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Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin arrives at the Pentagon, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

For 1st Black Pentagon chief, racism challenge is personal

Jan. 23, 2021 12:43 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly confirmed Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will have to contend not only with a world of security threats and a massive military bureaucracy, but also with a challenge that hits closer to home: rooting out racism and extremism in the ranks. Austin took office Friday as the first...

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin arrives at the Pentagon, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

For 1st Black Pentagon chief, racism challenge is personal

Jan. 22, 2021 6:52 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly confirmed Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will have to contend not only with a world of security threats and a massive military bureaucracy, but also with a challenge that hits closer to home: rooting out racism and extremism in the ranks. Austin took office Friday as the first...

FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2020, file photo, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis asks Vera Leip, 88, how she feels after nurse Christine Philips, left, administered the Pfizer vaccine at John Knox Village, in Pompano Beach, Fla. DeSantis is walking back his claims that his state has now vaccinated 1 million seniors. State officials acknowledged that it could take a few more days to reach the milestone. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier, File)

Florida governor walks back claim over 1 millionth shot

Jan. 22, 2021 6:43 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis had a made-for-TV moment: A 100-year-old World War II veteran getting a vaccine against the coronavirus. “An American hero,” the governor proclaimed Friday, would be the 1 millionth senior in his state to get a lifesaving shot in the arm. As...

Minnesota allocated nearly 900K vaccine doses so far

Jan. 22, 2021 6:39 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota health officials reported Friday the state has now been allocated 871,650 doses of federally controlled COVID-19 vaccine, up more than 240,000 doses from a week earlier. The state's snapshot of progress in administering vaccines also showed that 214,050 people have gotten their...

Dr. Angel Temponi, left, administers the second dose of the Moderna vaccine to Dr. Barton Bernstein Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021 at Yuma Regional Medical Center in Yuma, Ariz. (Randy Hoeft/The Yuma Sun via AP)

The Latest: Arizona COVID-19 cases down despite high rate

Jan. 22, 2021 6:26 PM EST

PHOENIX -- Health officials say the number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Arizona are declining despite the state having the worst infection rate in the country. Department of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ said Friday that the number of patients and even the positivity test rate have dipped...

Lawmakers speed bill to limit a governor's disaster powers

Jan. 22, 2021 5:54 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Republican-controlled Legislature on Friday took another step in the drive to strip future governors of some of their constitutional authority under emergency declarations, and give lawmakers more control over the declarations. The Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency...

Nearly 2,000 vaccine doses spoiled at Boston hospital

Jan. 22, 2021 5:18 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Nearly 2,000 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine were spoiled at a Veterans Affairs hospital in Boston after a contractor accidentally unplugged a freezer, hospital officials announced Thursday. Staff at the Jamaica Plain VA Medical Center discovered on Tuesday that a freezer had failed, compromising...

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, right, greets Deputy Secretary of Defense David Norquist as he arrives at the Pentagon, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Austin wins Senate confirmation as 1st Black Pentagon chief

Jan. 22, 2021 5:07 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lloyd J. Austin, a West Point graduate who rose to the Army's elite ranks and marched through racial barriers in a 41-year career, won Senate confirmation Friday to become the nation's first Black secretary of defense. The 93-2 vote gave President Joe Biden his second Cabinet member;...

Virginia group will recommend new name for Camp Pendleton

Jan. 22, 2021 1:56 PM EST

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Virginia officials have begun reviewing new names for a military reservation that currently honors a Confederate Army chief of artillery. Several alternatives for Camp Pendleton in Virginia Beach are being considered by a working group from the state’s veterans affairs and...

Nevadan plans to celebrate 100th birthday by skydiving

Jan. 21, 2021 4:09 PM EST

GARDNERVILLE, Nev. (AP) — Soon-to-be centenarian Charlie Montanaro says he’ll be celebrating the milestone by jumping out of an airplane. Montanaro’s 100th birthday is Sunday. Days later, the northern Nevadans plans to fly to Tucson, Arizona where he’s going skydiving. “I flew...