House looks to forestall federal government shutdown
The House is expected on Wednesday to vote on a one-week extension of funding to keep the federal government open, avoiding a Friday deadline while negotiations continue on a comprehensive spending bill. If the House successfully passes a short-term extension, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said his chamber would also vote on it before it goes to President Donald Trump for his signature. If Congress doesn’t act by Friday, thousands of government workers considered nonessential would be furloughed or forced to work without pay until the shutdown ends.
With the partial government shutdown stretching into 2019, here’s what you need to know about the effects.
As COVID surges, Wyoming’s statewide mask mandate kicks in 
People in Wyoming will be required to wear a mask in most indoor public spaces across the state starting Wednesday. Gov. Mark Gordon had previously left decisions on mask mandates to county governments, and 16 of the state’s 23 counties had issued orders. But with the state’s COVID-19 caseload topping 32,000, Gordon announced the new requirement Monday. In addition, bars and restaurants will have their hours reduced and indoor gatherings without distancing will be limited to 10 people, down from the earlier limit of 25.
The United Kingdom began nationwide distribution of Pfizer/BioNTech’s highly anticipated COVID-19 vaccine with this woman.
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Giuliani recovering from coronavirus, could leave hospital Wednesday
President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani says that he’s making a rapid recovery after being diagnosed with the coronavirus and expects to be released from the hospital as early as Wednesday. Giuliani, calling into his own radio show on WABC in New York on Tuesday, said he decided to go to the hospital after being urged by the president’s physician. The former mayor of New York City, 76, was admitted into Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington Sunday, sources told USA TODAY. Trump delivered the news about Giuliani by tweet Sunday and Giuliani followed up with his own confirmation on Twitter. It is unclear how Giuliani became infected. He has made multiple public appearances across the country within the last week, including in the states of Georgia, Arizona and Michigan. Giuliani’s subsequent diagnosis prompted Arizona’s legislature to close for a week “out of an abundance of caution.” 
Rudy Giuliani was hospitalized after testing positive for COVID-19. A previous version of this video pictured the wrong hospital for his treatment.
Minneapolis’ city council eyes deep police cuts after George Floyd’s death
Minneapolis City Council members who tried unsuccessfully to dismantle the police department in response to George Floyd’s death are voting Wednesday on whether to shrink it, a move that could imperil the city budget because Mayor Jacob Frey is threatening to use his veto to protect public safety. The plan, called “Safety for All,” is the latest version of the “defund the police” movement that Minneapolis and other cities have considered since Floyd’s May 25 death ignited mass demonstrations against police brutality. It would cut nearly $8 million from the $179 million policing budget and redirect it to other initiatives. Frey said reducing the force’s size before enacting alternatives is “irresponsible.” Violent crimes in Minneapolis have surged since the May 25 death of Floyd, and have topped 5,100 in 2020 up from over 4,000 for the same period in 2019. President-elect Joe Biden has spoken out against the “defund the police” movement and former President Barack Obama has criticized the slogan.
George Floyd’s younger brother Terence Floyd encouraged people to vote on Tuesday by singing “don’t forget to vote” outside a polling site in Brooklyn. He called voting a “peaceful protest.” (Nov. 3)
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Champions League match to resume after incident of alleged racism
The UEFA Champions League match between Paris Saint-Germain FC and Istanbul Basaksehir FK is expected to resume Wednesday after being postponed Tuesday due to accusations of racism. Players walked off the field after alleging that official Sebastian Coltescu used a racial term when identifying Pierre Webo, a Black assistant coach for Basaksehir. In a statement late Tuesday, UEFA said it decided “to have the remaining minutes of the match played (Wednesday) with a new team of match officials.” The statement added that, “A thorough investigation on the incident that took place will be opened immediately.” The score was 0-0 when the incident took place about 14 minutes into the match. Former Manchester United and England defender Rio Ferdinand, said it was crucial that UEFA responds strongly. “We’re at a disturbing tipping point, not a week goes by without an incident involving race,” he told broadcaster BT Sport. 
Contributing: The Associated Press
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