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The Latest: Israel, Bahrain recognize vaccine certificates

Apr. 23, 2021 04:48 AM EDT

JERUSALEM — Israel and Bahrain say they have reached an agreement to recognize each other’s coronavirus vaccination certificates, allowing travelers between the countries to forgo quarantine and other restrictions. The agreement builds on a U.S.-brokered normalization...

Indian hospitals plead for oxygen, country sets virus record

Apr. 23, 2021 04:35 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India put oxygen tankers on special express trains as major hospitals in New Delhi on Friday begged on social media for more supplies to save COVID-19 patients who are struggling to breathe. More than a dozen people died when an oxygen-fed fire ripped through a coronavirus...

Grant program would boost Maine tourism, hospitality

Apr. 23, 2021 01:52 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine might create a grant program designed to help the state's tourism and hospitality industries, which have suffered during the coronavirus pandemic. Democratic Sen. Joe Rafferty of Kennebunk has introduced a proposal that would allow tourism...

Drop in vaccine demand has some places turning down doses

Apr. 23, 2021 01:22 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Louisiana has stopped asking the federal government for its full allotment of COVID-19 vaccine. About three-quarters of Kansas counties have turned down new shipments of the vaccine at least once over the past month. And in Mississippi, officials asked the federal...

AP PHOTOS: California theme park reopens after virus closure

Apr. 22, 2021 23:20 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It was an all-hands-on-deck family affair when Adventure City finally reopened in California after being shuttered for 403 days because of the pandemic. Allan Ansdell Jr., owner of the small amusement park just a few miles from megavenues Disneyland...

Japan to issue 3rd virus emergency in Tokyo, Osaka area

Apr. 22, 2021 23:20 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan is set to issue a third state of emergency for Tokyo and three western urban prefectures amid skepticism it will be enough to curb a rapid coronavirus resurgence ahead of the Olympics in July. Health and economy ministers in charge of the virus...

Ex-Michigan health chief ordered to testify about departure

Apr. 22, 2021 21:32 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Former Michigan health director Robert Gordon will testify next week before a legislative committee about his abrupt departure from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's administration, following the panel's vote to subpoena him Thursday. Gordon ordered...

Topless clubs among businesses that can reopen in Vegas

Apr. 22, 2021 21:20 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Topless dancers can shed coronavirus restrictions next weekend in Las Vegas and get face-to-face with patrons again, under rules accepted Thursday by a state COVID-19 task force. But masks still will be required for adult entertainment employees and...

Gov. Inslee: WA has entered 4th surge of COVID-19

Apr. 22, 2021 21:10 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee said Thursday that Washington state has entered its fourth wave of the coronavirus pandemic. Inslee pointed to data showing rising cases, hospitalizations and the spread of virus variants, including the more contagious variant...

Oregon: CDC investigating woman's death after J&J vaccine

Apr. 22, 2021 21:01 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon health officials said Thursday that federal officials are investigating the death of a woman in her 50s who developed a rare blood clot and low platelets within two weeks of receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine against COVID-19. The...