Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci testify before

CDC leader adds people with risky jobs to COVID booster list

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday endorsed booster shots for millions of older or otherwise vulnerable Americans, opening a major new phase in the U.S vaccination drive against COVID-19.

Minnesota to administer COVID boosters to those eligible

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Nurse Yvonne Akufongwe gave Patricia Bonilla the COVID-19 vaccine as Bonilla’s 3-year-old son watched at a community vaccination clinic in St. Paul
COVID-19 booster shots are being made available to Minnesotans who are eligible to receive them under the latest guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, state health officials announced Friday.

Experts warn of 'potentially severe flu season' and urge getting flu shot

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Nurse practitioner Kelly Moran gave a flu shot to a patient at a CVS Minute Clinic in Philadelphia in January 2020.
While pandemic measures appeared to keep the flu at bay last year, this year experts are concerned.
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Biden hosts Indo-Pacific leaders as China concerns grow

Meeting with the leaders of India, Australia and Japan, President Joe Biden declared Friday that the U.S. and other members of the Indo-Pacific alliance known as "the Quad" are showing they "know how to get things done" in an increasingly complicated corner of the globe.
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The Latest: Alaska reports more than 1,700 COVID-19 cases

JUNEAU, Alaska -- Alaska reported more than 1,700 resident COVID-19 cases Friday. But state health officials says that includes reports from earlier this month as they work to clear a backlog that has built up during the latest case surge.
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EXPLAINER: Medication abortion becomes latest GOP target

Medication abortion accounts for about 40% of all abortions in the U.S. The increasingly common method relies on pills rather than surgery, opening the possibility for abortions to be done in a woman's home rather than a clinic. It's an option that has become important during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nation
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11 indicted in fraternity pledge's alcohol poisoning death

Eight Virginia Commonwealth University students have been charged with hazing in a fraternity pledge's death from alcohol poisoning after a party earlier this year, officials said Friday.
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Filmmaker revisits case that challenged her and her 2 moms

Ry Russo-Young knew she had a story worth hearing, but it was one she was struggling to tell.
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Vice President Kamala Harris spoke with reporters as she prepared to depart El Paso, Texas, on June 25 after touring the El Paso Border Patrol Station

Harris 'View' interview delayed, hosts positive for COVID-19

Vice President Kamala Harris' live interview on "The View" was abruptly delayed Friday after two hosts of the talk show learned they had tested positive for COVID-19 moments before Harris was to join them on the set.
Nation
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Texas law limits medication abortions as near-ban remains

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday lauded another new abortion law that tightens limits on abortion-inducing medications, creating an additional layer of restrictions after a near-total ban on abortion in the state began this month.
Business
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He's a viral GIF. So he's using it to fundraise for charity

If you've been on social media, or texted with GIF-loving friends, you know Drew Scanlon's face.
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A bulldozer is seen next to a mound of debris while crews clear an area where migrants, many from Haiti, were encamped along the Del Rio International

Officials: All migrants are gone from Texas border camp

No migrants remained Friday at the Texas border encampment where almost 15,000 people — most of them Haitians — had converged just days earlier seeking asylum, local and federal officials said.
Sports
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Berrettini, Ruud give Team Europe early lead at Laver Cup

The pandemic-delayed fourth edition of the Laver Cup — and first without Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic participating — began Friday with Matteo Berrettini and Casper Ruud giving Team Europe a 2-0 lead over Team World.
Variety
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Dua Lipa, left, and Donatella Versace acknowledge applause at the conclusion of the Versace Spring Summer 2022 collection during Milan Fashion Week, i

Dua Lipa walks the Versace runway, Prada resists normality

Milan Fashion Week opened its third day of preview shows for next spring and summer against the backdrop of thousands of young environmental protesters calling out the industry Friday for its wasteful and polluting ways.
Business
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Carnival loses $2.8 billion but sees solid 2022 bookings

Carnival Corp. lost $2.8 billion in the third quarter, but shares rose Friday after the cruise line operator said bookings for the second half of next year are running ahead of 2019 levels.
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Pfizer COVID-19 boosters are recommended for people 65 and older and people 50 to 64 who have underlying health conditions that put them at high risk

1 million Minnesotans eligible for Pfizer vaccine booster shot

Minnesotans might get shots quicker at pharmacies than at large health care systems, state health officials said, adding that Pfizer vaccine supply is sufficient to meet demand.
Nation
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COVID at the UN: One topic, used to make many points

and, not incidentally, to urge the United Nations to re-admit the island as a member state.
Nation
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Zoo Miami: Orangutan dies following dental surgery

An orangutan has died at Zoo Miami following a dental surgery, officials said.
Sports
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Ironman World Championship leaves Hawaii for 1st time

The Ironman World Championship will be held outside Hawaii for the first time in four decades because of uncertainty over whether the Big Island will be able to host the triathlon as scheduled in February during the coronavirus pandemic.
Nation
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Sexual assault cases spur protests on campuses across US

Reported sexual assaults have sparked large protests on college campuses in at least seven states just weeks into the new school year, which advocates say reflects both a greater vulnerability among students who spent last school year learning remotelyand a greater ability among young people to make themselves heard on the issue.
Business
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NY hospitals, schools fear staff shortage from vaccine rules

Some of the nation's most aggressive COVID-19 vaccine mandates are scheduled to take effect Monday in New York amid continued resistance from some to the shots, leaving hospitals and nursing homes across the state and schools in New York City bracing for possible staff shortages.
Nation
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Court indicates it may wait to rule on Georgia abortion law

A federal appeals court seemed to indicate Friday that it would wait until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on a case that seeks to overturn its landmark decision guaranteeing a woman's right to an abortion before ruling on the appeal of a lower court's ruling blocking a restrictive Georgia abortion law.
Nation
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Civil rights complaint targets Idaho health care rationing

An advocacy group for older adults has filed a civil rights complaint against Idaho over the state's "crisis standards of care" guidelines for hospitals that are overwhelmed by patients amid the coronavirus pandemic.