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Merck to Help Rival Johnson & Johnson Produce COVID-19 Vaccines

FILE – (Johnson & Johnson via AP, File) Drugmaker Merck & Co. will help produce rival Johnson & Johnson’s newly approved coronavirus vaccine in an effort to expand supply more quickly. That’s according to the White House, which said President Joe Biden would address the partnership in a speech Tuesday afternoon. Officials have said J&J faced unexpected production issues with…

US Attorney Who Prosecuted Gov. Don Siegelman Retires

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The U.S. attorney who prosecuted former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman on corruption charges in retiring. Louis Franklin announced Friday he’s stepping aside after 30 years of public service. Franklin first joined the U.S. attorney’s office for the Middle District of Alabama in 1990. He returned after a two-year stint in private practice and was confirmed as…

FDA Approves Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine

(Johnson & Johnson via AP) The U.S. now has a third vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The Food and Drug Administration on Saturday cleared a Johnson & Johnson shot that works with just one dose instead of two. Health experts have anxiously awaited a one-and-done option to help speed vaccinations. The virus has already killed more than 510,000 people in the…

U.S. House Approves $1.9 Trillion Pandemic Relief Bill

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., meets with reporters before the House votes to pass a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package, during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) The U.S. House has approved a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief bill in a win for President Joe Biden. But even as…

Fauci: Whatever Vaccine is Available, Take it

 (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File) WASHINGTON — Dr. Anthony Fauci says if a coronavirus vaccine is available, regardless of which one, take it. The top U.S. infectious disease expert told NBC on Thursday a third vaccine becoming available “is nothing but good news” and would help control the pandemic. U.S. regulators announced Wednesday that Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine offers strong…

Breaking: Tiger Woods Injured in Rollover Crash

Golfer Tiger Woods (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) Authorities in Los Angeles say golf star Tiger Woods was injured in a vehicle rollover in Los Angeles County. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department says Woods had to be extricated from the vehicle with the so-called jaws of life tools. This morning @LMTLASD responded to a roll-over collision in which @TigerWoods was injured….

Chief of Cherokee Nation Wants Jeep to Stop Using Tribe’s Name on SUVs

FILE – Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File) The chief of the Cherokee Nation says it’s time for Jeep to stop using the tribe’s name on its Cherokee and Grand Cherokee models. Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. said in a statement he believes corporations and team sports should stop using Native American names, images and mascots…

In U-turn, feds defend including undocumented in House count

This combination of photos shows people riding bicycles in New York’s Times Square, left, on April 29, 2020, and in Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores, Ala.(AP Photo) The federal government says the state of Alabama has no standing in trying to stop the U.S. Census Bureau from including people in the country illegally from the numbers used for divvying…

Lights come back on in Texas as water woes rise in the South

A couple walk through falling snow, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, in downtown San Antonio.  (AP Photo/Eric Gay) AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Many Texans finally have electricity back after a deadly blast of winter this week overwhelmed the electrical grid and left millions shivering in the cold for days. But the crisis is far from over, with 7 million in the…