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New York teachers union opposed to Cuomo suggestion of COVID-19 vaccine mandates

The teachers union that represents more than 60,000 current and retired educators across New York reiterated its opposition Monday to COVID-19 vaccine mandates after Gov. Andrew Cuomo encouraged school districts to require the doses.The New York State United Teachers released a statement following Cuomo’s COVID-19 briefing in which he said teachers in the state should…

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With Cousins out for COVID protocol, QB shortage irks Zimmer

Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer has expressed confidence in the strength of his team’s chemistry to supersede any potential tension between players vaccinated for COVID-19 and holdouts who’ve so far preferred to remain unvaccinated.Frustration from the starting quarterback missing practice due to NFL virus protocols prompted Zimmer to ponder the possibility of this becoming…

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West Virginia offers first statewide antibody testing for fully vaccinated

West Virginia has launched the country’s first statewide program to test COVID-19 antibody levels among residents who are fully vaccinated.The program, dubbed “Booster Battlefield Assessment” and announced by Gov. Jim Justice, will allow state residents vaccinated more than six months ago and who are over the age of 60 to have their blood drawn and…

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Rain to drench West, providing relief to drought-stricken states

In the western U.S., monsoonal rainfall will continue Monday to start the week.  Rain has been mostly a welcome sight to the drought-worn western states, however, downpours from thunderstorms are capable of producing flash flooding. Heavy rain on top of wildfire scares led to some flash flooding and mudslides over the weekend.  Flood advisories currently…

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Evacuations lifted as progress made against western wildfires

Firefighters in Oregon reported good progress in the battle against the nation’s largest wildfire, while authorities canceled evacuation orders near a major blaze in Northern California and another on Hawaii’s Big Island.Containment of the Bootleg Fire in remote southern Oregon was up to 84% late Sunday. It was 56% contained a day earlier.”That reflects several…

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UNC donors slammed creeping ‘Marxism’ amid debate over tenure for Nikole Hannah-Jones, emails show

During its monthslong debate over bringing in 1619 Project writer Nikole Hannah-Jones as a tenured professor, donors slammed the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill for allowing “Marxism” to take root at the school, emails obtained by Fox News show.Hannah-Jones, the lead writer of The New York Times’ 1619 Project and a UNC alumna, was initially offered a multi-year…

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Texas procession honors officer who died after crash with 18-wheeler

A procession was held Sunday morning in honor of Austin Police Officer Lewis “Andy” Traylor, who died from injuries sustained in a crash with an 18-wheeler last week in Austin, Texas.Traylor died Saturday evening just days after the July 28 crash left him in critical condition, police said. He was on duty and responding to…

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Families urge using new DNA tech to ID Pearl Harbor unknowns

William Edward Mann enlisted in the Navy after graduating from high school in rural Washington state. A guitar player, he picked up the ukulele while stationed in Hawaii.He’s been presumed dead since Dec. 7, 1941, when Japanese planes bombed Pearl Harbor and set off a massive explosion that sank his battleship, the USS Arizona, launching…

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