‘The worst version’ of COVID is spreading. Can we update our vaccines in time?

For the last 18 months, the original COVID-19 vaccines — first as a two-dose series, then as boosters — have done an extraordinary job shielding us from illness, hospitalization and death. Globally, they saved nearly 20 million lives in 2021 alone. Even today, unvaccinated Americans are twice as likely as vaccinated Americans to test positive … Read more

Bears trade three times in seven-round mock

Bears full seven-round mock draft features three trades originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago Mock drafts are fun, that’s why we do them. It’s even more fun when you get to play around with the No. 1 pick in the draft. That’s the case for Bears fans this year, and that’s why we’ve really leaned … Read more

Children ages 8 and up should be screened for anxiety, experts say. Here’s what parents need to know.

Intense worrying or fear that results in an inability to function at school or in social settings may be a sign of anxiety disorder in children and teenagers. (Getty Images) The US Preventive Services Task Force recently recommended that children ages 8 to 18 should be screened for anxiety disorder by their primary care physician … Read more

Why each of the NHL’s Eastern Conference bubble teams will (or won’t) make the playoffs

Unless you were dying to see who would finish with the most points, last season’s NHL playoff races severely lacked drama. For a league obsessed with parity, the party seemed over before it began. This time around, though, fans of nail-biting races should rejoice: this season’s playoff races look a lot more interesting. Realistically, you … Read more

A GOP senator says Republican lawmakers are frustrated with Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg because he wants ‘everything to be climate and politically correct’

West Virginia Sen. Shelley Moore Capito has raised concerns about Pete Buttigieg’s tenure as Transportation secretary.AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta Hill Republicans are increasingly voicing their issues with Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. Sen. Capito told The Hill that Buttigieg had a “push” for everything “to be climate and politically correct.” The Department of Transportation has defended … Read more

As a gang member, he killed a man. Now, he faces deportation to South Korea

Justin Chung outside a federal building in downtown Los Angeles before checking in with immigration agents. Chung could be deported to South Korea after serving time for fatally shooting a man when he was 16. (Jason Armond/Los Angeles Times) After getting out of prison, Justin Chung told his story on podcasts and TikTok. He knew … Read more

Michigan State struggles with uncertain return to classes

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State University professor Marco Díaz-Muñoz is still haunted by what he witnessed last Monday nightwhen a gunman entered his classroom in Berkey Hall, killing two of his students in what he describes as “12 minutes of terror.” “Those images haunt me. The images of those two girls,” Díaz-Muñoz told The … Read more