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European Union Commissioner for Health Stella Kyriakides said that in the future all companies producing COVID-19 vaccines in the EU "will have to provide early notification whenever they want to export vaccines to third countries."
Tue, 01/26/2021 - 11:16

"The companies must deliver. They must honor their obligations," the European Commission's president said after both AstraZeneca and Pfizer said they were experiencing shipping issues.

Mike Lindell, the CEO of My Pillow, had been using his Twitter account to spread disinformation about the 2020 election.
Tue, 01/26/2021 - 09:17

Lindell, a close ally of former President Donald Trump, had been using his Twitter account to spread disinformation about the 2020 presidential election, including false claims of voter fraud.

Lisa Howze, Gia Howze and Palestine Howze. Palestine Howze died last year. Now her family is suing Treyburn Rehabilitation Center, where she lived.
Tue, 01/26/2021 - 07:10

Nearly 30 states temporarily shielded nursing homes from COVID-19 lawsuits. But resident advocates say that protection means they can't sue for things that have nothing to do with the coronavirus.

Lights placed as a memorial to COVID-19 victims surround the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool on Jan. 19. Some economists believe deaths tied to alcohol use, drug use and suicides have risen during the pandemic as the isolation felt by many has taken an emotional toll.
Tue, 01/26/2021 - 05:20

As drug overdose deaths rise during the pandemic, a former White House economist says social isolation could be partly to blame.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., dropped his demand that any power-sharing agreement with Democrats must keep the legislative filibuster intact.
Tue, 01/26/2021 - 05:12

The Senate minority leader pointed to statements by two moderate Democrats who oppose ending the legislative maneuver. Both sides claimed victory, but the truce could be short-lived.

Suzan Mubarak and her boyfriend, Mitch Domier, live only a few miles apart in Bozeman, Mont., yet the pandemic has limited their ability to see each other in person.
Tue, 01/26/2021 - 04:00

Everyone is trying to figure out how relationships work in the pandemic. That includes a couple keeping their love alive, ever since their group homes for adults with disabilities went into lockdown.

Protesters threw fireworks and rocks at police, damaged storefronts and looted stores during demonstrations on Monday in the Netherlands.
Tue, 01/26/2021 - 02:55

At least 150 people were reportedly arrested amid violent protests against coronavirus restrictions.

A new variant of the coronavirus first discovered in Brazil was detected in Minneapolis, Minn. The variant is believed to be more transmissible and could possibly infect those who previously contracted the virus.
Mon, 01/25/2021 - 21:10

A Twin Cities resident contracted a new variant of the coronavirus after traveling to Brazil. The new strain is believed to be more transmissible.

Janet Yellen addresses an event last month introducing the incoming Biden administration's economic team in Wilmington, Del. Yellen is the first woman to lead the Treasury Department.
Mon, 01/25/2021 - 18:07

Janet Yellen was confirmed by the Senate to serve as Treasury secretary. She'll be the first woman to hold that post and will lead the Biden administration's efforts to address the pandemic recession.

One of the eight gorillas in the troop at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in California. Some of the gorillas contracted the coronavirus this month. One of the older gorillas received monoclonal antibody therapy as part of his treatment.
Mon, 01/25/2021 - 17:52

An older silverback gorilla in Escondido, Calif., received an array of treatments after it and others in its troop contracted the coronavirus. The therapy came from a supply meant for nonhumans.

Soldiers patrol outside presidential challenger Bobi Wine's home in Magere, Kampala, Uganda, Jan. 16, after President Yoweri Museveni was declared the winner of the election.
Mon, 01/25/2021 - 17:21

A judge ruled Monday that security forces surrounding the home of Bobi Wine, who lost a disputed election to President Yoweri Museveni, must leave. It's not clear if the ruling will be obeyed.

South Dakota has given out about 75% of the vaccine doses it's received, a high rate among states.
Mon, 01/25/2021 - 17:04

South Dakota has administered roughly 80,000 of the 106,000 doses it has received so far, or 75%. Dr. Shankar Kurra in Rapid City says a centralized system helped for coordination.

World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was one of many global health leaders who spoke bluntly about the coronavirus pandemic at annual meetings that conclude on Tuesday. Discussing the lack of priority given to vaccines for poor countries, he stated, "The world is on the brink of a catastrophic moral failure."
Mon, 01/25/2021 - 16:50

Six takeaways from discussions at the annual meeting of the World Health Organization's Executive Board.

The Chicago Teachers Union voted on Sunday to continue remote work only, in defiance of the school district's plans for K-8 teachers and staff to return to classrooms this week. Here, a sign in front of Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School in September.
Mon, 01/25/2021 - 15:33

After the union vote, the district said it had pushed back the return of K-8 teachers and staff until Wednesday to "ensure we reach a resolution without a disruption to student learning."

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady reacts after winning the NFC championship against the Green Bay Packers in Green Bay, Wis., on Sunday. The Buccaneers will meet AFC champions Kansas City Chiefs Feb. 7 in Super Bowl LV.
Mon, 01/25/2021 - 15:28

For the first time in 37 years Budweiser will not directly advertise its beer during the game. Other famous brands are also taking a pass.

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