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A woman wearing a mask against the spread of the coronavirus walks past graffiti depicting late Bishop Amfilohije in Belgrade, Serbia, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. After the two most senior Serbian Orthodox Church leaders died within a month after testing positive with the coronavirus, health experts and even hardcore believers are starting to worry. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

The Latest: France says masks still necessary after vaccine

Nov. 26, 2020 10:03 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — France’s health minister says his country is readying to start administering COVID-19 vaccines in late December. But Olivier Veran is warning Thursday that people will still have to wear masks and keep their distance even after vaccines are widely available. Veran said he can’t...

New Mexico food banks prepare to buy millions of meals

Nov. 26, 2020 12:05 AM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico food banks will be able to provide more meals for thousands of families with an infusion of $5 million in funding as part of an economic relief package approved by state lawmakers and signed by the governor. Mag Strittmatter, president and CEO of Roadrunner Foodbank in...

Man who spit at hikers, claiming COVID infection, arraigned

Nov. 25, 2020 8:48 AM EST

ASHBURNHAM, Mass. (AP) — A 71-year-old Massachusetts man facing charges for claiming he had COVID-19 when he spit at two women on a hiking trail because he was apparently angry they were not wearing face masks has been ordered by a judge to quarantine and be tested for the virus. Hale Powell, of Westford,...

House coronavirus vaccine distribution task force created

Nov. 24, 2020 2:45 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island House of Representatives Speaker-nominee K. Joseph Shekarchi has put together a House task force to help oversee the state’s implementation of coronavirus vaccine distribution. The task force will ensure that vaccine distribution in the state is done in a timely...

Nursing home residents urged to stay put during holiday

Nov. 24, 2020 1:11 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut health officials on Tuesday urged families of nursing home residents to not bring their loved ones home for Thanksgiving, as part of efforts to prevent and curb coronavirus infections in long-term care centers. “We certainly understand the desire for loved ones to...

Witnesses testify against Russian accused of Berlin killing

Nov. 24, 2020 8:50 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A court in Berlin heard Tuesday how witnesses alerted police after seeing a man dump a wig, clothes and a bicycle in a river last year, allowing officers to swiftly arrest the suspect in an alleged Russia-ordered political assassination. Testimony by the two men is central to the trial of the...

Alabama's State Health Officer Scott Harris speaks at the State Capitol in Montgomery, Ala., on Friday, May 8, 2020. (Jake Crandall/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP)

Health officials beg people to be cautious at Thanksgiving

Nov. 23, 2020 7:35 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Doctors and health officials on Monday pleaded with people to take precautions during Thanksgiving — such as skipping large indoor gatherings — as the state and nation experiences an unchecked spread in COVID-19. “Please do everything you can possibly do to...

Wisconsin health agency says it's committed to vaccines

Nov. 20, 2020 2:08 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The leader of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services assured Republican lawmakers in a letter this week that the agency is committed to expanding the popular SeniorCare program to cover vaccines as required under a state law passed in April as part of a coronavirus relief package....

This June 7, 2020, photo provided by June Linnertz shows her father, James Gill, seen through a window at Cherrywood Pointe nursing home in Plymouth, Minn. As more than 90,000 of America’s long-term care residents have died in the coronavirus pandemic, advocates for the elderly say a tandem wave of death separate from the virus has quietly claimed tens of thousands more, often because overburdened workers haven’t been able to give them the care they need. Gill died of Lewy Body Dementia, according to a copy of his death certificate provided to the AP. Linnertz always expected her father to die of the condition, which causes a progressive loss of memory and movement, but never thought he would end his days in so much needless pain. (June Linnertz via AP)

Not just COVID: Nursing home neglect deaths surge in shadows

Nov. 19, 2020 11:41 AM EST

As more than 90,000 of the nation’s long-term care residents have died in the coronavirus pandemic, advocates for the elderly say a tandem wave of fatalities is quietly claiming tens of thousands more who are succumbing not to the virus but to neglect by overwhelmed staffs and slow declines from isolation....

This June 7, 2020, photo provided by June Linnertz shows her father, James Gill, seen through a window at Cherrywood Pointe nursing home in Plymouth, Minn. As more than 90,000 of America’s long-term care residents have died in the coronavirus pandemic, advocates for the elderly say a tandem wave of death separate from the virus has quietly claimed tens of thousands more, often because overburdened workers haven’t been able to give them the care they need. Gill died of Lewy Body Dementia, according to a copy of his death certificate provided to the AP. Linnertz always expected her father to die of the condition, which causes a progressive loss of memory and movement, but never thought he would end his days in so much needless pain. (June Linnertz via AP)

Not just COVID: Nursing home neglect deaths surge in shadows

Nov. 19, 2020 11:32 AM EST

When COVID-19 tore through Donald Wallace’s nursing home, he was one of the lucky few to avoid infection. He died a horrible death anyway. Hale and happy before the pandemic, the 75-year-old retired Alabama truck driver became so malnourished and dehydrated that he dropped to 98 pounds and looked to his...