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FILE - In this March 12, 2019 file photo, Andrea Palm, Secretary-designee of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, speaks during a meeting with reporters in Madison, Wis. Wisconsin’s top health official, who has led the state throughout the coronavirus pandemic, is leaving for a job with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under President-elect Joe Biden. Palm has been nominated as deputy secretary of the federal agency. Palm’s last day at the Wisconsin agency is Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Scott Bauer, File)

Wisconsin's top health official departing for federal job

Jan. 18, 2021 8:31 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s top health official, who has led the state throughout the coronavirus pandemic, is leaving for a job with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under President-elect Joe Biden. Andrea Palm, secretary-designee of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services,...

Report: Fossil fuel firms failing to curb climate gas leaks

Jan. 18, 2021 8:04 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The International Energy Agency says oil and gas companies aren't doing enough to reduce the release of methane, a potent source of planet-heating emissions, that is seeping out of pipelines and production plants. A report published Monday by the Paris-based organization found the estimated...

Kemp to use $5M in virus aid to help students finish college

Jan. 18, 2021 8:04 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Some juniors and seniors at Georgia's public universities and colleges are in line for a little financial boost to help them reach their degree. Gov. Brian Kemp announced Thursday in his State of the State speech that he would use $5 million in federal coronavirus relief that he controls to...

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2021, file photo, Utah Gov. Spencer J. Cox speaks during a briefing at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City. Wages are so low for some social workers there that many have side jobs and some are on welfare, according to a memo from the administration of new Utah Gov. Cox, who is proposing adding some money to their paychecks. (Jeffrey D. Allred/Deseret News, via AP, Pool, File)

Utah social workers rely on side jobs, welfare to get by

Jan. 18, 2021 8:00 AM EST

SANDY, Utah (AP) — Crystal Rose loves the work she does as a social worker for Utah’s Division of Child and Family Services. She helps people overcome addiction and has been working for the agency for the past six years. “I absolutely love helping people and helping them find a better...

Senate to gather on 'Lobby Day' under heightened security

Jan. 18, 2021 7:59 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia state lawmakers will be meeting under heightened security Monday amid concerns about possible civil unrest in state capitals in the days leading up to President elect-Joe Biden's inauguration. Monday is also expected to bring a large showing of gun-rights supporters to...

File-This Nov. 10, 2020, file photo shows Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee speaks with reporters in Nashville, Tenn. Lee has tweeted that his wife has mild symptoms of COVID-19 after testing positive for the coronavirus. The Republican governor said Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020, that he has tested negative for the virus but will be quarantined at the Governor’s Residence out of an abundance of caution. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

Tennessee governor faces criticism for approach to virus

Jan. 18, 2021 7:41 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — As their state faced one of its toughest months of the pandemic, Tennesseans watched Gov. Bill Lee’s rare primetime address to see whether new public restrictions to curb the spread of the coronavirus might be coming. It was late December, and the state’s hospitals...

Foreign passengers wearing protective suits prepare for their flight to China at Manila's International Airport, Philippines, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. Coronavirus infections in the Philippines have surged past 500,000 in a new bleak milestone with the government facing criticisms for failing to immediately launch a vaccination program amid a global scramble for COVID-19 vaccines. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Asia Today: Philippine cases hit 500K amid vaccine struggles

Jan. 18, 2021 7:16 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Coronavirus infections in the Philippines have surged past 500,000 in a new bleak milestone with the government facing criticism for failing to immediately launch a vaccination program amid a global scramble for COVID-19 vaccines. The Department of Health reported 1,895 new...

Premier Giuseppe Conte delivers his speech at the lower chamber of Parliament, in Rome, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. Conte fights for his political life with an address aimed at shoring up support for his government, which has come under fire from former Premier Matteo Renzi's tiny but key Italia Viva (Italy Alive) party over plans to relaunch the pandemic-ravaged economy. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, pool)

Italian PM Conte seeks to save his government from falling

Jan. 18, 2021 7:15 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte on Monday acknowledged errors in fighting the unprecedented pandemic, but in a speech aimed at preserving his second mandate, he told lawmakers his government can “hold its head high.” Conte was fighting for his political life after he lost his...

A doctor inoculates Herri Rehfeld, 92, against the new coronavirus with the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine at the vaccination center at the Messe Berlin trade fair grounds on the center's opening day in Berlin, Germany, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. The center is the third to open in Berlin. Three more are to open in coming weeks once shipments of the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines pick up pace. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images via AP, Pool)

The Latest: WHO: 'Not right' to vaccinate young before old

Jan. 18, 2021 6:27 AM EST

GENEVA —The head of the World Health Organization says it’s “not right” that younger, healthier adults in rich countries get vaccinated against COVID-19 before older people in poorer countries. Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus kicked off WHO’s week-long executive...

FIL - In this Nov. 7, 2020, file photo Vice President-elect Kamala Harris speaks in Wilmington, Del. Harris will make history Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, when she becomes the nation’s first Black, South Asian and female vice president. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Harris prepares for central role in Biden's White House

Jan. 18, 2021 6:25 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kamala Harris will make history on Wednesday when she becomes the nation’s first female vice president — and the first Black woman and the first woman of South Asian descent to hold that office. But that’s only where her boundary-breaking role begins. With the...