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Fewer in US turn to food banks, but millions still in need

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hunger and food insecurity across the United States have dropped measurably over the past six months, but the need remains far above pre-pandemic levels. And specialists in hunger is...

The Latest: Florida fines county over its vaccine mandate

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida has issued its first fine to a county it accuses of violating a new state law banning coronavirus vaccine mandates and for firing 14 workers who failed to get the shots. ...

UNICEF: Battered by pandemic, kids need mental health help

PARIS (AP) — Governments must pour more money and resources into preserving the mental well-being of children and adolescents, the U.N.'s child protection agency urged in a report Tuesday that sounded...

California to require COVID-19 vaccines for schoolchildren

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California will become the first U.S. state to require COVID-19 vaccinations for children to attend public and private schools in person in a mandate that could effect millions of...

TikTok says it has over 1 billion users

TikTok hit 1 billion monthly active users globally over summer, the video-sharing app reported on Monday. That marks a 45% jump in users in just over a year. TikTok, which was launched four years ag...

After captivity, Nigerian students seek overseas education

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Emmanuel Benson was planning to get his diploma in horticulture and landscaping from Nigeria’s Federal College of Forestry Mechanization next year. Now, he’s not willing to risk ...

The Latest: Alaska reports more than 1,700 COVID-19 cases

JUNEAU, Alaska -- Alaska reported more than 1,700 resident COVID-19 cases Friday. But state health officials says that includes reports from earlier this month as they work to clear a backlog that has...

Florida makes quarantine optional for exposed students

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A day after assuming his job, Florida's newly appointed surgeon general on Wednesday signed new protocols allowing parents to decide whether their children should quarantine or st...

Philippines: COVID school closures threaten education 'catastrophe'

As schools around the world gradually welcome back students, the Philippines has decided to keep schools shuttered for another year as the country struggles to control spiking COVID cases. The Philip...

UK's Johnson replaces foreign secretary in Cabinet shake-up

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson demoted his top diplomat and fired his education minister in a major government shakeup Wednesday, as he tried to move on from a series of political ...

California voters: Less Republican and white than in 2003

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — It's a familiar refrain among California's recall watchers: 2021 is not 2003. Yes, the state again is in the middle of a recall election that could remove ...

Taiwan announces Sunday office and school closures for Typhoon Chanthu

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taipei City, New Taipei City, Keelung City, Yilan County, Hualien County and Taitung County announced their offices and schools would remain closed Sunday (Sept. 12) as Ty...

Taipei, New Taipei, Keelung, Yilan, Hualien, Taitung announce office, school closures ahead of Typhoon Chanthu

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — As a land warning for Super Typhoon Chanthu was issued by the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) at 5:30 p.m. Friday night (Sept. 10) and with the eye of the storm just 210 kilo...

Taiwan prepares for office, school closures ahead of Super Typhoon Chanthu

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Green Island and Orchid Island were the first parts of Taiwan to announce school and office closures for Saturday (Sept. 11) as Super Typhoon Chanthu barrels toward the co...

4 schools in Taipei closed after middle school student tests positive for COVID

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Four schools in three districts across Taipei suspended classes on Friday (Sept. 10), a day after a middle school student in the metropolis tested positive for COVID-19. ...