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Austin, Texas made Tito's Handmade Vodka visits Brownsville, Texas Sports Park Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, to distribute thousands of Tito's made hand cleanser sanitizer to thousands of Brownsville residents to help fight the spread of COVID-19. (Miguel Roberts/The Brownsville Herald via AP)

Houston to enforce masks with fines; Texas deaths top 7,000

Aug. 3, 2020 6:44 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston's mayor on Monday instructed police to begin issuing $250 fines for flouting statewide mask orders in hopes that August will stamp out a grim summer resurgence of COVID-19 that is now responsible for at least 7,000 confirmed deaths in Texas. The move by Mayor Sylvester Turner comes...

Shane Molander, state archivist at the North Dakota Heritage Center and State Museum in Bismarck, N.D., holds an original copy of The Bismarck Tribune dated Oct. 29, 1918, on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. Just below the national and international headlines is the local headline, center, Nine Deaths in Last 24 Hours From Influenza, reporting on the latest local death count for the Spanish flu epidemic that hit the state and country a century ago. Now, the State Historical Society of North Dakota is looking to collect personal stories of the coronavirus pandemic, The Bismarck Tribune reported. (Mike McCleary/The Bismarck Tribune via AP)

Pandemic stories tell of North Dakotans’ personal tolls

Aug. 1, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Edith Quammen was caring for sick children amid neighbors’ influenza deaths a century ago when she consoled her father in a letter after her mother died. “Look up now for God and Mama’s sake and say ‘Thy will be done,‘” Quammen wrote from...

Governor Kristi Noem gives an update on back to school planning on Tuesday, July 28, at John Harris Elementary School in Sioux Falls, S.D.   (Erin Bormett/The Argus Leader via AP)

Governor pushes schools to remain open, disparages masks

Jul. 28, 2020 5:26 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem on Tuesday said she will push for schools to stay open this fall, but disparaged any requirements for children to wear masks in classrooms. As parents and school boards cautiously weigh the risks and benefits of schools reopening, the Republican...

FILE - In this 1920 file photo, Charles (Charley) Paddock, second from right, of the USA wins the 100 meters final with his famous

Planning for Olympics in a pandemic has echoes of 1920 Games

Jul. 27, 2020 4:19 PM EDT

DÜSSELDORF, Germany (AP) — Olympic athletes competing for gold medals in a world reeling from a pandemic? It won't be the first time. A century before the Tokyo Games were postponed because of coronavirus, the Olympics were held in the Belgian city of Antwerp following the Spanish flu pandemic. The...

Start of fall sports delayed in Maine high schools

Jul. 22, 2020 1:24 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine Principals’ Association is delaying the start of fall sports in hopes of salvaging a shortened season for high schools. The start of fall practice has been delayed from Aug. 17 to Sept. 8, which is the day after Labor Day. The preseason will last only two weeks, with...

Editorial Roundup:

Jul. 20, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

The Mining Journal. July 14, 2020. Lower child immunization rates troubling It’s not a secret that many routine trips to the doctor have been delayed amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but a recent report showed a worrisome trend: Fewer children in Michigan than usual are currently up-to-date on routine vaccines...

Britain's Prime Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street to attend the weekly Prime Minister's Questions session, in parliament in London, Wednesday, July 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

UK's Johnson nudges workers back to office as lockdown eases

Jul. 17, 2020 1:16 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Friday that people will no longer be told to work from home and avoid public transit in a major easing of lockdown restrictions — even as he said the government was “preparing for the worst” in case of a new coronavirus spike this...

New rule requires Tennessee students to get flu vaccines

Jun. 26, 2020 1:42 PM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee students will have to get their flu shot this fall and also be immunized for COVID-19 if a vaccine becomes available under an emergency rule unanimously approved Friday by the university's Board of Trustees. The university went to online classes because of the coronavirus...

FILE - This Jan. 23, 2020 file photo shows a patient receiving a flu vaccination in Mesquite, Texas. According to a study released on Wednesday, June 24, 2020, flu vaccines for years were close to 60% effective against the flu strain that caused the most lab-confirmed illnesses last winter, but it proved only 31% effective last season. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

Flu vaccine was disappointing vs. some strains last season

Jun. 24, 2020 5:10 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The flu vaccine did a disappointing job last winter in the U.S., and officials worry that might be a bad sign for the fall. Flu vaccines had been about 60% effective against the type of flu that caused the most lab-confirmed illnesses last winter, but last season's vaccine was only about...

President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the BOK Center, Saturday, June 20, 2020, in Tulsa, Okla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump tries to pin low turnout on protesters

Jun. 22, 2020 12:45 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump falsely said at his rally Saturday night that Democratic rival Joe Biden apologized for opposing his restrictions on travel from China early in the coronavirus pandemic. Scrambling to explain an unusually thin rally crowd, his campaign wrongly pinned blame on...