Coronavirus
December 17, 2020
Music
December 8, 2020

National Museum of African American Music to open next month

A new museum in Tennessee that focuses on African American music will open next month in Nashville.
National
December 8, 2020

San Francisco nixes cigarette smoking ban in apartments

An ordinance to ban cigarette smoking in San Francisco apartments failed to get a second vote from supervisors Tuesday, meaning the proposal is dead for now.
National
December 8, 2020
President-elect Joe Biden.

Biden vows to reopen most schools after 1st 100 days on job

Joe Biden pledged Tuesday to bring the coronavirus pandemic under enough control to open most of the nation's schools during his first 100 days as president — going much further on the issue than he has in the past, even while warning that the U.S. is facing a "dark winter."
Variety
December 8, 2020

California's hospitals filling up as virus cases skyrocket

Some California hospitals are close to reaching their breaking point, prompting Gov. Gavin Newsom to bring in hundreds of hospital staff from outside the state and to prepare to re-start emergency hospitals that were created but barely used when the coronavirus surged last spring.
National
December 8, 2020

Senate OKs Trump pick for FCC, adding hurdle to Biden plans

The Senate has narrowly approved President Donald Trump's lame-duck nominee to become a member of the Federal Communications Commission, setting up the agency for a stretch of partisan gridlock likely to stymie President-elect Joe Biden's policies.
Coronavirus
December 8, 2020
President Donald Trump speaks during an "Operation Warp Speed Vaccine Summit" on the White House complex, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020, in Washington. (AP Ph

Trump hails vaccine 'miracle,' with millions of doses soon

President Donald Trump celebrated the expected approval of the first U.S. vaccine for the coronavirus Tuesday as the White House worked to instill confidence in the massive distribution effort that will largely be executed by President-elect Joe Biden
National
December 8, 2020

The Latest: Mississippi coronavirus death toll tops 4,000

JACKSON, Miss. -- The number of people who have died of coronavirus complications in Mississippi surpassed 4,000 Tuesday, and health officials warned there will be…
National
December 8, 2020

Johnson touts alternative COVID-19 treatments at hearing

A group of doctors at a U.S. Senate hearing chaired by Republican Sen. Ron Johnson, of Wisconsin, touted unproven alternative treatments to COVID-19 on Tuesday, even as medical experts derided the testimony and Democrats largely skipped the proceeding.
Movies
December 8, 2020

Q&A: Soderbergh on his 'boat movie' & the blockbuster's fate

Steven Soderbergh calls it "the boat movie" even though he's not supposed to call it "the boat movie."
National
December 8, 2020

California warns of rising virus cases, broad transmission

California's top health official on Tuesday said coronavirus cases are expected to continue to climb in the state and that everyday activities now carry a much greater risk of infection.
Coronavirus
December 8, 2020
Inside Oxford Vaccine Group’s laboratories in Oxford, England, Nov. 19, 2020.

Studies suggest AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine safe, effective

a key concern for a vaccine that health officials hope to rely on around the world because of its low cost, availability and ease of use.
Coronavirus
December 8, 2020
Critical care nurses and respiratory therapists flipped a patient with COVID-19 upright at North Memorial Health Hospital in Robbinsdale on Monday.

US virus deaths hit record levels with the holidays ahead

Deaths from COVID-19 in the U.S. have soared to more than 2,200 a day on average, matching the frightening peak reached last April, and cases…
National
December 8, 2020
Paula McMahon prepares a shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, as the mass public vaccination program gets underway, at the NHS Louisa Jordan

Pfizer vaccine moves closer to getting the OK in the US

U.S. regulators Tuesday released their first scientific evaluation of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine and confirmed it offers strong protection, setting the stage for the government to green light the biggest vaccination effort in the nation's history.
Coronavirus
December 8, 2020
A volunteer at the at the Centre for Clinical Vaccinology and Tropical Medicine in Oxford, England, is prepared for a vaccine booster during the Oxfor

UK starts virus campaign with a shot watched round the world

A nurse rolled up 90-year-old Margaret Keenan's sleeve and administered a shot watched round the world -– the first jab in the U.K.'s COVID-19 vaccination program kicking off an unprecedented global effort to try to end a pandemic that has killed 1.5 million people.
Movies
December 8, 2020

'First Cow,' 'Nomadland' top AP's best films of 2020

even if relegated to smaller screens — were as necessary as ever. It was the year of the drive-in, the backyard-bedsheet screening and the streaming service. But wherever they played, the best films of the year offered some escape and connection: the possibility of grace, a spark of fury — and something the rest of the world couldn't offer: the assurance of an ending. Here are our picks for the best movies of 2020:
National
December 8, 2020

First lady urges kindness during holiday clouded by pandemic

Melania Trump is encouraging people to perform small acts of kindness to help lift the spirits of others who are feeling blue during the pandemic-tinged holiday season.
National
December 8, 2020

First Minnesotans could get COVID-19 vaccine Christmas week

The first of 183,000 Minnesotans who will get the new coronavirus vaccine in the initial wave could get their shots as early as Christmas week, Gov. Tim Walz and state health officials announced Tuesday.
Variety
December 8, 2020

Evers says he would 'absolutely' take COVID vaccine

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers said Tuesday that he will "absolutely take a COVID-19 vaccine when his turn comes.
National
December 8, 2020

The Latest: Biden says he plans to name Austin defense chief

The Latest on President-elect Joe Biden (all times local):