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Should you mix and match your extra vaccine shot?

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I don't know about you, A, but when I'm at the grocery store recently, I am getting major sticker shock in the checkout line. And I'm buying all the same stuff I usually buy.

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We're 18 months into dealing with this pandemic. And if you're feeling worn out and off balance, you're not alone.

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It is expected to be a big week for COVID vaccines and boosters.

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Duane "Yellow Feather" Shepard stands at the top of a narrow park that slopes downward toward a lifeguard training center and panoramic views of the Pacific coast.

"We're looking over the horizon at a beautiful, beautiful ocean," Shepard says. "It's blue, serene — it's quiet. It's just a gorgeous, gorgeous view."

For Shepard, this oceanfront park known as Bruce's Beach — located in Manhattan Beach, Calif., just south of Los Angeles — holds a painful history. "This is the land that our family used to own," he says.

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A lot rests on the shoulders of Congress today. Keeping the government from shutting down at midnight is just one item on the big to-do list.

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After 16 years, Germans have voted for a change.

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Today might be the day that determines the future of COVID-19 booster shots in this country.

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Here are the numbers on COVID 18 months in. About 150,000 new cases are still being reported every single day in the U.S.

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As Gavin Newsom defeated the effort to unseat him as governor of California, last night, his main opponent in that race, Republican Larry Elder, did something that is no longer a given. He conceded.

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California's governor, Gavin Newsom, will keep his job.

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Newsom fended off a Republican-led recall effort. The Associated Press called the race not long after polls closed.

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Californians have until 8 p.m. tonight local time to vote yes or no on recalling Governor Gavin Newsom.

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Senators come back from their summer recess today with a lot to get done.

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On the morning of September 11, 2001, Elizabeth Cascio, an emergency medical technician with the New York City Fire Department, was in Queens directing a first responder training program, when the team got a call to mobilize to the World Trade Center. Her team arrived in a caravan of buses and ambulances just as the second tower collapsed.

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Ida has left behind a path of death and destruction from the Gulf Coast all the way into New England, and the death toll continues to rise.

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The remnants of Hurricane Ida have made it to the Northeast, dumping record-breaking amounts of rain throughout the region.

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The Supreme Court says Texas can go ahead and implement a new law making most abortions illegal in that state.

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Last night, the Pentagon tweeted out a picture, a night vision image of the last U.S. soldier to leave Afghanistan.

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Ida has weakened into a tropical storm as it moves up Louisiana and into Mississippi.

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It will take at least six weeks to return power to a large section of Louisiana's coast because of the damage wrought by Hurricane Ida, Jefferson Parish Emergency Management Director Joe Valiente told NPR on Monday.

"Damage is incredible" from what was a Category 4 storm, Valiente said, describing hundreds of trees that crashed onto power lines, houses and streets after being uprooted by Ida's strong winds.

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