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U.S. unemployment claims rise after hitting pandemic low

WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits moved up last week to 332,000 from a pandemic low, a sign that the spread of the delta variant may have slightly increased layoffs. Applications for jobless aid rose from … more

AP answers: Can kids be harmed wearing masks?

No, there is no scientific evidence showing masks cause harm to kids' health despite baseless claims suggesting otherwise. The claims are circulating on social media and elsewhere just as virus outbreaks are hitting many reopened U.S. schools - … more

With eye on Iran, Israeli navy steps up Red Sea presence

ATLIT, Israel (AP) - Israel's navy has stepped up its activities in the Red Sea "exponentially" in the face of growing Iranian threats to Israeli shipping, the country's just-retired navy commander said in an interview. Vice Adm. Eli Sharvit … more

States learn how many Afghan evacuees coming their way

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Biden administration began notifying governors and state refugee coordinators across the country about how many Afghan evacuees from among the first group of nearly 37,000 arrivals are slated to be resettled in their … more

At 101, she's still hauling lobsters with no plans to stop

ROCKLAND, Maine - When Virginia Oliver started trapping lobster off Maine's rocky coast, World War II was more than a decade in the future, the electronic traffic signal was a recent invention and few women were harvesting lobsters. Nearly a … more

Afghan killed by drone praised by co-workers in U.S. aid group

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan man who was killed in a U.S. drone strike last month was an enthusiastic and beloved longtime employee at an American humanitarian organization, his … more

Kim Jong Un's sister warns of 'destruction' of S.Korean ties

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Wednesday criticized South Korea's president and threatened a "complete destruction" of bilateral relations … more

FDA strikes neutral tone ahead of vaccine booster meeting

WASHINGTON (AP) — Influential government advisers will debate Friday if there's enough proof that a booster dose of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective — the first step toward … more

Milley defends calls to Chinese as effort to avoid conflict

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. military officer on Wednesday defended the phone calls he made to his Chinese counterpart in the turbulent final months of Donald Trump's presidency, saying the … more

No bull: Scientists potty train cows to use 'MooLoo'

Turns out cows can be potty trained as easily as toddlers. Maybe easier. It's no bull. Scientists put the task to the test and 11 out of 16 cows learned to use the "MooLoo" when they had to go. Just like some parents, the researchers used a … more

Free rides take $104M toll on Pa. Turnpike finances

CARLISLE, Pa. (AP) - More than $104 million in Pennsylvania Turnpike tolls went uncollected last year as the agency fully converted to all-electronic tolling, with the millions of motorists who don't use E-ZPass having a nearly 1 in 2 chance of … more

Study: Pentagon reliance on contractors hurt U.S. in 9/11 wars

Up to half of the $14 trillion spent by the Pentagon since 9/11 went to for-profit defense contractors, a study released Monday found. While much of this money went to weapons suppliers, the research is the latest to point to the dependence on … more

Putin in self-isolation due to COVID cases in inner circle

MOSCOW (AP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin entered self-isolation after people in his inner circle became infected with the coronavirus, the Kremlin said Tuesday, adding that the leader himself tested negative for COVID-19. Putin, who is … more

COVID-19 cases climbing, wiping out progress

COVID-19 deaths and cases in the U.S. have climbed back to where they were over the winter, wiping out months of progress and potentially bolstering President Joe Biden's argument for his sweeping new vaccination requirements. The cases - driven … more

Once inmates, Taliban now in charge in a Kabul prison

KABUL - Once, Kabul's main prison was crowded with thousands of Taliban captured and arrested by the government. On Monday, a Taliban commander strolled through its empty halls and cell blocks, showing his friends where he had once been … more

Book: Top U.S. officer feared Trump could order China strike

WASHINGTON - Fearful of Donald Trump's actions in his final weeks as president, the United States' top military officer twice assured his Chinese counterpart that the two nations would not go to war, according to a forthcoming book. Chairman of … more

Tropical Storm Nicholas slows, dumps rain along Gulf Coast

SURFSIDE BEACH, Texas (AP) — Tropical Storm Nicholas slowed to a crawl near Houston Tuesday after blowing ashore as a hurricane, knocking out power to a half-million homes and businesses and … more

Third shot: UK to offer COVID booster jabs to over 50s

LONDON (AP) — The U.K. announced Tuesday it will offer a third dose of coronavirus vaccine to everyone over 50 and other vulnerable people to help the country ride out the pandemic through the … more

Ex-cops accused of violating Floyd's rights plead not guilty

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Four former Minneapolis police officers charged with violating George Floyd's civil rights pleaded not guilty Tuesday in a federal hearing that included arguments on several … more

FDA experts among group opposing U.S. booster shot plan

The average person doesn't need a COVID-19 booster yet, an international group of scientists - including two top U.S. regulators - wrote Monday in a scientific journal. The experts reviewed studies of the vaccines' performance and concluded the … more
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