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'Unfathomable': U.S. death toll from coronavirus hits 200,000

Activists from the COVID Memorial Project mark the deaths of 200,000 lives lost in the U.S. to COVID-19 after placing thousands of small American flags on the grounds of the National Mall in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus has topped 200,000, by far the highest in the world, hitting the once-unimaginable threshold six weeks before an election that is certain to be a referendum in part on President Donald Trump’s handling...

Rhode Island back on state's COVID-19 travel advisory

Arizona, Minnesota, Nevada and Wyoming also returned to the list today, bringing the total of listed states to 33.

Romney OKs voting on court nominee, all but assures approval

Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, leaves the Senate Chamber following a vote, at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. Romney is one of four Republicans who could oppose a vote on a replacement for the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg prior to Election Day. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Utah Republican Sen. Mitt Romney said Tuesday he supports voting to fill the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the Supreme Court

Third parties could play a lesser role in 2020 campaign

FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2019, file photo, Kanye West appears on stage during a service at Lakewood Church in Houston. In close elections, it doesn't take much for third-party candidates to play an outsize role, as Democrats learned the hard way in 2016. West has launched a scattershot 2020 presidential campaign that many of President Donald Trump’s allies believe could siphon votes away from former Vice President Joe Biden. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke, File)

Third-party candidates could play a lesser role in 2020 than in years past

EU ministers discuss border consistency amid 2nd virus wave

European Union ministers are discussing to better coordinate travel restrictions in the 27-nation bloc and guarantee the smooth circulation of people and goods as many EU nations see a resurgence of the coronavirus

Trump interviews Barrett while weighing a high court nominee

In this May 19, 2018, file photo, Amy Coney Barrett, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit judge, speaks during the University of Notre Dame's Law School commencement ceremony at the university, in South Bend, Ind. Barrett, a front-runner to fill the Supreme Court seat vacated by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, has established herself as a reliable conservative on hot-button legal issues from abortion to gun control. (Robert Franklin/South Bend Tribune via AP, File)

President Donald Trump has met with the conservative appeals court judge, Amy Coney Barrett, who is considered the favorite to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

White House picks critic of dire climate predictions for NOAA chief scientist

The White House has tapped Ryan Maue, a meteorologist who has challenged connections between extreme weather and climate change, to serve as the new chief scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).The White House has...

Louisville police cancel vacations, prepare for decision in Breonna Taylor's death

This undated photo provided by Taylor family attorney Sam Aguiar shows Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Ky.  (Courtesy of Taylor family attorney Sam Aguiar via AP, File)

Louisville, Kentucky, police are canceling vacations and requests for days off in preparation for an announcement by the state attorney general on whether he plans to charge police officers in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor

Colleges become COVID breeding grounds threatening to spill over into communities

Movers wearing protective masks help students move into freshman housing at South Campus Plaza on the San Diego State University campus in San Diego, Calif., on Aug. 21, 2020. (Bloomberg photo by Bing Guan)

College administrators and government officials summoned students back to campus. Now, they are presiding over viral reservoirs poised to release a flood of infected undergraduates at Thanksgiving -- if they make it that far.

Florida decision likely clears Pats owner Kraft of soliciting sex

In this Oct. 21, 2019, file photo, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft points to fans as his team warms up before an NFL football game against the New York Jets in East Rutherford, N.J.  Florida prosecutors said Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, that they will not appeal a court's decision to block video allegedly showing Kraft paying for massage parlor sex, making it likely the charges against him will be dropped. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File)

The Florida Attorney General’s office has announced that it won’t appeal a court decision blocking video that allegedly shows Patriots owner Robert Kraft paying for sex at a massage parlor

CDC changes, then retracts, web posting on how virus spreads

In this Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, file photo, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Robert Redfield puts his mask back on after speaking at a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing on a

The top U.S. public health agency stirred confusion by posting — and then taking down — an apparent change in its position on how easily the coronavirus can spread from person to person through the air

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Not with a gun on Fifth Avenue, but Trump killed a family friend

The president's decision not to tell Americans how deadly COVID would be cost many lives, including...

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Norwich man charged with possession of child pornography

A police investigation of a man's death led police to charge a second man with possession of child pornography

Conn College student charged with voyeurism

Police arrest a Connecticut College student in connection with an alleged case of voyeurism in a dormitory bathroom.

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Rhode Island back on state's COVID-19 travel advisory

Arizona, Minnesota, Nevada and Wyoming also returned to the list today, bringing the total of listed states to 33.

Library Notes: Be prepared with accurate election information

Connect with your local libraries for assistance finding information about election concerns, so you can be certain your vote counts.