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In pandemic, more people choose to die at home
2021-02-07 13:56:16 Mortuary owner Brian Simmons holds a photo of his daughter Rhonda Ketchum who died before Christmas of COVID-19, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021, in Springfield, Mo. Simmons has been making more trips to homes to pick up bodies to be cremated and embalmed since the pandemic hit. For many families, home is a better setting than the terrifying scenario of saying farewell to loved ones b
Amanda Gorman, in a first, brings poetry to Super Bowl
2021-02-07 23:55:20 Eric Church and Jazmine Sullivan perform the national anthem before the NFL Super Bowl 55 football game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) NEW YORK (AP) — Amanda Gorman, the 22-year-old poet who stirred America at the inauguration of President Joseph Biden last month, again commanded the spotli
Glacier breaks in India“s north, flooding power plant, homes
2021-02-07 09:21:05 This frame grab from video provided by KK Productions shows a massive flood of water, mud and debris flowing at Chamoli District after a portion of Nanda Devi glacier broke off in Tapovan area of the northern state of Uttarakhand, India, Sunday, Feb.7, 2021. (KK Productions via AP) LUCKNOW, India (AP) — Indian authorities launched a search operation Sunday after part of a moun

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Senate Republicans back Trump as impeachment trial nears
2021-02-07 21:23:46 Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., arrives for a Republican policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump’s defenders in the Senate on Sunday rallied around the former president before his impeachment trial , dismissing it as a waste of time and arguing that the former president’s fiery speech before the U
Review: Yawn, is it Monday yet? The Weeknd bores at halftime
2021-02-07 23:48:00 The Weeknd performs during halftime of the NFL Super Bowl 55 football game between during the halftime show of the NFL Super Bowl 55 football game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) NEW YORK (AP) — His name is The Weeknd but his Super Bowl performance felt like a dreary Monday morning. The p
The Latest: GM pushes electric cars in comedy ad
2021-02-08 00:07:54 This photo provided by GM shows a scene from GM's 2021 Super Bowl NFL football spot. (GM via AP) TAMPA (AP) — The latest news on Super Bowl commercials. (All times EST.) ___ 7:15 p.m. General Motors used humor in a Super Bowl ad to promote its ambitious push to get more Americans to buy electric vehicles. GM has set a goal of making the vast majority of the vehicles it produce
Super Bowl ads aim to entertain with light humor
2021-02-07 23:24:59 This photo provided by Cadillac shows a scene from Cadillac's 2021 Super Bowl NFL football spot. (Courtesy of Cadillac/Leo Burnett Detroit via AP) As the Tampa Bay Buccaneers take on the Kansas City Chiefs during Super Bowl 55 in Tampa Bay, Florida, a different kind of action is taking place off the field. After a year of pandemic fear and isolation and a tumultuous election,
George Shultz wasn“t “afraid to struggle against the odds“
2021-02-07 20:47:26 FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2010 file photo, former Secretary of State George Shultz speaks at University of California Davis during the Governors' Global Climate Summit 3: Building the Green Economy, in Sacramento, Calif. Shultz, former President Ronald Reagan’s longtime secretary of state, who spent most of the 1980s trying to improve relations with the Soviet Union and forging
UK vaccine gambles paid off, while EU caution slowed it down
2021-02-07 07:54:39 Laboratory technicians work at Valneva headquarters in Saint-Herblain, western France, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021. French pharmaceutical startup Valneva had big news in September: a government contract for 60 million doses of its coronavirus vaccine candidate. The buyer? The United Kingdom — not the European Union, as might be expected for a company on the banks of the Loire. (AP
The Latest: Biden wants to use NFL stadiums for vaccines
2021-02-07 20:47:18 Raymond James Stadium rises in the distance ahead of Super Bowl 55 Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. The venue is hosting Sunday's Super Bowl football game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Kansas City Chiefs. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) The Latest on Super Bowl 55 (All times EST): ___ 4:30 p.m. President Joe Biden says his administration intends to take up the NFL o
South Africa suspends AstraZeneca vaccine drive
2021-02-07 14:46:29 FILE - In this file photo dated Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021, a vial of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine against COVID-19 at a hospital in Sofia, Bulgarian. South Africa on Sunday Feb. 7, 2021, has suspended plans to inoculate its front-line health care workers with the AstraZeneca vaccine after a small clinical trial suggested that it isn't effective in preventing mild to moderate illn
Utah police: Avalanche killed 4 local backcountry skiers
2021-02-07 19:49:27 Salt Lake County Sheriff Search and Rescue crews respond to the top of Millcreek Canyon where four skiers died in an avalanche Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, near Salt Lake City. Four other skiers were injured, authorities said. The Unified Police Department told local media that it was alerted to the avalanche about 11:40 a.m. after receiving a faint distress call from an avalanche
2nd major snowstorm in a week blankets Northeast
2021-02-07 15:22:09 A woman rides a bicycle across the Brooklyn Bridge during a snowstorm, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. It was the second time in less than a week the area has been buffeted by heavy snowfall. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) NEW YORK (AP) — Another major snowstorm hit the Northeast on Sunday, less than a week after a storm dumped as much as 2 feet on the reg
Biden: China should expect `extreme competition“ from US
2021-02-07 18:23:54 FILE - In this Dec. 4, 2013, file photo, Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, shakes hands with then U.S. Vice President Joe Biden as they pose for photos at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. (AP Photo/Lintao Zhang, Pool, File) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden says China is in for “extreme competition” from the U.S. under his administration, but that the new relati
Yellen: Biden“s plan could restore full employment by 2022
2021-02-07 18:20:45 Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen speaks during a virtual roundtable with participants from Black Chambers of Commerce across the country to discuss the American Rescue Plan, Friday, Feb. 5, 2021, from the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said Sunday the country was stil
Cheney says she won“t quit the House after Wyoming censure
2021-02-07 17:22:55 FILE - In this March 6, 2019, file photo, Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Wyoming Republican Party voted overwhelmingly Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021 to censure U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney for voting to impeach President Donald Trump for his role in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File) WASHINGTON (AP) —
Reagan“s longtime secretary of state George P. Shultz dies
2021-02-07 17:52:38 FILE - In this Jan. 9, 1985 file photo, Secretary of State George Shultz, center, walks with President Ronald Reagan and Vice President George Bush upon his arrival at the White House in Washington, after two days of arms talks with the Soviet Union in Geneva. Shultz, former President Reagan's longtime secretary of state, who spent most of the 1980s trying to improve relations
AP PHOTOS: Harsh weather hits Europe, but also brings fun
2021-02-07 16:44:49 A car makes its way through a street along the snow covered banks of the Neris river during the sun rises as temperatures dipped to -21 degrees Celsius (-5.8 degrees Fahrenheit) in Vilnius, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis) LONDON (AP) — Severe weather in Europe, ranging from floods in France to heavy snow in Germany, has caused disruption and damage — but also
The biggest win: In 2020, NFL found ways to play every game
2021-02-07 17:08:32 FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2021, file photo, workers sculpt the Lombardi Trophy out of sand outside of Raymond James Stadium ahead of Super Bowl 55 in Tampa, Fla. The city is hosting Sunday's Super Bowl football game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Kansas City Chiefs. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File) More than the youth of Patrick Mahomes or the agelessness of Tom Brady, t
Weary postal workers hope Biden will bring new tone, change
2021-02-07 14:46:44 Postal carrier Josiah Morse heads out to deliver mail and packages, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021, in Portland, Maine. The U.S. Postal Service's stretch of challenges didn't end with the November general election and tens of millions of mail-in votes. The pandemic-depleted workforce fell further into a hole during the holiday rush, leading to long hours and a mountain of delayed mai
Next stop Mars: 3 spacecraft arriving in quick succession
2021-02-07 15:06:16 FILE - In this Monday, July 20, 2020 file photo, men watch the launch of the "Amal" or "Hope" space probe at the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The orbiter is scheduled to reach Mars on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021, followed less than 24 hours later by China’s orbiter-rover combo. NASA’s rover will arrive on the scene a week later, on Feb. 18, to col
Big challenge: Biden is pressed to end federal death penalty
2021-02-07 12:45:45 FILE - This Aug. 28, 2020, file photo shows the federal prison complex in Terre Haute, Ind. Biden, the first sitting U.S. president to openly oppose the death penalty, has discussed the possibility of instructing the Department of Justice to stop scheduling new executions, officials said. Action to stop scheduling new executions could take immediate pressure off Biden from opp
Analysis: Trump“s Senate trial matters regardless of outcome
2021-02-07 12:53:47 FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2021, file photo, President Donald Trump arrives to speak at a rally in Washington. Arguments begin Tuesday, Feb. 9, in the impeachment trial of Donald Trump on allegations that he incited the violent mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File) WASHINGTON (AP) — This matters. The outcome may seem preordained in the unpr
Which COVID-19 tests are required for international travel?
2021-02-07 11:34:28 (AP Illustration/Peter Hamlin) Which COVID-19 tests are required for international travel? It depends on where you're going. In an effort to limit the spread of new coronavirus variants, many countries are requiring incoming travelers to show a recent negative test. The U.S., for example, will accept results from either a test that detects the genetic material of the virus —
Iran: US must lift sanctions before it lives up to nuke deal
2021-02-07 10:07:01 In this picture released by the official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks during a meeting with army's air force and air defense staff in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021. Iran's supreme leader said the U.S. must lift all sanctions if it wants Iran to return to its commitments to the nuclear deal with Western p

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