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COVID-19 live updates: Biden administration urges schools to provide shots, info

jonathanfilskov-photography/iStock (NEW YORK) — As the COVID-19 pandemic has swept the globe, more than 5 million people have died from the disease worldwide, including over 754,000 Americans, according to real-time data compiled by Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering. Just 68.3% of Americans ages 12 and up are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, …

Four ways to combat climate change with a fork

Grandbrothers/iStock (NEW YORK) — As leaders from nearly every country in the world converge upon Glasgow, Scotland, for COP26, the United Nations Climate Change Conference — the climate crisis is at center stage, as well as the way food is eaten and produced. Some estimates show that a quarter of all planet-warming greenhouse gases come from …

A 23-year-old Chicago man mysteriously vanished after a night out. Now his friends are mobilizing to find him

Bascaran Family via Chicago Police Department (CHICAGO) — After a night out in Chicago on the night before Halloween, 23-year-old Iñaki Bascaran told his roommate he was heading home. But he never made it — and now his friends are mobilizing to find him. Bascaran, a Glenview, Illinois, native, attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign …

State Department offering up to $10 million reward for information on leaders of DarkSide ransomware group

Kiyoshi Tanno/iStock (WASHINGTON) — The State Department is offering a reward of up to $10 million for information that could lead to the identification or location of those in leadership positions within the DarkSide ransomware group. Authorities also announced that they’re offering a reward of up to $5 million for information leading to the arrest and/or …