Teens ambushed their teacher on her daily walk then drug her into the woods, officials say

Davis Pitt  |  Associated PressDES MOINES, Iowa — The county attorney prosecuting the case of two southeast Iowa teens charged with murder in the death of their high school Spanish teacher said in court documents they surveilled her pattern of life, ambushed her along her daily walk and dragged her into the woods, returning later to…

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Biden administration announces $137M deal to boost production of key Covid test component

WASHINGTON — The Defense Department has announced a $137 million contract to make more of a key component of rapid Covid tests to boost their production.The company, Millipore Sigma, plans to build a new facility over a three-year-period to produce nitrocellulose membranes, the paper that shows the results in rapid tests, in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. That…

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US unemployment claims drop to 198,000

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell below 200,000, more evidence that the job market remains strong in the aftermath of last year’s coronavirus recession.Jobless claims dropped by 8,000 to 198,000, the Labor Department reported Thursday. The four-week average, which smooths out week-to-week volatility, fell to just above 199,000, the…

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Biden seeks end to Trump-era ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy with new Supreme Court request

The Biden administration asked the Supreme Court on Wednesday to rule on whether the Department of Homeland Security must maintain a Trump-era policy known as “Remain in Mexico,” which President Joe Biden is trying to eliminate.The administration asked the justices in a court filing to decide whether Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is required to…

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Omicron isn’t overtaking Delta as quickly as the CDC thought—and that’s bad news

COVID-19 case rates in the US are swelling, and the highly infectious Omicron variant is raising alarms around the world. But the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now says that the number of infections caused by Omicron in the US were highly overestimated.  The CDC previously reported that the Omicron variant was…

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Dr. Anthony Fauci’s Retirement Pay Will Exceed $350,000 Per Year – The Largest In U.S. Federal Government History

WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 04: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony … [+] Fauci testifies before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee about the response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Kent Nishimura /…

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Front-line physicians describe how vaccination affects patients in latest Covid wave

Physicians around the country facing the latest surge of Covid-19 cases, driven by the highly contagious omicron variant, have a straightforward message based on what they’re seeing in their emergency rooms: vaccination is tied to a patient’s symptoms. “The general trend that I’m seeing is, if you’re boosted and you get Covid, you really just at…

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