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FILE - In this June 12, 2020 file photo, lead prosecutor Maria Cristina Rota talks with reporters as the leaves Palazzo Chigi premier's office, in Rome. Prosecutors from northern Italy have traveled to Rome again Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021, to question the health minister and others as part of their broadening investigation into whether to lay any criminal blame for Italy’s horrific coronavirus toll. Back in June, Bergamo prosecutors questioned Premier Giuseppe Conte, Health Minister Roberto Speranza and other top officials about the delayed lockdown in two Bergamo towns where infections were reported in the early days of Italy’s outbreak. Bergamo subsequently became the Italy’s COVID-19 epicenter, the first in the West, registering a 571% excess mortality rate in March compared to the average of the previous five years. (Roberto Monaldo/LaPresse via AP)

Probe into Italy virus response looks into preparedness plan

Jan. 28, 2021 10:35 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Prosecutors from northern Italy traveled to Rome on Thursday to question the health minister and others as part of their broadening investigation into whether to lay any criminal blame for Italy’s horrific coronavirus toll, and whether a lack of preparedness contributed to it. Back in...

A sign written in Arabic is mounted on the fence of the Assyafaah Mosque in Singapore, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021. Two Singapore mosques at the center of a foiled terrorist attack by a 16-year-old student stayed open Thursday as police stepped up patrols around the district. (AP Photo/Annabelle Liang)

Singapore mosques, worshippers react to teen’s attack plans

Jan. 28, 2021 9:07 AM EST

SINGAPORE (AP) — Two Singapore mosques that authorities said were the targets of a planned terrorist attack by a 16-year-old student stayed open Thursday as police stepped up patrols in the area. Staff at the Assyafaah Mosque and Yusof Ishak Mosque in northern Singapore said already-frequent patrols had...

In a photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer delivers her virtual State of the State address the state, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021 in Lansing, Mich. (Michigan Office of the Governor via AP)

Whitmer seeks common ground with Legislature to end pandemic

Jan. 27, 2021 9:15 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer sought “common ground” with the Republican-led Legislature in her State of the State address Wednesday, calling for quick passage of a multibillion-dollar relief plan that would prioritize coronavirus vaccinations and additional aid to Michigan...

A destroyed home is seen in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura and Hurricane Delta, in Grand Lake, La., Friday, Dec. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Insurers paid $5B for 2020 Louisiana hurricane claims so far

Jan. 27, 2021 1:04 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Insurance companies have paid out $5 billion to thousands of Louisiana customers with damage from the 2020 hurricanes so far, according to data released by Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon's office that offers the first detailed look at claims. Policyholders have filed nearly...

James Scott, 19, pauses while picking through the remains of his home, which was destroyed by a tornado, on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, in Fultondale, Ala. Scott, who survived with his mother and sister, had never lived anywhere else and isn't sure where he will wind up after the storm. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)

Governor offers help to Alabama towns hit by killer tornado

Jan. 27, 2021 11:40 AM EST

FULTONDALE, Ala. (AP) — James Scott has never lived anywhere other than a two-story house on hilly Darlene Drive north of Birmingham. Home will never be the same after a tornado smashed the structure into pieces, killed another teen and left the community devastated in the middle of the night. Standing in...

Patti Herring sobs as she sorts through the remains of her home in Fultondale, Ala., on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, after it was destroyed by a tornado. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)

Tornado leaves path of destruction in Alabama, killing 1

Jan. 26, 2021 8:41 PM EST

FULTONDALE, Ala. (AP) — A terrifying nighttime tornado that blasted through suburban Birmingham, trapping entire families in the remnants of shattered homes and killing a teenager sheltering in his basement, left a trail of destruction Tuesday that stunned even longtime residents used to Alabama's violent...

Limits on governor's disaster authority nears statewide vote

Jan. 26, 2021 7:51 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Republican-controlled Senate passed a measure Tuesday to take some emergency management power away from Pennsylvania's governors as lawmakers struck out at Gov. Tom Wolf's handling of the pandemic response. The Senate voted, 28-20, in a clash that fell largely along partisan...

A destroyed home is seen in the aftermath of both Hurricane Laura and Hurricane Delta, in Grand Lake, La., Friday, Dec. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Louisiana governor asks White House for $3B in hurricane aid

Jan. 26, 2021 3:55 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards is asking President Joe Biden for $3 billion to help Louisiana with its ongoing recovery from the 2020 hurricanes, saying Tuesday that he's filed a request with the new White House similar to the unfulfilled ask he made of the prior administration. The...

Former San Juan mayor takes 1-year position at Mount Holyoke

Jan. 26, 2021 11:40 AM EST

SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. (AP) — The former mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and critic of former President Donald Trump's hurricane relief to the island, Carmen Yulín Cruz, will take a one-year post at Mount Holyoke College. Cruz, who has had a relationship with the college established by prior speaking...

Volunteers take down information as they register people to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at the vaccination clinic put on by the City of Odessa, Odessa Fire Rescue and Medical Center Hospital Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021 at Ratliff Stadium in Odessa, Texas. (Eli Hartman/Odessa American via AP)

The Latest: Texas COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to fall

Jan. 25, 2021 8:10 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas — The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in Texas continues to fall from record highs as the state nears the end of what has been its deadliest month of the pandemic. State health officials Monday reported fewer than 13,000 people were being treated for the virus in Texas hospitals,...