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Truckers, Lawmaker Push for U.S. to Drop Foreign Visitor Vaccine Requirement
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Truckers, Lawmaker Push for U.S. to Drop Foreign Visitor Vaccine Requirement

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group representing truck drivers in North America and a New York lawmaker on Monday asked the Biden administration to rescind a requirement for foreign visitors to be vaccinated.The United States in June rescinded its requirement that people arriving in the country by air test negative for COVID-19 but has not lifted vaccination requirements for nearly all foreign visitors arriving by air or at land ports.Canada said Monday it will drop all COVID-19 restrictions for travelers starting Oct. 1, including vaccination and masking requirements for flights and trains.Representative Brian Higgins, a Republican who represents a New York district on the Canadian border, said Monday "the end of restrictions is overdue. Canada’s decision is the right one. The U.S. should f...
Japan Govt Calls for Officials to Review Ties With Unification Church
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Japan Govt Calls for Officials to Review Ties With Unification Church

SEOUL (Reuters) - Japanese cabinet members need to check and review their ties with the Unification Church to alleviate public concerns, a government spokesperson said on Monday, in a response to tumbling approval ratings for Prime Minister Fumio Kishida."Regarding the issues related to the Unification Church, we should pay enough attention to relationships with organizations that are socially criticized, so people won't have concerns," Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said at a regular news conference.Longstanding links between the strongly anti-communist church, which critics call a cult, and Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party, have come into spotlight, hurting the popularity of Kishida's government, in the wake of the killing of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's assassi...
Global Shares Mostly Higher Amid Risks, Volatility Worries
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Global Shares Mostly Higher Amid Risks, Volatility Worries

By YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business WriterTOKYO (AP) — Global shares mostly rose Tuesday, despite investor risk reflected in negative economic data out of China, and analysts warned that volatility may lie ahead.European shares gained in early trading. The benchmark in Tokyo finished little changed, while indexes in South Korea and Australia gained. Hong Kong's benchmark slipped, while Shanghai shares rose.France's CAC 40 added 0.4% in early trading to 6,598.28. Germany's DAX rose 0.6% to 13,904.68. Britain's FTSE 100 added 0.4% to 7,539.93. U.S. shares were set to drift moderately lower with Dow futures inching down to 33,869.00. S&P 500 futures fell nearly 0.1% to 4,295.00.Falling oil prices are one positive factor for the region. In Japan, recent economic data have shown a recovery, bu...
US Offers More Monkeypox Vaccine to States and Cities
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US Offers More Monkeypox Vaccine to States and Cities

By MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical WriterNEW YORK (AP) — U.S. officials said they are able to ship out more monkeypox vaccine doses than previously planned — because of a strategy shift that allows more shots to be drawn from each vial.The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services had previously anticipated allowing 221,000 doses to be ordered starting Monday. But officials said they would release 442,000 doses for order by state, local and territorial health departments.The accelerated release was only possible because U.S. health officials said last week that they would stretch the nation’s limited supply of Jynneos monkeypox vaccine by giving people one-fifth the usual dose, injected just under the skin. Previously, each vaccine dose required a full vial injected into deeper tissue. They ...
A Broadway show will offer select ‘mask required’ performances.
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A Broadway show will offer select ‘mask required’ performances.

Could audiences for shows, concerts and other indoor events soon have the option to attend select performances where masks are required as a COVID-19 safety protocol? That’s the question some in the entertainment world are asking in light of the announcement that producers of “The Kite Runner,” a Broadway play based on the novel of the same name, are instituting the mask requirement for all Friday-night performances, starting Aug. 19. During the rest of the week, attendees will have the choice to go mask-free. In effect, the show, which was initially mask-optional for all performances when it opened last month, is now opting for a hybrid approach. “We said, ‘Let’s give it a try,’” said producer Victoria Lang, adding that initial response from ticket ...
Walgreens Contributed to San Francisco Opioid Crisis
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Walgreens Contributed to San Francisco Opioid Crisis

By JULIET WILLIAMS, Associated PressSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge ruled Wednesday that Walgreens can be held responsible for contributing to San Francisco's opioid crisis for over-dispensing highly addictive drugs for years without proper oversight and failing to identify and report suspicious orders as required by law.San Francisco City Attorney David Chiu said the pharmacy chain “continually violated what they were required to do under the federal Controlled Substances Act,” failing to track opioid prescriptions, preventing pharmacists from vetting prescriptions and “nor did they see the many red flags of physicians and others who were dramatically over-prescribing.”“Pharmacists were pressured to fill, fill, fill," he said, “and as a result, Walgreens filled our streets with op...
Jonathan Nez, Buu Nygren Advance for Navajo Presidency
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Jonathan Nez, Buu Nygren Advance for Navajo Presidency

By FELICIA FONSECA, Associated PressFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Voters from the Navajo Nation will see familiar faces in the tribe's general election: their current president and a former vice presidential candidate, both of whom were on the ballot in 2018.President Jonathan Nez and Buu Nygren garnered the most votes in Tuesday's primary among a field of 15. Whoever wins will oversee the largest Native American reservation in the U.S., and the second-highest tribal population.Both have talked about the need for economic development and extending running water and electricity to the thousands of Navajos without it. Where they differ is on the approach to moving through the coronavirus pandemic.The Navajo Nation once had one of the highest infection rates in the United States. Nez's administr...
Public health leaders say Biden administration’s monkeypox response isn’t enough
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Public health leaders say Biden administration’s monkeypox response isn’t enough

CNN  —  The limited supply of monkeypox vaccines in the US has led to hours-long waits and lines that stretch for blocks, according to officials with state and local public health groups; some people with monkeypox symptoms have had to go without tests or treatments. And some have even crossed the border into Canada in search of help, the officials say. They, along with leaders of some national LGBTQ organizations, are frustrated and angry at the federal government for its “lack of urgency” about the ongoing outbreak. They say they feel abandoned by the government and want monkeypox to be declared a public health emergency now. “We are, once again, in a moment where a lack of u...