The Rundown for October 30, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 8,943,577 and the nation’s death toll stands at 228,636, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Yesterday’s 83,757 new cases set a new single-day high in the U.S. Over the past week, 41 states had at least 10 percent more new cases compared with the previous week.

TRUMP, BIDEN CAMPAIGN IN TAMPA… President Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden campaigned in Tampa, Florida, yesterday as the 2020 presidential campaign heads into the final weekend before Election Day. Speaking at an indoor event where many of the thousands of people attending weren’t wearing masks, Trump downplayed the coronavirus pandemic and mocked his opponent. Biden later appeared at a “drive-in” rally and criticized Trump for holding what he termed a “super-spreader event.” He also attacked the president’s ongoing claims that the country had moved past the worst days of the pandemic, despite rising cases nationwide. The U.S. Elections Project at the University of Florida said yesterday that more than 80 million Americans have cast ballots in the U.S. presidential election.

SUPREME COURT KEEPS N.C. BALLOT DEADLINE INTACT… The Supreme Court yesterday rejected a second challenge to the extension of North Carolina’s deadline to count mail-in ballots. Republicans sought to block the state election board’s decision to extend the deadline to count mail-in ballots until November 13. Earlier this week, the Supreme Court also allowed Pennsylvania to extend its deadline to receive mail-in ballots to November 6, but rejected a similar extension in Wisconsin.

CYBERATTACKS TARGET HEALTHCARE SYSTEM… Intelligence officials are warning that cybercriminals are targeting U.S. healthcare system by unleashing a wave of data-scrambling extortion attempts to disable hospital information systems. The FBI and two federal agencies warned that the attacks could hurt patient care just as nationwide cases of COVID-19 are spiking. The cyberattacks involve ransomware, which scrambles data into gibberish that can only be unlocked with software keys they victims are forced to pay for. Security experts say the attacks have victimized at least five U.S. hospitals this week.

MILLIONS IN THE DARK FOLLOWING ZETA… More than 2 million homes and businesses in Louisiana, Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina and Oklahoma were without power yesterday in the wake of Hurricane Zeta. Georgia had the most outages with 632,542. The storm was blamed for the deaths of three people as of last night. It was still packing gusty winds as it moved northeast toward North Carolina and Virginia.

ENTERTAINMENT
SCARLETT JOHANSSON, COLIN JOST MARRY
… Scarlett Johansson and Colin Jost announced yesterday that they married last weekend in an intimate ceremony. The actress and “Saturday Night Live” star got engaged in 2019 after dating two years. The 34-year-old Johansson was previously married to actor Ryan Reynolds and journalist Romain Dauriac. She and Dauriac share a daughter who was born in 2014. This is the first marriage for the 38-year-old Jost, who is the co-anchor of “SNL’s” Weekend Update.

PAUL RUDD KIND TO VOTERS… Actor Paul Rudd spent yesterday morning handing out blueberry-and-cream cookies to early voters in Brooklyn. Rudd joined people who were lined up in the rain and then out cookies as voters left the polls. Last month, the 51-year-old Rudd appeared in a public service announcement last month, urging New Yorkers to wear a mask.

SPORTS
NFL SCORE

Atlanta 25 – CAROLINA 17
… Todd Gurley’s 3-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter sealed the win as the Falcons (2-6) grinded out a win over the Panthers (3-5). Quarterback Matt Ryan ran 13 yards for a second-quarter score. Younghoe Koo booted four field goals to 37 yards.

SUNDAY’S NFL SCHEDULE
New England (2-4) is at Buffalo (5-2)…
Miami (3-3) hosts the L.A. Rams (5-2)…
Indianapolis (4-2) is at Detroit (3-3)…
Cincinnati (1-5-1) hosts Tennessee (5-1)…
Las Vegas (3-3) is at Cleveland (5-2)…
Green Bay (5-1) hosts Minnesota (1-5)…
the N.Y. Jets (0-7) are at Kansas City (6-1)…
Baltimore (5-1) hosts Pittsburgh (6-0)…
New Orleans (4-2) is at Chicago (5-2)…
Denver (2-4) hosts the L.A. Chargers (2-4)…
Dallas (2-5) is at Philadelphia (2-4-1)…
Seattle (5-1) hosts San Francisco (4-3)

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
Tampa Bay (5-2) is at the N.Y. Giants (1-6)

MLB NEWS… The Chicago White Sox are bringing back Tony La Russa as manager. The 76-year-old La Russa is the third-winningest manager in baseball history, a three-time World Series champion and a four-time winner of the Manager of the Year Award. The Hall-of-Famer hasn’t managed since leading St. Louis to a World Series title in 2011. His first managing job came with the White Sox in 1979… Milwaukee Brewers are parting ways with outfielder Ryan Braun after 14 seasons. The team has opted to pay him a $4 million buyout rather than the $15 million they would have owed him otherwise. While with the Brewers, the 36-year-old Braun was a six-time All-Star who was honored with the as the 2007 Rookie of the Year Award and the 2011 Most Valuable Player Award.

CLEMSON QB TREVOR LAWRENCE TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID… Clemson star quarterback and Heisman Trophy candidate Trevor Lawrence has tested positive for COVID-19 and will not play in tomorrow’s game against Boston College. Lawrence, who is the potential No. 1 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, has suffered mild symptoms, according to Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney.

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