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Poll: Michiganders support COVID-19 vaccine mandate for schoolchildren

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DETROIT — Michiganders support the government requiring students to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as federal regulators approve inoculation for all age groups, according to the findings of a new poll commissioned by the Detroit Regional Chamber.

A majority also believe the state, local government officials or school districts should ...Read more

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61 people shot, 12 fatally, during the weekend in Chicago

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CHICAGO — Sixty-one people were shot, including a 3-year-old boy, and at least 12 of those died from their wounds this weekend in Chicago. There were at least 29 people shot on Sunday alone, according to information from Chicago police.

A man was killed and three women were wounded, two of them critically, in a shooting and subsequent crash ...Read more

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Law license suspension possible for gun-waving US Senate candidate Mark McCloskey

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — St. Louis attorney and U.S. Senate candidate Mark McCloskey faces suspension of his law license after pleading guilty this year to misdemeanor assault.

The case, filed by the state Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel on Thursday with the Missouri Supreme Court, follows McCloskey’s conviction in June of fourth-degree ...Read more


COVID-19 hospitalizations reach 757 in Minnesota, highest in 2021

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MINNEAPOLIS — COVID-19 hospitalizations reached 757 in Minnesota on Friday, underscoring the continued threat of the fast-spreading delta variant of the coronavirus.

The hospitalizations are a new high for 2021, according to the latest state pandemic figures released Monday, and reflect the usual rise in admissions toward the end of the week ...Read more

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Here's how the most- and least-vaccinated states fared against the delta variant

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The latest wave of COVID-19, driven by the delta variant, has brought hospitals back to the brink and destroyed hopes of a return to normalcy anytime soon.

But the damage from the coronavirus has been far from homogenous, in large part because of geographic differences in vaccination rates.

To help understand how those differences have played ...Read more

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2 students shot at Virginia high school; suspect in custody

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Two teenagers were shot Monday morning at Heritage High School, Newport News police said.

The teens are both 17 years old, a boy and a girl, police Chief Steve Drew said in an afternoon press conference. They were taken to the hospital with injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening.

The boy was shot on the ...Read more

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US Rep. Tim Ryan, who is vaccinated, tests positive for COVID-19

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan has contracted COVID-19, his office announced Monday.

The Ohio Democrat and candidate for U.S. Senate tested negative three times in the past 10 days before receiving positive test results Monday. He's currently quarantining at home and plans to cast votes in Congress remotely until he can return to ...Read more

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Chicago schools report 481 COVID-19 cases, nearly 10,000 potential exposures in 3 weeks

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CHICAGO — Chicago Public Schools is reporting 481 COVID-19 cases for the first three weeks of school, with more than 9,600 people identified as close contacts of an infected person.

The data on the district’s public case tracker reflects 329 student cases and 152 adult cases for the period from Aug. 29 through Sunday. In the last seven days...Read more

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Prosecutors rest sex trafficking case against R. Kelly

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NEW YORK — Prosecutors on Monday rested their case against R&B superstar R. Kelly after a month of testimony from victims and employees as part of his sex trafficking trial in Brooklyn federal court.

The sprawling racketeering trial — which alleges Kelly ran an enterprise that trafficked women and girls for illegal sex over more than a ...Read more

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Florida COVID update: 1,059 deaths added, with most spanning the past 28 days

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MIAMI — Florida on Monday reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 9,022 more COVID-19 cases and 1,059 deaths, according to Miami Herald calculations of CDC data.

In all, Florida has recorded at least 3,503,976 confirmed COVID cases and 51,884 deaths.

The majority of the deaths added Monday, about 91%, occurred over the ...Read more


87-year-old woman found dead in refrigerator in Southern California; daughter detained

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LOS ANGELES — The body of an 87-year-old woman was found inside a refrigerator in her Riverside home Sunday morning, and police detained her daughter for questioning after the gruesome discovery, authorities said.

Riverside police were called around 9:30 a.m. to the 6600 block of New Ridge Drive for a welfare check on a woman after family ...Read more


DHS chief says agency will continue repatriating Haitians arriving at US-Mexico border

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DEL RIO, Texas — Haitian migrants continued to wade through the Rio Grande on Monday to cross into the United States from Mexico, as Department of Homeland Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas traveled to this border city to warn that repatriations will continue despite a recent court ruling.

A federal judge had blocked the Biden administration from ...Read more


Fire creeps closer to ancient sequoias, reaching Trail of 100 Giants and closing in on other groves

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More than 1,700 firefighters on Monday were continuing the desperate, dayslong battle to defend California’s giant sequoia trees from the threat of encroaching flames.

Two fires burning in Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks — the KNP Complex and the Windy fire — were lapping at the base of the beloved behemoths, officials said. Crews...Read more


US to allow vaccinated international air travelers; Canadian land border still restricted

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DETROIT — Nonessential travel by Canadians over land and river borders into the U.S. looks like it will remain prohibited for at least another month by the Biden administration.

A Biden administration official on Monday morning said he had no information indicating the restrictions would change with the ban set to expire Tuesday. He noted ...Read more

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'Horrible to watch,' White House says about video of agent whipping at Haitian migrant

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WASHINGTON — Images of a U.S. border agent on horseback appearing to whip a Haitian migrant were “horrible to watch” and unacceptable, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Monday.

“I don’t think anyone seeing that footage would think it was acceptable or appropriate,” she said at a press briefing.

A Reuters video showed a ...Read more


9 Oakland police officers disciplined over racist, sexist social media posts

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LOS ANGELES — Nine current and former Oakland police officers have been given unpaid leaves after an investigation showed the group shared offensive content online while using their work cellphones.

Seven current officers, whose ranks include a lieutenant, were suspended for up to 25 days without pay after the investigation of an Instagram ...Read more

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Maloney, Nadler ask NYC mayors what they knew about health hazards at ground zero

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What did then-New York City Mayors Rudy Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg really know about the toxic threats posed by the ruins for the World Trade Center, and when did they know it?

More than two decades after the catastrophic attacks, and almost 20 years since the city switched from a rescue to recovery operation at ground zero on Sept. 29, ...Read more

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Lawyers for Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg expect 'other indictments'

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NEW YORK — More indictments are likely coming in Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance’s investigation of the Trump Organization, lawyers for the company’s chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, said Monday.

“We have strong reason to believe there could be other indictments coming. Again, we are shooting at a moving target,” ...Read more

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2 students shot at Virginia high school; suspect not in custody

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Two teenagers were shot Monday morning at Heritage High School, Newport News police said.

The teens are both 17 years old, a boy and a girl, police Chief Steve Drew said in a news conference. They were taken to the hospital with injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening.

The boy was shot on the side of his ...Read more

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California has the lowest coronavirus rate in the nation. Here's what we know

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LOS ANGELES — California officially has the lowest coronavirus case rate of any state, federal figures show, underscoring the progress made in the ongoing battle against the highly infectious delta variant.

The state has been among the national leaders in that metric for the last week, as the number of newly confirmed coronavirus infections ...Read more