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Rapid virus spread through Indonesia taxes health workers

Aug. 03, 2021 00:10 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Irman Pahlepi is back at work in Jakarta's Dr. Suyoto public hospital, immediately resuming his duties treating COVID-19 patients after recovering from an infection himself — for the second time. With numbers of infections in Indonesia...

Clean, repeat: At Tokyo Games, virus is Olympians' chief foe

Aug. 02, 2021 22:26 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Holding each other tighter than lovers, the wrestlers smear each other with sweat, spittle and — when they inadvertently cut each other — sometimes blood. Lungs heaving, mouths agape, they huff and puff into each others' flushed faces. On their glistening bodies, it's...

US hits 70% vaccination rate -- a month late, amid a surge

Aug. 02, 2021 21:22 PM EDT

The U.S. on Monday finally reached President Joe Biden’s goal of getting at least one COVID-19 shot into 70% of American adults -- a month late and amid a fierce surge by the delta variant that is swamping hospitals and leading to new mask rules and mandatory vaccinations around the...

COVID hits 23 in California schools, days after reopening

Aug. 02, 2021 21:15 PM EDT

BRENTWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Two neighboring San Francisco Bay Area school districts on Monday reported 23 coronavirus infections among students and staff, just days after in-person classes resumed. Students returned to classrooms at Brentwood Union School District's 11...

Navajo Nation: 9 new COVID-19 cases, no deaths for 2nd day

Aug. 02, 2021 21:08 PM EDT

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation on Monday reported nine new COVID-19 cases, but no additional deaths for the second consecutive day. The latest numbers pushed the total number of coronavirus cases to 31,421 since the pandemic began more than a year ago. ...

Court declines to hear church's attack on COVID restrictions

Aug. 02, 2021 20:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to hear a lawsuit by a Maine church that sought to take a preemptive strike against future restrictions associated with a variant of the virus that’s spreading across the country. Calvary Chapel in Orrington...

Children stopped at border likely hit record-high in July

Aug. 02, 2021 20:56 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The number of children traveling alone who were picked up at the Mexican border by U.S. immigration authorities likely hit an all-time high in July, and the number of people who came in families likely reached its second-highest total on record, a U.S. official said Monday,...

Graham 1st vaccinated senator to test positive for COVID-19

Aug. 02, 2021 19:18 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Sen. Lindsey Graham has become the first senator to disclose a breakthrough infection after being vaccinated against the coronavirus, saying Monday he is “very glad” he received the vaccine, without which his current symptoms would be “far worse.” ...

With Cousins out for COVID protocol, QB shortage irks Zimmer

Aug. 02, 2021 20:28 PM EDT

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer has expressed confidence in the strength of his team's chemistry to supersede any potential tension between players vaccinated for COVID-19 and holdouts who've so far preferred to remain unvaccinated. ...

Olympic volunteers strive to share stories of 3/11 disaster

Aug. 02, 2021 20:16 PM EDT

RIFU, Japan (AP) — Atsushi Muramatsu's handmade flyers are the size of a business card, written in several languages. “Welcome to Miyagi Stadium," one reads. "The gymnasium next door was the largest morgue for tsunami victims.” Over a decade after the massive...