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FILE - In this Wednesday, June 24, 2020 file photo, a volunteer receives an injection at the Chris Hani Baragwanath hospital in Soweto, Johannesburg. Refrigeration, cargo planes, and, above all, money: All risk being in short supply for the international initiative to get coronavirus vaccines to the world’s most vulnerable people. (Siphiwe Sibeko/Pool via AP, File)

The Latest: EU agency reviews Oxford coronavirus vaccine

Oct. 1, 2020 9:43 AM EDT

LONDON -- The European Medicines Agency has begun its first review process for the experimental COVID-19 vaccine being developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca. The EU regulator says it had started a “rolling review” process it hopes will expedite any eventual approval. The EMA has begun...

Topeka apartment building damaged in fire; 1 hospitalized

Oct. 1, 2020 9:04 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — One person is hospitalized after a pre-dawn fire damaged an apartment building in Topeka. KSNT-TV reports that firefighters were called to the apartment complex around 2:30 a.m. Thursday. One occupant initially refused to leave. Once the fire was out, crews coaxed that person out. That...

Polish divers find wreck of German WWII ship in Baltic Sea

Oct. 1, 2020 9:03 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A team of Polish divers say they have found almost intact the wreckage of German World War II steamer Karlsruhe, which was bombed by Soviet planes and sunk in the Baltic Sea in April 1945, with the loss of hundreds of civilian and military lives. The 10-member Baltictech team say the...

Vermont gets $9.7m in federal funds for storm damage

Oct. 1, 2020 8:58 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Agency of Transportation has received $9.7 million in federal funding to help pay for repairs to damaged roads and bridges from storms and snowmelt last year. The money from the Federal Highway Administration’s will help cover the costs of repairs due to damage...

Lawsuit filed over Kansas crash that killed mother, 4 kids

Oct. 1, 2020 8:13 AM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The paternal grandparents of a 10-year-old Kansas girl killed in a crash last week are suing the truck driver involved in the collision, along with his employer. The Wichita Eagle reports that Mark and Carrie Brady are seeking damages in excess of $75,000 from the driver and L.B....

Afghan official: 16 killed in separate traffic accidents

Oct. 1, 2020 8:09 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says at least 16 passengers were killed in separate traffic accidents Thursday in western Herat province. Jelani Farhad, spokesman for the provincial governor, said a passenger bus collided with a minivan in Adraskan district, leaving 11 people dead and seven...

People wait to ride a revolving swing at the Perry State Fair in New Lexington, Ohio, Friday, July 24, 2020. In the towns that speckle the Appalachian foothills of southeast Ohio, the pandemic has barely been felt. Coronavirus deaths and racial protests _ events that have defined 2020 nationwide _ are mostly just images on TV from a distant America. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

In Appalachia, people watch COVID-19, race issues from afar

Oct. 1, 2020 1:16 AM EDT

BUCHTEL, Ohio (AP) — The water, so cold that it nearly hurts, spills relentlessly into a concrete trough from three pipes driven into a hillside near the edge of town. People have been coming to the trough for at least a century, since horses were watered here and coal miners stopped by to wash off the...

Lucas Galloway, from left, Jaebyn Drake, Rhett Schieder and Audrey Wilcox pose for a selfie with Baby Yoda on Sept. 20, 2020, while fighting the Holiday Farm Fire in Blue River, Oregon. Beleaguered firefighters in the western United States have a new force on their side: Baby Yoda. In early September, A 5-year-old Oregon boy named Carver and his grandmother delivered a toy version of “The Mandalorian” character to a donation center for firefighters. The toy came with a handwritten note from Carver saying the toy was meant to be “a friend” in case they got lonely. Since then, Baby Yoda has been to four wildfires in two states. (Courtesy of Audrey Wilcox via AP)

Added Force: Baby Yoda a boost on Western wildfire lines

Oct. 1, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Beleaguered firefighters in the western United States have a new force on their side: Baby Yoda. A 5-year-old Oregon boy and his grandmother delivered a toy version of the pointy-eared Force user to a donation center for firefighters on Sept. 12 along with a note that read: “Here...

Kevin Conant and his wife, Nikki, hug after looking at the debris of their burnt home and business

California wildfire evacuees return home to find devastation

Oct. 1, 2020 12:20 AM EDT

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Nikki and Kevin Conant returned to their home in Northern California wine country Wednesday to find only the charred remains of their home and burned pieces of the wine barrels they used to repurpose into custom-made art and furniture. “It was like a part of me is gone,...

A group of five people have lunch together at the Newton Food Center Friday, June 19, 2020, in Singapore. Singaporeans can now wine and dine at restaurants, work out at gyms and get together with five people or less after most lockdown restrictions were lifted Friday. (AP Photo/YK Chan)

The Latest: US extends ban on cruise ships through October

Sep. 30, 2020 11:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON — Federal health officials are extending the U.S. ban on cruise ships through the end of October amid reports of recent outbreaks of the new coronavirus on ships overseas. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Wednesday that it was extending a no-sail order on cruise ships...