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Tweaked COVID boosters in US must target newer omicron types

Jun. 30, 2022 11:47 AM EDT

U.S. regulators told COVID-19 vaccine makers Thursday that any booster shots tweaked for the fall will have to add protection against the newest omicron relatives. The Food and Drug Administration said the original vaccines would be used for anyone still getting their first series of...

Remains of 7 WWI soldiers given military burial in Flanders

Jun. 30, 2022 10:09 AM EDT

YPRES, Belgium (AP) — British and Canadian authorities have given seven soldiers killed more than a century ago in World War I a full military burial after their remains were discovered during a gas pipeline construction near Ypres, Belgium. The soldiers were found in two separate...

FEMA releases largest update to its mobile app in a decade

Jun. 30, 2022 09:59 AM EDT

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is releasing the largest update to its mobile application in a decade, the agency announced today. FEMA is releasing the app at the beginning of a hurricane season that experts predict will be above average and a wildfire season that's already devastating,...

Peru home build vexed by 'the neighbors' -- Inca-era mummies

Jun. 30, 2022 08:45 AM EDT

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Hipólito Tica had saved for decades to finally build himself a proper house in a working class neighborhood of Lima. His problem was what to do about “the neighbors” — as he called the centuries-old mummies buried below. The mechanic had known they were...

Big cats in urban jungle: LA mountain lions, Mumbai leopards

Jun. 30, 2022 02:43 AM EDT

Los Angeles and Mumbai, India, share many superlatives as pinnacles of cinema, fashion, and traffic congestion. But another similarity lurks in the shadows, most often seen at night walking silently on four paws. These metropolises are the world’s only megacities of 10 million-plus...

California late start law aims to make school less of a yawn

Jun. 30, 2022 00:14 AM EDT

When Hansika Daggolu’s junior year of high school starts in the fall, she’ll be watching to see if a later first bell under a new California law means fewer classmates are heads-down on their desks for afternoon naps. The overall mood, she suspects, will lift as well if her...

US buys 105 million COVID vaccine doses for fall campaign

Jun. 29, 2022 18:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials said Wednesday they have agreed to purchase another 105 million doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine in anticipation of a fall booster campaign. The $3.2 billion deal announced by the Biden administration comes as federal scientists consider...

EXPLAINER: Abortion ruling sparks wave of new legal issues

Jun. 29, 2022 16:49 PM EDT

The Supreme Court's overturning of Roe v. Wade has set off a frenzy of activity in courthouses around the country, with judges asked to decide when or if state-imposed bans or other far-reaching restrictions on abortion can go into effect. Some of the disputes involve bans that have...

Researchers caution beachgoers ahead of white shark season

Jun. 29, 2022 15:50 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Great white shark researchers on Cape Cod are reminding visitors that warmer weather signals not just the start of the busy tourist season, but also the arrival of the region’s famous predators. July tends to be when great whites appear in earnest as the cape’s...

WHO chief: U.S. abortion ruling 'a setback,' will cost lives

Jun. 29, 2022 13:36 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The head of the World Health Organization on Wednesday criticized the U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade, saying the decision to no longer recognize a constitutional right to abortion was “a setback” that would ultimately cost lives. WHO...