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A pedestrian passes the perimeter fence of the Presbyterian Church in Bedfordview, Johannesburg South Africa, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. The fence is covered with ribbons to represent a person who has died in the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

The Latest: South Africa cabinet minister dies from virus

Jan. 21, 2021 1:18 PM EST

JOHANNESBURG — South Africa’s president says Jackson Mthembu has died from the coronavirus, becoming the first cabinet minister to succumb to the disease. The 62-year-old Mthembu in recent months had been a central figure in communicating to the public the South African government’s response...

Bill to expand sports gambling introduced in Legislature

Jan. 21, 2021 12:34 PM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A bill to expand sports gambling in Washington state beyond Indian casinos and into privately-owned card rooms has been introduced in the state Legislature for the second consecutive year. The Senate bill seeks to expand sports betting to include the state’s licensed card rooms...

Detroit official tapped for role in Biden administration

Jan. 21, 2021 12:20 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — A member of Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan’s team who worked in housing, planning and development and helped spearhead neighborhood revitalization has been appointed to the administration of President Joe Biden. Arthur Jemison took the oath of office Wednesday as principal deputy assistant...

President Joe Biden addresses the nation at the Celebrating America concert at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, after his inauguration.. (Joshua Roberts/Pool photo via AP)

Biden to sign virus measures, requires mask use to travel

Jan. 21, 2021 10:19 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Deep in the deadliest coronavirus wave and facing worrisome new mutations, President Joe Biden will kick off his national COVID-19 strategy to ramp up vaccinations and testing, reopen schools and businesses and increase the use of masks — including a requirement that Americans...

From left, Bobbi Furlong, Carol Flaker, and Becky McAdams of New Jersey show the paper numbers that reserve their place in line to receive the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at International High School in Paterson, N.J., Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. Paterson's mayor called on the federal government to provide New Jersey with more coronavirus vaccines as the city's walk-in site again drew several hundred people, some of whom had lined up at 4:30 a.m. (AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey)

Biden's COVID-19 plan: Masks, testing, more vaccine supplies

Jan. 21, 2021 5:38 AM EST

A day after being sworn in, President Joe Biden is rolling out a national strategy to fight COVID-19, reopen the nation's schools and restart the U.S. economy. His plan calls for an expansion of coronavirus testing, accelerated vaccine distribution and new action to prepare for future biological threats. The plan...

Beshear to co-chair national task force on economic recovery

Jan. 21, 2021 4:16 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear has been chosen to help lead a national task force that will offer guidance to states on economic recovery amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The National Governors Association said Wednesday that Beshear will serve as co-chairman of its Economic Recovery and...

Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th president of the United States by Chief Justice John Roberts as Jill Biden holds the Bible during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Analysis: Biden issues call to unity that comes with urgency

Jan. 21, 2021 12:12 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — As newly inaugurated leaders often do, President Joe Biden began his tenure with a ritual call for American unity. But standing on the same Capitol steps where just two weeks ago rioters laid siege to the nation's democracy, Biden's words felt less like rhetorical flourishes and more...

A Sri Lankan airport worker stands next to a thermal scanner inside a terminal at the Katunayake International Airport in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. Sri Lanka's tourism minister said that the airports in the country will be reopened for tourists according to health guidelines from Jan.21. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

The Latest: Sri Lanka reopens tourism after 10-month closing

Jan. 20, 2021 11:56 PM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Sri Lanka is welcoming tourists again after keeping the doors closed to visitors for nearly 10 months due to the coronavirus pandemic. The government’s action Thursday is seen as an effort to revive the island nation’s tourism industry, which has been badly hit by the...

Missouri Republicans move to limit health officials' power

Jan. 20, 2021 6:41 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Republican senators in Missouri on Wednesday debated ways to check health officials' power in response to their handling of the coronavirus pandemic. One proposal would ensure there are no government-imposed occupancy limits on churches and other places of worship during public...

Governor tests negative; teachers want vaccine

Jan. 20, 2021 5:33 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Gov. Phil Scott on Wednesday tested negative for COVID-19 after possible exposure to the coronavirus from a participant at the governor’s recent coronavirus briefing who tested positive, the governor’s office said. Scott will continue to quarantine and be tested again...