Top Headlines for October 08, 2021

Headline News from the Associated Press
  • U.N. Secretary General Calls Vaccine Inequity 'Stupid'

    António Guterres, the United Nations secretary general, assailed the imbalance of Covid-19 vaccine distribution between rich and poor countries as he sought $8 billion to help narrow the divide.
  • 18 Former N.B.A. Players Charged in Health Care Fraud

    The scheme to defraud the health care plan for the National Basketball Association involved the submission of fraudulent claims for reimbursement of medical and dental services that were never provided, according to a federal indictment.
  • C.D.C. Urges Vaccines Ahead of Flu Season

    Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said that because flu infections were low last year, immunity was likely to be diminished, making it doubly important to get inoculated.
  • Senate Leaders Strike a Deal on Debt Ceiling Increase

    Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the majority leader, announced that he had reached an agreement with Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the minority leader, to raise the federal borrowing limit through early December.
  • Nobel Literature Prize Honors Tanzanian Author

    The award recognized Abdulrazak Gurnah's 'uncompromising and compassionate penetration of the effects of colonialism and the fates of the refugee in the gulf between cultures and continents.' He is the first African to win the award in almost two decades.
  • Earthquake Rattles Pakistan

    The deadly 5.9-magnitude quake struck early in the morning near the town of Harnai in the Balochistan Province, damaging homes and government buildings.
  • White House Pledges $1 Billion for At-Home Covid Tests

    Jeffrey D. Zients, the White House's Covid-19 coordinator, said the investment would help make 200 million at-home rapid coronavirus tests available to Americans each month starting in December.
  • Business Leaders Sound Alarm Over Potential U.S. Default

    Finance executives met with President Biden as an Oct. 18 debt-ceiling deadline inched closer, warning that a U.S. default would threaten the global economy. Senate Republicans have promised to filibuster a long-term suspension of the borrowing limit.
  • A 'Historic Day': W.H.O. Approves First Malaria Vaccine

    Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the World Health Organization's director general, said the long-awaited vaccine was a breakthrough for science and could save tens of thousands of young lives each year.
  • Boris Johnson Vows to Transform Britain's Economy

    Speaking at the Conservative Party's annual conference, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the U.K. would transition into an economy defined by high-skilled workers and higher wages.
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