• Trump appeals rejection of effort to block Pennsylvania vote

    Trump appeals rejection of effort to block Pennsylvania vote
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — President Donald Trump is appealing a federal judge’s dismissal of his campaign’s effort to block the certification of votes in Pennsylvania. The president and other plaintiffs filed notice of appeal Sunday, a day after the judge issued a scathing order shooting down claims of widespread irregularities with mail-in ballots. U.S. District Court Judge Matthew Brann wrote in his order that Trump had asked the court to disenfranchise almost 7 million voters.
  • The Latest: WHO Europe leader: Remain vigilant, wear masks

    The Latest: WHO Europe leader: Remain vigilant, wear masks
    BERLIN — The World Health Organization’s Europe director says people must remain vigilant and keep taking basic precautions ahead of the prospect of a coronavirus vaccine.Dr. Hans Kluge says, “the virus still has the potential to do enormous damage unless we do everything in our power to stop its spread.” He adds the promise of vaccines is “phenomenal” and it’s essential for countries to have a distribution plan.
    He notes in the beginning, vaccine suppli
  • The Latest: Kamala Harris names Tina Flournoy chief of staff

    The Latest: Kamala Harris names Tina Flournoy chief of staff
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Joe Biden (all times local):
    8:35 a.m.
    Vice President-elect Kamala Harris is hiring veteran Democratic strategist Tina Flournoy as her chief of staff.
    President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team announced the choice Thursday.
    Flournoy’s appointment adds to a team of Harris advisers led by Black women. Harris is of Jamaican and Indian heritage and is the nation’s first female vice president. Flournoy joins Ashley Etienne as H
  • William McRaven’s next book is called ‘The Hero Code’

    William McRaven’s next book is called ‘The Hero Code’
    NEW YORK (AP) — The retired U.S. Navy admiral who directed the raid that killed Osama bin Laden has a new book coming out. William McRaven’s “The Hero Code: Lessons Learned from Lives Well Lived,” his first publication since the bestselling “Make Your Bed,” is scheduled for April. Grand Central Publishing is calling the book “a ringing tribute” to “everyday heroes” McRaven has met everywhere from battlefields to college campuses. He has
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  • US jobless claims remain high at 712,000 as virus escalates

    US jobless claims remain high at 712,000 as virus escalates
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell last week to a still-high 712,000, the latest sign that the U.S. economy and job market remain under stress from the intensified viral outbreak. Thursday’s report from the Labor Department said that initial claims for jobless aid dropped from 787,000 the week before. Before the virus paralyzed the economy in March, the number of people applying for unemployment benefits each week had typically amounted
  • Scandinavian Airlines: slow return to travel despite vaccine

    Scandinavian Airlines: slow return to travel despite vaccine
    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Scandinavian Airlines says the outlook for travel in 2021 remains bleak due to the uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, though it says the upcoming roll-out of coronavirus vaccines provides hope. The airline, which is partially owned by the governments of Sweden and Denmark, reported Thursday a net loss of 2.6 billion kronor ($307 million) for the August-October quarter. Sales declined by nearly 80% to 3.0 billion kronor. SAS didn’t provide financial targets
  • Plane carrying Texas lawmaker skids off runway; no one hurt

    Plane carrying Texas lawmaker skids off runway; no one hurt
    BURKE, Texas (AP) — Officials say no one was seriously hurt after a private plane carrying Texas state Rep. Dade Phelan skidded off a runway while trying to land during a rainstorm. Phelan says everyone aboard the plane was able to walk away after the rough landing Wednesday at Angelina County Airport, about 110 miles northeast of Houston. The airport’s manager says the pilot suffered minor injuries but was able to walk around afterward. Phelan is a Republican from Beaumont. He says
  • 712,000 Americans seek jobless aid as layoffs remain elevated amid resurgence of virus

    712,000 Americans seek jobless aid as layoffs remain elevated amid resurgence of virus
    WASHINGTON (AP) — 712,000 Americans seek jobless aid as layoffs remain elevated amid resurgence of virus.The post 712,000 Americans seek jobless aid as layoffs remain elevated amid resurgence of virus appeared first on KVOA.
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  • Thousands rally in Moldova in support of pro-EU president

    Thousands rally in Moldova in support of pro-EU president
    CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Thousands of people have rallied in Moldova against plans by the outgoing pro-Russian president to strip his pro-Western successor of some of her powers, including the control over the country’s state security. The protest on Thursday was held outside the Moldovan parliament building as lawmakers debated the disputed changes ahead of the vote planned for later in the day. The protesters came to back President-elect Maya Sandu who last month overwhelmingly def
  • Firefighters respond to explosion near English city Bristol

    Firefighters respond to explosion near English city Bristol
    LONDON (AP) — A local emergency services department says fire and rescue workers are responding to a report of a “large” explosion at a port near the southwest England city of Bristol. The Avon Fire and Rescue Service said it was called about the blast reported in Avonmouth on Thursday and has been been joined at the scene by Avon and Somerset Police officers and medics from the South West Ambulance Service. It’s not known whether there have been any injuries as a result
  • Ex-Hong Kong lawmaker goes into exile, plans to travel to UK

    Ex-Hong Kong lawmaker goes into exile, plans to travel to UK
    COPENHAGEN (AP) — A Hong Kong pro-democracy activist and former lawmaker who is visiting Denmark says he is going into exile and will soon move to Britain. Ted Hui, who was arrested in Hong Kong in May, was able to get his passport back from Chinese authorities after receiving an invitation from Danish lawmakers. Activists have accused the Hong Kong government and the central Chinese government in Beijing of tightening control over the semi-autonomous territory in response to demands for m
  • Mural at Black archive in Amsterdam vandalized

    Mural at Black archive in Amsterdam vandalized
    AMSTERDAM (AP) — Vandals have daubed white paint over the faces of Black historical figures on a mural outside a Black cultural archive in Amsterdam in what one of the archive’s founders called a racist attack. The vandals also stuck stickers on the mural saying in Dutch “soot-smudge Pete is genocide.” That’s a reference to the long-running and increasingly polarized debate about the children’s holiday season character Black Pete, who is seen by Black activist
  • Azerbaijan discloses Nagorno-Karabakh conflict troop toll

    Azerbaijan discloses Nagorno-Karabakh conflict troop toll
    BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Azerbaijani authorities have disclosed for the first time details the country’s military casualties in the recent fighting with Armenian forces over the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh. Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry said Thursday that 2,783 troops were killed during the 44 days of intense clashes. Nagorno-Karabakh lies within Azerbaijan but has been under the control of ethnic Armenian forces backed by Armenia since 1994. Heavy fighting erupted in
  • US, Estonia partnered to search out cyber threat from Russia

    US, Estonia partnered to search out cyber threat from Russia
    WASHINGTON (AP) — American officials conducted a cyber operation with Estonia this fall at that country’s invitation. That’s according to officials from both countries. The joint operation was part of an election season effort to preemptively identify cyber threats from Russia and other adversaries that could be used against U.S. networks. The U.S. Cyber Command operation occurred in Estonia from late September to early November, just as the U.S. was working to safeguard its el
  • New phallus sculpture appears in Bavarian mountains

    New phallus sculpture appears in Bavarian mountains
    BERLIN (AP) — German news agency dpa reports that just days after a large phallus sculpture mysteriously disappeared from a Bavarian mountainside, a similar wooden carving has appeared in its place. The saga began several years ago, when a 7-foot tall sculpture appeared on the 5,702-foot high Gruenten mountain in southern Germany. It quickly became a selfie magnet for hikers and even featured on Google Maps, where it was described as a “cultural monument.” Several weeks ago, th
  • New partnership allows enlisted military members to take courses through UArizona

    New partnership allows enlisted military members to take courses through UArizona
    TUCSON (KVOA) – The University of Arizona was recently chosen to be a part of a pilot program to offer online courses to enlisted military members.UArizona was one of three university systems nationwide to be chosen for this.
    During the second session of the spring semester, 150 military members will virtually enroll to UArizona's College of Applied Science and Technology.
    The courses are not free, but UArizona offers them at a discounted rate.
    Additionally, the military offers tuition ass
  • Greek city to use Christmas money for more ICU beds

    Greek city to use Christmas money for more ICU beds
    THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — A city in northern Greece hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic says it will scrap plans to set up Christmas decorations and a nativity scene this year to donate the money to the local hospital’s intensive care ward. The mayor of Serres told The Associated Press on Thursday that the money would be used to pay for facilities and protective suits for staff at the state-run Serres General Hospital. City officials said they would announce further details of the
  • School closings threaten gains of students with disabilities

    School closings threaten gains of students with disabilities
    The pandemic is threatening to wipe out the educational progress made by many of the nation’s 7 million students with disabilities. That’s according to advocates, who say the extended months of learning from home and erratic attempts to reopen schools are deepening a crisis that began with the switch to distance learning in March. Some schools have prioritized students with disabilities in reopening plans. But those options have only fueled further anguish when they have been reverse
  • Wind Advisory issued December 3 at 4:42AM MST until December 3 at 3:00PM MST by NWS Tucson AZ

    Wind Advisory issued December 3 at 4:42AM MST until December 3 at 3:00PM MST by NWS Tucson AZ
    * WHAT…East winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 45 mph. Locallybriefly stronger winds possible in normally windier areas duringeast wind events.
    * WHERE…Portions of Southeast Arizona including the Tucson Metroarea.
    * WHEN…Until 3 PM MST this afternoon.
    * IMPACTS…Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects.Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages mayresult.
    * ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Gusty winds are currently occurring invarious locations with gusts
  • Freeze Warning issued December 3 at 4:42AM MST until December 4 at 9:00AM MST by NWS Tucson AZ

    Freeze Warning issued December 3 at 4:42AM MST until December 4 at 9:00AM MST by NWS Tucson AZ
    * WHAT…Sub-freezing temperatures as low as 30 expected.
    * WHERE…South Central Pinal County and Southeast Pinal County.
    * WHEN…From 2 AM to 9 AM MST Friday.
    * IMPACTS…Frost and freeze conditions could kill crops, othersensitive vegetation and possibly damage unprotected outdoorplumbing.Take steps now to protect tender plants from the cold. To preventfreezing and possible bursting of outdoor water pipes they shouldbe wrapped, drained, or allowed to drip slowly. Those th
  • China hits out at US after report of new visa restrictions

    China hits out at US after report of new visa restrictions
    BEIJING (AP) — China is accusing critics in the U.S. government of “an escalation of political suppression” against Beijing following a report of new visa restrictions on members of China’s ruling Communist Party and their immediate family members. A foreign ministry spokesperson says China will “make representations” to the U.S. over the report in the New York Times that such individuals would be limited to one-month, single-entry visas. The spokesperson call
  • The Latest: Virus infections in Russia hit new record

    The Latest: Virus infections in Russia hit new record
    MOSCOW — Coronavirus infections in Russia hit a new record on Thursday, as the country’s authorities reported 28,145 new confirmed cases — the highest daily spike in the pandemic and an increase of 2,800 cases from those registered the previous day.Russia’s total number of COVID-19 cases – nearly 2.4 million – remains the world’s fourth-highest. The government coronavirus task force has reported 41,607 deaths in the pandemic.
    The country has been swept b
  • Phishing ploy targets COVID-19 vaccine distribution effort

    Phishing ploy targets COVID-19 vaccine distribution effort
    BOSTON (AP) — IBM security researchers say they have detected a cyberespionage effort that used targeted phishing emails to try to collect vital information associated with a U.N. initiative for distributing coronavirus vaccine to developing countries. IBM says it can’t be sure who is behind the campaign. But it says that the precise and careful targeting _ of companies in countries including Germany, Italy, South Korean and Taiwan _ suggest a nation-state is behind the campaign. Tar
  • European Court of Human rights rejects French virus lawsuit

    European Court of Human rights rejects French virus lawsuit
    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Court of Human Rights has dismissed a legal complaint from a French citizen who claimed the anti-COVID 19 measures put in place by the French government were insufficient. In its decision Thursday, the Strasbourg-based court said Renaud Le Mailloux’s application is inadmissible as he could not establish he was directly affected by the measures he complained about. Le Mailloux, who lives in the southern French city of Marseille, had joined an unsuccessful
  • Official: Africa needs COVID-19 vaccine for 60% in 2-3 years

    Official: Africa needs COVID-19 vaccine for 60% in 2-3 years
    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Africa’s top public health official says 60% of the continent’s population needs to be vaccinated against the coronavirus in the next two to three years. The director of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tells reporters that if it takes four to five years, “the virus will be endemic in our communities.” African health officials are taking heart in vaccine progress, but concerns are growing that the continent of 1.3 billion p
  • EU legal advisor says top court should reject Hungary action

    EU legal advisor says top court should reject Hungary action
    BRUSSELS (AP) — A senior legal adviser says the European Union’s top court should dismiss Hungary’s attempts to overturn a European Parliament action aimed at holding the country to account for a possible breach of the bloc’s values. Advocate General Michal Bobek said Thursday that Hungary’s action before the European Court of Justice is “unfounded.” Advocates General routinely provide legal guidance to the ECJ. Their opinions are not binding but are fol
  • Late French ex-president Giscard helped reshape Europe

    Late French ex-president Giscard helped reshape Europe
    PARIS (AP) — Tributes have poured in from France and around Europe a day after former French President Valery Giscard d’Estaing’s death.  German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday in a tweet via her spokesman that “France has lost a statesman, Germany a friend and all of us a great European.” After serving as French president for a single term from 1974-81, Giscard refashioned himself as elder statesman for a united Europe. French President Emmanuel Macron
  • Late ex-French ex-president Giscard helped reshape Europe

    Late ex-French ex-president Giscard helped reshape Europe
    PARIS (AP) — Tributes have poured in from France and around Europe a day after former French President Valery Giscard d’Estaing’s death.  German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday in a tweet via her spokesman that “France has lost a statesman, Germany a friend and all of us a great European.” After serving as French president for a single term from 1974-81, Giscard refashioned himself as elder statesman for a united Europe. French President Emmanuel Macron
  • Hundreds of Ethiopian immigrants get warm welcome in Israel

    Hundreds of Ethiopian immigrants get warm welcome in Israel
    BEN-GURION INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Israel (AP) — Hundreds of Ethiopian immigrants have arrived to a festive ceremony at Israel’s international airport. It’s part of an effort by the Israeli government to fulfill a pledge to reunite hundreds of families. Some 300 people landed on the Ethiopian Airlines flight Thursday, with many waving flags or stopping to kiss the ground as they streamed off the aircraft. Although the families are practicing Jews, Israel does not consider them J
  • Freeze Warning issued December 3 at 2:14AM MST until December 4 at 9:00AM MST by NWS Tucson AZ

    Freeze Warning issued December 3 at 2:14AM MST until December 4 at 9:00AM MST by NWS Tucson AZ
    * WHAT…Sub-freezing temperatures as low as 30 expected.
    * WHERE…South Central Pinal County and Southeast Pinal County.
    * WHEN…From 2 AM to 9 AM MST Friday.
    * IMPACTS…Frost and freeze conditions could kill crops, othersensitive vegetation and possibly damage unprotected outdoorplumbing.Take steps now to protect tender plants from the cold. To preventfreezing and possible bursting of outdoor water pipes they shouldbe wrapped, drained, or allowed to drip slowly. Those th

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