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Rapper Bow Wow apologizes for attending packed Houston club

HOUSTON (AP) — Rapper Bow Wow apologized after Houston’s mayor called him out for attending a crowded gathering at a city nightclub during a weekend packed with concerts as Texas continues to grapple ...

New Orleans Jazz Fest 2021 pushed back to October

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic, which forced cancellation of last year's New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, is forcing postponement of the festival this year. “ Jaz...

Germany's 2020 borrowing comes in well short of forecast

BERLIN (AP) — Germany borrowed 130.5 billion euros ($157.5 billion) last year as it loosened budget rules to help finance pandemic-related rescue and stimulus packages — a considerably smaller sum tha...

Taiwan cancels Lantern Festival event as COVID cluster expands

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — As the number of coronavirus infections from a hospital cluster expanded to nine, the government announced Tuesday (Jan. 19) that it is canceling the Lantern Festival for ...

Germany's Merkel, state leaders ponder tougher virus rules

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel is holding a virtual meeting Tuesday with the governors of Germany’s 16 states to discuss the country’s pandemic measures amid concerns that new mutations of the...

Bulls beat Rockets 125-120; Oladipo solid in Houston debut

CHICAGO (AP) — Zach LaVine scored 33 points, and the Chicago Bulls overcame a strong effort by Victor Oladipo in his Houston debut, beating the Rockets 125-120 on Monday night. LaVin...

Michelin France stars awarded in virtual ceremony

PARIS (AP) — France's Michelin Guide, which has long served as a bible for foodies, is adapting its awards ceremony in Paris for the year that was like no other - 2020. It is handing out its stars for...

Tennessee governor faces criticism for approach to virus

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — As their state faced one of its toughest months of the pandemic, Tennesseans watched Gov. Bill Lee’s rare primetime address to see whether new public restrictions to curb the s...

More foreigners want to move to Taiwan amid COVID pandemic

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwanese-American entrepreneur Dave Lu (呂曉龍) said he has seen more foreigners wanting to move to Taiwan since the global coronavirus outbreak began. In an interview wi...

Japan's PM vows Olympics will be proof of victory over virus

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga vowed Monday to get the pandemic under control and hold the already postponed Olympics this summer with ample coronavirus protection. ...

Italy's South Tyrol again flouts Rome over virus closures

MILAN (AP) — The autonomous province of South Tyrol with its German-speaking majority is flouting Rome’s decision to put it under partial lockdown starting Sunday, with provincial authorities citing i...

Austria extends lockdown to Feb. 7, toughens some measures

BERLIN (AP) — The Austrian government is extending the country's lockdown until Feb. 7 in a drive to push down still-high infection figures as officials worry about the possible impact of new coronavi...

The Latest: Pakistan approves Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s planning minister says the country’s drug regulatory authority has approved the use of Oxford-AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine and the government is trying to make it available by...

Restaurants, bars scramble for propane amid pandemic winter

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — With coronavirus restrictions forcing bars and restaurants to seat customers outside in the dead of winter, many are scrambling to nab erratic supplies of propane that fuel ...

The Latest: UN: Pandemic reduced migrants by 2M by mid-2020

UNITED NATIONS — A new U.N. report estimates that the COVID-19 pandemic reduced the number of international migrants by 2 million by the middle of 2020 because of border closings and a halt to travel ...