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Opioid epidemic effects on children discussed at conference

Sep. 25, 2022 13:53 PM EDT

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Leaders in the recovery community met in Huntington for a conference to discuss how substance use disorder is causing multigenerational trauma, specifically for West Virginia’s youth. Healthy Connections, an initiative of Marshall Health’s addiction...

NYC appeals ruling over vaccine mandate for police officers

Sep. 24, 2022 12:02 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City officials are appealing a judge's ruling that they lacked the legal authority to fire members of the city’s largest police union for violating a COVID-19 vaccination mandate. State Supreme Court Judge Lyle Frank in Manhattan ruled Friday that the...

Fight to end virus pandemic takes place on UN's sidelines

Sep. 23, 2022 18:43 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — In four days of fiery speeches over war, climate change and the threat of nuclear weapons, one issue felt like an afterthought during this year's U.N. General Assembly: the coronavirus pandemic. Masks were often pulled below chins — or not worn at all —...

Pakistan battles disease surge as flood deaths surpass 1,600

Sep. 23, 2022 13:34 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan deployed thousands more doctors and medics to battle the outbreak of disease as the death toll from the unprecedented floods that have gripped the country this summer surpassed 1,600 on Friday, officials said. The disaster management agency said 10 more...

Thailand downgrades COVID-19 threat, lifts emergency decree

Sep. 23, 2022 11:08 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's government will lift an emergency decree it imposed in March 2020 to battle the coronavirus, officials said Friday, as it relaxes most pandemic restrictions. From Oct. 1, foreign visitors will no longer be required to show proof of being vaccinated, and...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Sep. 23, 2022 10:52 AM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ Ad misleads on treaty regulating...

Denmark to allow 'significantly reduced' mink production

Sep. 23, 2022 09:42 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark's government said Friday that a temporary ban on mink breeding will expire Jan. 1, allowing mink production to resume in the country but at a ”significantly reduced" level than before the coronavirus pandemic. The government nearly two years ago...

Hong Kong to end mandatory hotel quarantine for travelers

Sep. 23, 2022 07:03 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong’s leader announced the city would no longer require incoming travelers to quarantine in designated hotels as it seeks to remain competitive and open up globally after nearly two years. Incoming travelers will also no longer need a negative PCR test...

Unvaccinated Novak Djokovic awaiting word on Australian Open

Sep. 22, 2022 21:53 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Novak Djokovic is still awaiting word on whether he will be allowed to return to the Australian Open in January after missing the tournament this year because he is not vaccinated against COVID-19. “It’s really not in my hands right now,” Djokovic said Thursday...

Live updates: U.N. General Assembly

Sep. 22, 2022 21:38 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest on the U.N. General Assembly: Mexico has proposed that India and the Vatican lead a U.N.-backed dialogue to seek a peace treaty between Russia and Ukraine, an effort that has not been well received by Kyiv. Mexico has condemned...