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Small Republican NY county has one of highest vax rates in US

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An upstate New York county has one of the highest COVID-19 vaccination rates in the country.

Some 65 percent of Hamilton County residents are fully vaccinated against the virus, way better than the 36 percent of people nationwide and 41.6 percent across the Empire State, according to an ABC analysis of figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The rates fly in the face of polls that say Republicans are less willing to get the shot — in 2020, 68 percent of residents in the county voted for Donald Trump over Joe Biden, the report said.

“We’ve watched nationally, this political fight over COVID,” Bill Farber, chairman of the county Board of Supervisors, told ABC. “We defied the odds, didn’t we?”

The county is New York’s smallest by population, with about 4,800 residents, and is located within Adirondack Park — with no hospital, no pharmacy and bad cellphone service, ABC reported.

Forty-three percent of Republicans polled by Monmouth University had said they wanted to avoid a COVID-19 vaccination. A Monmouth University poll in April said 43 percent of GOP voters wanted to avoid the COVID-19 vaccination.

Hamilton officials told ABC they believed they were able to encourage residents to get jabbed by having word spread by neighbors and volunteers, rather than through political messaging.

Farber thinks this week’s announcement that fully-vaccinated people could go maskless in most circumstances may encourage some holdouts.

“Rather than getting caught up in it being a Republican or a Democrat issue, it really was seen as a community issue,” Farber told ABC. “I think that was our saving grace.”

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Florida woman accused of slugging girlfriend after she slept-talk about her ex

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Florida woman accused of slugging girlfriend after she slept-talk about her ex

A Florida woman was arrested for allegedly slugging her girlfriend in the face after hearing her sleep-talk about an ex, a report said.

Alexis Talley, 23, woke up her 21-year-old girlfriend after the sleep-talking episode and told her that “she was talking in her sleep about an ex,” according to an arrest report obtained by The Smoking Gun.

The two started arguing inside their Tampa Bay-area apartment late on June 13 and the feud escalated when Talley allegedly socked the victim in the face.

The victim suffered swelling to the right side of her face, police said.

Talley admitted to verbally fighting with her girlfriend, but denied hitting her, according to cops.

Police arrested Talley and charged her with domestic battery.

She posted a $2,500 bond and was ordered by a judge to stay away from the victim.

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Iran shuts down nuclear power plant for emergency repairs

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A worker rides a bicycle in front of the reactor building of the Bushehr nuclear power plant, just outside the southern city of Bushehr. Iran’s sole nuclear power plant has undergone a temporary emergency shutdown, state TV reported on Sunday, June 20.

Iran’s lone nuclear power plant was temporarily shut down over an unexplained emergency, according to the authoritarian nation’s state-run media.

An official from government energy company Tavanir said Sunday the Bushehr plant shutdown began on Saturday for repair work that would last “for three to four days,” possibly causing power outages.

It’s the first time Iran has reported an emergency shutdown of the plant, which was built with Russian backing as part of a nonproliferation agreement.

Nuclear officials warned three months ago that US imposed sanctions on Russia, Iran’s nuclear partner, could bring production at the plant to a halt.

Iran has been unable to procure parts and equipment for the plant since the sanctions took hold in 2018.

Bushehr is fueled by Russia-produced uranium. It’s monitored by the United Nations’ International Atomic Energy Agency, which did not comment on reports of the shutdown.

The plant sits near active fault lines and has been previously shaken by temblors, but there has been no significant seismic activity near the port city in recent days.

With AP wires

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US borders with Mexico and Canada to remain closed for another month

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US borders with Mexico and Canada to remain closed for another month

The US borders with Mexico and Canada will remain closed to all non-essential travel for at least another month to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

The extension of the restrictions, which have been in place since March 2020, was announced by the Department of Homeland Security on Twitter. 

“To reduce the spread of #COVID19, the United States is extending restrictions on non-essential travel at our land and ferry crossings with Canada and Mexico through July 21, while ensuring access for essential trade & travel,” DHS wrote.

The agency added that US officials have been discussing reopening strategies with representatives from both bordering countries. 

“DHS also notes positive developments in recent weeks and is participating with other U.S. agencies in the White House’s expert working groups with Canada and Mexico to identify the conditions under which restrictions may be eased safely and sustainably,” the agency tweeted. 

Last week, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the border would stay largely closed until 75 percent of Canadians receive the first of a two-dose coronavirus vaccine and 20 percent get both shots.

With Post wires

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