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Arizona reports dip in new virus cases; pace of deaths rises

Sep. 21, 2021 12:38 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona on Tuesday reported fewer than 2,000 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 for the first time in two weeks as the pace of the state's pandemic death toll rose. The additional 1,934 cases and 71 deaths reported Tuesday increased the state's...

Editorial Roundup: Kansas

Sep. 21, 2021 12:30 PM EDT

Kansas City Star. September XX, 2021. Editorial: Kansas leader fans unfounded fear that Afghan refugees are diseased terrorists During and after the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, Republicans roundly blamed President Joe Biden for...

Lawmakers attempt to revive nationwide eviction moratorium

Sep. 21, 2021 12:19 PM EDT

Several progressive lawmakers on Tuesday introduced a bill that would reimpose a nationwide eviction moratorium at a time when deaths from COVID-19 are running at their highest levels since early March. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo., said the...

Brazil's Bolsonaro rebuffs criticism on pandemic, Amazon

Sep. 21, 2021 12:09 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro issued a strident defense of his administration at the U.N. General Assembly, rebuffing criticism of its handling of the pandemic and touting recent data indicating less Amazon deforestation. His presence at the...

Maine tops 1,000 deaths as delta variant fills hospitals

Sep. 21, 2021 11:58 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine topped 1,000 COVID-19 deaths as the delta variant continues to fill the state's hospital beds, and Gov. Janet Mills used the “grim and unwelcome milestone” to press Tuesday for residents to get vaccinated. An additional 18 deaths...

Mayor of small coastal Georgia town dies from COVID-19

Sep. 21, 2021 11:56 AM EDT

RICEBORO, Ga. (AP) — The mayor of a small coastal Georgia town has died from complications due to COVID-19 Riceboro Mayor Joe Harris died Tuesday, Pearlie Axson, the town's mayor pro tem, told local news outlets. Harris died at Liberty Regional...

Ohio Rep. Bob Latta contracts COVID-19 after vaccination

Sep. 21, 2021 10:59 AM EDT

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) — U.S. Rep. Bob Latta became the second member of Congress from Ohio to test positive this week for COVID-19 despite being vaccinated against the virus. The Republican lawmaker from the 5th Congressional District announced Tuesday he contracted...

'Dear Evan Hansen' filmmakers refine a hit Broadway musical

Sep. 21, 2021 10:55 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Millions of people will get a chance to get to know the shy, teenager Evan Hansen this month, but Ben Platt is waving farewell. The actor and singer is intimately intertwined with Evan, originating the role in 2015 and eventually leading the stage...

Biden bets on rapid COVID tests but they can be hard to find

Sep. 21, 2021 10:45 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is betting on millions more rapid, at-home tests to help curb the latest deadly wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, which is overloading hospitals and threatening to shutter classrooms around the country. But the tests have already...

'The world must wake up': Tasks daunting as UN meeting opens

Sep. 21, 2021 10:37 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — In person and on screen, world leaders returned to the United Nations' foremost gathering for the first time in the pandemic era on Tuesday with a formidable, diplomacy-packed agenda and a sharply worded warning from the international organization's leader: “We face the...