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Mon. 9:14 a.m.: China tests millions after coronavirus flareups in 3 cities

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities are testing millions of people, imposing lockdowns and shutting down schools after multiple locally transmitted coronavirus cases were discovered in three cities across the country last week. As temperatures drop, widescale measures are being enacted in ...

Mon. 8:49 a.m.: Reports: Israeli PM flew to Saudi Arabia, met crown prince

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli media reported today that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew to Saudi Arabia for a clandestine meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, which would mark the first known encounter between senior Israeli and Saudi officials. Hebrew-language media cited an ...

Mon. 8:43 a.m.: Global stocks rise on more good news on vaccines

BEIJING (AP) — World stocks and Wall Street futures rose today after more good news on potential vaccines but unease about anti-coronavirus restrictions on businesses. AstraZeneca said today that late-stage trials showed its coronavirus vaccine was up to 90 percent effective. The ...

Mon. 8:32 a.m.: 3rd major COVID-19 vaccine shown to be effective and cheaper

LONDON (AP) — Pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca said today that late-stage trials showed its coronavirus vaccine was up to 90 percent effective, giving public health officials hope they may soon have access to a vaccine that is cheaper and easier to distribute than some of its rivals. The ...

Valley students still qualify for school vouchers

A new plan for school vouchers that passed the Ohio House and Senate last week is expected to be signed by Gov. DeWine before year's end. Under the proposal, the Valley's two largest school districts will continue to lose students to parochial and private schools -- as they have in the past. ...

Area leaders seek to keep taxes flowing from remote workers

City leaders in the Mahoning Valley are fighting against proposed legislation in the Ohio Senate that would eliminate their ability to collect income taxes from people working remotely, outside of the communities where their jobs are located. Warren Mayor Doug Franklin recently asked city ...

LaRose says Trump’s election fraud claims ‘sound pretty unbelievable’

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose said he hasn't vetted claims from President Donald Trump about election fraud,"but certainly there are things that I've heard that sound pretty unbelievable to me." In an interview with this newspaper, LaRose said about Trump, a fellow Republican: "My ...

Ben Carson says he’s ‘out of the woods’ after battling COVID-19

STERLING, Va. (AP) — Housing Secretary Ben Carson is crediting unapproved, experimental treatments with saving his life after he became "desperately ill" following his infection with the coronavirus. There is no medical evidence that the treatments Carson cited worked. A retired ...

Judge throws out Trump bid to stop PA vote certification

Pennsylvania officials can certify election results that currently show Democrat Joe Biden winning the state by more than 80,000 votes, a federal judge ruled today, dealing President Donald Trump's campaign another blow in its effort to invalidate the election. U.S. District Judge Matthew ...

YSU-OEA, Trustees accept new labor pact

YOUNGSTOWN - Youngstown State University's faculty union and the YSU Board of Trustees voted overwhelmingly today to accept the 2020-2023 YSU-OEA Collective Bargaining Agreement. Of the 210 YSU OEA member votes cast, representing a total member response rate of 62 percent, 95 percent / 199 ...

YSU cancels spring break

YOUNGSTOWN -- Youngstown State University will not have a traditional week-long spring break in March, as was initially planned, because officials are concerned about the spread of COVID-19 in the community. YSU President Jim Tressel announced Friday that instead of the traditional spring ...

Kennedy loses in title game

Warren John F. Kennedy Eagles lost Friday afternoon's 1:15 p.m. championship game to the New Bremen Cardinals 31-0. The game was played at Massillon Paul Brown Tiger Stadium. The Eagles gave up seven points in the second and fourth quarters and 17 in the third. Read more in Saturday's ...

Lawsuit filed in Falls election results

NEWTON FALLS -- Incumbent 3rd Ward Councilman Lyle Waddell filed a lawsuit Friday challenging the results of the Nov. 3 election. Waddell received 33 percent of the votes while challenger, and the winner, Tesa Spletzer received 67 percent, securing the ward council seat. Waddell maintains ...

Fri. 11:19 a.m.: Warren moving all students to remote learning on Monday

WARREN — The Warren City School District is moving all K-12 students to online/remote learning effective Monday through Dec. 18, which is the end of the first semester. The decision to move to online only was made due to increasing numbers of students and staff testing positive with ...

Fri. 10:05 a.m.: Georgia Secretary of State to certify election for Biden

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's top elections official said he will certify that Joe Biden won the state's presidential election after a hand tally stemming from a mandatory audit affirmed the Democrat's lead over Republican President Donald Trump. "Working as an engineer throughout my life, I ...

Fri. 8:50 a.m.: Pfizer seeking emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine in US

Pfizer said this morning it is asking U.S. regulators to allow emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine, starting the clock on a process that could bring limited first shots as early as next month and eventually an end to the pandemic — but not until after a long, hard winter. The action comes ...

Fri. 8:39 a.m.: India virus cases pass 9M; capital’s hospitals under strain

NEW DELHI (AP) — Intensive care wards in New Delhi's hospitals are nearly at capacity, and the city's main crematorium is packed, as the coronavirus has surged in the Indian capital and the country hit a grim milestone today, recording 9 million infections. While the pace of recorded new ...

Fri. 8:35 a.m.: Death toll at 37 in Uganda unrest after Bobi Wine’s arrest

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The death toll from protests over the arrest of Ugandan opposition presidential hopeful and musician Bobi Wine has risen to 37, police said today. This is the country's worst unrest in a decade, and more is expected ahead of the election early next year. A ...

Football title games moved to Massillon

The two Mahoning Valley high school football teams — Springfield and Kennedy — playing in state championship games this weekend won't have as far to go, according to the Ohio High School Athletic Association. A new health advisory issued on Wednesday by the Franklin County Department of ...