France says Australia-US submarine deal ‘huge mistake’

France’s ambassador to Australia has described as a “huge mistake” Australia’s surprise cancellation of a major submarine contract in favor of a U.S. deal, in an unprecedented show of anger among the allies By ROD McGUIRK Associated Press September 18, 2021, 9:36 AM • 4 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article CANBERRA, … Read more

India gives 25M vaccine doses on Modi’s birthday

NEW DELHI — India gave out 25 million doses during a special COVID-19 vaccination drive organized on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s birthday. The campaign took place Friday as Modi turned 71. The Health Ministry said Saturday the special drive had raised India’s overall vaccinations to more than 790 million. Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya called the … Read more

Rite Aid creating headquarters in Philadelphia’s Navy Yard where remote workers can gather

Some Rite Aid employees soon will call South Philly home, but only occasionally. The drugstore chain is relocating its corporate offices from Camp Hill, Cumberland County, to the Philadelphia Navy Yard, where it is creating an office space that caters to its new corporate strategy of remote work. Rite Aid reportedly has leased about 25% of a 92,000 … Read more

Aluminum wrap used to protect homes in California wildfires

RENO, Nev. – Martin Diky said he panicked as a huge wildfire started racing down a slope toward his wooden house near Lake Tahoe. The contractor had enough time to do some quick research and decided to wrap his mountain home with an aluminum protective covering. The material that can withstand intensive heat for short … Read more

Nob Hill restaurant requires full vaccination for indoor dining

A restaurant in Nob Hill is now requiring customers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before dining indoors.Frenchish, a neighborhood restaurant, has served the local community for five years. Like many businesses, the restaurant has struggled during the coronavirus pandemic. “When you set out to open a business, you never think ‘what’s the worst thing … Read more

Stocks fall on Wall Street, giving up the week’s gains

Technology companies led a broad slide for stocks Friday, as the major indexes headed for a feeble ending to an up-and-down week on Wall Street. Trading has been choppy throughout the week. Investors have received a mixed bag of economic data reflecting how the economy is weathering a spike in COVID-19 cases and how it … Read more

Start of school year fuels California job growth in August

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Public school teachers and staff returning to the classroom in August fueled another impressive month of job gains in California as officials said Friday that the state added another 104,300 jobs on its march to erase an unprecedented pandemic employment deficit. Government jobs accounted for nearly 45% of all job gains in … Read more

Statue of anonymous Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto unveiled in Hungary

A group of crypto enthusiasts in Hungary built a bronze bust of the anonymous creator of Bitcoin — but had to pay the sculptors in regular currency. The statue, dedicated to the mysterious founder of Bitcoin known by the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto, was unveiled Thursday in Budapest, the capital of Hungary. “We think of Satoshi … Read more

FDA Panel Rejects Plan to Administer Pfizer’s Covid Booster Doses to General Public – NBC New York

An influential Food and Drug Administration advisory committee on Friday resoundingly rejected a plan to administer booster shots of Pfizer and BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine to the general public, saying they needed more data. The panel, however, could still clear the shots for older populations. Scientists continued debating the need for a third dose of the … Read more