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Wealth disparities by race grew during the pandemic, despite income gains, report shows

Wealth disparities by race grew during the pandemic, despite income gains, report shows

NEW YORK (AP) — A strong performance in financial markets, particularly an outsize gain for the stock market in 2021, helped entrench existing trends of wealth inequality during the pandemic, new data released this week show.
Judge overturns convictions of B.C. woman, accused of coughing on grocery worker

Judge overturns convictions of B.C. woman, accused of coughing on grocery worker

CAMPBELL RIVER, B.C. — A British Columbia woman who was accused of deliberately coughing in the direction of a grocery store worker early in the COVID-19 pandemic has had her convictions for assault and causing a disturbance overturned. A B.C.
North Korea welcomes Russian tourists, likely first to visit the isolated country since the pandemic

North Korea welcomes Russian tourists, likely first to visit the isolated country since the pandemic

A group of Russian tourists arrived in North Korea on Friday, likely the first from any country to enter the isolated state since the pandemic.
New York woman sentenced to probation and fines in COVID aid fraud schemes

New York woman sentenced to probation and fines in COVID aid fraud schemes

NEW YORK (AP) — A Brooklyn woman who pleaded guilty to fraud in connection with various pandemic-era relief schemes was sentenced Thursday to three years of probation and $650,000 in penalties.
How to get COVID-19 antiviral pills like Paxlovid

How to get COVID-19 antiviral pills like Paxlovid

For some people with COVID-19, antiviral pills that can be taken at home can lessen the chances of winding up in the hospital.
Paxlovid can lessen the chance of a severe COVID-19 illness. Why is it underused?

Paxlovid can lessen the chance of a severe COVID-19 illness. Why is it underused?

Tens of thousands of Americans are hospitalized with COVID-19 every week. Thousands die from it every month. And yet, an antiviral treatment proven to lessen the chances of severe outcomes is going underused.
Court allows negligence class-action suit against Ontario LTC minister to proceed

Court allows negligence class-action suit against Ontario LTC minister to proceed

TORONTO — Ontario's Court of Appeal is allowing a class-action lawsuit to proceed against the minister of long-term care for alleged negligence regarding the government's response to COVID-19.
Not wearing a mask during COVID-19 health emergency isn’t a free speech right, appeals court says

Not wearing a mask during COVID-19 health emergency isn’t a free speech right, appeals court says

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A federal appeals court shot down claims Monday that New Jersey residents' refusal to wear face masks at school board meetings during the COVID-19 outbreak constituted protected speech under the First Amendment.
Book Review: New collaborative novel ‘Fourteen Days’ proves the pandemic couldn’t curb creativity

Book Review: New collaborative novel ‘Fourteen Days’ proves the pandemic couldn’t curb creativity

Almost four years since COVID-19 became a household term, a new work of fiction proves that even a global pandemic can’t curb creativity. “Fourteen Days” is billed as a “collaborative novel.
What we know about King Charles III's health history, from COVID-19 to polo injuries

What we know about King Charles III's health history, from COVID-19 to polo injuries

LONDON (AP) — The announcement Monday that King Charles III has been diagnosed with cancer has come as a shock to many in Britain, largely because the 75-year-old monarch has generally enjoyed good health through the years.