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California could see 100,000 hospitalizations in January

California could see 100,000 hospitalizations in January

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California has recorded a half-million coronavirus cases in the last two weeks and in a month could be facing a once-unthinkable caseload of nearly 100,000 hospitalizations, Gov.
Congress takes aim at climate change in massive relief bill

Congress takes aim at climate change in massive relief bill

WASHINGTON — The huge pandemic relief and spending bill includes billions of dollars to promote clean energy such as wind and solar power while sharply reducing over time the use of potent coolants in air conditioners and refrigerators that are consi
Harris, Ivanka Trump stump in Georgia ahead of Senate runoff

Harris, Ivanka Trump stump in Georgia ahead of Senate runoff

MILTON, Ga. — Campaigning in Georgia on Monday, Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris stressed a need to elect Democratic U.S. Senate candidates who will advance President-elect Joe Biden's agenda.
Vatican: OK to get virus vaccines using abortion cell lines

Vatican: OK to get virus vaccines using abortion cell lines

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican on Monday declared that it is “morally acceptable” for Roman Catholics to receive COVID-19 vaccines based on research that used cells derived from aborted fetuses, guidance that came after some churchmen in the United State

Illinois woman finds apparent COVID test in Kohl's package

CHICAGO — An Illinois woman who ordered flags for her grandmother's garden got a surprise when the package arrived — someone's apparent COVID-19 test specimen.
Cut off: Britain hit with travel bans over new virus strain

Cut off: Britain hit with travel bans over new virus strain

LONDON — Trucks waiting to get out of Britain backed up for miles and people were left stranded at airports Monday as dozens of countries around the world slapped tough travel restrictions on the U.K.
Judge plans to hear from residents in $641M Flint water deal

Judge plans to hear from residents in $641M Flint water deal

DETROIT — A judge said Monday that she'll wait until January before deciding whether to give preliminary approval to a $641 million settlement in a lawsuit by Flint residents who were exposed to water contaminated with lead and bacteria.
Barr undercuts Trump on election and Hunter Biden inquiries

Barr undercuts Trump on election and Hunter Biden inquiries

WASHINGTON — Undercutting President Donald Trump on multiple fronts, Attorney General William Barr said Monday he saw no reason to appoint a special counsel to look into the president’s claims about the 2020 election or to name one for the tax invest

Federal board investigates crash of small plane in Georgia

MIDWAY, Ga. — The National Transportation Safety Board said it was investigating the crash of a small plane in Georgia on Monday. The board said on Twitter that the Cessna 210 crashed in the city of Midway, south of Savannah in far eastern Georgia.
EU greenlights COVID-19 vaccine after agency gives safety OK

EU greenlights COVID-19 vaccine after agency gives safety OK

BRUSSELS — The European Union on Monday gave official approval for the coronavirus vaccine developed by BioNTech and Pfizer to be used across the 27-nation bloc, raising hopes that countries can begin administering the first shots to their citizens s