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    (CNN)The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the nation should move away from restrictive measures such as quarantines and social distancing and focus on reducing severe disease from Covid-19. In new guidelines released Thursday, the agency no longer recommends staying at least 6 feet away from other people to reduce the risk of...
    BERLIN (AP) — People infected with COVID-19 will no longer have to quarantine themselves in Austria if they don’t exhibit any symptoms, the country’s health minister announced Tuesday. The alpine country is scrapping mandatory quarantine for people who have tested positive but don’t feel ill, Austrian news agency APA reported. The new regulations will apply...
    Despite the hand-wringing over a coming recession and sentiment levels dropping to all-time lows, the June employment report showed that the U.S. economy is alive and well. Jill Schlesinger  There were 372,000 new positions added and the unemployment rate remained at 3.6%, a tenth of a percentage point above 50-year lows that were reached in...
    PAMPLONA, Spain (AP) — The first bull run in three years at the San Fermín festival in the Spanish city of Pamplona took place early Thursday. No one was gored, but several runners endured knocks and hard falls. The six bulls guided by six tame oxen charged through Pamplona’s streets in around 2 minutes, 35...
    Many people are still fleeing big cities that started losing population during the coronavirus pandemic as lingering effects of the virus have continued to scramble migration trends. The massive movement of people from metropolitan areas to the suburbs and beyond during the lockdowns of 2020 has had far-reaching and well-documented effects. INFLATION, POLITICAL UNREST, AND...
    “Lightyear” did not go to infinity (or beyond) in its first weekend in theaters: Pixar’s first major theatrical release since March 2020 blasted off with $51 million in its first weekend in North America, according to studio estimates on Sunday. Not only did it open lower than expected, but it also failed to conquer...
    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — For decades, it was accepted wisdom in the casino industry that eliminating smoking would automatically lead to revenue declines and customer losses. But a new report examining how the coronavirus pandemic has changed gamblers’ habits says that may no longer be the case. The report issued Friday by Las Vegas-based...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases who President Joe Biden tapped as the pandemic tsar, has come down with COVID. The National Institutes of Health announced on Wednesday that Fauci, 81, tested positive for the virus on a rapid antigen test but has not had any recent contact...
    NEW YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Opera sold 61% of available tickets this season after returning from a 1½ year absence, managing 196 staged performances without a cancellation. Sales were down from 75% in last pre-pandemic season of 2018-19, but it is considered a success. “We consider it to be a triumph in that we...
    AMSTERDAM (AP) — The Rolling Stones canceled their concert in Amsterdam on Monday, just hours before it was due to start after lead singer Mick Jagger tested positive for COVID-19. The band announced the cancelation in a statement, saying the 78-year-old Jagger tested positive “after experiencing symptoms of COVID upon arrival at the stadium” on...
    LONDON (AP) — WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is expected to be confirmed by the U.N. health agency’s member countries for a second five-year term on Tuesday. No other candidate challenged Tedros for the post amid the ongoing difficulties of responding to the devastating coronavirus pandemic. Tedros, a former government minister from Ethiopia,...
    COVID-positive Amazon workers in the United States are no longer eligible for paid time off, various news reports say. While the front-line workers can still use self-accrued paid leave, the company shifted its policy from offering 40 hours paid to unpaid leave for those who test positive, CNBC reports, citing a notice sent to employees...
    MADRID (AP) — Spain took another step Wednesday toward a sense of normality amid the pandemic by partially ending the near two-year-long obligatory use of masks indoors. The government decree, passed Tuesday, keeps masks mandatory for visitors and staff in medical centers and nursing homes, although patients won’t always be obliged to wear them. ...
    ”Survey says” looks at various rankings and scorecards judging geographic locations while noting these grades are best seen as a mix of data and art. Buzz: California’s economic rebound from the pandemic era outpaced all but two states in 2021 when measured by growth in the broadest measurement of business output. Source: My trusty...
    Montgomery County’s high school graduation and eighth-grade promotion ceremonies will be held without pandemic restrictions for the first time in over two years in the Maryland county. Chris Cram, spokesman for Montgomery County Public Schools, said all high school commencement events would return to an in-person format this June after having gone virtual in 2020,...
    It’s easy to forget how dire the job market was – and just about everything was – during the last year of the Trump presidency. Americans were forced to consider theft and murder to make sure their families had enough toilet paper amid a once-a-century plague that will, by the time it’s over,...
    Republicans doubled down on their demand to hold a vote on an amendment that would keep the Title 42 border restrictions in place as part of $10 billion covid funding bill that President Joe Biden wants passed. 'No amendments, no bill,' GOP Senator Mitt Romney, the lead negotiator for Republicans, told reporters on Capitol Hill...
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Biden administration plans to freeze federal student loan payments through Aug. 31, extending a moratorium that has allowed millions of Americans to postpone payments during the coronavirus pandemic, according to an administration official familiar with the White House's decision-making.The video above is from a previous story.Student loan payments were scheduled to...
    (CNN)This week was more of a normal week for news -- something we haven't had in a long time. A Hollywood story broke through the headlines, as Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars became fodder for newscasts throughout the country.Indeed, a story that might have made waves months ago -- the government authorizing...
    On Wednesday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Faulkner Focus,” Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) stated that President Joe Biden and Democrats believe “there’s no pandemic at our border with no cases coming across into our country,” while “they still insist that American toddlers wear masks when they travel on airplanes and trains.” Cotton stated, “[T]hese...
    President Joe Biden touted a new chapter in the COVID-19 pandemic as he called on Congress to approve more emergency funding. Acknowledging cases are "ticking up," Biden said the country was better prepared with "the tools to protect people." "We're now in a new moment in this pandemic. That does not mean COVID-19 is over;...
    BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s health minister said Friday that it’s too soon to declare a ‘freedom day’ from COVID-19 as the virus continues to run rampant, claiming hundreds of lives each day. The country’s disease control agency reported 296,498 newly confirmed coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, and 288 deaths. German lawmakers voted last...
    Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson corrected Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) for misinterpreting an opinion she penned regarding the release of inmates amid the Covid-19 pandemic, calling him out for failing to read the entire order. After admitting that his knowledge of the law comes from occasionally watching Law & Order, Tillis questioned Jackson on a “statement” she made at...
    London (CNN)Deepti Gurdasani has spent the past two years debunking Covid-19 myths and misinformation on TV and online. Her work as a clinical epidemiologist means she's well-placed to talk about coronavirus. But she also has a deeply personal understanding of the pandemic's dangers.Gurdasani is one of 3.7 million people in England living with underlying diseases...
    toggle audio on and off change volume download audio WTOP's Jason Fraley previews 'Rent' at National Theatre (Part 1) Playwright Jonathan Larson wrote that the opposite of war isn’t peace; it is creation. It hits home as National Theatre hosts the national tour of “Rent” from Friday to Sunday. “I was part of the tour...
    The Los Angeles United School District, the country's second-largest public school district, will no longer require masks starting next week.  The district announced Friday it had reached an agreement with labor groups in order to abolish mask requirements and only “strongly recommend” them.  The school said the policy will be enacted no later than March...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — As rules soften and crowds return, the debate on masks is reigniting. There were smiling faces and cheering fans without face coverings at Wednesday night’s Sacramento Kings game at Golden 1 Center. READ MORE: Second Victim Dies After Weekend Shooting In Fairfield“It’s refreshing, you can actually see people’s reactions,” said Kings’ fan...
    Americans are returning to levels of pre-pandemic normalcy two years after the start of the Chinese coronavirus pandemic, as a majority now deem the virus “little or no risk,” the Axios/Ipsos Coronavirus Index released this week found. It appears Americans are truly trying to move on from the pandemic, as roughly one-third, 32 percent, said...
    New York (CNN Business)A version of this article first appeared in the "Reliable Sources" newsletter. You can sign up for free right here.Remember "we are all in this together?" That's what we were saying to each other two years ago this week. Media outlets were shifting into public service mode as the Covid-19 pandemic upended...
    (CNN)The failure to include a $15.6 billion pandemic aid package in the omnibus spending bill the House passed on Wednesday is a collective mistake that could come back to haunt us. Julian ZelizerWhile the spending package includes funding for pandemic-related programs like a $140 million increase for the Strategic National Stockpile, these sums are...
    Share this: Teachers have been working longer hours. They’re more stressed out. And many say they’ve considered quitting. Yet the vast majority of teachers have stayed in the profession throughout the pandemic, according to a Chalkbeat analysis of the latest data from a number of states and large school districts. Teacher resignation rates actually dipped...
    by Princess Avianne Charles This article was originally published at Prism The disabled community has struggled with safety issues and disregard for their welfare among both the general public and lawmakers for decades. Their accessibility, financial support, absence of harm, health equity, and more remain paramount, while government policies and other facets of...
    (CNN)The United States can "move forward safely" into a less disruptive phase of the pandemic, a maskless US President Joe Biden said in his first State of the Union address Tuesday night, in which he outlined his plan to emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic. "Thanks to the progress we have made this past year, Covid-19 need...
    CLEVELAND (AP) — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver didn’t like the circumstances that led to the blockbuster Ben Simmons-James Harden trade. He just doesn’t see a way to fix them. Silver noted that players being unhappy with their teams and asking for trades is nothing new. But the commissioner said Saturday that a player taking the...
    HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong’s Fung Shing Restaurant was bustling this week as customers came for one last taste of the traditional Cantonese dim sum that has made it famous. With COVID restrictions cutting too deeply into its bottom line, the restaurant will shut its doors for good on Sunday, another economic victim of...
    During an interview with ABC News on Wednesday, White House Chief Medical Adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci responded to a question on what the threshold of cases that would cause him to determine the coronavirus pandemic has passed is by saying that “there’s no magic number” and that metrics for making decisions will look more at...
    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Starting this week, the masks are coming off for vaccinated visitors to Walt Disney World in Florida. The theme park resort announced Tuesday that face coverings will be optional for fully-vaccinated visitors in all indoor and outdoor locations, with one exception. Face masks still will be needed for visitors ages 2...
    WALNUT CREEK (KPIX) — People looking to enjoy the unusually warm weather on Saturday went to Heather Farm Park in Walnut Creek to spend time with family and friends outdoors as temperatures remained unseasonably high. “It is so beautiful with the water, the waterfalls and the animals. There’s a lot of people here,” said...
    Residents wait in line at a Covid-19 mobile testing site in the Times Square neighborhood of New York, U.S., on Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021.Jeenah Moon | Bloomberg | Getty Images Senior U.S. health officials have sought to reassure a pandemic weary public that the country is moving closer to a time when Covid-19 won't dominate...
    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Health authorities in Denmark said Friday that they are considering “winding down” the country’s coronavirus vaccination program in the spring and see no reason now to administer a booster dose to children or a fourth shot to any more residents at risk of severe COVID-19. The Danish Health Authority said in...
    CNN medical analyst Dr. Jonathan Reiner slammed President Biden's selection of former California Attorney General Xavier Becerra as the Secretary of Health and Human Services over reports that the White House privately believes he doesn't have the necessary experience.  During a Sunday appearance on "CNN Newsroom," Reiner reacted to the report by declaring that Becerra...
    (CNN)The Covid-19 crisis is nearing the second anniversary of the pandemic declaration by the World Health Organization, on March 11 -- and many people are now ready to know both when and how society can return to what we used to think of as normal.In the United States, the White House has told CNN that...
    The great migration during the pandemic has seen Americans flee high-tax Democrat-run states and flock to Republican-led low-tax or no-income-tax states, a study by The Tax Foundation found.  'People move to states with low-income tax for a multitude of reasons, sometimes it's the most direct and obvious reason that it reduces their own tax liability,'...
    Last spring, Josh Potgieter faced a severe mental health crisis. The San Diego community college student had taken on extra work to pay rent. The additional responsibility combined with the stress of college applications and the weight of the pandemic, exacerbated his anxiety and depression. It took an emotional toll. He worried about his biology...
    What else? Yet while lockdowns during the initial phase of the pandemic failed to prevent the spread of the deadly pathogen as many public health experts promised, they did impose "devastating effects" on the places that implemented them, the researchers noted. "They have contributed to reducing economic activity, raising unemployment, reducing schooling, causing political unrest,...
    Bali's future is in dire straits, with shocking pictures revealing the once global holiday hotspot now resembles a virtual ghost town two years into the pandemic. With Indonesia heavily reliant on tourism, a continual spike in Covid-19 case numbers and a subsequent lack of overseas guests has plunged the province famed for Kuta Beach and endless...