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Pandemic may lead to long-term changes in school calendar

Apr. 15, 2021 18:52 PM EDT

Connecticut officials say the impact of the pandemic on students and their families could lead to long-term changes in how the school day and school year look in the state. Gov. Ned Lamont was joined Thursday by federal and state political leaders along with local and...

Boston marks 8 years since marathon bombing that killed 3

Apr. 15, 2021 18:22 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Boston marked eight years since the bombing at the 2013 Boston Marathon killed three people and injured scores of others on Thursday with quiet moments of reflection and small acts of kindness. Acting Mayor Kim Janey visited fire stations that had been...

The Latest: COVID-19 blamed for large increase in US deaths

Apr. 15, 2021 16:59 PM EDT

NEW YORK — New U.S. government data shows that the country saw somewhere around 600,000 more deaths than usual during a 13-month span. COVID-19 was blamed for most of those deaths. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the new estimate on Thursday. It...

UN: Tigray's humanitarian crisis worsens, no Eritrean exit

Apr. 15, 2021 14:54 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. humanitarian chief warned Thursday that the grave humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region is deteriorating, with no sign of Eritrean troops withdrawing and alarmingly widespread reports of systematic rape and other sexual violence mainly by...

UN warns COVID-19 is `roaring back' as Yemen faces famine

Apr. 15, 2021 14:48 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. humanitarian chief warned Thursday that the world’s largest humanitarian crisis in Yemen is getting even worse with the COVID-19 pandemic “roaring back” in recent weeks as the Arab world’s poorest country faces a large-scale famine. ...

France hits unwanted milestone: Over 100,000 virus deaths

Apr. 15, 2021 14:30 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France on Thursday became the third country in Europe after the U.K. and Italy to reach the unwanted milestone of 100,000 COVID-19-related deaths as new infections and deaths surged due to virus variants. The country of 67 million is the eighth nation in...

Barbers, artists help defy vaccine myths for people of color

Apr. 15, 2021 14:23 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — In a Washington, D.C., suburb, Black and Latino barbers are busting myths about the coronavirus vaccine while clipping hair. Across the country, a university researcher in Phoenix teamed up with a company behind comic books fighting Islamic extremism...

Virus affecting small towns more; governor extends order

Apr. 15, 2021 14:15 PM EDT

SCARBOROUGH, Maine (AP) — Maine’s growing number of COVID-19 cases is disproportionately affecting smaller towns. The 20 ZIP codes with the highest infection rate in the last month are concentrated in York, Androscoggin, Kennebec and Oxford counties, and only three...

Germany sees record vaccinations amid hospital warning

Apr. 15, 2021 12:10 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German officials said Thursday that the country has set a new record for the number of COVID-19 vaccinations in a single day, even as authorities warned that hospitals are seeing a “dramatic” rise in the number of coronavirus patients needing treatment. ...

India's biggest cities shut down as new virus cases hit 200K

Apr. 15, 2021 11:48 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's two largest cities imposed stringent restrictions on movement and one planned to use hotels and banquet halls to treat coronavirus patients as new infections in the country shot past 200,000 Thursday amid a devastating surge that is straining a fragile health...