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Volunteers take down information as they register people to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at the vaccination clinic put on by the City of Odessa, Odessa Fire Rescue and Medical Center Hospital Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021 at Ratliff Stadium in Odessa, Texas. (Eli Hartman/Odessa American via AP)

The Latest: Texas COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to fall

Jan. 25, 2021 8:10 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas — The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in Texas continues to fall from record highs as the state nears the end of what has been its deadliest month of the pandemic. State health officials Monday reported fewer than 13,000 people were being treated for the virus in Texas hospitals,...

FILE - In this July 8, 2019, file photo, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers detain a man during an operation in Escondido, Calif. During the Trump administration's final weeks, the Department of Homeland Security quietly signed agreements with at least four states that threaten to temporarily derail President Joe Biden's efforts to undo his predecessor's immigration policies. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

Trump agreements seek to tie Biden's hands on immigration

Jan. 25, 2021 6:53 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — During the Trump administration’s final weeks, the Department of Homeland Security quietly signed agreements with at least four states that threaten to temporarily derail President Joe Biden’s efforts to undo his predecessor’s immigration policies. The agreements say...

FILE - This April 1991 file photo shows AP correspondent Guy Coates in Baton Rouge, La. Coates, a retired Associated Press correspondent in Louisiana, died late Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, at the age of 80. Coates' early career included stints at The Times of Shreveport as well as KNOE TV in Monroe and KSLA TV in Shreveport. (Mark Keedy/The Advocate via AP, File)

Guy Coates, longtime AP reporter in Louisiana, dies at 80

Jan. 13, 2021 10:10 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Guy Coates, a former Associated Press correspondent who covered Gulf Coast hurricanes and civil rights, dodged gunfire during a New Orleans sniper's shooting spree and chronicled the tumult of politics in his native Louisiana for four decades, died late Tuesday. He was 80. His wife...

A woman wearing a face mask to protect against coronavirus walks at a train station in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

The Latest: New Zealand visitors must show negative test

Jan. 11, 2021 11:57 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand will soon require that travelers from most countries show negative coronavirus tests before they leave for New Zealand. COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says New Zealand is in a fortunate position to have stamped out community spread of the virus, but takes...

Shoppers wear masks as they walk around a shopping precinct in Sydney, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021. Masks have been made mandatory in shopping centers, on public transport, in entertainment venues such as a cinema, and fines will come into effect on Monday as the state government responds to the COVID-19 outbreak on Sydney's northern beaches, which is suspected to have also caused new cases in neighboring Victoria state. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

The Latest: Australia moves up vaccination start to February

Jan. 6, 2021 11:38 PM EST

CANBERRA, Australia — Australia is advancing the start of its coronavirus vaccination program to mid-February, with plans to inoculate 15% of the population by late March. The government had argued there was no reason for an emergency rollout that cut short usual regulatory processes as has occurred in the...

Luke Letlow, R-Start, chief of staff to exiting U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham, speaks after signing up to run for Louisiana's 5th Congressional District, on July 22, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

Louisiana Congressman-elect Luke Letlow dies from COVID-19

Dec. 30, 2020 1:46 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The death of a newly elected U.S. representative from Louisiana of complications related to COVID-19 stunned the state's political circles Wednesday and became the latest brutal reminder of how dangerous the coronavirus can be. Luke Letlow, who was only 41 and had no known...

Luke Letlow, R-Start, chief of staff to exiting U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham, speaks after signing up to run for Louisiana's 5th Congressional District, on July 22, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

Louisiana Congressman-elect Luke Letlow dead from COVID-19

Dec. 29, 2020 11:18 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Luke Letlow, Louisiana's incoming Republican member of the U.S. House, died Tuesday night from complications related to COVID-19 only days before he would have been sworn into office. He was 41. Letlow spokesman Andrew Bautsch confirmed the congressman-elect's death at Ochsner-LSU...

Pedestrians wearing masks to protect against coronavirus pass a sign for doctors rooms in Johannesburg Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has declared the wearing of masks compulsory and has reimposed a ban on the sales of alcohol and ordered the closure of all bars as part of new restrictions to help the country battle a resurgence of the coronavirus, including a new variant. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

The Latest: Louisiana congressman-elect dies from COVID-19

Dec. 29, 2020 10:29 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. — Luke Letlow, who was to have been Louisiana’s newest Republican member of the U.S. House, has died from complications related to COVID-19 only days before being sworn into office. He was 41. Letlow spokesman Andrew Bautsch confirmed the congressman-elect’s death Tuesday at...

White supremacist's statue off of Louisiana high court steps

Dec. 24, 2020 12:07 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Louisiana Supreme Court has moved a statue of Edward Douglass White Jr. from its front steps. White was the ninth chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court and was the only Louisiana justice ever on that court until Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation this year. He also fought for white...

Volunteers wearing face masks wave after they load boxes onto a delivery truck during an event to send Christmas gifts for the underprivileged in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020. The Korea Youth Foundation sent Christmas gifts using a courier to help prevent against the coronavirus as the social distancing measures. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

The Latest: Coronavirus cases keep rising in South Korea

Dec. 22, 2020 11:34 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has added 1,092 new coronavirus cases in a resurgence that is erasing hard-won epidemiological gains and eroding public confidence in the government’s ability to handle the outbreak. The national caseload has jumped by a quarter in the last two weeks alone, the...