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Around 5,000 customers are still without water in Jackson, Mississippi, city official says

Though thousands are still under boil water advisories, about 5,000 customers in Jackson, Mississippi, don’t have water service, a decline from earlier this week. Charles Williams, public works director in Jackson, said in a news conference Friday that there have been improvements in water restoration in the city, estimating that “less than possibly 5,000 customers”…MORE

No ‘mass exodus’ in California during the pandemic, study finds

No ‘mass exodus’ in California during the pandemic, study finds

No, Californians have not been packing up and leaving the Golden State en masse during the Covid-19 pandemic. That’s despite some headlines and anecdotal claims to the contrary, according to a new study published Thursday by the nonpartisan California Policy Lab. And as for the thousands of Californians who did move during 2020, most stayed…MORE

The week in 15 headlines

This week, pressure mounted in Washington to pass the long-awaited Covid relief package, including a fresh round of stimulus checks. Republican delay tactics persisted as President Biden scrambled to address infighting among Democrats. Meanwhile, vaccine distribution ramped up across the country and more states opted to reopen. Monday Stimulus negotiations: Pressure turns to the Senate…MORE

The US has N95 masks available — you just can’t find them

The US has N95 masks available — you just can’t find them

Nearly a year ago, Brian Wolin got involved because he wanted to help. In the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, reports from inside hospitals were that health care workers were reusing N95s for days at a time. These masks are typically for one use. A chiropractor for 22 years, Wolin partnered with his brother-in-law…MORE

Four sisters in their 80s and 90s reunited to get their Covid-19 vaccines together

Four sisters in their 80s and 90s reunited to get their Covid-19 vaccines together

Four elderly sisters in New Jersey haven’t been able to have their regular get-togethers during the coronavirus pandemic, but they made an exception to get their Covid-19 vaccinations. Edith Camp, 96, Bernice Cecil, 92, Nora McDonald, 86, and 84-year-old Rose Ramsey — got their second doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine on Tuesday at Inspira Medical…MORE

Perseverance rover takes its first drive on Mars, sends back image

Perseverance rover takes its first drive on Mars, sends back image

The NASA Perseverance rover has taken its first drive on Mars, traveling about 21 feet and doing a little spin across Jezero Crater. And that first 33-minute test drive on Thursday went “incredibly well,” according to Anais Zarifian, Perseverance’s mobility test bed engineer. Perseverance sent back images of its wheel tracks across the red Martian…MORE