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JN.1 variant now makes up majority of COVID-19 cases in the US

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abc13.com – ABCNews – 2024-01-05 22:29:21

SUMMARY: The JN.1 variant of COVID-19, a descendant of BA.2.86, has become the majority variant in the United States, making up 61.6% of cases, up from 3.3% in mid-November. The Northeast has the highest prevalence of this variant, which is considered a “variant of interest” by the World Organization due to changes that could impact spread and vaccine effectiveness. This comes as COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to rise, and the CDC suggests JN.1 may be more transmissible or better at evading the immune system than other variants. Existing tests, vaccines, and treatments are still expected to work, but it's important to get the updated vaccine for better immunity.

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How to get help after Beryl: Hurricane Recovery Fund launched and FEMA funding now available

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abc13.com – Pooja Lodhia – 2024-07-15 19:20:44

SUMMARY: Hurricane Beryl struck Harris County, Texas, a week ago, causing significant damage and power outages. Local officials announced the Hurricane Beryl Recovery Fund, which has amassed $3 million for trusted nonprofits to distribute aid. Over 68,000 homes were damaged, with 142 destroyed. FEMA funding and a $750 short-term assistance program are available, with applications encouraged despite ongoing power issues. Major donors include HEB, Sarofim Foundation, and CenterPoint’s foundation. For more information, visit the Greater Houston Disaster Alliance site or call 211. Follow Pooja Lodhia for updates on Facebook, X, and Instagram.

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Who is Secret Service Director Kimberly Cheatle?

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www.kxan.com – Lauren Sforza – 2024-07-15 18:28:17

SUMMARY: Secret Service Director Kimberly Cheatle has been thrust into the spotlight following an attempted assassination of former President Donald Trump during a rally in Butler, Pennsylvania. House Republicans are calling for her testimony over security lapses that allowed a gunman to shoot from a rooftop, grazing Trump's ear. The shooter and one rally attendee were killed, while two others were critically injured. President Biden has ordered an independent review of the incident, and Cheatle has pledged full cooperation. Having served 27 years in the Secret Service before working at PepsiCo, Cheatle was sworn in as Director in September 2022.

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Presidential election 2024: Both candidates call for unity after Donald Trump shooting, but will it last?

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abc13.com – WLS – 2024-07-15 17:46:04

SUMMARY: The Republican National Convention in Milwaukee began with a rallying cry of “fight, fight, fight,” contrasting President Joe Biden’s call to tone down political rhetoric. Donald Trump’s display of defiance after a shooting incident is seen as a strategy to gain momentum. Experts suggest the Republicans may leverage this imagery, while Democrats find themselves in a dilemma on how to respond. Despite Biden’s plea for unity, political analysts predict negative campaigning from both sides will resume soon. With attention on Trump, analysts advise Democrats to devise a clear strategy before re-engaging next week.

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