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Santa Claus visits Michigan to spread cheer amid pandemic

Dec. 2, 2020 3:04 PM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Santa Claus has made his way to a Michigan city to bring some holiday cheer to children and families during the coronavirus pandemic. Santa made his first stop Tuesday to Traverse City’s central neighborhood, the Traverse City Record-Eagle reported. It is one of fours...

FILE - This May 4, 2020, file photo provided by the University of Maryland School of Medicine, shows the first patient enrolled in Pfizer's COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine clinical trial at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore.  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. (Courtesy of University of Maryland School of Medicine via AP, File)

Britain OKs Pfizer vaccine and will begin shots within days

Dec. 2, 2020 3:03 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain became the first country in the world to authorize a rigorously tested COVID-19 vaccine Wednesday and could be dispensing shots within days — a historic step toward eventually ending the scourge that has killed more than 1.4 million people around the globe. In giving the...

The Sundance Film Festival goes largely virtual for 2021

Dec. 2, 2020 3:01 PM EST

Leave the snow boots, parkas and glove warmers in the closet, the 2021 Sundance Film Festival is coming down from the mountain and straight to your living room. Organizers on Wednesday said that this year they will premiere over 70 films on a custom online platform during the seven day event. There will also be...

Family members, reflected in the window, wave goodbye to nursing home resident Barbara Farrior, 85, at the end of their visit at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale on Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020, in New York. The home offered drive-up visits for families of residents struggling with celebrating the holiday alone. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)

Nursing homes to get first round of vaccine in New York

Dec. 2, 2020 2:59 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York plans to prioritize nursing home residents and staff members when it begins distributing the first doses of a vaccine for the coronavirus, hopefully this month, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday. The state expects to receive 170,000 doses of Pfizer's vaccine by Dec. 15, if the...

Lawsuit: Transgender teen's health insurance violated ACA

Dec. 2, 2020 2:56 PM EST

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A lawsuit brought by a Bremerton family says an insurance company violated the Affordable Care Act by failing to cover gender-affirming health care for a transgender teenager. Pattie Pritchard sued Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois on behalf of her 15-year-old son, The News Tribune...

FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2020, file photo, registered nurse Chrissie Burkhiser puts on personal protective equipment as she prepares to treat a COVID-19 patient in the emergency room at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis, Mo. U.S. hospitals slammed with COVID-19 patients are trying to lure nurses and doctors out of retirement and recruiting nursing students and new graduates who have yet to earn their licenses. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

Nurses wanted: Swamped hospitals scramble for pandemic help

Dec. 2, 2020 2:55 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — U.S. hospitals slammed with COVID-19 patients are trying to lure nurses and doctors out of retirement, recruiting students and new graduates who have yet to earn their licenses and offering eye-popping salaries in a desperate bid to ease staffing shortages. With the virus surging from...

FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2020 file photo a man wearing a mask passes the New York Stock Exchange in New York. Stocks are opening moderately lower on Wall Street, edging below the record highs they set a day earlier. The S&P 500 fell 0.4% shortly after the opening bell Wednesday, Dec. 2. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Major stocks indexes hover near record highs on Wall Street

Dec. 2, 2020 2:54 PM EST

U.S. stock indexes are mixed in afternoon trading Wednesday, easing off a fresh set of record highs reached on optimism that coronavirus vaccines could soon start driving a stronger economic recovery. The S&P 500 was little changed a day after opening December with a bang. It closed at a record high of...

FILE - In this July 15, 2015 file photo, House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, listens to during a news conference at the Illinois State Capitol, in Springfield, Ill. Three more Democrats withdrew support on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020,from Speaker Michael Madigan's continued control of the Illinois House after his closest confidant and three others were indicted in a long-running bribery scheme involving utility giant ComEd. (Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP, File)

Illinois speaker's friend, 3 others enter bribery case pleas

Dec. 2, 2020 2:54 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Four people, including a close friend of Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, entered not guilty pleas Wednesday in a federal bribery case alleging a scheme with the state's largest utility in which they provided do-nothing jobs to Madigan loyalists in exchange for the speaker's help with...

Nebraska could get first virus vaccine doses mid-December

Dec. 2, 2020 2:48 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska could gets its first shipments of a coronavirus vaccine in less than two weeks if the proposed drug wins federal approval, but health care workers will be given first priority and the general public may not get access until April, state officials said Wednesday. Gov. Pete...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020 file photo, travelers walk through the Salt Lake City International Airport in Salt Lake City, a day before Thanksgiving. On Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are urging Americans to stay home over the upcoming holiday season and consider getting tested before and after if they do decide to travel. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Stay home for the holidays or get tested twice, CDC urges

Dec. 2, 2020 2:46 PM EST

Don’t travel over the upcoming holidays. But if you must, consider getting coronavirus tests before and after, U.S. health officials urged Wednesday. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that the best way to stay safe and protect others is to stay home. The agency also announced new...