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Merck said that in a final analysis of a clinical trial, its antiviral pill reduced the risk of hospitalization and death among high-risk Covid patients by 30%, down from an earlier estimate of 50%.
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Students from Meharry Medical College in Nashville have been pivotal in helping their city keep coronavirus testing sites staffed for the last 19 months. That work inspired Dr. James Hildreth, Meharry’s president, to send each student $10,000 on Wednesday.
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“If anything, my election showed nobody’s untouchable,” said Edward Durr Jr., who pulled off a stunning victory to win a New Jersey State Senate seat.
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The World Health Organization has promoted the naming system as simple and accessible, unlike the variants’ scientific names, which “can be difficult to say and recall, and are prone to misreporting,” it said.
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Kevin Strickland left a Missouri prison on Tuesday after serving 43 years for a triple murder that he did not commit. He departed with empty pockets. Thanks to the generosity of more than 20,000 strangers, he now has over $1 million.
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“There can be precautions, but cutting off residents from their families was unethical and it was bad care,” one health care researcher said. “These are not social visits.”
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About 69% of retailers said they had seen an increase in organized retail crimes in the past year, pointing to factors including the pandemic, policing, changes to sentencing guidelines and the growth of online marketplaces.
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Ruth Esther Reyes de Severino “begged” the managers of her building to change her locks after she got a restraining order against her estrange husband, according to a lawsuit. He later killed her and their two children, using a key to enter the apartment.
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Minneapolis, one of the most segregated school districts in the country, is in the middle of a sweeping plan to overhaul its schools. And unlike many past desegregation efforts, officials are asking white families to help do the integrating.
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Two and a half years after a police officer shot a woman she suspected of shoplifting at a Missouri supermarket, prosecutors said they had dropped an assault charge against the former officer after the two women agreed to meet with a mediator over Zoom.
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As retail chains attempt to broaden their inventory for those who don't observe Christmas, their offerings sometimes display confusion. Finding Hanukkah imagery transposed onto Christmas tropes, for example, seems to resonate with many Jewish buyers.
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Merck said that in a final analysis of a clinical trial, its antiviral pill reduced the risk of hospitalization and death among high-risk Covid patients by 30%, down from an earlier estimate of 50%.
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The Bradford pear trees, once the tree of choice in many suburbs, has become an unwieldy menace, frustrating botanists, homeowners, farmers, conservationists, utility companies and government officials.
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Kevin Strickland left a Missouri prison on Tuesday after serving 43 years for a triple murder that he did not commit. He departed with empty pockets. Thanks to the generosity of more than 20,000 strangers, he now has over $1 million.
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