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EXPLAINER: California making plans to give COVID-19 boosters

Sep. 23, 2021 17:07 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO (AP) — California is preparing to administer third “booster” vaccine shots against COVID-19 for older people and immunocompromised adults as well as initial shots for students under 12 once the federal government approves them for children. On Thursday, state officials...

Is the delta variant of the coronavirus worse for kids?

Sep. 23, 2021 10:49 AM EDT

Is the delta variant of the coronavirus worse for kids? Experts say there's no strong evidence that it makes children and teens sicker than earlier versions of the virus, although delta has led to a surge in infections among kids because it's more contagious. ...

S. Carolina senators hear testimony on COVID-19 treatments

Sep. 23, 2021 10:04 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — As South Carolina continues to grapple with thousands of new coronavirus cases that have burdened hospitals and disrupted schools, the panel of lawmakers that oversees medical issues is gathering testimony from people who want greater access to unproven alternative...

Judge gives Dutch boy OK for vaccine amid parental dispute

Sep. 23, 2021 09:24 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A 12-year-old boy has gone to court in the Netherlands to get permission to receive a COVID-19 vaccine so he can visit his grandmother who is battling lung cancer, according to a written court ruling published Thursday. The boy, whose...

Woman plans to help fellow Rwandan amputees get prosthetics

Sep. 23, 2021 08:31 AM EDT

NEWTON, Mass. (AP) — She was orphaned during Rwanda’s genocide and lost much of one of her legs to childhood cancer, but Claudine Humure has dreams of giving back to her once war-torn homeland. First, though, she needed a new leg to propel her on the next part of her...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Sep. 22, 2021 16:22 PM EDT

South Florida Sun Sentinel. September XX, 2021. Editorial: The time is now: $5B of the $3.5T budget bill must go to completing Everglades restoration Everglades restoration has been one of Florida’s longest-running bipartisan issues. Getting the...

Abortion foes can collect ballot question signatures for now

Sep. 22, 2021 16:12 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Activists who support a proposed ballot question that would require all reasonable medical steps be taken to preserve the life of a child born alive in Massachusetts are getting a second chance to begin collecting signatures to put the proposal before voters next year. ...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Sep. 22, 2021 09:07 AM EDT

Philadelphia Inquirer. Sept. 20, 2021. Editorial: The next steps to protect abortion in Pennsylvania In one legislative session after another, Pennsylvania Republicans have tried to limit access to abortion throughout the commonwealth — and the fall...

Vermont urged to extend emergency motel housing for homeless

Sep. 21, 2021 17:13 PM EDT

As hundreds of homeless Vermonters are expected to lose access to motel rooms paid for by the state during the pandemic, advocates urged officials on Monday to extend the benefit even longer. In July, the state extended the hotel voucher program 84 days for families with...

Thai campaign to vaccinate schoolchildren makes progress

Sep. 21, 2021 04:00 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Health officials in the Thai capital made headway Tuesday in their effort to vaccinate children against the coronavirus, giving shots of the Pfizer vaccine to students aged 12 to 18 with underlying diseases. Vaccinations for that age bracket were first...