — in a bid to curb Michigan’s spiking coronavirus cases. The restrictions will begin Wednesday and last three weeks. They are not nearly as sweeping as when the…

2nd Virus Vaccine Shows Overwhelming Success in U.S. Tests

(AP) – There’s more promising news on the COVID-19 vaccine front as Moderna says its shot provides strong protection against the coronavirus. Monday’s announcement comes a week after Pfizer revealed its own vaccine to be similarly effective. The announcements come as the virus surges in the U.S. and around the world. Moderna said of 95 infections so far in its…

Trump to Deliver Remarks on Vaccine Friday Afternoon

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump who has remained mostly holed in the White House this week is set to deliver an update Friday on Operation Warp Speed, the multi-agency effort to get a coronavirus vaccine to market as speedily and safely as possible. Trump, who was briefed by advisers in the Oval Office earlier Friday, is set to deliver…

Michigan Governor Seeks Shutdown of Great Lakes Oil Pipeline

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer took legal action Friday to shut down a pipeline that carries oil beneath a channel that links two of the Great Lakes. Whitmer’s office notified the Canadian company that it was revoking an easement granted in 1953 to extend a roughly 4-mile section of the pipeline through the Straits of Mackinac….

Growing Number of Universities Going Virtual for Semester

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — An increasing number of universities in Wisconsin are telling students heading home for Thanksgiving not to return for the rest of the semester. Three University of Wisconsin System schools, Eau Claire, Stout, and River Falls, are the latest campuses to go virtual through the holidays. Students will take final exams remotely and return to campus for…

Us Hits Record COVID-19 Hospitalizations Amid Virus Surge

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. has hit a record number of coronavirus hospitalizations and surpassed 1 million new confirmed cases in just the first 10 days of November. Newly confirmed infections in the U.S. were running at all-time highs of well over 100,000 per day, pushing the total to more than 10 million and eclipsing 1 million since Halloween….

Ulta to Open Beauty Shops at 100 Target Stores in 2021

NEW YORK (AP) — The nation’s largest beauty chain has a deal to place shops in more than 100 Target stores by mid-2021. Ulta Beauty and Target said Tuesday that the shops will be located next to Target’s existing beauty sections. The financial terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. The partnership comes as the coronavirus pandemic has upended shopping habits….

Biden Pleads ‘Wear a Mask’ to Fight Virus Threat

WASHINGTON (AP) Projected president-elect Joe Biden is imploring Americans to “wear a mask” to help fight the spread of the coronavirus — “no matter who you voted for.” He says, “We are Americans, and our country is under threat.” The Democrat said Monday the act could slow the death toll in the COVID-19 pandemic, which he noted could climb by…

Pfizer Says COVID-19 Vaccine Is Looking 90% Effective

(AP) – Pfizer says an early peek at its vaccine data suggests the shots may be 90% effective at preventing COVID-19. Monday’s announcement doesn’t mean a vaccine is imminent. The interim analysis, from independent data monitors, looked at 94 infections recorded so far in a study that has enrolled nearly 44,000 people. Pfizer did not provide any more details about…

‘Jeopardy!’ Host Alex Trebek Dies at 80

The longtime quiz-show host died at his California home, surrounded by family and friends, “Jeopardy!” studio Sony said.

  Photo: “Jeopardy!” LOS ANGELES (AP) — Alex Trebek, who presided over the beloved quiz show “Jeopardy!” for more than 30 years with dapper charm and a touch of school-master strictness, died Sunday. He was 80. Trebek, who announced in 2019 that he had advanced pancreatic cancer, died at his California home, surrounded by family and friends, “Jeopardy!” studio Sony…

Local Political Experts Weigh-In on Declared Biden Win, What Comes Next

Both experts say the high nationwide voter turnout and youth voter turnout were the biggest takeaways of this year's election. 

DULUTH, Minn.- Local political experts from universities in the Northland weighed in Saturday on what comes next for President-Elect Joe Biden, and for President Donald Trump. On President Trump’s next moves Dr. Cindy Rugeley of UMD, a featured political analyst on FOX 21, said the nation should allow him the chance to contest the outcome in court. “I think that…

President-Elect Biden, Vice President-Elect Harris Address Nation After Victory

Biden outlines plans to address COVID, Harris said while the first, she will not be the last female Vice President.

  WILMINGTON, Del.- After almost a week of ballot-counting, Democratic Joe Biden was declared the 46th President of the United States Saturday, winning the 2020 Election. He gave his first address as President-Elect Saturday night, speaking from Wilmington, Delaware. “The United States of America, ladies and gentlemen, there’s never, never been anything we’ve tried and not been able to do,” said…

Kamala Harris Makes History as First Black, South Asian Woman Elected Vice President

Kamala Harris is making history as the first Black woman elected vice president of the United States.

(AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File) WASHINGTON (AP)- Kamala Harris is making history as the first Black woman elected vice president of the United States, shattering barriers that have kept men – almost all of them white – entrenched at the highest levels of American politics for more than two centuries. The 56-year-old California senator is also the first person of South…

Trump Not Conceding to Biden, Promising Legal Challenges

In recent weeks, Trump has alleged - without evidence - widespread fraud and misconduct in the election.

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is not conceding to President-elect Joe Biden, promising unspecified legal challenges seeking to overturn the outcome of the race for the White House. Trump said in a statement that “our campaign will start prosecuting our case in court to ensure election laws are fully upheld and the rightful winner is seated.” Trump was at…

Joe Biden Elected 46th President, AP Declares

The Associated Press declared Democrat Joe Biden the winner of his native Pennsylvania at 11:25 a.m. EST.

WASHINGTON (A.P.) – Democrat Joe Biden has won Pennsylvania, surpassing the 270 electoral vote threshold to take the White House and become the 46th president of the United States. Biden also carried Arizona, Wisconsin and Michigan on his path to the presidency, flipping states that President Donald Trump won in 2016. Pennsylvania was a must-win state for Trump. The 77-year-old…

Biden Plans Friday Night Prime-Time Televised Address

WASHINGTON (AP) – Joe Biden’s campaign says he will give a speech during prime time Friday. The Democratic presidential candidate’s campaign announced that he would be making an address but did not say where or what he plans to say. Biden is on the cusp of winning the presidency as he opens up narrow leads over President Donald Trump in several critical backgrounds. The…

Al Roker to Take Time off Work to Battle Prostate Cancer

NEW YORK (AP) — Weatherman and morning TV co-host Al Roker has revealed that he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and will be undergoing surgery to have his prostate removed. “It’s a good news-bad news kind of thing,” Roker said Friday on NBC’s “Today.” “Good news is we caught it early. Not great news is that it’s a little…

Biden Ahead in Georgia, Pennsylvania; Trump Attacks Process

(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrat Joe Biden has overtaken President Donald Trump in Pennsylvania and Georgia. The election hinges on the outcome of tight contests in those key battleground states. The new results Friday come as Trump is trying to undermine confidence in this week’s election. With his pathway to reelection appearing to shrink, Trump advanced unsupported accusations…

2020 Latest: Trump Set to Make Remarks From White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is set to make his first public appearance since the early morning hours after Election Day. The White House says Trump will deliver remarks at 6:30 p.m. Thursday from the press briefing room. It was unclear if he would take questions. Trump last appeared in public early Wednesday, when he falsely declared victory over Democrat…

Judges Dismiss Trump Claims in Georgia, Michigan

WASHINGTON (AP) – Judges in Georgia and Michigan have quickly dismissed Trump campaign lawsuits, undercutting a campaign legal strategy aimed at attacking the integrity of the voting process in states where the result could mean President Donald Trump’s defeat. The rulings came Thursday as Democrat Joe Biden inched closer to the 270 Electoral College votes needed to win the White…

Michigan Judge Dismisses Trump Campaign Lawsuit

(AP Photo/Alex Brandon) (AP) – A Michigan judge has dismissed a lawsuit by President Donald Trump’s campaign in a dispute over whether Republican challengers had access to the handling of absentee ballots. Judge Cynthia Stephens noted that the lawsuit was filed late Wednesday afternoon, just hours before the last ballots were counted. She also said the defendant, Secretary of State…

Trump Team Says It’s Suing to Stop Pennsylvania Vote Count

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – President Donald Trump’s campaign said it’s suing to temporarily stop the vote count in Pennsylvania, claiming a lack of “transparency.” Justin Clark, Trump’s deputy campaign manager, said in a statement Wednesday that the campaign is “suing to stop Democrat election officials from hiding the ballot counting and processing from our Republican poll observers.” Clark also said…

Presidency Hinges on Tight Races in Battleground States

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump carried the prized battleground of Florida, then he and Democrat Joe Biden shifted their focus early Wednesday to three Northern industrial states — Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania — that could prove crucial in determining who wins the White House. A late burst of votes in Wisconsin from Milwaukee gave Biden a small lead, but…

Mcconnell Wins Reelection, but Control of Senate at Stake

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has won a seventh term in Kentucky. McConnell is the chief ally of President Donald Trump in Congress and the longest-serving Republican Senate leader in history. The 78-year-old McConnell defeated Democrat Amy McGrath. She’s a retired Marine combat pilot who challenged him as a political outsider. McConnell played up his…

Walmart Removes Guns, Ammunition on Display at U.S. Stores

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart says it has removed ammunition and firearms from displays at its U.S. stores, citing “civil unrest” in some areas. The nation’s largest retailer, based in Bentonville, Arkansas, sells firearms in about half of its 4,700 stores. “We have seen some isolated civil unrest and as we have done on several occasions over the last few…

Illinois Judge to Rule on Rittenhouse Extradition to Kenosha

CHICAGO (AP) — The mother of a 17-year-old accused of killing two demonstrators in Kenosha, Wisconsin, is among those slated to testify at a hearing in Illinois to decide if her son should be extradited across the border to stand trial on homicide charges. During Friday’s hearing, Kyle Rittenhouse’s lawyers also planned to call an expert on self-defense and former…

Jobless Claims Fall to 751,000, but New Infections a Threat

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell last week to 751,000, the lowest since March but a figure that remains historically high and indicates the viral pandemic is still forcing many employers to cut jobs. Rising confirmed virus cases in nearly every state, along with a cutoff in federal aid, are threatening to weaken the economy…

Issues Important to Trump Await Barrett on Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amy Coney Barrett’s first votes on the Supreme Court could include two big topics affecting the man who appointed her. The court is weighing a plea from President Donald Trump to prevent the Manhattan district attorney from acquiring his tax returns as well as appeals from the Trump campaign and Republicans to shorten the deadline for receiving…

Barrett Confirmed as Supreme Court Justice in Partisan Vote

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed to the Supreme Court late Monday by a deeply divided Senate, Republicans overpowering Democrats to install President Donald Trump’s nominee days before the election and secure a likely conservative court majority for years to come. Trump’s choice to fill the vacancy of the late liberal icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg potentially opens a new era of rulings…

WATCH LIVE: Trump, Biden Heading Into Final Debate

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — It’s debate night for President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden. They will square off in Nashville in their final face-to-face confrontation before the election. It’s one of the last high-profile opportunities for the trailing president to change the trajectory of an increasingly contentious campaign. Some Trump advisers are urging him to trade his aggressive…

Gop-Led Senate Panel Advances Barrett Despite Dems’ Boycott

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Judiciary Committee has advanced Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination to the full Senate. Republicans powered past a Democratic boycott of the session Thursday to keep confirmation of President Donald Trump’s pick on track before Election Day. Democratic senators refused to show up in protest of the GOP’s rush to install Trump’s nominee to…

US Officials Call Out Iran, Russia For Election Interference

BOSTON (AP) — Iran is responsible for emails meant to intimidate American voters and sow unrest in multiple states, U.S. officials said Wednesday night in calling out both Tehran and Russia for activities meant to interfere in the upcoming presidential election. The announcement at a rare news conference just two weeks before the election underscored the concern within the U.S….

Francis Becomes 1st Pope to Endorse Same-Sex Civil Unions

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis has become the first pontiff to endorse same-sex civil unions. The comments drew cheers from gay Catholics and demands for clarification from conservatives, given the Vatican’s official teaching on the issue. The remarks came in the documentary “Francesco,” which premiered at the Rome Film Festival. In the documentary, the pope says: “Homosexual people have the…

In Tennessee, Final Presidential Debate Puts Surging Virus in Spotlight

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — When President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden arrive in Nashville for their final debate, they’ll be greeted by a city with rising coronavirus case counts. Tennessee is also embroiled in a debate about mask-wearing. Thursday’s in-person presidential debate is at Belmont University, which also hosted the 2008 debate between Democrat Barack Obama and Republican…

Us Officials: Oxycontin Maker to Plead to 3 Criminal Charges

(AP Photo/Douglas Healey, File) WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Department officials told The Associated Press that Purdue Pharma, the company that makes OxyContin, will plead guilty to three federal criminal charges as part of a settlement of more than $8 billion. OxyContin is the powerful prescription painkiller that experts say helped touch off an opioid epidemic. The officials say Purdue will…

Cough Keeps Melania Trump off Campaign Trail

WASHINGTON (AP) — Melania Trump’s return to the campaign trail will have to wait. Her chief of staff, Stephanie Grisham, said Tuesday that Mrs. Trump continues to feel better every day following her recent recovery from COVID-19 but has a lingering cough. Grisham says the first lady has decided not to accompany President Donald Trump to a campaign rally Tuesday…

Justice Dept. to File Landmark Antitrust Case Against Google

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is expected to file a lawsuit Tuesday alleging that Google has been abusing its online dominance in online search to stifle competition and harm consumers. The litigation marks the government’s most significant action to protect competition since its groundbreaking case against Microsoft more than 20 years ago. The suit could be an opening salvo…

Harris Suspends Travel After Staffer Tests COVID-19 Positive

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Joe Biden’s presidential campaign said Thursday that vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris will suspend in-person events until Monday after two people associated with the campaign tested positive for coronavirus. The campaign said Biden had no exposure, though he and Harris spent several hours campaigning together in Arizona on Oct. 8. Harris was scheduled to travel Thursday…

Senate Judiciary Sets Oct. 22 Vote on Barrett’s Nomination

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Judiciary Committee has set an Oct. 22 vote on recommending approval of Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination. Republicans are racing to confirm President Donald Trump’s pick and Democrats are acknowledging there is little they can do stop them. Her confirmation would lock the conservative majority on the court for years to come. Thursday’s session…

Walmart to Spread Out Deals to Avoid Black Friday Crowds

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart is spreading out its traditional one-day Black Friday deals over three weekends in November in an effort to reduce crowds in its stores during a pandemic. The company’s plans announced Wednesday offers the first glimpse from a major retailer of what a reinvented Black Friday will look like during a pandemic. Others like Macy’s have…

Possible Safety Issue Spurs Pause of COVID-19 Antibody Study

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — A late-stage study of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate has been paused while the company investigates whether a study participant’s “unexplained illness” is related to the shot. The company said in a statement Monday evening that illnesses, accidents, and other so-called adverse events “are an expected part of any clinical study, especially large studies,”…

COVID-19 Virus Can Survive for up To 28 Days on Common Surfaces, Study Finds

LOS ANGELES (Fox News) – From the moment you wake up and turn off your morning alarm, you can come into contact with many surfaces: your phone, your computer, door handles — the list goes on. A recent study uncovered new information about SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, and how it behaves on surfaces, revealing that the virus can…

Watch Live: Barrett Says She Can Set Aside Catholic Beliefs

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett says she will be able to put aside her Catholic beliefs when ruling if she’s confirmed as a justice on the nation’s highest court. Barrett told Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina on Tuesday she “can” set aside her Catholic beliefs and has “done that” since her confirmation as an…

Barrett Vows to Interpret Laws ‘as They Are Written’

WASHINGTON (AP) — At her confirmation hearing, Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett has declared that Americans deserve an independent Supreme Court that interprets the Constitution and laws “as they are written.” That statement encapsulates her conservative approach that has Republicans excited about the prospect of her taking the place of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before Election Day….

Watch: Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court Confirmation Hearing Opens

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing has begun as the Republican-led Senate is charging ahead to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with President Donald Trump’s pick before Election Day. Barring a dramatic development, Republicans appear to have the votes to confirm the 48-year-old conservative appellate judge to a lifetime seat on the Supreme Court….