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US economy accelerated at a solid 6.5% rate last quarter

Fueled by vaccinations and government aid, the U.S. economy grew at a solid 6.5% annual rate last quarter in the clearest sign to date that the nation has achieved a sustained recovery from the pandemic recession

Tsunami warning issued for parts of Alaska after 8.2 quake

A tsunami warning was issued for parts of Alaska after a large earthquake struck the peninsula

California, Nevada governors tour site of huge wildfire

California Gov. Gavin Newsom, front left, and Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak tour homes destroyed by wildfires near where the Tamarack Fire ignited earlier in July in Gardnerville, Nev., Wednesday, July 28, 2021. The governors of California and Nevada are calling for increased federal assistance as they tour an area blackened by one of several massive wildfires that have destroyed dozens of homes. Wednesday's tour of the Tamarack Fire along the state line comes as numerous wildfires char land and homes in a dozen states. (AP Photo/Sam Metz)

The governors of California and Nevada are calling for increased federal assistance as they tour an area blackened by one of several massive wildfires that have destroyed dozens of homes

Explainer: Why masks are again advised for everyone indoors

FILE - A student wears a face mask while doing work at his desk at the Post Road Elementary School, in White Plains, N.Y., in this Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, file photo. U.S. health officials say the highly contagious delta version of the coronavirus is behind changes to mask guidelines. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week announced that fully vaccinated people should resume wearing masks indoors if they live in areas where the virus is surging. CDC officials said new information about the spread of the delta variant forced them to reverse course. The agency also said teachers and students everywhere should go back to wearing masks in schools. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, FIle)

U.S. health officials say the highly contagious delta version of the coronavirus is behind changes to mask guidelines


Israeli lawmakers urge Ben & Jerry's to drop settlement ban

Three-quarters of the members of the Israeli parliament have called on Ben & Jerry’s to reverse its decision to stop selling ice cream in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank and contested east Jerusalem

Cardinal in Vatican fraud trial: My conscience is 'tranquil'

Judge Giuseppe Pignatone, center, presides over a trial at the Vatican, Tuesday, July 27, 2021. A trial has opened in Vatican City for 10 defendants, including a once-powerful cardinal, for roles in the allegedly criminal management of the Holy See’s portfolio of assets. That wealth included donations by Catholics. The trial is the largest in the modern history of the Vatican city-state and is being held in a hall converted into a courtroom in the Vatican Museums. (Vatican Media via AP)

A fraud and embezzlement trial involving mismanagement of the Holy See’s investments has begun in Vatican City, with a once-powerful cardinal who is among the 10 defendants declaring he remains “obedient” to Pope Francis, who...

CDC changes course on indoor masks in some parts of the U.S.

FILE - In this Monday, July 19, 2021, file photo, shoppers wear masks inside of The Cool store in the Fairfax district of Los Angeles. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reversed course Tuesday, July 27, 2021, on some masking guidelines, recommending that even vaccinated people return to wearing masks indoors in parts of the U.S. where the coronavirus is surging. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is changing course on some masking guidelines

Feds serve Florida search warrants related to assassination of Haiti’s President Moïse

Dozens of federal agents fanned out across South Florida Tuesday to carry out the first search warrants related to the assassination of Haiti’s president, Jovenel Moïse, focusing on two local businessmen Haitian authorities suspect...

CDC expected to backpedal on some masking guidelines

FILE - This March 6, 2020, file photo, shows the headquarters for Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. The nation’s top health agency is expected to backpedal on its masking guidelines and recommend that even vaccinated people wear masks indoors in parts of the U.S. where the coronavirus is surging, according to a federal official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to release the data. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to make an announcement Tuesday, July 27, 2021. (AP Photo/ Ron Harris, File)

The nation’s top health agency is expected to backpedal on some of its masking guidelines and recommend that even vaccinated people wear masks indoors in parts of the U.S. where the coronavirus is surging

FDA asks Pfizer, Moderna to test their vaccines in more children to help rule out safety issues

In this March 29, 2021, file photo, a worker readies syringes with the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in Metairie, La. Moderna plans to expand the size of its study in younger children to better detect rare side effects. The company said Monday, July 26, 2021, it is in talks with the Food and Drug Administration to enroll more patients in its study of the vaccine in children under 12 years old and younger. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Federal regulators have requested that vaccine companies expand their trials to test coronavirus shots in several thousand school-aged children before seeking authorization - a move intended to assess whether a rare inflammation of the heart muscle...

'A tipping point': Government officials, health groups move to require coronavirus vaccines for workers

Carlos Arrendondo arrives for his appointment to get vaccinated, as banners advertise the availability of the Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines at a county-run vaccination site at the Eugene A. Obregon Park in Los Angeles Thursday, July 22, 2021. The top health official in Los Angeles County on Thursday implored residents to get vaccinated as the region experiences a coronavirus surge similar to last summer's.  (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

The Department of Veterans Affairs, which runs one of the nation's largest health systems, announced Monday it would mandate coronavirus vaccines for its front-line workers, becoming the first federal agency to do so and signaling what some experts...

Family: Last victim ID'd in Florida condo building collapse

In this April 13, 2021, file photo provided by Leah Sutton, Estelle Hedaya, left, and Linda March are shown. The 54-year-old Hedaya was the last victim to be identified following the June 24 Champlain Towers South collapse. (Leah Sutton via AP, File)

A relative says the last victim of the Florida building collapse has been identified

Biden says U.S. combat mission in Iraq to conclude by year's end

President Joe Biden, right, speaks as Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, left, listens during their meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Monday, July 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

President Joe Biden says the U.S. military’s combat mission in Iraq will conclude by the end of the year

Louisiana Rep. Higgins says he, wife, son have coronavirus

FILE - Rep. Clay Higgins, R-La., arrives at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, May 14, 2021. Higgins, who represents southwest Louisiana, said he, his wife and son have contracted the coronavirus. Higgins made the announcement Sunday, July 25, 2021 on his Facebook page. The Republican representative said he and his wife previously contracted the virus in 2020 but said this time around was much more difficult. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, file)

A Republican Congressman from Louisiana who has criticized mask mandates and public health restrictions says he and his wife and son are now sick with the coronavirus

Senators race to overcome final snags in infrastructure deal

In this July 21, 2021, file photo, workers repair a park near the Capitol in Washington. Senators working on the infrastructure plan hope to have a bill ready to be voted on this week. President Joe Biden has made passing the bipartisan plan a top priority, the first of his two-part $4 trillion proposal to rebuild, but a Senate test vote failed this past week after Republicans said they needed more time to finish the package and review the details. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Lawmakers racing to seal a bipartisan infrastructure deal early this coming week are hitting a major roadblock over how much money should go to public transit

Breakthrough virus cases are extremely rare - here's what it's like to be one of them

Kim Marin and her 12-year-old daughter, Kate, isolate at home Friday in Fairfax County, Va. Both are fully vaccinated and recently tested positive for the coronavirus. (Photo for The Washington Post by Amanda Voisard)

Kim Marin planned to spend her 51st birthday on Friday eating a cherry pie made by her 80-year-old mother and 12-year-old daughter. But Marin and her daughter, Kate, began feeling ill earlier in the week. On Wednesday the pair, who are fully...

Sparked by pandemic fallout, homeschooling surges across U.S.

Jennifer Osgood, center, teaches her son, Noah, 12, while reviewing school work at their home in Fairfax, Vt., on Tuesday, July 20, 2021. The U.S. Census Bureau reported in March that the rate of households homeschooling their children rose to 11% by September 2020, more than doubling from 5.4% just six months earlier. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Some U.S. parents say they're planning to continue to homeschool their children, even as schools resume in-person classes

Fauci: U.S. is headed in 'wrong direction' as virus cases spike among unvaccinated

Top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci responds to accusations by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., as he testifies before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 20, 2021. Cases of COVID-19 have tripled over the past three weeks, and hospitalizations and deaths are rising among unvaccinated people. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, Pool)

As the number of coronavirus infections continues to rise among unvaccinated Americans, Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious-disease expert, said Sunday that the United States is in an "unnecessary predicament" at this point of the pandemic.



My Whaling City car dealership won't honor free tires promotion

A longtime customer of the Ford/Mazda dealership in New London says the new owners won't honor his...


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