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Volunteers take down information as they register people to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at the vaccination clinic put on by the City of Odessa, Odessa Fire Rescue and Medical Center Hospital Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021 at Ratliff Stadium in Odessa, Texas. (Eli Hartman/Odessa American via AP)

The Latest: Texas COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to fall

Jan. 25, 2021 8:10 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas — The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in Texas continues to fall from record highs as the state nears the end of what has been its deadliest month of the pandemic. State health officials Monday reported fewer than 13,000 people were being treated for the virus in Texas hospitals,...

In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, rescuers carry a miner who was trapped in a mine to an ambulance in Qixia City in east China's Shandong Province, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021. Eleven workers trapped for two weeks by an explosion inside a Chinese gold mine were brought safely to the surface on Sunday. (Chen Hao/Xinhua via AP)

9 workers found dead in China gold mine explosions

Jan. 25, 2021 7:12 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese rescuers have found the bodies of nine workers killed in explosions at a gold mine, raising the death toll to 10, officials said Monday. Eleven others were rescued a day earlier after being trapped underground for two weeks at the mine in Shandong province. One person was still...

President Joe Biden waves as he departs after attending Mass at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021, in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington. Biden plans to sign an executive order Monday, Jan. 25 that aims to boost government purchases from U.S. manufacturers. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Biden plans to sign order for govt to buy more US goods

Jan. 25, 2021 5:17 AM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — President Joe Biden plans to sign on Monday an executive order that aims to boost government purchases from U.S. manufacturers, according to administration officials. The United States has shed roughly 540,000 factory jobs since last February as the coronavirus pandemic hurled the world's...

In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, rescuers carry a miner who was trapped in a gold mine in Qixia City in east China's Shandong Province, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021. Rescuers in China on Sunday lifted several trapped miners to the surface who were trapped for two weeks after an explosion in a northern gold mine, state media reported. (Luan Qincheng/Xinhua via AP)

Trapped for 2 weeks, 11 workers rescued from China gold mine

Jan. 24, 2021 7:38 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Eleven workers trapped for two weeks inside a Chinese gold mine were brought safely to the surface on Sunday, a landmark achievement for an industry long-blighted by disasters and high death tolls. State broadcaster CCTV showed workers being hauled up one-by-one in baskets on Sunday...

FILE - In this Jan. 30, 2017, file photo, waste salt, foreground, is shown near an evaporation pond at the Silver Peak lithium mine near Tonopah, Nev.  The Trump administration granted final approval for a proposed northern Nevada lithium mine, one of several eleventh-hour moves made by the Department of Interior to greenlight mining and energy projects. Unlike some other approvals, which are likely to be revoked, President Biden has voiced support for lithium mining as part of his clean energy plans.  (Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun via AP, File)

Mine OK'd in Trump's last days may boost Biden energy plan

Jan. 23, 2021 11:42 AM EST

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — One of the keys to President Joe Biden’s $2 trillion clean energy plan could be a mineral that lies in a salt flat above a prehistoric volcano just south of the Oregon-Nevada line. But the question of how to extract lithium and whether former President Donald Trump’s...

Cars drive on an unlit street during a blackout in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, Jan 20, 2021. Speculation has gripped social media in Iran that Bitcoin is to blame for a series of recent power blackouts across the country. The government launched a major crackdown on Bitcoin processing centers which use immense amounts of electricity and are a huge burden on the power grid. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Iran, pressured by blackouts and pollution, targets Bitcoin

Jan. 22, 2021 1:04 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's capital and major cities plunged into darkness in recent weeks as rolling outages left millions without electricity for hours. Traffic lights died. Offices went dark. Online classes stopped. With toxic smog blanketing Tehran skies and the country buckling under the pandemic and...

Smoke rises from the Serum Institute of India, the world's largest vaccine maker that is manufacturing the AstraZeneca/Oxford University vaccine for the coronavirus, in Pune, India, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

5 killed in blaze at Indian producer of COVID-19 vaccine

Jan. 21, 2021 8:35 PM EST

PUNE, India (AP) — At least five people were killed in a fire that broke out Thursday at a building under construction at Serum Institute of India, the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer, officials said. The company said the blaze would not affect production of the COVID-19 vaccine. Murlidhar...

A woman pulls her empty oxygen tank to the line of people waiting outside a shop that refills them in the Villa El Salvador shantytown of Lima, Peru, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The store is limited to refilling 20 tanks a day. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)

Search for oxygen tank refills routine for Peruvians

Jan. 21, 2021 2:54 PM EST

VILLA EL SALVADOR, Peru (AP) — In the middle of what was once a sandy desert, on the outskirts of Peru’s capital, a new routine has emerged for many of the residents of the densely populated city of Villa El Salvador. With the lives of friends or relatives at stake because of the new coronavirus,...

A Sri Lankan airport worker stands next to a thermal scanner inside a terminal at the Katunayake International Airport in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. Sri Lanka's tourism minister said that the airports in the country will be reopened for tourists according to health guidelines from Jan.21. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

The Latest: Sri Lanka reopens tourism after 10-month closing

Jan. 20, 2021 11:56 PM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Sri Lanka is welcoming tourists again after keeping the doors closed to visitors for nearly 10 months due to the coronavirus pandemic. The government’s action Thursday is seen as an effort to revive the island nation’s tourism industry, which has been badly hit by the...

People recieve their Pfizer-BioNTech vaccination inside Salisbury Cathedral in Salisbury, England, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. Salisbury Cathedral opened its doors for the second time as a venue for the Sarum South Primary Care Network COVID-19 Local Vaccination Service. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Delay in Pfizer vaccine shipments frustrate Europe, Canada

Jan. 20, 2021 2:42 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Frustration is mounting from Europe to North America over reduced shipments of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine while the U.S. pharmaceutical company increases production capacity at its Belgian plant. Governments say it is costing critical time during the early stages of the rollout to...