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Thu. 11:06 a.m.: Existing home sales up 4.3% in October, fifth monthly gain

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Sales of existing homes rose for a fifth straight month in October, the National Association of Realtors said this morning, reaching a level not seen since before the housing bubble popped 14 years ago. Existing homes sales rose 4.3 percent to an seasonally-adjusted ...

Thu. 9:33 a.m.: Oxford scientists expect COVID-19 vaccine data by Christmas

LONDON (AP) — University of Oxford scientists expect to report results from the late-stage trials of their COVID-19 vaccine by Christmas, a key researcher said today as he discussed the team's latest findings. Dr. Andrew Pollard, an expert in pediatric infection and immunity at Oxford, said ...

Thu. 9:07 a.m.: US jobless claims increase to 742,000 as pandemic worsens

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid rose last week to 742,000, the first increase in five weeks and a sign that the resurgent viral outbreak is likely slowing the economy and forcing more companies to cut jobs. The Labor Department's report this morning showed ...

Thu. 8:53 a.m.: African continent hits 2 million confirmed coronavirus cases

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Africa has surpassed 2 million confirmed coronavirus cases as the continent's top public health official warned today that "we are inevitably edging toward a second wave" of infections. The Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the 54-nation continent ...

Thu. 8:40 a.m.: Pompeo is 1st top US diplomat to visit an Israeli settlement

JERUSALEM (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo today became the first top American diplomat to visit an Israeli settlement in the occupied West Bank as the State Department announced that products from the settlements can be labeled "Made in Israel" in a major policy shift. The two ...

DeWine says downsize your Thanksgiving

Gov. Mike DeWine today offered a dire outlook on the state of the coronavirus pandemic and urged Ohio residents to downsize their Thanksgiving plans and avoid other gatherings to help reduce transmission. DeWine, who visited the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport and also spoke during a news ...

Niles schools go all remote until after New Years

NILES — The Niles City School District will move to all ​remote learning beginning Monday through Friday, Dec. 18. Winter break begins Dec. 21 and goes through Jan. 1. Tentatively, the district hopes to return to the ​blended learning model on Jan. 4 or 5, according to school ...

Wed. 10:14 a.m.: Stocks drift as vaccine hopes collide with virus fears

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are drifting close to their record highs this morning, as hopes for a coronavirus vaccine coming in the future collide with worries about the worsening pandemic in the present. The S&P 500 was flipping between small gains and losses after Pfizer and BioNTech ...

Wed. 9:42 a.m.: Sorry, Grinch. Virus won’t stop NORAD from tracking Santa

WASHINGTON (AP) — Children of the world can rest easy. The global pandemic won't stop them from tracking Santa Claus' progress as he delivers gifts around the globe on Christmas Eve. The North American Aerospace Defense Command has announced that NORAD will track Santa on Dec. 24, just as ...

Wed. 9:22 a.m.: Berlin police forcefully disperse protest over virus rules

BERLIN (AP) — German police fired water cannons today at demonstrators protesting coronavirus restrictions in Berlin's government district, after crowds ignored calls to wear masks and keep their distance from one another in line with pandemic regulations. As the cannons soaked protesters ...

Wed. 9:11 a.m.: Pompeo expected to visit Israeli settlement in parting gift

JERUSALEM (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's expected tour of a West Bank winery this week will be the first time a top American diplomat has visited an Israeli settlement, a parting gift from an administration that has taken unprecedented steps to support Israel's claims to war-won ...

Wed. 8:54 a.m.: Deadline near for hand tally of presidential race in Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) — Election officials across Georgia are staring down a deadline of today to complete a hand tally of the presidential race in the state. The hand recount of nearly 5 million votes stems from an audit required by a new state law and wasn't in response to any suspected problems ...

Wed. 8:41 a.m.: Pfizer: COVID-19 shot 95% effective, seeking clearance soon

Pfizer says that more interim results from its ongoing coronavirus vaccine study suggest the shots are 95 percent effective and that the vaccine protects older people most at risk of dying from COVID-19. This morning's announcement from Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech, just a week ...

Wed. 8:38 a.m.: FAA clears Boeing 737 Max to fly again

After nearly two years and a pair of deadly crashes, U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has cleared Boeing's 737 Max for flight. The nation's air safety agency announced the move early today, saying it was done after a "comprehensive and methodical" 20-month review process. Regulators ...

Tue. 2:25 p.m.: Governor institutes temporary curfew

Because of the rising cases of COVID-19, Gov. Mike DeWine on Tuesday afternoon instituted a daily 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. curfew for all non-essential Ohio residents. The curfew will go into effect on Thursday and continue for 21 days. For more details, see Wednesday's edition of the Tribune ...

Tue. 11:28 a.m.: Amazon opens online pharmacy, shaking up another industry

NEW YORK (AP) — Now at Amazon.com: insulin and inhalers. The online colossus opened an online pharmacy this morning that allows customers to order medication or prescription refills, and have them delivered to their front door in a couple of days. The potential impact of Amazon's ...

Tue. 10:49 a.m.: Wall Street taps the brakes following its record-setting run

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are falling this morning, giving back a bit of the big gains made this month that vaulted them back to record heights. Treasury yields also dipped after a report showed U.S. shoppers spent less at retailers last month than economists expected. The numbers ...

Tue. 10:19 a.m.: Twitter: 300,000 tweets flagged over election disinformation

WASHINGTON (AP) — The CEO of Twitter says the social media site flagged some 300,000 tweets as part of efforts to combat disinformation in the period around the 2020 election between President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg are ...

Tue. 10:13 a.m.: NATO chief warns of high price if troops leave Afghanistan

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO could pay a heavy price for leaving Afghanistan too early, its chief warned today after a U.S. official said President Donald Trump is expected to withdraw a significant number of American troops from the conflict-ravaged country in the coming weeks. NATO has fewer than ...