Friday, May 7, 2021


Record-low US birth rate fell another 4% in 2020, CDC says

2020 was a grueling year, but at least the number of Americans born into it was lower than it had been in more than four decades.

Vaccinating kids for COVID-19 poses additional challenges for officials

Public health advocates who expect COVID-19 vaccines to become available for younger teens soon are concerned that a government-led distribution effort that may rely in large part on pediatricians could create glaring inequalities among children.

Transgender Georgians, families brace as states pass restrictive laws

Throughout much of her childhood, P. felt like something was off. But she didn't know exactly what.

Moderna is looking for ways to attack variants, company chairman says

One of the biggest concerns on the mind of Dr. Noubar Afeyan, co-founder and chairman of Moderna, is variants.

‘Insane and dangerous’: Inside the Miami school that told teachers not to get vaccinated

Long before Miami's Centner Academy ignited a national uproar by telling teachers not to get COVID-19 vaccinations, contrary to all credible scientific advice, the school's husband-and-wife founders were determined to do things exactly as they pleased, for better or worse.

Supreme Court to decide if students have right to post vulgar comments about teachers

The Supreme Court on Wednesday will hear its most important case in decades on the 1st Amendment rights of students, and ultimately is expected to decide whether young people are free in the era of social media to post vulgar, cruel or racist comments about their teachers, coaches, classmates or school.

In police killing of Andrew Brown, a national crisis comes to a small NC...

A day later, dried blood still stained the sidewalk along Roanoke Avenue and glass from the car remained in the crepe myrtle in the front yard.

The end of US mass vaccination is coming sooner than later

After three months of vaccination across the U.S., a majority of American adults have gotten shots, and the effort will soon shift from mass inoculation to mop-up.

Police departments struggling with shortage of recruits, surge in retirements

Amid growing calls for police reform and national debate over the deadly use of force, police departments are struggling to retain and attract officers, law enforcement officials say.

Commentary: Give people a break from their smelly coffee breath. Ease up on the...

With nearly 40% of people in the U.S. having received at least one shot of COVID-19 vaccine, you may be wondering if now is the time that California and other places ditch the mask mandates and free the people from the tyranny of having to breathe in our own smelly coffee breath.

I’m vaccinated and my kids aren’t: What’s safe for us to do as a...

Now that COVID-19 shots are available to everyone 16 and up, it's just a matter of time before you're fully vaccinated (if you're not already). That means you'll able to move through the world with much more freedom than you've had for the past year.

Columbus police ID cop who fatally shot Ma’khia Bryant, release 911 calls as officials...

Authorities in Ohio have identified the Columbus police officer who fatally shot Black teenager Ma’khia Bryant on Tuesday — with a city official calling the incident a “horrendous tragedy” but urging the public to be patient as the investigation continues.

Derek Chauvin is segregated from other inmates in state’s ‘most secure unit’

Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin spent his first night in prison since his conviction for murdering George Floyd segregated from the other inmates, according to the Minnesota Department of Corrections.

US reaches 200 million COVID-19 shots as Biden unveils paid time off effort to...

The 200 millionth coronavirus vaccine shot was injected in the U.S. on Wednesday — but President Joe Biden wasted no time on celebrations, instead rolling out a new financial incentive for those who have yet to get immunized.

Austin shooting suspect Stephen Broderick caught, authorities say; 2 victims identified

Authorities have arrested 41-year-old Stephen Broderick, whom authorities have accused of fatally shooting three people in Northwest Austin.

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Biden administration looks to triple amount of protected land in the...

Faced with the possible extinction of tens of thousands of species and the growing threat of climate change, the Biden administration on Thursday announced plans to protect 30% of the nation’s land and ocean territory by the end of the decade.