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FDA paves the way for Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinations in young children

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Food and Drug Administration paved the way for children ages 5-11 to receive the COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer on Friday. The FDA approved child-sized doses – only a third of the amount given to teenagers and adults – for emergency use, and up to 28 million other American children could be eligible for vaccinations as soon as next week. Another regulatory hurdle remains: on Tuesday, advisors from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will make more detailed recommendations on which adolescents should be vaccinated, with a final decision from the agency’s director expected shortly afterwards.

Biden, Europeans take up Iran’s nuclear program in talks in Rome

ROM (AP) – As Iran’s nuclear program makes worrying progress, President Joe Biden will huddle with European allies on Saturday to discuss strategy as they push for a diplomatic solution – and to plan the possibility that Iran will refuses to return to the negotiating table. The meeting with the leaders of Germany, France and the UK – known as E3 – comes at a crucial time as Iran continues to enrich uranium to near-weaponized levels. Biden is trying to revive the 2015 nuclear deal and bring Iran back into line with the pact that would have kept the Islamic Republic away from the possibility of using nuclear weapons for at least a year.

Doctors question the sedative dose used in the Oklahoma execution

While medical experts say it’s unclear why an Oklahoma inmate began to convulsively and vomit after being given the first of three drugs that were used to kill him, everyone agrees that the dosage compares to that when he was executed. what is common in operations was massive – one doctor called it “insane”. The state prison authorities are now likely to face a new lawsuit that may center on the state’s description of the 1998 execution of John Marion Grant for the murder of a prison worker as “in accordance with” the protocols. Grant, 60, convulsed and vomited after being given the sedative midazolam. This drug was followed by two more: vecuronium bromide, a paralytic, and potassium chloride, which stops the heart.

U.S. intelligence agencies don’t expect to determine the origins of COVID-19

WASHINGTON (AP) – Barring an unforeseen breakthrough, intelligence agencies are unable to determine whether COVID-19 has spread through animal-to-human transmission or has leaked from a laboratory, officials said on Friday as it released a full version of their review into the origin of the pandemic . The paper, edited by the director of the National Intelligence Service, explains the results of a 90-day review, published in August, ordered by President Joe Biden. That review said that US intelligence agencies were at odds about the origins of the virus, but analysts don’t believe the virus was developed as a bio-weapon and that most agencies believe the virus was not genetically modified.

How ‘Let’s Go Brandon’ became the code for insulting Joe Biden

WASHINGTON (AP) – When Florida Republican Bill Posey ended a speech in the House of Representatives on October 21 with a punch and the phrase, “Let’s go, Brandon!” it may have seemed cryptic and strange to many who listened. But the phrase was already growing in right-wing circles, and now the seemingly optimistic mood – actually a substitute for the abuse of Joe Biden – is everywhere. South Carolina Republican Jeff Duncan wore a “Let’s Go Brandon” face mask in the Capitol last week. Texas Senator Ted Cruz posed with a “Let’s Go Brandon” sign at the World Series. Sen. Mitch McConnell’s press secretary again tweeted a photo of the sentence on a construction sign in Virginia.

Letitia James announces that she will run for governor of New York

NEW YORK (AP) – New York attorney general Letitia James officially announced on Friday that she was running for governor. James announced her candidacy on Twitter, saying, “I am running for governor of New York because I have the experience, vision and courage to take on those in power on behalf of all New Yorkers.” citing several lawsuits it filed against the administration of former President Donald Trump and an investigation into deaths in New York nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The speed of abortion cases in Texas has few precedents before the Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (AP) – Only in a few cases has the Supreme Court, in which decorative turtles symbolize the deliberate pace of justice, acted as quickly as it did in the battle over Texas law that bans most abortions. These include some of the most well-known disputes of the past 50 years. The cases discussed on Monday could signal how judges will rule on an even larger abortion case heard a month later, urging them to resolve the two groundbreaking Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood, Overriding a Woman’s Right to Abortion v. Casey.

Ex-Maryland al-Qaida man in Guantanamo. sentenced

FORT MEADE, Maryland (AP) – A military jury on Friday sentenced a former Maryland man to a 26-year prison sentence for admitting joining al-Qaeda and being held at Guantanamo Bay Detention Center. But as part of a plea deal, the man could be released as early as next year because of his collaboration with US authorities. The conviction of Majid Khan marks the culmination of the first trial by a military commission against one of 14 so-called high-ranking prisoners sent to the US naval base in Cuba in 2006 after being held in a secret network of foreign CIA detention facilities and the exposed to harsh interrogation program developed in response to the 9/11 attacks.

Braves throw 2-hitters, Blank Astros 2-0 for the 2-1 series lead

ATLANTA (AP) – Ian Anderson had played five innings without a hit when Brian Snitker approached the 23-year-old and said, “That’s it.” “Are you sure? Are you sure?” asked the beginner right-handed. “I walk right here with my stomach,” said the manager. On a night that showed how much baseball has evolved in the analytics age, Anderson and the Braves bullpen took a no-hit bid in the eighth inning, Austin Riley and Travis d’Arnaud ran runs, and Atlanta beat the Houston Astros 2- 0 on Friday to take a 2-1 lead in the World Series. Pinch hitter Aledmys Díaz blocked a single from eighth place against Tyler Matzek, who crashed in front of Eddie Rosario just 60 yards from home plate, for Houston’s first hit when the left fielder stopped to collide with shortstop Dansby Avoid Swanson.

Sheriff defends criminal charges against Cuomo

CLARKSVILLE, NY (AP) – A New York Sheriff on Friday defended his decision to file a criminal complaint against former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo without consulting prosecutors or the prosecutor, a woman who says the Democrat got her late last year groped. But Sheriff Craig Apple said he was convinced of the strength of the case, which was based on witness interviews and extensive recordings. “I am very confident that the prosecutor will pursue this,” he told reporters at a press conference in Albany, the state capital. A subpoena requires Cuomo to appear on a charge in November.

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