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Rochester's one-month mayor is in quarantine for COVID-19

Dec. 03, 2021 08:42 AM EST

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — The newly installed mayor of Rochester, New York, who is serving for a month following former mayor Lovely Warren's resignation, is in quarantine after testing positive for the coronavirus last month. Mayor James Smith, the former deputy mayor,...

US employers added a sluggish 210,000 jobs in November

Dec. 03, 2021 08:41 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — America’s employers slowed the pace of their hiring in November, adding 210,000 jobs, the fewest in nearly a year. Friday’s report from the Labor Department also showed that the unemployment rate fell sharply to 4.2% from 4.6%. That is a...

Over 129K WA kids ages 5–11 receive first COVID vaccine dose

Dec. 03, 2021 08:11 AM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — More than 129,000 children ages 5 through 11 in Washington state have received their first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric vaccine since eligibility expanded to include younger kids on Nov. 3, health officials said Thursday. “While...

Study: Black, Asian Britons have higher COVID-19 death rates

Dec. 03, 2021 07:50 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Almost two years into the pandemic, Black and other ethnic minority people in Britain are still dying with the coronavirus at higher rates than white residents, likely because of lower vaccination rates, a government-commissioned report said Friday. The...

No. 9 Iowa returns from COVID-19 pause, loses at Duke 79-64

Dec. 03, 2021 07:39 AM EST

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Ninth-ranked Iowa never looked like itself playing a road game in front of a hostile crowd in its return from a COVID-19 pause. “We were out of sorts,” coach Lisa Bluder said. And Duke — playing with a confident aggression...

Auckland reopens as New Zealand tries new virus approach

Dec. 03, 2021 07:03 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Bars, restaurants and gyms reopened in Auckland on Friday as the last major parts of a lockdown that lasted more than 100 days ended. New Zealand has begun a new phase in its coronavirus response in which there won’t be lockdowns but...

Slovakia in lockdown records new daily record in infections

Dec. 03, 2021 06:51 AM EST

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Coronavirus cases in Slovakia hit a daily record despite the country entering a national lockdown last week, the Health Ministry reported Friday. The ministry said Slovakia confirmed 15,278 new cases on Thursday, almost 5,000 more than the...

WHO says measures used against delta should work for omicron

Dec. 03, 2021 05:56 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Measures used to counter the delta variant should remain the foundation for fighting the coronavirus pandemic, even in the face of the new omicron version of the virus, World Health Organization officials said Friday, while acknowledging that the travel...

Biden, allies increasingly pushing back at GOP's virus barbs

Dec. 03, 2021 05:25 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden looked out over an audience of government scientists and framed his latest plan for fighting COVID-19 as an opportunity to at last put an end to divisiveness over the virus, calling the politicization of the issue a “sad, sad commentary.” ...

Germany: 1 in 100 infected with virus, health minister says

Dec. 03, 2021 05:21 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's health minister said Friday that more than 1% of the population is currently infected with the coronavirus, and he called on citizens to get vaccinated if they haven't done so yet. The country confirmed 74,352 new daily COVID-19 cases and 390...