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Protesters gather in front of Lakeshore High School, in Stevensville, Mich., Tuesday. Sept. 7, 2021, to protest recent COVID-19 mask mandates.

COVID-19 surge in the US: The summer of hope ends in gloom

Protesters gather in front of Lakeshore High School, in Stevensville, Mich., Tuesday. Sept. 7, 2021, to protest recent COVID-19 mask mandates.

September 8, 2021, 1:12pm Health

WASHINGTON (AP) — The summer that was supposed to mark America’s independence from COVID-19 is instead drawing to a close with the U.S. more firmly under the tyranny of the virus, with deaths per day back up to where they were last March. Read story

A R.N. holds the hand of a COVID-19 patient in the Medical Intensive care unit (MICU) at St. Luke's Boise Medical Center in Boise, Idaho on Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021.  More then half of the patients in the ICU are COVID-19 positive, none of which are vaccinated.

Idaho patients in hospital halls amid COVID rationed care

A R.N. holds the hand of a COVID-19 patient in the Medical Intensive care unit (MICU) at St. Luke's Boise Medical Center in Boise, Idaho on Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021.  More then half of the patients in the ICU are COVID-19 positive, none of which are vaccinated.

September 8, 2021, 12:10pm Health

BOISE, Idaho — Idaho's move to “crisis standards of care” is allowing some hospitals to ration health care as they struggle with an onslaught of coronavirus patients, and officials are warning the procedures could spread statewide. But the main hospital affected by the designation was already operating under extreme conditions,… Read story

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021 file photo, a health worker prepares Pfizer vaccines during the national COVID-19 vaccination campaign in Pamplona, northern Spain. In a statement Monday Sept. 6, 2021, the European Medicines Agency says it has started an expedited evaluation on whether to recommend a booster dose of the coronavirus vaccine made by Pfizer-BioNTech.

WHO chief urges halt to booster shots for rest of the year

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021 file photo, a health worker prepares Pfizer vaccines during the national COVID-19 vaccination campaign in Pamplona, northern Spain. In a statement Monday Sept. 6, 2021, the European Medicines Agency says it has started an expedited evaluation on whether to recommend a booster dose of the coronavirus vaccine made by Pfizer-BioNTech.

September 8, 2021, 8:49am Health

GENEVA (AP) — The head of the World Health Organization is calling on rich countries with large supplies of coronavirus vaccines to refrain from offering booster shots through the end of the year, expanding an earlier request that has largely fallen on deaf ears. Read story

Court weighs drug distributor’s insurance coverage fight

September 8, 2021, 7:54am Business

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Supreme Court is deciding whether the insurance company for a drug distributor should be forced to provide a legal defense in the company’s fight against government lawsuits related to the opioid epidemic. Read story

‘A lot of these people are not going to make it,’ official warns as Washington COVID hospitalizations continue rising

September 8, 2021, 7:34am Health

While recent state data is still preliminary, early reports show COVID-19 hospitalizations throughout the state are up after the Labor Day weekend, pushing hospital leaders to continue their plea for residents to mask up, get vaccinated and be wary of mass gatherings. Read story

Skyview High School students including junior Clara Hawkins, 16, in gray from left, junior Ariel Tanner, 16, senior Dylan Walker, 18, and senior Elliott Gibby, 17, show their support for masks in school Tuesday afternoon.

Skyview students, parents ready to counter anti-mask protesters

Skyview High School students including junior Clara Hawkins, 16, in gray from left, junior Ariel Tanner, 16, senior Dylan Walker, 18, and senior Elliott Gibby, 17, show their support for masks in school Tuesday afternoon.

September 7, 2021, 7:01pm Clark County Health

Skyview High School students, parents and staff demonstrated Tuesday in support of school leadership and against anti-mask protesters who prompted a lockdown on Friday. Read story

A toxic-algae warning sign is posted next to Lacamas Lake in Camas on July 20, 2020.

Danger advisories issued for Lacamas, Round lakes in Camas

A toxic-algae warning sign is posted next to Lacamas Lake in Camas on July 20, 2020.

September 7, 2021, 6:52pm Clark County Health

Clark County Public Health on Tuesday elevated blue-green algae advisories from warning to danger at Lacamas and Round lakes in Camas. Danger signs will be posted at public access points at both lakes. Read story

Jessay Martin, 68, from left, Robert Reeves, 78, Michael Peterson, 65, and William Lyons, 77, in Cathedral City, Calif., in November 2020. The four friends, known as the Old Gays, are among a growing number of seniors making names for themselves on social media.

‘Grandfluencers’ find a following

Jessay Martin, 68, from left, Robert Reeves, 78, Michael Peterson, 65, and William Lyons, 77, in Cathedral City, Calif., in November 2020. The four friends, known as the Old Gays, are among a growing number of seniors making names for themselves on social media.

September 7, 2021, 6:00am Health

NEW YORK — Joan MacDonald’s health was in shambles at age 71. She was overweight and on numerous medications with high cholesterol, rising blood pressure and kidney trouble. Read story

Sleep vital to health of aging brain

September 7, 2021, 6:00am Health

A new study published in the journal JAMA Neurology suggests that the length of sleep time by adults could play a major role in their brain health, including the prevention of early on-set dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Read story

Walnuts may lower bad cholesterol

September 7, 2021, 6:00am Health

Adding a fistful of walnuts to your daily diet — no matter what else you eat — could lower bad cholesterol levels and reduce heart risks in otherwise healthy older adults, a new study suggests. Read story