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  • The Latest: Alabama schools report nearly 9,200 Covid cases

    Alabama schools reported nearly 9,200 coronavirus cases in students and staff in the past week.
  • The Latest: S Korea exceeds 2,000 daily cases for 1st time

    SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea’s daily increase in coronavirus infections has exceeded 2,000 for the first time since the start of the pandemic, continuing an alarming spread despite the enforcement of strict virus restrictions in large population centers.
  • The Latest: Washington governor sets vaccine requirement

    SEATTLE — Most state workers in Washington, as well as private health care and long-term care employees, will be required to show proof of vaccination for COVID-19 by Oct. 18 or will lose their jobs, Gov. Jay Inslee announced Monday.
  • Post-vaccination getaway plans scrambled by ongoing pandemic uncertainty

    TORONTO - For more than four decades, Christine Mak travelled every year to Disney parks and various conventions to commune with fellow fans of fantasy and science fiction. But her streak was interrupted early last year when the COVID-19 crisis halted cross-border celebrations.
  • The Latest: Arkansas judge blocks state mask mandate ban

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — An Arkansas judge has temporarily blocked the state from enforcing a law that prevents schools and other governmental agencies from requiring masks.
  • The Latest: Garth Brooks reassesses touring during pandemic

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Country music star Garth Brooks says he is reassessing whether to continue his stadium tour in light of the rising number of coronavirus cases across the country.
  • Five years on, Rio de Janeiro chases elusive Olympics legacy

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — With the Olympics about to kick off in Tokyo, the prior host is struggling to make good on legacy promises.
  • In US, Pride Month festivities muted by political setbacks

    It’s Pride Month, and gay Americans should have a lot to celebrate: A new president who has pledged to advocate for LGBTQ people, an easing of a pandemic that has disrupted their communal activism, and increasing public acceptance of their basic rights, including record-high support for same-sex marriage.
  • 1st cruise ship sails through Venice since start of pandemic

    SOAVE, Italy (AP) — Early risers in Venice were surprised Thursday to see a cruise ship nosing down the Giudecca canal for the first time since the start of the pandemic, despite repeated government pledges to reroute such huge vessels due to safety and environmental concerns.
  • London school fights COVID fallout with laptops, bean bags

    LONDON (AP) — Nik Geraj’s voice fills with pain as he talks about how he struggled to help his daughter study during the coronavirus lockdowns that shut her school for more than four months over the past year.

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