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State Reps. Lola Sheldon-Galloway, R-Great Falls, left, and Sharon Greef, R-Florence, listen to testimony in the House Judiciary Committee at the State Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, in Helena, Mont. (Thom Bridge/Independent Record via AP)

Bills to restrict abortion access considered in Montana

Jan. 20, 2021 2:59 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana lawmakers began debating two proposals Tuesday that would restrict access to abortions in the state, launching a renewed focus for the Republican-controlled Legislature on abortion limits after the state in November elected its first Republican governor in 16 years. One bill...

Amalia Ayala, front, a resident of Las Brisas Sunset senior apartment complex in San Luis, Ariz., deposits saliva for her COVID-19 test during the ASU and Equality Health Foundation pilot program on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. Free saliva tests engineered by Arizona State University's Biodesign Institute are administered in Yuma County's small border city of San Luis to disabled and older people living in subsidized housing. The tests have also been given to hundreds of farmworkers. (Cesar Neyoy/The Yuma Sun via AP)

Military nurses, tests coming to help hard-hit Arizona city

Jan. 18, 2021 9:20 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Exhausted nurses in rural Yuma, Arizona, regularly send COVID-19 patients on a long helicopter ride to Phoenix when they don't have enough staff. The so-called winter lettuce capital of the U.S. also has lagged on coronavirus testing in heavily Hispanic neighborhoods and just ran out of...

Nevada anticipates post-holiday coronavirus data swings

Jan. 4, 2021 7:05 PM EST

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada officials say public health labs and testing sites could soon face a possible post-holiday surge as people return from holiday gatherings. The state reported 23 deaths and 1,414 new coronavirus cases on Monday — about half the jump reported a day earlier. State...

Kansas to use genetic testing to find new coronavirus strain

Jan. 1, 2021 3:03 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas will rely on genetic tests to identify cases of a new and apparently more contagious coronavirus strain that was first seen in England, the director of the state Department of Health and Environment said this week. No cases of the new strain have been detected in Kansas. Cases...

FILE - In this June 20, 2020, file photo, Tiz the Law, with jockey Manny Franco up, crosses the finish line to win  the Belmont Stakes horse race in Elmont, N.Y. Tiz the Law has been suddenly retired on the advice of a veterinarian after an X-ray revealed bone bruising in the colt’s front leg. Jack Knowlton of Sackatoga Stable tweeted Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020, “We are beyond grateful for the time we had with him.” The New York state ownership group had been expecting to race the colt as a 4-year-old next year. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Belmont winner Tiz the Law suddenly retired on vet's advice

Dec. 30, 2020 7:11 PM EST

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Belmont Stakes winner Tiz the Law has been suddenly retired on the advice of a veterinarian after an X-ray revealed bone bruising in the colt’s front leg. Jack Knowlton of Sackatoga Stable tweeted Wednesday: “We are beyond grateful for the time we had with...

This October 2020 photo provided by Pfizer shows freezers set up in a warehouse in Kalamzoo, Mich., in preparation for distribution of the company's coronavirus vaccine. (Pfizer via AP)

The Latest: US gives go-ahead for Pfizer coronavirus vaccine

Dec. 11, 2020 10:23 PM EST

WASHINGTON — The U.S. has given the final go-ahead to the nation’s first COVID-19 vaccine, marking what could be the beginning of the end of an outbreak that has killed nearly 300,000 Americans. Shots for health workers and nursing home residents are expected to begin in the coming days after the...

State health officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs explains how a person might react to a COVID-19 vaccination, right, during Gov. Tate Reeves' covid news briefing, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020 in Jackson, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi requiring hospitals to halt elective surgeries

Dec. 11, 2020 6:43 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — As Mississippi's coronavirus hospitalizations continue to surpass records, the state's top health official said Friday that hospitals full with COVID-19 patients can no longer handle elective surgeries, and he's ordering the facilities to start postponing many of the procedures next...

Expanded ER and trauma center opens at Alabama hospital

Dec. 11, 2020 12:38 PM EST

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — A new emergency department and trauma center opened Friday at a major Alabama hospital serving the Mobile area after a $20 million expansion project. USA Health cut the ribbon on a new emergency department at University Hospital. The 27,000-square-foot addition is nearly three times the...

A man wearing a face mask to protect against the spread of the coronavirus walks past Christmas decorations in a restaurant window in Hong Kong, Friday, Dec. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Asia Today: Hong Kong secures 15 million vaccine doses

Dec. 11, 2020 6:53 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong has secured delivery of 15 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, with the first million to arrive as early as January, the city’s leader said Friday. Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam said the city has reached agreements for 7.5 million doses each from Sinovac and...

FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2020, file photo, pedestrians walk past Pfizer world headquarters in New York.  A U.S. government advisory panel convened on Thursday, Dec. 10, to decide whether to endorse mass use of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine to help conquer the outbreak that has killed close to 300,000 Americans. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

Australia won't rush Pfizer after homegrown vaccine canned

Dec. 11, 2020 12:23 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Friday that his government won't rush approval of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine because he wants people to have confidence in the product His comments come as Australian researchers said they were abandoning their own potential...