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FILE - In this on March 11, 2012 file photo, Dallas Seavey pulls in to the checkpoint in Unalakleet, Alaska, during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. The world's most famous sled dog race will go forward in 2021, and officials are preparing for every potential contingency now for what the coronavirus and the world might look like in March when the Iditarod starts. It's not the mushers that worry Iditarod CEO Rob Urbach; they're used to social distancing along the 1,000 mile trail. The headaches start with what to do with hundreds of volunteers needed to run the race, some scattered in villages along the trail between Anchorage and Nome, to protect them and the village populations. (Marc Lester/Anchorage Daily News via AP, File)

Iditarod preps for any scenario as 2021 race plans proceed

Sep. 24, 2020 8:36 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The world’s most famous sled dog race will go forward in 2021, and amid the ongoing pandemic, officials now are preparing for every possible contingency for what the race and the world might look like in March when the Iditarod starts. It’s not the mushers who worry...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020 file photo, senior Clinical Research Nurse Ajithkumar Sukumaran prepares the COVID 19 vaccine to administer to a volunteer, at a clinic in London. The British government on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020 says it may take part in a study that tries to deliberately infect volunteers who have been given an experimental vaccine against the coronavirus in an effort to more quickly determine if the vaccine works. The approach, called a challenge study, is risky but proponents think it may produce results faster than typical studies, which wait to see if volunteers who have been given an experimental treatment or a dummy version get sick.  (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

UK may take part in COVID-19 vaccine 'challenge studies'

Sep. 24, 2020 4:37 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The British government says it may take part in a study that tries to deliberately infect volunteers who have been given an experimental vaccine against the coronavirus in an effort to more quickly determine if the vaccine works. The approach, called a challenge study, is risky but...

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Push is underway to test COVID-19 vaccines in diverse groups

Sep. 18, 2020 1:22 PM EDT

TAKOMA PARK, Md. (AP) — In front of baskets of tomatoes and peppers, near a sizzling burrito grill, the “promotoras” stop masked shoppers at a busy Latino farmers market: Want to test a COVID-19 vaccine? Aided by Spanish-speaking “health promoters” and Black pastors, a...

Sharawn Vinson, front left, and family members and friends cheer for her daughter, Maddison Washington, 11, as they watch her virtual graduation from middle school in the living room of their three-bedroom apartment in the Brooklyn borough of New York on Friday, Aug. 21, 2020. After months of pandemic isolation and living with the fear of hunger as bills piled up, Vinson and her kids continued volunteering to help feed their own community. (AP Photo/Jessie Wardarski)

A family struggle as pandemic worsens food insecurity

Sep. 14, 2020 3:34 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — At the peak of the coronavirus pandemic this spring, Sharawn Vinson often woke up crying. A recurring thought was making the unemployed single mother desperate: That her kids could go hungry. There was also fear of contracting the virus, which has disproportionately hit low-income Black...

Sharawn Vinson, front left, and family members and friends cheer for her daughter, Maddison Washington, 11, as they watch her virtual graduation from middle school in the living room of their three-bedroom apartment in the Brooklyn borough of New York on Friday, Aug. 21, 2020. After months of pandemic isolation and living with the fear of hunger as bills piled up, Vinson and her kids continued volunteering to help feed their own community. (AP Photo/Jessie Wardarski)

A family struggle as pandemic worsens food insecurity

Sep. 14, 2020 3:31 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — At the peak of the coronavirus pandemic this spring, Sharawn Vinson often woke up crying. A recurring thought was making the unemployed single mother desperate: That her kids could go hungry. There was also fear of contracting the virus, which has disproportionately hit low-income Black...

Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health, attends a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing to discuss vaccines and protecting public health during the coronavirus pandemic on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, in Washington. (Greg Nash/Pool via AP)

Vaccine by Nov. 3? Halted study explains just how unlikely

Sep. 9, 2020 6:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The suspension of a huge COVID-19 vaccine study over an illness in a single participant shows there will be “no compromises” on safety in the race to develop the shot, the chief of the National Institutes of Health told Congress on Wednesday. AstraZeneca has put on hold...

White House seeking volunteers for Christmas decorating

Sep. 3, 2020 11:42 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The holidays must go on, even with a pandemic and a heated presidential election. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump are opening the White House to the public for Christmas decorating and are seeking volunteers. The White House is also inviting musicians, bands and choirs...

Teresa Stanfield, seated at center, the Oklahoma field director with Virginia-based Prison Fellowship, and Teresa Peden, right, pastor of recovery ministry at Crossing Community Church, are pictured in the camera display of videographer Drew Darby, left, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, in Oklahoma City. Normally, Stanfield is behind bars, talking with inmates about how she changed the course of her troubled life. The coronavirus has forced her out of prisons. For the time being, Stanfield is videotaping her message. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Amid virus lockdowns, prison ministry groups had to adapt

Aug. 29, 2020 7:32 AM EDT

Normally Teresa Stanfield spends her days in prisons talking with inmates about how she changed the course of her troubled life, and how they can do the same. But the coronavirus has locked her on the outside. “When COVID came and shut down programming, I was extremely disappointed,” said...

People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus ride an escalator as they arrive at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Aug. 24, 2020.South Korea counted its 11th straight day of triple-digit daily jumps in coronavirus cases Monday and health officials pleaded for people to follow guidelines or risk further restrictions or strains on hospitals. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

The Latest: SKorea closes schools in greater capital area

Aug. 24, 2020 10:36 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea is closing schools and switching back to remote learning in the greater capital area as the country counted its 12th straight day of triple-digit daily increases in coronavirus cases. Education Minister Yoo Eun-hae said Tuesday that at least 193 students and teachers were found...

President Donald Trump stands on stage during the 2020 Council for National Policy Meeting, Friday, Aug. 21, 2020, in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Republicans look to use convention as election test bed

Aug. 23, 2020 6:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are aiming to use this week's national convention as a test bed for their efforts to reelect President Donald Trump, just weeks before the start of early voting. The Republican National Committee plans to hold more than 7,500 events across the country — the majority of...