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Vaccine makers racing to update COVID shots, just in case

Dec. 09, 2021 01:11 AM EST

Vaccine makers are racing to update their COVID-19 shots against the newest coronavirus threat even before it’s clear a change is needed, just in case. Experts doubt today’s shots will become useless but say it’s critical to see how fast companies could produce a reformulated...

Darwin in a lab: Coral evolution tweaked for global warming

Dec. 09, 2021 01:10 AM EST

COCONUT ISLAND, Hawaii (AP) — On a moonless summer night in Hawaii, krill, fish and crabs swirl through a beam of light as two researchers peer into the water above a vibrant reef. Minutes later, like clockwork, they see eggs and sperm from spawning coral drifting past their boat....

Food waste becomes California's newest climate change target

Dec. 09, 2021 00:07 AM EST

DAVIS, Calif. (AP) — Banana peels, chicken bones and leftover veggies won't have a place in California trashcans under the nation's largest mandatory residential food waste recycling program that's set to take effect in January. The effort is designed to keep landfills in the most...

EXPLAINER: How does an officer use a gun instead of a Taser?

Dec. 08, 2021 21:00 PM EST

At former Minnesota police officer Kim Potter’s manslaughter trial for fatally shooting Daunte Wright, a Black motorist, the core of her defense is clear: She says she meant to use her Taser but grabbed her handgun instead. Potter’s body-camera video recorded the shooting, with...

Nobels for medicine, economics given in California ceremony

Dec. 08, 2021 20:35 PM EST

IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — The 2021 Nobel Prize laureates for medicine and economics received their awards in Southern California on Wednesday during a scaled-down ceremony adapted for pandemic times. Swedish Ambassador Karin Olofsdotter was on hand in Irvine, south of Los Angeles, to...

The AP Interview: CDC chief says omicron mostly mild so far

Dec. 08, 2021 19:00 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — More than 40 people in the U.S. have been found to be infected with the omicron variant so far, and more than three-quarters of them had been vaccinated, the chief of the CDC said Wednesday. But she said nearly all of them were only mildly ill. In an interview with...

New COVID-19 antibody drug OK'd to protect most vulnerable

Dec. 08, 2021 17:30 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials on Wednesday authorized a new COVID-19 antibody drug for people with serious health problems or allergies who can’t get adequate protection from vaccination. Antibody drugs have been a standard treatment for treating COVID-19 infections...

2 UGA buildings to be named for trail-blazing Black students

Dec. 08, 2021 14:05 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Board of Regents on Tuesday approved naming two University of Georgia campus buildings after Black graduates who made history at the institution. The science library will be named in memory of Shirley Mathis McBay, the first Black student to earn a...

Pfizer says COVID booster offers protection against omicron

Dec. 08, 2021 12:27 PM EST

Pfizer said Wednesday that a booster of its COVID-19 vaccine may offer important protection against the new omicron variant even though the initial two doses appear significantly less effective. Pfizer and its partner BioNTech said that while two doses may not be strong enough to...

High wind delays Michael Strahan's space trip with 5 others

Dec. 08, 2021 12:02 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — TV celebrity and former football great Michael Strahan is going to have to wait another few days before rocketing into space. Strahan was supposed to blast off Thursday from West Texas with five others for the 10-minute flight. But on Wednesday, Jeff...