Pfizer says its COVID-19 vaccine in lower dosage is safe and effective in kids ages 5 to 11

Pfizer said Monday its COVID-19 vaccine is effective for children ages 5 to 11, and that it will seek U.S. authorization for this age group soon. The vaccine made by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech already is available for anyone 12 and older. For elementary school-aged kids, Pfizer tested a much lower dose, equal to a third of the amount that’s in each shot given now.  However after their second dose, children ages 5 to 11 developed coronavirus-fighting antibody levels just as strong as teenagers and young adults said Dr. Bill Gruber, a Pfizer senior vice president. The children’s dosage also proved safe, with similar or fewer temporary side effects — such as sore arms, fever or lethargy — that teens experience, he said.  Dr. Gruber said the companies aim to apply to the Food and Drug Administration by the end of the month for emergency use in this age group, followed shortly afterward with applications to European and British regulators.

While kids are at lower risk of severe illness or death than older people, more than 5 million children in the U.S. have tested positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic began and at least 460 have died, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Cases in children have risen dramatically as the Delta variant swept through the country.

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U.S. to allow vaccinated foreign travelers back into the country with proof of negative COVID-19 test

The White House announced Monday that the U.S. will begin allowing foreign travelers into the country in November if they provide proof of vaccination and a negative COVID-19 test. The new policy will replace various restrictions that have been in effect since last year, which barred U.S. entry for foreign travelers if they’d spent any of the previous 14 days in Britain, the European Union, China, India, Iran, Ireland, Brazil and South Africa.

Under the new policy, foreign travelers will be required to show proof of vaccination before they board a U.S.-bound flight and a negative coronavirus test no older than three days. Vaccinated U.S. residents traveling abroad will also need to show a negative test to return — and unvaccinated Americans will have to test one day before their flight, and must test again once they return.

New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino activated for first time in nearly two years

The New York Yankees right-hander Luis Severino, who hasn’t thrown a big-league pitch since the 2019 season, was activated prior to Monday’s series opener. The 27-year-old Severino has missed nearly two years recovering from Tommy John surgery, in addition to a prolonged absence during the 2019 season because of shoulder issues. Severino has made only three regular-season appearances since finishing ninth in Cy Young Award balloting back in 2018; his most recent regular-season appearance occurred on September 28, 2019.

When Severino is healthy, he’s been one of the better pitchers in the league. In 99 career appearances (88 of them starts) he has compiled a 3.46 ERA (125 ERA+) and a 3.93 strikeout-to-walk ratio. In 2017-18, his 3.18 ERA (137 ERA+) and a 4.64 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 63 starts earned him Cy Young Award consideration in both of those seasons.

The Yankees are currently without Jonathan Loáisiga and Zack Britton, who is expected to miss the next year-plus himself after undergoing his own elbow surgery. New York holds a 83-67 record on the season as of Monday, putting them 1 1/2 games back of the Toronto Blue Jays for the American League’s second wild card spot. They are also 2 1/2 games behind the Boston Red Sox, the AL’s top wild card holder.

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Indianapolis Colts’ QB Carson Wentz sprains both ankles; uncertain for Sunday’s game vs. Titans

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz suffered sprains to both ankles during Sunday’s loss to the Rams. Wentz exited the game after his right ankle got rolled up on when defensive tackle Aaron Donald hit him in the fourth quarter; the QB is undergoing further testing to determine the severity of both injuries.

After Sunday’s game, Wentz said that he didn’t think his ankle was broken, adding that he’d look to do everything possible to be available for next week’s game against the Titans. He missed a few weeks of training camp when he had surgery on his left foot, and also missed a few days of practice while on the COVID-19 list for being a close contact of someone who had tested positive.

Through two games this season, Wentz has completed 65.2 percent of his passes for 498 yards with three touchdowns and one interception.

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Lainey Wilson’s “Things A Man Oughta Know” reaches #1 on country radio

Lainey Wilson has earned her first career country radio #1 with her single “Things A Man Oughta Know”  Up one place from last week, “Things” takes over the top spot from Thomas Rhett’s “Country Again” on the Mediabase country radio singles chart.  Wilson shared the news on Twitter, writing: “Things A Man Oughta Know is number one, y’all. 🧡 the love I feel from radio, Nashville, my family, and country music listeners is unreal. Can’t thank y’all enough. Now let’s go get another one.”

Scotty McCreery’s “You Time” rises two spots to #2 this week, and Jameson Rodgers & Luke Combs’ “Cold Beer Calling My Name” ascends two places to #3. Lee Brice’s “Memory I Don’t Mess With” climbs two places to #4, and Luke Bryan’s “Waves” drops two places to #5.

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Morgan Wallen announces four concert dates, including ‘Country Thunder At Bristol Motor Speedway’

Morgan Wallen has announced four concert dates this fall, sharing the news via his fan club text list on Monday, Sept 20th.

The first show is scheduled for October 23rd at the Auburn Rodeo in Auburn, Alabama with Parker McCollum, Jon Langston and Trey Lewis.  Wallen is also set to headline ‘Country Thunder At Bristol Motor Speedway’ in Bristol, Tennessee on Saturday, October 30, 2021. Wallen announced that news via a video on Country Thunder’s social media last week, saying in the clip: “What’s going guys, It’s Morgan Wallen, I’m so excited to hit the stage in my home state of Tennessee. I’m taking over Country Thunder Bristol at Bristol Motor Speedway on October 30. I’ll be bringing some of my boys with me and it’s going to be one hell of a homecoming. I can’t wait to see y’all there.” ‘Morgan Wallen’s Country Thunder Takeover’ will also feature special guests Granger Smith (feat. Earl Dibbles Dr.), Larry Fleet, Jon Langston and ERNEST. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, September 21 at 8 am CT at countrythunder.com.

Wallen’s other show dates include November 6th at Coosa Valley Fairgrounds in Rome, Georgia with Hardy and Ernest, and the final date is November 12th at The Grounds in Mobile, Alabama with Hardy, Ernest and Ashland Craft. Tickets are on sale now via Wallen’s website.  General public ticket sales will begin at 10:30 am CT on Tuesday, Sept. 21.

BREAKING: Morgan Wallen Announces Fall Headlining Tour Dates

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Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga to star in three new television specials; share new music video for “Love for Sale”

Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga will appear together for three new specials that will air on CBS, MTV and Paramount+.  The new deal ties in with Bennett and Gaga’s forthcoming album, ‘Love for Sale.’

The first TV special, ‘One Last Time: An Evening with Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett,’ will air Nov. 28 at 8 p.m. EDT on CBS.  The concert special was filmed at two of Bennett and Gaga’s sold out shows at Radio City Music Hall in August.  The second, ‘MTV Unplugged: Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga,’ will air on MTV in winter of this year. The special was filmed earlier this summer in New York City and will feature a combination of duets and solo performances from ‘Love for Sale.‘ The third and final special is a new documentary titled ‘The Lady and the Legend,’ and will stream on Paramount+ in 2022. The documentary explores the making of Bennett and Gaga’s most recent album together and their 10-year friendship.

The duo also just shared the new music video for their latest single, ‘Love for Sale,’ which can be viewed here. The track will appear on the forthcoming Love for Sale album from Gaga and Bennett that will be released on Oct. 1. The project will be Bennett’s final studio recording of his career; Bennett and his family announced in February that the 95-year-old was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2016.

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‘Schitt’s Creek’s Dan Levy signs Netflix deal for film and television

Schitt’s Creek co-creator and star Dan Levy has signed a new deal with Netflix. Netflix said in a press release that Levy, 38, will write and produce new film and TV projects for the streaming service.

Netflix head of global film Scott Stuber and Netflix head of global series Bela Bajaria said: “Dan Levy is an incredible all-around creative talent, who thoughtfully approaches every story with a meaningful perspective. His work on Schitt’s Creek charmed audiences around the world and we’re thrilled to partner and create new films and shows with Dan.” 

Levy’s first project will be an untitled romantic comedy film. Levy will write, direct and star in the film, as well as produce with Stacey Snider and Kate Fenske. Levy will begin work on his first TV series in July 2022.

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73rd Primetime Emmy Awards: See the full list of winners

The 73rd annual Emmy Awards were held on Sunday night from Los Angeles, hosted by Cedric the Entertainer and airing live on CBS as well as streamed on Paramount+. The big winner of the evening was Netflix’s ‘The Crown’ winning the Best Drama honor and sweeping the acting categories. The Crown stars Olivia Colman, Josh O’Connor, Gillian Anderson and Tobias Menzies all took home the statuettes for Best Actress, Actor, Supporting Actress and Supporting Actor in a Drama. It also earned the Emmys for Best Writing and Directing for a Drama.

Apple TV+’s ‘Ted Lasso’ won for Best Comedy, with its stars Jason Sudeikis, Brett Goldstein and Hannah Waddingham winning in the Best Actor, Supporting Actor and Actress in a Comedy categories. Jean Smart was named Best Actress in a Comedy for HBO Max’s ‘Hacks,’ which also won for Best Writing and Best Directing for a Comedy.

Kate Winslet, Evan Peters and Julianne Nicholson from HBO’s ‘Mare of Easttown’ picked up the prizes for Best Actress, Supporting Actor and Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie.  Netflix’s ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ won for Best Limited or Anthology Series, and Ewan McGregor won for Best Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie for Netflix’s ‘Halston’.

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Body found in Bridger-Teton National Forest believed to be missing woman Gabby Petito

Authorities said a body discovered in northern Wyoming is believed to be that of 22-year-old Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito, who disappeared while on a cross-country trek with her boyfriend. The FBI said the body of Petito was found Sunday by law enforcement agents who spent the weekend searching camp sites on the eastern border of Grand Teton National Park. FBI Supervisory Special Agent Charles Jones said the cause of death not yet been determined, and the specifics on where and how the body was found were not disclosed. Jones said investigators were still seeking information from anyone who may have seen Petito or Laundrie around camping sites in the area of Spread Creek, where law enforcement search efforts focused over the weekend.

Boyfiend Brian Laundrie, 23, has been identified as a person of interest in the case. He was last seen Tuesday by family members in Florida, and now the subject of an intense search in a Florida nature preserve. More than 50 law enforcement officers on Sunday started a second day of searching for Laundrie at the more than 24,000-acre (9,712-hectare) Carlton Reserve in Sarasota County, Florida, a wildlife area with more than 100 miles (160 kilometers) of trails, as well as campgrounds.

Petito and Laundrie left in July on a cross-country trek in a converted van to visit national parks in the U.S. West. The couple’s trek in the Ford Transit began from Long Island, and they intended to reach Oregon by the end of October, according to their social media accounts. However, Petito vanished after her last known contact with family in late August from Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. Laundrie was alone when he drove the van back to his parents’ home in North Port, Florida, on Sept. 1, police said. Petito’s family filed a missing persons report Sept. 11 with police in Suffolk County, New York.