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Russian medical worker, right, administers a shot of Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020. Thousands of doctors, teachers and others in high-risk groups have signed up for COVID-19 vaccinations in Moscow starting Saturday, a precursor to a sweeping Russia-wide immunization effort. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

Moscow opens dozens of coronavirus vaccination centers

Dec. 5, 2020 1:50 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — The city of Moscow opening 70 vaccination facilities where thousands of doctors, teachers and others in high-risk groups had signed up to receive COVID-19 vaccines starting Saturday, a precursor to a sweeping Russia-wide immunization effort. The centers in the capital started giving shots to...

New Oklahoma virus cases top 4,300, daily average tops 3,000

Dec. 5, 2020 12:42 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — There were 4,370 newly reported coronavirus cases Saturday in Oklahoma according to the state health department and the seven-day rolling average of new cases has topped 3,000 per day. The rolling averages of new cases rose from 2,843 per day on Nov. 20 to 3,044 on Friday and daily...

Nickolas Orr of the Idaho National Guard checks in a patient for an outdoor COVID-19 test at Primary Heath Medical Group's clinic in Boise, Idaho, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. Troops direct people outside the urgent-care clinic revamped into a facility for coronavirus patients as infections and deaths surge in Idaho and nationwide. Some 1,000 people have died due to COVID-19, and infections this week surpassed 100,000. (AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger)

The Latest: National Guard helps at Idaho urgent-care clinic

Dec. 5, 2020 12:27 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho — National Guard troops are directing people outside a Boise urgent-care clinic revamped into a facility for coronavirus patients. Health officials say Idaho’s attempt to hold the coronavirus in check is failing as infections and deaths surge. They’ve halted elective surgeries to...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020 file photo Arizona Department of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ speaks as Republican Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey listens during a news conference, in Phoenix. Arizona expects to get enough doses of a new coronavirus vaccine by the end of the year to inoculate more than 383,000 health care workers and long-term care facility residents, Dr. Christ said Friday, Dec. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, Pool, File)

Arizona sees 2nd highest COVID rise; messaging tone blunt

Dec. 5, 2020 12:25 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona health officials' public messaging took on a blunt tone Saturday as the state reported the second-highest daily increase since the pandemic's start and the outbreak's fall surge continued to elevate occupancy rates of increasingly stressed hospitals closer to capacity. The Department...

North Dakota tops 1,000 deaths since start of pandemic

Dec. 5, 2020 12:20 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota has surpassed 1,000 deaths due to complications from COVID-19, with about half of the fatalities coming in just over a month, according to figures released Saturday by the state Department of Health. Officials confirmed 18 new deaths in the last day, bringing the...

Officials say gunmen kill secular thinker in southern Yemen

Dec. 5, 2020 12:10 PM EST

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A Yemeni university professor and secular thinker was killed on Saturday in a drive-by shooting in southern Yemen, local officials said. Khalid al-Hameidi was a known critic of Islamic extremists, at a time when dissent has become dangerous amid Yemen’s yearslong civil war. No...

Keli Paaske stands outside her home in Olathe, Kan. Friday, Dec. 4, 2020. Paaske was laid off in August from a company supplying fire doors to hospitals after being furloughed for five months and has struggled to find a new job. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

A bleak outlook for millions facing cutoff of US jobless aid

Dec. 5, 2020 12:02 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Tina Morton recently faced a choice: Pay bills — or buy a birthday gift for a child? Derrisa Green is falling further behind on rent. Sylvia Soliz has had her electricity cut off. Unemployment has forced aching decisions on millions of Americans and their families in the face of...

Physician assistant Nicole Thomas conducts a COVID-19 examination in the parking lot at Primary Health Medical Group's clinic in Boise, Idaho, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. The urgent-care clinic revamped into a facility for coronavirus patients as infections and deaths surge in Idaho and nationwide. Some 1,000 people have died due to COVID-19, and infections this week surpassed 100,000. (AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger)

Overtaxed Idaho health facilities on brink of rationing care

Dec. 5, 2020 11:13 AM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Soldiers triaging patients in parking lots in a capital city is normally the stuff of science fiction. Yet that’s the reality in Boise, where troops direct people outside an urgent-care clinic revamped into a facility for coronavirus patients as infections and deaths surge in...

Adoption process goes virtual in Delaware during pandemic

Dec. 5, 2020 9:00 AM EST

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The Zimmerman family is complete. That’s how Mike Zimmerman sees it, after he and his wife, Becka, finalized their adoption of Aidann and Camron last week. “What’s been missing is found, and our family is complete,” Mr. Zimmerman said. “It’s...

New home construction in Saratoga Springs on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020. Utah’s population swelled by an estimated 52,820 people — equivalent to adding a city the size of Herriman — during the fiscal year that ended July 1, 2020, as a years-long economic boom ended and the pandemic and its recession began. (Rick Egan/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

Births plummet but Utah population continues to grow

Dec. 5, 2020 8:00 AM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah’s population swelled by an estimated 52,820 people — equivalent to adding a city the size of Herriman — during the fiscal year that ended July 1, 2020, as a yearslong economic boom ended and the pandemic and its recession began. The hotbed of growth in the...