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Child dies of Covid-19 in Missouri

The coronavirus has sickened record numbers of youths in the state. According to officials with St Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force, the child died last week.

Two of the top-ranking Democratic members of the Maine Senate have tested positive for Covid-19 despite being fully vaccinated.

Maine Senate President Troy Jackson tested positive for coronavirus, becoming the highest-ranking official in state government to contract the virus. Senate Major Leader Eloise Vitelli also says she had received a positive test.

Public health officials in Los Angeles County will begin requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination for patrons and workers at indoor bars, wineries, breweries and nightclubs next month.

The new initiative in the nation’s most populous county begins Oct. 7, with proof of at least one vaccine dose required. According to the county’s Department of Public Health, proof of full vaccination will be mandatory by Nov. 4.

Alaska is reporting its highest number of new coronavirus cases a day

Alaska’s largest hospital announced it had entered crisis protocol and started rationing care because of a flood of Covid-19 cases. Officials on Wednesday reported 1,068 new virus infections, which is 13% higher than last week. State officials say 201 Alaskans are hospitalised for the Covid-19 and 34 of them are on ventilators.

Venezuelan ex-general discussing possible plea with US: Prosecutor

A former Venezuelan general jailed in the United States on drug trafficking charges is discussing a possible guilty plea with prosecutors, according to recently-released court filings.

US Treasury says it disbursed $700 bn of Covid-19 relief funds

The US Treasury on Thursday said it had disbursed about $700 billion of the $1 trillion in Covid-19 relief programs administered by Treasury in the first six months since the American Rescue Program was signed into law. Most of that money, $450 billion, was paid directly to families and households, through Economic Impact Payments totaling more than $400 billion, child tax credits worth over $46 billion and more than $5 billion in rental assistance going out. Treasury said it has also sent $240 billion to help state, local and tribal governments.

Covid-19 pandemic made mothers hesitant to have another baby: Study

A new study has shown that nearly half of New York City mothers who had been trying to become pregnant again before the coronavirus pandemic began stopped in the first few months of the outbreak. The findings of the study were published in the journal ‘JAMA Network Open’. Led by researchers at NYU Grossman School of Medicine, the survey of 1,179 mothers in New York City also found that one-third of women who had been thinking about becoming pregnant before the pandemic but had not yet begun trying said they were no longer considering it.

Judge dismisses one of Marilyn Manson’s sexual abuse lawsuits due to expired statute of limitations

American singer and songwriter Marilyn Manson, who has been accused of sexual abuse and physical violence by multiple women, recently had a minor win, after a sexual abuse lawsuit against him was dismissed due to the expiration of the statute of limitations on his accuser’s claims.

GM extends EV Bolt production halt to mid-October

General Motors Co said on Thursday it will extend a shutdown of a Michigan assembly plant to mid-October in the aftermath of a new recall of its Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicles over battery issues after 10 reported fires.

US Justice Dept official orders review into civil rights compliance by grantees

Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta this week ordered the Justice Department to undertake a review into whether it is adequately policing its federal grant recipients, in an effort to ensure public money is not being used to fund “illegal discrimination”.

US poet Komunyakaa awarded in Poland

Retail sales rose 0.7% in August as more Americans shopped online amid Covid-19 surge

Diner shot in leg during stickup at high-end NYC restaurant

Missouri officer dies after being shot responding to call

A Missouri police officer, who was still in training after graduating from police academy in July, has died after being shot by a wanted man who opened fire on officers, authorities said. Independence Officer Blaize Madrid-Evans, 22, was hospitalised with critical injuries following the Wednesday morning shooting and later died, the Police Department said late Wednesday.

Biden met moderate US Senate Democrats to discuss $3.5 trillion spending bill

President Joe Biden was meeting separately with moderate Democratic US Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema on Wednesday to discuss Democratic-backed domestic spending legislation, the White House said. Democrats hold a slim majority in the Senate, making Manchin and Sinema critical to the $3.5 trillion bill’s prospects.

US court upholds dismissal of lawsuit against NSA on ‘state secrets’ grounds

A US federal appeals court has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit by the Wikimedia Foundation, which runs Wikipedia, that challenged the National Security Agency’s mass interception and searching of Americans’ international internet communications.

Simone Biles condemns U.S. Olympic Committee, FBI for sex-abuse crisis

Olympic gymnast Simone Biles held back tears on Wednesday, as she told lawmakers how the FBI and US gymnastic and Olympic officials failed to stop the sexual abuse that she and hundreds of other athletes suffered from former doctor Larry Nassar.

US judge rules Trump cannot stop rape accuser’s lawsuit from proceeding

A US judge on Wednesday said former President Donald Trump cannot delay a lawsuit accusing him of defaming former Elle magazine columnist E. Jean Carroll after she claimed he raped her in the mid-1990s. In a one-sentence order, US District Judge Lewis Kaplan in Manhattan refused to put the case on hold while Trump appeals an earlier ruling he made.

Biofuel makers seeks changes to aviation fuel tax credit in Biden spending plan

Biofuel producers are seeking last-minute changes to a proposal to boost production of sustainable aviation fuel tucked in the Democrat’s $3.5 trillion spending plan that they say will allow the nation’s farmers to join the emerging multi-billion market.

South Carolina lawyer who plotted own shooting will turn himself in for arrest: Media

A prominent South Carolina attorney whose wife and son were murdered in June and who conspired with a man to have himself shot dead so a surviving son could collect a $10 million insurance payout will surrender to authorities on Thursday, an ABC affiliate reported. Alex Murdaugh’s attorney confirmed to WCIV on Wednesday night that South Carolina’s State Law Enforcement Division had issued warrants for Murdaugh’s arrest.