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Pfizer says 3 COVID shots protect children under 5

Three doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine offer strong protection for children under 5, the company says. Pfizer plans to give the data to regulators this week. Read more

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Arby's is selling a fast-food staple it's never offered before

Typically there's nothing groundbreaking about a fast-food chain selling a hamburger. But Arby's has never sold one — until now. Read more

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Police seek public's help in search for NYC subway shooter

Mayor Eric Adams says investigators of a fatal shooting on a New York subway train have few leads. Adams said Monday that the shooting was “unimaginable" and “the worst nightmare.” Adams says there were no police officers on the train car where the shooting occurred. He says the city will evaluate how it is deploying officers across the sprawling subway system. Police are asking for the public’s help in finding the unidentified man they say killed 48-year-old Daniel Enriquez of Brooklyn without provocation. Enriquez had worked for Goldman Sachs’ Global investment research division since 2013. Goldman's CEO says the company is devastated. Read more

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UK's Boris Johnson awaits judgment of 'partygate' report

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been shadowed by career-threatening scandal for months — but so far has escaped unscathed. This week he faces one more threat to his political future: a comprehensive report into lockdown-breaching parties in government offices that is expected to be published within days. Senior civil servant Sue Gray is due to release her findings on “partygate,” the scandal over gatherings in Johnson’s 10 Downing St. residence and nearby buildings during the pandemic. Johnson is one of 83 people to have been fined by police over the parties. Johnson has apologized, but insisted that he did not knowingly break the rules. But he could face new challenges to his leadership if Gray's report is highly critical. Read more

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Starbucks leaving Russian market, shutting 130 stores

Starbucks' move follows McDonald's exit from the Russian market last week. Read more

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Fallen Heroes parade at Hickory Motor Speedway headlines this edition of Hoppin' Around Hickory

The Fallen Heroes Ministry parade at Hickory Motor Speedway and a food truck rally sponsored by the Homebuilders Association of Hickory-Cat… Read more

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EU to keep budget rules looser for longer amid war fallout

The European Union is extending looser limits on spending by member countries for an extra year in a bid to counter the economic fallout from Russia’s war in Ukraine. The European Commission recommended Monday that the EU’s regular rules on national budget discipline be suspended through 2023. The 27-nation bloc’s executive arm says member countries need the longer fiscal flexibility to tackle heightened economic risks due to the Ukraine war. The EU deactivated its full controls on national debt levels in 2020 as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the laxer framework was ending this year. Economy Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni says the EU is still “far from economic normality.” Read more

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'Never have I been so ashamed': Russian envoy criticizes war

A veteran Russian diplomat to the U.N. Office at Geneva says he handed in his resignation before sending out a scathing letter to foreign colleagues inveighing against the “aggressive war unleashed” by President Vladimir Putin in Ukraine. The 41-year-old Boris Bondarev confirmed his resignation in a letter delivered Monday after a diplomatic official passed on his English-language statement to The Associated Press. Bondarev confirmed to the AP in a phone call that he had resigned. He says the Russian invasion was a crime not only against the people of Ukraine, but against the people of Russia. He says the war has wiped out “hopes and prospects for a prosperous and free society” in Russia. Read more

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