Mar 04,2021

More than 10,000 pieces of new news a day. News update non-stop 24/7.  US warns of military response to rocket attack.  Widely used convalescent plasma treatment doesn't stop COVID-19 patients from getting sicker, study finds.  This top-rated cordless Tineco vacuum just got a big price cut.  A No-Recipe Recipe Manifesto.  Why does it take a Post story to get an obvious public-health problem fixed?.  Diet, not exercise, is the only way to lose weight: Duke professor.  Knife-wielding toddler chef gives Gordon Ramsay a run for his money.  Spring, is that you? Mild temperatures are set to spread over the eastern U.S. next week..  NY Public Library keeping Dr. Seuss books in circulation.  Israeli environment minister says Iran caused oil spill that coated country’s coastline.  More than 10,000 pieces of new news a day. News update non-stop 24/7.  Millionaire Beto O'Rourke claims Abbott is 'sacrificing the lives of our fellow Texans' for political gain.  CNBC PRO Talks: Top investor John Rogers reveals where he sees buying opportunities right now.  Texas doctors say Gov. Greg Abbott's decision to scrap mask mandate could result in another Covid-19 surge.  World's biggest wealth fund puts Japan's Kirin Holdings on watch list over Myanmar link.  North Korea's Kim stresses roles of city, county leaders: KCNA.  Sunak gives UK economy a new boost to see out COVID crisis, tax rises ahead.  Senate Democrats trim parts of Biden's COVID-19 aid bill, Republicans threaten delay.  Britain's BT says 'super deduction' will significantly cut tax bill.  The man who saves forgotten cats in Fukushima's nuclear zone.  Goldman-backed secondhand clothing retailer ThredUp files for IPO.  
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US warns of military response to rocket attack
       
US warns of military response to rocket attackWednesday's death of the contractor heightens worries that the U.S. could be drawn into another period of escalating attacks, complicating the Biden administration's desire to open talks with Iran over the 2015 nuclear deal.
Widely used convalescent plasma treatment doesn't stop COVID-19 patients from getting sicker, study finds
       
The federal government discontinued a research trial of convalescent plasma for COVID-19 saying the blood product from recovered patients doesn't prevent at-risk people visiting emergency rooms from getting sicker. Plasma from recovered patients contains antibodies or proteins generated by the immune system to fight disease. Dr. R. Scott Wright helped run a large convalescent plasma trial last summer out of the Mayo Clinic that concluded plasma can be helpful. Researchers included patients who had COVID-19 symptoms for a week or less, when convalescent plasma is believed to be most effective. "If you don't do these trials, you don't make progress," said Gandhi, whose hospital has used convalescent plasma only as part of clinical trials.
This top-rated cordless Tineco vacuum just got a big price cut
       
Choosing a cordless vacuum that meets your needs can be an overwhelming (and pricey!) In fact, you can get a top-rated Tineco vacuum model for less than $100! While we haven’t tested the Tineco A10 Dash Cordless Vacuum, once $149 and now on sale for $99 just yet, more than 800 Walmart buyers have weighed in on it, with many noting that this vacuum offers some serious bang for your buck—and that’s even before the current $50 discount. Not only did three different Tineco machines rank highly in our round-up of the best cordless vacs, the A10 Dash is closest to our best value pick, the brand’s A10 Hero ($169.99)— and nearly $70 cheaper. It's no wonder buyers simply can’t stop mentioning the great value for the price!
A No-Recipe Recipe Manifesto
       
I spend a fair amount of time writing recipes, instructions for how best to prepare specific dishes. Indeed, I’ve discovered that cooking without recipes is a kitchen skill, no different from dicing vegetables or flipping an omelet. It can also make the time spent there feel more like fun when it can occasionally seem like a chore. You can do the same in the kitchen, even if you don’t consider yourself a particularly good cook. We’ve roasted and sautéed, braised and fried, prepared salad dressings and simple desserts, assembled sandwiches, made soups, baked muffins.
Why does it take a Post story to get an obvious public-health problem fixed?
       
We’re glad we got results, but why did area residents’ complaints go unheeded for weeks? We’re trying to help him,” said a Department of Homeless Services rep. Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer says she wrote city officials in November to complain about the junk pile, and neighbors had complained to police for weeks and saw cops speaking with the man. Nor does the belated cleanup mean the man is getting the help he so clearly needs. Such is #DeBlasio’s New York, where public problems fester until it bad publicity threatens.
Diet, not exercise, is the only way to lose weight: Duke professor
       
“I wouldn’t go as far as to say exercise isn’t important in weight loss,” said Sean Heffron, a cardiologist who treats obesity at NYU Langone. For a star athlete, massive physical energy expenditure will draw away calories from other systems, such as reproduction and immunity. If your goal is to lose weight, Pontzer suggests reducing caloric intake by 3,500 calories per week, or 500 per day. He said this will result in weight loss at a rate of about a pound per week. “Use diet to watch your weight,” he said unequivocally, “and exercise for everything else.”
Knife-wielding toddler chef gives Gordon Ramsay a run for his money
       
He’s only chopping with butter knives for now, but 3-year-old Ilirian Kameraj is well on his way to mastering the art of cooking. Last week, Ilirian even skillfully navigated British chef Gordon Ramsay’s laborious beef Wellington recipe, from the mushroom mash — called duxelle — to the careful assembly of the puffed pastry package. The young chef also borrowed Ramsay’s penchant for shouting. In a more recent update, the pint-sized pastry chef attracted 4 million viewers with his perfectly executed pumpkin pie. Some of Ilirian’s most-viewed videos are his blooper reels, which feature the giddy gourmand giggling through the mess he’s known to make.
Spring, is that you? Mild temperatures are set to spread over the eastern U.S. next week.
       
The upcoming pattern shift is a gradual transition to a more springlike weather regime, in which mild temperatures and an uptick in severe weather in parts of the country are likely. New York City was near 50, while Atlanta enjoyed temperatures in the mid to upper 60s. After a mild midweek period, D.C. will spend Friday and the weekend in the 40s — cooler than average for the date. It also matches the city’s average high for the date, highlighting just how mild overnight temperatures may be. Southerly and southwesterly winds ahead of the approaching frontal system would induce the transport of mild, moisture-rich air up the East Coast.
NY Public Library keeping Dr. Seuss books in circulation
       
The New York Public Library will keep six controversial Dr. Seuss books on the shelves despite this week’s decision to cease their publication due to racist imagery. “As with all public libraries the New York Public Library does not censor or remove books,” library spokeswoman Angela Montefinise said. Ron Galella Collection via GettyA spokesperson for the Brooklyn Public Library said Wednesday that the books also remain in circulation. Officials at the Queens Public Library did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday. But major libraries, including the Denver Public Library, said this week that they would keep those titles on their shelves as well.
Israeli environment minister says Iran caused oil spill that coated country’s coastline
       
She said the government would pursue payment for damages through an international oil pollution compensation program and the ship’s insurance. ADBut other Israeli government officials, including some in her own ministry, expressed skepticism about her claim, according to local media reports. The investigation into the oil spill has been underway since mid-February, when massive amounts of sticky black tar appeared along Israel’s 120-mile shoreline. Officials said many of the large, visible patches of tar and oil had been scrubbed from the coast. The spill is believed to have occurred in early February, more than two weeks before the oil was discovered ashore.
Millionaire Beto O'Rourke claims Abbott is 'sacrificing the lives of our fellow Texans' for political gain
       
Beto O’Rourke, the former congressman and failed Democratic Senate and presidential candidate, ripped Gov. Greg Abbott Wednesday for rescinding the state’s coronavirus mask mandate, painting Texas as a "failed state" as it recovers from severe winter weather and the COVID-19 pandemic. Abbott said Tuesday the statewide mask mandate would expire March 10, but he noted that lifting it would not excuse individuals from "personal responsibility." But O’Rourke said lifting the mask mandate would "disproportionately" result in the deaths of "Black and Brown Texans" and slammed Abbott and former Gov. "I use the phrase failed state because I think when you can’t guarantee the electricity, the heat, the running water, the public welfare and safety, you are about there by any classic definition."
CNBC PRO Talks: Top investor John Rogers reveals where he sees buying opportunities right now
       
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailCNBC PRO Talks: Top investor John Rogers reveals where he sees buying opportunities right nowCNBC's Scott Wapner will talk to Ariel Investments Chairman and Co-CEO John Rogers, who made bets on a handful of stocks during the pandemic market rout that paid off in a big way. The duo will talk about how to navigate the markets amid heightened volatility and where he sees opportunities right now.
Texas doctors say Gov. Greg Abbott's decision to scrap mask mandate could result in another Covid-19 surge
       
Greg Abbott’s sudden decision to ditch the mask mandate and lift coronavirus restrictions could result in a new surge of Covid-19 infections and deaths. The more difficult problem is that while many people in Texas experienced the pandemic in waves, there’s been no respite for front-line health care providers. Many health care providers fear this could extend the pandemic.”McDeavitt, the Houston hospital’s senior vice president and dean of clinical affairs, said he shares these fears. “As I said, I think the governor’s decision was premature and I think it will cause another surge,” McDeavitt said. We know the governor’s decision increases the chance for another surge, but we’ve already been preparing for another surge.”
World's biggest wealth fund puts Japan's Kirin Holdings on watch list over Myanmar link
       
FILE PHOTO: An employee works at a beer production line at Japanese brewer Kirin Holdings' factory in Toride, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan July 14, 2017. Kirin Holdings was not immediately available for comment when contacted by Reuters. Norges Bank Investment Management, which manages the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund, held a 1.29% stake in Kirin Holdings at the end of 2020 with a value of $277.1 million. The Norwegian sovereign fund, formally called the Government Pension Fund Global and set up in 1996 to save petroleum revenues for future generations, owns about 1.5% of all globally listed shares. We therefore have a good foundation for active ownership on the issues to which this matter relates,” the central bank said.
North Korea's Kim stresses roles of city, county leaders: KCNA
       
Slideshow ( 3 images )SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un stressed the significance of the role that city and county chief secretaries have in improving the lives of the people and carrying out his five-year economic policies, state news media KCNA said on Thursday. North Korea’s drastic measures to contain COVID-19 have exacerbated human rights abuses and economic hardship, including reports of starvation, for its citizens, already battered by international sanctions, a United Nations investigator said. “Now everything depends on the strenuous efforts and role of the chief secretaries,” Kim said in a statement carried by KCNA. North Korea’s Supreme People’s Assembly (SPA) separately held a plenary meeting on Wednesday where it passed laws including social security and the disinfection of imports, designed to protect people’s health, KCNA said. North Korea has not reported any confirmed coronavirus cases, but has imposed crippling border closings, banned most international travel and severely restricted movement inside the country.
Sunak gives UK economy a new boost to see out COVID crisis, tax rises ahead
       
But before then firms can use a two-year “super-deduction” tax break that Sunak hopes will snap them out of their pandemic deep-freeze and invest to boost short-term growth. The government’s budget watchdog said the move was likely to bring forward investment that would have taken place later. Slideshow ( 4 images )The UK Debt Management Office said it planned to sell 296 billion pounds of gilts in the coming year, well above the 247 billion pounds expected in a Reuters poll. Sunak said the corporation tax rise would still leave the headline rate lower than in the rest of the G7 group of rich nations. The Institute for Fiscal Studies said that after the tax rises, corporation tax revenues would be a greater share of GDP in Britain than in the United States, Germany, France or Italy.
Senate Democrats trim parts of Biden's COVID-19 aid bill, Republicans threaten delay
       
Before the bill hits the chamber floor, Democrats are negotiating limits to a measure Republicans have attacked as wasteful. Senate Democrats said the proposal, which would block Americans earning $80,000 per year or more and couples earning $160,000 or more from receiving the $1,400 payments, was a good solution. Republicans, led by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, have denounced the bill. Democrats have been seeking to sort out a welter of competing ideas as they seek to advance the bill. Once the Senate votes on the bill, the House would then have to sign off on the changes before Biden can sign it into law.
Britain's BT says 'super deduction' will significantly cut tax bill
       
FILE PHOTO: People walk past British Telecom (BT) headquarters in London, Britain, November 15, 2019. REUTERS/Simon DawsonLONDON (Reuters) - BT, Britain’s biggest broadband and mobile provider, said the “super deduction” tax break for investment announced by the government on Wednesday would significantly cut its tax bill for several years. BT is spending billions of pounds in building fibre broadband connections to homes and businesses, and extending its 5G mobile network. “We are expecting to invest significant amounts of capex in plant and machinery over the next several years, and to the extent this proves to be eligible for the super-deduction it could result in a significant reduction in our corporation tax bill for our 2021/22 and 2022/23 financial years,” a spokesman said. “This would be offset in later years by the subsequent increase in the corporation tax rate to 25% from April 2023.”
The man who saves forgotten cats in Fukushima's nuclear zone
       
AdvertisementA decade ago, Sakae Kato stayed behind to rescue cats abandoned by neighbours who fled the radiation clouds belching from the nearby Fukushima nuclear plant. So far he has buried 23 cats in his garden, the most recent graves disturbed by wild boars that roam the depopulated community. Kato leaves food for feral cats in a storage shed he heats with a paraffin stove. The cats also gave him a reason to stay on land that has been owned by his family for three generations. "The thing about cattle, is that they really only think about food," Yoshizawa said.
Goldman-backed secondhand clothing retailer ThredUp files for IPO
       
(Reuters) - Goldman Sachs-backed secondhand clothing retailer ThredUp Inc made its IPO filing public on Wednesday, disclosing a bigger full-year loss ahead of a market debut. The company, founded in 2009, has processed over 100 million unique secondhand items from 35,000 brands, according to its filing. (bit.ly/2NRElgE)Users download the company’s app, or go to the website, and ship their used apparel, handbags, shoes and jewelry items. ThredUp, whose investors include Goldman Sachs, Highland Capital Partners and Redpoint Ventures, said its net loss widened to $47.9 million for the year ended Dec. 31, 2020, from $38.2 million a year earlier. ThredUp received $175 million in funding in August 2019, which it said would be used to expand its platform to offer resale clothing services to retailers.
Bangladesh moves more Rohingya Muslims to remote island despite concerns
       
DHAKA (Reuters) - Bangladesh is moving nearly 4,000 more Rohingya Muslim refugees to a remote Bay of Bengal island, officials said on Wednesday, despite complaints from rights groups concerned about the site’s vulnerability to storms and flooding. “Today 2,254 Rohingya people arrived and tomorrow we are expecting 1,700 plus,” Navy official Rashed Sattar said from the island. The government has dismissed safety concerns over the island, citing the building of flood defences as well as housing for 100,000 people, hospitals and cyclone centres. It also says overcrowding in refugee camps fuels crime, while some Rohingya said frequent violence in the camps had driven them to relocate. Bangladesh has called on Myanmar to move forward the stalled process of voluntarily repatriating Rohingya refugees, as international pressure mounts on the military leaders following a coup that reduces the refugees’ hopes of returning home.
U.S. suspends federal agent who joined crowd outside Capitol during rampage, lawyer says
       
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has suspended an agent who was outside the Capitol when a mob of Donald Trump supporters stormed the building, his lawyer said, in the first known case of authorities examining the conduct of a fellow federal agent during the deadly riot. Federal agents have charged more than 300 people so far with taking part in the riot, including several with connections to law enforcement. Gaspari said Ibrahim was outside the Capitol because “it was a historic event.” She said he did not pass a set of metal barricades outside the building that were quickly overrun by the crowd. Gaspari said he had turned in his resignation before Jan. 6, but withdrew it before it took effect. DEA officials learned Ibrahim had been outside the Capitol after he sent photographs from his phone to a group chat of fellow agents.
Bitcoin rises 5% to $50,942.58
       
FILE PHOTO: A collection of bitcoin (virtual currency) tokens are displayed in this picture illustration taken Dec. 8, 2017. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier/Illustration(Reuters) - Bitcoin rose 5% to $50,942.58 on Wednesday, adding $2,426.23 to its previous close. Bitcoin, the world’s biggest and best-known cryptocurrency, has risen 83.7% from the year’s low of $27,734 on Jan. 4. Bitcoin has fallen 12.7% from the year’s high of $58,354.14 on Feb. 21. Ether, the coin linked to the ethereum blockchain network, rose 7.18 % to $1,595.64 on Wednesday, adding $106.84 to its previous close.
Marvell shares fall as chip supplies expected to remain tight into 2022
       
(Reuters) - Shares of Marvell Technology Group Ltd fell on Wednesday as the designer of 5G networking chips said supplies could remain tight through its fiscal 2022. Marvell forecast revenue and adjusted profit ranges for its current fiscal first quarter with midpoints of $800 million and 27 cents per share, respectively, in line with analyst expectations of $793.3 million and 27 cents per share, according to IBES data from Refinitiv. Marvell shares fell 3.4% to $43.90 in extended trading after closing 4.7% lower earlier in the day. “While we are confident that the industry will respond to these challenges, we anticipate a supply gap for at least through fiscal 2022,” he added. The company’s fiscal 2022 ends in January 2022.
The man who saves forgotten cats in Fukushima's nuclear zone
       
FUKUSHIMA, Japan (Reuters) - A decade ago, Sakae Kato stayed behind to rescue cats abandoned by neighbours who fled the radiation clouds belching from the nearby Fukushima nuclear plant. Cats that were rescued by Sakae Kato, rest in a cage at Kato's home, in a restricted zone in Namie, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, February 20, 2021. A decade ago, he stayed behind to rescue cats abandoned by neighbours who fled the radiation clouds belching from the nearby Fukushima nuclear plant. Unuma fled as the cooling system at Tokyo Electric Power Co’s nuclear plant 2.5 km away failed and its reactors began to melt down. Lingering fears about the nuclear plant, jobs and poor infrastructure are keeping many away, though.
New attack on Iraqi air base fits profile of Iran-backed militia, U.S. officials say
       
BAGHDAD/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Tensions between the United States and Iran simmered on Wednesday after a new rocket attack against Iraq’s Ain al-Asad air base that hosts U.S. forces, which U.S. officials told Reuters fit the profile of a strike by Iran-backed militia. FILE PHOTO: Military vehicles of U.S. soldiers are seen at Ain al-Asad air base in Anbar province, Iraq January 13, 2020. One attack on Feb. 16 on U.S.-led forces killed a civilian contractor and injured a U.S. service member. U.S. officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the latest strike fit the profile of an attack by Iran-backed militia but the Pentagon said it was too soon to come to any conclusions. The United States is assessing the impact of the attack and whoever was responsible, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.
U.S. declined to prosecute Trump transport chief after inspector general review
       
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao speaks during a press conference on the One National Program Rule on federal preemption of state fuel economy standards at EPA Headquarters in Washington, U.S., September 19, 2019. REUTERS/Sarah Silbiger/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department declined to prosecute then-Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao after the inspector general’s office referred allegations of potential misuse of office for review, a report made public on Wednesday said. The report included allegations that Chao directed staff to research or purchase personal items for her online using her personal credit card. In December, the inspector general’s office referred its findings to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia for criminal prosecution, which declined to open a criminal investigation. The inspector general’s report added prosecutors said “there may be ethical and/or administrative issues to address but there is not predication to open a criminal investigation.”Chao could not immediately be reached for comment.
Japan's Fast Retailing to cut prices by around 9%
       
FILE PHOTO: Fast Retailing's fashion chain Uniqlo, at a shopping complex in Beijing, China May 24, 2020. REUTERS/Florence LoTOKYO (Reuters) - Retail group Fast Retailing said on Thursday it was slashing prices by around 9% at its Uniqlo and GU stores in Japan, saying it recognised that many customers were experiencing “unprecedented difficulties because of the coronavirus pandemic.”The company also said its price tags and displays will be fixed to be tax inclusive, to spare customers the bother of making calculations.
How To Talk To Your Kids About Miscarriage
       
Getty ImagesAlthough miscarriage is very common, it can feel difficult to talk about. But how exactly should you approach conversations about miscarriage with kids? Take your child’s age, developmental level and temperament into account when you share your pregnancy loss. “The more we talk to kids about tough topics like pregnancy loss, the more we can model what it means to experience the hard parts of life and navigate big feelings together, head-on.”Validate their emotional response. Talking to others who have experienced pregnancy loss can be helpful, although everyone’s story and healing process will be different.
U.S. issues warning after Microsoft says China hacked its mail server program
       
The U.S. has issued an emergency warning after Microsoft said it caught China hacking into its mail and calendar server program, called Exchange. The perpetrator, Microsoft said in a blog post, is a hacker group that the company has “high confidence” is working for the Chinese government and primarily spies on American targets. CISA, the U.S.’s primary defensive cybersecurity agency, rarely exercises its authority to demand the entire U.S. government take protective steps to protect its cybersecurity. Contacted by email, a spokesperson for the Chinese embassy in Washington referred to recent comments by spokesperson Wang Wenbin. The campaign not only gave the hackers access to the victims’ emails and calendar invitations but to their entire network, Microsoft said.
Greg Abbott has left Texans to fight Covid alone
       
Gregg Abbott announced Tuesday that "state mandates are no longer needed" and that "it is now time to open Texas 100 percent." Texas, like much of the rest of the country, is seeing meaningful progress in vaccinating residents and decreasing daily infection rates. Abbott has purposefully injected a new infection into the state in the form of irresponsible policies that will promote unnecessary infection, hospitalization and death. Intentionally or not, Abbott has left the lives of Texans in their own hands. It should not be left to regular Texans to provide their own basic protection, but Abbott has left us with no other choice.
How Two Skiers Conquered Yosemite's Half Dome
       
How Two Skiers Conquered Yosemite's Half DomeEnlarge this image toggle caption Jason Torlano/AP Jason Torlano/APAt the end of last month, two skiers achieved an unprecedented feat: descending the summit of Yosemite National Park's iconic Half Dome into the valley below. Since then, Half Dome has become a popular, but challenging, hike. But on Feb. 21, Jason Torlano and Zach Milligan made the nearly 5,000-foot trek down on skis. Skiers and snowboarders have descended Half Dome in the past. Unsuitable snow conditions had thwarted Torlano's previous three attempts to ski down Half Dome.
Texas schools, stores divided on masks as mandate ends
       
Greg Abbott says Texas is lifting a mask mandate and lifting business capacity limits next week. Greg Abbott says Texas is lifting a mask mandate and lifting business capacity limits next week. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)DALLAS (AP) — Now that Texas’ mask mandate is ending, florist Lucy Alanis is reconsidering a rare treat she allowed herself in Dallas during the coronavirus pandemic: the occasional meal at a restaurant. ADVERTISEMENTPresident Joe Biden also reacted to America’s second-largest state winding down virus restrictions for nearly 30 million people, calling it “Neanderthal thinking.”The mask mandate, which has been in place since July, and occupancy limits on restaurants and retail stores end March 10. Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said his officers will continue wearing masks.
Avient Stock, RealPage, Steel Dynamics, Yeti Enter The IBD 50
       
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'No Remorse': Toronto's Van Attack Killer Found Guilty Of 1st Degree Murder
       
'No Remorse': Toronto's Van Attack Killer Found Guilty Of 1st Degree MurderEnlarge this image toggle caption Cole Burston/AFP via Getty Images Cole Burston/AFP via Getty ImagesTwenty-eight-year old Alek Minassian was found guilty on 26 charges that include murder and attempted murder Wednesday for purposefully driving a van through a crowd in Toronto nearly three years ago. On April 23, 2018, the man drove a white rental van onto a crowded sidewalk and plowed into pedestrians, killing 10 people and wounding another 15. She found Minassian guilty of 10 counts of first-degree murder and 16 counts of attempted murder. Murder in Canada carries a life sentence and those found guilty must serve at least 25 years before being considered for parole. The Ontario Autism Coalition released a statement following Molloy's verdict, applauding the judge for rejecting the attempted autism defense.
Marvell Technology’s Sales Got a Lift From 5G. Its Outlook Was Mixed,
       
The global chip shortage has raised expectations for semiconductor companies. DreamstimeMarvell Technology Group reported revenue that topped Wall Street expectations, and adjusted profit that was in line with analysts’ models, but its forecasts for the current quarter raised concerns its next results may not be a strong as hoped. There is a global shortage of semiconductors, so investors have had lofty expectations for chip companies. They expect results that are comfortably above what Wall Street had penciled in, and forecasts pointing to a bullish outlook.
How ‘Interest Discovery’ Can Satisfy Difficult Clients
       
“These are times that try men’s souls,” an advisor exhorted to me recently. Of course, the pain from Covid has been felt everywhere, and so many clients are still on edge. How best to deal with your customers these days? Here’s one ritual I want you to consider adopting. It comes from my late mentor, Roger Fisher, who co-founded the Harvard Negotiation Project.
High-Yield Debt Issuer GFL Eyes Green Bond Deal
       
(Bloomberg) -- GFL Environmental Inc., a waste management company whose largest shareholder is investment firm BC Partners, is considering a debut in the green bond market as the company looks to digest an acquisition spree and reduce debt costs. “Our view is that there is going to be a couple of projects that actually qualify for that program,” said Dovigi, adding that an eventual green bond may be priced at a lower yield than its regular securities. GFL, which carried out around $4 billion of mergers and acquisitions in 2020, is looking to reduce interest rates on its debt. While GFL would be a new company for green bond investors, it’s a regular borrower in the high-yield debt markets. Spruce Point officials didn’t reply to requests for comment about their views on GFL and whether they continue to hold a short position on GFL.
'When will it end?': How a changing virus is reshaping scientists’ views on COVID-19
       
But, they say, data in recent weeks on new variants from South Africa and Brazil has undercut that optimism. And, scientists say there is still much to be learned about the immune system's ability to combat the virus. The shift in thinking among scientists has influenced more cautious government statements about when the pandemic will end. Around the same time, researchers learned of the impact of the faster-spreading variants in South Africa and in Brazil. Novavax’s clinical trial data showed its vaccine was 89% effective in a UK trial, but just 50% effective at preventing COVID-19 in South Africa.
Palestinian COVID-19 vaccine rollout under fire over doses for VIPs
       
By Ali Sawafta and Nidal al-MughrabiRAMALLAH (Reuters) - The Palestinian Authority on Tuesday confirmed that it diverted some COVID-19 vaccination doses meant for medical workers to VIPs as critics charged but said this involved a small fraction of inoculations. A health ministry statement said 10% of the 12,000 doses it received were given to the Palestinian national football team, government ministers, presidential guards and members of the Palestine Liberation Organization's topmost Executive Committee. But it said the other 90% went to health workers treating COVID-19 cases in intensive care units and emergency departments, and health ministry workers. The West Bank and Gaza, home to a combined 5.2 million Palestinians, have received around 34,700 vaccine doses to date. But Israeli officials have said that under the Oslo peace accords, the PA health ministry is responsible.
Palestinian Authority faces criticism over vaccine rollout
       
But to date it has only acquired enough doses to inoculate 6,000 people in a population of nearly 5 million. “We have focused from the beginning on health workers, but there are around 100,000" in the occupied West Bank and Gaza, Health Minister Mai Alkaila told reporters on Tuesday. The PA acquired another 10,000 doses of the Russian-made Sputnik V vaccine. Alkaila said 2,000 doses have been shipped to Gaza, which is ruled by the Palestinian militant group Hamas and is under an Israeli-Egyptian blockade. Story continuesOf the remaining 9,800 doses, she said 90% have been given to health workers.
Israel sentences Palestinian lawmaker to two years in prison
       
Refinery29AUSTIN, TX – MARCH 29: Texas Governor Greg Abbott arrives for his COVID-19 press conference at the Texas State Capitol in Austin. Greg Abbott announced that the state’s COVID-19 restrictions —including a mask mandate and limited capacity at restaurants — would be lifted in full. “We must now do more to restore livelihoods and normalcy for Texans by opening Texas 100%,” he said. “This is the second time that our state leadership has put us in a bad position by reopening too early,” Michael Fojtasek, an Austin-based chef, told the Austin American-Statesman. What is clear now is that Texas leadership — under the guidance of Gov.
Myanmar U.N. envoy, junta make rival claims to U.N. representation
       
However, U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the office of Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was notified on Tuesday that the Myanmar junta had terminated Kyaw Moe Tun and appointed his deputy Tin Maung Naing as the acting U.N. envoy. The rival claims to represent Myanmar will now likely have to be considered by a nine-member U.N. credentials committee that reports to the General Assembly, which will then make the final decision. The United Nations has previously had to address competing claims for representation at the world body. In September 2011, the General Assembly approved a Libyan request to accredit envoys of the country's interim government. Ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, met virtually with Kyaw Moe Tun on Tuesday.
Nearly 40 killed in violent day of protests against Myanmar coup, U.N. envoy says
       
(Reuters) - Thirty-eight people were killed in Myanmar as the military quelled protests in several towns and cities on Wednesday, the United Nations said, the most violent day since demonstrations against last month's military coup first broke out. "Today it was the bloodiest day since the coup happened on the 1st of February. SUSTAINED SHOOTINGKo Bo Kyi, joint secretary of Myanmar's Assistance Association for Political Prisoners rights group, had said earlier the military killed at least 18. 'WE SHALL OVERCOME'Security forces breaking up protests in Yangon detained about 300 protesters, the Myanmar Now news agency reported. Images of a 19-year-old woman, one of two shot dead in Mandalay, showed her wearing a T-shirt that read "Everything will be OK".
Daily Crunch: Google swears off ad-tracking
       
Google says it's focusing on privacy-friendly approaches to ad targeting, Okta acquires Auth0 and a flying taxi startup raises $241 million. This is your Daily Crunch for March 3, 2021. Instead, he pointed to Google technologies like its interest-based Federated Learning of Cohorts. The tech giantsOkta acquires cloud identity startup Auth0 for $6.5B — With Auth0, Okta gets a cloud identity company that helps developers embed identity management into applications. The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch's roundup of our biggest and most important stories.
The Aston Martin DBX is a tale of two vehicles
       
The Aston Martin DBX is the brand's first SUV -- and the stakes for the iconic British luxury car maker couldn't be higher. (The version Aston Martin provided to TechCrunch for a test drive had the option-loaded retail price of $205,186 DBX, including delivery fees.) Aston Martin set a goal of selling 14,000 vehicles by 2023, a steep hike for a small, boutique brand. Image Credits: Aston MartinAs slick technological features become more important, Aston Martin may need to rethink how it solves for lagging behind. Aston Martin indicated in its latest earnings call that offering a hybrid SUV will be important for the company.
Brazil's COVID Crisis Is a Warning to the Whole World, Scientists Say
       
(Dado Galdieri/The New York Times)RIO DE JANEIRO — COVID-19 has already left a trail of death and despair in Brazil, one of the worst in the world. And the variant has slipped Brazil’s borders, showing up in two dozen other countries and in small numbers in the United States. Story continues“You need vaccines to get in the way of these things,” said William Hanage, a public health researcher at Harvard T.H. By January, scientists had discovered that a new variant, which became known as P.1, had become dominant in the state. “It was a horror film.”Since then, the coronavirus crisis has eased somewhat in Amazonas but worsened in most of Brazil.
Disney to close at least 60 Disney Stores in North America before end of year
       
Disney announced Wednesday it will be closing at least 60 Disney retail stores in North America as the company focuses its efforts on boosting its e-commerce platforms. The move came about as consumers have shopped more online rather than physical locations – a trend that has been accelerated by the coronavirus pandemic. The company said it is also weighing significant reductions of stores in Europe. Locations in China and Japan will not be affected nor will Disney Parks Stores. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM FOX BUSINESSDisney also expanded its digital operations in Australia, New Zealand and India late last year.
Europe fears creating COVID-19 vaccine passports could lead to discrimination, division
       
After months of political clashes around the world over lockdowns and travel restrictions, Europe is at the forefront of a thorny new COVID-19 controversy: vaccine passports. And like earlier disputes, national disagreements over vaccine passports are playing out against a backdrop of frayed tempers and pandemic fatigue. That has given added impetus to the vaccine passport question, with a formal government review to be completed by June. AdvertisementIn some European countries, the vaccine passport debate is shadowed by the past. Within France, Ribeiro said, a health pass could mark a return to a cherished lifestyle of cozy café rendezvous and nights out at the cinema.
Man pleads not guilty to motor vehicle homicide charges crash that killed Salem police officer
       
A Salem man pleaded not guilty to two counts of motor vehicle homicide and other offenses Wednesday in connection to the crash that killed off-duty Salem police officer Dana Mazola last June, officials said. Juan Marinez, 26, was arraigned in Salem District Court and ordered not to drive, the Essex district attorney’s office said in a statement. The case is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing on April 22, the statement said.
MIT researchers read a letter without opening it
       
There it languished, along with nearly 600 other letters, sealed and unread for centuries. The algorithm was tested against an opened letter that confirmed the folding pattern. When asked why researchers didn’t simply open the letter, researcher Nadine Akkerman of Leider University explained that the sealed letter would be forever changed were it opened. Some had “built-in traps that actually ripped the paper and could even ruin the message.”AdvertisementA computer-generated unfolding animation of a sealed letter. Unlocking History Research GroupMIT Library Conservator Jana Dambrogio says that keeping the letter in its locked state preserves history itself.
Cooks get creative as Newton culinary studio offers both in-person and virtual experiences
       
At a Newton-based culinary studio, people are getting back into hands-on classes — an activity in short supply during the pandemic. After months of cooking in their own kitchens, Create A Cook’s doors are now open in Newton Highlands to customers for in-person culinary experiences in addition to virtual. AdvertisementDana Fernandez, co-president of Zervas Elementary School Parent Teacher Association, used Create A Cook’s to host a private, virtual cooking class for parents. Juskalian and Gangal said they donated the food they were going to use for cooking classes, and then sat down to try and make a plan. “She tried it, loved it and continued to eat it.”Create A Cook has hosted many private cooking classes for families and individual cohorts.
Newly eligible, R.I. teachers struggle to get COVID-19 vaccine appointments through CVS
       
In the early morning hours on Wednesday, teachers were allowed to start signing up for COVID-19 vaccine appointments through the retail pharmacy’s web portal. Sara Sousa, a 36-year-old preschool teacher at a Catholic school in Warwick, Rhode Island, has been going to work in-person every single day. Retail pharmacies in Rhode Island receive doses of the COVID-19 vaccine from both the federal government’s allocation and from the state. “Rhode Island is one of the few states in the country without a plan to vaccinate teachers. CVS requires that patients schedule their second vaccine appointment when making an appointment for their first dose.
Santa Clara County’s red-tier reopening: ‘Are you ready to come inside?’
       
At Bill’s Cafe on The Alameda, co-owner George Zafiris greeted one of his regular customers outside the front door early Wednesday morning, the first day of Santa Clara County’s return to the less-restrictive red tier during this pandemic era. “Are you ready to come inside to eat?”“Of course. We’re not as stupid as Texas!” Ron Rosso said, pointing to his masked face and eliciting a big laugh from Zafiris before heading into the San Jose restaurant. San Francisco and Napa counties also moved into the red tier, with similar but not identical restrictions. “The move to the red tier provides a much-needed lifeline to restaurants,” he said.
San Leandro: Two take plea deals in 2018 fatal stabbing
       
OAKLAND — Two Bay Area men who’d been facing murder charges in connection with the stabbing death of a man in his 20s accepted plea deals and sentences of four and 14 years, respectively, court records show. Michael Mendoza-Roche, 25, of Alameda, pleaded no contest to manslaughter and is expected to receive a 14-year prison term at a sentencing hearing later this month. His co-defendant, Oakland resident Alex Fernandez, also 25, pleaded no contest to assault with a deadly weapon and accepted a four-year prison term, court records show. Both men were arrested in 2018 in connection with the stabbing death of Michael Kittrell Smith, 25, and the near-fatal stabbing of a second victim. After his arrest, Mendoza-Roche denied stabbing anyone but declined a more detailed police interview.
Dallas artist paints with her heart in moving tribute to friend with cancer
       
A new exhibition featuring work by Dallas artist Melanie M. Brannan expresses the joy and heartbreak of a special friendship. Through her paintings, Brannan explains their shared experiences and interests as well as the things they have laughed about. “I paint more with my heart than a brush.”True friends are often difficult to find, especially for adults, Brannan said. While they were driving home, Wegloski rolled down the window, stuck her head and pinwheel out and yelled “WEEEEEEEEE!”“We both laughed,” Brannan said. The book is about “vulnerability, kindness, hope, friendship and love,” Brannan wrote on her website.
Phoenix Rising FC will begin preseason March 13 at Wild Horse Pass facility
       
Phoenix Rising FC announced its upcoming preseason schedule Wednesday, with the club's first match set for March 13 against Sporting KC at its new Wildhorse Pass home facility. There will be no fans or media allowed in the stadium for the first match of the preseason. The club said it will look to lift fan restrictions closer to the beginning of the 2021 season, expected to begin May 1. Rising will then finish the preseason at home for the final three games facing Colorado Springs FC on April 17, New Mexico United on April 24th and finish it off with FC Tucson on April 25. The regular season USL Championship league schedule has yet to be announced.
Review: A swaggering Chinese American teen dreams of making the NBA in undercooked ‘Boogie’
       
It only takes a few minutes of “Boogie” before the title character, high school basketball star Alfred “Boogie” Chin, lets loose on Jeremy Lin. The Warriors G Leaguer and former NBA phenom is a “model-minority Jesus freak,” Boogie (Taylor Takahashi) says. But he doesn’t get along with his coach (Domenick Lombardozzi), and he’s got a reputation as a hot ead. Starring Taylor Takahashi, Talour Paige, Pop Smoke and Eddie Huang. Directed by Eddie Huang.
Man found fatally shot in his backyard in Rylie
       
A 20-year-old man was found fatally shot early Wednesday in the backyard of his home in the Rylie area of southeast Dallas, police said. Jason Izaguirre was found shot about 1:20 a.m. at the 1500 block of Elk Creek Road, according to police. Authorities were called to his home, where they pronounced him dead. No one has been arrested in connection with the shooting and authorities are investigating, police said. Anyone with information about the case may call Detective Christopher Walton at 214-701-8453 or christopher.walton@dallascityhall.com and refer to case No.
Number of COVID-19 vaccine doses given in Wisconsin surpasses 1.5 million; 9% of residents fully vaccinated
       
As COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin dipped to levels last seen around the Fourth of July, the number of vaccine doses administered in the state surpassed 1.5 million Wednesday. The newly approved Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which requires only one dose, is set to arrive in the state next week, health officials have said. The infusion of about 47,000 doses from Johnson & Johnson is expected to help providers vaccinate teachers quickly before moving on to other groups that became eligible this week. Nearby Michigan ranks second in the country in variant cases, with more than 400. Nationally, there are more than 2,500 known variant cases, according to the CDC, but since labs perform genome sequencing on a fraction of positive tests to identify variant cases, the actual number of such cases is thought to be much higher.
Live pipe bomb found at polling place in Iowa: police
       
ANKENY, Iowa — The discovery of a live pipe bomb at a central Iowa polling place as voters were casting ballots in a special election forced an evacuation of the building, police said. Officers called to the Lakeside Center in Ankeny around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday found a device that looked like a pipe bomb in grass near the center. Police later confirmed in a news release that the device was a pipe bomb. The banquet hall was being used as a polling place for an Ankeny school district special election. Fitzgerald and police said other polling places in Ankeny were checked and no other bombs or suspicious devices were found.
Apartment burglaries reported in Chatham: police
       
Police are warning Chatham residents about a series of recent apartment burglaries in the South Side neighborhood. In each incident, the burglar enters the apartment through the front or back door and makes off with property including wallets, purses, televisions, jewelry, cell phones, tablets and video game systems, Chicago police said. The burglaries happened between Feb. 24 and March 1 in:The 800 block of East 82nd Street;The 7900 block of South St. Lawrence Avenue;The 8100 block of South Drexel Avenue; andThe 8200 block of South Ingleside Avenue. Police did not provide a description of any suspects. Anyone with information is asked to call Area Two detectives at 312-747-8273.
Barbie celebrates International Women’s Day with release of Eleanor Roosevelt doll
       
First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt did not get to experience becoming a Barbie during her lifetime, but she will soon enter Barbie’s dream world. Barbie announced the former first lady has become the newest doll in the brand’s “Inspiring Women” series. Roosevelt will join shelves alongside earlier released historical role model dolls like Billie Jean King, Rosa Parks, Maya Angelou and Sally Ride. It was the first time the doll was recreated to resemble other body types aside from its stick-thin frame. The Eleanor Roosevelt doll will be on shelves staring Wednesday, ahead of International Women’s Day which is March 8.
Mercy Hospital enters deal that could keep historic Bronzeville hospital from closing
       
Mercy Hospital and Medical Center might not be closing after all. Mercy and Insight Chicago will continue to negotiate the terms of the sale over the coming weeks. Until the pending deal with Insight Chicago is signed, Mercy’s overall plans for the hospital remain unchanged, the hospital said. If the agreement is finalized before then, Mercy will help Insight Chicago in transitioning services, according to the statement. Regardless, Mercy still plans to open a care center sometime this year.
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
       
Gray RohrerGray is the Sentinel’s Tallahassee Bureau reporter, covering the Legislature and the rest of state government at the Capitol. He grew up in Brevard County and is a proud alumnus of the University of Central Florida. He worked for papers in Jacksonville and the Fort Myers area before covering state government for online publications in Tallahassee.
‘I would spend the rest of my life in a 6-by-8 cell for her,’ says father accused in slaying
       
Witnesses, surveillance videos, and cellphone records helped identify Hamilton as the shooting suspect and he was arrested Tuesday. During questioning, he described the ongoing feud between himself and the victim over the poor treatment of Hamilton’s daughter, detectives said.
Florida moves toward junking unemployment system, perhaps with a boost in benefits
       
Rep. Anna Eskamani, an Orlando Democrat who has fielded thousands of requests for help with the unemployment system since it ground to a halt last March and April when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, has filed a bill to increase benefits to $500, set the maximum weeks at 26 and impose new oversight measures on the system. But she’s encouraged the issue of the payments getting attention from GOP lawmakers one year after the crisis hit.
Ex-NFL player Kellen Winslow II is sentenced to 14 years in prison for rape and other sexual offenses
       
Bowman called them “brazen” crimes. He noted that Winslow continued to prey on women even after his first arrest. He performed a lewd act in front of a 77-year-old woman at a gym while hiding his GPS monitoring ankle bracelet with a towel. He also exposed himself to a 57-year-old neighbor who was gardening despite having a bike app that gave his location at the time.
Early completion of Ocean Parkway's Greenway's 10-mile extension lets runners, bikers enjoy ocean views
       
A 10-mile extension of a four-mile bike and pedestrian path along Ocean Parkway in Babylon has been completed, three months ahead of schedule, Gov. New plantings, including beach grass, evergreen trees, bayberry plants and beach plum shrubs, were added to the path, with shaded rest stops placed about every 3 miles along the path, officials said. For added safety, curves in the path will slow bicyclists at driveways, while signs alert drivers and path users of crossing traffic and a reflective cable guiderail was erected between the path and Ocean Parkway, state officials said. The Greenway's first phase was completed in 2013 and runs from the Ellen Farrant Memorial Bikeway along the Wantagh State Parkway to the Jones Beach boardwalk. The second phase, which runs from Jones Beach to Tobay Beach, was completed in 2014.
Chilling behavior by Suffolk officers
       
It’s hard to say what’s more disturbing in the video of a handcuffed Christopher Cruz being pushed to the ground and kicked repeatedly by Suffolk County Police Department officers last week. The violent behavior by law enforcement officers is inexcusable, even if the suspect, minutes earlier, had rammed his stolen car into police vehicles trying to stop him. But the nonchalance of the other officers present, including a supervisor, is just as chilling. The two officers seen assaulting Cruz in the video are suspended without pay, and targets of a criminal investigation. And they are left to wonder when the Suffolk County Police Department will get the cameras on every officer and when the change in police culture necessary to stop this behavior will happen.
Suicide rates in young people declined in Minnesota in 2020. Could the pandemic be the reason?
       
The state Department of Health released data Wednesday for 2020, showing an unexpected decrease in suicides among young people. The department released suicide totals for people 24 and younger, and expects to release similar statistics later for older people. In Minnesota, children under age 15 generally have low rates of suicide — but they fell even further in 2020 to seven suicides statewide. Although the Health Department hasn’t tallied the numbers yet, it is expected that 2020 suicide rates for older people will fall, too. It also could be because younger people admit they have mental health problems, said Shannah Mulvihill, director of the non-profit Mental Health Minnesota.
Oregon moves to ban display of nooses, a racist symbol
       
“He was killed basically for offending a white man,” Evans, a member of the Eugene City Council, testified Tuesday. His body was riddled with bullets, and then he was set on fire.”Louisiana, Virginia, California, New York, Maryland and Connecticut previously criminalized the display of nooses. The bill under consideration in Oregon would make intimidation by display of a noose a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in prison and a $6,250 fine. He believes most people who place nooses are fully aware of the pain it causes Black people. A Republican on the judiciary committee, Dallas Heard, who is white, asked what would happen if antifa protesters came to the Oregon State Capitol and hanged an effigy of him.
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Texas schools, stores divided on masks as mandate ends
       
The impact of Republican Gov. Greg Abbott repealing many of the state’s COVID-19 restrictions — tweeting “Texas is OPEN 100%” — began taking shape Wednesday as businesses shed rules, city leaders plotted new safeguards and the state’s 5 million schoolchildren largely remained under orders to keep wearing masks for now. But what daily life in Texas will look like come next week remains unsettled following one of the country’s most dramatic rollbacks, in particular the requirement to wear masks, which health experts say is among the most effective ways to curb the spread of the virus.
Capitol Police say they have intelligence of a ‘possible plot’ by a militia group to breach US Capitol on Thursday
       
The announcement comes as the Capitol police and other law enforcement agencies are taking heat from Congress in contentious hearings this week on their handling of the Jan. 6 riot. Police were ill-prepared for the mass of Trump supporters in tactical gear, some armed, and it took hours for National Guard reinforcements to come. By then, rioters had broken and smashed their way into the building and roamed the halls for hours, stalling Congress’ certification effort temporarily and sending lawmakers into hiding.
17 indicted after Waterbury, DEA investigation into Connecticut heroin, cocaine trafficking
       
“We are very appreciative for the support from the U.S. Attorney’s Office and for our partnership with the DEA to attack drug trafficking in our community,” Waterbury Police Chief Fernando Spagnolo said. “This is the second long-term wiretap investigation the Waterbury Police Department has participated in over the last three years, and we expect to continue to work with federal authorities on these kinds of cases going forward.”
Aaron Boone to receive pacemaker, expects to return to Yankees within days
       
“My faith is strong, and my spirits are high. I’m in a great frame of mind because I know I’m in good hands with the doctors and medical staff here at St. Joseph’s Hospital. They are confident that today’s surgery will allow me to resume all of my usual professional and personal activities and afford me a positive long-term health prognosis without having to change anything about my way of life. I look forward to getting back to work in the next several days, but during my short-term absence, I have complete trust that our coaches, staff and players will continue their training and preparation at the same level as we’ve had and without any interruption.”
Police: Report of shots fired at French Park prompts search with helicopter
       
French Park in Amberley Village was temporarily closed Wednesday while police searched for signs of a shooting, officials said. Amberley Village Police responded to the park at around 1 p.m. Wednesday for a report of two shots fired. French Park is a City of Cincinnati park, located in Amberley's jurisdiction. Police say the park was temporarily closed as a precaution. The search was completed and French Park has since reopened to the public, police said at around 4:45 p.m.
'High danger' domestic violence calls up during pandemic, funding slashed
       
'High danger' domestic violence calls up during pandemic, funding slashedSue Villilo discusses why 'high danger' domestic violence calls up during pandemic and funding is decreased.
'Driven to Win: Racing in America' explores need for speed
       
Believed to be the first comprehensive exhibit covering auto racing in America, “Driven to Win” explores popular forms of racing, including speed racing, hill climb racing, Indy Car racing, stock car and drag car racing. The foundation of the exhibit comes from The Henry Ford’s extensive collection of historic racing vehicles and artifacts. While stock car racing is one of the most popular forms of racing, others boast legions of enthusiasts as well, including land-speed racing. “Driven to Win” also offers more than 50 profiles of people involved in racing: race drivers, team owners, engineers and others. The film includes exclusive footage and interviews with drivers and crew members from the worlds of stock car, drag racing, Indy car, hill climb and land speed racing.
Ticker: State flags financial problems at Becker College
       
Worcester’s Becker College is facing a precarious enough financial situation that officials at the Department of Higher Education believe the school “is unlikely to sustain full operations through the next academic year” and have engaged in contingency planning in case of a closure. A Tuesday statement from the department and the New England Commission of Higher Education attributed Becker’s financial uncertainty to the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis and said the college’s trustees have “been meeting regularly to explore all reasonable options and determine how best they can leverage all available resources to help support a plan that prioritizes the best interests of students, faculty, and staff.”“As stewards of Becker College, the Board of Trustees has been working to examine a number of challenges facing higher education, including the decline of college-age students, the increased cost of providing a high-quality education and, most recently, the Covid-19 pandemic,” Becker Board of Trustees chair Christine Cassidy said in a statement. “We have been undergoing a thoughtful process of evaluating the impact of these forces on our College and considering every option.”The higher education department said it’s working with the college to develop contingency plans that will “ensure students will have opportunities to transfer to other institutions of higher education with minimal disruption to their education” if Becker does not sustain its operations at or near current levels next school year.
Ducey issues order for Arizona schools to reopen this month
       
“As a state, we should be collaborating to provide as much preparation and planning time as possible ahead of significant changes to school operations,” Hoffman said in a statement. The news comes as Arizona health officials reported 1,284 new COVID-19 cases and 29 deaths Wednesday. The state also opened its fourth mass vaccination site at Chandler-Gilbert Community College. All state-run vaccination sites are transitioning to vaccinating people by age group and will now allow people 55 or older to make an appointment. “When we looked at 55 and above, that's responsible for 65% of our hospitalizations and 90% of all deaths in Arizona,” Christ said while visiting the college vaccination site.
Chicago mayor proposes new rules after botched police raid
       
Lightfoot has come under intense criticism for the way she and the city responded to the botched raid at Young's home. Then, when WBBM-TV aired the video from Young’s home late last year, Lightfoot said she was only then learning about the video. She acknowledged later that she received a detailed email about the video a year earlier. On Wednesday, Brown suggested that the problems won't be solved simply by changing rules. “If Ms. Young was the biggest drug kingpin we still should have treated her with dignity and respect,” he said.
Michigan expands vaccine eligibility to those age 50 and up
       
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan announced Wednesday that everyone ages 50 to 64 can start getting COVID-19 vaccinations on March 22 and that those in that group with certain medical conditions can begin being immunized next week. It is the largest expansion of eligibility since Jan. 11, when state officials allowed vaccinations of seniors age 65 or older and additional frontline workers such as teachers. Starting Monday, two new priority groups will be eligible: 816,000 people age 50 or older with medical conditions or disabilities, and caregiver family members and guardians who care for children with special health care needs. More than 20 underlying health conditions qualify, including common ones such as high blood pressure, diabetes, asthma and obesity. All people ages 50 to 64 — 2 million total — will be eligible two weeks later, though 13% already have gotten at least one shot of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine because they qualify for another reason.
NBA star's trustee vote shows race fight in South Carolina
       
“We’ve got to make our faculty and staff resemble the population of the state, you know. And I think we have to do the same thing with the students,” English said. About 10% of students are Black at the University of South Carolina's main campus in Columbia. English said in a statement he will always support students using their voices to make change. But as a trustee, he would listen, then eventually defer to the Legislature.
70-year-old Colorado man arrested in 1982 murder case
       
Updated 5 times AlertMeDENVER — A 70-year-old Colorado man accused of killing two women in 1982 has been arrested, officials said Wednesday. Alan Lee Phillips, of the mountain hamlet of Dumont, was being held in Park County Jail on suspicion of killing Annette Schnee, 21, and Barbara “Bobbi Jo” Oberholtzer, 29, Park County Sheriff Tom McGraw told a news conference. Schnee’s corpse was located six months later, fully clothed, in a creek in rural Park County. Reached Wednesday by telephone, Phillips’ public defender, Kyle Nettleblad, declined to comment on the case. With each year that has passed, they have remained vigilant in their unwavering commitment to seek justice for Bobbi Jo and Annette,” McGraw, the Park County Sherriff, said.
Civil suit in U.S. over British teen's death can proceed
       
According to the lawsuit, Anne Sacoolas was driving her Volvo SUV on the wrong side of the road near the Croughton base when she struck Dunn. In court this week they filed a “notice of correction” to an earlier order from the judge seeking to clarify her conduct. Also, the lawyers acknowledged that she left the country swiftly after the U.S. invoked diplomatic immunity on her behalf but say that's standard procedure. They say she fully cooperated with authorities while in England, and took a breathalyzer test that showed no alcohol in her system. “You can make your case to the public if you wish but you can't change my order by filing a notice of correction,” he said.
Governor says NM face mask mandate staying put
       
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Cuomo addresses harassment claims, vows to stay in office
       
Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday rejected calls for his resignation in the face of sexual harassment allegations that have threatened his hold on power and damaged his national political standing. “I now understand that I acted in a way that made people feel uncomfortable,” Cuomo said. Cuomo said he will “fully cooperate” with an investigation into the allegations overseen by the state’s independently elected attorney general. “The facts will come out” in the attorney general’s investigation, he said, reiterating his position that he “never knew at the time” that he was making anyone feel uncomfortable. The harassment allegations follow accusations that Cuomo covered up the true COVID-19 death toll on nursing home residents.
4-year-old girl dies after being hit by vehicle in Glendale
       
Updated 3 times AlertMeGLENDALE, Ariz. — A 4-year-old girl died and a 3-year-old boy was seriously injured Wednesday after being struck by a pickup truck on a walkway outside a store in Glendale, police said. They said the incident occurred about 10:30 a.m. as a family of five was walking toward the entrance of the store. Witnesses told police that the girl was pinned under the vehicle and they began performing CPR on the child before paramedics arrived. ADVERTISEMENTSkip................................................................Police said the two children were rushed to a hospital, where the girl died. Police said the 68-year-old driver of the pickup remained on the scene and impairment wasn’t believed to be a factor pending further investigation.
Former firefighter arrested in Midlothian gets 10 1/2 years in child sex solicitation case
       
Brian Kosanovich, 58, thought he had been corresponding on the Internet with a Midlothian woman and said he was interested in having sex with them. He drove to a restaurant in Midlothian on Feb. 18, 2020, expecting to meet the woman, but was instead greeted by the FBI and placed under arrest. Both the government and Kosanovich's lawyer asked U.S. District Judge M. Hannah Lauck to impose a 10-year term, the minimum mandatory sentence. The government said that Kosanovich enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1980 after high school and was honorably discharged. He was a firefighter since 2001.
States rapidly expanding vaccine access as supplies surge; CDC director urges US to stay vigilant
       
Buoyed by a surge in vaccine shipments, states and cities are rapidly expanding eligibility for COVID-19 shots to teachers, Americans 50 and over and others as the U.S. races to beat back the virus and reopen businesses and schools. Until now, the vaccination campaign against the outbreak that's killed over a half-million Americans has concentrated mostly on health workers and senior citizens. But teachers have resisted returning without getting vaccinated. The Department of Health and Human Services has ordered all states to make teachers, school staff, bus drivers and child care workers eligible for shots. That's a major shift for the Biden administration, which controls access to COVID-19 vaccines but previously allowed states to set their own guidelines.
Richmond's Homelessness Advisory Council recommends new resource center, oversight of providers
       
City officials and some members of the homelessness advisory council praised the job the Greater Richmond Continuum of Care and its coordinating agency, Homeward, have done to respond to the public health crisis. One of the report’s recommendations is to “highlight” the work the service providers do. “The system works, and I think it works a lot better here than in some of the largest cities,” said Ricky Martin, a member of the council who was formerly homeless and now owns his own fitness business. Others who took part in the month-long process questioned the group’s focus on fixes that hinge on new local funding, rather than how the existing system could improve the region’s ongoing emergency response. Over the last year, the city has spent millions in federal dollars to shelter hundreds of people in hotel rooms around the region.
U of L basketball all-stars take a shot to inspire others to get COVID-19 vaccine
       
All four former athletes are in the 60-or-older age category now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine under state and local guidelines to prioritize limited supplies. Griffith, 62, known in his years at U of L as "Dr. Dunkenstein," said he had no doubts about getting the COVID-19 vaccine. In Louisville, Baptist Health, University of Louisville Health and Norton Healthcare all are providing vaccination appointments through their websites. Related:'Deadly serious': NAACP leaders, Beshear encourage COVID-19 vaccine receptivenessWednesday, Gov. Andy Beshear reported that more than 731,000 Kentuckians have now received at least the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
Starship finally lands without exploding in major milestone towards Mars
       
SpaceX has successfully completed the latest test of its Mars-bound Starship spacecraft, marking another milestone towards Elon Musk’s Mars ambitions. The high-altitude test of Starship SN10 was the first major flight test of a Starhip prototype to land on the launchpad, with both SN8 and SN9 both crashing in a fiery explosion upon landing. The test took place at SpaceX’s Boca Chica facility in Texas on Wednesday following several delays. The earliest crewed Starship missions are planned for 2023, with Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa already booked in for a flight around the moon. The first crewed missions to Mars could then occur either in 2024 or 2026 at the earliest, according to Mr Musk.
The 'vaccine hunters' helping older people get Covid jabs
       
Americans baffled by the complex online system for booking a vaccine appointment are getting help from tech-savvy young people. Carl Cimini enlisted Kevin Hayes and his computer skills, to help him get a shot in Pennsylvania. Another so-called vaccine hunter, teenager Benjamin Kagan, has secured 115 appointments.
Turkish father 'kills daughter by shooting her 20 times after she refused to say where ex-wife was'
       
A Turkish father allegedly killed his daughter by ramming her car off the road before shooting her 20 times in the head and body when she refused to tell him where his ex-wife was. General practitioner Gulnur Yilmaz, 28, refused to answer her father who then allegedly fatally shot her. Yilmaz then dragged his daughter from the car to his vehicle and demanded to know where her mother was. But when Gulnar refused to tell him, he shot her with 20 bullets, 11 of them in her head, according to local media. Meanwhile, the victim's mother Gulden Yilmaz divorced from Yilmaz in January 2020.
Video: Umbrellas shield patient leaving King Edward VII Hospital in London
       
Video: Duchess of Cornwall says Prince Philip's health is 'slightly improving' and royal family are 'keeping their fingers crossed' as Duke remains at specialist cardiac centre in St Bartholomew'sStaff use umbrellas to shield Prince Philip as he was transferred to St Batholomew's Hospital, after leaving the King Edward VII's Hospital, where he is being treated for an 'infection.'
'Terror motive' investigated after eight hurt in stabbing attack in Sweden
       
Eight people have been injured in a Swedish town after a stabbing attack police say could be terror-related. A man in his 20s attacked people in the town of Vetlanda, about 210 miles south of the capital Stockholm, on Wednesday afternoon. Aftonbladet said the weapon used was a knife but the Associated Press reported it was an axe. AdvertisementHe said: "In the light of what has emerged so far in the police investigation, prosecutors have initiated a preliminary investigation into terrorist crimes. Regional police chief Malena Grann said: "We have started a preliminary investigation of attempted murder but there are details in the investigation that make us investigate possible terror motives."
'Virulent' outbreak of equine herpes forces European equestrian events to be axed
       
A virulent outbreak of equine herpes in eastern Spain has forced European equestrian events to be cancelled across the continent. The International Federation for Equestrian Sports said the move will see events axed in 10 European countries until 28 March. The ban affects upcoming events in Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Italy, Austria, Poland, Netherlands, Germany and Slovakia. The federation's general secretary, Sabrina Ibáñez, said an unspecified number of horses have already died from the outbreak. The outbreak appears to have originated in Valencia, Spain, and has been linked to subsequent outbreaks in three other European countries.
Revenge of the Sussex survivors' club: The inside story of how a fairytale turned into a nightmare
       
Referred to only half-jokingly as the 'Sussex Survivors' Club', its membership is sadly rising. His most recent role before becoming Cabinet Secretary last year was serving as private secretary to Prince William. THE TOUGH TALKING AUSTRALIAN: Formerly the Queen’s assistant private secretary, Samantha Cohen had planned to quit Buckingham Palace in 2018. The well-liked but tough-talking Australian became the Sussexes’ private secretary, but left in 2019 to work for the environmental charity Cool Earth. Famously she once paid for an ice cream stand for her new staff at Kensington Palace, with the event later – surprise!
Meghan Markle's 'bully' claims are the worst royal crisis since the abdication writes RICHARD KAY
       
But his silky skills in crisis management were never tested there as they were in his next big job — working for Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex. For more than two years he has worked exclusively for Prince William, and is now chief executive of the Cambridges' Royal Foundation. 'Broken' royal aides told of feeling humiliated, 'sick', 'terrified', left 'shaking' with fear, and being reduced to tears by the duchess. They claimed that when Meghan was urged to support Palace staff she replied: 'It's not my job to coddle people.' THE TOUGH TALKING AUSTRALIAN: Formerly the Queen’s assistant private secretary, Samantha Cohen had planned to quit Buckingham Palace in 2018.
World Wildlife Day: New livestreams encourage us to keep an eye on reserves
       
World Wildlife Day: New livestreams encourage us to keep an eye on reservesEYE ON AFRICA © FRANCE 24By: Georja Calvin-Smith Follow | Laura DI BIASIO 14 minIn tonight's edition: France admits for the first time that French soldiers murdered a top Algerian independence figure then covered up the crime. And in South Africa, a top sponsor of South Africa's Love Island TV series pulls out of the production following outrage over the predominantly white casting in a country where 80% of people are black; And finally, an anti-poaching unit in South Africa has set up smartphone surveillance in a nature reserve to invite everyone with an internet connection to watch out for endangered species at the Kruger National Park.
Knife attack in Sweden leaves at least eight injured, three critically
       
Police forensics team members work at a knife attack site where several people were injured before the suspect was shot by police and taken into custody in Vetlanda, Sweden March 3, 2021. Swedish police said they were investigating possible terror motives for a knife attack on Wednesday in which at least eight people were injured, and that the assailant has been arrested after being shot and wounded. All eight victims were hospitalised and three had life-threatening injuries, the Jonkoping regional council said on its website. Police were alerted to the attack in Vetlanda, a town of around 13,000 people, around 3 p.m. and initially said it did not appear to be an act of terrorism. Then we saw a man enter the store, shouting that he had been stabbed,” Asa Karlqvist, owner of a florist shop, told local newspaper Vetlanda-Posten.
Brazil reports 2nd straight day of record Covid deaths
       
The sprawling country of 212 million people is having its deadliest week of the pandemic, with an average of 1,331 deaths per day. - 'Brink of collapse' -Intensive care units are currently more than 80 percent full in 19 Brazilian states, according to Fiocruz. Brazil is so far using Chinese-developed CoronaVac and the Oxford University/AstraZeneca vaccine, both of which require two doses. Instead, in the absence of a nationwide response from the federal government, Brazilian states and cities have resorted to piecemeal containment measures. "More than 1,000 people are dying every day in Brazil.
Moscow Targets Chinese Nationals Amid Coronavirus Fears. And the Arctic Heats Up in Record Speed
       
This week on the podcast:— China has complained that Moscow’s response to coronavirus is discriminatory and risks damaging relations with Beijing. Associated Press correspondents Francesca Ebel and Dasha Litvinova looked at how Moscow authorities went into great lengths to track down Chinese nationals. — The battle for the Arctic is heating up — literally — as countries, companies and citizens wrangle to protect and advance their interests in the region. We’ll speak to American journalist Alec Luhn about the effects of climate change on the Arctic, and Russia’s political and economic strategy for its icy north. The episode was recorded and edited at CM Records Studio in central Moscow.
Russia Gets Tough on Coronavirus. And What Does Surkov's Departure Say About Modern Russia
       
From today — that’s Thursday the 20th of February — most Chinese citizens will be temporarily blocked from entering Russia as part of Moscow’s latest moves to contain the spread of coronavirus. The ban covers all Chinese citizens traveling to Russia on employment, tourist and student visas. to discuss Russia’s latest moves to stop the coronavirus spread is Alexander Gabuev , chair of the Asia-Pacific programat Carnegie Moscow Center.
Russia Prepares for a Surge in Coronavirus Cases
       
This week on the program we look at how Russia is dealing with the coronavirus, with experts on the line to take us through the latest developments and assess how Russia’s health system and economy will cope with the pandemic. — Moscow Times reporter Evan Gershkovich joins us to go over the steps Russia has taken in recent days. — And finally, ING’s Chief Russia Economist Dmitry Dolgin explains how the massive global economic disruption caused by the coronavirus will affect Russia. Read More:Russia Says It Has Very Few Coronavirus Cases. ‘We Don’t Have Enough Intensive Care Beds’: Coronavirus Will Test Russia’s Creaking Healthcare System
The Language of UnFreedom from the Gulag
       
???????: a funeral (camp slang) It is very rare that I get to combine my two favorite pastimes: going to museums and studying the Russian language. But this week the Gulag History Museum in Moscow opened an exhibition called “The Language of [Un] Freedom” dedicated to a new dictionary of camp slang, and I was almost first in the door. The prisoners needed to create their own language to describe their reality.” The camp language lesson begins at the start of the exhibition with ??? (prisoner, inmate, convict). The word appeared in one of the first work camps that was opened in the 1930s to build the Belomor-Baltic Canal. In camp slang it’s a term for a fancy funeral outside the Gulag.
Two Hundred More Ways to Get Russian Wrong
       
??????: pop or cottonThe Russian language has a plethora of ways to trip up the foreigner trying to have a conversation or read a newspaper article. ), “fleeting vowels” (so the vowels in Russian run away?! This ensures that you’ll always get something wrong no matter what you are doing in Russian. The Russian words appear to be the same, but their etymology is different: the coward ???? shares a root with ?????? (to shake), which is presumably what cowards do. I think Russian vowels should just stay fat and stressed, like they are in the Urals, and make our spelling life easier.
How the Internet Is Changing Politic?s
       
There is no doubt that the internet has fundamentally changed society and politics as well as how citizens and government interact with each other. Social media has become a symbol and an instrument for street protests and color revolutions around the world. And it seems that an increase in internet use almost always leads to a rise in dissatisfaction toward one's government. We've invited Ruben Enikolopov, Rector of the New Economic School, and Sergei Guriev, a Professor of Economics at Sciences Po in Paris, to discuss this with us. A joint project of VTimes and New Economic School (NES) that focuses on the problems of the economy healthcare, education and personal investments.
Of Men, Galoshes and Horseradish
       
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Excessive force, sexual violence used to silence protesting women: NGO
       
Amnesty International has accused Mexican authorities of using excessive force and sexual violence against women protesting peacefully against gender-based violence at five protests in 2020. The authorities violated their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly by using “unnecessary and excessive force, arbitrary detentions and even sexual violence,” Amnesty International said. “The violent response of the various authorities to the women’s protests violated their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly. During the arrests and transfers, police officers spoke to the women using violent and sexualized language, threatened them with sexual violence and subjected them to physical and sexual violence. The organization issued a plea to the authorities to acknowledge the legitimacy of women’s protests and and to refrain from making stigmatizing statements against protesters.
China sparks outrage after ruling homosexuality can be branded a ‘psychological disorder’ in uni textbooks
       
A CHINESE court has sparked outrage after ruling homosexuality can be branded as a "psychological disorder" in university textbooks. 4 Xixi sued Jinan University Press in 2017 Credit: AFP - Getty4 A court in China has sparked fury after ruling homosexuality can be branded as a psychological disorder Credit: Getty - ContributorThe description resulted from "perceptual differences" the ruling on February 9 explained. According to South China Morning Post Xixi came across a psychology textbook that described being gay as a mental disorder in 2016, during her first year at the South China Agricultural University in Guangzhou. "The teaching material classifies homosexuality as a psychological disorder, which it isn't," the 24-year-old NGO worker said. The young woman added that the evidence she had provided was enough to prove the description of homosexuality was wrong.
Explosive development of a dangerous Tropical Cyclone along northeast Queensland, Australia. Heads for New Caledonia this weekend
       
Off to the northeast coast of Queensland, Australia, a rapidly developing tropical cyclone Niran forms this week. Tropical Cyclone Niran will be passing just south of New Caledonia this coming weekend, around 60 hours from this local morning March 4th. The good thing for Queensland is that Tropical Cyclone Niran is now beginning a slightly faster forward speed, so its effect is decreasing for the coastal areas and will not bring any dangerous threat. TROPICAL CYCLONE NIRAN HEADS TOWARDS NEW CALEDONIATropical Cyclone Niran will continue strengthening this Thursday and could peak at around 105-110 knots by Friday. Flooding could become a serious issue of Tropical Cyclone Niran passes or landfalls on the island.
SpaceX lands Starship prototype rocket for the first time after a high-altitude flight test
       
Starship prototype SN9 launches from the company's development facility in Boca Chica, Texas. SpaceX was attempting a test flight of Starship rocket Serial Number 10 on Wednesday, aiming to fly the prototype as high as 10 kilometers, or about 32,800 feet altitude. The Starship prototype stands at about 150 feet tall, or about the size of a 15-story building, and is powered by three Raptor rocket engines The rocket is built of stainless steel, representing the early versions of the rocket unveiled in 2019. Elon Musk's company is developing Starship with the goal of launching cargo and people on missions to the moon and Mars. Subscribe to CNBC PRO for exclusive insights and analysis, and live business day programming from around the world.
Disney to close at least 60 North American stores, focus on e-commerce
       
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Walt Disney Co will close at least 60 Disney retail stores in North America this year, about 20% of its worldwide total, as it revamps its digital shopping platforms to focus on e-commerce, the company said on Wednesday. Disney currently operates roughly 300 Disney stores around the globe. Consumers have been moving to digital shopping over physical locations, and chains including Walmart Inc and Macy’s Inc have shuttered brick-and-mortar stores. Digital shopping gives Disney a chance to offer a much broader selection and include higher-end products from all of its Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars brands. It recently unveiled streetwear featuring Grogu, the “Star Wars” character popularly known as Baby Yoda.
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Horror scenes as SEVEN students plunge to their deaths in university balcony collapse
       
WARNING: Distressing content: Seven university students have been killed and four others seriously injured after plummetting from a fourth floor balcony at a campus in Bolivia. Horrific video captured by a bystander at the Public University of El Alto showed dozens of students wedged against the railing outside a lecture hall. The metal railing gives way and a group of students can be seen plunging more than 16 metres over the edge of the balcony. Bolivarian Police general commander Jhonny Aguilera Montecinos since said a young woman filmed “pushing” will be summoned for questioning. A woman screams for help as she dangles upside down from the balcony.
Colbert: Don Jr. Whines About Dr. Seuss Because He Reads “at a Second-Grade Level”
       
Seuss books should be fun for all people: Black, white, straight, gay. “These books portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong,” Dr. Seuss Enterprises told the Associated Press in a statement. “I literally know The Cat in the Hat by heart,” Trump Jr. groused in a Fox News clip rolled by Colbert. “Also I think his dad calls him and Eric [Trump] Thing 1 and Thing 2.”Besides, Colbert reminded viewers, there are millions of other children’s books to choose from. Join Vanity Fair to receive full access to VF.com and the complete online archive now.
Meghan Markle Denies Allegations of Bullying and “Unbearable Pressure” On Her Former Palace Aides
       
The claim was made in October 2018, five months after her wedding to Prince Harry, by Jason Knauf, who worked as communications secretary to Harry and Meghan. The duchess denies bullying, and Meghan’s lawyers stated that one individual left after findings of misconduct. Reports emerged about Meghan’s alleged diva-like behavior behind palace walls, and that she was nicknamed “Duchess Difficult” by some courtiers. One of the stories circulating at the time was how Meghan had upset palace staff by sending 5 a.m. emails. There was also a report in The Sun newspaper that Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge had reprimanded Meghan over how she spoke to Kensington Palace staff.
Inclusive sizing in 2021: What needs to continue and what needs to change
       
And as we transition into the new normal, that agenda is headlined by the need for inclusivity in sizing. Ahead, insiders and style enthusiasts tell us what they’d hope for the inclusive sizing movement to accomplish this year. The road towards an inclusive future is a long one, but it helps to celebrate the small wins along the way. Rethinking sizing metricsMany factions across the industry are also questioning the relevance of an arbitrary sizing metric. Ultimately, if the industry is to become inclusive in essence and deed, she believes that a two-pronged approach is called for.
From tigers to leopards: 5 best reserves and properties in India for wildlife spotting
       
If you want to spot tigersVisit: Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve, Maharashtra“It is Maharashtra’s oldest and largest national park. Tadoba is one of the most successful breeding grounds for tigers, with 135+ tigers in its landscape (core and buffer). If you want to spot blackbucksVisit: Velavadar Blackbuck National Park, Bhavnagar“Velavadar’s Savannah grasslands and scrub provide optimum habitat for blackbucks. The wilderness of Jawai is not part of any national park or sanctuary. Expect personalised service and a fantastic safari experience, with custom jeeps and excellent guides.
Mushrooms are set to take over your wellness routines—here's why
       
From supplements and coffee mixes to shampoos infused with reishi mushrooms, adaptogenic blends are quickly becoming ubiquitous in the wellness sphere. Adaptogens, or herbal pharmaceuticals, offer a diverse range of benefits, and mushrooms have been leading the charge for centuries. “Mushrooms are a great vegan source for supporting a healthy immune system. It has been traditionally used to balance energy, increase mental sharpness and support a healthy immune system. Also read:You’ve been ‘boosting’ your immune system all wrongFrom ashwagandha to chaga mushrooms: How to find the right adaptogen to combat stressIs psychedelic therapy the future for mental health treatment?
Reality show, které dokoukáte do konce, i když to nep?iznáte
       
Reality show, které dokoukáte do konce, i když to nep?iznáte Natálie Debnárová 3. Seznamte se s nejzajímav?jšími reality show sou?asnosti, o kterých sice možná na Zoom meetingu mluvit nebudete, zato na jiné myšlenky vás v dnešní dob? p?ivedou na 100 %. U Circle se budete p?edevším bavit a možná si zlepšíte i online komunikaci. Když se p?enesete p?es lehce ordinérní vzhled maklé?ek, za?nete si tento po?ad užívat naplno nejen díky nádherným lokacím, ale možná se i p?iu?íte v oboru. (Harry je z Austrálie a já v?bec nevím, kde to je.)
The Year I Spent Texting My Husband From 5 Metres Away
       
But this night my husband was downstairs, yammering on the phone at a volume that I feared might disturb this nocturnal passage. (According to my iPhone’s Screen Time analysis, I spend an average of 34 minutes a day texting, which is definitely more than I spend eating lunch.) But for many couples, texting has become the primary mode even when a hermetic seal isn’t necessary. What’s more, conventional wisdom argues that texting is a poor substitute for face-to-face communication. “Texting,” McWhorter said, “is not writing at all.” It is, instead, “fingered speech – now we can write the way we talk”.
10 Things To Know About Nicolas Di Felice, The New Man At Courrèges
       
If a Le Corbusier house is a machine for living in, an André Courrèges garment is a machine for moving in. Courrèges’ original space-age futurism was an immediate hit with the ’60s jet set. © Printemps-EteNow, 60 years after Courrèges established his Parisian house, Nicolas Di Felice is making his debut as its artistic director. Di Felice describes autumn/winter 2021 as “an homage to the Courrèges atelier and archives, but a bit more ‘Belgium’. Courrèges is straight to the point: it's a shade, it's geometry, it’s a fabric, it’s simple.
Nothing Treats Period Pain Quite Like An Orgasm – It’s Science
       
A huge 80 per cent of women experience period pain, but while it’s incredibly common, it is rarely discussed openly. But a new study of nearly 500 women has found that there is something that can help address our varying degrees of pain: masturbation. While the average intensity of period pain experienced initially was 6.7, it had dropped to 5.4 after the test phase. However, given we know that exercise can help with period pain, it could be that orgasms also ease symptoms by increasing blood flow to the pelvic area. So next time you’re wracked with period pain, forget the Ibuprofen… you know what to do.
6 Beauty Trends To Note From MFW AW21
       
Here are the top hair, make-up and beauty trends from the Milan Fashion Week autumn/winter 2021 shows. The trend: part to the sideFendi autumn/winter 2021. The trend: graphic eyesPhilosophy autumn/winter 2021. The trend: fringe maniaPucci autumn/winter 2021. The trend: slicked-backPorts 1962 autumn/winter 2021.
“The World Assumes Disabled People Are Sexless”: Author Molly McCully Brown On Sexual Desire & Cerebral Palsy
       
Most of me was certain that the boy in the dining hall was right in all the ways that mattered. I don’t notice people staring, don’t trip on my way in to teach a class and send 35 student papers flying everywhere. No one I don’t really know needs to put their hands on me. That there is no perfect reconciliation, only the way I hold it all suspended: wonderful, and hugely difficult, and true. ‘Places I’ve Taken My Body’ by Molly McCully Brown (Faber & Faber) is out now.
Glass Rings Are The Next Big Thing In Nostalgic Jewellery
       
Bea Bongiasca’s wiggly enamel creations have been bookmarked by Dua, along with plastic fantastic rings from Spanish brand La Manso. Gigi Hadid wearing Keane’s colourful glass rings and a phone charm from String Ting. Things are always evolving.”Gigi Hadid brightened New York’s sidewalks with fistfuls of Keane’s glass rings earlier this year, wearing a sunshine-yellow Sllyme ring, as well as red, tangerine, lavender and baby-pink Thin rings. Keane’s glistening gems have also received Kylie Jenner’s stamp of approval: its glass rings and earrings have cropped up on her grid. Kylie Jenner wearing rings and earrings from Keane.
Irina Shayk Gears Up For The Versace Show In A Classic Donatella Look
       
It was always a given that the new-gen supers would arrive in Milan for the phygital shows in style. While Gigi Hadid opted for oversized tailoring and cosy Ugg boots (a firm favourite for most right now), Irina Shayk is doing as the locals do by embracing high-octane Italian glamour. Last season, after emerging from lockdown, Donatella Versace created a new business model for her brand. But,” she told British Vogue, “don’t forget the glamour, the supermodels, the hair and make-up!” Enter: Gigi and Irina ready for business. More from British Vogue:
From Healing Plants To Tribal Scars: Thebe Magugu On His Spiritual Inspirations For AW21
       
“I think I design for curious women,” says Thebe Magugu, the young Johannesburg designer and winner of the 2019 LVMH Prize. The collection is brimming with thoughtfully chosen, carefully researched references, all of which can be traced back to Magugu’s biggest source of inspiration: South Africa. Magugu interviewed and underwent sessions with traditional healers to inform pieces that explore the changing face of South African spirituality. “There [is so much] people don’t know about South Africa and I want to – in my own way – contribute to the knowledge sharing,” he says. Thebe Magugu designs for customers who “want to wear clothes that convey emotion – not just product for product’s sake.” His clothes are anything but that.
5 Things To Know About Dries Van Noten’s Dance-Inspired AW21 Collection
       
Van Noten’s desire to use the pandemic as a tool for advancement was equally reflected in the collection, so elegant and “dressed” — not a memory of comfort-wear or dressing for home in sight. “Honestly, when I hear marketing terms like that, the last thing I want to do is exactly that. I don’t care about those things. “We have to invite people to dress up, to explain what they want to say through their garments, and not just being ‘comfortable’. At one point in the shoot, everyone was wearing 11cm heels.
Gabriela Hearst Has Revived This Iconic Chloé Bag
       
Signature Chloé bags – including the Faye, the Drew and the Marcie – were nowhere to be seen at Gabriela Hearst’s debut fashion show for the French house. “My first luxury handbag was the Chloé Edith bag and it is a piece I still love and wanted to pay homage to,” says Hearst, while shedding light on the formative stages of her design process as creative director. “This season, the Edith bag has been re-issued staying true to its original design. “To me, these [bags] are luxury pieces that show how quality and craft can coexist without opulence,” Hearst mused on her grounded approach to design. Here, the forward-looking handbags from Gabriela Hearst’s first Chloé collection.
“Ghana Is Better Than This”: Lady Phyll On The Urgent Need To Protect Ghana’s LGBTQIA+ Citizens From Homophobia
       
The recent closure of the new LGBTQIA+ centre in Accra, Ghana, has broken my heart. It breaks my heart that people like me live under threat of violence and second-class citizenship, and that such violence is co-signed by the leaders elected to protect them. And it breaks my heart because I am Ghanaian, and this is not who Ghanaians are. Ghana and its citizens know well the trauma, violence and human rights violations that flourish under oppressive regimes. We are speaking up and speaking out because everyone deserves to live free from violence.
Designers of Three Arab Brands and Their Artistic Muses on Inspiring Each Other’s Creativity
       
Ranging from Palestine, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, and the UAE, Nafsika Skourti, Kage, and Nora Al Shaikh celebrate each other’s talents and creative processes. These emerging Arab brands shared their love and passion for their art with their respective muses, symbols of creativity and trust. She identifies with the same philosophy – somewhere between “glamour and anti-glamour” – saying, “The Nafsika Skourti woman is confident and outspoken. Lebanese designer Donna Hourani, a rising star in the jewelry world and a childhood friend, serves as the Kage muse. I would like to see Kage grow into a lifestyle brand that embodies the values and life of the Kage woman.
Say Goodbye to Sweats and Hello to Comfortable Housedresses
       
Photographed by Zoe Ghertner, Vogue, December 2019A recent Vogue article inspired me to start wearing comfortable house dresses. The article outlined the psychological power of ditching your slippers for actual shoes, like dressed-up loafers and fancy flats, while working from home. These dresses are comfortable and easy enough for at-home wear, with non-constricting silhouettes, long hemlines, and comfortable fabrics. Thanks to brands like Batsheva and Hill House Home, the housedress is a closet champion that isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Here, shop the best house dresses to wear inside now, and out and about later.
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Aurora James Shares a Look at Her Light-Filled Los Angeles Bedroom
       
“It’s pretty empty,” Aurora James says of her Los Angeles bedroom. “But it’s been so much work to keep [it] empty.”“Mister Chow, my chow chow, is my favorite new addition to my home here in LA,” James says. It's nice to have the honor of a tree being open to share space with you,” James says. But amid the pandemic she could finally give Los Angeles, and its perennial 72-and-sunny weather, a shot. The 15 Percent Pledge founder is settling in quite nicely: her favorite addition to her new abode, she says, is her fluffy puffy chow chow, aptly named Mister Chow.
These Are the New Names to Know From Milan Fashion Week, Fall 2021
       
Anyone who thinks new fashion designers in Italy are scarce hasn’t been paying enough attention. A talented new generation is alive and kicking at Milan Fashion Week, slowly but surely taking its place in an industry dominated (perhaps overly dominated) by longtime superstars. These are just some of the obstacles a young designer has to surmount in order to achieve success on Italian shores. The collection they presented at Milan Fashion Week was a good example of such methodology. Pieces of a disassembled balloon dress in tiered tulle landed on a black tailored blazer worn as a minidress.
Send Your Friends a Gift, Just Because
       
Dear Annabelle rose notecards $80 DEAR ANNABELLE Shop NowA Bedside CarafeWe’re no longer as on-the-go, making reusable, portable water bottles less useful. Gift your friends a pretty bedside carafe to help them stay hydrated while at home. Bearaby velvet napper $279 BEARABY Shop NowA Hand Care KitWe’re washing our hands more diligently than ever before. Barnes & Noble Book Stack gift card $50 BARNES & NOBLE Shop Now Whole Foods Market gift card $50 AMAZON Shop NowA Luxe JournalWriting can be therapeutic. Cosabella Bella relaxed long sleeve top & pant $133 COSABELLA Shop NowA Daily PlannerIt’s still early in the year.
Dries Van Noten Offers a Fresh Twist on a Classic Red Clip
       
"It's real movements, it's real emotions," Dries Van Noten told Vogue of his Fall 2021 short film, which featured models and dancers performing onstage at the deSingel theater in Antwerp. In keeping with the same senses of motion and realness, a blurred red lip, done many different ways, was the single beauty statement worn by the cast as they danced out the emotions of the past year in slouchy suits and satin slip-dresses. From brick red to salmon pink to deep crimson, each shade was a softer alternative to a classic bold lip and tailored to complement each model's skin tone. A more muted, lived-in vinyl red lip not only feels fresher than an opaque, full-coverage one, but is entirely fitting for the times, whether it's mask-friendly makeup—or a night of passion—you so desire. As she says, "To kiss, to express, to take somebody in your arms, it represents everything that is forbidden now."
Nail Artist Lila Robles on the Beauty of Airbrushing and Celebrating Her Xicanx Heritage
       
Lila Robles, aka @nailjerks, creates the type of art that stops you mid-scroll. Which is why her work, unsurprisingly, has already caught the attention of brands like Sephora and KVD Beauty, singer Kali Uchis, and rapper Leikeli47. They shared her love of “weird nail art and would create nail calendars with dead stock sneakers,” Robles remembers. She began interning for M.I.S.S., helping them create nail art for shoots and writing as one of the main columnists on their site, while attending school to be a manicurist. It shows people another side of what nail art, or art in general, can be.”Photo: Courtesy of Lila Robles Photo: Courtesy of Lila Robles
Meryll Rogge Fall 2021 Ready-to-Wear Collection
       
Rogge, helped greatly by friends, is essentially a team of one working from her parents’ home in the Belgian countryside. After seven years in the city, Rogge returned to Antwerp and worked as the head of women’s for Dries Van Noten, with whom she shares a great love of color. “There’s always this aspect of masculine/feminine that comes in,” says Rogge of her house codes. Throughout the line-up, as in a cutaway sweater set that’s actually all one piece and has nothing mumsy about it, Rogge makes use of deconstruction. In possessing those qualities, Rogge is bringing that legacy forward to a new generation.
Vaquera Fall 2021 Ready-to-Wear Collection
       
A year in lockdown hasn’t dimmed the Vaquera designers’ flare for fashionable expression. There’s without a doubt a new level of finesse to the new season’s vegan leather motorcycle jackets; they call them “real” pieces, ones they “couldn’t have done without Comme” (Comme des Garçons owns DSM). The collection at least partially takes its cues from the way the designers themselves are dressing. There are sweatshirts fused with bras and slip dresses, and the front panel of one skirt is embellished with a pair of satiny panties. Still, they’re making a signature of lingerie dressing, a trend that’s been heating up over the last few seasons, and those vegan perfectos will find eager customers.
Paul Smith Fall 2021 Ready-to-Wear Collection
       
This Paul Smith womenswear proposition was a traveling-without-moving whistle-stop tour of wearable subcultural styles that spanned decades but was built for the immediate future. As Smith and his team did for its brother menswear collection presented back in January, here they had toured his vast and seemingly chaotic trove of designs and memorabilia: He seemed chuffed at the impact this had on the youngsters. A bias-cut dress in bird-silhouette silk Hawaiian print contrasted with panel-legged houndstooth suiting inspired by a Smith look once favored by pan-gender pioneer David Bowie. Smith reckons that come fall/winter time, we’ll be both itching and at liberty to slip on fresh glad rags and mingle. In this collection he presented multiple pieces whose acquaintance it would be fantastic to make, first time around or not.
Dolly Parton Kick-Starts a Cold-Shoulder Trend to Get the Vaccine
       
Dolly Parton is in a celebratory mood and dressing accordingly. The beloved singer, bleached-blonde bouffant and all, wore a sparkling violet top yesterday to get her COVID-19 vaccine, specifically the Moderna shot. (She even intro’d the moment with a remix of “Jolene”: “Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, I’m begging of you please don’t hesitate.”) The 75-year-old dressed strategically to get the jab, opting for a clingy top with clever shoulder cutouts along with matching cutoff gloves and a purple mask. It seems that Parton may be starting a trend with her cold-shoulder top. Last year, she donated $1 million to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, which worked with drugmaker Moderna to develop the vaccine.
Courrèges Fall 2021 Ready-to-Wear Collection
       
Nicolas Di Felice had his Courrèges debut today. The fact that Di Felice took all this in stride speaks to his experience. Di Felice’s confident launch is a showcase for both his understanding of André Courrèges’s Space Age legacy and his own cutting chops. Courrèges’s ’60s futurism has been filtered through Di Felice’s child-of-the-’90s eyes. Reviving a 60-year-old brand in a busy world is a big task, but Di Felice has a good foundation.
Dries Van Noten Fall 2021 Ready-to-Wear Collection
       
There’s something cathartic about watching pent-up rage, frustration, confusion, longing and separation being danced out on a darkened Antwerp stage in Dries Van Noten’s film for fall 2021. There’s kind of a rawness and directness also—it’s real movements, it’s real emotions.”Twelve months and a pandemic have taken Van Noten a very long way from the mentality of wanting to show on a runway. “It’s rare that I’ve seen so much emotional kind of things which have cropped up in the body,” Van Noten remembers. For Van Noten, the show-as-dance in his home city also circled back to the relationship he struck up with De Keersmaeker, who emerged as a force in contemporary dance in Brussels at the same time as Van Noten and his fellow designers of the Antwerp Six were on the rise in the late ’90s. I think there’s now a realness and intensity, with the videos and pictures, and the way that everyone is finding their way to express themselves.
Jenny Packham Fall 2021 Ready-to-Wear Collection
       
Not that you’d be able to spot the quick turnaround, given the labor-intensive and meticulous craftsmanship involved in her sumptuous, hand-beaded, sequin-dripping dresses for fall. The point of difference this season, however, was finding Packham in an even more playful mode. A series of gowns is decorated in gold and silver sequins that radiate outward like glittering fireworks. An ethereal, Grecian-inspired dress from last season was a particular hit, prompting Packham to work on a series of crepe silk gowns with sensual draping across the back. “People who have waited may just want to order something, as they won’t have the time to go through the whole process,” says Packham.
Kwaidan Editions Fall 2021 Ready-to-Wear Collection
       
This has been a year of domestic pleasures, but that means different things for different people. Hung La and Léa Dickely of Kwaidan Editions have done their fair share of cooking and cleaning up, like the rest of us. But in their collection and in the images Dickely has taken to document it, they’ve also been exploring the world of fetish. Latex plays a starring role in the new collection, on second-skin tops, pencil skirts, and sharp trenches. But Kwaidan Editions works a different angle, and you don’t need to be a connoisseur of kink to appreciate the ’90s inflections of their streamlined tailoring and slinky shirt- and slip-dresses.
Chloé Fall 2021 Ready-to-Wear Collection
       
Watching Gabriela Hearst’s first show for Chloé unfold was like seeing the child of two familiar people grow up before your eyes. Hearst called her Chloé collection the “Aphrodite” to her own brand’s “Athena”: sensual and playful femininity versus a heroic and wise androgyny. Sustainability was Hearst’s way into the collection: her inspiration, her material, her technique, and even her silhouette. Supported by her likeminded CEO Riccardo Bellini, Hearst said that Chloé had already decreased this collection’s environmental footprint by 400% compared to last winter’s line. Hearst’s efforts will resonate with the luxury neo-hippie eco warrior to whom her tenure at Chloé will doubtlessly cater.
Acne Studios Fall 2021 Ready-to-Wear Collection
       
Spending it at his Swedish country house, he has found it a sort of pastoral escape from reality: “a dreamscape, fantasy situation,” he said. But his brand regularly leans into a curated, vintage sensibility, and within the context of his audience’s desires, it maybe makes more sense. Stripped back, some of the underlayers (notably a tie-dye, silken dress, or a button-down micro-floral ’90s number) were charming. But who really knows how any of us will really feel when we finally get there? Maybe the arrival of this collection in stores will prove me wrong.
2021 Home Decor Trends: Interior Designers On What They’re Buying Now
       
It’s lockdown season two, winter edition, and it’s likely you’re spending the majority of the day couch, desk, or bed-bound. (We’d call this phenomenon corona-and-chill, except instead of relaxing, you’re clouded in an omnipresent state of anxiety.) In the pursuit of doable home improvement, Vogue decided to ask 18 of our favorite interior designers what home objects, exactly, they were loving during the this time. “As 2021 kicks off, we want to surround ourselves with objects that have a personality, sense of humor, don’t take themselves too seriously, and create conversation. Lisa Frantz, of Lisa Frantz interiors, seconds that: “Buy pieces that evoke happiness.” So perhaps that's the ultimate home decor trend for 2021: a splash of fun.
Hood By Air Relaunches Its Ready-to-Wear, Starring Naomi Campbell
       
“Everyone likes the concept of slowing down, but they’re so addicted to the pace,” says Hood By Air’s Shayne Oliver over the phone. Hood By Air’s official relaunch was announced in the summer of 2020 and supported by merchandise releases throughout the fall. Now Oliver is finally giving birth to his first official ready-to-wear project of the new HBA era: A campaign starring Naomi Campbell. The Mother collection, which Campbell wears, is an homage to the maternal figures in Oliver’s life. Campbell, who is a close collaborator of Hood By Air’s fashion director Carlos Nazario, made perfect sense to act as the spokesmodel for this aspect of the collection.
Chelsea DeBoer Talks About 'Creating' Her South Dakota Home
       
Chelsea DeBoer Gives an Inside Look at the South Dakota Home She and Cole ‘Created’ for Their FamilyStylish abode! Teen Mom 2 alum Chelsea Houska gave an inside look at her and husband Cole DeBoer’s “edgy, comfy” South Dakota home. “We have a lot of black in our house, and our house is black on the outside. “I don’t know if it’s just the South Dakota in me, but we do have quite a bit of those around our house too,” she jokes. And so we just went for it.”Courtesy Chelsea Houska/InstagramChelsea and Cole’s house is absolutely stunning!
Kylie Jenner's Latest Selfie Shocks Fans: Stop Trying to Change Your Race!
       
Kylie Jenner has shown us quite a few different looks over the years. (Some of these might be attributable to plastic surgery, but the new "Thicker Kylie" that's attracting so much attention these days seems to be all-natural.) But apparently, many of them feel that Kylie has simply gone too far with her latest look. Many fans have observed that she looks darker than usual, and several remarked that she changed her skin tone to an offensive degree. “You completely changed skin color," remarked yet another user.
Chelsea Gives Inside Look at 'Edgy, Cozy' South Dakota Home
       
Teen Mom 2 alum Chelsea Houska gave an inside look at her and husband Cole DeBoer’s “edgy, comfy” South Dakota home. “We have a lot of black in our house, and our house is black on the outside. “I don’t know if it’s just the South Dakota in me, but we do have quite a bit of those around our house too,” she jokes. So, we were like, ‘Let’s just get the main floor feeling good,'” she explains. “The main floor is looking good, it looks finished.
Adam Busby Claps Back Over Kids Not Wearing Life Jackets
       
Adam Busby clapped back at a fan who parent-shamed the OutDaughtered star over life jackets. When they were on the boat, why not life jackets? “There were life jackets in arms reach of everyone on the boat. Baby on the lake without a life jacket … not such a great idea,” added a second, referring to the photo. A third chimed in, “Jesus God, put a LIFE JACKET on.
Luxury brands once shunned resale sites. Now, they’re embracing secondhand
       
The resale industry is growing explosively, with sales accelerating during the pandemic, and luxury brands have mixed feelings about it. Chanel, for instance, has sued TheRealReal and What Goes Around Comes Around, claiming secondhand stores are “piggybacking on [its] reputation.” Forward-thinking luxury brands aren’t resisting or ignoring resale, though—they’re embracing it. This partnership is meant to accelerate Vestiaire’s growth within the fast-growing resale sector, while giving Kering a way to explore potential new revenue streams from secondhand goods. Grégory Boutté, Kering’s chief client and digital officer, recognizes that the luxury sector has had a troubled relationship with resale in the past. So we want to play an active role in shaping it, and defining our own place within it.”Over the past two years, we’ve seen how luxury brands can partner with resale platforms.
These new fragrances will be made from carbon captured from the atmosphere
       
Beginning next fall, the ethanol used in some fragrances made by beauty company Coty, which produces the fragrance lines for luxury brands like Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, and Calvin Klein, will be made from recycled carbon emissions. Alcohol is a key ingredient in many fragrances because it carries scent well and evaporates on skin. Currently, Coty fragrances use ethanol made from sugarcane and sugar beets, but even though this kind of ethanol is made from natural materials, it still has a big environmental impact. LanzaTech makes its ethanol out of carbon emissions from industrial sources like steel mills. The carbon-capture ethanol has a double environmental impact: it uses less land and water, while also preventing more carbon emissions from being released.
Old buildings are inefficient: This prefab kit makes it easy to retrofit them
       
New buildings perform better, but most of the buildings that will exist in 2050—when humanity’s carbon footprint needs to shrink to zero—already exist now. That means that each of those buildings will have to be renovated to become more efficient. The panels are designed to help cut energy use in half after a simple installation; brackets are embedded in the old walls to support the new panels. “The panels work by clipping onto the existing structure, so you’re actually not pulling the old walls down, you’re just adding this new outer layer,” he says. “It’s a holistic approach.”Although the system was specifically designed for social housing—buildings that are common throughout Europe—it can be adapted for other types of buildings.
This new Ulta Beauty platform sells beauty products in reusable packaging
       
Anyone who likes beauty products is familiar with the mountain of packaging waste they create, from tiny jars to shampoo bottles, mascara tubes, cellophane wrappers for face masks, compacts for blush or foundation, and pump bottles that once held lotion. By one estimate, the cosmetics industry makes more than 120 billion units of packaging every year. A new online platform from Ulta Beauty and Loop offers an alternative: Everything on the site comes in reusable packaging. When they use up products, they put the packages back in a reusable shipping tote and schedule a free pickup. Loop runs its own platform with a broader range of products, including food.
Staying creative in extreme isolation: Lessons from Japan’s ‘hikikomori’
       
It is now estimated that around 1.2% of Japan’s population are hikikomori. In addition, many female hikikomori are not acknowledged because women are expected to adopt domestic roles, and their withdrawal from society can go unnoticed. This shift is manifested through increased awareness of the complexity of the hikikomori experience within the mainstream media and acknowledgment of social pressures that can lead to social withdrawal. In line with this image change, some hikikomori have rich creative lives, and this can sustain vital human connection. “Tell me your emotional scars” is an ongoing creative project by Watanabe.
This beautifully designed deck of playing cards honors Black icons, from MLK Jr. to Oprah
       
The deck—called Revolution Cards—features prominent Black historical figures instead of the standard face cards. While the cards can be used like any normal deck, Johnson also wanted it to spark conversations about Black luminaries. The visual style of the card deck is purposefully pulled from that of traditional cards, where the face cards have a very flat, angled, illustration style. They depict major Black figures like Barack and Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Martin Luther King Jr., and Rosa Parks. The deck can also a hidden teaching moment, and a fun way to keep the conversation about Black history going beyond Black History Month.
Online pharmacy Ro is now vaccinating seniors at home
       
Ro, an online pharmacy that got its start prescribing sexual health products, is now offering to vaccinate seniors at home in New York. The company is working with the New York Department of Health as well as local organizations on the effort. Some seniors have faced incredible difficulty trying to book an appointment because they don’t have a computer. Reitano is hoping that his program will be able to reach seniors even if they can’t book appointments themselves. This will enable Ro to administer health exams and tests, augmenting its online primary care.
Sorry, Salt Lake City and Denver. Gen X homebuyers are just not that into colder cities
       
Generation X may have listened to Marc Cohn’s Grammy Award-nominated hit song “Walking in Memphis” a bit too much over the years, because homebuyers in that age group are gravitating toward the Bluff City more than any other large metro area in the United States. That’s according to new research by LendingTree, which found that 33.42% of mortgage purchase requests in Memphis, Tennessee, came from Gen-Xers, the highest share out of the 50 metro areas ranked. Rounding out the top 10 are Washington, D.C. (31.7%); Orlando, Florida (31.62%); Miami (31.55%); New Orleans (31.36%); Baltimore (31.32%); Tampa, Florida (31.27%); and Raleigh, North Carolina (31.23%). The inclusion of eight warm-weather metro areas suggests that the generation weaned on Kurt Cobain doesn’t expect to find nirvana in colder climates. Salt Lake City saw the lowest interest from homebuyers born between 1965 and 1980—22.66%—followed by Denver (24.46%); Minneapolis (25.39%); Boston (26.16%); Buffalo, New York (26.32%); Austin, Texas (26.54%); Pittsburgh (26.70%); Seattle (26.98%); Nashville, Tennessee (27.13%); and San Jose, California (27.36%).
Stop wishing ill on Texans just because of the state’s poor leadership
       
Who: Michael Moore and Keith Olbermann. And also just like when Bush introduced that banner, Michael Moore had something to say about it. The documentarian’s comments this time, though, have not exactly gone over as well as Fahrenheit 9/11 among the left-leaning set. And now you’ve removed your mask mandate & are allowing large crowds to gather. — Michael Moore (@MMFlint) March 3, 2021The above tweet, more or less wishing death upon legions of Texans, was quickly flooded with thousands of comments calling Moore a variety of names such as “absolute goon” and the like.
Walmart says it will spend an additional $350 billion on American-made products over the next decade
       
Walmart has announced that it will spend an additional $350 billion on products made, grown, or assembled in America over the next ten years. The company says the move is a strengthening of its commitment to U.S. manufacturing. But Walmart says it’s doing more than just writing a large check. The company says its commitment will have ancillary benefits, including:Supporting more than 750,000 new American jobsAvoiding an estimated 100 million tons of CO2 emissions due to products being manufactured closer to the end-userSeeing an increase in support and spending for small businesses and diverse suppliers and sellersWhile Walmart sells products that fall into dozens of categories, its additional $350 billion cash injection into American-made products focuses on six in particular: textiles, plastics, small electrical appliances, food processing, pharmaceutical and medical supplies, and Goods Not for Resale (GNFR). The company also announced it is launching a concept called American Lighthouses that aims to bring together manufacturers, NGOs, academia, government and local economic development groups, and other stakeholders to find better pathways to sustainable and more efficient supply chains and manufacturing in the United States.
Study: Eco-friendly car owners are undermining environmental gains by buying second vehicles
       
An inconvenient truth: Fuel-efficient vehicles may not be saving the environment as much as you thought. A new study in The RAND Journal of Economics finds that owners of eco-friendly cars tend to spring for a second vehicle that is much less eco-friendly, thereby tragically negating most environmental gains of the eco-friendly car. You see this phenomenon everywhere: The family that owns one eco-friendly commuter car, and one gas-guzzling minivan or SUV. The researchers looked at six years of vehicle records from the DMV in California, the state with the country’s most progressive fuel economy standards, and thus a large number of fuel-efficient cars on the road. More bad news: The study also found that owners of fuel-efficient vehicles a tend to drive those cars longer and further, which further negates their emissions benefits.
Are you microdosing psychedelics? The benefits might be a placebo effect
       
See: Ayelet Waldman’s book , A Really Good Day: How Microdosing Made a Mega Difference in My Mood, My Marriage and My Life. A new study suggests that all the hype about microdosing might be more hype than reality. Researchers in London undertook the largest-ever placebo-controlled study of microdosing, and it suggests that all the creativity, uplift, and cognitive improvements may be a placebo effect. The psychoactive drug takers reported big benefits to their psychological well-being—but so did the placebo takers. This finding is not a definitive answer—participants provided their own psychedelics, which negates any apples-to-apples comparisons of participants—but the results do raise doubts as to whether microdosing benefits most people.
These are the hidden challenges of onboarding in a remote environment
       
This important socialization process, sometimes called newcomer onboarding, is complicated enough without the influence of the pandemic. Onboarding remotelyIn an attempt to get a handle on remote onboarding, researchers from HR software company TINYpulse recently analyzed 100 organizations that onboarded 500 face-to-face new hires between April 2019 and September 2019. They compared that data with the same organizations’ onboarding of 500 remote new hires during the same time frame a year later, so between April and September 2020. Interestingly, when comparing face-to-face and remote onboarding, there is no change in employees’ satisfaction with the onboarding process. The findings illustrate that new employees gave 34% less recognition to colleagues through the cheers-for-peers feature when working remotely in 2020 compared to when working face-to-face in 2019.
What Milton Glaser reveals about the limits of rational design
       
The one on the left was designed for a German bank in 1976 by Milton Glaser. The language and visual design are neutral, accessible, and “approvable.” There’s fine print on the bottom, which I’m sure is legally required. Milton, on the other hand, produced his poster alone, with a client who wanted to try something new, without expectations. But it’s worth examining how the two extremes function in the design world, and what effect they have on the final product. This produces a gravitational pull for design work to be rationalized.
Taking a Break Doesn’t Always Mean Unplugging
       
So don’t get caught in the trap of what one research team termed “screen guilt”: the idea that a break doesn’t really count unless you step away from your devices. That won’t give your brain or your body the break from work it needs. If you’re working remotely or social distancing, the feelings of isolation can be acute. Research has shown that household clutter can make people depressed and overwhelmed—and if you’re working from home, you don’t get a daily 8-hour break from its impact. Other research also suggests that casual video gaming during a work break can reduce perceptions of stress.
The New U.S. Stimulus Package and the Meaning of Brexit
       
Does the U.S. economy need more help right now, and is the latest stimulus package well designed for the moment? Plus, Brexit has fully arrived – what happens next? Felix, Rawi, and Mihir discuss the new $1.9 trillion stimulus package in the U.S. and the departure of the UK from the European Union. You can follow Youngme, Mihir, Rebecca, and Rawi on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon, @DesaiMihirA, @RebeccaReCap, and @RawiAbdelal. HBR Presents is a network of podcasts curated by HBR editors, bringing you the best business ideas from the leading minds in management.
PODCAST: Love and Money with Mari Adam
       
Certified Financial Planner Mari Adam joins us to talk about the techniques she’s learned and shared in decades of advising. David Muhlbaum: Good, good. David Muhlbaum: In our main segment, we’ll talk with financial planner Mari Adam about love and money, and keeping a harmonious relationship with both. Mari Adam: Well, I think the most important thing is you want to have a candid conversation. Mari Adam: And it’s a great idea, because first of all, not all relationships are recognized through marriage.
The Social-Tracking BUZZ ETF: What It Is, What It Isn't
       
Read on as we discuss what the BUZZ ETF really is ... and what it isn't. What It Isn't The BUZZ ETF is not a way to recreate the r/WallStreetBets phenomenon. Wise also points out that despite being borne of high positive sentiment, the BUZZ ETF isn't just a list of hot growth names. What the BUZZ ETF Is This ETF is a second chance. What It Isn't The BUZZ ETF certainly isn't like most ETFs in that it's launching with some controversy.
Facebook Ends Its Political Advertising Ban 4 Months After the Election
       
Facebook is lifting its ban on political advertising that the social media giant instituted after the polls closed on Election Day in November. Google lifted a similar ban last week, which was put in place following the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.
Lucas Cridland, Former Dentsu Media Exec, Now Leads a New Group within MediaLink
       
Lucas Cridland, Former Dentsu Media Exec, Now Leads a New Group within MediaLinkHis goal is to drive adoption of Hudson MX
Rebuilding Our Growth Momentum: What to Expect Across Industries in 2021
       
Editor’s note: Adweek worked with Matthew Scott Goldstein, a consultant with a deep knowledge of the media industry, to craft his quarterly newsletter into an Adweek article. Through his findings on various industry earnings calls, we’re bringing you insights about how your favorite brands, agencies, media companies, publishers and tech companies are performing on a quarterly basis. His goal was to go past what the trades were focusing on, which mostly revolved around revenue, and tap into the nitty-gritty data shared on these calls.
A+E Networks Upfront Emphasizes Power of Linear TV, Total Audience Metric Shift
       
After the pandemic forced A+E Networks to jettison its upfront event plans at the 11th hour last year, the company has returned to the upfronts this year with a virtual presentation that played up the power of linear TV as many of its rivals begin to focus on streaming—while also trying to convince marketers to change the way they have transacted business for decades.
Touching Swiss Animation Is a Powerful Reminder That Each Senior Has a Story to Tell
       
Touching Swiss Animation Is a Powerful Reminder That Each Senior Has a Story to Tell'Rosemarie's Life' is part of a healthcare worker recruitment drive in the country
Google Just Dropped Another Privacy Bomb on Independent Ad Tech
       
The level of cooperation from independent ad-tech players, publishers and even some media agencies to replace the third-party cookie with hashed email addresses had led to growing speculation that even Google would get behind the initiative.
Walk Around Virtual Austin at SXSW; Cadbury Creme… Beer?: Tuesday’s First Things First
       
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Joe Ortiz Joins Freeform as Content Marketing Head
       
Marketing executive Joe Ortiz, the svp and head of marketing and brand for Group Nine Media-owned news site NowThis, is joining Freeform as svp of content marketing, the company said today.
Former Pepsi Marketing Lead Sadira Furlow Named Happy Money CMO
       
Consumer debt solutions provider Happy Money has hired Sadira Furlow as chief marketing officer with an initial focus on broadening the company’s client base to include underserved populations in the financial services space. Don't miss The Business of Marketing, a new series featuring leading c-suite executives sharing insights on the importance of leveraging the intersectionality of marketing, finance, technology, HR and the boardroom to drive business growth.
How Temporary Assignments Boost Innovation
       
Image courtesy of Joyce Hesselberth/theispot.comJust as digitalization and automation are transforming the shop floor, they are changing the role of front-line manufacturing employees. As a result, front-line innovation has become one of the largest sources of sustained competitive advantage in manufacturing industries. Knowledge Transfer and Employee LearningOur analyses reveal two distinct pathways through which front-line mobility fosters manufacturing innovation. Thus, for front-line innovation, turning to related units in similar contexts is better than visiting technologically advanced but unrelated ones. Companies that adopt a front-line innovation mindset — one that stimulates, objectively evaluates, and swiftly implements front-line ideas — can therefore make significant strides.
Does Your C-Suite Have Enough Digital Smarts?
       
Email Updates on Digital Culture & Strategy Get monthly email updates on platforms, digital leadership, digital transformation, and ethics. As Jean-Pascal Tricoire, chairman and CEO of energy management company Schneider Electric, told us, “When every business becomes a digital business, every executive needs to take digital transformation personally. (See “The Most — and Least — Digitally Savvy Executive Roles.”) Slightly less than 1 in 4 CEOs, and only about 1 in 8 CFOs, are digitally savvy. We found that as the percentage of digital savviness on top teams increases, so does net margin and revenue growth. Principal’s board approved the significant investment needed to accelerate the transformative digital business strategies, and the company communicated its intent to the investment community.
The Best Stories Can Happen When Things Don’t Go As Planned
       
I was tired and crabby as my husband Michael and I headed over to a friend’s house to watch the finale of The Bachelorette. As soon as the thought entered my head, I knew I would need proof in order to get it out. Of course, when you buy the cheapest pregnancy test, even when it gives you an answer, you’re still not sure what the answer is. Michael pointed out that it didn’t say anything. Michael walked out of the bathroom.
Furlough extension, corporation tax and green investment – the main points of the Budget
       
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5 tips on how to live your best #VanLife
       
New commercial vans can cost more than $50,000. But you should be able to get a used one for half that price or even less, depending on its condition and mileage.
New York to loosen travel restrictions for Americans who've gotten the COVID-19 vaccine
       
New York, one of the first states in the U.S. to implement travel restrictions on domestic visitors last spring, took another step toward relaxing its COVID-19 policies Wednesday by lifting the quarantine and COVID-19 testing restrictions on people who have been vaccinated within 90 days of their second inoculation. "Domestic travelers are no longer required to quarantine or test out within 90 days of full vaccination," Gov. Beyond the 90 days, travelers would still have to quarantine and test out. People who have not been vaccinated or who have not completed their shots must also continue to quarantine under the existing guidelines. State-by-state travel restrictions: See what's required where you're going
Good news about the 'Moderna arm' vaccine rash — it's no worse with second shot
       
The reaction occurs only in people who get the Moderna vaccine, not the one from Pfizer-BioNTech. Doctors and patients first began to hear reports of the reaction soon after the Moderna vaccine began to be distributed. Those who had the reaction after the second shot said it faded within two to three days, Freeman said. Getting the second shot on the opposite arm can help but isn't necessary. The good news is, in those few cases, patients didn't have a reoccurrence of the rash with their second dose of vaccine, she said.
Tiger Woods told deputies after car crash he did not remember driving
       
TORRANCE, Calif. — Tiger Woods told sheriff's deputies after crashing a car that he could not remember driving, and he did not know how the collision happened, according to an affidavit for a search warrant used to obtain the “black box’’ of the vehicle Woods was driving Feb. 23. “The deputies asked him how the collision occurred" at the scene of the crash, according to the affidavit . Data from the car Woods was driving “constitutes evidence that tends to show the commission of a felony or misdemeanor offense,’’ according to the form filled out to obtain the search warrant. “Absent the evidence of impairment … you’re not going to get a search warrant. One said it looked like a classic case of being asleep at the wheel, because Woods' vehicle went straight into a median instead of staying with the road as it curved right.
Disney Will Close 30 Percent of Its Stores in North America: Live Updates
       
ET Disney Will Close 30 Percent of Its Stores in North America: Live Updates RIGHT NOW Philanthropic donors gave more than $20 billion in response to the pandemic last year. Disney will close 30 percent of its stores in North America this year. The Walt Disney Company said on Wednesday that it would dramatically downsize its chain of Disney Stores, which have struggled amid the pandemic and a broader consumer shift to online shopping. At least 60 locations in North America — 30 percent of the Disney Store footprint in the region — will close this year. He was among a group of central bank officials who initiated the Fed’s Racism and the Economy conference series.
Islamic State says it killed female media workers in east Afghanistan
       
The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for an attack that killed three female media workers in eastern Afghanistan. Relatives carrying the coffin for one of the female journalists killed by ISIS at her funeral in Kabul on March 3, 2021. Violence has risen around Afghanistan and media workers and civil society members in urban areas have been targeted in recent months even as a peace process takes place in Qatar’s capital of Doha. The Afghan government and the Taliban have been holding talks to try to reach a political settlement to end decades of conflict. But progress has slowed as the new Biden administration in Washington reviews its plans for the peace process, including whether to entirely withdraw troops by May as originally planned.
Man who helped drug Cipriani chef hit casino as victim died: prosecutors
       
The ex-boyfriend of a Queens sex worker accused of helping her drug and rob a Cipriani chef hit up a casino while the victim lay dead on a motel room floor, prosecutors revealed Wednesday. “[He] spent some time at that casino all the while he knew the victim was laying on the floor in that hotel room where the victim was dead,” the prosecutor said. Prosecutors say that Barini and Lescano conspired to lure Zamperoni, 33, to the Queens motel to drug and rob him. The prosecutor countered that the only reason Lescano and Barini aren’t charged with causing Zamperoni’s overdose death was because the body wasn’t found immediately. Three days after Zamperoni’s fateful visit to the motel, investigators found Barini and the chef’s rotting remains inside the room.
LI cops suspended after bodycam footage shows them kicking handcuffed suspect
       
Two Suffolk County police officers who were seen repeatedly kicking a handcuffed suspect on the ground on bodycam footage have been suspended without pay. Three other officers who were at the scene were placed on modified duty in what County Executive Steve Bellone called a “disturbing” incident at a press conference Tuesday night. “What I saw was disturbing, unacceptable, and something that cannot be condoned.”The video, posted by WPIX-TV, shows the cops shove 30-year-old Christopher Cruz to the ground during the Feb. 23 incident, then kick him multiple times while other cops watch. That’s where one of the officers’ bodycams caught the kicking incident. Cruz was charged with third-degree grand larceny, second-degree assault, third-degree criminal mischief and resisting arrest.
Downhill baby walker caught by fast-acting biker
       
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Ghost-hunting couple discover human skull
       
A human skull was discovered by a pair of ghost-hunting YouTubers near an abandoned hotel in the United Kingdom, authorities said. Danny and Felicity Duffy were filming just after midnight Monday near a former hotel in Bolton when they stumbled on the remains, the Daily Star reported. Oh my God it’s got a jaw!”Danny then put on gloves and picked up the remains from the ground. Danny Duffy discovering a human skull near Egerton Park in Bolton. Exploring With Danny YouTubePolice have since confirmed that the remains, in fact, belong to a human.
Judge clears Montgomery officer of assault conviction for slamming knee into handcuffed suspect
       
The results were “commensurate with the Montgomery County disciplinary process,” Innocenti said. Moris joined the Montgomery County Police Department 10 years ago. In the videos, Moris can be seen grabbing Pesoa’s hair and slamming his right knee down into Pesoa’s neck area. In June 2020, Pesoa sued Moris and Montgomery County over the encounter. The county executive called the video of this ‘horrifying.’ Now a civil jury will decide how to hold Montgomery County accountable for their officer’s behavior.”
Man buys bowl worth up to $500,000 for $35 at a yard sale
       
Acting on a hunch that he had something special on his hands, the unidentified man emailed pictures and information to famed auction house Sotheby’s, requesting an evaluation, according to the AP. The email stood out from the barrage of similar requests, impressing Sotheby’s in-house experts on Chinese ceramics and art, Angela McAteer and Hang Yin. AD“The style of painting, the shape of the bowl, even just the color of the blue is quite characteristic of that early, early 15th century period of porcelain,” she told the news outlet. Sotheby’s told the AP that the Yongle Court was recognized for introducing a new style of porcelain ovens in the city of Jingdezhen. ADThe lotus-bud or chicken-heart shaped dish will be auctioned off at Sotheby’s in New York on March 17.
Feta is having a moment. Jump on the bandwagon with these 5 recipes.
       
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How Vernon Jordan became a one-of-a-kind Washington presence
       
“You knew you had a friend who would never break a confidence, and that’s important in Washington,” says Cafritz. To wit: Jordan hosted an annual lunch before the Alfalfa Club dinner, an off-the-record gathering of America’s most powerful political and business leaders. Jordan famously told him he would support his old friend Hillary Clinton, but pledged his wholehearted endorsement should Obama win the primary. The two men shared the stage at Howard University in 2016, when Jordan formally introduced Obama as the commencement speaker. Howard President Wayne Frederick sent Jordan a framed picture of the two, which hung in a cherished place in his home.
Four reasons you’re tired of Zoom calls — and what to do about it
       
It draws on existing academic theory and research and says there are four possible reasons for so-called “Zoom fatigue.” The paper, Bailenson writes, should not be perceived as “indicting” Zoom or other video-conferencing platforms. On top of all that, participating in video calls may increase cognitive load, meaning more mental effort is needed. Because she has to focus more intently on people’s faces during video calls to read lips, it increases her cognitive load, she said. Meeting hosts should also give people breaks to look away from their screens during video calls, Song said. While these tips may help alleviate the effects of “Zoom fatigue,” Bailenson urged people to remember video calls aren’t the only effective way to communicate.
7-year-old Alabama girl sells lemonade to help fund her brain surgeries
       
A 7-year-old from Alabama – faced with the daunting cost of upcoming brain surgeries – has helped her family raise more than $315,000 to help pay for the procedures. So, she put her homemade lemonade stand to use. That stand, coupled with her online fundraiser, "Lemonade for Liza - Zest for Life w/ Brain Surgery" helped pave the way for her upcoming surgeries at Boston Children's Hospital. When Elizabeth Scott is not running the family business, Savage’s Bakery, she is taking care of Liza and her 3-year-old brother, Finnley. Still, Elizabeth Scott said she never expected she would be in this position.
Las Vegas murder: Retired cop killed in random one-punch attack on the strip
       
A retired cop vacationing in Las Vegas was killed in the early hours of Sunday morning on the strip when a man attacked him in a "single punch pre-dawn confrontation," authorities said. Driscoll was pronounced dead at a Las Vegas hospital shortly after the attack with head and neck injuries. He worked for the Connecticut State Police for 22 years before retiring in 2009, spending most of his career on patrol in Hartford and North Canaan. "It saddens us to hear that he died after being assaulted," a spokesperson for the Connecticut State Police told Fox News. "He knocked me out so now I have to see a doctor about my possible concussion," one of the men told the local news outlet.
Disney plans to close at least 20% of stores with focus on e-commerce
       
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailDisney plans to close at least 20% of stores with focus on e-commerceDisney is closing at least 20 percent of its stores as the company moves to focus on building out its e-commerce business. In North America, at least 60 stores will be closed. Julia Boorstin joins 'Closing Bell' to report.
Post-Market Wrap: March 03, 2021
       
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The First 10 Minutes: Kensington Garden Rooms
       
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailThe First 10 Minutes: Kensington Garden RoomsKensington Gardens Rooms builds and installs hand-crafted custom gazebos. They're beautiful structures but also pricey. And for such a high ticket item, they're not marketing to the right people. Marcus must refine their process and their target audience. Watch the first 10 minutes and catch the all-new episode of "The Profit: Bonus Edition" Tuesday at 10P ET on CNBC.
A key to revenue growth in Big Tech era is missing at most companies
       
Top "digitally savvy" companies generate 59% of revenue from innovations introduced within a three-year-period. Take media, software and telecom, which ranked highest among sectors, with one-third of executives being rated as digitally savvy. Woerner: Companies can also rely on having existing digitally savvy members of management teams guide them. So they hired another digitally savvy director, and they talked to each other, and no one understood their language. Woerner: Our digital savvy board members say being savvy allows the team to evaluate the risk of not doing something.
Sen. Ron Wyden said it's a 'prescription for trouble' to end jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed
       
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore., speaks at a Senate Finance Committee hearing at the U.S. Capitol on Feb. 25, 2021. Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said Wednesday it's a "prescription for trouble" to end jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed and gig workers in August, during a congressional recess, instead of September. Wyden is among about a dozen Senate Democrats who this week pressed Biden to support legislation that would automatically issue stimulus checks and jobless benefits. The Senate is now debating the $1.9 trillion relief bill, the American Rescue Plan. Democrats aim to get a bill on Biden's desk by the end of next week.
Apple has an easy new way to copy all your photos and videos to Google Photos
       
Apple quietly rolled out a tool that lets you copy all of the pictures you have stored in Apple Photos over to Google Photos. It's an easy way to move everything over if you're switching to an Android phone, since you can't upload to Apple Photos from an Android phone. Like Apple Photos, Google Photos will create automatic highlight video clips set to music, but it will also automatically create collages, animations, add filters (that often look really good) and more. Both services have their strengths, and I use both as a way to create a backup of the other. It's also useful if you want to switch from iCloud Storage to Google One storage.
Texas and Mississippi ditch mask mandates and other restrictions — here's how it could affect you, wherever you live
       
Here's how the change of rules in Texas and Mississippi — and any other states that follow suit — could affect you and your health. There could be another surgeMcDeavitt worries that people will interpret the governor's actions as permission to stop wearing masks and let their guard down. Many people will continue to wear masks to "set an example for the community," he adds. Some businesses have already signaled that they're still going to require customers and employees to wear masks. Jeffrey Zients, the White House's coronavirus response coordinator, urged other state and local leadership to keep wearing masks and "keep the course," he said Wednesday.
Swedish police investigating possible 'terror motives' in knife attack
       
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Swedish police said they were investigating possible terror motives for a knife attack on Wednesday in which at least eight people were injured, and that the assailant has been arrested after being shot and wounded. All eight victims were hospitalised and three had life-threatening injuries, the Jonkoping regional council said on its website. “We have started a preliminary investigation of attempted murder but there are details in the investigation that make us investigate possible terror motives,” regional head of police Malena Grann told a news conference. Police were alerted to the attack in Vetlanda, a town of around 13,000 people, around 3 p.m. and initially said it did not appear to be an act of terrorism. “Blood was pouring from his shoulder, so we got towels and applied pressure on the wound,” she said.
Permira bids for medical device maker LivaNova: FT
       
(Reuters) - Private equity group Permira has made a takeover bid for medical device maker LivaNova, the Financial Times reported on Wednesday, citing people familiar with the matter. According to the report, the offer, made in mid-February, values LivaNova’s stock at more than $80 a share. LivaNova did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment. Talks are ongoing but there is no certainty that a deal will be reached, the FT report added. LivaNova, which has a market capitalization of $3.71 billion, was created in 2015 through a merger of Cyberonics and Storin.
Millions of U.S. households would not get COVID-19 payments under new Biden plan
       
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Millions of U.S. households who received coronavirus-relief payments under President Donald Trump would not get aid under a modified version of President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion aid package announced on Wednesday, analysts said. That means nearly 9 million fewer households would get direct payments this time around, said Kyle Pomerleau, a tax analyst with the conservative American Enterprise Institute. The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy calculated that those payments now would help 11.8 million fewer adults and 4.6 million fewer children than the more generous version that passed the House. But 200 million adults and 80 million children would still see benefits, the left-leaning think tank estimated. Some 162 million households received payments under the first round of payments included in the CARES Act of 2020, according to the Internal Revenue Service.
Analysis: Global bond rout puts BOJ's yield curve control in spotlight
       
REUTERS/Kim Kyung-HoonThe Japanese central bank has kept bond yields largely pinned inside a narrow range around 0%, since it adopted its yield curve control (YCC) policy in 2016. Indeed, some central banks are warming to YCC as they hunt for ways to reflate growth with dwindling policy ammunition. Australia’s central bank adopted YCC in 2020 and defended its three-year yield target with huge bond buying. The European Central Bank does not conduct explicit YCC but is tying its stimulus more heavily to the yield curve. “But there’s a lot of uncertainty on whether it will work.”For now, major central banks see no problem with higher inflation.
Ten rebels killed, three captured in Colombia military bombing
       
Colombia's Defense Minister Diego Molano holds a news conference to inform about a bombing that left ten former members of Colombian guerrilla group FARC killed in the rural municipality of Calamar, at the headquarters of the Defense Minister in Bogota, Colombia, March 2, 2021. Javier Casella/Courtesy Colombian Defense Minister/Handout via REUTERSBOGOTA (Reuters) - Ten former members of Colombian guerrilla group FARC were killed and three were captured during a bombing in southeastern Guaviare province, the defense minister said on Tuesday. The fighters, who reject the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia’s 2016 peace deal with the government, were targeted in the rural municipality of Calamar. “In a bombing of our armed forces, with help from the attorney general’s office, 13 members of the FARC dissidents commanded by alias Gentil Duarte in Calamar were neutralized,” Defense Minister Diego Molano said on Twitter. The deal saw some 13,000 FARC members demobilize and ended the group’s part in a more than five decade conflict which has killed 260,000 people and displaced millions.
World's biggest wealth fund puts Japan's Kirin Holdings on watch list over Myanmar link
       
FILE PHOTO: An employee works at a beer production line at Japanese brewer Kirin Holdings' factory in Toride, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan July 14, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-NoonOSLO (Reuters) - The Norwegian central bank said on Wednesday it had put Japan’s Kirin Holdings Ltd Co on a watch list for possible exclusion from its $1.3 trillion sovereign wealth fund over the firm’s ties to a business owned by Myanmar’s military. “Kirin has recently announced an intention to end this business cooperation, and the implementation of this will be followed up as a part of the observation,” the central bank said in a statement. Kirin Holdings was not immediately available for comment when contacted by Reuters. Norges Bank Investment Management, which manages the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund, held a 1.29% stake in Kirin Holdings at the end of 2020 with a value of $277.1 million.
German watchdog puts Greensill Bank on hold due to risk concerns
       
FRANKFURT/LONDON (Reuters) - Germany’s financial watchdog warned of “an imminent risk” that Greensill Bank would become over-indebted on Wednesday as it imposed a moratorium on the lender making disposals or payments. FILE PHOTO: The Greensill Bank is pictured in downtown Bremen, Germany, July 3, 2019. BaFin said an audit found that Greensill Bank could not provide evidence of receivables on its balance sheet purchased from mining tycoon Sanjeev Gupta’s GFG Alliance. Prosecutors in Bremen said earlier they had received a criminal complaint from BaFin regarding Greensill Bank, but did not provide further details on it. In Britain, meanwhile the financial regulator took action against GFG’s own trade finance arm Wyelands Bank.
New U.S. president will not undo Trump’s interference, Huawei CFO's lawyers say
       
Huawei Technologies Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou leaves her home to attend a court hearing in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada March 1, 2021. Trump’s alleged political interference and violation of her legal rights are cited by Meng’s lawyers as reasons her extradition case should be thrown out. Ten days after Meng’s arrest, then-President Trump told Reuters in an interview that he would intervene in the case to get a better trade deal with China. “Our contention is that his words amount to an abuse of process.”Canadian prosecutors have said Trump’s statements about Huawei and the trade deal are no longer relevant since he has left office and the deal has already been signed. “Nothing the ambassador can say now will dissuade me from understanding that is indeed the case,” he said.
South Africa's information regulator says WhatsApp cannot share users' contact information
       
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Facebook Inc cannot share any contact information it collects from WhatsApp users in South Africa with its other properties without first obtaining authorisation from the country’s Information Regulator (IR), the agency said on Wednesday. The move has sparked backlash among users in South Africa and elsewhere, and prompted many to opt for rival services such as Signal or Telegram. The regulator said its decision was in accordance with section 57 of the Protection of Personal Information Act, South Africa’s data protection law. The agency also said that it has written to Facebook South Africa and outlined its concerns about the company’s privacy policy. “WhatsApp does not share your contacts with Facebook and that policy applies to users everywhere, including in South Africa,” the spokesperson added.
Czech Republic to get Chinese vaccines
       
It is not clear how many doses were ordered | Kevin Frayer/Getty ImagesThe Czech Republic today became the second EU country after Hungary to request coronavirus vaccines from China, according to a statement from President Miloš Zeman's office. "The Prime Minister of the Czech Republic [Andrej Babis] has asked the President of the Republic to contact the President of the People's Republic of China [Xi Jinping] to request the delivery of the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine," the statement said. "The President of the Republic granted this request and wrote to the President of the People's Republic of China. According to a report by the Czech embassy in Beijing, the Chinese side decided to comply with this request immediately," according to the statement, posted on the website of the Czech presidential office. The move followed Prague's decision to buy Sputnik V vaccines from Russia, as Babis lashed out at the EU's slow provision of vaccines to member states.
Brazil GDP drops 4.1% in 2020, less than forecast
       
FILE PHOTO: Bulk Carrier 'Discoverer' unloads U.S. soybeans at the port of Paranagua, Brazil, December 3, 2020. The full-year 2020 drop was the worst since the current IBGE series began in 1996. The 2020 plunge was also the worst since a 4.35% fall in GDP recorded in 1990, according to central bank data going back to 1962, and the third-steepest in that series. Among the gloomiest forecasts at the onset of the pandemic, the World Bank and International Monetary Fund estimated that Brazil’s 2020 GDP would shrink by 8% and 9.1%, respectively. GDP per capita fell 4.8%, IBGE said, the steepest fall since at least 2000.
San Antonio Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich slams Texas governor for lifting Covid mandates
       
San Antonio Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich blasted Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday for rescinding Texas' mask mandate and rolling back other Covid-19 restrictions, calling the decision "mystifying," "ridiculous" and "ignorant." "I'm worried about the people in our state," said Popovich, who has led the Spurs to five world titles. "People that didn't want to wear masks in the first place, how do the businesses get them to wear masks? I urge all Americans, please keep washing your hands, stay socially distanced, wear masks."
Texas doctors say Gov. Greg Abbott's decision to scrap mask mandate could result in another Covid-19 surge
       
Greg Abbott’s sudden decision to ditch the mask mandate and lift coronavirus restrictions could result in a new surge of Covid-19 infections and deaths. The more difficult problem is that while many people in Texas experienced the pandemic in waves, there’s been no respite for front-line health care providers. Many health care providers fear this could extend the pandemic.”McDeavitt, the Houston hospital’s senior vice president and dean of clinical affairs, said he shares these fears. “As I said, I think the governor’s decision was premature and I think it will cause another surge,” McDeavitt said. We know the governor’s decision increases the chance for another surge, but we’ve already been preparing for another surge.”
A state program offers health coverage to seniors regardless of legal status
       
At 67 years old, he’s now getting access to health insurance for the first time. Illinois is implementing a first-of-its-kind program to offer health care access to low-income immigrant seniors, whether they’re legal permanent residents who previously didn’t have access, or if they’re undocumented. Under federal law, Americans who lack legal status are not eligible for Medicare, Medicaid or "Obamacare" enrollment. “If you’re uninsured, you frequently will defer care,” said Jeff McInnes, the director of Value-Based Care Strategy at the Esperanza Health Centers in Chicago. Juan's family said the program has given them peace of mind when it comes to his health.
‘Meme stocks’ go mainstream: There’s now a fund for that
       
FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2021 file photo, pedestrians pass the New York Stock Exchange in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2021 file photo, pedestrians pass the New York Stock Exchange in New York. Stocks are off to a mixed start on Wall Street as gains for banks are offset by losses in technology companies and other parts of the market. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Interested in trading some of the stocks that have rocked Wall Street recently fueled by social media buzz? Has the craziness of the comments talking up the so-called meme stocks on Reddit and other sites kept you away?
Dow Jones Futures: Why The Market Rally Is Only 'Mostly Dead'; Boeing Leads As Amazon, Zoom Break Long-Term Support
       
Dow Jones futures were little changed Wednesday, along with S&P 500 futures and Nasdaq futures. The Dow Jones fell modestly while the Nasdaq tumbled to fresh lows, but the stock market rally isn't "all dead" yet. Dow Jones Futures TodayDow Jones futures were just below fair value. Stock Market Rally WednesdayThe stock market rally sold off, closing at session lows. Stock Market Rally 'Mostly Dead'Is this a violent stock market rotation out of growth, or the beginning of a tech-led market correction?
Fed survey finds modest gains in the US economy in February
       
The Fed survey released Wednesday, March 3, 2021, said that reports on consumer spending and auto sales were mixed last month, while overall manufacturing showed moderate gains despite supply-side constraints. The Fed survey released Wednesday, March 3, 2021, said that reports on consumer spending and auto sales were mixed last month, while overall manufacturing showed moderate gains despite supply-side constraints. The Fed survey released Wednesday shows that the central bank’s business contacts were expressing optimism last month about a stronger rebound as more COVID-19 vaccines are distributed. Reports on consumer spending and auto sales were mixed, while overall manufacturing showed moderate gains despite supply-side constraints, according to the Fed survey. The beige book survey found that demand for labor varied considerably by industry and skill levels.
Man injures 8 with ax in Sweden before being shot, arrested
       
Man injures 8 with ax in Sweden before being shot, arrestedPolice are seen in the area after several people were attacked in Vetlanda, Sweden, Wednesday, March 3, 2021. (Mikael Fritzon/TT News Agency via AP)Police are seen in the area after several people were attacked in Vetlanda, Sweden, Wednesday, March 3, 2021. (Mikael Fritzon/TT News Agency via AP)STOCKHOLM (AP) — A man armed with an ax attacked and injured eight people in a southern Swedish town Wednesday before being shot and arrested, police said. The man was shot by police, who said the condition of those attacked and of the perpetrator was not immediately known. The events took place in downtown Vetlanda with police saying they got calls just after 1400 GMT about a man assaulting people with an ax.
Red Robin Q4 losses widen as lockdowns hit revenue
       
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Inc. on Wednesday said that losses widened in the fourth quarter as pandemic-related lockdowns and restrictions harmed revenue in the period. The restaurant chain said its loss per share was $2.53, compared with a loss of 60 cents in the comparable quarter a year ago. Its net loss was $39.3 million, compared with a loss of $7.7 million a year ago.
Bob Doll to Retire From Nuveen
       
Bob Doll, the veteran stockpicker well known for his annual list of market predictions and frequent television appearances, is retiring from Nuveen. The asset management company, a unit of TIAA, disclosed Doll’s plans in an internal memo obtained by Barron’s Advisor. A spokesperson confirmed that he will leave later this month. Doll, 66,...
Cathie Wood’s highflying ARK ETF just entered a bear market–a sign of the times?
       
ARK Investment, one of the fastest-growing fund managers in 2020, just saw its flagship company enter a bear market, highlighting a brisk selloff in growthy, technology-related stocks amid a persistent rise in interest rates. Led by CEO and founder Cathie Wood, ARK Innovation ARKK fell some 6.3% on Wednesday, pushing the exchange-traded fund down 20% from its peak at $156.58 put in on Feb. 12, representing the commonly used definition for a bear market used by market technicians. Over the past year, ARK has seen the assets under its seven exchange-traded funds explode by more than 10-fold. She recently upped her stake in Zoom Video Communications ZM, which has been a beneficiary of the work-from-home trends, according to reports. Ark Innovation’s shares are down 8.6% so far this week, hanging onto a less than 1% year-to-date gain.
Cathie Wood’s highflying ARK ETF just entered a bear market–a sign of the times?
       
ARK Investment, one of the fastest-growing fund managers in 2020, just saw its flagship company enter a bear market, highlighting a brisk selloff in growthy, technology-related stocks amid a persistent rise in interest rates. Led by CEO and founder Cathie Wood, ARK Innovation ARKK, -6.29% fell some 6.3% on Wednesday, pushing the exchange-traded fund down 20% from its peak at $156.58 put in on Feb. 12, representing the commonly used definition for a bear market used by market technicians. Over the past year, ARK has seen the assets under its seven exchange-traded funds explode by more than 10-fold. She recently upped her stake in Zoom Video Communications ZM, -8.37% , which has been a beneficiary of the work-from-home trends, according to reports. Reports also indicated that she bought more Tesla as the electric-vehicle maker’s shares slumped.
Hospital staff missed her cancer — then went to great lengths to cover it up, lawyers say
       
The hospital hired a separate digital forensics expert to review Johnson’s medical record, as Garrett did, but the hospital didn’t submit findings in court, according to court records. Johnson’s lawyers said they don’t believe the hospital’s explanations. For nearly two years, according to Garrett’s report, those notations remained in Johnson’s medical record. “The changes to Johnson’s medical record were designed to hide the wrongdoing of Johnson’s medical providers and shift the blame to Johnson,” said Parker, Johnson’s attorney. An appeals court upheld that decision in November, and now Johnson’s lawyers are appealing to the Kentucky Supreme Court.
Grads on senior trip discover they’re victims of Texas travel agent’s scheme, feds say
       
Large groups of high school students arrived at meeting spots ready to celebrate graduation by traveling — only to learn their trip was canceled. It wasn’t an accident, authorities say, and the Texas travel agent who booked the trips could go to prison for years. After customers paid Barragan, he completed reservations and provided them with confirmations purporting to show travel arrangements were completed, authorities say. However, he canceled the reservations before the trips and kept the refunds, authorities say. ‘My mom deserves justice.’ Pack of dogs kills woman walking on street, Texas cops say
Sao Paulo shuts down as raging virus prompts Brazil Pfizer deal
       
The GuardianDuke University neuroscientist urges international community to challenge Brazilian government over its failure to contain Brazil is experiencing the worst moment of the coronavirus pandemic, with an explosion of cases. “Brazil is an open-air laboratory for the virus to proliferate and eventually create more lethal mutations,” warned Nicolelis. Nicolelis said Bolsonaro’s failure to halt the outbreak and launch an adequate vaccination campaign had created a domestic tragedy from which Latin America’s most populous nation was unlikely to emerge until late 2022. “To this day, Brazil doesn’t have a national plan to combat Covid-19,” Temporão complained, attacking Bolsonaro’s failure to secure sufficient vaccines by striking deals to buy shots made by companies such as Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson. Just 3.3% of Brazil’s population has so far been vaccinated, compared to 15.2% in the US, 18% in Chile and 29.9% in the UK.
Disney to close at least 60 North American stores, focus on e-commerce
       
People wearing masks amid the Covid-19 pandemic are pictured on October 24, 2020 in downtown El Paso, Texas. About 43,000 Texans have died from Covid-19, against a national total death toll of 517,000, by far the world’s highest. When the restrictions are lifted, Texas will become the most populous US state that does not require residents to wear face coverings. When receiving her jab, the country music legend broke into an adaption of one of her biggest hits, Jolene, singing: “Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, I’m begging of you, please don’t hesitate. Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, because once you’re dead, then that’s a bit too late.” Although Parton made jokes in the video showing her getting vaccinated, her appearance also had a serious aim: combatting vaccine hesitancy, which is thought to be a serious problem in the US.
Review: An ‘Affair’ to forget, almost immediately
       
The multi-decade-spanning drama “The Affair” raises more questions than it answers: Questions such as “Who?” “Which?” “What?” “Where?” and, mostly, “Why?”The primary question is “Why is this movie called ‘The Affair’”? You may be asking, “What affair?,” but you might as well be asking, “Which affair?,” as there are four (maybe three, it’s not clear) in the story, and the most important one, between the two female leads, isn’t really an affair. Liesel and Hana, says Hana, are both married to Jewish men. And the film’s depiction of sex tends to be of physically uncomfortable encounters between people who don’t care for each other. ‘The Affair’ Rated: UnratedRunning time: 1 hour, 44 minutesPlaying: On demand March 5.
California museums are starting to reopen. Here’s the list
       
After the daily count of new COVID cases plummeted in California, more nonessential businesses such as restaurants, nail salons and gyms have been allowed to reopen at limited capacity. Museums in some Bay Area counties, the state announced Tuesday, can reopen at 25% capacity or for 100 people at a time with COVID-19 safety protocols in place. Gavin Newsom’s purple tier to the less restrictive red tier, more museums that first closed nearly a year ago are likely not far behind. Here’s a calendar of museum reopenings, which we will update regularly as institutions announce their dates. Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, March 4AdvertisementAquarium of the Bay, San Francisco, March 4De Young Museum, San Francisco, March 6 (member access March 4)San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, March 7 (member access March 6)California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, March 17 (member access March 15)
AG wins settlement in tech scam case
       
Under the settlement, Shalu and Vishal Chawla, who operated Vtech Software Solutions Inc., also agreed to be barred from ever again operating any technical support companies. Advertisement“This couple ran a company that scammed elderly residents into paying money for tech support on their computers they didn’t need,” Healey said in a statement following approval of the settlement in Suffolk Superior Court. Healey’s office estimates that between June 2014 and November 2016, VTech Software Solution Inc. sold at least $70,000 in fake tech support services to Massachusetts residents. The company charged more than 200 Massachusetts consumers approximately $200 to $3,000 each for unnecessary and illusory computer support services, the suit says. The $145,000 settlement will be used to pay full refunds to Hutchinson and other victims, the attorney general’s office said.
A better forecast for ‘climate tech’
       
Advertisement“Over the past decade, my biggest win was survival,” says Rob Day, a longtime investor in energy technologies who is based in Marblehead. But there’s a new wave of interest in what has been renamed “climate tech,” and lots of money is once again flowing. Bill Gates’s Breakthrough Energy Ventures in January committed an additional $1 billion to investing in startups that can reduce carbon emissions, and one of its top leaders, Carmichael Roberts, is based in Brookline. A decade ago, talking about developing new technologies that would impact the climate was “a bit of a third rail. “But if you’re looking to remove half a gigaton of carbon emissions a year, those kinds of technologies are probably getting deployed in multiple countries, on multiple continents.
Google ends sale of ads using individual web tracking data
       
Instead, Google proposes grouping together web users with similar interests and keeping web histories private on user devices. That safeguard is a change from Apple’s long-held practice of requiring iPhone users to go into settings to block apps from tracking them. Analysts say Facebook stands to lose billions of dollars if most iPhone users don’t grant the social network permission to track them. Unlike Facebook, Google has a crucial business relationship with Apple. Advertisement“Apple and Amazon and Google have more diversified business models, where tracking is important but not central,” Sinnreich said.
Are you doing too much? Let the Dutch introduce you to the art of ‘niksen’
       
That’s why when I saw two self-help books — published in the last year — about niksen — the Dutch wellness practice of doing nothing — I grabbed them. Olga Mecking’s “Niksen: Embracing the Dutch Art of Doing Nothing” was released in January as a response to her 2019 New York Times article about the practice, which went viral. She writes, “I had people near and far asking me for advice on how to find more niksen time. In a chapter about why Dutch women might be happier, she writes, “Dutch women rarely experience the burdens felt by women in other countries who are required to take care of not just their children but also their aging parents. AdvertisementSure, I might try for some good niksen on a wandering walk around my neighborhood, sometimes noticing a bird.
Snapdragon Chemistry plans expansion in Waltham
       
A Waltham chemical manufacturer plans to significantly expand its footprint and more than double its workforce to supply drug makers with experimental medicines for clinical trials. Snapdragon Chemistry, a privately held startup founded in 2014 by two chemistry professors from MIT and Boston University, plans to open a 51,000-square-foot building at 360 Second Ave. sometime in the last three months of the year. The company’s 16,000-square-foot headquarters is located nearby at 300 Second Ave.Snapdragon has 38 employees, but will add at least 50 jobs “in the coming years,” the firm said in a news release.
To combat hunger, Newton opens a community ‘Freedge’
       
That’s what Newton residents will be able to do any hour of any day when the city’s first-ever Freedge opens in Nonantum on March 14. AdvertisementJohnny’s Luncheonette had been donating soup to the Newton Food Pantry since the start of the pandemic. Soup is an “ideal” meal to have in a community fridge, Masterson said, because it’s both portable and nourishing. AdvertisementShe said she has noticed the stigma surrounding food insecurity, and it may disincentivize people from coming out to a food pantry. The Rotary Club of Newton, a junior partner, has worked with the Newton Food Pantry over the past several months.
Bay Area gardens: 15 virtual gardening workshops to take this spring
       
Whether you’re an inexperienced gardener or a total newbie, these virtual classes and workshops will get you up and running. bit.ly/gfeonlinebeginningbeekeeping1Small Space Gardening: 10 a.m. March 11. Take full advantage of the Bay Area’s unique gardening climate, where you can grow your own fruits and vegetables nearly year-round. www.gardenfortheenvironment.org/Making the Most of Your Gardening Space: 9-10:30 a.m. March 13. Bay Area News Group garden and wildlife columnist Joan Morris and a panel of experts will delve into common gardening mistakes and answer your gardening questions.
Fewer getting tested for COVID-19, which is a problem, experts say
       
The declining testing numbers threaten the progress the state and country have made in curbing the virus’s spread this winter, experts and officials said. Individuals should continue to test regularly if they experience symptoms, are exposed to someone with the virus, or interact with people outside their household without proper social distancing, experts and health officials said. But testing remains crucial, CDC officials said, to curb spread but also to better address the threat of variants. The seven-day average number of new molecular tests hit its 2021 high on Jan. 8, with 25,022 individuals tested. Experts and health officials said a number of factors could be lowering the public’s interest in testing.
Worcester field hospital to close as COVID admissions decline
       
A field hospital at the DCU Center in Worcester is slated to close this month as the number of patients hospitalized for the coronavirus across Massachusetts continues to decline. Officials at UMass Memorial Health Care, who run the field hospital, said they plan to stop operations by mid-March and decommission the site in mid-April if hospitalizations continue to drop. The medical site, built on the convention floor of the DCU Center, helped alleviate the strain on Massachusetts hospitals during the winter surge of COVID-19, treating about 650 patients since it opened in early December. It also treated about 300 people during the first wave of COVID last spring.
Historic downtown San Jose building may be on the move — again
       
A deal fell through to move the 1910 building a few blocks from its current location at Reed and First streets in downtown San Jose, and the developer of the residential high-rise set to go in its place was set to demolish it in February. But now, a month after it was expected to be reduced to rubble, the Pallesen building got a reprieve if not a future. But the collaboration seems solid among PAC-SJ, Habitat for Humanity, the city of San Jose, developers KT Urban and Scape, and community partners including Garden City Construction and individuals to make this a reality. Lots of flowers, and a fountain, meant lots of insects and a few other curious critters, which Linda started photographing. She occasionally posted photos on Facebook, and her friends encouraged her to “do a book,” as friends will do.
Simone Manuel trained in a backyard pool to get ready for Tokyo Olympics
       
Especially with this year, mentally it has been draining.”The Tokyo Olympics that were postponed a year ago because of the COVID-19 pandemic are five months away. Manuel, 24, said she is training as if the Olympics will open July 23 on schedule. The San Antonio event is an important step to get ready for Tokyo, said Greg Meehan, Stanford’s coach. Then a Stanford student, Manuel won four medals in Rio and has not slowed down since. Meehan, who doubles as the U.S. women’s Olympic coach, has tried to organize the past year into phases, he said.
1 child dead, 1 in hospital after being hit by vehicle in Walmart parking lot in Glendale
       
One child has died and another is in the hospital after a truck hit a car into a family of five on Wednesday morning in the parking lot of a Walmart Supercenter in north Glendale, according to police officials. A 68-year-old woman was driving her pickup truck into a parking spot when she bumped a parked car in front of her. The car was pushed onto the sidewalk and struck the family, pinning a 4-year-old girl under it, city spokesperson Jose Santiago said. Paramedics arrived and transported the 4-year-old to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. Her 3-year-old brother is currently in the hospital with injuries that are not life threatening.
New owner plans to replace Sloan’s Lake Church with 10 single-family homes
       
Denver-based homebuilder Blvdway Communities paid $3.35 million last month for the former Sloan’s Lake Church building at 2796 N. Utica St., according to public records. The company paid $46 a square foot for the 1.67-acre lot, which is a block north of Sloan’s Lake Park. Cartwright said construction could begin in Sloan’s Lake toward the third quarter, with closings taking place early next year. In November 2019, Brown said, Sloan’s Lake Church merged with Arvada Church of God. Some potential users looked at the Sloan’s Lake building, but found that a challenge.
“Journey for justice has a much clearer path” following suspect’s capture in 1982 cold case murders near Breckenridge
       
Phillips is being held on suspicion of two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of first-degree assault and two counts of kidnapping, said Park County Sheriff Tom McGraw. The two women worked in Breckenridge and were believed to be hitchhiking home, separately, when they were both abducted and shot on Jan. 6, 1982. Schnee’s body was found six months later in a rural area in Park County. “I’ve been trying to define my emotions and it’s been hard to do,” McCormick said at Wednesday’s news conference. “It’s a relief to have this done, have an arrest, and give closure to the families,” she said.
Special election to fill vacant Grand Prairie City Council seat heading to runoff
       
The special election to fill a vacant seat on the Grand Prairie City Council is heading to a runoff. Nine candidates filed for the Feb. 27 special election, with none receiving more than 50% of the vote, leading to the runoff. King led the nine candidates with 35% of the votes cast in the special election, while Gonzalez had 29% of the vote. Early voting for the runoff election runs from March 10 to 23 at The Summit recreation center. The winning candidate will complete the unexpired District 2 term which ends in May 2022.
Despite Alamo Drafthouse’s bankruptcy filing, Denver-area theaters appear safe for now
       
The three metro Denver locations — Littleton, on West Colfax Avenue near Sloan’s Lake in Denver and a Westminster theater that opened in 2019 — appear safe for now. “Our intention is to re-open when we can,” Alamo spokeswoman Brandy Fons said in a text message to The Denver Post on Wednesday. Twenty-three Alamo theaters are owned by franchisees, according to Bloomberg. The Altamont-Fortress investment group bought $100 million in Alamo’s debt before Wednesday’s bankruptcy filing, Bloomberg reported. But “difficult decisions” about the company’s leases are coming during the bankruptcy, he saidGarcia said that is true across the industry.
Mild Thursday; cooler Friday
       
Mild weather will continue Thursday with a mix of clouds and sunshine and high temperatures in the low 70s. It will bring a chance of spotty showers and a drop in temperatures. Highs will be in the mid 60s with a gusty north wind. The weekend will be quiet with plenty of sunshine and highs in the 60s. Another chance of showers and thunderstorms will arrive by Wednesday of next week.
Kohl's just launched a massive spring refresh sale and the savings are incredible
       
Whether that means snagging some spring-ready apparel for your closet or giving your space a good old-fashioned makeover, Kohl’s has got you covered with its Great Refresh Sale. Through Sunday, March 7, you can shop this massive savings event to nab major markdowns on kitchen appliances, vacuums, bathroom accessories and so much more. Further sweetening the deal, orders of $75 or more will ship free, saving you an additional $8.95. Its antigravity positioning provides for incredible comfort, while Kohl's buyers also noting that these chairs are well-made, too. Ahead, scroll through to discover even more amazing discounts at this Kohl’s sale.
Chef Alon Shaya helped a Holocaust survivor recreate recipes from his prewar youth
       
While Fenves has an affinity for languages — even as a child he was trilingual — translating the “rescued recipes” was beyond entering them in Google translate. The recipes are handwritten, so he had to decipher 100-year-old script that may have regional differences of language. Some survivors’ recipes may be written in a combination of languages, such as Yiddish and Polish. And it’s an emotional process for survivors remembering their losses. (The museum is accepting donations to fund the translation and rescue of more recipes so that prewar food traditions can continue.)
2 arrested after fleeing police, crashing on I-80/94 near Calumet Avenue
       
As the pursuit continued, the driver of the vehicle turned off all the lights in the car “in what the officer believed was a further attempt to flee,” according to the release. While traveling without lights, the vehicle crashed into the trailer of a westbound semitractor-trailer, according to the release.
Fish recipes to satisfy pescatarians and meat-eaters alike
       
Crowd-sourced review site Yelp has released its eighth-annual ranking of the Top 100 Places to Eat, spotlighting the best spots to grab a bite across the country. Almost all of the businesses on the list cost less than $30 per person, and many of the entries are new to the list, including the No. 1 restaurant in the country.
The Johnson and Johnson vaccine has arrived on Long Island
       
A Babylon woman was one of the first to get the one-dose Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, on Wednesday. She said she’s “very thankful.” Newsday's Cecilia Dowd has more on this story. Credit: Howard Schnapp
Filippo Galluppi, founder of Venus Scientific, dies at 91
       
Filippo Galluppi, author, engineer, baron and founder of Venus Scientific Inc., has died at his Blue Point home. Filippo Galluppi, whose full name was Filippo Bernardino Enrico Maria Galluppi di Cirella, inherited the title of baron from his father, Bernardino Galluppi, a native of Rome. In 1962, he founded Venus Scientific Inc. in Pelham to manufacture high voltage power supplies for night vision devices and other applications. Venus Scientific's high-voltage products powered products in the industrial, military and life science arenas. In the 1980s, Venus Scientific was bought by Ferranti International.
Former Oregon Deputy of the Year remains on paid leave more than a year in sex abuse probe
       
A decorated Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office sergeant remains on paid leave more than a year after Redmond Police began investigating him in an alleged sexual assault. The sheriff’s office has so far paid a third-party investigator $44,397 for that investigation, a spokesman said Monday. In early 2020, a woman in a romantic relationship with DeMars told Redmond Police his behavior was becoming increasingly frightening to her. Days later, the office would announce that DeMars and another sheriff’s office sergeant, Kevin Dizney, had been placed on paid leave. Lamb, who now goes by her married name, remains employed with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.
The Johnson & Johnson vaccine has arrived in Connecticut. Here is what that means for the state’s COVID-19 response
       
Ned Lamont said Tuesday that Connecticut would receive about 39,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine this week, to go along with about 100,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines. Though the state is not likely to get that many Johnson & Johnson doses on a weekly basis, more will arrive over the next weeks and months as production ramps up.
BlueLinx: Q4 Earnings Snapshot
       
MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) _ BlueLinx Holdings Inc. (BXC) on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $19.9 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. On a per-share basis, the Marietta, Georgia-based company said it had net income of $2.04. The building products distributor posted revenue of $865.4 million in the period. For the year, the company reported net income of $80.9 million, or $8.55 per share, swinging to a profit in the period. Revenue was reported as $3.1 billion.
California city believed 1st in US to ban new gas stations
       
California city believed 1st in US to ban new gas stationsPETALUMA, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California city has become what's believed to be the first in the country to ban all new gas stations in an effort to curb carbon emissions. The Petaluma City Council voted unanimously Monday to prohibit the creation, expansion, reconstruction and relocation of gas stations, encouraging owners to transition to stations that serve electric and hydrogen-powered vehicles, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. The city of 58,000 people 40 miles (64 kilometers) north of San Francisco hopes to become carbon neutral by 2030. “We need to do our part to help mitigate and adapt to our changing weather patterns that exist because of all the carbon we put in the atmosphere,” Councilwoman D’Lynda Fischer, who spearheaded the initiative, said Tuesday.
Gov. Kevin Stitt praises Texas governor for lifting mask mandate, business restrictions
       
Kevin Stitt on Wednesday praised Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for lifting the state’s mask mandate, despite health officials urging states to continue COVID-19 mitigation effortsIn an opinion column in conservative news outlet The Daily Caller, Stitt said “statewide mask mandates have done little to flatten the curve,” even though a study from Oklahoma’s state epidemiologist showed COVID-19 transmission decreased in localities with mask mandates. “Despite constant criticism from the media and the left, I never once entertained a mask mandate here in Oklahoma. And they have,” Stitt wrote in the piece titled, “I Agree With Gov. Abbott — That’s Why Oklahoma Reopened Last Summer.”Stitt has repeatedly resisted calls to impose a statewide mask mandate.
Ski Report
       
LEBANON, N.H. (AP) — Latest skiing conditions, as supplied by SnoCountry Mountain Reports. Conditions are subject to change due to weather, skier/rider traffic and other factors. Be aware of changing conditions. 3 NORTHEAST ConnecticutMohawk Mountain — Wed 8:51a machine groomed 12 - 52 base 26 of 26 trails 100% open, 7 of 8 lifts, Mon: 12p-8p;Tue-Thu: 10a-8p;Fri: 10a-10p Sat: 8:30a-10p; Sun: 8:30a-4p. Mt Southington — Wed 8:52p machine groomed 42 - 46 base 14 of 14 trails 100% open, 5 miles, 50 acres, 7 of 7 lifts, Mon-Thu: 9a-9p; Fri: 9a-10p Sat: 8:30a-10p; Sun: 8:30a-8p.
State regulators restrict group of pesticides beginning July 2022
       
A Monday vote by the state’s Pesticide Board Subcommittee recategorized neonic pesticides as restricted-use products, removing them from retail stores and making them only available to licensed pesticide applicators, starting in July 2022. Martin Dagoberto, policy director of the Northeast Organic Farming Association, said the vote “marks an incremental victory which took us six years to land, and it only happened because of immense, ongoing grassroots action and legislative allies who are willing to hold state regulators accountable.”The subcommittee’s decision marks the first time that any state pesticide regulatory body in the U.S. has restricted the use of neonic pesticides, according to MASSPIRG. “Removing these dangerous pesticides from store shelves is an important step forward toward our ultimate goal of significantly curtailing the use of neonics and protecting our bees and other pollinators,” MASSPIRG legislative director Deirdre Cummings said. “Without bees, we wouldn’t have cranberries, apples, broccoli, coffee beans or even chocolate. We need to protect our bees and our public health as almost all the food we eat has been pollinated by these incredible little insects.”
54,855 more coronavirus vaccine doses given in Massachusetts as teachers can now get vax
       
Nearly 55,000 coronavirus vaccine doses were given in Massachusetts during the most recent day of vax data, as Bay State teachers learned they will be added to the mix. The previous daily vaccinations were 44,340 doses; 33,175 doses; 65,284 doses; 48,640 doses; 56,252 doses; and 47,820 doses. The state also received a shipment of 209,330 doses and pharmacies received 28,890 doses, bringing the total amount of shipped doses to nearly 2.3 million. More than 81% of total doses shipped to the state have been administered. The seven-day average of daily deaths is now 39, down from 77 daily deaths a few weeks ago.
Google ends sale of ads using individual web tracking data
       
Those are snippets of code used by advertisers to record users’ web-browsing histories in order to target personalized ads. Third-party cookies have long been a key tool for marketers to deliver targeted ads, but have also raised privacy concerns. Instead, Google proposes grouping together web users with similar interests and keeping web histories private on user devices. Google can still track users through its own services like Search or Maps. Even though the changes are aimed at tightening up on privacy, Google will still be able to track users of its own services, said James Rosewell, CEO of Marketers for an Open Web.
The Latest: Biden: 'Big mistake' by states to drop mask rule
       
Suga had declared a month-long state of emergency in Jan. 7 for Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama and Chiba, then extended the measure through to March 7. The measure issued for up to 10 other urban prefectures later in January was lifted last week, underscoring the government’s eagerness to allow businesses to return to normal as soon as possible. “Our anti-infection measures are at a very important phase,” Suga told reporters Wednesday. “In order to protect the people’s lives and health, I think we need to extend (the state of emergency) for about two weeks.”His comment comes after Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike and heads of the neighboring prefectures raised concerns that infections have not slowed enough and lifting restrictive measures this weekend could trigger a quick rebound of infections.
Right-wing friendly Parler again sues Amazon
       
Parler has said that Amazon’s primary motivation in pulling the plug on its services was in support of Twitter, a new AWS client. Amazon’s decision to cut ties with Parler temporarily wiped the social network from the web, costing it hundreds of millions of dollars in advertising revenue, the new suit contends. Moreover, Amazon’s claims that Parler was “unwilling or unable” to remove problematic content were false, Parler said in its new suit, and had the effect of defaming the website to the extent that other large cloud-computing providers have been unwilling to work with it. Parler has also argued in its new suit that the problematic content Amazon presented as a rationale for taking it off the web represented only a fraction of all posts and comments on Parler. “There is no merit to these claims,” an AWS spokesperson said in a statement.
Czechs seek help abroad to treat their COVID-19 patients
       
PRAGUE (AP) — With hospitals in some parts of the Czech Republic filled up, the country has turned to Germany and other European countries with a request for help. The Czech Republic, one of the hardest-hit European Union countries, has been facing a surge of new cases attributed to a highly infectious coronavirus variant that is believed to originate in Britain. Interior Minister Jan Hamacek said on Wednesday neighboring Germany has offered dozens of beds in its hospitals to treat Czech COVID-19 patients. Hamacek said that Switzerland was another country ready to help with 20 beds in its hospitals while offering to take care of the transport of the patients. After the day-to-day increase of new confirmed cases reached 16,642 on Tuesday, the fourth highest since the start of the pandemic, a record of more than 8,000 COVID-19 patients needed hospitalization.
Pennsylvania hauled to court over blocking plastic bag bans
       
The lawsuit asks the statewide Commonwealth Court to declare the state's ban unconstitutional. City officials, backed by environmental advocacy organizations, say the state's ban violates the state constitutional environmental rights and procedures used to pass the provision violate transparency protections in the state constitution. Meanwhile, their cities and towns are suffering the health, environmental, aesthetic and financial implications of plastic bag litter and pollution, they say. More broadly, environmental advocates have pushed for bans to relieve pressure on landfills, limit the pollution of oceans, waterways and forests and prevent harm to wildlife. David Masur, executive director of PennEnvironment, accused the Legislature of using a “secretive, illegal, backroom process to ramrod through a controversial policy” that strips power from local governments.
‘Dinosaur Train’ host to be keynote speaker at education conference
       
ADVERTISEMENTSkip................................................................Not to forget, his role as host of the PBS Kids series, “Dinosaur Train.” It airs at 1 p.m. Monday-Friday on New Mexico PBS and then at 10:30 a.m. Saturday-Sunday on PBS Kids. Sampson is also the keynote speaker at this year’s New Mexico Association for the Education of Young Children virtual conference on Friday, March 5 and Saturday, March 6. It gets beat out of them in the education system. We’re part of this amazing natural system. If we keep removing parts of that system, then parts of it will collapse.”ONLINETo register for the New Mexico Association for the Education of Young Children (NMAEYC) conference, visit https://na.eventscloud.com/website/18809/home/
Ducey issues order for Arizona schools to reopen this month
       
Doug Ducey issued an executive order Wednesday for students and teachers to return to school later this month. Schools must return to in-person learning by March 15 or after their spring break. The only exceptions will be middle and high schools in counties where COVID-19 transmission rates are considered high. A majority of schools in the state are already offering in-person learning, Ducey said. He credits the move to reopen most other schools to prioritizing teachers for COVID-19 vaccines.
Arizona Republicans target Democrat in defamation lawsuit
       
.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ..........PHOENIX — Two Republican politicians in Arizona have sued Democratic state Rep. Charlene Fernandez, alleging defamation after she signed a letter with other lawmakers urging the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate their possible connections to the riot at the U.S. Capitol. Rep. Mark Finchem and former Rep. Anthony Kern have said they were outside the Capitol on Jan. 6, when rioters disrupted the certification of the presidential election. It is unclear if Finchem and Kern are expected to file lawsuits against other lawmakers. Lawyers for Finchem and Kern did not respond to requests for comment. Robbie Sherwood, a spokesperson for House Democrats, said Fernandez had not yet been served with a lawsuit.
SUV in crash where 13 died came through hole in border fence
       
HOLTVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Thirteen people killed in one of the deadliest crashes involving migrants sneaking into the U.S. had entered California through a hole cut into the border fence with Mexico in what was believed to be a larger smuggling operation, officials said Wednesday. Surveillance video showed a Ford Expedition and Chevrolet Suburban drive through the opening early Tuesday, said Gregory Bovino, the Border Patrol's El Centro sector chief. The Suburban carried 19 people, and it caught fire for unknown reasons on a nearby interstate after entering the U.S. All escaped the vehicle and were taken into custody by Border Patrol agents. Ten of the 13 killed in that crash have been identified as Mexican citizens. The Border Patrol said its agents were not pursuing the vehicle before the wreck.
Share your story: How has the coronavirus pandemic changed your life?
       
March marks a year since COVID-19 officially arrived in Virginia — with all the changes, challenges and loss that came with it. In the coming days and weeks, the Richmond Times-Dispatch will reflect back on the past year in a series of stories on how the pandemic has shaped us. • What was the last normal thing you did before the pandemic? • When did you realize that things were going to drastically change? • How has your life changed?
Disney shuttering at least 20% of Disney Stores as it shifts focus to e-commerce
       
Disney said Wednesday that it will close 20% of its brick-and-mortar Disney Store locations before the end of the year as part of a bigger focus on its e-commerce business. There are about 300 Disney Stores worldwide. The pandemic has accelerated the shift away from physical stores to digital shopping by about five years, according to data from IBM's U.S. Retail Index. Industry-wide e-commerce sales jumped 32.4% to $791.7 billion in 2020, and that figure is only expected to grow. Disney's plan is to start by shuttering one-fifth of its Disney Store footprint and then evaluate where other closures may need to take place.
China makes COVID-19 anal swabs mandatory for foreigners
       
China has made anal COVID-19 swabs mandatory for all foreign travelers arriving in the country, a report said Wednesday. Li Tongzeng, a respiratory disease medic, said that the anal swabs are better because virus traces stay longer in fecal samples than they do in the nose or throat, state media reported. The move comes after Japan asked China to stop performing the exams on their citizens when they enter the country because the swabs cause mental anguish. “Some Japanese reported to our embassy in China that they received anal swab tests, which caused a great psychological pain,” Katsunobu Kato, Japan’s chief cabinet secretary, told a news conference. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin, however, defended the screenings as “science-based”The tests are “in accordance with the changes in the epidemic situation as well as relevant laws and regulations,” he said.
Kentucky reports 1,080 new COVID-19 cases, 19 more deaths on Tuesday
       
The Courier JournalKentucky reported 1,080 new cases of the coronavirus and an additional 19 related deaths on Tuesday. The new figures bring Kentucky's totals up to 406,201 positive cases and 4,671 deaths since the start of the pandemic. Indiana on Tuesday reported 582 new COVID-19 cases and 31 more deaths, bringing the state's totals since the start of the pandemic to 662,750 cases and 12,192 deaths. Kentucky coronavirus updates:Get the latest information hereIndiana coronavirus tracker:Get the latest numbers hereWhere are the coronavirus cases in Kentucky? SEARCH:Coronavirus cases, deaths and rates for every county in the U.S.
'This is life-changing': Parts of Eastern Kentucky reeling after high water
       
Family photos, caked with mud, on a warped living room floor. This is the reality facing many in Eastern Kentucky, whose homes were ravaged by historic floods this week. In the halls of the school, tables were piled high with donated clothing and blankets, toiletries, hand sanitizer, shoes and food. Several kitchen chairs and a bench lay, overturned, on the muddy kitchen floor. Her mom's knickknacks are safe on the living room shelf.
California’s snowpack signals another dry year, prompting calls to save water
       
California will face another critically dry year, and residents will need to adapt quickly to cope with water shortages and a warmer, drier climate that has helped fuel destructive wildfires. Officials with the state’s department of water resources announced on Tuesday they had found that the water content of the overall snowpack for 2 March amounted to 61% of the average. “It’s more critical than ever that Californians adopt sustainability, embrace new approaches and emerging technologies and work together to save water for a secure future,” he added. The Sierra snowpack, which starts building up in the fall, usually supplies about a third of California’s water each year. “Water efficiency and drought preparedness are more important than ever for communities, agriculture and the environment.”Lake Shasta, the state’s largest surface water reservoir, was at 50% of capacity, De Guzman said.
Man armed with axe injures eight in possible terrorist attack in Sweden
       
A man in his 20s is in custody after being shot in the leg by police following the attack in VetlandaMan armed with axe injures eight in possible terrorist attack in SwedenA man armed with an axe has attacked and injured eight people in a southern Sweden town in what authorities called a suspected terrorist crime. The prime minister, Stefan Löfven, said a possible terrorist motive was being investigated. “In the light of what has emerged so far in the police investigation, prosecutors have initiated a preliminary investigation into terrorist crimes,” he said. The events took place in downtown Vetlanda, with police saying they received calls just after 2pm GMT about a man assaulting people with an axe. Lofven condemned “this terrible act”, and added that Sweden’s domestic security agency, Sapo, was also working on the case.
Russian poisons can be smuggled so easily MI5 cannot guarantee safety of former KGB spies in UK, serving officer says
       
Russian poisons can be smuggled so easily MI5 cannot guarantee the safety of former KGB spies in the UK, a serving officer has said. Speaking ahead of the third anniversary of the novichok attack in Salisbury on March 4, MI5 says it has bolstered protection for people in the UK deemed at risk from Russia. MI5 is doing “everything we can” to prevent another Salisbury-style poisoning, Tom said, but there are no “absolute guarantees”. “Those individuals are each unique and the threats that they face are unique, [our approach is] tailored to each individual. “It’s done in lockstep with the police in each region of the country to make sure that there are no gaps between our understanding of the threat and the police response.”
San Francisco to reopen indoor dining, gyms and museums as Covid cases fall
       
Starting on Wednesday, restaurants can start serving limited indoor dining and movie theaters, gyms and museums can reopen at restricted capacity. “This is the beginning of a great time in San Francisco, you save money not buying those plane tickets to go other places. “I am so proud of San Francisco. Breed also announced on social media that another iconic San Francisco landmark will return sometime this year: the clanging of cable cars. “Cable cars are a part of the fabric of San Francisco.
UK's Covid death toll fuelled by its obesity epidemic, say experts
       
Japan and Singapore were also singled out for their low levels of obesity and deaths from Covid. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general of the World Health Organisation, said: "This report must act as a wake-up call to governments globally. "Look at countries like Japan and South Korea where they have very low levels of Covid-19 deaths as well as very low levels of adult obesity. They have prioritised public health across a range of measures, including population weight, and it has paid off in the pandemic. Again and again, public health experts shouted from the rooftops about the risks of obese populations.
Playing golf could be better for Parkinson's sufferers than Tai Chi, study suggests
       
Playing golf may be better for Parkinson's sufferers than Tai Chi for improving balance and mobility, a study suggests. Though the Chinese martial art is not officially recommended by the NHS as a treatment for the disease, day centres and surgeries advertise Tai Chi classes for Parkinson’s patients. Richard Selby, a Tai Chi instructor at the Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust’s Parkinson’s Day Unit said the sessions give patients a "sense of wellbeing which helps them manage their condition better”. And previous research reported in the New England Journal of Medicine found twice-weekly Tai Chi training led to improved postural stability, walking ability, and fewer falls for patients. The study involved 20 people with moderate Parkinson's disease split into two groups; eight were randomly assigned to practice golf, while 12 did Tai Chi.
Who is who in Prince Harry’s life?
       
From the Queen and Princess Diana to Meghan Markle and Archie Harrison, these are the key figures in Prince Harry’s life. Read our privacy notice INDY/ LIFE Newsletter Be inspired with the latest lifestyle trends every week Thanks for signing up to the INDY/LIFE newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Prince PhilipPrior to his move to the US, Prince Harry reportedly had a close relationship with his grandfather Prince Philip. Princess Diana gave birth to Prince Harry in 1984 (Getty Images)The Princess of Wales, who married Prince Harry’s father Prince Charles in July 1981, gave birth to her second son in 1984, two years after the birth of Harry’s older brother Prince William. Prince WilliamFor years, rumours have circulated around the reportedly tense relationship that Prince Harry has with his older brother Prince William.
Meghan ignored advice and wore Prince Salman earrings three weeks after Jamal Khashoggi murder
       
The Duchess of Sussex wore earrings given to her by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia three weeks after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, against advice from palace aides, The Telegraph understands. The Duchess, 39, had been given the Butani earrings as an official wedding present from the Saudi Royal Family. The dinner took place three weeks after Mr Khashoggi was killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. However, a royal source claimed that palace staff had advised the Duchess not to wear the jewellery. Staff in London were concerned when they saw the Duchess’s earrings in the media and alerted Kensington Palace, according to The Times.
Man learns wife was cheating on him after she tried to protect her lover after a car crash in Mexico
       
A man learned his wife was having an affair after she attempted to cover for her boyfriend following a car accident in Mexico. The husband uncovered Edna’s cheating ways when her lover’s vehicle overturned after it was cut off by another car on a highway in Saltillo, Coahuila, on Sunday morning. A woman identified as Edna is tended to moments after she and her boyfriend where involved in an accident on a highway in Coahuila, Mexico, on Sunday. However, her husband answered the call and showed up at the scene of the crash. Despite lying to the police, Edna eventually was allowed to go home with her husband and family members while Raúl was placed under arrest.
Buckingham Palace to investigate claims Meghan bullied staff
       
Palace staff have for some time itched to get their side of the story out; some feel that they went out of their way to help Meghan after the wedding only to be treated rudely or later dismissed as uncaring or worse.
Netflix boss: Film fans want joint release dates for cinema and streaming
       
"We've been supporting [simultaneous] release for a long time, [and] maybe shorter theatrical windows. So I would say we're enthusiastic to see a shift in enabling more and more of that", said Peters, who is Netflix's Chief Operating Officer.
Sweden attack: Terrorism suspected after mass stabbing in Vetlanda
       
Sweden attack: Terrorism suspected after mass stabbing in Vetlanda Published 51 minutes agoimage copyright Reuters image caption Police with dogs patrolled the scene in VetlandaA man has injured eight people, three seriously, in a stabbing attack in a south Swedish town which police are treating as suspected terrorism. The assailant, who is in his twenties, struck in five different locations in the centre of Vetlanda around 15:00 (14:00 GMT), police say. Prime Minister Stefan Löfven said the "horrific violence" was a reminder of "how frail our safe existence is". One eyewitness, florist Asa Karlqvist, told local newspaper Vetlanda-Posten: "We heard a scream from the street. Local resident Olivia Strandberg told broadcaster SVT she had seen from her window the suspect being taken away.
Sweden stabbing: Eight people injured after suspected terrorist attack, say police
       
Police in Sweden say they are treating a stabbing incident in Vetlanda as a "suspected terrorist crime". “In the light of what has emerged so far in the police investigation, prosecutors have initiated a preliminary investigation into terrorist crimes,” he said. Eight people are confirmed to have been injured in the incident, which took place around 190 kilometres from Gothenburg, Sweden's second-largest city. Initially, police began investigating the incident as attempted murder but confirmed they are now classifying the attack as a "suspected terrorist crime". "There is currently no indication of more perpetrators being suspected in this incident".
Cuomo: 'I truly and deeply apologise' for making people feel uncomfortable
       
Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video playerAndrew Cuomo says that his actions were unintentional.
Volunteers in Chinese biosphere generated enough food, water, and oxygen to last a record 200 days
       
Chinese students generated enough oxygen, water and food in a self-contained habitat to last a full year without help from the outside world. Oxygen came from plants and vegetables grown under LED lights, and almost everything else they needed for survival came from recycling. The goal of the Lunar Palace program is to help China develop a self-sustained outpost on the moon, a goal leaders say will begin this decade. Scroll down for videoThe student volunteers who lived in China's Yuegong-1, or Lunar Palace 1, generated all their own food, water and oxygen for a total of 370 days, according to a new report. Oxygen came from plants grown under LED lights in a pair of modules.
Scientists will test whether gout drug helps infected adults beat Covid symptoms
       
Researchers will test whether a gout drug can help coronavirus-infected adults fight off the illness at home. The anti-inflammatory drug — which costs just 30p per pill — has been doled out to gout patients for decades. Canadian experts found the drug showed promise in reducing hospital admissions in Covid patients. It will be added to the Oxford-run PRINCIPLE drug trial, which has recruited 4,400 volunteers to test different medications on Covid patients who have been infected recently. Professor Chris Butler, one of the Oxford scientists behind the trial, said investigating treatments for Covid are vital.
Golf is better than tai chi for improving balance and mobility in people with Parkinson's disease
       
Playing a round of golf is better for improving and maintaining balance and mobility in Parkinson's sufferers than doing tai chi, a new study revealed. 'We decided to compare golf to tai chi in our study because Tai Chi is the gold standard for balance and preventing falls in people with Parkinson's.' For the study eight people decided to practice their golf swing at a driving range and 12 did tai chi - the 'gold standard' for helping Parkinson's patience with balance. The golfers were 0.96 seconds faster on the test at the end of the study, while those who did tai chi were 0.33 seconds slower. 'So if swinging a golf club is more appealing than practicing Tai Chi, by all means, go to a driving range and hit balls for an hour instead.'
Covid-19: One dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines may give survivors just as much protection
       
One coronavirus vaccine dose may protect COVID-19 survivors as much as two doses given to people who have never had the infection, a new study suggests. Researchers from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill compared antibody levels among two groups of patients given either the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine or the Moderna vaccine. Results showed that people previously infected with COVID-19 developed an almost two-fold higher antibody response to their first vaccine dose compared to those not previously infected. What's more, the antibody response post one vaccine dose in seropositive patients was nearly the same as post two vaccine doses in people who had not had COVID-19 before. The team hypothesizes that a prior infection with COVID-19 primes the immune response for the first dose of the vaccine.
Texas lawmaker unveils plans for '1836 Project' to commemorate state's independence from Mexico
       
A Texas lawmaker has unveiled plans for a committee that would promote 'patriotic education' across the state's schools, parks and museums. Rep. Tan Parker is pressing for the 1836 Project - named after the year Texas achieved independence from Mexico - according to legislation filed Monday. The committee will focus on remembering the Texas War for Independence, the annexation of Texas by the US and Juneteenth. 'Many of our children are taught to denounce Texas history and do not understand what it means to be a virtuous citizen.' They will focus on the Texas War for Independence, the annexation of Texas by the US and Juneteenth, he saidSouth Dakota Gov.
South Korean transgender soldier found dead: report
       
International rights groups have expressed concern about the way South Korea treats LGBT soldiersAdvertising Read moreSeoul (AFP)A transgender South Korean soldier who was forcibly discharged from the army after she underwent gender confirmation surgery has been found dead, Yonhap reported Wednesday. Byun, formerly a staff sergeant in her 20s, enlisted voluntarily in 2017, and went on to have gender confirmation surgery in 2019 in Thailand. But South Korea remains deeply conservative about matters of sexual and gender identity and is less tolerant of LGBT rights than some other parts of Asia, with many gay and transgender Koreans living largely under the radar. "I'm a soldier of the Republic of Korea," she said, her voice breaking. South Korea has a conscript army to defend itself against the nuclear-armed North, with all able-bodied male citizens obliged to serve for nearly two years.
Find of the (15th) century: Porcelain bowl bought at US yard sale dates from China’s Ming dynasty
       
This photo from Sotheby’s obtained on March 3, 2021 shows a Chinese 15th-century bowl that was sold by chance for $35 at a US yard sale. A small bowl bought for $35 in a yard sale in the US turned out to be a rare 15th century Chinese artifact possibly worth $500,000. Experts said it was painted for the court of Emperor Yongle, the third emperor of the Ming dynasty, who ruled from 1402 to 1424. It is a very exclusive group," Angela McAteer, head of Chinese artworks at Sotheby's in New York, told AFP. But McAteer says experts are unlikely to ever know exactly how the bowl made its way from China to the junk sale.
In Jalisco, panic buttons protect over 500 women from domestic violence
       
Panic buttons issued in Zapopan, Jalisco, to more than 500 women considered at medium and high risk of becoming victims of femicide are saving lives, according to one woman who owes her life to the electronic devices. Authorities in Zapopan, a municipality that is part of the metropolitan area of Guadalajara, have distributed 552 “pulse of life” panic buttons to women who have been victims of physical violence perpetrated by their former partners. One of the participants in the program is Lorena (not her real name), a 26-year-old woman with an abusive, estranged husband. … “I’m a survivor thanks to the pulse of life.”The panic buttons come on a necklace-like chain and are equipped with technology that allows communication with the Zapopan C5 center and transmits the wearer’s location. A digital map in the command center shows the location in real time of all 552 women who have been issued with panic buttons since the 4-million-peso (US $191,000) security program began in 2019.
Built Ford Fluff: Some 2021 F-150 trucks already showing rust, say owners
       
According to a few reports out of America, owners of new 2021 Ford F-150 pickup trucks are finding surface rust on parts and pieces underneath their expensive new rides. First reported by the Detroit Free Press and since corroborated by several other outlets, owners holding the keys to a 2021 F-150 have found alarming amounts of surface rust cropping up on key components up in under their trucks. Adam Daily, from Texas, told the Freep “I’ve been getting ghosted,” referencing his efforts to have Ford find a resolution. In fairness to Ford, this rust appears to be simple surface rust, the kind with which any Canadian gearhead has had to deal while working on their vehicle, no matter its age. Few vehicles are more important to their respective manufacturer than the F-150 pickup truck is to Ford.
Beijing public health workers the least willing in China to get Covid-19 vaccine, survey finds
       
Researchers who carried out the survey concluded that the higher the education level of staff, the less willing they were to get vaccinated. Photo: Xinhua
US lawmakers reintroduce bill to bar some Chinese firms from capital markets
       
A group of Republican lawmakers have introduced legislation to cut some Chinese companies off from US capital markets. Photo: Reuters
China’s ambitions threatened by US equipment ban
       
China is making an all-out effort to achieve independence in semiconductors, but the learning curve is steep and US sanctions are hurting. US restrictions on the sale of high-end computer chips as well as semiconductor manufacturing equipment threaten China’s high-tech ambitions, including its $200 billion rollout of a national 5G broadband network, according to industry experts. China is an aggressive buyer of semiconductor manufacturing equipment as part of a national effort to reduce its $300 billion a year in semiconductor imports, but it can’t get the most advanced machines. Seasoned industry observers warn that a full-scale tech war may be shaping up between the US and China. If the US tries to choke off China’s semiconductor industry, semiconductor industry officials warn, China will retaliate – by cutting off exports of rare-earth minerals to the United States or impeding the Chinese operations of top American companies such as Apple.
U.S. House scraps Thursday session on warnings of Capitol attack plot: Washington Post
       
FILE PHOTO: The U.S. Capitol Building as seen ahead of a vote on the coronavirus (COVID-19) relief bill on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., March 25, 2020. REUTERS/Tom BrennerWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives canceled a session scheduled for Thursday following law enforcement warnings of intelligence pointing to a possible plot by a militia group to breach the U.S. Capitol, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday.
An asteroid the size of the Golden Gate Bridge is zooming by Earth on the first full day of spring
       
An asteroid similar in size to the Golden Gate Bridge will whip past Earth later this month — the largest and fastest asteroid to pass close to our planet this year. The asteroid is set to come within 1.25 million miles of Earth at 11:02 a.m. That's close enough for NASA to classify it as "potentially hazardous" in its database of near-Earth asteroids. Asteroids are designated as "potentially hazardous" when they come within about 4.65 million miles of Earth, and are larger than 500 feet in diameter. Telescopes in New Mexico that are part of the Lincoln Near-Earth Asteroid Research program detected the asteroid on March 23, 2001.
'Everything will be OK': slain Myanmar teen's T-shirt slogan spurs defiance
       
(Reuters) - “Everything will be OK,” read 19-year-old Angel’s T-shirt as the dancer and taekwondo champion joined anti-coup protesters in Myanmar on Wednesday. Protesters lie on the ground after police opened fire to disperse an anti-coup protest in Mandalay, Myanmar, March 3, 2021. Among them, Angel, 19, bottom-left, also known as Kyal Sin, took cover before she was shot in the head. Before the police assault, Angel can be heard on video shouting, “We won’t run” and “blood must not be shed”. Pictures taken before she was killed show Angel lying down for cover beside a protest banner, with her head slightly raised.
Elon Musk wants to transform SpaceX base into a city
       
SpaceX’s founder and CEO, Elon Musk, plans to transform the Texas aeronautical agency base into a city, having already addressed Cameron County on this hypothesis. This ‘city’ of SpaceX would be called Starbase and could be larger in size than the neighbor Boca Chica. At the moment it seems that no decision has yet been taken but, as Business Insider points out, local authorities have already indicated that Musk would have to submit a formal request. SpaceX has been developing and testing its rockets in this same location since 2014, so the area is already understood as the ‘home’ of Elon Musk’s company.
Disney to close 60 North American retail stores, focus on e-commerce
       
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Walt Disney Co will close at least 60 Disney retail stores in North America this year as the company revamps its digital shopping platforms to focus on e-commerce, the company said on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: Customers look at "Beauty and the Beast" merchandise in a Disney Store in New York City, U.S., May 9, 2017. The company currently operates roughly 300 Disney stores around the globe. Consumers have been moving to digital shopping over physical locations, and chains including Walmart Inc and Macy’s Inc have shuttered physical stores. Digital shopping gives Disney a chance to offer a much broader selection and include higher-end products from all of its Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars brands.
Man injures 8 with axe in Sweden before being shot, arrested
       
Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said a possible ‘terrorist’ motive was being investigated. A man armed with an axe attacked and wounded eight people in a southern town in Sweden on Wednesday before being shot and arrested. Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said a possible “terrorist” motive was being investigated. Police said the man in his 20s attacked people in the small town of Vetlanda, 190km (118 miles) southeast of Gothenburg, Sweden’s second-largest city. The man was shot by police, who said the condition of those attacked and of the perpetrator was not immediately known.
Man injures 8 with ax in Sweden before being shot, arrested
       
STOCKHOLM (AP) — A man armed with an ax attacked and injured eight people in a southern Swedish town before being shot and arrested, police said. “In the light of what has emerged so far in the police investigation, prosecutors have initiated a preliminary investigation into terrorist crimes,” he said but didn’t elaborate. Police said the man in his 20s attacked people in the small town of Vetlanda, about 190 kilometers (118 miles) southeast of Goteborg, Sweden’s second largest city. The man was shot by police, who said the condition of those attacked and of the perpetrator was not immediately known. The events took place in downtown Vetlanda with police saying they got calls just after 1400 GMT about a man assaulting people with an ax.
Georgia district investigating teacher who said Breonna Taylor deserved to get shot
       
A Georgia school district says it is investigating a teacher after a video surfaced in which she told a class that Breonna Taylor's death by police gunfire was her own fault. "I’m sorry she was killed, but you know, when you hang out with people with guns who shoot at cops, you’re likely to get caught in the crossfire." "Yeah, ok, like I said, I‘m sorry she’s dead," McCoy responded, before a student asked to change the subject. Giles released a letter to the "Pebblebrook Family" on Saturday but referred NBC News' requests for comment to Cobb County School District. A district spokesperson said, “The District is aware of the allegations, is investigating, and will follow any relevant District policy.
Thousands at Oakland Coliseum received wrong vaccine dosage, medical staff say
       
articleThousands of people who visited the mass vaccination site at the Oakland Coliseum received the wrong vaccine dosages this week, raising questions about the effectiveness of the medication, according to two medical workers who contacted KTVU. The problem at the Coliseum site stems from the orange-capped syringes that were used -- and the amount of Pfizer vaccine that they can deliver. That means that people who received shots before the problem was discovered on Monday received a smaller dosage amount of 0.2 mL. A similar syringe issue was reported across the country in January when "Operation Warp Speed" vaccination kits contained syringes that kept portions of the vaccine trapped inside. This is a 0.3 ml syringe that is supposed to be used to administer the Pfizer vaccine.
Covid deaths high in countries with more overweight people, says report
       
About 2.2 million of the 2.5 million deaths from Covid were in countries with high levels of overweight people, says the report from the World Obesity Federation. The issue is not just obesity, but levels of weight that many assume are now normal in many countries. Among countries where more than half the adult population is overweight, Belgium has the highest level of deaths, followed by Slovenia and the UK. “There are rich countries with low levels of overweight, like Japan and South Korea, and they have very low Covid death rates. Equally, there are lower-income countries like South Africa and Brazil, where overweight is now affecting more than half the population, where we see high Covid-19 death rates,” he said.
SpaceX aborts Mars prototype rocket test launch with 0.1 seconds on the clock
       
Austin, Texas (CNN Business) Another SpaceX rocket prototype was fueled and ready for a test flight Wednesday, but in the final moments before liftoff, the vehicle's engines sputtered off and the company announced it had aborted the flight. The company will recycle the rocket's fuel and attempt liftoff again around 4 pm CT, according to SpaceX engineer John Insprucker on the company's webcast of the attempted launch. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said in a tweet that the abort was triggered by pre-set standards around the rocket's thrust, which Musk described as "slightly conservative. He added that the company would increase the rocket's thrust limit, giving the rocket more wiggle room for getting a go-ahead for liftoff, and attempt to launch again later Wednesday. SpaceX has attempted such a test flight twice before, with both ended in a crash landing.
Fish Farming Is Feeding the Globe. What’s the Cost for Locals?
       
The fish were hauled off to nearby open-air markets in rusty metal wheelbarrows or in baskets balanced on heads. Born and raised in Gunjur, Manjang was living in Saudi Arabia, where he worked as a microbiologist. Golden Lead and the other factories were rapidly built to meet exploding global demand for fish meal—a lucrative dark-yellow powder made by cooking and pulverizing fish. Exported to the United States, Europe, and Asia, fish meal is used as a protein-rich supplement in the booming industry of fish farming, or aquaculture. One Gambian plant alone takes in more than seven thousand five hundred tons of fish a year, mostly of a local type of shad known as bonga—a silvery fish about ten inches long.
Israel suspects Iran connection to Mediterranean oil spill
       
A dog smells pieces of tar from an oil spill in the Mediterranean Sea, on a beach in the Gdor Nature Reserve near Michmoret, Israel, Monday, March 1, 2021. The cleanup from the disastrous oil spill that has blackened most of the country's shoreline is expected to take months. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)A dog smells pieces of tar from an oil spill in the Mediterranean Sea, on a beach in the Gdor Nature Reserve near Michmoret, Israel, Monday, March 1, 2021. The cleanup from the disastrous oil spill that has blackened most of the country's shoreline is expected to take months. Over 90% of Israel’s 195 kilometer (120-mile) Mediterranean coastline was covered in more than 1,000 tons of black tar, the result of the mysterious oil spill in international waters.
“The Apology Line”: Confessions, Lies, and Audiotape
       
The podcast series “The Apology Line,” from Wondery, centers on the story of Bridge’s experiment, drawing on the fascinating mother lode of audio that it yielded. Several callers to the Apology line claimed to have murdered people. That hurt.”The most interesting ideas that “The Apology Line” evokes aren’t about serial killers. Was Apology art? Is “The Apology Line” art?
Is the Vatican Finally Ready to Get Serious About Women in the Church?
       
In the early nineteen-sixties, the order was thriving, as women educated by the I.H.M.s, as the sisters were known, became I.H.M.s themselves. In 1970, there were a hundred and sixty thousand consecrated Catholic women in the U.S. Today, there are forty thousand, and their average age is almost eighty. While Pope Francis and his subordinates in the Curia tussle over the fine points of Vatican reform, a cohort of American Catholic nuns is dying. They are laughably out of step with the accomplished roles of Catholic women in secular American society—two Supreme Court Justices, a House Majority Leader, and an Inaugural poet among them. One area of the Vatican where women are prominently represented is in the diplomatic corps, and Joe Biden, the second Catholic President, ought to appoint a woman as U.S.
The Jazz Pianist Using a Computer Program to Play with Other Musicians in Quarantine
       
Last April, in the midst of the pandemic’s first wave, the jazz pianist Dan Tepfer was on a call with his friend Ben Wendel, a jazz saxophonist. He asked Tepfer, a self-taught coder, whether any technology existed that would let him play in real time with someone so far away. The next day, he texted the bassist Jorge Roeder, a friend and frequent collaborator, who lives less than two miles away. Ten days later, Tepfer worked out a way to synch JackTrip audio with video streaming. When he live-streamed duets with the bassist Christian McBride, who lives thirty miles away, in Montclair, New Jersey, the time lag was virtually undetectable.
In the Atlantic Ocean, Subtle Shifts Hint at Dramatic Dangers
       
In the Atlantic Ocean, Subtle Shifts Hint at Dramatic Dangers The warming atmosphere is causing an arm of the powerful Gulf Stream to weaken, some scientists fear. But now, in the North Atlantic, there is the “cold blob.” But now, in the North Atlantic, there is the “cold blob.” The fear: Melting Greenland ice will tip the delicate balance of hot and cold that defines not only the North Atlantic, but life far and wide. But in both scientific modeling of climate change and in the prehistoric record, a North Atlantic cooling presages a shutdown of the current. And according to one study, the subpolar North Atlantic recently became less salty than at any time in the past 120 years. A second sensor array, spanning the North Atlantic from Canada to Greenland to Scotland and called Osnap, went live in 2014.
Germany Places Far-Right AfD Party Under Surveillance for Extremism
       
BERLIN — For the first time in its postwar history, Germany has placed its main opposition party under surveillance, one of the most dramatic steps yet by a Western democracy to protect itself from the onslaught of far-right forces that have upset politics from Europe to the United States. The decision by the domestic intelligence agency will now allow it to tap phones and other communications and monitor the movements of members of the far-right Alternative for Germany party, which not only sits in the Federal Parliament but has become entrenched at all levels of politics in nearly every part of the nation. It is among the most sweeping efforts yet to deal with the rise of far-right and neo-Nazi political movements within Western democracies, which are attempting more vigorously to constrain, ostracize or even legally prosecute those elements to prevent them from chipping away at the foundations of democratic institutions. News of the move came on the same day that France banned Generation Identity, a militant youth movement considered dangerous for its slick rebranding of neo-Nazi concepts, and as lawmakers in the European Parliament in Brussels forced the party of Hungary’s semi-authoritarian leader Viktor Orban out of the mainstream conservative group.
Disney Will Close 30 Percent of Its Stores in North America: Live Updates
       
ET Disney Will Close 30 Percent of Its Stores in North America: Live Updates RIGHT NOW Philanthropic donors gave more than $20 billion in response to the pandemic last year. Disney will close 30 percent of its stores in North America this year. The Walt Disney Company said on Wednesday that it would dramatically downsize its chain of Disney Stores, which have struggled amid the pandemic and a broader consumer shift to online shopping. At least 60 locations in North America — 30 percent of the Disney Store footprint in the region — will close this year. He was among a group of central bank officials who initiated the Fed’s Racism and the Economy conference series.
Covid-19 Live Updates: Biden Calls States’ Moves to Ease Virus Rules ‘Neanderthal Thinking’
       
Katie Rogers andAdvertisement Continue reading the main storyLos Angeles County finds fewer cases among health care workers as more get vaccinated. The state said Tuesday it expected to receive about 164,800 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine this week. Mr. Cuomo said the state would run overnight vaccinations until it exhausted its initial supply of Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The new plan reflects how the addition of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is not only expanding the overall supply of doses, but giving rise to novel ways of reaching people. “We’ll reserve as much as we can for that," Mr. de Blasio said of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
15-Year-Old Competitive Dancer Has Long-Haul COVID: 'Kids Are Not Supposed to Have This Kind of Condition'
       
15-Year-Old Competitive Dancer Has Long-Haul COVID: 'Kids Are Not Supposed to Have This Kind of Condition'A slumber party to celebrate Delaney DePue's 15th birthday last summer marked a new chapter — one defined by illness and uncertainty. "Kids are not supposed to have this kind of condition." However, the treatment offered by these centers could come at a steep price tag to patients, health finance experts warned, especially given that so much about the condition is unknown. So far, Ballweg said, she's seen no published literature on the heart health of children who develop these symptoms after recovering from COVID. If a clinic serves a large enough area, it could attract enough patients to earn substantial dollars for the affiliated pediatric hospital.
Only One Child Has Died from the Flu This Season Compared with Nearly 200 Deaths Last Year
       
Experts say coronavirus precautions like masking and social distancing have led to a very low number of flu casesOnly One Child Has Died from the Flu This Season Compared with Nearly 200 Deaths Last YearWhile the coronavirus continues to plague the United States, the nation has also seen a stark decline in influenza cases. During the 2019-2020 flu season, the CDC reported 195 children died of the flu. However, if people continue to wear their masks and social distance, influenza deaths and infections could stay low next season. Brammer also added that it's not too late for the flu to surge in the current season if coronavirus restrictions are lifted. "We could have a maybe small, but late, flu season.
Dolores Catania on the Plastic Surgery Procedure She Wants Next: 'I'm Considering a Thigh Lift'
       
Catania, who describes herself as "no stranger to plastic surgery," has previously gone under the knife for a breast augmentation, Brazilian butt lift, face lift, liposuction and most recently, a tummy tuck. Catania opened up to PEOPLE last summer about her tummy tuck surgery and recovery, which was something she had been considering for quite some time. And I've thought about a tummy tuck for a while." Catania told PEOPLE last July that she didn't tell Principe until the night before she was having the surgery. I know at the end of the day he wants me to be happy and this is what made me happy."
The Apple Watch Series 6 with GPS and Cellular Is at Its Lowest Price Ever on Amazon
       
The Apple Watch Series 6 with GPS and Cellular Is at Its Lowest Price Ever on AmazonIf you've been considering purchasing an Apple Watch on Amazon, now is the time to do it. The Apple Watch Series 6 with GPS and cellular connectivity is at its lowest price ever, according to price-tracking site CamelCamelCamel, along with major discounts on previous models. Since the Fitbit app is currently down, you might be looking for other fitness tracking options like the Apple Watch Series 6. Shop Apple Watches on SaleThe Apple Watch Series 5 with GPS and cellular is also on sale for 40 percent off. It's available in both silver aluminum with a white sport band and space gray aluminum with a black sport band, each with a 38-millimeter retina display.
Universal Orlando Is 'Evaluating' Seuss Landing Area amid Racism Controversy
       
"But our guests can plan on continuing to be able to enjoy their favorite experiences at Seuss Landing." "These books portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong," Dr. Seuss Enterprises, the company committed to preserving the work of Theodor Seuss Geisel (whose pen name is Dr. Seuss), told the outlet. "Ceasing sales of these books is only part of our commitment and our broader plan to ensure Dr. Seuss Enterprises' catalog represents and supports all communities and families," the company added. The decision to halt publication of the books was made last year after months of deliberation, Dr. Seuss Enterprises said. "The resumption of the Epic Universe project couldn't come at a better time," Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings said in the release.
After Surviving Australia's Bushfires, a Koala Mom and Her Baby Have Returned to the Wild
       
Laksmi and her joey Ra are back in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, Australia, following the country's devastating 2019-2020 bushfire season. To celebrate, San Diego Zoo Global, the San Diego Zoo's international initiative to protect the world's species, is making some changes. San Diego Zoo Global is evolving into the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance. Over its 105-year history, the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance has used teamwork to save animals worldwide, including as recently as last year. One of those experts is Kellie Leigh, Ph.D. — the executive director of Science for Wildlife and a San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance-supported researcher.
Paris Hilton Is ‘Proud’ Reform Bill Passes After Her Emotional Testimony of Utah School’s Abuse
       
McKell was inspired to work with Hilton after she held a rally at Provo Canyon in October. "When I was at Provo Canyon School, I dreamed of making a difference. "It sets a path forward for other states and the country to increase transparency and bring an end to abusive practices in youth residential treatment centers. Many of Hilton's former Provo Canyon School classmates also appeared in her YouTube documentary and shared their stories of alleged abuse. When reached by PEOPLE for comment on the allegations at the time, the school responded: "Originally opened in 1971, Provo Canyon School was sold by its previous ownership in August 2000.
Bowl Bought at Yard Sale for $35 Turns Out to Be Ancient Chinese Artifact That Could Fetch $500K
       
The bowl was picked up by an antiques enthusiast in ConnecticutBowl Bought at Yard Sale for $35 Turns Out to Be Ancient Chinese Artifact That Could Fetch $500KOne man's trash is another man's treasure — and in this case, that treasure could be worth half a million dollars. An "exceptional and rare" porcelain bowl dating back to the 15th century is set to go to auction at Sotheby's after it was picked up at a yard sale in Connecticut, according to the famed auction house. The small bowl, with a floral design and a diameter of just 6½ inches, was scooped up for just $35 at a yard sale in New Haven last year by an antiques enthusiast, the Associated Press reported. It's estimated to be worth between $300,000 and $500,000, and a live auction will begin on March 17 as part of Sotheby's Auction of Important Chinese Art. Sotheby's said the blue and white bowl is in good condition, and is from the Ming dynasty in the Yongle period, which was from 1403-1424.
Deaths of Mo. Dad and His Young Sons, 3 and 4, Ruled a Murder-Suicide
       
Family members say that 40-year-old Darrell Peak had struggled with depression before killing his kids and himselfDeaths of Mo. Dad and His Young Sons, 3 and 4, Ruled a Murder-SuicideAuthorities have ruled the death of a Missouri dad and his two young sons a murder-suicide. On Monday — three days after they were reported missing — police found the bodies of 40-year-old Darrell Peak and his two boys, Mayson, 3, and Kaiden, 4. At the time, he was "armed with the pistol he was known to regularly carry," according to a news release from the Greene County Sheriff's Office. At 10:30 a.m. the next day, family members contacted the Greene County Sheriff's Office to file a missing persons report.
Great Apes at San Diego Zoo Receive Experimental COVID-19 Vaccine Made for Animals
       
Four orangutans and five bonobos have each been given two doses of the vaccineA troop of great apes made history last month as the first known non-human primates to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in the United States. In February, four orangutans and five bonobos at the San Diego Zoo each received two doses of an experimental COVID-19 vaccine designed for animals, Nadine Lamberski, the chief conservation and wildlife health officer at the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance, told National Geographic. The apes were given a vaccine developed by the veterinary pharmaceutical company Zoetis. The decision to acquire the vaccine came one month after a troop of eight gorillas at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park tested positive for COVID-19, becoming the first great apes in the world to contract the virus. A spokesperson for Zoetis told National Geographic that other U.S. zoos are interested in doses of the vaccine for their great apes.
Common Flea Collar Linked to Nearly 1,700 Pet Deaths and 1,000 Human Illnesses: Report
       
Through June 2020, the EPA documents reportedly show there were more than 75,000 reported incidents related to the collars, 1,000 of which involved human harm. Seresto collars include small amounts of pesticides that are released onto the animal, per the report. McCormack also said that the collars have the most incidents of any pesticide pet product she's ever seen. So, if a dog were to be wearing a collar and experience any sort of adverse event, the collar would be mentioned in the report. Since its initial approval in 2012, more than 25 million Seresto collars have protected dogs and cats in the U.S. from fleas and ticks.
1 Worker Dead and Another Critically Injured After Stairwell Collapses Inside Mass. Parking Garage
       
Cambridge Police said the workers were performing "restoration work" when the incident happenedOne person is dead and another has been critically injured after officials say a stairwell inside a Massachusetts parking garage collapsed. The Cambridge Fire Department confirmed the fatal incident in a post on Twitter Wednesday, explaining that it occurred at a parking garage on 1st St in East Cambridge. In a post on their Twitter account, the Cambridge Police Department said the two workers were "conducting restoration work" at the time of the stairwell collapse. At this time, it is also unclear how the stairwell managed to collapse, but officials said they are currently investigating. The men were pronounced dead at the scene, according to WHDH.
All the Details on Disneyland's Limited-Capacity Food Festival (Including What's on the Menu)
       
The "Touch of Disney" events begin on March 18, but you have to snag a ticket first. Now, Disneyland has taken a new approach with "A Touch of Disney," a ticketed, limited-capacity food festival at Disney's California Adventure that will begin on March 18. The $75 gets you entrance to the park along with a $25 dining credit, parking and unlimited digital PhotoPass. Image zoom Credit: David Nguyen/Disneyland ResortClassic favorites like Dole Whip, Mickey-shaped pretzels and ice cream bars, hand-dipped corn dogs, and popcorn will also be available alongside the more inventive treats the theme parks have come to embrace in recent years, like carrot cake funnel fries. Image zoom Credit: David Nguyen/Disneyland Resort
Rush Limbaugh's Widow Remembers His Funeral After Lung Cancer Death
       
Rush Limbaugh's widow, Kathryn, this week recalled his funeral as "absolutely stunning," after first talking about the event's details with him before his death last month from lung cancer. "You could hear the clacking of the horse hooves as we walked through the cemetery following behind Rush. Image zoom Kathryn and Rush Limbaugh | Credit: Drew Angerer/GettyReferring to the event as "very peaceful" and "beautiful," Kathryn said, "We followed behind the horse-drawn carriage until we reached the chapel." "So it was absolutely stunning with a beautiful oak tree overhead, the sun shining directly on Rush. "For over 32 years, Rush has cherished you, his loyal audience, and always looked forward to every single show."
Hillary Clinton 'Loved' Dolly Parton's Cutout Vaccination Shirt: 'Shall We Make This a Trend?'
       
On Tuesday, the country legend shared a video of herself getting Moderna's COVID vaccine (that she helped fund!) while wearing a sparkly blue cold shoulder blouse perfect for the shot administrationIt's Dolly Parton's world, and we're just living in it. "Loved seeing @dollyparton bring back the cold shoulder as a vaccination look. The exposed shoulder look originated in the 1950s and '60s thanks in large part to Brigitte Bardot, who often donned off-the-shoulder tops and dresses. "So I'm very happy that I'm going to get my Moderna shot today.
Mom Gives Birth to Son in Front Seat of Tesla Near George Washington Bridge Exit
       
What she didn't expect was to give birth just off the George Washington Bridge in New York City for no reason other than her son's precocious punctuality. Somehow, that's exactly what did happen for Goldfarb, 33, and her husband Blake on Jan. 19, when their son Jordan Harris made his entrance into the world in the front seat of their Tesla. For Goldfarb and Blake, who live in North Caldwell, New Jersey, the day began as any other. Goldfarb visited her doctor and was sent home, as everything looked good and the baby wasn't due until Jan. 27. Image zoom Jordan Goldfarb | Credit: Allison Kahan Goldfarb"They were like, 'Sir, you need to get out of the car and deliver this baby,'" she says.
Retired Conn. Officer Was Killed with a Single Punch in Alleged Random Attack on Las Vegas Strip
       
Thomas Driscoll was on vacation when he was killedRetired Conn. Officer Was Killed with a Single Punch in Alleged Random Attack on Las Vegas StripA former Connecticut police officer was killed after being punched by a man on the Las Vegas Strip. I have known him since college," friend Peter Kennedy told WGGB of his longtime friend Thomas Driscoll. On Sunday morning while he was on vacation in Las Vegas, Driscoll was killed on the Las Vegas Strip after being punched by 33-year-old Brandon Leath, according to the Las Vegas Review Journal, citing a police report. Las Vegas Metropolitan police reportedly watched the altercation unfold on real-time crime cameras and were able to take Leath into custody on a murder charge shortly afterwards, KTNV reports.
Prince Oscar of Sweden Shows Off His Royal Smile in New Photos for His 5th Birthday
       
Big sister Princess Estelle and their family dog Rio also make appearances in the portraitsPrince Oscar of Sweden Shows Off His Royal Smile in New Photos for His 5th BirthdayPrince Oscar of Sweden is 5 — and his smile says it all! Image zoom Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar | Credit: Kate Gabor/The Royal Court of SwedenCan't get enough of PEOPLE's Royals coverage? Just last week, Princess Estelle celebrated a birthday of her own. The birthday portraits appear to have been taken at the same time, as Prince Oscar appears in one of Princess Estelle's photos wearing the same sharp ensemble. Get the premiere issue of PEOPLE Royals for glamorous new photos and inside stories royals fans haven't seen or read elsewhere!
M&M's Introduces Mint Green Ice Cream Sandwiches Just in Time for St. Patrick's Day
       
M&M's parent company, Mars Wrigley, announced that they are expanding the M&M's ice cream cookie sandwich collection with two new flavors: mint and a new take on their classic cookie sandwich. The green-colored mint flavor, which will be available just in time for St. Patrick's Day on March 17, features refreshing mint ice cream that is sandwiched between two M&M-studded chocolate cookies. "We're excited to expand the joy of M&M'S colorworks to the Mars Wrigley ice cream line, starting with a minty green treat for St. Patrick's Day," Jayesh Shah, Ice Cream Marketing Director at Mars, said in a press release. 2021 is really shaping up to be a year filled with exciting new frozen treats — multiple ice cream companies have unveiled some serious innovations that we can't wait to try. Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream may have the most surprising flavor of all, though: Everything Bagel (and yes, it includes onion and garlic).
Madison Cawthorn Was Wrong About Crash That Paralyzed Him, Friend Says
       
"This is the guy who saved my life," Ledford remembers Cawthorn saying. "You ruined my entire life," Cawthorn told Ledford in a lengthy message blaming him for the crash, for his condition and for not being supportive enough throughout Cawthorn's recovery. And when Cawthorn marries his fiancée, Cristina Bayardelle, on April 3 — the seventh anniversary of the crash — Ledford says he will be a groomsman. 'What Really Matters'According to Ledford, Cawthorn has apologized to him on multiple occasions about his 2017 speech. Ledford says Cawthorn told him: It was wrong for Cawthorn to believe his friend left him for dead and wrong for him to repeat that claim publicly.
Ind. Community Rallies Around Mom Whose 3 Children Died in House Fire: 'Absolutely Heartbreaking'
       
"The event that took place this weekend was absolutely heartbreaking for all of those who knew the Gingerich family," Maconaquah Schools wrote on Facebook. Laura was reportedly in a downstairs bathroom when she smelled smoke and attempted to get to her children on the second story. However, because the smoke was too heavy, the mom of three was unable to do so, the outlet reported. Community members can also donate money, clothing or gift cards to the family through Maconaquah School Corporation, where the children were enrolled in school. According to WTHR, Miracle was a kindergartener at Pipe Creek Elementary School in Peru and her brother, Steven, was a preschooler at the school.
Palace Launches Probe into Bullying Allegations Made by Staffers for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
       
"We are clearly very concerned about allegations in The Times following claims made by former staff of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex," the palace said. Image zoom Meghan Markle during her upcoming interview with Oprah Winfrey. Image zoom Meghan Markle and Prince Harry | Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Images via GettyThe Duchess of Sussex has denied the allegations. Image zoom Meghan Markle and Prince Harry | Credit: Chris Jackson/GettyIn the story published in The Times on Tuesday, a source says that Harry pleaded with Knauf not to pursue the HR complaint. Sign up for our free Royals newsletter to get the latest updates on Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle and more!
Our 21 Absolute Favorite Spring Dresses — All Under $50 on Amazon
       
The sun is shining well past 5 p.m. — and all we want to wear are dresses, dresses and more dresses! Our 21 Absolute Favorite Spring Dresses on AmazonBoho DressesWe’ve been waiting all winter long to break out our boho styles. Our Absolute Favorite: We have to give our top spot to this Amazon bestseller! Our Absolute Favorite: This dress is another favorite of thousands of Amazon shoppers. Our Absolute Favorite: Slip dresses are one of our favorite styles, especially when they have a cowl neckline and ruching — just like this one from Gmeitoey!
Kourtney Kardashian Recommends This $28 Kopari Coconut Melt
       
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Katherine Heigl and Josh Kelley's Adorable Family
       
Katherine Heigl and Josh Kelley have a home life full of love with daughters Naleigh and Adalaide and son Joshua. Take a peek inside the lasting couple’s precious family.
This Affordable Polka Dot Top Is a Sweet Update to the Classic Style
       
Get the Floerns Women’s Long Sleeve Print Button Down Blouse for prices starting at just $14, available at Amazon! The top comes in a slew of different shades, which all have the dainty white polka dot pattern sprinkled throughout! Get the Floerns Women’s Long Sleeve Print Button Down Blouse for prices starting at just $14, available at Amazon! This top is definitely one of our favorite fresh takes on the standard button-down blouse! See it: Get the Floerns Women’s Long Sleeve Print Button Down Blouse for prices starting at just $14, available at Amazon!
Nordstrom Has So Many Top Beauty Brands on Major Sale Right Now
       
The site’s beauty section is boasting some serious deals right now covering all types of products from ultra-popular brands. Get the Laura Mercier Kisses From the Balcony Lip Glacé Set (originally $45) for just $29 at Nordstrom with free shipping! Get the T3 Volume 3-Inch Ceramic Coated Round Brush (originally $40) for just $32 at Nordstrom with free shipping! Get the Erno Laszlo Merry & Bright-Eyed Set (originally $65) for just $49 at Nordstrom with free shipping! Get the Kopari Full Size Coconut Deodorant Set (originally $32) for just $22 at Nordstrom with free shipping!
Pregnant Shawn Johnson, Andrew East’s Portugal Babymoon
       
As she nears the end of her pregnancy, Shawn Johnson enjoyed a romantic Portugal babymoon with her husband, Andrew East. “Straight off the plane in Portugal,” the Olympian, 27, captioned a Friday, June 21, Instagram upload in the city of Porto. Portugal… we love you!”Over the next week, the pregnant gymnast and the professional football player, also 27, posted pics from their vacation. The couple, who tied the knot in 2016, announced in April that they are pregnant with their first child together after suffering a miscarriage in October 2017. I know God’s got a plan for us.”Keep scrolling to see how Johnson and East celebrated their little one’s impending arrival in Portugal.
Everyone’s Wearing Fuzzy Birkenstocks — How to Get the Look for Less
       
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Greece earthquake: Monster 6.2 magnitude quake rocks major city
       
Added: 03.03.2021 10:32 | 26 views | 0 commentsGREECE has been struck by a whopping 6.2 magnitude earthquake near the country's capital.
Ancient Chinese village remerges after 40 years underwater
       
Added: 03.03.2021 10:31 | 21 views | 0 commentsCHINA's ancient village in Ningbo has reappeared on the surface after it was submerged by a local reservoir for 40 years.
Netherlands election polls: Geert Wilders' popularity on the rise
       
Added: 03.03.2021 9:53 | 21 views | 0 commentsTHE DUTCH general election 2021 will take place on March 17, as Geert Wilders attempts to take on Mark Rutte once again but what do the latest polls reveal?
Christie Brinkley Swears by Anti-Aging Beauty Wand
       
If you ask Us, the ever-gorgeous Christie Brinkley is glowing 24/7. In fact, she ended up loving one product from SBLA Beauty so much, she landed a partnership with the brand. “I was starting to get very faint neck lines and they seemed to vanish after using the wand,” Brinkley tells Us over email. “They’re starting to listen — my message is finally getting through,” says Brinkley about her daughters’ sunscreen habits. Everything on the outside is no good if you are not kind and loving on the inside.”The SBLA Beauty Neck, Chin and Jawline Sculpting Wand retails for $89 and is available on sbla.com.
Hospital staff missed her cancer — then went to great lengths to cover it up, lawyers say
       
Hospital staff missed her cancer — then went to great lengths to cover it up, lawyers sayAdded: 03.03.2021 20:30 | 11 views | 0 commentsKim Johnson is not only battling a deadly disease, but also a health system that went to extraordinary lengths to hide an error, her lawyers say.
Iraq attack: US airbase hit by '13 rockets' – just two days before Pope Francis' visit
       
Iraq attack: US airbase hit by '13 rockets' – just two days before Pope Francis' visitAdded: 03.03.2021 16:17 | 18 views | 0 commentsAN IRAQI airbase hosting both US and coalition forces has been hit by at least 10 rockets, according to military insiders.
Macron urged to apologise to UK over false Oxford jab claims – 'His stupidity cost lives!'
       
Macron urged to apologise to UK over false Oxford jab claims – 'His stupidity cost lives!' Added: 03.03.2021 14:29 | 24 views | 0 commentsEMMANUEL MACRON has been urged to apologise to the UK after France wrongly claimed the AstraZeneca/Oxford University vaccine was ineffective for over-65s.
'What am I doing here?' Biden becomes disoriented during Texas visit in concerning video
       
'What am I doing here?' Biden becomes disoriented during Texas visit in concerning videoAdded: 03.03.2021 13:17 | 10 views | 0 commentsWATCH the moment Joe Biden appeared to become disoriented as he asked "what am I doing here?" during a visit to Texas.
Covid test centre explosion: Huge blast in Holland as cases rise
       
Added: 03.03.2021 13:17 | 21 views | 0 commentsA HUGE explosion has taken place at a Covid test centre in the Netherlands, with police suspecting a pipe bomb was used in a deliberate attack.
Budget 2021: 10 ways Rishi Sunak's speech affects you
       
Added: 03.03.2021 13:41 | 22 views | 0 commentsChancellor Rishi Sunak's Budget is packed with policies that will affect your finances. Here is a guide.
Anti-Trump Republicans are facing punishment at home. But don't call it a civil war.
       
Anti-Trump Republicans are facing punishment at home. But don't call it a civil war. Added: 03.03.2021 21:18 | 6 views | 0 comments“The only division is between a handful of Washington, D.C., establishment political hacks and everybody else all over the country," Trump said Sunday.
'Farms are going to need different kinds of robots'
       
'Farms are going to need different kinds of robots'Added: 03.03.2021 16:18 | 20 views | 0 commentsA growing number of tech firms are helping farmers better look after their animals and crops.
Budget 2021: Business rates holiday extended to June
       
Added: 03.03.2021 14:00 | 23 views | 0 commentsThe chancellor's business rates holiday for England will run for another three months.
An ‘Unprecedented’ Effort to Stop the Coronavirus in Nursing Homes
       
An ‘Unprecedented’ Effort to Stop the Coronavirus in Nursing HomesAdded: 20.08.2020 15:03 | 8 views | 0 commentsResearchers are testing an experimental drug to halt sudden outbreaks. The trial may bring a new type of treatment for the virus.
College Officials Clamp Down on Student Behavior Over Covid-19 Fears
       
College Officials Clamp Down on Student Behavior Over Covid-19 FearsAdded: 20.08.2020 10:27 | 12 views | 0 commentsJoe Biden criticized President Trump’s virus response and outlined a strategy to fight the pandemic. Overburdened health care specialists are finding themselves on the front lines as schools reopen.
Pediatrics Group Offers ‘Long Overdue’ Apology for Racist Past
       
Pediatrics Group Offers ‘Long Overdue’ Apology for Racist PastAdded: 20.08.2020 10:00 | 8 views | 0 commentsSource: www.aao.orgThe American Academy of Pediatrics recently joined other prominent medical organizations in confronting its history of discrimination. More in www.nytimes.com »
Budget 2021: Rishi Sunak warns tax rises to follow spending spree
       
Added: 03.03.2021 18:23 | 7 views | 0 commentsThe UK economy is expected to recover six months faster than expected from the pandemic, the chancellor says.
Budget 2021: Covid deaths set to cut state pension costs
       
Added: 03.03.2021 18:23 | 6 views | 0 commentsForecasts suggests inheritance tax receipts will also rise, partly due to over-65s dying of Covid
Drug target could fight Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease
       
Added: 03.03.2021 14:04 | 22 views | 0 commentsNeurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease are in the firing line after researchers identified an attractive therapeutic drug target.
In Pandemic, More Are Paying for Direct Access to Their Doctors
       
In Pandemic, More Are Paying for Direct Access to Their DoctorsAdded: 21.08.2020 14:00 | 10 views | 0 commentsConcierge care has grown fast as patients no longer want to sit in a waiting room with strangers. But it comes at a high price.
Covid-19 Live Updates: Colleges Lash Out at Students Breaking Campus Virus Rules
       
Covid-19 Live Updates: Colleges Lash Out at Students Breaking Campus Virus RulesAdded: 21.08.2020 10:16 | 10 views | 0 commentsN.C. State will shift instruction online, and other universities cautioned young people as they returned to class.
Ann Syrdal, Who Helped Give Computers a Female Voice, Dies at 74
       
Added: 20.08.2020 21:49 | 11 views | 0 commentsAs a researcher at AT&T, she helped lay the groundwork for modern digital assistants like Siri and Alexa.
Drug Pitched to Trump for Covid-19 Comes From a Deadly Plant
       
Drug Pitched to Trump for Covid-19 Comes From a Deadly PlantAdded: 20.08.2020 20:10 | 12 views | 0 commentsSource: www.youtube.comThe chief executive of My Pillow, a Trump donor, claims oleandrin is a miracle cure for Covid-19. But no studies have shown that it is safe or effective, and the shrub it’s derived from is poisonous. More in www.nytimes.com »
Loss of Greenland Ice Sheet Reached a Record Last Year
       
Added: 20.08.2020 16:01 | 9 views | 0 commentsThe ice loss in 2019 was more than twice the annual average since 2003, scientists said.
U.S. Mail Delays Slow Delivery of Medicines
       
Added: 20.08.2020 19:33 | 11 views | 0 commentsIn addition to concerns over mail-in voting, the cost-cutting at the Postal Service affects the millions of people who get their prescriptions by mail.
Cutting-edge analysis of prehistoric teeth sheds new light on the diets of lizards and snakes
       
Cutting-edge analysis of prehistoric teeth sheds new light on the diets of lizards and snakesAdded: 03.03.2021 16:18 | 20 views | 0 commentsNew research has revealed that the diets of early lizards and snakes, which lived alongside dinosaurs around 100 million years ago, were more varied and advanced than previously thought.
Animals fake death for long periods to escape predators
       
Added: 03.03.2021 16:18 | 12 views | 0 commentsMany animals feign death to try to escape their predators, with some individuals in prey species remaining motionless, if in danger, for extended lengths of time.
New generation of tiny, agile drones introduced
       
Added: 03.03.2021 14:35 | 22 views | 0 commentsResearchers developed an insect-size drone with soft actuators -- akin to muscles -- that are agile and resilient to collisions. The advance could boost aerial robots' repertoire, allowing them to operate in cramped spaces and withstand collisions.
Key steps discovered in production of critical immune cell
       
Key steps discovered in production of critical immune cellAdded: 03.03.2021 14:34 | 22 views | 0 commentsSource: www.manageengine.com.auResearchers have uncovered a process cells use to fight off infection and cancer that could pave the way for precision cancer immunotherapy treatment. Through gaining a better understanding of how this process works, researchers hope to be able to determine a way of tailoring immunotherapy to better fight cancer. This research lays the foundation for future studies into the body's response to environmental stressors, such as injury, infection or cancer, at a single cell level. More in www.sciencedaily.com » Cher Tags: Cancer
Novel drug prevents amyloid plaques, a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease
       
Added: 03.03.2021 16:18 | 13 views | 0 commentsResearchers have identified a new drug that could prevent AD by modulating, rather than inhibiting, a key enzyme involved in forming amyloid plaques.
Environmental impact of computation and the future of green computing
       
Environmental impact of computation and the future of green computingAdded: 03.03.2021 16:18 | 15 views | 0 commentsSource: news.nationalgeographic.comEvery aspect of modern computing, from the smallest chip to the largest data center comes with a carbon price tag. The tech industry and the field of computation as a whole have focused on building smaller, faster, more powerful devices -- but few have considered their overall environmental impact. Researchers are trying to change that by challenging the field to add carbon footprint to the list of metrics when designing new processes, new computing systems, new hardware, and new ways to use devices. More in www.sciencedaily.com » Cher, Ice T Tags: Greece
Food for thought: New maps reveal how brains are kept nourished
       
Food for thought: New maps reveal how brains are kept nourishedAdded: 03.03.2021 16:18 | 12 views | 0 commentsScientists have created new brain maps featuring unprecedented detail. The insights provided by the new maps are helping answer questions about blood supply and how more active parts of the brain are kept nourished versus less demanding areas.
Weight loss drug hope for patients with type 2 diabetes
       
Weight loss drug hope for patients with type 2 diabetesAdded: 03.03.2021 16:18 | 13 views | 0 commentsSource: www.drugdevelopment-technology.comPatients with type 2 diabetes that were treated with a weekly injection of the breakthrough drug Semaglutide were able to achieve an average weight loss of nearly 10kg, according to a new study. More in www.sciencedaily.com »
Subseafloor Microbial Communities Survive on Products of Radioactive Process, Study Suggests
       
Added: 03.03.2021 19:03 | 15 views | 0 commentsRadionuclides are ubiquitous in sediment and rock, where their decay leads to the production of hydrogen and oxidized chemicals via radiolysis of water; these radiolytic products provide the dominant fuel for microbial activity in marine sediment older than a few million years; they may also be significant for sustaining life in subseafloor sediment and subsurface [...]
Fruit and Vegetable Consumption Could Lead to Longer Life
       
Added: 03.03.2021 16:56 | 16 views | 0 commentsA team of U.S. researchers has found an inverse association between fruit and vegetable intake and mortality in two large prospective cohorts, the Nurses’ Health Study (NHS) and the Health Professionals Follow-up Study (HPFS), with detailed and repeated dietary measurements and long follow-up; the lowest risk of mortality was observed for approximately five daily servings [...]
Unlocking kelp’s potential as a major biofuel source
       
Added: 03.03.2021 16:18 | 12 views | 0 commentsA device called the 'kelp elevator' tested on the Southern California coast grows the energy-rich algae four times faster than nature, proving the potential for mass-produced seaweed to power vehicles with biofuel harvested from the ocean.
Indoor air quality study shows aircraft in flight may have lowest particulate levels
       
Added: 03.03.2021 16:18 | 14 views | 0 commentsIf you're looking for an indoor space with a low level of particulate air pollution, a commercial airliner flying at cruising altitude may be your best option. A newly reported study of air quality in indoor spaces such as stores, restaurants, offices, public transportation -- and commercial jets -- shows aircraft cabins with the lowest levels of tiny aerosol particles.
'Space hurricane' in Earth's upper atmosphere discovered
       
Added: 03.03.2021 16:18 | 15 views | 0 commentsAnalysis of observations made by satellites in 2014 has revealed a long-lasting 'space hurricane' -- a swirling mass of plasma several hundred kilometers above the North Pole, raining electrons instead of water.
Dethroning electrocatalysts for hydrogen production with inexpensive alternative material
       
Added: 03.03.2021 16:18 | 14 views | 0 commentsScientists have discovered a new electrocatalyst for the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) in electrochemical water splitting: CaFe2O4. This inexpensive, non-toxic, and easy-to-synthesize material outperforms other bimetallic OER electrocatalysts and even surpasses the benchmark set by iridium oxide, paving the way to accessible hydrogen generation for upcoming hydrogen societies.
Male Superb Lyrebirds Imitate Alarm Calls of Mobbing Flocks to Lure Potential Mates
       
Added: 03.03.2021 20:23 | 11 views | 0 commentsDuring their song and dance displays, male superb lyrebirds (Menura novaehollandiae) create an elaborate acoustic illusion of a mixed-species flock of birds, according to new research. The superb lyrebird is a large, pheasant-sized species of passerine bird native to Australia. Male superb lyrebirds display their tail feathers and mimic other birds’ calls during courtship dances.
Color blindness-correcting contact lenses
       
Color blindness-correcting contact lensesAdded: 03.03.2021 19:26 | 10 views | 0 commentsSource: connectedarena.comImagine seeing the world in muted shades -- gray sky, gray grass. Some people with color blindness see everything this way, though most can't see specific colors. Tinted glasses can help, but they can't be used to correct blurry vision. And dyed contact lenses currently in development for the condition are potentially harmful and unstable. Now researchers report infusing contact lenses with gold nanoparticles to create a safer way to see colors.
Journey of a skull: How a single human cranium wound up alone in a cave in Italy
       
Journey of a skull: How a single human cranium wound up alone in a cave in ItalyAdded: 03.03.2021 19:25 | 11 views | 0 commentsA lone cranium in an Italian cave wound up there after being washed away from its original burial site, according to a new study.
John Kerry has a warning for Big Oil
       
Added: 03.03.2021 15:17 | 8 views | 0 commentsJohn Kerry had some tough talk for the leaders of Big Oil. The message: embrace clean energy or get left behind.
Vaccines and stimulus are a powerful cocktail for the US recovery
       
Vaccines and stimulus are a powerful cocktail for the US recoveryAdded: 03.03.2021 13:11 | 20 views | 0 commentsThose betting on an economic boom in the United States this spring and summer just got a dose of very good news.
Scientists Digitally Unfold 300-Year-Old Sealed Letters
       
Scientists Digitally Unfold 300-Year-Old Sealed LettersAdded: 03.03.2021 21:04 | 10 views | 0 commentsUsing a highly sensitive X-ray microtomography scanner, a team of researchers has scanned four unopened letters from the Brienne Collection, a 17th-century postal trunk full of undelivered mail. The letter is one of the most important communication technologies in human history. Before the proliferation of mass-produced envelopes in the 1830s, most letters were sent via [...] More in feedproxy.google.com » Cher, Seal Tags: Scientists
Alamo Drafthouse files for bankruptcy
       
Added: 03.03.2021 21:17 | 9 views | 0 commentsAlamo Drafthouse, the movie theater chain beloved by fans for its boozy milkshakes, theme nights and strict no-talking rules, has filed for bankruptcy protection.
Opinion: We desperately need a global Covid vaccine plan to stop more deaths
       
Added: 03.03.2021 19:18 | 16 views | 0 commentsEven though the US death toll stemming from the coronavirus is declining and the Biden administration is putting the pedal to the metal with vaccination efforts, a spate of new virus mutations is causing alarm within the medical and scientific community -- and for good reason.
Live updates: Biden blasts ‘Neanderthal thinking’ of governors who lifted covid-19 mandates in Texas, Mississippi
       
Added: 03.03.2021 20:18 | 10 views | 0 commentsThe president held a bipartisan meeting on fighting cancer at the White House as senators head from U.S. defense and law enforcement officials about the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.
New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo says he will not resign, offers new apology for his behavior with women
       
New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo says he will not resign, offers new apology for his behavior with women
A third of the world could live in places as hot as the Sahara desert by 2070, WEF warns
       
A third of the world could live in places as hot as the Sahara desert by 2070, WEF warnsAdded: 13.05.2020 14:40 | 6 views | 0 commentsScientists warned that billions of people could be forced to endure "unliveable" circumstances by 2070 if decisive action is not taken to halt climate change.
'Very unusual': Arctic air set to hit Eastern US with record-low temperatures for May
       
'Very unusual': Arctic air set to hit Eastern US with record-low temperatures for MayAdded: 06.05.2020 18:59 | 6 views | 0 commentsThe blast of cold air set to hit the Eastern U.S. this week could bring record-low temperatures and snowfall and frost in some Northeast states.
'Biblical' famines could double global hunger as a result of the coronavirus crisis, UN warns
       
'Biblical' famines could double global hunger as a result of the coronavirus crisis, UN warnsAdded: 22.04.2020 14:14 | 6 views | 0 commentsFamines of "biblical proportions" are becoming a serious risk as the coronavirus crisis threatens to double the number of people nearing starvation, a U.N. body has warned.
A convenient new fiction: There was no ‘attack on the White House’ last year
       
A convenient new fiction: There was no ‘attack on the White House’ last yearAdded: 03.03.2021 21:17 | 7 views | 0 commentsTwo senators tried to draw a comparison between last year's protests at the White House and the Jan. 6 violence.
'Catastrophic' flooding underway as dam failures in Michigan force thousands to evacuate
       
Added: 20.05.2020 16:45 | 7 views | 0 commentsThe collapse of the Edenville Dam and Sanford Dam in Michigan released floodwaters that have inundated houses and businesses on the Tittabawassee River.
Climate change is fueling extreme weather that lowers cancer survival rate and threatens prevention
       
Climate change is fueling extreme weather that lowers cancer survival rate and threatens preventionAdded: 18.05.2020 11:00 | 6 views | 0 commentsClimate change has fueled more frequent weather disasters that release deadly carcinogens into communities and delay access to cancer treatment.
Coronavirus, floods and locust swarms: Kenya is fighting a 'triple whammy' of crises
       
Added: 18.05.2020 6:59 | 7 views | 0 commentsAlready navigating the coronavirus pandemic and the worst invasion of desert locusts for more than 25 years, parts of East Africa are now being devastated by flooding.
Don't get caught unprepared if disaster strikes. Here's what you can do to get ready
       
Don't get caught unprepared if disaster strikes. Here's what you can do to get readyAdded: 22.05.2020 14:02 | 6 views | 0 commentsWith more than 38 million Americans out of work since the coronavirus pandemic began, the importance of a financial first-aid kit has never been more important.
More dams will collapse as aging infrastructure can't keep up with climate change
       
More dams will collapse as aging infrastructure can't keep up with climate changeAdded: 21.05.2020 19:49 | 7 views | 0 commentsAging dams in the U.S. will increasingly fail and cause death and environmental destruction as climate change makes extreme precipitation more frequent, scientists warn.
Photos show devastating impact of Michigan floods
       
Photos show devastating impact of Michigan floodsAdded: 21.05.2020 19:45 | 8 views | 0 commentsSource: www.youtube.comThe failure of two Michigan dams on Tuesday evening led to devastating floods and the evacuation of more than 10,000 people. More in www.cnbc.com »
Heat wave scorches parts of U.S. and India; Siberia experiences record high temperatures
       
Added: 29.05.2020 18:09 | 8 views | 0 commentsThe heatwave in Siberia raises major concerns over devastating wildfires breaking out this summer as climate change accelerates permafrost melt in much of the Arctic region.
Climate change is driving widespread forest death and creating shorter, younger trees
       
Added: 28.05.2020 19:00 | 7 views | 0 commentsThe Amazon rainforest is the biggest deforestation front in the world with more than 20% of the forest already destroyed.
This disaster could wipe out your finances – and few people are preparing for it
       
This disaster could wipe out your finances – and few people are preparing for itAdded: 27.05.2020 16:54 | 6 views | 0 commentsAmericans' finances have been battered by the coronavirus pandemic, and now a new threat is emerging: hurricane season. Only 15% of people polled by the American Institute of CPAs have drafted a disaster plan to deal with it.
Leopard on the loose in Cornwall for nearly a WEEK after breaking out of its enclosure
       
Leopard on the loose in Cornwall for nearly a WEEK after breaking out of its enclosureAdded: 14.01.2018 19:41 | 5 views | 0 commentsSource: www.fox9.comThe big cat, believed to belong to Todd Dalton, was only caught when a farmer set a trap after some of his sheep were killed More in www.mirror.co.uk »
'Professional' photographer decides to edit family photo shoot
       
'Professional' photographer decides to edit family photo shoot - and the end result is terrifyingAdded: 14.01.2018 16:25 | 5 views | 0 commentsThe photographer decided to edit seven of the photos, and they are all rather creepy
Tech experts create creepy tin foil robot baby that can crawl just like a real-life child
       
Tech experts create creepy tin foil robot baby that can crawl just like a real-life childAdded: 14.01.2018 10:25 | 5 views | 0 commentsProfessors from Purdue University designed the frightening tot to study how infants are exposed to bacteria as they crawl across the ground
Oppressive heat approaches U.S. in early July as wildfires burn through Arizona
       
Added: 01.07.2020 18:42 | 8 views | 0 commentsA potentially historic heat wave is expected to hit more than two-thirds of the continental U.S. in the first several weeks of July, according to the National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center.
Island nations facing a 'perfect storm' as the coronavirus intersects with hurricane season
       
Added: 12.06.2020 7:57 | 7 views | 0 commentsAs well as being threatened by a global recession, extreme weather and the ongoing health crisis, many island economies have been hit hard by plummeting international tourism amid the pandemic.
Remarkable number of hair straightener users have no idea what GHD stands for
       
Remarkable number of hair straightener users have no idea what GHD stands forAdded: 15.01.2018 14:56 | 5 views | 0 commentsPeople are astonished by the simple acronym used by the hair straightener company
Stomach-churning moment hundreds of deadly baby spiders burst out of egg sack for the first time
       
Stomach-churning moment hundreds of deadly baby spiders burst out of egg sack for the first timeAdded: 15.01.2018 9:46 | 5 views | 0 commentsThe tiny, venomous funnel web spiders were filmed by staff at the Australian Reptile Park as they crawled out of their egg sack
Who let the dogs out? A few Spaniards defy coronavirus lockdown
       
Who let the dogs out? A few Spaniards defy coronavirus lockdownAdded: 25.03.2020 19:35 | 5 views | 0 commentsUnder partial lockdown due to the spiraling coronavirus pandemic, Spaniards are allowed to leave home only for essential outings, walking a dog being one of them.
British vicar catches fire waiting for God's answer
       
British vicar catches fire waiting for God's answerAdded: 25.03.2020 5:07 | 5 views | 0 commentsSource: www.crosswalk.comA British vicar got more than he expected from his first attempt at an online sermon when he leaned too close to a candle on a cross and his sweater caught fire. More in feeds.reuters.com » Tags: Fire
Runaway wallaby causes traffic chaos as it leads police on chase across Sydney Harbour Bridge
       
Runaway wallaby causes traffic chaos as it leads police on chase across Sydney Harbour BridgeAdded: 16.01.2018 3:52 | 5 views | 0 commentsA police officer is heard stifling a laugh as he drives along behind the marsupial in footage filmed from a pursuing patrol car
Mystery of 'extremely loud explosion' which stunned Merseyside residents
       
Added: 16.01.2018 2:04 | 5 views | 0 commentsLoud bangs were heard on Monday evening after a thunder storm - with some social media users raising fears there had been an explosion.
Three simple words Disneyland employees are never allowed to say to curious fans
       
Three simple words Disneyland employees are never allowed to say to curious fansAdded: 15.01.2018 16:14 | 5 views | 0 commentsDisneyland is supposed to be a fun experience for visitors - and a lot of work goes into making it so
Novelty toilet roll cakes keep Finnish baker in business
       
Added: 08.04.2020 16:55 | 5 views | 0 commentsA quick-thinking Helsinki bakery has saved itself from financial ruin due to the new coronavirus pandemic by creating a cake that looks like a toilet roll.
Thailand's pet groomer reopens as new coronavirus cases slow
       
Added: 05.05.2020 12:36 | 5 views | 0 commentsChewy and Miley, both two-year-old Schnauzer dogs, are getting their hair cut at a groomer in Bangkok for the first time since the new coronavirus outbreak began in Thailand in January.
'Darth Vader' enforces lockdown in Philippine village
       
Added: 04.05.2020 14:02 | 5 views | 0 commentsDressed as "Star Wars" characters, local officials in the Philippines are out and about to enforce strict quarantine measures while also handing out relief packages.
President queries Tanzania coronavirus kits after goat test
       
Added: 04.05.2020 12:21 | 5 views | 0 commentsCoronavirus test kits used in Tanzania were dismissed as faulty by President John Magufuli on Sunday, because he said they had returned positive results on samples taken from a goat and a pawpaw.
Superheroes, from near and far, join Indonesia's coronavirus battle
       
Superheroes, from near and far, join Indonesia's coronavirus battleAdded: 04.05.2020 6:58 | 5 views | 0 commentsVolunteers clad as Superman and Spider-Man sprayed disinfectant against the coronavirus on Indonesia's island of Java, flanking a colleague wearing the winged helmet of local superhero Gatotkaca who shouted, "Wear masks, wash hands and stay alert."
Do your bit for farmers and eat more fries, Belgians urged
       
Do your bit for farmers and eat more fries, Belgians urgedAdded: 30.04.2020 10:14 | 5 views | 0 commentsWith potato farmers and processors struggling, Belgians are being urged to eat more fries to offset a slump in demand during the coronavirus pandemic.
Sex toy sales take off amid Colombia's coronavirus quarantine
       
Added: 14.04.2020 20:02 | 5 views | 0 commentsGerson Monje holds up his cellphone to proudly show off his online sex shop. A red banner reading "sold out!" is plastered across half of the products.
Night at the museum: Australian police arrest German student over break-in
       
Night at the museum: Australian police arrest German student over break-inAdded: 18.05.2020 13:35 | 5 views | 0 commentsAustralian police on Monday charged a German student with breaking into a Sydney museum as security footage showed him allegedly taking selfies next to dinosaur exhibits.
Five-year-old stopped on U.S. highway wanted to buy Lamborghini, police say
       
Five-year-old stopped on U.S. highway wanted to buy Lamborghini, police sayAdded: 06.05.2020 10:51 | 5 views | 0 commentsA trooper stopping a car with a suspected "impaired driver" on a U.S. highway on Monday was bemused to find a 5-year-old in the driver's seat, the Utah Highway Patrol tweeted.
Thailand's roving dog groomer back in business
       
Thailand's roving dog groomer back in businessAdded: 16.06.2020 16:48 | 5 views | 0 commentsSource: www.swissinfo.chVolunteer pet groomer Kriengkai Thatwakorn is thrilled to be back helping out stray dogs in Thailand, some in urgent need of a shearing after waiting three sweltering months for a trim. More in feeds.reuters.com » Tags: Thailand
Animal baby boom at Palestinian zoo after people disappear
       
Added: 12.06.2020 18:32 | 5 views | 0 commentsPeacocks, ostriches and baboons joined in an animal baby boom at a Palestinian zoo during the coronavirus closure as they let nature take its course free from human distractions.
Police remove emaciated lion from French circus
       
Added: 11.06.2020 16:11 | 5 views | 0 commentsFrench police have taken away an emaciated lion from a circus in Vironvay, western France, following complaints from an animal rights organization.
Russian chefs in naked lockdown protest after virus strips them of income
       
Added: 09.06.2020 14:14 | 5 views | 0 commentsRussian restaurant owners stripped of their income by the coronavirus lockdown are campaigning for their businesses to be allowed to reopen by posting pictures of themselves naked on social media.
Move over James Bond; India returns alleged bird spy to Pakistan
       
Added: 29.05.2020 20:43 | 5 views | 0 commentsIndian police have released a pigeon belonging to a Pakistani fisherman after a probe found that the bird, which had flown across the contentious border between the nuclear-armed nations, was not a spy, two officials said on Friday.
Cuban dons full-body cardboard shield against coronavirus
       
Added: 18.06.2020 15:04 | 5 views | 0 commentsEver since the novel coronavirus reached Cuba, a tall cardboard box with arms and legs can be seen tottering around a Havana suburb, popping into the bakery or butchers, or browsing the newspaper stand.
Balloon-like object in Japanese sky sets Twitter afire with talk of UFOs, Godzilla
       
Added: 17.06.2020 8:48 | 5 views | 0 commentsThe appearance of a mysterious white object in the sky over northern Japan on Wednesday set social media ablaze, with speculation ranging from UFOs to coronavirus and North Korean propaganda.
Kaepernick joins Medium, will create content on race and civil rights
       
Added: 18.06.2020 18:44 | 11 views | 0 commentsFormer NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick has joined the board of directors of Medium and will work on content focused on race and civil rights, the U.S.-based online publishing platform announced on Thursday.
The 'LitterCam' that's watching you
       
The 'LitterCam' that's watching youAdded: 03.03.2021 12:18 | 25 views | 0 commentsAI software can now match footage of motorists throwing rubbish with their car's number plate and issue an automatic fine . More in www.bbc.co.uk »
Amazon changes app logo that 'resembles Adolf Hitler'
       
Amazon changes app logo that 'resembles Adolf Hitler'Added: 03.03.2021 11:48 | 26 views | 0 commentsThe new design shows a folded corner of blue tape on an Amazon box.
NFT blockchain drives surge in digital art auctions
       
Added: 03.03.2021 11:03 | 37 views | 0 commentsNFT is a way for artists to sell digital art ownership without giving up the original file itself.
The best iPhone you can buy in 2021
       
Added: 03.03.2021 15:51 | 18 views | 0 commentsApple sells phones from as low as $399 to as high as $1,399. We're here to help you find the best one for your needs and budget.
Scientists built a soft robot that can survive the Mariana Trench
       
Scientists built a soft robot that can survive the Mariana TrenchAdded: 03.03.2021 16:00 | 22 views | 0 commentsInspired by a deep sea snailfish, researchers create a battery-powered robot that can withstand the extreme pressure at Earth's deepest point.
Google promises to drop personalised ad tracking
       
Added: 03.03.2021 17:36 | 19 views | 0 commentsThe tech giant says it will not develop workarounds once it abandons third-party tracking cookies.
Parler drops Amazon web-hosting legal challenge
       
Added: 03.03.2021 17:08 | 21 views | 0 commentsAmazon removed the social-network platform from its web-hosting service in January over rule breaches.
Love Island's Molly-Mae Hague broke rules with Instagram giveaway
       
Added: 03.03.2021 12:18 | 18 views | 0 commentsThe advertising watchdog reprimands the social media influencer over an Instagram prize draw.
You can get Ratchet & Clank PS4 for free
       
You can get Ratchet & Clank PS4 for freeAdded: 03.03.2021 16:35 | 21 views | 0 commentsYou don't need to be a PlayStation Plus subscriber to claim the 3D platformer.
The best home security systems of 2021: From DIY devices to professionally monitored systems
       
The best home security systems of 2021: From DIY devices to professionally monitored systemsAdded: 03.03.2021 16:26 | 21 views | 0 commentsMaking sense of the home security options on the market can be overwhelming. We've got you covered.
HBO Max review: Great TV and theatrical movies, but not the best streaming value
       
HBO Max review: Great TV and theatrical movies, but not the best streaming valueAdded: 03.03.2021 16:01 | 20 views | 0 commentsHBO's streaming service has come a long way in a year, but its high price and lack of big-name originals keeps Max a step behind Netflix and Disney Plus.
Huawei ban timeline: Chinese company may start making electric vehicles this year
       
Huawei ban timeline: Chinese company may start making electric vehicles this yearAdded: 03.03.2021 17:02 | 20 views | 0 commentsHere's a breakdown of the years-long controversy surrounding the Chinese phone maker and telecoms supplier.
I don't like robot vacuums, but I do like the Roborock S6 Pure for $380 (save $220)
       
I don't like robot vacuums, but I do like the Roborock S6 Pure for $380 (save $220)Added: 03.03.2021 17:00 | 7 views | 0 commentsAvailable today only for that price, it's a standout among the robo-suckers I've tested.
AMD reveals new Radeon 6700 XT graphics chip video
       
AMD reveals new Radeon 6700 XT graphics chip videoAdded: 03.03.2021 16:57 | 20 views | 0 commentsIn a livestream event, AMD announces a new gaming graphics chip, the Radeon 6700 XT.
A California city just banned all new gas stations in zero-emissions push
       
A California city just banned all new gas stations in zero-emissions push - RoadshowAdded: 03.03.2021 16:44 | 19 views | 0 commentsPetaluma won't let any companies build a new gas station from here on out.
Parents of 2020 babies could get an extra $1,100 stimulus check. Here's how
       
Parents of 2020 babies could get an extra $1,100 stimulus check. Here's howAdded: 03.03.2021 17:30 | 10 views | 0 commentsIt's time to claim missing stimulus check money for babies born in 2020. Here's exactly how to do it.
Eddie Izzard and Jo Brand set to headline virtual Eden Project festival
       
Added: 12.11.2020 14:35 | 15 views | 0 commentsComedians and are set to headline a free online festival at the Eden Project billed as the “perfect antidote to ”.
Hedley & Bennett Founder Ellen Bennett Wants You To Dream First & Worry About Details Later
       
We interviewed this celebrity because we think you'll like their picks. Some of the products shown are from the celebrity's own product line. has affiliate relationships, so we may get...
Anthony Anderson Dubs Himself 'Ghetto MacGyver' After Pulling Diamond from Drain
       
Added: 03.03.2021 18:25 | 4 views | 0 commentsAnthony Anderson really coulda used a Swiss Army Knife after dropping a diamond in a shower drain, but since he dubbed himself "Ghetto MacGyver" ... Q-tips, dental floss and a broken comb were all he needed for the mission. The "Black-ish" star...
Eric Church's Brother's Cause of Death is Chronic Alcoholism
       
Added: 03.03.2021 18:25 | 4 views | 0 commentsBrandon Church -- the late brother of country star Eric Church -- died as a result of chronic alcoholism ... TMZ has learned. According to the autopsy report obtained by TMZ ... Brandon had a clinical history of alcohol withdrawal-induced...
D.L. Hughley Says Listening to R. Kelly's Music Now is a 'Tough Call'
       
Added: 03.03.2021 18:25 | 4 views | 0 commentsD.L. Hughley ?is clearly struggling with the idea of muting R. Kelly ... because he likes Kelly's music, but can't look past the actions of someone he calls a "talented pedophile." We got D.L. Wednesday at LAX and he has a hard time...
NY Congressman Backs Enes Kanter, 'Erdogan Is a Dangerous Person'
       
Added: 03.03.2021 18:25 | 5 views | 0 commentsTurkey president Recep Erdogan is a dangerous person and NY Knicks player Enes Kanter sounds justified in fearing for his life ... so says U.S. Congressman Peter King. Remember, Kanter just backed out of an upcoming team trip to the U.K....
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Emerges First Time Since Lung Cancer Surgery
       
Added: 03.03.2021 18:25 | 4 views | 0 commentsRuth Bader Ginsburg was spotted for the first time since undergoing surgery to remove cancerous growths from her lung. A photo agency got video of RBG leaving her Washington D.C. apartment at 9 AM Wednesday, looking frail but hopefully on the mend....
Earliest American dog hints pets accompanied first people in Americas
       
Earliest American dog hints pets accompanied first people in AmericasAdded: 03.03.2021 18:19 | 8 views | 0 commentsSource: www.nytimes.comThe oldest confirmed dog remains found in North America support the idea that the first Americans – and their dogs – travelled along the Pacific coast More in www.newscientist.com »
Whales and dolphins can resist cancer and their DNA reveals why
       
Whales and dolphins can resist cancer and their DNA reveals whyAdded: 03.03.2021 18:19 | 10 views | 0 commentsWhales, dolphins and porpoises are much better at fighting cancer than we are, and a DNA analysis brings us closer to understanding why cetaceans can do this
Moth species becomes more sexually active when bathed in red light
       
Moth species becomes more sexually active when bathed in red lightAdded: 03.03.2021 18:19 | 10 views | 0 commentsAn Asian-Australian moth becomes more sexually active under red light than under another colour of light or in the dark
Jeff Bezos' Relationship with TV Host Lauren Sanchez Led to Divorce
       
Added: 03.03.2021 18:25 | 4 views | 0 commentsJeff Bezos was having a relationship with former "So You Think You Can Dance" host Lauren Sanchez, and according to the National Enquirer, that's what ended his marriage. Sources closely connected with Lauren and her estranged husband, William...
Electrostatic de-icing could make it easier to defrost car windows
       
Electrostatic de-icing could make it easier to defrost car windowsAdded: 03.03.2021 18:19 | 10 views | 0 commentsSource: www.newscientist.comIce has an electrical charge, which could be exploited to create devices that easily defrost car windows and aeroplane wings More in www.newscientist.com »
Chip-based DNA testing wrong more than right for very rare variants
       
Chip-based DNA testing wrong more than right for very rare variantsAdded: 03.03.2021 18:19 | 10 views | 0 commentsThe chips used in some consumer DNA tests are very poor at accurately detecting rare genetic variants linked to cancer compared with full genome sequencing, but are good at detecting more common ones
Physicists finally worked out why ice is slippery after 150 years
       
Physicists finally worked out why ice is slippery after 150 yearsAdded: 03.03.2021 18:19 | 10 views | 0 commentsWe may finally have an answer to the question of why ice is slippery after 150 years: a layer of dancing molecules on its surface
Insect brains will teach us how to make truly intelligent robots
       
Insect brains will teach us how to make truly intelligent robotsAdded: 03.03.2021 18:19 | 11 views | 0 commentsWe need a revolution in artificial intelligence and learning from insects will help us achieve it, says James Marshall
Wrinkling atom-thin layers of carbon could make tiniest chips yet
       
Wrinkling atom-thin layers of carbon could make tiniest chips yetAdded: 03.03.2021 18:19 | 11 views | 0 commentsSource: www.newscientist.comRidges and wrinkles in a graphene sheet can affect electrons and cause them to behave as they do inside electrical components, creating the possibility of smaller and faster computer processors More in www.newscientist.com »
Bizarre items TSA confiscated at airports in 2020 from Roman candles to a baby shark
       
Bizarre items TSA confiscated at airports in 2020 from Roman candles to a baby sharkAdded: 03.03.2021 16:00 | 19 views | 0 commentsFrom a live smoke grenade to a dead baby shark, Transportation Security Administration workers found some unusual items lurking in luggage in 2020.
Try these Midwest road trips
       
Try these Midwest road tripsAdded: 03.03.2021 12:02 | 14 views | 0 commentsSource: www.youtube.comThe best Midwest road trips are a great way to stretch your vacation budget and travel safely amid the coronavirus pandemic. More in rssfeeds.usatoday.com »
Qantas launches new mystery flight experiences
       
Added: 03.03.2021 11:19 | 16 views | 0 commentsThe carrier last operated mystery flights in the 1990s when travellers would turn up at the airport and be allocated seats on a scheduled flight to any of the airline’s destinations.
Celebrity couple Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard to host new game show 'Family Game Fight'
       
Added: 03.03.2021 14:59 | 20 views | 0 commentsKristen Bell and Dax Shepard will host and compete on new NBC game show "Family Game Fight." The two will join families to play for cash prizes.
Duchess Meghan 'saddened' by report claiming she bullied palace staff in 2018
       
Duchess Meghan 'saddened' by report claiming she bullied palace staff in 2018Added: 03.03.2021 14:02 | 17 views | 0 commentsSource: www.alamy.comDuchess Meghan is shutting down claims that she "bullied" a close adviser at Kensington Palace in 2018. More in rssfeeds.usatoday.com »
Dolly Parton, Prince Charles, Tim Allen and more celebs who got the COVID-19 vaccine
       
Dolly Parton, Prince Charles, Tim Allen and more celebs who got the COVID-19 vaccineAdded: 03.03.2021 18:58 | 9 views | 0 commentsCelebrities are coming forward with their firsthand accounts of receiving the COVID-19 vaccine in an effort to quell skepticism.
Paris Hilton, Ricki Lake, more stars who got engaged or married in 2021
       
Paris Hilton, Ricki Lake, more stars who got engaged or married in 2021Added: 03.03.2021 17:33 | 9 views | 0 commentsHere's a look at all the beautiful proclamations of love with the stars who got engaged or married in 2021.
Thieves steal beer left aging in barrels underwater in shipwreck
       
Thieves steal beer left aging in barrels underwater in shipwreckAdded: 03.03.2021 20:46 | 8 views | 0 commentsDiving thieves made off with an unusual sunken treasure in Argentina.
Photographer shares story of photo that shows a grizzly bear protecting cubs at Grand Teton National Park
       
Photographer shares story of photo that shows a grizzly bear protecting cubs at Grand Teton National Park
Brother of Colorado mom allegedly gunned down by boy, 14, calls attack 'random, inhumane hell on earth'
       
Added: 03.03.2021 21:02 | 10 views | 0 commentsThe Denver mother who died after she was shot in the head in a seemingly random attack this week was remembered for her "heart of gold," and her brother recalled how she previously insisted her family forgo a fancy funeral to ensure as much money as possible could be left to her young son.
Psaki dings Texas, Miss. reopenings: Country has ‘paid the price’ for leaders who ‘ignored the science'
       
Psaki dings Texas, Miss. reopenings: Country has ‘paid the price’ for leaders who ‘ignored the science'
Biden says Texas and Mississippi over lifting COVID restrictions, guilty of ‘Neanderthal thinking’
       
Biden says Texas and Mississippi over lifting COVID restrictions, guilty of ‘Neanderthal thinking’Added: 03.03.2021 20:51 | 7 views | 0 commentsPresident Biden took a swipe at Republican governors in Texas and Mississippi Wednesday, accusing them of "Neanderthal thinking" following their decision to reverse COVID safety policies, including mask mandates.
Los Angeles Zoo loses mother giraffe after stillborn calf
       
Added: 03.03.2021 21:08 | 9 views | 0 commentsA giraffe has died at the Los Angeles Zoo after undergoing a procedure to deliver her stillborn calf, the zoo announced Tuesday.
Biden Admin Is Undoing Trump's Legacy of Hate
       
Added: 03.03.2021 19:25 | 9 views | 0 commentsLanguage of persecution and hate permeated government websites, press releases and laws for much of the last four years.
We Must Be Able To Debate Trans Ideology's Effects on Kids
       
We Must Be Able To Debate Trans Ideology's Effects on KidsAdded: 03.03.2021 19:25 | 9 views | 0 commentsShould children be given life-altering treatments to help them transition from one gender to another, including puberty blockers and body-mutilating surgeries? Should doctors be encouraged to allow...
John Kerry Will Make U.S. Finally Lead on Climate
       
John Kerry Will Make U.S. Finally Lead on ClimateAdded: 03.03.2021 19:25 | 7 views | 0 commentsSource: www.nbclosangeles.comJohn Kerry understands the urgency of the moment better than anyone - and now has more power than ever to act More in www.realclearpolitics.com »
Chris Cuomo's Pitiful Disclosure About His Brother
       
Chris Cuomo's Pitiful Disclosure About His BrotherAdded: 03.03.2021 19:25 | 7 views | 0 commentsWhy issue a disclosure if you're not going to disclose?
The day in pictures
       
Added: 03.03.2021 20:16 | 9 views | 0 commentsA look at the day's best photographs from around the world.
Climate Change Alarmism Takes Another Big Hit
       
Added: 03.03.2021 19:32 | 10 views | 0 commentsThroughout the midsection of the United States in February, record frigid temperatures were inconvenient for those politicians who call global warming an "existential threat."
'Silk Road' star Nick Robinson recalls when classmates used the 'Amazon for drugs'
       
Added: 03.03.2021 20:27 | 8 views | 0 commentsA San Francisco man created an underground drug-selling website that became so popular it was known as Amazon for drugs. Now the story is the subject of a new film starring Nick Robinson.
NY hospital administers first dose of J&J vaccine
       
Added: 03.03.2021 20:27 | 10 views | 0 commentsA hospital on New York's Long Island celebrated giving its first dose of the Johnson and Johnson COVD-19 vaccine that was recently approved by federal regulators.
WH: 'Assessing impact' of latest Iraq base attack
       
Added: 03.03.2021 20:26 | 7 views | 0 commentsThe White House is warning the U.S. may consider another military response to the latest rocket attack early Wednesday that hit an air base in western Iraq where American and coalition troops are housed.
Dolly sings before Covid-19 jab
       
'Vaccine, vaccine' - Dolly sings before Covid-19 jabAdded: 03.03.2021 17:16 | 16 views | 0 comments"Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine,” the country star sings before she receives a jab.
Alamo Drafthouse files for bankruptcy
       
Added: 03.03.2021 21:16 | 6 views | 0 commentsAlamo Drafthouse, the movie theater chain beloved by fans for its boozy milkshakes, theme nights and strict no-talking rules, has filed for bankruptcy protection.
At least 13 dead after truck crashes into SUV packed with 25 people near US-Mexico border
       
At least 13 dead after truck crashes into SUV packed with 25 people near US-Mexico borderAdded: 03.03.2021 20:36 | 8 views | 0 commentsMore than a dozen people were killed after an SUV packed with 25 people crashed with a semitruck near the U.S.-Mexico border in California.
Covid: Police break up 'fake vaccine network' in China and South Africa
       
Covid: Police break up 'fake vaccine network' in China and South AfricaAdded: 03.03.2021 17:34 | 11 views | 0 commentsThousands of doses of suspected counterfeit vaccine are seized by police in China and South Africa.
Video shows 2020 Iranian missile attack on US forces at Iraqi base
       
Video shows 2020 Iranian missile attack on US forces at Iraqi baseAdded: 03.03.2021 17:16 | 12 views | 0 commentsIran targeted an Iraqi base hosting US troops to avenge the assassination of Gen Qasem Soleimani.
French photojournalist in coma after youth gang attack
       
French photojournalist in coma after youth gang attackAdded: 03.03.2021 19:42 | 6 views | 0 commentsSource: www.francebleu.frChristian Lantenois, 65, was assaulted with his own camera while covering youth violence in Reims. More in www.bbc.co.uk »
Mississippi storm: Living in a US city with no drinking water
       
Mississippi storm: Living in a US city with no drinking waterAdded: 03.03.2021 20:14 | 7 views | 0 commentsOver 160,000 residents in Mississippi have been without drinkable water for two weeks after storm.
ICC opens 'war crimes' investigation in West Bank and Gaza
       
ICC opens 'war crimes' investigation in West Bank and GazaAdded: 03.03.2021 19:16 | 10 views | 0 commentsIsrael rejects the court's decision to probe alleged war crimes, while the Palestinians praise it.
Covid-19: Backlash in Spain over princesses getting UAE vaccines
       
Covid-19: Backlash in Spain over princesses getting UAE vaccinesAdded: 03.03.2021 18:16 | 13 views | 0 commentsThe sisters say they were offered the jab when visiting their father in the United Arab Emirates.
Myanmar sees deadliest day as 38 protesters killed
       
Added: 03.03.2021 17:54 | 8 views | 0 commentsSecurity forces reportedly opened fire on large crowds in Mandalay and Monywa on Wednesday.
Twitch's First Transparency Report Is Here—and Long Overdue
       
Twitch today released its first-ever transparency report, detailing its efforts to safeguard the 26 million people who visit its site daily. In its new transparency report Twitch acknowledges this difficulty and for the first time offers specific details about how well it moderates its platform. Throughout this time, Twitch didn’t have a transparency report to make its policies and inner workings clear to a user base suffering abuse. Twitch’s transparency report serves as a victory lap for its recent moderation efforts. Enforcement actions increased by 788,000 early 2020 to 1.1 million late 2020, which Twitch says reflects its increase in users.
Scientists Accidentally Discover Strange Creatures Under a Half Mile of Ice
       
It’s not as if the seafloor is littered with these things.” Just his luck to drill in the only wrong place. Wrong place for collecting seafloor muck, but the absolute right place for a one-in-a-million shot at finding life in an environment that scientists didn’t reckon could support much of it. An alien-like sponge and other stalked animals dangled from the rock, while stouter, cylindrical sponges hugged the surface. The rock Smith had accidentally discovered is 160 miles from daylight—that is, the nearest edge of the shelf, where ice ends and the open ocean begins. (When a whale dies and sinks, by the way, it’s epically known as a “whale fall.”)
How to Set Up a 4G LTE Wi-Fi Network as an Alternative to Broadband
       
But the increase in speed and capacity of 4G LTE (and now 5G) networks has opened up another option. How 4G LTE Internet WorksRouters such as the Netgear Orbi can bring 4G LTE into your home. Using a 4G LTE home internet service isn't quite the same as running a hot spot though. Instead of having everything come through your phone, you set up a router to speak directly to the 4G LTE network, and then that router converts the signal into the conventional Wi-Fi that we all know and love. Traditionally, restrictions on data use have been one of the main reasons not to make the switch to 4G LTE for home connectivity.
Cheese Actually Isn’t Bad for You
       
If you Google “cheese,” the top result under “people also ask” is the ungrammatical query “Why cheese is bad for you?” Now, if you’re the type of person who’s thinking, “What’s the big deal? Cheese was right in the middle: On average, eating more or less of it had essentially no effect on weight. “There’s no evidence that cheese is linked to cardiovascular disease, and in some studies, it’s even a little bit associated with lower risk. And then, for diabetes, again, it’s at worst neutral, and maybe protective.”It’s true that observational studies can only reveal correlations. “It wasn’t people eating cheese on cutting boards with walnuts and grapes,” Mozaffarian says.
So Long, Fry’s. I Learned Everything About Gadgets From You
       
It’s because Fry’s Electronics, the West Coast’s premier suburban electronics superstore, has announced it will soon close all of its locations. “It’s just a stupid electronics store,” she said, sauntering to the kitchen for a morning cup of coffee. Fry's has been sliding downhill for a long time. Fry's was one of the only places you could see the entire home technology revolution sprawled out before you. Fry’s was also where I learned firsthand that nascent technologies—in this case, a glove-based controller that my brother woefully wasted $100 on in 2002—are sometimes too good to be true.
Fake News Gets More Engagement on Facebook—But Only If It's Right-Wing
       
“What we find is that among the far right in particular, misinformation is more engaging than non-misinformation,” said Laura Edelson, a doctoral candidate and the lead researcher. This allowed the team to categorize each source both by ideological positioning—far right, slightly right, center, slightly left, far left—and by whether or not it had been flagged for regularly publishing false content. In the far left, slightly left, and center categories, publications rated credible by NewsGuard and MBFC saw between two and five times as much engagement as ones that were not. In the slightly right category, accurate sources held only a slim edge. Both those engagement numbers dwarf any other category; the next highest is “far left, not misinformation,” at only about 145 interactions per thousand followers per week.
If You Transplant a Human Head, Does Its Consciousness Follow?
       
I think medicine doesn't really want to always be remembered for the slightly creepy things that it does. White “perfected” the head transplant on monkeys in 1970 by maintaining blood flow to the monkey brain while it transitioned between its original body to its new one. So, the strangest part about this story is that it is possible to transplant a head. I think White felt that the human surgery would be more successful, because of everything being larger and easier to work on, and that they could work faster. So for him, he felt like he didn't have a lot to lose: “Okay, I will still be quadriplegic, but I will live because I'll have a better body.” And this is partly why White called it a body transplant, he quit calling it a head transplant.
How Far Away From Perseverance Did the Descent Stage Land?
       
It's not quite as mighty, but I am going to dare something myself: I'm going to try to figure out how far the descent stage would land from the rover. After that, a rocket-powered descent stage slowed the rover down as it approached the surface. At the very end of the descent stage, a cable lowered the rover to the ground. Then the descent stage used its remaining fuel to shoot away from the landing site. The plan is to use angular size of the descent stage to get the distance from the rover in each frame of the video.
TikTok Played a Key Role in MAGA Radicalization
       
Several key features distinguish TikTok from almost every other social platform. The effect is similar to YouTube’s much maligned recommendation algorithm, which notoriously leads users to more and more extreme content. From the minute you enter the platform, you’re riding through the wormhole. What makes a TikTok video more potent than a hyperpartisan meme shared on Facebook or a retweeted #MAGA slogan? When you make a video on the platform, you’re staring at a mirror image of yourself.
Email and Slack Have Locked Us in a Productivity Paradox
       
The journalist who wrote the Time feature noted in his article that he had typed his contribution on a typewriter. This was true of the first PCs, and it likely explains the uneasy relationship we have with a more recent office innovation: email. As he documents, many of these departments fired support staff after the arrival of time-saving computer software made them unnecessary. The obvious problem is that the work once conducted by this staff now shifted to the workers they used to support. Though these support staff reductions saved salary costs in the short term, they required hiring more higher-level—and therefore higher-salary—employees in the long term to maintain similar levels of output.
Perseverance’s Eyes See a Different Mars
       
Perseverance, a rover built by humans to do science 128 million miles away, is wheels-down on Mars. Some of the cameras see colors and textures almost exactly the way the people who built them do. The rover’s cameras imagine colors beyond the ones that human eyes and brains can come up with. But the light on Mars is a little different than the light on Earth. And Perseverance’s eyes can see light we humans can’t—light made of reflected x-rays or infrared or ultraviolet.
Valheim Is Changing How We Play Survival Games
       
According to Steam Database, Valheim had over 500,000 concurrent players on February 21, and this survival game could cross even further into popular culture. In what ways do you think Valheim compares to previous survival games? In what ways do you think Valheim innovates the survival genre? That being said, I do think we have found an audience in making Valheim a PvE-focused survival game. We don’t really feel that we compare that much to the games you most think of when thinking about the survival genre.
Microsoft's Dream of Decentralized IDs Enters the Real World
       
For years, tech companies have touted blockchain technology as a means to develop identity systems that are secure and decentralized. Instead of just storing a scan of your birth certificate, for example, a decentralized ID platform might store a validated token that confirms the information in it. Microsoft has been one of the leaders of this pack—and is now detailing tangible progress toward its vision of a decentralized digital ID. Think of the platform as a digital wallet like Apple Pay or Google Pay, but for identifiers rather than credit cards. Under Microsoft's setup, you can also revoke access to your credentials if the recipient no longer needs access.
Should Anyone Actually Care About Ray Tracing?
       
Which raises the question: Should players even care about ray tracing? Why Ray Tracing Is a Big Deal (Even If It Hurts Performance)Although ray tracing is a relatively new buzzword in the gaming world, the feature has been a mainstay of computer graphics in film and TV for years. Why You Still Might Want to Turn It OffFor now, though, ray tracing is a demanding task. Depending on what graphics card you own, Cyberpunk 2077 might be unplayably slow on PC with ray tracing turned on. Even on hardware that allows ray tracing and high frame rates at the same time, you might get a smoother experience or fewer bugs if you skip the ray tracing entirely.
23 Best Nintendo Switch Games for Every Player (2021)
       
The Switch is one of Nintendo's most successful and influential systems ever. Figuring out what to play, though—that's getting harder every year, as the roster of first-party and indie games grows deeper and deeper. Thankfully, WIRED has plenty of opinionated Nintendo fans on staff, and we've put our heads together to compile a list of the best Switch games. Be sure to also read up on our Switch Tips and Secrets, Favorite Switch Accessories, and Bundle Deals. Updated for February 2021: We added Spiritfarers, Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury, Hades, and Luigi's Mansion 3.
Help! I’m Sneaking Into My Office. Is This So Wrong?
       
Dear OOO,I'm sneaking into my office—which isn't illegal or anything; I'm following company protocol and doing it safely. I tell my family members that I'm going in to use the "better" equipment. OOO Surviving the #WFH Age Need help navigating the always on, always remote life? People don’t need to “deserve” a break from work or home or anything that’s weighing on them. But back to the actual content of your question: You don’t need to feel badly about wanting time alone, but slamming the office door behind you isn’t very sporting.
The Essential Climbing Gear for Beginners
       
Most people learn climbing in a gym. Let me tell you one thing: It's less-intimidating to get acquainted with the safety routines, lingo, and gear when climbing indoors. Whether you're indoors or outdoors, you're going to need some basic gear. I'm keeping it simple (and affordable) in this guide, as it's easy to get overwhelmed by all the jargon for technical gear. You're also not going to be climbing lead until you're more experienced, so I'm omitting items like rope and quickdraws, which your climb leader will have.
Anthony Fauci Pleads: Don’t Declare Victory
       
Of course, that’s Anthony Fauci, the longtime director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Anthony Fauci: I don't think that's going to be the case. I don't think the 526 in New York is going to be any worse in the sense of evading the vaccine or evading the monoclonal antibodies. No, I don't think so. But you've got to continue to practice public health measures until the level of infection goes way, way down.
Dr. Oz helps save man's life at Newark Airport by performing CPR and clearing his airway
       
Port Authority Officer Jeffrey Croissant, who was on patrol when he witnessed the man falling to the floor, quickly rushed over and called for help. After realizing that Oz was the one who stepped up to help, he remarked, "What better help to have than a cardiac surgeon?" Image zoom Officer Jeffrey Croissant | Credit: Courtesy Port Authority"Last night, a man collapsed near me and my family after we arrived at Newark Airport. I performed CPR with the help of a Newark Port Authority police officer and cleared the man's airway," Oz said in a statement provided to PEOPLE. "Thankfully, Newark Airport had a defibrillator nearby that we were able to use to save his life."
Gab's CTO Introduced a Critical Vulnerability to the Site
       
A quick review of Gab’s open source code shows that the critical vulnerability—or at least one very much like it—was introduced by the company’s chief technology officer. Critics say the move violates terms of the Affero General Public License, which governs Gab’s reuse of Mastodon, an open source software package for hosting social networking platforms. Critics say the removal violates terms that require forked source code be directly linked from the site. Then, on Monday, the site suddenly removed all commits—including the ones that created and then fixed the critical SQL injection vulnerability. In their place, Gab provided source code in the form of a Zip archive file that was protected by the password “JesusChristIsKingTrumpWonTheElection” (minus the quotation marks).
Read an excerpt from Jeff Vandermeer's new endangered species conspiracy novel Hummingbird Salamander
       
I stared out the window as he began to tell me everything he knew about computers. I could tell his greatest need, or mine, was to sit alone in a park for an hour and be as silent as a stone. The downtown fell away and, with it, skyscrapers and gentrified loft apartments, and then, after streets of counterculture, zoned haphazard and garish, the suburbs took over. The driver stopped talking. The mountain range like a premonition twisted free of gray mist, distant but gathering.
Punky Brewster stars Cherie Johnson and Jasika Nicole are already planning possible season 2 wedding
       
Punky Brewster Close Streaming OptionsShould Peacock's Punky Brewster revival return for season 2, series stars Cherie Johnson and Jasika Nicole are already dreaming of what their characters' wedding would look like. Across the show's 10-episode debut, fans of the popular 80s series learned Punky's best friend Cherie (Johnson) is in a serious relationship with a lawyer named Lauren (Nicole). Johnson may not know what her character would wear but Nicole has the perfect dress to wear sitting in her closet at home. "About five or six years ago, I knitted a wedding dress though I never intended to wear it myself," Nicole continued. Maybe in season 2, Cherie can tell Lauren all the gory details during pillow talk while showing some flashbacks?"
Why you need the £12.99 powder foundation that's going viral on TikTok
       
In case you weren't aware, feta cheese isn't the only thing currently going viral on TikTok. L'Oréal's Infallible 24Hr Fresh Wear Powder Foundation is currently having it's own moment in the spotlight, after users discovered just how damn flawless it leaves your skin. If the idea of a powder foundation gives you flashbacks to polyester jumpers and Pod heeled shoes, don't worry. In fact Fresh Wear actually applies like a cream foundation before drying matte. L'Oréal Paris L'Oréal Paris Infallible 24 Hour Fresh Wear Foundation Powder 9g (Various Shades) L'Oréal Paris lookfantastic.com £12.99 Buy nowOh, and if you're still not sold it promises 24 hour wear so this could finally be the foundation that won't rub off onto your facemask.
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is butt-naked with a topknot on the cover of ELLE
       
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The first landlord has been charged in a 'sex for rent case'
       
Close to four years ago, Cosmopolitan reported on the practice of predatory 'landlords' offering vulnerable women free (or heavily discounted) accommodation in exchange for sexual favours. Now, in a landmark new case, the first ever landlord has been charged in a 'sex for rent'-based trial. The charges were filed following an investigation conducted by ITV, who passed his details on to the police in 2019. Jennifer Savin Features Writer Jennifer Savin is Cosmopolitan UK’s features writer (for both print and digital), specialising in investigative reports, news, women’s issues and all things health. This content is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this page to help users provide their email addresses.
Fans Flood Twitter With Support for Meghan Markle After Truly Wild Drama With Her Earrings
       
Just days before Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's sit-down interview with Oprah, a suspiciously-timed article has dropped about Meghan. The character assassination of Meghan Markle by the press is insane and so blatant! Yet Prince Andrew is out here.... let me not even start — TROY the MAGICIAN (@TROYmagician) March 3, 2021This content is imported from Twitter. We're getting to the point where if Meghan Markle were to take a posy offered to her, the press would report it as:"Evil Duchess steals flowers from child." *asteroid heading towards earth that will wipe out the entire human race*british media: meghan markle failed to notice the asteroid that will kill us all — ?joe (@jxeker) March 2, 2021Again, Meghan has also been accused of "bullying" by palace aides.
7 Fall 2021 Bag Trends — Cute Fall '21 Bag Trends
       
With the Fall/Winter '21 fashion month still happening, a bunch of new (and, okay, some not-so-new) trends have popped up alllll over the runways. The bag trends for the season are super cute, and though next fall may feel like ages away, we simply couldn't wait to highlight all these gorgeous styles, from chainlink straps to coin purse clasps and more. Whether you're out and about in your sweatpants and want an accessory to dress up your comfy look or you're looking to change up your style completely, there is definitely a bag trend that you'll love to see (and wear) below. With this spring slowly creeping in, I'm getting ahead of myself by saying, yes, I'm already looking forward to the upcoming fall season just so I can wear some of these cool pieces! And if you're in the mood to peruse even more fall fashion, click the links for the shoe trends and overall fashion trends.
15 Best Neck Creams for Smoothing Wrinkles and Fine Lines in 2021
       
I’ll be the first to admit that I used to think neck creams were a scam, a waste of money, and not something that was worth including in my skincare routine. Okay, let me break it down for you: The skin on your neck is different from the skin on your face. There’s less collagen and fewer oil glands, so the skin on your neck is typically dryer. Because of this, neck creams are usually a little thicker and more moisturizing than face creams and filled with ingredients that tighten and lift. BUT if you do want to start a more targeted anti-aging routine for your neck or if you wanna cover all your bases just in case, I went ahead and found the 15 best neck creams for legit every single concern, ahead.
Inside the Fight to Save Jing Fong
       
Jing Fong workers, community members, and activists gathered on Tuesday to protest the Chinatown restaurant’s closing. Photo: Scott Heins Photo: Scott HeinsAs Chinatown’s largest restaurant, and New York’s largest Chinese restaurant, Jing Fong is a gravitational center in the neighborhood. “You destroy Jing Fong, you basically destroy Chinatown,” says Kai Wen Yang of the Chinese Staff and Workers Association. They don’t care who lives here.”Shao Qing Chen, Yolanda Zhang, and Jing Fong server Liang Cheng. “We’re not too sure whether or not they wanted to renew the lease.”“Nobody wanted Jing Fong to succeed more than the Chus,” the rep, Eric F. Phillips of the PR firm Edelman, wrote when asked about this.
What Author Jenny Han Can’t Live Without
       
It smells like Concord grapes and used to be impossible to get in the U.S. I was in a boutique and I was like, “Something smells incredible.” It was this. The brand has a store in Florence, so I always stock up whenever I go to Italy. What is it?” Concord grapes are the best, but you can only get them during a certain time of the year. We had this incredible garden that my grandparents cultivated — it had corn and strawberries and cabbage and cucumbers and squash and pumpkin.
NYC Restaurants Are Pivoting to Pizza During the Pandemic
       
Photo: Naoto Ono, Courtesy of COCO PAZZERIAAs might be expected, pizza has boomed nationally during the pandemic. Some 30 years ago, Pazzo’s Pino Luongo hired Ciro Verde to work the pizza oven at his pioneering Chelsea trattoria, Le Madri. Post Le Madri, both went on to open their own restaurants and then fell out of touch. Smillie Pizza by il Buco Alimentari 53 Great Jones St.; ilbuco.com Pizza has always been part of this multitasking Noho shopstaurant, but it took pandemic dining habits to beget a separate identity for its pies. “I always dreamed of combining Neapolitan with New York City pizza,” he says.
The Vaccine Selfie: Encouraged at Javits, Tolerated at Medgar Evers
       
The short answer is yes — even at Medgar Evers, where signs that read “No photography allowed” flank the entrance to the vaccination room. Photo: Willy BlackmoreElsewhere in the city, the selfies-only rule, which is more or less standard, is a little more obvious. There’s a designated selfie booth and a step-and-repeat at the Javits Center. no designated selfie spot at medgar evers but don’t worry, i took one afterwards anyway pic.twitter.com/C7rkYBLHos — maya kosoff (@mekosoff) February 26, 2021Got my first dose this morning. Or at least it was for me when I got my first Pfizer dose over the weekend at Medgar Evers.
These Wear-With-Anything Superga Sneakers Are $20 Off Today
       
1 item in this article 1 item on sale! Strategist writer Liza Corsillo admires their versatility: “They look nice with skirts and dresses as well as beat-up denim,” she says. And today, they’re a little bit less of an investment: You can get them for $20 off during Anthropologie’s 48-hour sale, bringing the price to just $79. Email This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. Terms & Privacy Notice By submitting your email, you agree to our Terms and Privacy Notice and to receive email correspondence from us.
Brownstone Shared Housing:
       
Brownstone Shared Housing was founded by James Stallworth (Stanford ’17) and his romantic partner Christina Lennox, who met while working as state auditors. “Based on [Stallworth’s] logic, ‘almost all brownstones’ would be exempt from laws that govern lawful occupancy standards in New York City. They’re often in violation of occupancy standards, Main adds — though he also believes those standards should be relaxed, given that homelessness is often the alternative. Brownstone Shared Housing’s homepage. “One of the reasons it’s important for people to sign up and show that they’re interested is, of course, investors don’t need shared housing,” he says.
10 Things That’ll Almost Definitely Sell Out: From Boy Smells to Our Place
       
For its latest limited-edition collection, Our Place has released this set in celebration of Nowruz, the Persian New Year. Rounding out the trio is some saffron (a staple spice in tahdig), hand-harvested by Heray Spice. The damkoni is available in four nature-inspired shades, and the platter comes in two neutral colors: spice and chickpea. The hues are mixed and matched into four aesthetically pleasing options; this one pairs the chickpea platter with a walnut-color damkoni. While the chickpea-walnut combo is currently available, some of the other shades are back-ordered and expected to ship in late March.
29 Ceramic Pieces From Black Artisans and Black-Owned Businesses
       
From minimal vases for your bodega bouquets to handmade trays for displaying knickknacks to cheery mugs that’ll add some joy to your morning coffee (or tea) routine, read on for our favorite ceramic pieces made by Black artisans or sold by Black-owned businesses. Lolly Lolly Ceramics Mug Clay Matte $52 $52 Maybe you’ve seen Lalese Stamps’s work on your Instagram feed before. Shown in white, this petite bud vase is also available in black and tan. In addition to unusual ceramics, artist Avé Rivera also sells equally funky stickers and apparel. All of her pieces — including this handsome platter — are thrown on a wheel, handpainted, and microwave, food, and dishwasher safe.
Should You Buy a Pulse Oximeter?
       
“A pulse oximeter is a medical device that measures the oxygen content in the blood,” says Tsuang. Because COVID-19 and pneumonia related to the infection can cause low oxygen, oxygen monitoring is critical in more severe cases. As for buying your own pulse oximeter, Tsuang recommends first asking your doctor if that makes sense for you. If so, your doctor may be able to prescribe a medical-grade pulse oximeter that’s more accurate than the typical options. Although it was nearly impossible to find a pulse oximeter in stock a few months ago, supplies are catching up with demand, and there are several available now if you would still like to buy one for extra assurance.
I Couldn’t Imagine Being Happy. But I Could Imagine Being Carmela.
       
I could not imagine being a woman who was happy and free. But I could imagine being Carmela. We’re drawn to Carmela and women like her because they allow us to play out a fantasy that we know we need to leave behind. I know that just because white trans women must make a more concerted effort to be perceived as women, that does not erase our ability to oppress others. I may not necessarily be happier, but I can be more fulfilled, more complete, less complicit in all the moral compromises women like Carmela felt they had to make.
Nomzamo Mbatha Could Be Your Accountant
       
Recently, Mbatha sat down with Vulture to discuss all things Coming 2 America, finishing her degree late (just like her “future husband,” Drake), and bonding with co-star Jermaine Fowler at Whole Foods. I was attending class in pursuit of my Bachelor of Commerce degree in accounting, and obviously I’m attending university as Nomzamo. You were in Abu Dhabi with the U.N. when you got the call about Coming 2 America. My auditioning process and getting into the room was almost a Coming to America sort of expedition. The pressure’s obviously there because you’re getting threats from people, like, “Don’t mess it up.” Like, okay, I’m not trying to!
The Sick Minds at The Masked Singer Are At It Again
       
Well, looks like the absolute sickos at the mass-broadcast psych experiment known as The Masked Singer are at it again. The larger one’s mouth slides up and down like a sentient ventriloquist’s dummy. The smaller one’s mouth cannot move, yet it must scream. Mercifully, a third, smaller Russian Doll doesn’t climb out of the larger one’s abdomen. The Masked Singer premieres March 10, and only then will we know.
The Truffle Hunters Heads for the Hills and Returns With a Feast for the Senses
       
When filmmakers Michael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw first wandered into the Piedmont mountains, they thought they’d fallen into a fairytale kingdom. Dweck and Kershaw’s resulting documentary The Truffle Hunters follows several of the oldest of these men — like Carlo, the impish 88-year-old who sneaks out a window to go truffling, and Aurelio, who is a spry 84. The documentarians track the men and their dogs on their hunts, but they don’t actually try to uncover their mysteries. First, there are the oldest truffle hunters, who seem to have stepped out of time. The Truffle Hunters is a documentary, but it’s deliberately non-expository.
Meet the NYU Students Behind ‘Sidetalk’ on Instagram
       
It’s not what you might expect if you’ve ever seen an episode of their raucous one-minute Instagram show, Sidetalk. You might meet a man named Jesus humping a tree in Central Park or a foulmouthed child talking about women with big butts. The Sidetalk account went from a few thousand followers to tens of thousands in a matter of days. He has now appeared several times on the Sidetalk Instagram and amassed more than 100,000 followers on his personal account. During filming, passersby occasionally yelled, “Shout out Sidetalk NYC!,” which has become a familiar refrain on the show.
‘My Dad Died, and Now I’m Worried I’m Headed for Divorce’
       
Or maybe that’s what I want to do — I don’t know. The gymnastics of staying afloat are not for the faint of heart: You’re pedaling furiously, you’re breathing in deeply, you’re angry, you’re fine, you’re absolutely crushed. You don’t know where you are. Stand where you are and let your husband love you. They don’t know what a survivor looks like when they see one.
What Can’t Shakira Do?
       
Last summer, Shakira, whom I’ve loved for 20 years, started posting pictures and videos of herself skateboarding to Instagram. That Shakira could suddenly skateboard very well, with little to no visible effort, was not particularly surprising, as she’s constantly expanding upon her already formidable skill set. In December, Shakira and the Black Eyed Peas released a song called “Girl Like Me.” It’s not my favorite, which is fine. But in the accompanying video, for no discernible reason except that she can, Shakira skateboards. In traditional Shakira style, she is wearing an absolutely batshit outfit: It’s, like, a red leather shredded and studded tank top over black, fringed underwear.
I Forgot How to Hang Out
       
Later that afternoon, our friend texted to tell us how tired she felt; her husband was already asleep on the couch. We will once again make unmasked, unharried small talk with cashiers and servers and see our coworkers in person and attend social events both obligatory and optional. In the meantime, it’s essential that we remember we are all stressed, and stressed people are generally thinking mostly about their own stressors. ProfessionalBefore we lost it completely, office small talk was widely considered a deadening, dumbing force. For people working from home, seeing each other’s faces means planned meetings, which means Zoom or something like it.
30, Flirty, and Thriving
       
I was like, “When I’m 30, I’ll be 30, flirty, and thriving.” Now that it is breathing down my neck I’m terrified and like, “I don’t know. That’s when Jenna makes a wish, a mantra she repeats, “30 and flirty and thriving.” Magically, Jenna gets her wish. That was my salient takeaway: “Wow, 30, flirty, and thriving.” Rewatching it now, I realized I more or less forgot the middle part of the movie. I’m going to have some horses, and I’m going to be married. ALLISON: Even though I’m 30, I still have this idea of what 30 is.
Photo: The Hospital Staff at Elmhurst in Queens NYC
       
Second frame, from left: Loreta Naska, patient-care associate; Yeeun “Grace” Jang, RN, ambulatory care; Sister Lilia Njoku, chaplain; Mercy Mathew, respiratory therapist; Hanna Yakubova, NP, ambulatory care; Iryna Stefankiv, RN, emergency department; Abel Guerrero, hospital police officer. Andrea Robertson has swabbed thousands of noses since she was first assigned to oversee the COVID-19 testing tent outside Elmhurst Hospital one year ago. The head nurse of ambulatory care began testing patients last March, and she hasn’t stopped since — 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., often seven days a week. While cases have slowed, staff still haven’t had time to fully process the emotional toll of the past year. But amid all the tragedy, what sticks with her from this experience is the way the staff came together.
A Running List of the Allegations Against Madison Cawthorn
       
In August, Krulikas posted on Instagram about an incident that took place in 2014, when Cawthorn was 19 and she was 17. The two had agreed to go on a date, and Cawthorn drove them to a secluded spot in the woods. According to her account, they sat around a bonfire, and soon, Cawthorn started talking about sex, which made Krulikas uncomfortable. Cawthorn would take young women to secluded areas, lock the doors, and proceed to make unwanted sexual advances,” the letter read. “Seeing the Eagles Nest has been on my bucket list for awhile, it did not disappoint,” Cawthorn wrote.
The Moment I Realized My Second Act Could Work
       
Here, she talks about the moment she realized her hobby could become her second act — and a wildly successful one. I found a job as a nanny, and the family paid me a little extra to cook their meals. People would tell me, “You should open a restaurant.” But I was so young, and still a student in a master’s program. When I told my husband that I wanted to open a restaurant, he was very resistant. During that time, I kept working in restaurants and I wrote my recipes.
Backup Singer Dolette McDonald on Her Years With Talking Heads, the Police, and Don Henley
       
In terms of not being able to see people, that’s been really, really hard. With the Police, the funny thing is I realized nobody was paying attention to us [backup singers], so it really didn’t matter. Someone recently sent me the audio of it and I didn’t really bomb, but at the time, I felt like she hated me. He made it really, really a good time for us. I had to tell him at one point, “I don’t know what it is that you want.
U.K. Artist Call Me Loop Shares New Acoustic Version of ‘Rosé’
       
U.K. singer-songwriter Call Me Loop has released a new acoustic version of her 2020 single, “Rosé.”The new spin finds Call Me Loop paring back the shuffling disco groove of the original and centering the song around lush keys, acoustic guitar, and finger snap percussion. To match the laid-back, homemade feel of this version, Call Me Loop shared a self-shot video in which she sings of a grand romance — “Oh, baby, oh, you know, you got me crazy/Thinking about you on the daily/I’m laying in the sun, just drinking every drop of your love” — while lounging in bed. “With lockdown somewhat limiting my options for the acoustic video shoot, I decided to keep things really simple, and just set up my phone aerial view over my bed and sing to the camera as if I were looking up at my partner and singing to them,” Call Me Loop tells Rolling Stone. “I love that the acoustic version really highlights the sensual, romantic lyrics of ‘Rosé,’ and so wanted to mimic that with an intimate visual.”Call Me Loop released “Rosé” last November. The song followed her previously released 2020 singles, “Strike” and “Downhill From Here,” while in 2019 she released her second EP, Drama.
Neil deGrasse Tyson Explains Why End of Earth Is Tired, End of Universe Is Wired on ‘Colbert’
       
Neil deGrasse Tyson cut to the chase and explained how the Earth and the universe will end during an interview with Stephen Colbert on The Late Show Tuesday, March 2nd. The topics are something Tyson explores in his new book, Cosmic Queries: StarTalk’s Guide to Who We Are, How We Got Here, and Where We’re Going. And this will continue, rip your molecules apart, then it’ll rip your atoms apart! And then there’s a part where it rips — I shouldn’t say ‘rip, it ‘separates’ them — then the very fabric of space and time itself will fall victim to this expansion. And we call that ‘The Big Rip.’”In another part of the interview, Tyson spoke about the rise in missions to Mars from space programs around the world and spoke about NASA’s new rover, Perseverance, which just landed on the planet.
Listeria Prompts Nationwide Recall of Party Platters, Sandwiches, Taco Dip, and More—Here’s What to Know
       
J&J Distributing, a St. Paul, Minn.-based company, is recalling a number of prepared food products due to potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination, reports the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The recall affects an extremely wide range of food products, categories, and brands. Items include Haug Taco Trays, Fresh Thyme Taco Dip, Tastebuds Taco Platters and Taco Dips, Kwik Trip Taco Dips, Earthgrown Mini Taco Dips, Caribou Turkey Sandwiches, and more. According to the FDA, the recall was issued after J&J Distributing discovered Listeria monocytogenes on a utensil that was used to produce the products. That being said, Listeria monocytogenes is no joke.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Announce New LP ‘G_d’s Pee at State’s End!’
       
Black Emperor return this spring with their new double album G_d’s Pee at State’s End!, the Montreal post-rock collective’s first LP since 2017’s Luciferian Towers. G_d’s Pee at State’s End! We tried to summon a brighter reckoning there, bent beneath varied states of discomfort, worry, and wonderment,” Gy!be said in a statement. did share a snippet from G_d’s Pee at State’s End!, a minute of drone, electronic whirring, static, and shortwave radio signals dubbed “4521.0kHz 6730.0kHz 4109.09kHz.”“This record is about all of us waiting for the end,” the leftist-leaning band continued. Tax the rich until they’re impoverished.”G_d’s Pee at State’s End!
10 items that make adjusting to daylight saving time easier
       
Getting one fewer hour of sleep means you have to make the most of the sleep you do get. This mug, so you're never without your brewCredit: Zojirushi The 16-ounce mug comes in 8 different colors. Get the Adaptive Sound Sound + Sleep Sound Machine from Amazon for $80.836. More hours of daylight is great for all your favorite outdoor activities, but not so great for trying to sleep. Let's face it—with an hour less sleep, you're not likely to be looking your most bright-eyed.
At least 13 dead after truck crashes into SUV packed with 25 people near US-Mexico border
       
At least 13 dead after truck crashes into SUV packed with 25 people near US-Mexico borderMore than a dozen people were killed after an SUV packed with 25 people crashed with a semitruck near the U.S.-Mexico border in California.
Opinion | Power, Politics and Sexual Misconduct
       
To the Editor:Re “As Scandals Sap His Political Strength, Cuomo Resists Calls to Resign” (news article, March 3):Now 79 years old, I experienced my share of minor sexual harassment through the years. When I was young, I had to tolerate it or suffer significant consequences and more “teasing.” But now women do not have to tolerate crude jokes, butt pats, breast grabs, unwelcome kisses, sly sexual remarks. The sexual bullies won. I worked for a number of elected officials, as well as other employers, when I was young. On many occasions I experienced inappropriate gestures and comments that might in today’s world be considered inappropriate.
The best places to buy bathing suits online in 2021
       
To help you navigate this tricky purchase, I decided to track down some of the best places to buy swimsuits for all body types. OutplayOur favorites: Swimmee—$49 and Boi Shorts—$39Sizes: XS-XXLPrices: $$Return Policy: 30 daysIf you're shopping for gender-neutral swimwear, Outplay is a great place to start—and end—your search. Swimsuits for AllOur favorite: Ashley Graham CEO Lace-Up One-Piece Swimsuit—$128Sizes: 4-34Prices: $$$Return/Exchange Policy: 60 daysThe name here says it all. Seraphine MaternityOur favorites: Nautical Tie Back Maternity Swimsuit—$59Sizes: S-XLPrices: $$Return Policy: 30 daysMaternity swimwear can be tricky to shop for, but London-based brand Seraphine Maternity delivers, big time. VenusOur favorite: Strappy Bandeau Top—$39 and String Side Bikini Bottom—$26Sizes: XS-2XPrices: $$Return/Exchange Policy: 90 daysFor mid-priced bathing suits, Venus is a good option.
150 missing children recovered in Tennessee after months-long operation
       
A months-long operation has recovered 150 missing children in Tennessee, authorities said Wednesday. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said it launched the effort, “Operation Volunteer Strong,” in an attempt to track down 240 missing kids, news station WVLT reported. Authorities are also still working to find the other 90 missing children in the system. And there is nothing more worthwhile,” Tennessee DCS Commissioner Jennifer Nichols said at a press conference, news station WZTV reported. “I know the great folks who made Operation Volunteer Strong a success will continue their important work and help put a stop to this criminal activity.”
Fauci: Trials of third vaccine to fight COVID variants will start this month
       
Vaccine makers are developing a third shot to fight new, highly contagious COVID-19 variants — with clinical trials set to start this month, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Wednesday. Syringes loaded with the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine are delivered to medical workers inoculating people at Central Falls High School in Central Falls, Rhode Island, on Feb. 13, 2021. Joseph Prezioso/Getty ImagesPfizer — which said last week it is also studying booster shots — is also working to target mutated strains, Fauci said. Fauci also suggested a possible “universal coronavirus vaccine” may be developed in coming years to battle variants. Several COVID-19 variants, including the South African, Brazilian and UK strains, have emerged in the US in recent months.
NYC DAs say Albany law would bolster transit worker assault cases
       
A state proposal to impose harsher punishment on people who attack and spit on transit workers will also help bolster cases against assailants, prosecutors said Wednesday. Andrew Cuomo’s budget plan in January, prosecutors could use witness statements to hold attackers accountable. “Normally we think there are enough penalties in the law for us to keep people safe and protect our communities. It would also add more positions to the list of transit workers it is a felony to attack. Pierre Jean, an MTA bus driver and spitting assault victim speaking on March 3, 2021.
Glow-in-the-dark sharks found lurking hundreds of feet below sea near New Zealand
       
A state proposal to impose harsher punishment on people who...Glow-in-the-dark sharks found hundreds of feet below sea near New Zealand. Glow-in-the-dark sharks found hundreds of feet below sea near New Zealand. Glow-in-the-dark sharks found hundreds of feet below sea near New Zealand. Glow-in-the-dark sharks found hundreds of feet below sea near New Zealand. Kitefin sharks are said to swim 984 feet below sea level.
Cuomo relaxes some COVID restrictions with one-shot J&J vaccines set to arrive
       
“The light at the end of the tunnel is in sight, but we can’t stop driving now,” Cuomo told reporters during his 20-plus-minute lead-up to his remarks addressing the harassment scandal. The easing of restrictions in New York comes as the state expects to receive 164,000 doses of the newly approved Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. The new details came as state officials confirmed they were expecting 164,000 doses of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson inoculation to arrive in the first round of deliveries. The Johnson & Johnson shots are far simpler to store, transport and administer than the first two vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna, each of which requires two doses. All told, 3 million New Yorkers — about 15 percent of the state’s population — have received at least one dose of the first two vaccines.
Tourism groups in Thailand petition to reopen country to international travelers
       
Thailand’s tourism sector wants to reopen the country to visitors this summer. On Tuesday, tourism groups in Thailand launched the #OpenThailandSafely campaign, asking the country to allow travelers with proof of a COVID-19 vaccine into the country without quarantine requirements by July 1. “This will give confidence to international travelers and encourage them to book a trip to Thailand.”“Thai tourism operators, especially those reliant on international travel, would then be able to start business planning, accept forward bookings, start to rehire staff, and conduct training programs,” the petition adds. According to a letter published with the campaign, Thailand tourism and related industries have been “decimated” by the closure of international travel into the country because of the coronavirus pandemic. “The disruption of travel has not just impacted tourism, but also torn families apart and greatly reduced international trade.”“The current situation is unsustainable,” the letter added.
Even North West’s bearded dragon wears Kim Kardashian’s Skims
       
The reality star, 40, revealed that she added a bearded dragon to her brood on Wednesday. “Not a lizard in skims cozy collection and not me,” one fan responded. “Not me being so poor a lizard can afford skims before me,” another said. Kardashian seemingly created an entire Cozy Collection wardrobe for Speed, designing pint-sized robes and hoodies — which retail for $108 and $78 in adult human sizes, respectively — for the pet. It wasn’t long before fans started begging for a full Skims collection for pets; “We’ve passed your suggestion to the proper team!,” the brand replied to one fan’s request.
China makes COVID-19 anal swabs mandatory for foreigners
       
The 13 migrants killed in a horrific crash in Southern...China has made anal COVID-19 swabs mandatory for all foreign travelers arriving in the country. China has made anal COVID-19 swabs mandatory for all foreign travelers arriving in the country. China has made anal COVID-19 swabs mandatory for all foreign travelers arriving in the country, a report said Wednesday. Li Tongzeng, a respiratory disease medic, said that the anal swabs are better because virus traces stay longer in fecal samples than they do in the nose or throat, state media reported. “Some Japanese reported to our embassy in China that they received anal swab tests, which caused a great psychological pain,” Katsunobu Kato, Japan’s chief cabinet secretary, told a news conference.
Of course Fox News would rather talk about Dr. Seuss and Mr. Potato Head
       
The decision by the estate of children’s book author Dr. Seuss to stop publishing six of his books due to the racist images they included. That story, which Fox News framed as Seuss having been “canceled,” was mentioned by the network more than 60 times. Instead, Trump just promised more of what won him the Republican nomination four years before: more broad placement of “America first” and more bashing of the left. Trump voters were consistently more likely to express concern about the diminished status and power of Whites in America. One study showed that concern about Whites losing out was a much better predictor of Trump support than economic insecurity.
Buckingham Palace to investigate whether Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, bullied her staff
       
The newspaper reported that sources told the Times that Meghan was accused in a 2018 complaint of bullying staff, especially young women, “to the point of tears,” pushed two personal assistants “out of the household” and undermined confidence in a third. Starting in the spring, Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, will start a new life away from their duties as senior royals. In scandals past, the palace was loath to comment on anything, let alone internal investigations of how royal family members — known informally as “The Firm” — treat their courtiers and servants. Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, spoke with Oprah Winfrey about turning away from life as senior royals in an interview airing on March 7. We are disappointed to see this defamatory portrayal of The Duchess of Sussex given credibility by a media outlet.”
Los Angeles Zoo loses mother giraffe after stillborn calf
       
A giraffe has died at the Los Angeles Zoo after undergoing a procedure to deliver her stillborn calf, the zoo announced Tuesday. Hasina, a 12-year-old Masai giraffe, died unexpectedly Monday night after a team of 30 zoo staffers had removed the full-term stillborn calf in a five-hour procedure that morning, the zoo said. "Hasina recovered from anesthesia and was doing well, but unfortunately she passed away last night," the zoo said in a statement. She came to Los Angeles from the San Diego Zoo in 2010. Giraffes are listed as an endangered species because of habitat loss, illegal hunting and disease, the zoo said.
Photographer shares story of photo that shows a grizzly bear protecting cubs at Grand Teton National Park
       
A nature photographer captured the moment that one of the oldest known living grizzly bears noticed another bear getting a little too close to her cubs. Photographer Kunal Singh snapped the picture in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, Southwest News Service (SWNS) reports. "She's an incredible animal, an apex predator, and the most famous grizzly bear alive. FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK FOR MORE FOX LIFESTYLE NEWSThe bear in the photo is known as Grizzly 399, who is one of the oldest known grizzly bears living in the United States. Most grizzly bears die before the age of 25.
Did Texas lift coronavirus mask mandate too soon? Experts weigh in
       
Following news of several states removing mask mandates and greenlighting business reopenings, top health experts warn governors' "premature" actions threaten a resurgence in coronavirus cases. Mississippi, for instance, lifted all county mask mandates and allowed businesses to run at full capacity, with Gov. "Although we have seen recent favorable national trends, COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths remain at very high levels and we are not yet out of the woods." Experts say the call to lift mask mandates is "premature," due to high viral transmission, a largely unvacccinated population and continuing spread of highly transmissible variants. "COVID-19 remains a very lethal disease," Winslow wrote in an emailed statement.
Brother of Colorado mom allegedly gunned down by boy, 14, calls attack 'random, inhumane hell on earth'
       
COLORADO BOY, 14, CHARGED WITH MURDERING DENVER MOM IN DRIVE-BY SHOOTING ATTACK: OFFICIALS"He was everything to her," Alex Cabriales told Fox News. Pamela Cabriales died after days on life support, in the presence of family, Alex Cabriales said. "The last time I spoke to her," Alex Cabriales said, "she was in her, in the bed that she died. Cabriales told Fox News the young attacker has "a lengthy, lengthy record," which local news station FOX31 Denver has confirmed through law enforcement sources. "It’s the criminal history of a 20-year career criminal," Alex Cabriales previously told the news station.
Trying to burn belly fat? Intermittent fasting may be hindering progress, study suggests
       
If your diet involves intermittent fasting — abstaining from food for several hours at a time — it may be hindering your progress in shedding fat around this area of the body, suggests the findings of a new study. In the study conducted by researchers with the University of Sydney in Australia and published earlier this week in the journal Cell Reports, researchers found that visceral belly fat — the fat tissue surrounding organs, including the stomach — is particularly resistant to releasing energy during intermittent fasting. In the study, however, the researchers found that visceral becomes resistant to this energy release during periods of fasting, suggesting that visceral fat "can adapt to repeated fasting bouts and protect its energy store," Larance said. "This type of adaptation may be the reason why visceral fat can be resistant to weight loss after long periods of dieting," he added. "Now that we've shown 'belly fat' in mice is resistant to this diet, the big question will be to answer why, and how do we best tackle it?"
Josh Brown discusses new ETF BUZZ, which tracks meme stocks
       
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailJosh Brown discusses new ETF BUZZ, which tracks meme stocksJosh Brown, Ritholtz wealth management, says he isn't buying the ETF BUZZ, which tracks meme stocks. "It would be really interesting to watch whether or not this thing attracts flows," Brown said. I don't know that I want to bet against this thing finding an audience, it just doesn't necessarily fit in with how I'm investing.
These countries are your 'best bet for cheap first-class tickets,' says travel expert
       
One in five Americans are comfortable flying internationally, according to recent data from Morning Consult. Due to lack of demand, flights, including first-class tickets, are less expensive than they have been in previous years. "There are a number of round-trip flights to international destinations with first-class tickets under $500, and a couple under $400," he says. "Most of the international flights in this range are short-to-medium haul hops over the border to Canada, Mexico, or the Caribbean." This is because there are still many restrictions on American travelers, says Mathew Ma, co-founder of The Flight Deal.
As U.S. Covid cases stall, top health officials warn variants could 'hijack' nation's progress
       
Covid-19 cases are now growing by more than 5% in 14 states, up from only two states a week ago. The emergence of the new variants has largely coincided with the sharp decline in daily new cases across the U.S. since January, but those figures have since stalled. Health officials have since warned that the variants could reverse the current downward trajectory in infections in the U.S. and delay the nation's recovery from the pandemic. Covid fatigue is winning, and less people are adhering the recommended public health measures necessary to curb the virus' spread, Walensky said. On Wednesday, Cuomo noted during a press briefing that the state's Covid-19 hospitalizations have now "dropped to a level below where it was before it started to peak" in December amid the holidays.
Twitter isn't worried about Apple's big privacy change, says it'll level the playing field
       
Apple's upcoming privacy changes will inform users about device ID tracking and ask them if they want to allow it. The tracking is based on a unique device identifier on every iPhone and iPad called the IDFA. Segal said that the changes to IDFA could actually present an opportunity for Twitter to compete more effectively against its peers. "IDFA in a way is going to level the playing field. "You only have one chance to ask somebody if you can have access to their device ID to show them more relevant ads.
Disney shuttering at least 20% of Disney Stores as it shifts focus to e-commerce
       
Disney said Wednesday that it will close 20% of its brick-and-mortar Disney Store locations before the end of the year as part of a bigger focus on its e-commerce business. There are about 300 Disney Stores worldwide. Disney's partnership with Target, which has placed miniature Disney Stores inside the discount retailer, has grown from 25 stores to more than 50 since 2019. Disney Stores tended to be a curated selection of children's apparel, toys, plush and games. Online Disney will be able to cater to a wider demographic and expand its offerings.
My BMI qualifies me for a COVID-19 vaccine. Should I get it?
       
However, on social media, many people who qualify based on BMI are grappling with "vaccine guilt," feeling like they might be taking doses of the vaccine away from someone who might be more "deserving." Used to indicate a person's weight and whether or not they are considered underweight, overweight or obese, having a high BMI doesn't necessarily mean someone is at additional risk for COVID-19. Page-Wilson said that because many studies were calculated using BMI, people who are eligible for the vaccine due to their BMI should get it when they can. "You may have a high BMI because of increased muscle mass, or you may have a high BMI but not have any comorbidities, but just having that BMI potentially puts you at higher risk for COVID-19-related complications and mortality, and that makes you eligible," Page-Wilson said. "If you're receiving the vaccine (when eligible) ... remember that you're following the rules and guidelines and that someone's frustration towards you is not personal."
Brazil's speaker denies new aid payments will exceed spending cap
       
FILE PHOTO: President of Brazil's Lower House Arthur Lira is seen in Brasilia, Brazil, February 12, 2021. REUTERS/Ueslei MarcelinoBRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil’s lower house speaker, Arthur Lira, knocked down reports on Wednesday that the cost of extending emergency pandemic payouts to the poor being discussed in Congress would exceed the government’s mandatory spending ceiling. “I want to make clear that speculation over breaking the spending cap is unfounded,” Lira said on Twitter. The Senate is expected to vote this week on a proposal to extend the monthly assistance payments for another four months.
Violence erupts as kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls return to families
       
A rescued JSS Jangebe schoolgirl reacts after arriving in Jangebe, Zamfara, Nigeria March 3, 2021. Relatives crammed around the buses, and parents laughed with joy as they found their daughters, who shouted “Thank God!”. The officials ran out and shortly afterwards, reporters heard gunshots outside the school gates. They saw police firing tear gas at a group of protesters outside the school, and soldiers shooting into the air. He said the central government “will not allow this country to drift into state failure”, adding: “We are not going to be blackmailed.”
Nearly 40 killed in violent day of protests against Myanmar coup, U.N. envoy says
       
(Reuters) - Thirty-eight people were killed in Myanmar as the military quelled protests in several towns and cities on Wednesday, the United Nations said, the most violent day since demonstrations against last month’s military coup first broke out. SUSTAINED SHOOTINGKo Bo Kyi, joint secretary of Myanmar’s Assistance Association for Political Prisoners rights group, had said earlier the military killed at least 18. ‘WE SHALL OVERCOME’Security forces breaking up protests in Yangon detained about 300 protesters, the Myanmar Now news agency reported. Images of a 19-year-old woman, one of two shot dead in Mandalay, showed her wearing a T-shirt that read “Everything will be OK”. The military justified the coup by saying its complaints of voter fraud in the Nov. 8 vote were ignored.
Private equity-backed healthcare platform Alignment files for IPO
       
(Reuters) - Alignment Healthcare Inc, a healthcare platform backed by private equity firms Warburg Pincus and General Atlantic, revealed a jump in revenue in its filing for an initial public offering on Wednesday. The company said its revenue surged 27% to $955.4 million for the year ended Dec. 31, 2020. (bit.ly/309FaDT)
Chile's Codelco to allow teleworking in post-coronavirus 'cultural change'
       
FILE PHOTO: Codelco's logo is seen at the entrance of its Ventanas copper smelter in Ventanas, Chile October 18, 2019. REUTERS/Rodrigo GarridoSANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chile’s state-owned Codelco, the world’s largest copper producer, said on Wednesday it would permanently incorporate teleworking into its shift schedule after months of experimenting with the model during the coronavirus pandemic. The sprawling mining company, which last year slashed personnel at work sites due to sanitary restrictions in hard-hit Chile, said that it had sent some 2,700 employees home to work remotely. “From 2021 it will be a new way of operating... to leverage the cultural change that the corporation is experiencing,” Codelco said in a statement. Codelco maintained output and profits through the height of the pandemic in 2020, despite being forced to rely on skeleton crews for almost half the year amid strict measures aimed at curbing the outbreak.
American Eagle revenue beats Wall Street expectations
       
FILE PHOTO: Clothing is seen for sale in an American Eagle Outfitters retail store in Manhattan, New York, U.S., May 13, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar(Reuters) - American Eagle Outfitters Inc beat Wall Street expectations for fourth-quarter revenue on Wednesday, boosted by demand for lingerie and loungewear from its high-growth brand, Aerie. Total net revenue fell about 2% to $1.29 billion in the quarter ended Jan. 30, compared with analysts’ expectations of $1.28 billion.
Swedish police investigating possible 'terror motives' in knife attack
       
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Swedish police said they were investigating possible terror motives for a knife attack on Wednesday in which at least eight people were injured, and that the assailant has been arrested after being shot and wounded. “We have started a preliminary investigation of attempted murder but there are details in the investigation that make us investigate possible terror motives,” regional head of police Malena Grann told a news conference. Then we saw a man enter the store, shouting that he had been stabbed,” Asa Karlqvist, owner of a florist shop, told local newspaper Vetlanda-Posten. “Blood was pouring from his shoulder, so we got towels and applied pressure on the wound,” she said. Police were alerted to the attack in Vetlanda, a town of around 13,000 people, around 3 p.m. and initially said it did not appear to be an act of terrorism.
Brazil's speaker denies new aid payments will exceed spending cap
       
BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil’s lower house speaker, Arthur Lira, knocked down reports on Wednesday that the cost of extending emergency pandemic payouts to the poor being discussed in Congress would exceed the government’s mandatory spending ceiling. “I want to make clear that speculation over breaking the spending cap is unfounded,” Lira said on Twitter. The Senate is expected to vote this week on a proposal to extend the monthly assistance payments for another four months.
Dollar gains with yields, U.S. growth seen likely to outperform
       
FILE PHOTO: U.S. One dollar banknotes are seen in front of displayed stock graph in this illustration taken, February 8, 2021. The U.S. currency has also benefited from a rise in U.S. Treasury yields. Benchmark 10-year yields on Wednesday rose to 1.469%, though they are below a one-year high of 1.614% reached last week. Comments by Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell on Thursday will be closely evaluated for any indications that the Fed is uncomfortable with the recent yield increases. Chicago Federal Reserve Bank President Charles Evans on Wednesday said he sees the recent rapid rise in bond yields as mostly reflecting improvements in the economy.
Mexico central bank paints rosier picture of economic recovery
       
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico’s central bank on Wednesday gave a more optimistic view of economic growth and job creation for this year and next than previously forecast, but said the coronavirus pandemic still posed serious risks to the outlook. FILE PHOTO: The logo of Mexico's Central Bank (Banco de Mexico) is seen at its building in downtown Mexico City, Mexico February 28, 2019. Nevertheless, Banxico, as the Bank of Mexico is known locally, noted that by the final three months of the year, the pace of recovery was stronger than anticipated. The brighter forecasts for the economy are based on a higher growth base at the end of 2020 and from a stronger growth forecast for U.S. industrial activity, said Banxico. Central Bank Governor Alejandro Diaz de Leon said the speed of economic recovery would vary from country to country, and would depend significantly on the rollout of vaccines against COVID-19 and the magnitude of economic stimulus measures.
NY Fed appoints Hassan as vice president and chief operating officer
       
FILE PHOTO: People walk wearing masks outside The Federal Reserve Bank of New York in New York City, U.S., March 18, 2020. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson(Reuters) - Naureen Hassan, a finance veteran with more than 20 years of experience, including roles at Morgan Stanley and Charles Schwab, was appointed first vice president and chief operating officer at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the bank announced on Wednesday. Hassan will be the New York Fed’s second ranking officer as well as an alternate voting member of the Federal Open Market Committee. She will start her role on March 15. Read more about the appointment on the New York Fed's website here.
U.S. won't 'shy away' from responding when necessary, Pentagon says after Iraq rocket attack
       
FILE PHOTO: Military vehicles of U.S. soldiers are seen at Ain al-Asad air base in Anbar province, Iraq January 13, 2020. REUTERS/John DavisonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has shown it won’t “shy away” from responding to attacks against its personnel when necessary, the Pentagon said on Wednesday, after a rocket attack against Iraq’s Ain al-Asad air base, which hosts U.S., coalition and Iraqi forces. Let’s let our Iraqi partners investigate this, see what they learned,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told a news briefing, calling the attack a “troubling development.”“And then, if a response is warranted, I think we have shown clearly that we won’t shy away from that. But we’re just not there yet,” Kirby addded, firmly declining to speculate about whether a response was likely. There were no reports of injuries among U.S. service personnel but an American civilian contractor died after suffering a “cardiac episode” while sheltering from the rockets, the Pentagon said.
XL Fleet shares tumble after Muddy Waters takes short position
       
(Reuters) - Shares of XL Fleet Corp, which provides electric drive systems to enhance vehicle fuel economy, fell as much at 19.5% on Wednesday after U.S. short-selling firm Muddy Waters said it has taken a short position in the company’s stock. XL Fleet did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The company’s shares were down 13.6% at $13.78 late on Wednesday. On Dec. 23, short seller Citron Research took a bullish view on XL Fleet and said it was long the shares, estimating the company’s total available market was over $1 trillion. Block said he did not think the company was worth anything near $1 billion.
Snap says revenue growth does not depend on more users, engagement
       
FILE PHOTO: A logo of Snap is displayed on a monitor above the floor of the New York Stock Exchange shortly after the opening bell in New York, U.S., December 5, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson(Reuters) - Snap Inc Chief Executive Evan Spiegel said Wednesday the tech company expects it can deliver 50% annual revenue growth over several years even without growing its user base or engagement. Spiegel clarified a previous estimate by saying 50% annual revenue growth does not depend on further user or engagement growth, and reflects the “steady state” of the current business. Spiegel said Snap can grow its average revenue per user as it continues to develop augmented reality products like photo filters and add more media content, such as shows within its discover feature. Snap had revenue of $911 million and 265 million daily active users during its fourth quarter.
Indigenous Amazonians sue retailer Casino over rainforest destruction
       
PARIS (Reuters) - Indigenous people from Brazil and Colombia sued retailer Casino in a French court on Wednesday over the selling of beef linked to land grabbing and deforestation in the Amazon, campaigners involved in the lawsuit said. Casino, which controls Brazil’s largest food retailer, Grupo Pao de Acucar (GPA) and through that also Colombian retailer Almacenes Exito, said it actively fought against deforestation by cattle ranchers in Brazil and Colombia. The lawsuit alleges Casino regularly bought beef from three slaughterhouses owned by a major Brazilian meatpacker. They included “zero Amazon deforestation, no slave-like labour conditions, no child labour and no invasions of indigenous land or conservation areas.” Ranchers must hold land ownership documents, it added. Indigenous leaders said the banks’ money made them complicit in the destruction of rainforest by Ecuador’s oil industry.
UK royals 'very concerned' about reports saying Meghan bullied staff
       
Some commentators have suggested they may also criticise their treatment by the royal family. However, Meghan had also previously indicated that she felt she did not have the full support of the royal family. “I suspect there will be snipes at the royal family. There will probably be a justification for their leaving, which the royal family will probably find uncomfortable,” she said. “My biggest fear, I suppose, is that Meghan and Harry say things about their family that they will regret.”
U.S. economy got off to modest start in 2021, Fed says
       
FILE PHOTO: Customers wait in line to shop at a store at Reading Terminal Market amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., February 6, 2021. Hotel buildings and other commercial real estate investments tied to those industries “deteriorated somewhat,” the Fed said in its report. The report represented “a slight upgrade” to the one issued in January, with a few more Fed districts reporting at least modest economic growth, said Krishna Guha, vice-chairman at ISI Evercore. The brightest spot perhaps was residential real estate, where a number of districts reported continued strength, with factors such as the rise of remote work prompting people to relocate. “Contacts from Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Maine saw high numbers of out-of-state buyers, especially for homes in vacation communities,” the Boston Fed reported.
Wall Street drops as high-flying tech stocks retreat
       
Microsoft Corp, Apple Inc and Amazon.com Inc dropped, weighing more than any other stocks on the S&P 500. Most other S&P 500 sectors declined. The Russell 1000 value index, which leans heavily on economy-linked sectors, edged up, while its growth index, comprising large tech companies, lost ground. It was still off last week’s peak of above 1.61% that roiled stock markets as investors bet on rising inflation. Rising interest rates disproportionately hurt high-growth tech companies because investors value them based on earnings expected years into the future, and high interest rates hurt the value of future earnings more than the value of earnings made in the short term.
Star stockpicker Cathie Wood remains bullish on bitcoin, warns on banks
       
“We think the big risk is in the benchmarks, not what we’re doing.”The S&P 500 stock index fell 1.3% Wednesday. The ARK Innovation fund is up 136% over the last 12 months. The fund fell 6.1% on Wednesday and is up less than 1% for the year to date. Tesla Inc, which accounts for roughly 10% of the Ark Innovation fund’s portfolio, remains attractive given its lead in autonomous driving, she said. Should other U.S. companies follow suit, the price of bitcoin could increase by between $40,000 and $400,000, Wood said.
Boy Scouts Of America To Sell Off Norman Rockwell Art To Pay Sex-Abuse Claims
       
Rick Bowmer/AP In this July 22, 2013, file photo, a youth looks over the Rockwell exhibition in Salt Lake City. Facing tens of thousands of sex-abuse claims and a bankruptcy filing, the Boy Scouts of America said it plans to sell its portfolio of Norman Rockwell paintings in order to help finance a victims fund of at least $300 million. The organization announced its intentions in court papers filed Monday in a federal bankruptcy court in Delaware after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in February of last year. This followed allegations of rampant sexual abuse by Scout leaders, employees and volunteers dating back to at least 1944. The paintings have been on display at the Medici Museum of Art in Howland, Ohio, since 2020.
Breton: No AstraZeneca jabs exported from the Netherlands after EU export controls
       
THE HAGUE — AstraZeneca subcontractor Halix has not sent any Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine doses to the U.K. after the EU implemented export controls, Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton said Wednesday. In January, the Commission introduced new export controls requiring companies to get authorization from national authorities to export vaccines outside the bloc. Since then, "everything has stayed in the EU," Breton said, adding that AstraZeneca hasn't requested to send vaccines abroad since the authorization scheme. He said he was "impressed" with the yield from the Dutch producer, which can make between 5 million and 6 million doses a month, with "a significant part" for the EU. The EU has largely blamed AstraZeneca, saying it sent those vaccines to the U.K.
Facebook to end ban on political ads in United States
       
Facebook will lift its temporary ban on political advertising in the United States on Thursday, the company said in a blog post here on Wednesday. The social media giant has had a months-long freeze on political, electoral and social ads, which it introduced as part of an effort to crack down on misinformation and abuses around the Nov. 3 elections. Facebook had temporarily lifted its ad pause in Georgia for the state’s January runoff elections but put it back in place. Google lifted the ban last week. Facebook, which noted in its blog post that its systems do not distinguish between political and electoral ads and “social issue” ads, said it would look in the coming months at what other changes to its ads might be needed.
Kentucky mom alleges hospital workers missed her cancer — then covered up their mistake
       
But someone at the hospital had sent the wrong letter, Johnson’s lawyers allege, giving Johnson the all-clear instead of directing her to return for a follow-up exam. The letter Johnson says she received from Fleming County Hospital stated that her mammogram "revealed no evidence of cancer." Do you have a story to share about medical records? The hospital hired a separate digital forensics expert to review Johnson’s medical record, as Garrett did, but the hospital didn’t submit findings in court, according to court records. Johnson’s lawyers said they don’t believe the hospital’s explanations.
Colombia's President On Amnesty For Venezuelans: 'We Want To Set An Example'
       
Colombia's open-door approach contrasts with harder-line policies in nearby Peru, Ecuador and Chile where — amid rising xenophobia — governments have put in place visa requirements and other barriers to Venezuelan migrants. Duque spoke more about the challenges of the Venezuelan refugee crisis in an interview with Ari Shapiro on NPR's All Things Considered. Venezuelan migrants contribute in the coffee sector as [coffee-pickers]. When we look at South Sudan migration crisis, we're talking about more than $1,600 [per migrant]. And when we think about the [Venezuelan] crisis, it has been barely $316.
Worldwise: Actor and Spirits Entrepreneur Justin Hartley’s Favorite Things
       
The first step of actor Justin Hartley’s journey to becoming an agave spirit entrepreneur started with a case of mistaken identity. That man turned out to be Micah McFarlane, founder of Revel Spirits, a new brand of agave spirit called Avila, produced in the state of Morelos, Mexico. “The profile is definitely an agave spirit, but it has this scotch quality that’s really rich, silky, and smooth,” he says. He couldn’t control his anger, and I thought that’s not who I want to be, so at a very young age I learned how to control my emotions. If I could have a drink with anybody, anywhere, it would be… Revel Avila reposado, maybe one ice cube, with Barack Obama.
What is renters insurance — and is it worth it?
       
Keep reading if you’re wondering whether or not renters insurance is worth it. Renters insurance is similar to homeowners insurance, but without the dwelling or structural coverage, since that is included in the landlord’s policy. However, the tenant benefits from renters insurance policies as well by having their items protected from an event that may not fall under the landlord’s insurance. How to get renters insuranceNow that you understand what it is and why it may be worth it, you’ll need to know how to get renters insurance for yourself. Frequently asked questions about renters insuranceWho needs renters insurance?
Do all 3 COVID vaccines offer similar protection? Here’s what the data say
       
However, experts say there’s no need to worry because the prevention of coronavirus-related hospitalization and death is most important, and all three authorized COVID-19 vaccines offer absolute protection against it. A total of six people died during the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial, two of whom got the shot. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine also prevented hospitalization in vaccine recipients, besides two who were over 60 years old with comorbidities (obesity and hypertension) at least 14 days after getting their single dose. All three vaccines also offer protection against severe COVID-19, defined by needing mechanical ventilation or being admitted to an intensive care unit. Emerging data show the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are playing some role in preventing both asymptomatic and symptomatic infections and transmission, although ongoing studies are attempting to understand this relationship more clearly.
The U.S. coronavirus vaccines aren't all the same
       
Why it matters: Any of the authorized vaccines are much better than no vaccine, especially for people at high risk of severe coronavirus infections. All three vaccines authorized for use in the U.S. — from Moderna, Pfizer and BioNTech, and Johnson & Johnson — registered a very high efficacy in preventing hospitalization and death from COVID-19. Pfizer and Moderna’s vaccines have, so far, been more effective than the J&J vaccine in clinical trials at preventing any symptomatic disease. And if the J&J vaccine is heavily used in communities of color, which have already borne the brunt of the pandemic, trust could be further eroded. And in the end, any of these approved vaccines is better than no vaccine, and that’s absolutely solid,” Moore said.
Parler sues Amazon again, this time in Washington state
       
Parler may have voluntarily withdrawn its federal lawsuit against Amazon , but the company isn’t ready to give up its legal battle just yet. On the same day it dropped that previous suit, the company filed a new one against Amazon in a Washington state court, according to The Verge. Parler says it wouldn’t have signed up with Amazon if that provision hadn’t been in place. “Getting 30 days either to cure or find another host is absolutely essentially [sic] to avoid millions of dollars in damages and potentially irreparable harm.” It also alleges Amazon “tried to justify the repudiation based on allegations against Parler that it “knew were false.”Suit claims before AWS soured on Parler, Amazon knew Trump was considering joining Parler and that AWS was interesting in financing Parler as part of a "program for startups with high potential." — Bobby Allyn (@BobbyAllyn) March 3, 2021An Amazon Web Services spokesperson dismissed the lawsuit as meritless.
Microsoft-Backed Bukalapak Considers U.S. Listing Via SPAC
       
The deal marks the first listing on the Nasdaq in New York by a home-grown Middle Eastern tech company.Following the deal, Anghami could be valued at close to $300 million, people familiar with the matter said, declining to be named. It delivers about 1 billion streams per month, offering 57 million songs to more than 70 million registered users. With offices across the Arab world, Anghami is vying for regional hegemony with Spotify Technology SA and Deezer SA.Anghami’s shareholders include regional venture capital firms and strategic shareholders, such as Middle East Venture Partners, Samena Capital, Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Co., MBC Group and Etihad Etisalat Co. Collectively, they own around 68% of the company, with the rest controlled by the founders.VMAC is led by Chief Executive Officer F. Jacob Cherian, a former associate at JPMorgan Chase & Co., and co-founders Abhayanand Singh, the head of the Singapore-based media investment company behind the SPAC, and Saurabh Gupta, a former banker and co-producer of several films. More recently, Shuaa Capital also invested in the music platform.Dubai-based deNovo Corporate Advisors acted as financial adviser to VMAC and its parent company Vistas Media Capital.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2021 Bloomberg L.P.
America’s digital divide is blocking the most vulnerable people from vaccines
       
And the variant has slipped Brazil’s borders, showing up in two dozen other countries and in small numbers in the United States. “You need vaccines to get in the way of these things,” said William Hanage, a public health researcher at Harvard T.H. By January, scientists had discovered that a new variant, which became known as P.1, had become dominant in the state. At home, her son caught tuberculosis after contracting COVID-19, and her husband shed 22 pounds as he fought the virus. Wealthier countries have snapped up most of the available supply, while Bolsonaro has been skeptical both of the disease’s impact and of vaccines.
Oscar Health CEO: We'll play key role in lowering US health costs
       
Oscar Health (OSCR), the startup health insurance company heavily built on its technology capabilities, debuted on the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday at $36 per share, under the IPO price of $39 per share, with a valuation of more than $7 billion. That triple whammy is very difficult to get if you're an insurance company," Schlosser said. "We are the only insurance company out there that has built its own claims system. Employer-based coverage makes up a majority of plans in the U.S., but the recent economic trends amid the pandemic point to a much bigger individual market. "Whether its health insurance companies we're building plans with or health systems ... we build plans for and with, generally we pushed the envelope there and created models that will be copied and imitated," he said.
California health officials say more COVID-19 vaccines going to rich than at-risk, poor communities
       
California health officials say that despite Gov. Newsom has partnered with the federal government to set up mass vaccination sites in working-class neighborhoods in Oakland and Los Angeles. California allocates vaccine doses by eligible groups including teachers and farmworkers. Health centers watched in dismay as vaccine for health care workers initially went to larger hospitals in December. When Orange County started opening large-scale vaccination sites in mid-January, community health centers asked for doses too, said Isabel Becerra, chief executive of the Coalition of Orange County Community Health Centers.
Column: Becerra investigating Providence Health after accusations that it applies Catholic limits on care
       
Gen. Xavier Becerra disclosed Tuesday that his office is investigating whether the Catholic healthcare chain Providence Health has violated its legal commitments by applying religious restrictions on care at one of Orange County’s premier hospitals. AdvertisementThe doctors, all women’s health specialists, detailed numerous instances in which they said Providence applied the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care to Hoag. When St. Joseph merged with Providence Health & Services in 2016, creating the nation’s fourth-largest Catholic hospital chain, Harris required that the merged enterprise accept all the 2014 conditions . Providence has also delayed authorizations to treat miscarriages or other women’s health services, they said. “In many cases, payment is never received.”Hoag’s increasing discontent with its affiliation with Providence Health broke into the open last May, when its management sued Providence to dissolve the arrangement.
Facebook to End Ban on Political Ads Starting Thursday
       
Facebook first issued the ban the week before the 2020 U.S. Presidential election. Facebook (FB) - Get Report will lift its ban on political ads in the U.S. beginning on Thursday, but will now require certain advertisers to complete a new authorization process for their ads in order to get them on the platform. Facebook will allow previously authorized advertisers to begin submitting new ads as of March 4, with 48 hours for identity verification, 24 hours for disclaimer review and up to 72 hours for ad review. Facebook instituted the ban on new political advertisements the week before the 2020 U.S. Presidential election. The social media network said it took the step in order fend off last-minute disinformation campaigns like those that plagued Facebook during the 2016 election cycle.
With the Cantab all but gone, Boston Poetry Slam rewrites its way to the future
       
On March 11, 2020, however, the crowd was sparse, about the size Boston Poetry Slam would see over the holidays or immediately following a snowstorm. There was no ceremony to mark the final open mic at the Cantab Lounge last spring. Former BPS host and Cantab bartender Melissa Newman-Evans remembered performing a half-hour piece about the Cantab around eight years ago. “For a lot of poets, slam venues are the spaces that have helped us survive,” said Falkner. While the Cantab may have sunsetted, I think the Boston Poetry Slam will be as resilient as the community it serves.”Natachi Onwuamaegbu can be reached at natachi.onwuamaegbu@globe.com.
St. Patrick’s beer inspiration: March is for American stouts
       
But St. Patrick’s Day as we know it here in the U.S., with its parades, green beer, corned beef and cabbage and “Kiss Me, I’m Irish” T-shirts, is largely an American invention. But given that St. Patrick’s Day parties originated here, I’d argue you should pick up some American stouts for your own at-home festivities. There are, of course, other types of stouts, including American stout, which is hoppier than Irish versions. Some good ones include Firestone Walker’s Nitro Merlin Milk Stout, Faction Brewing’s Grand Anomaly Milk Stout and Heretic’s Caramel Moo-chiato, a milk stout brewed with caramel and vanilla. Rogue’s Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout is a good one, as is the UK’s Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout.
The Dr. is still in
       
News bulletin: You can still get a hold of the six early titles that Dr. Seuss Enterprises has chosen to cease publishing anytime you want to. It’s a corporate decision that Dr. Seuss Enterprises has every right to make. Theodor Geisel, Dr. Seuss, in 1987. AdvertisementWhat too many people have never understood – and that certainly goes for Hollywood producers – is that Dr. Seuss was always more than a kiddie-book author. Maybe there’s a Dr. Seuss lesson right there for the taking.
Mass. reports 54,855 new COVID-19 vaccinations
       
The number of coronavirus vaccinations administered in Massachusetts rose by 54,855 to 1,868,847, state officials reported Wednesday. The number of new vaccinations was greater than on Tuesday, when 44,340 were reported. The total number of shots administered amounted to 81.3 percent of the 2,298,600 doses shipped to providers in the state so far, the Department of Public Health said. The total shots administered included 1,281,680 first shots and 587,167 second shots. AdvertisementUpdates on coronavirus cases, deaths and other metrics will be posted shortly.
Fremont shooting seriously injures one person Wednesday, police say
       
FREMONT — One person was shot and seriously injured Wednesday morning in Fremont’s 28 Palms neighborhood, according to a statement from police. Fremont police said that around 10:50 a.m., officers responded to a report of a shooting on the 5700 block of Lemke Place and found one person injured. After the shooting, many officers had surrounded a home on the 43000 block of Ellsworth Street, police said. Geneva Bosques, a police spokeswoman, said the home is connected to the shooting investigation but didn’t offer more details. The two incidents on Tuesday were a drive-by shooting in which no one was injured, with an investigation still active.
San Jose revamps plans for downtown’s Diridon Station area, as release of Google agreement nears
       
San Jose City Council first approved the Diridon Station Area Plan in 2014, nearly three years before Google proposed its cutting-edge plan to build a transit-oriented neighborhood in downtown San Jose. The overall plan for the Diridon Station Area, which contains the 80-acre footprint of Google’s Downtown West proposed neighborhood, was expanded slightly under the latest version cover about 262 acres — up from 250 acres. The city’s Station Area Advisory Group is slated to discuss the development agreement at its next meeting on March 15. The final blueprint of the Diridon Station Area Plan is expected to go before the city’s planning commission and city council for initial approvals in May or June. “What a long way we have come in seven years since the original (Diridon Station Area) plan,” said Scott Knies, executive director of the San Jose Downtown Association.
Gov. Doug Ducey orders Arizona schools to reopen for in-person learning
       
Doug Ducey has ordered that all schools must return to in-person learning this month, saying "students need to be back in the classroom." Ducey issued an executive order Wednesday that calls for all schools to reopen in-person learning by March 15, or after spring break. It provides exceptions for middle and high schools in counties that have high transmission as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "More than half of Arizona’s schools are open and offering in-person options. More schools need to follow their lead, and pave the way for equitable education options for every Arizona student,” Ducey said.
Texas schools to keep mask mandate unless local trustees vote to eliminate the requirement
       
School boards can decide whether students are required to wear masks on campuses, according to new guidance from the Texas Education Agency released Wednesday. Greg Abbott announced the end of a statewide mask mandate and a rollback of COVID-19 mitigation measures. Dallas ISD Superintendent Michael Hinojosa told The Dallas Morning News on Tuesday that the mandate worked well for his district. About 56% of Texas students are learning on campus, state officials said recently. The DMN Education Lab deepens the coverage and conversation about urgent education issues critical to the future of North Texas.
Here’s how Arlington residents can get a free ride to a COVID-19 vaccine site
       
Arlington residents can receive free rides to the city’s COVID-19 vaccination sites as part of a new partnership with the city’s Via Rideshare program and Tarrant County. Starting this month, residents can use a promo code for a free ride to the vaccination site at either the Esports Stadium and Convention Center or Globe Life Field. Arlington cautions residents not to request a promo code before they receive a vaccination appointment, but to wait until they have a time slot. To request a free ride promo code follow these steps provided by the city:Complete the form here after receiving a vaccination appointment. Residents will show the promo code to their Via driver upon arrival and then be transported to either vaccination site, according to the city.
Passenger shoots Lyft driver during botched carjacking on West Side
       
A ride-share driver was shot by his passenger Wednesday in an attempted carjacking in the West Garfield Park neighborhood. The passenger shot the driver at 1:30 p.m. while trying to take the car at the end of ride in the 4200 block of West Maypole Avenue, Chicago police said. Officers found the 48-year-old driver with a gunshot wound to the chest in the back of his Dodge Charger, police said. The man, a Lyft driver, was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital for treatment, according to Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Merritt, who at first incorrectly said the driver had died. Read more on crime, and track the city’s homicides.
Afternoon Edition: March 3, 2021
       
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Las Vegas police officer who shot man armed with knife identified
       
Police investigate the scene of an officer-involved shooting Monday, March 1, 2021 in northeast Las Vegas. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @rookie__raePolice investigate the scene of an officer-involved shooting Monday, March 1, 2021 in northeast Las Vegas. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @rookie__raePolice investigate the scene of an officer-involved shooting Monday, March 1, 2021 in northeast Las Vegas. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @rookie__raeThe Metropolitan Police Department has identified the officer who shot a man in northeast Las Vegas on Monday afternoon. When Contreras arrived, police said he found the man armed with a knife and bleeding from his neck and hands.
Police seek 2 drivers in hit-and-run that critically injured woman
       
Police are continuing to search for two drivers who hit and critically injured an unidentified woman in east Las Vegas just before Christmas. (Las Vegas Review-Journal file photo)Police are continuing to search for two drivers who hit and critically injured an unidentified woman in east Las Vegas just before Christmas. Police said that while the woman was in the road after being hit, a second car hit her and drove away. The woman was taken to University Medical Center in critical condition. Anyone with information can contact the Metropolitan Police Department at 702-828-3535 or, to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555.
Las Vegas police investigate apparent murder-suicide
       
Las Vegas police were investigating an apparent murder-suicide Wednesday morning in the southwest valley. (Erik Verduzco / Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Erik_VerduzcoLas Vegas police investigate an apparent murder-suicide inside a home at the 9200 block of S. Park Street, near Blue Diamond and Fort Apache road in Las Vegas on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. (Erik Verduzco / Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Erik_VerduzcoLas Vegas police investigate an apparent murder-suicide inside of a home at the 9200 block of S. Park Street, near Blue Diamond and Fort Apache road in Las Vegas, on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. (Erik Verduzco / Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Erik_VerduzcoPeople watch outside of a home as Las Vegas police investigate an apparent murder-suicide inside of a home at the 9200 block of S. Park Street, near Blue Diamond and Fort Apache road in Las Vegas, on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. (Erik Verduzco / Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Erik_VerduzcoLas Vegas police were investigating an apparent murder-suicide Wednesday morning in the southwest valley.
Meghan Markle, Prince Harry ‘saddened’ by bullying allegations allegedly filed from inside Kensington Palace
       
“I can’t begin to imagine what it must have been like for [my mother] going through this process by herself all those years ago,” Harry said as a photo of his younger self and the late Princess Diana appeared on the screen. “Because it’s been unbelievably tough for the two of us.”
Theater makers embrace outdoor shows in pivot to normalcy
       
“We’re doing our rehearsals via Zoom. This is a test for us, but when we put out a call asking who’s ready to do this, 25 people said they were willing,” says Ledford, who will cast according to the plays she picks for each reading. “Audience groups will sit at separate cabaret tables, and they’ll be able to text drink and food orders to the bar there.”
Man killed, woman injured in shooting in Pompano Beach
       
Authorities ask anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Detective Ian Kuechler at 954-321-4246. Those who want to remain anonymous can contact Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477 or online at online at browardcrimestoppers.org. Anonymous tips that lead to an arrest are eligible for a reward of up to $3,000 from Crime Stoppers.
As Amazon adds centers all across South Florida, here’s the latest site set to open
       
“The culture today is all about speed to market, instant gratification,” she said. “Everybody is about convenience today. Rather than go to multiple stores, they can find a wide array of products with the push of button and it’s there the next day. People today don’t want to go to four hardware stores to find a rake for their backyard.”
Woman found dead during blaze in Arcadia Terrace neighborhood
       
A woman believed to be in her 60s was found dead Wednesday morning during an apartment fire in the Arcadia Terrace neighborhood on the North Side, Chicago Fire Department officials said.
Meghan Markle, Prince Harry ‘saddened’ by bullying allegations allegedly filed from inside Kensington Palace
       
When asked for his opinion on the series while cruising through his new home of L.A., Harry told TV host James Corden that its dramatizations are “loosely based on the truth” and provide viewers with “a rough idea about what that lifestyle, what the pressures of putting duty and service above everything else, what can come from that.”
Oakton Community College to expand cannabis curriculum with campus cultivation lab, scholarship opportunities
       
“Now students will be able to go into a lab and identify the anatomical components of the cannabis plant to cultivate and cure and dry cannabis in preparation for processing, to learn about the health of the cannabis plant and how to safely use pesticides and nutrients, and about all the safety and sanitary standards that are required when growing cannabis,” he said.
Zion man sentenced to 12 years in federal prison for conspiring to assist ISIS
       
Jones’ attorney, Patrick Boyle, had asked for a term of time served, which as of February was just under four years behind bars. In a lengthy court filing this week, Boyle described how Jones’ family life had deteriorated with his father’s drug addiction, leading him into his own problems with substance abuse and petty crime.
Editorial: Mayor Lightfoot redeems herself with protocol changes after botched police raid
       
But she seemed to redeem herself Wednesday with a thorough, hands-on approach on how search warrants will be sought, approved and carried out. This is her wheelhouse, after all, as a former federal prosecutor, former president of the Chicago Police Board and chairman of a police accountability task force that examined what went wrong in the shooting death of Laquan McDonald. She knows police reform. She knows officer discipline. As a private practice attorney, she defended a police officer accused of excessive force.
Man shot during carjacking in West Garfield Park
       
It happened about 1:30 p.m. in the 5200 block of Maypole Avenue and the man was shot in the chest, said police spokeswoman Officer Michelle Tannehill.
St. Charles man gets probation, $15,000 fine for helping factory conceal undocumented workers
       
Sergio Badani, an executive vice president of a Chicago staffing company, “knowingly concealed” the true identities of 17 people who had been identified by the law enforcement officials as being undocumented during an audit of the factory, a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
Two pharmacists in Decatur fired after one took COVID-19 vaccines home to family, inappropriately mixed doses, emails show
       
The CDC said there was no need for the people who may have received pooled doses to get their first doses again, as long as they received the correct size dose the first time, according to an email from the Illinois Department of Public Health’s general counsel to the hospital system’s general counsel. Those people could still receive their second doses on time, the CDC said, according to the emails.
Stray dogs from Instanbul to Greece just looking for human connection in new documentary
       
It’s funny, that word “anonymous.” It also comes up in a 13-minute video posted recently by Valia Orfanidou, an animal rescue volunteer based in Greece who runs the Orphan Pet blog and YouTube channel of the same name. Street dogs are also an everyday presence in Greece — and apparently just as disdained as they are in Istanbul — but stylistically her approach is the opposite of Lo’s. She’s a wonderful talker who invites you in, helping you to understand what she’s filming. While everything doesn’t need to be spelled out in cinema, with this kind of content, information is important. Otherwise the results can feel coy and withholding, as they do in “Stray.” Orfanidou is getting across the same message as Lo, she’s just more straightforward about it.
Throngs of public support fail to save The Ponds golf course in Ramsey County … for now
       
Despite a pair of hearings packed with supporters and an end-run plea by a county commissioner, Ramsey County is moving ahead with plans to close the south Maplewood golf course known as The Ponds. Talk of The Ponds of Battle Creek dominated discourse during both public hearings dedicated to the county’s tax assessments this year. “I think the affordable housing crisis is one of the most crucial current issues we are facing in Ramsey County. Yes, The Ponds was beautiful — “It maybe is the loveliest in Ramsey County.”But Ramsey County had bigger problems. The golf course had a conditional use permit; otherwise, the site was simply agricultural, as it had been for as long as most could remember.
Aldi supermarket to open in South Windsor, part of nationwide expansion
       
Two new supermarkets opened in the Farmington Valley in the fall, and a third one is expected to open this year. The newest store in the region was the nearly 50,000-square-foot Big Y in Simsbury. Just a few weeks before that opening, Aldi launched its new location in Canton just across Route 44 from the Shops at Farmington Valley.
More than 200,000 Obamacare sign-ups in first two weeks of special enrollment window. Biden calls it ‘encouraging sign.’
       
If Congress passes Biden’s coronavirus response bill, financial assistance for premiums will become considerably more generous, and a greater number of solid middle-class households would also qualify. Though the sweetened subsidies last only through the end of next year, their availability is expected to boost insurance coverage. The Democratic COVID-19 legislation also features incentives for states to expand Medicaid to cover more low-income adults.
Philanthropist, avid traveler, and world record holder champions freedom of home dialysis
       
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Right-wing friendly Parler again sues Amazon
       
Associated PressSeattle – Parler, the right-wing friendly social network that was forced offline after supporters of then-President Donald Trump attacked the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, has filed a new lawsuit against Amazon. Amazon Web Services (AWS), the Seattle tech giant’s cloud-computing division, stopped working with Parler in January over what Amazon said was Parler’s inability to moderate violent content of the kind that spurred supporters of Trump. Its original lawsuit, filed in January in Seattle’s federal district court, was billed primarily as an antitrust action, accusing Amazon of collaborating with Twitter to sink Parler’s business. Parler voluntarily dismissed that suit late Tuesday, an hour before a court-imposed deadline to file an amended complaint in the case. Parler has also argued in its new suit that the problematic content Amazon presented as a rationale for taking it off the web represented only a fraction of all posts and comments on Parler.
Right-wing friendly Parler again sues Amazon
       
SEATTLE (AP) — Parler, the right-wing friendly social network that was forced offline after supporters of then-President Donald Trump attacked the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, has filed a new lawsuit against Amazon. Amazon Web Services (AWS), the Seattle tech giant’s cloud-computing division, stopped working with Parler in January over what Amazon said was Parler’s inability to moderate violent content of the kind that spurred supporters of Trump. Parler went back online online two weeks ago, hosted by SkySilk, a Los Angeles-based cloud-computing outfit. The Seattle Times reports that Parler’s new lawsuit, filed late Tuesday in King County Superior Court, alleges a host of contractual offenses, as well as deceptive and unfair trade practices and defamation.
Keeping the 'Momentum': Young Oklahoma artists get the chance to shine in annual spring showcase
       
Keeping the 'Momentum': Young Oklahoma artists get the chance to shine in annual spring showcase shares emailAmber DuBoise-Shepherd, of Shawnee, has been selected as one of three Spotlight Artists for the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition's "Momentum 2021" exhibit. [Photo provided]More than 50 rising stars on Oklahoma's art scene are getting their chance to shine this spring. The Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition isn't letting COVID-19 derail its "Momentum," the nonprofit organization's annual showcase for artists 30 and younger from across the state. We did a virtual guided tour, did a ton of social media, promotion of each individual artist and their artwork. When you don't have the party, then it's just the art, so you're able to focus more on that," said OVAC Executive Director Krystle Kaye.
New Mexico corrections officer sues over vaccination mandate
       
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A corrections officer is suing a New Mexico county over a requirement that first responders and other employees be vaccinated, setting up another legal fight during a pandemic that is testing local and federal public health laws. Isaac Legaretta says in a complaint filed Feb. 26 in federal court that a directive forcing Dona Ana County employees to take vaccines that are not yet fully approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration violates federal law. His attorney, N. Ana Garner, is seeking an injunction to keep the county from firing or disciplining the officer before a ruling is issued. The attorney said that while she's not aware of a similar lawsuit in the U.S., she would be surprised if there was none. It could take two years to collect adequate data to determine safety and efficacy, the complaint said.
As the world vies for vaccines, Cuba's making its own
       
"Before applying the first dose, the doctor told me they had not registered, among the hundreds of patients vaccinated, a single adverse reaction, beyond light pain, raised temperature, stiffness in the vaccinated arm, fever or mild discomfort," Hernandez told CNN. Cuba's most-tested vaccine candidate, Soberana 02 is a conjugate vaccine which carries part of the spike protein from the virus, binding it to human cells. "We need many vaccines to vaccinate 11 million Cubans. If we are estimating that Cubans will need one or two or three doses, we are estimating that Cuba will need 30 million doses," said Dr. Tania Crombet Ramos, the director for the government-run Center for Molecular Immunology in Havana. "I think at the end we might be able to implement what we call 'prime and boost,'" she said, "which is using some vaccines for the first dose and boostering and reimmunizing."
Fed survey finds modest gains in the US economy in February
       
The New York Fed was one of the few regions that reported a decline in activity last month, pointing to “particular weakness” in the service sector. The beige book survey found that demand for labor varied considerably by industry and skill levels. “Wage increases for many districts are expected to persist or to pick up somewhat over the next several months,” the report said. Overall manufacturing activity in most districts showed modest increases despite challenges from supply-chain disruptions. Input costs rose modestly last month but with higher price increases seen for steel and lumber, the report said.
Search on for Alaska helicopter piloted by tribal official
       
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard said Wednesday that it is searching in waters off Alaska for an overdue helicopter piloted by the former head of Alaska’s largest tribal health care organization, who resigned last week after allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced against him. Andy Teuber, 52, former head of the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, left Anchorage about 2 p.m. Tuesday in a Robinson R66 helicopter enroute to Kodiak Island, the Coast Guard said in a statement. Teuber owns the helicopter, which is used for sighting and charter trips through his company, Kodiak Helicopters LLC, according to state records. Coast Guard Petty Officer Lexie Preston said that planes searching for Teuber on Tuesday found a debris field in the Gulf of Alaska, about 65 miles (105 kilometers) north of Kodiak. However, she said searchers could not yet “confirm that was that helicopter.” A Coast Guard helicopter and cutter on Wednesday did not locate the debris and were still searching, Preston said.
VIRUS TODAY: Most small businesses don't require virus tests
       
POSITIVITY RATE: The seven-day rolling test positivity rate in the U.S. decreased from 5.5 on Feb. 16 to 4.2 on Tuesday, according to data from the COVID Tracking Project. The top three states with the highest coronavirus positivity rate: Idaho (23.9%), South Dakota (23.6%) and Iowa (20%). VACCINES: 51.7 million people, or 15.6% of the U.S. population, have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, according to the CDC, while 26.1 million people have completed their vaccination, or 7.9% of the population. QUOTABLE: “Fatigue is winning, and the exact measures we have taken to stop the pandemic are now too often being flagrantly ignored.” — Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the director of the CDC, on some states ending mandatory mask rules.
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey orders schools to return to in-person learning
       
Doug Ducey is ordering all schools to return to in-person and teacher-led instruction. "Arizona's students need to be back in the classroom," Ducey said in a prepared statement. And he said that more than half the state's schools are open, offering at least an in-person option. "More schools need to follow their lead and pave the way for equitable education options for every Arizona student," he said. Ducey's order spells out that schools must notify parents "within a reasonable time period" that in-person instruction will resume.
Tips for making your staircase safer, when you still need to use one
       
Chief among the concerns for so many are navigating the house staircase and reducing the risk of falls. When it comes to making your home safe for yourself as you age, the list of possibilities is long. ADVERTISEMENTKeep the path clearPerhaps the easiest thing you can do to make a stairway safer is to keep it free of clutter. Additionally, handrails should only be secured into the studs of the wall and run the entire length of the staircase. Although lighting is an important factor in stairway safety, more often than not, stairs have lower illumination levels than other areas of your home.
Richmond and Henrico Health Districts holding large-scale events where up to 12,000 seniors can get vaccinated
       
The Richmond and Henrico Health Districts, in conjunction with Henrico County, will be holding three "large-scale" vaccination events in the coming days where up to 12,000 seniors are expected to receive vaccinations, including the single-dose Johnson & Johnson shot that was just approved by the FDA. The events, which will be held Saturday , Monday and Wednesday (March 10), will only be open to preregistered seniors over the age of 65. The Pfizer vaccine will be offered to those preregistered at the Saturday and Wednesday events, while the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be offered Monday. “It is more important now than ever for preregistered Richmond and Henrico seniors to check their email and answer their phone,” said Amy Popovich, nurse manager at Richmond and Henrico health districts, in a press release Wednesday. {{featured_button_text}}According to the release, many of the seniors who already provided their email addresses to the health district will be contacted between now and Friday.
Book Banning in an Age of Amazon
       
The New York Post’s editorial board attempted to explain why Amazon targeted this particular three-year old book: Anderson’s “scholarly analysis of transgenderism . questions politically correct sacred cows.” But there are plenty of other politically-incorrect volumes sold on Amazon, including Anderson’s 2012 book, What is Marriage? More importantly, the very week Anderson’s book disappeared, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Equality Act, which is now headed for a vote by the Senate. Anderson’s book argues “no,” for reasons lawmakers might be curious to discover. Had the government banned Anderson’s book, Anderson would now be headed to federal court, where he would prevail.
Will the royal brothers ever heal the rift?
       
William was born to be King and has had his life mapped out accordingly. His was an unusual way of life, as the younger sibling to a future king. The brothers’ closest time together was when they shared a small cottage near Clive, a few miles from Shawbury on the Welsh borders, for several months. Harry was learning to fly a helicopter and William was training to be a rescue pilot at RAF Shawbury. After all, they were the only people in each other’s lives who could know exactly what the other had suffered.
How Meghan Markle and Oprah met and became friends
       
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are set to be interviewed by American TV juggernaut, Oprah Winfrey. Harry and Meghan will speak to Winfrey for a two-part primetime special due to be aired by CBS on 7 March. INDY/ LIFE Newsletter Be inspired with the latest lifestyle trends every week Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the INDY/LIFE newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice INDY/ LIFE Newsletter Be inspired with the latest lifestyle trends every week Thanks for signing up to the INDY/LIFE newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Since the wedding, there have been numerous incidents where Oprah has spoken publicly in support of Meghan and Harry.
The UK seafood that could send you to jail
       
Ormers are as distinctive as Guernsey itselfWhile you know what to expect from apple cake, ormers are harder to pin down. They are like no other food on Earth.”The difficulty of pinning down the taste for newcomers remains. As well as limiting the “when”, strict laws exist on the “how” of seeking ormer in Guernsey. When celebrated British seafood chef Rick Stein visited the island, he opted for the “slice-it-thin-and-flash-fry” approach. “The ormer tagging project has really captured people's imagination – Guernsey people love to talk about ormers,” said Bampton.
Myanmar: Bloodiest day since coup as '38 killed' in military crackdown
       
Another 38 people have been killed in Myanmar as the military tries to quell demonstrations by pro-democracy campaigners against last month's coup, the United Nations said. A human rights group said the military had killed at least 18 on Wednesday but by the end of the day that number had risen sharply. The security forces detained about 300 protesters as they broke up protests in Yangon, Myanmar Now news agency reported. Frustrated by the ongoing civil disobedience movement and the powerful resistance which it had possibly been underestimated, Myanmar's military is doing what it can to crush the opposition. So no one should sell arms or keep any military to military relations with Burma," said Kyaw Win, director of the Burma Human Rights Network.
Covid-19 UK: Vaccine queue system jumped by people claiming to be carers
       
Britons can cheat the Covid vaccine queue system by claiming to be a carer to get jabbed early. NHS bosses say carers and NHS staff must provide proof of their occupation when they go to get vaccinated, such as letter identifying them as a registered carer. George Hasan wrote on Twitter: 'Had the Covid vaccine. Bitons have been cheating the Covid vaccine queue and getting jabbed early by claiming to be a carer without having to prove it at centres. Patricia Donnelly, head of Northern Ireland's Covid Vaccine Programme, said: 'This represents regular substantial support and not just shopping or errands.'
Elon Musk plans Starbase, dog-friendly Texas metropolis including SpaceX Boca Chica testing facility
       
The SpaceX CEO announced a new plan on Twitter that involves creating a 'the city of Starbase' in Texas. According to Bloomberg, a SpaceX representative recently made a 'casual inquiry' about incorporating Boca Chica and renameing it the City of Starbase, said Cameron County Judge Eddie Trevino. Building a city in Texas would give Musk even more roots in the Lone Star State. Musk has long dreamed of building a city, but the plan was to construct a massive on Mars. Musk has previously referred to Mars as a 'fixer-upper of a planet' and to terraform the distant world, the CEO has proposed we 'nuke Mars.'
Archaeology: 5,400-year-old cranium of a young woman was swept from its grave into a forming cavern
       
The mysterious, isolated cranium of a 5,400-year-old young woman ended up in an Italian cave after it was washed from its burial place following an elaborate ritual. This is the conclusion of archaeological 'detectives' who investigated how the jawless-skull ended up alone in the Marcel Loubens cave in Bologna, Italy. The cave in question is named in honour of speleologist Marcel Loubens, who died in an accident while exploring the chasm of Pierre-Saint-Martin in France in 1952. 'The cadaver — or head — of an early Eneolithic young woman was likely manipulated and dismembered in a funerary or ritual context.' The jawless-skull was uncovered alone in the Marcel Loubens cave in San Lazzaro di Savena, Bologna, Italy, back in 2015
SF is paying for hotel rooms to house homeless and some REFUSE to move into permanent housing
       
Homeless advocates say that's because city-run permanent housing has a bad reputation as being dirty and unsafe. The permanent housing is being offered to people who live at a shelter-in-place hotel first, meaning 626 people who live outdoors and qualify for the housing have to wait for vacancies to be rejected by others who already live in a shelter-in-place hotel. 'The tradeoff here is if we move too many permanent supportive housing units away from the shelter-in-place hotels, we won’t be able to provide offers of permanent housing to people in the hotels,' said Stewart-Kahn. San Francisco has kicked off the process of opening the economy up, opening up indoor dining and gyms as coronavirus cases decline. As of February 28, San Francisco has seen 34,153 COVID-19 cases and 422 total deaths.
New Yorkers will have to flash 'COVID-19 passport' to enter sports arenas and theaters
       
New Yorkers will have to flash a 'COVID-19 passport' showing either a negative test result or a vaccination if they want to enjoy a sporting event or catch a movie under a new pilot program. Scroll down for videoNew Yorkers will have to flash a 'COVID-19 passport' showing either a negative test result or a vaccination if they want to enjoy a sporting event or catch a movie under a new pilot program. How is Digital Health Pass designed to work? In those guidelines, the aforementioned venues must ensure that all staff and spectators receive a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the event. According to IBM, the Digital Health Pass is 'designed so that an organization can establish their own criteria - such as COVID-19 test results and temperature scans'.
Toronto car attack: Incel found guilty of murder of 10 pedestrians with van
       
Alek Minassian faced 10 counts of first-degree murder and 16 counts of attempted murder in connection with the April 23, 2018, attack. He admitted to police that he drove a rental van into crowds of pedestrians in a busy north Toronto neighborhood. Scroll down for videoAlek Minassian faced 10 counts of first-degree murder and 16 counts of attempted murder in connection with the April 23, 2018, attack. He admitted to police that he drove a rental van into crowds of pedestrians in a busy north Toronto neighborhood. Describing the attack, Minassian said he had 'just floored the pedal' and said: 'This is the day of retribution.'
Parler drops case against Amazon for pushing it offline and files new suit, claiming defamation
       
Parler has dropped its antitrust lawsuit against Amazon for cutting off its web-hosting services but files a new case accusing the tech giant of defamation and breach of contract. At the time, Amazon said Parler had failed to adequately moderate content related to the attack, including calls to assassinate prominent Democratic politicians. The same day, Parler filed another suit against Amazon, accusing the Jeff Bezos-owned company of breach of contract and defamation, according to Fox Business. Parler also said Amazon never raised any concern over its content in the two years before it was ousted from its web-hosting services. Parler's domain name is now registered with Epik Inc., a website services company based in Sammamish, Washington, according to public records made available by internet regulator Icann.
Amazon indigenous groups sue Casino chain over deforestation
       
"The three slaughterhouses sourced cattle from 592 suppliers responsible for at least 50,000 hectares of deforestation between 2008 and 2020," said the statement. "In 2021, in a world where we can technically trace and monitor everything, an international group called Casino... fails to eliminate deforestation from all its supply chain. The Casino group has existed since 1898 and has more than 11,000 stores in France, Brazil and Colombia. Casino would not comment on the court action but told AFP it was "rigorous" in controlling the origins of its meat. The suit was filed with a court in Saint-Etienne in southeast France, where Casino is headquartered.
Czechs launch mass testing to battle Covid surge
       
The government also enabled regions to call up private doctors and other medical staff to work in public Covid hospitals, many of which have reached capacity. The Czech Republic, which has a population of 10.7 million, has registered 1.27 million Covid-19 cases and almost 21,000 deaths since the pandemic began. Mass testing kicked off on Wednesday at companies with more than 250 members of staff. Zeman had already asked Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier to provide his country with the Sputnik V vaccine. "The countries that have handled the new strains well, such as Britain and Portugal, have reduced the presence of people in workplaces," Prokop told AFP.
Seth Rogen spreads his love of weed south of the border
       
Share this Story: Seth Rogen spreads his love of weed south of the borderSeth Rogen spreads his love of weed south of the border “This is honestly my life’s work and I’ve never been more excited about anything,” the cannabis champion says as introducing Houseplant into the U.S. market. Photo by Seth Rogen, TwitterArticle content Everyone in Canada — well, everyone everywhere — who’s ever heard of Canadian treasure and cannabis connoisseur Seth Rogen knows the man adores weed. Try refreshing your browser, or Seth Rogen spreads his love of weed south of the border Back to video Houseplant is partly owned by Canopy Growth Corporation, whose also has on its roster Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart. It’s just the way that I love, that I want to be smoking,” Rogen says in the video. “Houseplant was born out of our love and passion for cannabis, design and art,” Rogen says in a company press release.
Sao Paulo back on 'code red' as Covid batters Brazil
       
Sao Paulo Governor Joao Doria has lashed out at his political rival, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, for the pandemic's latest surge in Latin America's largest countryAdvertising Read moreSao Paulo (AFP)Brazil's biggest state, Sao Paulo, declared new "code red" restrictions over Covid-19 Wednesday, ordering non-essential businesses closed for two weeks as an explosion of cases swept the country. "Sao Paulo and Brazil are on the brink of a health system collapse." Doria lashed out at his political rival, President Jair Bolsonaro, for the pandemic's latest surge in Latin America's largest country. Doria, who is expected to mount a bid against Bolsonaro in the 2022 presidential election, had previously put his state on "code red" in late December. Like many of Brazil's 27 states, Sao Paulo has seen its health system pushed to breaking point in recent days, with intensive care units nearly full and in some cases overflowing.
That 'new car' smell is bad for your health
       
Formaldehyde is a colourless gas emitted from certain manufacturing materials that has been associated with cancer of the nasal pathways. Roughly 12.6 million Canadians made the trip to work by car in 2016, according to Statistics Canada, with the average trip taking 24 minutes. Close to one million commuters spent at least an hour travelling to work by car. Rather than relishing in the new car smell, if you detect it, Reddam suggests cracking a window instead. “There should be alternatives to these chemicals to achieve the same goals during vehicle manufacturing,” Volz added.
ELECTION: RI voters approve all 7 ballot questions, $400 million in borrowing
       
Rhode Island voters headed to the polls Tuesday, looked over a shopping list of public projects and opted to borrow about $400 million to finance all of them, from renovations at Rhode Island College to pier reconstruction at Quonset Point. The most tightly contested question was the first one on the ballot, for more than $107 million in borrowing for public college construction projects. The borrowing approved for higher education encompasses $57.3 million to rebuild the University of Rhode Island Fine Arts Center, $38 million to renovate the Clarke Science Building at Rhode Island College and $12 million to renovate classrooms and support spaces at the Community College of Rhode Island. Voters approved another $4 million in borrowing to continue park building on former Route 195 land in downtown Providence. The Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council doesn’t endorse spending proposals.
Bello - The sad, quiet death of Brazil’s anti-corruption task-force
       
Lava Jato started with a money-launderer who used a money-transfer service at a petrol station in Brasília (thus its name). The task-force used new tools, including plea-bargaining and the exchange of financial information with Swiss and other authorities. But with him out of the presidential race in 2018, Mr Moro became justice minister in the government of Jair Bolsonaro, its hard-right winner. Leaked messages showed that Mr Moro coached Deltan Dallagnol, the lead prosecutor in Curitiba, in violation of procedure. Lava Jato has shown that there are effective ways to take on grand corruption.
China-based hackers exploit bug in Microsoft software to steal from U.S. companies
       
China-based government hackers have exploited a bug in Microsoft's email server software to target U.S. organizations, the company said Tuesday. The company said the hacking group it calls Hafnium was able to trick Exchange servers into allowing it to gain access. Microsoft said the group is based in China but operates from leased virtual private servers in the U.S., helping it avoid detection. The company based in Redmond, Washington, declined to name any specific targets or say how many organizations were affected. Adair said he's concerned the hackers will accelerate their activity in the coming days before organizations are able to install Microsoft's security upgrades.
'Zoom ready': male demand for cosmetic procedures rising
       
Demand for injectable cosmetic procedures for men, such as Botox, has increased massively as the pressure to look presentable on video calls has grown. Amid news that comic Jimmy Carr has had a hair transplant and his teeth “fixed”, British plastic surgeons have reported a 70% rise in requests for video consultations over 2020. According to a report in Esquire magazine, the need to look “Zoom ready” has led to a surge in demand for procedures. A 2019 report from the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons found that men now want to look “tweaked” rather than “tucked”. “More invasive procedures are demanded as people can stay at home to hide the swelling and bruising,” says Johnson.
Texas teachers, childcare workers now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine
       
AUSTIN, Texas (KWTX) - School teachers and childcare workers in Texas are now eligible for vaccination against COVID-19, the Department of State Health Services announced Wednesday after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services directed states to expand eligibility. DSHS directed all providers in the state Wednesday to include teachers and childcare workers in vaccine administration and outreach. The Texas Education Agency issued guidance Wednesday to school systems about the expansion in eligibility. CVS Health in Texas says it’s now offering the vaccine to K-12 teachers and daycare workers and staff. The vaccine is available by appointment at CVS stores in Waco and Temple, but the only store in Texas Wednesday that wasn’t completely booked was in Borger.
'Optimistic' Biden recommits to cancer cure hunt
       
'Optimistic' Biden recommits to cancer cure huntPresident Joe Biden is "optimistic" that progress can be made in the battle against cancer, convening a meeting in the Oval Office with a group of bipartisan House and Senate members to push for more action.
NY hospital administers first dose of J&J vaccine
       
NY hospital administers first dose of J&J vaccineA hospital on New York's Long Island celebrated giving its first dose of the Johnson and Johnson COVD-19 vaccine that was recently approved by federal regulators.
Covid-19 Live Updates: Biden Calls States’ Moves to Ease Virus Rules ‘Neanderthal Thinking’
       
It goes vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine. I’m old enough to get it, and I’m smart enough to get it.” She also broke into song (naturally), replacing the word “Jolene” in one of her best-known choruses with “vaccine.” “Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine,” she sang, embellishing the last one with her trademark Tennessee lilt. “I’m begging of you please don’t hesitate.” “Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine,” she added, “because once you’re dead, then that’s a bit too late.” Just before the doctor arrived to inoculate her — or “pop me in my arm,” as she put it — she doubled down on her message. He thanked Merck and Johnson & Johnson for “stepping up and being good corporate citizens during this crisis.” Noah Weiland contributed reporting. “We’ll reserve as much as we can for that," Mr. de Blasio said of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Security alert: How to make sure unauthorized devices aren't on your Wi-Fi network
       
You’re using internet security software. Log into your router to see an up-to-date list of connected devices. Your computer has a unique IP address or Internet Protocol address. Then, type the IP address into your browser’s address bar. A network scan starts to show you all the devices currently connected to your Wi-Fi.
These are the best web browsers for privacy
       
Kim KomandoSpecial to USA TODAYMost web browsers access your geographic location via your IP address to serve local search results. Best browser for privacy on Mac: SafariMany people use the browser that came with their computer as a matter of convenience. Alternative option: Microsoft EdgeMicrosoft said so long to Internet Explorer, and the new Edge is a robust browser with lots of built-in privacy features. Edge’s built-in Password Monitor will alert you if you visit a compromised website and prompt you to change your password to a stronger one. Kim takes calls and dispenses advice on today's digital lifestyle, from smartphones and tablets to online privacy and data hacks.
‘Silk Road’ star Nick Robinson recalls when classmates used the ‘Amazon for drugs’
       
‘Silk Road’ star Nick Robinson recalls when classmates used the ‘Amazon for drugs’A San Francisco man created an underground drug-selling website that became so popular it was known as Amazon for drugs. Now the story is the subject of a new film starring Nick Robinson.
Only one George Floyd family member allowed at trial, judge rules
       
Only one member of George Floyd’s family will be allowed in the courtroom at a time when ex-cop Derek Chauvin goes on trial for murder in his death, a Minnesota judge has ruled. “Family members may not use electronic devices anywhere on the 18th floor.”The same restrictions apply to Chauvin’s family, the judge said. Ex-cop Derek Chauvin is going on trial for murder in the death of George Floyd. Derek Chauvin kneels on the neck of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on May 25, 2020. Barbed wire blocks off Minneapolis City Hall ahead of Derek Chauvin’s trial in the death of George Floyd.
NYPD launches new graffiti clean-up initiative
       
Cops are asking Gothamites to pipe up about graffiti in their neighborhoods — and join New York’s Finest to help clean it up, officials said Wednesday. Department officials announced the initiative outside the graffiti-marred eyewear shop MOSCOT, at the corner of Orchard and Delancey streets on the Lower East Side. William FarringtonThe tips the NYPD receives will be assessed by precinct personnel and community leaders — with hate graffiti, or graffiti with offensive slogans or symbols, prioritized for cleanup. Authorities will also closely examine and analyze graffiti considered to be made by gangs or crews, to mark territory or send warnings to rivals. “It’s been a tough year, not just for New York City but across this whole country.
UK doorbell cameras, dashcams capture meteor on video
       
Residents of the UK were surprised over the weekend when a slow-moving meteor blazed across the night sky. A video from UK Meteor Network now has more than 100,000 views on YouTube. “Was so clear,” Twitter user @JillHemingway wrote on Twitter alongside her own footage from Yorkshire. Another user, @Lafford_MK, shared his nine-second video from his doorbell in the town of Milton Keynes. @gingerssnap wrote to her followers: “Anyone else see the #meteor burn up over the UK just before 10pm tonight?
Man hit woman with sock full of coins on Bronx train, cops say
       
A man whacked a 45-year-old mom in the head with a sock full of coins on a Bronx train, police said. The victim was with her 8-year-old son, and on her phone, on board a northbound 6 train entering the Hunts Point Avenue station around 3:45 p.m. Thursday when a man tripped over her foot, cops said. He then mumbled something before whacking her in the head with the sock, authorities said. Her attacker bolted from the train at the Hunts Point Avenue station. The NYPD has said they are beefing up the number of cops patrolling the system.
US halts plasma study to treat mild COVID-19, citing ‘unlikely benefit’
       
The National Institutes of Health announced Tuesday it stopped a clinical trial testing convalescent plasma in mild to moderate COVID-19 patients after an independent board found no difference in hospitalizations, deaths or in preventing progression to severe illness. An independent data and safety monitoring board convened on Feb. 25 to assess trial data, and concluded that while the plasma “caused no harm, it was unlikely to benefit this group of patients,” per a news release. The board recommended to stop enrolling new patients in the study, and this was done “immediately,” according to the release. The concept behind the treatment is that antibodies in the plasma from recovered patients could be infused into ill patients in a bid to improve conditions. Plasma was also used during the 1918 influenza pandemic, the SARS-CoV-1 outbreak in 2003, and the H1N1 influenza pandemic in 2009, the NIH says.
Pastor slammed for telling wives to ‘lose weight,’ look less ‘butch’
       
A Baptist minister who came under fire for telling married women to “lose weight” and look less “butch” to please their husbands is now eating his words — and temporarily stepping aside. Pastor Stewart-Allen Clark of 1st General Baptist Church in Malden, Missouri, delivered an enthusiastic sermon on Sunday, which included advice specifically for the wives in his congregation. “Why is it so many times that women, after they get married, let themselves go?” he questioned. “Now, look, I’m not saying every woman can be the epic, the epic trophy wife of all time, like Melania Trump — I’m not saying that at all,” the pudgy pastor continued. Meanwhile, 1st General has since discontinued their social-media presence, removing all past content as well as their direct contact details.
Here’s what to bring to a picnic: 22 essentials
       
Best picnic basketsFood52This truly is the picture-perfect picnic basket. Sold at Saks Fifth Avenue, this basket has almost everything you need for a perfect picnic meal — just add the food and drink. WayfairKeep your cool, now: This picnic basket really does have it all. From Wayfair, this trunk-like basket is actually an insulated cooler, keeping all your picnic essentials nicely preserved and safe inside. AnthropologieForget tailgating, cornhole is the perfect picnic game.
Buckingham Palace launching probe into Meghan Markle bullying allegations
       
Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Buckingham Palace is launching a probe into allegations that Meghan Markle bullied staff as a senior royal, reports said Wednesday. “We are clearly very concerned about allegations in The Times following claims made by former staff of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex,” the statement said, according to Yahoo News UK. Frank Augstein/AP, FileMarkle is accused of occasionally reducing staffers to tears when she lived at Kensington Palace after her May 2018 wedding to Prince Harry. In one alleged incident, the Times reported a royal aide told a colleague “I can’t stop shaking” as they anticipated a confrontation with the Duchess. Meghan Markle will be investigated by Buckingham Palace amid her recent interview with Oprah Winfrey.
First there were flights to nowhere. Now there are ‘mystery flights.’
       
To combat the “border blues,” Australia’s national carrier said Wednesday that it is launching three mystery flights to unspecified domestic destinations. Mystery-flight travelers will find themselves roughly two hours away from the departure airports in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. [Travelers miss flying so much that they’re taking ‘flights’ to nowhere]Qantas’s flights are a throwback to an earlier era: The airline last offered mystery flights in the 1990s, and other airlines in Australia and Germany have run similar excursions in years past. “The vaccine rollout is bringing a lot more certainty and domestic border restrictions should soon be a thing of the past. Qantas said it will offset carbon emissions for all three flights.
A shameless Andrew Cuomo’s ridiculous second non-apology
       
Andrew Cuomo’s pride. Cuomo’s second chance at a mea culpa fell as flat as his first, “I was just joking” defense. Andrew Cuomo addresses recent allegations of sexual harassment. Office of the NY Governor via AP“We haven’t gotten the facts,” he repeated. It’s obvious that to Cuomo, the facts as we know them are not enough to warrant any “punishment” save his own unease.
Food was my life — until a heart attack at 41 almost killed me
       
I told her I thought I was having a heart attack. For the longest time, I wished I had forgotten it all, forgotten the trauma of suffering a heart attack at 41. My father had a heart attack in his late 50s and, later, bypass surgery. In the weeks after my heart attack, I was scared a little too straight. My heart attack forced me to bring balance and moderation to my diet.
How the coronavirus devastated a generation
       
CREMONA, Italy — In one of the hardest-hit parts of the West’s most aged nation, the coronavirus blitzed through a generation in a matter of weeks. (Chiara Goia for The Washington Post)During the pandemic, nursing home residents have only been able to see relatives through a window. (Chiara Goia for The Washington Post)All the while, the very measures designed to keep the elderly safe have erected a wall around them. (Chiara Goia for The Washington Post)Gioconda Brunelli, 87, cycles to the hospital for her first coronavirus shot. (Photos by Chiara Goia for The Washington Post)LEFT: Gilberto Anelli lost his wife of 57 years to covid-19 in March 2020.
Tampa Bay Super Bowl not a COVID 'super spreader,' officials say, refuting media panic
       
Media panic over the Super Bowl in Tampa Bay, Florida, being a "super spreader" coronavirus event didn't pan out, as officials announced Wednesday just a few dozen COVID-19 cases associated with the big game. "The Super Bowl was not a super-spreader," Super Bowl LV Host Committee head Rob Higgins said. Hillsborough County officials announced only 53 COVID-19 cases statewide were found to be associated with official Super Bowl events, according to The Tampa Bay Times. MEDIA PUNDITS SCOLD TAMPA 'SUPERSPREADER' SUPER BOWL CELEBRATION, DOLLY PARTON KNOCKED FOR ADThe Tampa Bay Buccaneers became the first NFL team to win a Super Bowl played in their home stadium, routing the Kansas City Chiefs 31-9 in Super Bowl LV on Feb. 7. "Tampa’s Maskless Super Bowl Celebration Leads To Super Spreader Fears," HuffPost wrote.
Michael Moore speaks out against Texans over Gov. Abbott's decision to reopen the state amid the coronavirus
       
Greg Abbott’s decision to open the state and remove its mask mandate amid the coronavirus pandemic. "I also ended the statewide mask mandate." And now you’ve removed your mask mandate & are allowing large crowds to gather. The rest of us must find a way to protect ourselves from the policies and politicians of Texas," Moore wrote. So let’s do everything we can to help that majority remove the bigots and ignoramuses from office.
Avoid indoor gatherings this St. Patrick’s Day, CDC warns
       
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is advising against close, indoor gatherings with non-household members ahead of St. Patrick’s Day, in an effort to prevent further coronavirus spread. "Attending gatherings to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day increases your risk of getting and spreading COVID-19," the health agency says. "The safest way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year is to gather virtually, with people who live with you, or outside and at least 6 feet apart from others." Public health experts continue to urge mask use, physical distancing, hand hygiene and prompt vaccination as doses become available. Officials have doubled down on these calls as more transmissible variants continue to emerge and circulate.
Colorado man arrested in 1982 cold-case murders of 2 women last seen hitchhiking near Rocky Mountains
       
Authorities in Colorado have arrested a 70-year-old man in connection to the 1982 murders of two women who were last seen hitchhiking from a small town near the Rocky Mountains, according to reports. COLORADO OFFICIALS OFFER $100G REWARD IN COLD-CASE MURDER OF TEENAGE 'HIGH SCHOOL SWEETHEARTS'No further details on how investigators identified Phillips as a suspect were immediately released. Schnee and Oberholtzer were both last seen on Jan. 6, 1982, hitchhiking separately from Breckenridge, a town at the base of the Rocky Mountains’ Tenmile Range, where they both worked. Schnee’s body was found six months later on July 3, 1982, in rural Park County, Colo., about 20 miles south of Breckenridge. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation said an update to the development would be given later Wednesday.
Watch SpaceX attempt to launch and land Starship prototype rocket SN10
       
Elon Musk's SpaceX is preparing to launch the latest prototype of its next-generation Starship rocket on Wednesday, in the third high-altitude flight test of the system. Starship prototype rocket Serial Number 10, or SN10, will aim to launch and fly as high as 10 kilometers, or about 32,800 feet in altitude. The Federal Aviation Administration's launch window for the SN10 attempt runs until 7:30 p.m. Starship prototype rocket SN10 stands on the launchpad at the company's facility in Boca Chica, Texas. The Starship prototype stands at about 150 feet tall, or about the size of a 15-story building, and is powered by three Raptor rocket engines.
The role bot-like accounts may have in moving Reddit-fueled trades
       
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailThe role bot-like accounts may have in moving Reddit-fueled tradesAaron Barr, PiiQ Media co-founder and chief tech officer, joins 'Power Lunch' to discuss PiiQ's findings on whether large bot armies moving the market.
I'm going to learn from this, says N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment allegations
       
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailI'm going to learn from this, says N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment allegationsNew York Governor Andrew Cuomo addressed allegations that he sexually harassed several of his ex-staffers today at a press briefing on the coronavirus pandemic. He denied touching anyone inappropriately, apologized and said he is embarrassed.
Dolly Parton urges people to get Covid vaccination as she gets her first shot
       
Dolly Parton, 75, got her first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine on Tuesday and urged others to do the same in a video posted to her social media.
South Africa's information regulator says WhatsApp cannot share users' contact information
       
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Facebook Inc cannot share any contact information it collects from WhatsApp users with its other properties without first obtaining authorisation from South Africa’s Information Regulator (IR), the agency said on Wednesday. The move has sparked backlash among users in South Africa and elsewhere, and prompted many to opt for rival services such as Signal or Telegram. The regulator said its decision was in accordance with section 57 of the Protection of Personal Information Act, South Africa’s data protection law. The regulator said that it has written to Facebook South Africa and outlined its concerns about the company’s privacy policy. The regulator is also “very concerned” that citizens of the European Union will receive significantly higher privacy protection than people in South Africa and Africa generally.
Starboard takes stake in Elanco, nominates three directors to board - WSJ
       
(Reuters) - Hedge fund Starboard Value LP has taken a stake in Elanco Animal Health Inc and nominated three directors to the animal healthcare company’s board, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday, citing people familiar with the matter. The WSJ report did not mention the size of Starboard's stake in Elanco, which makes treatments for pets and livestock and has a market value of about $15.27 billion, as per Refinitiv data. Starboard is the second activist investor to show interest in Elanco recently, after Sachem Head Capital Management LP last year made a roughly $1.2 billion bet on the company and added its head Scott Ferguson to Elanco’s board. Elanco was a division of Eli Lilly & Co until 2018, when the drugmaker spun it out in an initial public offering. Less than a year later, Elanco struck a deal to buy Bayer AG’s animal health business for over $7 billion.
Two Guatemalans could be among victims of Mexico border collision
       
FILE PHOTO: The scene of a collision between a sport utility vehicle (SUV) and a tractor-trailer truck is seen near Holtville, California, U.S., March 2, 2021. REUTERS/Bing GuanGUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - Guatemalan authorities on Wednesday said they had preliminary information that one Guatemalan national died and another person from the Central American country was injured in a collision in Southern California that killed 13 people. The accident occurred on Tuesday about 10 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border when a tractor-trailer slammed into an SUV crammed with 25 adults and children. Guatemala’s foreign ministry said it was working to confirm the identities of the victims thought to be Guatemalan. Ten Mexican nationals also died in the incident, Mexican authorities have said.
Bank of America co-head of global oil trading departs - sources
       
FILE PHOTO: A Bank of America logo is seen outside a bank branch in Charlotte, North Carolina January 19, 2010. REUTERS/Chris KeaneNEW YORK (Reuters) - Charles Sussman, managing director and co-head of global oil trading at Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML), has left after nearly 10 years with the firm, two sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. Wall Street often sees staffing changes around this time of the year after bonuses are handed out. Bonuses for some traders at BAML were largely flat even though the bank’s trading desk had positive returns last year, one of the sources said. Bank of America cut some of its staff in the global banking and markets division last week, Bloomberg News reported.
U.S. Postal Service will offer early retirements, consolidate postal districts
       
FILE PHOTO: A U.S. Postal Service (USPS) logo is pictured on a mail box in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., August 21, 2020. Postal Service said on Wednesday it is offering early retirement to non-union employees as it consolidates postal districts as part of an effort to stem billions in red ink. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy said in a statement the existing 67 Postal Service Districts will be consolidated to 50 Districts and will centralize marketing and retail functions. The Postal Service said the voluntary early retirement offers are going to non-bargaining employees at headquarters and district offices.
Dollar Tree to introduce more one-stop stores during pandemic
       
FILE PHOTO: A customer walks out of a Dollar Tree discount store in Austin, Texas, U.S., February 27, 2017. REUTERS/Mohammad Khursheed(Reuters) - Dollar Tree will reshuffle aisles of discount stores that normally focus on discretionary goods, adding more items such as groceries and toilet paper, to pull in a higher number of consumers who want to do all their shopping under one roof. Dollar Tree said several of the 200 new Family Dollar stores it plans on opening, and 1,250 outlets it would renovate this fiscal year would follow the combination store format. Family Dollar stores usually focus on selling inexpensive discretionary goods, such as apparel, while Dollar Tree outlets sell essential items. Dollar Tree, which boosted its stock repurchase plan by $2 billion on Wednesday, said it expected fiscal 2021 earnings to improve at both its discount store chains.
Nasdaq slumps as high-flying tech stocks retreat
       
FILE PHOTO: FILE PHOTO: A view of the exterior of the Nasdaq market site in the Manhattan borough of New York City, U.S., October 24, 2016. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton/File PhotoMicrosoft Corp, Apple Inc and Amazon.com Inc dropped more than 1% each, weighing more than any other stocks on the S&P 500. Energy, financial and industrial stocks gained between 0.8% and almost 3%, all reaching intra-day record highs. Most other S&P sectors declined. The S&P 500 posted 62 new 52-week highs and no new lows; the Nasdaq Composite recorded 270 new highs and 50 new lows.
Some Republican governors stand by mask mandates as Texas and Mississippi accelerate reopening
       
(Reuters) - While Texas and Mississippi announced complete rollbacks of their states’ COVID-19 mitigation measures this week, several governors of other Republican states have made clear they are not abandoning their mask mandates despite political pressure. In Ohio, U.S. Senate candidate Josh Mandel on Wednesday called on Republican Governor Mike DeWine to follow Texas’ lead and repeal the statewide mask order. “Ohio will be keeping its mask mandate to protect Ohioans who have yet to receive the vaccine. Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves, a Republican, on Tuesday also lifted his state’s mask order and removed all restrictions on businesses. “Louisiana’s mask mandate is still in place,” Edwards tweeted.
Minneapolis Fed casts broader net to gauge state of U.S. economy
       
(Reuters) - The Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank’s section of a key U.S. central bank report on Wednesday for the first time flagged insights on the state of the U.S. economy from the perspectives of minority- and women-owned businesses, workers, and regular households. FILE PHOTO: Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank President Neel Kashkari poses during an interview with Reuters in his office at the bank's headquarters in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S., January 10, 2020. The Federal Reserve publishes the Beige Book eight times a year, releasing it a couple weeks before its regular policy-setting meetings. Last October Minneapolis Fed President Neel Kashkari flagged the coming change, noting that businesses are overrepresented in the Beige Book data and promising to fix that, at least in his section of the report. “Our data collection efforts have expanded to include more outreach to workers and women- and minority-owned enterprises,” Minneapolis Fed spokeswoman Alyssa Augustine said in January.
Biden says it's a 'big mistake' for states to lift mask mandates
       
Biden said over 511,000 people had died of the disease in the United States, and it would take time until everyone eligible was vaccinated. “It is critical, critical, critical, critical, that they follow the science: Wash your hands, Hot water, Do it frequently. “Over time we believe Merck will be able to double the capacity of Johnson & Johnson,” Slavitt said. Biden said on Tuesday the United States will have enough vaccine supply to inoculate all adults by May. J&J, Pfizer Inc, and Moderna Inc are contracted to deliver 700 million doses by mid-year between them.
Parler sues Amazon again, alleging effort to 'destroy' app
       
FILE PHOTO: A screengrab of Parler.com website and Parler CEO John Matze's message on January 16, 2021, reading "Hello world, is this thing on? Parler went dark when Amazon suspended its web-hosting services following the Capitol attack, saying Parler had failed to effectively moderate violent content on its website. The new lawsuit came as Parler voluntarily dismissed a federal lawsuit against Amazon over that suspension on Tuesday, the deadline to file an amended complaint. Parler’s new lawsuit accused Amazon of a slew of contractual violations, and like the original case said Amazon shut it down to benefit a new client, Twitter Inc. Google also removed the Parler app from its Play Store and Apple removed it from its App Store.
Fed says U.S. economy got off to modest start in 2021
       
FILE PHOTO: Customers wait in line to shop at a store at Reading Terminal Market amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., February 6, 2021. REUTERS/Hannah Beierr“Economic activity expanded modestly from January to mid-February for most” of the Fed’s 12 regional districts, the U.S. central bank said in its latest “Beige Book” compendium of anecdotes about the economy. The Fed is due to hold its next policy meeting in two weeks, at a time of increased optimism the coming year will see risks from the pandemic subside, and the economy register strong growth. Fed officials in recent days have rebutted that idea by noting the long list of problems still facing the economy, from high joblessness to weak inflation, that would need to ease before it considers any change in monetary policy. Yet COVID-19 cases are being added at rate of around 50,000 daily, a decline from the winter surge but proof the virus is still in circulation.
At least 8 injured in 'suspected terrorist crime,' police in Sweden say
       
A "suspected terrorist crime" was being investigated in a southern Sweden town after a man assaulted at least eight people in Wednesday, police said. A man in his 20s attacked people in the small town of Vetlanda, about 118 miles southeast of Goteborg, Sweden's second largest city, police said. The man was shot by police, who said that the condition of those attacked and the perpetrator was not immediately known. Regional police chief Malena Grann told a news conference that a suspect had been arrested after "police opened fire. There are details in the investigation that make us investigate any terrorist motives, but at the moment I cannot go into details."
German officials want emails, IMs tied to real-world ID
       
BERLIN (AP) — Germany security officials are proposing that Internet companies should link a user’s real-world identity to all of their instant messages, emails and other online communication, prompting criticism from digital rights activists. Like in many other countries, mobile phone firms in Germany are required to verify a customer’s identity before selling them a SIM card. Under a proposal leaked late Tuesday, Germany’s Interior Ministry wants the same rule to apply to “number independent” telecommunications services such as WhatsApp, Signal or Facebook messenger. A ministry spokesman declined to explicitly confirm the veracity of the proposal, which was leaked by secure email provider Posteo. The proposal is currently at the consultation stage among ministries and may not survive in this form in a planned telecommunications bill.
Man accused of QAnon vandalism at ‘America’s Stonehenge’
       
FILE - This Sept. 15, 2015, file photo shows a rock formation called America's Stonehenge in Salem, N.H. Police arrested Mark Russo, of Swedesboro, N.J., and charged him with defacing the stone grouping in September 2019 by carving into rock a motto affiliated with the QAnon conspiracy theory. A lawyer entered a not guilty plea on his behalf Tuesday, March 2, 2021. A lawyer entered a not guilty plea on his behalf Tuesday, March 2, 2021. Bail was set at $3,000 cash for Russo, who is scheduled for a hearing on April 21. America’s Stonehenge, which features cave-like, granite enclosures, has drawn believers who say it’s 1,000 or more years old, and skeptics who say the evidence suggests it was the work of a 19th century shoemaker.
Fed survey finds modest gains in the US economy in February
       
The Fed survey released Wednesday, March 3, 2021, said that reports on consumer spending and auto sales were mixed last month, while overall manufacturing showed moderate gains despite supply-side constraints. The Fed survey released Wednesday, March 3, 2021, said that reports on consumer spending and auto sales were mixed last month, while overall manufacturing showed moderate gains despite supply-side constraints. The Fed survey released Wednesday shows that the central bank’s business contacts were expressing optimism last month about a stronger rebound as more COVID-19 vaccines are distributed. Reports on consumer spending and auto sales were mixed, while overall manufacturing showed moderate gains despite supply-side constraints, according to the Fed survey. The beige book survey found that demand for labor varied considerably by industry and skill levels.
Vir Stock Craters On Weak Data For GSK-Partnered Covid Treatment
       
Emerging data cast doubt on the effectiveness of Vir Biotechnology (VIR) and GlaxoSmithKline's (GSK) coronavirus treatment, leading Vir stock to plummet on Wednesday. But in morning trading on today's stock market, Vir stock plunged 31.3% near 29.70. Vir Stock Craters On Weak ResultsThe board's recommendation was based on a routine, preplanned analysis of effectiveness and safety data in the first 300 patients enrolled in the test. That could be a boon for Vir stock, if the antibody proves itself in further testing. But Vir stock lost nearly a third of its value on the news Wednesday.
Facebook lifts ban on US political, social issue ads
       
Facebook says it is lifting its ban on political and social-issue ads put in place after the 2020 U.S. presidential election. Facebook says it is lifting its ban on political and social-issue ads put in place after the 2020 U.S. presidential election. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)Facebook says it is lifting its ban on political and social-issue ads put in place after the 2020 U.S. presidential election. Political candidates, groups and others will be able to place ads on Facebook and Instagram beginning on Thursday. Facebook halted U.S. political ads when the polls closed on Nov. 3, an extension of an earlier restriction on new political ads in the week leading up to Election Day.
Texas And Mississippi To Lift COVID-19 Mask Mandates And Business Capacity Limits
       
Texas And Mississippi To Lift COVID-19 Mask Mandates And Business Capacity LimitsEnlarge this image toggle caption Eric Gay/AP Eric Gay/APUpdated at 4:28 p.m. Abbott, a Republican, said the mandates are no longer needed due to advancements of vaccines and therapeutics to protect against COVID-19. The average daily number of deaths has declined by 13% over that period. The state's average daily number of new cases declined by 27% over the average two weeks earlier, and average daily deaths declined by 34% in that same period. In Mississippi, more than 6,600 people have died from COVID-19, and the state has seen nearly 300,000 confirmed cases.
Rhode Island panel approves use of J&J vaccine in state
       
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island COVID-19 vaccine subcommittee on Wednesday unanimously approved the use of Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine in the state. The state has placed an initial order for more than 9,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, and the shipment is expected later this week, according to the state Department of Health. The first three Rhode Island cases were identified two weeks ago. ___HEALTH DEPARTMENT NUMBERSRhode Island has more than 400 new confirmed coronavirus cases and nine more state residents have died of the disease, the state Department of Health said Wednesday. The latest seven-day average positivity rate in Rhode Island is 2.17%.
As Texas opens up, HPE says it will be cautious
       
Greg Abbott may be opening up the state “100%” and casting masks aside, but Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. — whose headquarters was newly relocated to Houston — is taking a more cautious approach. The Silicon Valley pioneer HPE, +0.62% , who with Oracle Corp. ORCL, +0.56% , recently relocated operations to the Lone Star state, told MarketWatch on Wednesday its offices in Texas will remain closed to “all but team members performing essential activities for the time being.”
Bed Bath & Beyond to launch six private-label brands in the first six months of the fiscal year
       
Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. BBBY, +6.20% said Wednesday that it will launch six private-label brands in the first six months of the home goods retailer's fiscal year. In total, the company plans to launch at least eight private labels for the year. Bed Bath & Beyond is scheduled to report fiscal fourth-quarter earnings on April 14. The company expects private-label sales penetration to grow to 30% in three years from 10% currently, and owned brands would improve gross margins. Bed Bath & Beyond stock was up 4% in Wednesday trading, and has soared 191% over the last year.
Parler files new lawsuit against Amazon, alleging anticompetitive conduct
       
Parler LLC has filed a new lawsuit against Amazon.com Inc. AMZN, -2.65% as the company continues its dispute with the tech giant for ending web-hosting services for the social network. The lawsuit filed Tuesday in Washington state court came as Parler filed a motion to withdraw a case it brought against Amazon in Seattle federal court in January. Parler had until Tuesday to file an amended complaint after a federal judge denied the company’s bid to compel Amazon to resume service.
Opinion: Quality shareholders were ESG-friendly long before it was fashionable
       
The Quality Shareholder Initiative has presented evidence that high density of QSs in a company is associated with superior corporate performance. The ESG and QS data correlate: the vast majority (80%) of high-ranking ESG companies also rank in the top half for QS density. Topping the Barron’s/IBD lists of ESG companies are some founded within recent memory, including Nvidia (1993), Salesforce (1999) and Teledoc (2003)]. Quality Shareholders favor ESG’s emphasis on businesses and strategies that are “sustainable,” a fashionable word that QSs have been using for decades. Lawrence A. Cunningham is a professor and director of the Quality Shareholders Initiative at George Washington University.
Fed’s Beige Book finds only modest improvement in economy
       
The outlook: The U.S. economy expanded modestly over the six weeks ended in mid-February, according to the Federal Reserve’s Beige Book survey of current economic conditions. Business contacts were optimistic about the rest of the year as COVID-19 vaccines become available, but now, things were only getting better slowly, the survey showed. What happened: On the crucial question of inflation, the report found a mixed picture. Some retailers and manufacturers were able to raise prices, but many others were not, the survey said.
Google Is Making a Change to its Ad Business. What it Could Mean.
       
Alphabet has said for some time that it will eliminate one of the ways it tracks people browsing the web, called third-party cookies. Temkin added in the post that technologies developed to replace third-party cookies will fail to meet consumers’ privacy expectations, and regulatory standards. As a result, new third-party cookie tech isn’t a sustainable long-term investment, he said. As part of its effort to remove third-party cookies over the next year, Google said that it was working with the broader advertising industry on an effort called the Privacy Sandbox. In its last quarterly earnings report, Facebook (FB) executives warned that the change to the Apple advertising identifier, as the tech is called, will damage the company’s ad sales.
Vir Shares Plummeted Today. What to Know.
       
Shares of Vir Biotechnology are down 29.3% on Wednesday after the company announced that a data and safety monitoring board had recommended ending a trial of its experimental antibody therapy in hospitalized Covid-19 patients. The Phase 3 trial was being run by the National Institutes of Health as part of a broader study looking at Covid-19 therapeutics and vaccines. Vir shares have climbed dramatically in recent months, and are up 52.4% so far this year even with Wednesday’s drop. The existing FDA authorizations, including one for Lilly’s bamlanivimab and another for bamlanivimab in combination with a Lilly antibody called etesevimab, are not for use in hospitalized patients. The NIH study, however, was testing the Vir antibody in hospitalized patients with more serious and progressed forms of Covid-19.
As Texas opens up, HPE says it will be cautious
       
Greg Abbott may be opening up the state “100%” and casting masks aside, but Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. — whose headquarters was newly relocated to Houston — is taking a more cautious approach. The Silicon Valley pioneer HPE, +0.62% , who with Oracle Corp. ORCL, +0.62% , recently relocated operations to the Lone Star state, told MarketWatch on Wednesday its offices in Texas will remain closed to “all but team members performing essential activities for the time being.”
As Texas opens up, HPE says it will be cautious
       
Greg Abbott may be opening up the state “100%” and casting masks aside, but Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. — whose headquarters was newly relocated to Houston — is taking a more cautious approach. The Silicon Valley pioneer HPE, +0.62% , who with Oracle Corp. ORCL, +0.63% , recently relocated operations to the Lone Star state, told MarketWatch on Wednesday its offices in Texas will remain closed to “all but team members performing essential activities for the time being.”
5 New Things We Learned About COVID-19 In February 2021
       
Pharmacist Madeline Acquilano fills a syringe with the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine before inoculating members of the public at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut, on March 3, 2021. That’s why we’ve rounded up five of the most important new things we learned about COVID-19 in February:1. At this point, the most common side effects of the COVID-19 vaccines are pretty well known, like pain at the injection site, fever, and in very rare cases, allergic reactions. And it’s why groups like The Society of Breast Imaging have put out recommendations suggesting that all women wait four weeks between getting the COVID-19 vaccine and getting a routine mammogram. What You Should Know About The California COVID-19 VariantCan You Choose Which COVID-19 Vaccine You Get?
Meghan Markle Responds To Report That She Bullied Royal Aides
       
Meghan Markle said through a spokesperson that she is “saddened” by a Times of London article claiming that she had “humiliated” and “bullied” staff. The report is based on a charge initially leveled in October 2018 by Jason Knauf, who worked as a communications secretary for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at the time. Knauf’s complaint, lodged with royal household officials on behalf of unnamed employees, alleges that Meghan “drove two personal assistants out of the household and was undermining the confidence of a third staff member,” according to the Times. “The Royal Household has had a Dignity at Work policy in place for a number of years and does not and will not tolerate bullying or harassment in the workplace.”Do you have information you want to share with HuffPost? Subscribe to HuffPost’s Watching the Royals newsletter for all things Windsor (and beyond).
US: Rockets hit airbase in Iraq hosting US troops
       
National ReviewAt least ten rockets were launched at a coalition air base in western Iraq that hosts U.S. troops on Tuesday, less than a week after the Biden administration ordered airstrikes against Iran-backed militias in Syria. The attack targeted the Ain al-Asad air base in Iraq’s Anbar province, according to coalition spokesman Colonel Wayne Marotto. An American civilian contractor died of a heart attack “while sheltering” from the assault, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said. “The latest rocket attacks on U.S. & coalition troops is the work of Iran,” Rubio wrote on Twitter. “Iran makes the rockets, gives them to Shia militia groups and tells them where & when to attack.
Buckingham Palace to investigate Duchess of Sussex bullying claims
       
MeghanBuckingham Palace is to investigate claims that the Duchess of Sussex bullied several members of her staff, it was announced on Wednesday night. A spokesperson said they were “clearly very concerned” about allegations that Meghan, 39, had forced out two PAs and undermined the confidence of a third. Royal aides had expressed concerns about how such matters were handled by the palace. Buckingham Palace confirmed that its HR team will look into the circumstances outlined in the various allegations leaked to The Times. After the allegations emerged, the Duchess of Sussex claimed she was the victim of a “smear campaign”.
'It works!': More than 140,000 shoppers are obsessed with this $18 hair growth serum
       
So here are five places that I, as a doctor, wouldn’t go to right now. 1 I Would Not Travel on Holiday Tempting as it may seem, taking a holiday overseas right now is fraught with potential problems. At present, the UK advises against all but essential travel to the USA, and the USA advises against all but non-essential travel to the UK! Many venues have indeed tried hard to put measures in place to keep customers safe, which is to be applauded. 5 I Can’t Go and See the Doctor—Unless it's Essential Just like everyone else, I can’t easily get to see or speak to a doctor right now.
Energy transition will ‘impact all industries': S&P Global Market Intelligence President
       
Still, the rate -- which underpins trillions of dollar of assets -- has proven difficult to dislodge. The inquires are targeted toward Wall Street and regional lenders, rather than smaller community banks.One banking executive said broad-brush reports on transition progress don’t cut it anymore, and officials are asking for more information with every inquiry. “The Federal Reserve is becoming keenly interested in quarter-to-quarter progress at particular institutions.”The Fed could potentially issue MRAs or MRIAs -- matters requiring attention or matters requiring immediate attention -- depending on the responses to its inquiries. These generally require a board-level reply including a timeline for corrective action. “They’re expending a lot of resources on this and have seen this coming for a long time.
Kaepernick-Backed Social Justice SPAC Underwhelms in Debut
       
Bloomberg(Bloomberg) -- Few fortunes are as volatile as Masayoshi Son’s.The SoftBank Group Corp. founder was briefly richer than Bill Gates at the start of the century before tech stocks crashed. Son, who’s also chairman and chief executive officer, is personally invested in a unit that poured about $20 billion into tech stocks and derivatives. SoftBank has also joined the SPAC bandwagon with plans for several blank-check companies.SoftBank has also had its share of troubles. The Vision Fund has written down its $1.5 billion holding in Greensill Capital and is considering dropping the valuation to near zero, people familiar with the matter have said. At its worst point last year, investors questioned several of SoftBank’s investments, including WeWork, whose IPO spectacularly imploded.The turnaround has been rapid.
Swedish police: Man injures at least 8 before being arrested
       
Swedish police said that a man assaulted at least eight people in a southern Sweden town Wednesday and that the case was being investigated as ”attempted murder.”Police said a man in his 20s attacked people in the small town of Vetlanda, about 118 miles southeast of Goteborg, Sweden’s second-largest city. The man was shot by police, who said the condition of those attacked and of the perpetrator was not immediately known. Advertisement”Some are seriously injured and some are slightly injured, but no one is dead,” police spokeswoman Angelica Israelsson Silfver told the Aftonbladet newspaper. There are details in the investigation that make us investigate any terrorist motives, but at the moment I cannot go into details,” Grann said. Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven condemned “this terrible act” and added that Sweden’s domestic security agency SAPO was also working on the case.
AMD Launches a New Advanced Gaming Card Priced at $479
       
Advanced Micro Devices' new Radeon RX 6700 XT graphics card will be available starting on March 18. Chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) - Get Report on Wednesday released a new advanced gaming card amidst a wider-ranging chip shortage that has hurt the auto and other industries in the U.S. and worldwide. Priced at $479, the AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT graphics card, will be available for purchase from March 18. PC vendor HP (HPQ) - Get Report is expected to refresh two desktop gaming systems this spring using AMD's new graphics card, the company said. “We’re thrilled to add the new AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT graphics cards in our OMEN 25 and 30L Desktops to help power epic adventures across the globe."
Bird sightings on Cape Cod
       
A tufted duck continued in Great Pond in Eastham, where 43 ruddy ducks and 3 bald eagles were also noted. Recent sightings (through Feb. 23) as reported to Mass Audubon. A king eider continued near the railroad bridge on the Cape Cod Canal. AdvertisementSightings at Race Point in Provincetown included a Pacific loon, an Atlantic puffin, a harlequin duck, 2 dovekies, 13 common murre, a thick-billed murre, a black guillemot, 16 Iceland gulls, and a snowy owl. For more information about bird sightings or to report sightings, call Mass Audubon at 781-259-8805 or go to www.massaudubon.org.
10 things you didn’t know about R.I. Governor Dan McKee
       
The 1969 Cumberland High School yearbook lists Barbara Banik and Dan McKee, who just became Rhode Island's governor, as "Most Ambitious." Cumberland Public LibraryPROVIDENCE — Newly sworn-in Governor Daniel J. McKee is known as the voice of the Ocean State’s cities and towns, thanks to his devotion to small businesses and local economies, and his tenure as Mayor of Cumberland, Rhode Island. But where is he from, what else has he done, and has he lived up to his high school hype? Here are 10 things you may not have known about Rhode Island’s 76th governor.
Wellesley voters back referendum question renaming Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day
       
Wellesley voters Tuesday backed a referendum ballot question that called for replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day, a holiday intended to recognize the “humanity, culture and history” of the nation’s native inhabitants. Wellesley resident Joan Aandeg, a member of the Committee for Indigenous Peoples Day Wellesley, said in a statement to the Globe that renaming the holiday calls attention to the genocidal history of colonization. “Changing the name to Indigenous Peoples Day sends the message that we are no longer tolerating the dehumanization and erasure of Indigenous and other oppressed peoples,” Aandeg said. Many cities across the country, plus about a dozen states and the nation’s capital, celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day. In November, Newton’s City Council voted to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
After a year of teaching self-defense on Zoom, I want to come back kicking
       
But self-defense is more than physical striking. Impact BostonBut self-defense training, while not just about kicking and striking, does rely on our ability to create scenarios that are realistic enough to produce a physiological stress response. Virtual self-defense classes cannot make this possible. Studies of college women and women of all ages have found that self-defense reduces sexual assault by 50 percent or more. Research also shows that self-defense training reduces women’s inclinations to sacrifice their own wants and needs to please others.
SUV in California crash that killed 13 came through hole in border fence
       
The Suburban carried 19 people, and it caught fire after entering the U.S. All escaped the vehicle and were taken into custody by Border Patrol agents. HOLTVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Thirteen people killed in one of the deadliest border crashes on record were among 44 people who entered the U.S. through a hole cut into Southern California’s border fence with Mexico, the Border Patrol said Wednesday. The Border Patrol said its agents were not pursuing the vehicle before the crash. A California Highway Patrol report said the SUV entered an intersection directly in front of the big rig, which hit the left side of the SUV. AdvertisementThe speed limit for tractor-trailers on the highway is 55 mph (89 kph), according to California Highway Patrol Officer Jake Sanchez.
ICC opens war crimes probe into Israeli actions
       
It also raised the possibility of arrest warrants being issued against Israeli officials suspected of war crimes, making it potentially risky to travel abroad. A preliminary probe by Bensouda in 2019 had found a “reasonable basis” to open a war crimes case. Since joining the court in 2015, they have pushed for a war crimes probe against Israel. Bensouda has also said her probe would look into the actions of Hamas, which fired rockets indiscriminately into Israel during the 2014 war. Netanyahu was prime minister during the 2014 Gaza war and has been a strong advocate of the settlements.
Texas teachers, child care workers now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine
       
Updated throughout at 2:00 p.m., March 3, 2021All Texas teachers, school employees and childcare workers are now eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines thanks to a shift in federal pharmacy policy. The Texas Education Agency said Tuesday that updated public health guidelines would be coming later this week. Pharmacy giant CVS Health changed its policy on Wednesday to make elementary and secondary educators and staff, as well as childcare workers, eligible to receive a vaccine. While thousands of teachers and child care providers had been inoculated under those guidelines, thousands more had not. The DMN Education Lab deepens the coverage and conversation about urgent education issues critical to the future of North Texas.
Here’s what you need to know about all the available COVID-19 vaccines
       
Here’s what you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccines, which were manufactured and approved at unprecedented speeds. Johnson & JohnsonApproved: The FDA granted the Johnson & Johnson vaccine emergency use authorization on Feb. 27. Doses needed: The Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires only one dose. : The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is approved for people 18 and older. Storage: The Johnson & Johnson vaccine can be stored in a normal refrigerator.
At least 2 dead in residential fire near Kingman
       
At least two people died in a fire at a home Tuesday night near Kingman, according to sheriff's officials. Fire crews and Mohave County sheriff's deputies responded to the fire about 10 p.m. at a residence in the area of Buckboard Drive and Route 66, near Kingman, the sheriff's department posted on Facebook. After putting out the fire, the "remains of at least two people" were found inside, according to the social media post. Mohave County sheriff's detectives and Kingman fire investigators are conducting an investigation. Anyone with information about the fire can contact Mohave County Sheriff's Office, Detective Division, at 928-753-0753 or toll free at 1-800-522-4312 and reference case DR#21-008102.
Agents: SUV in deadly crash drove through border fence
       
A California Highway Patrol officer examines the scene of a deadly crash in Holtville, Calif., Tuesday, March 2, 2021. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)Hugo Castro leaves crosses at the scene of a deadly crash in Holtville, Calif., Tuesday, March 2, 2021. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)A law enforcement officer examines the scene of a deadly crash in Holtville, Calif., Tuesday, March 2, 2021. The Suburban carried 19 people, and it caught fire after entering the U.S. All escaped the vehicle and were taken into custody by Border Patrol agents. The speed limit for tractor-trailers on the highway is 55 mph (89 kph), according to California Highway Patrol Officer Jake Sanchez.
Lyft driver shot dead in West Garfield Park
       
A ride-share driver was killed in a shooting Wednesday afternoon in the West Garfield Park neighborhood, according to a fire department spokesman. He was shot in the body about 1:15 p.m. in the 4200 block of West Maypole Avenue, according to preliminary information from Chicago police. The man, a Lyft driver, was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital where he was pronounced dead, Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Merritt said. The Cook County medical examiner’s office hasn’t released details on his death. Read more on crime, and track the city’s homicides.
SUV in California crash came through hole in border fence
       
HOLTVILLE, Calif. — Thirteen people killed in one of the deadliest border crashes on record were among 44 people who entered the U.S. through a hole cut into Southern California’s border fence with Mexico, the Border Patrol said Wednesday. The Suburban carried 19 people, and it caught fire after entering the U.S. All escaped the vehicle and were taken into custody by Border Patrol agents. The Border Patrol said its agents were not pursuing the vehicle before the crash. A California Highway Patrol report said the SUV entered an intersection directly in front of the big rig, which hit the left side of the SUV. The speed limit for tractor-trailers on the highway is 55 mph (89 kph), according to California Highway Patrol Officer Jake Sanchez.
Fire breaks out in Englewood restaurant, laundromat
       
No one was injured after a fire broke out at a commercial building Wednesday in Englewood. Firefighters responded to fire about 1 p.m. at a restaurant and a laundromat in the 700 of West 61st Street where a caught on fire, according to the Chicago Fire Department. Firefighters opened four water lines and attacked the fire defensively, fire officials said. No one was injured. A Chicago Fire Department spokesman was unable to provide further details.
It’s time to get fishing gear out of winter storage
       
If you are among those who winterized your trout gear, now is the time to dig it back out and make ready for some of the best trout fishing of the year. The Lincoln County reservoir offers anglers a buffet of fishing opportunity, including rainbow trout, brown trout, tiger trout, largemouth bass and crappie. Participation remained high until winter arrived with temperatures cold enough to cover many of Nevada’s trout waters with sheets of ice. While some experienced anglers simply shift to ice fishing during the winter months, my guess is that many of these new and reactivated anglers put their fishing tackle on ice for the winter. If you are among those who winterized your trout gear, now is the time to dig it back out and make ready for some of the best trout fishing of the year.
Chicago Restaurant Week 2021: Reservations & menus
       
Photo Courtesy of Virtue RestaurantStarting today diners can make reservations and view menus for he 14th annual Chicago Restaurant Week (CRW). “Chicago Restaurant Week offers participants an exciting way to experience flavors from every corner of our city,” said Glenn Eden, Board Chair of Choose Chicago. Special RatesChicago Restaurant Week offers visitors and local foodies a meaningful opportunity to experience some of the area’s most sought-after restaurants. “Chicago Restaurant Week comes at an opportune time,” said Sam Toia, President and CEO of the Illinois Restaurant Association. Chicago Restaurant Week 2021 is sponsored by 100.3 FM WSHE, 101.9 FM The MIX, OpenTable, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits and Yelp.
That plan to design your beautiful new house may be against the law soon
       
As examples, it would prevent local restrictions on building colors, locations of garages and locations of windows and doors, according to a House staff analysis. Overdorf said it would not affect homes built in areas such as historic districts, community redevelopment areas and planned unit developments.
Is binge-watching bad?
       
Although I had so many things that I needed to accomplish this weekend, I spent it watching Netflix, mostly binge-watching season one of Ginny and Georgia. Other than the obvious reason to be entertained by a good story, why else do I binge on a show or a book? Did I have a desire to watch hours of TV or read for nine hours? It makes sense then that I can sit and watch a show for hours on end, but should I? Everyone talks about binge-watching shows, but for me it does feel hard to break the cycle.
Black female Amazon manager sues, alleging sexism and racism. She says she was paid less, criticized as ‘too direct,’ ‘aggressive.’
       
Newman later said she began taking on duties commensurate with a much higher salary level, but she was never adequately compensated for that work. She also said she worked above her pay grade for more than two years before she was promoted, while white men with similar experience climbed the corporate ladder more quickly.
Driver sentenced in fatal hit-run of grandmother in Inver Grove Heights
       
An Inver Grove Heights motorist who struck and killed a grandmother and then left the crash scene was sentenced Wednesday to 90 days in jail and 30 days of electronic home monitoring. A charge of failing to notify police of a collision resulting in death (driver did not cause) was dismissed. As part of Wednesday’s sentencing, Judge Timothy McManus also ordered Cotton to pay restitution; the amount has yet to be determined. About 19 hours after the crash, Cotton turned herself in to police and told investigators she believed she hit a deer, according to a criminal complaint. Gebremedhin was found unconscious on the north side of 80th Street with injuries consistent with being struck by a vehicle.
Beyond the fish fry: Five great seafood spots in the east metro
       
Here are five east metro places to eat seafood that doesn’t involve beer batter (not that there’s anything wrong with that). Two locations: St. Paul (400 Selby Ave., St. Paul; 651-207-6810) and (217 Water St., Excelsior; 952-474-1720); yumisushibar.comSmack ShackLobster rolls are the ultimate in high-end comfort food, and Smack Shack does them best. 1672 Grand Ave., St. Paul; 651-348-8541; grandcatchmn.comMallard’sThis seafood-centric, casual restaurant now has three locations in the east metro (if you count western Wisconsin) and it’s easy to see why. You can order a battered fish fry, but also a lobster roll, seafood cannelloni, blackened fish tacos and more. Two locations: 308 E. Prince St., St. Paul; 651-340-5796 and 3758 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-236-4429; kyatchi.com
SUV in crash killing 13 came through hole in border fence
       
HOLTVILLE, Calif. — Thirteen people killed in one of the deadliest border crashes on record were among 44 people who entered the U.S. through a hole cut into Southern California’s border fence with Mexico, the Border Patrol said Wednesday. The Suburban carried 19 people, and it caught fire after entering the U.S. All escaped the vehicle and were taken into custody by Border Patrol agents. The Border Patrol said its agents were not pursuing the vehicle before the crash. A California Highway Patrol report said the SUV entered an intersection directly in front of the big rig, which hit the left side of the SUV. The speed limit for tractor-trailers on the highway is 55 mph, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Jake Sanchez.
Big East will allow limited attendance for men’s basketball tournament, but no public ticket sale
       
“In determining the ticket policy for this year’s tournament, the conference consulted with our member schools, the MSG leadership team, and New York State and New York City public health officials,” Big East commissioner Val Ackerman said in a statement released by the conference. “As New York sporting events start to re-open, we believed it was important to offer access to one of the most prominent events in college sports to those closest to the participants, while striving to protect the health and safety of all involved. We are excited to participate in the reopening of the Garden and look forward to returning to a full house next year.”
SUV in crash that killed 13 came through hole cut into California’s border fence with Mexico, Border Patrol says
       
Passengers in the SUV ranged in age from 15 to 53 and were a mix of men and women, officials said. The driver was from Mexicali, Mexico, just across the border, and was among those killed. The 68-year-old driver of the big rig, who is from the nearby California community of El Centro, was hospitalized with moderate injuries.
'He was shooting to kill': Family member talks about Evanston mass shooting
       
A family is devastated after a mass shooting that left two relatives dead and a third seriously injured. Brittany Wagoner, 32, and her brother Timothy Dugar, 33, were both killed Sunday evening. The cousin said Brittany Wagoner was married to Moore and they had lived together on Victory Parkway where she was found dead. He says Moore showed up while the family was watching TV. Wagoner says the family is planning a joint funeral for Brittany Wagoner and Dugar.
Woman killed in early morning shooting in Clifton
       
A 23-year-old woman is dead after she was shot in Clifton early Wednesday, police said. The victim was found shot in a parking lot of an apartment building on Morrison Avenue just before 4 a.m., Cincinnati police reported. Police have not released any details about the circumstances of the shooting or possible suspects. Anyone with information about this homicide is being asked to call the Homicide Unit at (513) 352-3542. The Enquirer is not naming the victim until more information is available.
Michigan adds 1,536 cases, 5 deaths from COVID-19
       
Michigan on Wednesday added 1,536 cases of the coronavirus and five deaths as a result of COVID-19. Despite clusters of cases, Michigan has been experiencing a downward trend in other coronavirus data. Last week, the state totaled 7,662 cases, an increase from the week prior when the state recorded 5,695 cases. As of Tuesday, Michigan has the second-most cases of the virus variant B.1.1.7. with 437 cases - 300 cases are within the Michigan Department of Corrections.
Biden encouraged by consumer interest in 'Obamacare' offer
       
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a solid start, more than 200,000 people signed up for coverage the first two weeks after President Joe Biden reopened HealthCare.gov as part of his coronavirus response, the government said Wednesday. Early consumer interest in the three-month special enrollment period shows pent-up demand for health insurance a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, with many people still unemployed or unable to work as many hours as before. If the pace keeps up, “this special enrollment period could make a meaningful dent in the number of people uninsured,” said Larry Levitt, who tracks health insurance for the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation. “The enrollment numbers so far are stronger than I would have expected.”Biden called the sign-ups “an encouraging sign,” adding that “we can’t slow down until every American has the security and peace of mind that quality, affordable health coverage provides.”
Czechs turns to other nations to treat its COVID-19 patients
       
PRAGUE (AP) — With hospitals in some parts of the Czech Republic filled up, the country turned to Germany and other European countries with a request for help. The Czech Republic, one of the hardest-hit European Union countries, has been facing a surge of new cases attributed to a highly infectious coronavirus variant that is believed to originate in Britain. Interior Minister Jan Hamacek said on Wednesday neighboring Germany has offered dozens of beds in its hospitals to treat Czech COVID-19 patients. He said 19 of them were immediately ready. Hamacek said that Switzerland was another country ready to help with 20 beds in its hospitals while offering to take care of the transport of the patients.
Huawei CFO lawyer says Trump comments a 'salvo' in trade war
       
The U.S. wants her extradited to face fraud charges. Her arrest infuriated Beijing, which sees her case as a political move designed to prevent China’s rise. The U.S. accuses Huawei of using a Hong Kong shell company called Skycom to sell equipment to Iran in violation of U.S. sanctions. It says Meng, 49, committed fraud by misleading the HSBC bank about the company’s business dealings in Iran. Defense lawyer Richard Peck pointed to a 2018 interview in which Trump was asked if he would be willing to intervene in Meng’s case if it would help secure a trade deal with China or aid U.S. security interests.
Greece: Thousands spend night outdoors after powerful quake
       
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Fearful of returning to their homes, thousands of people in central Greece were spending the night outdoors late Wednesday after a powerful earthquake, felt across the region, damaged homes and public buildings. The shallow, magnitude-6.0 quake struck near the central city of Larissa. Officials reported structural damage, mainly to old houses and buildings that saw walls collapse or crack. One of them was a primary school, stone-built in 1938, in the quake-hit village of Damasi where 63 students were attending classes. “The building will be condemned now...We’ll need a new school.”
Facebook lifts ban on US political, social issue ads
       
Facebook says it is lifting its ban on political and social-issue ads put in place after the 2020 U.S. presidential election. Political candidates, groups and others will be able to place ads on Facebook and Instagram beginning on Thursday. Restricting political advertisements following the November election was among the host of measures Facebook put in place last year in an attempt to ensure its platform is not used to sow chaos and spread misinformation. Facebook halted U.S. political ads when the polls closed on Nov. 3, an extension of an earlier restriction on new political ads in the week leading up to Election Day. It said at the time that the ban would be temporary but did not give a clear end date.
US warns of military response to rocket attack on Iraq base
       
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House warned that the U.S. may consider a military response to the rocket attack that hit an air base in western Iraq where American and coalition troops are housed. A U.S. contractor died after at least 10 rockets slammed into the base early Wednesday. “Thank God, no one was killed by the rocket, but one individual, a contractor, died of a heart attack. White House press secretary Jen Psaki suggested that the “calculated” U.S. airstrikes last week could be a model for a military response. Those strikes were in response to an attack on American forces in northern Iraq earlier in February.
EU envoy tells Serbia, Kosovo dialogue key for entry talks
       
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — The European Union’s special envoy on Wednesday said that Serbia and Kosovo must resume talks on normalizing their relations if they want to advance toward bloc membership. Miroslav Lajcak arrived in Belgrade after previously visiting Pristina at the start of his tour in the region. Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008 but Belgrade does not accept this. The EU has brokered talks to normalize ties but after a White House summit and talks in Brussels in September, the dialogue between Serbia and Kosovo has stalled. Lajcak said after a meeting with Serbia's President Aleksandar Vucic that EU member states expect the two sides to move on.
Reports: Myanmar security forces kill at least 34 protesters
       
He also collected information where he could on the victims’ names, ages, hometowns, and where and how they were killed. The Associated Press was unable to independently confirm most of the reported deaths, but several square with online postings. Three deaths were reported in Mandalay, the country’s second-biggest city, and two in Salin, a town in Magwe region. As part of the crackdown, security forces have also arrested hundreds of people, including journalists. On Saturday, at least eight journalists, including Thein Zaw of The Associated Press, were detained.
West Virginia lowers general age limit for virus vaccine
       
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said Wednesday the state has lowered the age limit for COVID-19 vaccinations to all residents 50 and older. Justice said at a news conference that education workers who are at least age 40 can now receive the vaccine. West Virginia expects to receive a surge in coronavirus vaccine doses this week after a one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine gained emergency use authorization. “So we’re moving as quickly as we possibly can, West Virginia."
100+ Sonoran desert tortoises are up for adoption in Arizona
       
PHOENIX (AP) — Wanted: Forever homes for more than 100 Sonoran desert tortoises that can grow to 14 inches and live as long as 100 years. Due primarily to illegal breeding, Arizona Game and Fish Department officials said they have several tortoises of various ages and sizes available for adoption. Tegan Wolf, desert tortoise adoption program coordinator for the department, said only one tortoise can be adopted per person and per household. Wolf said Arizonans interested in adopting should review the Tortoise Adoption Program page on the Game and Fish Department’s website. It also covers how to properly care for a desert tortoise, including instructions on how to build a burrow.
Stellantis CEO says 4th largest carmaker to be disruptive
       
Tavares also indicated that both FCA and PSA would contribute technologies that would help the company get rid of duplications and save money. “So if I combine both, I should go fast and I should be very efficient at the end of the day,” the CEO said. Offering its first financial guidance, Stellantis announced it was targeting an adjusted income margin of between 5.5% and 7% in its first year of operation as a new company. Tavares said one “strong caveat” to the guidance is that they cannot anticipate if there will be lockdowns or restrictions on business due to the pandemic. Earlier Wednesday, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and PSA Peugeot reported their last financial statements as independent companies, each contributing full-year profits of around 2 billion euros to the new company.
German officials want emails, IMs tied to real-world ID
       
BERLIN (AP) — Germany security officials are proposing that Internet companies should link a user's real-world identity to all of their instant messages, emails and other online communication, prompting criticism from digital rights activists. Like in many other countries, mobile phone firms in Germany are required to verify a customer's identity before selling them a SIM card. Under a proposal leaked late Tuesday, Germany's Interior Ministry wants the same rule to apply to “number independent” telecommunications services such as WhatsApp, Signal or Facebook messenger. A ministry spokesman declined to explicitly confirm the veracity of the proposal, which was leaked by secure email provider Posteo. Henning Tillmann, co-chairman of D64, a group that campaigns for citizens' rights in the digital world, warned that the proposal risked making Germany a “mini-China.”
Biden encouraged by consumer interest in 'Obamacare' offer
       
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a solid start, more than 200,000 people signed up for coverage the first two weeks after President Joe Biden reopened HealthCare.gov as part of his coronavirus response, the government said Wednesday. Early consumer interest in the three-month special enrollment period shows pent-up demand for health insurance a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, with many people still unemployed or unable to work as many hours as before. If the pace keeps up, “this special enrollment period could make a meaningful dent in the number of people uninsured,” said Larry Levitt, who tracks health insurance for the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation. “The enrollment numbers so far are stronger than I would have expected.”Biden called the sign-ups “an encouraging sign,” adding that “we can’t slow down until every American has the security and peace of mind that quality, affordable health coverage provides.”Reopening the health insurance markets fits into Biden’s strategy of pushing the U.S. toward coverage for all by building on the Obama-era Affordable Care Act, better known as “Obamacare.” HealthCare.gov offers taxpayer subsidized private health insurance, catering mainly to low- and moderate-income working people.
AP Exclusive: SUV in crash came through hole in border fence
       
Updated 5 times AlertMeHOLTVILLE, Calif. — Thirteen people killed in one of the deadliest border crashes on record were among more than 40 migrants who entered the U.S. through a hole cut into Southern California’s border fence with Mexico, the Border Patrol said Wednesday. The Suburban carried 19 people, and it caught fire for unknown reasons on a nearby interstate after entering the U.S. All escaped the vehicle and were taken into custody by Border Patrol agents. The Border Patrol said its agents were not pursuing the vehicle before the crash. Border Patrol photos show a panel of eight steel poles was lifted out and left on the ground in the desert next to an old tire and other debris. Seats in the SUV had been removed except for those for the driver and front passenger, said Omar Watson, chief of the California Highway Patrol’s border division.
US warns of military response to rocket attack on Iraq base
       
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House warned that the U.S. may consider a military response to the rocket attack that hit an air base in western Iraq where American and coalition troops are housed. A U.S. contractor died after at least 10 rockets slammed into the base early Wednesday. “Thank God, no one was killed by the rocket, but one individual, a contractor, died of a heart attack. White House press secretary Jen Psaki suggested that the “calculated” U.S. airstrikes last week could be a model for a military response. Those strikes were in response to an attack on American forces in northern Iraq earlier in February.
SUV in California crash came through hole in US-Mexico border fence
       
“I was trying to figure out how to stop the deaths,” said Hunter, whose brother Duncan strongly advocated for border wall construction as a congressman. Illegal crossings in the area fell sharply in the mid-2000s but the area has remained a draw for migrants and was a priority for wall construction under former President Donald Trump. When police arrived at the crash site about 125 miles (200 kilometers) east of San Diego, some passengers were trying to crawl out of the crumpled SUV. Passengers in the SUV ranged in age from 15 to 53 and were a mix of men and women, officials said. The 68-year-old driver of the big rig, who is from the nearby California community of El Centro, was hospitalized with moderate injuries.
Senators recommend U.S. attorney candidates for two Virginia positions
       
Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine on Wednesday recommended candidates for the U.S. Attorney vacancies in the Eastern and Western districts of Virginia to President Joe Biden. Jessica Aber, an assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia in Richmond, and John Hall, a civil litigator at the law firm of Covington & Burling and a former assistant U.S. attorney, for the Eastern District position, were named in the senators' letter to the White House. The Eastern District of Virginia, which stretches from Northern Virginia, through Richmond and Central Virginia to the Tidewater region, serves roughly 6 million people. Because of its proximity to the Washington, D.C. area and the many military, government and high tech facilities located there, the Eastern District is one of the preeminent in the country. {{featured_button_text}}In the Western District the Virginia senators recommended Christopher Kavanaugh, an assistant U.S. attorney in the Western District of Virginia, and Erin B. Ashwell, the chief deputy attorney general for the state of Virginia.
AP Exclusive: SUV in crash came through hole in border fence
       
“Human smugglers have proven time and again they have little regard for human life,” Bovino said. Border Patrol photos show a panel of eight steel poles was lifted out and left on the ground in the desert next to an old tire and other debris. The cause of Tuesday's collision wasn't yet known, authorities said. The Expedition is built to hold eight people safely, but smugglers are known to pack people into vehicles in extremely unsafe conditions to maximize their profits. Seats in the SUV had been removed except for those for the driver and front passenger, said Omar Watson, chief of the California Highway Patrol’s border division.
A year ago today, in pictures: Super Tuesday results and more moments you may remember
       
Also on this day in 2020 NATO envoys held emergency talks at the request of Turkey, a NATO member, and scores of migrants began converging on Turkey's border with Greece seeking entry into Europe after Turkey said it was "no longer able to hold refugees." See more top news photos as selected by the Associated Press.
Henrico couple's tumultuous relationship endures death of child but ends in slaying
       
Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney BJ McGee declined to comment on the ongoing case. A preliminary hearing for the murder charge is scheduled for later this month in Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court. Thurston first reportedly threatened Inge's life on April 7, 2018 — though there was one earlier complaint from 2012 alleging abuse, according to the court records from Henrico County. "He stopped her by grabbing her by the hair and punched her in the face and threatened to kill her," the criminal complaint said. Thurston was arrested after putting her in a choke hold that "caused her difficulty breathing and dizziness," according to the complaint.
AP Exclusive: SUV in crash came through hole in border fence
       
A California Highway Patrol officer examines the scene of a deadly crash in Holtville, Calif., Tuesday, March 2, 2021. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)A California Highway Patrol officer examines the scene of a deadly crash in Holtville, Calif., Tuesday, March 2, 2021. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)HOLTVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Thirteen people killed in one of the deadliest border crashes on record were among more than 40 migrants who entered the U.S. through a hole cut into Southern California’s border fence with Mexico, the Border Patrol said Wednesday. The Border Patrol said its agents were not pursuing the vehicle before the crash. Border Patrol photos show a panel of eight steel poles was lifted out and left on the ground in the desert next to an old tire and other debris.
Liberal journalists, pundits delete fawning Cuomo tweets
       
“All of a sudden, I love Governor Cuomo, his soothing Queens accent, his stories about his dad Mario,” Jong-Fast wrote in March 2020. Jong-Fast’s latest piece is headlined, “‘My Cuomo ‘Crush’ Turned Out to Be Stockholm Syndrome,” aims to distance herself from the embattled governor. Getty Images for WarnerMediaCillizza wrote last year, “Andrew Cuomo said he’ll never run for president. On Monday he published a feature headlined, “Andrew Cuomo is trying to stall on sexual harassment allegations. It won’t work.”The liberal CNN editor also penned a piece outlining how critical the next few days are for Cuomo.
Paris Louvre recovers 16th-century armour stolen nearly 40 years ago
       
The Louvre museum in Paris has announced the recovery of a set of gold and silver-encrusted Renaissance-era armour – nearly 40 years after it was stolen. A military antiques expert alerted police after being called in to give advice regarding an inheritance in Bordeaux in January and becoming suspicious about the luxurious helmet and body armour in the family’s collection. Police later identified the items from a database of stolen artworks as having been taken from the Louvre on 31 May 1983, in circumstances that remain a mystery. The armour and helmet are thought to have been made in Milan between 1560 and 1580. There are 100,000 objects on France’s database of global stolen artworks, with 900 added last year alone.
‘Open hostility’: an extraordinary episode in the Sussexes’ royal drama
       
In another age, it is likely claims of bullying within the royal household would never have emerged into public view. “I’ve covered the royals for a decade and I can’t remember a time when we’ve seen such open hostility,” said Victoria Murphy, a longtime royal correspondent formerly of the Daily Mirror. The genesis of the story is not in dispute: the division that dragged such a painful matter into the open began years ago. A recent Sunday Times story suggested senior royal sources were “shocked” by the outcome. Young women were broken by their behaviour.”A wider question is why the allegations have arisen now, shortly before the Oprah interview.
The misogynist incel movement is spreading. Should it be classified as a terror threat?
       
As attacks linked to the misogynist “incel” movement mounted in recent years, authorities around the world have begun to treat the ideology as a more serious terrorism threat. It was the first time Canada had charged anyone with incel-related terrorism. Since 9/11, far rightwing attacks killed 114 people, and jihadist attacks had killed 107 people, while only nine people had been killed in American misogynist and incel attacks, the New America Foundation analysis found. But incel terrorism in the United States has been much deadlier than far-left terrorism, which receives intense political and media attention in the US, the New America analysis found. At the same time, he said, “Incel violence is ideological violence against civilians, to prove an ideological point or create psychological fear.
22 of the best small wedding venues for every budget across the UK
       
According to a survey taken in eight countries last May by wedding planning website The Knot, 66 per cent of people decided to reschedule their weddings to a later date. That means almost 30 per cent went ahead with their vows despite hurdles due to the pandemic. Smaller weddings are safer, easier, cheaper, and simply less likely to be cancelled due to the ever-changing restrictions. Beautiful venues across the UK accommodate smaller, more understated affairs, with packages designed specifically for intimate dos even before Covid. Here, we take a look at some of the UK’s best venues for small, but perfectly formed weddings (Covid and lockdown-permitting, of course).
Covid: US officials express disapproval over states lifting mask mandates
       
The next month or two is really pivotal,” Dr Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said. His announcement came against a backdrop of states moving to relax their virus-related restrictions, despite health officials warning against relaxing Covid protocols too swiftly. When receiving her jab, the country music legend broke into an adaption of one of her biggest hits, Jolene, singing: “Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, I’m begging of you, please don’t hesitate. Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, because once you’re dead, then that’s a bit too late.”Although Parton made jokes in the video showing her getting vaccinated, her appearance also had a serious aim: combatting vaccine hesitancy, which is thought to be a serious problem in the US. I’m trying to be funny now, but I’m dead serious about the vaccine.
Healthcare worker arrested on suspicion of murdering a patient at a Blackpool hospital
       
A healthcare professional has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of a patient, who died at Blackpool Victoria Hospital. Police said the hospital staff member had also been arrested on suspicion of two offences of rape and one of sexual assault against two patients and a fellow worker. Detectives launched an investigation into activities at the Lancashire hospital in the autumn of 2018 following allegations that patients had been poisoned, neglected and mistreated on the stroke unit. They added: "She was the most precious wife, mother and grandmother, our constant friend and problem-solver who we will miss dearly." Lancashire Police said as a result of that investigation further allegations related to the rape and sexual assault of patients and staff had also been received.
Lockdown-level emissions cuts needed every two years to meet climate goals
       
A global lockdown every two years would be needed to meet Paris agreement emissions cuts targets, a study has suggested. Emissions cuts equivalent to those caused by the Covid crisis would be enough to slow global warming to more manageable levels, but the global economy needs to decarbonise in order to make them sustainable, the paper said. Countries need to align post-COVID incentives with climate targets this decade, based on sound science and credible implementation plans." "In doing so, this work highlights the scale of the decarbonisation challenge we face and the need for utmost urgency." Dr Robin Lamboll, Research Associate in Climate Science and Policy at the Grantham Institute said: "A drop in emissions for one or two years doesn’t really have a long-term effect on climate change.
Scotland to receive £1.2 billion boost from UK Budget
       
Scotland will receive a £1.2 billion boost as a result of the UK Budget, the Chancellor has said, in an announcement that was mostly welcomed by Scottish businesses. Delivering the UK Government’s tax and spending plans on Wednesday, Rishi Sunak confirmed an additional £1.2 billion in funding for the Scottish Government through the Barnett formula, alongside an extension to both the furlough scheme and £20 weekly uplift to Universal Credit until September. The personal allowance threshold for taxation - currently at £12,500 - will also rise this year by £70 but then be frozen until 2026. This means that more people will be paying tax as wages increase, but other changes announced today do not apply in Scotland. Scottish businesses have welcomed the extension of the furlough scheme in particular, with the Scottish Chamber of Commerce branding it a “major boost”, but many warned that employer contributions may not be viable for some beleaguered businesses.
Alcohol sales during lockdown provides Treasury with £800 million tax windfall
       
Heavier drinking during the pandemic has landed the Treasury with a £800 million tax windfall even though pubs, clubs and restaurants have been closed. The Government netted £12.7 billion in tax from alcohol duties, £800m more than it anticipated and up from £11.5bn in the previous year, according to the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR). “Total receipts have held up as alcohol consumption has been one of the few tax bases unscathed by the virus. “Pubs and restaurants will be crossing their fingers that Britons' love affair with alcohol continues when the hospitality sector is opened up again. “Not everyone will emerge from lockdown alcohol dependent, but as the nation drinks more, many more people might succumb to addiction.
Thirteen may be too young for social media, online watchdog warns
       
Thirteen may be too young for children to use social media apps where they risk being exposed to ‘self-harm and extreme dieting’ material, the UK’s online watchdog has warned. “The internet was not designed for children, but we know the benefits of children going online. We have protections and rules for kids in the offline world – but they haven’t been translated to the online world”. However, while the code gives the ICO powers to fine companies that allow underage children onto their apps, social media giants will still be the ones who decide the age limit. “The only way to reach a solution that can encourage public trust is to engage the public,” added Ms Denham.
Meghan’s earrings: The power and pitfalls of statement jewellery
       
Why she wore it has been the subject of much controversy – but as a rule, royals are exceedingly careful about how they adorn themselves. Royal sparkle falls into two camps: things they have bought themselves, such as Kate Middleton wearing Accessorize earrings, which are allowed, and that belonging to the Crown. All jewellery gifted from one royal to another – such as the earrings from bin Salman – becomes official property of the Queen. This is something Her Majesty knows, deploying her diamonds to semaphore her allegiances where protocol demands she remain silent. However, at times, such coruscating communications have been deemed to misfire; statement rocks making that bit too much of a statement…1.