New travel rules just dropped


New travel rules in the United States will start Nov. 8. A bomb cyclone is marching across the country, leaving damage in its wake. And more details from the fatal shooting on the set of “Rust” are coming to light.

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Unvaccinated Americans will face tougher rules for reentry into US

The U.S. will roll out a new travel system in two weeks that will open borders up for millions of vaccinated international visitors. Stricter rules will go into effect for unvaccinated American travelers beginning Nov. 8, when the U.S. will again open its doors to foreign travelers – provided they’re fully vaccinated against COVID-19. American citizens without proof of vaccination “will have to produce documentation of a negative test within one day of departure” to be allowed back in the U.S., the White House said Monday. The current rule allows the test to be conducted within three days of travel. Fully vaccinated Americans will still have a three-day window for COVID-19 testing with negative results as long as they can show proof of vaccination.

Bomb cyclone blasts West Coast with rain, flooding and mudslides

The drought-plagued West needs the rain but not like this. A broad swath of California was under siege Monday from high winds and historic rains fueled by an iconic “bomb cyclone” that unleashed mudslides and flooding and triggered widespread power outages. Meteorologists say the bomb cyclone – a rapid drop in atmospheric pressure – helped drive a long, wide plume of precipitation, dropping more than a foot of rain on parts of the state. Power lines came tumbling down, leaving more than 100,000 homes and businesses in the dark. Two people were killed when a tree fell on a vehicle near Seattle. And as the massive storm marched across the nation, a suspected tornado damaged buildings and knocked out power in communities along the border between Illinois and Missouri. Foul weather is expected on the East Coast starting Tuesday, with more expected by week’s end.

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Details emerge from shooting on ‘Rust’ set

More details are emerging from the fatal shooting on the set that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. Joel Souza, the director of “Rust,” has given the most complete explanation about what happened in Thursday’s incident. According to a Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office affidavit released Sunday, “Rust” star Alec Baldwin, sitting in a church pew, was rehearsing drawing his weapon “and pointing his revolver toward the camera lens” during the church-setting rehearsal. Souza told investigators that the gun had been described as a “cold gun,” in firearm safety announcements. The film’s director said there should “never be live rounds whatsoever near or around the film set.” After the crew returned to the set after the lunch break, Souza said he was “not sure if the firearm was checked again.” Read the latest here.

Facebook whistleblower testifies at Parliament

Providing a rare glimpse into the internal decisions made at Facebook that affect nearly 3 billion users around the globe, internal documents show that despite its mission to bring people closer together, Facebook knew that users were being driven apart by a wide range of dangerous and divisive content on its platforms. Concerned that Facebook was prioritizing profits over the well-being of its users, whistleblower Frances Haugen reviewed thousands of documents over several weeks before leaving the company in May. On Monday, she testified before a committee at the British Parliament that she is concerned with several concepts related to Facebook, such as ranking posts based on engagement, a lack of safety support for languages beyond English, and the “false choices” that Facebook presents by reducing discussions on how to act in a battle between transparency versus privacy. Catch up on the latest updates here.

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Moderna says its vaccine is safe for kids ages 6-11

Moderna’s vaccine for kids ages 6 through 11 shows a “robust” immune response in a study of more than 4,500 youths, the Massachusetts-based pharmaceutical company said Monday. Moderna said it plans to submit the data to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration “in the near term.” The majority of adverse events were mild or moderate in severity, the company said, with the most common ones being fatigue, headache, fever and pain in the injection site. The FDA has not yet announced a decision on Moderna’s vaccine for youths ages 12 through 17. A panel of FDA advisers will vote this week on whether to authorize the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for use in children 5 to 11.

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