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Drug overdoses rise in NH; Hospitalizations in MA drop

Jun. 13, 2021 10:06 AM EDT

A look at pandemic-related news around New England on Sunday: NEW HAMPSHIRE As the number of COVID-19 cases have fallen and restrictions have been dropped in New Hampshire, drug overdoses are on the rise in some cities. Suspected...

Schools across US brace for surge of kindergartners in fall

Jun. 13, 2021 08:36 AM EDT

School districts across the United States are hiring additional teachers in anticipation of what will be one of the largest kindergarten classes ever as enrollment rebounds following the coronavirus pandemic. As they await the arrival next fall of students who sat out...

The Latest: Virus infections are rising sharply in Moscow

Jun. 13, 2021 06:07 AM EDT

MOSCOW — The tally of new coronavirus infections in the Russian capital rose more than 1,000 from the previous day as Moscow heads into a week in which many businesses will be closed under a mayoral order. The national coronavirus taskforce said Sunday that 7,704 new...

Bolsonaro fined for flouting mask order at motorcycle rally

Jun. 12, 2021 18:15 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro led thousands of motorcyclist supporters through the streets of Sao Paulo on Saturday — and got hit with a fine for failure to wear a mask in violation of local pandemic restrictions. The conservative president waved...

Chicago man jumps into Lake Michigan for 365th straight day

Jun. 12, 2021 16:29 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago bus driver looking for a way to relieve stress during the coronavirus pandemic jumped into Lake Michigan for a 365th straight day on Saturday. Dan O’Conor said he started jumping into the lake at Montrose Harbor on the city's North Side last...

The Latest: Brazil president fined for not wearing mask

Jun. 12, 2021 15:37 PM EDT

SAO PAULO — Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro led a throng of motorcyclist supporters through the streets of Sao Paulo on Saturday and got hit with a fine for failure to wear a mask. Sao Paulo’s state government press office said a fine — equivalent to about $110...

Travel rebound: 2 million people go through US airports

Jun. 12, 2021 14:49 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — The airline industry’s recovery from the pandemic passed a milestone as more than 2 million people streamed through U.S. airport security checkpoints on Friday for the first time since early March 2020. The Transportation Security Administration...

Moscow orders new restrictions as COVID-19 infections soar

Jun. 12, 2021 13:49 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Moscow's mayor on Saturday ordered a week off for some workplaces and imposed restrictions on many businesses to fight coronavirus infections that have more than doubled in the past week. The national coronavirus task force reported 6,701 new confirmed...

Court orders new look at minister's virus restriction suit

Jun. 12, 2021 13:30 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court has revived a Louisiana minister’s lawsuit challenging now-expired coronavirus restrictions on church services. Tony Spell repeatedly flouted the public health restrictions last year at his Life Tabernacle Church in the...

Johnson voices caution over next lockdown easing in England

Jun. 12, 2021 13:29 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave a strong hint Saturday that the next planned relaxation of coronavirus restrictions in England this month will be delayed as a result of the spread of the delta variant first identified in India. In a series of...