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Experts: Virus numbers could be erratic after Thanksgiving weekend

MILWAUKEE (AP) - The coronavirus testing numbers that have guided much of the nation's response to the pandemic are likely to be erratic over the next week or so, experts said Friday, as fewer people get tested during the Thanksgiving holiday … more

Bruce, the last 'Jaws' shark, docks at Academy Museum

By LINDSEY BAHR AP Film Writer Bruce, the fiberglass shark made from the "Jaws" mold, is ready for his close-up. The 1,208 pound, 25-foot-long, 45-year-old shark, famous for being difficult to work with on the set of Steven Spielberg's classic … more

Appeals court rejects Trump challenge of Pennsylvania race

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - President Donald Trump's legal team suffered yet another defeat in court Friday as a federal appeals court in Philadelphia roundly rejected the campaign's latest effort to challenge the state's election results. Trump's … more

Virus keeps Black Friday crowds thin this year

NEW YORK - The raging coronavirus pandemic kept crowds thin at malls and stores across the country on Black Friday, but a surge in online shopping offered a beacon of hope for struggling retailers after months of slumping sales and businesses … more

Trump may be coming to terms with election loss

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump still won't bring himself to concede the election he decisively lost to President-elect Joe Biden. But he's now acknowledging he will leave the White House if Biden's win is affirmed by the Electoral College, … more

Biden's win hides a dire warning for Democrats in rural U.S.

DES MOINES, Iowa - Democrats once dominated Koochiching County in the blue-collar Iron Range of northern Minnesota. But in this month's presidential election, President Donald Trump won it with 60% of the vote. That's not because voters there are … more

In Santa’s mailbag, a peek into children’s pandemic worries

LIBOURNE, France — Jim, from Taiwan, slipped a face mask inside the greeting card he sent to Santa and marked “I (heart) u.” Alina, 5, asked in her Santa letter written with an … more

Picture of U.S. economy worrisome as virus inflicts damage

WASHINGTON - Gripped by the accelerating viral outbreak, the U.S. economy is under pressure from persistent layoffs, diminished income and nervous consumers, whose spending is needed to drive a recovery from the pandemic. A flurry of data … more

Left for dead, twice, RadioShack gets another shot online

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) - RadioShack, a fixture at the mall for decades, has been pulled from the brink of death, again. It's the most prized name in the basket of brands that entrepreneur investors Alex Mehr and Tai Lopez have scooped up since … more

High court blocks N.Y. coronavirus limits on houses of worship

WASHINGTON (AP) - As coronavirus cases surge again nationwide, the Supreme Court late Wednesday barred New York from enforcing certain limits on attendance at churches and synagogues in areas designated as hard hit by the virus. The justices … more

USC president tests positive for COVID-19

COLUMBIA (AP) - University of South Carolina President Bob Caslen said Wednesday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus. Caslen said he tested positive Tuesday evening and is isolating at home, according to a news release, which added … more

Trump, allies still refuse election loss

WASHINGTON (AP) - Monday seemed like the end of President Donald Trump's relentless challenges to the election, after the federal government acknowledged President-elect Joe Biden was the "apparent winner" and Trump cleared the way for cooperation … more

AstraZeneca error clouds vaccine preliminary results

LONDON - AstraZeneca and Oxford University on Wednesday acknowledged a manufacturing error that is raising questions about preliminary results of their experimental COVID-19 vaccine. A statement describing the error came days after the company … more

Retail trade group sees solid holiday sales despite pandemic

NEW YORK (AP) - The National Retail Federation, the nation's largest retail trade group, expects that holiday sales could actually exceed growth seen in prior seasons, despite all the uncertainty surrounding the pandemic. The reason? Shoppers are … more

Thanksgiving could make or break U.S. virus response

In Pennsylvania, if you're having friends over to socialize, you're supposed to wear a mask - and so are your friends. That's the rule, but Barb Chestnut has no intention of following it. "No one is going to tell me what I can or not do in my own … more

Mysterious monolith found in Utah's red-rock desert

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Deep in the Mars-like landscape of Utah's red-rock desert lies a mystery: A gleaming metal monolith in one of the most remote parts of the state. The smooth, tall structure was found during a helicopter survey of bighorn … more

Dow crests 30,000 points on vaccine hopes, transition

The Dow Jones Industrial Average traded above 30,000 points for the first time Tuesday as investors were encouraged by the latest progress on developing coronavirus vaccines and news that the transition of power in the U.S. to President-elect Joe … more

Millions stick to Thanksgiving travel plans

More than 1 million Americans a day packed airports and planes during the weekend even as coronavirus deaths surged across the U.S. and public health experts begged people to stay home and avoid big Thanksgiving gatherings. And the crowds are … more

GM to recall 7M vehicles globally to replace Takata air bags

DETROIT (AP) - General Motors will recall about 7 million big pickup trucks and SUVs worldwide to replace potentially dangerous Takata air bag inflators. The announcement came Monday after the U.S. government told the automaker it had to recall 6 … more

FDA allows emergency use of antibody drug President Trump received

U.S. health officials Saturday agreed to allow emergency use of a second antibody drug to help the immune system fight COVID-19, an experimental medicine that President Donald Trump was given when he was sickened last month. The Food and Drug … more
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