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College students moved in for the fall semester at N.C. State University in Raleigh, N.C., last year.  By the end of the US head count last year, the Census Bureau lacked data for almost a fifth of the nation's occupied college dorms, nursing homes, and prisons.

Census: 1 in 5 dorms, prisons had no data at end of US count

Residents of 43,000 of the 227,000 occupied dorms, prisons, military barracks, homeless shelters, group homes and nursing homes remained uncounted as late as December, according to new documents and slide presentations released recently by the Census Bureau in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by a Republican redistricting advocacy group.

Officers taking part in training loaded gun clips with ammunition at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission in 2019.

Ammunition shelves bare as US gun sales continue to soar

Manufacturers say they’re producing as much ammunition as they can, but many gun store shelves are empty and prices keep rising.

A photo provided by Tao Wen shows a Welwitschia, a two-leafed plant that grows in parts of the Namib Desert in southern Africa.

A Plant That ‘Cannot Die’ Reveals Its Genetic Secrets

“This plant can live thousands of years, and it never stops growing. When it does stop growing, it’s dead.”

Albany diocese covered up priest abuse for decades, bishop says

The longtime former head of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany said the diocese covered up sexual abuse by priests for decades and protected clergy by sending them to private treatment instead of calling police.

Anissa Barbato, left, discusses the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine with Jolanta Gawlik before her son Samuel, center, is vaccinated, Friday, July 30, 2021 in New York.

Some New Yorkers say offer of $100 inspired them to get vaccinated

On the first day the $100 incentives were being offered, foot traffic at vaccination sites in Brooklyn and the Bronx was relatively calm, as the new program was announced just this week.

Jay Vojno gets the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, Friday, July 30, 2021 in New York, after the city announced that anyone can receive $100 if they get the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at a city-run clinic.

Fall could be ‘very challenging’ if vaccinations don’t ramp up, HHS official says

The United States needs to expand its vaccination campaign going into the fall if the country is going to stem the nationwide surge of coronavirus cases driven by the Delta variant, one of the federal government's top health officials said Friday.


R.I. man pleads no contest to felony perjury, avoids prison

A member of a New England crime family has reached a deal with prosecutors after allegedly lying about his role as an illegal “silent partner” in a medical cannabis business

A healthcare worker administers a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine to a resident at the Jordan Valley Community Health Center in Springfield, Missouri, US.

Some in Missouri seek COVID shots in secret to avoid conflicts, doctor says

Even as the more contagious delta variant drives a surge in infections, the COVID-19 vaccination effort has become so polarized in Missouri that some people are trying to get shots in secret to avoid conflicts with friends and relatives, a doctor there said.