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Drug overdoses rise in NH; Hospitalizations in MA drop

Jun. 13, 2021 14:26 PM EDT

A look at pandemic-related news around New England on Sunday: NEW HAMPSHIRE As the number of COVID-19 cases have fallen and restrictions have been dropped in New Hampshire, drug overdoses are on the rise in some cities. Suspected...

California governor pledges consistent workplace mask rules

Jun. 11, 2021 21:50 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday that he's confident the state's workplace regulators will soon fall in line with California's plan to drop virtually all masking and social distancing requirements next week for people who are vaccinated against the coronavirus. ...

US vaccine surplus grows by the day as expiration dates loom

Jun. 11, 2021 16:29 PM EDT

In Tennessee and North Carolina, demand for the COVID-19 vaccine has slowed down so much that they have given millions of doses back to the federal government, even though less than half of their total populations are vaccinated. Oklahoma has not asked for new doses from...

McKee extends Rhode Island's pandemic state of emergency

Jun. 11, 2021 14:58 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Gov. Daniel McKee has signed an executive order that extends Rhode Island's state of emergency for the coronavirus pandemic until next month. The order signed Thursday, when the previous order was set to expire, extends the state of emergency...

Maine ending state of emergency after 15 months

Jun. 11, 2021 14:57 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Janet Mills announced Friday that the state of civil emergency that she declared at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic will expire at month's end. The Democrat called the end of the emergency orders put in place 15 months ago...

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

Jun. 11, 2021 14:27 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ Spike protein...

NJ school mask mandate frustrations spill out during hearing

Jun. 11, 2021 13:21 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Frustrated parents on Friday called on New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy to relax mandates for mask wearing in schools across the state. The testimony came during an Assembly Republican hearing on masks in schools and featured testimony from mothers and...

New federal COVID-19 safety rules exempt most employers

Jun. 10, 2021 18:44 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Biden administration has exempted most employers from long-awaited rules for protecting workers from the coronavirus, angering labor advocates who had spent more than a year lobbying for the protections. The Labor Department included only health care...

Celebrations (and questions) greet US vaccine donation plan

Jun. 10, 2021 18:30 PM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — U.S. plans to donate 500 million more COVID-19 vaccines to developing countries were met Thursday with both celebration and hesitation amid questions over whether the effort will be enough to help poor regions desperate for doses. Some...

Idaho to get $30 million to reduce COVID health disparities

Jun. 10, 2021 14:55 PM EDT

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — Idaho was awarded $30.7 million in federal coronavirus relief funds Wednesday to address health disparities during the coronavirus pandemic. The money awarded Wednesday is part of the $2.25 billion in supplementary funding previous approved by...