Israel’s prime minister announced that the country would offer a coronavirus booster to people over 60 who have already been vaccinated. Israel is the first country to offer a third dose of the Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine to its citizens on a wide scale.
Israel to offer 3rd COVID booster shot to older citizens
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s prime minister on Thursday announced that the country would offer a coronavirus booster to people over 60 who have already been vaccinated. The announcement by Naftali Bennett makes Israel the first country to offer a third dose of the Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine to its citizens on a wide scale.
Simone Biles’ sponsors, including Athleta and Visa, are praising her decision to put mental health first. It’s the latest example of sponsors commending high-profile athletes who are increasingly open about mental health issues.
Simone Biles’ sponsors, including Athleta and Visa, are lauding her decision to put her mental health first and withdraw from the gymnastics team competition during the Olympics. It's the latest example of sponsors praising athletes who are increasingly open about mental health issues.
Every Olympic medalist is handed a similar bouquet of flowers when they take the podium. Those flowers have meaning: They were all grown in the regions of Japan that were devastated by the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and subsequent nuclear reactor meltdown.
GLIMPSES: Medalists' bouquets hold deeper meaning for Japan
TOKYO (AP) — Of course, an Olympic medal has significance. But the bouquet of flowers that every medal winner is being handed at the Tokyo Olympics has deeper meaning. Much deeper. The sunflowers and all the other flowers in the bouquet were grown in the three northeastern Japanese prefectures that were devastated by the 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and the subsequent meltdown of three nuclear reactors.
A German cycling official has been suspended and will be sent home from #TokyoOlympics after using a racist slur during the men’s time trial. The slur was heard on TV broadcasts and widely condemned in Germany.
German official sent home for racist slur at Olympics
TOKYO (AP) — A German cycling official has been suspended and will be sent home from the Tokyo Olympics after using a racist slur during the men’s time trial. German cycling federation sports director Patrick Moster had been overseeing the cycling squad at the Tokyo Games.
Forgotten oil and gas wells linger, leaking toxic chemicals
CRANE, Texas (AP) — Rusted pipes litter the sandy fields of Ashley Williams Watt’s cattle ranch in windswept West Texas. The corroded skeletons are all that remain of hundreds of abandoned oil wells that were drilled long before her family owned the land.
Former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who was defrocked after a Vatican investigation confirmed he had sexually molested adults and children, has been charged with sexually assaulting a teenage boy during a wedding reception in the 1970s, court records show.
Ex-Cardinal McCarrick charged with sexually assaulting teen
BOSTON (AP) — Former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who was defrocked after a Vatican investigation confirmed he had sexually molested adults as well as children, has been charged with sexually assaulting a teenage boy during a wedding reception in the 1970s, court records show.
Robinhood's stock will begin trading on Wall Street, the very place the online brokerage has rattled with its stated goal of democratizing finance. It was priced at $38 a share, putting the company's total value at close to $32 billion.
Robinhood makes Wall Street debut, falls in early trading
NEW YORK (AP) — Robinhood made its own leap into the stock market Thursday, the one it helped reshape by bringing millions of new investors to Wall Street, and its shares were falling within the first few minutes of trading.
What is a COVID-19 vaccine “breakthrough” case? It’s when a fully vaccinated person gets infected with the coronavirus. In studies, the two-dose COVID-19 vaccines by Pfizer and Moderna were around 95% effective at preventing illness, while the one-shot Johnson & Johnson shot was 72% effective, though direct comparisons are difficult.
The Biden administration will allow a nationwide pandemic ban on evictions to expire Saturday, arguing its hands are tied after the Supreme Court signaled it could only be extended until the end of July. Biden asked Congress to extend it "without delay."
Biden to allow eviction moratorium to expire Saturday
BOSTON (AP) — The Biden administration announced Thursday it will allow a nationwide ban on evictions to expire Saturday, arguing that its hands are tied after the Supreme Court signaled it would only be extended until the end of the month.
The proliferation of homeless encampments on Venice Beach has sparked an outcry from residents and created a political spat in Los Angeles. Residents are frustrated and angry over government inaction that allowed the camps to blossom during the pandemic.
LA's Venice Beach a flashpoint in city's homeless crisis
LOS ANGELES (AP) — David de Russy steered his bicycle through a sparse crowd of midweek visitors streaming down Los Angeles' Venice Beach boardwalk between multimillion-dollar homes, T-shirt shops and eateries on one side and vendors peddling paintings, hawking crystals and offering tarot card readings on the other.
'Trying to survive': Wells dry up amid Oregon water woes
MALIN, Ore. (AP) — Judy and Jim Shanks know the exact date their home’s well went dry — June 24. Since then, their life has been an endless cycle of imposing on relatives for showers and laundry, hauling water to feed a small herd of cattle and desperately waiting for a local well-drilling company to make it to their name on a monthslong wait list.
BREAKING: The U.S. economy grew at a robust 6.5% rate in April-June quarter and weekly jobless claims dropped by 24,000 to 400,000. The reports are another sign that the job market and economy continues to recover rapidly from the coronavirus recession.
US economy accelerated at a solid 6.5% rate last quarter
WASHINGTON (AP) — Fueled by vaccinations and government aid, the U.S. economy grew at a solid 6.5% annual rate last quarter in another sign that the nation has achieved a sustained recovery from the pandemic recession.
Ron Popeil, an American original who died this week, thrived in the world of infomercials and home-shopping channels. He became a pop-culture icon by inventing and selling consumer gadgets, connecting old-time salesmen and the video age. By @anthonyted
Ron Popeil was the sizzle of American ingenuity, personified
Come, young ones: Gather around the glow of the smartphone's screen for a tale of a distant time when we watched TV on big boxy machines, and switched channels when we were bored. There were commercials — several of them — between the segments of TV shows.
A tsunami watch was issued for Hawaii following a large earthquake off the Alaska peninsula. According to a report, The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said “an investigation is underway to determine if there is a tsunami threat to Hawaii.”
Tsunami watch issued for Hawaii after 8.2M quake hits Alaska
PERRYVILLE, Alaska (AP) — A tsunami watch was issued for Hawaii on Wednesday evening following a large earthquake off the Alaska peninsula. According to Honolulu Star Advertiser , The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center listed the magnitude as 8.1 and said “an investigation is underway to determine if there is a tsunami threat to Hawaii.” But the U.S.
Japanese officials have expressed alarm after Tokyo reported record-breaking coronavirus cases for two straight days with the Olympics well underway. Chief Cabinet Secretary Katunobu Kato told reporters the new cases are also soaring across the country.
Officials in Tokyo alarmed as cases hit record highs
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese officials sounded the alarm Thursday after Tokyo reported record-breaking coronavirus cases for two straight days with the Olympics well underway. “We have never experienced the expansion of the infections of this magnitude,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato told reporters.
U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has met his Vietnamese counterpart to deepen cooperation in security and pandemic recovery, after Washington vowed support for Southeast Asian nations embroiled in territorial rifts with China.
US defense secretary broadens cooperation with Vietnam
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin met his Vietnamese counterpart on Thursday to deepen cooperation in security and pandemic recovery, after Washington vowed support for Southeast Asian nations embroiled in territorial rifts with China.
A lawyer for the first person convicted under Hong Kong’s national security law has asked for no more than 10 years in prison. Former restaurant waiter Tong Ying-kit faces a potential life sentence as China tries to crush a pro-democracy movement.
Lawyer for Hong Kong protester asks court for shorter term
HONG KONG (AP) — A lawyer for the first person convicted under Hong Kong’s national security law asked Thursday for no more than 10 years in prison instead of the possible life sentence faced by the former restaurant waiter in a closely watched case as China's ruling Communist Party tries to crush a pro-democracy movement.
Ron Popeil, the quintessential TV pitchman and inventor known to generations of viewers for hawking products including the Veg-O-Matic and the Showtime Rotisserie and BBQ, has died. Popeil's family says he died Wednesday in Los Angeles. He was 86.
Ron Popeil, inventor and king of TV pitchmen, dies at 86
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ron Popeil, the quintessential TV pitchman and inventor known to generations of viewers for hawking products including the Veg-O-Matic, the Pocket Fisherman, Mr. Microphone and the Showtime Rotisserie and BBQ, has died, his family said.
Violent arrest in Colorado reignites anger over policing
AURORA, Colo. (AP) — A video showing a police officer pistol-whipping and choking a Black man during an arrest in a Denver suburb has reignited anger over policing in the community, with activists on Wednesday decrying what they say is just the latest example of the mistreatment of people of color.
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