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BioNTech CEO confident vaccine will work on UK variant

BioNTech CEO confident vaccine will work on UK variant

BERLIN — German pharmaceutical company BioNTech is confident that its coronavirus vaccine works against the new UK variant, but further studies are needed to be completely sure, its chief executive said Tuesday.
Air Force: Black people more often investigated, punished

Air Force: Black people more often investigated, punished

WASHINGTON — Black service members in the Air Force are far more likely to be investigated, arrested, face disciplinary actions and be discharged for misconduct, according to a new report that looked at racial disparities across the service.
Volcano erupts on Hawaii's Big Island, draws crowds to park

Volcano erupts on Hawaii's Big Island, draws crowds to park

HONOLULU — Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island roared back to life Sunday night as lava went shooting into the air, boiling away a water lake and sending a massive plume of steam, gas and ash soaring into the atmosphere.
AP Interview: China signals shift but no letup in Xinjiang

AP Interview: China signals shift but no letup in Xinjiang

BEIJING — An official from China's Communist Party signalled Monday that there would likely be no letup in its crackdown in the remote Xinjiang region, but said the government’s focus is shifting more to addressing the roots of extremism.
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.