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Bars close, cities debate masks as Florida virus cases rise

By MIKE SCHNEIDER Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A popular bar in Florida where dozens of workers and patrons have come down with the new coronavirus had its alcohol license suspended after a state inspector found patrons weren't socially distancing and following other rules meant to ...

Few demonstrators test positive; tax-free weekend Aug. 29-30

BOSTON (AP) — After thousands of demonstrators took to the streets across Massachusetts following the killing of George Floyd, public health officials worried the mass protests could give the coronavirus a chance to spread. On Monday, Gov. Charlie Baker said about 2.5% percent of those who ...

Putin hails response to virus, rolls social support measures

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that further social support measures and incentives for businesses will be introduced as he hailed the nation's response to the coronavirus pandemic in the run-up to a vote that could extend his rule until 2036. Speaking in a ...

Fauci hopeful for a vaccine by late 2020, early 2021

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government's top infectious disease expert said Tuesday he is cautiously optimistic that there will be a COVID-19 vaccine by the end of the year or early 2021, but warned that the next few weeks will be critical to tamping down coronavirus hot spots around the ...

Candy company is sweet on Maine’s popular CDC director

FREEPORT, Maine (AP) — A Maine candy company has a sweet spot for the state's Center for Disease Control director. Dr. Nirav Shah, Maine CDC director, served as inspiration for the "Shah Bar" created by Wilbur's of Maine Chocolate Confections. The candy bars feature an image of the ...

Utah governor: No economic shut down despite virus spread

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Gov. Gary Herbert says he has no plans to shut down the economy even though he shares some of the concerns of the state's epidemiologist, who warned a "complete shutdown" might be imminent if the state can't stop a prolonged spike of coronavirus cases. Herbert tweeted ...

Court rules against challenge to state’s use of energy funds

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that Connecticut electricity ratepayers have no right to challenge the state when it redirects fees they pay for increased energy efficiency to state coffers to help balance the state budget. A three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. ...

Navy awards $9.5 billion submarine contract to Electric Boat

GROTON, Conn. (AP) — The Navy has announced a proposed $9.5 billion contract with General Dynamics' Electric Boat to build the first two submarines of a new generation of ballistic missile vessels. The new Columbia-class submarines are being built at Electric Boat's shipyards in Groton, ...

Lamont open to idea of regional quarantine for visitors

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont is open to the idea of working with neighboring states to have visitors self-quarantine for two weeks if they are coming from parts of the U.S. with high rates of COVID-19, he said Monday, noting Connecticut cannot take its current low infection and hospitalization ...

COVID-19 Response Fund helps another 23 nonprofits

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A fund established to support Rhode Islanders struggling because of the coronavirus pandemic has distributed another $700,000 to 23 nonprofits around the state to help with food, rent, utilities and other expenses, the fund announced Tuesday. The COVID-19 Response ...

Man gets almost 4 years for traveling to meet underage girl

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A New Jersey man who flew to Rhode Island to have sex with who he thought was a 14-year-old girl he had befriended online has been sentenced to almost four years in federal prison, prosecutors said. Amish Jayant Patel, 47, of Swedesboro, New Jersey, communicated ...

Candy company is sweet on Maine’s popular CDC director

FREEPORT, Maine (AP) — A Maine candy company has a sweet spot for the state's Center for Disease Control director. Dr. Nirav Shah, Maine CDC director, served as inspiration for the "Shah Bar" created by Wilbur's of Maine Chocolate Confections. The candy bars feature an image of the ...

Strike won’t affect delivery of machines to swab maker

BATH, Maine (AP) — A strike at Bath Iron Works won't affect the company's delivery of machines needed to ramp up production of specialized swabs used for tests for the coronavirus, officials say. Bath Iron Works completed the delivery Monday of 22 machines that Puritan Medical Products ...

Construction underway on St. Johnsbury apartment plan

ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) — Construction is underway on a $15 million project to rehabilitate an 1898 building in downtown St. Johnsbury into 40 apartments and 8,100 square feet of retail space, officials said. Housing Vermont and RuralEdge announced recently they had closed on the ...

Bennington College reopens outdoor public spaces; 1 new case

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Bennington College, which closed its campus to the public in March amid the coronavirus pandemic, has reopened its outdoor public spaces, including walking trails, to visitors. Visitors are asked to allow at least 6 feet of space between them and others and to wear a ...

Sword missing from Vermont Revolutionary War statue

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A bronze sword is missing from the statue of a commander who helped win the Battle of Bennington during the Revolutionary War. The administrator at the state-owned Bennington Battle Monument said a passerby told her Saturday the sword was missing from the statue of ...

Flames damage porch of Ash Street residence Sunday afternoon

NASHUA – Firefighters were able to douse flames that broke out on a second-floor porch of an Ash Street apartment building before they could spread to the residence itself, officials said. Calls came in around 5 p.m. for a building fire, and when crews arrived at 107 Ash St. they found ...