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In shift, GOP ramps up vaccine push as resistance hardens

Jul. 23, 2021 15:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican politicians are under increasing pressure to speak out to persuade COVID-19 vaccine skeptics to roll up their sleeves and take the shots as a new, more contagious variant sends caseloads soaring. But after months of ignoring — and, in some cases, stoking —...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Jul. 23, 2021 15:16 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ Video...

EXPLAINER: Does suspension end Giuliani's career in law?

Jul. 23, 2021 12:52 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The days of practicing law for the mob-busting prosecutor turned point man for pushing Donald Trump’s false claims about the 2020 election may be over. Rudy Giuliani’s law license has already been suspended in his home state. That suspension, in...

GOP's vaccine push comes with strong words, few actions

Jul. 22, 2021 20:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican politicians are under increasing pressure to speak out to persuade COVID-19 vaccine skeptics to roll up their sleeves and take the shots as a new, more contagious variant sends caseloads soaring. But after months of ignoring — and, in some cases, stoking —...

Judge tosses suit by Candace Owens over Facebook fact checks

Jul. 22, 2021 18:31 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Delaware judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by conservative political commentator Candace Owens against USA Today and another media organization over fact-checking coronavirus posts she made on Facebook. The judge ruled earlier this week that Owens...

US virus cases nearly triple in 2 weeks amid misinformation

Jul. 21, 2021 18:55 PM EDT

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — COVID-19 cases nearly tripled in the U.S. over two weeks amid an onslaught of vaccine misinformation that is straining hospitals, exhausting doctors and pushing clergy into the fray. “Our staff, they are frustrated," said Chad Neilsen, director of...

North Dakota doctors answer questions on vaccines, fertility

Jul. 21, 2021 17:51 PM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Three doctors who specialize in reproductive health appeared in a virtual town hall across North Dakota Wednesday in an attempt to clear up misinformation about effects of COVID-19 vaccines on fertility and pregnancy. The online forum hosted by state...

Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

Jul. 21, 2021 13:45 PM EDT

The (Charleston) Post and Courier. July 19, 2021. Editorial: Firing SC State’s president unlikely to help, could damage struggling school James Clark started his job as S.C. State University president in 2016 with two strikes against him. ...

Judge OKs subpoenas for Iowa murder suspect's medical files

Jul. 21, 2021 10:53 AM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Emergency responders and a hospital that treated a Cedar Rapids man for a gunshot wound after he allegedly killed his parents and sister must share his medical records with prosecutors, a judge ruled Tuesday. Alexander Jackson, 20, is charged with...

Researchers: Virus surge a 'raging forest fire' in Arkansas

Jul. 20, 2021 20:52 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Public health researchers on Tuesday called the rapid rise in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations in Arkansas a “raging forest fire," and the state's top health official warned that he expects significant outbreaks in schools. The model by...