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Naval officer wins praise for Portugal’s vaccine rollout

Sep. 23, 2021 02:23 AM EDT

OEIRAS, Portugal (AP) — As Portugal closes in on its goal of fully vaccinating 85% of the population against COVID-19 in nine months, other countries in Europe and beyond want to know how it was accomplished. A lot of the credit is going to Rear Adm. Henrique Gouveia e...

Mideast in shambles, but the world has moved on for now

Sep. 23, 2021 02:12 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — There was a time not long ago when uprisings and wars in the Arab world topped the agenda at the U.N. General Assembly meetings in New York. With most of those conflicts in a stalemate, the world’s focus has shifted to more daunting global challenges...

The Latest: New Zealand's PM hopes to avoid future lockdowns

Sep. 22, 2021 23:31 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says she doesn’t want to use lockdowns in the future and sees vaccinations as the “golden ticket” to navigating the pandemic. Her remarks came as Auckland remained in a sixth week of lockdown...

Parachutists bail in pandemic on West Virginia's Bridge Day

Sep. 22, 2021 19:18 PM EDT

FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — Parachutists won’t jump off the nation’s third-highest bridge next month due to worries about sufficient emergency health care amid the coronavirus pandemic, an organizer said Wednesday. Marcus Ellison, an organizer for BASE jumpers, told...

Idaho lawmakers look for ways to nullify vaccine mandates

Sep. 22, 2021 19:04 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho should adopt a health policy that would make vaccine status a private medical record that employees could refuse to make available to employers as a way to thwart President Joe Biden's vaccine mandate, an attorney told lawmakers Wednesday. ...

Kentucky: 52 more virus deaths as younger people hit harder

Sep. 22, 2021 18:12 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The coronavirus claimed 52 more lives in Kentucky as the governor warned Wednesday that the virus is hitting younger people harder than at any other time during the public health crisis. The latest virus-related deaths in the Bluegrass State...

Maine gov: More school employees need to get vaccinated

Sep. 22, 2021 15:31 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's governor said Wednesday that school employees who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 are putting students and communities at risk. More than three-quarters of school staff in Maine are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, but the...

Iowa leader of virus response leaving public health agency

Sep. 22, 2021 13:46 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's medical director, who was a visible adviser to Gov. Kim Reynolds in the early months of the coronavirus pandemic, will quit her job next month, the state's Department of Public Health announced Wednesday. Dr. Caitlin Pedati, who also...

Editorial Roundup: U.S.

Sep. 22, 2021 11:48 AM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: Sept. 20 The Philadelphia Inquirer on protecting abortion rights in Pennsylvania: In one legislative session after another, Pennsylvania Republicans have tried to...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Sep. 22, 2021 09:07 AM EDT

Philadelphia Inquirer. Sept. 20, 2021. Editorial: The next steps to protect abortion in Pennsylvania In one legislative session after another, Pennsylvania Republicans have tried to limit access to abortion throughout the commonwealth — and the fall...