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A new COVID-19 challenge: Mutations rise along with cases

A new COVID-19 challenge: Mutations rise along with cases

The race against the virus that causes COVID-19 has taken a new turn: Mutations are rapidly popping up, and the longer it takes to vaccinate people, the more likely it is that a variant that can elude current tests, treatments and vaccines could emer

Russian-American climber found dead on Pakistani mountain

ISLAMABAD — A Russian-American climber who went missing last week while trying to scale a mountain amid harsh winter weather in northern Pakistan has been found dead, the region's tourist police and the Alpine Club of Pakistan said Tuesday.

Police: Thief berated mom for leaving kid in car he stole

BEAVERTON, Ore. — A car thief who found a toddler in the backseat of a stolen vehicle drove back and chastised the mother for leaving the child unattended before taking off again, police in Oregon said.
Workers trapped week in China mine ask for pickles, porridge

Workers trapped week in China mine ask for pickles, porridge

BEIJING — Workers trapped for more than a week in a Chinese gold mine asked for pickles and porridge to be dropped to them while they wait to be rescued, state media reported Tuesday.
Exhausted hospital chaplains bring solace to lonely, dying

Exhausted hospital chaplains bring solace to lonely, dying

LOS ANGELES — Inside hospital rooms across America, where the sick are alone without family to comfort them, the grim task of offering solace falls to overworked and emotionally drained hospital chaplains who are dealing with more death than they’ve
Roberts to swear in yet another president who opposed him

Roberts to swear in yet another president who opposed him

WASHINGTON — Someday, perhaps, John Roberts will swear in a new president who doesn’t wish someone else was chief justice of the United States. Wednesday won’t be that day.
Inaugural event to celebrate resiliency of Black Americans

Inaugural event to celebrate resiliency of Black Americans

DETROIT — The resiliency, culture and heroism of Black Americans and the African diaspora will be the central theme of a virtual event that will celebrate the nation’s diversity on the eve of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.

Ohio police officer killed in armed standoff with man

TOLEDO, Ohio — An Ohio police officer was shot and killed after an hourslong armed standoff that resulted in gunfire Monday, police said.

12 slain, dumped on road in rural dispute in southern Mexico

MEXICO CITY — Authorities in Mexico's Gulf coast state of Veracruz said Monday that 12 men were killed and their bodies dumped on a roadside in what may have been a dispute between cattle ranchers.

Strong quake shakes Argentina, Chile; no reports of injuries

SANTIAGO, Chile — A powerful earthquake struck in northwestern Argentina near the border with central Chile just before midnight Monday, shaking people in parts of both countries.