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RV boutique with pink accent makes splash in Mankato, Minnesota area

MANKATO, Minn. — Ali Woods, owner of the Blackbird Boutique, won’t hesitate to admit she doesn’t really like wearing pink. That might surprise folks, given that her mobile boutique, housed in a vintage 1963 Shasta Airflyte, is a very distinctive bubblegum color. “(Pink) is my ...

Mexico City marks Columbus Day without statue of Columbus

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexicans have never had much affection for Cristopher Columbus, and officials were being coy about why his statue was removed from the capital’s main boulevard over the weekend before Monday’s observances of Columbus Day, which saw protests in several Latin American ...

WWII jungle fighting unit approved for congressional medal

The soldiers spent months behind enemy lines, marching hundreds of miles through the tangled jungles and steep mountains of Burma as they battled hunger and disease between firefights with Japanese forces during their secret mission. In February 1944, the American jungle fighting unit ...

UNF archaeologists find ancient artifact

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The undisputed star of an archeological dig now underway in a buggy jungle on Big Talbot Island is a 4,000-year-old projectile point about 3 inches long, It’s made of chert, a sedimentary rock unlike anything found in the sandy soil of the island. It came from ...

Holiday shopping gets early start with October Prime Day

NEW YORK (AP) — Halloween is still weeks away, but retailers are hoping you’ll start your holiday shopping now. The big push is coming from Amazon, which is holding its annual Prime Day sales event Tuesday and Wednesday, kickstarting the holiday shopping season. It’s the first time ...

Landlords are getting squeezed between tenants and lenders

NEW YORK (AP) — When it comes to sympathetic figures, landlords aren’t exactly at the top of the list. But they, too, have fallen on hard times, demonstrating how the coronavirus outbreak spares almost no one. Take Shad Elia, who owns 24 single-family apartment units in the Boston area. ...

IMF envisions a sharp 4.4% drop in global growth for 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — The International Monetary Fund foresees a steep fall in international growth this year as the global economy struggles to recover from the pandemic-induced recession, its worst collapse in nearly a century. The IMF estimated Tuesday that the global economy will shrink ...

Delta posts $5.38 billion 3Q loss as pandemic hammers travel

The summer travel season was even worse than expected for Delta Air Lines, which lost $5.38 billion in the third quarter as people hunkered down at home during the pandemic. Most of the loss stemmed from the cost of paying people to quit and writing down the value of assets including planes ...

Louisiana’s back-to-back hurricanes: Future unsure for many

CAMERON, La. (AP) — Michele Vincent’s home was largely intact in spite of hurricanes Laura and Delta. But tears streamed down her face as she looked at her church’s broken windows and shattered pews. “It’s hard to come back and see it again and then to know there’s another ...

Thousands lose power in Pacific Northwest wind storm

SEATTLE (AP) — Thousands of people in Western Washington and some in Oregon were without power as high winds blew into the region Tuesday. More than 66,000 customers of Puget Sound Energy, Seattle City Light and Snohomish County Public Utility District had their power go out as of Tuesday ...

Pumpkin weighing 2,350 pounds wins California contest

HALF MOON BAY, Calif. (AP) — Being cooped up at home due to the pandemic paid handsomely for a Minnesota horticulture teacher who used the extra time to constantly water and feed a massive pumpkin that won this year’s Half Moon Bay pumpkin contest. Travis Gienger, of Anoka, Minnesota, ...

Barrett refuses to commit to recusal in election cases

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett batted back Democrats’ skeptical questions on abortion, gun rights and election disputes in lively Senate confirmation testimony Tuesday, insisting she would bring no personal agenda to the court but would decide cases as they ...

Bipartisan Christian group forms super PAC to oppose Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — A group of prominent Christians from both sides of the aisle, including a past faith adviser to former President Barack Obama, is forming a political action committee designed to chip away at Christian support for President Donald Trump in the final weeks of the 2020 ...

McConnell slates October revote on GOP COVID relief plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that he’s scheduling a procedural vote on a GOP COVID-19 relief bill next week, saying aid to hard-hit businesses shouldn’t be held up by gridlock involving other aid proposals. The Kentucky Republican says the first ...

FBI: Groups also discussed kidnapping Virginia governor

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Members of anti-government paramilitary groups implicated in an alleged plot to kidnap Michigan’s governor over measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus during a fraught election year also discussed abducting Virginia’s governor, an FBI agent testified ...

Biden addresses idea of high court packing: ‘I’m not a fan’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden says he is “not a fan” of adding seats to the Supreme Court, after weeks of avoiding questions about the idea that’s been pushed by progressives and used by Republicans to attack him. “I’ve already spoken on — I’m not a fan of court packing, but I ...

When school is home and home is school, which rules prevail?

CHICAGO (AP) — Toys that look like weapons. Barefoot students. Disruptive imagery in the background. Pets roaming the room. All a clear violation of rules inside most American classrooms. But that was when most American students were actually inside schools. How do standards like these ...

More masks, less play: Europe tightens rules as virus surges

GENEVA (AP) — Governments across Europe are ratcheting up restrictions to try to beat back a resurgence of the coronavirus that has sent new infections on the continent to their highest weekly level since the start of the pandemic. The World Health Organization said Tuesday there were more ...

How long can I expect a COVID-19 illness to last?

It depends. Most coronavirus patients have mild to moderate illness and recover quickly. Older, sicker patients tend to take longer to recover. That includes those who are obese, or have high blood pressure and other chronic diseases. The World Health Organization says recovery typically ...

Report: Iowa’s derecho crop losses increase by more than 50%

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Crop loss estimates from a rare wind storm that slammed Iowa in August have increased by more than 50%, a new report shows. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Friday that the number of crop acres that Iowa farmers are unable to harvest has grown to 850,000 ...