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Empty Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine vials are collected in a tray to be destroyed to prevent them from being resold or refilled, at a vaccination center in the Victor Jara Stadium in Santiago, Chile, Tuesday, March 30, 2021. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

Pfizer Says COVID-19 Vaccine Shows ‘100% Efficacy’ In Adolescents

New clinical trials showed that Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine elicits “100% efficacy and robust antibody responses” in adolescents from 12 to 15 years old, the drug company announced Wednesday. The trial included 2,260 participants; the results are even better than earlier responses from participants ages 16 to 25. Continue Reading Pfizer Says COVID-19 Vaccine Shows ‘100% Efficacy’ In Adolescents

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Supreme Court Weighs Whether NCAA Is Illegally ‘Fixing’ Athlete Compensation

As March Madness heads into its final days, college athletes are playing on a different kind of court: the Supreme Court. On Wednesday the justices heard arguments in a case testing whether the NCAA’s limits on compensation for student athletes violate the nation’s antitrust laws. Continue Reading Supreme Court Weighs Whether NCAA Is Illegally ‘Fixing’ Athlete Compensation

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Pentagon spokesman John Kirby, seen here at the Pentagon last week, announced the military's new policies on Wednesday, International Transgender Day of Visibility. CREDIT: Andrew Harnik/AP

Pentagon Releases New Policies Enabling Transgender People To Serve In The Military

The new regulations provide “access to the military in one’s self-identified gender provided all appropriate standards are met,” the Defense Department said in a statement, and “provide a path for those in service for medical treatment, gender transition, and recognition in one’s self-identified gender.” Continue Reading Pentagon Releases New Policies Enabling Transgender People To Serve In The Military

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Nicole Grayson is a fourth-grade teacher at a private Christian school in Franklin, Tenn. She and her colleagues have noticed that students and teachers, who have been meeting mostly in person but wearing masks, haven't had the usual seasonal illnesses this year. Blake Farmer/WPLN News

Flu And Colds Are Down. Should We Continue Wearing Masks Beyond The Pandemic?

A study released this month in the Journal of Hospital Medicine, led by researchers from Vanderbilt University Medical Center, found that across 44 children’s hospitals, the number of pediatric patients hospitalized for respiratory illnesses is down 62%. Deaths have dropped dramatically too, compared with the last 10 years: The number of flu deaths among children is usually between 100 and 200 per year, but so far only one child has died from the disease in the U.S. during the 2020-2021 flu season. Continue Reading Flu And Colds Are Down. Should We Continue Wearing Masks Beyond The Pandemic?

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NFL Expands Regular Season To 17 Games Per Team In Long-Expected Revenue Boost

National Football League owners voted Tuesday to approve an enhanced schedule that will bring the number of regular-season games to 17 per team starting this year. The long-discussed change is expected to bring additional revenue to the NFL, which finalized a new round of broadcast rights agreements earlier this month. Continue Reading NFL Expands Regular Season To 17 Games Per Team In Long-Expected Revenue Boost

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Radioactive waste shipped to Idaho from a Midwestern nuclear weapons facility during the Cold War has been compacted and sent out of state for permanent disposal. A U.S. Department of Energy contractor on Wednesday said nearly 26,000 cubic yards of waste contaminated with plutonium-238 has been sent to a storage facility in New Mexico. CREDIT: KEITH RIDLER/AP

Federal Report Says Radioactive Cleanup Work At Idaho Nuclear Site Is Working

Ongoing Superfund cleanup work of radioactive and other contamination at the Idaho National Laboratory in eastern Idaho has been successful at protecting humans and the environment, U.S. and state officials say. The five-year review by the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality also said that potential exposures in areas that aren’t yet cleaned up are being controlled. Continue Reading Federal Report Says Radioactive Cleanup Work At Idaho Nuclear Site Is Working

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World Health Organization investigative team member Peter Daszak (shown here during a trip to China in February) tells NPR that the group's report calls for additional research on farms that breed exotic animals in southern China. Hector Retamal/AFP via Getty Images

WHO Report: Wildlife Farms, Not Market, Likely Source Of Coronavirus Pandemic

The highly anticipated World Health Organization report on the origins of the coronavirus that sparked a global pandemic is due out Tuesday. NPR has obtained an early copy. According to the report, data suggests that the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan was not the original source of the outbreak. Continue Reading WHO Report: Wildlife Farms, Not Market, Likely Source Of Coronavirus Pandemic

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Defense attorney Eric Nelson (left) with his client, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, on Monday. Chauvin is on trial for murder in the death of George Floyd in police custody in May 2020. AP

Trial Begins For Derek Chauvin, Former Minneapolis Officer Accused In Killing Of George Floyd

The prosecution and defense made opening arguments in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on Monday morning. The trial is starting in earnest 10 months after George Floyd’s killing triggered outrage and protests against racial inequality across the United States. Continue Reading Trial Begins For Derek Chauvin, Former Minneapolis Officer Accused In Killing Of George Floyd

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