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Europe considers new COVID-19 strategy: Accepting the virus

Jan. 20, 2022 15:38 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — When the coronavirus pandemic was first declared, Spaniards were ordered to stay home for more than three months. For weeks, they were not allowed outside even for exercise. Children were banned from playgrounds, and the economy virtually stopped. But officials...

Austrian parliament approves vaccine mandate for adults

Jan. 20, 2022 13:56 PM EST

VIENNA (AP) — Austria’s parliament voted Thursday to introduce a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for adults from Feb. 1, the first of its kind in Europe, with maximum potential fines of up to 3,600 euros ($4,000) for people who don't comply after a series of reminders. Lawmakers voted...

North Dakota prison system feeling impact of omicron variant

Jan. 20, 2022 13:16 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota corrections officials say the state's prisons have been hit hard by the coronavirus omicron variant. The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation says active COVID-19 cases total 151, more than double last Friday's total and infecting about...

German police find 9 young Afghans in truck at rest area

Jan. 20, 2022 11:37 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German police said Thursday that they found nine young Afghans in a truck after the driver reported hearing knocking noises as he took a break at a highway rest area. Police in Wertheim in southern Germany were alerted by the driver on Wednesday night after he heard...

UNR President Sandoval defends in-person classes amid surge

Jan. 20, 2022 00:05 AM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — University of Nevada, Reno President Brian Sandoval is defending his decision to begin the spring semester with mostly in-person classes this week after a group of faculty members called for a two-week classroom closure in the face of unprecedented growth in COVID-19 cases.9 ...

Novavax becomes Australia's 5th approved COVID-19 vaccine

Jan. 19, 2022 23:44 PM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Novavax's COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday became the fifth coronavirus vaccine approved for use in Australia. The country has ordered 51 million doses of the U.S.-manufactured vaccine, supplied under the brand Nuvaxovid, for its population of 26 million....

Gov. issues emergency order over green crab infestation

Jan. 19, 2022 19:43 PM EST

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee has issued an emergency order to address the exponential population growth of the invasive European green crab within the Lummi Nation’s Sea Pond, Makah Bay, Grays Harbor, and Willapa Bay. The emergency order was issued Wednesday in an...

Text of SC Gov. Henry McMaster's State of the State speech

Jan. 19, 2022 19:08 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster's State of the State remarks as prepared for delivery on Wednesday: Mr. Speaker, Mr. President, ladies and gentlemen of the General Assembly, my fellow South Carolinians: We are here tonight to address...

White House moves to guard data after Trump census pressure

Jan. 18, 2022 16:18 PM EST

The Biden White House this month pushed to protect scientific and statistical agencies like the U.S. Census Bureau from political interference in a report issued just days before newly disclosed documents showed the “unprecedented" extent of the Trump administration's efforts to gain politically...

Court sets deadline to break stalemate on congressional map

Jan. 18, 2022 12:58 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A statewide court has given lawmakers and Gov. Tom Wolf two weeks to break a stalemate around redrawing Pennsylvania's congressional districts to account for a decade of demographic shifts. The Commonwealth Court issued the order Friday, acting on a request...