Stage & Arts
October 17

Artist hikes length of Vermont, painting along the way

After hiking over 200 miles (320 kilometers) on the country's oldest long-distance trail, Rob Mullen had just 3 miles (5 kilometers) to go in the rain to meet up with his wife and father for a break.
National
October 17

Federal appeals court upholds Kentucky abortion law

A federal appeals court has upheld a decades-old Kentucky law requiring abortion clinics to have written agreements with a hospital and an ambulance service in…
National
October 17

Trump plays down virus as he steps up pitch for second term

Gone are the days when President Donald Trump held forth daily at the White House podium flanked by members of his coronavirus task force. And the days when Vice President Mike Pence and other task force officials would head to Trump's office to brief him immediately after their meetings.
National
October 17
Voters filled out their ballot during early voting at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections in Cleveland on Oct. 6.

Virus surges in key Midwest battleground states as election nears

Rising coronavirus cases in key presidential battleground states a little more than two weeks before Election Day are the latest worry for election officials and voters fearing chaos or exposure to the virus at polling places despite months of planning.
National
October 17

AP FACT CHECK: Trump sees what others do not in the pandemic

"I believe we're rounding the corner." "We're a winner on the excess mortality." "We have the vaccines coming and we have the therapies coming." "We have done an amazing job."
National
October 17

Trump on defense, courting voters in two must-win states

Backed into a corner and facing financial strains, President Donald Trump went after his opponent's family and defended his own struggle to contain the pandemic as he fought to energize his sagging reelection bid in the nation's Sun Belt. With Election Day looming, Democrat Joe Biden pushed to keep voters focused on health care in the Midwest.
National
October 17

Life on the line: Early voters wait 'as long as it takes'

Americans are accustomed to standing in line. They queue up for airport security, the latest iPhone, COVID tests, concerts or food. But the line of voters building before sunrise outside Mallard Creek High School in a distant suburb of Charlotte, North Carolina, on Thursday was different.
National
October 17

Low-key Democrat tries to hang onto Senate seat in Michigan

Call him low-key, understated, maybe even "boring." First-term Sen. Gary Peters of Michigan is betting voters care more about his effectiveness, as he desperately fights to keep a seat his party is counting on to take the Senate majority.
Variety
October 17

Groups band together in attempt to stop COVID-19 spread

A day after COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin topped more than 3,000 and the state reached a record 907 hospitalizations, a new coalition of business, education and health groups has formed in hopes of controlling a virus that's spreading much faster in the state than it is in most of the country.
Variety
October 16

Texas allows social workers to deny LGBTQ, disabled clients

Texas officials are facing backlash after deciding to allow social workers to turn away clients on the basis of their disability, sexual orientation or gender identity.
Coronavirus
October 16
Elizabeth Santoro, a medic with the Minnesota Air National Guard 133rd Medical Group, administered a free COVID-19 test to a passenger at the drive-up

2,297 new COVID-19 cases set daily record in Minnesota

Friday's case count is 50% higher than the last daily record of 1,516 cases last Saturday. The surge comes on a substantial increase in testing, and includes few backlogged cases.
National
October 16

Judge refuses to block New York COVID-19 restrictions

A federal judge has refused to block Gov. Andrew Cuomo's order limiting worship to as few as 10 congregants in communities seeing spikes in coronavirus…
National
October 16

Trump on defense, courting voters in two must-win states

Backed into a corner and facing financial strains, President Donald Trump went after his opponent's family and defended his own struggle to contain the pandemic on Friday as he fought to energize his sagging reelection bid in the nation's Sun Belt. With Election Day looming, Democrat Joe Biden pushed to keep voters focused on health care in the Midwest.
Science
October 16
Eliza Packingham, 10, of St. Paul explored underneath Shadow Falls on a hiking expedition with her mother and friends in St. Paul.

An 'awe walk' might do wonders for your well-being

Taking a fresh look at the world around us can improve our feelings of gladness.
National
October 16

For grateful NBC, Savannah Guthrie changes the subject

Savannah Guthrie did more than just display her journalistic chops at NBC News' town hall with President Donald Trump. She changed the subject for her bosses.
National
October 16

The Latest: New Mexico sets another one-day COVID-19 record

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- New Mexico health officials on Friday confirmed the state set another single-day record with 819 COVID-19 cases, bringing the statewide total to…
National
October 16

The Latest: Trump tries to explain lower fundraising numbers

The latest on the presidential campaign (all times local):
National
October 16

Teacher who turned ALS diagnosis into a movement dies at 71

Christopher Pendergast, a suburban New York teacher who turned a dreaded Lou Gehrig's disease diagnosis into a decadeslong campaign to raise awareness and fund research,…
Coronavirus
October 16
A bottle of hydroxychloroquine tablets in Texas City, Texas.

WHO study finds remdesivir didn't help COVID-19 patients

A large study led by the World Health Organization suggests that the antiviral drug remdesivir did not help hospitalized COVID-19 patients, in contrast to an earlier study that made the medicine a standard of care in the United States and many other countries.
National
October 16

California disputed ballot boxes removed, arguing continues

The state Republican Party has removed their unstaffed, unofficial ballot drop boxes that state officials deemed illegal, California's secretary of state said Friday, and subpoenas…