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Harris argues for Biden climate agenda at sinking Lake Mead

Vice President Kamala Harris is making the case for the Biden administration’s climate change agenda, standing before the record-low water levels of Nevada’s Lake Mead and warning that “this is where we’re headed.”
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Vice President Kamala Harris, smiles at Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., not pictured, at the conclusion of a virtual town hall where they discussed different care policies ranging from at-home medical care to childcare, Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021, in the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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New Zealand hits virus high, pushes vaccination as way out

New Zealand counted its most new coronavirus cases of the pandemic as an outbreak in its largest city grew and officials urged vaccinations as a way out of Auckland’s two-month lockdown
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People visit a pop-up vaccination site, Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021, in suburban Auckland, New Zealand. New Zealand reported its highest number of new coronavirus cases since the pandemic began Tuesday as an outbreak in the largest city of Auckland continued to spread. (Michael Craig/New Zealand Herald via AP)
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Harris to discuss drought, climate change at Lake Mead

Harris on Monday will highlight the problems caused by Western drought.
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Vice President Kamala Harris, smiles at Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., not pictured, at the conclusion of a virtual town hall where they discussed different care policies ranging from at-home medical care to childcare, Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021, in the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
October 18

‘We’re walking down the hill of COVID-19’: Medical expert

ABC News’ Linsey Davis speaks with emergency medicine physician and ABC News contributor Dr. Darien Sutton on the FDA’s plans on mixing and matching vaccines and the importance of booster shots.
October 18
VIDEO: ‘We’re walking down the hill of COVID-19’: Medical expert
October 18

Group decries sentencing of Oklahoma woman for miscarriage

A women's advocacy group is decrying the sentencing of an Oklahoma woman to prison after she suffered a miscarriage while using methamphetamine
October 18
October 18

Colin Powell dies of COVID-19 complications

ABC takes a look back at the life and legacy of former United States Secretary of State Colin Powell.
October 18
VIDEO: Colin Powell dies of COVID-19 complications
October 18

Mexico City lowers pandemic alert to lowest level

Mexico’s capital has returned to the lowest level on its COVID-19 pandemic warning system for the first time since June
October 18
People wear masks amid the COVID-19 pandemic in downtown Mexico City, Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. Starting Monday, Mexico City lifts some of its virus restrictions, allowing bars, clubs and indoor events to fill up to 50% capacity, and massive outdoor events can fill to capacity but masks will still be required. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
October 18

Russia's virus infections over 8 million; daily deaths high

Russia’s total number of coronavirus infections has topped 8 million and its daily infection toll has hit a new record
October 18
Medical workers carry a patient suspected of having coronavirus on a stretcher at a hospital in Kommunarka, outside Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021. Russia's daily death toll from COVID-19 has exceeded 1000 for the first time as the country faces a sustained wave of rising infections. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
October 18

Powell's age and cancer bout left him vulnerable to COVID

Despite getting vaccinated against COVID-19, Colin Powell remained vulnerable to the virus because of his advanced age and history of cancer
October 18
FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2006 file photo, former Secretary of State Colin Powell looks on during a ceremony for the Alexis de Tocqueville prize, a French literary award, in Tocqueville, east of Cherbourg, western France. Powell, former Joint Chiefs chairman and secretary of state, has died from COVID-19 complications. In an announcement on social media Monday, the family said Powell had been fully vaccinated. He was 84. (AP Photo/Vincent Michel)
October 18

Why COVID boosters weren't tweaked to better match variants

COVID-19 booster shots are an extra dose of the original vaccine, and some experts wonder why they weren't updated to better match the delta variant
October 18
October 18

Slovenia PM blames rising infections on virus protesters

Slovenia’s populist prime minister has blamed a rise in COVID-19 infections on protests in early October that erupted in clashes between police and thousands of opponents of vaccines and coronavirus restrictions
October 18
A demonstrator stomps on a smoke canister during a protest against vaccinations and coronavirus measures in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021. EU leaders are meeting Tuesday evening in nearby Kranj, Slovenia, to discuss increasingly tense relations with China and the security implications of the chaotic U.S.-led exit from Afghanistan, before taking part in a summit with Balkans leaders on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
October 18

Official: Czech president can't perform duties due to health

A Czech official says health problems are preventing Czech President Milos Zeman from carrying out his duties
October 18
In this picture taken on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021, Czech Republic's President Milos Zeman welcomes his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier at the Prague Castle in Prague, Czech Republic. On Wednesday Sept. 22, 2021 Zeman was released from Prague's military hospital. Zeman was admitted to the hospital on Sept. 14, for what later the office described as a planned examination. It later said CT scans, sonography checks and blood tests carried out by doctors didn't reveal any problems or disease that would threaten his life. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
October 18

Rights watchdog faults Malta for abortion, journalist safety

A European human rights watchdog is recommending that Malta legalize abortion, improve gender equality and implement reforms to protect journalists
October 18
October 18

Restaurants closed in parts of Slovakia amid COVID-19 surge

Slovakia has reimposed coronavirus restrictions in the hardest-hit parts of the country amid the latest surge of infections
October 18
A mother tests her daughter with a Corona antigen self-test before starting school in Trencianske Stankovce, Slovakia, Monday, Oct. 4, 2021. Slovakia has reimposed coronavirus restrictions in the parts of the country that is hardest hit by the latest surge of infections. Five counties all located in northern Slovakia are affected by the measures that include the closures of restaurants with people only allowed to buy meals at take-out windows. (Radoslav Stoklasa/TASR via AP)
October 18

Belarus suspends routine medical care to focus on COVID-19

Belarus has ordered a halt to routine medical care at state clinics in order to devote more resources to coronavirus patients
October 18
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko listens to World Health organization Director for Europe Hans Kluge during their meeting in Minsk, Belarus, Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021. (Maxim Guchek/BelTA Pool Photo via AP)
October 18

Vaccines, masks? Japan puzzling over sudden virus success

Japan has become a stunning, and somewhat mysterious, coronavirus success story.
October 18
FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2021, file photo, people walk through the famed Kabukicho entertainment district of Tokyo on the first night of the government's lifting of a coronavirus state of emergency. Almost overnight, Japan has become a stunning, and somewhat mysterious, coronavirus success story. Case numbers are way down, but experts worry that without knowing how exactly it cut cases so drastically, the nation may be in store for another devastating wave like during the summer. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae, File)
October 18

EU says exports of COVID-19 vaccines now top 1 billion mark

The European Union says it now has exported over 1 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines to the rest of the world
October 18
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen arrives with a protective face mask prior to addressing a media conference regarding COVID-19 vaccines at EU headquarters in Brussels, Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. The European Union's top official said Monday that the bloc has now exported over 1 billion doses of the COVID-19 vaccines to the rest of the world. EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the exports have been sent to over 150 nations, making the 27-member bloc the largest exporter of the vaccines in the world. (Yves Herman, Pool Photo via AP)
October 18

Australia's Queensland state to open to vaccinated travelers

Australia’s Queensland state plans to open to vaccinated travelers.
October 18
International passengers arrive at Brisbane airport, Australia, on Dec. 16, 2020. Australia’s Queensland state announced plans Monday, Oct. 18, 2021 to open up to travelers, ending the status it has enjoyed throughout the pandemic of remaining virtually free of COVID-19. (Jono Searle/AAP Image via AP)
October 17

Harris to discuss drought, climate change at Lake Mead

Vice President Kamala Harris on Monday will visit Lake Mead in Nevada to highlight the problems caused by Western drought
October 17
Vice President Kamala Harris, smiles at Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., not pictured, at the conclusion of a virtual town hall where they discussed different care policies ranging from at-home medical care to childcare, Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021, in the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
October 17

Bill Clinton back home after hospitalization from infection

Bill Clinton has returned to his home in New York to continue recovering from an infection that left him in treatment for six days at a Southern California hospital
October 17
Former first lady and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives at the University of California Irvine Medical Center in Orange, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021. Former President Clinton spent a fourth night at the Southern California hospital where he is recovering from an infection but is expected to be released Sunday after making great progress, a spokesman said. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
October 17

In quiet debut, Alzheimer's drug finds questions, skepticism

Persistent concerns about the first new Alzheimer’s treatment in more than 20 years are curbing access more than four months after regulators approved it
October 17
October 17

Robert Durst hospitalized with COVID-19, his lawyer says

A lawyer says Saturday that New York real estate heir Robert Durst has been hospitalized after contracting COVID-19
October 17
Robert Durst, seated with attorney Dick DeGuerin, is sentenced to life without possibility of parole for the killing of Susan Berman Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 at the Airport Courthouse in Los Angeles. New York real estate heir Robert Durst was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without chance of parole for the murder of his best friend more that two decades ago. (Myung J. Chung/Los Angeles Times via AP, Pool)
October 17

The Latest: Fauci dismayed by Texas' move to ban mandates

Dr. Anthony Fauci says it's “really unfortunate” that Gov. Greg Abbott has moved to ban vaccine mandates in the state of Texas
October 17
FILE - In this April 14, 2021, file photo, a Northwell Health nurses vaccinates Local 28 sheet metal workers with the first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in Elmont, N.Y. The latest federal figures released Saturday, Oct. 16 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show nearly two-thirds of New York residents are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, about 12.7 million of New York's 20 million. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
October 17

Bill Clinton released from Southern California hospital, five days after he was admitted with infection

Bill Clinton released from Southern California hospital, five days after he was admitted with infection
October 17
October 17

Kids in California county care sleeping on floor in building

A California county executive is pledging immediate changes.
October 17
This photo provided by the SEIU 521, shows children's toys set up on a yoga mat used by SEIU 521 members at a press event protesting the conditions of children sleeping on tables and floors, pictured on a poster, at the county office in Fresno, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021. A central California county executive has pledged immediate changes after a news report revealed that vulnerable children removed from their families were living in deplorable conditions inside an office building — sleeping on conference tables, eating fast food and urinating into water bottles until social workers could find homes for them. (Estevan Gutierrez/SEIU 521 via AP)
October 16

AP review: At least 13 auto safety rules are years overdue

As pandemic-era traffic fatalities spike, the U.S. agency in charge of auto safety is struggling with a backlog of safety rules ordered by Congress that are years overdue
October 16
In this Oct. 12, 2021, photo, David and Wendy Mills, parents of Kailee Mills who was killed four years ago in an automobile accident when riding in the back seat without a seat belt, with a photo of their daughter at their home in Spring, Texas. The teenager was riding in the back seat of a car to a Halloween party in 2017 just a mile from her house when she unfastened her seat belt to slide next to her friend and take a selfie. Moments later, the driver veered off the road and the car flipped, ejecting her. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)
October 16

In New Hampshire, vaccine fights and misinformation roil GOP

Republicans are struggling to contain a party wing promoting COVID conspiracies.
October 16
FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2021, file photo, demonstrators attend a press conference that turned into a rally against vaccine mandates outside the Statehouse in Concord, N.H. Republicans in New Hampshire are struggling to contain a wing of their party that is promoting conspiracy views around the Covid-19 vaccine and pushing back, sometimes aggressively, regarding federal mandates to get the shot. (Geoff Forester /The Concord Monitor via AP)
October 16

New Zealand dispenses record number of jabs at 'Vaxathon'

New Zealand health care workers have administered a record number of vaccine jabs as the nation holds a festival aimed at getting more people inoculated against the coronavirus
October 16
FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2021, file photo, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern answers a question during a press conference at Parliament in Wellington, New Zealand. New Zealand health care workers administered a record number of vaccine jabs Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021 as the nation held a festival aimed at getting more people inoculated against the coronavirus. (Robert Kitchin/Pool Photo via AP)
October 16

The Latest: Russia's daily virus death toll passes 1,000

Russia’s daily death toll from COVID-19 has exceeded 1,000 for the first time as the country faces a sustained wave of rising infections
October 16
Johnson, left, Bailou, center, and Benson Su of Auckland show their patches after receiving their vaccination in Auckland, New Zealand, Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021. New Zealand health care workers have administered a record number of vaccine jabs as the nation holds a festival aimed at getting more people inoculated against the coronavirus. (Brett Phibbs/NZME via AP)
October 15

Breaking down booster shot options after FDA panel’s latest recommendation

ABC News’ Stephanie Ramos speaks with ABC News contributor Dr. John Brownstein about the next steps after the FDA advisory panel’s recommendation for the Johnson & Johnson booster shot.
October 15
VIDEO: Breaking down booster shot options after FDA panel’s latest recommendation
October 15

The Latest: Maine vaccine mandate opponents file appeal

Opponents of a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health care workers in Maine have filed an emergency appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court after being dealt another legal defeat
October 15
White flags representing people who have died of COVID-19 in Brazil cover a field as part of a protest against the government's health policies outside the National Congress in Brasilia, Brazil, Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. Activists said they placed 600 flags, each with a person's name, to represent the 600,000 death toll, announced the previous day. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
October 15

Chicago mayor takes police union head to court over vaccines

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has taken her fight with the head of the city’s police officers union to court, arguing that his call for officers to ignore an order to report their COVID-19 vaccination status by Friday was illegal
October 15
October 15

Bill Clinton recovering from urological infection, aide says

Bill Clinton will remain hospitalized overnight as he recovers from a urological infection in a Southern California hospital
October 15
FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2021, file photo, former President Bill Clinton speaks during funeral services for Henry "Hank" Aaron, at Friendship Baptist Church in Atlanta. (Kevin D. Liles/Atlanta Braves via AP, Pool, File)
October 15

New Mexico judge denies lab workers' claim in vaccine fight

A New Mexico judge has denied a request by dozens of scientists and others at Los Alamos National Laboratory who sought to block a vaccine mandate
October 15
October 15

Cities, police unions clash as vaccine mandates take effect

Police departments that are requiring officers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 are running up against pockets of resistance across the U.S. Police unions and officers are pushing back by filing lawsuits to block the mandates
October 15
FILE - This May 13, 2021, file photo shows syringes filled with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at a mobile vaccination site in Miami. Police departments that are requiring officers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 are running up against pockets of resistance across the U.S. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)
October 15

States can reserve COVID-19 shots for younger kids next week

U.S. health officials are setting the stage for a national COVID-19 vaccination campaign for younger children, inviting state officials to pre-order doses starting next week
October 15
FILE - In this June 6, 2021 file photo, a youth receives a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in the central Israeli city of Rishon LeZion. The pharmaceuticals Pfizer and BioNTech say they have requested that their coronavirus vaccine be licensed for children aged 5 to 11 across the European Union. If authorized, it would be the first opportunity for younger children in Europe to be get immunized against COVID-19. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
October 15

FDA panel votes to authorize booster shots for Johnson & Johnson vaccine

An independent Food and Drug Administration advisory panel on Friday unanimously recommended a booster dose of Johnson & Johnson's vaccine at least two months after people get the first dose.
October 15
VIDEO: FDA panel votes to authorize booster shots for Johnson & Johnson vaccine
October 15

FDA panel endorses booster shot for J&J COVID-19 vaccine

A panel of U.S. health advisers has endorsed booster doses of Johnson & Johnson’s single-shot COVID-19 vaccine
October 15
FILE - In this March 3, 2021 file photo, a vial of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine is displayed at South Shore University Hospital in Bay Shore, N.Y. U.S. health advisers are meeting Friday, Oct. 15, to tackle who needs boosters of Johnson & Johnson's single-shot COVID-19 vaccine and when. Advisers to the Food and Drug Administration also will examine data suggesting that booster of a competing brand might provide better protection. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
October 15

Kids in California county care sleeping on floor in building

A central California county executive is pledging immediate changes after a news report revealed that vulnerable children removed from their families were living in deplorable conditions inside a child welfare office building
October 15
October 15

DOJ will ask Supreme Court to halt Texas abortion law

The Biden administration says it will turn next to the U.S. Supreme Court in another attempt to halt a Texas law that has banned most abortions since September
October 15
October 15

Protests greet debut of Italy's workplace COVID pass rule

Protests have erupted in Italy as a new anti-coronavirus regulation took effect requiring all workers to show a health pass to enter their place of employment
October 15
An employee has his certification checked as Italy's new “Green Pass” vaccination requirement for employees to enter their offices became mandatory, at the Trenitalia, Italian train company offices, in Rome, Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. From Friday, certification is required for public and private workplaces. Both employees and employers risk fines if they don’t comply. Public sector workers can be suspended if they show up five times without a Green Pass. The pass is already required in Italy to enter museums, theaters, gyms and indoor restaurants, as well as to take long-distance trains and buses or domestic flights. The passes show that a person has had least one COVID-19 vaccine dose, or recovered from the virus in the last six months, or has tested negative in the last 48 hours. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
October 15

FDA advisory panel endorses booster doses of Johnson & Johnson’s single-shot COVID-19 vaccine

FDA advisory panel endorses booster doses of Johnson & Johnson’s single-shot COVID-19 vaccine
October 15
October 15

Russia struggles to meet global orders for Sputnik V vaccine

Millions from Latin America to the Middle East are waiting for promised doses of the Russian-made Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine due to manufacturing problems and other issues
October 15
October 15

Pfizer-BioNTech ask EU agency to OK vaccine for kids 5-11

Pharmaceutical company Pfizer and biotechnology company BioNTech have requested to have their coronavirus vaccine licensed for children ages 5 to 11 across the European Union
October 15
FILE - In this June 6, 2021 file photo, a youth receives a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in the central Israeli city of Rishon LeZion. The pharmaceuticals Pfizer and BioNTech say they have requested that their coronavirus vaccine be licensed for children aged 5 to 11 across the European Union. If authorized, it would be the first opportunity for younger children in Europe to be get immunized against COVID-19. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
October 15

FDA set to meet, discuss Johnson & Johnson booster shots

ABC News contributor Dr. Darien Sutton shares his insights on the rollout of booster shots and how to celebrate Halloween safely.
October 15
VIDEO: FDA set to meet, discuss Johnson & Johnson booster shots
October 15

All 3 COVID vaccines still produce strong immune response 8 months later: Study

The new study calls into question when boosters are needed.
October 15
A person receives a vaccine for the coronavirus disease at Acres Home Multi-Service Center in Houston, Oct. 13, 2021.
October 15

UK: 1000s may have gotten false negative COVID test results

An estimated 43,000 people may have been wrongly told they don’t have COVID-19.
October 15
A COVID-19 testing sight opposite Wolverhampton Science Park, England, where the Immensa Health laboratory is based Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. British health officials said Friday that 43,000 people may have been wrongly told they don’t have the coronavirus because of problems at a private laboratory. The U.K. Health Security Agency said the Immensa Health Clinic Ltd. lab in Wolverhampton, central England has been suspended from processing swabs after the false negatives. Will Welfare, the agency’s public health incident director, said it was working “to determine the laboratory technical issues” behind the inaccurate tests. (Jacob King/PA via AP)
October 15

Russia marks pandemic's record of daily deaths, infections

Russia’s daily tolls of coronavirus infections and deaths have surged to another record in a quickly mounting figure that has put a severe strain on the country’s health care system
October 15
A medical worker carries a patient suspected of having coronavirus on a stretcher at a hospital in Kommunarka, outside Moscow, Russia, Monday, Oct. 11, 2021. Russia's daily coronavirus infections and deaths are hovering near all-time highs amid a laggard vaccination rate and the Kremlin's reluctance to toughen restrictions. Russia's state coronavirus task force reported 29,409 new confirmed cases Monday. That's the highest number since the start of the year and just slightly lower than the pandemic record reached in December. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
October 15

Fungal disease on the rise in West possibly tied to changing climate: Experts

Over the last several years, cases of valley fever have been steadily rising.
October 15
Dead saguaro cacti are seen in a landscape that burned in the Bush Fire, following a series of strong storms, Aug. 20, 2021, northeast of Mesa, Ariz.
October 15

Australian state to end quarantine for vaccinated travelers

Australia’s most populous state New South Wales says it will end hotel quarantine for vaccinated passengers when scheduled international flights restart from Sydney within two weeks
October 15
New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrottet speaks to the media during a press conference in Sydney, Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. Perrottet says the most populous state would end hotel quarantine for vaccinated international travelers as the government accelerates the wind back of pandemic restrictions. (AAP Image/Bianca De Marchi)