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Doc: Delta variant spread 'like a tsunami' in Mississippi

Aug. 05, 2021 13:57 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's top health official said the delta coronavirus variant is “sweeping across Mississippi like a tsunami” as the state reported more than 3,000 new cases of the highly transmittable virus in a single day Thursday. “If we look at...

Northwest heat wave targeted vulnerable, tested climate prep

Aug. 05, 2021 13:36 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Karen Colby thought she could make it through an unprecedented Pacific Northwest heat wave with a little help from her neighbor, who dribbled cold water on her head and visited every hour to wrap frozen towels around her neck. But when temperatures...

Can I get ‘long COVID’ if I’m infected after vaccination?

Aug. 05, 2021 00:21 AM EDT

Can I get ‘long COVID’ if I’m infected after vaccination? It's unclear, but researchers are studying the chances of long-term symptoms developing in anyone who might get infected after vaccination. The COVID-19 vaccines in use around the world...

Phoenix school district says suit over mask mandate is moot

Aug. 04, 2021 21:33 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix school district wants a judge to dismiss a lawsuit over its mask mandate, which could be a test case for other districts, arguing a state law banning such policy isn’t in effect yet. A preliminary hearing was held Wednesday in the case of...

Louisiana standardized test scores drop during pandemic

Aug. 04, 2021 17:27 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's public school student performance on key standardized tests plunged in the last school year, according to state education data released Wednesday that provides the first glimpse of how students fared during the coronavirus outbreak. ...

South Dakota sees rise in virus cases, jump in delta variant

Aug. 04, 2021 16:29 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota health officials reported Wednesday coronavirus cases jumped by 68% last week as more cases of the delta virus were identified. The Department of Health reported 429 new cases statewide in its weekly virus report, bringing the...

Impact of space station spin requires study, official says

Aug. 04, 2021 15:18 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Space engineers will analyze whether a glitch that caused the International Space Station to spin out of its normal orientation could have impacted any of its systems, a Russian space official said Wednesday. Sergei Krikalev, the director of crewed space...

Forecasters: Hurricane season to be busier than 1st thought

Aug. 04, 2021 14:01 PM EDT

After a record start, followed by a near-silent July, the Atlantic hurricane season looks like it will be busier than meteorologists predicted a few months ago. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Wednesday updated its outlook for the 2021 Atlantic...

Editorial Roundup: U.S.

Aug. 04, 2021 11:45 AM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: Aug. 3 The Miami Herald on Florida Gov. Rick DeSantis banning mask mandates: Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho vowed to be guided by...

This year's summer of climate extremes hits wealthier places

Aug. 04, 2021 11:44 AM EDT

As the world staggers through another summer of extreme weather, experts are noticing something different: 2021′s onslaught is hitting harder and in places that have been spared global warming’s wrath in the past. Wealthy countries such as the United States, Canada,...