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Security patrol outside the Pullman Hotel in Auckland, New Zealand, July 6, 2020. Health officials in New Zealand say Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, that genome tests indicate the country's most recent COVID-19 patient contracted the virus from another returning traveler just before leaving quarantine. (Peter Meecham/New Zealand Herald via AP)

The Latest: More rules for returning New Zealand travelers

Jan. 27, 2021 9:58 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Travelers returning to New Zealand will face stricter rules at quarantine hotels as health authorities investigate how up to three people got infected with the coronavirus while isolating at Auckland’s Pullman Hotel. The people were released before testing positive and...

In a photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer delivers her virtual State of the State address the state, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021 in Lansing, Mich. (Michigan Office of the Governor via AP)

Whitmer seeks common ground with Legislature to end pandemic

Jan. 27, 2021 9:15 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer sought “common ground” with the Republican-led Legislature in her State of the State address Wednesday, calling for quick passage of a multibillion-dollar relief plan that would prioritize coronavirus vaccinations and additional aid to Michigan...

FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo, George Washington High School stands in San Francisco. The San Francisco school board has voted to remove the names of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln from public schools after officials deemed them and other prominent figures, including Sen. Dianne Feinstein unworthy of the honor. After months of controversy, the board voted 6-1 Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, in favor of renaming 44 San Francisco school sites with new names with no connection to slavery, oppression, racism or similar criteria, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

San Francisco to strip Washington, Lincoln from school names

Jan. 27, 2021 8:56 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The names of Abraham Lincoln, George Washington and other prominent figures including California Sen. Dianne Feinstein will be removed from 44 San Francisco public schools, a move that stirred debate Wednesday on whether the famously liberal city has taken the national reckoning on...

Gov. Justice's pick to fill delegate seat stirs GOP dispute

Jan. 27, 2021 8:18 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's governor on Wednesday picked an executive at a road contractor to take the vacated House of Delegates seat of Derrick Evans, who resigned after he was charged with illegally entering the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Wayne County resident Joshua Booth is vice president of...

Businessman pleads guilty in illegal dumping of wastewater

Jan. 27, 2021 7:39 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi business owner pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy to violate the federal Clean Water Act after prosecutors said he took part in illegally dumping large amounts of untreated industrial waste into the Jackson sewer system. Andrew Walker, 70, owns Rebel High Velocity...

Editorial Roundup: New York

Jan. 27, 2021 7:19 PM EST

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New York’s newspapers: Keep the Trains and Buses Running The New York Times Jan. 21 The coronavirus pandemic is jeopardizing the long-term health of the public transit systems that provide a crucial circulatory system for major American cities...

Judge to rule on Maine property boundary dispute

Jan. 27, 2021 6:31 PM EST

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine (AP) — A Maine judge will hear arguments in a property boundary dispute that resulted in a Dover-Foxcroft garage being cut in half last year. Gabriel Brawn removed half of the building that he believed was on his land using a Sawzall after the dispute reached a boiling point after...

Security guard Andrea Rapini sits at a local health district appointment only vaccination site after the site closed after running out COVID-19 vaccine in Lake Worth Beach, Fla., on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021. (Greg Lovett/The Palm Beach Post via AP)

Some Black communities in Florida have no vaccine access

Jan. 27, 2021 5:35 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The predominantly Black farming communities on Lake Okeechobee's shores are at least 25 miles (40 kilometers) from the nearest Publix supermarket — and that's a problem, as Gov. Ron DeSantis has given the chain sole distribution rights for the coronavirus vaccine in Palm...

Judge tosses lawsuit over alcohol sold to minor who died

Jan. 27, 2021 5:20 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The family of a 17-year-old boy who died in a car wreck after he bought liquor cannot recover damages from the Kwik Shop where the alcohol was illegally sold, a Douglas County District Judge has ruled. Judge Timothy Burns dismissed a lawsuit filed by the mother of George Gervase, of...

People gather in Warsaw, Poland Wednesday Jan. 27, 2021 to protest after the country's top court on Wednesday confirmed its highly divisive ruling that will further tighten the predominantly Catholic nation's strict anti-abortion law. The Constitutional Tribunal published the justification of its decision, which means it can now be officially printed and take immediate effect. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

New protests as Polish court seals divisive abortion ruling

Jan. 27, 2021 4:32 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — New anti-government protests broke out in Polish cities Wednesday, shortly after the country's top court confirmed its highly divisive ruling that will further tighten the predominantly Catholic nation’s strict anti-abortion law. The unrest shows growing discontent among many...