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FDA experts are still puzzled over who should get which COVID-19 shots and when

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At a meeting to simplify the nation’s COVID-19 vaccination policy, the FDA’s panel of experts could agree on only one thing: Information is woefully lacking about how often different groups of Americans need to be vaccinated. That data gap has contributed to widespread skepticism, undervaccination, and ultimately unnecessary deaths from ...Read more

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A $2.3 million collection of rare albums is headed to Stanford University after SDSU agreement collapses

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SAN DIEGO — Hello, Stanford, goodbye, San Diego State University.

Stanford University has acquired the $2.3 million vinyl record collection of San Diegan Bram Dijkstra, just 11 months after a signed 2020 agreement for the one-of-a-kind collection to go to SDSU’s Love Library imploded.

Numbering more than 8,000 jazz, blues, gospel, soul and...Read more

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International AIDS relief program, at 20, looks to next steps

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BANGKOK — Saturday marks a major milestone in the global fight to eliminate the AIDS epidemic, as the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief celebrates its 20th anniversary as the largest commitment by a country to combat a disease.

PEPFAR, launched under then-President George W. Bush, has now spanned four administrations, operates...Read more

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Mayor Lightfoot's campaign defended emails seeking volunteers after school district raised alarm

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CHICAGO — A Chicago Public Schools official informed Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s campaign team that it can’t recruit students for political work on campus or offer extra credit — hours before the mayor’s campaign released a statement defending it as a “common practice” done for decades, emails obtained by The Chicago Tribune show.

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Half Moon Bay shooting: Massacre fueled by simmering tensions among farmworkers, sources say

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HALF MOON BAY, Calif. — The shooting massacres at two coastal mushroom farms earlier this week were apparently fueled by the suspected gunman’s mounting frustrations with his job conditions and simmering tensions with other colleagues, a law enforcement source told the Bay Area News Group.

As a clearer motive emerged Thursday, the state’s...Read more

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State Bar charges John Eastman, lawyer who advised Trump on overturning the election, with ethics violations

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LOS ANGELES — The State Bar of California filed disciplinary charges Thursday against Orange County attorney John Eastman, accusing him of multiple ethics violations stemming from his actions while advising then-President Donald Trump on how to overturn the 2020 election.

The charges could be the first step to Eastman losing his California ...Read more

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US Virgin Islands seeks Epstein documents from Barclays

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The U.S. Virgin Islands asked a U.S. court to order Barclays Plc to turn over documents related to the relationship its former chief executive officer Jes Staley had with sex-offender Jeffrey Epstein.

The U.S. territory is seeking the documents for use in a lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase & Co., which it accuses of “turning a blind eye” to ...Read more

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Accused Half Moon Bay gunman claims he suffered 'years of bullying' before killing 7

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HALF MOON BAY, Calif. — Amid a state investigation into workplace conditions at the San Mateo County farms where seven people were killed this week, the farmworker charged in the massacre said he had experienced “years of bullying” and working long hours before opening fire.

Chunli Zhao, 66, in a jailhouse interview with NBC Bay Area, ...Read more

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San Diego settles with surfer whose lawsuit led to new beach-safety law

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SAN DIEGO — San Diego settled this week a 9-year-old lawsuit that prompted a new state law that aims to make beaches throughout California safer by clarifying how fast lifeguards can drive personal watercraft near swimmers.

Before the new legislation, Assembly Bill 1682, state regulations appeared to bar lifeguards from driving faster than 5 ...Read more

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Senators fight partisan headwinds in pursuit of immigration deal

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WASHINGTON — When Sen. Thom Tillis returned to Washington this month from a visit to the U.S.-Mexico border with a bipartisan group of eight senators, the North Carolina Republican was quickly reminded of just how difficult it would be to craft a broad immigration agreement.

The new chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, Freedom ...Read more

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Storms ravaged this California town. Here's what happened to those who refused to evacuate

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PLANADA, Calif. — When Rudy Moreno first saw the texts from his relatives two weeks ago asking about the mandatory evacuation order in Planada, he didn’t even know that one had been issued. Much of the small town, made up of about 4,000 people east of Merced, had been flooded due to a breached levee during the storms that deluged the state ...Read more

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Ex-wife of TV pitchman Kevin Trudeau tells Chicago judge he had gold bars, says she's 'very scared' of him

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CHICAGO — The ex-wife of TV pitchman Kevin Trudeau told a Chicago federal judge Thursday she saw him handling dozens of gold bars over the course of their marriage and that she’s “scared” for her life now that he’s turned against her.

Trudeau is fighting an attempt by federal regulators to have him thrown back in jail for allegedly ...Read more

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Ex-Memphis police officers charged with murder in beating of Tyre Nichols; video to be released Friday

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Five former police officers in Memphis, Tennessee, were charged with second-degree murder Thursday in the brutal beating of Tyre Nichols, a 29-year-old Black man, during a traffic stop, authorities said.

Ex-Officers Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmitt Martin III, Desmond Mills Jr. and Justin Smith, who are Black, were charged with second-...Read more

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House GOP leaders consider extending debt limit to Sept. 30

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WASHINGTON — House Republican leaders are considering proposing a short-term extension of the federal debt ceiling to delay the risk of a default until Sept. 30, according a person familiar with their deliberations, a step that would allow more time to resolve an impasse with Democrats.

The strategy is merely an option under consideration, ...Read more

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Bivalent COVID-19 shot should become standard, FDA advisers say

Bivalent COVID-19 shots should become the standard form of the vaccine, U.S. advisers said, part of a plan to offer a single booster to the public each year that gives protection against the most recent, dominant strains.

Anyone getting a COVID-19 shot for the first time now ...Read more

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Sen. Chuck Schumer demands FTC crackdown on assault weapons marketed to kids

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WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and fellow Democrats are demanding that the Federal Trade Commission clamp down on a gun manufacturer for marketing a mini assault-style rifle to children.

Illinois-based Wee 1 Tactical is selling a small “JR-15″ that can shoot up to 10 rounds, modeled on the infamous AR-15 often used in ...Read more

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Violence erupts in Haiti during protests by police officers after gangs kill 6 cops

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Violence erupted again in Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince on Thursday when protesters claiming to be members of the police took to the streets after the killing of six cops by gang members.

The killing of six police officers in an armed attack against a police substation in Haiti’s Artibonite Valley sent parts of ...Read more

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House GOP leaders consider extending debt limit to Sept. 30

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WASHINGTON — House Republican leaders are considering proposing a short-term extension of the federal debt ceiling to delay the risk of a default until Sept. 30, according a person familiar with their deliberations.

The strategy is merely an option under consideration, and it isn’t clear whether the Democratic-controlled Senate or White ...Read more

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Cuban American named US ambassador to the OAS wants to champion democracy in the region

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MIAMI — Frank Mora, a Miami native and the new U.S. ambassador to the Organization of Americas States, wants to make the organization “even more relevant” amid the “increasing erosion” of the democratic system in Latin America and the Caribbean, he told journalists on Thursday, discarding the possibility that the autocratic governments...Read more

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Alzheimer's study in Boston looking at possible treatment to prevent the disease

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BOSTON — Boston medical researchers are hoping to get ahead of Alzheimer’s by testing a possible treatment in patients who don’t have symptoms but may be at risk for the progressive disease.

Brigham and Women’s Hospital is part of the global AHEAD Study, an Alzheimer’s clinical trial that is looking at whether an investigational ...Read more