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Utah Jazz's Derrick Favors (15) defens Brooklyn Nets' Kyrie Irving (11) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

NBA fines Irving $50,000 for health, safety violations

Jan. 15, 2021 6:30 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Kyrie Irving's absence from the Brooklyn Nets has become a costly one. The NBA fined the point guard $50,000 on Friday for violating its health and safety protocols, and said he could return to team activities Saturday — though he won't play in the Nets' game that night. The league...

A woman wearing mask to help protect herself from the coronavirus stands in the sun as she walks her dogs in Beijing on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. With next month's Lunar New Year travel rush looming, the government is telling people to stay put as much as possible and not travel to or from the capital Beijing. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The Latest: 2 Chinese cities urge people to stay at home

Jan. 9, 2021 12:33 AM EST

BEIJING — Chinese authorities are asking residents in two cities south of Beijing to stay home for seven days as they try to stamp out a coronavirus outbreak in which more than 300 people have tested positive in the past week. According to official notices on social media, the cities of Shijiazhuang and...

Registered nurse Kyanna Barboza adjusts the ventilator on her COVID-19 patient at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. California health authorities reported Thursday a record two-day total of 1,042 coronavirus deaths as many hospitals strain under unprecedented caseloads. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

U.S. tops 4,000 daily deaths from coronavirus for 1st time

Jan. 8, 2021 5:24 PM EST

ORANGE, Calif. (AP) — The U.S. topped 4,000 coronavirus deaths in a single day for the first time, breaking a record set just one day earlier, as governors tried to ramp up the pace of vaccinations and open the line to elderly people and others. The tally from Johns Hopkins University showed the nation had...

Nurse Arzu Yildirim poses for the photographer as she holds a CoronaVac vaccine, made by Sinovac, currently on phase III clinical trials at Acibadem Hospital in Istanbul, Monday, Dec. 21, 2020. Turkey has ordered 50 million doses of the vaccine and Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said last week that the first batch was expected to arrive within days and vaccination could start at the end of December or early January.Some 12,500 volunteers are taking part in Phase 3 trials of the vaccine across Turkey but the full vaccination programme is expected to start before the trial is completed. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

The Latest: China tests millions in port over virus cluster

Dec. 24, 2020 11:56 PM EST

BEIJING — Authorities in China’s northeastern port city of Dalian are testing millions of residents after seven new coronavirus cases were reported there in the last 24 hours. The cluster that has emerged in recent days has grown to 12 cases. In five neighborhood divisions, authorities have shut...

Palestinian scout bands parade through Manger Square at the Church of the Nativity, traditionally recognized by Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, ahead of the midnight Mass, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020. Few people were there to greet them as the coronavirus pandemic and a strict lockdown dampened Christmas Eve celebrations. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

Coronavirus dampens Christmas joy in Bethlehem and elsewhere

Dec. 24, 2020 9:46 PM EST

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — Bethlehem on Thursday ushered in Christmas Eve with a stream of joyous marching bands and the triumphant arrival of the top Catholic clergyman in the Holy Land, but few people were there to greet them as the coronavirus pandemic and a strict lockdown dampened celebrations in the...

FILE-  In this Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020, file photo, Cleveland State plays against Ohio State during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game with no fans in the stands at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio. This pandemic-altered season has turned into quite the isolation play. With campuses largely empty and arena doors closed to fans in many places, the games have more than ever been reduced to television programming. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)

Isolation play: College teams fend off holiday loneliness

Dec. 24, 2020 12:22 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Eric Curry texted his mom last week. He needed a headshot of her and his sister. The photo request was not for a social media post or a scrapbook project, but rather an effort by the fifth-year senior forward to give his closest family members the chance, virtually, to be present for...

FILE - In this Tuesday, May 4, 2004 file photo, living survivor of the 1923 violence in Rosewood, Fla., Robie Allenetta Mortin, is comforted by Florida Rep. Ed Jennings Jr. after he unveiled the Rosewood, Florida Historical marker at a dedication ceremony. On Jan. 1, 1923, a white woman in the neighboring community of Sumner alleged that she had been attacked in her home by an unidentified Black man, according to a 1993 report written by five scholars for the Florida Board of Regents. As the news of the woman’s report spread to the white community, violence broke out. A Black church was burned, and then days later, a mob of at least 100 white people “gathered and watched” the burning of the remaining structures in the Black part of Rosewood. (Doug Finger/The Gainesville Sun via AP)

Reparations after Fla. massacre a model, descendants say

Dec. 24, 2020 12:04 PM EST

(RNS) — As each new year approaches, Ebony Pickett looks back to the dark history of the massacre that began in the little-known majority-Black enclave in Rosewood, Florida, on Jan. 1, 1923. Pickett, descended from residents of Rosewood, feels the legacy of the massacre in personal ways. She was one of the...

Marguerite Mouille, left, is greeted by her grandson Thierry Mouille at a nursing home in Kaysesberg, eastern France, Monday Dec. 21, 2020. Thierry Mouille is torturing himself over the government's Christmas offer of a three-week window of relaxed rules. He's changed his mind again and again about whether to bring his 94-year-old grandmother Marguerite out to share a holiday meal. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)

In France, a pandemic dilemma over holiday rights for elders

Dec. 23, 2020 3:32 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Not once in the long months since the pandemic struck has 74-year-old Jean-Francois been able to leave his nursing home in eastern France to visit his daughter or sister. In fact, the retired metal worker thinks it's been two months since he last stuck his nose outside at all, as nursing...

FILE - In this March 18, 2020, file photo, Thomas Waerner, of Norway, arrives in Nome, Alaska, to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. The 2021 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race will be about 140 miles shorter than normal as a result of complications stemming from the coronavirus pandemic, race officials announced Friday, Dec. 18, 2020. The teams will no longer embark on a 1,000-mile (1,609-kilometer) journey to Nome but instead will take a roughly 860-mile (1,384-kilometer) loop that starts and ends in Willow.   (Marc Lester/Anchorage Daily News via AP)

The Latest: Texas virus death toll rises above 25,000

Dec. 19, 2020 8:24 PM EST

HOUSTON — Texas on Saturday surpassed 25,000 deaths from the coronavirus pandemic, the second-highest total in the country. State health officials reported 272 new deaths due to COVID-19, bringing Texas’ death toll to 25,226. Cases of COVID-19 and virus-related hospitalizations continue to rise in...

Loletta Bruschi, 96 years old, meets her son through a plastic film screen to avoid contracting the new coronavirus at the San Michele Arcangelo nursing home in San Michele Mondovi, northern Italy, Friday, Dec. 18, 2020. The Italian Government is weighing whether to impose a tighter lockdown over Christmas to prevent gatherings and the ensuing surge in new cases. (Marco Alpozzi/LaPresse via AP)

Italy imposes partial lockdown for Christmas holiday

Dec. 18, 2020 7:28 PM EST

MILAN (AP) — Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte on Friday announced there will be a partial lockdown nationwide for most of the Christmas holiday season, citing concerns that gatherings of families and friends could re-ignite the virus’s spread. The new decree puts strict limits on movements on...