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FILE - In this March 6, 2020, file photo, Austin Mayor Steve Adler speaks during a press conference in Austin, Texas. Adler took a vacation to Mexico with family in November at a time when he was urging people to "stay home if you can." The trip revealed by the Austin-American Statesman on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, comes after California Gov. Gavin Newsom, another public official who has also pleaded with his residents to resist the temptation to socialize, acknowledged last month that he attended a birthday party at a posh restaurant with friends. (Ricardo B. Brazziell/Austin American-Statesman via AP, File)
December 02, 2020 - 3:55 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Austin Mayor Steve Adler went on vacation to Mexico with family in November as he urged people to stay home amid worsening coronavirus caseloads in Texas, at one point recording a video during the trip in which he told residents back home that now was “not the time to relax."...
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FILE - In this March 28, 2020, file photo, San Jose, Calif., Mayor Sam Liccardo speaks during a news conference at the Bloom Energy campus in Sunnyvale, Calif. The mayor of San Jose apologized Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, for a Thanksgiving get-together at his parents' home that violated California's coronavirus restrictions on gatherings with people from different households, which are limited to three under state rules. (Beth LaBerge/KQED via AP, Pool, File)
December 02, 2020 - 2:38 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Their messaging has been clear: wear a mask, stay 6 feet apart from others, and most importantly: stay home! But their actions aren’t living up to the rhetoric, creating a real political problem for some of the most vocal leaders in California’s fight to contain the coronavirus...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020 file photo, travelers walk through the Salt Lake City International Airport in Salt Lake City, a day before Thanksgiving. On Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are urging Americans to stay home over the upcoming holiday season and consider getting tested before and after if they do decide to travel. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
December 02, 2020 - 11:21 am
Health officials on Wednesday urged Americans to stay home over the upcoming holiday season and consider getting tested for coronavirus before and after if they do decide to travel. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that the best way to stay safe and protect others is to...
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Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz wears a face mask as he arrives behind plexiglass shields for a press conference at the federal chancellery in Vienna, Austria, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020. The Austrian government has moved to restrict freedom of movement for people, in an effort to slow the onset of the COVID-19 coronavirus. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)
December 02, 2020 - 8:00 am
VIENNA (AP) — Austria will allow skiing to start on Dec. 24, but will limit the capacity of ski lifts and keep restaurants, bars and hotels largely closed until early January, officials said Wednesday. It also will require many people entering the country over the Christmas period to go into...
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European Council President Charles Michel arrives to participate in a video conference with member states in preparation for the upcoming EU summit at the European Council building in Brussels, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020. (Johanna Geron, Pool via AP)
December 02, 2020 - 7:42 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — As millions of European citizens gear up for the festive season, the European Union's executive commission urged member countries to keep strong anti-COVID 19 restrictions in place to avoid a post-holiday surge of coronavirus cases and deaths but stopped short of advising against...
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Democratic Tucson Mayor Regina Romero is seen at the State of the State address at the Arizona Capitol, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, in Phoenix. Romero called for a nighttime curfew Monday, Nov. 30, 2020, in Tucson to prevent the spread of COVID-19, saying the virus is spreading rapidly and hospitals in southern Arizona are on the verge of a crisis. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
December 01, 2020 - 9:56 pm
HONG KONG — Hong Kong is limiting most gatherings to just two people and ordering compulsory testing of workers at retirement homes and facilities for people with disabilities, among tightening measures to contain a new wave of coronavirus cases. The semi-autonomous southern Chinese city reported...
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FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2019, file photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, the dive boat Conception is engulfed in flames after a deadly fire broke out aboard the commercial scuba diving vessel off the Southern California Coast. The captain of a scuba diving boat that caught fire and sank off the coast of California last year, killing 34 people who were trapped below deck, was indicted Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, on federal manslaughter charges for one of the deadliest maritime disasters in recent U.S. history. (Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP, File)
December 01, 2020 - 8:01 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The captain of a scuba diving boat that caught fire and sank off the coast of California last year, killing 34 people who were trapped below deck, was indicted Tuesday on federal manslaughter charges for one of the deadliest maritime disasters in recent U.S. history. Jerry Boylan...
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People queue to enter Louis Vuiton store on the Champs Elysee avenue, in Paris, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. Across Europe, governments are reopening their economies as they get a handle on a second virus surge, but only gradually, and partially. Vast cobblestone plazas stand empty this festive season instead of hosting Christmas markets that usually electrify historic cities. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
December 01, 2020 - 10:25 am
PARIS (AP) — Vendors broke out in applause in the flagship Galeries Lafayette department store in Paris as eager shoppers returned for the first time in a month, after yet another virus lockdown. The reopening won’t be enough to make up for sales lost during the pandemic - but reflects the glimmer...
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Is shopping in stores safe during the pandemic? AP Illustration/Peter Hamlin
December 01, 2020 - 2:02 am
Is shopping in stores safe during the pandemic? There are ways to reduce risk, but health experts advise avoiding it when possible. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says holiday shopping in crowded stores is a “higher risk” activity and that people should limit any in-person...
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People wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus ride mopeds in Hanoi, Vietnam on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. Vietnamese health official said on Thursday the COVID-19 outbreak would peak in the coming ten days as the country reported another death and a score of new infections. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh)
November 30, 2020 - 10:51 pm
HANOI, Vietnam -- Vietnamese authorities are conducting intensive contact tracing after the country’s first confirmed local transmission of the coronavirus in 89 days. State media said Tuesday that a 32-year-old man in Ho Chi Minh City tested positive for the coronavirus on Monday after visiting a...
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