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A sign informs customers they must show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 to dine indoors at Carmine's Italian restaurant on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in New York City on Tuesday, August 31, 2021. (AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey)

NYC restaurant host attacked over vaccine status request

- Associated Press

In this Tuesday, July 27, 2021, file photo, a help-wanted sign is displayed at a gas station in Mount Prospect, Ill. The gulf between record job openings and a lack of people taking those jobs is forcing Wall Street to reassess the pace of the economic recovery. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

U.S. unemployment claims rise after hitting pandemic low

- Associated Press

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul speaks to reporters after a ceremonial swearing-in ceremony at the state Capitol, Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021, in Albany, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)

New York requires masks in child-care centers

- Associated Press

FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2020, file photo, a woman holds a sign during a protest at the state house in Trenton, N.J. Religious objections, once used only sparingly around the country to get exempted from various required vaccines, are becoming a much more widely used loophole against the COVID-19 shot. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Religious exemption requests grow as vaccine mandates rise

- Associated Press

In this Aug. 26, 2021, photo, Parsia Jahanbani prepares a syringe with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in a mobile vaccine clinic operated by Families Together of Orange County in Santa Ana, Calif.  An international group of scientists is arguing the average person doesn't need a COVID-19 booster yet — an opinion that highlights the intense scientific divide over the question. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) **FILE**

FDA strikes neutral tone ahead of vaccine booster meeting

- Associated Press

Pope Francis speaks with journalists on board an Alitalia aircraft en route from Bratislava back to Rome, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021, after a four-day pilgrimage to Hungary and Slovakia. (Tiziana Fabi, Pool via AP)

Pope questions vaccine skeptics, including cardinals

- Associated Press

FILE - This July 2020 file photo shows the Montana State Capitol in Helena, Mont. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Montana's legislature passed restrictive laws severely curbing quarantine and isolation powers, increasing local officials' power over local health boards, preventing limits on religious gatherings, and banning employers — including in health care settings — from requiring vaccinations for COVID, the flu or anything else. (Thom Bridge/Independent Record via AP, File)

Most states have cut back public health powers amid pandemic

- Associated Press

UConn sophomore Sahiti Bhyravavajhala assists students moving into Shippee Hall on the Storrs, Conn. campus, Friday, Aug. 27, 2021. UConn is one of many schools across the nation mandating that returning students be vaccinated against COVID-19. An analysis by The Associated Press shows 26 of the nation's 50 largest public universities aren't requiring the vaccination. (AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb)

Largest colleges push student vaccines with mandates, prizes

- Associated Press

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