Here are the top stories for Monday, Oct. 12th: Barrett confirmation opens in U.S. Senate; Trump returns to campaign trail; WHO warns against herd immunity for virus; Two American economists win Nobel Prize.
NED BARR: This is AP News Minute. The Senate Judiciary Committee began its confirmation hearings Monday for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett. Democrats on the panel branded Barrett a threat to Americans' health care during the coronavirus pandemic. Republicans have expressed confidence she'll be confirmed for a seat on the high court before the November 3 election.
President Donald Trump is returning to the campaign trail for the first time since being diagnosed with COVID-19 more than 10 days ago. Trump headed to Sanford, Florida, for an airport rally, while his Democratic opponent Joe Biden took his campaign to the battleground state of Ohio.
The head of the WHO is warning against the idea that herd immunity might be a realistic strategy to stop the coronavirus pandemic, calling it, quote, "scientifically and ethically problematic." He also noted countries had reported record high daily figures of COVID-19 to the WHO for the last four days, citing surges in Europe and the Americas in particular.
Two Americans, Paul Milgrom and Robert Wilson have won this year's Nobel Prize for economics. The two economists improved the theory of how auctions work and invented better auction formats that have been woven into many parts of the economy. Ned Barr for the Associated Press, with AP News Minute.