Rachel Lynn Aldrich

Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. She is a Patrick Henry College and World Journalism Institute graduate. Rachel resides with her husband in Wheaton, Ill.

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Hurricane Iota makes landfall in Nicaragua

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 11/17/20, 03:25 am

Iota ripped off the roof of a makeshift hospital and toppled electricity poles as it made landfall late on Monday in Nicaragua. The Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 155 miles per hour hit the coast some 15 miles south of where Hurricane Eta touched down on Nov. 3. Authorities evacuated about 40,000 people to shelters ahead of the storm, while Honduras moved about 80,000 people to safety.

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Second coronavirus vaccine shines in trials

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 11/16/20, 04:01 pm

A week after Pfizer’s announcement that its COVID-19 vaccine showed overwhelmingly positive results in trials, Moderna released preliminary data on Monday showing its shot appears to be 94.5 percent effective. The company could apply for emergency use approval within weeks.

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School districts move back online

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 11/16/20, 12:16 am

Boston, Detroit, Indianapolis, Michigan, and Philadelphia have closed classrooms or nixed plans to hold in-person classes later this year due to rising coronavirus case counts and hospitalizations. New York City gave students the option to come back in person this fall, but Mayor Bill De Blasio said he may suspend in-person learning if the city’s COVID-19 positivity rate reaches toward 3 percent. On Saturday, it was 2.47 percent.

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