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  • Britain OKs Pfizer vaccine and will begin shots within days

    LONDON - Britain became the first country in the world to authorize a rigorously tested COVID-19 vaccine Wednesday and could be dispensing shots within days — a historic step toward eventually ending the outbreak that has killed more than 1.4 million people around the globe.
  • Incendiary texts traced to outfit run by top Trump aide

    BOSTON - A texting company run by one of President Donald Trump’s top campaign officials sent out thousands of targeted, anonymous text messages urging supporters to rally where votes were being counted in Philadelphia on Thursday, falsely claiming Democrats were trying to steal the presidential election.
  • Retiree checks to rise 1.3% in 2021 amid coronavirus fallout

    WASHINGTON - Social Security recipients will get a modest 1.3% cost-of living-increase in 2021, but that might be small comfort amid worries about the coronavirus and its consequences for older people.
  • Trump bans dealings with Chinese owners of TikTok, WeChat

    NEW YORK - President Donald Trump has ordered a sweeping but vague ban on dealings with the Chinese owners of popular social media apps TikTok and WeChat on security grounds, a move China's government criticized as “political manipulation."
  • Private nursing home owners under pressure as COVID-19 exposes flaws in system

    CALGARY - The owners of Canada's private nursing homes are under increasing pressure from investors and critics alike as infections and deaths from the COVID-19 outbreak continue among the country's oldest and most vulnerable citizens.
  • Frustration mounts over lack of refunds for flights cancelled during pandemic

    Canadians are increasingly showing signs of being fed up with airlines, which are offering travel vouchers rather than refunds to passengers whose flights have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Easing COVID-19 restrictions too soon could jeopardize vulnerable communities

    Federal officials stressed the dangers to long-term care residents and Indigenous communities if COVID-19 restrictions are lifted too quickly after projections in Quebec painted a dire picture of the potential cost.
  • Daily life near a standstill as nations try to halt pandemic

    ROME - Meeting with friends, dining out, worshiping and other daily routines have nearly halted as nations take drastic steps to try to stop the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Virus locks down Italy amid global push to contain outbreak

    ROME - The boisterous hum of Rome dwindled to a whisper and police patrols kept people apart in cafes as Italy enforced an extraordinary, sweeping lockdown in hopes of not becoming the next epicenter of the spreading coronavirus epidemic now that life in China is edging back to normal.
  • AP FACT CHECK: Trump's trade theories don't hold water

    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump cast a fog of misinformation over the U.S. trade dispute with China, floating inaccurate numbers and skewed economic theories as big tariffs kicked in on Chinese goods.

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