Miami Mayor Wants Residency Restriction for COVID Vaccine | Florida News

MIAMI (AP) — Miami’s mayor wants to reserve doses of the COVID-19 vaccine only for those who live inside the city limits under a policy he’s calling “Miami First.” Mayor Francis Suarez pitched the idea at a city commission meeting Thursday as plans are being made for people to start receiving vaccinations as early as … Read more

Agency Starts Offering Vaccine to Corrections Officers | Arizona News

By JACQUES BILEAUD, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona prison officials started offering COVID-19 vaccinations Friday to corrections officers at the Perryville prison in Goodyear, with other prisons to follow in the future. State corrections officers can get vaccinated through either the Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry or through the counties where they … Read more

Public officials charged in Flint water crisis, allegations

The Flint water crisis began in 2014 when the city began taking water from the Flint River without treating it properly, contaminating it with lead By the Associated Press January 14, 2021, 7:15 PM • 5 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article FLINT, Mich. — Here are the former Michigan and state-appointed … Read more

Alabama Struggling to Fix Overwhelmed Vaccination Hotline | Alabama News

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A state vaccination hotline was quickly overwhelmed by thousands of callers seeking immunizations during the coronavirus pandemic and “has not worked very well,” but officials are trying to fix the problem, a top Alabama health leader said Wednesday. Dr. Karen Landers, the assistant state health officer, told a news conference the … Read more

Indian Partying Hotspot Goa Counts Losses, Braces for Change | Business News

By VINEETA DEEPAK, Associated Press GOA, India (AP) — The sun’s golden rays fall on Goa’s smooth, sandy beaches every evening, magical as ever but strangely quiet and lonely. This holiday season, few visitors are enjoying the celebrated sunsets in the Indian party hotspot. The unspoken fear of the coronavirus is sapping Goa’s vibrant beach … Read more

New York Expands Vaccines to Those 65 and Over Amid Glitches | New York News

By MICHAEL HILL, Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state expanded COVID-19 vaccine distribution Tuesday to people 65 and over, increasing access to an already short supply of doses being distributed through an overtaxed system some users have found time consuming. The state had already dramatically expanded vaccine eligibility beyond health care workers … Read more

Edwards Keeps Same COVID-19 Rules, Urges Work From Home | Louisiana News

By MELINDA DESLATTE, Associated Press BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — With an unrelenting coronavirus spike bearing down on Louisiana, Gov. John Bel Edwards called on the state’s employers Tuesday to keep as many workers as possible in their homes, but he didn’t tighten restrictions on businesses any further. The Democratic governor said he’s renewed the … Read more

US asking states to speed vaccine, not hold back 2nd dose

The Trump administration is asking states to speed delivery of COVID-19 vaccines to people older than 65 and others at high risk by no longer holding back the second dose of the two-dose shots, The Associated Press has learned By ZEKE MILLER WASHINGTON January 12, 2021, 12:44 PM • 2 min read Share to FacebookShare … Read more

EU Regulator Is Considering Oxford-AstraZeneca Vaccine | Business News

LONDON (AP) — The European Medicines Agency said AstraZeneca and Oxford University have submitted an application for their COVID-19 vaccine to be licensed across the European Union. In a statement Tuesday, the EU regulator said it has received a request for the vaccine to be green-lighted under an expedited process and that it could be … Read more

Emergency Imposed in Malaysia Over Virus Is Reprieve for PM | World News

By EILEEN NG, Associated Press KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia’s king Tuesday approved a coronavirus emergency that will suspend parliament at least until August and halt any bids to seek a general election in a political reprieve for embattled Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin. Muhyiddin assured citizens in a televised speech that the emergency was … Read more

China expands lockdowns, local political conference delayed

China has expanded lockdowns and postponed a major political conference in a province next to Beijing that is the scene of China’s most serious recent COVID-19 outbreak ByThe Associated Press January 12, 2021, 2:47 AM • 3 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article BEIJING — Lockdowns have been expanded and a major … Read more

Best Advertiser stories of 2020 – free to read for a limited time

In a year like no other, our SA newsroom created a plethora of premium content for our loyal subscribers. Here are our best 25 pieces of subscriber-only journalism from 2020 – now unlocked and free for all to experience until January 27. In a year like no other, the newsroom of The Advertiser, Sunday Mail … Read more

Gorillas test positive for coronavirus at San Diego park

Several gorillas at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park have tested positive for the coronavirus in what is believed to be the first known cases among such primates By JULIE WATSON Associated Press January 11, 2021, 10:27 PM • 3 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article SAN DIEGO — Several gorillas at … Read more

UN: COVID-19 herd immunity unlikely in 2021 despite vaccines

The World Health Organization’s chief scientist has warned that even as numerous countries start rolling out vaccination programs to stop COVID-19, herd immunity is highly unlikely this year By MARIA CHENG and JAMEY KEATEN Associated Press January 11, 2021, 8:10 PM • 3 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article GENEVA — The … Read more

‘We’re Going to Run Out’: New York Urges U.S. to Increase Vaccine Supply | Top News

By Maria Caspani and Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York officials said on Monday that they feared efforts to accelerate the vaccination of people against the novel coronavirus will be hampered by an insufficient supply of doses from the U.S. government. In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio has said he wants … Read more

Snow and Ice Disrupt Lives, Vaccine Rollout in Spain | World News

By ARITZ PARRA, Associated Press MADRID (AP) — The Spanish capital of Madrid was still trying to get back on its feet Monday after a 50-year record snowfall that paralyzed large parts of central Spain and hampered the delivery of coronavirus vaccines. The blizzard dumped over 50 centimeters (20 inches) of snow in some areas … Read more

50 countries vow to protect 30% of land and sea by 2030

At least 50 countries have committed to protect 30% of the planet, including land and sea, over the decade in efforts to halt species extinction and address climate change issues By SYLVIE CORBET Associated Press January 11, 2021, 5:39 PM • 4 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article PARIS — At least … Read more

Saving Some Favorite NYC Places Through Online Campaigns | U.S. News®

By TED SHAFFREY and DEEPTI HAJELA, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The boarded up windows and For Rent signs are all over the place in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood, where restaurants are closed and businesses shuttered. Nearby, the Broadway theaters are all dark. But the economic darkness brought on by the coronavirus pandemic has … Read more

The Latest: Africa Tops 3 Million Confirmed Virus Cases | World News

JOHANNESBURG — Africa passed the milestone of 3 million confirmed cases COVID-19 Sunday, including more than 72,000 deaths, according to the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. South Africa accounts for more than 30% of the continent’s total with more than 1.2 million reported cases, including 32,824 deaths. The high proportion of cases in … Read more

The Latest: Montreal Enacts Curfew as Virus Cases Spike | World News

MONTREAL — A curfew meant to curb a rising tide of COVID-19 cases took effect across Quebec on Saturday evening. Premier Francois Legault says the measure is needed to prevent gatherings that have fueled the rampant spread of the virus, The French-speaking Canadian province has a population of more than 8.4 million The rules will … Read more

Nightly curfew for pandemic takes effect across Quebec

A curfew meant to curb a rising tide of COVID-19 cases has taken effect across Quebec ByThe Associated Press January 10, 2021, 2:00 AM • 2 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article QUEBEC CITY — A curfew meant to curb a surge in coronavirus infections took effect across Quebec on Saturday evening. … Read more

California reports record 695 virus deaths in a day

California health authorities reported on Saturday a record high of 695 coronavirus deaths as many hospitals strain under unprecedented caseloads ByThe Associated Press January 10, 2021, 1:07 AM • 3 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article LOS ANGELES — California health authorities reported Saturday a record one-day total of 695 coronavirus deaths … Read more

UBC public health faculty members pen letter slamming director’s Hawaiian vacation

Nearly two dozen faculty members of UBC’s School of Population and Public Health have signed a letter expressing dismay over their director’s travel to Hawaii amid COVID-19 restrictions. Dr. Peter Berman apologized this week for taking an overseas vacation, despite public health advisories not to travel and as most British Columbians called off traditional holiday … Read more

Asia Today: China Asks Residents in 2 Cities to Stay Home | World News

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities have asked residents in two cities south of Beijing to stay home for seven days as they try to stamp out a COVID-19 outbreak in which more than 300 people have tested positive in the past week. The cities of Shijiazhuang and Xingtai in Hebei province are restricting people to … Read more

Deaths Force Vegas-Area Mortuaries to Use Storage Trailers | Nevada News

By SAM METZ and KEN RITTER, AP/Report for America LAS VEGAS (AP) — Funeral homes and the county coroner in Las Vegas are preparing for a post-holiday spike in coronavirus deaths by adding storage space — including refrigerated trailers with special shelving — for corpses. Michael Murphy, a consultant serving as interim Clark County coroner, … Read more

California Budget Proposes $15 Billion for Economic Relief | California News

By ADAM BEAM, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s $227 billion budget plan released Friday would turn a $15 billion windfall because of surging tax revenues into economic relief as the state confronts the coronavirus pandemic and ensuing deaths. His budget proposal comes as the state faces “a challenge the likes … Read more

LA, Congress take divergent paths after COVID test warning

The nation’s second-largest city said it will keep using a coronavirus test that federal regulators warned may produce false results while Congress, which has used the same test, is seeking an alternative By BRIAN MELLEY and MATTHEW PERRONE Associated Press January 8, 2021, 5:05 PM • 4 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this … Read more

For Nurses, California’s Virus Outbreak Has a Personal Toll | Health News

By DON THOMPSON and EUGENE GARCIA, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — For Caroline Brandenburger, the coronavirus outbreak that has overwhelmed California hospitals comes with a very personal toll. “Just today we had two deaths on this unit. And that’s pretty much the norm,” said Brandenburger, who works on the COVID-19 unit at St. Joseph … Read more

United Kingdom Approves Moderna Coronavirus Vaccine | Health News

Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine has been approved by the United Kingdom’s medicines regulator, making it the third vaccine authorized in the U.K. The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency announced Friday that it authorized the vaccine after “a thorough and rigorous assessment” by its teams of scientists and an in-depth review of “to ensure the vaccine … Read more

The Latest: EU Secures 300 Million More Doses of Vaccine | World News

SINGAPORE —- Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong received a vaccine against the COVID-19 virus on Friday as the island nation started immunizing its small population. Singapore took delivery of its first vaccines, manufactured by Pfizer-BioNTech, on Dec. 23 and hopes to cover its entire population of about 4.5 million as well as foreign residents. … Read more

Indonesian Cleric Who Inspired Bali Bombings Freed From Jail | World News

By NINIEK KARMINI, Associated Press JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A firebrand cleric who inspired bombings in Bali and other attacks walked free from an Indonesian prison Friday after completing his sentence for funding the training of Islamic militants. Police said they will monitor the activities of Abu Bakar Bashir, who is 82 and ailing. His … Read more

More coronavirus relief on the way for small businesses

NEW YORK — For Nancy Sinoway, a second coronavirus relief loan would increase the chances that her dressmaking business will survive. “I could use it for marketing, for new samples. I could use it as a lifeline,” says Sinoway, who designs and makes dresses for occasions like weddings and proms. She was flooded with order … Read more

The Latest: China City Offers Rewards to Root Out Untested | World News

BEIJING — A city in northern China is offering rewards of 500 yuan ($77) for anyone who reports on a resident who has not taken a coronavirus test. The offer from the government of Nangong comes as millions in the city and the surrounding province of Hebei are being tested as part of efforts to … Read more

Judge Blocks Strike Over Railroad’s Virus Safety Precautions | Business News

By JOSH FUNK, AP Business Writer OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A federal judge has blocked one of Union Pacific’s main unions from going on strike over its concerns about the railroad’s efforts to protect employees from the coronavirus. The Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees Division last month threatened to strike because it wants the … Read more

Ontario suffers deadliest day of pandemic with a record 89 deaths, while also setting a new mark of 3,519 COVID-19 cases

Ontario is reporting another 89 deaths from COVID-19 in the province’s deadliest single day of the pandemic. A total of 4,856 people have now died of the virus in Ontario, according to the province’s latest data, posted Thursday morning. The previous single-day high was 86 deaths reported on April 30, near the height of Ontario’s … Read more

US unemployment claims slip to still-high 787,000

The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid fell slightly to 787,000, evidence of a job market stumbling in the face of the viral pandemic and the damage it has inflicted on the economy for nearly 10 months By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER AP Economics Writer January 7, 2021, 1:46 PM • 3 min read Share to FacebookShare … Read more

COVID-19 vaccine contender CureVac links up with Bayer

A German company that is in the advanced stages of producing a vaccine against COVID-19 is linking up with pharmaceutical giant Bayer to help develop and distribute the product ByThe Associated Press January 7, 2021, 8:32 AM • 2 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article BERLIN — A German company that is … Read more

Japan Declares Emergency for Tokyo Area as Cases Spike | Health News

By YURI KAGEYAMA, Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — Japan declared a state of emergency in Tokyo and three nearby areas on Thursday as coronavirus cases continue to surge, hitting a daily record of 2,447 in the capital. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga issued the declaration at the government task force for the coronavirus. It lasts from … Read more

Kenney expresses support for safe travel during COVID-19 pandemic despite his government’s website advisory

Amid a public outcry over members of his government ignoring an advisory to avoid non-essential travel, Premier Jason Kenney suggested Wednesday that he is in favour of people travelling during the COVID-19 pandemic if they do so safely. “I think we need to support safe travel,” he said in a Facebook Live. He said studies … Read more

N.S. flags 2 Cape Breton stores for potential COVID-19 exposure – Halifax

Nova Scotia is advising of potential exposure to the coronavirus at two Cape Breton locations. Exposure to the virus may have occurred at the Atlantic Superstore on King Street in North Sydney, on Jan. 2 between 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. The same day, Jan. 2, another exposure may have occurred at Fabricville, on Welton … Read more