The Latest: New Zealand Reports 1st Community Case in Months | World News

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand has reported its first coronavirus case outside of a quarantine facility in more than two months, although there was no immediate evidence the virus was spreading in the community. Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield said Sunday the case was a 56-year-old woman who recently returned from Europe. Like other … Read more

The Latest: N.Y. Seniors, Churches to Get Vaccine Prep Kits | Business News

NEW YORK — New York will be sending more vaccination preparation kits to senior housing complexes and churches in an effort to ensure fairness in vaccine distributions, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday. The kits include syringes, vials, room dividers, privacy curtains, cleaning supplies, personal protective gear and other items. They also include instructions on how … Read more

Arizona Republicans Censure Cindy McCain, GOP Governor | Political News

By JONATHAN J. COOPER, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Republicans voted Saturday to censure Cindy McCain and two prominent GOP officials who have found themselves crosswise with former President Donald Trump. The censures of Sen. John McCain’s widow, former Sen. Jeff Flake and Gov. Doug Ducey are merely symbolic. But they show the party’s … Read more

Capitol attack reflects US extremist evolution over decades

The takeover in 2016 by right-wing extremists of a federal bird sanctuary in Oregon. A standoff in 1992 between white separatists and federal agents in Ruby Ridge, Idaho. The 1995 bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma City that killed 168 people. Right-wing extremism has previously played out for the most part in isolated pockets … Read more

MyPillow Guy Among the Trump Acolytes Picking up the Torch | Virginia News

By STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When Mike Lindell, better known to TV viewers as the MyPillow Guy, went to the White House last week to try to persuade President Donald Trump to keep pushing bogus theories about the election, he came away disappointed. Unexpectedly, Trump passed him — and his claims about … Read more

Asia Today: Sri Lanka Minister Who Drank Potion Is Positive | Health News

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s health minister, who has faced criticism for consuming and endorsing a herbal syrup made by a sorcerer, has tested positive for COVID-19. A Health Ministry official on Saturday confirmed that Pavithra Wanniarachchi became the highest-ranking official to be infected with the virus. She and her immediate contacts have … Read more

Denmark Suspends Dubai Flights Amid Doubts Over Virus Tests | Health News

By JAN M. OLSEN, Associated Press COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark has temporarily suspended all flights from the United Arab Emirates for five days after suspicion arose that the coronavirus tests that can be obtained before leaving Dubai are not reliable, authorities announced Friday. The development, which comes amid a surge of infections in the … Read more

Thousands of Hong Kongers Locked Down to Contain Coronavirus | World News

By ZEN SOO, Associated Press HONG KONG (AP) — Thousands of Hong Kong residents were locked down Saturday in an unprecedented move to contain a worsening outbreak in the city, authorities said. Hong Kong has been grappling to contain a fresh wave of the coronavirus since November. Over 4,300 cases have been recorded in the … Read more

Mexican President, Biden Discuss Migration, Coronavirus, Development | World News

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said he discussed migration, the coronavirus pandemic and cooperation on development during a phone call with U.S. President Joe Biden on Friday afternoon. The presidents’ call was “pleasant and respectful” and everything indicated that relations between Mexico and the United States would good, and would … Read more

Coronavirus live news: UK variant fears while Western Australia to relax border rules | World news

The World Health Organization (WHO) is not changing its advice on fabric face masks, in light of new variants of Covid-19, AFP reports, because the mutated strains are transmitted in the same way. Germany and Austria have made medical masks mandatory on public transport and in shops – allowing only surgical or FFP2 masks, rather … Read more

Austin Wins Senate Confirmation as 1st Black Pentagon Chief | Political News

By ROBERT BURNS and ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Lloyd J. Austin, a West Point graduate who rose to the Army’s elite ranks and marched through racial barriers in a 41-year career, won Senate confirmation Friday to become the nation’s first Black secretary of defense. The 93-2 vote gave President Joe Biden his … Read more

Wisconsin Republicans Propose Getting Rid of Mask Mandate | Wisconsin News

By SCOTT BAUER, Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans who control the Wisconsin Legislature are considering ending the statewide mask mandate designed to slow the spread of the coronavirus and could do so by passing a resolution as soon as next week. Twenty-seven Republican lawmakers signed on to the resolution that was introduced Thursday. … Read more

Man Pleads Guilty to Deaths of 36 People in Warehouse Fire | U.S. News®

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The master tenant of a San Francisco Bay Area warehouse where 36 people perished when a fire ignited during a dance party in 2016 pleaded guilty Friday to the deaths, avoiding a second trial after the first ended in a hung jury. Derick Almena, 50, pleaded guilty to 36 counts of … Read more

Existing home sales rise in 2020 to highest in 14 years

Sales of existing homes rose 0.7% in December, helping to push sales for the entire year to the highest level in 14 years, giving the economy a rare bright spot in a global pandemic By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer January 22, 2021, 3:26 PM • 1 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this … Read more

Biden Ordering Stopgap Help as Talks Start on Big Aid Plan | Business News

By JOSH BOAK, Associated Press BALTIMORE (AP) — President Joe Biden plans to take executive action Friday to provide a stopgap measure of financial relief to millions of Americans while Congress begins to consider his much larger $1.9 trillion package to help those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The two executive orders that Biden is … Read more

German Virus Death Toll Tops 50,000 Even as Infections Sink | Health News

By GEIR MOULSON, Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — The death toll from the coronavirus in Germany has passed 50,000, a number that has risen swiftly over recent weeks even as infection figures are finally declining. The country’s disease control center, the Robert Koch Institute, said Friday that another 859 deaths were reported over the past … Read more

Biden’s US revives support for WHO, reversing Trump retreat

GENEVA — The United States will resume funding for the World Health Organization and join its consortium aimed at sharing coronavirus vaccines fairly around the globe, President Joe Biden’s top adviser on the pandemic said Thursday, renewing support for an agency that the Trump administration had pulled back from. Dr. Anthony Fauci’s quick commitment to … Read more

Biden signs burst of virus orders, vows ‘Help is on the way’

WASHINGTON — With a burst of executive orders, President Joe Biden served notice Thursday that America’s war on COVID-19 is under new command, promising an anxious nation progress to reduce infections and lift the siege it has endured for nearly a year. At the same time, he tried to manage expectations in his second day … Read more

Lilly: Drug can prevent COVID-19 illness in nursing homes

Drugmaker Eli Lilly says its COVID-19 antibody drug can prevent illness among residents and staff of nursing homes and other long-term care locations By The Associated Press January 21, 2021, 2:16 PM • 2 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article Drugmaker Eli Lilly said Thursday its COVID-19 antibody drug can prevent illness … Read more

The Latest: Merkel Sees Signs of Virus Decline in Germany | World News

BERLIN — Chancellor Angela Merkel says there are promising signs that coronavirus infections are declining in Germany and that fewer people require intensive care. But she says Germany “has to take very seriously” the risk posed by a more contagious variant first detected in Britain. Merkel and Germany’s 16 state governors on Tuesday decided to … Read more

Biden Puts Forth Virus Strategy, Requires Mask Use to Travel | Business News

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — As the U.S. enters “what may well be the toughest and deadliest period of the virus,” President Joe Biden is putting forth a national COVID-19 strategy to ramp up vaccinations and testing, reopen schools and businesses and increase the use of masks — including a requirement that … Read more

US to Join Global Coronavirus Vaccine Program | World News

GENEVA (AP) — Dr. Anthony Fauci says U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday will order the United States to support projects to deploy COVID-19 vaccines, diagnostics and therapeutics to people in need around the world. Fauci also says the United States will cease reducing U.S. staff counts at the World Health Organization and will pay … Read more

Immigrants cheered by possible citizenship path under Biden

HOMESTEAD, Fla. — Immigrants cheered President Joe Biden’s plan to provide a path to U.S. citizenship for about 11 million people without legal status, mixing hope with guarded optimism Wednesday amid a seismic shift in how the American government views and treats them. The newly inaugurated president moved to reverse four years of harsh restrictions … Read more

Biden Inaugural: Abrupt Pivot to Civility in Post-Trump Era | Political News

By CALVIN WOODWARD, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington couldn’t turn the page quickly enough from Donald Trump to President Joe Biden. Trump’s voice faded from the capital he had animated and antagonized since 2017 as he flew to private life in Florida, with his last trip on Air Force One tuned in to Biden’s … Read more

States report vaccine shortages and cancel appointments

NEW YORK — The push to inoculate Americans against the coronavirus is hitting a roadblock: A number of states are reporting they are running out of vaccine, and tens of thousands of people who managed to get appointments for a first dose are seeing them canceled. Karen Stachowiak, a first-grade teacher in the Buffalo area, … Read more

Biden Takes the Helm as President: ‘Democracy Has Prevailed’ | Political News

By JONATHAN LEMIRE, ZEKE MILLER and ALEXANDRA JAFFE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday, declaring that “democracy has prevailed” and summoning American resilience and unity to confront the deeply divided nation’s historic confluence of crises. Biden took the oath at a … Read more

Trump OKs Prison Release of Detroit’s Disgraced Former Mayor | Michigan News

By COREY WILLIAMS and ED WHITE, Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday cleared the way for the release of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who has served more than seven years of a 28-year prison sentence for a series of corruption crimes. The announcement came in a flurry of clemency action … Read more

UK Covid live: Boris Johnson faces Keir Starmer at PMQs | Politics

Good morning. Priti Patel, the home secretary, has been doing the morning interview round on behalf of No 10 (which may be further proof that my colleague Peter Walker’s article last month struck a nerve), and she has confirmed that she wants to ensure that police officers get priority for the vaccine. On the Today … Read more

US Capitol Buildings Offer Front-Row Seats to Troubled Time | Colorado News

By ANDREW SELSKY, Associated Press SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Normally quiet streets around U.S. state capitol buildings have looked more like battlegrounds recently, putting those who live and work there on edge and instilling a sense of foreboding More than most people, these Americans will have front-row seats on whether the change of leadership Wednesday … Read more

California Sees Hopeful Signs as Counties Fight for Vaccines | Health News

By DON THOMPSON, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Vaccine supply issues continued to plague California on Tuesday even as other indicators about the spread of the coronavirus showed what the top health official called “rays of hope” amid the deadliest days of the pandemic. San Francisco’s public health department said its likely to run … Read more

UK Covid live: school reopening in England could be staggered by region, says medical chief | Politics

3.26pm GMT15:26 Scottish Covid hospital numbers edge closer to 2,000 – as new cases as lowest level for 2021 Here are the latest coronavirus figures for Scotland. There are 1,989 coronavirus patients in hospital – 30 more than yesterday, and a new all-time high. There have been 1,165 new cases, and 11.1% of tests were … Read more

Goldman Sachs’ Profits More Than Double, Despite Pandemic | Business News

By KEN SWEET, AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Goldman Sachs said its profits more than doubled from a year earlier thanks to a surge in both trading and advising revenue. The New York-based investment bank said it earned a profit of $4.36 billion, or $12.08 per share, up from a profit of $1.72 … Read more

Biden Has Set Sky-High Expectations. Can He Meet Them? | Political News

By WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Back when the election was tightening and just a week away, Joe Biden went big. He flew to Warm Springs, the Georgia town whose thermal waters once brought Franklin Delano Roosevelt comfort from polio, and pledged a restitching of America’s economic and policy fabric unseen since FDR’s … Read more

Asian Shares Mostly Higher as Biden Inauguration Approaches | Business News

By ELAINE KURTENBACH, AP Business Writer Shares advanced in Asia on Tuesday as the coming changing of the guard in the U.S. raised hopes for more support for the economy and more aggressive measures to fight the pandemic. Benchmarks were higher in Tokyo, Seoul and Hong Kong but slipped in Shanghai. World markets were subdued … Read more

Harris Prepares for Central Role in Biden’s White House | South Carolina News

By ALEXANDRA JAFFE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Kamala Harris will make history on Wednesday when she becomes the nation’s first female vice president — and the first Black woman and the first woman of South Asian descent to hold that office. But that’s only where her boundary-breaking role begins. With the confluence of crises … Read more

Man allegedly hid 3 months at Chicago airport due to virus

A California man who told police that the coronavirus pandemic left him afraid to fly has been arrested on charges that he hid in a secured area at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport for three months ByThe Associated Press January 18, 2021, 5:11 PM • 2 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article CHICAGO … Read more

EU Insists Virus Shots Will Remain Voluntary | World News

The European Union sought Monday to ease concerns that citizens might be obliged to get shots against the coronavirus before they’re allowed to travel, as debate swirls over the use of vaccination certificates to help reopen tourism across the 27-nation bloc. The European Commission has been weighing a Greek proposal to issue vaccination certificates to … Read more

Watchdog: Fossil Fuel Firms Need to Curb Climate Gas Leaks | Business News

BERLIN (AP) — The International Energy Agency says oil and gas companies aren’t doing enough to reduce the release of methane, a potent source of planet-heating emissions, that is seeping out of pipelines and production plants. A report published Monday by the Paris-based organization found the estimated 10% drop in methane emissions from oil and … Read more

Asian Shares Mostly Lower, China Gains on GDP Rebound | Business News

By ELAINE KURTENBACH, AP Business Writer Shares fell Monday across most of Asia following a retreat on Wall Street, but benchmarks in Hong Kong and Shanghai rose after data showed the Chinese economy grew a solid 2.3% in 2020. The stronger than expected performance for the world’s second-largest economy helped counter growing wariness among investors … Read more

Inside an NHS hospital at the peak of the coronavirus crisis | News

As patient admissions in England reach new levels, the Guardian’s Helen Pidd spends a day inside the Covid wards at Milton Keynes University hospital. She tells Rachel Humphreys how she donned her protective equipment in order to shadow the doctors and nurses fighting a gruelling battle against the disease, which is affecting patients of all … Read more