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Pandemic fuels business and politics for GOP nominee

Apr. 16, 2021 19:17 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Republican nominee for a vacant congressional seat in New Mexico is bringing an unusual perspective to the national discourse over pandemic restrictions and federal relief. Mark Moores, a state senator and co-owner with his wife of the...

Ontario to limit outdoor gatherings amid wave of infections

Apr. 16, 2021 19:07 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — The premier of Canada’s most populous province said Friday he will be limiting outdoor gatherings to those in the same household and will close playgrounds and golf courses amid a record wave of coronavirus infections fueled by variants. Police in...

FOIA bill allows access to criminal investigation records

Apr. 16, 2021 18:46 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A bill allowing the public access to limited criminal investigation records will go into effect in July, along with a handful of other bills related to government transparency. Del. Chris Hurst, D-Blacksburg, a former television reporter, introduced...

The Latest: New COVID-19 cases rising again in New Mexico

Apr. 16, 2021 18:45 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The number of new COVID-19 cases is ticking up again in New Mexico as the death toll reaches another milestone. State health officials reported Friday that four more people have succumbed to the virus, pushing the total to 4,001 since the pandemic...

Michigan extends mask order, capacity limits amid surge

Apr. 16, 2021 17:55 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan on Friday extended by five weeks a pandemic order that limits business capacity and requires masks in public, even for young children in day care, as the state battles the country's highest daily coronavirus infection rate. The measure,...

How the Kremlin provides a safe harbor for ransomware

Apr. 16, 2021 17:15 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A global epidemic of digital extortion known as ransomware is crippling local governments, hospitals, school districts and businesses by scrambling their data files until they pay up. Law enforcement has been largely powerless to stop it. One big reason:...

Italy health chief distances himself from spiked WHO report

Apr. 16, 2021 16:44 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The head of Italy’s national health institute distanced himself Friday from a scandal over a spiked World Health Organization report into Italy’s coronavirus response, saying he had no means to interfere with the U.N. agency and had never censored even inconvenient...

Virus-related unemployment claims rise in Oklahoma

Apr. 16, 2021 16:38 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Virus-related claims for unemployment benefits, including initial and continuing claims and the four-week moving average, have increased in Oklahoma according to the state Employment Security Commission. Commission director Shelley Zumwalt said the...

US has been wracked with several mass shootings in 2021

Apr. 16, 2021 13:33 PM EDT

After a significant drop in mass shootings in the United States during a pandemic-hit 2020, this year has already seen several deadly cases. Police in Indianapolis say eight people were shot and killed in a shooting late Thursday at a FedEx facility. The shooter also...

No end date slotted for Maine mask rules despite NH changes

Apr. 16, 2021 10:19 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The only state that borders Maine is changing mask-wearing rules, but the rules in Maine are staying the same. New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu, a Republican, has said that the state’s mask mandate will expire Friday, but that businesses can still...