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As Africa's cases rise, faith is put to the test

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) - The COVID-19 pandemic is testing the patience of some religious leaders across Africa who worry they will lose followers, and funding, as restrictions on gatherings continue. Some evangelical Christian leaders in Uganda have … more

California fire kills 3, threatens homes

OROVILLE, Calif. - A Northern California wildfire threatened thousands of homes Thursday after winds whipped it into a monster that incinerated houses in a small mountain community and killed at least three people. Several other people have been … more

U.S. layoffs remain elevated as job market's gains weaken

WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits was unchanged last week at 884,000, a sign that layoffs remain stuck at a historically high level six months after the viral pandemic flattened the economy. The latest … more

Fires without precedent rage in usually cool, wet Northwest

PHOENIX, Ore. - Numerous wildfires burned in Oregon's forested valleys and along the coast, destroying hundreds of homes and causing mass evacuations. Farther north, flames devoured buildings and huge tracts of land in Washington state. Officials … more

Colleges turn to sewage to help fight coronavirus

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Days after he crossed the country to start college, Ryan Schmutz received a text message from Utah State University: COVID-19 had been detected at his dorm. Within 10 minutes, he dropped the crepes he was making and was … more

Democrat report: Medicare chief used fed money to bolster image

WASHINGTON (AP) - Private consultants to the federal official who oversees Medicare billed taxpayers almost $6 million in less than two years to bolster her personal image, including efforts to win awards, place her on lists of powerful women and … more

GOP's slimmed-down virus bill scuttled by Senate Democrats

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Democrats scuttled a scaled-back GOP coronavirus rescue package on Thursday, saying the measure shortchanged too many pressing needs as the pandemic continues its assault on the country. The mostly party-line vote capped … more

In a year of social distancing, virus alters Sept. 11 remembrances, too

NEW YORK - In a year when the coronavirus pandemic has reshaped countless American rituals, even the commemoration of 9/11 could not escape unchanged. The 19th anniversary of the terror attacks will be marked by dueling ceremonies at the Sept. 11 … more

Big drop reported in vaping by U.S. teens

NEW YORK - Vaping by U.S. teenagers fell dramatically this year, especially among middle schoolers, according to a federal report released Wednesday. Experts think last year's outbreak of vaping-related illnesses and deaths may have scared off … more

Amazon seeks to hire 33,000

NEW YORK (AP) - Amazon is on a hiring spree. In the latest sign of how it's prospering while others are faltering during the pandemic, Amazon said Wednesday it is seeking to bring aboard 33,000 people for corporate and tech roles in the next few … more

Official claims pressure by agency leaders to alter Homeland Security intel

WASHINGTON - An official at the Department of Homeland Security said in a whistle-blower complaint released Wednesday that he was pressured by agency leaders to suppress details in his intelligence reports that President Donald Trump might find … more

Richland 2 teacher, 28, dies from coronavirus

COLUMBIA - A South Carolina third-grade teacher who was last in her classroom less than two weeks ago has died from COVID-19, officials at the Richland 2 School District said Wednesday. Demetria "Demi" Bannister, 28, was diagnosed with the virus … more

UN report: Increased warming closing in on agreed upon limit

The world is getting closer to passing a temperature limit set by global leaders five years ago and may exceed it in the next decade or so, according to a new United Nations report. In the next five years, the world has nearly a 1-in-4 chance of … more

NIH: Halted vaccine study shows 'no compromises' on safety

AstraZeneca's suspension of final testing of its potential COVID-19 vaccine while it investigates a volunteer's illness shows there will be "no compromises" on safety in developing the shots, the chief of the National Institutes of Health told … more

Norwegian lawmaker nominates Trump for Nobel Peace Prize

COPENHAGEN, Denmark - An anti-immigrant Norwegian lawmaker said Wednesday that he has nominated U.S. President Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts in the Middle East. Christian Tybring-Gjedde, a member of the Norwegian … more

Helicopters pull more people from burning California forest

SHAVER LAKE, Calif. (AP) - Helicopters flew through dense smoke Tuesday to rescue scores more people from wildfires as wind-fanned flames kept chewing through bone-dry California after a scorching Labor Day weekend that saw a dramatic airlift of … more

Rochester police leaders retire after suffocation death

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - Top police leaders in New York's third-largest city are retiring en masse amid criticism of the city's handling of the suffocation death of Daniel Prude, the mayor of Rochester said Tuesday. La'Ron Singletary, the city's … more

McConnell proposes 'targeted' virus aid, Dems say it's not enough

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday the Senate would vote on a trimmed-down Republican coronavirus relief package, though it has a slim chance of passage in the face of Democrats' insistence for more sweeping … more

Summer of COVID-19 ends with health officials worried

The Lost Summer of 2020 drew to a close Monday with many big Labor Day gatherings canceled across the U.S. and health authorities pleading with people to keep their distance from others so as not to cause another coronavirus surge like the one that … more

Can I use a face shield instead of a mask?

No. Health officials don't recommend the clear plastic barriers as a substitute for masks because of the lack of research on whether they keep an infected person from spreading viral droplets to others. However, those who want extra protection … more
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