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VIRUS-OUTBREAK-NEVADA-UAE-CHINA — U.S. diplomats and security officials privately warned the state of Nevada not to use Chinese-made coronavirus test kits donated by the United Arab Emirates over concerns about patient privacy, test accuracy and Chinese government involvement, documents obtained by The Associated Press show. By Jon Gambrell and Michelle L. Price. SENT: 1,970 words, photos. An abridged version of 960 words is available.
AP POLL-ELECTION 2020-TRUMP — Less than three weeks from Election Day, majorities of Americans are highly critical of President Donald Trump’s handling of both the coronavirus pandemic and his own illness, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. The survey also shows that few Americans have high levels of trust in the information the White House has released about Trump’s health. By Julie Pace, Hannah Fingerhut and Nathan Ellgren. SENT: 855 words, photos, video.
ELECTION 2020 — Addressing supporters separately before their dueling town halls, President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden agree on one big thing: The other guy is lying all the time. The two will compete for TV audiences from afar Thursday night. By Zeke Miller, Alexandra Jaffe, Bill Barrow and Aamer Madhani. SENT: 950 words., photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing from Trump NBC town hall, Biden ABC town hall at 8 p.m., 990 words by 9 p.m. EDS: This story will serve as the main vehicle for coverage of both town halls.
With ELECTION 2020-DUELING TOWN HALLS — Despite protests from Hollywood stars, NBC stands fast to its decision to hold a Thursday town hall with Trump. SENT: 440 words, photo. WITH: ELECTION 2020-THE LATEST.
ELECTION 2020-HARRIS-CORONAVIRUS — Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris suspends in-person events until Monday after two people associated with the campaign test positive for coronavirus. Joe Biden’s campaign announces a third case, but says Biden had no direct exposure and will continue campaigning. By Bill Barrow. SENT: 950 words, photos.
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SUPREME COURT-BARRETT — Republicans power Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett closer to confirmation, pushing past Democratic objections and other priorities during the COVID-19 crisis in the drive to seat President Trump’s pick before the Nov. 3 election. By Lisa Mascaro, Mark Sherman and Mary Clare Jalonick. SENT: 930 words, photos, video.
VIRUS-OUTBREAK — Coronavirus cases around the world have climbed to all-time highs of more than 330,000 per day as the scourge comes storming back across Europe and spreads with renewed speed in the U.S., forcing many places to reimpose tough restrictions eased just months ago. By Geir Moulson. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-CHILD LABOR — The coronavirus pandemic is threatening the future of a generation of the world’s children, depriving them of schooling and sending them to work. Across the developing world, two decades of gains against child labor are eroding. Instead of going to school, children in Kenya are grinding rocks in quarries. Tens of thousands of children in India have poured into farm fields and factories. Across Latin America, kids are making bricks, building furniture and clearing brush, once after-school jobs that are now full-time work. By Maria Verza, Carlos Valdez and William Costa. SENT: 2,200 words, photos. An abridged version of 1,035 words is available.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose last week by the most in two months, to 898,000, a historically high number and evidence that layoffs remain a hindrance to the economy’s recovery from the pandemic recession. By Christopher Rugaber. SENT: 960 words, photos.
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VIRUS-OUTBREAK-KANSAS — Rural areas in Kansas are seeing large spikes in coronavirus cases, and Gove County in the northwestern part of the state has been among the hardest hit. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-HAWAII TRAVEL TESTING — Anxious residents and business leaders will be watching closely as tourists begin to return to Hawaii when a new pre-travel testing program debuts. The move by state officials is an effort to stem the devastating downturn the pandemic has caused in Hawaii’s tourism-based economy. SENT: 800 words, photos.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-IRAN SURGING DEATHS — Iran’s capital has run out of intensive care beds as the country confronts a new surge of infections that is filling hospitals and cemeteries alike. The single-day death toll hit a record high three times this week. SENT: 930 words, photos.
VIRUS-OUTBREAK-ROMA-RESTRICTIONS — Human rights activists and experts say local officials in several European countries with significant Roma populations have used the pandemic to unlawfully target the minority group. SENT: 1,140 words, photos.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-INDIA-CINEMAS REOPEN — Seven months after screens went dark, cinemas are reopening in much of India with older titles on the marquee. SENT: 800 words, photos.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-ISRAEL — Israel has decided to relax some of the restrictions imposed during a monthlong nationwide lockdown to drive down a raging coronavirus outbreak. Starting Sunday, daycare and preschool for children up to six years old will reopen as will some businesses that don’t serve walk-in customers. SENT: 375 words, photo.
VIRUS-OUTBREAK-VIRAL-QUESTIONS-FLU — The flu vaccine doesn’t affect chances of getting COVID-19. SENT: 250 words, graphic.
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ELECTION-C-SPAN-SCULLY — C-SPAN suspended its political editor Steve Scully indefinitely Thursday after he admitted to lying about his Twitter feed being hacked when he was confronted about a questionable exchange with former Trump aide Anthony Scaramucci. SENT: 375 words, photo.
BOOKS-RBG — Some final thoughts from Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and some previously unreleased materials have been gathered by one of her former clerks and will appear in a book coming out in March. SENT: 325 words, photo.
YOUTUBE-QANON — YouTube is following the lead of Twitter and Facebook, saying that it is taking more steps to limit QAnon and other baseless conspiracy theories that can lead to real-world violence. SENT: 400 words.
BRITAIN QUEEN ELIZABETH — Queen Elizabeth II has carried out her first public engagement outside of a royal residence since early March. The 94-year-old monarch was joined by her grandson Prince William at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory. SENT: 350 words, photos.
CLINIC FIRE ARREST — A Florida man accused of setting fire to a Planned Parenthood center this past weekend was arrested Wednesday, authorities said. SENT: 200 words.
RACIAL INJUSTICE-LIFE SENTENCE — A Black man whose life sentence for stealing a set of hedge clippers in a 1997 burglary drew scathing criticism from the chief justice of Louisiana’s Supreme Court was granted parole. SENT: 165 words.
2020 CENSUS — Census advocates across the nation made last-ditch efforts Thursday to get as many households to answer the 2020 census, which has been challenged by a pandemic, natural disasters, court fights and the Trump administration’s push to have it end a month earlier than planned. SENT: 800 words, photos.
ELECTION 2020-HARRIS-SUPREME COURT — Unable to block President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Sen. Kamala Harris uses three days of confirmation hearings to remind voters of the stakes of the November election and how Democratic nominee Joe Biden would govern differently. By Kathleen Ronayne. SENT: 780 words, photos.
ELECTION 2020-FACT CHECK — President Trump botches the findings of a federal study as he brushes off the importance of wearing a mask to prevent COVID-19. By Calvin Woodward and Hope Yen. UPCOMING: 590 words, photos by 7 p.m.
ELECTION 2020-SENATE GEORGIA — Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler of Georgia enthusiastically accepted an endorsement from Marjorie Taylor Greene, a congressional candidate who has embraced baseless QAnon conspiracy theories and espoused racist views in a series of online videos. SENT: 590 words, photos.
TRUMP PRESCRIPTION DISCOUNT CARDS — President Donald Trump’s plan to mail millions of seniors a $200 prescription savings card has hit legal and budget roadblocks, making it unlikely the government can carry it out before Election Day. SENT: 740 words, photo.
BREXIT — With both sides digging in their heels as another deadline passed Thursday, the European Union and Britain demanded concessions from one another in talks on a basic trade deal that would soften the economic blow of the coronavirus pandemic for all. SENT: 810 words, photos.
ARMENIA-AZERBAIJAN — As the fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces rages on in the separatist territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, its residents are joining volunteer squads to defend their towns. SENT: 490 words, photos.
KYRGYZSTAN-PROTESTS — Kyrgyzstan’s embattled president said he was resigning following protests over a disputed parliamentary election, the third time in 15 years that a leader of the Central Asian country has been ousted by a popular uprising. SENT: 550 words, photos.
EUROPE-CLIMATE — European Union leaders agreed Thursday they need to raise their climate ambition above the existing target but stopped short of endorsing a proposal to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% compared to 1990 levels. SENT: 540 words, photo.
THAILAND-PROTESTS — Thailand’s government declared a strict new state of emergency for the capital, a day after a student-led protest against the country’s traditional establishment saw an extraordinary moment in which demonstrators heckled a royal motorcade. SENT: 1,060 words, photos.
NIGERIA-POLICE PROTESTS — Widespread protests against Nigeria’s police have turned violent as demonstrators have been attacked by armed gangs in the streets of several cities, according to witnesses. SENT: 820 words, photos.
EUROPE-NAVALNY — The European Union and Britain imposed sanctions on six Russians, some among the highest-ranked officials in the nation, and one organization over the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny with a Soviet-era nerve agent. SENT: 625 words, photos.
VATICAN SCANDAL — Pope Francis named a new head for the Vatican’s saint-making office to replace the once-powerful cardinal at the center of a growing corruption scandal that has raised questions about the current Holy See leadership. SENT: 620 words, photos.
ISRAEL SETTLEMENTS — Israel is pressing forward on plans for more than 3,000 settlement homes in the occupied West Bank. The new approvals, coupled with a separate round of new units approved the previous day, make 2020 one of the most prolific years for settlement building. SENT: 590 words, photo.
YEMEN — Yemen’s warring sides kicked off a long-awaited prisoner exchange, a day after the country’s Iran-backed rebels freed two Americans and released the remains of a third who had died in captivity. SENT: 850 words, photos.
WILDFIRES-DEADLY SMOKE — Wildfires churning out dense plumes of smoke as they scorch huge swaths of the U.S. West Coast have exposed millions of people to hazardous pollution levels, causing emergency room visits to spike and potentially thousands of deaths among the elderly and infirm, according to an Associated Press analysis of pollution data and interviews with physicians, health authorities and researchers. SENT: 1,980 words, photos, video.
CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES — Thousands of people in wine country woke up without power Thursday amid a fall heat wave that brought another round of extreme wildfire danger to large portions of already battered Northern California. SENT: 850 words, photos. WITH: ROCKIES-WILDFIRES —One of two Rocky Mountain wildfires fanned by strong winds has become the largest in Colorado’s history. SENT: 190 words.
LOUISIANA POLICE DEATH-FEDERAL PROBE — Family members viewed long-secret body-camera video this week of a Black man who died in Louisiana State Police custody, their attorney calling it damning footage that shows troopers choking and beating the man, repeatedly jolting him with stun guns and dragging him face-down across the pavement. SENT: 800 words, photos.
TAX FRAUD CASE-BROCKMAN — Federal prosecutors charged Texas billionaire Robert Brockman on Thursday with a $2 billion tax fraud scheme in what they say is the largest such case against an American. SENT: 640 words, photos.
RACIAL-INJUSTICE-METOO-ANNIVERSARY --As the #MeToo movement marks the third year since it received global recognition, founder Tarana Burke is working to make sure it remains inclusive and reclaims its original intent: A focus on marginalized voices and experiences. SENT: 1,090 words, photos.
TIMES UP HARASSMENT REPORT — Three years into the #MeToo movement, a new report finds almost three-quarters of people reporting workplace sexual harassment suffer from retaliation if they complain. The study found more than 7 out of 10 people who reported sexual harassment at work said they faced some form of retaliation, up to and including being fired. SENT: 760 words, photo.
HEALTH & SCIENCE
WINTER FORECAST — U.S. Weather officials are predicting a mostly warmer than normal winter, but they are also worried about a worsening drought. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its winter outlook Thursday. SENT: 600 words.
SMALL BUSINESS STRUGGLES-WINCHESTER — The viral pandemic has hammered small businesses across the United States — an alarming trend for an economy that’s trying to rebound from the deepest, fastest recession in U.S. history. SENT: 1,650 words, photos. An abridged version of 880 words is available.
FINANCIAL MARKETS — U.S. stock indexes erased much of their early losses and closed modestly lower Thursday, extending the S&P 500′s losing streak to a third day. The S&P 500 fell 0.2% after having been down 1.4%. Technology, health care and communications stocks accounted for most of the selling, outweighing slight gains in banks and elsewhere in the market. SENT: 850 words, photo.
FINANCIAL MARKETS-ELECTION — This presidential election is clearly unlike any other, but investors might be wise to treat it just like most of the previous ones. History shows the stock market’s performance doesn’t correlate that closely with which party controls the White House: It tends to rise following elections regardless of who wins. SENT: 980 words, photo. WITH: FINANCIAL-MARKETS — Stocks were falling on Wall Street, putting the market on track for its third straight loss this week. SENT: 750 words, photos.
TONY NOMINATIONS — The sobering musical “Jagged Little Pill,” which plumbs Alanis Morissette’s 1995 breakthrough album to tell a story of an American family spiraling out of control, earned a leading 15 Tony Award nominations, as the Broadway community took the first steps to celebrate a pandemic-shortened season that upended the theater world. SENT: 685 words, photos, video.
RUDOLPH AUCTION — A stop-motion Rudolph of TV legend and his still-shiny nose are going up for auction. Santa is coming too. Figures of the flying reindeer and Saint Nick used in the 1964 animated special “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” will be put up for sale to the highest bidder in Los Angeles on Nov. 13. SENT: 400 words, photos and video.
TV-MR. MERCEDES — One of Stephen King’s most creepy and tense stories was hiding in plain sight. “Mr. Mercedes” started life in 2017 as a broadcast offering on the AT&T-owned, DirecTV-exclusive Audience Network, only to be left marooned with an uncertain future. The crime series gets another life now after Peacock acquired it. SENT: 590 words, photos.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-NFL — The Atlanta Falcons, who are scheduled to play at Minnesota on Sunday, have shut down their practice facility “out of an abundance of caution” after one new positive test for COVID-19. The new positive came after rookie defensive tackle Marlon Davidson was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list on Tuesday. SENT: 500 words, photos.
BBA-ALCS — Slugger Randy Arozarena and the Tampa Bay Rays try again to clinch the pennant in Game 5 of the AL Championship Series against the Astros, a day after George Springer and José Altuve saved Houston’s season. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 2 p.m.
BBN-NLCS — Three-time NL Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw is set to start Game 4 of the NLCS, with the Los Angeles Dodgers trying to get even in the series two days after he was scratched because of back spasms. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Game starts 8:05 p.m.
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