An arbitrator said that the only Michigan official fired in the Flint water disaster likely was a “scapegoat” fired because of politics. Liane Shekter Smith led the state's drinking water office when Flint's drinking water was contaminated with lead. apne.ws/vP6VQO8
U.S. regulators expect to rule Wednesday on authorizing booster doses of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines, a Food and Drug Administration official said at a government meeting. apne.ws/Pw3fjXu
Hourly workers are increasingly seeking flexibility in how and when they do their jobs, pushing back on weekend, late night or holiday shifts. Employers who are struggling to fill openings are trying to accommodate them. apne.ws/ce2pfzE
ON THIS DAY – In 2006, Christopher Nolan’s twisting thriller “The Prestige,” starring Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) and Christian Bale as feuding magicians, went on general release in the U.S. #OnThisDay
Bitcoin jumped to a record high, topping $66,000, as it rides a wave of excitement about getting further mainstreamed by the financial establishment. Bitcoin has rallied back after sinking below $30,000 during the summer. apne.ws/sMitFEW
Bull stop: Tucson police had to respond to reports of a bull roaming a neighborhood near an elementary school. Officers blocked off the street with their SUVS until ranchers arrived two hours later to help corral the bull. apne.ws/KR2EFWP#odd
Children are at lower risk of having serious side effects from COVID-19, but those serious consequences do occur. Officials note that vaccination both dramatically reduces those chances and will reduce the spread of the delta variant.
The Pfizer vaccine requires two doses spaced three weeks apart, meaning kids who get their first shot of the vaccine within a couple weeks of the expected approval in early November will be fully vaccinated by Christmas.
Royal Smart remembers every detail: the feeling of the handcuffs on his wrists. The panic as he was led outside into the cold March darkness, arms raised, to face dozens of police guns pointed at him. He was 8 years old. apne.ws/BzReIzT
Mike Durant, a military veteran best known as the helicopter pilot who was shot down and held prisoner in the 1993 “Black Hawk Down” incident is joining the U.S. Senate race in Alabama. apne.ws/bEbF4Ja
BREAKING: Nikolas Cruz pleads guilty to murder in the 2018 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 dead. A penalty trial will determine if Cruz will receive a sentence of death or life in prison without parole. apne.ws/Tw7RW5G
A Brazilian senator has formally presented a report recommending President Jair Bolsonaro be indicted on criminal charges for allegedly bungling Brazil’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and pushing the country’s death toll to second-highest in the world. apne.ws/O5Tqaos
The thousands of drivers who use a Rhode Island highway on their way to work every day probably have no idea they are passing over the graves of people who died in the late 1800s and early 1900s at state institutions. apne.ws/mUFT2DL
VIDEO: Flooding in Venice is getting worse, hurting tourism and local businesses. The Italian lagoon city is sensitive to rising sea levels, a topic likely to be given urgent consideration at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow.
Full story: apne.ws/s2MSmDa
More than a dozen Senate Democrats are imploring President Biden and congressional leaders to keep a national paid family leave program in his sweeping social services and climate change package. apne.ws/NTIKG0K
Toy vey: An emergency call made by a 4-year-old New Zealand boy asking for police to come over and check out his toys prompted a real-life callout and confirmation from an officer that the toys were, indeed, pretty cool. apne.ws/Yq4pZMo#odd
New York City will require police officers, firefighters and other municipal workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or be placed on unpaid leave, Mayor Bill de Blasio. The mandate ensures a fight with some of the unions representing them. apne.ws/YsIbT8Q
Britain is facing a surge of coronavirus infections that has alarmed health experts, with some calling for restrictions such as mandatory mask-wearing again. But officials have resisted those calls and urged millions to get COVID-19 booster shots. apne.ws/LRG0LHg
BREAKING: Kids aged 5 to 11 will soon be able to get a COVID-19 shot at their pediatrician’s office, local pharmacy and potentially even at school. The White House is detailing plans for the expected authorization of the Pfizer shot for younger children. apne.ws/CpTcKfO
• U.S. Labor Department warns 3 GOP states over COVID rules.
• Russia's daily virus deaths hit another high.
• Report to urge charges against Brazil's leader over pandemic.
• Hawaii welcomes travelers as cases drop.
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A House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection has voted unanimously to hold former White House aide Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress. The longtime ally of former President Donald Trump defied a subpoena for documents and testimony. apne.ws/KNB25I3
Held hostage, climbing over bodies, crammed into a closet: Survivors of the Islamic State group’s deadly 2015 attack on the Bataclan in Paris spend weeks testifying in public for the first time. apne.ws/7SypYoZ
An @AP investigation finds numerous cases in which children as young as 6 have been handcuffed, felled by stun guns, taken down and pinned to the ground by police officers. And departments nationwide have few or no guardrails to prevent such incidents. apne.ws/QJvL7fM