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Fully Vaccinated People Can Stop Wearing Masks Indoors And Outdoors, CDC Says

Updated May 13, 2021 at 5:49 PM ET The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that fully vaccinated adults can safely resume activities indoors or outdoors without masks or distancing, in gatherings large or small. The announcement marks a major milestone in the effort to emerge from the coronavirus pandemic in the United States. CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky announced the new guidance Thursday. "You can do things you stopped doing because of the pandemic," Walensky said. The...

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(Capitol Media Services file photo by Howard Fischer)

By Howard Fischer
Capitol Media Services
PHOENIX -- The chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors is pretty much telling Senate President Karen Fann what she can do with her invitation for a Q & A session.

Working long hours poses an occupational health risk that kills hundreds of thousands of people each year, the World Health Organization says.

People working 55 or more hours each week face an estimated 35% higher risk of a stroke and a 17% higher risk of dying from heart disease, compared to people following the widely accepted standard of working 35 to 40 hours in a week, the WHO says in a study that was published Monday in the journal Environment International.

Thuzar Wint Lwin strode down the runway at the Miss Universe pageant, in a costume that represented her Chin people in northwestern Myanmar.

When she got to the end, she took a bow and unfurled a scroll she'd been carrying.

"Pray for Myanmar," it read.

It was a powerful message from Myanmar's Miss Universe contestant — and a reference to the ongoing bloodshed in her country since the military junta seized power in February.

Updated May 17, 2021 at 1:34 PM ET

Israeli warplanes pounded targets in Gaza City early Monday as the escalating conflict between Hamas and Israel entered its second week. International pressure is mounting for a ceasefire, as humanitarian officials raise the alarm about the toll of the conflict on civilians.

Palestinian officials say nearly 200 people have been killed by Israeli airstrikes in recent days, including many children. The death toll on the Israeli side stands at eight, including one child.

With Roe v. Wade hanging by a thread, the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to consider a major rollback of abortion rights.

It is the second time in weeks that the court's new conservative majority has signaled a willingness to reconsider long-established legal doctrine, this time on abortion, and just weeks ago, on guns.

Updated May 17, 2021 at 12:12 PM ET

A new program run by the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund seeking to launch the next generation of civil rights lawyers has named its inaugural class of 10 scholars.

LDF sifted through hundreds of applications for the Marshall-Motley Scholars Program, named after the late Justice Thurgood Marshall, the first Black member of the Supreme Court, and Constance Baker Motley, the first Black woman to serve as a federal judge.

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"How many people do you think take care of our campus?"

A chorus of young voices shout guesses from the Sayre School's playground in Lexington, Ky.

"15? 50? 20?"


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