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FDA endorses Moderna's lower dose COVID booster. Chief pilot involved in Boeing 737 max testing indicted in Texas. And January 6th panel to vote on contempt of Steve Bannon. It's Friday October 15. I'm Anthony Davis. U.S. health advisers said on Thursday that some Americans who received Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months ago should get a half dose booster to rev up protection against the coronavirus. The panel of outside advisers to the Food and Drug Administration voted unanimously to recommend a booster shot for seniors as well as younger adults with other health problems. Jobs or living situations that put them at increased risk from COVID-19. The recommendation is non binding, but it's a key step toward expanding the U.S. booster campaign to millions more Americans. Many people who got their initial Pfizer shots at least 6 months ago are already getting a booster after the FDA authorized their use last month, and those are the same high risk groups that FDA's advisers said should get a Moderna booster. But there's no evidence that it's time to open booster doses of either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine to everybody the panel stressed, despite initial Biden administration plans to eventually do that. The coronavirus still is mostly a threat to unvaccinated people, while the vaccinated have strong protection against severe illness or death from COVID-19. A former Boeing pilot was indicted on Thursday by a federal grand jury on charges of deceiving safety regulators about the 737 max jetliner, which was later involved in two deadly crashes. The indictment charges mark a forkner with giving the federal aviation administration false and incomplete information about an automated flight control system that played a role in the crashes, which killed 346 people. Prosecutors said that because of faulkner's alleged deception, the system was not mentioned in pilot manuals or training materials. 49 year old forkner was charged with two counts of fraud involving aircraft parts in interstate commerce and four counts of wire fraud. Federal prosecutors said he is expected to make his first appearance in court on Friday in Fort Worth Texas. If convicted on all counts, he could face a sentence of up to 100 years in prison. The indictment charges that he hid information about a flight control system that activated erroneously and pushed down the noses of the Boeing 737 max jets that crashed in 2018 in Indonesia in 2019 in Ethiopia. The pilots tried unsuccessfully to regain control, but both planes went into nosedives minutes after taking off. Prosecutors suggested that faulkner downplayed the power of the system to avoid a requirement that pilots undergo extensive and expensive retraining, which would increase training costs for airlines. Congressional investigators suggested additional training would have added a $1 million to the price of each plane. A congressional committee investigating the January 6th capital insurrection moved aggressively against close Donald Trump adviser Steve Bannon on Thursday, swiftly scheduling a vote to recommend criminal contempt charges against the former White House aid after he defied a subpoena. The chairman of the special committee representative Benny Thompson said the panel will vote on Tuesday to recommend charges against Bannon and adviser to Donald Trump for years, who is in touch with the president ahead of the most serious assault on Congress into centuries and even appear to have knowledge of it 24 hours earlier on a podcast. The select committee will not tolerate defiance of our subpoenas Thompson said in a statement Bannon, he said, is hiding behind the former president's insufficient blanket and vague statements regarding privileges he has purported to invoke. We reject his position entirely. If approved by the democratic majority committee, the recommendation of criminal charges would go to the full House. Approval there would send them to the Justice Department, which has final say on prosecution. The showdown with Bannon is just one facet of a broad and escalating congressional inquiry. With 19 subpoenas issued so far and thousands of pages of documents flowing to the committee and its staff. Challenging Bannon's defiance is a crucial step for the panel whose members are vowing to restore the force of congressional subpoenas after they were routinely flouted during Trump's time