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Day of triumph turned to day of tragedy for honor student

May. 27, 2022 17:15 PM EDT

UVALDE, Texas (AP) — Tuesday should have been a day of triumph for 10-year-old Maite Rodriguez. Instead, it was the day she died. Maite was among 19 grade school students who, along with two teachers, were shot to death at Robb Elementary School in the southwestern Texas town of...

Investigation: No retaliation against COVID-19 whistleblower

May. 27, 2022 16:11 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — There's nothing to indicate the Florida Department of Health told an employee to falsify COVID-19 data and she wasn't fired out of retaliation, according to a state investigator's report released this month. Former department employee Rebekah Jones received...

Officials confirm monkeypox infection in King County man

May. 27, 2022 14:57 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Health officials in Washington state say a case of the monkeypox virus has been confirmed in the Seattle area. On Friday the state Department of Health and Public Health — Seattle & King County confirmed the infection in a King County man who recently traveled...

Cyprus gets rid of required COVID-19 tests for visitors

May. 27, 2022 13:33 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Travelers to Cyprus will no longer be required to show either a valid COVID-19 vaccination or a recovery certificate and won’t need to produce a negative recent COVID-19 test of June 1, the Cypriot government said Friday. The government also decided to...

Argentina reports case of monkeypox; man traveled from Spain

May. 27, 2022 13:01 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina reported a case of the monkeypox virus on Friday in a man who recently traveled to Spain. It also reported a suspected case of the rare virus in another person. A man from the province of Buenos Aires has monkeypox, Argentina's health...

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

May. 27, 2022 11:56 AM 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: ___ Posts misidentify photos of trans...

WHO: Nearly 200 cases of monkeypox in more than 20 countries

May. 27, 2022 10:49 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization says nearly 200 cases of monkeypox have been reported in more than 20 countries not usually known to have outbreaks of the unusual disease, but described the epidemic as “containable” and proposed creating a stockpile to equitably share the limited...

Shanghai lockdown: Residents demand release, and some get it

May. 27, 2022 10:13 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — On a balmy Sunday night, residents of an upscale Shanghai compound took to the streets to decry lockdown restrictions imposed by their community. By the following morning, they were free to leave. The triumphant story quickly spread on chat groups across the Chinese...

Spanish LGBTQ groups wary of monkeypox stigma as Pride nears

May. 27, 2022 08:24 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — With one of Europe's largest gay pride celebrations right around the corner, Spain's LGBTQ community is worried that the outbreaks of monkeypox on the continent could lead to an increase in homophobic sentiment based on misunderstandings of the disease. Spanish health...

COVID-19 hospitalizations on the rise in Alabama

May. 27, 2022 09:04 AM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The number of people hospitalized for COVID-19 is again on the rise in Alabama after weeks in decline, with more than 130 being treated statewide for the first time since late March. While state statistics show hospitalizations crept up this week to reach...