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FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 11, 2021 file photo, elementary 1 and 2 teachers prepare their desks and laptops for a virtual class outside of Suder Montessori Magnet Elementary School in Chicago.  The Chicago Teachers Union said Sunday, Jan. 24 that its members voted to defy an order to return to the classroom before they are vaccinated against the coronavirus, setting up a showdown with district officials who have said such a move would amount to an illegal strike. (Anthony Vazquez/Chicago Sun-Times via AP, File)

Chicago teachers vote to teach from home, defying district

Jan. 24, 2021 2:43 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Teachers Union said Sunday that its members voted to defy an order to return to the classroom over concerns about COVID-19, setting up a showdown with district officials who have said that refusing to return when ordered would amount to an illegal strike. Chicago Public Schools,...

South Africa mourns anti-apartheid trombonist Jonas Gwangwa

Jan. 24, 2021 10:18 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Tributes are pouring in for South Africa's Oscar-nominated anti-apartheid jazz trombonist and composer Jonas Gwangwa, who has died at the age of 83. With driving music that fired up Black South Africans’ resistance to repressive white minority rule, Gwangwa left the country...

FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2021 file photo medical staff members walk between traffic cones at a mass COVID-19 vaccination site set up in the parking lot of Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, Calif. Five weeks into its vaccination program, California still doesn't have nearly the supply to meet demand and there's growing angst among residents over the difficulty to even get in line for a shot. Social media is awash with people seeking or giving tips on how to maneuver through the system. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong,File)

The Latest: New virus clusters hit China's north provinces

Jan. 23, 2021 9:38 PM EST

BEIJING — A Chinese city has brought 2,600 temporary treatment rooms online as the country’s north battles new clusters of coronavirus. The single-occupancy rooms in the city of Nangong in Hebei province just outside Beijing are each equipped with their own heaters, toilets, showers and other...

Deal ends weeklong strike at largest US produce market

Jan. 23, 2021 5:15 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A weeklong strike at the nation’s largest wholesale produce market ended Saturday after workers overwhelmingly approved a deal that includes their largest pay increase in decades and more money for health coverage. Employees at New York City’s Hunts Point Produce Market will...

FILE - In this June 20, 2020 file photo, gun-carrying men wearing Hawaiian print shirts associated with the boogaloo movement watch a demonstration near where President Trump had a campaign rally in Tulsa, Okla. People following the anti-government boogaloo movement, which promotes violence and a second U.S. civil war, have been showing up at protests across the nation armed and wearing tactical gear. But the movement has also adopted an unlikely public and online symbol: Hawaiian print shirts.  (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Aloha shirts on 'boogaloos' link symbol of peace to violence

Jan. 23, 2021 11:26 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — People following a violent movement that promotes a second U.S. civil war or the breakdown of modern society have been showing up at recent protests across the nation armed and wearing tactical gear. But the anti-government “boogaloo” movement has adopted an unlikely public...

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin arrives at the Pentagon, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

For 1st Black Pentagon chief, racism challenge is personal

Jan. 23, 2021 12:43 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly confirmed Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will have to contend not only with a world of security threats and a massive military bureaucracy, but also with a challenge that hits closer to home: rooting out racism and extremism in the ranks. Austin took office Friday as the first...

Hispanic farm workers wait in line to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in Mecca, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. The farmworkers who got their shots are among the millions of immigrants around the United States, who advocacy groups warn may be some of the most difficult people to reach during the largest vaccination campaign in American history. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Language barriers, wariness make vaccinating immigrants hard

Jan. 22, 2021 11:04 PM EST

MECCA, Calif. (AP) — Migrant workers lined up by the hundreds during a break from picking produce this week to receive the coronavirus vaccine on a Southern California grape farm. The farmworkers who got their shots are among vulnerable immigrants in the United States — particularly the 11 million...

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin arrives at the Pentagon, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

For 1st Black Pentagon chief, racism challenge is personal

Jan. 22, 2021 6:52 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly confirmed Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will have to contend not only with a world of security threats and a massive military bureaucracy, but also with a challenge that hits closer to home: rooting out racism and extremism in the ranks. Austin took office Friday as the first...

President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the economy in the State Dining Room of the White House, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Biden's choice on econ aid: Deal with GOP or go for it all

Jan. 22, 2021 5:46 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden's ambitious opening bid, his $1.9 trillion American Rescue economic package, will test the new president's relationship with Congress and force a crucial choice between his policy vision and a desire for bipartisan unity. Biden became president this week with the pandemic having...

President Joe Biden signs executive orders on the economy in the State Dining Room of the White House, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, in Washington. Vice President Kamala Harris looks on at left. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Biden's executive actions for economic relief at a glance

Jan. 22, 2021 3:57 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden signed a pair of executive orders Friday aimed at offering a quick dose of relief to an economy still being hammered by the coronavirus. Both measures were largely stopgaps as Congress considers a $1.9 trillion stimulus plan from Biden. The orders aim to increase food...