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Beyond, Impossible join crowded plant-based chicken market

By DEE-ANN DURBIN AP - Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods found success with realistic plant-based burgers. Now, they’re hoping to replicate that in the fast-growing but crowded market for plant-based chicken nuggets. Beyond Meat said…
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CDC endorses COVID booster for millions of older Americans

By LAURAN NEERGAARD and MIKE STOBBE AP - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday endorsed booster shots for millions of older or otherwise vulnerable Americans, opening a major new phase in the…
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Tensions grow as US, allies deepen Indo-Pacific involvement

By DAVID RISING BANGKOK (AP) — With increasingly strong talk in support of Taiwan, a new deal to supply Australia with nuclear submarines, and the launch of a European strategy for greater engagement in the…
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‘Soul-crushing’: US COVID-19 deaths are topping 1,900 a day

By HEATHER HOLLINGSWORTH AP - COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. have climbed to an average of more than 1,900 a day for the first time since early March, with experts saying the virus is preying…
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‘The world must wake up’: Tasks daunting as UN meeting opens

By EDITH M. LEDERER NEW YORK (AP) — In person and on screen, world leaders returned to the United Nations’ foremost gathering for the first time in the pandemic era on Tuesday with a formidable,…
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Pfizer says COVID-19 vaccine works in kids ages 5 to 11

By LAURAN NEERGAARD Pfizer said Monday its COVID-19 vaccine works for children ages 5 to 11 and that it will seek U.S. authorization for this age group soon -- a key step toward beginning vaccinations…
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Black Iowa police chief faces backlash after bringing change

By RYAN J. FOLEY WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — The first Black police chief in Waterloo, Iowa, is facing intense opposition from some current and former officers as he works with city leaders to reform the…
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Can kids be harmed wearing masks to protect against COVID?

By LINDSEY TANNER AP - Can kids be harmed wearing masks to protect against COVID? No, there is no scientific evidence showing masks cause harm to kids’ health despite baseless claims suggesting otherwise. The claims…
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California Gov. Newsom crushes Republican-led recall effort

By KATHLEEN RONAYNE and MICHAEL R. BLOOD SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Despite warnings the race would be close, California Gov. Gavin Newsom decisively defeated efforts to kick him out of office, a win the Democrat cast…
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Stay or go? Californians to decide fate of Gov. Gavin Newsom

By MICHAEL R. BLOOD and KATHLEEN RONAYNE LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — After a year of debate that laid bare divisions in America’s most populous state, Californians on Tuesday will be deciding whether Gov. Gavin…
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