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California governor declares monkeypox state of emergency | Health and Fitness
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California governor declares monkeypox state of emergency | Health and Fitness

By DON THOMPSON - Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's governor on Monday declared a state of emergency to speed efforts to combat the monkeypox outbreak, becoming the second state in three days to take the step.Gov. Gavin Newsom said the declaration will help California coordinate a government-wide response, seek more vaccines and lead outreach and education efforts on where people can get treatment and vaccination.“We’ll continue to work with the federal government to secure more vaccines, raise awareness about reducing risk, and stand with the LGBTQ community fighting stigmatization," Newsom said in a statement announcing his declaration.The monkeypox virus spreads through prolonged and close skin-to-skin contact, which can inc...
Some Republicans see good politics in same-sex marriage bill
Politics

Some Republicans see good politics in same-sex marriage bill

WASHINGTON -- When asked if he’d support legislation to protect same-sex marriage, one conservative Republican senator was almost nonchalant. “I see no reason to oppose it,” Ron Johnson of Wisconsin told reporters, bringing Democrats one vote closer to an unexpected victory as they move to safeguard same-sex marriage and other rights after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion nationwide.Johnson’s answer, which came after 47 Republicans voted for the bill in the House last week, was reflective of a stark shift in GOP positioning after decades of fighting same-sex marriage. Ten years ago, most Republicans proudly espoused that marriage could only be between a man and a woman. Now, a federal law protecting same-sex marriage is within reach in a...