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CDC advisers greenlight Moderna, J&J boosters, mixing and matching doses: The Centers for Disease Control's independent panel voted unanimously on Thursday to recommend both Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccine boosters for certain populations. The panel recommended a third dose for Moderna vaccine recipients at least six months after the first doses (or dose, in Johnson & Johnson's case) to individuals 65 years and older, those 18 through 64 at high risk of severe COVID-19 infection and those 18 through 64 with frequent institutional or occupational exposure to the virus. The panel also cleared the way for allowing mixing and matching of booster doses, meaning they will allow for people to get a different brand as a booster than was used for a primary vaccination. CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky must now give the final signoff to the panel's recommendation. An answer is expected within a day.
Brian Laundrie's remains found after monthlong search: Remains found Wednesday during the search for Brian Laundrie -- the boyfriend of slain travel blogger Gabby Petito and a person of interest in her death -- have been confirmed to belong to Laundrie, according to the FBI. The skeletal remains were found in the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park in North Port, Florida, a nature park that's been the center of the search for Laundrie. Laundrie's backpack and notebook were found near the remains, which authorities said had been underwater until recently. The Laundrie family's lawyer, Steven Bertolino, said in a statement that Laundrie's parents have been informed and have no further comment. Petito's family lawyer also said that the Petitos are not doing interviews after the news of Laundrie's remains and are still grieving the loss of their daughter. Last month, Laundrie was named by investigators as a person of interest in Petito's death and was the subject of a massive nationwide search. He refused to speak to investigators and disappeared on Sept. 14. He was never charged in his girlfriend's death, but was being sought for illegally using her debit card to withdraw money after she died.
Queen Elizabeth was hospitalized for 'preliminary investigations': Queen Elizabeth was hospitalized Wednesday night for "preliminary investigations," a Buckingham Palace spokesman confirmed to ABC News. The queen was back at her desk at Windsor Castle by Thursday afternoon and undertaking light duties. No other details about the queen's condition are currently available. "Following medical advice to rest for a few days, The Queen attended hospital on Wednesday afternoon for some preliminary investigations," the palace said in a statement. "[She] remains in good spirits." Queen Elizabeth, 95, hosted a reception for leaders, including Bill Gates and John Kerry, at Windsor Castle on Tuesday. The next day she was forced to cancel a trip to Northern Ireland as her medical team advised her to get some rest.
5-foot-3 mom goes viral trying to hold 21-pound twin daughters at once: At just 5 feet 3 inches, Alexis LaRue, 22, of St. Paul, Minnesota, has her hands full with more than 40 pounds of babies. In a viral video that she posted on TikTok, she is seen trying to hold her twin 7-month-old daughters, Camila and Elena, who weigh around 21 pounds each. LaRue told "GMA" that her daughters, who were born in March, are in the 92nd percentile for their weight and the 98th percentile for their height, according to their last pediatrician visit. The girls weighed 6 pounds each at birth and have continued to grow into the healthy, happy babies they are today. "They're super energetic and they're just very good babies," LaRue said. While the comments on social media have been overwhelmingly positive, LaRue said she does see some negative comments about the babies' sizes. She said she would like people to stop body-shaming babies because they come in all shapes and sizes. "I love my babies," she said. "They're perfect to me."
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This morning on "GMA," Maggie Rulli tours London with Jason Momoa while talking about his role in the new film, "Dune." And the cast of "Tina: The Tina Turner Musical" joins us for a live performance of "Nutbush City Limits" and "Proud Mary." Plus, we hear from Christine Pride and Jo Piazza, the authors of "We Are Not Like Them," to learn how their own friendship served as an inspiration for the book. All this and more only on "GMA."
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