Saturday, October 23, 2021

News wrap: More than 120,000 US children have died of COVID-19. for the lost a caregiver

Judy Woodruff:

Even today, a new study published in the medical journal “Pediatrics” found that more than 120,000 American children have lost a primary caregiver so far during the pandemic. More than half of those children were either black or Hispanic American.

We’ll take a closer look at the COVID increase in Alaska later in the program.

There were more signs today that the US job market is improving, even as the pandemic persists. Last week the number of new jobless claims fell to 326,000 for the first time in a month, the US Labor Department reported. That’s 38,000 less than the previous week, and the biggest drop in claims since the end of June.

A flash flood warning is in effect for much of the southeastern US after the storm slowed to 13 inches of rain in Alabama. At least four people died after their vehicles were swept away. The streets near a grocery store in East Breton were flooded. And overnight, in Hoover, rescuers helped stranded drivers escape the flood.

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In Southern California, US Coast Guard investigators boarded a large German cargo ship today to determine whether its anchorage may have sabotaged an oil pipeline nearly a week ago. Officials are focusing on the ship’s GPS tracking data before the Huntington Beach outbreak. They are checking whether its anchor is bent and tilted to the pipeline.

The governors of four Northeast states agreed today to share data on firearms purchases to help curb gun crime. Democratic governors of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut said the data would only be used by law enforcement. Current federal law prohibits the US government from collecting gun sales records in the National Registry.

In Pakistan, a 5.9-magnitude earthquake killed at least 23 people before dawn and injured more than 200. It shook a remote district in the South-West Province of Balochistan. At least 100 mud houses collapsed in the mountainous region, leaving piles of rubble and residents sleeping.

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