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‘Relieved’: US health workers start getting COVID-19 vaccine

By LAURAN NEERGAARD AP NEWS - The biggest vaccination campaign in U.S. history kicked off Monday as health workers rolled up their sleeves for shots to protect them from COVID-19 and start beating back the…
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US panel endorses widespread use of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

By LAURAN NEERGAARD and MATTHEW PERRONE WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. government advisory panel endorsed widespread use of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine Thursday, putting the country just one step away from launching an epic vaccination campaign…
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US jobless claims jump to 853,000 amid resurgence of virus

By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people applying for unemployment aid jumped last week to 853,000, the most since September, evidence that companies are cutting more jobs as new virus cases spiral…
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High court rejects GOP bid to halt Biden’s Pennsylvania win

By MARK SHERMAN and MARC LEVY WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected Republicans’ last-gasp bid to reverse Pennsylvania’s certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the electoral battleground. The court without comment…
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Feds passed up chance to lock in more Pfizer vaccine doses

By ZEKE MILLER and JONATHAN LEMIRE WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s administration is facing new scrutiny Tuesday after failing to lock in a chance to buy millions of additional doses of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine,…
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Trump lawyer Giuliani in hospital after positive virus test

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani has tested positive for the coronavirus, making him the latest in Trump’s inner circle to contract the disease that is now surging across the U.S.…
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Data shows Americans couldn’t resist Thanksgiving travel

By STEPHEN GROVES SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Americans couldn’t resist the urge to gather for Thanksgiving, driving only slightly less than a year ago and largely ignoring the pleas of public health experts, who…
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NASA: Mystery object is 54-year-old rocket, not asteroid

By MARCIA DUNN CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A mysterious object temporarily orbiting Earth is a 54-year-old rocket, not an asteroid after all, astronomers confirmed Wednesday. Observations by a telescope in Hawaii clinched its identity,…
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UN: Warmer world in 2020 busted weather records, hurt people

By SETH BORENSTEIN and FRANK JORDANS AP - An overheating world obliterated weather records in 2020, creating an extreme year for hurricanes, wildfires, heat waves, floods, droughts and ice melt, the United Nations’ weather agency…
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At tiny rural hospitals, weary doctors treat friends, family

By JEFF ROBERSON and JIM SALTER MEMPHIS, Mo. (AP) — As Dr. Shane Wilson makes the rounds at the tiny, 25-bed hospital in rural northeastern Missouri, many of his movements are familiar in an age…
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