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EXPLAINER: What to know about COVID-19 vaccination in the US

NEW YORK (AP) — The first shots of COVID-19 vaccine are being delivered, but it will likely be months before doses are widely available for everyone at U.S. drugstores and doctor's office. Details are still being worked out, but officials expect widespread availability by the middle of next ...

It’s close but 2020 likely to end up hottest year on record

Just how warm Earth stays this December will determine if 2020 goes down as the hottest year on record. And it's looking a lot like it will. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration calculated Monday that last month globally was the second hottest November on record, behind only ...

Momentum builds for letting people vote while on parole

SEATTLE (AP) — As a young man Victor Sauceda didn't care about who was president, about who was governor, about voting at all. He wasn't living by the law anyway. But after serving eight years in prison for burglary and fencing stolen property, during which he learned computer coding and had ...

EXPLAINER: The real math behind “net zero” carbon emissions

More than 100 countries — responsible for about two-thirds of the world's heat-trapping gases — have announced plans to cut their greenhouse gas emissions to "net zero" in coming decades to help curb man-made climate change. The target has also been embraced by companies, states and cities ...

Cuomo reinstates NYC indoor dining ban to limit virus spread

NEW YORK (AP) — Indoor dining at New York City restaurants will be banned again in an effort to halt the coronavirus resurgence, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday in an announcement that could foretell a grim winter for one of the city's most important industries. As of Monday, only takeout ...

Second young elephant dies from virus at New York zoo

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — A second young elephant has died at a central New York zoo despite frantic efforts by staff to combat a lethal virus, zoo officials said Friday. "This is obviously the worst possible outcome, and it occurred after more than a week of intensive care by our team in hopes ...

Neo-Nazi website founder accused of ignoring $14M judgment

A Montana real estate agent who secured a $14 million judgment against a neo-Nazi website publisher for orchestrating an anti-Semitic harassment campaign against her Jewish family is seeking a court order compelling the man to disclose information about his assets and finances. Tanya Gersh's ...

Portland police head asks activists to quit barricaded house

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland's police chief on Friday implored protesters to leave a barricaded home that was owned by a Black and Indigenous family before it was allegedly taken through predatory lending practices. Before dawn Tuesday, sheriff's deputies swooped into the disputed home and ...

California governor taps new senior staff amid tough stretch

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom is adding seasoned political operatives after recent departures to his inner circle as he enters the second half of his term amid a difficult stretch of the pandemic and as he tries to overcome recent political stumbles. Newsom on Friday ...

Biden: Cabinet picks from Obama era mean ‘bold new thinking’

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden on Friday introduced a series of key picks for his new government that drew heavily from the Obama administration, saluting their "deep experience" while insisting he could rely on them for "bold new thinking." Appearing with Biden were his ...