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States can reserve COVID-19 shots for younger kids next week

NEW YORK — U.S. health officials are setting the stage for a national COVID-19 vaccination campaign for younger children, inviting state officials to order doses before the shots are authorized. Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine is currently being given to people as young as 12 in the U.S. In the ...

Other GOP states, including Kansas, urge appeals court to let Texas abortion law stand

AUSTIN, Texas — Eighteen states threw new support behind Texas' ban on most abortions as the Biden administration waited Thursday for a ruling to determine whether the nation's most restrictive abortion law will be allowed to remain in place. The rush to Texas' defense by the mostly ...

Social Security checks getting big boost as inflation rises; nearly 6% increase expected

WASHINGTON — Millions of retirees on Social Security will get a 5.9% boost in benefits for 2022. The biggest cost-of-living adjustment in 39 years follows a burst in inflation as the economy struggles to shake off the drag of the coronavirus pandemic. The COLA, as it's commonly called, ...

First lady Jill Biden visits El Centro Academy in Kansas City, Kan.

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — First lady Jill Biden touted the Biden administration's interest in the concerns of the Hispanic community during a visit Tuesday to a school in Kansas City, Kan. Biden's visit to El Centro Academy, a dual-language early childhood education program, was part of a national ...

Judge orders Texas to suspend new law banning most abortions

AUSTIN, Texas — A federal judge on Wednesday ordered Texas to suspend the most restrictive abortion law in the U.S., calling it an “offensive deprivation" of a constitutional right by banning most abortions in the nation's second-most populous state since September. The order by U.S. ...