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FILE - In this Wednesday, June 24, 2020 file photo, a volunteer receives an injection at the Chris Hani Baragwanath hospital in Soweto, Johannesburg. Refrigeration, cargo planes, and, above all, money: All risk being in short supply for the international initiative to get coronavirus vaccines to the world’s most vulnerable people. (Siphiwe Sibeko/Pool via AP, File)

The Latest: EU agency reviews Oxford coronavirus vaccine

Oct. 1, 2020 9:43 AM EDT

LONDON -- The European Medicines Agency has begun its first review process for the experimental COVID-19 vaccine being developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca. The EU regulator says it had started a “rolling review” process it hopes will expedite any eventual approval. The EMA has begun...

A group of five people have lunch together at the Newton Food Center Friday, June 19, 2020, in Singapore. Singaporeans can now wine and dine at restaurants, work out at gyms and get together with five people or less after most lockdown restrictions were lifted Friday. (AP Photo/YK Chan)

The Latest: US extends ban on cruise ships through October

Sep. 30, 2020 11:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON — Federal health officials are extending the U.S. ban on cruise ships through the end of October amid reports of recent outbreaks of the new coronavirus on ships overseas. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Wednesday that it was extending a no-sail order on cruise ships...

Minnesota candidate for U.S. Senate Jason Lewis stands after being recognized by Vice President Mike Pence at Minneapolis- St. Paul International Airport on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020.(Evan Frost/Minnesota Public Radio via AP)

Judge rejects candidate's challenge to Minnesota virus rules

Sep. 30, 2020 5:04 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday rejected a challenge by Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis to Minnesota's coronavirus restrictions, turning aside the former congressman's arguments that the rules unconstitutionally limit his freedom to campaign. U.S. District Judge Donovan Frank...

People celebrate in front of the Sendai High Court after the court's ruling on the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant disaster in Sendai, northern Japan, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. The court on Wednesday found negligence by the government and the operator of the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant in failing to take tsunami measures to prevent the 2011 nuclear disaster, ordering them to jointly pay some 1 billion yen ($9.5 million) in damages to thousands of residents for their lost livelihoods. (Yusuke Ogata/Kyodo News via AP)

Japan court orders gov't, TEPCO to pay in Fukushima disaster

Sep. 30, 2020 11:23 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese court on Wednesday found the government and the operator of the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant negligent for failing to take measures to prevent the 2011 nuclear disaster, ordering them to pay some 1 billion yen ($9.5 million) in damages to thousands of residents for their lost...

Tax relief aimed at New Mexico's drought-stricken ranchers

Sep. 30, 2020 12:07 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Farmers and ranchers in New Mexico are eligible for an additional year to defer tax on any gains from the forced sale of livestock due to continued drought. The Internal Revenue Service says drought-stricken farmers and ranchers in certain regions spanning 46 states are eligible...

A local resident Shin Dae-sik, 83, speaks during an interview at his home in Cheongju, South Korea, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. The coronavirus is forcing South Koreans to celebrate their Thanksgiving holiday differently this year, that begin Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. Shin said about 15 family members assembled for Chuseok in past years but they decided not to do so this week. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

The Latest: COVID-19 outbreak on ship off Australia's coast

Sep. 29, 2020 3:50 PM EDT

PERTH, Australia — Authorities are concerned by a COVID-19 outbreak aboard a cargo ship off Australia's northwest coast that has infected most of the crew. Eight more members of the Filipino crew tested positive for the new coronavirus on Monday, bringing the number of infections to 17 out of a crew of 21....

Embers fly from a tree as the Glass Fire burns in St. Helena, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Power shut off set for 65,000 California electric customers

Sep. 28, 2020 2:00 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Power will be shut off for 65,000 Northern California electric customers in 16 counties to prevent the spread of wildfires that have engulfed areas of the state, officials said Sunday. Pacific Gas & Electric, the nation’s largest electric utility, shut off power to 11,000...

Cal Fire's Boggs helitack assist in putting out a 12 acre brush fire in Larkfield Calif., Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. (Kent Porter/The Press Democrat via AP)

Power company plans series of shutoffs to prevent wildfires

Sep. 26, 2020 10:06 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — One of California's largest power companies announced Saturday it plans to temporarily shut off power to residents of 16 counties and a tribe to prevent wildfires sparked by electrical equipment. Pacific Gas & Electric Co. said it will initially shut off power to about 15,000...

Closures, evacuations in wildfire north of Phoenix

Sep. 26, 2020 7:37 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Some residents have evacuated summer homes northeast of Phoenix where a wildfire in the Tonto National Forest has burned about 10 square miles (26 square kilometers) of grass and brush since it broke out Friday afternoon. Crews set backfires to help protect structures and other assets near...

Firefighters return to Conn. after battling Calif. wildfires

Sep. 26, 2020 6:28 PM EDT

Marlborough, Conn. (AP) — A group of 10 firefighters from Connecticut and Massachusetts has returned home after spending the last several weeks helping to battle wildfires in northern California. The contingent left Connecticut on Sept. 4 and initially worked with the Hoopa Tribe on the Hoopa Valley...