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The Latest: No. 2 Australian city passes Sydney in new cases

Sep. 27, 2021 22:20 PM EDT

SYDNEY — Australia’s Victoria state has recorded more coronavirus infections than New South Wales for the first time since an outbreak of the delta variant began in Sydney in June. Victoria is Australia’s second-most populous state and on Tuesday the state capital...

Japan set to lift all virus emergency steps nationwide

Sep. 27, 2021 22:15 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan is set to lift all coronavirus emergency measures when they expire later this week as the infections slow and the nation tries to reactivate its economy. Officials in charge of coronavirus measures sought advice from experts at a meeting Tuesday, with...

Boston Marathon paying tribute to 2-time Indigenous champion

Sep. 27, 2021 21:59 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Organizers of the Boston Marathon publicly apologized for running the 125th edition of the planet's most celebrated footrace on Indigenous Peoples Day. Now they're seeking to make amends by throwing the spotlight on a member of Rhode Island's Narragansett...

FBI: 2020 homicides up nearly 30%, largest 1-year jump ever

Sep. 27, 2021 21:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Homicides in the U.S. in 2020 increased nearly 30% over the previous year, the largest one-year jump since the FBI began keeping records, according to figures released Monday by the agency. Homicides and non-negligent manslaughters climbed an estimated...

China's power cuts may foreshadow shortages of global goods

Sep. 27, 2021 20:44 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Global shoppers face possible shortages of smartphones and other goods ahead of Christmas after power cuts to meet official energy use targets forced Chinese factories to shut down and left some households in the dark. In the northeastern city of...

Federal judges: NYC can impose vaccine mandate on teachers

Sep. 27, 2021 20:26 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The nation's largest school district can immediately impose a vaccine mandate on its teachers and other workers, after all, a federal appeals panel decided Monday, leading lawyers for teachers to say they'll ask the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene. The...

Health officials see COVID cases tied to Pendleton Round-Up

Sep. 27, 2021 20:16 PM EDT

PENDLETEON, Ore. (AP) — Health officials in Umatilla County, Oregon, say they are starting to see COVID-19 cases linked to the Pendleton Round-Up. Umatilla County Public Health Director Joseph Fiumara told county commissioners Monday the county’s case count last week...

Navajo Nation reports 20 more COVID-19 cases, but no deaths

Sep. 27, 2021 19:50 PM EDT

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation on Monday reported 20 more COVID-19 cases, but no additional deaths. The latest numbers pushed the tribe’s totals to 33,800 confirmed COVID-19 cases from the virus since the pandemic began more than a year ago. The known...

Wiggins says he will stick to beliefs regarding vaccine

Sep. 27, 2021 19:38 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Golden State Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins is sticking to his beliefs when it comes to staying unvaccinated for COVID-19, even though that decision could soon cost him playing in home games. Wiggins faces the possibility of not being allowed into...

Judge blocks Arizona laws banning school, city mask mandates

Sep. 27, 2021 19:24 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A judge on Monday struck down Republican-passed Arizona laws that block schools from requiring masks and restrict the power of local governments to impose COVID-19 requirements, the latest turn in a nationwide legal battle over pandemic rules. If it...