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New York rebounding from COVID-19 slowly but surely

Drew Angerer/Getty Images (NEW YORK) — This week marked a major milestone for New York City during its 14-month struggle with COVID-19. Subway service returned to 24 hours, capacity limits on indoor restaurants, workplaces and recreational spaces were lifted — albeit with distancing requirements — and the more than 3.2 million fully vaccinated residents were …

2 dead, 8 injured in downtown Minneapolis shooting

kali9/iStock (MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.) — Two people are dead and eight others are injured following a mass shooting overnight in downtown Minneapolis, according to the Minneapolis Police Department. One of the victims is still in critical condition while seven others have non life-threatening injuries, authorities said. Police said all 10 shooting victims are adults, five males …

Global microchip shortage impacting ambulance supply

iStock/Motortion (NEW YORK) — The global microchip shortage is now threatening the nation’s ambulance supply. Ford, which supplies around 70% of the ambulance chassis used in the U.S., shut down production at various plants in mid-April due to the chip shortage, according to the American Ambulance Association and the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services …

Kyle Rittenhouse, Illinois teen who allegedly killed two protesters, makes first in-person court appearance

imaginima/iStock (KENOSHA, Wis.) — Kyle Rittenhouse, the Illinois man accused of killing two people during protests decrying the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin last summer, made his first in-person court appearance Friday. There was increased security for the 18-year-old’s brief, final pre-trial hearing. It was his first time in person as most of …