FDA Panel Narrowly Backs a First-of-a-Kind COVID-19 Antiviral Pill Made By Merck

WASHINGTON (AP) — A panel of U.S. health advisers on Tuesday narrowly backed a closely watched COVID-19 pill from Merck, setting the stage for a likely authorization of the first drug that Americans could take at home to treat the coronavirus. A Food and Drug Administration (FDA) panel voted 13-10 that the drug’s benefits outweigh… Continue reading FDA Panel Narrowly Backs a First-of-a-Kind COVID-19 Antiviral Pill Made By Merck

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Sea level rise could threaten hundreds of toxic sites in California

What worries him most are the three power plants looming over the Oxnard coast, and the toxic waste site that has languished there for decades. There are also two naval bases, unknown military dumps and a smog-spewing port. Just one flood could unleash a flow of industrial chemicals and overwhelm his working-class, mostly Latino community. (Toxic Tides… Continue reading Sea level rise could threaten hundreds of toxic sites in California

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Tracking of COVID variants across the United States has improved after a slow start

The United States has improved its surveillance system for tracking new coronavirus variants such as omicron, boosting its capacity by tens of thousands of samples since early 2021. | Charles Krupa / AP Viruses mutate constantly. To find and track new versions of the coronavirus, scientists analyze the genetic makeup of a portion of samples… Continue reading Tracking of COVID variants across the United States has improved after a slow start

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FDA panel backs first-of-a-kind COVID-19 pill from Merck

This undated file image provided by Merck & Co. shows their new antiviral medication molnupiravir. An experimental COVID-19 drug that could soon become the first U.S.-authorized pill to treat the coronavirus faces one final hurdle Tuesday: A panel of government experts will scrutinize data on the medication from drugmaker Merck. | AP A Food and… Continue reading FDA panel backs first-of-a-kind COVID-19 pill from Merck

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Curses! We’re all foiled again as baseball nears the glitching hour

Commissioner Rob Manfred at the World Series. | Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images Unless MLB and the players’ union do something about an expiring collective bargaining agreement by 11:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday, it’s lockout time. As the Cubs’ 2020 season came to a fruitless end, Kris Bryant had five words left in the emotional… Continue reading Curses! We’re all foiled again as baseball nears the glitching hour

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More than 1,000 people have been murdered in Cook County this year, the most since 1994

More than 1,000 homicides were recorded this year in Cook County since November 30, 2021. | Sun-Times file photo As of Tuesday, the medical examiner’s office had recorded 1,009 murders this year — 100 more than this time last year. The youngest person killed was a 1-month-old boy, the oldest an 84-year-old man. With a… Continue reading More than 1,000 people have been murdered in Cook County this year, the most since 1994

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Hate crime investigation launched after racist, antisemitic graffiti found on Highland Park synagogue

Central Avenue Synagogue, 874 Central Ave. in Highland Park. | Google Maps Someone scrawled a racial slur attacking Black and Jewish people on an outside wall sometime before Nov. 20, police said. A hate crime investigation is underway after racist and antisemitic graffiti was found scrawled on a synagogue in suburban Highland Park last week.… Continue reading Hate crime investigation launched after racist, antisemitic graffiti found on Highland Park synagogue

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Omicron on the horizon: COVID-19 hospitalizations hit nearly 10-month high as latest variant looms: ‘We need to be serious’

A patient is wheeled out of the Intensive Care Unit at Roseland Community Hospital on the Far South Side last December. | Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times file With Illinois facing its fifth surge of the pandemic even before the arrival of the Omicron variant, officials say it’s time to take extra precautions — but not yet shutter… Continue reading Omicron on the horizon: COVID-19 hospitalizations hit nearly 10-month high as latest variant looms: ‘We need to be serious’

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City cancels public meeting on health impact of proposed metal shredder on Southeast Side

The opening of the fully built metal-shredding facility on the Southeast Side has been held up by a health and environmental analysis being conducted by the city. | Provided Another meeting over the rebranded General Iron will be scheduled after complaints that officials aren’t doing enough to involve residents in its health analysis. A meeting… Continue reading City cancels public meeting on health impact of proposed metal shredder on Southeast Side

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FDA Panel Backs First-Of-A-Kind COVID-19 Pill From Merck

A panel of U.S. health advisers on Tuesday narrowly backed a closely watched COVID-19 pill from Merck, setting the stage for a likely authorization of the first drug that Americans could take at home to treat the coronavirus. A Food and Drug Administration panel voted 13-10 that the drug’s benefits outweigh its risks, including potential… Continue reading FDA Panel Backs First-Of-A-Kind COVID-19 Pill From Merck

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With Brian Kelly Gone, Here’s the Latest on Notre Dame’s Search for a New Head Coach

The college football world is still reeling after it was revealed that Brian Kelly was leaving his position with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and taking over as the new head coach at LSU. Kelly informed his players of the decision on Tuesday morning in a brief meeting before leaving campus, and school officials are… Continue reading With Brian Kelly Gone, Here’s the Latest on Notre Dame’s Search for a New Head Coach

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Taylor ISD to launch internship program with Samsung

TAYLOR, Texas (KXAN) — The $17 billion Samsung plant promises not only financial benefits to the city of Taylor but also opportunities for its school district. The company is preparing to take on paid interns come Spring 2022. $17B Samsung plant officially coming to Taylor, Texas “I’ve been here since I was born,” said Jackson… Continue reading Taylor ISD to launch internship program with Samsung

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Venezuela’s high court retroactively disqualifies candidate

A Venezuelan opposition candidate who has been leading in vote count in the governor’s race for the home state of the late President Hugo Chávez has been retroactively disqualified more than a week after the election was held

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What we know about the omicron variant

The omicron variant of the not been found in the United States yet. Here’s what’s we known about it, how dangerous it’s likely to be, and whether vaccines or new drugs will be effective against it.

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The U.S. may start to clarify its Taiwan policy

Rather than clarify its political intentions, the U.S. has stayed vague about Taiwan for four decades to maintain peace. But there are signs of a shift toward more clarity these days.

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