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Big drop reported in vaping by U.S. teens

NEW YORK - Vaping by U.S. teenagers fell dramatically this year, especially among middle schoolers, according to a federal report released Wednesday. Experts think last year's outbreak of vaping-related illnesses and deaths may have scared off … more

Amazon seeks to hire 33,000

NEW YORK (AP) - Amazon is on a hiring spree. In the latest sign of how it's prospering while others are faltering during the pandemic, Amazon said Wednesday it is seeking to bring aboard 33,000 people for corporate and tech roles in the next few … more

Official claims pressure by agency leaders to alter Homeland Security intel

WASHINGTON - An official at the Department of Homeland Security said in a whistle-blower complaint released Wednesday that he was pressured by agency leaders to suppress details in his intelligence reports that President Donald Trump might find … more

Richland 2 teacher, 28, dies from coronavirus

COLUMBIA - A South Carolina third-grade teacher who was last in her classroom less than two weeks ago has died from COVID-19, officials at the Richland 2 School District said Wednesday. Demetria "Demi" Bannister, 28, was diagnosed with the virus … more

UN report: Increased warming closing in on agreed upon limit

The world is getting closer to passing a temperature limit set by global leaders five years ago and may exceed it in the next decade or so, according to a new United Nations report. In the next five years, the world has nearly a 1-in-4 chance of … more

NIH: Halted vaccine study shows 'no compromises' on safety

AstraZeneca's suspension of final testing of its potential COVID-19 vaccine while it investigates a volunteer's illness shows there will be "no compromises" on safety in developing the shots, the chief of the National Institutes of Health told … more

Norwegian lawmaker nominates Trump for Nobel Peace Prize

COPENHAGEN, Denmark - An anti-immigrant Norwegian lawmaker said Wednesday that he has nominated U.S. President Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts in the Middle East. Christian Tybring-Gjedde, a member of the Norwegian … more

Helicopters pull more people from burning California forest

SHAVER LAKE, Calif. (AP) - Helicopters flew through dense smoke Tuesday to rescue scores more people from wildfires as wind-fanned flames kept chewing through bone-dry California after a scorching Labor Day weekend that saw a dramatic airlift of … more

Rochester police leaders retire after suffocation death

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - Top police leaders in New York's third-largest city are retiring en masse amid criticism of the city's handling of the suffocation death of Daniel Prude, the mayor of Rochester said Tuesday. La'Ron Singletary, the city's … more

McConnell proposes 'targeted' virus aid, Dems say it's not enough

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday the Senate would vote on a trimmed-down Republican coronavirus relief package, though it has a slim chance of passage in the face of Democrats' insistence for more sweeping … more

Summer of COVID-19 ends with health officials worried

The Lost Summer of 2020 drew to a close Monday with many big Labor Day gatherings canceled across the U.S. and health authorities pleading with people to keep their distance from others so as not to cause another coronavirus surge like the one that … more

Can I use a face shield instead of a mask?

No. Health officials don't recommend the clear plastic barriers as a substitute for masks because of the lack of research on whether they keep an infected person from spreading viral droplets to others. However, those who want extra protection … more

Bring in the experts: It's time to secure your home network

Not all that long ago, managing your home network's security didn't involve much more than installing an antivirus program on your PC. If only it were still so simple. It's no longer just about protecting the computer on which you may be working … more

What should I look for in a hand sanitizer, and when to use it?

Pick one that contains mostly alcohol and has few other ingredients. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says hand sanitizers should be at least 60% ethyl alcohol or 70% isopropyl alcohol. Other approved ingredients may include … more

House will investigate DeJoy for possible campaign law violations

WASHINGTON - House Democrats said Tuesday they will investigate whether Postmaster General Louis DeJoy encouraged employees at his former business to contribute to Republican candidates and then reimbursed them in the guise of bonuses, a violation … more

Doctors studying why obesity may be tied to serious COVID-19

NEW YORK - In the early days of the pandemic, doctors noticed something about the people severely ill from COVID-19: Many were obese. The link became more apparent as coronavirus swept across the globe and data mounted, and researchers are still … more

Trump expands ban on new offshore drilling sites in Atlantic

JUPITER, Fla. - President Donald Trump sought to claim the mantle of environmental steward on Tuesday as he announced an expansion of a ban on offshore drilling and highlighted conservation projects in Florida. But his administration has overturned … more

Trump looms large over campaigns for control of Congress

WASHINGTON - The battle for control of Congress is solidifying into a race about President Donald Trump, as Republicans hitch their fortunes to their party's leader and Democrats position themselves as a bulwark against him - and as partners in a … more

Voting in person could look different on Nov. 3

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Voting will look a little different this November. States are turning to stadiums, drive-thrus and possibly even movie theaters as safe options for in-person polling places amid the coronavirus pandemic and fears about mail-in … more

Virus still throwing theme parks for a loop

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Theme park operators who spent months installing hand sanitizing stations, figuring out how to disinfect roller coaster seats and checking the temperatures of guests at their gates so they'd come back in the midst of the pandemic … more
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