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White House rolls out future pandemic preparedness plan; Hawaii begs travelers to stay away: COVID-19 updates
The White House is preparing for future pandemics. The mu variant of the coronavirus has been marked as a "variant of interest." COVID updates.The Biden administration unveiled a plan Friday to upgrade the country's ability to respond to biological threats, comparing its scope to the Apollo Program, which was initiated to put a man on the moon.
The polls are open in California's recall race. Will Gov. Gavin Newsom keep his job? The Deep South is facing a huge threat of flooding from Tropical Storm Nicholas. And Apple has unveiled its newest crop of gadgets.
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Red Sox place Danny Santana on COVID-19 IL as outbreak continues to worsen
Shortly after announcing that right-hander Nick Pivetta had been placed on the COVID-19-related injured list, the Red Sox announced that infielder Danny Santana has also been placed on the list. The #RedSox today placed INF/OF Danny Santana on the COVID-19 Related Injured List. To fill Santana’s spot on the active roster, the Red Sox recalled OF Franchy Cordero from Triple-A Worcester.
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Some governors use federal virus aid to expand school choice
When Congress sent states billions of dollars early in the coronavirus pandemic to help make schools safe, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee saw an opportunity. He used part of the windfall to further his goal of offering school choice options for parents, sending millions to charter schools that operate without traditional public oversight. That included funneling more than $4 million to new charters that are not scheduled to open until at least next year.It was an easy way for the Republican governor to advance a long-held priority.
Polls open in California recall
Tuesday is decision day in California, and voters from the country's most populous state will get the chance to decideRegardless of the result, the election itself is both rare and historic: Only twice in U.S. history has a governor been removed from office via recall; in North Dakota in 1921; and in California in 2003, when Gray Davis was removed and replaced by Arnold Schwarzenegger. It's been a winding path to get here, but polls have suggested the Democrat is likely to keep his job. Democrats had returned a larger share of those ballots than Republicans, meaning early results could show good signs for Newsom. But that might not last, and the number of voters who turn out Tuesday will likely be crucial in deciding the race. The first polls in the state close at 8 p.m. PDT.
Union urges NFL to adopt daily COVID-19 testing for vaccinated players
There’s a decent chance that the COVID-19 pandemic will play more of a role during the 2021 NFL season than last year. We’re seeing relaxed protocols from the league as it relates to fully vaccinated players with Week 1 of the campaign slated to get going Thursday evening. It has already led to some COVID-related issues for teams. That includes star guard Zack Martin and the Dallas Cowboys with their opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers mere days away. Despite being fully vaccinated, Martin tested positive for the virus and will miss the game.NFLPA president JC Tretter of the Cleveland Browns touched on this recently.
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Deep South facing flash floods as Nicholas slams Texas coast
Hurricane Nicholas whipped across the Texas coast early Tuesday, crashing onto land along the Matagorda Peninsula with torrential rains and storm surge andThe storm's winds eased slightly as it crossed land, and Nicholas was downgraded to a tropical storm Tuesday morning with sustained winds of 45 mph. More than 510,000 Texas homes and businesses were without power Tuesday morning, most in and around the Houston metropolitan area. Almost 100,000 more were in the dark in Louisiana, although the vast majority of that outage was a remnant of Hurricane Ida's devastation two weeks ago. Nicholas is expected to produce additional rainfall of 5 to 20 inches from the upper Texas coastal area into central to southern Louisiana, far southern Mississippi and far southern Alabama. Galveston already reported 14 inches of rain; parts of Houston had more than 6 inches.
Court: DeSantis ban on school mask mandates back in force
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The on-again, off-again ban imposed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis to prevent mandating masks for Florida school students amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak is back in force. The 1st District Court of Appeal ruled Friday that a Tallahassee judge should not have lifted an automatic stay two days ago that halted enforcement of the mask mandate ban. The upshot is that the state could resume its efforts to impose financial penalties on the 13 school boards currently defying the mask mandate ban. Those have included docking salaries of local school board members who voted to impose student mask mandates.
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Blinken grilled by Senate over Afghanistan withdrawal
A top Senate Democrat on Tuesdayas "fatally flawed" and threatened to subpoena Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin if he doesn't agree to testify "in the near future." The sharp rebuke from Sen. Bob Menendez, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, came as Secretary of State Antony Blinken faced a second day of intense questioning by lawmakers furious over the chaotic U.S. exit from Afghanistan. "The execution of the U.S. withdrawal was clearly and fatally flawed," said Menendez, D-N.J. "This committee expects to receive a full explanation of the administration's decisions on Afghanistan since coming into office last January." Republicans called Biden's handling of the withdrawal an epic military and foreign policy disaster, even some of those who previously supported the decision to end the war. Blinken strongly defended President Joe Biden's decision to end America's 20-year war in Afghanistan and the administration's handling of the evacuation. He said no one in the U.S. government predicted the Afghan security forces would surrender to the Taliban so quickly, a surprise development that paved the way for the militant Islamic group to take over the country within days.
Adapt or else: Downtown businesses cope with new reality
NEW YORK (AP) — Downtown businesses in the U.S. and abroad once took for granted that nearby offices would provide a steady clientele looking for breakfast, lunch, everyday goods and services and last-minute gifts. As the resilient coronavirus keeps offices closed and workers at home, some are adapting while others are trying to hang on. Some businesses are already gone. The survivors have taken steps such as boosting online sales or changing their hours, staffing levels and what they offer customers. Others are relying more on residential traffic. © Provided by Associated Press Shalia McCall fills drink orders at Puckett's Grocery and Restaurant, Friday, Sept.
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Georgia prisons under DOJ investigation after 44 inmates killed, LGBT assaults
The Justice Department on Tuesday launched a sweeping investigation into the Georgia state prison system plagued by extreme staffing shortages and a culture of violence and neglect in whichAssistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke, chief of Justice's Civil Rights Division, said the inquiry was sparked by alarming reports of prisoner-on-prisoner attacks, along with prisoner and staff assaults on gay, lesbian and transgender inmates. Earlier this month, the Georgia detention system was named in a federal civil rights lawsuit, alleging "abysmal" conditions inside solitary confinement wings that have "deteriorated past the point of constitutional crisis." The Georgia Department of Corrections denied claims that the agency was engaged in a "pattern or practice" of misconduct and neglect, asserting that officials were "committed to the safety of all of the offenders in its custody."
Dr. Phil joined in on the 'Stay' TikTok dance trend where users film the choreography with an overhead drone
A viral trend has users filming themselves dancing to "Stay" by The Kid LAROI and Justin Bieber, sometimes filming with overhead drones.The video, which was posted on the talk show host's official TikTok account with 6.9 million followers, shows him shuffling away on a shrub-lined street with wireless earbuds perched in his ears. To date, the video has amassed approximately 6.6 million likes and 31.6 million views.
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Apple announces its newest gadgets
Apple fans finallyOn Tuesday, Apple introduced the next version of its popular smartphone, one of several device announcements made during a virtual event at its headquarters in Cupertino, California. Among the other devices unveiled Tuesday: a revamped budget iPad, an updated version of its iPad Mini, and the new Apple Watch Series 7 with a bigger display. Apple typically launches its next iPhone the same month as its Apple event, so expect the upcoming smartphone to hit stores by the end of the month. So how's the battery life? And the camera? We've
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