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  • Associated Press

    Hospitals are full but some parts of Idaho refuse mask rules

    Moments after hearing an Idaho hospital was overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients and looking at sending people as far away as Seattle for care, members of a regional health department board voted Thursday to repeal a local mask mandate. “Most of our medical surgical beds at Kootenai Health are full,” Panhandle Health District epidemiologist Jeff Lee told board members in the state's third most populated county. The hospital in Coeur d'Alene reached 99% capacity a day earlier, even after doubling up patients in rooms and buying more hospital beds.

  • Associated Press

    SailGP global league plans to add women to crews in 2021

    The SailGP global league plans to have at least one woman on every crew during the 2021 season. “We acknowledge that there is work to be done in order to make our organization and this sport more inclusive, and we are fully committed to addressing the need to accelerate change,” SailGP co-founder Russell Coutts said in a statement. “As we have quickly progressed to become the pinnacle global league for the sport, it has also become abundantly clear that this opportunity should be afforded to as wide a group of athletes as possible.”

  • Reuters

    Euro zone recovery at serious risk as COVID-19 cases rise - Reuters poll

    The euro zone's economic recovery is at serious risk of stalling as a resurgent coronavirus sweeps through Europe, according to economists in a Reuters poll who kept their already weak growth and inflation forecasts for 2021 modest at best. Many euro zone countries were severely hit at the start of the pandemic. The Oct. 15-22 Reuters poll found nearly 90% of economists, or 48 of 55, said there was a high or very high risk the resurgence in cases now underway across Europe would halt that nascent euro zone recovery.

  • Associated Press

    One Championship to sell 'Superfan' tickets for Singapore

    One Championship is ready to welcome back fans, with 250 ‘Superfan’ tickets going on sale for its Inside the Matrix promotion next week. The return of spectators for the Oct. 30 event follows a production on Oct. 9 that was held without an audience at the indoor stadium, and the Singapore Government’s decision to pilot the use of pre-event COVID-19 testing including the use of antigen rapid tests. Paying spectators have been locked out of events in Singapore since the coronavirus pandemic shuttered sports in March.

  • Reuters

    Fast food chain KFC to add 5,400 new jobs in UK, Ireland

    Fast food chain KFC said it will add 5,400 jobs across its 965 restaurants in the UK and Ireland by the end of 2020, in a rare piece of good news for Britain's pandemic-hit jobs market. Britain's unemployment rate hit its highest level in more than three years earlier in October and is expected to jump next month after the government's broad coronavirus job-protection plan ends. Hospitality has been one of the worst-affected sectors, forcing finance minister Rishi Sunak to offer it more help on Thursday to try to save jobs.

  • Reuters

    UK consumer sentiment falls by most since start of pandemic - GfK

    British consumer sentiment fell this month by the most since a slump at the start of the coronavirus pandemic as lockdown restrictions tightened across much of the country, according to a long-running survey published on Friday. The six-point fall in the index in the space of a month was the largest since the 25 point decline recorded just after the start of the lockdown in March. "There's a worrying threat of a double-dip in consumer confidence as concerns for our personal financial situation and even deeper fears over the state of the UK economy drag the index down," GfK director Joe Staton said.

  • Reuters

    Europe daily coronavirus cases double in 10 days, reports 200,000 daily cases for the first time

    Europe reported 100,000 daily cases for the first time on Oct. 12. Europe has so far reported about 7.8 million total coronavirus cases and about 247,000 deaths, according to a Reuters tally. European countries like Italy, Austria, Croatia, Slovenia and Bosnia reported their highest single-day coronavirus cases on Thursday.

  • Reuters

    Airbus tells suppliers: plan now for post-crisis output hike

    Airbus <AIR.PA> has asked suppliers to be ready to support a conditional 18% increase in production of its best-selling single-aisle A320 jet family once demand recovers from the coronavirus crisis, the European planemaker said on Thursday. It is among the first visible moves by aerospace firms to prepare for a possible bounce back from the pandemic and comes days after a major buyer, Wizz Air <WIZZ.L>, predicted a quick rebound for the strongest budget carriers. Airbus said it had asked suppliers to "protect" a production rate of 47 A320-family jets a month, up from 40, meaning it wants suppliers to be ready to support that rate when needed.

  • Associated Press

    GOP in ruby red Kansas stresses over costly Senate race

    Republicans who were desperate to have Kansas Congressman Roger Marshall as their candidate for an open Senate seat are finding the race to be anything but the sure thing they once thought it would be. GOP groups are pouring in millions of dollars to help the two-term congressman win what was supposed to be a safe Republican seat and to keep it from going to a party-switching state senator who was little known outside her suburban Kansas City-area district before the race began. Like other Democratic candidates around the country, state Sen. Barbara Bollier has been able to raise a lot of money for her campaign and has outspent Marshall 4-to-1 over the past three months, forcing Republican groups to burn through the kind of cash that few thought he would need.