How LA County countered recall-election disinformation in real time on social media

Efforts to combat misinformation intensified on Twitter during the days leading up to Tuesday’s recall election to replace California Gov. Gavin Newsom, who appears to have retained his gubernatorial seat, according to an ABC News projection of the election results. Since the 2020 presidential election, there’s been more awareness of the damaging effects of the spread of misinformation on social media with fears that increasing numbers of people are engaging with false content. Voters drop off their mail-in ballots as California goes to the polls in a gubernatorial recall election, in Sacramento, Calif., Sept. 14, 2021. The Los Angeles County

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The FDA panel decision on vaccine boosters shows the process worked: Fauci

Dr. Anthony Fauci appeared on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday. September 19, 2021, 1:30 PM • 3 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article After the Food and Drug Administration’s vaccine advisory panel rejected a plan on Friday to offer Pfizer booster shots for all Americans, White House chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci defended the White House’s earlier plan to begin rolling out the shots this month. “The plan was that we have to be ready to do this as soon as the decision is made and when you have a plan, you put a date on it,

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Texas abortion ban puts spotlight on medication abortions

Before 1973, fatal “back-alley” and “coat-hanger” procedures in places where abortion was illegal became emblematic of the impact of abortion bans. But in modern times, those images have become obsolete with the use of medication abortion, advocates say. This has become especially relevant in light of Texas’ new abortion law that bans the procedure as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, making it inaccessible for many across the state. “An abortion road trip is a thing of the past,” said Elisa Wells, co-founder and co-director of Plan C, an abortion research and pro-abortion rights advocacy group. “We have safe

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Ohio man charged for bomb threat targeting reproductive health center

The man allegedly made two threatening calls to the clinic in April. September 17, 2021, 8:43 PM • 3 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article The Justice Department has announced charges against an Ohio man accused of making threats against a local reproductive health services clinic. Newly unsealed charging documents allege Carlos Manuel Rodriquez Brime, 25, of making two separate threats via telephone to the Your Choice Healthcare facility in Columbus on April 11. “My girlfriend is a patient there and I’m going to bring the heat. If she kills my baby, I’m going to kill her,”

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FDA panel declines to approve boosters for all, but continues debate for older Americans

The panel said they haven’t ruled out third shots for older populations. September 17, 2021, 7:47 PM • 5 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article Federal advisers on Friday declined to recommend boosters for Americans as young as 16 who took the Pfizer vaccine more than six months ago, although they said they haven’t ruled out third shots for older populations. Members of the Food and Drug Administration’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee scrutinized new data from Israel and questioned whether boosters are really necessary, particularly among younger populations. Several members of the panel said

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Search is on for missing 6-year-old in Hawaii

The FBI is joining the hunt for a missing 6-year-old in Honolulu, Hawaii. September 17, 2021, 4:05 PM • 3 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article The search for 6-year-old Isabella Kalua continues as authorities in Honolulu deploy search dogs, the coast guard and volunteer search crews to find the young girl. According to the Honolulu Police Department, Isabella was last seen asleep in her room at her Puha Street address in Waimanalo on Sunday, Sept. 12, around 9 p.m. local time. Honolulu Police said they won’t rule out foul play just yet. Isabella Kalua is seen

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What to expect as FDA advisory panel debates Pfizer COVID booster shots

The group will discus and vote on whether to recommend Pfizer booster shots. September 17, 2021, 9:08 AM • 6 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article The Food and Drug Administration’s independent advisory committee will convene in open session Friday to review the latest data submitted by Pfizer and discuss whether a booster dose is safe enough for widespread use and whether it’s necessary and effective at improving protection levels against COVID-19. Their vote will be non-binding — the FDA is not required to follow the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee’s (VRBPAC) recommendations — but

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Alaska once had the highest vaccination rate. Now it’s in a COVID-19 crisis.

In January, Alaska had the highest per capita coronavirus vaccination rate in the nation. Now, hospitals are overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients, and the state’s largest hospital is rationing care. Vaccine hesitancy and the delta variant have pushed the state’s fragile and limited hospital system to the breaking point. Providence Alaska Medical Center, the state’s largest hospital, released a letter to the public Tuesday saying that more than 30% of its patients have COVID-19 and the hospital is rationing treatment. Registered Nurse Banu Mufale administers a Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine to physical therapist Becca Mamrol, Dec. 16, 2020, at Providence Alaska Medical

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Lawyer whose firm represented Clinton campaign indicted by special counsel investigating Russia probe

A lawyer whose firm represented Hillary Clinton’s campaign during the 2016 presidential election was indicted Thursday by special counsel John Durham on a single charge of making a false statement to the FBI. Michael Sussmann, an attorney for the Perkins Coie law firm who previously represented the Democratic National Committee following the hacking of its servers by Russia during the 2016 campaign, is accused of lying “about the capacity in which he was providing allegations to the FBI” when he met with a top lawyer from the bureau in September 2016 and provided him information about potential ties between a

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McAuliffe, Youngkin spar over vision for commonwealth in 1st Va. gubernatorial debate

On the eve of the first day of early voting, gubernatorial candidates Terry McAuliffe and Glenn Youngkin faced off in the first debate of the general election campaign, presenting contrasting visions for how to lead Virginia over the next four years. Democrat McAuliffe, who served as the commonwealth’s top executive between 2014 and 2018, touted his past record throughout the debate, arguing in his closing statement that Virginia needs someone “who’s done this job before to lead us through” the pandemic, plugging his 20 policy plans. But Republican Youngkin, a former private equity executive, repeatedly took aim at that same

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