U.S. Judge upholds COVID-19 vaccine requirement for those with ‘natural immunity’

Sept 30 (Reuters) – A U.S. judge upheld the University of California’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement against a challenge by a professor who alleged he had immunity due to a prior coronavirus infection, in what appears to be the first ruling on the issue.U.S. District Court Judge James Selna in Santa Ana, California, said the university…

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House votes to create new office for medical intelligence to get earlier pandemic warnings

WASHINGTON — The House Intelligence Committee voted Thursday to create a new office — and new authorities — designed to push U.S. intelligence agencies to provide earlier warnings about disease outbreaks and pandemics.A provision inserted by committee chairman Rep. Adam Schiff, D.-Calif., into the bipartisan annual intelligence authorization bill — which was voted out of…

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Unvaccinated Need Not Apply — Job Ads Requiring Covid Jab Skyrocket

Topline Job postings requiring Covid-19 vaccination have skyrocketed since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted full approval to the Pfizer-BioNTech shot in August, according to LinkedIn data provided to Forbes, as employers ramp up the pressure on workers who are still refusing to get the jab.  Employers are increasingly requiring their workers to be…

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Unvaccinated Americans Blame Everyone But Themselves—Children, Vaccines And Not Wearing Masks—For Covid Surge, Poll Finds

Topline While most Americans blame vaccine holdouts for surging coronavirus cases, rationed medicines and overwhelmed hospitals, few unvaccinated people feel any responsibility, according to new polling by the Kaiser Family Foundation, underscoring the tough barriers officials must overcome as they seemingly hold anyone and anything other than themselves responsible for the dire outbreak.  The unvaccinated…

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Military leaders testify ‘strategic failure’ followed years of mistakes in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON — The nation’s top general testified Tuesday that the American war in Afghanistan ended in “strategic failure,” a grim conclusion that acknowledged a long series of mistakes and miscalculations by the Pentagon’s leaders. “The enemy is in charge in Kabul,” Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark A. Milley said during a Senate Armed Services…

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YouTube shuts German channels of Russian broadcaster RT

BERLIN (AP) — YouTube says it has shut two German channels of Russian state broadcaster RT in a move centering on alleged coronavirus misinformation, a decision that drew threats of retaliation from Russia on Wednesday.YouTube, which is owned by Google, said RT’s German branch had received a “strike” for uploading material that violated YouTube’s standards…

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Federal judge blocks part of Arizona abortion ban hours before it takes effect

A federal judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked a provision of Arizona’s new abortion ban hours before it was set to take effect, which would have prohibited abortions solely due to a diagnosis of a genetic abnormality or other fetal condition. In the order granting a partial preliminary injunction against the law, Judge Douglas L. Rayes for…

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CNN quits Facebook in Australia, citing defamation risk

The Facebook logo is displayed on their website in an illustration photo taken in Bordeaux, France, on February 1, 2017. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau/File PhotoSYDNEY, Sept 29 (Reuters) – CNN said it has stopped posting articles on Australian Facebook Inc (FB.O) pages, citing a court ruling that publishers are liable for defamation in public comments and the…

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North Carolina hospital network fires around 175 staffers for not getting vaccinated

A large North Carolina hospital network said Tuesday that it has fired nearly 200 workers for failing to get vaccinated against Covid-19.Dr. David H. Priest, chief for safety for Novant Health, said at a briefing that about 175 staffers did not comply with the system’s vaccination deadline.”By doing that, by not getting vaccinated, they voluntarily…

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Woman who said she wanted to shoot Nancy Pelosi pleads guilty to Capitol riot charges

Sept. 28 (UPI) — A woman who said she wanted to shoot House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as she left the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 riots pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge Tuesday. Dawn Bancroft, 59, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of illegally demonstrating, picketing or parading inside the Capitol, which carries a…

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Florida Moves Forward With Punishing Local Governments Over Vaccine Mandates

Topline Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration is pushing forward with plans to penalize local governments that have Covid-19 vaccine mandates in place, as the mayor of  Orange County, which includes Orlando, said Monday he had received a letter from the state threatening the county with fines for its vaccine requirement. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis holds…

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Pelosi says Biden’s infrastructure bill can’t wait for social safety net bill

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told Democrats on Monday that passage of the $550 billion infrastructure bill must not wait for President Joe Biden’s multitrillion-dollar safety net bill, saying the larger package is not yet ready for a vote.In a private caucus meeting, Pelosi, D-Calif., said the party must “make difficult choices,” because the…

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