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FDA approves first COVID-19 drug

U.S. regulators on Thursday approved the first drug to treat COVID-19: remdesivir, an antiviral medicine given to hospitalized patients through an IV. The drug, which California-based Gilead Sciences Inc. is calling Veklury, cut the time to recovery by five days — from 15 days to 10 on ...

Russian hackers target state, local networks

WASHINGTON — U.S. officials said Thursday that Russian hackers have targeted the networks of dozens of state and local governments in the United States in recent days, stealing data from at least two servers. The warning, less than two weeks before the election, amplified fears of the ...

Senate panel advances Barrett

WASHINGTON — Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans powered past a Democratic boycott Thursday to advance Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination to the full Senate, keeping President Donald Trump’s pick on track for confirmation before the Nov. 3 election. Democratic senators ...

Francis’ comments did not air

MEXICO CITY — A Mexican television broadcaster confirmed Thursday that Pope Francis’ bombshell comments endorsing same-sex civil unions were made during a May 2019 interview that was never broadcast in its entirety. Broadcaster Televisa said Thursday that the emphasis of its interview was ...

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Danaher results top Wall Street expectations Danaher Corp., parent company of Veeder-Root, on Thursday reported third-quarter net income of $883.5 million. On a per-share basis, the company said it had net income of $1.16. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, came to $1.72 per ...

Santa won’t be coming to Macy’s flagship store

NEW YORK — Macy’s said Santa Claus won’t be greeting kids at its flagship New York store this year due to the coronavirus, interrupting a holiday tradition started nearly 160 years ago. More than a quarter of a million people come to see Santa at Macy’s in New York each year, the ...

Pandemic hurts AT&T in 3Q

NEW YORK (AP) — The pandemic continued to hit AT&T through the third quarter as closed theaters, wary U.S. moviegoers and the Hollywood shutdown hurt its WarnerMedia movie and TV business. The Dallas company’s largest division, wireless, was stable. It added 131,000 prepaid phone ...

Anti-gay policies follow Barrett

Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett served for nearly three years on the board of private Christian schools that effectively barred admission to children of same-sex parents and made it plain that openly gay and lesbian teachers weren’t welcome in the classroom. The policies that ...

Welker to moderate second debate

NEW YORK — This fall’s presidential debates have chewed up moderators. President Donald Trump steamrolled Chris Wallace with constant interruptions in the first one, a performance that cost the Republican incumbent support in the polls. Susan Page struggled to make the vice presidential ...

Next up in hunt for COVID-19 vaccine

The global hunt for a COVID-19 vaccine for kids is only just beginning — a lagging start that has some U.S. pediatricians worried they may not know if any shots work for young children in time for the next school year. Older adults may be most vulnerable to the coronavirus, but ending the ...

Iran linked to emails meant to intimidate voters

WASHINGTON — U.S. officials accused Iran on Wednesday of being behind a flurry of emails sent to Democratic voters in multiple battleground states that appeared to be aimed at intimidating them into voting for President Donald Trump. The announcement at a rare, hastily called news ...

COVID-19 relief bill fate uncertain

WASHINGTON — Negotiations on a COVID-19 relief bill are inching forward, but it’s clear the window for action before the Nov. 3 election is closing and the issue will be tossed to a postelection lame-duck session of Congress. The only thing that seems certain beyond that is uncertainty, ...

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ALABAMA Lieutenant governor tests positive MONTGOMERY — Alabama’s lieutenant governor, who has called the state’s mask order a government overstep, announced Wednesday that he has tested positive for COVID-19. Republican Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth said he had a positive test result but ...

Ex-frat leader sentenced to prison

PHILADELPHIA — The former president of a Temple University fraternity has been sentenced to 3¢-to-seven years in state prison for the attempted sexual assault of a female student in his bedroom during a frat house party. Ari Goldstein, 23, will also have to register as a sex offender under ...

World

RUSSIA Trio who lived on space station return MOSCOW — A trio of space travelers safely returned to Earth on Thursday after a six-month mission on the International Space Station. A Soyuz capsule carrying NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy, and Roscosmos’ Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner ...

Nursing home faces lawsuit

A large, for-profit Pennsylvania nursing home where dozens of residents died of COVID-19 was sued Wednesday over allegations that it failed to take basic steps to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Brighton Rehabilitation and Wellness Center in Beaver County, near the Ohio border, was ...

Judge slams DeVos for 94% relief claim rejection rate

Months after vowing to process a backlog of 160,000 requests for loan forgiveness from students who say they were defrauded by their schools, the U.S. Education Department has rejected 94% of claims it has reviewed, according to a federal judge who is demanding justification for the ...

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OxyContin maker to plead to 3 criminal charges The Justice Department said 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 ...

House fails to override capacity veto

HARRISBURG — The state House narrowly failed Tuesday to override last week’s veto by Pennsylvaniaás governor of a bill that would have let restaurants reopen at full capacity in some circumstances. The override required two-thirds approval to be sent to the Senate, but it failed on a ...

High court allows 3-day extension for ballots

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court will allow Pennsylvania to count ballots received up to three days after the election, rejecting a Republican plea. The justices divided 4-4 Monday, an outcome that upholds a state Supreme Court ruling that allowed election officials to receive and count ...