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CDC approves Pfizer-BioNTech booster shots for those over 65, workers at high risk of infection

A medical worker fills a syringe with a dose of coronavirus vaccine. File Photo by Keizo Mori/UPI | License Photo Sept. 24 (UPI) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention late Thursday approved a third dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for Americans over 65, and for younger people who are at increased risk…

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House overwhelming approves $1B for Israel’s Iron Dome missile system

House lawmakers on Thursday approved a measure to replenish Israel’s Iron Dome defense system following heavy fighting against Hamas in May. Pool file photo by Jack Guez/UPI | License Photo Sept. 24 (UPI) — The U.S. House of Representatives has overwhelmingly approved legislation to give Israel $1 billion to replenish its Iron Dome defense system…

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Study: Insulin resistance doubles risk for depression, even without diabetes

Insulin resistance can make you more than twice as likely to develop major depression, even if you haven’t developed full-blown diabetes, a new study reports. Initially healthy people who later developed prediabetes were 2.6 times more likely to come down with major depression during a nine-year follow-up period, according to the findings. “The insulin-resistant folks…

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Famous birthdays for Sept. 24: ‘Mean’ Joe Greene, Ben Platt

Retired Pittsburgh Steelers tackle “Mean” Joe Greene arrives with a guest on the red carpet at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the NFL Honors during Super Bowl LIV week in Miami on February 1, 2020. The football star turns 75 on September 24. File Photo by David Tulis/UPI | License Photo Sept. 24 (UPI) –…

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NFL, Ryder Cup, college football lead weekend sports schedule

Sept. 24 (UPI) — The 2021 Ryder Cup and dozens of NFL and college football matchups fill the weekend sports schedule. NASCAR’s Cup Series Playoffs, boxing and UFC title fights and several soccer and MLB games also pack the slate. A total of 14 NFL matchups and 105 college football games air from Friday through…

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Generic drug companies want to help make the COVID-19 vaccines

Generic drug companies have asked Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson to license their COVID-19 vaccine technology to help increase global production, but so far the vaccine makers have given them the cold shoulder.Why it matters: Other companies are saying they have extra capacity to make more vaccines. Not using that extra capacity could prolong…

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House passes $768 billion defense spending bill

The House approved a $768 billion National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for the 2022 fiscal year in a bipartisan 316-113 vote on Thursday.Why it matters: The annual bill, which authorizes Pentagon spending levels and guides policy for the department, would require women to register for the military draft, among other provisions. 135 Republicans joined 181…

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Tiny San Marino votes in referendum on legalizing abortion

ROME (AP) — Tiny San Marino is one of the last countries in Europe which forbids abortion in any circumstance — a ban that dates from 1865. On Sunday, its citizens can vote in a referendum calling for abortion to be made legal in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. The ballot proposal also calls…

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German parties rally supporters ahead of Sunday election

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s political parties prepared to rally their supporters and win over undecided voters Friday, two days before a national election that will determine who succeeds Chancellor Angela Merkel after 16 years in power.Merkel’s center-right Union bloc, with Armin Laschet as its candidate for chancellorship, has made small gains in the polls in…

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Japan jumps, rest of Asia down, on China and virus concerns

TOKYO (AP) — World markets were mostly lower Friday though Japan’s benchmark jumped as it caught up after a holiday. Shares fell in Paris, London, Shanghai and Hong Kong but climbed 2.1% in Tokyo. U.S. futures also declined. Worries over troubled Chinese real estate developer Evergrande and the pandemic are weighing on sentiment, analysts said.Some…