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    A study has revealed that more than half a million French seniors live in a state of “social death” and almost never interact with other people, a trend that has increased during the coronavirus pandemic. The report, published by the association Les Petits Frères des Pauvres (the Little Brothers of the Poor) on Thursday, states that the coronavirus health restrictions and...
    (CBS Detroit) — The pandemic continues a year and a half after COVID first shut down the economy. The Delta is variant pushing up case numbers among the unvaccinated. President Biden is instituting  stronger efforts to encourage vaccines, as the rise in cases slows the economy’s improvement. Some segments of the population have yet to experience any real improvement. Unemployment...
    Nearly 2 million COVID-19 vaccine booster shots were administered over the last week, White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Jeff Zients announced at a briefing Friday. U.S. health authorities last week recommended a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine among certain high-risk groups to enhance protection against severe disease. "As we vaccinate the unvaccinated, we’re also enhancing protection for vaccinated Americans...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — The eviction moratorium in Illinois ends Sunday, but people in suburban Cook County can start applying for more help on Monday. There’s a new round of funding for emergency rental assistance money, meant to keep people in the Cook County suburbs from losing their place to live. A total of $75 million in rental assistance is available....
    Washington (CNN)Planned Parenthood clinics have seen dramatic increases in the number of people from Texas going out of state to seek abortions since the Texas six-week abortion ban took effect, the group says.The organization says that clinics in neighboring states saw a surge in patients with Texas zip codes. In Oklahoma, Planned Parenthood saw a 133% increase in patients from...
    For months, Maria Cristina was hesitant about getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Her fears came from social media, where she heard ample amounts of misinformation about what was in the vaccine and what it could do to her. The 35-year-old Guatemalan immigrant was confused until the day she called the local Latino Community Center in Pittsburgh to ask how she could...
    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari says he has directed the lifting of the ban on Twitter’s operations in Nigeria but only if certain conditions are met including Twitter’s “positive” use and registration in the West African nation. Buhari told the country of more than 200 million people in an Independence Day broadcast Friday that a government team...
    Proposed bill would require COVID vaccine, negative test for domestic air travel ahead of holidaysTravelers could be looking at new COVID restrictions as we embark on the holiday season. It's one of several COVID-related updates for the airline industry.United Airlines fires 593 people for not complying with COVID vaccine mandateIn a memo to staff, United executives said more than 99%...
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N.’s top humanitarian official in Myanmar said Thursday the Asian nation’s people are living in “a severe crisis,” with a level of poverty not seen for at least 20 years. Andrew Kirkwood said in a virtual briefing to U.N. correspondents that the number of people in the country needing aid has tripled to 3 million...
    D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser was peppered with questions about affordable housing Thursday during an unveiling on Vine Street in Northwest meant to highlight her administration’s $400 million investment into shoring up affordable housing. Bowser announced that $400 million would be made available from the Housing Production Trust Fund (HPTF) to build and preserve affordable housing across the District. Bowser had...
    ONE million more Brits are set to be invited to have their Covid booster jabs from today. In order to get the third dose of the life-saving vaccine, people in the UK have to wait to be told they can book in. 2Booster rollouts have begun across the UK with eligible Brits having the third doseCredit: Getty This is because...
    LITTLE VILLAGE — New Life Centers of Chicagoland is opening a marketplace and food pantry, and now a mural will span the side of its building. The nonprofit is a multi-resource organization that provides community members with groceries, mentoring, sports programs and other forms of neighborhood education, outreach and peacemaking.  Currently, community members can come to New Life Centers’...
    LONDON (AP) — Diana Gaglio has been in the economic crosshairs of the pandemic for the past 18 months. The 53-year-old from Bedfordshire, north of London, was furloughed from her job as entertainment manager for a holiday company when COVID-19 gutted the travel industry, then lost her job altogether just before Christmas. Now her temporary job at a virus testing...
    Washington, DC (CNN)With just over a year until the 2022 midterm elections, NextGen America -- the progressive youth voter engagement organization -- is launching a $32 million program to engage young voters across eight states.NextGen will organize in Texas, Arizona, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Michigan, Wisconsin and Nevada with a goal to "register, inform and mobilize" hundreds of thousands...
    NEW YORK (AP) — The spread of COVID-19 vaccination requirements across the U.S. hasn’t had the desired effect so far, with the number of Americans getting their first shots plunging in recent weeks. And some experts worry that the move to dispense boosters could just make matters worse. The fear is that the rollout of booster shots will lead some...
    Jodi Jacobson | E+ | Getty Images House Democrats proposed a change to the estate tax that would lead to more households having to pay up each year. But just how many people actually pay the tax, and how might the proposal change that share? The short answers: Few people pay it now, and the share wouldn't grow by much....
    CHICAGO — Aldermen on Monday urged the department responsible for hundreds of millions in federal aid to help low-income Chicagoans and those experiencing homelessness to act swiftly to improve the growing “crisis.” If approved, Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s 2022 budget proposal will pump more than $200 million of Chicago’s $1.9 billion share of the American Rescue Plan into the Department of...
    Boy, I’ll tell you something, the bloom has really come off America’s wretched celebrity class when the Tony Awards can only attract 2.6 million viewers. This isn’t just an all-time low; it’s a flat-out catastrophe, a collapse of 51 percent over last year when 5.4 million watched. Oh, and that 5.4 million was itself a record low. So the Tonys...
    Robert A. Pape, University of Chicago A recent Washington demonstration supporting those charged with crimes for the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol fizzled, with no more than 200 demonstrators showing up. The organizers had promised 700 people would turn out – or more. But the threat from far-right insurrectionists is not over. For...
    (CBS Detroit) — A year and a half after COVID first shut down the economy, the pandemic continues. The Delta is variant pushing up case numbers among the unvaccinated. President Biden is instituting  stronger efforts to encourage vaccines, as the rise in cases slows the economy’s improvement. Some segments of the population have yet to experience any real improvement. Unemployment...
    DENVER (CBS4) – Denver City Council unanimously approved $1.5 million in grant money Monday night to help the restaurant and hospitality industry in Denver hire and keep their staff. It’s being called The Denver Back to Work program. According to Denver’s Department of Economic Development and Opportunity they are using COVID relief money to help rebuild the local job base with...
    DENVER (CBS4) – Restaurants and hotels could soon get much needed financial help to overcome their hiring struggles. Businesses have been stepping up to get more applicants by increasing wages, adding benefits and tacking on hiring bonuses. The City and County of Denver voted to approve a contract with the Colorado Restaurant Association Education Fund for $1,000,000 and a contract...