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The Latest: Arizona reports more deaths, fewer virus cases

Sep. 18, 2021 16:03 PM EDT

PHOENIX — Arizona reported more than 100 daily coronavirus deaths for the second time since February. The 108 confirmed deaths and 2,742 new coronavirus cases were reported Saturday. Hospitalizations dropped below 2,000 for the first time in nearly three weeks, with...

The Latest: American Samoa reports first case of coronavirus

Sep. 17, 2021 21:45 PM EDT

PAGO PAGO, AMERICAN SAMOA -- American Samoa reported its first case of coronavirus on Friday. The U.S. territory’s acting governor and health officials said the islands’ first case of COVID-19 was of a resident who returned to America Samoa from Hawaii this week. ...

England simplifies COVID-19 travel rules bashed as confusing

Sep. 17, 2021 16:56 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The British government announced a major simplification of its rules for international travel on Friday, heeding complaints from travelers and businesses that its regulations aimed at staving off the spread of COVID-19 were cumbersome and ineffective. ...

Start of school year fuels California job growth in August

Sep. 17, 2021 14:39 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Public school teachers and staff returning to the classroom in August fueled another impressive month of job gains in California as officials said Friday that the state added another 104,300 jobs on its march to erase an unprecedented pandemic employment deficit. ...

New Hampshire US representatives urge Canada border opening

Sep. 17, 2021 13:42 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire’s two members of the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday urged President Joe Biden to reopen the land border between Canada and the United States. Democratic U.S. Reps. Annie Kuster and Chris Pappas sent a letter to the...

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

Sep. 17, 2021 13:16 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: ___ Biden is not...

Alabama jobless rate dips slightly to 3.1%

Sep. 17, 2021 09:36 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's jobless rate dropped slightly to 3.1% last month and average wages increased, signs of what the governor's office said Friday was the state's continuing recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. The unemployment rate dipped from July's...

Maine store Big Al's to close this year due to pandemic

Sep. 16, 2021 13:26 PM EDT

WISCASSET, Maine (AP) — A beloved Maine staple, Big Al's, is closing its doors after 35 years in business because of staffing shortages during the pandemic. Owner Al Cohen said his business is competing with the government for employees because the government is paying...

Officials: Maine loggers should apply for COVID-19 aid soon

Sep. 16, 2021 10:34 AM EDT

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Members of Maine's congressional delegation are urging members of Maine's timber industry to take advantage of federal COVID-19 relief. Republican Sen. Susan Collins and Democratic Rep. Jared Golden said Thursday that timber harvesters and haulers...

With foreign funds frozen, Afghan aid groups stuck in limbo

Sep. 16, 2021 02:12 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A month after the fall of Kabul, the world is still wrestling with how to help Afghanistan’s impoverished people without propping up their Taliban leaders — a question that grows more urgent by the day. With the Afghan government...