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Study finds that blocking seats on planes reduces virus risk

A new study says leaving middle seats open could give airline passengers more protection from the virus that causes COVID-19. ...

Poll: 15% of Americans worse off a year into pandemic

While most Americans have weathered the pandemic financially, about 38 million say they are worse off now than before the outbreak began in the...

Old documents fuel latest bid to halt Nevada lithium mine

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Few people had ever heard of Tiehm’s buckwheat when conservationists filed a petition two years ago to list the desert...

4 gray whales found dead in San Francisco Bay Area in 9 days

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Four dead gray whales have washed ashore San Francisco Bay Area beaches in the last nine days, with experts saying...

Siblings find closure a year after COVID-19 thrashed choir

SEDRO-WOOLLEY, Wash. (AP) — With dish soap, brushes and plastic water jugs in hand, Carole Rae Woodmansee’s four children cleaned the gravestone their mother...

UK infections drop about 60% amid vaccinations, lockdown

LONDON (AP) — The U.K.'s COVID-19 vaccination program is beginning to break the link between infection and serious illness or death, according to the...

Hackers, glitches mar France’s mass return to online school

PARIS (AP) — French children, parents and teachers are battling with internet connection problems across the country after an abrupt nationwide switch to online...

Births among endangered right whales highest since 2015

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — North Atlantic right whales gave birth over the winter in greater numbers than scientists have seen since 2015, an encouraging...

UK bans travel from 4 more nations over virus; 39 in all

LONDON (AP) — The British government is gearing up to ban international arrivals from four more countries — Bangladesh, Kenya, Pakistan and the Philippines...

Study: US pesticide use falls but harms pollinators more

American farmers are using smaller amounts of better targeted pesticides, but these are harming pollinators, aquatic insects and some plants far more than decades...

Can I still spread the coronavirus after I’m vaccinated?

NEW YORK (AP) — Can I still spread the coronavirus after I’m vaccinated? ...

China pushes to expand virus origin search beyond its border

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese health officials pushed Wednesday to expand the search for the origins of the coronavirus beyond China, one day after the...

WHO report: COVID likely 1st jumped into humans from animals

GENEVA (AP) — A joint World Health Organization-China study on the origins of COVID-19 says that transmission of the virus from bats to humans...

The Latest: Metro Manila, outlying provinces go on lockdown

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine officials placed Metropolitan Manila and four outlying provinces, a region of more than 25 million people, back to a lockdown...

UK variant hunters lead global race to stay ahead of COVID

LONDON (AP) — On March 4, 2020, when there were just 84 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.K., professor Sharon Peacock recognized that...

China outlines COVID-origin findings, ahead of WHO report

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese officials briefed diplomats Friday on the ongoing research into the origin of COVID-19, ahead of the expected release of a...

Former Google CEO gives $150M for research in biology, AI

Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt and his wife, Wendy, have given $150 million to a research institute to establish a “new era of biology”...

Belgium reverts to tighter Easter lockdown amid virus spike

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgium is reintroducing a strict lockdown in response to a surge of new COVID-19 infections, with the government saying Wednesday that...

New virus variant detected in India; experts urge caution

NEW DELHI (AP) — A new and potentially troublesome variant of the coronavirus has been detected in India, as have variants first detected in...

WHO expert: Virus study to have unanimity despite pressure

GENEVA (AP) — The head of a World Health Organization team working with Chinese colleagues to finish a long-awaited report into the origins of...

China approves another COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — China has approved a new COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use, one that was developed by the head of its Center...

Philly to dim lights to make it safer for birds in flight

The lights of Philadelphia might not shine as bright in the coming weeks as a coalition in the City of Brotherly Love tries to...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn’t happen this week

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though...

UN says Ebola in Guinea may be linked to 2014 outbreak

GENEVA (AP) — A top official at the World Health Organization said that a genetic analysis of the ongoing Ebola outbreak in Guinea suggests...

Austria targets hard-hit area with shots to battle variant

BERLIN (AP) — Austria embarked on an ambitious drive Thursday to inoculate residents of a district that has been particularly hard-hit by the virus...

A year on, WHO still struggling to manage pandemic response

GENEVA (AP) — When the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a pandemic one year ago Thursday, it did so only after weeks of...

Warming oceans mean smaller baby sharks struggle to survive

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The warming of worldwide oceans from climate change means baby sharks are at risk of being born smaller and without...

Heads up: Some sea slugs grow new bodies after decapitation

TOKYO (AP) — Scientists have discovered the ultimate case of regeneration: Some decapitated sea slugs can regrow hearts and whole new bodies. ...

Satellite images show kelp forest off California almost gone

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An analysis of satellite imagery has found that the kelp forest that only eight years ago formed a leafy canopy...

Study finds mask mandates, dining out influence virus spread

NEW YORK (AP) — A new national study adds strong evidence that mask mandates can slow the spread of the coronavirus, and that allowing...

Officials seeking answers to Puerto Rico telescope collapse

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The National Science Foundation said Friday that it could cost up to $50 million just to clean up...

Heart problems may be rare in pro athletes after COVID-19

Heart inflammation is uncommon in pro athletes who’ve had mostly mild COVID-19 and most don’t need to be sidelined, a study conducted by major...

Israel, Denmark and Austria join forces against COVID-19

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel, Denmark and Austria agreed on Thursday to join forces in the fight against COVID-19 with an investment in...

Study: Chinook salmon are key to Northwest orcas all year

SEATTLE (AP) — For more than a decade, Brad Hanson and other researchers have tailed the Pacific Northwest's endangered killer whales in a hard-sided...

Pandemic puts 1 in 3 nonprofits in financial jeopardy

NEW YORK (AP) — More than one-third of U.S. nonprofits are in jeopardy of closing within two years because of the financial harm inflicted...

‘Not a good idea:’ Experts concerned about pope trip to Iraq

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Infectious disease experts are expressing concern about Pope Francis’ upcoming trip to Iraq, given a sharp rise in coronavirus infections...

New coronavirus variant in New York spurs caution, concern

NEW YORK (AP) — Another mutated version of the coronavirus has popped up in New York City, and experts reacted to the the news...

England minorities: Higher COVID-19 cases, fewer vaccinated

LONDON (AP) — England’s ethnic minority communities have higher levels of COVID-19 infections and lower levels of vaccine acceptance than other groups, according to...

Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine works well in big ‘real world’ test

A real-world test of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine in more than half a million people confirms that it’s very effective at preventing serious illness or...

CDC study: Teachers key to COVID-19 infections in 1 district

ATLANTA (AP) — A new study finds that teachers may be more important drivers of COVID-19 transmission in schools than students. ...

1st clone of US endangered species, a ferret, announced

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Scientists have cloned the first U.S. endangered species, a black-footed ferret duplicated from the genes of an animal that died...

The Latest: Nevada has 1st confirmed case of SAfrica variant

RENO, Nev. — Nevada health officials have confirmed the state’s first known case of a coronavirus variant that was originally identified in South Africa. ...

China defends use of Twitter, Facebook in virus campaign

BEIJING (AP) — The Chinese government defended its use of Twitter and Facebook on Thursday, following a report that it had used its growing...

Vaccination of whole Brazilian city spares it from shortages

SERRANA, Brazil (AP) — As Brazil's mayors and governors start sounding the alarm over dwindling supplies of coronavirus vaccines, there are no such complaints...

Government rushes virus gene-mapping as mutations spread

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is scrambling to expand DNA mapping of coronavirus samples taken from patients to identify potentially deadlier mutations that are...

Some dinosaur migration was delayed by climate, study shows

Plant-eating dinosaurs probably arrived in the Northern Hemisphere millions of years after their meat-eating cousins, a delay likely caused by climate change, a new...

South Africa’s health care workers eager for first vaccines

ELANDSDOORN, South Africa (AP) — After testing thousands of people for coronavirus, South African nurse Asnath Masango says she can't wait to get vaccinated....

India’s dramatic fall in virus cases leaves experts stumped

NEW DELHI (AP) — When the coronavirus pandemic took hold in India, there were fears it would sink the fragile health system of the...

UK opens quarantine hotels, pushes on with vaccine drive

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s newly established quarantine hotels received their first guests on Monday as the government tries to prevent new coronavirus variants from...

Late ice cramps anglers’ appetite, research of crucial fish

BOWDOINHAM, Maine (AP) — A lack of ice in cold weather states this year has made it difficult for scientists to study the population...

The superspreaders behind top COVID-19 conspiracy theories

As the coronavirus spread across the globe, so too did speculation about its origins. Perhaps the virus escaped from a lab. Maybe it was...

Virus may never go away but could change into mild annoyance

NEW DELHI (AP) — What if COVID-19 never goes away? ...

China fires back at US allegations of lack of transparency

BEIJING (AP) — China fired back at the U.S. on Sunday over allegations from the White House that Beijing withheld some information about the...

How are experts tracking variants of the coronavirus?

How are experts tracking variants of the coronavirus? ...

EXPLAINER: What the WHO coronavirus experts learned in Wuhan

WUHAN, China (AP) — A World Health Organization team has left China after gaining some new insights into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic...

Attorney’s cat filter faux pas brings instant internet fame

Texas attorney Rod Ponton’s appearance as a fluffy kitten during an online court hearing provided a moment of levity to a pandemic- and Zoom-fatigued...

WHO team: Coronavirus unlikely to have leaked from China lab

WUHAN, China (AP) — The coronavirus most likely first appeared in humans after jumping from an animal, a team of international and Chinese scientists...

New variants raise worry about COVID-19 virus reinfections

Evidence is mounting that having COVID-19 may not protect against getting infected again with some of the new variants. People also can get second...

Congo working to stop new Ebola outbreak in country’s east

BENI, Congo (AP) — Health officials in Congo confirmed another Ebola outbreak in the country’s east on Sunday, the fourth in less than three...

UK to start hotel quarantine Feb. 15 amid criticism of delay

LONDON (AP) — Everyone arriving in the U.K. from countries identified as coronavirus hotspots will have to spend 10 days in hotel quarantine starting...

US rushes to catch up in the race to detect mutant viruses

NEW YORK (AP) — Despite its world-class medical system and its vaunted Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. fell behind in the...

WHO team in Wuhan says discussions open, meetings frank

WUHAN, China (AP) — World Health Organization investigators looking for clues into the origin of the coronavirus in the central Chinese city of Wuhan...

Study finds COVID-19 vaccine may reduce virus transmission

AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine does more than prevent people from falling seriously ill — it appears to reduce transmission of the virus and offers strong...

Missouri lawmaker asked to resign amid stem cell fraud case

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri state lawmaker indicted on federal fraud charges for falsely promoting a treatment as having stem cells to help...

UK says new study vindicates delaying 2nd virus vaccine shot

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s health chief said Wednesday that a new study suggesting that a single dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine provides a...

WHO team visits Wuhan virus lab at center of speculation

WUHAN, China (AP) — World Health Organization investigators on Wednesday visited a research center in the Chinese city of Wuhan that has been the...

UK tests house-to-house in hunt for new COVID-19 variant

LONDON (AP) — England has begun house-by-house COVID-19 testing in some communities as authorities try to snuff out a new variant of the coronavirus...

The Latest: Wash. state warns hospitals on VIP vaccinations

SEATTLE — Authorities in Washington state are warning hospitals and other facilities giving coronavirus vaccinations not to give special access to some people, saying...

The Latest: Protesters temporarily block LA vaccination site

The Los Angeles Times reports that one of the largest vaccination sites in the nation temporarily shut down Saturday because dozen of protesters blocked...

WHO team visits 2nd Wuhan hospital in virus investigation

WUHAN, China (AP) — Members of a World Health Organization team investigating the origins of the coronavirus pandemic visited another Wuhan hospital that had...

WHO team visits Wuhan hospital that had early virus patients

WUHAN, China (AP) — A World Health Organization team visited a hospital on Friday where China says the first COVID-19 patients were treated more...

Virus variant from South Africa detected in US for 1st time

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A new variant of the coronavirus emerged Thursday in the United States, posing yet another public health challenge in a...

WHO team in Wuhan departs quarantine for COVID origins study

WUHAN, China (AP) — A World Health Organization team emerged from quarantine in the Chinese city of Wuhan on Thursday to start field work...

Empty seas: Oceanic shark populations dropped 71% since 1970

WASHINGTON (AP) — When marine biologist Stuart Sandin talks about sharks, it sounds like he’s describing Jedis of the ocean. “They are terrific predators,...

Biden picks geneticist as science adviser, puts in Cabinet

President-elect Joe Biden announced Friday that he has chosen a pioneer in mapping the human genome — the so-called “book of life” — to...

Merck ends development of two potential COVID-19 vaccines

Merck is giving up on two potential COVID-19 vaccines following poor results in early-stage studies. ...

Grizzly, 34, confirmed as Yellowstone region’s known oldest

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — A 34-year-old grizzly bear captured in southwestern Wyoming has been confirmed as the oldest on record in the Yellowstone region,...

The Latest: New virus clusters hit China’s north provinces

BEIJING — A Chinese city has brought 2,600 temporary treatment rooms online as the country’s north battles new clusters of coronavirus. ...

UK chief scientist says new virus variant may be more deadly

LONDON (AP) — There is some evidence that a new coronavirus variant first identified in southeast England carries a higher risk of death .than...

EU leaders agree to keep borders open, want to limit travels

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders agreed that borders should remain open and assessed more measures to counter the spread of coronavirus variants during...

Some COVID-19 mutations may dampen vaccine effectiveness

Scientists are reporting troubling signs that some recent mutations of the virus that causes COVID-19 may modestly curb the effectiveness of two current vaccines,...

Gray whale population drops by quarter off U.S. West Coast

SEATTLE (AP) — Researchers say the population of gray whales off the West Coast of the United States has fallen by nearly one-quarter since...

New studies clarify which genes may raise breast cancer risk

Two large studies give a much sharper picture of which inherited mutations raise the risk of breast cancer for women without a family history...

Monarch butterfly population moves closer to extinction

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The number of western monarch butterflies wintering along the California coast has plummeted precipitously to a record low, putting the...

A new COVID-19 challenge: Mutations rise along with cases

The race against the virus that causes COVID-19 has taken a new turn: Mutations are rapidly popping up, and the longer it takes to...

Biden says his advisers will lead with ‘science and truth’

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — In a dig at the outgoing Trump administration, President-elect Joe Biden introduced his slate of scientific advisers Saturday with the...

EXPLAINER: What WHO researchers in Wuhan are trying to learn

WUHAN, China (AP) — The WHO team of international researchers that arrived in the central Chinese city of Wuhan on Thursday hopes to find...

WHO team arrives in Wuhan to investigate pandemic origins

WUHAN, China (AP) — A global team of researchers arrived Thursday in the Chinese city where the coronavirus pandemic was first detected to conduct...

Asia Today: China virus cases spike as WHO researchers visit

BEIJING (AP) — China is seeing a new surge in coronavirus cases in its frozen northeast as a World Health Organization team arrived to...

US will require all arriving passengers to get COVID-19 test

NEW YORK (AP) — Anyone flying to the U.S. will soon need to show proof of a negative test for COVID-19, health officials announced...

Scientists decry death by 1,000 cuts for world’s insects

The world’s vital insect kingdom is undergoing “death by a thousand cuts,” the world’s top bug experts said. ...

Los Angeles County to stop using Curative COVID-19 test

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County will stop using Curative COVID-19 tests at pop-up testing sites after a U.S. Food and Drug Administration...

Los Angeles County to stop using Curative COVID-19 test

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County will stop using Curative COVID-19 tests at pop-up testing sites after a U.S. Food and Drug Administration...

China: WHO experts arriving Thursday for virus origins probe

BEIJING (AP) — Experts from the World Health Organization are due to arrive in China this week for a long-anticipated investigation into the origins...

Study suggests Pfizer vaccine works against virus variant

New research suggests Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine can protect against a mutation found in the two more-contagious variants of the coronavirus that have erupted in...

Identical twins aren’t perfect clones, research shows

WASHINGTON (AP) — If you’re an identical twin who’s always resisted being called a clone of your sibling, scientists say you have a point. ...

If I’ve already had the coronavirus, can I get it again?

If I’ve already had the coronavirus, can I get it again? ...

Aquarium agrees to delay beluga whale delivery amid lawsuit

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut aquarium has agreed to delay its acquisition of five beluga whales for research amid a lawsuit by an...

South Africa testing whether vaccines work against variant

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Scientists in South Africa are urgently testing to see if the vaccines for COVID-19 will be effective against the country's variant...

The Latest: S Korea extends distancing rules for 2 weeks

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea is extending stringent distancing rules for two more weeks as authorities seek to suppress a viral resurgence, while...

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