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How can I volunteer for a COVID-19 vaccine study?

Sep. 29, 2020 5:12 PM EDT

How can I volunteer for a COVID-19 vaccine study? Governments and companies are setting up websites where people can sign up. Enthusiasm is high: More than 400,000 people have signed a registry of possible volunteers that’s part of a vaccine network set up by the U.S. National Institutes of Health. But...

Univ. of Michigan cancels study abroad programs due to virus

Sep. 29, 2020 4:04 PM EDT

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan has canceled undergraduate study abroad programs for the school’s upcoming winter term due to concerns over the COVID-19 virus, continuing travel restrictions and planning time needed for students. Nearly every country is under a University of...

Minot students participate in international water study

Sep. 27, 2020 5:56 PM EDT

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — A group of Minot High School honors biology students have volunteered to help with a water study that stretches from the United States to Canada. The project by the Lake Winnipeg Foundation is meant to evaluate phosphorus and dissolved oxygen levels in a portion of Souris River drainage...

Nevada reports 373 new coronavirus cases with 3 more deaths

Sep. 27, 2020 3:45 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Health officials on Sunday reported 373 new positive coronavirus cases in Nevada along with three additional deaths. That increases the statewide totals to 78,728 cases and 1,585 known deaths since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Nevada Department of Health Services officials had...

Researchers try to conserve rare mountain butterfly species

Sep. 26, 2020 1:07 PM EDT

GORHAM, N.H. (AP) — Efforts are underway to save a rare species of butterfly in the mountains of New Hampshire, but scientists are still learning about it and how it may be at risk. The White Mountain Fritillary butterfly is orange and black like the monarch butterfly but with different markings. It's...

Seminar Kibir, health lab technician prepares chemicals to process analysis of some nasal swab samples to test for COVID-19 at the Hospital of Argenteuil, north of Paris, Friday Sept. 25, 2020. France's health agency announced Thursday evening that the country has had 52 new deaths and has detected over 16,000 new cases of coronavirus in 24 hours. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

French virus testing labs under strain amid resurgent demand

Sep. 26, 2020 10:26 AM EDT

ARGENTEUIL, France (AP) — France’s COVID-19 resurgence is palpable in the buzzing biology lab of this public hospital in the Paris suburb of Argenteuil. Tube after tube arrive with new nasal swabs, now about 240 per day. And the lab director struggles to obtain enough reagents to keep up with...

Another baby orca born to endangered southern residents

Sep. 25, 2020 3:49 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Center for Whale Research has confirmed that another baby orca has been born to a pod of endangered southern resident orcas that frequent Puget Sound. It’s the second calf born this month for J pod, according to director Ken Balcomb, who confirmed the birth in a text message to...

Flower vendors wait for buyers at a wholesale market in Bengaluru, India, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. The nation of 1.3 billion people is expected to become the COVID-19 pandemic's worst-hit country within weeks, surpassing the United States. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

The Latest: $14M more in virus funds for 3 Ariz universities

Sep. 24, 2020 9:23 PM EDT

PHOENIX — Arizona will provide the state’s three public universities with $14 million in additional funding to boost their efforts to test, track and respond to the coronavirus. Gov. Doug Ducey said Thursday the money will help the universities build on their current efforts to track and contain...

Navajo Nation reports 42 new coronavirus cases and no deaths

Sep. 24, 2020 8:19 PM EDT

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — Navajo Nation health officials on Thursday reported 42 new confirmed cases of coronavirus but no additional deaths. The Navajo Department of Health said the number of known COVID-19-related deaths remains at 551 since the pandemic began. The total number of confirmed cases now...

Houston sampling wastewater to track spread of COVID-19

Sep. 24, 2020 7:57 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Results from a program that’s testing Houston’s wastewater to monitor the local spread of the coronavirus have shown that it could be a faster way of detecting outbreaks in the nation’s fourth-largest city, officials said Thursday. Since May, the city and scientists from...