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A medical worker administers a rapid COVID-19 test in Oakland, Calif., earlier this month. Coronavirus cases are once again surging across much of the country, reaching almost 100,000 on Friday.
Sat, 10/31/2020 - 13:49

The surge is particularly acute in the Midwest and Great Plains. Health experts say the increase is being driven in large part by people who don't exhibit any symptoms.

The Department of Defense said on Saturday that U.S. forces had rescued an American held in Northern Nigeria in an early morning operation. The American had been taken captive in Niger earlier this week.
Sat, 10/31/2020 - 12:47

President Trump celebrated the mission at a campaign rally in Pennsylvania on Saturday, saying "we got our young man back."

State representatives stand during the Pledge of Allegiance in the Iowa House chambers in Des Moines, Iowa, in June.
Sat, 10/31/2020 - 10:11

Millions of dollars are flowing into state legislative races. Redistricting and the coronavirus are expected to be top of the policy agenda in 2021 and party control could mean everything.

Sean Connery, pictured in Amsterdam during the 1971 filming of <em>Diamonds Are Forever</em>, played James Bond in seven movies.
Sat, 10/31/2020 - 09:05

The Oscar-winning film star with the distinctive Scottish brogue eventually outgrew the 007 role to appear in a range of movies in a career that spanned nearly a half-century.

Sat, 10/31/2020 - 09:04

President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden make their closing arguments in what's been an unusual campaign season to say the least.

Sat, 10/31/2020 - 09:04

College students who are studying remotely can vote in the state where their college is located. But this is controversial in some places, and students are organizing.

Sat, 10/31/2020 - 07:00

Affordable, quality child care was hard to come by even before the pandemic and now even more so. It's not for a lack of ideas about how to fix it. Is this the moment those ideas are taken seriously?

President Trump speaks to members of the media before departing the White House on Oct. 21, 2020. That same day he issued an executive order that would make it easier for the federal government to fire career civil servants.
Sat, 10/31/2020 - 06:47

The executive order strips protections for thousands of federal workers. The administration says it's needed to get rid of "poor performers," but critics call it an attack on apolitical employees.

Sat, 10/31/2020 - 06:07

Writer Ram V takes on a classic music-biz myth in his new graphic novel: The devilish crossroads deal. But it's illustrator Anand RK's loose, jazzy, clever art that really makes this book sing.

Demonstrators hold placards reading "BLACK LIVES MATTER," "Walter Wallace JR." and DEFUND PPD" as they gather in protest near the location where Wallace, a 27-year-old Black man, was killed by two police officers in Philadelphia. Police officers said he was armed with a knife.
Sat, 10/31/2020 - 06:01

Months of protests over police brutality has brought some change, but major reform has so far eluded many communities.

Researchers have observed that the friendliest male bonobos, like this male resident of Lola Ya Bonobo sanctuary in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, tend to be the most successful. Early humans may have had the same experience with their peers.
Sat, 10/31/2020 - 06:00

Duke anthropologist Brian Hare argues that humans evolved in a way that left us more cooperative and friendlier than our now extinct human cousins, like Neanderthals and Denisovans.

Election workers sort ballots at the Maricopa County Recorder's Office in Phoenix. Mail-in ballots in Arizona are already being counted.
Sat, 10/31/2020 - 06:00

Rules in several key states don't allow election workers to begin processing or counting mail-in ballots until Election Day, so the winners may not be declared for days.

Dr. Warren Hern's clinic in Boulder, Colo., photographed on Monday, June 1, 2009. Hern said a ballot initiative to ban abortion after 22 weeks in Colorado would prohibit about 95% of the procedures performed at the clinic.
Sat, 10/31/2020 - 04:00

Colorado's Proposition 115 could shut down one of the few clinics nationwide that specializes in later abortion.

This undated selfie photo provided by Rickia Young shows her lip. Attorney Kevin Mincey, who represents Young, says she went to retrieve her 16-year-old nephew from the area were a protest was occurring, and put her 2-year-old son in the car to help him fall asleep.
Fri, 10/30/2020 - 22:05

Lawyers for Rickia Young, 28, and her son said she was battered, separated from the child for hours, and kept in handcuffs while being treated at a hospital. No charges have been filed against her.

New Zealanders have voted to allow assisted dying for the terminally ill but voted down legalizing marijuana. The questions were put to the country in separate referendums held in conjunction with the general election that handed Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern a landslide victory for another term.
Fri, 10/30/2020 - 19:48

The country voted to allow assisted dying for the terminally ill but no to legalizing marijuana. Two separate referendums were held along with the general election won Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

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