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WASHINGTON (AP) — COVID-19 vaccinations are at a critical juncture as companies test whether new approaches like combination shots or nasal drops can keep up with a mutating coronavirus — even though it’s not clear if changes are needed.

UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. (AP) — When the coronavirus pandemic first hit the U.S., sales of window coverings at Halcyon Shades quickly went dark. So the suburban St. Louis business did what hundreds of other small manufacturers did: It pivoted to make protective supplies, with help from an $870,0…

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. health officials are beginning to grapple with how to keep the vaccines updated to best protect Americans from the ever-changing coronavirus.

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. Bob Casey, D-Pa., and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, introduced legislation that would provide rural hospitals the ability to stay open and meet high demand due to COVID-19, according to a joint news release.

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WASHINGTON — The final version of the fiscal 2023 defense authorization bill is likely to rescind Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III’s August 2021 memo ordering COVID-19 vaccines for most troops, a source familiar with the matter said Monday.

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Kyrie Irving’s relationship with Nike is officially over, the shoe and athletic apparel maker said Monday, a move that came a month after the company suspended the Brooklyn guard as part of the fallout over his tweeting a link to a film containing antisemitic material. It was not a surprise breakup, especially after Nike co-founder Phil Knight said in the days after the company suspended Irving that he had doubts there would be any reconciliation.

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Securities Litigation Partner James (Josh) Wilson Encourages Investors Who Suffered Losses Exceeding $100,000 In Rent the Runway To Contact Him Directly To Discuss Their Options

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Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy has been sworn in for a second term. The swearing-n ceremony with Lt. Gov. Nancy Dahlstrom was held Monday in Anchorage. The Republican Dunleavy last month became the first Alaska governor since Democrat Tony Knowles in 1998 to win back-to-back terms. Dunleavy won the ranked-vote governor’s election with more than 50% of first-choice votes. His challengers were Democrat Les Gara; independent former Gov. Bill Walker; and Republican Charlie Pierce. During his speech Monday, Dunleavy did not delve into specifics about the agenda for his new term but sounded a positive tone.

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Boston is establishing 11 wastewater testing sites across the city to monitor for spikes in the COVID-19 virus. The head of the Boston Public Health Commission said the city is partnering with vendors to create the sites as COVID-19 levels in wastewater across the region have begun rising. Dr. Bisola Ojikutu, Boston’s public health commissioner, said on Monday that the city will be sampling water from the sites weekly. Ojikutu said the testing will also help the city monitor for the appearance of new variants of the disease. The city is using $3.9 million in federal funding  for the project.

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Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear has filed for reelection next year. The Democratic governor is touting his work to increase jobs, expand health care and support teachers. He filed the paperwork Monday after attending an event trumpeting the state's largest-ever economic development project. Polling has consistently showed the governor receiving high job-performance ratings from Kentuckians. But Beshear faces a tough reelection fight in a state trending heavily in favor of Republicans. GOP candidates are lining up for the chance to challenge him next year. Beshear's term has been marred by the COVID-19 pandemic and horrific tornadoes and flooding.

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As enthusiasts spot roller coaster track at the construction site of Universal’s upcoming theme park Epic Universe, NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell said the Orlando attraction is “right on track” to open by summer 2025.

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As flu and other seasonal viruses continue spreading rapidly across the state, COVID-19 cases are climbing again, possibly putting Georgia on the verge of yet another winter surge of the deadly pandemic virus. The collision of RSV, flu and COVID viruses — dubbed a “tripledemic” — could overw…

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Attorneys for the family of a Ugandan activist killed by a swinging metal gate at Arches National Park in Utah are seelomg $140 million in damages in a wrongful death lawsuit against the U.S. government. A federal judge on Monday heard opening arguments in the death of 25-year-old Esther Nakajjigo. Attorneys described the accident that led to her death in 2020. She and her husband Ludovic Michaud were driving out of Arches National Park when wind blew an unsecured metal-pipe gate into the couple's car, killing her instantly. Nakajjigo was a prominent activist for women's issues in Uganda known for hosting a television program about women's issues.

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The hospitals in Indiana’s largest health system and in its most populous county say they've begun visitor restrictions because of a rise in reported cases of flu and other respiratory viruses. The restrictions will go into effect by Tuesday at all IU Health hospitals. They began Monday at all hospitals in Marion County, home to Indianapolis. The IU Health restrictions include only immediate family, only two at a time and no visitors under age 18 except parents or guardians and none who have flu-like or COVID-19 symptoms. Also, masking is required. Similar restrictions are in place at all Marion County hospitals.

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Neymar scored a goal in his return from injury and Brazil beat South Korea 4-1 to advance to the quarterfinals of the World Cup. Neymar converted a first-half penalty for his 76th goal with Brazil and move one shy of Pelé all-time scoring record with the national team. The 82-year-old Pelé said he was going to watch the match on television while hospitalized in Brazil to treat a respiratory infection. Vinícius Júnior, Richarlison and Lucas Paquetá also scored in the first half for Brazil. The Selecao has made it to the quarterfinals of the World Cup for the eighth straight time.

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Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens have now been rejected for the Hall of Fame by baseball's writers and several of their peers. Along with Curt Schilling, they were passed over by a 16-member committee considering candidates who shined after 1980. That came after the Baseball Writers Association of America passed on all three for 10 consecutive years of voting. The door hasn’t formally shut on their chances for Cooperstown enshrinement. But the latest letdown means Bonds and Clemens may never be celebrated with the sport’s greatest individual honor.

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The IRS has started sending out letters to approximately 9 million households that might have missed out on several pandemic-related tax refunds and stimulus checks, which may include the third round of stimulus payments that delivered $1,400 to individuals, $2,800 to couples and an additio…

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Governor-elect Josh Green is scheduled to be sworn into office on Monday to become the state of Hawaii’s ninth governor. Green is due to take over from fellow Democratic Gov. David Ige who served two terms marked by a series of emergencies and crises including the COVID-19 pandemic. Green defeated Republican former Lt. Gov. Duke Aiona in last month’s general election by a wide margin. Green campaigned on boosting Hawaii’s affordable housing and addressing homelessness. He’s spent the past four years as lieutenant governor under Ige. Before that he was a state senator and representative.

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George Balanchine's “Nutcracker” is back in full swing at New York City Ballet, a year after a number of performances were canceled due to COVID-19, and two years after being sidelined entirely due to the pandemic. Associated Press critic Jocelyn Noveck writes that at Sunday night's performance, the audience was in for an extra treat as they witnessed the farewell performance of one of the company's most admired ballerinas, Sterling Hyltin. Hyltin is retiring at 37 while still at the top of her game. At curtain calls, in a ballet farewell tradition, current and former colleagues — and young students in pink leotards — feted Hyltin with bouquets and hugs. The show runs through Dec. 31.

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PITTSBURGH, Dec. 5, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- "Traditional methods of building houses have a long and costly manufacturing process and is not available to everyone," said one of the inventors from Highlands Ranch, Colo., "our invention, the MODULAR HOUSE will provide a low cost, customizable and …

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Teenager Carlos Alcaraz is the youngest year-end No. 1 in the history of the ATP computerized rankings. He joins fellow Spaniard Rafael Nadal as the first players from the same country to claim the top two spots at the close of a season since Americans Pete Sampras and Michael Chang in 1996. The final men’s tennis rankings for 2022 were published Monday, and Alcaraz’s rise from No. 32 at the end of 2021 is the largest single-season jump to No. 1. Iga Swiatek finished the year with a substantial lead in the final WTA rankings, which were released last month. The 21-year-old from Poland moved up from No. 2 in April to lead the list for the first time and for the rest of the year.

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Chinese authorities eased COVID testing requirements across major cities over the weekend as Beijing appears to be engineering a gradual shift away from its strict COVID zero policy amid elevated cases and public protests.

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While almost 9 out of 10 Americans consider themselves good tippers, etiquette surrounding gratuities is one of the great debates of the past few years. To quote Mr. Pink from Reservoir Dogs, "I don't tip because society says I have to. All right, if someone deserves a tip, if they really pu…

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On a lightly breezy afternoon, Carlos Shihady and Maram Shehada stood together at the Point Reyes Lighthouse, where the rocky land juts a finger out into the Pacific, and watched "Carlos (heart) Maram 12 17 2022" appear in the sky.