Pfizer vaccine gets FDA OK for 12-15 age group; US infections falling; Fauci says indoor mask rule could be eased: Live COVID-19 updates

The U.S. is now averaging about new 40,000 coronavirus cases per day, down about 43% from a recent peak less than a month ago. Latest COVID-19 news.

     

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FDA gives Pfizer nod to provide COVID-19 vaccine to younger teens

The Food and Drug Administration signed off on providing Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine shot to 12-to 15-year-olds.

     

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More than just Lakers are jockeying for position in the final week of NBA regular season

Plenty of intrigue in East and West involving playoff seeding and play-in game positioning.

     

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McCarthy tells House Republicans to expect a Wednesday vote on removing Liz Cheney from her leadership position

The possible ouster of Liz Cheney, the third most powerful House Republican, highlights a growing right in the GOP.

     

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US gas prices could rise as Colonial Pipeline remains closed after Russian ransomware attack

FBI says Russian criminal gang is responsible for attack; gasoline, jet fuel could be less available.

     

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Sportscaster Kenny Mayne leaving ESPN after 27-year run

Kenny Mayne joined ESPN in 1994 and developed a strong following while covering auto racing, horse racing, the NFL and anchoring SportsCenter.

     

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COVID-19 by state

Track vaccinations

     

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Brood X: The Indiana Jones of cicadas prepares for their arrival

Cincinnati professor has been called the Indiana Jones of cicadas. But what drives someone to devote their life to an insect most people hate?

     

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NBC cancels Golden Globes for 2022, saying HFPA must first address its problems

NBC said it hopes the Hollywood Foreign Press Association can fix major issues, including lack of racial representation, and be back on air in 2023.

     

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Oregon police officer charged for not arresting off-duty colleague who allegedly ‘terrorized’ family over BLM flag

An Oregon police officer who didn’t arrest a “highly intoxicated” off-duty colleague has been indicted on one count of official misconduct.

     

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