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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Supreme Court has ruled that a sheriff’s office did not have to turn over records about a fatal shooting by a deputy. The ruling broadly interpreted an exemption for investigative records and prompted a sharply worded dissent by the chief justice. Justices on Friday upheld a lower court’s ruling

DALLAS (AP) — The vast majority of United Airlines employees are deciding to get vaccinated against COVID-19 rather than risk losing their job. United said Wednesday that more than 97% of its U.S.-based employees are fully vaccinated. However some employees are objecting. Six are suing the company over the policy. They say they were granted

If you’re seeking an exemption from a COVID-19 vaccine mandate, you might not get any help from your clergy person. Some religious groups are telling their clergy not to endorse requests for a faith exemption. Leaders of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America are saying there is no exemption from any vaccination for religious reasons.

Religious objections were once used only sparingly around the country to get exempted from various required vaccines. But they are becoming a much more widely used loophole against the COVID-19 shot. About 2,600 Los Angeles Police Department employees are citing religious objections to try to get out of the required COVID-19 vaccination. In Washington state,

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JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — One of Missouri’s biggest hospital systems says it will require its employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The announcement Monday from CoxHealth came just hours after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave its full approval to Pfizer’s version of the drug. CoxHealth, which is based in Springfield but has several

ALSEA, Ore. (AP) — Across the U.S., some public officials and other community leaders are trying to help people come up with ways to get exempted from having to wear masks or get vaccinated against COVID-19. They’re offering exemption letters and other strategies for skirting such requirements. An Oregon school superintendent, for example, is telling

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong’s granting of a quarantine exemption to Hollywood star Nicole Kidman is drawing criticism from lawmakers as the city tightens entry restrictions for international travelers to control the coronavirus. Kidman, who reportedly flew to Hong Kong last week from coronavirus-hit Sydney, was exempted from a weeklong quarantine and was spotted

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong’s government says it has granted a quarantine exemption to an individual to perform “designated professional work” following reports that Hollywood actress Nicole Kidman did not have to spend time in quarantine when she arrived in the city to film a TV series. It did not identify Kidman by name.

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Public Schools says it will require all its employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless they qualify for a medical or religious exemption. The district announced Friday that employees must be vaccinated by Oct. 15, unless they have the approved exemptions. In the meantime, employees who have not reported that