Financial Crimes Efforts Get Additional Funding Under Ukraine Assistance Program

The U.S. Senate on Thursday approved nearly $100 million in funds that lawmakers said would be used to bolster efforts to crack down on financial crimes, including by enforcing sanctions against Russia and seizing assets linked to the country’s invasion of Ukraine. The funds were part of a nearly $40 billion military and economic aid … Read more

CDC recommends Pfizer booster for children ages 5-11 | Health, Medicine and Fitness

By LAURAN NEERGAARD ​​- AP Medical Writer Children ages 5 to 11 should receive a booster dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, U.S. government advisers said Thursday. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention quickly adopted the panel’s recommendation, opening up a third COVID-19 vaccine to healthy elementary-age children — much like what’s already recommended for … Read more

Johnson of UK no longer faces fine over ‘partygate’ scandal | Health, Medicine and Fitness

By SYLVIA HUI – Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Metropolitan Police told Prime Minister Boris Johnson he faced no further action over lockdown-breaking gatherings at his official residence and other government sites, after police said on Thursday that it had concluded its investigation into the country’s coronavirus violations. limitations. Police said they issued a … Read more

New Zealand hands out extra cash to fight ‘inflationary storm’ | Health, Medicine and Fitness

By NICK PERRY – Associated Press WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The New Zealand government announced Thursday that it will distribute an extra few hundred dollars to more than 2 million low-income adults to help them through what it describes as “the peak of the global inflationary storm”. The payments are part of a package … Read more

Number of suspected COVID-19 cases in North Korea approaches 2 million | Health, Medicine and Fitness

By KIM TONG-HYUNG – Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea reported an additional 262,270 suspected COVID-19 cases on Thursday as its pandemic caseload neared 2 million — a week after the country acknowledged the outbreak and s is working to slow infections in its unvaccinated population. The country is also trying to … Read more

Lawyers: Georgia man’s death sentence is unconstitutional | Health, Medicine and Fitness

By KATE BRUMBACK – Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Lawyers for a Georgia man whose execution was stayed by a judge this week argue he is not eligible for execution because he has cognitive impairments that cause him to function as a young child or a person with an intellectual disability. Lawyers for Virgil Delano … Read more

After Buffalo Massacre, New York Governor Calls for Action Against Guns | Health, Medicine and Fitness

By MARINA VILLENEUVE – Associated Press ALBANY, NY (AP) — New York would require state police to seek court orders to keep weapons away from people who may pose a threat to themselves or others under a set of executive orders and gun control bills touted Wednesday by Gov. Kathy Hochul in the wake of … Read more

Global stocks mixed after US retail data offset rate fears | Health, Medicine and Fitness

By JOE McDONALD – AP Business Writer BEIJING (AP) — Global stock markets were mixed and Wall Street futures were down on Wednesday after positive U.S. retail sales data helped offset concerns the Federal Reserve may be considering new rate hikes to calm inflation. London and Frankfurt opened lower. Tokyo and Seoul advanced, while Shanghai … Read more

North Korea hails recovery as WHO worries about missing data | Health, Medicine and Fitness

By KIM TONG-HYUNG – Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Wednesday more than a million people have already recovered from suspected COVID-19 just a week after revealing an outbreak it appears to be trying to manage in isolation as global experts express deep concern about the public health threat. The country’s … Read more

Paul-Booker Fall Game Hits in Kentucky Senate Race | Health, Medicine and Fitness

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul won his party’s nomination Tuesday to seek a third term, setting up a campaign of contrasting agendas that pits his vision of limited government against the challenger’s backing Democrat Charles Booker for the sweep of health care and anti-poverty programs. The libertarian-leaning Paul swept to victory … Read more