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Average US price of gas up 10 cents a gallon to $2.45

Jan. 24, 2021 5:58 PM EST

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline jumped 10 cents a gallon over the past two weeks to $2.45. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey said Sunday that a rise in crude oil prices since November caused the increase. The price at the pump is 15 cents...

Small Colorado liquor stores feeling pinch of alcohol laws

Jan. 24, 2021 10:10 AM EST

DENVER (AP) — Days into the new year, the owner of Morgans Liquor in Denver sat down with his financial books. The pandemic gave him a small boost in 2020 sales, but a troubling slide continued: His customer count continued to decline. “My dollars were up, the rings (on the register) were bigger,...

Oklahoma to target minority communities for virus vaccines

Jan. 23, 2021 5:23 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma health officials plan to work with retailers and faith leaders in minority communities across the state to ensure equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines. The Oklahoma State Department of Health plans to unveil vaccine dispensing sites in minority communities across the state in...

A patron, who did not want to give her name, shows the ticket she had just purchased for the Mega Millions lottery drawing at the lottery ticket vending kiosk in a Smoker Friendly store, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, in Cranberry Township, Pa. The jackpot for the Mega Millions lottery game has grown to $1 billion ahead of Friday night's drawing after more than four months without a winner. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Michigan Mega Millions ticket wins $1.05 billion jackpot

Jan. 23, 2021 5:11 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Someone in Michigan bought the winning ticket for the $1.05 billion Mega Millions jackpot, which is the third-largest lottery prize in U.S. history. The winning numbers for Friday night’s drawing were 4, 26, 42, 50 and 60, with a Mega Ball of 24. The winning ticket was purchased at a...

Kansas pharmacies gear up for expanded COVID-19 rollout

Jan. 23, 2021 2:53 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Hundreds, potentially thousands, of pharmacy workers could inject vaccines into the arms of Kansans in the coming months. New rules, at least for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic, now let an additional class of workers vaccinate more people faster. Pharmacists could already...

Gas price rise slows in New Jersey. around nation

Jan. 23, 2021 9:58 AM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gas prices have again increased in New Jersey and around the nation but at a slower rate than in the last few weeks. AAA Mid-Atlantic says the average price of a gallon of regular gas in New Jersey on Friday was $2.54, up two cents from a week ago. Drivers were paying an average of...

Democratic lawmaker slams Pennsylvania over vaccine rollout

Jan. 22, 2021 7:38 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Democratic state lawmaker criticized Pennsylvania’s vaccine rollout as muddled on Friday — saying other states are doing a much better job at distribution and communication — while unions representing police and prison guards expressed outrage at having been...

Following criticism, firm nixes vaccine event for employees

Jan. 21, 2021 4:05 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Several hundred people in Virginia who were not technically eligible to receive the coronavirus vaccine were nonetheless told by their employers that they could get it. More than 400 people were scheduled for a vaccination event this Sunday, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports. But...

FILE - In this July 10, 2020, file photo, healthcare workers test patients in their vehicles at a drive-thru coronavirus testing site run by the University of Nevada Las Vegas School of Medicine and the Nevada National Guard in Las Vegas. Although deaths continue to surge, the number of new coronavirus cases reported daily in Nevada has slowed. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Nevada hits 1-day death record but reports fewer new cases

Jan. 20, 2021 8:44 PM EST

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada reported 71 new deaths from the coronavirus Wednesday, setting the highest single-day toll. The deaths included people who probably contracted the virus in mid-December, state COVID-19 response director Caleb Cage said, suggesting that reverberations from holiday gatherings...

Ohio pharmacy suspended after 890 vaccine doses wasted

Jan. 20, 2021 4:19 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A pharmacy responsible for distributing the coronavirus vaccine to Ohio nursing homes failed to document storage temperatures for leftover shots, resulting in 890 doses being wasted, the state Health Department said Wednesday. The agency said it suspended SpecialtyRx in Columbus from...