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Pandemic-era Mardi Gras: No big crowds, but plenty of cake

January 8, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: In this Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, file photo, Mondo Kayo parades down Chartres Street during Mardi Gras, in New Orleans. A subdued Carnival season begins Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, after the coronavirus pandemic put an end to the crowd-heavy balls and street parades that draw thousands of people to the city every year….

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Black doctor dies of COVID after racist treatment complaints

December 31, 2020

ABOVE PHOTO: Dr. Susan Moore  (Photo/Facebook) ASSOCIATED PRESS  INDIANAPOLIS  — A Black doctor who died battling COVID-19 complained of racist medical care in widely shared social media posts days before her death, prompting an Indiana hospital system to promise a “full external review” into her treatment. Dr. Susan Moore, 52, tested positive for COVID-19 late…

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Surging virus, plummeting temperatures challenge shelters

December 31, 2020

ABOVE PHOTO: Jose Ortiz pauses, Monday, Dec. 7, 2020, at the ladder to the residence he built in the homeless encampment known as the Jungle in Ithaca, N.Y. When Ortiz tested positive for COVID-19 last month, he was able to isolate at his elaborately crafted shelter, which includes a “treehouse” about waist-high with a wood…

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House approves Trump’s $2K checks, sending to GOP-led Senate

December 28, 2020

By LISA MASCARO and JILL COLVIN WASHINGTON (AP) — The House voted overwhelmingly Monday to increase COVID-19 relief checks to $2,000, meeting President Donald Trump’s demand for bigger payments and sending the bill to the GOP-controlled Senate, where the outcome is uncertain. Democrats led passage, 275-134, their majority favoring additional assistance, but dozens of Republicans…

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Pfizer to supply US with additional 100M vaccines doses

December 24, 2020

By Jonathan Lemire  And Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar ASSOCIATED PRESS  WASHINGTON  — Pfizer and BioNTech will supply the U.S. with an additional 100 million doses of their COVID-19 vaccine under a second agreement. The drugmakers said Wednesday that they expect to deliver all the doses by July 31. Pfizer already has a contract to supply the government…

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Congress seals agreement on $900 billion COVID relief bill

December 21, 2020

By ANDREW TAYLOR WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Capitol Hill negotiators sealed a deal on a $900 billion COVID-19 economic relief package, finally delivering long-overdue help to businesses and individuals and providing money to deliver vaccines to a nation eager for them. The package, expected to draw votes in Congress on Monday, would establish a temporary…

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US vaccinations ramp up as 2nd COVID-19 shot nears

December 17, 2020

ABOVE PHOTO: Sandra Lindsay, left, a nurse at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, is inoculated with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine by Dr. Michelle Chester, Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, in the Queens borough of New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, Pool) By Matthew Perrone  And Lauran Neergaard ASSOCIATED PRESS  WASHINGTON  — Hundreds more U.S. hospitals geared up…

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US says COVID-19 vaccine to start arriving in states Monday

December 12, 2020

By MATTHEW PERRONE and MIKE STOBBE WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation’s first COVID-19 vaccine will begin arriving in states Monday morning, U.S. officials said Saturday, after the government gave the final go-ahead to the shots needed to end an outbreak that has killed nearly 300,000 Americans. Trucks will roll out Sunday morning as shipping companies…

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Coronavirus takes toll on Black, Latino child care providers

December 11, 2020

ABOVE PHOTO: Mary De La Rosa shows mud-filled pans at her now-closed child care program, Creative Explorers, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in Los Angeles.  (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes) By  Christine Fernando ASSOCIATED PRESS  INDIANAPOLIS  — When Mary De La Rosa closed her toddler and preschool program in March because of the coronavirus pandemic, she fully expected…

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