Powerball Prize Soars to $1.2B After No Winners Found Monday
The lack of a winner means the next drawing Wednesday night will be for a massive $1.2 billion jackpot.
US Clears Updated COVID Boosters Targeting Newest Variants
The U.S. on Wednesday authorized its first update to COVID-19 vaccines, booster doses that target today’s most common omicron strain. Shots could begin within days.
Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to Retire
Two sources tell The Associated Press that liberal Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is retiring, giving President Joe Biden an opening he has pledged to fill by naming the first Black woman to the high court.
FDA Authorizes First COVID-19 Treatment At-home Pill
The U.S. has authorized the first pill against COVID-19, a Pfizer drug that Americans can take at home to reduce the risk of hospitalization and death.
Federal Student Loan Pause Extended through May 1
Student loan payments, which were set to resume in January, won't happen after all for millions of Americans.
At Least 70 People Feared Dead in Storms, Kentucky Governor Says
Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear says he fears tornadoes have killed 70 people in the state and the death toll may exceed 100.
U.S. Confirms First Case of Omicron COVID-19 Variant
A person in California has become the first in the U.S. to have an identified case of the omicron variant of COVID-19.
US Mandates Vaccines or Tests for Big Companies by January 4
Tens of millions of Americans who work at companies with 100 or more employees will need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Jan. 4 or get tested for the virus weekly.
Merck Says Experimental Pill Cuts Worst Effects of COVID-19
Drugmaker Merck says its experimental COVID-19 pill reduced hospitalizations and deaths by half in people recently infected with the coronavirus.
Pfizer Sees Waning Immunity From Its COVID-19 Vaccine
The company says its picking up efforts to develop a new booster, and they'll seek approval from the FDA soon.