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COVID-19 hospitalizations tumble among US senior citizens

Apr. 22, 2021 13:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — COVID-19 hospitalizations among older Americans have plunged 80% since the start of the year, dramatic proof the vaccination campaign is working. Now the trick is to get more of the nation's younger people to roll up their sleeves. The drop-off in...

The Latest: Virus harms during pregnancy detailed in study

Apr. 22, 2021 12:33 PM EDT

A multi-country study suggests pregnant women who get COVID-19 have higher risks for death, intensive-care stays, preterm birth and other complications. Pregnancy causes various changes in the body that may make women vulnerable to harm from the coronavirus. Pregnant...

EPA funds help South Carolina upgrade diesel school buses

Apr. 22, 2021 12:22 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — As congressional Democrats introduce legislation to electrify the nation's school bus fleet, South Carolina is getting nearly half a million in federal funds to upgrade some of the state's older diesel school buses. A $480,000 grant from the U.S....

Biden summit draws climate vows from sparring global leaders

Apr. 22, 2021 12:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden convened leaders of the world's most powerful countries on Thursday to try to spur global efforts against climate change, drawing commitments from Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin to cooperate on cutting emissions...

NASA's Mars helicopter soars higher, longer on 2nd flight

Apr. 22, 2021 12:10 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA’s little Mars helicopter aced its second test flight Thursday, soaring even higher and longer than before. The 4-pound (1.8-kilogram) chopper, named Ingenuity, hovered longer and also flew side to side this time, according to NASA's...

J&J vaccine 'pause' latest messaging challenge for officials

Apr. 22, 2021 11:20 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Confronted with rare cases of blood clots potentially linked to Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine, U.S. health officials faced a delicate task: how to suspend distribution of the shots without setting off alarm about their safety. It was the...

Scientists get creative to carry on research during pandemic

Apr. 22, 2021 10:22 AM EDT

SAN LORENZO, Panama (AP) — Biologist Claudio Monteza pushed through thick vegetation to install a camera near a Panamanian highway in a dense tropical rainforest. Securing the device to a tree just off the forest floor, he checked its field of vision. The camera and...

Japan raises emissions reduction target to 46% by 2030

Apr. 22, 2021 08:59 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's prime minister announced on Thursday an ambitious new target for cutting greenhouse gas emissions, hours before he was to join a virtual climate summit hosted by U.S. President Joe Biden. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said Japan will strive by 2030...

Lab director blames hospital for fertility clinic failure

Apr. 22, 2021 08:55 AM EDT

Three years after a malfunctioning storage tank destroyed thousands of frozen eggs and embryos at an Ohio fertility clinic, its former lab director is blaming what he described as bungling staff and administrators who ignored his warnings. The claims made for the first...

EXPLAINER: Why India is shattering global infection records

Apr. 22, 2021 04:16 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — The world's fastest pace of spreading infections and the highest daily increase in coronavirus cases are pushing India further into a deepening and deadly health care crisis. India is massive — it's the world's second-most populous country with nearly...