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Security patrol outside the Pullman Hotel in Auckland, New Zealand, July 6, 2020. Health officials in New Zealand say Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, that genome tests indicate the country's most recent COVID-19 patient contracted the virus from another returning traveler just before leaving quarantine. (Peter Meecham/New Zealand Herald via AP)

The Latest: More rules for returning New Zealand travelers

Jan. 27, 2021 11:54 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Travelers returning to New Zealand will face stricter rules at quarantine hotels as health authorities investigate how up to three people got infected with the coronavirus while isolating at Auckland’s Pullman Hotel. The people were released before testing positive and...

Anchorage Assembly to consider city code for mask mandate

Jan. 27, 2021 9:20 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An emergency order mandating the use of masks in response to the coronavirus pandemic could be turned into city code by the Anchorage Assembly. Assembly members were expected to introduce ordinances Tuesday that could change mayoral emergency orders into local law, including a...

Alaska to debut hotline for vaccine appointment scheduling

Jan. 27, 2021 9:16 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska health officials plan to launch a live phone service for residents trying to schedule coronavirus vaccination appointments. The state currently provides an answering service through which Alaska residents seeking appointments can only leave messages, Alaska Public Media...

Indian policemen wearing face mask to prevent the spread of the coronavirus march during rehearsals of Republic Day parade in Kolkata, India, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)

The Latest: India vaccinates 2 million health workers

Jan. 26, 2021 11:59 PM EST

NEW DELHI — India has vaccinated 2 million health workers in less than two weeks and recorded 12,689 new coronavirus positive cases in the past 24 hours, a sharp decline from a peak level of nearly 100,000 in mid-September. The health Ministry said the daily new cases had fallen below 10,000 on Tuesday...

Coast Guard searching Washington waters for downed plane

Jan. 26, 2021 10:11 PM EST

PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — A search is underway for a small plane that reportedly crashed Tuesday in the waters near Port Angeles, Washington, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. The Coast Guard said on Twitter that a Cessna 170 with one man aboard was flying from Ketchikan, Alaska, when it reportedly...

Alaska to investigate issuance of offensive license plate

Jan. 26, 2021 9:07 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska department plans to investigate the issuance of “3REICH” personalized license plates, while a spokesperson for Gov. Mike Dunleavy said Dunleavy removed a member of Alaska's Human Rights Commission for comments she made about the controversy. The issue drew...

Alaska governor plans to deliver annual address remotely

Jan. 26, 2021 8:47 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy plans to deliver his State of the State address remotely this year due to “complications” created by the COVID-19 pandemic, his office announced. The speech is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, and Dunleavy will deliver it from his office in...

Alaska detects first known case of coronavirus variant

Jan. 26, 2021 7:56 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska has detected the state's first known case of the coronavirus variant identified last year in the United Kingdom, officials said Tuesday. The infected person is an Anchorage resident who had traveled to a state where the variant had already been detected, the Alaska health...

Alaska village weighs water options after fire burns plant

Jan. 26, 2021 9:52 AM EST

BETHEL, Alaska (AP) — Residents of an Alaska village met with health officials and government agencies to consider methods to restore running water after a fire destroyed the community's water plant. The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation has provided bottled water and hand sanitizer to residents of...

Fewer Alaskans screened for cancer in 2020 than pre-pandemic

Jan. 26, 2021 9:46 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Fewer Alaska residents had routine cancer screenings in 2020 than in the year before the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, doctors said. Some medical providers said the screening decrease was likely linked to anxiety related to the virus that has lasted through the pandemic,...