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US to boost efforts to find Covid-19 origin

WASHINGTON: US President Biden has ordered US intelligence agencies to investigate the origins of the Coronavirus pandemic in China as a way to prevent future pandemics, the media reported. While making it clear that the agencies had not reached consensus on how the virus originated, Biden on Wednesday directed the agencies to “redouble their efforts”…

Global Covid-19 caseload tops 168

WASHINGTON: The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 168.1 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 3.49 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University. In its latest update on Thursday morning, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and death toll stood at 168,181,146 and…

US cities again funding police departments: Report

WASHINGTON: A year after the movement to “defund” law enforcement began to upend US municipal budgets, many American cities are again funding their police departments or proposing to increase expenditure, a media report said. While New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said that he would restore $92 million for a new precinct after dropping…

US initial unemployment claims drop for 4th week

WASHINGTON: Initial unemployment claims in the US dropped for a fourth straight week to 406,000, a new low since the Covid-19 pandemic ravaged the labour market early last year, the Labour Department reported. In the week ending May 22, the number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits decreased by 38,000 from the previous week’s unrevised…

US Coast Guard: 2 dead, 10 missing after boat overturns

KEY WEST, Florida: – Two people are dead and 10 others are missing after a boat traveling from Cuba overturned near the Florida Keys, officials said Thursday. The U.S. Coast Guard responded to a location several miles off Key West around 1 p.m. after crews on routine patrol spotted multiple people in the water, according…

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LOS ANGELES: California is giving away the country’s largest pot of vaccine prize money, $116.5 million, in an attempt to get millions more inoculated before the most populous U.S. state fully reopens next month. Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday announced the prizes, which also include the nation’s highest single vaccine prize: $1.5 million. The state…

California mass shooting death toll rises to 10

SAN FRANCISCO: The death toll in a mass shooting in California’s San Jose city has increased to 10 after an injured person succumbed in a hospital, authorities said. The news was confirmed by Santa Clara County officials on Thursday. The shooting on Wednesday morning at a light-rail yard near downtown San Jose that left 10…

US students who took India's Covaxin, Russia's Sputnik V, asked

WASHINGTON: Since March, over 400 US colleges and universities have announced students get Covid-19 vaccinations, ahead of the Autumn semester but those who have been inoculated with India’s indigenous Covaxin or the Russian-made Sputnik V are being asked to re-vaccinate as these vaccines have not yet been approved by the World Health Organization (WHO). Rukmini…

US job growth picks up; wages increase solidly

WASHINGTON: US employers boosted hiring in May and raised wages as they competed for workers, with millions of unemployed Americans at home likely because of childcare issues and generous unemployment checks. The Labor Department’s closely watched employment report on Friday offered some assurance that the economic recovery from the pandemic recession was on track after…

Here's how Covid-19 altered drinking habits among young adults

WASHINGTON: With the implementation of several restrictions, the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has somehow managed to alter the drinking habits among young adults, suggested a new study. According to the new study, published in the journal ‘Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research’, alcohol consumption was reduced among young adults during the initial phase of coronavirus. In a…