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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

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Georgia's abortion law in federal appeals court Friday

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ATLANTA — Georgia’s restrictive abortion statute is back in court on Friday, with the state appealing a judge’s ruling last year to block the law from taking effect.

The Georgia attorney general’s office appealed last summer’s ruling that stopped the enactment of a law that would have banned most abortions once a doctor could detect ...Read more

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Judge seeks info on Georgia investigations of counterfeit ballots

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McDONOUGH, Ga. — A judge on Monday asked Georgia election investigators and the GBI to provide an update about any investigations into allegations of counterfeit ballots in last year’s presidential election.

Superior Court Judge Brian Amero’s request came during a hearing on a lawsuit seeking to inspect about 147,000 absentee ballots cast...Read more

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With debt limit options narrowing, 14th Amendment chatter returns

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WASHINGTON — Call it the “in case of emergency, break glass” option: The president invokes the Civil War-era 14th Amendment to the Constitution to ignore the statutory debt limit and continue to borrow if lawmakers can’t agree to give the Treasury Department more borrowing room.

With lawmakers and the White House careening toward the ...Read more

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Maryland deaths from prescription opioids could outpace those caused by heroin for first time in 10 years

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BALTIMORE — More people in Maryland died of opioid overdoses in 2020 than any year on record, confirming health experts’ fears that the coronavirus pandemic would lead to a sharp uptick in drug use and deaths. The vast majority of the 2,499 opioid-related deaths involved fentanyl, a cheap and powerful synthetic opioid that’s magnitudes ...Read more

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Deer with blood dripping from antlers seen in Smoky Mountains. Why is this happening?

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Scary-looking deer with blood and strips of flesh dripping from their antlers have been seen roaming Great Smoky Mountains National Park in recent weeks.

The park shared a photo of one on Facebook, showing it’s as creepy looking as it sounds.

In the photo, a deer with bloody antlers is seen looking into the camera with its tongue sticking ...Read more

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Peter and Rose are in the Atlantic, and another system is forecast to be a depression

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MIAMI — As Tropical Storms Peter and Rose continue to move across the Atlantic on Monday, forecasters are also eyeing two other systems, one of which could become a tropical depression by the end of the week.

The disturbance that could turn into a depression this week was producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms in the far eastern ...Read more

'We can't arrest ourselves out of this,' says Chicago alderman after attack at known 'problem corner'

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CHICAGO — Not everyone who has been the victim of a violent crime would immediately turn their attention to how to get their assailant help. But not everyone who’s attacked has the same power to effect change as an alderman.

Ald. James Cappleman, 46th, didn’t suffer serious injuries when he was hit repeatedly with part of a broken table ...Read more

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NYC gun violence, cops' sagging morale, frayed community relations -- NYPD's next commissioner will have her hands full

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NEW YORK — A new mayor means a new boss at the NYPD next year — and she’ll have her hands full dealing with the city’s surging gun violence, cops’ sagging morale and the department’s frayed community relations.

Yes, the commissioner will likely be a “she.”

Democratic mayoral candidate Eric Adams — who is widely expected to ...Read more

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Biden to face largest world stage of his tenure after crises with Afghanistan, France

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WASHINGTON — It is difficult to imagine a more inopportune moment for Joe Biden to debut on the largest world stage of his presidential term.

Biden goes before the annual United Nations General Assembly this week on a mission to restore credibility and trust in the U.S. as a reliable global partner following a series of disparate crises from ...Read more

US to open air travel to most vaccinated foreign passengers

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The U.S. will soon allow entry to most foreign air travelers as long as they’re fully vaccinated against COVID-19 — while adding a testing requirement for unvaccinated Americans and barring entry for foreigners who haven’t gotten shots.

The measures, announced Monday by the White House, are the most sweeping change to U.S. travel policies...Read more

Pfizer COVID shot safely bolsters antibodies in younger kids

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Pfizer Inc. and partner BioNTech SE said their COVID-19 vaccine was safe and produced strong antibody responses in children ages 5 to 11 in a large-scale trial, findings that could pave the way to begin vaccinating grade-school kids within months.

The long-awaited results offer one of the first looks at how well a COVID vaccine could work for ...Read more

'Hotel Rwanda' hero Rusesabagina found guilty of terror charges

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A Rwandan court found Paul Rusesabagina, an outspoken critic of the East African nation’s government who gained international fame through the 2004 film "Hotel Rwanda," guilty of terrorism charges.

The High Court Special Chamber for International and Cross-Border Crimes convicted Rusesabagina Monday at a hearing in the capital, Kigali. ...Read more

Putin's party claims big win in parliament vote amid crackdown

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President Vladimir Putin’s ruling party claimed a decisive victory in legislative polls, although discontent eroded support in some areas and opponents alleged widespread fraud.

United Russia was on track to maintain its majority of more than two-thirds of the seats in the State Duma with 99% of ballots counted, according to the Central ...Read more

Audit: Pentagon lags in fight against fraud

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WASHINGTON — The Pentagon is falling short in its efforts to combat fraud in defense contracts, according to a draft federal audit obtained by CQ Roll Call.

The Government Accountability Office report, to be made public Monday, credits Defense Department leaders with making some progress in establishing systems to find and root out fraud. But...Read more

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I got a 'mild' breakthrough case. Here's what I wish I'd known

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The test results that hot day in early August shouldn’t have surprised me — all the symptoms were there. A few days earlier, fatigue had enveloped me like a weighted blanket. I chalked it up to my weekend of travel. Next, a headache clamped down on the back of my skull. Then my eyeballs started to ache. And soon enough, everything tasted ...Read more

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Scientists examine kids' unique immune systems as more fall victim to COVID

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Eighteen months into the COVID-19 pandemic, with the delta variant fueling a massive resurgence of disease, many hospitals are hitting a heartbreaking new low. They’re now losing babies to the coronavirus.

The first reported COVID-related death of a newborn occurred in Orange County, Florida, and an infant has died in Mississippi. Merced ...Read more

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Dentists chip away at uninsured problem by offering patients membership plans

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Nevada dentist David White has seen diseased and rotted teeth in the mouths of patients who routinely put off checkups and avoided minor procedures such as fillings. While dental phobia is a factor, White said, the overriding reason people avoid treatment is cost.

To help patients lacking dental insurance, White in 2019 started offering a ...Read more

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In Afghanistan's war-torn countryside, America's exit means one thing: Peace

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KULANGAR, Afghanistan — At a tiny, two-pump gas station off the two-lane highway running through Afghanistan's Logar province, Mohammad Farooq, the attendant, was unequivocal in his view of the United States.

"Thank God the Americans went away," Farooq said one recent morning, smiling.

"Since they left, we don't see ambulances every day. We ...Read more