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As COVID fears ebb, Japan readies for tourists from abroad

Jun. 27, 2022 21:25 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The rickshaw men in Tokyo are adding English-speaking staff, a sure sign Japan is bracing for a return of tourists from abroad. Japan’s border controls to curb the spread of coronavirus infections began gradually loosening earlier this month. That's...

Chief investigator questioned in auditor corruption trial

Jun. 27, 2022 19:59 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The chief investigator in the criminal corruption case against Delaware State Auditor Kathy McGuiness tried repeatedly under cross-examination Monday to deflect responsibility for false statements he made in a search warrant affidavit and which were later reiterated in an...

Families brace for changes to pandemic-era free school meals

Jun. 27, 2022 17:07 PM EDT

ESSEX, Vt. (AP) — Before the pandemic, there was no room in the budget for Kate Murphy’s children to buy lunch at school. She and her husband would buy in bulk and make bag lunches at home. So the free school meals that were made available to students nationwide amid the crisis have brought...

Court revives block of vaccine mandate for federal workers

Jun. 27, 2022 14:38 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — In a reversal for President Joe Biden, a federal appeals court in New Orleans on Monday agreed to reconsider its own April ruling that allowed the administration to require federal employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The new order from the 5th U.S....

White House to resume its full tour schedule next month

Jun. 27, 2022 14:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Public tours of the White House will return to a full operating schedule next month, after nearly a year and a half of disruptions due to the coronavirus pandemic. Free tours of the executive mansion were suspended when President Joe Biden took office, as...

Wimbledon Queue returns 3 years later after COVID-19 hiatus

Jun. 27, 2022 13:49 PM EDT

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — “They want to know if they can drink,” went the inquiry from one card distributor to a steward at Wimbledon Park as hundreds of tents in all hues dotted the still-green grass. “Drink? Like, ‘drink’ drink? Why not?” arrived the hushed reply,...

More than 1 million voters switch to GOP in warning for Dems

Jun. 27, 2022 13:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A political shift is beginning to take hold across the U.S. as tens of thousands of suburban swing voters who helped fuel the Democratic Party's gains in recent years are becoming Republicans. More than 1 million voters across 43 states have switched to the...

Germany's Lufthansa to return some A380s to service

Jun. 27, 2022 11:21 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Lufthansa said Monday that it plans to put some of its Airbus A380 superjumbo jets back into service next year after mothballing the aircraft at the height of the coronavirus pandemic. Lufthansa said it is currently assessing how many A380s will be...

US grapples with whether to modify COVID vaccine for fall

Jun. 27, 2022 11:03 AM EDT

U.S. health authorities are facing a critical decision: whether to offer new COVID-19 booster shots this fall that are modified to better match recent changes of the shape-shifting coronavirus. Moderna and Pfizer have tested updated shots against the super-contagious omicron variant,...

Will he go or not? Hong Kong awaits word on Xi Jinping visit

Jun. 27, 2022 07:22 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Will he go or not? Chinese President Xi Jinping kept Hong Kong guessing on Monday about his possible appearance at the 25th anniversary of the former British colony’s return to Chinese rule. The government has yet to say whether he will be...