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Lawmakers seek long-term limit on governors' emergency power

Apr. 10, 2021 10:40 AM EDT

As governors loosen long-lasting coronavirus restrictions, state lawmakers across the U.S. are taking actions to significantly limit the power they could wield in future emergencies. The legislative measures are aimed not simply at undoing mask mandates and capacity...

More Black Americans open to vaccines after outreach efforts

Apr. 10, 2021 10:08 AM EDT

Like others in her family, Mattie Pringle had doubts about taking the coronavirus vaccine. The 57-year-old Black woman from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, feared that her high blood pressure and diabetes might heighten her chances of a severe reaction to the shot. The...

Iran enforces 10-day lockdown amid fourth wave of pandemic

Apr. 10, 2021 09:56 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Saturday began a 10-day lockdown amid a fourth wave of coronavirus infections, state TV reported, a worrisome trend after more than a year of the country battling the Middle East's worst outbreak. Iran's coronavirus task force, charged with...

The Latest: Romania passes 1 million confirmed virus cases

Apr. 10, 2021 09:14 AM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania — Romania passed one million confirmed COVID-19 infections since its first recorded case in February last year. The bleak milestone comes as hospital intensive care units (ICU) in the country — which has a population of more than 19 million — are...

Mobile vaccination aims to reach older Mississippi adults

Apr. 10, 2021 09:14 AM EDT

CLARKSDALE, Miss. (AP) — Eola Murry, 75, never questioned that she wanted to get the COVID-19 vaccine when it became available. The problem was getting to the vaccine. For Murry and other homebound older adults in Clarksdale, a rural community without robust public...

EXPLAINER: What is behind the latest unrest in N Ireland?

Apr. 10, 2021 05:34 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Young people have hurled bricks, fireworks and gasoline bombs at police and set hijacked cars and a bus on fire during a week of violence on the streets of Northern Ireland. Police responded with rubber bullets and water cannons. The streets were calmer...

Actors: ‘Raw emotions’ from COVID-19 to fuel drama for years

Apr. 10, 2021 03:22 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — To mask or not to mask? That could be among the questions inspiring future plays based on the real-life drama sparked by the coronavirus pandemic and its profound societal changes. That is, whenever spotlights again shine inside all those theaters...

Couples rebook their Florida weddings after COVID delays

Apr. 10, 2021 03:22 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — 2020, with its rhythmic sound and attractive numerals, was supposed to be a great year to get married. But we all know what happened last year: COVID-19 destroyed everything we had planned. Now, tired of postponing...

Stalled at first jab: Vaccine shortages hit poor countries

Apr. 10, 2021 02:28 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — As many as 60 countries, including some of the world’s poorest, might be stalled at the first shots of their coronavirus vaccinations because nearly all deliveries through the global program intended to help them are blocked until as late as June. COVAX,...

COVID-19 pandemic cuts into car dealer's showroom inventory

Apr. 10, 2021 01:10 AM EDT

MADISON, S.D. (AP) — Prostrollo’s All-American Auto Mall in Madison has one car on the showroom floor. In the sales lot, vehicles are parallel parked along the perimeter. Nick Prostrollo, whose family has been selling cars for three generations, just laughs at the way...