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Study finds that blocking seats on planes reduces virus risk

Apr. 14, 2021 21:41 PM EDT

A new study says leaving middle seats open could give airline passengers more protection from the virus that causes COVID-19. Researchers said the risk of passengers being exposed to the virus from an infected person on the plane could be reduced by 23% to 57% if middle...

Governor pushes school reopening as many districts resist

Apr. 14, 2021 21:33 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday urged all California schools to reopen, emphasizing that there are no state or health barriers to getting children back into classrooms and ending distance learning. His frustration was evident: “Money is not an...

Businessmen in Honduras say they'll buy coronavirus vaccines

Apr. 14, 2021 21:18 PM EDT

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — The leader of Honduras' Private Business Council said Wednesday that businessmen will try to buy as many as 1.5 million doses of coronavirus vaccines to assist in government vaccination efforts. Council President Juan Carlos Sikaffy said...

Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff dies in prison at 82

Apr. 14, 2021 21:04 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Bernard Madoff, the infamous architect of an epic securities swindle that burned thousands of investors, outfoxed regulators and earned him a 150-year prison term, died behind bars early Wednesday. He was 82. Madoff's death at the Federal Medical Center...

Editorial Roundup: US

Apr. 14, 2021 21:04 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ April 14 The Chicago Tribune on the federal pause of administering the Johnson & Johnson's coronavirus vaccine: Blood clots in veins...

Navajo Nation reports no COVID-19 deaths for 4th day in row

Apr. 14, 2021 20:56 PM EDT

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation on Wednesday reported 10 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, but no additional deaths for the fourth consecutive day. The latest numbers brought the pandemic totals on the tribe’s reservation to 30,279 cases and 1,262 known...

Michigan health chief traveled out of state amid virus spike

Apr. 14, 2021 20:47 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan health director Elizabeth Hertel traveled with family to Alabama for spring break last week despite her department's guidance to avoid out-of-state travel while Michigan suffers a raging coronavirus outbreak. The trip was first reported by...

Nobel doctor calls sexual violence in conflict a `pandemic'

Apr. 14, 2021 20:46 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Nobel Peace Prize laureate Dr. Denis Mukwege warned Wednesday that the scourge of sexual violence and rape in all conflicts is now “a real pandemic” and without sanctions and justice for the victims these horrific acts won’t stop. The...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Apr. 14, 2021 20:32 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Florida newspapers: ___ April 9 The Palm Beach Post on the Florida governor’s banning of COVID-19 ‘vaccine passports’: Gov. Ron DeSantis says he is taking a bold step toward...

Defense expert blames George Floyd's death on heart trouble

Apr. 14, 2021 19:48 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — George Floyd died of a sudden heart rhythm disturbance as a result of his heart disease, a forensic pathologist testified for the defense Wednesday at former Officer Derek Chauvin's murder trial, contradicting prosecution experts who said Floyd succumbed to a lack of...