China, US diplomats clash over human rights, pandemic origin

Yang said China was “gravely concerned” over what he called “absurd” stories that the virus escaped from a lab in the central Chinese city of Wuhan. BEIJING, China — Top U.S. and Chinese diplomats appear to have had another sharply worded exchange, with Beijing saying it told the U.S. to cease interfering in its internal … Read more

TSA says over 2 million passengers screened at airports Friday

According to the agency, it’s the first time over 2 million people were screened since March of last year. The Transportation Security Administration said that it screened at least 2.2 million passengers by Friday at airports across the United States, marking the highest passenger levels at airports since March of 2020. It was also the … Read more

CDC drops mask requirement for outdoor areas of transit hubs, ferries

The move is the first change in the mask policy for public transit that the CDC announced in January. WASHINGTON — The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday it will no longer require travelers to wear masks while outdoors at transportation hubs or in outdoor areas on ferries, buses and trollies. The … Read more

Fans or no fans? Tokyo Olympic still debating decision

Tokyo organizing committee president Seiko Hashimoto originally said she would announce a decision in April but has repeatedly postponed it. TOKYO, Japan — The question of allowing any fans into Tokyo Olympic venues is still being debated with a decision unlikely to be announced before the end of the month. This would be just a … Read more

Medicare copays for new Alzheimer’s drug could reach $11,500

The FDA approved Aduhelm earlier this week, and it’s already faced its fair share of controversy. WASHINGTON — A new $56,000-a-year Alzheimer’s drug would raise Medicare premiums broadly, and some patients who are prescribed the medication could face copayments of about $11,500 annually, according to a research report published Thursday. The drug, called Aduhelm, was … Read more

College Football Playoff considers expanding from four to 12 teams

The proposed 12-team playoff would not limit how many teams can come from any one conference. Editor’s note: The attached video is from Jan. 2021 The College Football Playoff announced Thursday it will consider expanding from four to 12 teams to settle the national championship, with six spots reserved for the highest-ranked conference champions and … Read more

Olympic gold medalist, 2 world champs won’t compete at US Olympic Gymnastics Trials

The gymnasts who will represent Team USA at the Tokyo Olympic Games will be named at the end of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials. WASHINGTON — Two-time Olympic medalist Laurie Hernandez and world champions Morgan Hurd and Chellsie Memmel will not be competing at the U.S. Olympic Gymnastic Trials in two weeks.  After the conclusion … Read more

AP source: US to buy 500M Pfizer vaccines to share globally

The Biden administration aims to donate 200 million doses, or enough to fully vaccinate 100 million people, this year. WASHINGTON — The U.S. will buy 500 million more doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to share through the global COVAX alliance for donation to 92 lower income countries and the African Union over the next … Read more

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