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The Latest: US opens more distance in worldwide vaccine race

NEW YORK — In the coronavirus vaccine race, the U.S. is opening more distance between itself and much of the rest of the world....

Barbers, artists help defy vaccine myths for people of color

SAN DIEGO (AP) — In a Washington, D.C., suburb, Black and Latino barbers are busting myths about the coronavirus vaccine while clipping hair. ...

What is a COVID-19 vaccine passport, and will I need one?

What is a COVID-19 vaccine passport, and will I need one? ...

A $1.2 billion loss for Delta, but recovery is on the radar

Delta Air Lines lost $1.2 billion in the first quarter, more than expected, but executives said Thursday that the airline could be profitable by...

Disabled nominees hope their Oscar moment becomes a movement

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Right down to its production design, the Oscars have not always felt like the most welcoming place for people with...

US average mortgage rates fall again; 30-year loan at 3.04%

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mortgage rates fell for a second straight week amid signs of economic improvement. ...

Mideast’s largest mall operator to expand amid vaccine hopes

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Middle East's largest operator of malls expects revenue and earnings to climb back to pre-pandemic levels by...

Lawmakers fighting like cats and dogs? Not over this bill

CONCORD. N.H. (AP) — Nine lives notwithstanding, killing a cat in a hit-and-run soon could become illegal in New Hampshire. ...

Sydney man finds snake in lettuce bought at supermarket

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Alex White thought he was watching a huge worm writhing in plastic-wrapped lettuce he’d just brought home from a Sydney...

Iran’s supreme leader: Vienna offers ‘not worth looking at’

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's supreme leader on Wednesday dismissed initial offers at talks in Vienna to save Tehran's tattered nuclear deal...

Bangkok nightlife clusters expose Thailand’s virus stumbles

BANGKOK (AP) — When Thailand's transport minister was recently diagnosed with COVID-19, it was Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha who got a headache. ...

Immigrant health care is on California Senate’s wish list

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Democrats in the California Senate said Wednesday they want to spend the state's projected multibillion-dollar budget surplus on things such...

‘Zoom in a Room’? California’s schools lag in reopening push

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Frustrated parents in San Francisco have coined a new phrase for their latest classroom reality: “Zoom in a Room." In...

Tiger sharks eat whale carcass that drifted ashore in Hawaii

HONOLULU (AP) — Officials are warning people to stay out of the water after sharks were seen eating the carcass of a whale that...

We need to plan: UK travel urges clarity from government

LONDON (AP) — Leaders from Britain's aviation industry joined forces Wednesday to urge the British government to ensure that popular European destinations face the...

Biden to address Congress under security, COVID restrictions

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's first address to a joint session of Congress will look like no other in recent memory. ...

Many say now is the time to fight racial bias in foster care

Cheri Williams looks back with regret at the start of her career as a child welfare caseworker in 1998. Systemic racism is a major...

Ralph Lauren unveils crisp white Team USA Olympic uniforms

NEW YORK (AP) — With a crisp white graphic look and roomy pockets, the uniforms to be worn by Team USA at the closing...

Swap the crop? New York hemp farmers eager to grow marijuana

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Legal marijuana is coming to New York and hemp farmer Samir Mahadin sees it as a potential lifeline. ...

Royal funeral offers chance for William, Harry to reconcile

LONDON (AP) — When Prince Philip’s funeral takes place on Saturday, it will be more than a focal point for national mourning. Many will...

WHO urges pause in market sale of captured live wild animals

GENEVA (AP) — The United Nations' health agency on Tuesday urged countries to suspend the sale of live animals captured from the wild in...

Bally’s to pay $308M for Tropicana hotel on Las Vegas Strip

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Tropicana Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, a Sin City namesake, is being sold to a new entrant among Las...

Colorado to auction off cannabis-themed license plates

DENVER (AP) — Cannabis-themed license plates in Colorado are being auctioned off to the highest bidder in a fundraiser for the Colorado Disability Funding...

The Latest: Governor bans vaccine passports for Montana

HELENA, Mont. — Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte has issued an executive order banning the development or use of vaccine passports in Montana. ...

Boeing sees uptick in airplane orders as travel picks up

Boeing orders picked up in March, fueled by a major deal with Southwest Airlines that helped to offset another round of cancellations for its...

I got the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. Now what?

I got the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. Now what? ...

Czechs reject mandatory quotas on local food in stores

PRAGUE (AP) — Czech lawmakers have rejected a proposed bill to reduce dependency on food imports by imposing a quota of locally-produced food to...

Biden aims for bipartisanship but applies stealthy pressure

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has begun publicly courting Republicans to back his sweeping infrastructure plan, but his reach across the aisle is...

Muslims mark Ramadan amid virus surge and new restrictions

MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Muslims in many parts of the world marked the start of Ramadan on Tuesday, but a spike in coronavirus...

Dutch govt says it’s too early to start easing the lockdown

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch government on Tuesday presented a roadmap for relaxing coronavirus lockdown measures, but caretaker Prime Minister Mark Rutte...

Turkey imposes partial Ramadan lockdown amid record cases

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's president announced a partial lockdown Tuesday during the first two weeks of the Muslim month of Ramadan to curb...

Artist gives nature a `cosmic’ twist in big NY garden show

An expansive new show featuring works by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, famous for mesmerizing polka dots, speckled pumpkins and fascination with the natural world,...

Bunny snatched: Record-holding giant rabbit stolen in UK

LONDON (AP) — Police say one of the world’s biggest bunnies has been stolen from its home in central England. ...

Two books based on ‘1619 Project’ coming out in November

NEW YORK (AP) — Two books based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning “1619 Project” will be released this fall, with contributions from Jesmyn Ward, Jason...

Late president’s book outlines vision for Japan’s Nintendo

TOKYO (AP) — Nintendo’s late president Satoru Iwata oversaw the video-game maker’s global growth as Super Mario and Pokemon became household names. ...

Lin-Manuel Miranda, mayor open new Times Square vaccine site

NEW YORK (AP) — “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda joined New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday at the grand opening of a...

Water-worried Vegas wants useless grass a thing of the past

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A desert city built on a reputation for excess and indulgence wants to become a model for restraint and conservation...

Major training: Biden dog gets help adjusting to White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden's dog Major will get professional help adjusting to the White House after a...

Muslims navigate restrictions in the second pandemic Ramadan

CAIRO (AP) — For Ramadan this year, Magdy Hafez has been longing to reclaim a cherished ritual: performing the nighttime group prayers called taraweeh...

Bulgarian Muslims hold circumcision festival despite virus

RIBNOVO, Bulgaria (AP) — On the eve of the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims from the southwestern corner of Bulgaria flocked to the sleepy...

Sidelined last year, the Met Gala is returning — twice

The Met Gala is coming back. Actually, twice. ...

Asia Today: India records another surge in COVID-19 cases

NEW DELHI (AP) — India reported another record daily surge in coronavirus infections Monday to pass Brazil as the country with the second-most reported...

Time to party? Events industry still uncertain about COVID

NEW YORK (AP) — Although weddings and other big celebrations are going back on the calendar in the U.S., business owners who make those...

Czechs start to ease lockdown, youngest kids back to schools

PRAGUE (AP) — As the coronavirus pandemic eases up in the Czech Republic, one of the European Union’s hardest-hit countries took its first steps...

Chilly weather doesn’t dampen UK joy at lockdown easing

LONDON (AP) — People across Britain flocked to shed shaggy locks and browse for clothes, books and other “non-essential” items as shops, gyms, hairdressers,...

Greece pins hopes on mandatory home testing, opens schools

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — High schools have reopened in Greece to students in the final three grades with the mandatory use of test kits...

Huge gatherings at India’s Hindu festival as virus surges

NEW DELHI (AP) — Tens of thousands of Hindu devotees gathered by the Ganges River for special prayers Monday, many of them flouting social...

Dubai parts with curtain covers for restaurants in Ramadan

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dubai is parting with a longstanding requirement that restaurants be covered by curtains in the daytime during Ramadan...

Pubs, hairdressers set to reopen as UK eases virus lockdown

LONDON (AP) — Millions of people in Britain will get their first chance in months for haircuts, casual shopping and restaurant meals on Monday,...

Thailand hits new daily record with nearly 1,000 virus cases

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s Health Ministry warned Sunday that restrictions may need to be tightened to slow the spread of a fresh coronavirus wave,...

With key deals, Uganda’s nascent oil sector nears maturity

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Uganda, Tanzania and French oil company Total signed agreements Sunday on building a heated pipeline to carry crude oil from...

Women fighting fires in Florida: Colleagues’ support crucial

Krystyna Krakowski became a firefighter in Florida at a time when there were very few women to work beside or guide her in the...

The Latest: Tweet recalls queen’s loving anniversary speech

Events and reaction from around the world to mark the death of Prince Philip at age 99: ...

For Black journalists, working Chauvin trial drains emotions

NEW YORK (AP) — At the end of a stressful day, Sara Sidner seeks the friendly wag of a dog's tail. Shaquille Brewster turns...

Biden to rush vaccinators to Michigan as gov urges limits

WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington will rush federal resources to support vaccinations, testing and treatments, but not vaccines, to Michigan in an effort to control...

Thailand faces growing outbreak ahead of New Year travel

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai authorities struggled to contain a growing coronavirus outbreak just days before the country's traditional Songkran New Year’s holiday, when millions...

Hill sharp, Kluber roughed up as Rays beat Yankees 10-5

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays insist it didn't matter who was on the other side of the field. ...

The Latest: US 7th Fleet: 14,000 personnel fully vaccinated

PHILIPPINE SEA — The U.S. 7th Fleet that operates throughout the Indo-Pacific says more than 14,000 of its service members have received their full...

After Scott Rudin bullying exposé, there are mostly crickets

NEW YORK (AP) — How have Hollywood and Broadway responded to an exposé detailing routine abuse and bullying by producer Scott Rudin? Mostly, with...

Virus knocks 80% off Atlantic City casino profits in 2020

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The coronavirus outbreak sent profits plunging at Atlantic City's casinos by more than 80% last year, according to figures...

Los Angeles County fairgrounds to house migrant children

POMONA, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles County fairgrounds will be used to temporarily house unaccompanied children arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, officials said...

Coney Island attractions reopen after losing year to virus

NEW YORK (AP) — The Wonder Wheel began turning and the Cyclone whipped into action as Coney Island's illustrious amusement parks reopened Friday after...

Biden’s ambitious expansion of long-term care sparks debate

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is proposing a major expansion of the government’s role in long-term care, but questions are being raised over...

Visitors tiptoe through the tulips in Dutch virus test

LISSE, Netherlands (AP) — Finally, after bleak winter months of a coronavirus lockdown, springtime shoots of hope emerged Friday as restrictions were relaxed at...

Japan imposes new virus measures in Tokyo ahead of Olympics

TOKYO (AP) — Japan announced Friday that it will raise the coronavirus alert level in Tokyo to allow tougher measures to curb the rapid...

Consorts, past and future, in Britain’s changing monarchy

LONDON (AP) — Prince Philip was the longest serving royal consort in British history by more than a decade when he died Friday at...

Islamic leaders battle misconception about vaccines, fasting

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Islamic leaders are using social media, virtual town halls and face-to-face discussions to spread the word that it’s acceptable to...

Kosovo’s mannequin protest against virus restrictions

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — A downtown restaurant in Kosovo’s capital filled its tables with mannequins Friday in a symbolic protest of the government’s decision...

Ready to buy a home? The trick is finding or affording one

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nathan Long and Lili Chin have struck out so far in their four-month search to find an affordable home in...

Interior secretary steps into Utah public lands tug-of-war

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — For decades, a public lands tug-of-war has played out over a vast expanse of southern Utah where red rocks...

Coaches: Venue, coverage diminish NCAA volleyball tournament

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Coaches of two of the top teams in the NCAA Division I volleyball tournament complained Thursday about the setup for...

EXPLAINER: Starving for more chips in a tech-hungry world

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — As the U.S. economy rebounds from its pandemic slump, a vital cog is in short supply: the computer chips...

Native Americans: Move Boston Marathon from Oct. 11 holiday

BOSTON (AP) — Native Americans in Massachusetts are calling on the organizers of the Boston Marathon to move the already rescheduled date for...

Are some COVID-19 vaccines more effective than others?

Are some COVID-19 vaccines more effective than others? ...

2 new airlines await Americans looking to fly somewhere

Americans are traveling in the greatest numbers in more than a year, and soon they will have two new leisure-oriented airlines to consider for...

Paul Andrew steps down as Ferragamo creative director

MILAN (AP) — Designer Paul Andrew is stepping down as creative director of Salvatore Ferragamo, effective in May, the fashion house said Thursday. ...

Monkey business: 2 dozen monkeys escape German zoo for a day

BERLIN (AP) — About two dozen monkeys broke out of a southwestern German zoo and spent the day lolling in the sun near a...

Spain: Work due for auction from $1,800 may be a Caravaggio

MADRID (AP) — Spanish authorities have slapped an export ban on a painting a day before it was due to be auctioned with a...

Africa CDC says vaccine passports ‘inappropriate’ for now

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The head of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday described COVID-19 vaccine passports as “inappropriate" while...

Pandemic impact may weigh on commercial real estate recovery

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The distribution of COVID-19 vaccines is fueling optimism that Americans will increasingly return to the ways they used to shop,...

Pandemic-weary chefs, cooks enjoy serving from home

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — When COVID-19 shutdowns hit in March 2020, Mike Winneker, a hotel executive sous chef, found himself without work for the...

New film follows 2 zombie moviemakers with Down syndrome

Two best friends with Down syndrome who caused a sensation four years ago when they created their own gory zombie movie are back, this...

Cambodia’s Angkor site shut for 2 weeks to curb coronavirus

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia is shutting its most popular tourist destination, the centuries-old Angkor temple complex, to visitors for two weeks to...

Jill Biden shines fresh spotlight on military family program

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jill Biden on Wednesday delivered on her promise to prioritize the struggles of military families by reviving a decade-old initiative that...

Man who placed wife’s body in front of kids guilty of murder

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California man who killed his wife and propped up her body on a sofa as her children...

Celebrity zookeeper Jack Hanna diagnosed with dementia

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Celebrity zookeeper and animal TV show host Jack Hanna has been diagnosed with dementia and will retire from public life,...

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...

Maine couple celebrates bicentennial with hidden treasure

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A pair of Mainers have hidden $20,000 somewhere in the state and they're inviting treasure seekers to come and get...

Will the Oscars be a ‘who cares’ moment as ratings dive?

NEW YORK (AP) — George Bradley used to love watching the Academy Awards. The 28-year-old Brit now living in San Diego would stay up...

After saying ‘I’m Going to Disney World,’ Brady did it again

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — After facing off against the Kansas City Chiefs’ defense, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady had no problem taking a...

Ryanair sees break-even earnings amid slow COVID-19 recovery

LONDON (AP) — Ryanair, Europe’s biggest discount airline, says earnings for the current fiscal year are likely to be “close to breakeven” as continued...

Same dad, two babies: Zoo Miami presents newborn giraffes

MIAMI (AP) — A male giraffe has been doing his part to promote Zoo Miami's breeding program, with two of his long-legged babies born...

Iran sets new record for virus infections amid holiday surge

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran shattered its daily record for new infections for the second consecutive day on Wednesday as cases soared to 20,954,...

The Latest: N Korea says it still has no coronavirus cases

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea continues to claim a perfect record in keeping out the coronavirus in its latest report to the World...

eBay auction of Japanese internment art pulled after protest

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The auction of a series of sketches purportedly drawn by an artist at the Japanese internment camp at Manzanar was...

Lawmakers call YouTube Kids a ‘wasteland of vapid’ content

A House subcommittee is investigating YouTube Kids, saying the Google-owned video service feeds children inappropriate material in “a wasteland of vapid, consumerist content" so...

Man, a steal! Rare Superman comic sells for record $3.25M

NEW YORK (AP) — One of the few copies of the comic book that introduced Superman to the world has sold for a super-sized,...

Viral thoughts: Why COVID-19 conspiracy theories persist

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Daniel Roberts hadn’t had a vaccination since he was 6. No boosters, no tetanus shots. His parents taught him inoculations...

How to talk to believers of COVID-19 conspiracy theories

Conspiracy theories about COVID-19 are causing real-world problems by discouraging some people from getting vaccinated, wearing masks or following other guidelines. Some bizarre theories...

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