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Head of UN health agency seeks vaccine booster moratorium

Aug. 04, 2021 10:52 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The head of the World Health Organization called Wednesday for a moratorium on administering booster shots of COVID-19 vaccines as a way to help ensure that doses are available in countries where few people have received their first shots. WHO...

Heated debate, scuffle over mask mandate ends board meeting

Aug. 04, 2021 10:49 AM EDT

VILLA PARK, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago school board adjourned without voting on a mask mandate for students and staff after the proposal sparked a heated debate and scuffle in the latest show of anger over coronavirus-related restrictions at schools. District 45′s...

The Latest: WHO leader wants vaccine booster moratorium

Aug. 04, 2021 10:42 AM EDT

GENEVA — The head of the World Health Organization is calling for a moratorium on administering booster shots of COVID-19 vaccines to help ensure that doses are available in countries where few people have received their first shots. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom...

Microsoft to require US employees to be fully vaccinated

Aug. 04, 2021 10:40 AM EDT

REDMOND, Wash. (AP) — Microsoft has reversed course and will now require employees to be fully vaccinated to enter the company’s U.S. offices and other worksites, starting next month. The Redmond-based tech giant told employees Tuesday it will “require proof of...

Stocks slip as investors weigh corporate earnings, jobs data

Aug. 04, 2021 10:30 AM EDT

Stocks fell on Wall Street in morning trading on Wednesday as investors weighed another batch of corporate earnings and economic data that could shed more light on how the economic recovery is going. The S&P 500 index fell 0.2% as of 10:14 a.m. Eastern. The Dow Jones...

COVID nurse is thrilled to be back on pro bowling circuit

Aug. 04, 2021 10:30 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Nursing and professional bowling aren't usually found on the same resume. In fact, Erin McCarthy is just one of a few to claim that territory. The 31-year-old McCarthy has weathered the pandemic as a critical care nurse in Omaha, and she did it during...

Athletes fight limits on endorsements at Tokyo Olympics

Aug. 04, 2021 10:30 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Holding up a pre-packaged vegan meal on Instagram Stories with a “paid partnership” tag and a “SummerGames” discount code, Malaika Mihambo looks just like any other athlete with a side gig as a social media influencer. What makes the charismatic...

Olympics Latest: World champ Dutch out in women's handball

Aug. 04, 2021 10:26 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on the Tokyo Olympics, which are taking place under heavy restrictions after a year’s delay because of the coronavirus pandemic: ___ World champion the Netherlands is out of the women’s handball competition at the Tokyo...

Mired in crises, Lebanon marks 1 year since horrific blast

Aug. 04, 2021 10:26 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — United in grief and anger, families of the victims and other Lebanese came out into the streets of Beirut on Wednesday to demand accountability as banks, businesses and government offices shuttered to mark one year since the horrific explosion at the port of Beirut. ...

South Africa quickens vaccine drive, gets more doses from US

Aug. 04, 2021 10:23 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The cars lined up by the strikingly modern mosque and were guided to parking bays where the drivers soon got jabs. The brisk pace at the Houghton mosque COVID-19 vaccination center is seeing 700 people per day getting shots and is expected to soon...