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A woman grimaces as a healthcare worker collects a nasal swab sample to test for COVID-19, in Bogota, Colombia, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021. The Colombian government announced that the first shipment of new coronavirus vaccines will arrive in February. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

The Latest: Colombia bans flights from Brazil due to variant

Jan. 27, 2021 8:08 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia — Colombia will ban flights from Brazil effective Friday over concerns of a variant of the coronavirus that is circulating in that country. Colombia President Ivan Duque on Wednesday announced the 30-day measure. No flights will take off from Colombia to Brazil either. In addition, anyone...

In this photo provided by the New York Stock Exchange, trader Samantha Tavares, right, works with colleagues on the floor, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021. Stocks were broadly lower in afternoon trading Wednesday, as investors focus on the outlook for the economy and corporate profits amid a still-raging coronavirus pandemic. (Courtney Crow/New York Stock Exchange via AP)

Stocks have their worst day since October as Big Tech sinks

Jan. 27, 2021 6:51 PM EST

Technology companies led a broad sell-off in stocks Wednesday, knocking more than 600 points off the Dow Jones Industrial Average and handing the market its worst day in nearly three months. The S&P 500 fell 2.6%, its biggest single-day drop since it lost 3.5% on October 28. It had set a record high just two...

Editorial Roundup: US

Jan. 27, 2021 6:45 PM EST

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ Jan. 26 The Mercury News and East Bay Times on California's easing of coronavirus restrictions: Gov. Gavin Newsom’s decision to lift regional stay-at-home orders across the state makes absolutely no sense. The governor’s...

A man walks by an electric monitor promoting the Tokyo 2020 Olympics planned to start in the summer of 2021, in Tokyo, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

IOC says speculating on Tokyo Olympics is damaging athletes

Jan. 27, 2021 6:30 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — IOC president Thomas Bach hit back at continuing speculation about if the Tokyo Olympics may be canceled or postponed again, saying Wednesday that such talk is damaging for the thousands of athletes preparing to take part this year. The International Olympic Committee and organizers in Japan...

Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry, center, greets Vice President Kamala Harris as they arrive with President Joe Biden for an event on climate change and green jobs, in the State Dining Room of the White House, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Biden, Japan PM discuss China action near Senkaku Islands

Jan. 27, 2021 3:14 PM EST

President Joe Biden spoke to Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Wednesday and offered his administration's commitment to protecting the Senkaku Islands, a group of uninhabited islets administered by Tokyo but claimed by Beijing, the White House said. Biden has previously expressed a commitment to the 1960...

A woman walks past a countdown clock for Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

AP Interview: All 33 sports 'unanimously' want Tokyo Games

Jan. 27, 2021 7:17 AM EST

ROME (AP) — The IOC is adamant the Tokyo Olympics will be held this year despite the pandemic. So, too, are Japanese organizers. Now hear it from the man who represents the track and field, swimming and gymnastics federations as well as every other Summer Games sport. “At the moment, we’re...

FILE - This Sept. 4, 2017, aerial file photo shows Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant's reactors, from bottom at right, Unit 1, Unit 2 and Unit 3, in Okuma, Fukushima prefecture, northeastern Japan. A draft investigation report into the 2011 Fukushima nuclear meltdown, adopted by Japanese nuclear regulators Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, says it has detected dangerously high levels of radioactive contamination at two of the three reactors, adding to concerns about decommissioning challenges. The interim report said data collected by investigators showed that the sealing plugs sitting atop the No. 2 and 3 reactor containment vessels were as fatally contaminated as nuclear fuel debris that had melted and fell to the bottom of the reactors following the March 2011 tsunami and earthquake. (Daisuke Suzuki/Kyodo News via AP, File)

Newly found Fukushima plant contamination may delay cleanup

Jan. 27, 2021 3:10 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — A draft investigation report into the 2011 Fukushima nuclear meltdown, adopted by Japanese nuclear regulators Wednesday, says it has detected dangerously high levels of radioactive contamination at two of the three reactors, adding to concerns about decommissioning challenges. The interim...

The Olympic rings are seen at the empty Odaiba waterfront in Tokyo, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. The Tokyo Games, postponed in the midst of a pandemic, are scheduled to open on July 23. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

IOC, Tokyo Olympics to unveil rule book for beating pandemic

Jan. 27, 2021 2:05 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Remember the word: Playbook. This is the rule book that the IOC and Tokyo organizers are set to roll out next week to explain how 15,400 Olympic and Paralympic athletes and tens of thousands of others will try to safely enter Japan when the Olympics open in just under six months. Organizers...

A woman cycles past by an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021. Stocks were mixed in Asia on Wednesday after a lackluster session on Wall Street. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Asian shares mixed following lackluster day on Wall Street

Jan. 26, 2021 11:59 PM EST

Asian stocks were mixed on Wednesday after a lackluster session on Wall Street. Benchmarks logged moderate gains in Hong Kong and Tokyo, but were flat in Sydney and Shanghai. Australian shares declined. Markets have meandered since last week as investors weighed solid corporate earnings results against renewed...

People wearing face masks to protect against the spread of the coronavirus walk on the Odaiba waterfront as Olympic rings is seen in the background in Tokyo, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Tokyo Olympic Q&A: Officials try to explain how games happen

Jan. 26, 2021 5:03 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — With calls for a cancellation mounting, pressure is building on Japanese organizers and the IOC to explain exactly how they plan to hold the Tokyo Olympics in the midst of a pandemic. The International Olympic Committee and the local organizers are expected to roll out...