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Fidelity Charitable: Record-high donations fell shy of need

Fidelity Charitable, the nation’s largest grant maker, has reported a banner 2020, with donations surging 24% from 2019 to $9.1 billion — by far the largest total on record. Yet so deep were the hards...

The Latest: Oxford University testing vaccine in children

LONDON — The University of Oxford plans to test its COVID-19 vaccine in children for the first time, becoming the latest vaccine developer to assess whether its coronavirus shot is effective in young ...

District in northern Taiwan flashes yellow crowd alert amid COVID fears

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taoyuan City called on visitors to stay away from Daxi District’s Old Street, a lake, and a temple in the Longtan District until 6 p.m. Friday (Feb. 12) after crowds...

Guatemala mom waits 2 decades for trial in daughter's murder

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Rosa Franco Sandoval spent two decades seeking justice for her daughter, whose murder helped spur the creation of Guatemala’s national alert system for missing women. Now she is ...

CWB says multiple 5.0 quakes could be precursor for 8.5 earthquake this year

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — In the wake of two powerful earthquakes over magnitude 5.0 on Tuesday morning (Feb. 9), a Central Weather Bureau (CWB) seismologist said they could be a precursor to a muc...

Indonesia volcano eruption: Merapi ejects new ash cloud

The Mount Merapi volcano in Indonesia erupted on Wednesday spewing ash, gas and extremely hot rock fragments for four hours, the Research and Development Center for Geological Disaster Technology repo...

Independent pandemic review panel critical of China, WHO delays

GENEVA (Reuters) - An independent panel said on Monday that Chinese officials could have applied public health measures more forcefully in January to curb the initial COVID-19 outbreak, and criticized...

Blue Origin launches capsule to space with astronaut perks

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin company launched a new capsule into space Thursday to test all the astronaut perks before people strap in. Thursday’s flight with ...

Taiwan activates 10-second earthquake alert system

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan has put in place an earthquake alert system that can give a warning 10 seconds in advance of an imminent tremor in the nation's eastern regions. As a result ...

UK medical officer: New virus variant spreading more rapidly

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson held emergency talks with his Cabinet on Saturday as the government’s scientific advisors said a new variant of the coronavirus was accelerating the ...

Bodycam video: COVID-19 analyst delayed cops serving warrant

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Bodycam video released by a Florida law enforcement agency on Thursday shows that officers tried multiple time to contact a former Department of Health employee who the state ...

The Latest: Australia to extend ban on leaving country

CANBERRA, Australia — Australia is extending its ban on international cruise ships and on Australians leaving the country except under exceptional circumstances for another three months until March. ...

Florida agents raid home of ousted COVID-19 data curator

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida authorities investigating an alleged hack into the state’s emergency response system raided the home Monday of a woman fired earlier this year from her job as COVID-19...

No escaping from Wales: UK police to enforce travel ban

LONDON (AP) — A police force in England says it will try to stop people from leaving Wales, which has started a 17-day lockdown to slow a surging rate of coronavirus infections. The ...

Europeans face more curfews, restrictions, as virus surges

ROME (AP) — Italy's three largest cities face new curfews as regional authorities try to slow the spread of COVID-19 where it first struck hard in Europe, most of whose countries are now imposing, or ...