Latest 2019-2020 Coronavirus pandemic News

Doug Emhoff, left, Vice President Kamala Harris, President Joe Biden, and first lady Jill Biden, stand during a performance of the national anthem during a virtual Presidential Inaugural Prayer Service, in the State Dinning Room of the White House, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Biden, Harris urged to 'repair the breach' in prayer service

Jan. 21, 2021 1:56 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris heard from leaders from a wide array of religious traditions Thursday in the National Prayer Service, a day after they were sworn into office to lead a sharply polarized country. An inaugural tradition that went online this year due to...

People wait in line for the COVID-19 vaccine in Paterson, N.J., Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. The first people arrived around 2:30 a.m. for the chance to be vaccinated at one of the few sites that does not require an appointment. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

The Latest: US Chamber of Commerce likes Biden's virus plan

Jan. 21, 2021 1:53 PM EST

WASHINGTON — The largest business lobbying group in the U.S. is supporting President Joe Biden’s early moves to confront the coronavirus pandemic. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce chief policy officer Neil Bradley says Biden is correct in his assessment that controlling the coronavirus is the key to...

FILE- in this Jan. 15, 2021 file photo, Uganda's leading opposition challenger Bobi Wine walks back to his residence after giving a press conference outside Kampala, Uganda. Despite failing to dislodge the long-time leader President Yoweri Museveni, Wine has emerged from Jan. 14, 2021 disputed polls as the country's most powerful opposition leader after his party won the most seats of any opposition group in the national assembly. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)

Uganda faces pressure to end Bobi Wine's house arrest

Jan. 21, 2021 1:51 PM EST

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Calls grew Thursday for Ugandan authorities to free opposition presidential challenger Bobi Wine from house arrest a week after the country's longtime president won a sixth term in a disputed election. A judge will rule next week on a petition by Wine's attorneys seeking an end to...

Judge: NY lawsuit seeking NRA's dissolution can go forward

Jan. 21, 2021 1:50 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York judge on Thursday denied the National Rifle Association’s bid to throw out a state lawsuit that seeks to put the powerful gun advocacy group out of business. Judge Joel Cohen’s ruling will allow New York Attorney General Letitia James’ lawsuit to move ahead...

Bangladeshi drugmaker acquiring country's Sanofi subsidiary

Jan. 21, 2021 1:35 PM EST

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A leading Bangladeshi drugmaker is acquiring a majority stake in French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi’s subsidiary in Bangladesh at a base price of more than $48 million, an official statement said late Thursday. Sanofi, which has been in Bangladesh for more than 60 years as...

President Donald Trump speaks with reporters as he walks to board Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, in Washington. Trump is en route to his Mar-a-Lago Florida Resort. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Revenue at Trump hotels, resorts hit hard by pandemic

Jan. 21, 2021 1:30 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump is returning to a family business ravaged by pandemic shutdowns and restrictions, with revenue plunging more than 40 percent at his Doral golf property, his Washington hotel and both his Scottish resorts. Trump's financial disclosure released as he left office this week was...

FILE - This Monday, Nov. 23, 2020 file photo shows the New York Stock Exchange, right, in New York. Stocks are churning close to the breakeven line in the early going on Wall Street Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021,  as traders increase their focus on company earnings reports.  (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Stocks drift around records in mixed trading on Wall Street

Jan. 21, 2021 1:27 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are drifting around their record highs on Wall Street Thursday, as earnings season ramps into higher gear. The S&P 500 was unchanged in afternoon trading, a day after setting an all-time high amid enthusiasm about COVID-19 vaccines leading to an economic recovery and...

FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2019, file photo the logo for Union Pacific appears above a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Union Pacific’s fourth quarter profit chugged ahead as shipping volume improved for the first time since before the coronavirus pandemic slowed the economy to a crawl last year. The Omaha, Nebraska-based railroad said Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, that it earned $1.38 billion, or $2.05 per share, in the quarter, but the results were weighed down by a one-time charge of $278 million.  (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Union Pacific delivered 3% more freight as economy recovered

Jan. 21, 2021 1:10 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Union Pacific's fourth-quarter profit chugged ahead as shipping volume improved for the first time since before the coronavirus pandemic slowed the economy to a crawl last year. The Omaha, Nebraska-based railroad said Thursday that it earned $1.38 billion, or $2.05 per share, in the...

Anne Hoguet, 74, fan maker and director of the hand fan-making museum poses with a wood roasted hand fan representing a falcon hunt, gouache painting g on paper from 1880 at the museum in Paris, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. Just like the leaves of its gilded fans, France's storied hand fan-making museum could fold up and vanish. The splendid Musee de l'Eventail in Paris, a classed historical monument, is the culture world's latest coronavirus victim. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

U.N. calls on France to help as virus imperils Fan Museum

Jan. 21, 2021 1:09 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Just like the leaves of its gilded fans, France’s storied fan-making museum could fold and vanish. The U.N.'s cultural agency has called on France to do more to stop the splendid Musee de l’Eventail in Paris becoming the cultural world’s latest coronavirus victim. The...

People wait in their vehicles to monitor for adverse reactions to the shot, after being vaccinated at a mass COVID-19 vaccination site outside The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. California has become the first state to record more than 3 million known coronavirus infections, according to a tally Monday by Johns Hopkins University.  (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Despite reactions, California says virus vaccine can be used

Jan. 21, 2021 1:05 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California said it's safe to immediately begin using a batch of coronavirus vaccine doses after health officials urged a halt to injections and held a review because several people had reactions. Wednesday's decision frees up more than 300,000 doses to counties, cities and...