US easing foreign travel restrictions; vaccinations required

President Joe Biden leaves St. Edmund Roman Catholic Church in Rehoboth Beach, Del., after attending a Mass, Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021. | AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta Fully vaccinated passengers will not be required to quarantine. WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden will ease foreign travel restrictions to the U.S. beginning in November, allowing foreigners into the… Continue reading US easing foreign travel restrictions; vaccinations required

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Biden easing U.S. travel restrictions; requiring foreign nationals to show COVID vaccine proof and negative test

President Joe Biden will ease foreign travel restrictions to the U.S. beginning in November, allowing foreigners into the country if they have proof of vaccination and a negative COVID-19 test, the White House said Monday. The new rules will replace a hodgepodge of restrictions that had barred non-citizens who had been in Europe, much of… Continue reading Biden easing U.S. travel restrictions; requiring foreign nationals to show COVID vaccine proof and negative test

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Record Number of Diverse Emmy Nominees, But No Actors of Color Win Lead or Supporting Races

Out of the 12 acting categories at Sunday’s Emmy Awards ceremony, not a single actor of color won a performance award, despite the record number of diverse nominees this year. A record number of 49 “non-Anglo nominees” were recognized in the acting and reality hosting categories — the ceremony’s largest number to date, according to Deadline. Still, the… Continue reading Record Number of Diverse Emmy Nominees, But No Actors of Color Win Lead or Supporting Races

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COVID Vaccine for Children Under 12: Pfizer’s Latest Update, Timing and More

Pfizer’s latest announcement that its COVID-19 vaccine works for children ages 5 to 11 and that it will seek U.S. authorization for this age group soon marked a key step toward beginning vaccinations for youngsters. But when could that happen? Dr. Bill Gruber, a Pfizer senior vice president, told The Associated Press the companies aim… Continue reading COVID Vaccine for Children Under 12: Pfizer’s Latest Update, Timing and More

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WATCH: Lightfoot delivers 2022 budget address to City Council

Mayor Lori Lightfoot presiding at Monday’s special session of the Chicago City Council. | Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times Her proposed budget will allow us “to seize this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to transform our city for the better,” the mayor Lightfoot was prepared to say in her budget address to the City Council on Monday. Mayor Lori Lightfoot on… Continue reading WATCH: Lightfoot delivers 2022 budget address to City Council

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First Chinook from shore: Pull of fall shoreline fishing for kings described through a first one

Terry Benjamin with his first shoreline fall Chinook. | Provided by Mark Bestvina Terry Benjamin caught his first shoreline Chinook to earn Fish of the Week in an account nicely described by netter Mark Bestvina. This fall feels like a good one for anglers catching their first shoreline Chinook. Take Terry Benjamin of Prospect Heights,… Continue reading First Chinook from shore: Pull of fall shoreline fishing for kings described through a first one

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UT admits largest freshman class ever in 2021, graduation rates rise

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The University of Texas at Austin admitted more freshmen than ever before in 2021. Enrollment data provided by the university Monday said UT let 9,060 first-time freshmen in this year, 100 more than the previous high of 8,960 in 2018. Memorial builds after at least 75 pets killed in Central Texas pet… Continue reading UT admits largest freshman class ever in 2021, graduation rates rise

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1 officers killed, 1 injured while serving warrant in Houston

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston mayor says an officer died from gunshot wounds suffered while serving arrest warrant and another officer hospitalized. Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said on Twitter that both of the officers were taken to hospitals and one “possible” suspect was dead at the scene following the Monday morning shooting. HPD Chiefs,… Continue reading 1 officers killed, 1 injured while serving warrant in Houston

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World leaders, BTS, join Guterres in call to get SDGs back on track

The world “is challenged like never before”, the UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Monday, but the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) still offer a roadmap to get back on track.   Read the full story, “World leaders, BTS, join Guterres in call to get SDGs back on track”, on globalissues.org →

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German cleric defends pope’s decision to keep archbishop

The head of the German Bishops’ Conference has defended the pope’s decision to allow the archbishop of Hamburg to stay on at this post, despite being faulted for his handling of sexual abuse allegations within the church

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South African court OKs new deadline for election candidates

South Africa’s Constitutional Court has thrown a lifeline to the ruling African National Congress party by allowing the electoral commission to reopen the registration of candidates for local government elections in November

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Thinking of Investing in a Green Fund? Many Don’t Live Up to Their Promises, a New Report Claims

The number of green investment funds is skyrocketing, but many are investing in companies that aren’t aligned with the goals of the Paris Agreement. That’s according to a report published on Aug. 27 by InfluenceMap. The London-based climate change think tank accused the majority of green funds of falling short. InfluenceMap assessed 723 equity funds—with… Continue reading Thinking of Investing in a Green Fund? Many Don’t Live Up to Their Promises, a New Report Claims

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Biden Administration Faces Critical Moment Ahead of Climate Talks

Over the last month, as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations rose and the U.S. made its rocky departure from Afghanistan, President Joe Biden has sought to turn the nation’s attention back to climate change, repeatedly warning America that the clock is ticking. In the last two weeks alone, the Department of Energy announced that the country… Continue reading Biden Administration Faces Critical Moment Ahead of Climate Talks

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Why Apple’s Health App Could Be the Sleeper Hit of iOS 15

When Apple’s iOS 15 goes live Monday, it will come with the usual bevy of software upgrades meant to enhance slightly older iPhones while also laying the groundwork for the Cupertino, Calif. company’s next generation of devices. While most of the tech world will be focused on the headline changes, like a long-overdue overhaul of… Continue reading Why Apple’s Health App Could Be the Sleeper Hit of iOS 15

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Authorities suspend search of Florida nature preserve for Gabby Petito’s boyfriend

A search of a Florida nature preserve failed to find the young man wanted for questioning in the disappearance of his girlfriend, Gabby Petito, police said Monday, a day after authorities announced the discovery of a body believed to be hers at a Wyoming national park. North Port, Florida, police said in a statement that… Continue reading Authorities suspend search of Florida nature preserve for Gabby Petito’s boyfriend

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Man fatally shot outside Arby’s in Hollywood during suspected drug deal

A man was fatally shot outside an Arby’s restaurant in Hollywood in what appears to be a drug deal gone bad, police said Monday. The shooting was reported before 1 a.m. at 5920 Sunset Boulevard in the restaurant’s parking lot. Video showed police and paramedics surrounding a sedan stopped in the lot. A 30-year-old man… Continue reading Man fatally shot outside Arby’s in Hollywood during suspected drug deal

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L.A. County confirms 1st West Nile virus death of 2021

Los Angeles County on Friday reported its first West Nile virus death of 2021. A resident of east L.A. County was hospitalized and died from a neuro-invasive disease associated with West Nile virus, according to an L.A. County Department of Public Health news release. “To the family and friends feeling the sorrow of losing this… Continue reading L.A. County confirms 1st West Nile virus death of 2021

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Amid world’s worst hunger crisis, first deaths confirmed in Ethiopia’s blockaded Tigray region

A severely malnourished child is treated in Mekele, in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia, at an intensive care unit at the Ayder Referral Hospital, where medicines have almost run out and hospital staffers haven’t been paid since June. | UGC via AP The UN has called the famine the world’s worst in a decade.… Continue reading Amid world’s worst hunger crisis, first deaths confirmed in Ethiopia’s blockaded Tigray region

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Ericka Ratcliff named artistic director at Congo Square Theatre

Ericka Ratcliff is the first female artistic director at Congo Square Theatre Company. | Courtesy Congo Square Theatre A longtime member of the African American theater company, Ratcliff becomes only the fourth artistic director in the history of the troupe, and the first female to hold the post. Congo Square Theatre Company has named Ericka… Continue reading Ericka Ratcliff named artistic director at Congo Square Theatre

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Authorities unable to find Gabby Petito’s boyfriend in Florida

In this photo provided by North Port Police Department, law enforcement officials conduct a search of the vast Carlton Reserve in the Sarasota, Fla., area for Brian Laundrie on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021. | North Port Police Department via AP Police in Florida say they’ve “exhausted all avenues in searching the grounds” of a nature… Continue reading Authorities unable to find Gabby Petito’s boyfriend in Florida

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