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WASHINGTON — A panel of US health advisers on Tuesday narrowly backed a closely watched COVID-19 pill from Merck, setting the stage for a likely authorization of the first drug that Americans could take at home to treat the coronavirus.

BRUSSELS — New findings about the coronavirus's omicron variant made it clear Tuesday that the emerging threat slipped into countries before their defenses were up, as two distant nations announced their first cases and a third reported its presence before South African officials sounded the alarm.

BRUSSELS — New findings about the coronavirus's omicron variant made it clear Tuesday that the emerging threat slipped into countries before their defenses were up, as two distant nations announced their first cases and a third reported its presence before South African officials sounded the alarm.

By GEOFF MULVIHILL and JOHN SEEWER Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — A jury's finding this week that three major pharmacy chains are responsible for contributing to the scourge of opioid addiction in two Ohio counties may be just the beginning of a protracted legal battle that ultimately could leave the communities no better off.

By GEOFF MULVIHILL and JOHN SEEWER Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — A jury's finding this week that three major pharmacy chains are responsible for contributing to the scourge of opioid addiction in two Ohio counties may be just the beginning of a protracted legal battle that ultimately could leave the communities no better off.

WASHINGTON — Pfizer asked US regulators Tuesday to authorize its experimental pill for COVID-19, setting the stage for a likely launch this winter of a promising treatment that can be taken at home.

WASHINGTON — Pfizer asked US regulators Tuesday to authorize its experimental pill for COVID-19, setting the stage for a likely launch this winter of a promising treatment that can be taken at home.

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Boosters for All Adults in US Closer with Panel Meeting Set

NEW YORK — An influential US advisory panel will discuss expanding eligibility for COVID-19 vaccine booster shots to all adults Friday, a move that could make the shots available nationwide as early as this weekend.

NEW YORK — An influential US advisory panel will discuss expanding eligibility for COVID-19 vaccine booster shots to all adults Friday, a move that could make the shots available nationwide as early as this weekend.

US: Oil, Gas Leases on Hold Around New Mexico’s Chaco Park

ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO — New oil and gas leasing within 10 miles (16 kilometers) of Chaco Culture National Historical Park will be prohibited for the next two years as officials consider a proposal to withdraw federal land in the area from development for a 20-year period, the U.

ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO — New oil and gas leasing within 10 miles (16 kilometers) of Chaco Culture National Historical Park will be prohibited for the next two years as officials consider a proposal to withdraw federal land in the area from development for a 20-year period, the U.

Saudi Arabia Denies Playing Climate Saboteur at Glasgow

GLASGOW, Scotland — The tightest of smiles on his face and the fabric of his traditional thobe swirling about him as he strides through a hallway at U.

GLASGOW, Scotland — The tightest of smiles on his face and the fabric of his traditional thobe swirling about him as he strides through a hallway at U.

Draft Deal at UN Climate Talks Calls for End to Coal Use

GLASGOW, Scotland — Governments are considering calling for a global end to coal use, according to a draft released Wednesday of the final document expected at the U.

GLASGOW, Scotland — Governments are considering calling for a global end to coal use, according to a draft released Wednesday of the final document expected at the U.

Pfizer Says COVID-19 Pill Cut Hospital, Death Risk by 90%

WASHINGTON — Pfizer Inc said Friday that its experimental antiviral pill for COVID-19 cut rates of hospitalization and death by nearly 90% in high-risk adults, as the drugmaker joined the race for an easy-to-use medication to treat the coronavirus.

WASHINGTON — Pfizer Inc said Friday that its experimental antiviral pill for COVID-19 cut rates of hospitalization and death by nearly 90% in high-risk adults, as the drugmaker joined the race for an easy-to-use medication to treat the coronavirus.
U.S.

CDC Panel Debates: Should All School Kids Get COVID Vaccine?

Should all school-age kids get Pfizer's pediatric COVID-19 vaccine? That's the question before an influential government advisory panel Tuesday.

Should all school-age kids get Pfizer's pediatric COVID-19 vaccine? That's the question before an influential government advisory panel Tuesday.

Robots Hit the Streets as Demand for Food Delivery Grows

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Robot food delivery is no longer the stuff of science fiction.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Robot food delivery is no longer the stuff of science fiction.
HEALTH & SCIENCE,

Doctors Question Sedative Dose Used in Oklahoma Execution

While medical experts say it's unclear why an Oklahoma inmate began convulsing and vomiting after the first of three drugs used to execute him was administered, all agree the dosage was massive compared with what's standard in surgeries — with one doctor calling it "insane.

While medical experts say it's unclear why an Oklahoma inmate began convulsing and vomiting after the first of three drugs used to execute him was administered, all agree the dosage was massive compared with what's standard in surgeries — with one doctor calling it "insane.
Coronavirus, HEALTH & SCIENCE,

FDA Paves Way for Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccinations in Young Kids

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration on Friday paved the way for children ages 5 to 11 to get Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine.

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration on Friday paved the way for children ages 5 to 11 to get Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine.

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