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Change in CDC mask guidance met with relief from experts

“The whole country is on fire,” said Ali Mokdad, a professor of global health at the University of Washington. “Covid-19 is rising in every state.”
Image: Indoor masks
Image: Indoor masks

Louisiana sees highest spike in single-day Covid hospitalizations since start of pandemic

The state has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the country, with only 36 percent of the population fully vaccinated.
Image: Revelers crowd the French Quarter as Louisiana's COVID-19 cases rise amid Delta variant, in New Orleans
Image: Revelers crowd the French Quarter as Louisiana's COVID-19 cases rise amid Delta variant, in New Orleans
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Gunmaker offers $33M to Sandy Hook families to settle suits

Lawyers for now-bankrupt Remington filed the offers late Tuesday in Waterbury Superior Court in Connecticut.
Twenty-seven wooden angel figures are seen placed in wooded area beside road near Sandy Hook Elementary School for victims of school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut
Twenty-seven wooden angel figures are seen placed in wooded area beside road near Sandy Hook Elementary School for victims of school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut

Massachusetts Covid cluster balloons to more than 760 cases

Earlier this month, just over 130 cases were linked to the cluster in Provincetown, a popular tourist spot.
How WIll Provincetown, a Usually Crowded Summer Tourist Destination, Handle Coronavirus?
How WIll Provincetown, a Usually Crowded Summer Tourist Destination, Handle Coronavirus?
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Milwaukee man gets 205 years for killing 5 family members

Before receiving his sentence, Christopher Stokes told a Milwaukee County Circuit Court judge that he deserved to be locked up.
A memorial to five people who were shot to death adorns a tree in Milwaukee on April 28, 2020.
A memorial to five people who were shot to death adorns a tree in Milwaukee on April 28, 2020.
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Simone Biles is the latest athlete vocal about mental health

Biles — who told reporters Tuesday there’s “more to life than gymnastics" — is another in a series of athletes who have publicly prioritized their mental health firmly above their athletic pursuits.
Image: Simone Biles, Cecile Landi, Gymnastics - Artistic - Olympics: Day 4
Image: Simone Biles, Cecile Landi, Gymnastics - Artistic - Olympics: Day 4
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Hate crime laws lack uniformity across the U.S., report finds

The existing laws can even discourage hate crime victims from coming forward, advocates say in the report.
A protestor wearing \"Black Trans Lives Matter\" wings marches during the \"Brooklyn Liberation: An action for Trans Youth March\" on June 13, 2021, in New York.
A protestor wearing \"Black Trans Lives Matter\" wings marches during the \"Brooklyn Liberation: An action for Trans Youth March\" on June 13, 2021, in New York.
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Woman found stabbed to death in 'gruesome scene' at iconic Atlanta park, police say

The victim was found Wednesday in Piedmont Park, a popular backdrop for movies and television shows filmed in the city.
Image: Piedmont Park
Image: Piedmont Park
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TikTok star wounded, friend killed in shooting during 'The Forever Purge' screening

The victims were found by theater workers who were cleaning up after a showing of the violent horror movie at The Crossings mall in Corona, California.
Image: Edwards 18 theater
Image: Edwards 18 theater
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Katie Ledecky, down 2-0 to the 'Terminator,' blows field away in 1,500-meter freestyle

Ledecky bounced back to claim the first gold medal in the women’s 1,500-meter freestyle Wednesday, gaining the redemption she and her fans craved.
Image: Swimming - Olympics: Day 3
Image: Swimming - Olympics: Day 3
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High school football player dies after collapsing at practice

Joshua Ivory, 15, went into distress on the first day of practice at Southwest High School in Macon, Georgia, prompting coaches to call an ambulance.
Joshua Ivory Jr.
Joshua Ivory Jr.