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  • The Latest: Australia court upholds ban on pandemic travel

    CANBERRA, Australia — An Australian court has rejected a challenge to the federal government’s draconian power to prevent most citizens from leaving the country so they don’t bring the coronavirus home.
  • Egypt bets on ancient finds to pull tourism out of pandemic

    CAIRO (AP) — Workers dig and ferry wheelbarrows laden with sand to open a new shaft at a bustling archaeological site outside of Cairo, while a handful of Egyptian archaeologists supervise from garden chairs. The dig is at the foot of the Step Pyramid of Djoser, arguably the world’s oldest pyramid, and is one of many recent excavations that are yielding troves of ancient artifacts from the country’s largest archaeological site.
  • The Latest: Variant 1st seen in UK now dominant in LA County

    LOS ANGELES -- Health officials say the most common COVID-19 variant of concern circulating in Los Angeles County is now a variant discovered in the U.K.
  • The Latest: Germany cautiously opens beer gardens, cafes

    BERLIN — Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged Germans to behave responsibly as large parts of the country relax more pandemic restrictions at the start of the Pentecost weekend.
  • Joy for UK pubs and hugs tempered by rise in virus variant

    LONDON (AP) — Drinks were raised in toasts and reunited friends hugged each other as thousands of U.K. pubs and restaurants opened Monday for indoor service for the first time since early January. Yet the prime minister sounded a cautious tone, warning about a more contagious COVID-19 variant that threatens reopening plans.
  • The Latest: Fauci says pandemic highlights racism's impact

    ATLANTA — The immunologist who leads the COVID-19 response in the United States said Sunday that “the undeniable effects of racism” have led to unacceptable health disparities that especially hurt African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans during the pandemic.
  • The Latest: Florida's amusement parks loosen mask wearing

    ORLANDO, Fla. — Visitors to Walt Disney World and Universal Studios-Orlando were allowed Saturday to remove their masks when outdoors, except when on attractions, in line or riding transportation.
  • Florida's amusement parks loosen pandemic mask requirements

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Florida's major theme parks are adjusting their face mask policies after the federal government loosened its recommendations as more people get vaccinated for the coronavirus.
  • Celebs like Dolly and Bruce raid closets for charity auction

    NEW YORK - Christine Baranski wants your help cleaning out her closet.
  • Add beauty, function to your garden with a path

    A path is a feature too often overlooked in a garden or landscape. Maybe it lacks functionality, or beauty, or it’s needed — but just not there.

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