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A man and woman wearing masks to help protect themselves from the coronavirus share a smartphone on the street in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. A global team of researchers for the World Health Organization arrived Thursday in the Chinese city where the coronavirus pandemic was first detected to conduct a politically sensitive investigation into its origins amid uncertainty about whether Beijing might try to prevent embarrassing discoveries. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The Latest: China says COVID-19 hospitalizations above 1,000

Jan. 14, 2021 9:40 PM EST

BEIJING — China says it is now treating more than 1,000 people for COVID-19 as numbers of cases continue to surge in the country’s north. The National Health Commission said Friday that 1,001 patients are under care for the disease, 26 of them in serious condition. It says 144 total new cases were...

Construction workers wearing face masks to protect against the spread of the coronavirus exit an elevator in Beijing, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. China is concentrating its pandemic prevention efforts in the rural areas as officials urge people to not travel home for the annual Lunar New Year festival, as the country combats its most serious latest outbreak of COVID-19 since the pandemic originally broke out in Wuhan a year ago. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: Coronavirus cases surging in northeast China

Jan. 13, 2021 9:27 PM EST

BEIJING — China is seeing a new surge in coronavirus cases in its frozen northeast, and has reported its first death attributed to COVID-19 in months. Officials said Thursday that Heilongjiang province in the region traditionally known as Manchuria recorded 43 new virus cases, most of them centered on the...

Montana governor relaxes COVID-19 restrictions on businesses

Jan. 13, 2021 7:02 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte announced Wednesday that he is removing existing health mandates issued by his predecessor, saying the restrictions are harmful to the state's businesses. Gianforte, a Republican, said his goal is to move away from specific mandates and toward...

The House State Administration Committee hears testimony on HB 122, a bill seeking to revise the state's disaster and emergency services and executive power, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, at the State Capitol in Helena, Mont. (Thom Bridge/Independent Record via AP)

Montana bill seeks to limit governor's power in disasters

Jan. 12, 2021 6:56 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana House committee on Tuesday debated a bill to limit the governor's power to issue orders during declared disasters lasting longer than two months and shift that authority to state lawmakers during emergencies like the coronavirus pandemic. The measure comes in response to...

Registered nurse Amy Brown receives the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccination on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020 at St. Peter's Health in Helena, Mont. (Thom Bridge/Independent Record via AP)

State prioritizes over 70, underlying conditions for vaccine

Jan. 9, 2021 11:35 AM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana's new plan for distributing the COVID-19 vaccine now prioritizes people age 70 and older and those with specific underlying health conditions to receive the second round of vaccines, drawing criticism from advocates for groups including teachers and those living in congregate...

Montana liability bill intended to limit virus litigation

Jan. 8, 2021 1:44 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana Senate committee is considering a bill that would provide liability protection for businesses and health care providers against lawsuits related to the pandemic. The Senate Business, Labor and Economic Affairs Committee held a hearing Friday on the bill, which Gov. Greg...

Gov. Greg Gianforte talks about his administration's budget proposal in the Governor's Reception Room on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. (Thom Bridge/Independent Record via AP)

Gianforte details tax cuts, lower spending in new budget

Jan. 7, 2021 6:37 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte released his budget proposal Thursday, following through on his campaign promises to try to reduce taxes and hold the line on state spending. The proposal decreases general fund spending by $100 million over the biennium compared to the budget proposed two...

Montana Republicans who support Trump denounce violence

Jan. 7, 2021 3:50 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — After months of tacitly or directly supporting President Donald Trump's denial of the results of the 2020 election, top Montana Republicans denounced the violence that took over the nation's Capitol and delayed Congress' certification of the presidential election for Joe Biden. But one...

A man wearing a face mask to protect against the spread of the coronavirus walks past a display of lanterns at a public park in Beijing, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021. China has designated parts of Hebei province near Beijing as a coronavirus high danger zone after 14 new cases of COVID-19 were found. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: China's Hebei toughens virus rules over outbreak

Jan. 5, 2021 9:19 PM EST

BEIJING — China’s Hebei province is enforcing stricter control measures following a further rise in coronavirus cases in the province, which is adjacent to the capital Beijing and is due to host events for next year’s Winter Olympics. The National Health Commission on Wednesday reported 20...

Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte speaks to members of the press in the Governor's Reception Room of the Montana State Capitol in Helena, Mont. Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021. (Thom Bridge/Independent Record via AP)

Gianforte sets guidelines for lifting mask mandate

Jan. 5, 2021 6:03 PM EST

Montana's governor said he will lift the statewide mask mandate put in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus after more vulnerable people receive vaccines and the Legislature sends him a bill to protect businesses, schools, churches and nonprofits from lawsuits if they follow public health guidelines....