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Biden picks transgender woman as assistant health secretary

Jan. 19, 2021 9:53 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...

Virus prompts subsistence, recreational Hawaii fishing boom

Jan. 19, 2021 9:52 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — An increase in the number of anglers plying Hawaii's shores has provided much needed food and recreation while helping keep supply shops afloat during the coronavirus pandemic. Fishing supply store personnel said noncommercial fishing in Hawaii has boomed since the outbreak of COVID-19,...

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...

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 opens higher as focus shifts to Biden, earnings

Jan. 19, 2021 9:46 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are opening higher on Wall Street Tuesday as the earnings reporting season for U.S. companies gets into high gear and as traders turn their focus to the transition to the administration of President-elect Joe Biden. The S&P 500 was up 0.7% in the early going. The Nasdaq and a...

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...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020 file photo, Health Officials in hazmat suits wait at the gate to check body temperatures of passengers arriving from the city of Wuhan, at the airport in Beijing, China. A panel of experts commissioned by the World Health Organization has criticized China and other countries for not moving to stem the initial outbreak of the coronavirus earlier and questioned whether the U.N. health agency should have labeled it a pandemic sooner. (AP Photo Emily Wang, File)

Panel: China, WHO should have acted quicker to stop pandemic

Jan. 19, 2021 9:38 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — A panel of experts commissioned by the World Health Organization has criticized China and other countries for not moving to stem the initial outbreak of the coronavirus earlier and questioned whether the U.N. health agency should have labeled it a pandemic sooner. In a report issued to the...

Navajo nation reports 65 new COVID-19 cases, 3 more deaths

Jan. 19, 2021 9:35 AM EST

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — Officials on the Navajo Nation reported 65 new COVID-19 cases and three more deaths. The latest figures released late Sunday bring the total reported coronavirus cases on the reservation to 26,448, including 922 deaths. Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said in a statement that...

Grocery store workers not in line for next phase of vaccine

Jan. 19, 2021 9:31 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's plan for the next phase of coronavirus vaccinations covers essential workers, including teachers, child care providers, law enforcement officers and hospital staff who aren't on the front lines. In Wisconsin, it doesn't include grocery store employees, as recommended by...