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WHO still reviewing Sputnik V vaccine, as Russia presses bid

The World Health Organization says it’s still reviewing data about Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine as part of hopes that it can be approved for emergency use against the coronavirus, but no decision is imminent
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IMF says trimming global growth forecast due to rising risks

The head of the International Monetary Fund says the agency is trimming its forecast for global growth this year
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FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2019 file photo, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva speaks during a news conference after the International Monetary and Financial Committee (IMFC) meeting, at the World Bank/IMF Annual Meetings in Washington. Georgieva says the agency is trimming its forecast for global growth this year. On Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021 Georgieva cited rising risks of inflation, debt and a divergence in growth prospects between nations with access to the coronavirus vaccines and those in need of shots. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)
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NIH director Francis S. Collins to step down by end of year

The director of the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Francis S
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FILE - Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, appears before a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing to discuss vaccines and protecting public health during the coronavirus pandemic on Capitol Hill, on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, in Washington. Collins says he is stepping down by the end of the year, having led the research center for 12 years and becoming a prominent source of public information during the coronavirus pandemic. A formal announcement was expected Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021 from NIH. (Michael Reynolds/Pool via AP, File)
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AstraZeneca asks FDA to authorize COVID antibody treatment

Anglo-Swedish drugmaker AstraZeneca has asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to authorize the emergency use of an antibody treatment to prevent COVID-19
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Virus deaths in Russia hit record for third time this month

Coronavirus deaths in Russia have hit a record for the third time this month
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FILE - In this Monday, July 12, 2021 filer, a medical worker wearing protective gear escorts a man, suspected of having coronavirus, at a hospital in Kommunarka, outside Moscow, Russia. Russia has reported a record daily death toll from COVID-19. It's the fifth time in a week that deaths have hit a new high in the country. The national coronavirus task force said Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021 that 890 deaths were recorded over the past day. That exceeds the 887 reported on Friday. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, File)
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J&J seeks US clearance for COVID-19 vaccine booster doses

Johnson & Johnson has asked regulators to allow booster shots of its vaccine.
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A syringe is filled with a dose of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine during the mass vaccination clinic in Springfield, Mo., April 8, 2021.
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The Latest: J&J seeks FDA OK for vaccine booster doses

Johnson & Johnson has asked U.S. regulators to allow booster shots of its COVID-19 vaccine as the U.S. government moves toward shoring up protection in more vaccinated Americans
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FILE - This Saturday, March 6, 2021, file photo shows vials of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at a pharmacy in Denver. Johnson & Johnson has asked U.S. regulators to allow booster shots of its COVID-19 vaccine as the U.S. government moves toward shoring up protection in more vaccinated Americans. J&J said Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021, it filed data with the Food and Drug Administration on giving a booster dose between two to six months after vaccination. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
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Pfizer COVID vaccine 90% effective at preventing hospitalization despite delta: Study

But the vaccine is less effective at preventing contagion after five months.
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In this file photo a sign for Pfizer pharmaceutical company is seen on a building in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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Australia won't welcome foreign tourists until at least 2022

Australia's prime minister says foreign tourists won’t be welcomed back until at least next year
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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison discusses travel restrictions during a press conference in Canberra, Friday, Oct. 1, 2021. Australia has outlined plans to lift its pandemic ban on its vaccinated citizens traveling overseas from November, but no date has yet been set for welcoming international tourists back. (Lukas Coch/AAP Image via AP)
October 05

COVID vaccine mandate takes effect for NYC teachers, staff

A COVID-19 vaccine requirement for teachers and other staff members has taken effect in New York City’s million-plus-student public school system
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A school bus passes through a steam vent on a morning route, Monday, Oct. 4, 2021, in the Manhattan borough of New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
October 04

New Australian state leader sticks to lockdown timetable

The new government leader of Australia’s most populous state says he will stick with a timetable of starting to reopen New South Wales next week
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Dominic Perrottet speaks during a press conference at New South Wales state Parliament House in Sydney, Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021. Perrottet, the new government leader of Australia's most populous state, said he would stick with a timetable of starting to reopen New South Wales next week. (Dean Lewins/AAP Image via AP)
October 04

COVID vaccine mandate takes effect for NYC teachers, staff

A COVID-19 vaccine requirement for teachers and other staff members has taken effect in New York City’s million-plus-student public school system
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FILE - English teacher Frank Esposito receives a COVID-19 nasal swab test at West Brooklyn Community High School in New York, on Thursday Oct. 29, 2020. New York City teachers and other school staff members are supposed to be vaccinated against COVID-19 when the bell rings Monday morning, Oct. 4 in one of the first districtwide mandates requiring school employees to be inoculated against the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
October 04

New Zealand admits it can no longer get rid of coronavirus

New Zealand’s government acknowledged what most other countries did long ago.
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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern arrives with director general of health Dr Ashley Bloomfield, right, for the post-Cabinet press conference at Parliament in Wellington, New Zealand, Monday, Oct. 4, 2021. New Zealand's government has acknowledged what most other countries did long ago, It can no longer completely get rid of the coronavirus. (Mark Mitchell/Pool Photo via AP)
October 04

UNICEF: Battered by pandemic, kids need mental health help

The U.N.’s child protection agency is urging governments to pour more money and resources into preserving the mental well-being of children and adolescents
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Trial against pharmacy chains' opioid sales set to begin

Jurors have heard opening statements in a federal court trial to determine whether retail pharmacy chains created a public nuisance in how they dispensed addictive painkillers in two Ohio counties
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Attorneys and staff associated with a federal trial of pharmacies, CVS, Walgreens, Giant Eagle and Walmart leave the Carl B. Stokes Federal Courthouse in Cleveland, Monday, Oct. 4, 2021. The pharmacies are being sued by Ohio counties Lake and Trumbull for their part in the opioid crisis. (AP Photo/Phil Long)
October 04

Southwest is latest airline to mandate vaccines for workers

Southwest Airlines has become the latest U.S. airline to say that it will require its employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19
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US unveils guidance for federal vaccine mandate, exemptions

The federal government is outlining procedures for employees to request medical or religious exemptions from COVID-19 vaccinations
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Oklahoma judge blocks 2 abortion laws, allows 3 others

An Oklahoma judge has temporarily blocked two new anti-abortion laws from taking effect next month, including a measure that would prevent abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, file photo, Oklahoma County Judge Cindy Truong listens to testimony in court in Oklahoma City. On Monday, Oct. 4, 2021, Truong temporarily blocked two new anti-abortion laws from taking effect in the following month, including a measure similar to a Texas abortion ban that effectively prohibits abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
October 04

New California law aims to reduce deaths among Black moms

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed a law aimed at reducing the disparity of deaths among Black pregnant women
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FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2021 file photo Mashariki Kudumu, maternal and infant health director for the March of Dimes in Los Angeles, talks about her work to improve outcomes for Black women and babies in Los Angeles. On Monday, Oct. 4, 2021, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law aiming to address the disparity in deaths among Black pregnant women. Black mothers were six times more likely to die within a year of pregnancy than white women in California from 2014 to 2016, the most recent time frame for which data is available. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel,File)
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New York's largest private hospital system now 100% vaccinated

Northwell Health has 76,000 employees and recently let go of 1,400.
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Michelle Chester, doctor of nursing practice and director of employee health services at Northwell Health Inc., prepares to administer the Moderna vaccine to registered nurse Arlene Ramirez, the first frontline worker to be inmunized at Long Island Jewish Valley Stream hospital in Valley Stream, N.Y., Dec. 21, 2020.
October 04

Florida first lady Casey DeSantis has breast cancer

Florida first lady Casey DeSantis has breast cancer
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FILE - This Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019 file photo shows Florida first lady Casey DeSantis in Miami. On Monday, Oct. 4, 2021, her husband Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that she has breast cancer. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)
October 04

Biden administration reverses Trump-era ban on abortion referrals by federally funded family planning clinics

Biden administration reverses Trump-era ban on abortion referrals by federally funded family planning clinics
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Doctors grow frustrated over COVID-19 denial, misinformation

Front-line medical workers are growing weary of COVID-19 denial and misinformation in treating unvaccinated patients during the delta-driven surge
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Dr. Vincent Shaw poses for a portrait in Baton Rouge, La., Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021. He commonly hears patients tell him they haven't done enough research on the COVID-19 vaccines. Rest assured, he tells them, the vaccine developers have done their homework. (AP Photo/Dorthy Ray)
October 04

Flu vaccines: What you need to know

The severity of the U.S. flu season is unknown at this time but you can get the flu vaccine at the same time as the COVID-19 vaccine or booster.
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VIDEO: Flu vaccines: What you need to know
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More than 700,000 Americans have died from COVID-19

Physician at Stanford Children’s Health, Dr. Alok Patel, discusses the vaccine mandates for teachers and students as California announces its statewide mandate.
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VIDEO: More than 700,000 Americans have died from COVID-19
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New plant promising 2,500 jobs for southwest Virginia

A medical glove manufacturing facility promising to employ nearly 2,500 people is coming to southwest Virginia
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EU regulator OKs Pfizer vaccine booster for 18 and older

The European Union’s drug regulator has given its backing to booster shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for people 18 and older
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FILE - This file Tuesday, April 20, 2021 file photo shows an exterior view of the European Medicines Agency, EMA, in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The European Medicines Agency said on Tuesday, Oct. 4 the booster doses “may be considered at least 6 months after the second dose for people aged 18 years and older.” The agency also said it supports giving a third dose of either the Pfizer-BioNTech or the Moderna vaccine to people with severely weakened immune systems at least 28 days after their second shot.(AP Photo/Peter Dejong, FILE)
October 04

UK: Nurse denies murdering 8 babies in hospital ward

A British nurse has denied charges of murdering eight babies and trying to kill 10 more while working on a hospital’s neonatal ward
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The EU's drug regulator says it supports giving booster shots of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine to people 18 and older

The EU's drug regulator says it supports giving booster shots of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine to people 18 and older
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Henrietta Lacks' estate sues company over use of her cells

The estate of Henrietta Lacks sued a pharmaceutical company on Monday, saying it's been selling her cervical cells without her knowledge or consent
October 04
FILE - This April 26, 2007, file photo, shows the exterior of Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., in Waltham, Mass. The estate of Henrietta Lacks sued a pharmaceutical company on Monday, Oct. 4, 2021, that it says has been selling cells that doctors at Johns Hopkins took from the Black woman from Maryland in 1951 without her knowledge or consent. The federal lawsuit filed Monday in Baltimore says Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., of Rockville, Maryland, knowingly mass produced and sold tissue that was taken from Lack. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File)
October 04

UK eases travel rules but upsets nations not on list

The U.K. says it will seek to regularly expand new international travel rules to more countries as a simplified travel regime took effect Monday
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Store employee Martin Matio, who is of Armenian ancestry and moved to the UK after living in California in the U.S., puts out stock after a delivery at a branch of the Tool Shop hardware stores in the Bayswater area of central London, Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021. Simplified international travel rules took effect Monday in the U.K., easing quarantine and testing requirements for fully vaccinated travelers from more than 50 countries, and the Conservative government vowed it will seek to regularly expand the rules to more nations. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
October 03

Russia hits record number of daily COVID-19 deaths

It's the fifth time in a week that deaths have hit a new high.
October 03
FILE - In this May 15, 2020, file photo, cemetery workers in protective suits disinfect a grave as they bury a COVID-19 victim in a section of the Butovskoye cemetery reserved for coronavirus victims outside Moscow, Russia. Coronavirus deaths in Russia hit a record on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021 for the fourth straight day, and confirmed cases continued to surge as well. Russia's state coronavirus task force reported 887 deaths, the country's highest daily number in the pandemic. The previous record, from a day earlier, stood at 867. (Kirill Zykov, Moscow News Agency photo via AP, File)
October 03

3 Swiss Guards who refused vaccination return to Switzerland

Three Vatican Swiss Guards who refused to be vaccinated against COVID-19 upon Holy See orders have left the storied corps to return to Switzerland
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FILE - In this Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020 file photo, Vatican Swiss Guards wear masks to curb the spread of COVID-19 as they stand attention at the Vatican. Three Vatican Swiss Guards who have refused to be vaccinated against COVID-19 upon Holy See orders and have left the storied corps to return to Switzerland. A Swiss Guard official, Lt. Urs Breitenmoser told The Associated Press on Sunday all Swiss Guards were asked to be vaccinated “to protect their health and that of the others they come into contact as part of their service.” (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, File)
October 03

The Latest: Fauci addresses vaccine hesitancy

Dr. Anthony Fauci says he’s worried that people resisting COVID-19 vaccine shots based on religious grounds may be confusing that with a philosophical objection
October 03
Angelique Ramirez, chief medical officer at Foundation Health Partners in Fairbanks, poses for a photograph in front of the emergency entrance at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021, in Fairbanks, Alaska. Fairbanks Memorial Hospital on Friday, Oct. 1, said it activated the Crisis Standards of Care policy because of a critical shortage of bed capacity, staffing and monoclonal antibody treatments, along with the inability to transfer patients to other facilities. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
October 03

Johnson eyes post-COVID economy as UK Conservatives meet

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he's ready to take “bold decisions” to rebuild the economy after the coronavirus pandemic
October 03
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives for the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester, England, Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
October 03

Party crowds spark effort to turn down volume in South Beach

Miami Beach wants to turn down the volume in the city’s party neighborhood.
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A person is arrested while out a few hours past curfew in Miami Beach, Fla., on Sunday, March 21, 2021. Miami Beach commissioners voted unanimously Sunday to extend the 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew Thursday through Sunday in the South Beach entertainment district until at least April 12. (Daniel A. Varela/Miami Herald via AP)
October 03

Distribution problems, hesitancy slow Uganda vaccination bid

The remote Ugandan district of Gulu is currently a COVID-19 hot spot in the East African country
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Mormon president: Church leaders speak 'pure truth'

He urged members to listen to the faith’s leaders when they seek “pure truth."
October 03
FILE - In this April 4, 2020, file photo, is The Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced that face masks will be required inside temples to limit the spread of COVID-19. Church leaders said Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021, that masks will be required temporarily in an effort to keep temples open. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
October 02

The Latest: Alaska activates emergency health protocols

Alaska has activated emergency crisis protocols that allow 20 health care facilities to ration care if needed
October 02
FILE - In this July 21, 2021, file photo, a parent adjusts her son's visor on the first day of school at Enrique S. Camarena Elementary School in Chula Vista, Calif. Parents in California on Friday, Oc.t 1, 2021, had mixed reactions to Gov. Gavin Newsom's plan to mandate coronavirus vaccinations for schoolchildren once they're fully approved by the FDA. Some welcomed the move as a way to keep children safe and classrooms open for learning and to try to put the pandemic behind. Others blasted the decision as premature, noting there is still no vaccine approved for the youngest children and questioning whether it's necessary. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy, File)
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Alaska allows hospitals to ration care amid COVID spike

Crisis protocols allow hospitals to ration care if needed because of the virus.
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Angelique Ramirez, chief medical officer at Foundation Health Partners in Fairbanks, poses for a photograph in front of the emergency entrance at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021, in Fairbanks, Alaska. Fairbanks Memorial Hospital on Friday, Oct. 1, said it activated the Crisis Standards of Care policy because of a critical shortage of bed capacity, staffing and monoclonal antibody treatments, along with the inability to transfer patients to other facilities. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
October 02

Pharmacies face 1st trial over role in opioid crisis

A bellwether trial is set to start Monday in federal court in Cleveland.
October 02
Sharon Grover stands over the grave of her daughter, Rachael, Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021, at Fairview Cemetery in Mesopotamia, Ohio. Grover believes her daughter started using prescription painkillers around 2013 but missed any signs of her addiction as her daughter, the oldest of five children, remained distanced. A “bellwether trial is set to start Monday in federal court in Cleveland to determine whether retail pharmacy chains are liable for opioid crisis costs in two Ohio counties. Grover lives in Trumbull County, Ohio, which along with Lake County, have sued four retail pharmacy chains to recover “public nuiscance” costs the opioid crisis continues to inflict on their communities. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
October 02

COVID-19 deaths eclipse 700,000 in US as delta variant rages

The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 has surpassed 700,000
October 02
In this image provided by the University of Utah Health, medical professionals look after a COVID-19 patient in the intensive care unit on July 30, 2021, in Salt Lake City. The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 has surpassed 700,000. It's is a grim and frustrating milestone as the nation confronts a surge in infections and deaths driven by the delta variant and the refusal of millions of Americans to get vaccinated. (Charlie Ehlert/University of Utah Health via AP)
October 02

Far-right protesters in Romania reject virus restrictions

5,000 protesters gathered in Bucharest to reject new pandemic measures.
October 02
A woman holds an icon during an anti-government and anti-vaccination protest organised by the far-right Alliance for the Unity of Romanians or AUR, in Bucharest, Romania, Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021. Thousands took to the streets calling for the government's resignation, as Romania reported 12.590 new COVID-19 infections in the past 24 hour interval, the highest ever daily number since the start of the pandemic. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
October 02

Russians flock to antibody tests; West notes tool's limit

When Russians discuss the coronavirus, the talk often turns to “antitela.”
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Justice department urges judge to halt Texas abortion law

A federal judge is deciding whether to block the nation’s most restrictive abortion law, which has banned most abortions in Texas since early September and sent women racing hundreds of miles to get care outside the state
October 02
Timothy Dougherty and about a dozen other anti-abortion demonstrators protest outside of a Whole Women's Health of North Texas, Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, in McKinney, Texas. A federal judge did not say when he would rule following a nearly three-hour hearing in Austin during which abortion providers sought to block the nation's most restrictive abortion law, which has banned most abortions in Texas since early September. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)
October 02

California to require COVID-19 vaccines for schoolchildren

California will become the first U.S. state to require COVID-19 vaccinations for children to attend public and private schools in person under a mandate that could effect millions of students
October 02
FILE - In this July 21, 2021, file photo, a parent adjusts her son's visor on the first day of school at Enrique S. Camarena Elementary School in Chula Vista, Calif. Parents in California on Friday, Oc.t 1, 2021, had mixed reactions to Gov. Gavin Newsom's plan to mandate coronavirus vaccinations for schoolchildren once they're fully approved by the FDA. Some welcomed the move as a way to keep children safe and classrooms open for learning and to try to put the pandemic behind. Others blasted the decision as premature, noting there is still no vaccine approved for the youngest children and questioning whether it's necessary. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy, File)
October 01

Biden administration urges judge to block Texas abortion law

The Biden administration urged a federal judge to block the nation’s most restrictive abortion law, which has banned most abortions in Texas since early September
October 01
Anti-abortion demonstrators pray and protest outside of a Whole Women's Health of North Texas, Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, in McKinney, Texas. A federal judge did not say when he would rule following a nearly three-hour hearing in Austin during which abortion providers sought to block the nation's most restrictive abortion law, which has banned most abortions in Texas since early September. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)
October 01

An American tragedy: 700,000 US COVID deaths despite widely available vaccines

About 1,500 American lives are still being reported lost to COVID each day.
October 01
Members of a critical care team treat a COVID-19 positive patient inside his isolation room in the intensive care unit at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Fla., Sept. 21, 2021.
October 01

US hits 700,000 COVID deaths just as cases begin to fall

The United States has reached its latest heartbreaking pandemic milestone, eclipsing 700,000 deaths from COVID-19 just as the surge from the delta variant is starting to slow down and give overwhelmed hospitals some relief
October 01
FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2021, file photo, nursing coordinator Beth Springer looks into a patient's room in a COVID-19 ward at the Willis-Knighton Medical Center in Shreveport, La. A decline in COVID-19 cases in the United States over the last several weeks has given overwhelmed hospitals some relief, but administrators are bracing for yet another possible surge as cold weather drives people indoors. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)
October 01

Death toll from COVID-19 in the U.S. eclipses 700,000 in latest tragic reminder of delta variant’s rampant spread

Death toll from COVID-19 in the U.S. eclipses 700,000 in latest tragic reminder of delta variant’s rampant spread
October 01