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New unemployment head balances paying claims, stopping fraud

Dec. 2, 2020 2:34 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's acting unemployment director told lawmakers on Wednesday that her office is trying to strike a balance between quickly paying benefits to jobless workers and preventing fraud, saying impostor claims are rampant in a backlog of approximately 90,000 cases. Liza Estlund Olson...

State again opening COVID-19 recovery sites as cases surge

Dec. 2, 2020 2:32 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts public health officials are planning to open another facility to help house residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 and need a safe and therapeutic space to recover while isolating from others. Early in the pandemic, the state established a network of hotels for...

Virus rules prompt restaurant closures in Missouri cities

Dec. 2, 2020 2:32 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Health officials in Kansas City and St. Louis County who shut down some bars and restaurants in recent days for violating coronavirus restrictions are facing legal action and criticism from business owners and some public officials. A Kansas City bar owner is asking a Jackson County...

Ugandan opposition presidential candidate Bobi Wine shows a photograph depicting a victim of recent electoral-related violence in the country, at the Electoral Commission in Kampala, Uganda Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020. Wine said Wednesday after meeting the head of the country's electoral body that he would resume his campaign after suspending it in protest over police brutality after police shot his car tires and fired rubber bullets that injured his bodyguards and supporters. (AP Photo/Ronald Kabuubi)

Ugandan opposition candidate Bobi Wine resumes campaign

Dec. 2, 2020 2:32 PM EST

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan opposition presidential hopeful and musician Bobi Wine said Wednesday he would resume his campaign after suspending it in protest over police brutality. Wine spoke to journalists in the capital, Kampala, after meeting the head of the country’s electoral body. He...

In this Monday, Nov. 16, 2020, photo, interim Oklahoma Health Commissioner Dr. Lance Frye speaks during a news conference in Oklahoma City. Concerning the coronavirus surge in Oklahoma, Frye said in a statement

Oklahoma reports record-high 54 deaths as virus surges

Dec. 2, 2020 2:31 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma health officials reported a record-high 54 deaths from COVID-19 on Wednesday, more than double the previous one-day record, as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases continues to surge. The latest deaths were reported in 23 counties across the state between Oct. 24 and Nov....

Old Dominion forward Kalu Ezikpe, top, and Maryland forward Galin Smith battle for the opening tip-off in an empty arena during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in College Park, Md., Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. (Karl Merton Ferron/The Baltimore Sun via AP)

The Latest: Michigan pauses football, cancels Maryland game

Dec. 2, 2020 2:28 PM EST

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Michigan’s football game this weekend against Maryland has been canceled, and the Wolverines are pausing practice until Monday. Michigan says the decision to pause in-person football activities was made in consultation...

In this Monday, Nov. 9, 2020 photo, the company sign of BioNtech stands in front of the companies headquarters in Mainz, Germany. Pfizer and BioNTech say they've won permission Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, for emergency use of their COVID-19 vaccine in Britain, the world’s first coronavirus shot that’s backed by rigorous science -- and a major step toward eventually ending the pandemic. (Arne Dedert/dpa via AP)

Who, when and how? A look at the UK's vaccination rollout

Dec. 2, 2020 2:21 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — British regulators have become the first to authorize the COVID-19 vaccine developed by American drugmaker Pfizer and Germany’s BioNTech for emergency use. Because trials of the vaccine have shown it has 95% efficacy, there is acute interest in how the U.K. plans to implement...

South Dakota reports 47 virus deaths, anticipates vaccines

Dec. 2, 2020 2:20 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota on Wednesday reported that 47 people had died from COVID-19, one of the highest single-day death tallies since the pandemic began. The state has reported more than 50 deaths in a day only twice — both in November. The total number of deaths stands at 995. The...

Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh, left, greets Penn State head coach James Franklin after an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020, in Ann Arbor, Mich. Penn State won 27-17. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Maryland-Michigan canceled by Wolverines' virus outbreak

Dec. 2, 2020 2:17 PM EST

Michigan's game against Maryland was canceled after the Wolverines suspended team activities Wednesday because of an outbreak of COVID-19 that could also threaten their rivalry game against Ohio State on Dec. 12 and the Buckeyes' chances to play for a Big Ten title. Michigan has paused in-person football...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Dec. 2, 2020 2:17 PM EST

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania’s newspapers: Ongoing GOP vote claims do real damage The York Dispatch Nov. 29 When the definitive story of the 2020 presidential election is written, it will honor the commitment to democracy demonstrated by state-level Republican...