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Johnson voices caution over next lockdown easing in England

Jun. 12, 2021 10:49 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave a strong hint Saturday that the next planned relaxation of coronavirus restrictions in England this month will be delayed as a result of the spread of the delta variant first identified in India. In a series of...

As virus cases wane, governors weigh ending emergency orders

Jun. 12, 2021 10:46 AM EDT

New coronavirus infections and deaths in the U.S. are down dramatically from earlier highs, though more contagious variants are spreading. Most people are now are at least partially vaccinated, yet lingering hesitancy has slowed the pace and even caused some doses to go to waste. ...

The Latest: China, US diplomats clash over virus origin

Jun. 12, 2021 10:40 AM EDT

BEIJING — Top U.S. and Chinese diplomats appear to have had another sharply worded exchange, with Beijing saying it told the U.S. to cease interfering in its internal affairs and accusing it of politicizing the search for the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic. Senior...

Moscow orders new restrictions as COVID-19 infections soar

Jun. 12, 2021 09:35 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Moscow's mayor on Saturday ordered a week off for some workplaces and imposed restrictions on many businesses to fight coronavirus infections that have more than doubled in the past week. The national coronavirus taskforce reported 6,701 new cases of...

CTA hopes to win back Chicago riders after pandemic slump

Jun. 12, 2021 09:24 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Commuters returning to the buses and trains run by the Chicago Transit Authority will be greeted by employee volunteers acting as “ambassadors,” part of a campaign to bring riders back as coronavirus restrictions end. The CTA launched the campaign in...

Saudi Arabia says hajj to be limited to 60,000 in kingdom

Jun. 12, 2021 06:55 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia announced Saturday this year's hajj pilgrimage will be limited to no more than 60,000 people, all of them from within the kingdom, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The announcement by the kingdom comes after it ran...

Pandemic relapse spells trouble for India's middle class

Jun. 12, 2021 02:54 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Ram Babu moved from his village to the Indian capital New Delhi in 1980, to clean cars. Soon, he learned to drive and got a job as a tour bus driver. Decades later, he set up his own company, Madhubani Tours and Travels. In March 2020, a stringent...

Historic St. Paul building transforms itself during pandemic

Jun. 12, 2021 01:07 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Built over a century ago as headquarters for James J. Hill’s two railroad enterprises and First National Bank, a mammoth Lowertown building is getting new life as an office for government agencies and their clients. The 14-story, block-length...

California governor pledges consistent workplace mask rules

Jun. 11, 2021 21:50 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday that he's confident the state's workplace regulators will soon fall in line with California's plan to drop virtually all masking and social distancing requirements next week for people who are vaccinated against the coronavirus. ...

Tourism closure extended on tribal land known for waterfalls

Jun. 11, 2021 20:11 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A small Native American tribe whose reservation lies deep in a gorge off the Grand Canyon has suspended tourism until February because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Havasupai reservation is renowned for its blue-green waterfalls that draw tourists from...