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The Latest: Spain military commander out for jumping line

Jan. 23, 2021 1:28 PM EST

MADRID — Spain’s top military commander has been forced to resign after he and other high-ranking officers violated established protocols and received the COVID-19 vaccine ahead of time. Spain’s defense ministry confirmed to The Associated Press on Saturday that Minister Margarita Robles had...

New Hampshire schools face virus-related loss of funds

Jan. 23, 2021 1:21 PM EST

School districts across New Hampshire are losing money because the state’s funding formula is based on metrics heavily affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Sixteen mayors and school board leaders wrote to Gov. Chris Sununu and legislative leaders this week expressing their concerns. They explained that...

Walgreens pharmacist Stephanie Rosado, left, administers a Moderna COVID-19 vaccine shot to Peter Murdakes, a housing board member at the AHEPA apartments in Merrillville, on Monday./The Times via AP)

Indiana COVID-19 death toll grows by 50, nears 9,700

Jan. 23, 2021 12:55 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The number of Indiana residents who have died from the coronavirus grew by 50 Saturday after the Indiana Department of Health released new statistics on the pandemic. Nearly 9,700 Hoosiers now are confirmed to have died from COVID-19 or suspected of dying from it based on clinical...

State sues Lakeville bar for operating without license

Jan. 23, 2021 12:53 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Health has sued the owners of a bar in the southern Twin Cities metro area for operating as a food and beverage service without a license, the state said Saturday. The health department filed its lawsuit against Alibi Drinkery in Lakeville on Friday in Dakota...

FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2021 file photo, demonstrators face police officers during clashes in Ettadhamen City near Tunis. Protests have swept towns and cities throughout Tunisia for a week, often turning to violence as demonstrators denounce what they say are broken promises from the government, which hasn't been able to turn around an economy on the verge of bankruptcy. (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi, File)

Tunisia extends curfew, ban on protests as virus cases jump

Jan. 23, 2021 12:48 PM EST

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia is extending its virus curfew and banning demonstrations as it tries to stem a rapid rise in infections and calm tensions after a week of protests and rioting over economic troubles. New clashes between protesters and police broke out Saturday hours after the new virus...

Chicago restaurants, some bars reopen to indoor dining

Jan. 23, 2021 12:26 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Restaurants and certain bars across Chicago and suburban Cook County opened their doors to customers Saturday for the first time since late October after winning approval from Illinois health officials. Restaurants and bars that serve food can seat customers indoors at 25% capacity or 25...

Thousands of evictions loom in St. Louis amid pandemic

Jan. 23, 2021 12:04 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Thousands of eviction filings are piling up in St. Louis and St. Louis County courts, leaving landlords and tenants frustrated, and advocates predicting a tidal wave of homelessness to come. Landlords have filed for almost 5,000 evictions since mid-March, when local courts suspended them,...

New coronavirus variant shows up in North Carolina

Jan. 23, 2021 12:00 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — State officials are reporting the first case in North Carolina of a more contagious strain of the coronavirus that was first detected in the United Kingdom in December. Officials said in a news release Saturday that the B.1.1.7 variant was identified in a sample from an adult in...

A medical staff member prepares the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Tudor Ranch in Mecca, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

UK doctors seek review of 12-week gap between vaccine doses

Jan. 23, 2021 11:42 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — A major British doctors' group says the U.K. government should “urgently review” its decision to give people a second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine up to 12 weeks after the first, rather than the shorter gap recommended by the manufacturer and the World Health...

FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2021 file photo medical staff members walk between traffic cones at a mass COVID-19 vaccination site set up in the parking lot of Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, Calif. Five weeks into its vaccination program, California still doesn't have nearly the supply to meet demand and there's growing angst among residents over the difficulty to even get in line for a shot. Social media is awash with people seeking or giving tips on how to maneuver through the system. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong,File)

Hodgepodge systems, confusion mar California vaccine rollout

Jan. 23, 2021 11:35 AM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — More than five weeks into its vaccination program, California doesn't have nearly the supply to meet demand and there's growing angst among residents over the difficulty to even get in line for a shot. Social media is awash with people seeking or giving tips on how to maneuver the...