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FILE - In this July 27, 2020, file photo, nurse Kathe Olmstead prepares a shot for part of a study of a possible COVID-19 vaccine, developed by the National Institutes of Health and Moderna, in Binghamton, N.Y. Moderna, Pfizer and AstraZeneca have all reported promising results with their vaccines, according to preliminary data, but it could be well into 2021 before they're rolled out on a large scale. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File)

The Latest: CDC advisory panel to meet on vaccine allocation

Nov. 27, 2020 6:57 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — ATLANTA — A panel of U.S. advisers will meet Tuesday to vote on how scarce, initial supplies of a COVID-19 vaccine will be given out once one has been approved. Experts have proposed giving the vaccine to health workers first. High priority also may be given to workers in essential...

Arkansas coronavirus hospitalizations rise again

Nov. 27, 2020 6:25 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The number of people hospitalized in Arkansas with COVID-19 climbed again Friday after this week surpassing 1,000 for the first time since the pandemic began. The state reported 1,011 people were hospitalized with the disease caused by the novel coronavirus Friday, an increase of...

Vehicles line up as a healthcare worker helps to check in as citizens is being tested at the COVID-19 drive-thru testing center at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens on Sunday, November 22, 2020.(David Santiago/Miami Herald via AP)

Experts: Virus numbers could be erratic after Thanksgiving

Nov. 27, 2020 6:04 PM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The coronavirus testing numbers that have guided much of the nation's response to the pandemic are likely to be erratic over the next week or so, experts said Friday, as fewer people get tested during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and testing sites observe shorter hours. The result...

Medical staff work at a COVID-19 testing site at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, Conn., on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020.  An increase in demand for coronavirus testing in advance of Thanksgiving has led to hours-long lines across Connecticut as providers scramble to add capacity and hire new workers.  (Mark Mirko/Hartford Courant via AP)

Virus hospitalizations top 1,000 again in Connecticut

Nov. 27, 2020 5:37 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The number of Connecticut residents hospitalized with COVID-19 topped 1,000 on Friday, the first time it has been that high since mid-May. The new data also showed the number of nursing home residents who have been infected since the pandemic began has topped 10,000. The state...

Belgium's Prime Minister Alexander De Croo, center, speaks during a news conference following a government meeting on the coronavirus, COVID-19, in Brussels, Friday, Nov. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys, Pool)

Belgium eases some pandemic rules, stays strict on Christmas

Nov. 27, 2020 4:30 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgium has relaxed some rules imposed to contain the coronavirus resurgence but is remaining strict on family gatherings over Christmas. Now that all the virus indicators are declining, the government said Friday that non-essential shops could open under restricted conditions next week....

In this Dec. 4, 2015 photo, people gather at the intersection of Ninth and Massachusetts streets as Santa Claus is heroically rescued from the roof of Weaver's department store by two Lawrence firefighters in a ladder truck in Lawrence, Kan.  This event is not happening this year as the pandemic strains hospitals. Instead, Santa will appear on the first three Saturdays of December atop a truck decked out in garlands, poinsettias and pine cones.   (The Lawrence Journal-World via AP)

Parades, other holiday traditions upended due to pandemic

Nov. 27, 2020 3:47 PM EST

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Holiday traditions have been upended across Kansas due to a surge in coronavirus cases, forcing Santa to stay firmly on the ground in one city and transforming parades elsewhere. In Lawrence, hundreds usually turn out on the Friday after Thanksgiving to watch firefighters use a ladder...

A currency trader watches monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Nov. 27, 2020. Asian stock markets declined Friday as questions about the effectiveness of one possible coronavirus vaccine weighed on investor optimism. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Stocks rise on Wall Street as S&P 500 hits record high

Nov. 27, 2020 2:10 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The S&P 500 rose to a record high Friday as investors continue to look forward to the distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine and relief for the global economy. The benchmark index rose 8.70 points, or 0.2%, led by gains in technology companies, and closed at an all-time high of 3,638.35....

Followers of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr,gather in Tahrir Square, Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, Nov. 27, 2020. Thousands took to the streets in Baghdad on Friday in a show of support for a radical Iraqi cleric ahead of elections slated for next year, stirring fears of a spike in coronavirus cases. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

Two protesters dead as supporters of Iraqi cleric rally

Nov. 27, 2020 1:16 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Confrontations between demonstrators and followers of a firebrand cleric left two protesters dead in southern Iraq on Friday, officials said, as thousands also took to Baghdad's streets in a show of support for the preacher ahead of elections next year. Two protesters were killed and 10...

North Dakota tops 900 deaths since start of pandemic

Nov. 27, 2020 12:19 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota has surpassed 900 deaths due to complications from COVID-19, with more than 200 of the fatalities coming in just the past two weeks, according to figures released Friday by the state Department of Health. Officials confirmed five new deaths in the last day, bringing the...

Women sow potatoes in a field in Pisac, in southern rural Peru, Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. Small farmers in Peru provide a majority of the food that ends up on the South American nation's dinner tables. But a severe economic contraction has left many peasants bankrupt and uncertain about whether they will be able to keep growing crops. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)

Pandemic pushes Peru's vital peasant farmers to the brink

Nov. 27, 2020 12:06 PM EST

PISAC, Peru (AP) — Under a punishing Andean sun, Nazario Quispe digs his plow into the soil where he is growing dozens of different potato varieties — uncertain when he will be able to afford the seeds and supplies to sow them again. Farmers like Quispe are responsible for the food that lands on 70%...