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Minnesota case marks 1st detection of Brazil variant in US

- Associated Press

A new Brazilian variant of the coronavirus has made its first known appearance in the United States in a person who recently returned to Minnesota after traveling to Brazil, state health officials announced Monday.

Kentucky reports lowest number of COVID cases in 4 weeks

- Associated Press

Kentucky reported its lowest number of coronavirus cases in the past four weeks, an encouraging sign in a report Monday that included another decline in the positivity rate for COVID-19 tests.

AP source: NBA discusses All-Star Game for HBCU benefit

- Associated Press

The NBA, the National Basketball Players Association and representatives from historically Black institutions met Monday to discuss how a possible All-Star Game this year could benefit HBCUs as well as COVID-19 relief efforts, said a person with direct knowledge of the conversation.

Florida father, son tell story of surviving lightning strike

Associated Press

When Matthew Anderson and his father, Mark Johnson, spotted a summer thunderstorm making its way toward them on Florida’s east coast one afternoon last June, they chose to be cautious and pack up their fishing gear. But as they were making their way up the beach to the parking lot on Jupiter Island, the two were struck by lightning.

Emphasis in Alaska stays on vaccinating older residents

Associated Press

Eligibility criteria for COVID-19 vaccines in Alaska is expected to remain the same through much of February, with a continued focus on vaccinating those 65 and older, a vaccine official said Monday.

FILE - Trey Songz performs at the BET Awards in Los Angeles on June 25, 2017. Songz was arrested during the AFC Championship game in Kansas City, Mo., after police said he refused to wear a mask and then punched an officer who was trying to remove him from the stadium. Songz, whose name is Tremaine Aldon Neverson, was released Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, from the Jackson County jail. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)

R&B artist Trey Songz arrested at AFC Championship game

- Associated Press

R&B artist Trey Songz was jailed overnight after he scuffled with police officers during his arrest for not following coronavirus protocols and other rules at the AFC championship game in Kansas City, police said Monday.

Montana GOP advances four bills limiting abortion access

- Associated Press

The Montana House on Monday advanced four bills that would limit abortion access in the state, capitalizing on the election of a Republican governor for the first time in 16 years.

How major US stock indexes fared Monday

- Associated Press

Stocks ended a choppy day with mixed results Monday as the market struggled to find direction. Apple and other Big Tech stocks lurched higher, then lower, then back up again. Several of them report their latest quarterly results this week.

FILE - Baltimore Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta speaks during a press conference at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, in this Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, file photo. DeCosta has already started making some of the tough decisions he believes can help Baltimore negotiate the leap from playoff qualifier to Super Bowl champion. After releasing running back Mark Ingram and quarterback Robert Griffin III last week, DeCosta announced Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, that the Ravens won't re-sign All-Pro long snapper Morgan Cox, the initial component of the highly successful placekicking trio that includes holder Sam Koch and second-team All-Pro Justin Tucker, the most accurate field goal kicker in NFL history.(AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

Ravens GM DeCosta initiates roster overhaul with key cuts

- Associated Press

Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta has already started making some of the tough decisions he believes can help Baltimore negotiate the leap from playoff qualifier to Super Bowl champion.