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Portuguese President, and candidate for reelection, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa speaks to journalists after voting at a polling station in Celorico de Basto, northern Portugal, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021. Portugal holds a presidential election Sunday, choosing a head of state to serve a five-year term. (AP Photo/Luis Vieira)

Center-right incumbent wins Portugal's presidential election

Jan. 24, 2021 5:31 PM EST

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal’s president was returned to office for a second term Sunday, in an election held amid a devastating COVID-19 surge that has made the European country the worst in the world for cases and deaths. Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa captured 61.5% of the vote, with 98.5% of...

Illinois logs another 3,292 COVID-19 cases and 40 deaths

Jan. 24, 2021 4:44 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois logged another 3,292 probable and confirmed COVID-19 infections and 40 related deaths, state health officials announced Sunday. The state’s Department of Public Health reported the seven-day test positivity for Illinois had dropped to 6%. Overall, Illinois has reported more...

Experts say vaccine campaign needs to speed up in Missouri

Jan. 24, 2021 4:12 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Health experts say Missouri isn't vaccinating people quickly enough to create widespread immunity by this summer. To create enough immunity to COVID-19 to make the virus unlikely to spread widely, officials want to inoculate between 70% and 85% of the state's residents. That means getting...

Despite restrictions to limit the spread of COVID-19, thousands crowd Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021. (AP Photo/Bruna Prado)

The Latest: Mexico, Russia leaders to discuss vaccine supply

Jan. 24, 2021 3:19 PM EST

MEXICO CITY — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador will speak with Russian President Vladimir Putin Monday about obtaining doses of the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine, his foreign affairs secretary said Sunday. Marcelo Ebrard said via Twitter the two leaders would speak Monday morning about...

A passenger wears a face mask to protect from coronavirus in the departure hall in Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021 during a nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of the virus COVID-19. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday said Israel was closing its international airport to nearly all flights as the government races to bring a raging coronavirus outbreak under control. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Israel targets flights, religious scofflaws, as virus rages

Jan. 24, 2021 2:19 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday said Israel will be closing its international airport to nearly all flights, while Israeli police clashed with ultra-Orthodox protesters in several major cities and the government raced to bring a raging coronavirus outbreak under control. The...

Nevada reports 1,194 new COVID-19 cases and 15 more deaths

Jan. 24, 2021 2:10 PM EST

CARSON CITY Nev. (AP) — Health officials in Nevada on Sunday reported 1,194 new COVID-19 cases and 15 more deaths. The latest figures increased state’s pandemic totals to 270,907 cases and 4,026 known deaths. Clark County had 907 of the new cases and five of the 15 deaths, according to statistics...

Students reach out with their arms to practice social distancing while walking to their next class at Mater Academy East Campus in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. Students who attend the school clean their desks at the end of the day and walk through halls and rooms with COVID-19 air purifiers to kill viruses in the air. (Erik Verduzco/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)

Hard-hit east Vegas community tops 10K coronavirus cases

Jan. 24, 2021 1:10 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — As COVID-19 has swept across Nevada, one east Las Vegas community has experienced the worst of it. More than 10,000 cases of the disease caused by the new coronavirus have been reported in the 89110 ZIP code east of downtown, an area with a majority of Hispanic residents — nearly...

Arizona reports 7,217 new COVID-19 cases and 68 more deaths

Jan. 24, 2021 11:37 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona health officials on Sunday reported 7,217 new COVID-19 cases and 68 more deaths. The latest numbers increased the state’s totals to 722,574 cases and 12,238 known deaths since the pandemic began. On Saturday, the Arizona Department of Health Services reported 7,316 additional...

Dr. Nick Gilpin receives his second Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine shot from registered nurse Susan Grant at Beaumont Health in Southfield, Mich., Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Vaccine shortage slows Michigan's effort to end pandemic

Jan. 24, 2021 10:37 AM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — If Michigan could administer 50,000 coronavirus vaccine doses a day, it could hit its goal of inoculating 70% of people age 16 and older by August. At the current rate, about 29,000 per day, it would not finish until a year from now. The issue is limited supplies — something...

Valerie Johnson prepares a care package for her adoptive senior at her home in Spout Spring, Va., on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. The Central Virginia community is working to ensure the Class of 2021 feels supported and encouraged to get through this unusual senior year. Lena Ruhland, parent to a Brookville High School senior, created an “Adopt a Senior” Facebook page earlier this month to help connect community members and parents to Class of 2021 seniors in the area. (Kendall Warner/The News & Advance via AP)

Community works to support high school seniors in pandemic

Jan. 24, 2021 9:00 AM EST

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — The Central Virginia community is working to ensure the Class of 2021 feels supported and encouraged to get through this unusual senior year. Lena Ruhland, parent to a Brookville High School senior, created an “Adopt a Senior” Facebook page earlier this month to help...