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FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2020 file photo, a woman walks into the international airport in Honolulu amid a quarantine rule that effectively shut down the tourism industry in the state. The small, tight-knit community of about 72,000 people on the neighboring island of Kauai spent the first seven months of the pandemic mostly COVID-free. Then in October, statewide travel restrictions eased and the island, which had only 61 known cases of coronavirus from March through September, went from zero cases in October to at least 84 new infections in just seven weeks. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones, File)

Mostly virus-free Kauai hit by pandemic after travel resumes

Dec. 20, 2020 3:13 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — On Hawaii's rural island of Kauai, where sprawling white sand beaches and dramatic seaside mountains attract visitors from around the world, local residents spent the first seven months of the pandemic sheltered from the viral storm. Early and aggressive local measures coupled with a...

FILE - This March 5, 2013, file photo, shows Trinidad Drilling rigs near Highway 59 outside of Douglas, Wyo.  Congressional Republicans say they are against providing additional coronavirus aid to state and local governments because they claim it would “bail out” states run by Democrats. But the pandemic-induced tax drop-off is hitting Democratic and Republican states alike. Among states hit hard are those led by Republicans, including energy-dependent Alaska, North Dakota and Wyoming, and tourism-heavy Florida.  (Leah Millis/The Casper Star-Tribune via AP, File)

Budget toll from virus hits both Democratic, GOP-led states

Dec. 13, 2020 3:08 PM EST

No “blue state bailout" is a rallying cry for many congressional Republicans as attempts to provide more federal aid to a nation stricken by an ever-worsening coronavirus pandemic remain stuck in neutral. Yet it's not just Democratic states asking for help amid plunging tax revenue, rising joblessness and...

First passengers from Melbourne arrive at Sydney Airport, Australia, Monday, Nov. 23, 2020. Border restrictions were lifted between NSW and Victoria at midnight allowing people coming from Victoria to enter NSW without having to go into 14 day isolation. (Dean Lewins/AAP Image via AP)

The Latest: Australia leader to go slow on Pfizer vaccine

Dec. 10, 2020 10:09 PM EST

CANBERRA, Australia — Australia’s prime minister says his government will not rush approval of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine because he wants Australians to have confidence in the product. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Friday that Australia is in a different position to Britain, which has...

An Indian family wearing face masks as a precaution against the coronavirus rides on a scooter through a street in Hyderabad, India, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020. India has more than 9 million cases of coronavirus, second behind the United States. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

The Latest: India's case level a third of its September peak

Dec. 9, 2020 11:21 PM EST

NEW DELHI — India is reporting 31,521 newly confirmed coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours, dropping to just over a third of the peak level seen in mid-September. India’s single-day cases have remained below 50,000 for more than a month. The health ministry also reported 412 deaths Thursday,...

This photo combination of images provided by the Kauai Police Department shows Wesley Moribe, left, and Courtney Peterson, in Lihue, Hawaii, on Nov. 29, 2020. Authorities say the couple were arrested at a Hawaii airport after traveling on a flight from the U.S. mainland despite knowing they were infected with COVID-19. The Kauai Police Department says Moribe and Peterson were arrested on suspicion of second-degree reckless endangering. (Kauai Police Department via AP)

Police: Couple flew to Hawaii despite positive virus tests

Dec. 3, 2020 9:07 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — A couple were arrested at a Hawaii airport after traveling from the U.S. mainland despite knowing they were infected with COVID-19, authorities said. Wesley Moribe, 41, and Courtney Peterson, 46, boarded a United Airlines flight to Lihue with a 4-year-old child after testing positive for...

People wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus ride mopeds in Hanoi, Vietnam on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. Vietnamese health official said on Thursday the COVID-19 outbreak would peak in the coming ten days as the country reported another death and a score of new infections. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh)

The Latest: Vietnam has 1st local transmission in 89 days

Nov. 30, 2020 11:52 PM EST

HANOI, Vietnam -- Vietnamese authorities are conducting intensive contact tracing after the country’s first confirmed local transmission of the coronavirus in 89 days. State media said Tuesday that a 32-year-old man in Ho Chi Minh City tested positive for the coronavirus on Monday after visiting a flight...