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Coronavirus

27 COVID deaths at Illinois vets nursing home prompts probe

LASALLE, Ill. (AP) — State officials have launched investigations into a coronavirus outbreak at a veterans nursing home in Illinois that has infected nearly 200 residents and staff members, and killed 27 veterans. News outlets reported Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s office and the ...

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade to march on despite pandemic

NEW YORK (AP) — Jawan M. Jackson recently got to do something he’s been yearning to do for months — sing and dance again with his Broadway cast. Jackson is one of the stars of “Ain’t Too Proud — The Life and Times of The Temptations” and he reunited with castmates for the first ...

Lights, camera, sell: Retailers want you to watch and shop

NEW YORK (AP) — When Jenna Powell gets in front of a camera, she can sell $10,000 worth of sparkly dresses and tie-dye hoodies in 40 minutes. Powell, whose three Jennaration shops in Alabama were closed at the start of the pandemic, has put all her focus on selling through live videos, ...

China stepping up virus testing on imported food packaging

China is stepping up virus inspections on imported food packaging as cooler weather brings new waves of coronavirus infections in several overseas countries, Chinese officials said Wednesday. Packaging is “not exempt” from carrying the virus, deputy director of the National Food Safety ...

Cumberland Fire District gets COVID donation

ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- The city of St. Clairsville made a donation to the Cumberland Trail Fire District last week, when Mayor Kathryn Thalman presented a check for $50,000 to Chief Tim Hall and Assistant Chief Dan Grady. This donation was approved by St. Clairsville City Council in a unanimous ...

Consumer spending up a slight 0.5% despite virus

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumers increased their spending by a sluggish 0.5% last month, the weakest rise since April, when the pandemic first erupted, and a sign that Americans remain wary with the virus resurging across the country and threatening to harm the economy. The October gain ...

Money to combat overdose crisis unused

When it filed for bankruptcy last year, Purdue Pharma agreed to an innovative plan: It would make $200 million available immediately to help those those harmed by its signature painkiller, OxyContin, and ease the effects of the opioid crisis. More than a year later, with the crisis worsening, ...

Stores ready for Black Friday

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Ohio Valley Mall and smaller, local vendors are striving to make shopping safe, convenient and enjoyable for Black Friday and the entire holiday shopping season. Hosting “doorbuster” sales and attracting throngs of people for a single day of hunting for those ...

Wiping down groceries? Experts say keep risk in perspective

NEW YORK (AP) — Cleaning wipes are harder to find on store shelves, and businesses are reassuring customers with stepped up sanitation measures. In New York, the subway system is shut down nightly for disinfecting. To avoid any traces of the coronavirus that might be lurking on surfaces, ...

Cannabis stocks surge as US election opens new markets

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cannabis stocks are flying high after voters in New Jersey, Arizona and three other states cleared the way for expanding legal sales of marijuana. Shares in some of the biggest cannabis companies, including Aurora Cannabis, Canopy Growth and Cresco Labs, are up between ...

Defying warnings, millions in the U.S. travel for Thanksgiving

Millions of Americans took to the skies and the highways for Thanksgiving at the risk of pouring gasoline on the coronavirus fire, disregarding increasingly dire warnings that they stay home and limit their holiday gatherings to members of their own household. Those who are flying witnessed a ...

Christmas Tree lit in St. C.

The Belmont County Courthouse was the site of a Christmas tree lighting Sunday. The yearly ceremony could not be held publicly due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the St. Clairsville Area Chamber of Commerce livestreamed it on its Facebook page, with more than 1,000 people tuning in to watch ...

Santa returns to the mall with safety measures in place

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Santa Claus has made his way back to the Ohio Valley Mall for the holiday season, and he will remain there through Christmas Eve with a few extra safety precautions in place. The mall welcomed back its Pictures with Santa event on Saturday. It continues through Dec. 24 at ...

Keep the mask: A vaccine won’t end the US crisis right away

NEW YORK (AP) — Don’t even think of putting the mask away anytime soon. Despite the expected arrival of COVID-19 vaccines in just a few weeks, it could take several months — probably well into 2021 — before things get back to something close to normal in the U.S. and Americans can ...

Ohio governor: State’s first vaccine batch coming by Dec. 15

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio could see its first batch of up to 30,000 doses of a coronavirus vaccine by Dec. 15, with fresh supplies arriving every few days, Gov. Mike DeWine said Tuesday, citing calls his office had with the White House. The first batch would come from a Pfizer-produced ...

3rd major COVID-19 vaccine is shown to be effective and cheaper

LONDON (AP) — Drugmaker AstraZeneca said Monday that late-stage trials showed its COVID-19 vaccine is highly effective, buoying the prospects of a relatively cheap, easy-to-store product that may become the vaccine of choice for the developing world. The results are based on an interim ...

Tourists few, NY gift shops struggle but don’t lose (heart)

NEW YORK (AP) — In souvenir shops from Times Square to the World Trade Center, shelves full of T-shirts and trinkets still (heart) New York. But the proprietors wonder when their customers will, again. The coronavirus pandemic has taken a voracious bite out of a slice of New York life as ...

Cut off: School closings leave rural students isolated

CUBA, N.M. (AP) — The midday arrival of a school bus at Cyliss Castillo’s home on the remote edge of a mesa breaks up the long days of boredom and isolation for the high school senior. The driver hands over food in white plastic bags, collects Castillo’s school assignments and offers ...

DeWine warns of rising COVID-19 hospitalizations

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The number of people hospitalized in Ohio because of the coronavirus is growing rapidly and raising the possibility that elective procedures could be postponed, hospital officials and Gov. Mike DeWine warned on Monday. More than 4,300 people are in hospitals with ...

Stocks rise on Wall Street on latest hopes for virus vaccine

By DAMIAN J. TROISE And ALEX VEIGA AP Business Writers More encouraging news on the development of coronavirus vaccines and treatments helped power stocks higher on Wall Street Monday, as the market clawed back most of its losses from last week. The S&P 500 index rose 0.6%, led by ...