Wednesday, July 28, 2021


Masks, vaccines could stop COVID spike within 2 weeks, CDC director says

A renewed vaccine push mixed with masking could flatten America’s recent spike in coronavirus cases within two weeks, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday morning.

Masks on. Masks off. Masks on again at White House, as COVID variant threat...

A little more than two months ago, a beaming President Joe Biden stepped into the Rose Garden to announce that vaccinated Americans no longer needed to wear masks indoors. So much progress had been made against the coronavirus, now they could go back to “greeting others with a smile.”

Dixie Fire in California threatens over 10,000 homes

A massive wildfire had scorched 197,487 acres (799.2 square km) of timber and brush in Northern California's two counties, about two hours driving away from northeast of the state capital city Sacramento, with 22 percent contained but still threatening over 10,000 homes, local KLTA 5 news channel reported

U.S. rocked by more than 900 shooting incidents last week: media

More than 900 shooting incidents took place across the United States last week, according to ABC News.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs issues vaccination mandate for healthcare workers

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced Monday that it will require the agency's frontline healthcare workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19, making it the first federal agency to mandate compulsory inoculation.

3 killed, 5 injured in shootings in Seattle

Sunday shootings in Seattle left three people dead and five others injured, according to the city police.

Alabama governor blames unvaccinated people as COVID-19 infections increase

Governor of Alabama Kay Ivey said the recent uptick in cases in the state can be blamed on those who refuse to get the vaccines, the news portal Patch reported.

5 injured in shooting on Chicago’s West Side

Five men were injured in a shooting in the South Austin neighborhood around 12:30 a.m. Sunday, according to Chicago police.

At least 99% of U.S. COVID-19 deaths in last 6 months involve unvaccinated

The United States is facing "the pandemic of the unvaccinated" amid a national surge of new COVID-19 infections, according to a report published in The Guardian.

Thousands evacuated due to huge wildfire in N. California

The Tamarack Fire, which has been burning for two weeks, grew to 58,417 acres (236.4 square km) by 8,000 acres (32.4 square km) on Friday morning with only 4 percent contained, prompting new evacuation orders for about 1,400 residents nearby.

Vaccinated people can get ‘breakthrough’ infections: How worried should we be?

With coronavirus cases spreading rapidly throughout the nation, reports of infections among those who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 are increasingly drawing attention.

Americans with higher net worth at midlife tend to live longer

Researchers from the Northwestern University (NU) analyzed the midlife net worth of U.S. adults of mean age of 46.7 years and their mortality rates 24 years later, and discovered that those with greater wealth at midlife tended to live longer.

Georgia man arrested, charged in murder of 8-year-old in 1988

After 33 years, an arrest has been made in the murder of 8-year-old Joshua Harmon, who was found dead in the woods near the apartment complex where his family lived in suburban Roswell.

Heat, floods, fires: Jet stream is key link in climate disasters

Devastating floods destroyed towns in Germany and Belgium. A ruthless heat wave broiled the Western U.S. and Canada. Heavy rains paralyzed a Chinese industrial hub home to 10 million people. These recent weather phenomena are being intensified by the changing climate.

Pfizer shot just 39% effective in halting delta, Israel says

Pfizer Inc.’s COVID-19 vaccine was just 39% effective in keeping people from getting infected by the contagious delta variant in Israel in recent weeks, according to the country’s health ministry, but provided a strong shield against hospitalization and more severe forms of the virus.

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Blinken sets humble tone in Asia as US aims to rebuild...

The latest swing of senior U.S. officials through Asia indicates the Biden administration is taking a humbler tone in the region than the former president, with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken noting that every democracy was a “work in progress.”