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Hawaii's governor welcomes travelers as COVID counts drop

Oct. 19, 2021 21:46 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii's COVID-19 case counts and hospitalizations have declined to the point where the islands are ready to welcome travelers once again, the governor said Tuesday. Gov. David Ige said vacationers and business travelers are welcome to return to the...

Union Pacific and its unions sue each other over vaccine

Oct. 19, 2021 21:38 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Union Pacific and its labor unions are suing each other to determine whether the railroad has the authority to require its employees to get vaccinated against the coronavirus. The unions argue that the Omaha, Nebraska-based railroad should have...

WVa lawmaker compares federal vaccine rule to Nazi Germany

Oct. 19, 2021 20:53 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia’s Senate president compared the U.S. government’s COVID-19 vaccine regulation for companies to Nazi Germany as the Republican-controlled Senate narrowly passed a bill Tuesday to limit employers in their ability to require workers to be vaccinated...

1,887 WA workers fired, leave jobs due to vaccine mandate

Oct. 19, 2021 20:25 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — More than 1,800 Washington state workers have been fired, resigned or retired due to the state's COVID-19 vaccination mandate, according to data released Tuesday. The latest numbers released by the governor’s Office of Financial Management show...

Navajo Nation: No COVID-related deaths 14th time in 20 days

Oct. 19, 2021 20:23 PM EDT

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation on Tuesday reported 85 more COVID-19 cases, but no additional deaths for the 14th time in the past 20 days. The latest numbers pushed the tribe’s totals to 34,999 confirmed COVID-19 cases from the virus since the pandemic...

Businesses nervously await fine print of vax-or-test rule

Oct. 19, 2021 20:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than six weeks after promising a new vaccination-or-testing rule covering the millions of Americans at companies with 100 or more workers, President Joe Biden’s most aggressive move yet to combat the COVID-19 pandemic is almost ready to see the light of day. ...

21 Chicago cops put on 'no pay status' in vaccine standoff

Oct. 19, 2021 19:58 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown said Tuesday that 21 officers have been placed on “no pay status” for refusing to comply with the city's order to disclose their COVID-19 vaccination status. Brown said that the refusals have not affected...

US Labor Department warns 3 GOP states over COVID rules

Oct. 19, 2021 19:42 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Biden administration threatened Tuesday to revoke the authority for three Republican-controlled states to handle their own workplace safety enforcement because they have refused to adopt rules to protect health care workers from COVID-19. The threats...

Idaho health officials say COVID case numbers are flattening

Oct. 19, 2021 19:18 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho's COVID-19 case numbers are so high that the state is still worse off than when it first entered crisis standards of care, but public health officials said Tuesday that some hope is on the horizon. “For the first time since July, things are...

US high court won’t block vaccines for Maine health workers

Oct. 19, 2021 18:57 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court declined Tuesday to block a vaccine requirement imposed on Maine health care workers, the latest defeat for opponents of vaccine mandates. It was the first time the Supreme Court weighed in on a statewide vaccine mandate. It...