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Does drinking alcohol affect your dementia risk? We asked a researcher for insights
WASHINGTON (NPR) — If you’re worried that drinking alcohol could raise the risk of dementia as you get older, a large new study from South Korea can provide some insights…. Read More
Your tax refund will likely be smaller this year. Here are more things to know
WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — It’s time to file your tax return, and many of us are facing smaller refunds, shrunken tax credits and deductions — right as inflation and higher… Read More
WHO renames monkeypox as mpox
WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Monkeypox disease now has a new name: mpox. The World Health Organization announced the long-awaited change on Monday, saying the disease’s original name plays into “racist… Read More
If Pfizer’s data pans out, when will little kids get the COVID-19 vaccine?
Updated May 23, 2022 at 10:21 AM ET A third pediatric dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in children 6 months to under 5 years of age prompted a strong… Read More
More than 90,000 hoverboards sold in the U.S. are being recalled over safety concerns
The maker of the Hover-1 Superfly Hoverboard is urging owners to stop using the 2020 model of the device, saying it can keep moving even when its operator wants the… Read More
Look back at the McTwists and turns of Shaun White’s golden snowboarding career
WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Shaun White said farewell to his storied Olympic career Thursday evening ET, proving that at 35 he’s still among the world’s elite snowboarders. He finished off… Read More
Peter Robbins, who voiced Charlie Brown in the 1960s, has died
WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Peter Robbins, the actor who first gave voice to the beloved Peanuts character Charlie Brown, has died at age 65. “Robbins’ family said he took his… Read More
Twitter boots a bot that revealed Wordle’s upcoming words to the game’s players
WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Twitter has suspended a bot account that waged a brief and unwelcome war on Wordle aficionados. The @wordlinator bot account was designed to fire off a… Read More
Renewable Energy Growth Rate Up 45% Worldwide In 2020; IEA Sees ‘New Normal’
In 2020, renewable power was “the only energy source for which demand increased … while consumption of all other fuels declined,” the International Energy Agency says.
FDA OKs Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine For 12-15 Age Group
Pfizer said in late March that clinical trials found “100% efficacy and robust antibody responses” to the coronavirus in 12- to 15-year-olds.
U.S. Birthrate Fell By 4% In 2020, Hitting Another Record Low
For the sixth year in a row, the number of U.S. births fell in 2020, reaching the lowest level since 1979. The fertility rate remains “below replacement” — the level needed to compensate for deaths.
Pfizer Says COVID-19 Vaccine Shows ‘100% Efficacy’ In Adolescents
Pfizer says it will submit the clinical trial results “as soon as possible” to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and is hoping to start vaccinating children before the next school year.
Rosy Vaccine Outlook Brightens World Economic Forecast, But Recovery May Be Uneven
China is predicted to account for more than a third of global economic growth next year, while the U.S. and European countries will lag behind, according to the OECD.
Head Of DOJ’s Election Crimes Unit Steps Down After Barr OKs Election Inquiries
The attorney general’s policy breaks with the Justice Department’s policy of not interfering with elections that has stood for 40 years, Richard Pilger says.
Militia Members Plotted To Kidnap Michigan Gov. Whitmer, FBI Says
“I’ll be honest, I never could have imagined anything like this,” Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says. Over the summer, conspirators allegedly began training for a potential attack.
People Can’t Even Agree On When The Decade Ends
In these binary times, it might not surprise anyone that people can’t even agree on when one period of time ends and another begins.
At Least 5 Injured In Shooting At California High School; Suspect In Custody
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva says the suspect in the shooting at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita “is in custody and being treated at a local hospital.”
Animal Cruelty As A Federal Crime: Trump Is Expected To Sign Bill Passed By Congress
The PACT Act would be the first national law making severe animal cruelty and torture illegal. An earlier law only banned videos of such acts.
U.S. Income Inequality Worsens, Widening To A New Gap
The gap between the richest and the poorest U.S. households is now the largest it’s been in the past 50 years, the U.S. Census Bureau says.
‘This Is All Wrong,’ Greta Thunberg Tells World Leaders At U.N. Climate Session
“This is all wrong. I shouldn’t be up here. I should be back in school, on the other side of the ocean,” activist Greta Thunberg tells leaders at a U.N. climate conference.
EPA Makes Rollback Of Clean Water Rules Official, Repealing 2015 Protections
The change ends an “egregious power grab,” Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler says.
How To Help Hurricane Dorian Survivors In The Bahamas
“Cash is king. For us to rebuild these communities, we need funds,” the president of Rotary International says. The Bahamas’ government has also posted a list of desperately needed items.
Navy SEAL Demoted In Rank For Taking Photo With Corpse Of ISIS Fighter
Earlier Wednesday, President Trump had congratulated Edward Gallagher and his family on the end of his legal ordeal. In response, they wrote, “Thank you Mr. President for all you have done.”
Bump Stock Ban Takes Effect As Gun Rights Groups Ask Supreme Court For Delay
Anyone selling or owning bump stocks could face up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine of $250,000. The devices are now classified as machine guns.
Pentagon Takes $1 Billion From Military Personnel Account To Build Border Fence
The money nearly doubles the $1.3 billion Congress authorized for border wall funding — a move made possible after President Trump declared a national emergency.