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Merck asks US FDA to authorize promising anti-COVID pill

By MATTHEW PERRONE WASHINGTON (AP) — Drugmaker Merck asked U.S. regulators Monday to authorize its pill against COVID-19 in what would add an entirely new and easy-to-use weapon to the world’s arsenal against the pandemic.…
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Anti-vaccine chiropractors rising force of misinformation

By MICHELLE R. SMITH, SCOTT BAUER and MIKE CATALINI PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The flashy postcard, covered with images of syringes, beckoned people to attend Vax-Con ’21 to learn “the uncensored truth” about COVID-19 vaccines.…
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Pfizer asks US to allow COVID shots for kids ages 5 to 11

By LAURAN NEERGAARD Pfizer asked the U.S. government Thursday to allow use of its COVID-19 vaccine in children ages 5 to 11 -- and if regulators agree, shots could begin within a matter of weeks.…
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AP: Flush with COVID-19 aid, schools steer funding to sports

By COLLIN BINKLEY and RYAN J. FOLEY IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — One Wisconsin school district built a new football field. In Iowa, a high school weight room is getting a renovation. Another in Kentucky…
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Records show slow response to report of California oil spill

By BRIAN MELLEY, MATTHEW BROWN AND STEFANIE DAZIO HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard received the first report of a possible oil spill off the Southern California coast more than 12 hours…
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Leaked ‘Pandora’ records show how the powerful shield assets

By MICHAEL LIEDTKE and JONATHAN MATTISE AP - A new report sheds light on how world leaders, powerful politicians, billionaires and others have used offshore accounts to shield assets collectively worth trillions of dollars over…
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Merck says experimental pill cuts worst effects of COVID-19

By MATTHEW PERRONE WASHINGTON (AP) — Drugmaker Merck said Friday that its experimental COVID-19 pill reduced hospitalizations and deaths by half in people recently infected with the coronavirus and that it would soon ask health…
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Congress moves to avert partial government shutdown

By KEVIN FREKING WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is moving to avert one crisis while putting off another with the Senate poised to approve legislation that would fund the federal government into early December. The House…
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Sign of progress, Biden digs in to strike deal on $3.5T plan

By LISA MASCARO and ZEKE MILLER WASHINGTON (AP) — Pressure mounting but with signs of progress, President Joe Biden will hunker down at the White House to try to strike a deal and win over…
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GOP blocks bill to keep government going; new try ahead

By LISA MASCARO and ZEKE MILLER WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican senators blocked a bill to keep the government operating and allow federal borrowing, but Democrats aiming to avert a shutdown pledged to try again —…
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