A patient, right, after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination site at Greater Emmanuel Institutional church in Detroit, on March 27, 2021. Bid

Booster shots are gaining support

Health officials looking at vulnerable, those over 65.

Despite new urgency, state GOP still divided on vaccine publicity push

July 23
Republican U.S. Rep. Jim Hagedorn, center, said it’s not his job to tell people to get vaccinated.
The spread of the delta variant is adding urgency to vaccination efforts.

AP-NORC poll: Most unvaccinated Americans don't want shots

July 23
In this July 22, 2021 file photo, a health care worker filled a syringe with the COVID-19 vaccine at the American Museum of Natural History in New Yor
Most Americans who haven't been vaccinated against COVID-19 say they are unlikely to get the shots and doubt they would work against the aggressive delta variant despite evidence they do, according to a new poll that underscores the challenges facing public health officials amid soaring infections in some states.
World
July 23

China closing county near Myanmar for mass virus testing

Everyone in a county in China's southwest near Myanmar will be tested for the coronavirus following a spike in infections, the government announced Saturday.
World
July 23

Thousands protest lockdown in Sydney, several arrested

Thousands of people took to the streets of Sydney and other Australian cities on Saturday to protest lockdown restrictions amid another surge in cases, and police made several arrests after crowds broke through barriers and threw plastic bottles and plants.
Sports
July 23

Canceled party: Canceled match silences Olympic beach venue

The Olympic beach volleyball tournament got off to the quintessential COVID-era start.
Sports
July 23

Olympics Latest: China leads in men's gymnastics qualifying

The Latest on the Tokyo Olympics, which are taking place under heavy restrictions after a year's delay because of the coronavirus pandemic:
Politics
July 23

Biden stumps for McAuliffe in early test of political clout

President Joe Biden led the kind of campaign rally that was impossible last year because of the pandemic, speaking before nearly 3,000 people in support of a fellow moderate Democrat whose race for Virginia governor could serve as a test of Biden's own strength and coattails.
Politics
July 23

Groups worry about tapping COVID relief for infrastructure

Organizations representing long-term care facilities on Friday urged lawmakers working on a bipartisan infrastructure plan to avoid dipping into COVID-relief funds to help pay for the roughly $600 billion in new spending sought for the public works buildout.
Politics
July 23

Biden stumps for McAuliffe in early test of political clout

President Joe Biden led the kind of campaign rally on Friday that was impossible last year because of the pandemic, speaking before nearly 3,000 people in support of a fellow moderate Democrat whose race for Virginia governor could serve as a test of Biden's own strength and coattails.
Business
July 23

Yellen outlines to Congress emergency measures on debt limit

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen told Congress on Friday that she will start taking emergency measures next week to keep the government from an unprecedented default on the national debt, warning that a default would cause "irreparable harm to the U.S. economy and the livelihoods of all Americans."
World
July 23

Vietnam locks down capital Hanoi for 15 days as cases rise

Vietnam announced a 15-day lockdown in the capital Hanoi starting Saturday as a coronavirus surge spread from the southern Mekong Delta region.
Sports
July 23

M Go Big: Led by Power, Michigan goes 1-2 in NHL draft

The NHL draft turned Michigan maize and blue Friday night. And there's a Hughes sibling reunion set to happen in New Jersey.
World
July 23

AP PHOTOS: Volunteers help gravediggers in Indonesia

Wearing hazmat suits and masks, gravediggers at the Cipenjo Cemetery in Bogor on the outskirts of Jakarta say they've lost track of how many graves they dug. Despite working late into the night, the bodies of COVID-19 victims keep coming in hearses.
Nation
July 23

DOJ says no probe into state-run nursing homes in New York

The Justice Department has decided not to open a civil rights investigation into government-run nursing homes in New York over their COVID-19 response, according to a letter sent Friday to several Republican members of Congress.
Local
July 23
A bald eagle flew earlier this month in front of an unusually intense sunset in Siskiwit Bay in Cornucopia, Wis., because of northern wildfires.

Even for the healthy, wildfire smoke poses risks

Congestion, coughing plague many of those exposed to the haze.
Sports
July 23

Number of NFL players in vaccination process up to 80%

The number of NFL players in the COVID-19 vaccination process has reached 80%, with nine teams having 90% or more of their players in that category.
World
July 23

UN adopts first resolution on vision, aims to help 1 billion

The U.N. General Assembly approved its first-ever resolution on vision Friday, calling on its 193 member nations to ensure access to eye care for everyone in their countries which would contribute to a global effort to help at least 1.1 billion people with vision impairment who currently lack eye services by 2030.
Business
July 23

The Latest: Oklahoma new virus cases top 1,000 for third day

OKLAHOMA CITY -- The number of newly reported coronavirus cases in Oklahoma topped 1,000 for a third consecutive day on Friday and the seven-day average of new cases has nearly quintupled in less than a month, according to Oklahoma State Department of Health figures.
Business
July 23
Exterior of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) headquarters is seen in 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Federal court lifts CDC rules for Florida-based cruise ships

Pandemic restrictions on Florida-based cruise ships are no longer in place under a ruling Friday by a federal appeals court, while the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention seek to fight a Florida lawsuit challenging the regulations.
Sports
July 23

Cowboys' Prescott takes next step since injury as camp opens

Dak Prescott bowed his head and slowed his walk before pointing to the sky and breaking into a trot while taking the field for the first practice of training camp.
World
July 23

UN experts: Africa became hardest hit by terrorism this year

Africa became the region hardest hit by terrorism in the first half of 2021 as the Islamic State and al-Qaida extremist groups and their affiliates spread their influence, boasting gains in supporters and territory and inflicting the greatest casualties, U.N. experts said in a new report.
Nation
July 23

China, Afghanistan top Blinken agenda on India, Kuwait trip

Secretary of State Antony Blinken will travel to India and Kuwait next week for talks on China, the coronavirus and Afghanistan, the State Department said Friday.