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FDA authorizes booster dose of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine for people 65 and older

FDA authorizes booster dose of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine for people 65 and older

The US Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday it would grant emergency use authorization for a booster dose of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine in people 65 and older, people at high risk of severe disease and people whose jobs put them at risk of infection. “After considering the totality of the available scientific evidence and the…MORE

San Jose State University agrees to pay $1.6M to students who alleged sexual assault by trainer, Justice Department says
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San Jose State University agrees to pay $1.6M to students who alleged sexual assault by trainer, Justice Department says

San Jose State University will pay a total of about $1.6 million to some of the female students and student-athletes who alleged they were sexually assaulted or harassed by a campus athletic trainer over more than a decade, the US Department of Justice said Tuesday. The payments are part of a settlement between the university…MORE

Authorities identify woman believed to be victim of Samuel Little, America’s most prolific serial killer

Authorities identify woman believed to be victim of Samuel Little, America’s most prolific serial killer

Nearly 44 years after hunters discovered human remains near a Mississippi highway, authorities have identified the victim as Clara Birdlong — who they believe was killed by Samuel Little, America’s most prolific serial killer. The announcement was made Tuesday by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department. Little died last year at age 80 while serving three…MORE

Vaccine protection against Covid-19 wanes over time, especially for older people, CDC says

Vaccine protection against Covid-19 wanes over time, especially for older people, CDC says

The protection provided by Covid-19 vaccines appears to wane over time, especially for people 65 and older, a US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expert said Wednesday. Ruth Link-Gelles, who helps lead the CDC’s Vaccine Effectiveness Team, reviewed a series of studies looking at the overall effectiveness of vaccines in various groups between February…MORE

These government benefits would be at risk if Congress doesn’t raise the debt ceiling

These government benefits would be at risk if Congress doesn’t raise the debt ceiling

The battle over raising the debt ceiling may seem like political gamesmanship on Capitol Hill, but it has real-life implications for tens of millions of Americans. Social Security payments could be delayed. The next monthly child tax credit installment might not be sent on time. Food stamp recipients could be left waiting for funds. That’s…MORE

Boeing to build its first foreign assembly plant

Boeing to build its first foreign assembly plant

Boeing, the largest US exporter, announced plans Wednesday for its first foreign production plant to perform final assembly work. The plant, to be built in Toowoomba, Australia, will assemble military drones, not commercial jets, which is Boeing’s primary business. But it is an interesting step away from the United States for the company. Boeing’s defense,…MORE

Lawmakers storm out of classified Afghanistan briefing after questions go unanswered

Lawmakers storm out of classified Afghanistan briefing after questions go unanswered

Multiple lawmakers angrily stormed out of a classified briefing with members of the Biden administration on Afghanistan on Wednesday morning, according to three sources familiar with the briefing. The Republican and Democratic lawmakers grew frustrated after State Department, Pentagon, Department of Homeland Security, and Office of the Director of National Security officials failed to answer…MORE

Restrictive abortion bill introduced in Florida mirrors controversial Texas law

Restrictive abortion bill introduced in Florida mirrors controversial Texas law

A Republican Florida state lawmaker on Wednesday introduced a bill that is modeled after a strict Texas law prohibiting abortions after six weeks, drawing condemnation from supporters of abortion rights who fear such legislation might soon be introduced in other states. House Bill 167 was filed by Florida state Rep. Webster Barnaby. The bill, like…MORE

Native American tribes sue Wisconsin to stop planned gray wolf hunt
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Native American tribes sue Wisconsin to stop planned gray wolf hunt

Six Native American tribes are suing the state of Wisconsin, claiming that the state’s planned wolf hunts go against their treaty-protected rights. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday by six Ojibwe tribes, comes months after the state’s first legal wolf hunt in decades in February, considered a disaster by critics. That hunt occurred following the removal of…MORE

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