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Groups ask utilities commission to investigate ex-chairman

Jan. 27, 2021 4:24 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Environmental advocacy groups asked the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio on Wednesday to expand its investigation of Ohio's largest electric utility to include whether the commission's former chairman was unduly influenced by the company, Akron-based FirstEnergy Corp. A motion...

Denver asks appeals court to stop ruling on homeless sweeps

Jan. 27, 2021 10:51 AM EST

DENVER (AP) — The city of Denver is asking a federal appeals court to block a judge's ruling that requires officials to give seven days' notice before clearing illegal homeless encampments. Lawyers for the city made the request to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals Tuesday and also filed notice that they...

FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2020, file photo, demonstrators with the New York Immigration Coalition rally asking President-elect Joe Biden to prioritize immigration reform in New York. Immigrant rights activists energized by a new Democratic administration and majorities on Capitol Hill are gearing up for a fresh political battle to push through a proposed bill from Biden that would open a pathway to citizenship for up to 11 million people. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Veteran activists campaign for Biden's immigration reform

Jan. 26, 2021 8:00 PM EST

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Immigrant rights activists energized by a new Democratic administration and majorities on Capitol Hill are gearing up for a fresh political battle to push through a proposed bill from President Joe Biden that would open a pathway to citizenship for up to 11 million people. The...

AG seeks information about hospital vaccine plans

Jan. 26, 2021 2:31 PM EST

Rhode Island's attorney general asked the state's two biggest hospital groups to explain their coronavirus vaccine distribution policies in light of reports that some board members, trustees and administrative staff have been receiving inoculations. “Rhode Islanders need to have confidence that vaccine...

Nevada eyes 50% limit on income of inmates for restitution

Jan. 26, 2021 1:59 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada officials have directed the Department of Corrections to draft a new regulation that would set a 50% limit on the amount of funds the state can take from prisoners and use for victim restitution. The board had decided in October to suspend a policy that allowed officials to take up...

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)

The Latest: New virus clusters hit China's north provinces

Jan. 23, 2021 9:38 PM EST

BEIJING — A Chinese city has brought 2,600 temporary treatment rooms online as the country’s north battles new clusters of coronavirus. The single-occupancy rooms in the city of Nangong in Hebei province just outside Beijing are each equipped with their own heaters, toilets, showers and other...

Hispanic farm workers wait in line to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in Mecca, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. The farmworkers who got their shots are among the millions of immigrants around the United States, who advocacy groups warn may be some of the most difficult people to reach during the largest vaccination campaign in American history. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Language barriers, wariness make vaccinating immigrants hard

Jan. 22, 2021 11:04 PM EST

MECCA, Calif. (AP) — Migrant workers lined up by the hundreds during a break from picking produce this week to receive the coronavirus vaccine on a Southern California grape farm. The farmworkers who got their shots are among vulnerable immigrants in the United States — particularly the 11 million...

Hispanic farm workers wait in line to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in Mecca, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. The farmworkers who got their shots are among the millions of immigrants around the United States, who advocacy groups warn may be some of the most difficult people to reach during the largest vaccination campaign in American history. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

VIRUS TODAY: Barriers slow efforts to vaccinate immigrants

Jan. 22, 2021 3:44 PM EST

Here's what's happening Friday with the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S.: THREE THINGS TO KNOW TODAY — Advocacy groups are warning that immigrants in the U.S. may be some of the most difficult people to reach during the national drive to vaccinate the population against the virus. Some immigrants in the...

A man carries a child, both wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus, as they stroll along a street near the popular frozen Houhai Lake in Beijing, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. China is making some of its toughest travel restrictions yet as coronavirus cases surge in several northern provinces ahead of the travel rush for Lunar New Year on next month. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

The Latest: Shanghai locks down 2 major hospitals over cases

Jan. 21, 2021 10:33 PM EST

BEIJING — Shanghai has imposed lockdowns on two of China’s best-known hospitals after they were linked to new coronavirus cases. Outpatient services have been suspended at Fudan University Shanghai Cancer Center and Renji Hospital, both of which have been cordoned off along with some surrounding...

President Joe Biden signs his first executive orders in the Oval Office of the White House on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Time, transparency needed as Biden inherits frazzled census

Jan. 21, 2021 9:14 PM EST

Battered by criticism that the 2020 census was dangerously politicized by the Trump administration, the U.S. Census Bureau under a new Biden administration has the tall task of restoring confidence in the numbers that will be used to determine funding and political power. Picking up the pieces of a long,...