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Indoor dining restrictions to be eased in New Hampshire

Sep. 24, 2020 5:19 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire restaurants will be allowed to move tables closer together starting Oct. 1 if they install barriers between them, Gov. Chris Sununu said Thursday. Currently, tables must be placed at least 6 feet apart to reduce the risk of the coronavirus. With the weather getting...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Sep. 24, 2020 4:36 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania’s newspapers: Census Bureau needs more time, and Congress must act fast to make sure everyone gets counted The Philadelphia Inquirer Sept. 23 A pandemic that has killed more than 200,000 Americans, and the toxic politics of a...

Maine coronavirus rates remain low; schools get aid

Sep. 24, 2020 3:14 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The coronavirus hospitalization and positivity rates in Maine remain well below national averages despite recent outbreaks in the southern part of the state. Maine has about one hospitalized patient per 100,000 residents, said Nirav Shah, director of the Maine Center for Disease...

A woman wearing a face mask to protect against the coronavirus walks past a shopping mall on a rainy day in Beijing, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. Even as China has largely controlled the outbreak, the coronavirus is still surging across other parts of the world. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: China lifts pandemic bar on entry by foreigners

Sep. 23, 2020 11:50 PM EDT

BEIJING — Chinese officials say foreigners holding certain types of visas and residence permits will be permitted to return to China as the threat of the new coronavirus continues to recede. The decision lifts a months-long blanket suspension covering most foreigners apart from diplomats and those in...

Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, testifies during a Senate Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Hearing on the federal government response to COVID-19 on Capitol Hill Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in Washington. (Graeme Jennings/Pool via AP)

US experts vow ‘no cutting corners’ as vaccine tests expand

Sep. 23, 2020 7:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A huge international study of a COVID-19 vaccine that aims to work with just one dose is getting underway as top U.S. health officials sought Wednesday to assure a skeptical Congress and public that they can trust any shots the government ultimately approves. Hopes are high that answers...

FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2020, file photo Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Robert Redfield appears at a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing on a

200,000 dead as Trump vilifies science, prioritizes politics

Sep. 23, 2020 11:07 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — “I did the best I could,” President Donald Trump said. Huddled with aides in the West Wing last week, his eyes fixed on Fox News, Trump wasn’t talking about how he had led the nation through the deadliest pandemic in a century. In a conversation overheard by an...

Maine CDC opens investigation into school outbreak

Sep. 22, 2020 3:31 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — State officials have opened an investigation into an outbreak of coronavirus that forced a school to move into full-time remote learning mode, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. The outbreak at Sanford High School and Sanford Regional Technical Center...

FILE - In this Monday, June 29, 2020, file photo, men in face masks walk past a hair product billboard on the street in Soweto, South Africa. The coronavirus pandemic has fractured global relationships as governments act in the interest of their citizens first, but John Nkengasong, Africa's top public health official, has helped to steer the continent's 54 countries into an alliance praised as responding better than some richer nations. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, File)

As US struggles, Africa's COVID-19 response is praised

Sep. 22, 2020 2:27 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — At a lecture to peers this month, John Nkengasong showed images that once dogged Africa, with a magazine cover declaring it “The Hopeless Continent." Then he quoted Ghana's first president, Kwame Nkrumah: “It is clear that we must find an African solution to our problems,...

Recent Kansas editorials

Sep. 22, 2020 9:10 AM EDT

The Kansas City Star, Sept. 19 Republican Roger Marshall and Democrat Barbara Bollier are two very different candidates, a fact sharply revealed in the state’s first, and perhaps only, Senate debate. Marshall said Bollier does not represent “Kansas values.” He’s wrong, if...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, file photo, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Robert Redfield puts his mask back on after speaking at a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing on a

CDC changes, then retracts, web posting on how virus spreads

Sep. 21, 2020 8:23 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The top U.S. public health agency stirred confusion by posting — and then taking down — an apparent change in its position on how easily the coronavirus can spread from person to person through the air. But officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say their...