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A firefighter watches as smoke rises from a wildfire in Goleta, Calif., on Oct. 13. Sweeping assessments released Thursday by the White House, the US intelligence community, and the Pentagon conclude that climate change will exacerbate longstanding threats to global security.

White House, intelligence agencies, Pentagon issue reports warning climate change threatens global security

Together, the reports show a deepening concern within the US security establishment that the shifts unleashed by climate change can reshape US strategic interests, offer new opportunities to rivals such as China, and increase instability in nuclear states such as North Korea and Pakistan.

Then-Pierce County Sheriff's Dept. spokesman Det. Ed Troyer answers questions during a news conference in Tacoma, Wash. The Washington state attorney general on Tuesday filed two misdemeanor criminal charges against Troyer, now the Pierce County sheriff, stemming from his confrontation with a Black newspaper carrier in January. Troyer has denied wrongdoing.

Sheriff charged with falsely reporting Black newspaper carrier to police

A sheriff in Washington state has been charged with two misdemeanors for falsely accusing a Black man delivering newspapers in January of making threats against him — an incident that led to a significant police response in a suburban neighborhood.

Camp Justice at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. A federal judge has ruled that the United States has no legal basis for holding an Afghan man at Guantanamo Bay because although he fought on the side of a militia in Afghanistan, he was not part of Al Qaeda.

Judge rules Afghan militant has been held in Guantánamo illegally, in what lawyers say is first such ruling in 10 years

US District Judge Amit P. Mehta in Washington this week entered a final order and two classified opinions in the case of Asadullah Haroon Gul.

A warm day in February 2017 at the Lagoon in Boston's Public Garden. Forecasters say it's possible this coming winter will be warmer than average.

Forecasters say New England could see warmer-than-average winter

Expect a drier, warmer winter down south and a wetter winter up north, US government forecasters said Thursday.

A coronavirus PCR swab test is carried out ahead of the launch of a new Covid-19 screening service at London Gatwick Airport Ltd. in Crawley, U.K., on Friday, Nov. 27, 2020.

CDC panel is considering boosters and the ‘mix-and-match’ strategy

As the latest wave of the coronavirus ebbs in most parts of the United States, advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are meeting Thursday to evaluate which Americans need extra doses of the vaccines made by Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.

When local reporters resist vaccination mandates, everyone in town hears about it

Journalists aren't much different from other workers who have opposed employee vaccination mandates, whether in health care, law enforcement, education or any other field - except for one thing: They're among the best-known people in their communities.

Thuvia Allen receives a flu shot from pharmacist Sossy Yogurtian during a flu and COVID-19 vaccination clinic on City Hall Plaza in Boston, MA on October 19, 2021.

Some colleges put new vaccine mandates in place — for the flu

After a pandemic-disrupted year of safety measures and Zoom lectures, the promise of coronavirus vaccines offered U.S. universities a shot at normalcy this fall. The virus has not been wiped completely from campuses, but major outbreaks have so far been rare.

A healthcare worker prepares a dose of the Johnson & Johnson Janssen Covid-19 vaccine.

A couple died of covid, leaving five children behind. A relative says people called their deaths ‘fake news.’

Two days after arriving at a Fredericksburg, Va., hospital with covid-19 in September, Misty Mitchem was put on a ventilator. Another two days later, she died.