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State again opening COVID-19 recovery sites as cases surge

Dec. 2, 2020 2:32 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts public health officials are planning to open another facility to help house residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 and need a safe and therapeutic space to recover while isolating from others. Early in the pandemic, the state established a network of hotels for...

South Dakota reports 47 virus deaths, anticipates vaccines

Dec. 2, 2020 2:20 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota on Wednesday reported that 47 people had died from COVID-19, one of the highest single-day death tallies since the pandemic began. The state has reported more than 50 deaths in a day only twice — both in November. The total number of deaths stands at 995. The...

A member of the National Guard assisting at a COVID-19 mobile testing location looks out of a tent used for drive-thru tests, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, in Auburn, Maine. Amid the coronavirus resurgence, states have begun reopening field hospitals to handle an influx of sick patients that is pushing health care systems — and their workers — to the breaking point. Hospitals are bringing in mobile morgues. And funerals are once again being livestreamed or performed as drive-by affairs. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

The Latest: Red Cross seeks equitable access to vaccines

Dec. 2, 2020 1:45 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS — The International Committee of the Red Cross is urging “equitable access” to vaccines for people affected by conflict and violence. ICRC Director-General Robert Mardini says health workers and people in regions where fighting is taking place “endure the double burden...

FILE - This May 4, 2020, file photo provided by the University of Maryland School of Medicine, shows the first patient enrolled in Pfizer's COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine clinical trial at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore.  Pfizer and BioNTech say they've won permission Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, for emergency use of their COVID-19 vaccine in Britain, the world’s first coronavirus shot that’s backed by rigorous science -- and a major step toward eventually ending the pandemic. (Courtesy of University of Maryland School of Medicine via AP, File)

Britain OKs Pfizer vaccine and will begin shots within days

Dec. 2, 2020 1:40 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain became the first country in the world to authorize a rigorously tested COVID-19 vaccine Wednesday and could be dispensing shots within days — a historic step toward eventually ending the scourge that has killed more than 1.4 million people around the globe. In giving the...

File -- In this Tuesday, Nov.10, 2020 file photo windows are illuminated at the headquarters of the German biotechnology company BioNTech in Mainz, Germany. Pfizer and BioNTech say they've won permission Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, for emergency use of their COVID-19 vaccine in Britain, the world's first coronavirus shot that's backed by rigorous science -- and a major step toward eventually ending the pandemic.(AP Photo/Michael Probst, file)

Vaccine 1st puts spotlight on German pharma company BioNTech

Dec. 2, 2020 12:36 PM EST

MAINZ, Germany (AP) — The email that arrived in the ancient German city of Mainz shortly before 1 a.m. in the morning marked a turning point in the global effort to deliver a reliable vaccine against the coronavirus pandemic - and for the little-known biotechnology company that helped develop it. BioNTech...

Member of the Maine House take the oath of office at the Augusta Civic Center, Wednesday, Dec 2, 2020, in Augusta, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Maine lawmakers convene for historic meeting during pandemic

Dec. 2, 2020 12:10 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — With Gov. Janet Mills in quarantine, the state's acting chief justice instead swore lawmakers into office Wednesday in a historic offsite session that featured the state's first openly gay House speaker and the first Black woman in a party leadership position. Mills, a Democrat,...

Narrowed digital divide touted as pandemic silver lining

Dec. 2, 2020 12:05 PM EST

MANCHESTER, Conn. (AP) — Laptop computers have been provided for every student identified by their district as in need, Connecticut officials said Wednesday, touting progress in closing the digital divide as a silver lining of the pandemic. In an appearance at Manchester High School, Gov. Ned Lamont, a...

FILE - In this June 16, 2015 file photo, Organization of American States, OAS, Secretary-General Luis Almagro gives a news conference at the 45th OAS General Assembly, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

OAS head urges international prosecutor to act on Venezuela

Dec. 2, 2020 11:35 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The leadership of a broad coalition of Western Hemisphere nations on Wednesday accused the International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor of failing to take swift action on allegations that Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro’s government committed crimes against humanity. The...

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham speaks during a COVID-19 briefing at the state Capitol in Santa Fe, N.M., on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. (Gabriela Campos/Santa Fe New Mexican via AP)

New Mexico on track to surpass 100K confirmed infections

Dec. 2, 2020 11:26 AM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is expected to mark another grim milestone Wednesday as the coronavirus pandemic marches on and some public health restrictions are eased following a two-week lockdown. Confirmed cases in the state are on track to top 100,000 on Wednesday. Data shows about half of the...

Editorial Roundup: Alabama

Dec. 2, 2020 10:41 AM EST

Recent editorials from Alabama newspapers: ___ Dec. 2 The Decatur Daily on the flu season and the rise in COVID-19 hospitalizations in some Alabama hospitals: First, the good news. The good news is we could see a less severe flu season than normal, if patterns elsewhere hold here. In the Southern Hemisphere,...