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COVID-19

Wed. 8:43 a.m.: Israel’s ultra-Orthodox reject criticism, defy virus rules

JERUSALEM (AP) — Mendy Moskowits, a member of the ultra-Orthodox Belz Hassidic sect in Jerusalem, doesn't understand the uproar toward believers like him. In recent weeks, ultra-Orthodox Jews have defied coronavirus restrictions by holding big funerals for beloved rabbis who died of ...

Tue. 9:06 a.m.: WHO team: Coronavirus unlikely to have leaked from China lab

WUHAN, China (AP) — The coronavirus is unlikely to have leaked from a Chinese lab and is more likely to have jumped to humans from an animal, a World Health Organization team has concluded, an expert said today as the group wrapped up a visit to explore the origins of the virus. The Wuhan ...

Paying tax man during pandemic

The first half of property taxes in Ohio are due March 5, but the treasurers’ offices in Mahoning and Trumbull counties are doing things a bit differently this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Mahoning County Treasurer Dan Yemma and Trumbull County Treasurer Sam Lamancusa are not ...

Mon. 9:13 a.m.: Throngs of maskless fans celebrate Tampa’s Super Bowl win

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — So much for the mayor's order requiring masks at Super Bowl parties. Throngs of mostly maskless fans took to the streets and packed sports bars as the clock inside Raymond James Stadium ticked down on a hometown Super Bowl win for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. To meet ...

Mon. 8:41 a.m.: Pope seeks ‘Copernican revolution’ for post-COVID economy

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis urged governments today to use the coronavirus crisis as a revolutionary opportunity to create a world that is more economically and environmentally just — and where basic health care is guaranteed for all. Francis made the appeal in his annual foreign policy ...

Mon. 8:29 a.m.: S Africa seeks new vaccine plan after halting AstraZeneca

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa is considering giving a COVID-19 vaccine that is still in the testing phase to health workers, after suspending the rollout of another shot that preliminary data indicated is not effective at preventing mild to moderate illness from the variant dominant in the ...

Valley schools get 2nd-round boost in relief funds

Mahoning Valley school districts are expected to receive slightly more than $39 million in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funds this spring. This is a second installment of relief funds provided by the federal government for hard-hit school districts since the coronavirus ...

Ohio nears 1M first-dose COVID-19 vaccinations

Ohio is approaching 1 million people receiving at least the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination — and may exceed it today. The Ohio Department of Health reported Friday that 974,586 people had received at least the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, including 39,481 since ...

1,100 sign up for shots at Boardman High

BOARDMAN — As she waited in line wearing a mask and carrying paperwork, Danielle Yates had one thing on her mind: The safety of others. A teacher with Lowellville Local Schools, Yates said she wanted to get the COVID-19 vaccine to protect those around her. “Mainly, I don’t want to be ...

Latest virus headlines: WH: US will boost vaccines, at-home tests

Here are summaries of the latest Associated Press stories worldwide on the coronavirus pandemic, including the White House says President Joe Biden is using the Defense Production Act to help bolster vaccine production, at-home coronavirus testing kits and surgical gloves. A White House ...