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Maine to boost border businesses hurt by Canada closure

Oct. 21, 2021 01:46 AM EDT

CALAIS, Maine (AP) — Maine will give out more than $5.6 million to dozens of charter transportation companies and businesses that were disrupted by the closure of the U.S. border with Canada. The money is from the federal CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Funds, Democratic...

India hits 1B vaccine doses, worries about gap between shots

Oct. 21, 2021 01:39 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India has administered 1 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccine, officials said Thursday, passing a milestone for the South Asian country where the delta variant fueled its first crushing surge earlier this year. About 75% of India’s total eligible adult...

Alabama man faces 2nd execution date this year for killing

Oct. 21, 2021 01:11 AM EDT

An Alabama man who avoided execution in February is scheduled to be put to death Thursday for the 1991 killing of a woman taken at gunpoint from an ATM location and shot in a cemetery. Willie B. Smith III, 52, is set to receive a lethal injection at 6 p.m. CDT at a...

US marks 200M COVID-19 shots shared with world

Oct. 21, 2021 01:05 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. on Thursday donated its 200 millionth COVID-19 shot to help vaccinate the rest of the world, the White House announced. The Biden administration aims to lead a global vaccination campaign even as it rolls out boosters for domestic use, which critics say diverts...

Can new variants of the coronavirus keep emerging?

Oct. 21, 2021 00:46 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Can new variants of the coronavirus keep emerging? Yes, as long as the virus that caused the pandemic keeps infecting people. But that doesn’t mean new variants will keep emerging as regularly, or that they’ll be more dangerous. ...

Vaccine doubts fuel doctor's rise in Minnesota governor race

Oct. 20, 2021 23:48 PM EDT

WATERTOWN, Minn. (AP) — The small-town family doctor angling to become Minnesota’s next governor smiled, leaned into the camera and told his Facebook viewers that Sweden had just paused the Moderna vaccine for people under age 30 over “significant concern” about heart inflammation. ...

Health official: Arizona poised to give COVID shots to kids

Oct. 20, 2021 23:46 PM EDT

The state's top public health official says preparations are underway to provide COVID-19 vaccinations for children ages 5 to 11 if the federal government authorizes a lower-dose Pfizer vaccine in early November. Don Herrington, acting director of the state Department of...

Another effort to block Oregon vaccine mandate denied

Oct. 20, 2021 22:27 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A second federal judge in Oregon has rejected an emergency motion to halt the state’s vaccine mandate or make an exception for state workers who have contracted COVID-19. U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken ruled that the U.S. Constitution offers no...

Navajo Nation reports 78 new COVID-19 cases, 7 more deaths

Oct. 20, 2021 22:16 PM EDT

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation on Wednesday reported 78 more COVID-19 cases and seven additional deaths. It was just the seventh time in the past 21 days that tribal health officials had reported a coronavirus-related death. The latest...

FDA OKs mixing COVID vaccines; backs Moderna, J&J boosters

Oct. 20, 2021 21:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. regulators on Wednesday signed off on extending COVID-19 boosters to Americans who got the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine and said anyone eligible for an extra dose can get a brand different from the one they received initially. The Food...