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A chain blocks the sidewalk entrance to the front steps of the Maine State House, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, in Augusta, Maine. With the FBI warning of potential violence at all state capitols Sunday, Jan. 17, the ornate halls of government and symbols of democracy looked more like heavily guarded U.S. embassies in war-torn countries.    (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

State capitols boarded up, fenced off, patrolled by troops

Jan. 16, 2021 8:11 PM EST

A double row of chain-link fencing circles the Arizona State Capitol. Windows on the Illinois and Ohio statehouses have been boarded up. National Guard troops in camouflage and flak jackets and heavily armed state troopers were stationed at state capitals across the U.S. in advance of protests planned for Sunday....

FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2021, file photo, Walgreens pharmacist Chris McLaurin prepares to vaccinate Lakandra McNealy, a Harmony Court Assisted Living employee, with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in Jackson, Miss. The coronavirus vaccines have been rolled out unevenly across the U.S., but some states in the Deep South have had particularly dismal inoculation rates. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

Deep South falls behind in coronavirus vaccine drive

Jan. 15, 2021 9:30 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The coronavirus vaccines have been rolled out unevenly across the U.S., but four states in the Deep South have had particularly dismal inoculation rates that have alarmed health experts and frustrated residents. In Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and South Carolina, less than 2% of the...

Alabama knocks off No. 14 Mississippi State women 86-78

Jan. 14, 2021 10:46 PM EST

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Jordan Lewis scored 11 of her 22 points in the fourth quarter and Alabama came on strong after halftime to bump off No. 14 Mississippi State 86-78 Thursday night. The last time the Crimson Tide (11-1, 4-1 Southeastern Conference) were in Starkville, they edged Mississippi State,...

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...

FILE - This Aug. 17, 2017 file photo shows Meredith C. Anding Jr. in Jackson, Miss. Anding, one of the

Meredith Anding Jr., member of the 'Tougaloo Nine,' dies

Jan. 12, 2021 10:38 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Meredith C. Anding Jr., a member of the “Tougaloo Nine," who famously participated in a library “read-in” in segregated Mississippi 60 years ago, has died. He was 79. Anding was diagnosed with leukemia and had been sick since March, his son Armaan Anding said. He...

Tourists stroll on the shore of Xcalacoco beach in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo state, Mexico, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 202, amid the new coronavirus pandemic. Quintana Roo, the country's tourism crown jewel, home to Cancun, the Riviera Maya and Tulum, received more than 900,000 tourists spanning the end of 2020 and the start of 2021. (AP Photo/Emilio Espejel)

Mexico sees holiday bump in tourism amid pandemic surge

Jan. 12, 2021 1:21 PM EST

TULUM, Mexico (AP) — The friends from Jackson, Mississippi, relaxed on lounge chairs dug into a white sand beach and romped in the turquoise Caribbean waters, grateful for a break from the pandemic winter in the United States. They were among tens of thousands of American tourists who descended on Mexico's...

Members of the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol Honor Guard prepare to raise the new Mississippi State flag at the Capitol in Jackson, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. Earlier in the afternoon, Republican Gov. Tate Reeves signed a law that created the new state flag with magnolia at the center, six months after the state retired the last state flag in the U.S. that included the Confederate battle emblem. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi governor signs law for flag without rebel emblem

Jan. 12, 2021 10:47 AM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi hoisted a new state flag without the Confederate battle emblem on Monday, just over six months after legislators retired the last state banner in the U.S. that included the divisive rebel symbol. The new flag has a magnolia and the phrase, “In God We Trust.”...

FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2018 photograph, author Angie Thomas holds a copy of her novel,

Angie Thomas Writers Scholarship to be awarded for 2nd time

Jan. 8, 2021 4:44 AM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A private university in Mississippi is preparing to award a second scholarship to an incoming freshman who will major in creative writing. The Angie Thomas Writers Scholarship will cover tuition, room and board at Belhaven University in Jackson. The program might also provide smaller...

Carter leads No. 14 Mississippi State women past Gators

Jan. 7, 2021 8:26 PM EST

GAINSVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jessika Carter scored 25 poin ts and grabbed 15 rebounds for her 16th career double-double and No. 14 Mississippi State turned back Florida 68-54 on Thursday night. The Bulldogs took the lead for good when six different players scored, three of them hitting 3-pointers, in a 15-2 run...

Lawson scores 30, leads South Carolina over Texas A&M 78-54

Jan. 7, 2021 12:06 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — AJ Lawson scored 19 of his career-high 30 points in the second half as South Carolina pulled away and beat Texas A&M 78-54 on Wednesday night in the Gamecocks' Southeastern Conference opener. South Carolina (3-2, 1-0), which had a 28-day layoff before an eight-point win over...