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FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo, Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Rachel Levine provides an update on the coronavirus known as COVID-19 in Harrisburg, Pa. President-elect Joe Biden has tapped Levine to be his assistant secretary of health, leaving her poised to become the first openly transgender federal official to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. (Joe Hermitt/The Patriot-News via AP, File)

Biden picks transgender woman as assistant health secretary

Jan. 19, 2021 10:07 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden has tapped Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine to be his assistant secretary of health, leaving her poised to become the first openly transgender federal official to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. A pediatrician and former Pennsylvania physician...

FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2020, file photo, President-elect Joe Biden's Homeland Security Secretary nominee Alejandro Mayorkas speaks at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del. The last time Mayorkas faced Senate confirmation, not a single Republican voted for him because there was an open investigation into his management of the U.S. immigration agency under President Barack Obama.. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

The Latest: Mayorkas to address 'horrifying' Capitol attack

Jan. 19, 2021 10:05 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Senate confirmation hearings for President-elect Joe Biden’s nominees for his administration (all times local): 10 a.m. President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the Department of Homeland Security will address the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol at the...

A woman walks past a bank's electronic board showing the Hong Kong share index at Hong Kong Stock Exchange in Hong Kong Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. Shares advanced in Asia on Tuesday as the changing of the guard in the U.S. raised hopes for more support for the economy and more aggressive measures to fight the pandemic. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Wall Street rally gets back on track; stocks and yields rise

Jan. 19, 2021 10:04 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are climbing on Wall Street Tuesday, recovering some of last week’s losses to pull closer to their record highs. The S&P 500 was 0.6% higher in early trading and got back within 1% of its record set earlier this month. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 140 points,...

American Samoa residents stranded by virus to stop in Hawaii

Jan. 19, 2021 9:58 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii is assisting about 800 residents of American Samoa traveling through Oahu to their island home, which was cut off by the coronavirus. The U.S. territory in the Pacific, located 2,200 miles (3,541 kilometers) south of Hawaii, closed its borders March 13 to protect the islands from...

The capital's popular Nine Streets shopping area is near-deserted during lockdown in Amsterdam, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. The Dutch government this week extended by three weeks the tough lockdown in force since mid-December amid fears that coronavirus infection rates are not declining quickly enough and fears about a new more transmissible variant of the virus. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

Dutch govt to beef up lockdown amid fears about new variants

Jan. 19, 2021 9:55 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch government said Tuesday it needs to beef up lockdown measures “as soon as possible” to rein in the spread of the coronavirus amid fears about more transmissible variants. Health Minister Hugo de Jonge said in a letter to parliament that the government...

Alaska restaurant program helps businesses and community

Jan. 19, 2021 9:49 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A grant program established to help restaurants struggling under the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic is reaping rewards for the businesses and those consuming their goods. The Restaurant Rescue program aims to keep restaurants busy while feeding residents in need,...

In this Jan. 6, 2021 file photo, President-elect Joe Biden speaks at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

AP-NORC poll: Virus, economy swamp other priorities for US

Jan. 19, 2021 9:49 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Containing the coronavirus outbreak and repairing the economic damage it has inflicted are the top priorities for Americans as Joe Biden prepares to become the 46th president of the United States, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research....

Workforce increase reinforces Alaska virus contact tracing

Jan. 19, 2021 9:47 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska’s coronavirus contact tracing effort is rebounding after several months of hiring and several weeks of decreased daily cases, officials said. State officials said great improvements have been made since November, when the contact tracing corps was overwhelmed and...

In this Jan. 15, 2021 file photo, President-elect Joe Biden speaks during an event at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

The Latest: Biden to attend Mass with congressional leaders

Jan. 19, 2021 9:46 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Joe Biden's presidential inauguration (all times local): 9:45 a.m. Joe Biden will strike a unity theme before his inauguration as president on Wednesday by worshipping with Congress’ top four Republican and Democratic leaders. The Democratic president-elect has talked...

Governor: 700,000 seniors in Florida have received vaccine

Jan. 19, 2021 9:38 AM EST

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Some 700,000 senior citizens have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday. The governor also said during a Tuesday morning during a news conference at a Jupiter that all 67 Publix pharmacies in Palm Beach County will begin offering...