Panelists unveil ballots for NBA's Greatest 75 players: Jordan, LeBron, Wilt and also Sikma, Horry
Our panel of 15 voters had all the familar names on their list -- Jordan, LeBron, Magic, Kareem -- but also names that may need an explanation.Of course, players like Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Oscar Robertson, Kobe Bryant, Kawhi Leonard, George Mikan and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will be on any list of the Top 75 great players. The trick is where they appear on any given list.
Tea Party favorite and Texas gubernatorial candidate Allen West says he has tested positive for COVID-19 and probably will be hospitalized.
West, 60, said he is not vaccinated and that his wife Angela West, who is vaccinated, also tested positive. Both have completed monoclonal antibody injections, West said on Twitter. He also said he is "taking hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin protocols." Neither drug has received FDA approval for use against COVID.
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West said he is experiencing a low-grade fever and light body aches.
"Out of concern for public health, Col. West is suspending in-person events until receiving an all-clear indication," another tweet said. On Thursday, he attended a what he described as a "packed house” Mission Generation Annual Gala & Fundraiser in Seabrook, Texas.
West is a former Texas Republican Party chair and Florida congressman. He announced in July that he would challenge Republican Gov. Greg Abbot, who is running for a third term and has been endorsed by former President Donald Trump.
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► More than 20,000 runners will gather Monday for the 125th Boston Marathon, delayed from April due to the pandemic.
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► Malaysian officials say 90% of adults are now fully vaccinated and that outbound international travel restrictions will be eased for vaccinated residents starting Monday. About 68% of American adults are fully vaccinated.
►Breakthrough COVID-19 infections in Arizona rose to nearly 18% of new cases in September, but state health officials emphasize vaccination remains the best way to prevent serious illness and death. In July, the breakthrough rate was 14% of new cases. In August, it went up to 15%.
► An Apple Store security guard in New York City was stabbed over a mask dispute and authorities are searching for the suspect. The victim's injuries were not life-threatening.
► Starting Monday, San Francisco's port will reopen to cruise ships after a 19-month hiatus.
???? Today's numbers: The U.S. has recorded more than 44.3 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and more than 712,900 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. Global totals: More than 237.5 million cases and 4.8 million deaths. More than 187.2 million Americans – 56.4% of the population – are fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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???? What we're reading: From Cambodia to Canada, dozens of other nations are beating U.S. in COVID-19 vaccinations. The differences are stark: Fifty million more Americans would need to be vaccinated now to match Canada’s enthusiasm. What happened here?
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COVID rates are falling – but winter and human error could erase gains
COVID-19 rates are finally falling again after a wave nearly as bad as the one last winter. But experts warn that if we start acting as if COVID-19 is over, another surge is possible. If people stop taking precautions, start gathering indoors in large numbers and shrug off vaccines or boosters, another wave could strike this winter.
“A lot of it depends on human behavior, and human behavior in this pandemic hasn’t served us very well,” CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said in a recent call with reporters. “We are battling with ourselves, not with the common foe.”
West released from hospital after COVID-19 treatment
Texas Republican gubernatorial candidate Allen West on Monday revealed that he was released from the hospital after battling pneumonia related to a COVID-19 infection.West, who is not vaccinated, was admitted to a hospital in Texas on Saturday. At the time he tweeted that he had concerning oxygen saturation levels.On Monday, West posted a video to his social media accounts explaining that he had returned home and thanking supporters for their well wishes.Back at home with a special message for you: https://t.co/6lSfpvkMqx- Allen West (@AllenWest) October 12, 2021"I'm doing very well. I'm now back at the house.
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Pandemic depression, anxiety rose and fell with surges
A new study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that anxiety and depression levels rose late last year at a pandemic peak time, and fell after vaccines became widespread and restrictions eased. Anxiety scores increased 13% from August to December in 2020, and then decreased 26.8% between then and late May to early June. Similarly, depression levels increased 14.8% and then decreased 24.8%. The analysis was conducted based on Census Bureau Household Pulse Survey data.
"Across the entire study period, the frequency of anxiety and depression symptoms was positively correlated with the average number of daily COVID-19 cases," the study said. "Mental health services and resources, including telehealth behavioral services, are critical during the COVID-19 pandemic."
Iowa schools can keep requiring masks after preliminary injunction
Iowa school districts with facial covering requirements can keep them in place for now after a federal judge extended the pause on the state's ban on school mask mandates. Judge Robert Pratt — who had issued a temporary restraining order against the law on Sept. 13 in response to a lawsuit filed by parents of students with disabilities — granted a preliminary injunction against the state law Friday.
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic candidate for Virginia governor, on Tuesday called on leaders in Washington from both parties — including President Joe Biden — to “get their act together," while pushing Senate Democrats to scrap the filibuster if needed to enact the party's priorities on infrastructure spending and voting rights. The harsh words from McAuliffe during an interview with The Associated Press come just three weeks before Election Day in Virginia.
Pratt's temporary restraining order was set to expire Monday, but now the injunction means the law could be blocked for the duration of the lawsuit. In Friday's filing, Pratt cited the trajectory of pediatric COVID-19 cases in the state since the beginning of the school year and "the irreparable harm that could befall the children involved in this case."
Workers hold documents as they wait for their turn to receive the first dose of Covishield vaccine against the Covid-19 coronavirus in a passenger bus converted into a mobile vaccination centre at a wholesale market in Kolkata, India on June 3, 2021.
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An official in personal protective equipment (PPE) manages the crowd as people line up to receive China's Sinopharm Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on May 31, 2021, as part of the government's campaign to halt the rising number of cases of the virus.
Two elderly women walk into the Alba Caracas hotel to get their first dose of the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine after being in line for more than 5 hours, during a massive vaccination campaign for seniors in Caracas, Venezuela, May 31, 2021.
Catherine Bechard, a Canada Border Services Agency, CBSA, regional Indigenous Affairs advisor, walks along a line-up of southern Alberta residents waiting to get shots of a COVID-19 vaccine from a Montana tribe in Carway, Alberta,, May 18, 2021.
A woman receives a dose of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine as medical health workers visit door-to-door to deliver the vaccines to people who live far from health facilities in Siaya, Kenya, on May 18, 2021.
People wait after receiving doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against COVID-19 at a vaccination center for people over 50 years old set up at the Vasconcelos Library, in Mexico City on May 11, 2021.
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A health worker prepares to administer a dose of the Sinopharm Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine at a vaccination centre in Karachi, Pakistan on May 5, 2021.
Nurse Pilar Rodríguez arrives to start visiting her patients in the town of Sa Pobla on the Spanish Balearic Island of Mallorca, Spain, Friday, April 30, 2021. Pilar Rodríguez, age 49, is one of three nurses in the town of Sa Pobla in the interior of the island to administer shots there and in nearby villages. On her rounds of the area on foot, she is welcomed amiably by elderly folk, many bound to a chair or a bed. So far, Rodríguez said she and her colleagues have vaccinated over 70 people at their homes in the rural area. They have all received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, the shot leading Spain's campaign.
An elderly woman reacts as she receives a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine at El-Menzah sports hall in Tunisia's capital Tunis on April 12, 2021, as vaccination centers in the North African country experience an influx of registrations a day ahead of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan.
A medical worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech Comirnaty vaccine against Covid-19 at a vaccination center on April 8, 2021 in Erfurt, Germany.
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Palestinian health ministry workers prepare doses of the Sinopharm COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine COVID-19, donated by the Chinese government, at a school in Halhoul, north of Hebron in the occupied West Bank on April 6, 2021, to be provided to Palestinian teachers and education ministry employees before schools reopen the following week.
A woman wearing Javanese traditonal costume in a vehicle receives a dose of the Sinovac Biotech Ltd. Covid-19 vaccine during a mass drive-thru vaccination program at Prambanan temple complex on April 5, 2021 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
Healthcare workers from Humber River Hospital draw out doses of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine before administering the vaccine to residents at a LOFT community housing complex in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Friday, March 26, 2021.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Texas Tea Party gubernatorial candidate Allen West has pneumonia; infection rates falling - for now: Live COVID-19 updates
Russia's daily coronavirus deaths mount to another high .
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's coronavirus deaths surged to another daily record Wednesday as soaring infections prompted the Cabinet to suggest declaring a nonworking week to stem contagion. The government task force reported 1,028 coronavirus deaths over the past 24 hours, the highest number since the start of the pandemic. That brought the total death toll to 226,353 — by far the highest in Europe. Amid a spike in infections and deaths, Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova suggested introducing a nonworking period starting Oct. 30 and extending through the following week, when four of seven days already are state holidays.