Pandemic unemployment benefit fraud could reach $45 billion, federal watchdog says

CNN — About $45.6 billion in pandemic unemployment benefits may have been fraudulently paid to criminals between March 2020 and April 2022, the office of the U.S. Department of Labor Inspector General said in a memorandum on Thursday. It is the latest report identifying widespread plans to steal money from various federal aid programs. The … Read more

White House receives local officials, praises policy impact | Health, medicine and fitness

By JOSH BOAK – Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House has made another effort to show local governments what it can do for their communities, hosting officials from North Carolina to highlight funding opportunities and hear first-hand how emergency relief, infrastructure dollars and other policies run locally. Thursday’s event reflects an expansion in … Read more

White House receives local officials, praises policy impact | Health, medicine and fitness

By JOSH BOAK – Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House has made another effort to show local governments what it can do for their communities, hosting officials from North Carolina to highlight funding opportunities and hear first-hand how emergency relief, infrastructure dollars and other policies run locally. Thursday’s event reflects an expansion in … Read more

White House receives local officials, praises policy impact | Health, medicine and fitness

By JOSH BOAK – Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House has made another effort to show local governments what it can do for their communities, hosting officials from North Carolina to highlight funding opportunities and hear first-hand how emergency relief, infrastructure dollars and other policies run locally. Thursday’s event reflects an expansion in … Read more

State employees likely to get 1K bonuses for COVID booster | Health, medicine and fitness

SEATTLE (AP) — Under a tentative deal, Washington state employees would receive $1,000 in bonuses for receiving a COVID-19 booster shot. The agreement between the state and the Washington Federation of State Employees also includes 4% pay increases in 2023, 3% pay increases in 2024 and a $1,000 retention bonus, The Seattle Times reported. Governor … Read more

IMF chief warns there will be ‘people on the streets’ worldwide unless measures are taken to reduce inflation

CNN — There will be “people on the streets” worldwide unless measures are taken to protect the most vulnerable from inflation, Kristalina Georgieva, the head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), warned Wednesday. “It’s important to remember that this composite impact of multiple crises is already testing people’s patience and resilience. And if you don’t … Read more

Increase in Venezuelan migration is felt in the US | Health, medicine and fitness

By ACACIA CORONADO and GISELA SALOMON – Associated Press EAGLE PASS, Texas (AP) — It took Nerio two months and everything he needed to get from Venezuela to the US, traveling mainly on foot and watching exhausted fellow migrants be attacked or left to die. Like an increasing number of Venezuelans, Nerio has embarked on … Read more

By the Numbers: Facts and Figures About the Queen’s Burial | Health, medicine and fitness

By The Associated Press LONDON (AP) – Events surrounding Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral on Monday include 10 days of national mourning and are expected to be watched by hundreds of thousands of people gathering on the streets of London and millions around the world. Those are just some of the staggering numbers generated by … Read more

First vaccination ads for updated Covid-19 booster target audience aged 50 and over

CNN — As part of the White House’s Covid-19 response plan for the fall, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is introducing a video ad to encourage people to take the updated Covid-19 booster shot — especially those 50 and older. . In the public information campaign’s new video ad, released Thursday and … Read more

Polio is back – how concerned should Americans be?

CNN — The New York governor has declared a state of emergency after health officials discovered polio virus in the wastewater of five counties — evidence of the disease circulating. The statement also follows a report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of an unvaccinated person in Rockland County, New York, who … Read more