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A man walks past a bank's electronic board showing the Hong Kong share index at Hong Kong Stock Exchange in Hong Kong Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. Shares fell in Asia on Tuesday after a choppy session on Wall Street yielded mixed results as the market struggled to find direction. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Asian shares retreat after bumpy day on Wall Street

Jan. 25, 2021 11:01 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares fell in Asia on Tuesday after a choppy session on Wall Street yielded mixed results as the market struggled to find direction. Hong Kong led other regional markets lower, dropping 1.9% to 29,587.91. Markets in Australia and India were closed for holidays. Traders are keeping a wary...

FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2020 file photo, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador points to a graph showing the percentages of hospital beds available, state by state, during his daily news conference at the presidential palace, Palacio Nacional, in Mexico City. López Obrador was working from isolation on Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, a day after announcing that he had tested positive for COVID-19, his interior secretary said. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)

Mexican president works from isolation after virus test

Jan. 25, 2021 9:05 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador worked from isolation Monday, a day after announcing that he tested positive for COVID-19, and was absent from his daily news conference for the first time in his two years in office. The president, who has rarely been seen wearing a...

Volunteers take down information as they register people to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at the vaccination clinic put on by the City of Odessa, Odessa Fire Rescue and Medical Center Hospital Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021 at Ratliff Stadium in Odessa, Texas. (Eli Hartman/Odessa American via AP)

The Latest: Texas COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to fall

Jan. 25, 2021 8:10 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas — The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in Texas continues to fall from record highs as the state nears the end of what has been its deadliest month of the pandemic. State health officials Monday reported fewer than 13,000 people were being treated for the virus in Texas hospitals,...

FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2020, file photo, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey puts his face covering back on after signing election documents to certify the election results for federal, statewide, and legislative offices and statewide ballot measures at the official canvass at the Arizona Capitol in Phoenix. Arizona Republicans voted Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021, to censure Cindy McCain and two prominent GOP officials who have found themselves crosswise with former President Donald Trump. Party activists also reelected controversial Chairwoman Kelli Ward, who has been one of Trump's most unflinching supporters and among the most prolific promoters of his baseless allegations of election fraud. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, Pool, File)

GOP lawmakers take aim at Ducey's pandemic emergency powers

Jan. 25, 2021 7:41 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona legislative Republicans are pushing to cut off broad emergency powers that Gov. Doug Ducey has used to restrict large gatherings and business occupancy during the coronavirus pandemic. A Senate committee voted Monday to end the public health emergency that gives the state access to...

Lamont seeks extension of emergency authority until April

Jan. 25, 2021 6:45 PM EST

Gov. Ned Lamont said Monday he plans to ask Connecticut lawmakers to extend his public health emergency powers until April 20, noting that the state is beginning to see more cases of a highly infectious COVID-19 variant. The Democrat's special executive authority, originally granted by leaders of the General...

CDC publishes paper on NFL's efforts to play 2020 season

Jan. 25, 2021 6:42 PM EST

The NFL partnered with the Centers for Disease Control to share its extensive work to reach the Super Bowl on time during a pandemic-altered season, hoping the general public can learn from its findings. The CDC published a scientific paper on Monday jointly authored with medical experts from the NFL and NFL...

Republican lawmaker aims to gut Indiana's coronavirus limits

Jan. 25, 2021 6:21 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A Republican lawmaker pushed Monday to strip away much of the authority Indiana’s state and local public health officials have used to impose restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill would prohibit health officials from steps such as imposing limits on the number of...

A Houthi supporter holds a poster with Arabic writing that reads

Biden administration suspends some sanctions on Yemen rebels

Jan. 25, 2021 4:15 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Monday suspended some of the terrorism sanctions that former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo imposed on Yemen’s Houthi rebels in his waning days in office. The Treasury Department said it would exempt certain transactions involving the Houthis from...

People work near refrigerators used to store the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021, as patients who have received the shot sit in an observation area during a one-day vaccination clinic set up in an facility in Seattle and operated by Virginia Mason Franciscan Health. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

VIRUS TODAY: US numbers fall but new strains cause concern

Jan. 25, 2021 3:51 PM EST

Here’s what’s happening Monday with the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S.: THREE THINGS TO KNOW TODAY — Coronavirus deaths and cases in the U.S. have dropped markedly over the past couple of weeks but are still running at alarmingly high levels. And the effort to snuff out COVID-19 is becoming...

Hikers told to forgo entire Appalachian Trail due to virus

Jan. 25, 2021 3:26 PM EST

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Hikers are being told by the agency that oversees the Appalachian Trail to postpone plans to cover the nearly 2,200-mile (3,540 kilometer) distance this year due to COVID-19. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy made the suggestion because it feels the pandemic makes long-distance...