Here are the top stories for Friday, Sept. 18th: Trump, Biden fight for votes in Minnesota; Early voting starts in Virginia; Hundreds of thousands still without power after Sally; WHO says coronavirus pandemic "not going away."
NED BARKER: This is AP News Minute. President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden are battling for votes in Minnesota, with Trump scheduled to host an evening rally in Bemidji and Biden visiting a union training center in Duluth. Early voting has begun in the North Star State, where a series of recent polls show Biden has a consistent lead.
Friday also marks the first day of voting in Virginia, where, for the first time, all voters are allowed to cast their ballot early without being required to give a specific reason. Early in-person voting continues in the commonwealth until October 31. Hundreds of thousands of people were still without power early Friday along the Alabama coast and the Florida panhandle following Hurricane Sally. This year's Atlantic hurricane season has produced so many named storms that scientists are now starting to use the Greek alphabet to come up with names, something that's only happened once since the 1950s.
The World Health Organization is warning the coronavirus pandemic is, quote, "not going away" as countries around the world continue to experience spikes in new cases. The organization says it's adding more than 1.8 million cases to the global case count every seven days and seeing between 40,000 and 50,000 deaths each week. Ned Barker, the Associated Press, with AP News Minute.