Anthony Fauci (right), director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and chief medical adviser to the president, speaks alongside President Biden following a meeting of the COVID-19 response team at the White House on Monday. Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

The omicron variant is cause for concern — but not panic, Biden says

By Brian Naylor/NPR

President Biden said Monday that while travel restrictions imposed on travelers from several southern African nations would slow the entry of the omicron variant of the coronavirus, “it cannot prevent it.”


Bill Cosby prosecutors ask US Supreme Court to review case

Prosecutors asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review the decision that overturned Bill Cosby’s sexual assault conviction. In a petition filed Monday, they wrote that courts should not equate a supposed promise made by a former prosecutor to lifetime immunity.

By Maryclaire Dale/The Associated Press

Demand is strong for kids’ COVID-19 vaccines in parts of Pennsylvania, pediatricians say

“As soon as we had vaccine available, and as soon as we were able to get our marketing announcement out there, parents began scheduling appointments.”

By Zoë Read/WHYY

Pa. lawmakers prepare for a month of intense redistricting negotiations

Hundreds of small decisions go into the drawing of congressional and state House and Senate maps.

By Katie Meyer/WHYY

How vaccine makers plan to address the new COVID-19 omicron variant

Vaccine makers are already pivoting their efforts to combat the new variant: testing higher doses of booster shots, designing new boosters that anticipate strain mutations, and developing omicron-specific boosters.

By Dustin Jones/NPR

As Pa. school funding trial resumes, here’s a cheat sheet on what’s happened so far

If the case is successful, it could dramatically reshape how Pennsylvania funds education.

By Mallory Falk/WHYY

Red Sox owners reach agreement to buy Pittsburgh Penguins

Financial details were not released. Sportico valued the Penguins at $845 million last month.

By Will Graves/The Associated Press

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