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Edwards agrees to July 31 end to federal unemployment aid

Jun. 16, 2021 19:08 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards has agreed to turn off federal pandemic unemployment payments at the end of July in exchange for a long-term, modest boost to Louisiana's jobless benefits, announcing Wednesday that he's signed a bill that makes the trade. ...

New Mexico gets closer to hitting vaccination goal to reopen

Jun. 16, 2021 19:06 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A key deadline looms for lifting the last public health restrictions in New Mexico, with Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham wanting at least 60% of residents fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Thursday so the state could move forward with plans in the coming...

Interim trial data shows low effectiveness for CureVac shot

Jun. 16, 2021 18:56 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German vaccine maker CureVac said Wednesday that interim data from late-stage testing of its coronavirus shot show a comparatively low effectiveness in protecting people against COVID-19. The results appear to be a significant setback for CureVac's efforts...

Wisconsin Assembly forbids requiring virus vaccination proof

Jun. 16, 2021 18:49 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Assembly on Wednesday passed a Republican-backed bill that would prohibit businesses, colleges and universities, governments and anyone else in the state from requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination. The measure banning so-called...

Pelicans coach Stan Van Gundy out after 1 season at helm

Jun. 16, 2021 18:45 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans Pelicans basketball operations chief David Griffin paused several seconds to compose himself while explaining why Stan Van Gundy is out as coach less than nine months after he was hired to develop a young roster featuring budding superstar Zion Williamson. ...

Whitmer: Reinstate incentive so companies can hire workers

Jun. 16, 2021 18:44 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday asked Michigan lawmakers to reinstate certain employers' ability to hire new workers who, while working, would still get a $300-a-week unemployment benefit into early September. The governor this week has been...

After tumultuous year, can Portland make a comeback?

Jun. 16, 2021 18:37 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The smell of fresh empanadas wafted through the stands at Portland's Saturday Market. People talked through their masks with artists as others sifted through fork windchimes, crystal necklaces, tie dye dresses and clay mugs. The weekly event was...

Millions fear eviction as US housing crisis worsens

Jun. 16, 2021 18:32 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — More than 4 million people say they fear being evicted or foreclosed upon in the coming months, just as two studies released Wednesday found that the nation's housing availability and affordability crisis is expected to worsen significantly following the pandemic. ...

Iowa to shutter state-run coronavirus Test Iowa in July

Jun. 16, 2021 18:32 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The state of Iowa is ending its coronavirus testing program next month saying demand has fallen for testing at the state-funded drive-thru and clinic sites. “Demand for testing is at its lowest levels in more than a year since vaccine is now...

Fed sees earlier time frame for rate hikes with inflation up

Jun. 16, 2021 18:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve signaled Wednesday that it may act sooner than previously planned to start dialing back the low-interest-rate policies that have helped fuel a swift rebound from the pandemic recession but have also coincided with rising inflation. ...