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Official: US to expel Haitians from border, fly to Haiti

Sep. 18, 2021 05:04 AM EDT

DEL RIO, Texas (AP) — The Biden administration plans the widescale expulsion of Haitian migrants from a small Texas border city by putting them on flights to Haiti starting Sunday, an official said Friday, representing a swift and dramatic response to thousands who suddenly crossed the...

The Latest: India gives 25M vaccine doses on Modi's birthday

Sep. 18, 2021 03:30 AM EDT

NEW DELHI — India gave out 25 million doses during a special COVID-19 vaccination drive organized on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s birthday. The campaign took place Friday as Modi turned 71. The Health Ministry said Saturday the special drive had raised India's...

Alaska air base declares public health emergency amid COVID

Sep. 18, 2021 02:07 AM EDT

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska (AP) — Military leaders on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson have declared a public health emergency and encouraged all personnel to avoid places that do not require masks or social distancing in response to increasing COVID-19 cases in Alaska,...

Prosecutor: Jurors conclude Durst heir 'killed them all'

Sep. 18, 2021 00:52 AM EDT

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Robert Durst’s long, bizarre and deadly run from the law ended when a Los Angeles County jury convicted him in the murder of his best friend more than 20 years ago. The 78-year-old New York real estate heir, who was long suspected but never...

One stunning afternoon: Setbacks imperil Biden's reset

Sep. 18, 2021 00:36 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was an hour President Joe Biden would no doubt like to forget. On Friday, the Pentagon acknowledged that a drone strike in Afghanistan killed 10 civilians, including seven children, not terrorists. A panel advising the Food and Drug Administration...

2 children of California governor test positive for COVID-19

Sep. 18, 2021 00:09 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Two of Gov. Gavin Newsom's children have tested positive for the coronavirus and his family is following “all COVID protocols," his office announced Friday. “The Newsoms continue to support masking for unvaccinated individuals indoors to...

COVID sequencing hunts for variants at Tennessee’s state lab

Sep. 18, 2021 00:09 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Once a week, in an unremarkable brick building in East Nashville, a few dozen samples of the coronavirus undergo a journey that is nothing short of extraordinary. Lab workers use magnetic beads to strip the microscopic virus of its genetic code,...

The Latest: American Samoa reports first case of coronavirus

Sep. 17, 2021 21:45 PM EDT

PAGO PAGO, AMERICAN SAMOA -- American Samoa reported its first case of coronavirus on Friday. The U.S. territory’s acting governor and health officials said the islands’ first case of COVID-19 was of a resident who returned to America Samoa from Hawaii this week. ...

1st case of COVID in American Samoa arrives on Hawaii flight

Sep. 17, 2021 21:30 PM EDT

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) — American Samoa, a U.S. territory in the Pacific, reported its first case of coronavirus on Friday. The territory’s acting governor, Lt. Gov. Talauega Eleasalo Ale, and health officials said the islands’ first case of COVID-19 was in...

COVID-19 deaths in WVa this month double that from August

Sep. 17, 2021 20:04 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia’s death toll from the coronavirus pandemic this month has already doubled the total from August. There have been 286 reported deaths from COVID-19 in September and at least 3,370 since the start of the pandemic, according to...