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European agency is 1st to clear Moderna jab for children

LONDON (AP) — The European Medicines Agency has recommended authorizing Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 12 to 17, the first time the shot has been authorized for people under 18.
US jobless claims rise to 419,000 from a pandemic low

US jobless claims rise to 419,000 from a pandemic low

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose last week from the lowest point of the pandemic, even as the job market appears to be rebounding on the strength of a reopened economy.
ECB says low rates to stay until the job is done

ECB says low rates to stay until the job is done

FRANKFURT — Facing unease over the spread of a more-contagious variant of the coronavirus, the European Central Bank said it would maintain its stimulus in the form of ultra-low interest rates until inflation “durably” reaches its 2% target.
China rebuffs WHO's terms for further COVID-19 origins study

China rebuffs WHO's terms for further COVID-19 origins study

BEIJING — China cannot accept the World Health Organization's plan for the second phase of a study into the origins of COVID-19, a senior Chinese health official said Thursday.

Spanish judge questions Twitter hack suspect wanted by US

MADRID (AP) — A British man charged in the United States in connection with a Twitter hack last year that compromised dozens of influential accounts is set to appear before a Spanish judge Thursday.
No. 2 US diplomat Sherman to visit China as tensions soar

No. 2 US diplomat Sherman to visit China as tensions soar

WASHINGTON — Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman will travel to China this weekend on a visit that comes as tensions between Washington and Beijing soar on multiple fronts, the State Department said Wednesday.
Pelosi bars Trump allies from Jan. 6 probe; GOP vows boycott

Pelosi bars Trump allies from Jan. 6 probe; GOP vows boycott

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday rejected two Republicans tapped by House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy to sit on a committee investigating the Jan.
Federal judges block transgender restrictions in 2 states

Federal judges block transgender restrictions in 2 states

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As cases surge, New Orleans 'strongly recommends' masks

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — With the daily average of new COVID-19 cases surging to numbers not seen in months, New Orleans officials issued an advisory Wednesday “strongly recommending” people resume wearing masks indoors, hoping to avoid the kind of virus-r

Powerful magnitude-6.8 quake shakes Panama and Costa Rica

PANAMA CITY — A powerful magnitude-6.8 earthquake shook Panama and Costa Rica on Wednesday afternoon, but it was relatively far from the largest population centres and there were no immediate reports of damage. The U.S.