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With no action by Washington, states race to offer virus aid

SANTA FE, N.M. – Faulting inaction in Washington, governors and state lawmakers are racing to get pandemic relief to small-business owners, the unemployed, renters and others whose livelihoods have been upended by the widening coronavirus outbreak.

AP source: All Denver Broncos QBs pulled out of practice over virus

Denver Broncos quarterbacks Drew Lock, his backup and former Shadle Park standout Brett Rypien and practice squad member Blake Bortles were pulled off the practice field Saturday and sent home over concerns about their contact with QB Jeff Driskel, who is infected with COVID-19, a person with knowledge of the situation told the Associated Press.

Trump vows to press on in Wisconsin despite recount setback

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump isn’t abandoning his drive to overturn the election results in Wisconsin, despite state officials announcing a recount in Milwaukee County had only added to Democrat Joe Biden’s lead.

Iran’s supreme leader vows revenge over slain scientist

TEHRAN, Iran – Iran’s supreme leader on Saturday demanded the “definitive punishment” of those behind the killing of a scientist who led Tehran’s disbanded military nuclear program, as the Islamic Republic blamed Israel for a slaying that has raised fears of reignited tensions across the Middle East.

Pope elevates 13 new cardinals then puts them in their place

ROME – Pope Francis raised 13 new cardinals to the highest rank in the Catholic hierarchy Saturday and immediately warned them not to use their titles for corrupt, personal gain, presiding over a ceremony marked from beginning to end by the coronavirus pandemic.

Milwaukee County vote recount gives Biden small boost

MADISON, Wis. – Milwaukee County completed its recount of presidential ballots Friday, finding only small changes in vote totals for one of the two Wisconsin counties recounting ballots, but President Donald Trump’s attorneys appear ready for a legal challenge seeking to toss tens of thousands of ballots.

Virus keeps Black Friday crowds thin, shoppers shift online

NEW YORK – The raging coronavirus pandemic kept crowds thin at malls and stores across the country on Black Friday, but a surge in online shopping offered a beacon of hope for struggling retailers after months of slumping sales and businesses toppling into bankruptcy.

Plan released to reduce massive wildfires in U.S. West

BOISE – U.S. officials on Friday released an overarching plan for removing or changing vegetation over a huge swath of the U.S. West to stop devastating wildfires on land used for cattle ranching, recreation and habitat for imperiled sage grouse.

Many turn to real Christmas trees as bright spot amid virus

PORTLAND, Ore. – Ani Sirois, a respiratory nurse, has spent months caring for coronavirus patients at a Portland, Oregon, hospital, and she’s only getting busier as infections – and hospitalizations – surge before the holidays.

Sue Lani Madsen: The glad game

When newly orphaned Pollyanna is sent to live with dour Aunt Polly, the unwanted girl refuses to complain. Heroine of a popular early 20th century children’s series, Pollyanna played the Glad Game. Her father taught her the over 800 verses in the Bible telling Christians to rejoice and be glad is a sign God takes joyfulness seriously. By the end of the first book and the classic Disney movie, Pollyanna’s contagious optimism has transformed an entire community.