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A group of migrants from El Salvador arrives in Roma, Texas, after crossing the Rio Grande on March 30, 2021 in Roma, Texas. CREDIT: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

More Than 170,000 Migrants Taken Into Custody At Southwest Border In March, Highest In 15 Years

More than 170,000 migrants were taken into custody at the Southwest border in March, the highest monthly total since at least 2006, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials who have been briefed on the preliminary numbers but are not authorized to speak publicly. Continue Reading More Than 170,000 Migrants Taken Into Custody At Southwest Border In March, Highest In 15 Years

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The FDA said Wednesday that Abbott's BinaxNow test and Quidel's QuickVue can now be sold without a prescription for consumers to test themselves at home. CREDIT: Ted S. Warren/AP

FDA Authorizes 2 Rapid, At-Home Coronavirus Tests

Experts believe that the availability of at-home coronavirus tests could help slow the continued spread of the virus, which is contagious even when people are asymptomatic. Abbott’s test will be available on grocery and drugstore shelves in the “coming weeks,” according to a press release from the company. Quidel did not include a timeline in its release. Continue Reading FDA Authorizes 2 Rapid, At-Home Coronavirus Tests

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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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