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Brazilian variant of COVID-19 found in Kansas

Apr. 14, 2021 14:08 PM EDT

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — A particularly contagious variant of COVID-19 that is sweeping through Brazil has been detected for the first time in Kansas as health officials ramp up their response to the COVID-19 mutations. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment's...

Expert blames George Floyd's death on heart rhythm problem

Apr. 14, 2021 13:59 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — George Floyd died of a sudden heart rhythm problem due to his heart disease while being restrained by police, a retired forensic pathologist testified for the defense Wednesday at former Officer Derek Chauvin's murder trial, contradicting several experts who said Floyd...

Lamont criticizes FDA's decision to pause J&J vaccinations

Apr. 14, 2021 13:54 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont is criticizing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for recommending a pause in the administering of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. The Democrat said Wednesday the response to a potential for a...

UFC plans full Vegas crowd in July at Poirier-McGregor fight

Apr. 14, 2021 13:48 PM EDT

The UFC intends to welcome a capacity crowd at Las Vegas' T-Mobile Arena on July 10 when Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor fight for the third time. UFC President Dana White announced his plan Wednesday for the promotion's first sellout show in its hometown since the...

Anchorage Assembly extends COVID-19 emergency declaration

Apr. 14, 2021 13:40 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Anchorage Assembly has extended into June a local COVID-19 emergency declaration, approving a shorter extension than Acting Mayor Austin Quinn-Davidson requested, with some Assembly members indicating this latest extension, the city's eighth, could be the last. ...

Nursing home industry fears impact of 52 possible strikes

Apr. 14, 2021 13:38 PM EDT

The looming possibility of strikes at 52 or more nursing homes, roughly a third of the facilities in Connecticut, could exacerbate the financial instability of a sector still struggling to recover from the coronavirus pandemic, a top representative of the state's nursing home industry warned...

Dallas Wings control WNBA draft with top two picks

Apr. 14, 2021 13:36 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Dallas Wings basically control the WNBA draft on Thursday night with the top two picks and four first-round choices. It's the first time in league history that a team will choose both No. 1 and 2. The Wings acquired the top pick in a February trade...

We need to plan: UK travel urges clarity from government

Apr. 14, 2021 13:24 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Leaders from Britain's aviation industry joined forces Wednesday to urge the British government to ensure that popular European destinations face the least onerous coronavirus travel restrictions when holidays are allowed again. Under the government's new...

South Africans anxious over pause in use of J&J vaccines

Apr. 14, 2021 13:22 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's decision to suspend the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine due to preliminary reports of rare blood clots has left the country without any shots as it struggles to combat an aggressive coronavirus variant. South Africa has more...

Vermont business owner seeks new trial over mask mandate

Apr. 14, 2021 13:18 PM EDT

NEWPORT, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont business owner is seeking a new trial in his fight against the state's mask mandate during the pandemic. Andre Desautels, the owner of Derby Port Press in Newport, was sued by the state after he refused to wear masks in his store, which...