UK authorizes Pfizer coronavirus vaccine for emergency use

LONDON (AP) — Britain has authorized a COVID-19 vaccine for use, greenlighting the first shot backed up by rigorous scientific review. The first vaccinations are expected within days — a major step toward eventually ending the pandemic. The go-ahead Wednesday for the vaccine from American drugmaker Pfizer and Germany’s BioNTech comes as the virus surges…

Biden Chooses an All-Female Senior White House Press Team

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden will have an all-female communications team at his White House, a first for the presidency. Leading the team will be campaign communications director Kate Bedingfield, who will serve as Biden’s White House communications director. A longtime Democratic spokeswoman, Jen Psaki, will be Biden’s press secretary. Four of the…

Trump Says He’ll Leave if Electoral College Seats Biden

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday that he will leave the White House if the Electoral College formalizes President-Elect Joe Biden’s victory even as he insisted such a decision would be a “mistake.” Trump spent his Thanksgiving renewing baseless claims that “massive fraud” and crooked officials in battleground states caused his election defeat…

Trump pardons Flynn, taking direct aim at Russia probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has pardoned former national security adviser Michael Flynn, taking direct aim in the final days of his administration at a Russia investigation that he has long insisted was motivated by political bias. Trump announced the pardon on Wednesday, calling it his “Great Honor.” Flynn is the second Trump associate…