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RI eyes vaccine rollout tweaks; In-person school pulled back

Jan. 24, 2021 3:25 PM EST

Rhode Island Lt. Gov. Daniel McKee, who is set to take over as governor if Gina Raimondo is confirmed as President Joe Biden’s commerce secretary, says he'd like to see changes to the state’s coronavirus vaccine distribution plan. The Democrat said Saturday he wants to speed up vaccinations for all...

Nevada reports 1,194 new COVID-19 cases and 15 more deaths

Jan. 24, 2021 2:10 PM EST

CARSON CITY Nev. (AP) — Health officials in Nevada on Sunday reported 1,194 new COVID-19 cases and 15 more deaths. The latest figures increased state’s pandemic totals to 270,907 cases and 4,026 known deaths. Clark County had 907 of the new cases and five of the 15 deaths, according to statistics...

In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Iyed Bilal, the director of the treasury department of the Syrian Central Bank, shows the new banknote of 5000 Syrian pounds during a press briefing, in Damascus, Syria, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021. The new 5,000 Syrian Lira bank note goes into circulation Sunday, the largest denomination in the country reeling from 10 years of conflict and a crippling economic crisis. (SANA via AP)

Syria floats new bank note amid soaring inflation

Jan. 24, 2021 12:35 PM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A new, 5,000 Syrian Lira bank note goes into circulation Sunday, the largest denomination in the country reeling from a decade of conflict and a crippling economic crisis. Syria’s currency has been on a downward spiral since the conflict began in 2011. Trading that year at 47...

Hawaiian Electric to speed up rooftop solar projects

Jan. 24, 2021 11:27 AM EST

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — An electric utility company in Hawaii has announced a new program intended to speed up rooftop solar installations and reduce costs for customers more quickly. Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. announced the Quick Connect program in response to the economic downturn caused by the...

Savannah college gets $4.8M to train workers amid pandemic

Jan. 24, 2021 10:59 AM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A community college in Savannah has been awarded $4.8 million to help train more workers, including those who have lost jobs during the pandemic. U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter said in a news release that Savannah Technical College is among community colleges nationwide receiving the federal...

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a coronavirus press conference at 10 Downing Street in London, Friday Jan. 22, 2021.  Johnson announced that the new variant of COVID-19, which was first discovered in the south of England, may be linked with a possible increase in the mortality rate. (Leon Neal/Pool via AP)

Britain's Boris Johnson presses Biden for new trade deal

Jan. 24, 2021 9:41 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson made clear to President Joe Biden on Saturday that he's eager to forge a new U.S.-U.K. trade deal. The push for a new deal came in a broad-ranging call between the two leaders that touched on the global response to the coronavirus pandemic as well as...

Health Connector continuing open enrollment until March 23

Jan. 24, 2021 9:22 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Health Connector is continuing open enrollment until March 23, providing additional time for state residents to access affordable health insurance — particularly those hurt by the economic impacts of COVID-19. Officials said that with open enrollment ongoing,...

Nevada pandemic death tops 4,000; 1,501 more cases reported

Jan. 23, 2021 5:02 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada's pandemic death toll exceeded 4,000 on Saturday as the state reported over 1,500 additional known COVID-19 cases. The Department of Health and Human Services 1,501 additional cases and 53 additional deaths, increasing the state's totals to 269,713 cases and 4,011 deaths. COVID-19...

President Joe Biden speaks during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021.(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool)

At 78 and the oldest president, Biden sees a world changed

Jan. 23, 2021 1:41 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — When Joe Biden took the oath of office as the 46th president, he became not only the oldest newly inaugurated U.S. chief executive in history but also the oldest sitting president ever. Biden was born Nov. 20, 1942, in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He was 78 years, two months and one day old...

FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2021 file photo, demonstrators face police officers during clashes in Ettadhamen City near Tunis. Protests have swept towns and cities throughout Tunisia for a week, often turning to violence as demonstrators denounce what they say are broken promises from the government, which hasn't been able to turn around an economy on the verge of bankruptcy. (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi, File)

Tunisia extends curfew, ban on protests as virus cases jump

Jan. 23, 2021 12:48 PM EST

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia is extending its virus curfew and banning demonstrations as it tries to stem a rapid rise in infections and calm tensions after a week of protests and rioting over economic troubles. New clashes between protesters and police broke out Saturday hours after the new virus...