The Latest: Trump to Face Voters’ Questions in NBC Town Hall | Political News

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the 2020 presidential race (all times local):

In lieu of a formal debate, President Donald Trump has agreed to answer voters’ questions during a town hall program sponsored by NBC News on Thursday night.

The event will be held outdoors at the Perez Art Museum in Miami.

NBC News says it has a statement from National Institutes of Health clinical director Dr. Clifford Lane indicating he and White House coronavirus task force member Dr. Anthony Fauci have reviewed Trump’s medical data and concluded with a “high degree of confidence” the president is “not shedding infectious virus.”

Trump tested positive for the coronavirus Oct. 2. He spent three days at the Walter Reed military hospital. He resumed public appearances over the weekend and resumed campaign travel Monday.

A formal matchup between the Republican president and Democrat Joe Biden that was scheduled for Thursday in Miami

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Fifth Circuit Court knocks down Texas abortion ban | The Latest | Gambit Weekly

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Tuesday evening a Texas law banning the most common and safest type of second trimester abortion, marking an unlikely victory for reproductive rights advocates from one of the most conservative appeals courts. 

The statute effectively outlawed the dilation and evacuation procedure, known as D&E, in which doctors open the cervix and remove fetal tissue from the uterus. The law would only allow the procedure, the one usually used for abortions after 14 weeks of pregnancy, if the “fetal demise” occurs in the uteruswhich would require an invasive additional step for doctors and women that is not part of a typical D&E. 

In its Whole Woman’s Health v. Ken Paxton decision, the Fifth Circuit ruled that the law unduly burdens a woman’s constitutionally-protected right to obtain a previability

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The Latest: India reports over 63,000 new coronavirus cases

According to the Health Ministry, India’s average number of daily cases dropped to 72,576 last week from 92,830 during the week of Sept. 9-15, when the virus peaked. Over the last month, the country has been seeing a trend of declining cases on a week-to-week basis.

On Tuesday, India registered 55,342 new cases, its lowest single-day tally since mid-August.


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BEIJING — China says it has carried out more than 4.2 million tests in the northern port city of Qingdao, with no new cases of coronavirus

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The Latest: Senate Panel Ends Confirmation Hearing for Day | Washington, D.C. News

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett (all times local):

The Senate Judiciary Committee has wrapped up the first of four days of planned Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Amy Coney Barrett.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Lindsey Graham told lawmakers at the conclusion of an approximately five-hour hearing Monday to get some rest because there are long days ahead.

On Monday, Democratic and Republican members of the committee gave opening statements, as did Barrett. She will begin answering questions from lawmakers Tuesday.

Graham acknowledged the obvious at one point: “This is going to be a long, contentious week.”


The Republican-controlled Senate is charging ahead on President Donald Trump’s pick to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and cement a conservative court majority before Election

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The Latest: Tennessee worship event violates health measures

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Nashville officials are investigating a worship event outside the historic courthouse Sunday that packed together a big, largely unmasked crowd, despite rising new case counts of COVID-19 in Tennessee.

Nashville Health Department spokesperson Brian Todd says “appropriate penalties” will be pursued against the organizer, saying that person didn’t submit an application to health officials or permit application to any Nashville department.

“We have worked very hard to slow the spread of COVID by taking a measured approach to protect the community,” Todd said in a statement Monday. “The Health Department is very concerned by the actions that took place at the event and we are investigating and will pursue appropriate penalties against the organizer.”

Event leader Sean Feucht posted videos of the gathering on social media, calling it a protest. Feucht has been associated with similar gatherings elsewhere, including in California, Washington and Georgia.

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‘Coronasomnia,’ prostate cancer, more latest health news

Health Matters Presented by SSM Health this week takes a look at some of the top medical stories impacting our lives these days. SLU Care General Internist Dr. Fred Buckhold at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital helps us deal with all sorts of body aches and pains. Loretta Colvin at SSM Health St. Clare and St. Mary’s hospitals has some tips on how to beat “Coronasomnia” and get a good night sleep during this pandemic. SSM Health St. Clare urologist Dr. Patricia Heller updates us on the latest prostate cancer screening guidelines. And SLU Care cardiologist Dr. Michael Lim at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital steers us toward some heart healthy food options.

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Extra Unemployment Benefits Update: What’s the Latest?


The United States Department of Labor Frances Perkins Building.

Millions of Americans need another extension of COVID-19 unemployment checks. The original $600 was extended for six weeks at the amount of $300, but that time has passed and a lot of people have gotten their final extra checks.

Will you get another extension of unemployment benefits? Here’s the update as of October 12..

On October 9, the White House offered $1.8 trillion for the overall pricetag of a second stimulus relief plan. However, on October 10, things moved in the wrong direction when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected the new White House offer. One reason she gave? The need she believes Americans have for another $600 extension in unemployment benefits. However, at the same time, Senate Republicans, by some accounts as many as 20 of them, have balked at the $1.8 trillion plan from the White House. They think

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The Latest: Belgium sounds alarm amid spike in virus cases

BRUSSELS — Authorities in Belgium, one of the European countries hit hardest by the coronavirus, are warning that the number of cases is rising at a “quite alarming” rate and that 10,000 people could be catching the virus each day by the end of the week.

Yves Van Laethem, a spokesman for Belgium’s COVID-19 crisis center, says that “all the indicators continue to rise, it must be said, in a quite alarming way, in all provinces and all age groups.”

An average of 4,145 new cases of the disease were being recorded every day in Belgium in the week of Oct. 2-8, an increase of 89% over the previous week, according to new data released Monday. More than 6,500 new cases were reported last Wednesday alone.

Van Laethem said that “if this rise continues at the same rate, we could see 10,000 new cases a day at the end of

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The Latest: China to Test City of 9 Million Amid New Cases | Health News

BEIJIJNG — China’s government says all 9 million people in the eastern city of Qingdao will be tested for the coronavirus this week after nine cases linked to a hospital were found.

The announcement Monday broke a string of weeks without any locally transmitted infections reported in China.

The National Health Commission said authorities were investigating the source of the infections found in eight patients at Qingdao’s Municipal Chest Hospital and one family member. The commission said the whole city will be tested within five days.

China, where the pandemic began in December, has reported 4,634 deaths and 85,578 cases, plus nine suspected cases that have yet to be confirmed.

The last reported virus transmissions within China were four patients found on Aug. 15 in the northwestern city of Urumqi in the far western Xinjiang region. All the cases reported since then were in travelers from outside the mainland.


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The Latest On President Trump’s Health Status : NPR

NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro speaks to Dr. Ashish Jha, director of Harvard Global Health Institute, about President Trump’s latest bill of health.


In a new memo, President Trump’s doctor says his COVID-19 patient is, quote, “no longer considered a transmission risk to others” and that his symptoms have improved. But is he free of the coronavirus or at least out of the woods? Many, many questions remain. Dr. Ashish Jha is the dean of Brown University’s School of Public Health, and he joins us now. Good morning.

ASHISH JHA: Good morning. Thank you for having me on.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: Great to have you. This memo from Dr. Sean Conley, dated yesterday, does not say that the president’s PCR test was negative or that the coronavirus was not detected. So explain how you might assess a patient not to be a transmission risk if they’re still carrying the virus, potentially.

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