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Here's the latest for Monday February 15th: Power cut across Texas as snow, ice blanket southern Plains, WHO grants emergency authorization to AstraZeneca; UK begins to impose hotel quarantine for arrivals and Icebergs dot Polish coast

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TIM McGUIRE: This is AP News Minute. A winter storm is making its way from the southern plains to the northeast, causing an icy emergency in Texas. More than two million people were without power for periods in Texas, as the state's overwhelmed power grid led to rotating blackouts.

The World Health Organization has granted an emergency authorization to the coronavirus vaccine made by AstraZeneca and Oxford University. The move should allow AstraZeneca's partners to ship millions of doses to countries worldwide, as part of a United Nations-backed program to tame the pandemic.

Travelers arriving from 33 high-risk countries must now quarantine when they arrive in Britain, as the country tries to prevent new variants of the coronavirus derailing its fast-moving vaccination drive. The travelers must stay in quarantine hotels for 10 days at their own expense.

And as freezing temperatures continue to hit many countries across Europe, visitors to the seaside of Poland were treated to a rare sight Monday. The shoreline in one coastal town froze over, turning the normally sandy beach into an Arctic landscape of snow and ice. Tim McGuire, the Associated Press, with an AP News Minute.