The best birthday present in 2021? A COVID vaccine

Zoe Tu, a seventh grader in New York City, likes to celebrate her birthday with dulce de leche Haagen-Dazs ice cream cake. This year, her 12th, was no exception, but the day was also marked by a treat of another kind: her COVID vaccine. Zoe got the shot the first day she became eligible, on … Read more

Covid deaths surge across a weary America as a once-hopeful summer ends

A summer that began with plunging caseloads and real hope that the worst of COVID-19 had passed is ending with soaring death counts, full hospitals and a bitter realization that the coronavirus is going to remain a fact of American life for the foreseeable future. Vaccination rates are ticking upward, and reports of new infections … Read more

‘Sexist,’ ‘Racist,’ ‘Classist’: Georgia 8th grader challenges school dress code

Sophia Trevino carefully picked her outfit the night before her first day of eighth grade last month. Two hours before bedtime, and with her mother’s help, she went through her closet and selected a white Los Angeles T-shirt, a new pair of black distressed jeans and Air Force 1 sneakers. Sophia, 13, of course checked … Read more

US Vice President Kamala Harris to visit California to campaign for Governor

Vice President Kamala Harris will visit California’s Bay Area next week to campaign with Governor Gavin Newsom, who faces possible removal from office in a Sept. 14 recall election. Symone Sanders, Harris’ chief spokesperson, tweeted Saturday that the vice president would visit on Wednesday. Sanders later confirmed that the trip is for Newsom’s political benefit. … Read more

Moderna seeks EU authorization for COVID-19 vaccine booster dose

Moderna Inc said on Friday it had asked the EU drugs regulator for conditional approval of a booster shot of its COVID-19 vaccine at a 50 microgram dose. The company also said it had completed data submission for the use of a third booster dose of its two-shot vaccine to the U.S. Food and Drug … Read more

Blinken to discuss Afghan evacuees at meetings in Qatar and Germany

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Friday he would travel to Qatar on Sunday to meet with the country’s leaders and thank them for their help with evacuees from Afghanistan, and later go to Germany for a ministerial meeting. Blinken told a news conference at the State Department he would meet with Afghans … Read more

Biden orders declassification reviews of documents related to Sept. 11 attacks Reuters

U.S. President Joe Biden on Friday ordered reviews of the potential declassification of documents from the FBI’s investigation into the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States. “When I ran for president, I made a commitment to ensuring transparency regarding the declassification of documents on the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on America,” Biden … Read more

Biden orders declassification reviews of documents related to Sept. 11 attacks Reuters

U.S. President Joe Biden on Friday ordered reviews of the potential declassification of documents from the FBI’s investigation into the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States. “When I ran for president, I made a commitment to ensuring transparency regarding the declassification of documents on the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on America,” Biden … Read more

Efforts grow to stamp out use of parasite drug ivermectin for COVID-19 in US

Health experts and medical groups are pushing to stamp out the growing use of a decades-old parasite drug to treat COVID-19, warning that it can cause harmful side effects and that there’s little evidence it helps. With a fourth wave of infections, more Americans are turning to ivermectin, a cheap drug used to kill worms … Read more

Soaring COVID-19 infections restrain US job gains in August

The U.S. economy created the fewest jobs in seven months in August as hiring in the leisure and hospitality sector stalled amid a resurgence in COVID-19 infections, which weighed on demand at restaurants and other food places. But other details of the Labor Department’s closely watched employment report on Friday were fairly strong, with the … Read more