South Africa begins return to tougher lockdown measures

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa has begun a return to tougher lockdown restrictions for COVID-19 hotspots as it experiences a resurgence of new coronavirus infections, with more than 4,400 new cases ...

No. 13 Oklahoma looks to regain steam against Baylor

The good news for Oklahoma -- its players are rested. The bad news -- it’s because the Sooners’ last game at West Virginia got postponed because of COVID-19 cases and contact tracing...

Biden eyes defeated candidates for key administration roles

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — In politics, there can sometimes be an upside to losing. President-elect Joe Biden is eyeing several Democrats who lost congressional reelection races last mo...

Portugal unveils its national vaccination plan for COVID-19

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal is aiming to vaccinate almost 1 million people against the coronavirus between January and April at the latest, and perhaps by the end of February, depending on the pa...

Ex-presidents would get vaccine publicly to boost confidence

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three former presidents say they'd be willing to take a coronavirus vaccine publicly, once one becomes available, to encourage all Americans to get inoculated against a disease that ...

Police: Couple flew to Hawaii despite positive virus tests

HONOLULU (AP) — A couple was arrested at a Hawaii airport for traveling on a flight from California despite knowing they were infected with COVID-19, authorities said. Wesley Moribe,...

Mexican presidents says Trump helped him get vaccine

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s president said Thursday he plans to give the military a role in distributing coronavirus vaccines, which he says U.S. President Donald Trump helped him get. ...

Belgium looks to launch limited vaccine campaign in January

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgium plans to launch a COVID-19 vaccination campaign on a limited scale starting in early January and initially will use the shots developed by Pfizer and BioNtech, health authoriti...

Puerto Rico to lock down Sundays, close marinas for holidays

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s governor on Tuesday announced stricter measures to fight COVID-19, including a lockdown on Sundays and the closure of all marinas as the U.S. territory grapp...

Facebook to remove COVID-19 vaccine-related misinformation

LONDON (AP) — Facebook said Thursday it will start removing false claims about COVID-19 vaccines, in its latest move to counter a tide of coronavirus-related online misinformation. I...

Spanish parliament approves left-wing govt's 2021 budget

MADRID (AP) — The lower house of Spain's parliament approved a proposed 2021 budget Thursday in what was seen as a vote of confidence in the left-wing coalition government’s plans for increased spendi...

Survivors remember Pearl Harbor at home this year amid virus

HONOLULU (AP) — Navy sailor Mickey Ganitch was getting ready to play in a Pearl Harbor football game as the sun came up on Dec. 7, 1941. Instead, he spent the morning — still wearing his football padd...

3Q earnings offer an unexpected light in pandemic darkness

Corporate earnings are likely to end this year with a fourth-straight quarterly decline, but a profit rebound may be appearing on the horizon, analysts say. Despite the continuing st...

US virus deaths top 3,100 in a single day for the first time

The U.S. recorded over 3,100 COVID-19 deaths in a single day, obliterating the record set last spring, while the number of Americans hospitalized with the virus has eclipsed 100,000 for the first time...

Biden is facing high hopes, tough choices on border wall

LOS EBANOS, Texas (AP) — The U.S. government has been trying to take Pamela Rivas' land for a border wall since before Joe Biden was vice president. From a brushy bluff, Rivas can lo...