• Yodice: Late Hall of Fame coach Brown — man of faith, competitive, impactful

    Yodice: Late Hall of Fame coach Brown — man of faith, competitive, impactful
    In this 1996 photo, coach Mike Brown and Chargers player Shawn McConkey try to get a referee’s attention during a game against Socorro in Las Cruces. (Greg Sorber/Albuquerque Journal File)
    If you wanted to know Mike Brown but never had the chance, one could learn much – maybe everything – about the man merely by listening to his doting grandchildren.
    They shared stories and anecdotes, relayed this week as part of Brown’s funeral services. Their words were alternately touc
  • United hopes for complete performance, home-field boost vs. rival Locos

    United hopes for complete performance, home-field boost vs. rival Locos
    New Mexico United is delighted to finally welcome its No. 1 rival to Isotopes Park.
    Being a courteous host is another matter.
    A United team (6-6-2) in need of a quality win would love nothing better than to take one at the expense of USL Championship Mountain Division-leading El Paso Locomotive FC. The teams square off Saturday night at Isotopes Park.
    New Mexico is coming off an unsightly 3-0 loss Wednesday at San Antonio FC and has struggled away from home, losing four matches in a row. But NMU
  • Authorities detail July police shooting in Santa Fe

    Authorities detail July police shooting in Santa Fe
    Jaime Bravo (SFCDC)State Police identified the two officers who shot and injured a man in Santa Fe earlier this month and released details into the incident. It was one of four police shootings in the Santa Fe area over a two-week period.State Police spokesman Ray Wilson said officers Alfredo Moya and Luis Mendez shot 40-year-old Jaime Bravo on July 4 following a foot pursuit. Bravo was hospitalized and later booked into the Santa Fe County Detention Center.Bravo is charged with multiple counts
  • Suit filed in death of man at MDC

    Suit filed in death of man at MDC
    Metropolitan Detention Center. (AP file)
    The family of one of the people who died while in custody of the Metropolitan Detention Center last year has filed a lawsuit against the county, the jail and the medical provider and staff alleging medical malpractice and negligence led to his death.
    Samuel Bryant
    Samuel Bryant, 46, died from the toxic effects of methamphetamine with contributing factors of opiate withdrawal, according to an autopsy report. The Office of the Medical Investigator determine
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  • Lawsuit filed in death of inmate at Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center

    Lawsuit filed in death of inmate at Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center
    Metropolitan Detention Center. (AP file)
    Copyright © 2021 Albuquerque JournalThe family of one of the people who died while in custody of the Metropolitan Detention Center last year has filed a lawsuit against Bernalillo County, the jail and the medical provider and staff alleging medical malpractice and negligence led to his death.
    Samuel Bryant
    Samuel Bryant, 46, died from the toxic effects of methamphetamine with contributing factors of opiate withdrawal, according to an autopsy report.
  • State Police: ABQ man hit, killed near Madrid early Friday

    State Police: ABQ man hit, killed near Madrid early Friday
    An Albuquerque man was struck and killed on N.M. 14 south of Madrid early Friday, according to New Mexico State Police.
    Robert Maestas, 29, was lying on the roadway around 12:30 a.m. when he was hit by a car. Police do not know why Maestas was on the road.
    Maestas died at the scene from his injuries, police said. The driver and passenger of the car weren’t hurt.
    No charges will be filed against the driver, State Police said in the news release.
  • Feds take over investigation after State Police seize 3,300 lbs of marijuana

    Feds take over investigation after State Police seize 3,300 lbs of marijuana
    Copyright © 2021 Albuquerque JournalIt sounds like something out of a movie: crates stuffed with thousands of pounds of drugs, a clandestine meeting at an airport hangar and suitcases full of nearly $2 million.Those details and more were revealed in federal search warrant documents as authorities investigate two men caught with more than a ton of marijuana and psychedelic mushrooms at the Gallup port of entry last month.Roderick Piffero, 57, and Erik Weisenseel, 41, are each charged with tr
  • Feds take over after State Police seize 3,300 lbs of marijuana

    Feds take over after State Police seize 3,300 lbs of marijuana
    It sounds like something out of a movie: crates stuffed with thousands of pounds of drugs, a clandestine meeting in an airport hangar and suitcases full of nearly $2 million.
    Those details and more were revealed in federal search warrant documents as authorities investigate two men caught with more than a ton of marijuana and psychedelic mushrooms at the Gallup port of entry last month.
    Roderick Piffero, 57, and Erik Weisenseel, 41, are each charged with trafficking controlled substances and dis
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  • Consultant identifies ‘preferred sites’ for ABQ soccer stadium

    Consultant identifies ‘preferred sites’ for ABQ soccer stadium
    A new analysis identified two “preferred sites” for an Albuquerque “multi-purpose soccer stadium” that New Mexico United would use. (Roberto E. Rosales/Journal)
    A consultant the city of Albuquerque hired to evaluate the feasibility and economic impact of a multipurpose soccer stadium for New Mexico United’s use says the place to put the venue is either at Coal and Broadway or Second Street and Iron.
    CAA ICON determined the “preferred sites” based on an a
  • BCSO searches Rio Grande after finding rider-less Jet Ski

    BCSO searches Rio Grande after finding rider-less Jet Ski
    Deputies are looking for the rider of a Jet Ski that was found doing circles in the Rio Grande on Friday afternoon near Paseo del Norte.
    Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office posted on Twitter around 5 p.m. that they have not received any reports of a missing person or confirmed that there was a rider.
    The post said deputies responded to Paseo del Norte and the river for reports of a “jetski with no rider doing circles in the water.”
    When BCSO arrived, they saw the rider-less Jet
  • Former Aggie basketball player, Las Cruces product Blunt dies

    Former Aggie basketball player, Las Cruces product Blunt dies
    Paulina Blunt, left, a Las Cruces native who went on to play basketball for New Mexico State University from 1989-94, died on July 20, 2021 at age 50, NMSU has announced.
    Former New Mexico State women’s basketball star and Las Cruces native Paulina Blunt passed away Tuesday. her family has announced.  NMSU said she was 50 years old and living in the Bay Area of Northern California.
    A graduate of Oñate High School, Blunt played for the Aggies from 1989-1994. During that time, Bl
  • Interior secretary visits new public lands HQ in Colorado

    Interior secretary visits new public lands HQ in Colorado
    Interior Secretary Deb Haaland is paying her first visit Friday to the new Colorado headquarters of her department’s Bureau of Land Management after its relocation from the nation’s capital by the Trump administration sparked criticism that the move was intended to gut the agency that oversees vast tracts of public lands in the West.
    The BLM headquarters has been in staffing turmoil after the 2019 move to Grand Junction and after four years without a confirmed director. Interior had
  • Native leader blasts NM’s response to education lawsuit

    Native leader blasts NM’s response to education lawsuit
    In this 2018 photo, former Governor of Cochiti Pueblo Regis Pecos participates in a ceremony to sign the Santa Fe Entrada Proclamation in the courtyard of the Santa Fe Community Convention Center. (Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal)
    SANTA FE — Former Cochiti Pueblo Gov. Regis Pecos slammed New Mexico’s efforts to improve education for Native American students in response to a landmark court decision, describing a “fragmented” funding process for tribal education that will h
  • Unlikely partners Pelosi and Cheney team up for Jan. 6 probe

    Unlikely partners Pelosi and Cheney team up for Jan. 6 probe
    WASHINGTON — When Nancy Pelosiraised a glass to Liz Cheney, it was the most unlikely of toasts.
    Democratic lawmakers and the Republican congresswoman were gathered in the House speaker’s office as the group prepared for the first session of the committeeinvestigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol.
    Pelosi spoke of the “solemn responsibility” before them and raised her water glass to Cheney, a daughter of the former vice president and the sole Republican in the roo
  • Missing boater’s body recovered from northern Colorado lake

    Missing boater’s body recovered from northern Colorado lake
    LOVELAND, Colo. — Authorities say a man died after reportedly falling into the water while boating on a lake in northern Colorado.
    The Loveland Reporter-Herald reports the man fell into Westerdoll Lake at about 8:30 p.m. Thursday, and a dive team recovered his body about an hour and a half later.
    Tom Hacker, a spokesman for the Loveland Police Department, says someone came ashore in a two-person boat and reported that the man was missing in the water. The victim’s name, age and homet
  • Ex-Gilbert school superintendent faces 18 counts of fraud

    Ex-Gilbert school superintendent faces 18 counts of fraud
    PHOENIX — A former suburban Phoenix school district superintendent accepted money in exchange for awarding building contracts to certain vendors, according to an Arizona Auditor General report.
    The report, which was released Thursday, led to Dr. Angela Denise Birdwell, former Higley School District superintendent in Gilbert, being indicted earlier this month on felony charges involving fraud. Kay Hartwell Hunnicutt, Birdwell’s housemate, and two vendor employees were also indicted.
    B
  • Couple set to open Rio Rancho gym in 2022

    Couple set to open Rio Rancho gym in 2022
    Stephen and Carolotta Park, who met in graduate school at University of New Mexico, will soon be opening a Burn Boot Camp fitness center location in Rio Rancho. (Courtesy of Carolotta Park)
    RIO RANCHO – To Stephen and Carolotta Park, it makes sense to launch their own Burn Boot Camp fitness center in Rio Rancho in the near future.
    It takes them full circle, back to where they met, and allows them to resume their passion for fitness.
    The couple met in graduate school at the University of Ne
  • Flash flood warning issued for Bernalillo County

    Flash flood warning issued for Bernalillo County
    The National Weather Service issued a warning for “dangerous and life threatening” flash floods on Friday afternoon in Bernalillo County.
    Up to a two inches of rain could fall across parts of the Albuquerque-area and the alert lasts until 6:15 p.m.
    “Do not attempt to travel unless you are fleeing an area subject to flooding or under an evacuation order,” the alert read.
    The alert comes days after three people were swept away by floodwaters in a Northeast Albuquerque diver
  • Colorado jury convicts man of killing pro cyclist in crash

    Colorado jury convicts man of killing pro cyclist in crash
    DURANGO, Colo. — A jury has convicted a man of causing a crash that killed a professional cyclist in southwest Colorado.
    The Durango Herald reports Cordell Schneider was found guilty Thursday of vehicular homicide and reckless driving for the March 4, 2020, crash near Marvel that killed 39-year-old Benjamin Sonntag. Schneider is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 15 and faces two to six years in prison for vehicular homicide and 10 to 90 days in jail for reckless driving.
    Colorado State Patrol
  • Search for bodies concludes at Florida condo collapse site

    Search for bodies concludes at Florida condo collapse site
    MIAMI — Firefighters on Friday declared the end of their search for bodies at the site of a collapsed Florida condo building, concluding a month of painstaking work removing layers of dangerous debris that were once piled several stories high.
    The June 24 collapse at the oceanside tower killed 97 people, with at least one more missing person yet to be identified. The site has been mostly swept flat and the rubble moved to a Miami warehouse. Although forensic scientists are still at work, i
  • Jolie-Pitt divorce judge disqualified by appeals court

    Jolie-Pitt divorce judge disqualified by appeals court
    LOS ANGELES — A California appeals court on Friday disqualified a private judge being used by Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt in their divorce case, handing Jolie a major victory.
    The 2nd District Court of Appeal agreed with Jolie that Judge John W. Ouderkirk didn’t sufficiently disclose business relationships with Pitt’s attorneys.
    “Judge Ouderkirk’s ethical breach, considered together with the information disclosed concerning his recent professional relationships wit
  • AP-NORC poll: Most unvaccinated Americans don’t want shots

    AP-NORC poll: Most unvaccinated Americans don’t want shots
    Most Americans who haven’t been vaccinated against COVID-19 say they are unlikely to get the shots and doubt they would work against the aggressive delta variant despite evidence they do, according to a new poll that underscores the challenges facing public health officials amid soaring infections in some states.
    Among American adults who have not yet received a vaccine, 35% say they probably will not, and 45% say they definitely will not, according to a poll from The Associated Press-NORC
  • Paxton’s Taproom adds Santa Fe location

    Paxton’s Taproom adds  Santa Fe location
    The bar at the new location of Paxton’s Taproom located at 109 N. Guadalupe Street in Santa Fe. (Courtesy of Heritage Hotels and Resorts)
    The Sawmill Market vendor Paxton’s Taproom opened a second location in Santa Fe near the Eldorado Hotel & Spa, according to a spokesperson for the brand.
    The new location, at 109 N. Guadalupe Street, features more than 30 local beers, cocktails, wines and wood-fired pizza from Il Vicino.
    Paxton’s Taproom is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesda
  • Brazil reopens amid looming threat from delta variant

    Brazil reopens amid looming threat from delta variant
    BRASILIA, Brazil — With the number of coronavirus deaths starting to recede in Brazil, a renewed sense of optimism has led state governors to roll back restrictions, soccer fans are starting to return to stadiums, and the mayor of Rio de Janeiro has said the city’s famous New Year’s party is back on.
    But one question looms over these early signs of recovery: What will happen as the delta variant of COVID-19 spreads through the mostly unvaccinated country, which already has the
  • Trump inaugural committee chair to be released on $250M bail

    Trump inaugural committee chair to be released on $250M bail
    LOS ANGELES — The chair of former President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee who faces charges he secretly worked as an agent for the the United Arab Emirates to influence Trump’s foreign policy was ordered released from jail Friday on $250 million bail.
    Tom Barrack, 74, who was arrested Tuesday in Los Angeles near where he lives, was among three men charged in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, with conspiring to influence U.S. policy on the UAE’s behalf during Trump
  • Ruling leaves immigrants who newly applied for DACA in limbo

    Ruling leaves immigrants who newly applied for DACA in limbo
    NEW YORK — When the text message popped up on his phone, Samuel Alfaro didn’t want to believe it.
    It said his appointment with U.S. immigration services about his application to join the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, the one he had been waiting on for months, was canceled because of a court order halting the Obama-era deportation protections for those brought to the U.S. as children.
    “I thought it was a scam,” the 19-year-old from Houston said of the mes
  • Phoenix area hit with monsoon rain, lightning and thunder

    Phoenix area hit with monsoon rain, lightning and thunder
    PHOENIX — In Phoenix, scorching heat has been swapped for rain, lightning and flooding thanks to monsoon thunderstorms.
    Residents across metro Phoenix woke up Friday to a drenched landscape thanks to overnight rains that were accompanied by crackling thunder and gusty winds.
    The impact knocked down trees, fencing, and even power. It has also triggered flash flood warnings in some Phoenix suburbs.
    In Scottsdale, city officials reported outages in the city’s Old Town district and South
  • Critics bid to overturn approval of Tahoe resort expansion

    Critics bid to overturn approval of Tahoe resort expansion
    RENO, Nev. — Environmental lawyers are urging a California appellate court to overturn a pair of district court rulings that handed significant victories to the Squaw Valley ski resort as it moves forward with expansion plans critics say will dramatically increase traffic in the area and harm Lake Tahoe’s air and water quality.
    Justice Vance W. Raye, chief of the Third District Court of Appeals, appeared sympathetic to their arguments this week that Placer County may have violated a
  • Appeals court upholds dismissal of ousted lawmaker’s lawsuit

    Appeals court upholds dismissal of ousted lawmaker’s lawsuit
    PHOENIX — A federal appeals court has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by a former Arizona legislator who was expelled by the state House in 2018 for sexual harassment.
    The San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in a Thursday opinion that Republican Don Shooter failed to show that the proceedings that let to his expulsion violated the law.
    Shooter sued former House Speaker J.D. Mesnard, a fellow Republican who currently is a state senator and other Republicans a
  • BCSO shuts down eastbound Paseo after apparent shooting

    BCSO shuts down eastbound Paseo after apparent shooting
    Deputies shut down eastbound traffic on Paseo del Norte at Second on Friday afternoon as they investigated an apparent shooting.
    Albuquerque police said the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office is handling the incident.
    A BCSO spokesperson did not immediately respond to calls and messages for comment.
    Multiple deputies could be seen around a dirt-covered sedan along Paseo del Norte as paramedics loaded a man with his head bandaged into a ambulance.
    As the ambulance drove off, a single bulle
  • BCSO shut down eastbound Paseo after apparent shooting

    BCSO shut down eastbound Paseo after apparent shooting
    Deputies shut down eastbound traffic on Paseo del Norte at Second on Friday afternoon as they investigated an apparent shooting.
    Albuquerque police said the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office is handling the incident.
    A BCSO spokesperson did not immediately respond to calls and messages for comment.
    Multiple deputies could be seen around a dirt-covered sedan along Paseo del Norte as paramedics loaded a man with his head bandaged into a ambulance.
    As the ambulance drove off, a single bulle
  • BCSO: 1 injured in shooting, rollover crash on Paseo

    BCSO: 1 injured in shooting, rollover crash on Paseo
    Deputies closed eastbound traffic on Paseo del Norte at Coors on Friday afternoon as they investigate a shooting that led to a car rollover and left a person wounded.
    Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office said on Twitter that a person was taken to a hospital and is “unknown condition at this time.”
    BCSO said detectives are investigating and Paseo del Norte will be closed until further notice.“This is all the information we have at this time, the investigation is ongoing,&rd
  • New Mexico-connected Tokyo Olympians

    New Mexico-connected Tokyo Olympians
    The Summer Olympics have begun and continue through Aug. 8.
  • FBI looking for suspect in Navajo Nation homicide

    FBI looking for suspect in Navajo Nation homicide
    Josiah Smith (FBI)Authorities are trying to find a man accused in a slaying on the Navajo Nation earlier this year.
    FBI spokesman Frank Fisher said 27-year-old Josiah Smith, of Smith Lake, NM, was charged June 11 with murder and crimes committed in Indian Country.
    “Smith is accused of a fatal shooting on the Navajo Nation earlier this year,” Fisher said. “No specific details of the crime can be provided at this time due to the ongoing investigation.”
    He said Smith is cons
  • Arizona reports 1,479 new COVID-19 cases, 7 more deaths

    Arizona reports 1,479 new COVID-19 cases, 7 more deaths
    PHOENIX — Arizona is reporting 1,479 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, the highest daily case number in over a week.
    The state’s dashboard released the latest numbers Friday, which included another seven deaths attributed to the virus.
    This brings Arizona’s totals since the pandemic began to 914,132 cases and 18,144 deaths.
    Hospitalizations due to the virus also continue to trend upward with 910 patients statewide. Of those, 238 are in the ICU. ICU occupancies have not been that
  • Arizona governor renews vaccination push as virus cases rise

    Arizona governor renews vaccination push as virus cases rise
    PHOENIX — As COVID-19 case numbers continue to climb in Arizona, the governor on Friday reiterated calls for people to get vaccinated but also maintained it was a personal choice.
    “We have made it clear from the very beginning that we will never mandate the vaccine, and we’ve taken action to prevent vaccine passports or mandates,” Republican Gov. Doug Ducey said. “We have also encouraged everyone to get this vaccine. It is the surest way of keeping you and your love
  • Ex-Nevada inmate going on trial in Colorado hammer killings

    Ex-Nevada inmate going on trial in Colorado hammer killings
    CENTENNIAL, Colo. — A former Nevada inmate accused of using a hammer to kill four people in the Denver area is going on trial nearly four decades after the slayings.
    Jury selection was scheduled to begin Friday for Alex Ewing in the deaths of Bruce and Debra Bennett and their 7-year-old daughter Melissa in Aurora in January 1984. The Bennett’s 3-year-old daughter, Vanessa, was severely injured but survived.
    Ewing is also charged with killing Patricia Louise Smith about a week before
  • US women tell 9th Circuit trial court didn’t factor success

    US women tell 9th Circuit trial court didn’t factor success
    SAN FRANCISCO — Players on the U.S. women’s national soccer team urged a federal appeals court to reinstate their equal pay lawsuit, saying their greater success than the American men was not taken into account by a trial court judge who dismissed their case.
    Players led by Alex Morgan sued the U.S. Soccer Federation in March 2019, contending they have not been paid equitably under their collective bargaining agreement that runs through December 2021, compared to what the men’s
  • Free money for all? Mayors hope local tests bring big change

    Free money for all? Mayors hope local tests bring big change
    By triggering $1,400 stimulus checks for millions of people and expanding the child tax credit for many families, the pandemic offered a clear takeaway for some officials: That putting tax dollars in people’s pockets is achievable and can be a lifeline to those struggling to get by.
    Now a growing number of mayors and other leaders say they want to determine for sure whether programs like these are the best way to reduce poverty, lessen inequality and get people working.
    In experiments acro
  • Suspect arrested in shooting of 2 men on Oklahoma interstate

    Suspect arrested in shooting of 2 men on Oklahoma interstate
    OKLAHOMA CITY — The man wanted in the shooting of two Arkansas men on Interstate 40 in eastern Oklahoma and a carjacking in Oklahoma City has been arrested in Dallas, according to Oklahoma City police.
    Lee King, 27, was arrested Thursday by U.S. marshals who, with Oklahoma City police, had traced him to a location in Dallas, police Sgt. Gary Knight said.
    The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation has said King was wanted in the shooting of Arkansans John Derek Riggs and Jake Myers on Satur
  • Dems renew questions about FBI background check of Kavanaugh

    Dems renew questions about FBI background check of Kavanaugh
    WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats are raising new concerns about the thoroughness of the FBI’s background investigation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh after the FBI revealed that it had received thousands of tips and had provided “all relevant” ones to the White House counsel’s office.
    FBI Director Christopher Wray, responding to longstanding questions from Democrats, disclosed in a letter late last month that it had received more than 4,500 tips as it investi
  • Crafty cockatoos master dumpster diving and teach each other

    Crafty cockatoos master dumpster diving and teach each other
    WASHINGTON — A few years ago, a Sydney scientist noticed a sulfur-crested cockatoo opening his trash bin. Not every resident would be thrilled, but ornithologist Richard Major was impressed by the ingenuity.
    It’s quite a feat for a bird to grasp a bin lid with its beak, pry it open, then shuffle far enough along the bin’s edge that the lid falls backward — revealing edible trash treasures inside.
    Intrigued, Major teamed up with researchers in Germany to study how many coc
  • Kanye West unveils new album, Jay-Z track at listening event

    Kanye West unveils new album, Jay-Z track at listening event
    Kanye West barely said a word during his album listening session Thursday night, but the mercurial rapper still had most attendees standing on their feet while hanging on every word of his new project.
    West unveiled his 10th studio album, “Donda” in front of a packed crowd at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. His album was named after his mother, Donda West, who died at the age of 58 following plastic surgery complications in 2007.
    Pulling off the listening session — which
  • Stocks push higher on Wall Street, on track for weekly gain

    Stocks push higher on Wall Street, on track for weekly gain
    Stocks rose in early trading on Wall Street Friday and put the major indexes on track for a strong finish in a week that opened with a stumble.
    The S&P 500 index rose 0.4% as of 10:02 a.m. Eastern time and is hovering around the record high it set earlier this month. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 122 points, or 0.4%, to 34.946 and the Nasdaq rose 0.2%.
    The major indexes are all on track to close the week higher, essentially brushing off a sharp sell-off on Monday that trimmed 1.6% fr
  • To reach a peace deal, Taliban say Afghan president must go

    To reach a peace deal, Taliban say Afghan president must go
    ISLAMABAD — The Taliban say they don’t want to monopolize power, but they insist there won’t be peace in Afghanistan until there is a new negotiated government in Kabul and President Ashraf Ghani is removed.
    In an interview with The Associated Press, Taliban spokesman, Suhail Shaheen, who is also a member of the group’s negotiating team, laid out the insurgents’ stance on what should come next in a country on the precipice.
    The Taliban have swiftly captured territor
  • Study: Chinese COVID shot may offer elderly poor protection

    Study: Chinese COVID shot may offer elderly poor protection
    BUDAPEST, Hungary — A new study suggests that a Sinopharm vaccine offers poor protection from COVID-19 among the elderly, raising questions for dozens of countries that have given the Chinese company’s shots to their most vulnerable populations.
    A survey of blood samples taken from 450 people in Hungary at least two weeks after their second Sinopharm dose found that 90% under 50 years old developed protective antibodies. But the percentage declined with age, and 50% of those over 80
  • Eritrean refugees under attack in Ethiopia’s Tigray war

    Eritrean refugees under attack in Ethiopia’s Tigray war
    NAIROBI, Kenya — Thousands of Eritrean refugees are increasingly caught in the middle of the conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, where witnesses and U.N. officials say forces have attacked their camps, abducted or killed some of the residents, and stolen their food and possessions.
    The refugees are among the most vulnerable groups in the Tigray conflict, which broke out in November between the region’s forces and Ethiopian federal troops. It has left thousands of people dead.
  • Canada vs Zimbabwe: Two divergent paths of COVID vaccination

    Canada vs Zimbabwe: Two divergent paths of COVID vaccination
    HARARE, Zimbabwe — When mother-of-three Amanda Wood heard that hundreds of coronavirus shots were available for teens, only one thing prevented her from racing to the vaccination site at a Toronto high school — her 13-year-old daughter’s fear of needles.
    Wood told Lola: If you get the vaccine you’ll be able to see your friends again. You’ll be able to play sports. And enticed by the promise of resuming a normal, teen life, Lola agreed.
    In Zimbabwe, more than 8,000 m
  • Volunteers hunting for Mexico’s ‘disappeared’ become targets

    Volunteers hunting for Mexico’s ‘disappeared’ become targets
    MEXICO CITY — The mainly female volunteers who fan out across Mexico to hunt for the bodies of murdered relatives are themselves increasingly being killed, putting to the test the government’s promise to help them in their quest for a final shred of justice: a chance to mourn.
    Those who carry on the effort tell tales of long getting threats and being watched — presumably by the same people who murdered their sons, brothers and husbands.
    But now threats have given way to bullets
  • Pfizer shot halts severe illness, allows infection in Israel

    Pfizer shot halts severe illness, allows infection in Israel
    Pfizer Inc.’s COVID-19 vaccine provided a strong shield against hospitalization and more severe disease in cases caused by the contagious delta variant in Israel in recent weeks, even though it was just 39% effective in preventing infections, according to the country’s health ministry.
    The vaccine, developed with BioNTech SE, provided 88% protection against hospitalization and 91% against severe illness for an unspecified number of people studied between June 20 and July 17, accordin

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