Ramaswamy raises $450,000 in first hours after Republican debate as campaigns try to seize momentum
The first Republican presidential debate provided an opportunity for candidates to make their cases directly to a national audience, and some of that attention is translating into boosts for their campaign coffers.
Fox News reaches 12.8 million viewers for GOP primary debate, despite Donald Trump's absence
Fox News reached an estimated 12.8 million viewers on two television channels and its streaming network for the first GOP presidential primary debate of the 2024 season, even though former President Donald Trump skipped it.
GOP candidates fight each other -- and mostly line up behind Trump -- at first debate
The Republican presidential candidates vying to be the leading alternative to front-runner Donald Trump fought -- sometimes bitterly – over abortion rights, U.S. support for Ukraine and the future of the party during the first primary debate of the 2024 campaign.
The GOP presidential debate puts a spotlight on Wisconsin, one of the few remaining swing states
When Republican candidates for president gather for their first debate Wednesday in Milwaukee, the spotlight will not only be on them but also on Wisconsin’s role as one of a shrinking handful of genuine battleground states.
North Dakota governor changes tack and issues mask mandate
As of Saturday, there were only 18 free Intensive Care Unit beds and 178 non-ICU beds in hospitals throughout the state. Health care professionals and some community leaders had been pleading for months with Burgum to impose such restrictions. Rachel Heintz, who works as an emergency room nurse at a Bismarck hospital, said Saturday that she was relieved a mask order was issued. Playoff championship contests and performance events sponsored by the North Dakota High School Activities Association during the month of November may continue under the order. There were 2,373 new cases per 100,000 people in North Dakota over the past two weeks, which was the highest rate in the country, Johns Hopkins University researchers said.
Surging virus cases get a shrug in many Midwestern towns
It's not that people in Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Iowa and elsewhere don't realize their states are leading the nation in new cases per capita. “They don’t think it’s real," she said. Like most people, Jay Stibbe, 52, of Fargo, North Dakota, said he and his family are respectful of COVID-19 protocols and wear masks where required. However, Stibbe said he doesn’t see enough “concrete information” about the virus to stop him from going about his normal life, even though North Dakota leads the nation in the number of virus cases per capita. ___Associated Press writers David Pitt in Des Moines, Iowa, and Dave Kolpack in Fargo, North Dakota, contributed to this story.
The Latest: NZealand mulls masks on Auckland public transit
Health officials had asked workers in central Auckland to stay home on Friday while they investigated the case but say they can now return to work. — Surge of coronavirus cases appears to be slowing in Germany and France, but still straining hospitals. Alaska has had over 20,000 cases, including 477 new cases reported Thursday. She is scheduled Friday to address the situation and is expected to announce new public health restrictions aimed to curbing spread. That’s the impassioned message that dozens of parents and school administrators are sending to public health officials in Pennsylvania’s third-most populous county.
The Latest: Expert: France has “lost control” of the virus
The case number reported Tuesday is the lowest since India had 35,065 newly confirmed infections on July 17. Those counties have a daily average of at least 25 new virus cases per 100,000 residents. The seven-day average for daily COVID-19 deaths has also been climbing from 12 to 22 over the past 10 days. WHO’s emergencies chief Dr. Michael Ryan noted that 46% of all global COVID-19 cases last week were reported in Europe. ___ROME — Italy registered slightly more than 17,000 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Monday.
The Latest: Sri Lanka orders more curfews over virus cluster
(AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Authorities in Sri Lanka have closed the country’s main fish market and widened the curfew in many parts of the island nation following a surge of coronavirus infections related to a new cluster centered on a garment factory. — Boston schools will switch to all-remote learning in response to rising coronavirus cases in the city. Kelly said Wednesday that two-thirds of the state’s confirmed cases now are outside the Wichita and Kansas City region. On Wednesday, the state reported its first patient to the field hospital on the state fairgrounds in West Allis outside of Milwaukee. ___ROME — The Italian region of Lazio, which includes Rome, is imposing an overnight curfew to combat surging coronavirus infections.
Rural Midwest hospitals struggling to handle virus surge
– Rural Jerauld County in South Dakota didn't see a single case of the coronavirus for more than two months stretching from June to August. As the brunt of the virus has blown into the Upper Midwest and northern Plains, the severity of outbreaks in rural communities has come into focus. In recent weeks, he's watched as one in roughly every 37 people in his county has tested positive for the virus. As cases surge, hospitals in rural communities are having trouble finding beds. “It's very, very challenging when your resources are poor — living in a small, rural county,” she said.
Some in North Dakota wish for tougher virus tack by governor
When it comes to the virus, Burgum has used his weekly press briefings to give emotional, sometimes teary pleas supporting face coverings, while emphasizing a “light touch” by government. A mask mandate “is not a magic bullet to make this virus go away,” he said. North Dakota is one of 16 states without a mask mandate. North Dakota hasn't elected a Democratic governor since 1988. More than five dozen North Dakota pediatricians recently signed a letter urging Burgum to mandate masks.
GOP governors in spiking states strain for silver linings
But that's not the message coming from a number of Republican governors in the region, who are working to find silver linings in the ominous health data as outbreaks surge in their states. North Dakota's governor has called his state's test positivity rate an achievement, even though its rate of new cases tops the nation. Kim Reynolds, however, has defended the state's decision to reopen bars and send students back into classrooms without masks required. Some governors are even pushing back against Trump's own advisers for giving blunter assessments of their states' situations. Hutchinson has continued resisting calls to roll back some of the state's reopening, saying he's relying more on personal responsibility.
The Latest: Concerns over coronavirus upticks in California
The directive comes amid concerns about an uptick in coronavirus cases in certain Brooklyn and Queens neighborhoods with large Orthodox Jewish populations. New York City’s current overall infection rate remains low, but official figures indicate the affected neighborhoods accounted for 20% of the city’s coronavirus cases in recent weeks. ___BOSTON — An outbreak of coronavirus infections at a major Boston hospital has grown to 19 confirmed cases. ___DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa has reported a jump of 1,086 new coronavirus cases, the second consecutive day of new cases exceeding 1,000. There are currently nearly 985,000 worldwide coronavirus deaths.
As virus rises in the Dakotas, freedom argument trumps masks
The argument over masks raged this week in Brookings, South Dakota, as the city council considered requiring face coverings in businesses. I worry about that.”Over 1,000 students at the states' four largest universities (the University of North Dakota, North Dakota State University, South Dakota State University and University of South Dakota) left campus to quarantine after being exposed to the virus, according to data released by the schools. North Dakota Gov. North Dakota's average rate of test positivity has been nearly 22% over the last seven days, according to the the COVID Tracking Project; South Dakota's has been 17%. "They are worried about being overwhelmed.”___Kolpack reported from Fargo, North Dakota.
Amid fall flood woes, North Dakota declares statewide emergency
FARGO, N.D. - North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum signed an executive order declaring a statewide flood emergency as he and other officials held meetings in communities affected by high water. Burgum said North Dakota was experiencing conditions "we haven't seen before across the whole state." And Goehring had these words for farmers worried about what the future might bring:"Take a deep breath, and hold on," Goehring said. "There's an economic hardship that we're facing here relative to this fall's harvest that is likely unprecedented," Burgum said. As of Monday morning, eight counties and four cities in North Dakota had issued flood emergency declarations, with more expected.