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The unwitting are the target of COVID-19 falsehoods online

Dr. Michelle Rockwell lost a pregnancy in December and shared her heartache with her 30,000 Instagram followers. Weeks later, she received the COVID-19 vaccine and posted about that, too. By February, Rockwell was getting past the grief and … more

EXPLAINER: Ohio offers $1M weekly prize as vaccine incentive

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has made many newsworthy statements in his long political career, but perhaps none has generated such an immediate and intense response as announcing … more

U.S. jobless claims sink to 473K as more GOP governors bar aid

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell last week to 473,000, a new pandemic low and the latest evidence that fewer employers are cutting jobs as consumers … more

U.S. deaths from coronavirus hit lowest level in 10 months

COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. have tumbled to an average of about 600 per day - the lowest level in 10 months - with the number of lives lost dropping to single digits in well more than half the states and hitting zero on some days. Confirmed … more

Scientists race to study variants in India as cases explode

NEW DELHI (AP) — A potentially worrisome variant of the coronavirus detected in India may spread more easily. But the country is behind in doing the kind of testing needed to track it and … more

S.C. Education Superintendent Spearman: Governor 'inciting hysteria' by allowing mask opt-out

COLUMBIA (AP) — South Carolina's public schools chief on Wednesday said that the state's governor had no legal basis for allowing parents to opt their children out of wearing masks in schools, … more

States push jobless in pandemic to return to work

STOWE, Vt. - Eduardo Rovetto is hoping the state of Vermont's reinstated requirement that people who are collecting unemployment benefits must seek work to qualify will help him hire enough staff for his restaurant in the resort town of … more

S.C. getting $2.5B in virus relief aid

COLUMBIA - State and local governments in South Carolina are getting nearly $2.5 billion in new federal coronavirus aid, as the state begins to phase out a different federal jobless benefit the governor says is disincentivizing people to return to … more

S.C. governor orders opt out for child mask wearing

COLUMBIA (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster issued an executive order Tuesday letting parents opt their children out of wearing masks in public schools, citing widespread coronavirus … more

Scores of dead bodies found floating in India's Ganges River

NEW DELHI (AP) — Scores of dead bodies have been found floating down the Ganges River in eastern India as the country battles a ferocious surge in coronavirus infections. Authorities said … more

For some pastors, the past year was too much to bear

Jeff Weddle, a 46-year-old, wise-cracking, self-deprecating, Bible-loving, self-described "failing pastor" from Wisconsin, was already thinking of leaving the ministry before COVID-19 and the 2020 election. He was, as he put it, fed up with … more

Pfizer COVID-19 shot expanded to US children as young as 12

COVID-19 vaccines finally are headed for more kids as U.S. regulators on Monday expanded use of Pfizer's shot to those as young as 12, sparking a race to protect middle and high school students … more

WTO chief: Vaccine waiver helpful, not key for virus fight

GENEVA (AP) - The head of the World Trade Organization said Friday the U.S. administration's call to remove patent protections on COVID-19 vaccines could help expand fair access to vaccines but might not be the most "critical issue," as officials in … more

South Carolina to cut $300 federal unemployment boost from weekly payments

COLUMBIA - South Carolina will leave the federal unemployment programs providing extra money to jobless residents in light of "unprecedented" workforce shortages across the state, Gov. Henry McMaster announced on Thursday. The state will opt out … more

S.C. cuts federal unemployment boost from weekly payments

COLUMBIA (AP) — South Carolina will leave the federal unemployment programs providing extra money to jobless residents in light of "unprecedented" workforce shortages across the state, Gov. … more

U.S. unemployment claims fall to a pandemic low of 498,000, but still high

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid fell last week to 498,000, the lowest point since the viral pandemic struck 14 months ago and a sign of the job market's … more

COVID's U.S. toll projected to drop sharply by the end of July

NEW YORK (AP) — Teams of experts are projecting COVID-19's toll on the U.S. will fall sharply by the end of July, according to research released by the government Wednesday.But they also warn … more

FDA expected to OK Pfizer vaccine for teens within a week

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine for youngsters ages 12 to 15 by next week, according to a federal official and a person familiar with the process, setting up shots for many before … more

'Horrible' weeks ahead as India's virus catastrophe worsens

NEW DELHI (AP) - COVID-19 infections and deaths are mounting with alarming speed in India with no end in sight to the crisis and a top expert warning that the coming weeks in the country of nearly 1.4 billion people will be "horrible." India's … more

U.S. to reallocate shots to states with greater interest

WASHINGTON - The Biden administration will begin shifting how it allocates COVID-19 shots to states, moving doses from states with lower demand to those with stronger interest in vaccines, an administration official said Tuesday. The change away … more
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