A recent rise in coronavirus cases, after months of decline, is largely driven by the fast-spreading delta variant, lagging vaccination rates and Fourth of July gatherings.
The U.S. has seen a string of COVID-19 infections tied to summer camps in recent weeks. Some fear it could be a preview of the upcoming school year.
While polls have found vaccine hesitancy falling overall, opposition among Republicans remains stubbornly strong.
With the U.S. vaccination drive picking up speed and a third formula on the way, states eager to reopen for business are easing coronavirus restrictions.
If the lethal injection is carried out as scheduled, Lisa Montgomery would be the first woman executed by the federal government in about six decades.
All told, the crisis has left more than 290,000 people dead nationwide, with more than 15 million confirmed infections.
About 200 miles of levees were compromised in four states, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said.
The Federal Communications Commission agreed Thursday to take additional steps to slash how much can be charged for phone calls made from jails and prisons.