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Day of triumph turned to day of tragedy for honor student

May. 27, 2022 17:15 PM EDT

UVALDE, Texas (AP) — Tuesday should have been a day of triumph for 10-year-old Maite Rodriguez. Instead, it was the day she died. Maite was among 19 grade school students who, along with two teachers, were shot to death at Robb Elementary School in the southwestern Texas town of...

Spanish LGBTQ groups wary of monkeypox stigma as Pride nears

May. 27, 2022 08:24 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — With one of Europe's largest gay pride celebrations right around the corner, Spain's LGBTQ community is worried that the outbreaks of monkeypox on the continent could lead to an increase in homophobic sentiment based on misunderstandings of the disease. Spanish health...

COVID-19 hospitalizations on the rise in Alabama

May. 27, 2022 09:04 AM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The number of people hospitalized for COVID-19 is again on the rise in Alabama after weeks in decline, with more than 130 being treated statewide for the first time since late March. While state statistics show hospitalizations crept up this week to reach...

Japan to resume tourism in June; only packaged tour for now

May. 26, 2022 22:22 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan will open its borders to foreign tourists in June for the first time since imposing tight pandemic travel restrictions about two years ago, but only for package tours for now, the prime minister said Thursday. Beginning June 10, Japan will allow the entry of...

Editorial Roundup: Georgia

May. 26, 2022 13:40 PM EDT

Brunswick News. May 20, 2022. Editorial: Jobs are still plentiful despite low unemployment There is an interesting dichotomy at play when you look at the state’s unemployment numbers. According to Capitol Beat News Service, Georgia’s unemployment...

Dominant coronavirus mutant contains ghost of pandemic past

May. 26, 2022 11:44 AM EDT

The coronavirus mutant that is now dominant in the United States is a member of the omicron family but scientists say it spreads faster than its omicron predecessors, is adept at escaping immunity and might possibly cause more serious disease. Why? Because it combines properties of...

WHO: COVID-19 cases mostly drop, except for the Americas

May. 26, 2022 10:38 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The number of new coronavirus cases and deaths are still falling globally after peaking in January, the World Health Organization said. In its latest weekly assessment of the pandemic, the U.N. health agency said there were more than 3.7 million new infections and...

US making COVID antiviral drug more available at test sites

May. 26, 2022 07:24 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Thursday announced more steps to make the antiviral treatment Paxlovid more accessible across the U.S. as it projects COVID-19 infections will continue to spread over the summer travel season. The nation’s first federally backed test-to-treat...

Two years after Floyd murder, racial trauma permeates US

May. 25, 2022 22:19 PM EDT

Black Men Heal co-founder Zakia Williams was deeply moved as she watched a young Black man become emotional while speaking about the mental health toll the past few years have taken on him. “He said ‘I just want to play basketball without fear of getting shot, I just want to...

Gov. Inslee tests positive for COVID, officials urge masking

May. 25, 2022 17:37 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has tested positive for COVID-19, his office said Wednesday, the same day state health officials urged people to wear face mask indoors as case counts steadily rise. At a news conference the state's public health leaders said they...