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Moderna asking US, European regulators to OK its virus shots

By LAURAN NEERGAARD AP - Moderna Inc. said it would ask U.S. and European regulators Monday to allow emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine as new study results confirm the shots offer strong protection —…
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Black Friday offers beacon of hope to struggling stores

By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO NEW YORK (AP) — After months of slumping sales and businesses toppling into bankruptcy, Black Friday is offering a small beacon of hope. In normal times, Black Friday is the busiest shopping…
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Thanksgiving could make or break US coronavirus response

By MICHAEL RUBINKAM In Pennsylvania, if you’re having friends over to socialize, you’re supposed to wear a mask — and so are your friends. That’s the rule, but Barb Chestnut has no intention of following…
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Biden transition OK’d to start as Trump runs out of options

By ZEKE MILLER, DAVID EGGERT and COLLEEN LONG WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government recognized President-elect Joe Biden as the “apparent winner” of the Nov. 3 election, formally starting the transition of power after President Donald Trump…
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US tells GM to recall nearly 6M trucks with Takata inflators

By TOM KRISHER DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. is making General Motors recall and repair nearly 6 million big pickup trucks and SUVs equipped with potentially dangerous Takata air bag inflators. The decision announced Monday…
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Pfizer seeking emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine in US

By LAURAN NEERGAARD AP - Pfizer said Friday it is asking U.S. regulators to allow emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine, starting the clock on a process that could bring limited first shots as early…
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US jobless claims increase to 742,000 as pandemic worsens

By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid rose last week to 742,000, the first increase in five weeks and a sign that the resurgent viral outbreak is likely slowing…
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Pfizer: COVID-19 shot 95% effective, seeking clearance soon

By LINDA A. JOHNSON Pfizer says that more interim results from its ongoing coronavirus vaccine study suggest the shots are 95% effective and that the vaccine protects older people most at risk of dying from…
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Governors ratchet up restrictions ahead of Thanksgiving

By DAVID EGGERT and RACHEL LA CORTE From California to Pennsylvania, governors and mayors across the U.S. are ratcheting up COVID-19 restrictions amid the record-shattering resurgence of the virus that is all but certain to…
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2nd virus vaccine shows overwhelming success in U.S. tests

By LAURAN NEERGAARD Moderna said Monday its COVID-19 vaccine is proving highly effective in a major trial, a second ray of hope in the global race for a shot to tame a resurgent virus that…
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