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A woman wearing a mask for protection against the COVID-19 infection stands outdoors during an outdoor Lutheran Church religious service in Csovar, Hungary, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021. While Hungary has imposed strict COVID-19 restrictions, including a ban on gatherings of more than 10 people, the government has not limited religious events. The Catholic Church, which represents a majority of Hungarian Christians, holds its masses almost as it did in pre-pandemic times, but other religious communities have sought other solutions to limit exposure to the virus.(AP Photo/Laszlo Balogh)

The Latest: Biden nominee frustrated at vaccine delays

Jan. 24, 2021 10:05 AM EST

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden’s nominee to be health secretary is expressing his own frustration about long lines for vaccinations, canceled appointments as local health authorities run out of vaccine and the difficulty many Americans are having in figuring out where they stand in line to get the...

FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2021 file photo medical staff members walk between traffic cones at a mass COVID-19 vaccination site set up in the parking lot of Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, Calif. Five weeks into its vaccination program, California still doesn't have nearly the supply to meet demand and there's growing angst among residents over the difficulty to even get in line for a shot. Social media is awash with people seeking or giving tips on how to maneuver through the system. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong,File)

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

Jan. 23, 2021 9:38 PM EST

BEIJING — A Chinese city has brought 2,600 temporary treatment rooms online as the country’s north battles new clusters of coronavirus. The single-occupancy rooms in the city of Nangong in Hebei province just outside Beijing are each equipped with their own heaters, toilets, showers and other...

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California’s ban on indoor worship upheld by appeals court

Jan. 23, 2021 8:01 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court has denied a Southern California church’s request to overturn the state’s coronavirus restrictions barring worship services indoors during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a newspaper report Saturday. The Sacramento Bee said Friday's ruling...

DuPont, Chemours reach agreement over 'forever chemicals'

Jan. 23, 2021 5:56 PM EST

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The Dupont Co. and its spinoff business Chemours have agreed to resolve legal disputes over environmental liabilities for pollution related to man-made chemicals associated with an increased risk of cancer and other health problems. The binding memorandum of understanding announced...

Court upholds New Hampshire's online lottery sales

Jan. 23, 2021 9:18 AM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld a lower court ruling that allows New Hampshire to continue selling lottery tickets online. The case involved a 2018 Justice Department opinion holding that the 1961 Wire Act applied to any form of gambling that crosses state lines. That raised...

Man accused of beating officer with flagpole ordered held

Jan. 22, 2021 7:15 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday ordered an Arkansas man accused of beating a police officer with a flagpole during this month's riot at the U.S. Capitol to remain in jail pending his trial, calling video from the incident “simply shocking." U.S. Magistrate Judge J. Thomas Ray...

FILE - In this  Monday, May 13, 2019 file photo, A female red wolf emerges from her den sheltering newborn pups at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, N.C. A judge has ordered the federal government to come up with a plan to release more endangered red wolves from breeding programs to bolster the dwindling wild population. U.S. District Judge Terrence Boyle signed an order Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021 directing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to draft a plan by March 1 for releasing captive-bred wolves into the wolves’ designated habitat in North Carolina.  (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

Judge orders plan for releasing more red wolves into wild

Jan. 22, 2021 6:26 PM EST

A judge has ordered the federal government to come up with a plan to release more endangered red wolves from breeding programs to bolster the dwindling wild population. U.S. District Judge Terrence Boyle signed an order Thursday directing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to draft a plan by March 1 for...

Israeli businessman and diamond-magnate, Beny Steinmetz, arrives to Geneva's courthouse for the reading of his verdict for alleged corruption of Guinean public officials and forgery documents, in Geneva, Switzerland, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP)

Israeli diamond tycoon convicted in Swiss corruption trial

Jan. 22, 2021 3:14 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — A Geneva court on Friday convicted Israeli diamond magnate Beny Steinmetz on charges of corrupting foreign public officials and forging documents, in a trial over his successful bid to reap lavish iron ore resources in the Guinea. The man considered by some to be Israeli's richest man was...

Red Cross worker convicted of stealing $400,000 loses appeal

Jan. 22, 2021 1:46 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut court on Friday rejected the appeal of a former American Red Cross official who was convicted of stealing more than $400,000 from the organization. A three-judge panel of the state Appellate Court ruled against Diane Williams, former finance director of the Red Cross's...

Vermont judge blocks activities at firearms training center

Jan. 22, 2021 1:42 PM EST

A Vermont judge has ordered a firearms training center in the town of Pawlet to temporarily stop training activities. Judge Tom Durkin on Thursday granted a request by the town for a preliminary injunction to prevent Daniel Banyai from holding firearms training classes on the property, known as Slate Ridge,...