Latest Pandemics News

Spreading the joy: Longer parade routes OKd for Mardi Gras

Jan. 30, 2023 19:17 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — COVID-19 precautions wiped out most New Orleans' Mardi Gras festivities in 2021, and a shortage of police officers forced the city to shorten routes for some of its lavish seasonal parades in 2022. Now, city officials, and business owners are celebrating plans to...

Lawmakers shelve bills cutting unemployment appeals times

Jan. 30, 2023 18:18 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia lawmakers have shelved a pair of bills that would have given unemployment claimants half as much time to file an appeal with a state agency still struggling with pandemic-related cases. A Senate panel on Monday voted unanimously to pass by the...

School audit shows theft of $1.5M in food, mostly wings

Jan. 30, 2023 18:01 PM EST

HARVEY, Ill. (AP) — A Chicago-area school district official has been charged in the theft of $1.5 million worth of food — mostly chicken wings. Vera Liddell, 66, was being held in the Cook County Jail on a $150,000 bond, WGN-TV reported Monday. Liddell worked as...

WHO: COVID still an emergency but nearing 'inflection' point

Jan. 30, 2023 05:54 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The coronavirus remains a global health emergency, the World Health Organization chief said Monday, after a key advisory panel found the pandemic may be nearing an “inflexion point” where higher levels of immunity can lower virus-related deaths. Speaking at the...

World Bank: Myanmar economy to grow 3%, dragged by conflict

Jan. 30, 2023 03:46 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Myanmar’s economy grew 3% last year and will likely achieve the same pace in 2023, but still lags far behind where it stood before the army seized power in early 2021, the World Bank said in a report released Monday. The global development agency estimates...

US population center trending toward South this decade

Jan. 28, 2023 11:17 AM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. population center is on track this decade to take a southern swerve for the first time in history, and it's because of people like Owen Glick, who moved from California to Florida more than a year ago. Last year, the South outgrew other U.S. regions by...

Tyre Nichols remembered as beautiful soul with creative eye

Jan. 27, 2023 23:56 PM EST

On most weekends, Tyre Nichols would head to the city park, train his camera on the sky and wait for the sun to set. “Photography helps me look at the world in a more creative way. It expresses me in ways I cannot write down for people,” he wrote on his website. He preferred...

Pandemic, culture wars revive 'school choice' policy push

Jan. 27, 2023 08:07 AM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Nichole Mason first became concerned when she learned administrators at her children's public school were allowing transgender students to use girls' bathrooms. Her frustrations mounted when she felt her children's next school went too far with how they enforced COVID...

Chipotle looks to hire 15,000 amid continuing labor shortage

Jan. 26, 2023 19:04 PM EST

Restaurants are beginning the new year with a recurring problem: labor shortages. Chipotle said Thursday it’s looking to hire 15,000 people in North America to ensure its stores are staffed up ahead of its busy spring season. Other chains are also looking for workers: Taco Bell has...

Walmart's Sam's Club to add 30 stores in next few years

Jan. 26, 2023 11:37 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart said Thursday it plans to open more than 30 Sam's Club locations in the next few years, marking the first expansion since 2017. The nation's largest retailer, based in Bentonville, Arkansas, plans to open the first Sam's Club location as part of the...