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Reps. Kaialiʻi Kahele, Mary Peltola and Sharice Davids stand together, smiling.

For the first time in 230 years, Congress has full U.S. Indigenous representation

With Rep. Mary Peltola's recent swearing-in, for the first time in more than 230 years a Native American, an Alaska Native and a Native Hawaiian are all members of the House.
a view of space

NASA’s James Webb telescope reveals the universe as we’ve never seen it before

NASA's $10 billion new telescope showed the world something remarkable Monday: an image of some of the first galaxies to form in the universe.
A hand holding a mask

The U.S. Justice Department will appeal the recent mask ruling by a federal judge

The CDC continues to recommend that people wear masks in all indoor public transportation settings and says "wearing masks is most beneficial in crowded or poorly ventilated locations, such as the transportation corridor."
A pair of gloved hands holding a box labeled "Ivermectin"

Ivermectin does not prevent COVID-19 hospitalization, a new study says

In the large study, researchers in Brazil studied more than 1,300 patients, half of which received ivermectin and the other half a placebo.
A white man in a suit speaks in front of a podium

Biden announces free tests and defends the White House response as COVID cases surge

The federal government plans to buy a half-billion at-home COVID test kits and mail them to people who want them, with deliveries beginning in January.

Moderna says its COVID booster increases protection against omicron

Moderna said Monday that preliminary data showed that its COVID-19 booster shot is effective against the omicron variant of the coronavirus currently surging in the U.S. and around the world.

COVID is again raging across the U.S. just as Americans gather for the holidays

The jump in cases in recent days is being blamed, in part, on the omicron variant. It's expected to become the dominant strain in the U.S. in the coming weeks.
A pregnant woman's belly

Are you pregnant? The CDC really wants you to get vaccinated against COVID-19

The agency warned Wednesday that failing to get vaccinated puts a pregnant person and their unborn baby more at risk if they were to get the coronavirus. A low percentage of pregnant people in the U.S. — only 31% — have received the COVID-19 vaccine.

Johnson & Johnson says its booster shot provides increased protection from COVID-19

Johnson & Johnson shared data from its Phase 3 trial of the company's booster shot on Tuesday. The data showed a booster shot at six months provided a 12-fold increase in antibodies.

COVID vaccine for kids ages 5 to 11 is safe and effective, Pfizer says

The first results from the highly anticipated trial studying the effectiveness and safety of the Pfizer and BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 showed promising results.

These images show just how bad Hurricane Ida hit Louisiana’s coastline

Louisiana is beginning the tough task of recovery after Hurricane Ida swept through the state's coast and caused significant damage and power outages.
Children play in a misty water.

Nearly 2 in 3 Americans are dealing with dangerous heat waves

The National Weather Service predicts areas on the East Coast could reach 100 degrees Thursday, with triple-digit temperatures in the Pacific Northwest, too. Relief isn't expected until the weekend.