Schoolchildren take the spotlight this week as the U.S. enters a new phase in COVID-19 vaccination aimed at curbing deaths, hospitalizations and more than a year of disrupted education.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States called on Sudan Tuesday to build an inclusive and representative government that ensures peace, supports people on the margins and helps “those who have suffered achieve justice.”
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — So much for the mayor’s order requiring masks at Super Bowl parties. Videos went viral on social media, showing throngs of mostly maskless fans and packed sports bars as the clock inside Raymond James Stadium ticked down on a hometown Super Bowl win for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Kansas City Chiefs superfan Ty Rowton hugged strangers in the streets of Miami last year after watching his team win the Super Bowl and then joined hundreds of thousands of fans back home at a victory parade, thinking little of a mysterious virus that his buddies were beginning to talk about.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesotans thinking about holding Super Bowl parties should think again — even through the state’s coronavirus numbers are improving, state health officials advised Thursday.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — It was a scene that just a few months ago would have been unthinkable.
NEW YORK (AP) — An online murder mystery. Law-themed opera arias. A snowman-building competition.

With dancing, drinking and fancy dinners a no-go because of virus concerns, companies are getting creative about their holiday office parties this year.
WASHINGTON (AP) — All those warnings from public health officials begging Americans to limit gatherings this holiday season amid a surge in coronavirus cases aren’t stopping the White House from planning a host of festivities and holiday parties in the midst of a pandemic.
NEW YORK (AP) — For Steve McQueen, bringing back the London of his childhood began with remembering the scents of his youth.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — News of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory on Saturday set off celebrations and protests as jubilant supporters and frustrated opponents of the former vice president took to the streets in California’s major cities.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The top health official in one of Florida’s most populous counties is discouraging parents from hosting birthday parties for their children, no matter the size, in an effort to prevent outbreaks of the new coronavirus.
NEW YORK (AP) — Roving grown-ups tossing candy at kids waiting on lawns. Drive-thru Halloween haunts. Yard parties instead of block parties and parades.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon officials on Saturday reported 409 new coronavirus cases.

The Oregon Health Authority said the high number is partially due to a new reporting system that prevented processing some positive cases on Thursday.
Chuck E. Cheese - where kids could be kids while parents nursed headaches - is filing for bankruptcy protection.
NEW YORK (AP) — If you’re lucky enough to be invited to a dinner party hosted by Questlove, be aware that nothing has been left to chance.
MILAN (AP) — Euroskeptic populist parties formed a new and expanded right-wing alliance on Monday that aims to become the strongest faction in the European Parliament and seeks to radically transform European Union policies on migration, security, family and environment.
As people prepare to ring in the New Year, many will visit with friends and families for New Year’s Eve parties, and many will choose to drink.
For crafty Harry Potter fans, throwing a party themed to the stories can be the ultimate DIY labor of love.
They came carrying pinot grigio, popcorn and a few ideas about who Becca should pick for a fianc.

I think its real with her and Garrett, said Lauren Omernik, pouring herself a glass.
The new Building Blocks Party Trailer by RNeighbors hopes to become Rochester’s summer resource for neighborhood block parties.
OK, so we need to talk about the birthday parties. What is going on? Or more to the point, what was going on nine months ago several years back?
Four — count them — four weeks until spring!

I’m really in the mood for green grass and flowering trees.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Once a party of luxury and glamour, Brazil’s most famous Carnival is increasingly being dominated by thrifty tourists more interested in free street parties than the pricy samba school parades.
There were lessons to be learned from the recent holiday parties and events I attended, keeping in mind it would be soon be my turn to host after my daughter convinced me to have a little get-together during her school break.
The holiday season is filled with family, fun and food. It is a time for overindulgence in all things and often leads to a few extra pounds when it is all over.
“(Harvey) Weinstein combined a keen eye for promising scripts, directors, and actors with a bullying, even threatening, style of doing business, inspiring both fear and gratitude. ...
NEW YORK (AP) — ‘Tis the season to keep that office holiday party from adding to the list of workplace sexual misconduct scandals.
DeKALB – Gina Ostenburg of DeKalb urged the school board during its Tuesday meeting to allow holiday parties to happen with the understanding that compromise could be included.
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — “The Crown” star Claire Foy nibbled on a scone with jam and cream while “Transparent” star Jeffrey Tambor eyed the finger sandwiches, including English cucumber and egg and watercress.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — It will be tough eclipsing this eclipse.

The sun, moon and Earth will line up perfectly in the cosmos on Aug. 21, turning day into night for a few wondrous minutes, its path crossing the U.S. from sea to shining sea for the first time in nearly a century.