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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 11:54 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

SC city councilman to donate paychecks for rest of term

Jan. 27, 2021 4:27 PM EST

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A Charleston city councilman is giving up his paychecks to support those in his district. City Councilman Harry Griffin on Wednesday announced on Facebook that he would be donating his checks to the City of Charleston in the amount of his monthly net salary for the rest of his term,...

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts speaks in support of LR22CA during a Revenue Committee hearing on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, at the Capitol in Lincoln, Neb. (Gwyneth Roberts/Lincoln Journal Star via AP)

Ricketts pitches property tax measure to Nebraska panel

Jan. 27, 2021 4:17 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts pitched his property tax proposal to a legislative committee on Wednesday. warning that voters might take the issue into their own hands if lawmakers don't cap how much local governments can collect. The Republican governor's measure won support from a...

FILE - In this April 27, 2018, a statue of former Mayor Orville Hubbard, is displayed in Dearborn, Mich. Elected officials in the Detroit suburb are wiping away part of the community's segregationist past by removing the name of its longest-serving mayor from a civic center ballroom. The action Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, by the Dearborn City Council is the latest move to separate the city from Orville Hubbard's political legacy which included efforts to keep Black families from moving into the then-mostly white community. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

Dearborn to remove name of former mayor from ballroom

Jan. 27, 2021 3:39 PM EST

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Elected officials in a Detroit suburb are trying to wipe away part of the community’s segregationist past by removing the name of its longest-serving mayor from a civic center ballroom. The action Tuesday by the Dearborn City Council is the latest move to separate the city...

Lebanese women wear masks to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, in Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021. Lebanon, a country of nearly 5 million and over 1 million refugees, is going through an unprecedented economic crisis that preceded the pandemic and restrictions imposed to combat it. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Protesters in Lebanon clash with police over virus lockdown

Jan. 27, 2021 3:36 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese security forces opened fire in violent clashes Wednesday with dozens of protesters who took to the street in the country’s north for a third consecutive day to denounce deteriorating living conditions amid a strict lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. At least...