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President-elect Joe Biden speaks during a meeting at The Queen theater Monday, Nov. 23, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Biden transition gets govt OK after Trump out of options

Nov. 24, 2020 12:09 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government recognized President-elect Joe Biden as the “apparent winner” of the Nov. 3 election, formally starting the transition of power after President Donald Trump spent weeks testing the boundaries of American democracy. He relented after suffering yet more...

FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2020, file photo Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden smiles as former Secretary of State John Kerry, left, takes the podium to speak at a campaign stop at the South Slope Community Center in North Liberty, Iowa. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Biden set to formally introduce his national security team

Nov. 24, 2020 12:08 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden is set to formally introduce his national security team to the nation, building out a team of Obama administration alumni that signals his shift away from the Trump administration’s “America First” policies and a return to U.S. engagement on...

In this Nov. 18, 2020 photo, a person wearing a face mask crosses Broad Street in Philadelphia. As governors and mayors grapple with an out-of-control pandemic, they are ratcheting up mask mandates and imposing restrictions on small indoor gatherings, which have been blamed for accelerating the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Thanksgiving could be make-or-break in US virus response

Nov. 24, 2020 1:33 AM EST

In Pennsylvania, if you’re having friends over to socialize, you’re supposed to wear a mask — and so are your friends. That’s the rule, but Barb Chestnut has no intention of following it. “No one is going to tell me what I can or not do in my own home” said Chestnut, 60,...

Travelers leave the AirTrain at JKF International Airport Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, in New York. Rising U.S. coronavirus cases, a new round of state lockdowns and public health guidance discouraging trips are dampening enthusiasm for what is usually the biggest travel period of the year. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Millions stick to Thanksgiving travel plans despite warnings

Nov. 23, 2020 10:43 PM EST

About 1 million Americans a day packed airports and planes over the weekend even as coronavirus deaths surged across the U.S. and public health experts begged people to stay home and avoid big Thanksgiving gatherings. And the crowds are only expected to grow. Next Sunday is likely to be the busiest day of the...

President-elect Joe Biden speaks Monday, Nov. 9, 2020, at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Approval for transition gives Biden team access to resources

Nov. 23, 2020 9:40 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government is set to begin working with President-elect Joe Biden's transition team now that the head of the General Services Administration has “ascertained” that he is the apparent winner of this month's presidential election. Among other things, the...

FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2019, file photo former Fed Chair Janet Yellen speaks with FOX Business Network guest anchor Jon Hilsenrath in the Fox Washington bureau in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Awaiting Yellen at Treasury: Yet another daunting crisis

Nov. 24, 2020 12:01 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Janet Yellen is in line for another top economic policy job — just in time to confront yet another crisis. Yellen, President-elect Joe Biden's apparent choice for treasury secretary, served on the Federal Reserve's policymaking committee during the 2008-2009 financial crisis that...

Wearing protective suits to prevent infection, mortuary workers prepare the body of an elderly person who died of COVID-19 before removing it from a nursing home in Barcelona, Spain, Friday, Nov. 13, 2020. After successfully bringing the daily death count down from over 900 in March to single digits by July, Spain has seen a steady uptick that brought deaths back to over 200 a day this month. With that relapse, the body collectors have returned to making the rounds of hospitals, homes and care facilities. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Spain’s mortuary workers endure the daily march of death

Nov. 24, 2020 3:07 AM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — When Marina Gómez and her fellow mortuary worker enter a room at a nursing home to remove the body of a COVID-19 victim, they work methodically and in silence. They disinfect the mouth, nose and eyes to reduce the risk of contamination. They wrap the body in the bed sheets. Two...

FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 2, 1990, file photo, David Dinkins delivers his first speech as mayor of New York, in New York. Dinkins, New York City’s first African-American mayor, died Monday, Nov. 23, 2020. He was 93. (AP Photo/Frankie Ziths, File)

NYC's first African-American mayor, David Dinkins, has died

Nov. 24, 2020 2:11 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — David Dinkins, who broke barriers as New York City’s first African-American mayor, but was doomed to a single term by a soaring murder rate, stubborn unemployment and his mishandling of a riot in Brooklyn, has died. He was 93. Dinkins died Monday, the New York City Police Department...

A Long March-5 rocket carrying the Chang'e 5 lunar mission lifts off at the Wenchang Space Launch Center in Wenchang in southern China's Hainan Province, early Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. China launched an ambitious mission on Tuesday to bring back material from the moon's surface for the first time in more than 40 years — an undertaking that could boost human understanding of the moon and of the solar system more generally. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

Lunar mission is latest milestone in China's space ambitions

Nov. 24, 2020 2:26 AM EST

WENCHANG, China (AP) — China’s latest trip to the moon is another milestone in the Asian powerhouse’s slow but steady ascent to the stars. China became the third country to put a person into orbit a generation ago and the first to land on the far side of the moon in 2019. Future ambitions...

Cashier Druhan Parker, center, works behind a plexiglass shield Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, as he checks out shoppers at an Ulta beauty store on Chicago's Magnificent Mile. The pandemic has forced people to spend more time with themselves than ever. Along the way, it has reshaped and broadened the way many think about and prioritize how they treat themselves — what has come to be called self-care. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

In pandemic era's isolation, meaning of 'self-care' evolves

Nov. 24, 2020 3:04 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — These days, with a pandemic raging, this is what life can look like: Staring at your face on Zoom for hours instead of occasionally glimpsing it in the mirror. Living out the days in loungewear. Wearing minimal makeup because no one sees much of you. Considering an investment in home...

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Qantas Chief Executive Officer Alan Joyce gestures during a results announcement in Sydney, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020. Qantas Airways announced that the pandemic cost it 4 billion Australian dollars ($2.9 billion) in revenue in the last fiscal year and warned that international travel won't resume before mid 2021. (Dean Lewins/AAP Image via AP)

International flyers may soon need to get virus vaccinations

Nov. 24, 2020 5:02 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — International air travel could come booming back next year but with a new rule: Travelers to certain countries must be vaccinated against the coronavirus before they can fly. Encouraging news about vaccine development has given airlines and nations hope they may soon be able...

Construction cranes are located at various construction sites at Bakenhafen and Ueberseequartier in Hafencity in Hamburg, Germany, Monday, Nov. 16, 2020. In the background you can see the striking roof silhouette of the Elbe Philharmonic Hall. (Christian Charisius/dpa via AP)

German business confidence down for 2nd consecutive month

Nov. 24, 2020 4:59 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Business confidence in Germany, Europe's biggest economy, fell for a second consecutive month in November as a resurgence of coronavirus infections led to partial shutdowns across the continent, a closely watched survey showed Tuesday. Still, the decline was smaller than economists had...

A medical worker scans the nucleic acid samples collected from a mass testing at a lab in north China's Tianjin Municipality on Monday, Nov. 23, 2020. China has reported new coronavirus cases in the cities of Shanghai and Tianjin as it seeks to prevent small outbreaks from becoming larger ones. (Chinatopix via AP)

The Latest: Germany wants quarantines before holiday visits

Nov. 24, 2020 4:53 AM EST

BERLIN — Germany’s 16 states want people to self-quarantine for several days before visiting family at Christmas, to reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus to elderly and vulnerable relatives. The dpa news agency reported Tuesday that states have agreed among themselves on a proposal for...

UK telecom companies face big fines under new security law

Nov. 24, 2020 4:46 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Telecom companies in Britain face hefty fines if they don't comply with strict new security rules under a new law proposed in Parliament on Tuesday that is aimed at blocking high-risk equipment suppliers like China's Huawei. The Telecommunications (Security) Bill tightens security...

China' Foreign Minister Wang Yi, left, and his Japanese counterpart Toshimitsu Motegi bump elbows at the start of their talks amid the coronavirus outbreak, in Tokyo on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. Wang met Motegi on Tuesday to discuss ways to revive their pandemic-hit economies as well as regional concerns over China’s growing influence. (Issei Kato/Pool Photo via AP)

China FM in Japan to discuss virus, regional concerns

Nov. 24, 2020 4:46 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with his Japanese counterpart in Tokyo on Tuesday to discuss ways to revive their pandemic-hit economies as well as regional concerns over China’s growing influence. Wang and Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi were expected to discuss...

Japan ex-PM Abe's office investigated over funding scandal

Nov. 24, 2020 4:44 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe acknowledged Tuesday his office is being investigated for questionable expenses linked to a dinner party his office hosted for his supporters ahead of an annual cherry blossom viewing party — a scandal that has been on the backburner for months....

Kurdish and Turkey-backed fighters clash in Syria, 11 killed

Nov. 24, 2020 4:40 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Clashes between Kurdish fighters and Turkey-backed opposition gunmen in northern Syria left at least 11 fighters dead in some of the most intense fighting in weeks between the two sides, an opposition war monitor and a Kurdish spokesman said Tuesday. Exchange of fire and shelling between the...

China criticizes pope over comment on Uighur Muslim minority

Nov. 24, 2020 4:37 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China criticized Pope Francis on Tuesday over a passage in his new book in which he mentions suffering by China’s Uighur Muslim minority group. Foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said Francis’ remarks had “no factual basis at all.” “People of all...

A man wearing a protective face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walks past an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. Asian shares were mostly higher Tuesday, encouraged by news on the development of coronavirus vaccines and more assurance for a transition of power in the U.S. to President-elect Joe Biden. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Global shares mostly rise on virus vaccines, Yellen hopes

Nov. 24, 2020 4:22 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Global shares were mostly higher Tuesday, encouraged by news on the development of coronavirus vaccines and more assurance of a transition of power in the U.S. to President-elect Joe Biden. The U.S. federal government recognized Biden as the “apparent winner” of the Nov. 3...

From left to right, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Bahrain's Foreign Minister Abdullatif bin Rashid Alzayani hold a joint press conference after their trilateral meeting in Jerusalem on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020. (Menahem Kahana/Pool via AP)

Israel's Netanyahu says he will pay a visit to Bahrain soon

Nov. 24, 2020 4:17 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that he spoke with the crown prince of Bahrain and would visit the Gulf state soon, a month after the two countries established formal diplomatic relations. Bahrain’s foreign minister visited Israel last week in a mark of the...