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'There are only so many beds': COVID-19 surge hits hospitals

Aug. 05, 2021 16:30 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida hospitals slammed with COVID-19 patients are suspending elective surgeries and putting beds in conference rooms, an auditorium and a cafeteria. As of midweek, Mississippi had just six open intensive care beds in the entire state. ...

Nursing home inspections to include staff vaccinations

Aug. 05, 2021 16:30 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut public health officials plan to visit every nursing home to check on the number of employees who've been vaccinated for COVID-19. The move comes as federal data show at least 16 facilities in the state have staff vaccination rates below 50%. ...

Schools sue and mayor defies Arkansas mask mandate ban

Aug. 05, 2021 16:22 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas’ ban on mask mandates faced new legal challenges -- including from a school district where hundreds of staff and students are quarantining because of a COIVD-19 outbreak -- and defiance from the mayor of the state capital as Republican lawmakers appeared...

The Latest: Amazon pushes back its return-to-office date

Aug. 05, 2021 16:17 PM EDT

SEATTLE - Amazon has pushed back its return-to-office date for tech and corporate workers until January as COVID-19 cases surge nationally due to the more contagious delta variant. Unlike its Seattle-area rival Microsoft and other tech giants, Amazon will not mandate...

Sisolak orders students in Vegas, Reno areas to wear masks

Aug. 05, 2021 16:15 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — An emergency order signed by Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak to reduce the spread of COVID-19 generally requires K-12 students in the Las Vegas and Reno metro areas to wear masks while inside school buildings. The mask-wearing requirement in the order signed...

CDC eviction moratorium applies to 5 Vermont counties

Aug. 05, 2021 16:14 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The extended eviction moratorium mandated by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention affects five Vermont counties. The order that was issued Tuesday applies to areas of the country experiencing high levels of coronavirus spread. ...

Cardinals hand over defense to second-year LB Isaiah Simmons

Aug. 05, 2021 16:11 PM EDT

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Isaiah Simmons was a can't-miss prospect when the Arizona Cardinals selected him with the No. 8 overall pick in last year's draft. Pundits said he was a perfect prototype for the do-everything defensive player that NFL teams craved. Then something...

Iran swears in new hard-line president amid regional tension

Aug. 05, 2021 16:07 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The protégé of Iran’s supreme leader, Ebrahim Raisi, was sworn in as the country's new president during a ceremony in parliament on Thursday, an inauguration that completes hard-liners’ dominance of all branches of government in the Islamic Republic. ...

Maryland governor: 'Just get the damn vaccine'

Aug. 05, 2021 16:07 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Urging people to “just get the damn vaccine,” Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced new vaccination requirements for state employees who work in congregant settings with the vulnerable on Thursday — or else face strict face-covering requirements and regular...

Stocks climb on Wall Street, notching more record highs

Aug. 05, 2021 16:06 PM EDT

Stocks rose on Wall Street Thursday, notching more record highs for the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq. Investors were encouraged by improving job market data and some solid corporate earnings reports. The S&P 500 added 0.6% and the Nasdaq rose 0.8%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose...