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UK Conservatives hold Parliament seat by reduced margin

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s governing Conservative Party has held onto a seat in Parliament in a special election triggered by a lawmaker’s death. But the party saw its margin of victory slashed after wee...

DC mayor and council publicly clash over mask relaxation

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mayor Muriel Bowser's decision to ease mask requirements in the nation's capital has sparked a public debate about timing, with the majority of the D.C. Council pleading with her to ...

Ticket to whimsy: What's behind popular seasonal train shows

NEW YORK (AP) — Many holiday-season train shows were canceled or limited to fewer visitors last year because of the pandemic, but this year the popular attractions are back at botanical gardens, conse...

Judge orders halt to Texas mask mandate ban in schools

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday ordered a halt to the enforcement of Texas' ban on mask mandates in the state's schools. U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel ruled in Aus...

Durr grapples with new post as Sweeney cites 'red wave'

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — The Republican state senator-elect who works as a furniture store truck driver and whose victory over New Jersey's powerful Senate president made na...

Railroads fight with unions in court over vaccine mandates

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Another major railroad has gone to court to determine whether it has the authority to require all its employees to get vaccinated against the coronavirus. BNSF rai...

Today in History

Today in History Today is Monday, Nov. 8, the 312th day of 2021. There are 53 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 8, 2...

Culture war fight finds mixed success in school board races

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — School board candidates opposing mask mandates and lessons about racism in U.S. history won in red states and some politically divided districts but often came up short in their b...

Judge nixes challenge to ban on Florida school mask mandates

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's ban on coronavirus mask mandates in the state's schools will stay in effect after a judge on Friday dismissed a challenge to the rule from several school districts. ...

More vaccines, fewer mask rules as US keeps fighting COVID

The United States is steadily chipping away at vaccine hesitancy and driving down COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations to the point that schools, governments and corporations are lifting mask restricti...

King and queen of Netherlands tour the United Arab Emirates

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The king and queen of the Netherlands toured Dubai's Expo 2020 and a strawberry farm deep inside the Emirati desert Wednesday, part of a two-day trip to the United A...

Arizona high court upholds ruling blocking school mask bans

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Supreme Court on Tuesday unanimously upheld a lower court judgment that found the Republican-controlled Legislature violated the state constitution by including new laws ban...

Taipei mayor sees end to COVID mask mandate by Lunar New Year

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) expressed optimism Saturday (Oct. 30) that the COVID-19 pandemic in Taiwan would be over by the Lunar New Year, allowing people to walk around...

West Virginia: First to worst in COVID-19 vaccine efforts

KENOVA, W.Va. (AP) — When COVID-19 vaccines first became available, Ric Griffith’s family-owned drugstore was among 250 mom-and-pop pharmacies that helped West Virginia get off to the fastest start of...

Pandemic restrictions fuel recall efforts on fall ballots

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Hospitals in Missouri were inundated with COVID-19 patients last summer when a group opposed to a mask mandate that had already expired gathered enough signatures to trigger a rec...