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Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin listens as President Joe Biden speaks before signing an Executive Order reversing the Trump era ban on transgender individuals serving in military, in the Oval Office of the White House, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Biden reverses Trump ban on transgender people in military

Jan. 25, 2021 3:14 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden signed an order Monday reversing a Trump-era Pentagon policy that largely barred transgender individuals from serving in the military. The new order, which Biden signed in the Oval Office during a meeting with Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, overturns a ban ordered by...

A man delivers a supply of heating gas to Warsaw's popular Piw Paw pub in Warsaw, Poland, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, a business that is struggling to survive under lockdown by organizing legal, small-scale educative meetings and courses for beer lovers. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Polish president backs lockdown despite business frustration

Jan. 25, 2021 2:16 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s president on Monday expressed understanding for the “despair” of people who are opening their businesses in defiance of the anti-COVID-19 lockdown, but said they still must be punished for breaking government-ordered restrictions. In comments published...

Dusk settles over the White House in Washington, Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

AP source: Biden to drop Trump's military transgender ban

Jan. 24, 2021 10:17 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is set to issue an executive order to reverse a Pentagon policy that largely bars transgender individuals from joining the military, dumping a ban ordered by President Donald Trump in a tweet during his first year in office, a person briefed on the decision tells The...

FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2019 file photo, Bloomfield High School transgender athlete Terry Miller, second from left, wins the final of the 55-meter dash over transgender athlete Andraya Yearwood, far left, and other runners in the Connecticut girls Class S indoor track meet at Hillhouse High School in New Haven, Conn. Transgender athletes are getting an ally in the White House next week as they seek to participate as their identified gender in high school and college sports. Attorneys on both sides say they expect President-elect Joe Biden’s Department of Education will switch sides in legal battles that could go a long way in determining whether transgender athletes are treated by the sex on their birth certificates or by how they identify.  (AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb, File)

Transgender athletes look to changing of White House guard

Jan. 15, 2021 1:47 PM EST

Transgender athletes are getting an ally in the White House next week as they seek to participate as their identified gender in high school and college sports — although state legislatures, Congress and the courts are all expected to have their say this year, too. Attorneys on both sides say they expect...

Saving some favorite NYC places through online campaigns

Jan. 11, 2021 11:48 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The boarded up windows and For Rent signs are all over the place in Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen neighborhood, where restaurants are closed and businesses shuttered. Nearby, the Broadway theaters are all dark. But the economic darkness brought on by the coronavirus pandemic has had a few...

Comedian Brad Pierce, right, looks over the notebook us uses to write jokes as he sits in the kitchen next to his wife, Carmen, and their nephew, Maddox, 1, in West Warwick, R.I., Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. Pierce was finally doing well with his comedy when the pandemic hit. Now he wonders if he can possibly build up his career again. He has a friend who drives for Amazon and fears having to get a job like that while talking about the good old days when he was an entertainer. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Once again, job losses fall unequally across the US economy

Jan. 9, 2021 10:44 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ten months into America’s viral outbreak, low-income workers are still bearing the brunt of job losses — an unusual and harsh feature of the pandemic recession that flattened the economy last spring. In December, the nation shed jobs for the first time since April. Once...

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes throws a pass while being chased down by Atlanta Falcons Jacob Tuioti-Mariner during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020, in Kansas City. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Chiefs enter playoffs favored for rare Super Bowl repeat

Jan. 7, 2021 1:25 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — It took five decades for the Kansas City Chiefs to win a second Super Bowl. Now they have the audacity to shoot for two in two years. Yet while Patrick Mahomes and Co. are the favorites at just about every sports book, bar or barbershop heading into the playoffs, the road to a...

Shoppers wear masks as they walk around a shopping precinct in Sydney, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021. Masks have been made mandatory in shopping centers, on public transport, in entertainment venues such as a cinema, and fines will come into effect on Monday as the state government responds to the COVID-19 outbreak on Sydney's northern beaches, which is suspected to have also caused new cases in neighboring Victoria state. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

The Latest: Australia moves up vaccination start to February

Jan. 6, 2021 11:38 PM EST

CANBERRA, Australia — Australia is advancing the start of its coronavirus vaccination program to mid-February, with plans to inoculate 15% of the population by late March. The government had argued there was no reason for an emergency rollout that cut short usual regulatory processes as has occurred in the...

A nurse prepares to administer a Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine to a couple at the at the m3 Sanitrade vaccination center in Geneva, Switzerland, on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. The canton of Geneva launches its vaccination campaign against Covid-19. (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP)

Swiss extend virus-related closures through end of February

Jan. 6, 2021 1:36 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Swiss authorities announced plans on Wednesday to shut all restaurants, bars, sports facilities and cultural institutions through February in response to persistently high coronavirus transmission rates, ending exemptions that have allowed some regions where infections are lower to keep them...

A man wearing a face mask to protect against the spread of the coronavirus walks past a display of lanterns at a public park in Beijing, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021. China has designated parts of Hebei province near Beijing as a coronavirus high danger zone after 14 new cases of COVID-19 were found. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: China's Hebei toughens virus rules over outbreak

Jan. 5, 2021 9:19 PM EST

BEIJING — China’s Hebei province is enforcing stricter control measures following a further rise in coronavirus cases in the province, which is adjacent to the capital Beijing and is due to host events for next year’s Winter Olympics. The National Health Commission on Wednesday reported 20...