Top Headlines for October 16, 2021

Headline News from the Associated Press
  • Parkland School Shooting Suspect Will Plead Guilty, Lawyer Says

    Nikolas Cruz, the accused gunman in the 2018 mass shooting in Parkland, Fla., plans to plead guilty to 17 counts of premeditated murder and attempted murder. On Friday, he pleaded guilty in a separate case related to his assault of a sheriff's deputy while in jail.
  • NASA to Launch a Robotic Archaeologist Named Lucy

    The spacecraft is designed to study clusters of asteroids along Jupiter's orbital path, known as the Trojan swarms, as it seeks to answer questions about the origins of the solar system and how life might have emerged on Earth.
  • F.D.A. Panel Endorses J.&J. Covid-19 Vaccine Boosters

    A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel recommended authorizing booster shots of Johnson & Johnson's one-dose coronavirus vaccine for people 18 years or older, at least two months after the first dose.
  • Dozens Killed In Blast at Afghan Mosque

    Witnesses said that multiple blasts erupted inside a Shiite Mosque on Friday in Kandahar city – considered the heart of the re-established Taliban government. While no group claimed responsibility, the Islamic State said it was behind a similar attack last week.
  • Biden Announces Vaccine Donation to the African Union

    President Biden announced the donation of 17 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to the African Union, a month after President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya publicly pleaded for more equitable vaccine distribution around the world.
  • Judge Sentences Robert Durst to Life in Prison

    Durst, the onetime heir to a Manhattan real estate empire, was sentenced to life in prison for the execution-style killing in 2000 of a close confidante. He will not be eligible for parole.
  • John Deere Workers Strike Over Contract

    Employees of Deere & Company formed picket lines after some 10,000 unionized workers went on strike to demand better pay and benefits at a time when the agriculture equipment maker was on track for a year of record profits.
  • 'We Can't Let Up Now': Biden Urges Vigilance Against Virus

    President Biden expressed optimism in the fight against the coronavirus amid a drop in new cases, while pleading with unvaccinated Americans to get the shots and rallying support for vaccine mandates.
  • F.D.A. Panel Greenlights Moderna Boosters for High-Risk Individuals

    A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel recommended a half-dose as a third injection for people 65 and older as well as younger adults at high risk because of their medical conditions or jobs.
  • Taiwan Apartment Fire Kills at Least 46 People

    The blaze tore through a 13-story building in the southern port city of Kaohsiung, killing at least 46 people and injuring dozens, making it the deadliest fire in decades in Taiwan.
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