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Senate GOP leader sticking with partisan COVID relief plan

Top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell said Tuesday he's largely sticking with a partisan, scaled-back COVID-19 relief bill that has already failed twice this fall, even as Democratic leaders and a bipartisan group of moderates offered concessions in hopes of passing pandemic aid before Congress adjourns for the year.

Glimmers of hope for world economy, but dangers lurk

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development predicted Tuesday the world economy will bounce back to its prepandemic levels by the end of next year – though that recovery will be uneven across the countries and big risks remain.

COVID-19 numbers stable in schools

The incidence of COVID-19 in area schools was largely stable after the Thanksgiving weekend, though Coeur d’Alene remains a hot spot.

Washington hopes smartphones will warn about COVID-19 exposure

As they wait for the first shipment of vaccines later in December, state officials are hoping Washington residents will agree to use smart phones to learn of times when they have been in contact with someone infected with COVID-19.

Americans face new COVID-19 restrictions after Thanksgiving

Americans returning home from Thanksgiving break faced strict new coronavirus measures around the country Monday as health officials brace for a disastrous worsening of the out-of-control surge because of holiday gatherings over the long weekend.

Washington psychiatric hospital sees spike in COVID-19 cases

More than 30 patients and staff at Washington state's largest psychiatric hospital are suffering from coronavirus — the biggest spike in cases to date — and more than 150 have tested positive since the virus first hit the facility in March.

Dictionary companies choose same word of the year: pandemic

In the land of lexicography, out of the whole of the English language, 2020's word of the year is a vocabulary of one. For the first time, two dictionary companies on Monday — Merriam-Webster and — declared the same word as their tops: pandemic.

Moderna asking US, European regulators to OK its virus shots

Moderna Inc. said it would ask U.S. and European regulators Monday to allow emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine as new study results confirm the shots offer strong protection — ramping up the race to begin limited vaccinations as the coronavirus rampage worsens.