Mar 04,2021

More than 10,000 pieces of new news a day. News update non-stop 24/7.  OnPolitics: Keep your eyes on the (COVID) money.  Raiders GM Mike Mayock: 'Jury is still out' on Trent Brown.  Widely used convalescent plasma treatment doesn't stop COVID-19 patients from getting sicker, study finds.  Reopening, Stimulus, Wildlife Cameras: Your Wednesday Evening Briefing.  Biden’s honeymoon is over, but he retains majority approval..  Alamo Drafthouse’s new co-owner embroiled in child neglect scandal.  Knife-wielding toddler chef gives Gordon Ramsay a run for his money.  Shaquille O’Neal caught napping on the job wearing ‘astronaut’ helmet.  Democrats line up behind Shalanda Young amid new jostling over Biden budget pick.  Golf returns to Bay Hill and to some semblance of cheers.  More than 10,000 pieces of new news a day. News update non-stop 24/7.  Gov. Newsom suggests teachers 'not comfortable going back in' won’t be required to return to schools.  Janice Dean brings kindness and love to Fox Nation with ‘Make Your Own Sunshine’.  Accuser's attorney slams Cuomo apology as 'full of falsehoods'.  Millionaire Beto O'Rourke claims Abbott is 'sacrificing the lives of our fellow Texans' for political gain.  'Rollover' in tech stocks is an investment opportunity: Oppenheimer Asset Management.  'The average benefit will be about $6,300' per family under the American Rescue Plan, expert says.  Lawmakers, policy analysts call for federal unemployment to offer $400 weekly boost, expire in September.  Stock futures lower after major averages dip amid rising bond yields.  Texas doctors say Gov. Greg Abbott's decision to scrap mask mandate could result in another Covid-19 surge.  U.S. House cancels Thursday session after police warn of possible plot on Capitol.  
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OnPolitics: Keep your eyes on the (COVID) money
       
More numbers for you:Senate Democrats reached a deal with President Joe Biden to limit the eligibility for $1,400 checks in his $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill. with President Joe Biden to limit the eligibility for $1,400 checks in his $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill. for health insurance through the federally run HealthCare.gov in the first two weeks of the three-month special enrollment period. Who lives, who dies, who is actually getting a COVID checkIt's the question that many Americans want to know: Who is eligible for a $1,400 stimulus check? Who's not quite as happy: Many Americans who could have received at least some payment will now receive none.
Raiders GM Mike Mayock: 'Jury is still out' on Trent Brown
       
APLas Vegas Raiders general manager Mike Mayock says the “jury is still out” on whether highly paid right tackle Trent Brown will be back in 2021 after being limited by injuries in his first two seasons with the team. The Raiders gave Brown a $66 million, four-year contract in free agency in 2019 in Mayock’s first season as general manager to be the anchor of the line. But after a strong start to his tenure, Brown has been hampered by various injuries and a bout with COVID-19. “When he’s healthy, in shape and ready to go, he’s as dominant as any tackle in football,” Mayock said Wednesday. “There would be nothing finer than you have Trent Brown at right tackle protecting Derek Carr next year.
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.
Reopening, Stimulus, Wildlife Cameras: Your Wednesday Evening Briefing
       
“Neanderthal thinking.”That’s how President Biden criticized the governor of Texas and others who have relaxed Covid-19 restrictions. He insisted that it was a “big mistake” for people to stop wearing masks, and that they should continue with social distancing and hand washing. “It’s critical, critical, critical, critical that they follow the science,” Mr. Biden said. Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, echoed Mr. Biden’s remarks, her third such warning in less than a week. Scientists are urging caution until we know more about whether vaccinated people can still spread the virus and about emerging virus variants.
Biden’s honeymoon is over, but he retains majority approval.
       
Whatever honeymoon period he may have briefly enjoyed, President Biden is now past it, according to the results of a Monmouth University poll released on Wednesday. Mr. Biden’s approval rating now stands at 51 percent nationwide, with 42 percent of the country disapproving. That’s a much narrower split than his 54 percent approval and 30 percent disapproval in another Monmouth survey that was conducted just after he took office. The poll found widespread support for the Covid-19 relief bill making its way through Congress, with 62 percent saying they want to see it passed. Two-thirds supported the bill’s provision increasing additional unemployment benefits to $400 a week from $300 a week.
Alamo Drafthouse’s new co-owner embroiled in child neglect scandal
       
The shocking report alleged that at least 40 states at one point sent their most vulnerable children to Sequel’s facilities, which were run by “inexperienced, low-wage” employees. The reports detailed sexual and physical verbal abuse, including beatings from staff, as well as feces-infested living quarters. Meanwhile, Altamont Capital has pumped $40 million into Sequel over the past three years to fund its expansion. Sequel operates 44 programs in 19 states including a Michigan facility where a 16-year-old boy died last April after being restrained by staff members. The company plans to keep most of its theaters open after it emerges from bankruptcy, according to reports.
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.
Shaquille O’Neal caught napping on the job wearing ‘astronaut’ helmet
       
He wins the NBA snoring title. Retired basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal put the zzzs in “Kazaam” after his “NBA on TNT” co-hosts caught him sleeping — quite loudly — while on the job. The original Instagram story of the Shaq-nap has since disappeared, however, the footage is currently going viral on Twitter. “What the hell is going on here,” an aghast Wade, 39, can be heard saying. “We supposed to be working.”If that wasn’t ridiculous enough, the 7-foot-1 Lakers legend begins snoring ferociously, causing the bystanders to collapse into a fit of giggles.
Democrats line up behind Shalanda Young amid new jostling over Biden budget pick
       
Tanden’s withdrawal marked the first major political setback for the Biden White House as it has raced in its opening weeks to confirm key nominees in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Gavin Newsom and close ties to White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain. “And what has become evident in the last few days is [Young] has that same kind of background.”The White House did not respond to a request for comment. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Wednesday the administration still hopes to find Tanden a new position elsewhere. Senate Republicans responded by repeatedly praising her candor: Sen. Lindsey Graham, the top GOP lawmaker on the Senate Budget Committee, opened his statement at the Tuesday hearing by pledging to vote for her confirmation.
Golf returns to Bay Hill and to some semblance of cheers
       
"It's kind of hard to remember the cheers, really," Hatton said Wednesday. That's about what Bay Hill is anticipating this week, with tournament officials saying attendance will be limited to 25% capacity. Bay Hill was the last PGA Tour event before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down golf for three months. Rory McIlroy is playing, and Jordan Spieth makes his debut at Bay Hill. "It was the first time since The Players Championship that you heard a roar that ... it gave you goose bumps."
Gov. Newsom suggests teachers 'not comfortable going back in' won’t be required to return to schools
       
"Since the height of the winter surge, we have successfully shifted the conversation from whether to reopen schools to when," Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a statement Monday. State legislatures have allocated $2 billion from the package to support public school needs with personal protective equipment, ventilation upgrades and COVID-19 testing. We’re going to provide supports, supplementary supports for people with compromised immune systems, people that are not comfortable going back in," he told reporters. Newsom has faced fierce backlash for his strict response to the coronavirus pandemic, prompting an effort to recall him for his governorship.
Janice Dean brings kindness and love to Fox Nation with ‘Make Your Own Sunshine’
       
The forecast for Fox Nation features a little more kindness and love thanks to Fox News senior meteorologist Janice Dean. "That’s the really beautiful part of this, all the people you see in the Fox Nation special are the real people, they’re not actors," Dean told Fox News. JANICE DEAN: 'MAKE YOUR OWN SUNSHINE' -- WHAT I'VE LEARNED ABOUT KINDNESS AND GOODWILL IN A TOUGH TIME"Make Your Own Sunshine" hit shelves Tuesday and the Fox Nation series was released to coincide with the launch. For more exclusive content, visit Fox Nation and join today. CLICK HERE TO JOIN FOX NATIONFox Nation programs are viewable on-demand and from your mobile device app, but only for Fox Nation subscribers.
Accuser's attorney slams Cuomo apology as 'full of falsehoods'
       
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s apologetic news conference Wednesday afternoon was "full of falsehoods and inaccurate information," according to the attorney of a former staffer who has accused him of sexual harassment. The other aide was Lindsey Boylan, who accused the governor of forcibly kissing her in an essay published on Medium last week. And a third woman with no professional ties to the governor, Anna Ruch, accused Cuomo of making unwanted advances, touching her exposed lower back and asking to kiss her. CUOMO'S CREEPY COVID TEST COMMENTS RESURFACENew York Attorney General Letitia James has launched an investigation into the women’s claims.
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."
'Rollover' in tech stocks is an investment opportunity: Oppenheimer Asset Management
       
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'The average benefit will be about $6,300' per family under the American Rescue Plan, expert says
       
If the American Rescue Plan is signed into law, "The average benefit will be about $6,300," for families, according to Elaine Maag, a principal research associate at the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center, who cited the center's recent report. Here's how much money families could receive from three of the proposals in the American Rescue Plan if it's signed into law. Child Tax Credit: Up to $3,600 per childOne of the American Rescue Plan's proposals is the expansion of the Child Tax Credit. This would be a major increase from the current Child Tax Credit, which only provides an annual maximum of $2,000 per child from birth through age 16. Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit: Up to $8,000The American Rescue Plan also includes a refundable Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit, which could help Americans claim thousands of additional dollars to offset the costs of child care.
Lawmakers, policy analysts call for federal unemployment to offer $400 weekly boost, expire in September
       
The House passed its version of legislation early Saturday, and the Senate is debating provisions this week. Some, including Pancotti, are calling for federal benefit expirations to be tied to labor market indicators, such as the unemployment rate. Without action, 11.4 million people are expected to start losing jobless aid on March 14, according to estimates from The Century Foundation. The weekly federal unemployment boost was up for debate again this week with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) A growing body of research has shown no such correlation between boosted unemployment pay and people not returning to work.
Stock futures lower after major averages dip amid rising bond yields
       
U.S. stock index futures slid during overnight trading on Wednesday, accelerating losses from the regular trading session which saw the major averages finish in the red across the board. Futures contracts tied to the Dow Jones Industrial Average slid 62 points. The S&P 500 dipped 1.3%, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 119 points, or 0.38%, lower. "The ability and desire of the consumer to spend on services and experiences should lead to the best economic growth we have seen in over 35 years." Economists surveyed by Dow Jones are forecasting 750,000 first-time filers.
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.”
U.S. House cancels Thursday session after police warn of possible plot on Capitol
       
But a House Democratic aide said that the police warning, based on intelligence that “an identified militia group” could present a security threat, contributed to the change in plans. “The United States Capitol Police Department is aware of and prepared for any potential threats towards members of Congress or towards the Capitol complex,” it said in its statement. The police statement noted that the department already has made “significant security upgrades” at the Capitol, home to the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. On Tuesday, Acting House Sergeant at Arms Timothy Blodgett notified members of Congress of a possible security threat spanning Thursday through Saturday. Blodgett told lawmakers that the Capitol Police department has “enhanced” its security posture for the coming days.
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.
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.
Brazil GDP drops 4.1% in 2020, COVID-19 surge erodes rebound
       
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. 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. Mexico, which did not provide anywhere near as generous a fiscal support package, saw its economy slump 8.5% last year. GDP per capita fell 4.8%, IBGE said, the steepest fall since at least 2000.
Neera Tanden’s OMB nomination failed. Her fallback plan remains a mystery.
       
Her selection was driven by White House chief of staff Ron Klain, one of Tanden’s key allies inside Biden World. She had deep policy experience and had been helpful to the campaign by providing policy support. The Alaska Republican was the one Republican who had not stated where she stood on Tanden’s nomination to head OMB. “There was no hint of if you do this, I will do that,” said the aforementioned White House adviser. Murkowski has not said whether she ever made up her mind on Tanden’s nomination.
House scraps work schedule amid security threat
       
Razor wire fencing still encloses much of the Capitol Hill area, and members and staffers must enter through checkpoints manned by armed National Guard troops. Nonetheless, congressional leaders say they will heed the security warnings, with members still shaken from the violence that many of them witnessed two months ago. Some of the security presence, particularly the National Guard, appears to have diminished in recent weeks, though tighter new procedures — such as metal detectors into the House chambers — remain in place. Capitol security officials have indicated that they plan to beef up security for lawmakers in transit, recognizing that many have been targeted in recent months when they’re away from the building. We continue to see far-right extremist groups that are fueled by misinformation and conspiracy theories quickly become the most dangerous threat to society.”
U.S. House cancels Thursday session after police warn of possible plot on Capitol
       
“The United States Capitol Police Department is aware of and prepared for any potential threats towards members of Congress or towards the Capitol complex,” it said in its statement. The statement noted that police have made “significant security upgrades” at the Capitol, home to the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. On Tuesday, Acting House Sergeant at Arms Timothy Blodgett notified Congress members of a possible security threat spanning Thursday through Saturday. Congress has held hearings on the riot and congressional leaders in coming days are expected to receive recommendations for new, permanent security measures at the Capitol. The House impeached Trump on Jan. 13 on a charge of inciting an insurrection, focusing on an incendiary speech he made to supporters shortly before the mob converged on the Capitol.
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.
Haaland confirmation likely after picking up support from Collins
       
Collin’s statement comes after Sen. Joe Manchin, the moderate West Virginia Democrat who chairs the Energy Committee, said he would vote to confirm Haaland. “While we will not always agree on the administration’s policy, I want to be clear and open with you,” Haaland wrote. Haaland replied, in part, “I support affordable energy prices for all Americans and understand that prices fluctuate and can hurt consumers.”The answers did not sway Barrasso, who along with fellow GOP senators Steve Daines (Mont.) Sen. Jim Risch of Idaho asked Haaland about her support for expanding electric transmission grids, a policy issue that Haaland backed during her time in the House. He also asked her whether she supported encouraging mining on public lands, which experts say will be needed to supply the fast growing markets for battery and electrification technology.
Newsom confident MLB fans can return to California stadiums in April
       
| Harry How/Getty Images Newsom confident MLB fans can return to California stadiums in AprilOAKLAND — California fans can likely catch Major League Baseball games in person when the season begins in April, Gov. The fact that Newsom believes ballparks can safely allow some fans to attend — outside — is the latest indicator that Newsom has high confidence in California's progress. California is home to five MLB teams: the Oakland Athletics, the San Francisco Giants, the San Diego Padres, the Anaheim Angels and the reigning champion Los Angeles Dodgers. In the yellow tier, teams could expand capacity to 25 percent. Allowing MLB teams to bring back fans by then may require looser thresholds than those already established.
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.
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.
Most Expensive Private Island in the Florida Keys Sells for $11 Million
       
A nearly five-acre private island in the Florida Keys sold for an unprecedented $11 million on Friday, making it the priciest sale ever in Marathon, Florida, and the most expensive private island sold in the Keys. It was also the highest private island sale ever in the Florida Keys, said listing agent Pierre Marc Bellion of Ocean Sotheby’s International Realty. “Here in the Keys, $11 million is a record sale,” he said. “In the Florida Keys, we have pretty shallow waters everywhere,” he noted. That’s also caused a frenzy of home buying in Florida and led to several record sales in recent months.
EU, Britain clash again over trade rules
       
Commission vice-president Maroš Šef?ovi? said in a statement that UK’s decision to unilaterally extend a grace period on checks for goods moving between Britain and Northern Ireland amounts to “a violation” of the so-called Northern Ireland Protocol. The Protocol was designed to ensure an open border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic after Brexit. The sensitivity of Northern Ireland’s status was underscored earlier this year when the EU threatened to ban shipments of coronavirus vaccines to Northern Ireland as part of moves to shore up the bloc’s supply. Šef?ovi? held discussions Wednesday with cabinet minister David Frost, the former chief Brexit negotiator now responsible for EU relations. Before their talks, Šef?ovi? said he would tell Frost “the European Commission will respond to these developments in accordance with the legal means established by the Withdrawal Agreement and the Trade and Cooperation Agreement.”
Reports: Dan Dakich to keep ESPN job, but receives scolding from network over internet bullying
       
UFC president Dana White also backed that sentiment, telling MMA Junkie that Chimaev "ain't quitting." Then, on Tuesday, Kadyrov posted a message via the Visit Chechnya Instagram account, in which he said that he talked Chimaev out of retiring. "Friends, you've probably already heard the news about Khamzat Chimaev, who announced his departure from the UFC in his account. That is how Khamzat wrote on Instagram. When he wasn't physically able to train for the bout, Edwards was re-booked opposite Belal Muhammad for the same date.
Cuomo responds to harassment scandal: ‘I’m not going to resign’
       
In the face of multiple sexual harassment claims and a pending investigation from the state attorney general’s office, Gov. Andrew Cuomo apologized for his behavior but rejected calls for his resignation, saying, “I’m not going to resign. “I now understand that I acted in a way that made people feel uncomfortable,” Cuomo said. I feel awful about it and, frankly, I am embarrassed about it.”The governor said he “never touched anyone inappropriately. More New York Covid-19 News:
Voting rights an intensifying partisan battleground, as Democrats push H.R. 1 and Republicans alter election procedures at state level
       
Yet to many Republicans, it amounts to an unwarranted federal intrusion into a process that states should control. The bill would mandate early voting, same-day registration and other long-sought changes that Republicans reject. “ Former Virginia attorney general and Trump administration official Ken Cuccinelli is spearheading a $5 million campaign to pressure Senate Democrats to oppose H.R. Democrats say their aim is to make it easier for more people to vote, regardless of partisan affiliation. But challenges lie ahead in the Senate, which is split 50-50 between Republicans and Democrats, including the independents who caucus with Democrats.
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.
Sunak Plans Highest U.K. Taxes Since 1960s to Pay Pandemic Bill
       
(Bloomberg) -- British finance minister Rishi Sunak will keep spending big to help the economy through the pandemic crisis and intends to raise the U.K. tax burden to its highest level for more than 50 years to begin to pay the bill. What’s in the U.K. Budget as Sunak Targets Covid and DeficitBritain has already endured its deepest recession in more than 300 years, alongside the worst pandemic death toll in Europe. The measures will raise the total tax burden from 34% to 35% of GDP in 2025-26, the highest level since the late 1960s. Sunak extended the main crisis support measures for three months beyond that date, in case the coronavirus outbreak gets worse. ‘Super Deduction’With that in mind, Sunak also announced measures to encourage investment and incentives for businesses to hire more apprentices.
'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.
Schumer says Senate will take up relief bill as early as Wednesday
       
Members of the Sexual Harassment Working Group also said they expected more allegations to follow – and accused Cuomo of “gaslighting” his accusers. Letitia James, the state attorney general, meanwhile, announced the first step in mounting an external investigation of the governor’s behaviour. Cuomo, the son of a former governor and himself a former US housing secretary, is one of America’s most prominent governors. On Sunday he acknowledged for the first time that some of his behaviour towards women “may have been insensitive or too personal”. Now.” New York’s US senators, Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, and the congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are among Democrats who demanded an independent investigation.
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.
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.
House cancels Thursday votes amid security threats at Capitol
       
The House of Representatives canceled votes Thursday in Washington amid new security threats at the Capitol and members will work late into the evening Wednesday. House leadership announced the sudden change in plans Wednesday. The House was to vote Thursday on the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, but instead the House will vote on that police reform measure late Wednesday and cancel votes for the remainder of the week. WARREN, PRESSLEY AMONG DEMS PUSHING TO STRIP POLICE OF 'QUALIFIED IMMUNITY'Police announced Wednesday increased security at the Capitol amid new potential threats to lawmakers and the Capitol complex. Lawmakers are still reeling from Jan. 6 riot when pro-Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, destroyed property, threatened lawmakers and forced Congress to evacuate.
Postal Service to consolidate postal districts, offer early retirement to non-union workers
       
Postal Service (USPS) said on Wednesday it is offering early retirement to non-union employees as it consolidates postal districts in an effort to stem billions in red ink. The USPS will merge the existing 67 Postal Service Districts into 50 Districts and will also centralize district-level marketing and retail efforts, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy said in a statement. Last month, DeJoy told lawmakers the U.S. mail system is losing $10 billion a year and urgently needs reform and legislative relief. DeJoy said last month USPS is committed to having electric vehicles make up 10% of its next-generation fleet. THE USPS WILL NOT BE SAVED WITH MORE MONEYUSPS last month awarded a $482 million contract to Oshkosh Defense to finalize production for the next-generation postal vehicles.
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.
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.
In a concession to Democratic moderates, Biden signs off on tighter income limits for stimulus checks
       
Under the changes agreed to by Biden and Senate Democratic leaders, individuals earning $75,000 per year and couples earning $150,000 would still receive the full $1,400-per-person benefit. Narrowing eligibility for the stimulus checks was just one change Democratic moderates such as Shaheen and Senator Joe Manchin of West Virgina had been seeking. Senate Democrats do not intend to adopt the suggested change to unemployment benefits, and they will stay at $400 per week, the aide said. The unemployment benefits are set to expire March 14; the Biden bill would extend them through August. With 50 votes in the Senate, Democrats must stay united to pass the legislation, with Vice President Kamala Harris breaking any tie.
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.
Bruins’ Charlie Coyle out vs. Capitals because of COVID-19 protocols
       
It was a pleasant run of COVID-19 health and safety for the Bruins. But at 5 p.m. Wednesday, two hours before dropping the puck against the Capitals at TD Garden, the Bruins placed center Charlie Coyle on the list. No immediate update was available regarding the issue that placed Coyle on the list. Coyle, who scored twice in Sunday’s win over the Rangers, was present at the morning skate. The Weymouth product went 10 games without a goal, from Jan. 26 to Feb. 21, before he scored against the Flyers in Lake Tahoe.
ASU football team starts spring football with lofty expectations
       
More:ASU football schedule - 2021“It was one of those practices I think is similar to the first day of school. We got a third team that can go in there, like a whole team, on both sides of the ball so that's interesting," he said. Edwards and recruiting coordinator Antonio Pierce have focused on bringing in athletes that fit the DNA they're looking for. We look different at all positions, every single one of them. Quick hitsThis will be the first time in several years ASU comes into spring ball looking for a No.
Former staffer to Arizona Sen. Wendy Rogers files $500K notice of claim against state
       
The former assistant to Arizona state Sen. Wendy Rogers has filed a $500,000 notice of claim Wednesday against the state, alleging a wrongful termination. Michael Polloni, the former aide, "was bullied, harassed, and humiliated during his employment by Sen. Rogers," the claim — a precursor to a lawsuit — states. The claim follows the dismissal on Tuesday of an ethics complaint made by Polloni against Rogers, R-Flagstaff, alleging a hostile work environment. The Arizona Department of Administration, which along with the state was named as the "responsible government entities," were not immediately available for comment. The claim filed Wednesday does not name the senator but an accompanying statement said Polloni may take "additional legal remedies" against her.
Arizona Diamondbacks’ Tim Locastro out after testing positive for COVID-19
       
Diamondbacks outfielder Tim Locastro has tested positive for COVID-19, manager Torey Lovullo said on Wednesday. Locastro is feeling fine and is asymptomatic, Lovullo said, adding that Locastro is not sure how he contracted the virus. In the past, the Diamondbacks had spoken with pride about how their players and staff have managed to be careful when away from the ballpark. We have responsibilities when we step away from the ballpark. He still could, but Lovullo said that Locastro will miss at least 10 days, assuming the test wasn’t a false positive.
Horde of candidates vying to replace the late Ron Wright of Arlington in Congressional District 6
       
At least 18 candidates are running in the special election to replace the late Arlington Republican Ron Wright in Congress. The lesser-known GOP candidates are Arlington business and English lecturer Michael Ballantine, tax attorney John Anthony Castro of Mansfield, Arlington lawyer Sery Kim, Austin caregiver Jenny Garcia Sharon, Arlington businessman Michael Wood, Arlington police officer Travis Rodermund and Arlington Republican Mike Egan. Michael F. Olson, Bishop of Fort Worth, leads the funeral service for Congressman Ron Wright Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021, at Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas. Moses is making his first run for public office, while Lassiter was a 2021 candidate for the Fort Worth City Council. Though the district leans Republican, a strong Democratic candidate could be a threat if the candidate can make the runoff.
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.
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.
As Republicans welcome maskless crowd, Democrats say those following COVID-19 precautions are essentially shut out of government process
       
At some hearings, few or no GOP lawmakers wear masks — like Wednesday's in the Assembly Committee on Constitution and Ethics. The committee held a public hearing on bills that would bar government officials and employers from mandating COVID-19 vaccinations and prohibit public health departments from closing church buildings during a public health emergency, among other measures. Committee Chairman Chuck Wichgers of Muskego held the public hearing in a large hearing room, with spaced-out seating for lawmakers and the public. The Capitol rotunda and another Capitol hearing room, which is about 500 square feet, were used as an overflow area for the crowd. Wisconsin's statewide mask mandate applies to parts of the state Capitol, but not in areas that the Legislature and Supreme Court control.
Crying ‘racism’ at Smith College
       
I don’t believe I ever set foot on the Smith campus, although our beagle, Joan, cleverly turned herself into a campus dog and gained several pounds. Nevertheless, what happened at Smith College in 2018 caught my eye partly because I’d had an experience somewhat like it, albeit on a purely personal scale. “It’s outrageous that some people question my being at Smith College, and my existence overall as a woman of color.” She mentioned the security guard’s “lethal weapon.”She accused several college employees of bigotry, publishing their photos and email addresses. Smith College announced “anti-bias” training for staff and faculty, complete with intrusive psychological queries. “I believe in money privilege.”Tuition and fees at Smith College come to $78,000 a year.
Pandemic puts 1 in 3 nonprofits in financial jeopardy
       
Californians for the Arts, for example, surveyed arts and culture nonprofits in the state and found that about 64% had shrunk their workforces. They will be navigating a very different financial pathway.”Newman-Scott said BRIC has been helping sustain smaller arts nonprofits and offering artists unrestricted $10,000 grants through its Colene Brown Art Prize. The most vulnerable nonprofits may try to reduce costs this year by narrowing their focus or by furloughing workers. Some may seek a merger or an acquisition to bolster their financial viability, Harold noted, although doing so would still mean that fewer nonprofits would survive. We saw that with hundreds and hundreds of foundations.”___The Associated Press receives support from the Lilly Endowment for coverage of philanthropy and nonprofits.
Blackhawks thankful yet careful as NHL’s COVID-19 rate rapidly improves
       
The NHL’s COVID-19 list on Wednesday included only four players. That number would’ve been difficult to fathom on Feb. 12, when the COVID-19 list reached a peak of 59. And for the Blackhawks, who peaked with five players on the list from Jan. 30 to Feb. 1 but haven’t had anyone on it since Feb. 13, it arrives as welcome news. The rate began rapidly increasing on Jan. 31, however, and continued to rise sharply until the aforementioned Feb. 12 peak. Teams have also lost 278 man-games so far due to players out on the COVID-19 list for games that happened nonetheless.
Majority of Nevadans support Sisolak’s handling of COVID-19 pandemic, poll shows
       
Steve Sisolak and President Joe Biden are leading the state and nation, with more than half supporting Sisolak’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Steve Sisolak speaks during a press conference announcing a new grant program aimed at helping small businesses and nonprofits in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. (Chase Stevens/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @csstevensphotoPresident Joe Biden, left, and Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak, right. Steve Sisolak and President Joe Biden are leading the state and nation, according to results of The Nevada Poll released Tuesday. “Governor Sisolak has failed Nevadans at every turn during this pandemic,” the state GOP said.
Can social media influencers lure tourists back to Las Vegas?
       
Social media influencers are expected to be in Las Vegas next weekend to get a look at how the city is readying for anticipated pent-up demand for the entertainment and activities it is famous for. People wait in line to take photos at the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign on Thursday, July 2, 2020, in Las Vegas. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority’s seven-member marketing committee spent 90 minutes Monday hearing details of a plan developed by R&R Partners, its contracted marketing and advertising agency. If R&R’s plans are adopted by the LVCVA board of directors next week, efforts to bring tourists back to Las Vegas will hit a peak in late April or early May. Tours also will give meeting planners the opportunity to see firsthand how well prepared Las Vegas is to bring back conventions and meetings.
Right side of Raiders offensive line about to be rebuilt
       
Raiders general manager Mike Mayock implied in comments Wednesday that the team is poised to move on from right guard Gabe Jackson and right tackle Trent Brown. (Heidi Fang /Las Vegas Review-Journal) @HeidiFangLas Vegas Raiders offensive guard Gabe Jackson (66) lines up during an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)Change appears to be coming on the Raiders’ offensive line, and it might mean a completely new tandem at right guard and right tackle. While Raiders general manager Mike Mayock would not confirm reports that veteran right guard Gabe Jackson will soon be released, he also didn’t deny them. The expectation is Jackson will be cut in a cost-saving move that creates $9.6 million in salary cap relief.
Florida politics and election news
       
Florida lawmakers appear ready to junk the state’s unemployment benefits system, CONNECT, over its failures to process payments at the height of the pandemic. But GOP leaders have rebuffed Democratic proposals to address other issues with the system that struggled to pay out paltry benefits even before the coronavirus hit. That could be changing, at least in the Senate.
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.
AG James: Gyms must return fees charged fraudulently during pandemic
       
Fees fraudulently charged to members of New York Sports Clubs and Lucille Roberts while the gyms were shuttered amid the pandemic could one day be paid back as part of a $250,000 settlement agreement announced Wednesday by New York State Attorney General Letitia James. They unlawfully charged monthly dues to members under multiple "illegal and fraudulent practices," James said in a statement. The quarter-million-dollar agreement must be approved by a court, and would amount to a recovery of bond payment from Town Sports International, James said. The company, also known as TSI, posted the bond in 2015 because of a provision in state law pertaining to health club services, officials said. The law requires gyms to post a bond for its members in case gyms file for bankruptcy or break the law, authorities said.
WCHA Final Faceoff could make or break Gophers’ NCAA tournament future
       
With COVID eliminating interleague play this season, selecting the at-large bids for the NCAA women’s hockey tournament will be difficult. The only way to do that is win this weekend’s WCHA Final Faceoff at Ridder Arena. “They’re a team with a lot of depth, and that’s something that’s hard to play against,” Gophers senior Taylor Wente said. The Gophers have been to the NCAA tournament every season since 2006-07, winning it all four times. “I think we’ll get Skaja back, hopefully this weekend,” Frost said.
Top Cuomo aide quits virus task force, another leaves executive chamber
       
Gareth Rhodes left a high-level position on Cuomo's coronavirus task force to return to his job in the state Department of Financial Services. Two sources close to Rhodes said he left in protest because of sexual harassment accusations raised by two former staffers and a third woman against Cuomo. The sources said more Cuomo staffers, including in the press office, were considering exits. A third woman said Cuomo made inappropriate advances on her at a wedding at which she and Cuomo both were guests. Cuomo faces an investigation overseen by state Attorney General Letitia James.
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.
Did James Fuller Plymell III need to die?
       
Like Morris, Schroff, now 27, received all of her police training in the Willamette Valley. “You need to get out of the car,” Schroff interjected, lowering her voice. “I’m a licensed driver,” Plymell told her, still seated. “You’re gonna get tased if you don’t get out of the car,” Schroff warned as she tugged at Plymell’s arm. Bell, who had never encountered Plymell before, ran toward the Nissan, where Schroff and Morris were grappling with Plymell.
Oregon State Beavers men’s basketball at Utah Utes: Live updates
       
Oregon State tries to match a streak that has been accomplished in nearly two decades when the Beavers face Utah at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City. The Beavers, coming off a road sweep of California and Stanford, try to win three consecutive conference road games for the first time since the 2002-03 season. Oregon State (13-11, 9-9) at Utah (10-11, 7-10)Time: 4 p.m. WednesdayWhere: Huntsman Center, Salt Lake CityOn air: ESPN2KenPom ranking: Oregon State 100, Utah 82NCAA NET ranking: Oregon State 108, Utah 108Betting line: Utes by 5Projected starters for Oregon StateG – Ethan Thompson (6-5 senior)G – Zach Reichle (6-5 senior)G – Jarod Lucas (6-2 sophomore)F – Warith Alatishe (6-7 junior)C – Roman Silva (7-1 senior)Up next for OSU: Oregon, 5 p.m. Sunday, Gill Coliseum (FS1)Previous meetings: Utah leads the series 19-16. On Feb. 18, Oregon State beat the Utes 74-56 in Corvallis. Notable: Thompson scored 25 points in the Beavers’ easy win over Utah two weeks ago.
Lake Oswego HS cancels practices, games due to multiple COVID-19 cases
       
Lake Oswego High School has canceled this week’s games and practices for several sports following multiple COVID-19 cases stemming from a social gathering outside of school on February 25, according to Lake Oswego School District superintendent Dr. Lora de la Cruz. “I am notifying you of cases of COVID-19 in our learning community so that you may take the necessary precautions to help minimize potential exposure.”“We have been made aware of multiple cases of COVID-19, contracted outside of school at a social gathering Thursday, Feb. 25. These cases had participated in athletic practices and an onsite activity Friday-Tuesday. Lake Oswego coach Steve Coury was an outspoken proponent for the return of high school athletics, appearing on FOX News last month. “They need some sense of normalcy.”Lake Oswego football was slated to travel to Tigard High School for a highly-touted 6A football match-up Friday night.
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.
Revamped Michigan coaching staff brings 'different energy' to Wolverines
       
“We’ve got a young staff, and I really love all the coaches that Coach Harbaugh brought in. It’s kind of a different energy around Schembechler (Hall) these days. Just learning different things from NFL guys, from guys that came from different programs, just learning different things. “In practice, I’ve seen some energy, some things I’ve never seen these past three years being on this team. You can tell in practice that there’s a different type of energy around Schembechler.”achengelis@detroitnews.comTwitter: @chengelis
Official: Democrats OK tightened income limits for relief
       
The COVID-19 relief measure Senate Democrats planned to unveil will also retain the $400 weekly emergency jobless benefits that were included in a House-approved version of the legislation, the official said. The Senate bill was expected to largely mirror the House-approved package, with the most glaring divergence the Senate’s dropping of language boosting the federal minimum wage to $15 hourly. Democrats’ push to include it in later legislation suggested an effort to satisfy progressives while avoiding jeopardizing the current package. Progressives, though, were still smarting over the virtual certainty that the Senate bill will lack the minimum wage boost, up from $7.25 hourly locked in since 2009. Opposition by moderates including Manchin and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., has left Democrats without the votes needed to salvage it.
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.
PGA: Viktor Hovland has changed for the better, rolls into Arnold Palmer Invitational on a scorcher
       
PGA: Viktor Hovland has changed for the better, rolls into Arnold Palmer Invitational on a scorcherORLANDO, Fla. — Viktor Hovland has changed. But the youngster out of Oklahoma State isn’t the player he was six months ago. Back then, he was still pretty stout adapting to the learning curve of the PGA Tour. Amateur champion had broken through for his first PGA Tour title in the 2020 Puerto Rico Open and looked destined to become a week-in, week-out threat in the professional ranks. Hovland still posted some fine results when golf returned in June but his work to increase his speed, improve his putting and chipping and elevate his overall game started to take hold.
Raiders GM Mike Mayock: 'Jury is still out' on Trent Brown
       
Las Vegas Raiders general manager Mike Mayock says the “jury is still out” on whether highly paid right tackle Trent Brown will be back in 2021 after being limited by injuries in his first two seasons with the team. The Raiders gave Brown a $66 million, four-year contract in free agency in 2019 in Mayock’s first season as general manager to be the anchor of the line. But after a strong start to his tenure, Brown has been hampered by various injuries and a bout with COVID-19. “When he’s healthy, in shape and ready to go, he’s as dominant as any tackle in football,” Mayock said Wednesday. If Trent gets in shape and stays committed, there’s not a better talent out there.”
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.
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.
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President Biden criticized states such as Texas and Mississippi for lifting Covid-19 restrictions, saying that we are on the cusp of being abl…
Governor says NM face mask mandate staying put
       
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Grant to give $200K to farmers in need
       
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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.
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.
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.
Threats to Capitol prompt House to cancel Thursday votes
       
House Democrats will accelerate passage of a sweeping police reform bill, bringing the legislation to the floor Wednesday night — and canceling votes Thursday — amid revelations of new threats to the Capitol. Democrats had initially intended a Thursday vote on the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021. "[There's] growing concern about threats to the Capitol and Democratic lawmakers in particular tomorrow," one Democratic lawmaker texted. The heightened security has been condemned by many of Trump's Republican allies on Capitol Hill, who have accused Democrats of maintaining unnecessary precautions against a nonexistent threat simply to portray Trump's supporters as universally violent. Although the House will now be on recess beginning Thursday, the Senate is scheduled to remain in session as it continues work on a massive coronavirus relief package.
US Border: Unaccompanied kids being held by Border Patrol for 77 hours on average
       
On average, over the last 21 days the US Border Patrol, part of Customs and Border Protection, arrested around 340 children who crossed the US-Mexico border alone, according to preliminary data outlined in the document. The Biden administration has been reluctant to call the situation unfolding on the US-Mexico border a crisis, instead referring to it as a challenge. After being taken into Border Patrol custody, unaccompanied children are turned over to HHS. in January 2019, the year where there were surges on the border, the Border Patrol encountered 5,515 unaccompanied children. Customs and Border Protection acknowledged the increases in border crossing.
Biden urges Democrats to stick together on $1.9trn Covid relief plan as progressives grumble it’s not enough
       
Joe Biden spoke to House Democrats on a conference call on Wednesday to urge them to continue backing his $1.9trn Covid relief plan, a wide-ranging proposal that has been taking weeks to wend its way towards the legislative finish line. “It’s good policy,” Mr Biden said, “and it’s good politics.”After a public round of fawning introductory remarks from Mr Biden and Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the president threw on the cloak of privacy to field questions from members gathered virtually for the House Democrats’ annual retreat. 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 Inside Washington 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 Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Senate Democrats had planned to vote on their own Covid relief package this week.
More than 200,000 Americans signed up for Obamacare within two weeks of Biden reopening healthcare marketplace
       
Joe Biden re-opened the federal health insurance marketplace to uninsured Americans from 15 February through 15 May. 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 Inside Washington 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 Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Nearly 15 million Americans lost employer-sponsored health insurance plans by October 2020, according to a report from the Commonwealth Fund. Following his inauguration, Mr Biden issued an executive order to temporarily reopen the government’s insurance marketplace.
'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.
Pigeon who ran a-fowl of two angry birds is violently pushed onto NYC subway tracks
       
Don’t run a-fowl of these angry birds or you might end up like this pigeon that was almost ‘sleeping with the fishes.’Eyewitnesses filmed the horrific crime that happened in broad daylight on the platform of the 4th Avenue-9th Street G subway platform in Brooklyn. As the Bay Ridge-bound train approached the station, two pigeons decided they were going to ‘whack’ one of their own and teach it a lesson it won’t soon forget. The would-be murderers thought they had managed to get rid of their victim, but additional footage shows that it survived the ordeal, apparently keeping its head down while the train passed overhead. The two would-be hit-birds flew off as the G train pulled into the stationThe would-be murderers thought they had managed to get rid of their victim, but additional footage shows that it survived the ordeal, apparently keeping its head down while the train passed overheadLet's hope for the two pigeons' sake that their victim doesn't decide to become a 'rat' for law enforcement. New Yorkers have complained about the danger of desolate subway stations during the COVID-19 pandemic, and it appears some pigeons are taking their cues from the criminals.
Halsey shows off her growing baby bump and she and partner Alev Aydin model eclectic styles in LA
       
Pop star Halsey was seen out for lunch with her partner Alev Aydin in Los Angeles, California on Wednesday. The 26-year-old cosmetics mogul wore a baggy white sweatshirt that nonetheless revealed her burgeoning baby bump underneath. Baby bump alert: On Wednesday, pop star Halsey was seen out for lunch with her partner Alev Aydin in Los AngelesShe matched this with deep purple crushed velvet pants. She stayed protected from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic with a cute black and orange plaid face mask. Earlier this week, Halsey took to her Instagram stories with a message regarding how her pregnancy came to be.
Harrison Ford braves rainy weather to visit a bike shop, sports face mask to stay Covid-safe
       
Rain or shine, Harrison Ford is determined to get back on his wheels. The 78-year-old actor braved the rainy weather to stop by a Santa Monica, California bike shop on Wednesday. Wheels up: Harrison Ford was spotted braving the rainy weather to stop by a Santa Monica bike shop on WednesdayHarrison took safety precautions against the coronavirus with a black face mask, and bundled up against the chilly rain with a green jacket. The Hollywood veteran arrived in his olive green land cruiser to get his bike fixed up. The upcoming movie will reportedly be the last time Harrison ever plays the character that he originated in Raiders Of The Lost Ark in 1981.
Blake Shelton says he and Gwen Stefani didn't know if she said 'yes out loud' during his proposal
       
Blake Shelton proposed to longtime love Gwen Stefani in October 2020. And five months after she said yes, Blake gave fans a firsthand account of how the proposal went down. The latest: Blake Shelton proposed to longtime love Gwen Stefani in October 2020. Blake shared the same photo with the caption: 'Hey @gwenstefani thanks for saving my 2020... And the rest of my life. Blake shared the same photo with the caption: 'Hey @gwenstefani thanks for saving my 2020... And the rest of my life.
'Shock, disappointment': Jewish groups react to NDP MP Niki Ashton event with ex-U.K. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn
       
Share this Story: 'Shock, disappointment': Jewish groups react to NDP MP Niki Ashton event with ex-U.K. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn'Shock, disappointment': Jewish groups react to NDP MP Niki Ashton event with ex-U.K. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn A report found the Labour party had committed 'unlawful acts of harassment and discrimination' involving anti-Semitism during Corbyn's time as leader Photo by Wheatley/WENN; Chris Wattie/ReutersArticle content OTTAWA – A prominent Canadian Jewish advocacy group says it was shocked to find out that NDP MP Niki Ashton is joining a talk with former U.K. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who was forced to resign over his handling of a report concluding his party did not take action to prevent anti-Semitism. Try refreshing your browser, or 'Shock, disappointment': Jewish groups react to NDP MP Niki Ashton event with ex-U.K. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn Back to video He was reacting to an upcoming virtual “conversation” announced by MP Niki Ashton on social media Thursday between herself and Corbyn on March 20, 2021. Rick Smith, head of the Broadbent Institute, a left-wing think-tank bearing the name of former NDP leader Ed Broadbent, also described Ashton’s participation as “unfortunate” on social media. This is not the first time Ashton is at the centre of controversy surrounding an event she attends. At the time, the NDP took a step back from Ashton, noting “the position advanced by these organizations is not the party’s position”.
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
Putin Forever? And Russia's Economy Rocked by Coronavirus Fallout
       
This week on the podcast:— In a televised statement to Russia’s parliament, Vladimir Putin backed a constitutional shake-up that could see him remain president for another two full terms. — Last week, Russia rejected a proposal from Saudi Arabia to cut oil production in response to the economic fallout of the coronavirus, kicking off an “oil price war” and sending global energy prices tumbling. In the studio to weigh up those claims and assess the real damage is Natasha Doff, economy and government editor at Bloomberg News here in Moscow. From Russia With News is hosted by Jake Cordell and produced by Pjotr Sauer. The episode was recorded and edited at CM Records Studio in central Moscow.
State moving to strip Des Moines Public Schools superintendent of license over in-person learning
       
DES MOINES, Iowa (WOI) -The superintendent of Iowa’s largest school district is at risk of losing his administrator license. According to a report by WOI in Des Moines, a document filed on February 3rd with the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners alleges Des Moines Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Thomas Ahart violated Iowa law by not submitting or implementing a lawful return-to-learn plan for the 2020-21 school year. At the time, Iowa law required at least 50% of instruction to be in-person unless a district was granted a temporary waiver for 100% remote learning. In its notice of hearing and statement of charges, the board says it received complaints on September 30th and October 21th regarding Des Moines Public School not returning to the classroom. Ahart is scheduled to appear before an administrative law judge, who is acting on behalf of the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners, on May 20th.
Businesses tied to Noem family got $600,000 in virus grants
       
(AP) - Family members of South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem received over $600,000 in funds from a state grant program pushed by the governor that directed federal coronavirus relief funds to small businesses. Records on the grant program show a ranch belonging to Noem’s family received $500,000. Also, a business operated by her brothers, Rock and Robb Arnold, received a payment of just over $100,000. Noem once maintained part-ownership of the ranch, but her office says she no longer does.
AOC Warns Biden That Giving Relief Checks to Fewer People Than Trump Would Be Nonsensical 'Own-Goal'
       
"I don't understand the political or economic wisdom in allowing Trump to give more people relief checks than a Democratic administration. "I don't understand the political or economic wisdom in allowing Trump to give more people relief checks than a Democratic administration." Conservative Dems have fought so the Biden admin sends fewer & less generous relief checks than the Trump admin did. "That means more generous relief checks, $15 min wage, ending the filibuster to protect our democracy. But one is that this would likely ensure that many of oft-discussed middle-class suburbanites who flipped from Trump to Biden will have received stimulus checks from Trump but not Biden.
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.
Paterson city councilmen Michael Jackson, Alex Mendez indicted in voting fraud case, Grewal says
       
Joe MalinconicoPaterson PressPATERSON — Two City Council members — Michael Jackson and Alex Mendez — have been indicted on various voting fraud charges stemming from last May’s Paterson elections, the New Jersey Attorney General announced on Wednesday. “These indictments are an important step in our prosecution of these two sitting city councilmen on charges including second-degree election fraud,” said Attorney General Gurbir Grewal. But neither Khalique nor Razyen were identified as being covered in the Jackson and Mendez indictments. Jackson and Mendez were charged by the state grand jury in separate indictments, Jackson on Feb. 17 and Mendez on Feb. 24, authorities said. They were indicted on charges of election fraud, fraud in casting mail-in votes, unauthorized possession of ballots, tampering with public records and falsifying records.
Team Biden surprises with positive vaccine news
       
Vaccine manufacturer Merck, a competitor of Johnson & Johnson, then agreed to help manufacture the newly approved vaccine to double its U.S. capacity, a move brokered by the Biden White House. Using the Defense Production Act, the Biden administration allocated $100 million to expand drug manufacturing and to convert a Merck facility into a manufacturing plant. Everything clicked into place on Saturday, when the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was approved by the FDA. Postal Service and FedEx hubs for delivery on Tuesday, when the first Johnson & Johnson vaccines were administered to Americans. Still, the challenge of vaccinating enough Americans to reach herd immunity is momentous and not entirely within Biden’s control.
U.S. weighs possible retaliation for rocket attack in western Iraq
       
The White House warned that the U.S. may consider a military response to the rocket attack that hit an airbase in western Iraq where American and coalition troops are housed. "Thank God, no one was killed by the rocket, but one individual, a contractor, died of a heart attack. Those strikes were in response to an attack on American forces in northern Iraq earlier in February. "Coalition forces are in Iraq to fight Daesh at the invitation of the Iraqi government," he tweeted, using the Arabic acronym for ISIS. Marotto, the coalition spokesperson, said the Iraqi security forces were leading an investigation into the attack.
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.
US Border: Unaccompanied kids being held by Border Patrol for 77 hours on average
       
On average, over the last 21 days the US Border Patrol, part of Customs and Border Protection, arrested around 340 children who crossed the US-Mexico border alone, according to preliminary data outlined in the document. The average time in Border Patrol facilities, which are not designed to hold children, was 77 hours, longer than the 72 permitted under US law. After being taken into Border Patrol custody, unaccompanied children are turned over to HHS. in January 2019, the year where there were surges on the border, the Border Patrol encountered 5,515 unaccompanied children. Customs and Border Protection acknowledged the increases in border crossing.
Budget 2021: Everything you need to know
       
Today's Budget (3 March 2021) focused on helping individuals and businesses who have struggled because of the pandemic. Here’s everything you need to know about the Budget and how it will impact your finances. Here is what was included:Furlough extensionThe furlough scheme, which was due to end in April, will now be extended to 30 September 2021. The furlough scheme (Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme) has so far protected over 11 million job between March 2020 and 15 February 2021. The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) will be worth 80% of three months’ average trading profits up to £7,500 covering Feb, March and April.
Hopefully Whoever Replaces Neera Tanden as OMB Nominee Has Never Called Ted Cruz a “Vampire”
       
That was a no-go for the White House, as Politico reported, and Biden accepted Tanden’s letter withdrawing from consideration. “You should be judged by the time,” one White House official told PBS correspondent Yamiche Alcindor. “And the time we were in, we just had a fool in the White House tweeting all kinds of shit. — How the COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout Was Hobbled by Turf Wars and Magical Thinking— From the Archive: The Complicated Dynamic Between the Young JFK, His Formidable Brother, and Their Tycoon Father— Not a subscriber? Join Vanity Fair to receive full access to VF.com and the complete online archive now.
Republican Governors Celebrate COVID Anniversary With Bold Plan to Kill Another 500,000 Americans
       
On Tuesday, the governor announced that he was ending Texas‘s mask mandate and allowing businesses to reopen at 100% capacity by March 10. (Shortly thereafter, Mississippi governor Tate Reeves also announced that his state would no longer require people to wear masks, and that businesses will be able to operate at full capacity.) Abbott’s decision to effectively fully return to pre-pandemic normality, while the pandemic is still raging, was reminiscent of the time last spring when he lifted COVID restrictions—which, you guessed it, caused cases to spike in the weeks that followed. While Texas has recently seen a slowdown in infections, just 6.57% of the state has been fully vaccinated as of Monday, according to Johns Hopkins University, far short of the level it needs to achieve herd immunity. “There is light at the end of the tunnel, but we cannot let our guard down now to ensure victory is inevitable; we can’t assume that,” he said.
“You Want Him Weakened So He Can’t Run”: Democrats Are Playing War Games With Andrew Cuomo’s Political Future
       
Rumors have been swirling among New York Democrats that more women will be coming forward with new allegations. Democratic political operatives I spoke to said Cuomo would be unlikely to survive if a new accuser came forward. Another reason Cuomo looks like he will weather the storm is that powerful Democrats aren’t motivated to push him out the door. “If you’re James, you want him weakened so he can’t run,” the political consultant said. “The behavior described in these allegations against Governor Cuomo is completely unacceptable, and every allegation of sexual harassment must be taken seriously and be reviewed,” she said.
Kelly Marie Tran on the Empowering Anger of Raya and the Last Dragon
       
Her character’s name may be in the title, but Kelly Marie Tran was one of the last actors—if not the last—to join Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon. Tran noted that the relationship between Raya and Sisu, the dragon voiced by Awkwafina, also changed enormously. “You only know what you know,” Tran said of the larger machinations of the film, describing that siloing of information as part of an “isolating” film industry. In 2015, a largely unknown Kelly Marie Tran scored what should have been a dream role. In voicing the titular hero in Raya and the Last Dragon, she has become Disney’s first Southeast Asian princess.
Pence Can’t Quit the Big Election Lie That Nearly Got Him Killed
       
The bill serves “one goal only: to give leftists a permanent, unfair, and unconstitutional advantage in our political system,” Pence wrote in the Daily Signal, arguing H.R.1 would hinder election reform at the state and local level. As is characteristic of those sowing unfounded doubt on the election process, the former vice president kept it vague. “I share the concerns of millions of Americans about the integrity of the 2020 election,” Pence wrote, reiterating evidence-free allegations of “an election marked by significant voting irregularities and numerous instances of officials setting aside state election law.” The op-ed—among his most substantial remarks since the Capitol attack—was notably without mention of the man who popularized such election misinformation, as Politico’s Kyle Cheney pointed out. “I do think he should’ve stood up for Trump,” one CPAC volunteer told the Times of the former president’s impossible request that Pence overturn Biden’s legitimate election victory. Join Vanity Fair to receive full access to VF.com and the complete online archive now.
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”.
How Three Texans Feel About the State’s Controversial Reopening
       
In other words, Abbott’s decision to reopen the state feels premature, to say the least—and for many Texans, it’s terrifying. What if they had state-level logistical support, combined with the members’ local knowledge and deep, personal kindness?” he wonders. Hinman isn’t the only Texan who’s been forced to place more trust in grassroots methods of community protection than in top-down governmental aid. And they shouldn’t have to, you know?”For many Texans, the lack of COVID-19 oversight from the state’s highest office feels like yet another betrayal of public trust. Katherine Trakhtenbroit, 36, a Houston resident, says that her initial sense of hope around the pandemic has been completely extinguished by Abbott’s reopening.
Who Is Kathy Hochul, the Politician Who Could Become the First Female Governor of New York?
       
To say that Kathy Hochul has kept a low profile during her six-plus years as lieutenant governor of New York State is an understatement. That could all change within the next few weeks, or perhaps even days. If Governor Cuomo, increasingly beset by charges of sexual harassment (with a third woman going public with her accusations this week), finally resigns, then Hochul would become the state’s governor, making her the first woman to ever hold that position and the second person in a little more than a decade to do so because of scandal. (In 2008, then lieutenant governor David Paterson was elevated to the governor’s position when Eliot Spitzer resigned following revelations that he had been a regular customer of a high-end prostitution ring.) He might even try to mollify his critics by announcing that he will not run for a fourth term in 2024.
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.
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.
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.
Farrah Abraham: Uhhh, How Did She Just Get the Covid-19 Vaccine?
       
Farrah Abraham recently admitted to a history of mental illness. Farrah Abraham just got the COVID-19 vaccine. "G.I Joe - Mom reporting for duty #covidvacccine complete woman who have compromised immune systems prioritize your #covid19 vaccine," Abraham wrote on her page yesterday, adding several hashtags to her post. Abraham has worked as a reality star, an adult video cam star and a quasi Instagram influencer. Others, meanwhile, took Farrah to task for donning a lacey face mask and a spaghetti strap top to get the vaccine.
90 Day Fiance's Deavan Clegg, Topher Park: Photos
       
90 Day Fiancé star Deavan Clegg moved on with her boyfriend, Topher Park, in the midst of drama with her estranged husband, Jihoon Lee. In Touch confirmed Deavan was already in a new relationship just days after Jihoon confirmed their split in August 2020. They tied the knot in South Korea shortly after his birth and in the summer of 2019, Deavan permanently relocated to South Korea to live with Jihoon, Taeyang and Drascilla. Things quickly went south between Deavan and Jihoon and she moved back to the states in May 2020 amid their split. Following her breakup, Deavan and Topher realized they had a mutual friend from the same town in California where they grew up.
Adrienne Bailon 'Happy' Kourtney Kardashian Is Dating Travis Barker
       
Adrienne Bailon is “happy” Kourtney Kardashian found love with boyfriend Travis Barker. Travis is “amazing with the kids,” a source previously told Life & Style. Kourtney’s siblings and mom, Kris Jenner, “are glad to see her happy again” and all agree that Travis is “a much better fit” for the E! “He’s more age-appropriate and mature — and treats her with respect — so it works well.”Courtesy of Kourtney Kardashian/InstagramSimilar to Kourtney, Travis coparents his teenage kids, Landon and Alabama, with ex-wife Shanna Moakler. “As long as she’s great to my kids and they’re both happy, I’m happy for them,” the Pacific Blue actress, 45, told Us Weekly regarding her thoughts on Travis and Kourtney’s relationship.
Customers say they're boycotting Trader Joe's after the chain fired an employee who asked the CEO to enhance COVID-19 protections
       
People are calling for a boycott of Trader Joe's after an employee said he was fired. Trader Joe's is facing calls for a boycott after firing an employee in New York. In addition, you state that Trader Joe's is not 'showing up for us' without adopting your policies. "Nothing is more important at Trader Joe's than the safety of our Crew Members and customers," the representative added. During his short tenure with Trader Joe's, this Crew Member's suggestions were listened to, and appropriately addressed."
Abigail Disney and other wealthy elites call for substantial and permanent taxes on the rich to pay for COVID-19 fallout
       
More than 80 of the world’s richest people have publicly called on world governments to initiate immediate, substantial, and permanent taxes on the rich in order the help fund the economic recovery that’s needed as a result of the COVID-19 fallout. The group, which calls itself “ Millionaires for Humanity, ” includes major names such as Disney heiress Abigail Disney and Jerry Greenfield, the cofounder of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. In an open letter posted on the group’s website, its members state, “As Covid-19 strikes the world, millionaires like us have a critical role to play in healing our world. Permanently.”One of the most high-profile signatories of the letter is Abigail Disney, who is no stranger to speaking out about social inequalities and responsibilities—and urging governments to force change. We are not fighting on the frontlines of this emergency and we are much less likely to be its victims.
Live Updates: Narrower Income Limits for Stimulus Checks Win Biden’s Approval
       
michael barbaro From “The New York Times,” I’m Michael Barbaro. michael barbaro OK, and in terms of size and scale, how does this package number three stack up against the first two? jim tankersley You get aid to state and local governments, who have had to lay off a lot of workers. michael barbaro So this is non-traditional stimulus, but stimulus uniquely suited to a pandemic recession? michael barbaro Jim, this is a pretty historic thing to pass on a party line vote, $1.9 trillion in economic stimulus.
House passes Biden's $1.9 trillion Covid relief package
       
We can finally get our economy moving again, and the people of this country have suffered far too much for too long," he said, speaking from the White House. It had been expected to pass on a party-line vote as House Republicans urged their members to vote against the package and worked to limit defections. When Senate Republicans went to the White House to suggest cooperation, President Biden's team said no thanks," he said. "The White House Chief of Staff admits this liberal wish-list is 'the most progressive domestic legislation in a generation.' The White House did not immediately respond to CNN's request for comment on the governors' statement.
March 2, 2021 Covid-19 stimulus updates
       
It’s a similar strategy they already deployed in February during the initial vote-a-rama on the bill. Still, Schumer has urged Democrats privately to vote against Republican amendments that comes up and not split the caucus. Another amendment to block high-end earners from receiving stimulus payments passed with overwhelmingly bipartisan support. And a group of eight Democrats voted “yes” on an amendment that would have banned immigrants in the country illegally from receiving stimulus checks. Multiple aides familiar with the talks are still optimistic that the legislation would come to the floor for consideration tomorrow.
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.
Stimulus check eligibility update: Here are the winners and losers, according to the latest plan
       
Wondering where your next stimulus check is hiding? The good news is, Congress has all but signed off on this third round of stimulus checks, which have bipartisan support. Here’s what we know so far:WinnersDependents aged 17-24, including college students: Previous stimulus checks only paid for dependents up to age 16, and the amounts were $500-$600. Previous stimulus checks only paid for dependents up to age 16, and the amounts were $500-$600. Note that any of these details could change in the final Senate bill.
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.
The world’s dramatic retreat from democracy, in one chart
       
Seventy-three countries saw their freedoms retreat, whereas just 28 countries made strides toward a more democratic society:That means nearly three-quarters of the earth’s people now live in a country where democracy is declining. Of those countries, some saw a deeper retreat than others, including Kyrgyzstan, Belarus, Tanzania, India, and the United States. Meanwhile, the United States, the world’s most visible democracy, shed several points on the freedom index in the aftermath of its presidential election, when defeated candidate Donald Trump refused to concede. According to Freedom House, 2020 was a bad year for democracy across the board. And in El Salvador, the government deployed troops to enforce a COVID-19 lockdown, confining thousands of people for alleged violations.
Today's Mortgage Rates Drop Again | March 3, 2021
       
With lower interest rates, many borrowers will be able to lock in favorable rates for either a home purchase or a mortgage refinance. Today’s mortgage refinance ratesThe average rates for 30-year loans, 15- year loans and 5/1 jumbo ARMs are:The latest refinance rate on a 30-year fixed-rate refinance is 3.771%. Tips for getting the lowest mortgage rate possibleThere is no universal mortgage rate that all borrowers receive. While the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is the most common type of mortgage, consider a shorter-term loan like a 15-year loan or an adjustable-rate mortgage. Our mortgage rate methodologyMoney’s daily mortgage rates show the average rate offered by over 8,000 lenders across the United States the previous business day.
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.
What Biden’s Sustainability Agenda Means for Business
       
For both U.S. business, and any business operating in the U.S., the message is very clear: To survive and thrive in the net-zero future, now is the time to scale up climate action. Companies that fail to take climate action soon are risking that their products and services will become unviable. When it comes to climate, companies like Orsted are a great example of the benefits of taking decisive action. It aims to achieve 100% clean electricity nationwide by 2035, with 40% of clean energy funding directed to disadvantaged communities. By backing clean energy, Biden recognizes that it is competitive and will only become more so.
The U.S. Needs a Third Reconstruction — and Business Should Lead It
       
It is today perhaps the largest business collaboration dedicated to addressing Black oppression, with more than 1,000 members. Here’s another idea to incentivize good behavior: Add a substantial compensation boost, e.g., 25%, to management for increases in the number of Black employees and promotions of Black employees. Good business people don’t maintain and promote bad employees, so increased compensation will incentivize closer relationships with Black employees to ensure their success. Realistically, it is hard to imagine that per capita Black wealth in America will ever reach parity with per capita white wealth. But, business can help lead a New Reconstruction that closes the gap and makes the entire nation better off.
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.
Stock Market Today: Growth Stocks Gashed
       
The "great rotation" was in full swing yet again Wednesday, with a wide disparity between the market's value- and growth-oriented sectors. Dragging on stocks broadly were reports that President Joe Biden and moderate Senate Democrats had reached a deal to reduce the number of Americans eligible for the next round of stimulus checks, with individuals being cut off at $80,000 in income instead of $100,000. The Institute for Supply Management's February services index reading declined in February, to 55.3 – a slower rate of expansion affected by last month's winter storms, as well as higher input costs. Sign up for Kiplinger's FREE Investing Weekly e-letter for stock, ETF and mutual fund recommendations, and other investing advice. "In the event, the pattern of readings across categories seems broadly consistent with disturbances from the extreme cold snap."
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.
A COVID Storm Hits Senior Living
       
Vaccination provides a light at the end of the tunnel for senior living communities (including independent living, assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing and CCRCs), but it’s unclear how long the tunnel is. All senior living communities face financial challenges now—more so if they came into the pandemic that way. Look for senior living communities that make this data available. By December, those reserves were starting to be tapped out, says James Balda, president and CEO of Argentum, an association of senior living communities. When a senior living community fails, generally it is sold.
Will You Still Get a Third Stimulus Check Under the New Senate Plan?
       
Fewer Americans would get a third stimulus check under a new plan agreed to by President Biden and Senate Democrats. However, led by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), a handful of Democrats in the Senate pushed for the stimulus check plan to be more "targeted" to people who need assistance the most. In other words, those Senators argued that people with higher incomes should not receive a stimulus check. Stimulus Check Plan Passed by the House On February 27, the House of Representative passed the budget reconciliation bill that is being used to usher the president's stimulus package through Congress. Senate's New Phase-Out Rate Under the new plan being considered by the Senate, the stimulus check phase-out thresholds would not change.
February 2021 Cable Network Ranker: Fox News, MSNBC and CNN Can All Lay Claim to Being No. 1
       
The network came in third in total viewers behind rivals CNN and MSNBC the previous month. MSNBC, for the first time in network history, averaged more total viewers than any other cable network across the 24-hour day, just under 1.4 million. While the network marked back-to-back months as the most-watched basic cable network in the A25-54 demo (and 4 consecutive months at No. 1 on cable news in the demo), it fell behind both Fox News and MSNBC in total viewers. Here’s the February 2021 basic cable ranker, sorted by average total viewers in descending order:February 2021 Basic Cable Ranker (Total Viewers)
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.
Blue Bird takes on the future of mobility in Indonesia
       
During the pandemic, Purnomo relied on her grandmother’s teaching to ensure that Blue Bird would not only survive but grow stronger. Focusing on this core mission, and with a renewed sense of optimism, trust, and hope, Purnomo has focused on making Blue Bird lean and agile. In the 48-year history of Blue Bird, I don’t think we’ve ever been hit so badly. In the early 1980s, when Indonesia had only three engine analyzers [to diagnose engine issues], Blue Bird had one of them. My first job at Blue Bird was to put a converter in our taxis, converting from petrol to CNG [compressed natural gas].
Mo’ money, less relief
       
And hate to break it to you, but not everyone is getting a third relief check. You may have a COVID-19 relief check coming your wayHave a sweet six-figure income? Senate Democrats reached a deal with President Joe Biden to limit the eligibility for $1,400 checks in his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill to Americans earning less than $80,000, according to two sources. Biden's COVID-19 relief plan includes a child tax credit boost popular with Democrats but a "nightmare" to Republicans. "I fully support a woman’s right to come forward, and I think it should be encouraged in every way," Cuomo said.
Gannett Teams in Texas Provide Vital Information to Local Communities Impacted by Storm
       
StaffUSA TODAY NETWORK PRESSROOMWhen the unprecedented winter storm devastated Texas, journalists at the Austin American-Statesman provided critical information to their local communities, despite also personally enduring effects from the inclement freezing weather. As Texas continues to deal with aftermath of the storm, Gannett is mobilizing to offer support and aid to Texas employees. Design Center and Digital Optimization Team teams stepped in on their off days to package indispensable information for Gannett newspapers. Beyond the newsroom, Gannett is working to provide aid and relief to Texas employees as well. The Austin American-Statesman office became a refuge (following COVID safety protocols) for employees seeking power, water, heat and supplies.
Nigeria is trapped in a cycle of kidnappings and thousands are missing amid predatory practices
       
Tuesday morning the girls were set free, stirred from their sleep by their captors’ celebrations that a ransom had arrived. After a decade of war with Boko Haram, 23,992 Nigerians are registered missing with the local Red Cross, the humanitarian agency’s highest toll on earth.No group has yet claimed responsibility for the Jangebe kidnapping. But their motivation is clear: an attempt to raise the money, and perhaps infamy, that Boko Haram received in the wake of #BringBackOurGirls. Thousands are still struggling for freedomUltimately, the Chibok girls became actors in their own struggle for freedom. They fasted for days, snuck food to captives Boko Haram was trying to starve, and memorized the Book of Job.
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.
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.
Bloodied Brad Pitt spotted filming scene with Joey King
       
The movie star was spotted looking bruised and gory while filming a scene in Los Angeles Tuesday for his new movie “Bullet Train,” in which he plays a deadly assassin alongside co-star Joey King. Pitt, 57, was seen wearing dark slacks and a dirtied white T-shirt as fake blood covered his arms and knuckles. Brad Pitt looked a mess as he filmed for his action scene. CPR/D.Sanchez / BACKGRIDMeanwhile King, 21, was also seen masked up to keep in line with COVID-19 precautions. CPR/D.Sanchez / BACKGRID“Bullet Train,” directed by David Leitch, was written by Zak Olkewicz and is based on Kotaro Isaka’s best-selling Japanese novel “Maria Beetle.”
David Schwimmer says ‘Friends’ reunion is finally ready to film
       
The much-delayed — and anticipated — “Friends” reunion on HBO Max will finally be taped “in a little over a month,” according to cast member David Schwimmer. Clockwise from top: “Friends” stars David Schwimmer, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Courteney Cox Arquette, Jennifer Aniston and Matthew Perry. Warner Bros. / Courtesy: Everett CollectionBut when the gang does actually get back together, don’t expect them to be in character. But yeah.”In Wednesday’s chat, Cohen also asked about the rumor last year that daytime talker Ellen DeGeneres might host the reunion special. “No,” responded Schwimmer, adding that Billy Crystal was also not in the running.
Cuomo rips de Blasio, NYC amid apology over sex harassment claims
       
Andrew Cuomo took time to take a swipe at Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York City during a press briefing Wednesday where he repeatedly apologized over sexual harassment accusations leveled against him by three women. “You also have New York City, which is in a very precarious situation. “We have to get New York City functional again and safe again and viable again — and we have to do that quickly,” he continued. “Governor Cuomo insulted the people of New York City today in a pathetic distraction from his woes. It’s the second time in two weeks that Cuomo has offered up a hellscape depiction of New York City as de Blasio has blasted away at his administration.
NFL to consider fourth-and-15 alternative to onside kick, delaying coach hiring cycle
       
Successful onside kicks have become increasingly rare in the NFL since the league enacted safety-related rule changes on kickoffs before the 2018 season. The Eagles also submitted the fourth-and-15 proposal last year after it was submitted the previous year by the Denver Broncos. ADADUnder last year’s proposal, a team could have utilized the fourth-and-15 option up to twice in a game, whether trailing or not. Owners tabled the fourth-and-15 proposal last May, when it did not have enough votes for ratification, for reconsideration at another time. Only one Black head coach was hired by an NFL team this offseason, David Culley by the Houston Texans.
Class AAA season is delayed four weeks, cementing return of alternate sites
       
The Class AAA season had been scheduled to start on April 6. The newly remodeled Class AAA East is scheduled to begin May 4 and the Class AAA West on May 6. ADThe original schedule created a limited but real logistical conundrum: If the Class AAA season were to begin April 6, those players slated for Class AAA rosters would need to participate in some form of spring training in March. The whole thing amounted to a headache for front-office staff trying to allocate talent to minor league rosters. Now teams will be able to option players back and forth to the alternate sites as they did in 2020.
Live updates House scraps plans for Thursday session after security officials warn of possible plot to breach Capitol
       
The full Senate might not vote on Merrick Garland’s nomination to be attorney general until “into next week,” Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) said Wednesday, accusing Senate Republicans of refusing to expedite Garland’s confirmation. The Judiciary Committee voted 15 to 7 on Monday to advance his nomination, with four Republicans joining the panel’s 11 Democrats to approve the move. “Unfortunately, there was an objection to expediting his nomination so he would get to work at the Department of Justice,” Durbin said. It was not immediately clear who was raising an objection to voting on Garland’s nomination, or for what reason. Some said they did so because he would not answer their questions at his confirmation hearing and in written follow-ups.
Virginia governor candidate Pete Snyder reveals election-integrity plan
       
EXCLUSIVE - Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Pete Snyder revealed on Wednesday his plan to ensure election integrity in the state as the race for governor heats up. "Having secure, legal, and trustworthy elections is something that we must demand in our Commonwealth," Snyder told Fox News in a statement. "The pillars of my plan are the first steps to restoring voter confidence and protecting our democracy," Snyder said in a statement. IN VIRGINIA GUBERNATORIAL RACE, AMANDA CHASE CASTS HERSELF AS 'TRUMP IN HEELS'Snyder's announcement comes as many Republicans say they have lost faith in U.S. elections. State Sen. Amanda Chase appears to be the only Republican in the race for governor making stolen election claims part of her campaign.
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.
Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves on lifting COVID restrictions: 'If not now, when?'
       
Reeves joined Texas Gov. “It is a full 100% opening of the state,” he told host Neil Cavuto. MISSISSIPPI ANNOUNCES BUSINESSES FREE TO REOPEN WITHOUT STATE-IMPOSED CORONAVIRUS RULESThe only remaining limitations in Mississippi are a 50% capacity restriction for large indoor venues and “a few restrictions on K-12 schools,” Reeves said. Ending COVID-19 restrictions doesn’t mean residents in his state will stop taking steps to mitigate the spread, especially if they are part of a vulnerable population, Reeves added. But my rhetorical question back is: ‘If not now, when?’”FOX Business’ Brittany De Lea contributed to this article.
New York Democrat calls on CNN's Chris Cuomo to apologize for 'cracking jokes' with brother
       
Democratic New York assemblyman Ron Kim called on CNN anchor Chris Cuomo to apologize Wednesday for "cracking jokes" with his brother, Democrat New York Gov. "So I think Chris Cuomo also needs to apologize for making some bad decisions at a time when we should have focused on saving people's lives." "What never made sense to me was Chris Cuomo covering him when things were going well for Andrew Cuomo." Chris Cuomo's CNN interviews of his brother took place during that time period, and the two made jokes about Gov. "Perhaps that shouldn’t be a surprise: Chris Cuomo and Andrew Cuomo are brothers, and journalists can’t reliably cover their brothers," the Washington Post's Erik Wemple wrote last month.
McConnell blasts COVID relief bill as 'wildly out of proportion' with America's needs
       
The $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package passed by the House is "a wildly out-of-proportion response to where the country is at the moment," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told "The Story" Wednesday. "This $1.9 trillion bill is the same size of the bill we passed last April, right in the middle of the pandemic," McConnell told host Martha MacCallum. Only 9% of this $1.9 trillion is related to health care, and less than 1% of this $1.9T bill is related to vaccines." Despite his criticism, McConnell said he suspected the bill would narrowly pass the Senate, with moderate Democrat Sens. There's nobody [who's] going to come close to beating Lisa Murkowski when she runs for reelection next year."
Whitmer defends secret payout to former health director as Michigan GOP demands details
       
The Michigan governor was pressed on whether the deals amount "hush money," as alleged by state Republicans. "The nature of the separation agreement is that when someone leaves, there are terms to it and you cannot share every term to it. Michigan GOP communications director Ted Goodman blasted Whitmer on Wednesday, claiming she appeared to be "buying the silence" of top state health officials amid the coronavirus pandemic. The scrutiny comes following revelations that former Michigan Department of Health Director Robert Gordon and Whitmer had quietly reached a secret separation agreement that netted a $155,506 payout for Gordon. The Michigan governor on Tuesday was threatened with a subpoena by state GOP lawmakers who accused the governor of having "bought the silence" of her former employees.
Apollo Global confident in return of business conventions as it strikes deal with Las Vegas Sands
       
Apollo Global Management is betting on a strong return of business conventions once the coronavirus pandemic subsides, a belief reflected in its recent deal with Las Vegas Sands, according to David Sambur, co-lead partner of private equity at the firm. Announced earlier Wednesday, Sands said it will sell the real estate for the Venetian, Palazzo and the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas to Vici Properties for $4 billion. Travel overall has been hurt by the Covid pandemic, but there's growing optimism around a recovery as vaccinations are deployed. For example, a recent report from American Hotel & Lodging Association said "demand for business travel is not projected to return to 2019 levels until 2023." Additionally, Bill Gates, billionaire co-founder of Microsoft, predicted last fall that more than 50% of business travel will go by the wayside post-pandemic as companies adopt a "very high threshold" for trips.
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.
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.
Rock band Kings of Leon will release new album as an NFT, making it a digital collector's item
       
American rock band Kings of Leon is getting in on the frenzy over non-fungible tokens, widely known as NFTs. The group announced they'll offer their latest album, "When You See Yourself," in the form of an NFT, making it among the first bands to do so. Kings of Leon is offering its album package with a vinyl and digital download for a token priced at $50. It'll be released Friday on YellowHeart (a ticketing and music NFT platform) and open for two weeks starting at noon ET. Kings of Leon is also offering more exclusive items as part of a series called "NFT Yourself."
Wall Street slides on tech sell-off, other world stocks flat
       
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wall Street fell on Wednesday as investors sold off technology stocks, while shares from Asia to Europe were flat, while the dollar rose even as U.S. jobs data disappointed investors and virtual curreny bitcoin jumped. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File PhotoThe pan-European STOXX 600 index rose 0.05% and MSCI’s gauge of stocks across the globe shed 0.68%. Emerging market stocks rose 1.30%. Euro zone government bond yields rose again on doubts about whether the bloc’s central bank will step in to curb the recent sharp increase, while data reflected optimism about economic recovery. The dollar index rose 0.157%, with the euro down 0.21% to $1.2064.
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.
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.”
Ron Klain has one of the busiest jobs in D.C. — and one of the most active Twitter feeds, too
       
Now, six weeks into the Biden administration, it’s not the president but his White House chief of staff, Ron Klain, whose online activity is generating the most intrigue in Washington. By comparison, White House press secretary Jen Psaki tweeted a total of only 43 times in the same 37-day stretch. Most of Klain’s tweets — about 40 percent — are retweets from journalists or news organizations who post about the work of the administration. So certainly what he’s projecting and communicating about is reflective of what we’re focused on internally day to day,” Psaki said. “We decided pretty early on we want people engaging on Twitter,” said Rob Flaherty, the White House digital director.
EU, Britain clash again in latest post-Brexit spat
       
European Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic speaks during a media conference, after a General Affairs Council meeting, at the European Council building in Brussels, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021. (John Thys, Pool via AP)European Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic speaks during a media conference, after a General Affairs Council meeting, at the European Council building in Brussels, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021. Commission vice-president Maroš Šef?ovi? said in a statement that UK’s decision to unilaterally extend a grace period on checks for goods moving between Britain and Northern Ireland amounts to “a violation” of the so-called Northern Ireland Protocol. The Protocol was designed to ensure an open border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic after Brexit. The sensitivity of Northern Ireland’s status was underscored earlier this year when the EU threatened to ban shipments of coronavirus vaccines to Northern Ireland as part of moves to shore up the bloc’s supply.
Golf returns to Bay Hill and to some semblance of cheers
       
ADVERTISEMENT“It’s kind of hard to remember the cheers, really,” Hatton said Wednesday. That’s about what Bay Hill is anticipating this week, with tournament officials saying attendance will be limited to 25% capacity. Bay Hill was the last PGA Tour event before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down golf for three months. 31 in the world before Bay Hill a year ago. ADVERTISEMENTRory McIlroy is playing, and Jordan Spieth makes his debut at Bay Hill.
Pennsylvania teachers, school staff to get 1-dose vaccine
       
(Emily Matthews/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — With growing emphasis on getting students back in schools during the pandemic, teachers and school staff will receive the first doses delivered to Pennsylvania of the newly approved one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine, under Gov. ADVERTISEMENTEducation groups have asked Wolf to prioritize school staff for the COVID-19 vaccine, calling it an “absolutely essential” step toward reopening schools and keeping them open. State data shows about 121,000 public school and charter school teachers, plus another 100,000 full- and part-time support staff, as of last year. In Philadelphia, which gets vaccine shipments directly from the federal government, city officials expect to receive 13,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine this week, with no additional doses for at least three weeks after. To deploy the vaccine, state agencies are working through Pennsylvania’s 28 regional intermediate units to set up vaccine sites, the governor’s office said.
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.
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.
Pandemic puts 1 in 3 nonprofits in financial jeopardy
       
Californians for the Arts, for example, surveyed arts and culture nonprofits in the state and found that about 64% had shrunk their workforces. They will be navigating a very different financial pathway.”Newman-Scott said BRIC has been helping sustain smaller arts nonprofits and offering artists unrestricted $10,000 grants through its Colene Brown Art Prize. The most vulnerable nonprofits may try to reduce costs this year by narrowing their focus or by furloughing workers. Some may seek a merger or an acquisition to bolster their financial viability, Harold noted, although doing so would still mean that fewer nonprofits would survive. We saw that with hundreds and hundreds of foundations.”___The Associated Press receives support from the Lilly Endowment for coverage of philanthropy and nonprofits.
States rapidly expanding vaccine access as supplies surge
       
Hartford Public Schools Safety Officer Victor Rodriguez flexes his arm muscle after receiving a Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Conn., Wednesday, March 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)Hartford Public Schools Safety Officer Victor Rodriguez flexes his arm muscle after receiving a Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Conn., Wednesday, March 3, 2021. Pennsylvania and Wisconsin are reserving the first doses of the new one-shot vaccine from Johnson & Johnson for teachers. In Texas, where teachers have been battling to gain access to shots, state officials on Wednesday ordered vaccine providers to begin administering shots to school workers. “The more people we can get the safe and effective vaccine, the faster we can return to a sense of normalcy,” Michigan Gov.
'Neanderthal Thinking:' Biden Says Too Soon For States To Lift Mask Mandates
       
'Neanderthal Thinking:' Biden Says Too Soon For States To Lift Mask MandatesEnlarge this image toggle caption Alex Brandon/AP Alex Brandon/APPresident Biden said on Wednesday that states like Texas and Mississippi are making a big mistake by ending mandates to wear masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at a time when the nation is making a push to boost vaccinations. "The last thing — the last thing — we need is the Neanderthal thinking that in the meantime, everything's fine, take off your mask. It still matters," Biden told reporters as he met with a bipartisan group of lawmakers in the Oval Office. It was uncharacteristically harsh language from Biden, who has placed a premium on civility. The governors argued that cases have fallen, so the public should be able to make their own decisions about safety.
‘Go out and buy yourself some gold’ if Warren’s wealth tax passes, says billionaire Leon Cooperman
       
“ ‘If the wealth tax passes, go out and buy yourself some gold because people are going to rush to find ways of hiding their wealth.’ ”They’re at it again. Net worth exceeding $1 billion would see a 3% tax on every dollar above that level. Warren has argued that such a wealth tax, which has proven popular in public opinion polls, would help fund efforts to pay for plans to help the economy recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. April gold GCJ21, -1.40% on Wednesday dipped below the $1,700 level for the first time since June before settling at $1,715.80 an ounce. It was later reported that a mug for “Billionaire Tears” had become one of the hottest-selling items on Warren’s presidential campaign website.
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.
Declining Covid Cases and Vaccine Rollout Boost Economic Prospects Across U.S.
       
Just over half of the firms reported no change. Staffing firms reported that wages were increasing across the salary spectrum. Many contacts reported supply chain issues, including longer lead times and higher prices of inventories. Large leisure and hospitality firms reported a strong willingness from furloughed employees to return to work when called back. The full impact of the mid-February winter storms isn’t yet known, but some contacts reported temporary facility shutdowns.
Online secondhand-clothing retailer ThredUp files for IPO
       
ThredUp Inc. has filed for an initial public offering, the latest retailer trying to capitalize on generational shifts toward online sales and used goods. The Oakland, Calif., company, which sells secondhand clothing and accessories online, had confidentially filed for a public offering in January. Thredup registered to sell $100 million worth of stock, although that’s often a placeholder used to calculate filing fees. The pandemic has accelerated trends toward online sales, and rising environmental concerns have fueled growth in resale. Read: The shift to thrift: COVID-19 propels an already surging secondhand clothing market“We believe that we are in the early stages of capitalizing on a large and growing market opportunity in secondhand clothing,” the company said in the filing.
Kellen Winslow II sentenced to 14 years for string of rapes, sex offenses in Southern California
       
Winslow was convicted of forcible rape, rape of an unconscious person, assault with intent to commit rape, indecent exposure and lewd conduct in public. Had he been convicted of the 12 charges including seven felonies that he originally faced without a plea deal, Winslow could have faced life in prison. Before Wednesday's hearing, Winslow agreed in February to yet another plea deal, reducing his maximum sentence to 14 years. 'I don't ever feel safe'The homeless woman Winslow raped was one of four women to provide statements at Wednesday's sentencing hearing. The son of Hall of Fame tight end Kellen Winslow, Winslow II was selected by the Browns as a first-round draft pick out of Miami in 2004.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo vows to remain in office; former aides reject latest apology
       
Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday said he intends to remain in office in the face of sexual harassment allegations that have weakened his support and led to calls for his resignation. “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 being overseen by the state’s independently elected attorney general. The harassment allegations follow accusations that Cuomo covered up the true COVID-19 death toll on nursing home residents. “I didn’t know at the time I was making her feel uncomfortable.
The hottest housing markets of 2020
       
With the Australian dollar gaining to almost 80 U.S. cents, the Aussie product is becoming out of reach for many importers. Prices have even overtaken the U.S., which traditionally holds the title for the world’s most expensive beef. The government forecaster Abares sees U.S. and Brazil expanding shipments through 2022-23 to high-value markets, notably China. Indonesia is Australia’s largest export market for cattle and beef offal.Though Australia accounts for only 4% of global beef production, the country is one of the world’s largest shippers, with major markets in China, Japan and South Korea. And then you’re kind of stuck again, depending on how prolonged the drought scenarios are looking.
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.
Cuomo on reopenings: ‘Some states are going too far, too fast’
       
Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday argued that “some states” are being too hasty in relaxing restrictions as COVID cases continue to decline. Cuomo, 63, urged New Yorkers stricken by “COVID fatigue” not to let their guard down amid the lingering pandemic. BIDEN'S COVID-19 RELIEF BILL INCLUDES BILLIONS IN AID FOR STATES THAT DON'T NEED IT“Environmentally, we can’t relax too soon,” Cuomo said. COVID fatigue. In my opinion, some states are going too far, too fast.
American Eagle Tops Estimates on Strong Margins
       
American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. (AEO) - Get Report reported better-than-expected adjusted earnings for its fiscal fourth quarter, helped by strong margins and growth in its Aerie loungewear business. "We ended 2020 on a positive note, with fourth quarter adjusted operating income up 38%, driven by strong margins across brands," said Jay Schottenstein, American Eagle CEO and executive chairman, in a statement. American Eagle said Aerie revenue increased 25% to $337 million and comparable sales increased 29% in the latest quarter. American Eagle also "unsuspended its share repurchase program." Shares of American Eagle fell 81 cents, or 3.2% to $24.62 in after-hours trading Wednesday.
Review: For better or worse, ‘Chaos Walking’ crushes the possibility of a sci-fi franchise
       
If you think men are annoying in our world, wait till you get a load of them on the planet New World in “Chaos Walking,” the once highly anticipated prospective tentpole starring Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley. That’s a lot of baggage for one movie to bear yet “Chaos Walking” is neither the disaster one might fear nor the thrilling hoped-for first installment of a would-be trilogy. Similar to Earth in many ways, the beautifully dystopian planet features breathable air, drinkable water, lush forests and perpetual daylight. It moves quickly enough to gloss over plot holes but leaves the impression that the novel was stripped for parts. Conceptually, the Noise is “Chaos Walking’s” inventive strength, a fitting analogy for the information overload of our modern age, especially for young people.
Los Angeles Times files suit to unseal search warrant used to obtain senator’s phone
       
The Los Angeles Times has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to unseal the warrant that authorized federal authorities to search Sen. Richard M. Burr’s cellphone as part of the FBI investigation into stock trades just as the coronavirus pandemic began to surge across the country. The lawsuit, which was filed Feb. 24 but became public late Tuesday, seeks to have a federal judge make public the warrant, supporting affidavits and related materials connected to the search of the North Carolina senator’s phone. The Times first reported on the search warrant, which was served May 13 on the Republican lawmaker at his home in Washington. Much of the stock Burr sold was invested in businesses that in subsequent weeks were hit hard by the plunging market. In January, Burr’s lawyers announced the Justice Department had dropped its investigation.
Marvell Technology Falls Despite Q4 Revenue Beat
       
Shares of chipmaker Marvell (MRVL) - Get Report were falling Wednesday after the company reported its fiscal fourth quarter results after the closing bell. The company reported quarterly earnings of 29 cents per share on revenue of $798 million. Marvell was expected to earn 29 cents per share on revenue of $786 million, according to analysts polled by FactSet. For the current fiscal first quarter, Marvell widened its net revenue guidance range to between $760 million and $840 million with earnings expected to be between 23 cents and 31 cents per share. Analysts were expecting revenue of $787 million and earnings of 27 cents per share.
When are California museums reopening? Some already have. Here’s the list
       
California museums have joined the reopening of the state: Despite rising coronavirus case counts in the region, the Petersen Automotive Museum in L.A. and the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana began welcoming visitors again Friday, and more museums have set reopening dates for July. The Times arts team will be tracking the scene in the weeks ahead, updating the following list of who’s reopening and when. It’s important to note that while some institutions are eager to serve their audiences once again and give employees a chance to return to work, others say it’s simply too early and not safe. The Underground Museum, which this week was named a recipient of a Getty Foundation COVID-19 relief grant, issued a statement criticizing the city for providing “minimal guidelines and zero financial support, leaving small non-profits like ours to best guess how to keep our staff and our visitors safe.”The museum, in L.A.’s Arlington Heights neighborhood, sounded a voice of caution about a pandemic that has hit Black and Latino populations disproportionately hard: “We are prioritizing the care of our community over calls to restart our economy. Craft Contemporary, L.A.: MidsummerAdvertisementThe Broad, downtown L.A.: Phased reopening in midsummerUSC Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena: Aug. 17USC Fisher Museum of Art, L.A.: Aug. 17Asian Art Museum, San Francisco: Mid-AugustAdvertisementNatural History Museum of Los Angeles County, L.A.: Late summerLa Brea Tar Pits Museum, L.A.: Late summerNorton Simon Museum, Pasadena: Late summer or early fallHammer Museum, Westwood: SeptemberFowler Museum at UCLA: Mid-OctoberAdvertisementPalm Springs Art Museum: Likely not until October or November::To be announced (no stated timeline):Autry Museum of the American West, L.A.AdvertisementBerkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film ArchiveCalifornia African American Museum, L.A.Chinese American Museum, L.A.Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (De Young and Legion of Honor)AdvertisementGriffith Observatory, L.A.Japa
Dua Lipa is pop’s new superstar. She’s also a bit of a mystery
       
“I’ve always been persistent, and I’ve always fought for the things that I’ve wanted,” Lipa, now 25, says in her crisp English accent. (Christina House / Los Angeles Times)According to Grammy oddsmakers, “Future Nostalgia” trails Taylor Swift’s rootsy “Folklore” for the highly coveted album award, which Swift has won twice since 2010. Lipa’s album spawned a couple of monster streaming hits in “IDGAF,” a tart kiss-off with marching-band drums, and “New Rules,” which layers her low, husky singing over a sleek, EDM-ish beat. At the same time, she’s so genuine that you feel close to the music.” Hudson is right: You feel close to the music, if not necessarily to Dua Lipa herself. “I’m very much the same person onstage as I am at home,” says Dua Lipa.
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)
Opinion: Pence is out of office, but he’s still doing Trump’s dirty work
       
Last month I wrote about how former Vice President Mike Pence, while he may have been a potential target of the Jan 6. Pence abetted then-President Trump’s efforts to delegitimize the 2020 election, praising an ill-fated lawsuit filed by Texas in the Supreme Court seeking to overturn election results in four states. And the changes being pushed by Republican state legislators would make it harder for people (especially Democrats) to vote. To paraphrase Trump’s description of the death toll from COVID-19, Pence is what he is. Bloomberg News reports that Trump’s advisors have been discussing a female or Black running mate for Trump.
Newsom says state is on track to allow fans at MLB games by opening day
       
California’s major league ballparks were closed to fans for every game last season, but Gov. Gavin Newsom indicated Wednesday that they could be open to fans for every game this season. AdvertisementNone of the five counties that host California’s major league teams are in the orange tier, which indicates moderate spread of the coronavirus. Under the current state guidance, teams in counties in the orange tier can play to 20% of capacity. AdvertisementIn the American League West, two of the non-California teams play in Texas, where Gov.
Quincy literacy program shows that where there’s a will, there’s a way
       
For over four years, she has been a student of the Literacy Program at Thomas Crane Public Library in Quincy. On Wednesdays, Wesline Désir, 46, of Brockton, attends English literacy tutoring from the small screen of her cellphone. By learning to use technology for their lessons, the tutors also feel less isolated, said Mary Diggle, manager of Quincy library’s Literacy Program and program manager of Literacy Volunteers of Massachusetts-Quincy. Many literacy tutoring students didn’t have their own computer or reliable Internet at home before the pandemic. In January 2020, the library began partnering with Tech Goes Home, a Boston-based nonprofit, to provide free Chromebooks and at-home Internet to literacy tutoring students, along with basic computer classes.
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.
Lori Loughlin dresses to be photographed doing good works
       
It’s easy to wonder if Loughlin knew she’d be photographed by the paparazzi while doing her volunteer work. Aunt Becky (Lori Loughlin) was spotted for the first time since she was released from prison. During her first outing, we see her doing charitable work for Project Angel Food. pic.twitter.com/JzjqMEByQN — Netflix (@netflix) March 1, 2021Loughlin looks to feature prominently in the documentary, given that the once-wholesome-seeming Hallmark Channel actor became the star defendant in the wide-ranging admissions bribery scheme. Giannulli is finishing his five-month sentence at the federal prison in Lompoc.
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.
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.
Warriors hoping Nico Mannion, Jordan Poole can provide boost to second unit
       
Every so often while quarantined in the G League bubble, Nico Mannion’s phone would light up with a text message from Draymond Green. The initial plan for Mannion and Poole was for both to finish the G League season, which runs through March 11, with Golden State’s G League affiliate. “That second game is going to be very difficult,” Kerr said of Thursday’s game in Phoenix. But I don’t know when.”This could also be an opportunity for Kerr to see if the young guards can provide a much-needed jolt to the Warriors’ second unit that starts second and fourth quarters. While it’s unclear when they will play during this two-game stretch, Mannion and Poole will have a chance to show if their G League experience can provide the Warriors what they need.
ASU wrestlers break Pac-12 competition and championship trophy
       
Zeke Jones figured it was safe to entrust the Pac-12 wrestling championship trophy to senior Kordell Norfleet for a few hours Sunday night. The Sun Devils have not won an NCAA trophy for a top four finish since 1995 and their 1988 national championship is the only one earned by a school west of Oklahoma. "He's trying to wrestle the international style, do all upper body because he's trying to focus on making the Olympic team while he's wrestling the college season. Valencia won his fourth Pac-12 title, just the third Sun Devil to do so, beating previously career unbeaten Shane Griffith of Stanford 7-1 in the final. More:ASU wrestling wins another Pac-12 title with five individual championsReach the reporter at jeff.metcalfe@arizonarepublic.com or 602-444-8053.
Bagley expected to play as ASU ends regular season with road trip to Colorado, Utah
       
And they're going to need it because the last road trip of the regular season will not be an easy one. The Sun Devils (10-11, 7-8) take a modest three-game win streak into this week's games against the mountain schools — Colorado and Utah. ASU defeated Washington twice last week, then outlasted Washington State 77-74 in overtime on Saturday with the difference being Remy Martin's 3-pointer. Coach Bobby Hurley's team was supposed to face the Cougars again in a Monday matinee but that was canceled 90 minutes before tipoff due to coronavirus issues in the Washington State program. Hurley said in a weekly radio interview Wednesday morning he expected Bagley to play this this week.
How the UIL, TAPPS and SPC have reacted to Gov. Greg Abbott’s order to reopen Texas
       
The University Interscholastic League announced Wednesday that it plans to release updated COVID-19 mitigation guidance in the wake of Gov. Greg Abbott’s decision to lift business restrictions and remove the statewide mask mandate, but details of the UIL’s new plan weren’t announced. Current UIL COVID-19 mitigation guidelines require spectators to wear masks at events. TAPPS soccer state championships are also scheduled for this weekend, which is before Abbott’s rescinding on COVID-19 mandates goes into place. I think most of our schools have a very conservative approach.”As for Abbott’s decision to lift COVID-19 mandates, Windham said he didn’t agree with it.
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.
White Sox’ Yoan Moncada is getting his groove back
       
SURPRISE, Ariz. — Yoan Moncada battled fatigue issues due to the aftereffects of the coronavirus last season. That’s something I’m going to be able to maintain throughout the season.”Feeling weaker is the likely reason Moncada lost it. It’s a lot better.”Aches and painsOutfielder Adam Engel (ankle) told La Russa he feels “much improved.”“I don’t know if he plays tomorrow or the next day, but he’s feeling better,” La Russa said. La Russa called prospects Jimmy Lambert and Jonathan Stiever “future rotation fixtures” who will stay stretched out and serve as starting depth in 2021. *Second baseman Nick Madrigal, who had shoulder surgery after the season, is slated for his first start Monday, La Russa said.
Island Ice Ep. 73: Talking Isles with NHL.com's Brian Compton
       
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Rangers' Mika Zibanejad still can't snap out of season-long funk
       
His third goal gave the Rangers a 4-3 lead late in the third period, but Alex Ovechkin tied it. Then Zibanejad’s fourth put the Rangers up, 5-4, before Ovechkin tied it again, in the final minute, to force overtime. That has been the hope all season long for Zibanejad, who has just two goals in 20 games this season. Zibanejad, who is 2-5-7 in 20 games this season, had a brilliant assist on Buchnevich’s first-minute, breakaway goal in that game. Asked about his top line, Quinn joked, "Which top line?’’ But then he started his answer by complimenting Zibanejad.
'Setbacks and success' in Andrew Cuomo's life
       
Cuomo’s cable TV briefings won an Emmy (probably the one honor Trump had craved most). Hardly anyone outside the right-wing media bubble paid attention. Now, the story is all over mainstream media. A scathing January report from New York State Attorney General Letitia James concluded the Cuomo administration undercounted deaths in long-term care by as much as 50%. Speaking of ironies: Cuomo’s previous book, published in 2014, was titled "All Things Possible: Setbacks and Success in Politics and Life."
Vikings’ Rick Spielman shoots down trade rumors: ‘Kirk Cousins is our quarterback’
       
Kirk Cousins isn’t going anywhere. “Kirk Cousins is our quarterback,” Spielman said. “I know there’s a lot of rumors floating around out there, but Kirk Cousins is our quarterback. In his third season with the Vikings, Cousins threw for a career-high 35 touchdowns and had the second-highest passer rating of his nine-year career at 105.0. But Minnesota finished just 7-9, making Cousins’ Vikings starting record 25-21-1, and they missed the playoffs for the second time in the three years.
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
First Johnson & Johnson vaccine doses arrive in Minnesota
       
Tim Walz celebrated the arrival Wednesday of the first doses Johnson & Johnson vaccine being delivered to the state. The Johnson& Johnson formula is also easier to store while the other two vaccines must be kept extremely cold. Walz noted that in the coming weeks supply of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will fall off because of supply and demand issues. Health officials expect the supply of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to fill that gap and supplies of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine should rebound by mid-March. Yet state health officials say they are working to better educate people who may be hesitant to get inoculated.
For Saints, delayed start to Triple-A season brings disappointment, understanding
       
FORT MYERS, Fla. — The delayed start to the Triple-A season certainly doesn’t come as a surprise to the St. Paul Saints, though there is disappointment nonetheless. The start of the Saints’ first season as a Twins affiliate has been pushed from April 6 to May 4 as Major League Baseball has decided to utilize the alternate-site format to begin the MLB season for health and safety reasons. “Certainly there’s a level of disappointment, but we’ve sort of been there and done that, and so have our fans,” Saints executive vice president and general manager Derek Sharrer said. Now, like last season, the Twins will have reinforcements close by for the first month of their season. Because teams have fewer players in camp this year, teams are doing what they can to protect arms and keep players fresh.
Kyle Rudolph, former Vikings tight end from Elder HS, interested in Patriots, per report
       
Former Elder High School standout Kyle Rudolph has interest in signing with the New England Patriots, according to a report Wednesday from NESN.com's Doug Kyed. Rudolph was released Tuesday by the Vikings after 10 NFL seasons with Minnesota. He wrote for theplayerstribune.com that he's so proud of the decade he spent with the Vikings. Rudolph and his family announced last March they were donating 82,000 meals to Minnesota residents affected by uncertainty related to COVID-19 through Second Harvest Heartland. Last January, thousands of dollars were donated to Kyle Rudolph's End Zone at University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital after gloves Rudolph wore, signed and donated were sold on eBay.
Columbus Crew sends Sebastian Berhalter on loan to Austin FC for 2021 season
       
Crew midfielder Sebastian Berhalter will spend this season, and potentially longer, with Austin FC. The Crew announced Wednesday that it was sending the homegrown player to Austin on loan with an option for a permanent transfer. The move should give Berhalter a chance for playing time with the MLS expansion team — owned by former Crew owner Anthony Precourt — that Berhalter wouldn’t have had with the Crew this season. The transaction will also reunite Berhalter with Austin coach Josh Wolff, who was a Crew assistant when Berhalter's father, Greg, was head coach. Berhalter is the sixth former Crew player to join the Austin roster ahead of its inaugural season in MLS.
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.
Muguruza beats Sabalenka at Qatar Open, Svitolina wins
       
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Garbine Muguruza outlasted third-seeded Aryna Sabalenka in a close second-round match at the Qatar Open on Wednesday, while top-seeded Elina Svitolina eased into the quarterfinals. Muguruza won 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-3 after she served for the match at 6-5 in the second set before Sabalenka broke her serve and won the following tiebreaker. “I just fight and stay there and keep thinking that I’m going to win,” Muguruza said. “If I have an opponent that is playing great, I have to play better.”The 16th-ranked Spanish player will face Maria Sakkari of Greece in the quarterfinals. Sakkari won 6-2, 6-2 against Madison Keys in what was the American's second match since returning to the tour after missing the Australian Open with the coronavirus.
Oklahoma State at Baylor men's basketball: How to watch, live stream, TV channel, game time, lineups
       
Three things to know• OSU junior Isaac Likekele has played just once in the past five games due to different injuries. He missed both Bedlam matchups due to a hand injury he suffered in his lone game back from a foot injury. • OSU has won three straight games against AP Top 25 teams for the first time since 2015. That’s led OSU to eight N.E.T. The two teams were scheduled to play this game on Feb. 20, but it was postponed due to Baylor’s issues with COVID-19.
How to watch OU vs. TCU women’s basketball: TV, game time, lineups
       
• Taylor Robertson’s streak of consecutive made free throws, which dated back to last season, was snapped at 60 consecutive in Monday’s win over Texas Tech. • The Sooners have won three consecutive games for the first time this season and five of their last six. OU has a shot to make the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2018. ESPN’s latest bracketology for the women’s tournament has the Sooners fourth on their list of “first four out” of the field. The Sooners won at TCU, 76-60, on Feb. 24 to start their current winning streak.
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.
The Latest: Dozens of federal inmates refuse vaccine
       
HARTFORD, Conn. -- More than 200 inmates at the federal prison in Danbury, Connecticut, have declined to get vaccinated against COVID-19, including numerous medically vulnerable prisoners who have been seeking release to home confinement due to concerns about the coronavirus, according to federal officials. Federal prosecutors disclosed in a new court document filed Tuesday that nearly 550 of the approximately 800 inmates at the prison complex have been offered a COVID-19 vaccine and 336 have received at least the first of two doses. Another 212 inmates declined. Some inmates may be worried or confused about the safety of the vaccines, or do not trust them, said Ariadne Ellsworth, a Yale Law School student and member of the legal team representing Danbury inmates who filed a class-action lawsuit accusing federal officials of not doing enough to protect them from the coronavirus. “Our understanding is that, as more information has become available and individuals have had more opportunities to educate themselves about the vaccine, a number of class members who initially declined the vaccine have since informed the facility that they are now willing to take it,” Ellsworth said.
'Neanderthal thinking': Biden on states lifting mask restrictions
       
President Biden criticized states such as Texas and Mississippi for lifting Covid-19 restrictions, saying that we are on the cusp of being able to change the nature of the disease and that "the last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking."
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.
New Mexico governor signs pandemic relief bills
       
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's Democratic governor has signed economic relief legislation that provides $600 rebates to low-income workers and a tax holiday for restaurants that have been hobbled by aggressive pandemic health restrictions. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Wednesday signed two bills that are part of an ambitious economic recovery package. New Mexico state finances and trust funds are rebounding amid a surge in oil production and prices, along with a boost from 2020 federal relief to state and local government, businesses, the unemployed, school districts and tribal governments. “This pandemic has been devastating for everyone, but the pain has been spread unequally,” Lujan Grisham said in a statement. “My hope is these economic relief efforts reach those who need them most.”States including New Mexico are not waiting on more federal help as they approve coronavirus aid packages for residents and business owners devastated by the economic fallout from the pandemic.
NM annual unemployment rate at 8.4% in 2020
       
The state’s annual unemployment rate was 8.4% in 2020, up from 5% in 2019, according to a new data set from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. New Mexico entered 2020 with an unemployment rate hovering around 5%, near its lowest point in a decade. By July, New Mexico’s unemployment rate stood at 12.5%, the highest on record for a single month, according to BLS. Elsewhere in the Southwest, Arizona’s annual unemployment rate stood at 7.9%, Colorado’s was 7.3% and Texas’ stood at 7.6%, according to the BLS. The unemployment rate is based on a survey of recipients rather than a number of unemployment claims.
US infrastructure gets C- from engineers as roads stagnate
       
But it was not able to push Congress to pass any broad plan to update the nation’s roads and bridges, rails and airports. Four areas got Cs: bridges, which dropped from a C+ to a C in 2021, energy, drinking water and solid waste. “This report card is a warning and a call to action,” Buttigieg told The Associated Press. In its report card, the group said years of inaction has had consequences. According to the report card, the nation is only paying about half of what it needs to lift overall U.S. infrastructure to an acceptable “B” level.
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.
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?
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.
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.
From furlough to restart grants, how Rishi Sunak's £352bn Covid support package works
       
Rishi Sunak has pledged a £352 billion Covid support package in the Budget to help people and businesses affected by the pandemic. The Chancellor said the package, which will last into next year, includes an additional £65 billion of measures to support the economy in response to coronavirus. He said that, taking into account the "significant support" the Government has already provided in light of the risis, the new support package totals £352 billion and will help deal with "the sustained economic shock" the country has faced. From the furlough extension to grants for the self-employed and businesses, Mr Sunak told the Commons on Wednesday that the Government "has delivered one of the largest, most comprehensive and sustained responses this country has ever seen". He said: "We're using the full measure of our fiscal firepower to protect the jobs and livelihoods of the British people."
Ophelia Lovibond to play Carrie Symonds in Covid-19 drama
       
Ophelia Lovibond will play Carrie Symonds in the upcoming drama about Boris Johnson's handling of the coronavirus crisis. It has already been announced that Sir Kenneth Branagh will play the Prime Minister in Sky series This Sceptred Isle. A first-look image of Branagh in the role showed the 60-year-old actor with blond tousled hair as he stares, frowning, into the distance. Lovibond, who is also known for her roles in Guardians Of The Galaxy and comedy series Feel Good, will play the Prime Minister's fiancee. Simon Paisley Day, who recently played Douglas Carswell in the TV drama Brexit, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, will play Dominic Cummings.
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.
New York’s Covid ‘patient zero’ says he objects to being called a super-spreader
       
The lawyer once known as “Patient Zero” of New York’s coronavirus epidemic says he now appreciates life more than ever - as long as you don’t call him a super-spreader. “Somebody said to me, in all of this there were touches of humanity?” he told the Journal. 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 News 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 Thanks for signing up to the News newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Now that his name was known throughout the country, people who had COVID or knew someone who did called Garbuz for advice.
Austin Mayor blasts Greg Abbott for ‘breaking promise’ on mask mandate
       
Austin’s mayor has attacked Texas governor Gregg Abbott for his decision to drop a mask-wearing mandate, accusing him of both “breaking a promise” and ignoring science. On Tuesday, Republican Greg Abbott, governor of Texas, the nation’s second most populated state, announced he was lifting a mandate that required people to wear masks. “Please hear me clearly - at this level of cases with variants spreading, we stand to completely lose the hard-earned ground we have gained.”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 Inside Washington 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 Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy noticeOn Wednesday, Austin mayor Steve Adler, a Democrat, claimed Mr Abbott had “created ambiguity where none should exist”.
Jennifer Garner keeps her eyes fixated on her phone on the set of the upcoming film The Adam Project
       
Jennifer Garner kept her eyes fixated on her phone on the Vancouver set of The Adam Project on Tuesday. Since November of last year, the performer has been working on the upcoming science-fiction project when principal photography initially commenced. Garner wore a large black facial covering to keep herself protected against COVID-19 while working on the upcoming film. The Adam Project was revived in July of last year when it was picked up by Netflix, with Night At The Museum director Shawn Levy set to helm the project. The Adam Project is centered around an individual who goes back in time to get help from his younger self while confronting his father.
David Schwimmer says the Friends reunion will finally shoot 'in a little over a month'
       
After what seems like years of 'will they or won't they' and months of coronavirus delays, the Friends reunion is finally set to film. The one with the reunion: David Schwimmer revealed that he will join his former co-stars to finally tape the Friends reunion 'in a little over a month' during a chat on SiriusXM’s Andy Cohen Live on Wednesday'Have you guys shot anywhere?' Cohen asked of the upcoming Friends reunion at HBO Max. 'Friends reunion being rescheduled for the beginning of March. Andy Cohen hosts SiriusXM’s Andy Cohen Live Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:00 am ET on his exclusive SiriusXM channel Radio Andy.
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.
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.
Domestic travelers to New York no longer have to quarantine if they're fully vaccinated for COVID
       
Domestic travelers to New York will no longer be required to quarantine if they can provide proof that they've been fully vaccinated within the past 90 days. First, I fully support a woman's right to come forward and I think it should be encouraged in every way. First, I fully support a woman's right to come forward and I think it should be encouraged in every way. We have a full plate - we have COVID, we have rebuilding, a teetering New York City... so no. Two former aides - Charlotte Bennett and Lindsay Boylan - say Cuomo sexually harassed them when they were working for him.
Biden says Texas and Mississippi reopening is a 'big mistake'
       
Asked about the reopenings in Mississippi and Texas, Psaki pointed Biden's push for Americans to wear masks for his first 100 days in office. CDC director Dr Rochelle Walensky echoed Biden's warning, saying the Texas and Mississippi decisions to defy federal guidelines and drop mask requirements were premature. 'I wish Texas, Mississippi and others state would just hold off another little bit. Andy Slavitt, a White House COVID-19 senior adviser, told CNN that they understood the pressures governors were facing but urged them to rethink lifting mask mandates. Schools, which reopened in Mississippi back in August, will still have mask mandates where social distancing is not possible.
Covid relief US: Joe Biden cuts off stimulus checks for those earning over $80k
       
President Joe Biden is 'comfortable' cutting off stimulus checks to Americans who make more than $80,000, the White House indicated Wednesday, bowing to pressure from Senate moderates. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are calling for recurring relief checks to be included in future relief packages. The House version of the bill, which passed early Saturday, also phased out stimulus checks, but had a higher ceiling. The two other series of stimulus checks have also been tailored by income. Both Biden and Trump supported stimulus checks.
Late David double keeps Lille top of Ligue 1
       
David (L) struck twice late on to keep Lille top of the tableAdvertising Read moreParis (AFP)Canadian forward Jonathan David's late double helped Lille edge out Marseille 2-0 on Wednesday to remain two points clear of Paris Saint-Germain at the top of Ligue 1. Christophe Galtier's Lille extended their unbeaten run to 10 league matches but were frustrated by eighth-placed Marseille at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy for almost 90 minutes. But when the Marseille goalkeeper kept out Jonathan Ikone's effort in the 90th minute, David was on hand to tap in. The 21-year-old put the result beyond doubt in the third minute of added time, diverting home Ikone's cross to score his ninth league goal this term. - Aouar fires Lyon past Rennes -Earlier on Wednesday, Houssem Aouar's second-half strike clinched Lyon a home win over Rennes.
Century-old bakery is Covid victim in San Luis Potosí
       
A San Luis Potosí bakery with more than a century’s worth of memories managed to survive changes in tastes, demographics, and even remodeling in the city’s historic center, but it finally met its match last month in Covid-19. “… it just wasn’t profitable, especially with the rent that we were paying.”However, the downtown bakery has been struggling for over a decade. In the late 2000s, it was recognized by the city for being one of few businesses in San Luis Potosí that was still operating after a century. Its true profitability lies in the La Superior bakeries. It’s a family business, and it weighs heavy on our hearts, but we also have to know when to call it quits.”Source: El Universal (sp), El Economista (sp)
Theft of millions of PPE masks from Hamilton warehouse was not disclosed by federal government
       
Theft of millions of PPE masks from Hamilton warehouse was not disclosed by federal governmentLast spring and early summer, with COVID cases spreading around the country, the government was scrambling to secure masks, gloves and other PPEArticle contentAs the federal government was ramping up its response to the COVID-19 pandemic — including purchasing millions of masks and protective gloves — someone absconded from a Hamilton warehouse with more than two million surgical masks meant for a government personal protective equipment reserve. The news, first reported by Blacklock’s, an Ottawa media outlet, comes as Canadians are entering the second year of the pandemic. Try refreshing your browser, or Theft of millions of PPE masks from Hamilton warehouse was not disclosed by federal government Back to videoLast spring and early summer, with COVID cases spreading around the country, the government scrambled to secure masks, gloves and other PPE to supply health-care workers and businesses. The theft of the masks, which vanished in early July, does not appear to have been disclosed to the public. Records from Public Works and Government Services show that on the night of July 4, two million masks were picked up at a warehouse intended for delivery to Vaudreuil, Que.
Mississippi close to putting limits on transgender athletes
       
(AP) — The Mississippi House voted Wednesday to ban transgender athletes from competing on girls' or women's sports teams in the state's schools and universities. Mississippi is one of more than 20 states with lawmakers proposing restrictions on athletics or gender-confirming health care for transgender minors this year. “Girls deserve to compete on a level playing field,” Republican Rep. Becky Currie read from a text as she explained the bill to the Mississippi House. The House voted 81-28 to pass Senate Bill 2536. During the Senate debate, nobody asked whether any transgender athletes are competing in Mississippi.
Democrats have controlled Virginia government for two years. Here’s what they’ve done.
       
Democrats passed bills to open absentee voting to anyone who wants to cast a ballot early or vote by mail, not just those who have an acceptable excuse. Democrats have dismissed those claims, saying they perpetuate baseless theories that the voting system is susceptible to widespread manipulation. Climate changeBefore Democrats regained power, the state had passed no significant laws aimed at addressing climate change. In higher education, Democrats delivered on one of their biggest priorities — free community college for low- to middle-income students. TaxesThough the Democratic majorities have rewritten swathes of state policy to make Virginia more culturally progressive, they’ve shown less appetite for addressing economic disparities by changing the tax code.
Jim Jordan’s campaign faces questions over accounting discrepancies that exceed $100K
       
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Federal Election Commission on Tuesday asked U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan’s campaign committee to explain large accounting discrepancies between reports it filed several years ago and corrected reports the committee filed earlier this year. Several March 2 letters from the FEC ask Jordan’s campaign to explain:* an increase in disbursements totaling $122,706.60 on its 2018 post-general election report. * a decrease in receipts totaling $111,950.54 on Jordan’s campaign finance report for the first quarter of 2019. “The campaign has filed an amendment with the FEC to correct its campaign finance reports going back to 2018,” said a statement from Jordan’s campaign manager, Kevin Eichinger. From 2019 through 2020, Jordan raised $18,637,140, spent $13,268,968 and finished with more than $6 million in the bank.
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.
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.
'Two sessions': China expected to unveil new controls on Hong Kong
       
China is expected to unveil new political controls on Hong Kong at this week’s meeting of its rubber-stamp parliament, which is also likely to showcase President Xi Jinping’s further consolidation of power. Beijing plans to ensure only “patriots” – Communist party loyalists – can run Hong Kong, according to a speech by a top Chinese official ahead of the annual meeting of the National People’s Congress (NPC). Diplomatic and trade sanctions have been piled on Beijing over its intervention in Hong Kong, and human rights abuses in western Xinjiang. These are only likely to be exacerbated by any new policies on Hong Kong unveiled at this year’s NPC. In a speech published this week, the head of the Hong Kong and Macao affairs office, Xia Baolong, said the city’s electoral system had to be “improved”, to close loopholes and guarantee “central government’s comprehensive management of Hong Kong”.
Retailers put brakes on Texas and Mississippi move to scrap mask mandates
       
The governors of both states said they are dispensing with mask mandates and allowing businesses to operate at full capacity. "We must now do more to restore livelihoods and normalcy for Texans by opening Texas 100 percent," Texas Governor Greg Abbott said in a statement. — Tate Reeves (@tatereeves) March 2, 2021Despite the push to reopen, Texas and Mississippi residents will still need to wear face masks if they want to step inside many supermarkets and other large retail chains. Patrons that prefer not to wear masks can shop through Target's no-contact options, such as shopping online, the retailer added. "We are aware of the mask mandate lifts in both Texas and Mississippi where we have store locations.
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.
Return-to-Office Plans Are Set in Motion, but Virus Uncertainty Remains
       
Then as the coronavirus sent employees to their homes, much of the city center quickly went quiet and dark. The return of those employees to their offices has been halting and difficult. Wells Fargo has delayed its return to the office several times, telling its employees recently that they will continue to work remotely through at least May 1. Corporate executives around the country are wrestling with how to reopen offices as the pandemic starts to loosen its grip. The most important variable, many executives said, is how long it will take for most employees to be vaccinated.
Cuomo, Contrite Over Sexual Harassment Accusations, Refuses to Resign
       
He stressed that he “never touched anyone inappropriately.”“I never knew at the time that I was making anyone feel uncomfortable,” he said. “And I certainly never meant to offend anyone or hurt anyone or cause anyone any pain. Few, if any, top officials have vociferously defended Mr. Cuomo, with most Democrats repeatedly calling for an independent investigation into the claims, now to be overseen by the state attorney general, Letitia James. The news conference on Wednesday was the governor’s first briefing in nine days, the longest he had gone without taking questions from reporters since the coronavirus pandemic began. The governor, a third-term Democrat, had previously sought to explain that some of his past remarks and questions to staff had been misconstrued, and “may have been insensitive or too personal.”
Many Companies Will Continue to Require Masks in Texas: Live Updates
       
ET Many Companies Will Continue to Require Masks in Texas: Live Updates RIGHT NOW Philanthropic donors gave more than $20 billion in response to the pandemic last year. S&P 500 - % Dow - % Nasdaq - %Companies say they will keep requiring masks in Texas stores, but compliance may get harder. The supermarket chain H-E-B was among the companies that said they would still require customers to wear masks in their Texas stores. Target and Macy’s said they would continue to require customers and employees to wear masks in their Texas outlets. He was among a group of central bank officials who initiated the Fed’s Racism and the Economy conference series.
Live Updates: Narrower Income Limits for Stimulus Checks Win Biden’s Approval
       
michael barbaro From “The New York Times,” I’m Michael Barbaro. michael barbaro OK, and in terms of size and scale, how does this package number three stack up against the first two? jim tankersley You get aid to state and local governments, who have had to lay off a lot of workers. michael barbaro So this is non-traditional stimulus, but stimulus uniquely suited to a pandemic recession? michael barbaro Jim, this is a pretty historic thing to pass on a party line vote, $1.9 trillion in economic stimulus.
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.
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Shawn Mendes Shares Sweet Birthday Tribute to Camila Cabello: 'I Love You More Every Day'
       
Happy birthday, Camila Cabello! The "Havana" singer turned 24 on Wednesday and received a special birthday tribute on Instagram from her boyfriend, Shawn Mendes. Image zoom Camila Cabello, Shawn Mendes | Credit: Shawn Mendes/InstagramThe "Señorita" singers have been friends since 2014 and went public with their relationship in July 2019. Mendes told PEOPLE in December that it's getting more serious between the lovebirds, revealing that they've talked about getting engaged. Image zoom Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes | Credit: John Shearer/GettyMendes and Cabello spent much of 2020 quarantining in her native Miami, Florida, after the coronavirus pandemic began in North America last March.
President Biden Says U.S. Will Have Enough Vaccines for 'Every Adult in America' by End of May
       
The president also directed states to prioritize educators, calling for every teacher to receive at least one dose by the end of MarchPresident Biden Says U.S. Will Have Enough Vaccines for 'Every Adult in America' by End of MayPresident Joe Biden said Tuesday that the United States will be able to drastically move up its vaccination timeline, announcing that the nation will have enough vaccine supply for every American adult by the end of May. During a briefing on the administration's COVID-19 vaccination efforts, Biden said that the nation has made "important progress" on vaccine distribution. "We're now on track to have enough vaccine supply for every adult in America by the end of May," Biden said, a significant move forward from the administration's previous timeline from the end of July. However, Biden, 78, said that this does not mean that all American adults will actually receive a shot by the end of May. "But it's not enough to have the vaccine supply.
Summer House: Lindsay Hubbard's Boyfriend Threatens to 'Leave the House'
       
"I have higher expectations for our relationship than just going through the motions," Lindsay says. When Stephen counters that a nice dinner isn't just "going through the motions," Lindsay pushes back. Image zoom The season 5 cast of Summer House | Credit: BravoWant to get the biggest stories from PEOPLE every weekday? PEOPLE exclusively confirmed in January that Lindsay and Stephen had called it quits after nearly a year and a half together. Being forced to spend so much time together and subsequently evaluate the relationship was ultimately a "blessing in disguise," Lindsay said.
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.
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, Will Close Some of Its Underperforming Locations
       
On Wednesday, the Texas-based Alamo Drafthouse Cinema filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. With the bankruptcy, the company will be closing a number of its underperforming locations and restructuring its lease obligations. At the start of the pandemic, movie theaters were forced to close in an effort to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The two biggest movie theater chains in the U.S., AMC and Regal Cinemas, reopened in many areas months later and enforced new guidelines regarding social distancing and reduced capacity. In February, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the city is approved to open movie theaters at 25% capacity on March 5, with a cap of 50 people per screening.
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.
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.
2021 Golden Globes Suffer a 64% Ratings Plunge amid HFPA Controversy and the COVID-19 Pandemic
       
The 2021 Golden Globes did not fare well in the ratings. Last year's ceremony, which took place ahead of lockdowns related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, reached 18.4 million viewers, the outlet added. The last time the Golden Globes had such a low viewing audience was back in 2008 during the writer's strike. Instead of the typical star-studded event, a televised press conference announcing the winners took place, drawing in 6 million viewers, the AP reported. Published a week before Sunday's 78th annual ceremony, the report claimed that the HFPA has several members of color, but no Black members.
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.
Kroger Will Still Require Customers to Wear Masks in States That Are Lifting Mandates
       
The governors of Texas and Mississippi both ended their state's mask mandate this weekKroger Will Still Require Customers to Wear Masks in States That Are Lifting MandatesIf you shop at Kroger, expect to wear a mask. On Wednesday, the Kroger Family of Companies, one of America's largest chain of grocery outlets, announced that they would continue to require customers to wear a face covering in their stores despite some states lifting their mask mandate. "To ensure the continued safety of our customers and associates, The Kroger Family of Companies will continue to require everyone in our stores across the country to wear masks until all our frontline grocery associates can receive the COVID-19 vaccine," the spokesperson continued. Hours later, President Joe Biden warned against the continued threat of the virus despite the administration's COVID-19 vaccination efforts. He said that although the nation is "moving in the right direction," the public should continue to be vigilant about COVID-19 safety precautions.
Tom Colicchio on Top Chef Portland's Filming 'Bubble'
       
Top Chef is going to look a bit different this season. Head judge Tom Colicchio recently gave PEOPLE an update on the Bravo cooking competition show, which will air its 18th season set in Portland, Ore. on April 1. "We were there for, I think, eight weeks," says the chef, who recently partnered up with French's Yellow Mustard on the new MustSwitch sandwich. Image zoom Credit: Courtesy French’sAs a chef with restaurants in New York, Los Angeles and Las Vegas, Colicchio has been dealing with the difficult task of safely reopening his restaurants. "We're all trying to open safely, we're trying to keep our employees safe, we're trying to keep customers safe, but it has to be cooperation on all sides."
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
2021 SAG Awards to Be Pre-Taped and Run for Just One Hour
       
2021 SAG Awards to Be Pre-Taped and Run for Just One HourThe SAG Awards are going to be a bit different this year. As every major awards show tries to find ways to safely take place amid the COVID-19 health crisis, the Screen Actors Guild announced its 2021 ceremony will be pre-taped. The show, airing on April 4, will also only run for one hour. The show will include the presentation of 13 awards and feature comedy bits as well as the traditional "I Am An Actor" segments from nominees and other presenters. That means spoilers are possible, but co-executive producer Kathy Connell hopes that won't happen.
17-Year-Old New York High School Football Player Dies After Practice from Medical Emergency
       
Miguel Lugo is being remembered as "a vibrant and healthy boy who lit up any room that he walked in"A New York family is mourning after a high school football player died suddenly following a football practice. Miguel Lugo, 17, reportedly suffered a medical emergency on Monday during the first practice of the season after COVID-19 related delays, USA Today reported. A cause of death has yet to be determined, and Lugo's family members are left questioning how their otherwise healthy son died so suddenly. "Heartbreak and tragedy facing our community with the passing of senior Miguel Lugo," the district's athletic program tweeted Tuesday. Chairman of New York's Section 9 football committee David Coates told USA Today that Lugo's death is "extremely sad."
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."
Miss Universe Returning Live in May After 2020 Hiatus Due to COVID
       
Miss Universe is coming back! The Miss Universe Organization announced on Wednesday that the 69th competition is returning with a live broadcast on Sunday, May 16 – a year and a half after the last one took place. "I look forward to seeing this work come to fruition and crowning a new Miss Universe in May." The Miss Universe Organization is also considering "a very limited audience" although tickets and information won't be available until the end of March. "I always knew that my reign as Miss Universe would be unlike any other," Tunzi, who was also Miss South Africa 2019, said in a statement.
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.
Kim Zolciak-Biermann and Kroy Biermann Test Positive for COVID: ‘Very Thankful For Our Doctors’
       
Kim Zolciak-Biermann and Kroy Biermann have tested positive for COVID-19. Image zoom Credit: Kim Zolciak Biermann/InstagramThe couple's diagnosis comes over a month after Kim's daughter, Brielle, tested positive for COVID-19. On her own Instagram Story, mom Kim said she was "very stressed" following Brielle's diagnosis. In addition to Brielle, Kim is mom to 19-year-old Ariana, both of whom Kroy adopted after he and Kim wed in 2011. As of Wednesday, it seems none of her other children have tested positive for the virus.
Hilaria Baldwin Shares Photo of Son Edu, 5½ Months, and Newborn Daughter Lucia: 'My Babies'
       
A source confirmed to PEOPLE that Hilaria and Alec Baldwin welcomed daughter Lucia via surrogate after the birth of Edu in SeptemberHilaria Baldwin is enjoying double-baby cuteness. On Tuesday, Hilaria announced the name of the baby girl, Lucia, writing on Instagram: "We are so in love with our daughter, Lucia. A source recently confirmed to PEOPLE that the couple welcomed daughter Lucia via surrogate. Baldwin, 62, is also dad to 25-year-old daughter Ireland, whose mother is actress Kim Basinger. Image zoom Credit: hilaria baldwin/ instagramImage zoom Credit: hilaria baldwin/ instagramSpeaking with PEOPLE in November, the fitness instructor said "during times of COVID, it very much feels like we're done" expanding their family.
How Katherine Heigl Talks to Her Daughters About Their Biological Mothers
       
Katherine Heigl is honest with her daughters about their biological families. We don’t have any information about your biological fathers, but we do have a bit about your biological mothers,’” the Grey’s Anatomy alum explained. “‘If you guys want to talk more about them, you can have as much or as little information as you want. I think dogs, especially, are the perfect companions. Old dogs, especially, are my thing.”
Blake Horstmann on Navigating Relationships With ‘Bachelor’ Producers
       
Every member of Bachelor Nation has a different experience on the ABC franchise and Blake Horstmann joined Us Weekly’s “Here for the Right Reasons” podcast to share his behind-the-scenes stories while recapping Matt James‘ The Bachelor: The Women Tell All. “It’s just such a crazy environment, especially The Bachelor or Bachelorette because it’s a little longer than [Bachelor in] Paradise, obviously. But you do start to build a relationship with your producer or producers,” Blake, 31, said on Tuesday, March 2. So no, I don’t necessarily regret it.”Blake added that he’s advised past Bachelorette contestants who got a “good edit” not to go on Bachelor in Paradise. “It’s easy to fall from the peak than it is in the middle,” the Bachelorette season 14 runner-up told Us.
Pregnant Shawn Johnson, Andrew East’s Beach Babymoon Pics
       
Shawn Johnson East and Andrew East began their oceanside vacation on Wednesday, March 3. #babyeast,” Shawn wrote via Instagram at the time. “It’s been a long two weeks of RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) with [my 14-month-old daughter], Drew, and now this. Drink an extra water tonight and wash your hands.”The Dancing With the Stars alum, who has since recovered, became a mom in November 2019 when daughter Drew was born. “Feet ache and bellies are full,” Shawn gushed via Instagram in June 2019, posting pics of their beach visits, garden walks and more.
RHOD’s Tiffany Moon Goes Grocery Shopping in Jovani Dress: Video
       
Moon, 36, is dressed to the nines for a food shop at 99 Ranch Market, an Asian food supermarket. The anesthesiologist conducts her grocery shop, which includes “essentials” like beer and dim sum, to the beat of “Feeling Jovani” by Real Housewives of New York’s Luann de Lesseps. On Friday, February 26, Us Weekly confirmed that a Real Housewives mashup show is in the works at NBCUniversal’s streaming service, Peacock. This news follows the announcement that Peacock will be reviving The Real Housewives of Miami, which originally ran on Bravo from 2011 to 2013. But an insider tells Us that “they have started interviewing a bunch of different women.
Kendall Jenner’s Family Is ‘Fond’ of Boyfriend Devin Booker
       
Kendall Jenner’s family is supportive of her relationship with Devin Booker, a source exclusively tells Us Weekly. “The Kardashian clan is fond of him for sure,” the insider says. The source adds that the Kardashians “respect Kendall’s decision to not jump into an engagement” and instead just “enjoy these moments” with her boyfriend. The reality star squad “just want her to be happy with whomever she’s with,” the insider says. Earlier this month, a source exclusively told Us that Jenner “likes the pace at which things are going at the moment” with Booker, who was previously in a relationship with Kylie Jenner’s former BFF Jordyn Woods.
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: Economy to recover 'six months faster than forecast'
       
Budget 2021: Economy to recover 'six months faster than forecast'Added: 03.03.2021 13:43 | 22 views | 0 commentsHowever, the chancellor says repairing the long-term economic damage from Covid "will take time".
Budget 2021: Rishi Sunak hails 'swifter and more sustained' recovery
       
Added: 03.03.2021 13:10 | 22 views | 0 commentsHowever, the chancellor says repairing the long-term economic damage from Covid "will take time".
Budget 2021: Rishi Sunak sets out economic recovery plan
       
Added: 03.03.2021 12:36 | 25 views | 0 commentsThe chancellor is delivering his first Budget since the coronavirus pandemic was declared, in the Commons.
Changes to Obamacare are hiding in plain sight in the $1.9 trillion Covid relief bill
       
Changes to Obamacare are hiding in plain sight in the $1.9 trillion Covid relief billAdded: 03.03.2021 21:18 | 7 views | 0 commentsDemocrats are proposing big changes to the Affordable Care Act. Here's why the debate is less fierce this time.
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.
Budget 2021: Rishi Sunak vows to protect jobs but tax hikes loom
       
Added: 03.03.2021 21:17 | 15 views | 0 commentsThe chancellor says his Budget can rescue the Covid-ravaged economy, as UK faces highest tax burden since 1960s.
Budget 2021: Rishi Sunak's plan to protect jobs and increase taxes
       
Added: 03.03.2021 19:18 | 17 views | 0 commentsThe chancellor says he can rescue the UK's Covid-ravaged economy but warns it will "take time" in his Budget.
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
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.
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 »
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.
'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.
With an active hurricane season on the way, officials prep disaster plans for coronavirus challenges
       
With an active hurricane season on the way, officials prep disaster plans for coronavirus challengesAdded: 21.05.2020 17:04 | 7 views | 0 commentsThe coronavirus is complicating the job for emergency officials as they look to keep their teams and residents safe while responding to a catastrophe.
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.
African migrant workers are unable to send money home, cutting off a lifeline to vulnerable communities
       
African migrant workers are unable to send money home, cutting off a lifeline to vulnerable communitiesAdded: 29.05.2020 11:23 | 8 views | 0 commentsThe coronavirus pandemic is leaving migrant workers unable to send money or goods home to families, cutting off a vital lifeline for communities already under siege from a barrage of external shocks.
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.
Eat it: Hanoi chef spreads joy with 'Coronaburger'
       
Added: 26.03.2020 17:04 | 5 views | 0 commentsYou've got to eat it, to beat it: That's the philosophy of one Hanoi chef who is attempting to boost morale in the Vietnamese capital by selling green, coronavirus-themed burgers.
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.
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.
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.
Clawing back normality: Bangkok cat cafe reopens after virus shutdown
       
Added: 08.05.2020 10:20 | 5 views | 0 commentsAs Thailand's capital cautiously reopens many restaurants shuttered over coronavirus fears, the feline "employees" of the Caturday Cafe are back at work.
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.
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.
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.
Horse racing: Stradivarius takes third successive Ascot Gold Cup
       
Added: 18.06.2020 19:33 | 11 views | 0 commentsStradivarius, ridden by Frankie Dettori, blew away the field to land a third successive Gold Cup at Royal Ascot on Thursday in a race run without spectators due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Fauci casts doubt on football this fall
       
Added: 18.06.2020 16:52 | 11 views | 0 commentsWith the United States bracing for a possible second wave of the novel coronavirus, Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, on Thursday cast doubt on the National Football League playing this year.
Report: Some NFL coaches want season delayed
       
Report: Some NFL coaches want season delayedAdded: 18.06.2020 19:42 | 10 views | 0 commentsSome NFL coaches want the 2020 regular season delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, ESPN's Ed Werder reported.
Former NBA star says Covid-19 has sparked anti-Asian violence in the US
       
Former NBA star says Covid-19 has sparked anti-Asian violence in the USAdded: 03.03.2021 13:18 | 25 views | 0 commentsFormer NBA star Jeremy Lin says he's seen a rise in racism across the US since the coronavirus pandemic started and says the country must address the issue of anti-Asian violence.
Katherine Heigl Explains How She Talks to Her Daughters About Their Birth Parents
       
Like many parents, Katherine Heigl is trying to navigate raising three children amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. "This is the longest period I have consistently spent with my...
How the 2021 SAG Awards Is Shaking Things Up Amid COVID-19
       
UPDATE: Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the 2021 SAG Awards will look very different compared to previous years. According to Variety, who first broke the news, the award show is going to...
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 »
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.
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.
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.
Biden: Ending mask mandates 'Neanderthal thinking'
       
Added: 03.03.2021 21:16 | 9 views | 0 commentsPresident Joe Biden called the decisions by the governors of Texas and Mississippi to end mask mandates "a big mistake" and slammed what he said was "Neanderthal thinking" at a time he says the nation needs to remain vigilant against COVID-19.
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.
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.
Rising Stars: Rosters announced, but game will not take place
       
This year's NBA All-Star events will look considerably different than those in the past because of precautions brought on in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Of those precautions, the NBA's Rising Stars Challenge will not be held this year, but players were still selected to highlight their young careers. Precious Achiuwa, Deni Avdija, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, RJ Barrett, Facundo Campazzo, Brandon Clarke, Laguentz Dort, Rui Hachimura, Theo Maledon and Mychal Mulder comprise the World roster. The Rising Stars Challenge, an exhibition game made up of players in their first or second year in the NBA, is one of the few All-Star events that is not taking place this year. The rosters for the skills challenge, three-point contest and dunk contest were all announced on Tuesday night on TNT and will still take place before Sunday's All-Star Game slated for an 8 p.m.
Liverpool won't let players go for FIFA dates if they must quarantine
       
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will not allow his players to travel to international matches this month if they have to quarantine on their return. Under current coronavirus guidelines, arrivals from countries that Britain regards as high risk are subject to 10 days of hotel confinement. Portugal and all of South America are on the so-called “red list” so it would apply to Liverpool’s Brazil internationals — Alisson Becker, Roberto Firmino and Fabinho — and Portugal forward Diogo Jota. FIFA has given clubs dispensation during the pandemic to prevent players who may be affected by the regulations from joining up with their countries, and Klopp intends to do so. “I think all the clubs agree that with the same problems, we cannot just let the boys go and then sort the situation when they come back by placing our players in a 10-day quarantine in a hotel.
UEFA Considers Cutting 3 Cities From Euro Hosts
       
With 100 days until the rescheduled European Championship, UEFA is considering cutting three cities from its list of 12 host venues across the continent. UEFA wants the hosting plan settled within weeks after being forced to postpone its showpiece tournament last year due to the pandemic. UEFA is willing to take games away from cities that cannot guarantee a significant number of spectators based on an expected easing up of the pandemic by June. UEFA has yet to receive positive information from Irish authorities with the ban on fans attending games running through April 5. The new format provided an opportunity to stage games in some countries that wouldn’t necessarily have a chance to host the tournament on their own.
Who Says No? ESPN's Trade Proposal To Send Kyle Lowry to Philly
       
As we enter NBA trade season, we'll start to look at some creative trades proposed by media outlets and break down the age-old question: Who says no? First up, thanks to ESPN's Tim Bontemps, we've got this doozy that sends Kyle Lowry to the Philadelphia 76ers with an intriguing package coming back for the Toronto Raptors. Essentially, the Raptors would be adding the 76ers' 2020 first-round pick, Maxey, along with two other first-rounders including an unprotected first in 2023. For Cleveland, it allows the Cavaliers to move off of Drummond without taking on any bad long-term money and for their trouble, they'll get a second-round pick. Who Says No: TorontoAs long as Toronto stays a playoff team in the middle of the Eastern, there's little chance the Raptors are going to trade Lowry.
The Spurs Can't Stop Their Winning Ways
       
They won how the Spurs win, with accurate shooting (48.3%), low turnovers (eight) and a stingy defense that held New York to 40.7% shooting. “They just keep on trucking.”The win solidified San Antonio’s grip on a top-five seed and, really—who saw this coming? Yet San Antonio is 18-13 after the win over New York and barreling towards the playoffs. What a season for Johnson, Dejounte Murray and the Spurs entire player development machine. The 29th pick in 2019, Johnson played 17 games for San Antonio last season.
Tom Brady tells James Corden about Super Bowl trophy toss (video)
       
Tom Brady almost needed scuba lessonsThe post-Super Bowl boat parade last month in Tampa might end up being just as memorable as Tom Brady’s seventh Super Bowl victory. On Tuesday night, Brady joined James Corden on The Late Late Show and was asked to recall the events of that day. “I’m happy I’m on land at that point, absolutely. Happy I’m being surrounded by my fellow quarterback Griff [Ryan Griffin], in the right place at the right time. Wild finish in the Horizon League quarterfinalsTerry Bradshaw checked into the hospital under the name “Tom Brady” to undergo arm surgery in 1983(This is 100% real, by the way.)
March Madness: Undefeated California Baptist won't dance in 2021
       
After a recent transition to Division I, the 20–0 Lancers aren't eligible for the 2021 women's NCAA tournament. 3 Stanford against California Baptist University, seemingly a battle of sharks and minnows in the grand scheme of the sport. California Baptist, a Division I newbie, has 25. California Baptist, in its second year in Division I, played the Cardinal tight from wire-to-wire. And all postseason hope isn’t lost: The WNIT has been in contact with California Baptist about playing in that tournament, a solid consolation prize.
Can Mikaela Shiffrin become even better?
       
There were months where Mikaela Shiffrin didn’t want to ski, mixed with weeks where she wondered if she could. And it’s still not always there, right?”This is Mikaela Shiffrin attempting to make sense of Mikaela Shiffrin, an athlete as dominant and introspective as any on the planet—and one who confronted an even more difficult 2020 than her peers. “I always just relied on really, really solid preparation, a very methodical process. That version of Mikaela Shiffrin could be even better than the original one. This is, after all, Mikaela Shiffrin.
MLB delays Triple A season until May amid COVID-19 concerns
       
Major League Baseball has opted to delay the Triple A season at least one month amid COVID-19 concerns, according to ESPN's Jeff Passan. Minor league players will now report to alternate sites run by their organization's MLB team ahead of opening day. Travel concerns played a significant role in the decision to delay the Triple A season. Triple A teams travel via commercial airline, creating a greater risk of contracting COVID-19 compared to MLB teams that use private planes. The 2021 Triple A season is expected to now run through part of September due to the delay.
Best tennis players to never reach No. 1 ranking
       
And what broadcast sponsor is signing on to air weeks and weeks of matches from one location? 3 ranking, 25 singles titles), who took perhaps THE all-time Slam final beat-down (0-6, 3-6, 0-6) in the '77 French Open from perhaps the greatest men's singles player to never (officially) reach No. 1 ranking can be a combination of luck and circumstance—points fall off, a player gets injured, a player reduces their schedule. What a contrast—I watched the 1975 Wimbledon men’s final on Tennis Channel last night—Ashe vs Connors. I think also everybody else in pro tennis is complicit to an extent in the sorry state of affairs that is current in men's tennis.
Tokyo Olympics may take place without fans from abroad
       
Yukihito Taguchi/USA TODAY SportsThe postponed Tokyo Olympics look like they will take place without any fans from abroad when they open in just under five months. The Japanese newspaper Mainichi said on Wednesday the decision had been made to exclude foreign fans. The report came just an hour before Tokyo organizers held “five-party” talks online with the International Olympic Committee, the International Paralympic Committee, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the central government of Japan. In this respect, we may have to set one or another priority.”The Olympics are to open on July 23. The exclusion of foreign fans has been almost a foregone conclusion with the games being held during a pandemic.
Welcome (Sort of) Freshmen
       
Before he did anything else at Wake Forest, Carter Whitt had to explain why he was there. “He was like, ‘Uh, yeah, right, you’re here for basketball,’ ” Scott recalls with a laugh. Instead, he’s one of several high school players who took advantage of an unusual situation created by the pandemic. This presented a gift: an unprecedented chance to gain college basketball experience. “I don’t want to say it’s surreal,” says Russ Frazier, his coach for three years at Leesville Road High School in Raleigh.
Shake Shack's Danny Meyer on the Restaurant Business: 'I Hope We Never Return to How We Were'
       
After one of the hardest years on record for restaurants, Danny Meyer, founder and CEO of the Union Square Hospitality Group, is hopeful. Below are four things Meyer says will never again be the same for the restaurant industry. His companies Shake Shack and Union Square Hospitality, which includes Gramercy Tavern, Union Square Cafe, and more than a dozen other eateries, had to lay off 90 percent of employees. "Every person in the restaurant industry should get the same minimum wage," he says. So Union Square has reinstated tips but now pays a portion of revenue every night to everyone in back-of-house positions.
Apple Vs. Facebook: What You Need to Know About Tim Cook and Mark Zuckerberg's Battle
       
Apple and Facebook are publicly sparring over Apple's new privacy feature in iOS 14--which could have major consequences for Facebook's bottom line. Apple's new operating system, iOS 14, introduced in June, requires apps to ask users' permission to track them, which many users are likely to decline. June 2020: Apple Introduces iOS 14. In August, Facebook wrote in a company blog post that iOS 14 would hurt advertisers and make the Audience Network program almost unusable. And, on February 4, Senate Judiciary Chair Senator Amy Klobuchar from Minnesota introduced a major antitrust bill that could impact companies like Facebook, Apple, and Google.
We Still Don’t Know How Well Covid Vaccines Stop Transmission
       
This week, the US passed a grim milestone in the ongoing coronavirus crisis: 500,000 deaths, more than the number of Americans killed in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War combined. Achieving that is likely to take a few more months—provided vaccine makers don’t hit any production snags and worrisome variants don’t derail current progress. In the interim, an increasing number of people will find themselves in a liminal state, navigating what it means to be a vaccinated person moving through an unvaccinated world. This week, two new studies—neither of which have yet gone through peer review—made splashy headlines about the extent to which vaccines slash viral spread. However, as the study authors noted, the ministry’s testing recommendations exempt vaccinated people from requirements like getting tested after travel or being exposed to a known Covid case.
The Pandemic Nearly Shuttered My Church. Technology Saved It
       
Long before the pandemic struck, Science Hill Friends Meeting in southwestern Randolph County, North Carolina, was slowly bleeding to death, like many small churches in rural America. If a pandemic wasn’t bad enough, in October our pastor resigned. But God does indeed work in mysterious ways, and divine intervention flew in on the wings of technology. A progressive group of elders invested in Science Hill’s first-ever computer—a generational leap for a country church that first met under a brush arbor. Zooming the Kaddish, the ancient Jewish mourning prayer, which ordinarily requires a quorum of 10 adults in person, was a special accommodation for the Beth David Synagogue in Greensboro, North Carolina.
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.
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.
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.
Who is Jery Hewitt? 'New Amsterdam's season 3 premiere tribute explained
       
New Amsterdam returned Tuesday night with its season 3 premiere, "The New Normal," and aside from offering a moving new storyline, it also offered a tribute to one Jery Hewitt. "In memory of Jery Hewitt and the lives we lost in 2020," the title card read. He worked on 14 movies from the Coen Brothers, including The Big Lebowski and No Country for Old Men. On TV, he worked on every episode of the original Law & Order and 22 seasons of Law & Order: SVU. Image zoom Credit: NBC"The lives we lost in 2020" seemed like a reference to those who died from COVID-19 last year.
Survivor: Terry Deitz plays a game of Cambodia What If?
       
Terry Deitz dominated Survivor: Panama — Exile Island. (The very next season, Survivor moved to a final three format as a direct result.) Terry made his big return after being voted in by fans to play on Survivor: Cambodia — Second Chance, but his journey was cut short not due to being voted out, nor due to any injury in the game. Image zoom Terry Deitz of 'Survivor' | Credit: Monty Brinton/CBSENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: First off, give the update as to what you've been up to since appearing on Survivor. Who's one player from another Survivor season you wish you could have played with or against and why?
Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker's Relationship Timeline
       
Do you remember where you were when you found out that your fave Blink-182 member Travis Barker and Kourtney Kardashian were rumored to be dating??? March 2, 2021An Entertainment Tonight source gets Scott Disick's POV on how he's feeling about Kourtney and Travis's relationship. "He isn't threatened by Kourtney and Travis' relationship at this point." Travis posts a note that Kourtney left him to his Instagram Stories, which reads, “To lots of fun adventures. Kourtney posts a pic of her holding Travis’s hand to her feed, and Travis signals his love/approval with a lil black heart emoji in the comments.
Dolly Parton Receives Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine She Helped Fund
       
Dolly Parton received her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination this week, and she documented the big moment for her fans. "I'm finally going to get my vaccine, I'm so excited," said Parton in the video. @VUMChealth pic.twitter.com/38kJrDzLqC — Dolly Parton (@DollyParton) March 2, 2021Dolly also encouraged everyone watching to get their shots too. "Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, I'm begging of you please don't hesitate / Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, 'cause once you're dead, then that's a bit too late," she sang. Following the news of her generous donation, Dolly spoke with Hoda Kotb of the Today show, sharing why she felt compelled to contribute and start her Dolly Parton COVID-19 Research Fund.
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.
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.
Capitol Police officials say intel on possible March 4 plot being taken 'seriously'
       
The intelligence, which an FBI bulletin said could involve the "Three Percenters" group, which prosecutors call extremist, is being taken "seriously," the Capitol Police officials said in a statement posted on Twitter. The Capitol complex remains surrounded with temporary fencing topped with razor wire and some 5,000 National Guard troops remain on site. An internal U.S. Capitol Police bulletin distributed Tuesday contains information about a possible militia plot to storm the Capitol on or around March 4, sources told ABC News. An FBI spokesperson did not immediately comment on the intelligence information. One law enforcement source said that initial intelligence does not support a crowd of 50,000 is coming to Washington, D.C., this week.
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.
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.
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.
All the Celebrities Who Have Received the COVID-19 Vaccine
       
The Emmerdale star said that the vaccination “was incredibly easy and painless.”"Getting my COVID vaccination was incredibly simple & painless. — Steve Martin (@SteveMartinToGo) January 17, 2021Judi DenchOscar-winner and Cats star Dame Judi Dench told BBC News that received her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on January 14. Hopefully we can do just that when the theater returns.”Patrick StewartThe actor and future memoirist received the COVID-19 vaccine on January 22 at Dodger Stadium. Tyler PerryFilmmaker Tyler Perry has not only received the vaccine, but created an informative TV special for BET called COVID-19 Vaccine and the Black Community: A Tyler Perry Special, in which he will show footage of him getting the vaccine and discuss the stigma around the vaccine for the Black community with doctors. Anthony HopkinsThe Silence of the Lambs actor received the vaccine in his car on January 28.
The Receipt-Keeper of YouTube
       
Wallace’s Karmageddon trilogy — about the public meltdowns of the famously divisive YouTube influencers Shane Dawson, Jeffree Star, and Tati Westbrook — helped his channel explode in popularity over the summer of 2020. That happened right around the time that I uploaded a video on Shane Dawson, this was before actually there were a bunch of these on YouTube. Sometimes if it’s really, really long, I’ll download it myself and then just play it in my editing software 4x speed. You talked a bit in your big Shane Dawson video about how his whole shtick is just a persona. Shane Dawson, the person is different from Shane Dawson, the online persona.
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.
‘I Really Believe the Senate Is Broken’
       
The $15 minimum wage is an incredibly popular and populist policy. Why is the White House allowing them to torpedo this measure before it even gets to the floor? Joe Biden started out strong on the $15 minimum wage, and they have to commit to that in the same way. I really believe the Senate is broken. But look, the minimum wage [provision] is targeting help to the lowest wage workers, and this is targeting the highest wealth individuals.
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.
5 International College Students on Studying in America During the Pandemic
       
Photo: martin-dm/Getty ImagesOne year ago, droves of U.S. college students were ordered to abandon their dorms and campuses and return home. Amid the chaos, many international students found themselves in an unprecedented situation, forced to choose between the college experience they’d expected and their home country. We talked to five international students who were forced to learn just how big the world can really feel. The pandemic put a lot of things into perspective for me, especially the fragility of my parents getting older. Now I am back at school in America, but my family is still in full lockdown at home.
David Shor’s (Updated) 2020 Autopsy and 2022 Forecast
       
Do you have any sense what was behind the large rightward shift among Hispanic voters? In the summer, following the emergence of “defund the police” as a nationally salient issue, support for Biden among Hispanic voters declined. I’m not claiming that white liberals are somehow less racist than people of color, to the extent that question even makes sense. I mean, Hispanic voters are more liberal on immigration than white voters. If you look at, for example, decriminalizing border crossings, that’s not something that a majority of Hispanic voters support.
Zero COVID Risk Is the Wrong Standard
       
Many teachers unions have insisted, in contradiction to the CDC’s official guidance, that schools should be reopened only when all teachers are vaccinated, and in some cases not even then. A classic example is the wave of media shaming of people who visited beaches last year, even though the risk of spread is tiny. The same tendency has caused them to overstate the risk that vaccinated people can transmit the virus and understate the protections vaccines offer. Under any sane calculation, whether school poses a small risk or an extremely small risk hardly matters, because the alternative is a social catastrophe that dwarfs any public health effect. That school districts are parsing the precise contours of the risk now is a testament to the power of Zeroism.
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.
Some New York Performance Spaces to Open at Limited Capacity
       
Jon Batiste marching through Brooklyn during a NY PopsUp event in February. Photo: Roy Rochlin/Getty ImagesLive performances will start to return to New York soon, in very limited ways. In addition to these reopening guidelines, New York is also organizing a “NY PopsUp” event series that will program performances across New York in sync with plans for reopening. Those won’t be standard Broadway performances, and the Broadway theater industry itself isn’t expected to return to typical pre-COVID programming and performance schedules until at least after Labor Day. But the events are designed to help “put in motion safety protocols that will eventually be employed for Broadway’s return,” according to a NY PopsUp release.
Cuomo Says He’s ‘Embarrassed’ About Sexual-Harassment Claims But Won’t Resign
       
Cuomo also apologized again, saying, “I now understand that I acted in a way that made people feel uncomfortable. That is the last thing I would ever want to do,” Cuomo said. In her account, Boylan alleged that Cuomo gave her an unwanted kiss on the lips after a meeting. Asked specifically about the photo with Ruch, Cuomo said, “You can find hundreds of pictures of me making the same gesture with hundreds of people. They elected me, and I’m gonna serve the people of the state of New York,” Cuomo said.
Moderate Democrats Strip Stimulus Checks From 12 Million Voters for No Reason
       
Nor could moderates claim to have the public on their side; the relief checks were overwhelmingly popular in their initially proposed form. However, the benefit would disappear for individuals earning more than $80,000 annually and couples earning more than $160,000. Here are the two big downsides to this measure:• It means that 12 million fewer adults and 5 million fewer kids will receive relief checks from the bill. — Dan Roosien (@droosien) March 3, 2021So, what do Democrats gain at the cost of denying checks to 12 million potential 2022 voters? But this still doesn’t constitute a rational basis for creating a 70 percent tax rate on income above $75,000 — while giving 12 million voters a reason to resent your party.
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.
Vivendi Keeps Revenues Afloat in 2020 Thanks to UMG, Canal Plus Group
       
In a year marked by the coronavirus pandemic, Vivendi was able to keep its revenues in 2020 stable thanks to the growth of Universal Music Group (UMG) and pay TV group Canal Plus Group, which helped offset the slowdown in other businesses. Meanwhile, Vivendi’s financial net debt increased by $1.07 billion (€889 million) to $5.97 billion (€4.95 billion) as of Dec. 30, 2020. The consortium now owns 20% of Universal Music Group and Vivendi is currently planning the distribution of 60% of UMG’s share capital to Vivendi’s shareholders. Revenues were driven by recorded music revenues (up 6.7%), bolstered by the growth in subscription and streaming revenues (up 16.2%). Back in December the company entered exclusive negotiations with Gruner + Jahr/Bertelsmann to acquire 100% of Prisma Media, a leading publishing group in France.
Alston Supreme Court Brief Refines Players’ Key Arguments
       
Attorneys for a class, led by former West Virginia running back Shawne Alston, filed a 62-page brief to the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday. In Wednesday’s brief, attorneys for Alston underscore a key theme: Because NCAA rules prevent colleges from directly paying the recruits they seek to enroll, colleges spend that money on other people, services and facilities they believe attract recruits. Alston attorneys assert that the labor market for college athletes is damaged when schools can’t compete for athletes as they would without joint restraints. The NCAA’s reply brief is due on March 19 and the Court will hold oral argument on March 31. Sometime this summer the Court will issue a ruling, which might contain concurring and dissenting opinions.
The Struggle Independent Promoters, Nightlife and Concerts Face in 2021
       
With Covid-19 vaccines being rolled out as we speak, the big topic in the entertainment industry this year is the possibility of the nightlife and touring world returning in 2021. The conversation about how to return to normal once restrictions are lifted has created many questions, most of which cannot yet be answered. Or will promoters, venues and artists just have to further adapt to digital concerts and perfect the streaming experience for fans to better enjoy from their screens at home? The cogs in the machinery of the nightlife industry are all too often overlooked when discussing our current state of live entertainment. Aside from the artists themselves affected by the harsh shutdown, many other behind-the-scenes roles have been impacted but are often forgotten.
Why Boohoo ‘Forced Labor’ Suspicions Beg Broader Questioning
       
We’ll expect greater engagement.”At the beginning of February, Jepson’s firm submitted two petitions to the CBP concerning forced labor in businesses in the U.K. apparel industry. In the past, the British Parliament has promised action on labor abuses, but only recently was major headway seen. But long before the initial London Sunday Times investigation called Boohoo into question for labor abuse problems this July, problems have persisted in the Leicester apparel industry — without true binding accountability. In a July letter addressed to the government seeking pay justice for garment workers, the British Retail Consortium estimated workers to have lost 27 million pounds in unpaid earnings since July. The company has for the past 12 months been on a buying kick, adding three former Arcadia brands — Dorothy Perkins, Wallis and Burton (25.2 million pounds); department store chain Debenhams (55 million pounds), and Oasis and Warehouse (5.25 million pounds in cash from Hilco Capital Ltd.).
‘The Real World’ Co-Creator Jonathan Murray on the New York ‘Homecoming’
       
Seven years ago, Rolling Stone interviewed Real World co-creator Jonathan Murray about the newest season of the groundbreaking MTV reality show. With The Real World coming up on that 30-year milestone, the network became an obvious home for The Real World Homecoming: New York, which premieres with the launch of Paramount+ on March 4th. Watch The Real World: Homecoming with free trial to Paramount+ hereWe caught up with Murray again to talk about the birth of The Real World back in 1992, how it laid the template for all reality TV that followed, what fans can expect from this new season, and the possibility of other classic Real World seasons getting the same Homecoming treatment in the future. That’s pretty young for The Real World, but I had an older sister and she controlled the remote. This kind of programming, particularly those early seasons of The Real World, we would jump in and out of scenes.
See Michael B. Jordan as Tom Clancy Hero John Clark in ‘Without Remorse’ Trailer
       
Michael B. Jordan stars as the Tom Clancy hero John Clark in the new trailer for Without Remorse, Amazon Prime Video’s adaptation of Clancy’s 1993 novel. In addition to Jordan, the film also stars Jamie Bell, Guy Pearce, Lauren London, and Jodie Turner-Smith. Sicario: Day of the Soldado and ZeroZeroZero director Stefano Sollima helms the blockbuster, with Taylor Sheridan (Sicario, Wind River, Yellowstone) and Will Staples co-writing the screenplay. After its theatrical release was canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Without Remorse premieres April 30th on the streaming service. Like Clancy’s Jack Ryan — portrayed on the big and small screen by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck, and now John Krasinski — the John Clark character has previously been played by Willem Dafoe (Clear and Present Danger) and Liev Schreiber (The Sum of All Fears).
Covid Relief Package to Include Billions for Black Farmers
       
The Covid relief package is providing a platform for a historic Senate newcomer to deliver for a long-struggling constituency: black farmers. On a call with reporters Wednesday, Warnock celebrated the inclusion of the Emergency Relief for Farmers of Color Act in the $1.9 trillion Covid package. (The class-action Pigford settlements between the USDA and black farmers covered pervasive Civil Rights violations from 1983 to 2010.) Stabenow insisted this was just one piece of Democratic efforts to address “longstanding areas of discrimination and racial disparity on land ownership and farmers, particularly in the South.”In recent days, the massive Covid relief package experienced a significant setback, with the $15 minimum wage being struck from the bill by the Senate parliamentarian. Seeking to rally crestfallen liberals, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer pointed to provisions like debt relief for black farmers to insist that the Covid relief package will be “the most progressive thing we have had in decades.”
Democrats Are Pathologically Short-Changing America
       
Then, the number shrunk: $2,000 was actually $1,400, because Trump had already given us $600. On Wednesday, Biden agreed to further narrow the eligibility for stimulus payments under the coronavirus relief bill that has been bouncing around the House and Senate bureaucracies since before he took office. The new change is relatively simple: Biden wants to lower the income threshold that triggers diminishing returns on the stimulus payments. But people who make upwards of $100,000 a year, however, would only get partial payments on a sliding scale. Who actually wants this?
Bob Weir and Wolf Bros Plot St. Patrick’s Day Livestream Show
       
Bob Weir and Wolf Bros will perform a special livestream show for St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. The show will broadcast live from Weir’s TRI Studio in the Bay Area via the livestream platform Fans. Three different merch bundles are also available, one with a T-shirt and commemorative ticket, another with a poster and commemorative ticket, and a third with the T-shirt, poster, and commemorative ticket. Weir formed Wolf Bros in 2018, linking up with bassist and Rolling Stones producer Don Was and RatDog drummer Jay Lane. Weir and Wolf Bros were supposed to spend 2020 touring, but of course were forced to cancel their plans because of Covid-19.
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!
We Don’t Need Andrew Cuomo
       
No amount of smoothing or spin can overshadow the indelible photograph published in the New York Times on Monday night: Governor Andrew Cuomo, red-faced and leering, clutching the face of a woman half his age at a wedding while she recoils in disgust. What should come next for Andrew Cuomo is a swift resignation, followed by a statewide investigation. In Cuomo tradition, the governor denied these aspirations; his father Mario also declined to seek the nomination in 1992. The truth, of course, was that Cuomo’s leadership, respectability, and strength was a veneer. Unlike the servers and bartenders he briefly barred from vaccination eligibility, Andrew Cuomo is not an essential worker.
Curtis Flowers, wrongfully incarcerated for 23 years, will get maximum compensation, judge says
       
– Curtis Flowers, who was wrongfully incarcerated for 23 years, will receive the state's maximum compensation of $500,000, Mississippi 5th Circuit Judge George Mitchell judge ruled Tuesday. Some experts indicated there was evidence of more than one person involved in the crime, yet Flowers was the only person ever charged. Flowers' first three trials ended in convictions, which were overturned by the state Supreme Court for prosecutorial misconduct. In 2020, Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch said the state would not try the case a seventh time, leaving Flowers a free man. Flowers' legal team, which includes civil rights attorney Rob McDuff, will also receive $50,000 for helping Flowers receive the compensation.
Many Companies Will Continue to Require Masks in Texas: Live Updates
       
ET Many Companies Will Continue to Require Masks in Texas: Live Updates RIGHT NOW S&P 500 falls for second day after surge. S&P 500 - % Dow - % Nasdaq - %Companies say they will keep requiring masks in Texas stores, but compliance may get harder. The supermarket chain H-E-B was among the companies that said they would still require customers to wear masks in their Texas stores. Target and Macy’s said they would continue to require customers and employees to wear masks in their Texas outlets. He was among a group of central bank officials who initiated the Fed’s Racism and the Economy conference series.
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.
Plan to Ditch the Mask After Vaccination? Not So Fast.
       
With 50 million Americans immunized against the coronavirus, and millions more joining the ranks every day, the urgent question on many minds is: When can I throw away my mask? On Tuesday, Texas lifted its mask mandate, along with all restrictions on businesses, and Mississippi quickly followed suit. Governors in both states cited declining infection rates and rising numbers of citizens getting vaccinated. It seems clear that small groups of vaccinated people can get together without much worry about infecting one another. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected shortly to issue new guidelines that will touch on small gatherings of vaccinated Americans.
Republicans refocus on state ‘bailouts’ in Biden stimulus bill after ‘Pelosi subway’ cut
       
John Raoux/APThe less-flashy state and local aid is equally unnecessary, Republican senators said, arguing that the funds would bail out Democratic local governments or allow them to increase spending. APSen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) said that for Democratic state governments, “it is like manna from Heaven for them. They have state governments that have not been well managed. On Wednesday, Biden signed off on lowering the income cap for people getting stimulus checks from $100,000 to $80,000. The bill includes $1,400 stimulus checks for adults earning up to $75,000 per year, with smaller checks for people up to $80,000.
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.
Immanuel Quickley misses out on NBA Rising Stars nod
       
Immanuel Quickley’s breakout rookie season with the Knicks wasn’t enough to land him on the roster for the NBA’s Rising Stars Challenge. The league has eliminated the annual game on All-Star weekend this year involving the top rookies and sophomores in the game due to COVID-19 restrictions. The United States and World rosters still were named Wednesday to honor those players selected. Quickley, the 25th overall pick in the 2020 draft out of Kentucky, is averaging 12.6 points and 2.4 assists in 32 appearances for the Knicks this season. Knicks rookie Immanuel Quickley did not get named to the NBA Rising Stars U.S. roster.
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.
See Elon Musk’s $100M portfolio he sold in efforts to ‘own no house’
       
Egret-topped house with industrial compoundSold: $29.7 millionThe 1.57-acre property appears to have an industrial building near the traditional house (not pictured). The colonial-style house was built in 1964, and it has two fireplaces and a pool, according to the listing. Realtor.comThe house, purchased by Musk in 2017, was built in the 1960s and appears to have not been updated since. Musk sold $36 million in mid-2020Musk also sold two more properties on Chalon Road earlier in 2020. Realtor.comThe house has a cook’s kitchen with Caesarstone counters and a living room with a fireplace.
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.
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.
LIVE UPDATES: Cuomo apologizes at press conference but says he won't resign
       
Andrew Cuomo apologized on Wednesday following allegations of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior by three women, but he fell short of resigning. After her bombshell essay on Medium, another former aide, Charlotte Bennett, also came forward with sexual harassment allegations, claiming she was 25 years old at the time. CUOMO HIRES CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER AFTER SEXUAL HARASSMENT ALLEGATIONS, NURSING HOME SCANDALCuomo said in a statement issued Sunday that some of the things he's said in the past "have been misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation." Lawmakers have called for independent investigations and the resignation of Cuomo, 63, including several members of the Democratic party. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPFollow below for more updates on the reaction to Cuomo's most recent public comments.
Accuser Lindsey Boylan slams NY Gov. Cuomo's response to sexual misconduct allegations
       
"I now understand that I acted in a way that made people feel uncomfortable," he said. CUOMO'S CREEPY COVID TEST COMMENTS RESURFACEDebra Katz, an attorney for Bennett, called Cuomo’s public appearance "full of falsehoods and inaccurate information." During his Wednesday appearance, Cuomo refused demands from dozens of state lawmakers that he resign. "I never knew at the time that I was making anyone feel uncomfortable. And if I ever did make people feel uncomfortable, which I now understand that I have, I apologize for it."
6 revealing quotes from Cuomo's news conference on sex harassment claims
       
Andrew Cuomo apologized for his "unintentional" past behavior following allegations of sexual misconduct, adding that he is "embarrassed" by his actions. Here are six revealing quotes from a sullen, somber and at times near-tears Cuomo in Wednesday’s press conference:"I now understand that I acted in a way that made people feel uncomfortable. Cuomo has been accused by three women of either sexual harassment or sexual misconduct. Charlotte Bennett, 25-year-old former Cuomo staffer, claimed Cuomo talked about his willingness to have relationships with women in their 20s. CUOMO APOLOGIZES AFTER MISCONDUCT ALLEGATIONSKissing "is my usual, customary way of greeting""You can find hundreds of pictures of me kissing people men, women.
Biden says Texas and Mississippi over lifting COVID restrictions, guilty of ‘Neanderthal thinking’
       
President 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. Greg Abbott pointed to lower case counts and the increase in vaccine accessibility as justification to revoke all state imposed coronavirus regulations starting March 10. We know that COVID spread isn’t neatly contained by state borders, and explosions in COVID cases can increase the likelihood of new COVID variants to develop or spread to new places. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP"Getting a shot in someone's arm and getting the second shot…[is] going to take time. And it's critical, critical, critical, critical that they follow the science," Biden told reporters from the White House.
Trading Nation: The Nasdaq slides — Here are the tech names to watch
       
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Casino stocks rally as Macau lifts testing restrictions — Here's what's next
       
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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.
Damian Lillard on Fan Criticism: People Don't Consider That We Have Lives Too
       
Sue Ogrocki/Associated PressPortland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard lamented the inability of some fans to consider the concerns that might be weighing on an athlete outside of their given sport. The six-time All-Star added, "I think there's a lot of people who don't take into consideration that we have lives, too." Even though Portland is sixth in the Western Conference (19-14), the 30-year-old guard is inserting himself into the MVP conversation. In 2020, he was the first to discover the dead body of his cousin and personal chef. One was a cousin close enough to Lillard to be at his family’s Thanksgiving dinner in Portland in November.
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."
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.
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.
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.
Cuomo apologizes but will not resign in wake of sexual harassment allegations
       
Cuomo said his behavior toward the women who have accused him of misconduct was unintentional and maintained that he never touched anyone inappropriately. Three women, including two former aides, have come forward recently to say that Cuomo had sexually harassed them or made inappropriate remarks. Lindsey Boylan, who first came forward in December, said the unwanted advances included an unsolicited kiss on the lips in Cuomo’s New York City office, which Cuomo denied. The complaints about sexual misconduct emerged after questions mounted over Cuomo’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic last year as it torn through nursing homes. New York state politicians, many of them fellow Democrats, have said that Cuomo tried to silence his critics and routinely governed through intimidation.
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.
Mea Cuomo
       
Mea Cuomo Presented by New Yorkers for Responsible GamingHe’s back. Asked specifically who he was apologizing to, Cuomo referred to former aide Charlotte Bennett, though not by name. Learn moreCovid-19 UpdateNew mass vaccination sites, operated by New York State in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, opened in Albany, Buffalo, Rochester and Yonkers today. Cuomo detailed the state’s plans to immediately deploy the first tranche of the new Johnson & Johnson vaccine in New York. Cuomo to resign because this is about an abuse of power,” Wiley saidShaun Donovan has released his racial equity plan.
'Embarrassed' Cuomo Apologizes But Won't Resign Over Sexual Harassment Allegations
       
'Embarrassed' Cuomo Apologizes But Won't Resign Over Sexual Harassment AllegationsEnlarge this image toggle caption Office of the NY Governor via AP Office of the NY Governor via APIn his first press briefing since three women came forward with claims of sexual harassment, New York Gov. New York's attorney general is conducting an investigation into the sexual harassment allegations, which were raised in the past week by two former aides and a woman who met Cuomo at a wedding. "I fully support a woman's right to come forward and I think it should be encouraged in every way," Cuomo said. Lindsey Boylan, a former economic adviser in his administration, described a nonconsensual kiss and touching from the governor amid a culture that "not only condoned but expected" sexual harassment and bullying. Asked later by a reporter whether he had personally taken the sexual harassment training New York requires employers to give to their employees, Cuomo replied, "The short answer is yes."
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.
West Virginia lowers general age limit for virus vaccine
       
FILE - West Virginia Gov. (AP Photo/Chris Jackson, file)FILE - West Virginia Gov. (AP Photo/Chris Jackson, file)CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. West Virginia expects to receive a surge in coronavirus vaccine doses this week after a one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine gained emergency use authorization. ADVERTISEMENT“Remember, the last thing we want in West Virginia is to have a bunch of vaccines just sitting on the shelf,” Justice said.
Mansion Global Daily: U.K. Price Growth Picks Up the Pace, Vancouver Real Estate Notches Strong February, and More
       
England, Northern Ireland to Extend Stamp Duty Holiday Through JuneA tapering of the tax break will follow the three-month extension. Read MoreDESIGNER'S CORNERIlluminating Art: Choosing the Right LightingHow to use projectors, lamps and LEDs to bring an art collection to life. CityAMVancouver Real Estate Market Notched Strong FebruaryThe Greater Vancouver real estate market appears to be pandemic proof—and a seller's paradise. While sales surged over the 10-year average for February, homes listed were down 21% over the same time period. But condos weren't the only triple-digit winner among Magic City luxury properties—sales for single-family Miami luxury ($1 million and up) homes jumped 114.1% year-over-year in January.
‘Go out and buy yourself some gold’ if Warren’s wealth tax passes, says billionaire Leon Cooperman
       
“ ‘If the wealth tax passes, go out and buy yourself some gold because people are going to rush to find ways of hiding their wealth.’ ”They’re at it again. Net worth exceeding $1 billion would see a 3% tax on every dollar above that level. Warren has argued that such a wealth tax, which has proven popular in public opinion polls, would help fund efforts to pay for plans to help the economy recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The billionaire founder of Cooperman in November 2019 gave a sometimes-tearful interview to CNBC, defending a letter he had sent to Warren criticizing her economic policy proposals. It was later reported that a mug for “Billionaire Tears” had become one of the hottest-selling items on Warren’s presidential campaign website.
Resurgence in Treasury yields hammers tech stocks, drives Nasdaq below 13,000 to mark worst 2-day skid in 6 months
       
A report from the Federal Reserve's Beige Book, a survey of business conditions in the central bank's 12 regional districts, also showed only a modest uptick in economic activity to start the year, despite headway on COVID the vaccination front. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.39% finished down by about 0.4% at 31,270, while the S&P 500 index SPX, -1.31% closed off 1.3% at 3,820. The tech-laden Nasdaq Composite Index, took the brunt of the selling, off 2.7%, at 12,997 to mark the index's worst two-day skid since September, according to Dow Jones Market Data. Meanwhile, the initial public offering of health-care data company Oscar Health Inc. OSCR, -10.77% , finished down nearly 11% in its public debut. And the 10-year Treasury note TMUBMUSD10Y, 1.473% was around 1.47%.
Here’s who would get another stimulus check as Biden agrees to new income limits
       
There have been negotiations over who will get stimulus checks in the next big COVID-19 aid package, with President Joe Biden agreeing to new income limits after moderate Democratic senators voiced concerns about money going to people who aren’t in dire need. So who looks set to receive the upcoming direct payments of $1,400?
Opinion: Democrats’ relief plan could cut child poverty by 4 million
       
One of the most significant of these is the expanded child tax credit (CTC). Expanded child tax creditEven without the minimum wage hike, the COVID-19 relief package could make a huge difference for these children. The proposed child tax credit expansion it includes could help cut child poverty by 45%. It would help lift an estimated 4.1 million children above the poverty line, including many children of color left behind by past child tax credit policies. But meanwhile, the child tax credit and these other provisions could lift nearly half of all U.S. children out of poverty.
Damian Lillard emotionally drained after 18 months of family tragedies: 'People have no idea'
       
Damian Lillard is emotionally drained after 18 months of loss his family has endured, including the shooting deaths of two people in his inner circle last week. The Portland Trial Blazers point guard opened up to The Athletic's Jason Quick about the impact of multiple family tragedies over the past 18 months and how he plays through it. “It’s been a hard year and a half for my family, man,” Lillard said, via The Athletic. “People have no idea.”Damian Lillard experiences 18 months of lossDamian Lillard said it's been difficult to get in the right mindset for games. It does a lot of things for people in my family,” Lillard said.
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.
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.
Dow Jones Turns Red As Stock Market Sells Off; Nio Dives On Earnings
       
The Disney Analyst: Jessica Reif Ehrlich maintains a Buy rating on Disney's stock with a $223 price target. Most notably, the vaccine distribution across the U.S. is accelerating while total COVID-19 cases continue to decline. As such, Reif Ehrlich said there is a clear path ahead for Disney to open all of its theme parks and at increased capacity. Meanwhile, Disney is "close to the goal line" in closing a deal to retain Monday Night Football for $2 billion a year. "We reaffirm our view that Disney (DIS) is well-positioned for a reopening in the economy and the company's comments give us increased confidence in our bullish thesis," Reif Ehrlich wrote.
QAnon and conspiracy theories are taking hold in churches. Pastors are fighting back
       
Signers of letter, called "Say No To Christian Nationalism," included Jerushah Duford, the granddaughter of the late Rev. "We've seen that those who embrace Christian nationalism are also more likely to believe in conspiracies." For some pastors, church climates in the last year have become too much to bear. Swieringa recently got a new part-time job pastoring at Kibbie Christian Reformed Church in South Haven, Mich., where masks are mandatory. But he noticed that the concerns about sex trafficking were more specific to a QAnon belief in "Democrat pedophilia."
'We can't expect the Fed to save the entire planet': Walser Wealth Management President on U.S. economic recovery
       
Crude stockpiles swelled with refineries still shut.See also: Record U.S. That strength though has paved the way for the alliance to unleash more barrels, with OPEC Secretary-General Mohammad Barkindo saying Tuesday that both the wider economic outlook and oil-market fundamentals continue to improve. The group could return the bulk of the 1.5 million-barrel-a-day hike that’s up for debate.There are two parts to the potential production ramp-up that OPEC+ will discuss. The first is whether the cartel will proceed with a 500,000-barrel-a-day collective increase in April. Crude supplies grew by a record 21.56 million barrels, signaling weak demand from refiners at the time.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.
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.
Assemblywoman Sydney Kamlager declares victory in state Senate seat race
       
Assemblywoman Sydney Kamlager declared victory Wednesday in the race for the 30th Senate District seat, which stretches from Century City to South L.A., after amassing a large early lead in the vote count against six other candidates. “Woke up this morning to the next chapter ... and I’m ready,” Kamlager said in a Facebook post on her personal page. Before assuming office in the Assembly in 2018, Kamlager was an elected member of the L.A. Community College District Board of Trustees. Kamlager will be the only Black woman in the state Senate. Having a Black woman — a working mother — in the state Senate is critically important for perspective in the fight for recovery, justice and equity.”Times staff writer Melanie Mason and City News Service contributed to this report.
More than 200,000 sign up for ACA health plan during extended period
       
AdvertisementOrdinarily, the ACA insurance marketplace is open mainly during an annual enrollment season — a six-week period near the end of the year during the Trump administration. Days after he was sworn into office in January, Biden directed health officials to reopen the federal online insurance marketplace until mid-May. Among other things, the package would increase subsidies — received by nearly 9 in 10 people who have ACA health plans — to help pay monthly insurance premiums. The insurance sold through federal and state ACA marketplaces is intended for Americans who cannot get affordable health benefits through a job. This week, health officials announced they were giving the navigators a relatively small extra amount, $2.3 million, for the rest of the extended sign-up time.
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.
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.
States rapidly expand access as vaccine supplies rise
       
Pennsylvania and Wisconsin are reserving the first doses of the new one-shot vaccine from Johnson & Johnson for teachers. Giving the vaccine to teachers and other school staff “will help protect our communities,” Pennsylvania Gov. In Wisconsin, teachers will get priority when the state receives its first shipment of about 48,000 doses of the J&J vaccine, health authorities said. Pennsylvania teachers will likewise be first in line when an expected 94,000 doses of the J&J formula arrive this week. CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky encouraged Americans to “do the right thing” even if states lift their restrictions.
Sharks’ Bob Boughner gives update on Tomas Hertl after positive COVID test
       
San Jose Sharks coach Bob Boughner said Tomas Hertl has experienced symptoms since he tested positive for the coronavirus but is hopeful that he can return to the team sometime next week. Boughner said last week after Hertl tested positive that the Sharks were not counting on him being back for at least 14 days. Also, per NHL protocols, Hertl must refrain from exercise for a total of 14 days from the time of the first positive test, so he will miss at least four more games. If all goes well, Hertl could return for the Sharks’ series with the Anaheim Ducks on March 12 and 13. “But I don’t think it’ll be long after 14 days.
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.
Stars forward Alexander Radulov is getting closer, but return from injury is ‘hard to pinpoint’
       
Stars forward Alexander Radulov is getting closer to game action, but is not quite there yet, according to coach Rick Bowness. Radulov has three goals and eight assists this season, and the Dallas power play is 3 for 29 without Radulov in the lineup. Sekera coming around: Defenseman Andrej Sekera missed Tuesday’s game against Tampa Bay due to an illness that was not COVID-19 related. Joel Hanley filled in for Sekera on the bottom pair, and Bowness was very complimentary of Hanley’s game Tuesday against the Lightning. He was calm with the puck on the breakouts.”+++Find more Stars coverage from The Dallas Morning News here.
Allen restaurants, bars had over $1.2M in alcohol sales in January. Here’s where people spent the most
       
Allen restaurants and bars reported more than $1.2 million in alcohol sales in January, despite COVID-19 safety restrictions in place that month, lowering restaurant capacity to 50% and closing all bars through late February. Those restrictions have since been eased after COVID-19 hospitalizations in the 19-county region, including Allen and Collin County, dropped below 15% of the region’s total hospital bed capacity — a threshold set by Gov. Greg Abbott — on Feb. 16, allowing bars to reopen and restaurants to serve at 75% capacity. Abbott announced Tuesday that all businesses across the state can resume operations at 100% occupancy on March 10. Here are the restaurants and bars where Allen diners spent the most on alcohol in January.
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.
Student-athletes in the NHL? Believe it or not, the Dallas Stars have a few
       
That includes Pysyk, and the player who sits next to him on the team plane: Jamie Oleksiak. When teams are on the road, players are essentially limited to their hotel room, save for walks outside in the neighboring areas. Oleksiak started taking classes in the Edmonton bubble last year, and has knocked out a personal finance course along with psychology. In the OHL, players go to school for the first two years of playing until they graduate high school. “It’s a unique experience, that’s for sure, but it’s definitely beneficial.”+++Find more Stars coverage from The Dallas Morning News here.
Last call at midnight, more diners now allowed inside Denver restaurants with 5-Star certification
       
Starting Wednesday, Denver restaurants that have completed a certification process will be able to serve liquor until midnight and host as many as 175 people indoors. Denver city officials announced Wednesday that they planned to allow certified 5-Star businesses to move into Level Blue. At Level Blue, most businesses remain limited to 50% of capacity, but with a higher customer cap than under Level Yellow. For example, under Level Yellow, a gym with a normal capacity of 200 was limited to 50 people at a time, because of the cap. Businesses that haven’t completed the 5-Star certification process will continue to operate under the stricter Level Yellow caps.
Why we publish editorials: An independent voice for Wisconsin helps hold the powerful to account
       
RELATED:Meet the Editorial Board of the USA TODAY NETWORK-WisconsinIn each case, we published editorials to promote discussion, encourage sound public policies and hold powerful politicians to account. We have no set schedule but write editorials as issues arise. The Ideas Lab is where we showcase our editorials, solutions-focused stories, and expert commentary and analysis on public policy. The Ideas Lab also publishes stories that offer additional context and insight to the news of the day. As always, if you have any questions about our editorials, the Ideas Lab — or anything else — please get in touch.
Afternoon Edition: March 3, 2021
       
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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.
How neighborhood groups are trying to provide a pandemic safety net
       
The emergency federal aid was not available to immigrants in the country illegally, and the grinding nature of financial challenges has stretched the limits of how far official assistance can go. It is not clear if help for those immigrants will be part of the coronavirus aid package that is now winding its way through the Senate.
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.
Michigan House OKs $4.2B in COVID spending, ties $1.2B to power checks on Whitmer
       
The Michigan House on Wednesday gave final legislative approvals to a $4.2 billion supplemental spending plan that ties nearly $1.2 billion in federal funding to measures that would limit the pandemic powers of Gov. The legislation includes $1.9 billion in education funding and $2.3 billion for unemployment, property tax relief and the state health department's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. About $3.4 billion of the funding is in the form of federal relief funds approved by Congress in December. About $136 million in state funding would be awarded to some districts if they offer at least 20 hours per week of in-person instruction by March 22. Another $160 million in federal funds would go toward K-8 summer programs, credit recovery programs and before and after school programs.
Michigan Senate gives subpoena power to education committee
       
The GOP-controlled Senate has the ability to give any of its committees subpoena power through an adopted resolution. However, the capability is usually reserved for the Oversight Committee, which was also granted subpoena power through the new resolution. In an interview, Senate Education Chairwoman Lana Theis, R-Brighton, said she has no plans for future subpoenas. However, according to the resolution, the new subpoena power appears to focus on "state records and files." The Senate resolution also gave subpoena power to the Senate Oversight Committee.
Ohio University will now allow students, two guests to spring graduation in-person
       
Ohio University has changed course and will now allow students and up to two guests each to attend spring graduation ceremonies in-person, with masks and social distancing. The university plans to host multiple in-person spring commencement ceremonies at Peden Stadium over the course of five days between April 29 and May 3, according to a news release Wednesday afternoon. “We are so pleased to have the opportunity to celebrate our graduating students’ incredible accomplishments with in-person commencement ceremonies this spring,” OU president M. Duane Nellis said in the release. The number of students who plan to participate in-person will determine the number and size of events. The decision comes on the heels of OU announcing Monday that it would welcome students back to campus for increased in-person activities this summer and fall.
Word Balloons: Comic retailer conference moves virtual
       
Hundreds of retailers gathered virtually for the 2021 ComicsPRO annual retailer conference. Representatives from the industry’s largest publishers: Marvel, DC, Image, Dark Horse, Scholastic, Boom! Studios and IDW Publishing, were on hand, as was Viz, the largest publisher in the U.S. manga market, translating comics created primarily in Japan. The event, held online Feb. 18-20, is generally the largest gathering of comic shop owners, managers and employees each year. While the physical gathering was suspended due to COVID-19, the virtual event actually drew more attendees than a typical year, ComicsPRO Executive Director Marco Davanzo said.
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.
Dems tighten relief benefits, firm up support for virus bill
       
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and Democrats agreed to tighten eligibility limits for stimulus checks Wednesday, bowing to party moderates as leaders prepared to move their $1.9 trillion COVID-relief bill through the Senate. At the same time, the White House and top Democrats stood by progressives and agreed that the Senate package would retain the $400 weekly emergency unemployment benefits included in the House-passed pandemic legislation. The deal-making underscored the balancing act Democrats face as they try squeezing the massive relief measure through the evenly divided, 50-50 Senate. The relief bill’s journey through Congress has been a test of Democrats’ deal-making skills, thanks to their mere 10-vote House margin and a Senate they control only with Vice President Kamala Harris’ tie-breaking vote. The party’s moderate and progressive factions are trying to use their leverage without going so far as to scuttle an effort they all support.
Projects GOP tied to Pelosi, Schumer dropped from virus bill
       
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans opposing a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package that passed the House have pointed to two transportation projects as examples of pork that would politically benefit Democrats leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi. Now those projects are out of the bill. Drew Hammill, a spokesperson for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, said the Senate Parliamentarian has ruled that a subway extension through downtown San Jose did not meet requirements for inclusion in the bill because it is part of a pilot project. The project was set to receive about $141 million under the bill that passed in the House. Also, the $1.5 million in funding to maintain and operate a bridge connecting Canada and the United States in upstate New York, Schumer's home state, has been removed by Senate drafters of the bill.
OKC Philharmonic plays on despite COVID-19, weather delays
       
The Oklahoma City Philharmonic is promising to bring “Burst of Energy” with its Saturday Classics concert, featuring selections by Shostakovich, Ravel and Prokofiev. But the orchestra also will receive the energy of performing for a live audience for the first time since November with its second concert of its Classics series. ... It’s like a food; it’s like nurturing. I guess with this pandemic, I finally just realized, ‘Oh my God, it’s just much more than just a job.’ The energy and sounds are literally like a nurturing energy,” said OKC Philharmonic Music Director Alexander Mickelthwate. Between the COVID-19 pandemic and the wintry weather, the OKC Philharmonic has continually rearranged its 2020-21 season slate, including postponing this weekend’s planned Pops programs, shifting several other dates to later this year and offering its annual Christmas show as a virtual-only show with no in-person audience.
New York will loosen some virus restrictions on gatherings
       
NEW YORK (AP) — New York will loosen restrictions on gatherings, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday at his first news conference since an investigation was announced into sexual harassment allegations against him by three women. The Democratic governor said that that limit for outdoor private gatherings will rise from 10 to 25 starting March 22. The limit for indoor gatherings in public spaces will go from 50 to 100 and the limit for outdoor public events will go from 50 to 200 on the same date, he said. In addition to the phased reopening, Cuomo said New York state is receiving an initial shipment of 164,000 doses of the newly approved Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.
The Latest: Big East teams to get tickets for men's hoops
       
The Latest: Big East teams to get tickets for men's hoopsThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Big East Conference is going to provide a limited number of tickets to each of the participating teams in the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden next week. The league said Wednesday it would follow New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s recent announcement allowing partial spectator capacity at sporting events in the state.
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.
She Bought A Wedding Ring For Her Husband In November; The Post Office Still Hasn’t Delivered It
       
Postal Service are now hitting a suburban couple where it hurts: on the ring finger. They’re stars of a love story four years in the making, but you wouldn’t know it by Marc’s bare ring finger. Abby bought a special wedding band for Marc, inscribed with the GPS coordinates of where they met at Soldier Field. Asked if he thinks he’ll ever get the ring, Marc laughed. “It was perfect for us, and the only thing that was missing was the ring,” Abby said.
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Andrew Cuomo says he will not quit over sexual harassment allegations
       
Andrew Cuomo said on Wednesday he would not resign as New York governor following the emergence of sexual harassment allegations. “It was unintentional and I truly and deeply apologize for it.”Cuomo said he would “fully cooperate” with an inquiry into the accusations, which is being overseen by the state attorney general, Letitia James. When the third-term governor was asked about calls for his resignation, Cuomo said: “I wasn’t elected by politicians. Bennett has alleged Cuomo asked her about her sex life and whether she would consider a relationship with an older man. Debra Katz, the attorney who represents Bennett, said Cuomo’s press conference was “full of falsehoods and inaccurate information”.
Treasury to pay £1.5 billion less in state pensions after rise in excess deaths from coronavirus
       
A rise in excess pensioner deaths from coronavirus has seen the Treasury pay £1.5 billion less in state pensions. According to the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) of the more than 144,000 deaths related to Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic, most have been in people aged over 65, many of whom will have been receiving the state pension. The OBR estimated that will partly cause the Government's pensioner spending to fall by £600 million in 2020/21 and £900 million in 2021/22, relative to its March 2020 forecast. In its Economic and Fiscal Outlook report published alongside the 2021 Budget, it said: "Excess deaths due to the pandemic have also reduced the number of people receiving pensions relative to the assumptions underpinning our March 2020 forecast. “Indeed, with virus-related deaths rising sharply again in recent months, we have revised up the number of excess pensioner-age deaths in 2020-21 from 90,000 in our November forecast to around 100,000 in this one.”
New on Netflix, Hulu, HBO, and Prime in March 2021: Every movie and TV show coming this month
       
From Netflix to Hulu and HBO, there are a lot of reasons to stay indoors and planted on the couch this March. As always, it’s a busy month for streaming services thanks to the arrival of new original titles, documentaries, and the ever-expanding crop of licensed content. Meanwhile, Amazon Prime has the long-awaited Coming 2 America sequel once again starring Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall. Find the full list of every movie and TV show coming to US streaming services in March below. Read our privacy notice Independent Culture Newsletter The best in film, music TV & radio straight to your inbox every week Thanks for signing up to the Independent Culture newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent.
Justin and Hailey Bieber cosy up while wearing face masks as they arrive at Paris airport
       
And on Wednesday, Justin and Hailey Bieber, 24, were the picture of marital bliss in the Covid-19 era as they cosied up while wearing face masks upon arrival at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris. Cute: On Wednesday, Justin, 27, and Hailey Bieber, 24, cosied up while wearing face masks upon arrival at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, FranceJustin ensured he was noticed as he stepped out in a purposely-distressed turquoise Balenciaga hoodie. The Baby crooner wore a grey beanie and covered his face with a lilac sunglasses and a surgical face mask. The Baby crooner wore a grey beanie and covered his face with a lilac sunglasses and a surgical face maskQuirky! Coordinating with her husband, Hailey wore a beanie atop her head and shielded her face with classic black shades and a red face mask.
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.'
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.'
Covid US: 108 migrants tested positive before being released into Texas
       
At least 108 migrants from Mexico tested positive for coronavirus before they were released into Texas by the US Border Patrol over the past five weeks, a new report claims. The spokesman, Felipe Romero, said the 108 individuals who tested positive account for 6.3 percent of the more than 1,700 migrants who have received rapid tests at a Brownsville bus station before being released into the state since January 25. At least 108 migrants from Mexico tested positive for coronavirus before they were released into Texas by the US Border Patrol over the past five weeks, a new report claims. They said those who tested positive were merely separated from negative individuals while they waited to be released. 'The migrants who test positive at the B-Metro facility are advised of quarantine procedures and are asked to socially distance.'
England's Hatton defends at Bay Hill after whirlwind year
       
England's Tyrrell Hatton defends his title at this week's US PGA Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill in Orlando, FloridaAdvertising Read moreMiami (AFP)England's Tyrrell Hatton defends his title this week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, where victory launched a roller-coaster year that included two wins in the past five months. Sixth-ranked Hatton tees off Thursday at Bay Hill in Orlando, where he captured the final trophy before the Covid-19 pandemic shut down the season for three months. "It was very special to defend the Dunhill and I'll be trying my best to do that this week here at Bay Hill," Hatton said. Hatton, 29, hopes to build momentum for next month's Masters, the only major tournament where he hasn't managed a top-10 finish. Up to 5,000 spectators a day will be allowed at Bay Hill, giving Hatton some perspective on going from no golf to no fans to a limited few.
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.
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.
[Lee Kyong-hee] Patriot returns home in a special memorial
       
The venue was the Lee Seok-young New Media Library. The Lee family, as is well known, left a peerless legacy in the Korean independence movement. Most of the money was raised by Lee Seok-young, the second brother. Thus, on Dec. 30, 1910, the six Lee brothers and their families secretly departed from Seoul one by one to start an arduous journey. Naturally, Lee Hoe-young and Lee Si-young took the most limelight as heroes of independence movement.
[Nicholas Goldberg] World of vaccination haves and have-nots
       
But even my 89-year-old father, who is due for his first vaccine shot in a few days, was pretty clear that he saw it as the ultimate game changer. Experts have expressed concern about “vaccine nationalism,” a scenario in which the wealthy countries of the world hoard the vaccine. “There is only one victor in a world of vaccine haves and vaccine have-nots: The virus itself,” said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres last month. Of course I’m glad my wife is protected. Nicholas GoldbergNicholas Goldberg is an associate editor and op-ed columnist for the Los Angeles Times.
Rex Murphy: Trudeau's all about 'jobs, jobs, jobs.' But only in Quebec
       
Share this Story: Rex Murphy: Trudeau's all about 'jobs, jobs, jobs.' Try refreshing your browser, or Rex Murphy: Trudeau's all about 'jobs, jobs, jobs.' It’s all about “jobs, jobs, jobs,” remember? When it’s fighting for jobs, jobs, jobs, this government finds no barrier too challenging. Jobs, jobs, jobs.
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.
Facebook Derails Russian Effort to Mislead Pro-Navalny Protesters
       
Facebook on Wednesday said it derailed a deceptive campaign to use hundreds of bogus Instagram accounts to mislead people in Russia protesting the arrest of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny. The network of Instagram accounts used hashtag and location "poisoning" typically associated with spam or financial scams to drown out posts by protesters, according to Facebook global threat disruption lead David Agranovich. Some of the location tags were places where protesters planned to gather in Moscow and Saint Petersburg, Facebook said. The U.S.-based social network said its automated systems detected and disabled 530 Instagram accounts being used in the campaign. Facebook reported that 55,000 people followed one or more of the Instagram accounts.
Joe Biden, Senate Dems Want To Reduce the Number of Six-Figure Households Getting $1,400 'Relief' Checks. Progressives Are Furious.
       
President Joe Biden and Senate Democratic leaders have agreed to a compromise version of their $1.9 trillion spending bill that modestly lowers the income ceiling for receiving a $1,400 relief check. The slightly more generous spending bill passed by the House earlier this week excludes single-filers earning $100,000 or more, and couples earning $200,000. The changes, reports the Washington Post's Jeff Stein, would reduce the sticker price of the "relief" bill by about $12 billion. The idea behind restricting the number of employed, six-figure earners getting government support is to shore up the support of Senate moderates. Fretting that families pulling down six-figure incomes will suffer if they don't receive an additional $1,400 has been a mainstay of Democratic messaging on their spending bill.
Banks Flagged OnlyFans Owner and His Businesses for Potential Money Laundering, Underage Activity
       
For years, Radvinsky has owned the company MFCXY Inc. which operates MyFreeCams, an adult webcam community that netted Radvinsky millions. Before learning that FinCEN had collected numerous Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) from multiple banks concerned with Radvinsky’s businesses, Forensic News detailed in 2020 testimonies from dozens of content creators for MFCXY and OnlyFans that mirrored some complaints noted by the banks. The review resulted in a SAR that found over $768,000,000 in suspicious transfers made by MFCXY and the 31 other subjects. Payoneer partners with a number of large companies, including Amazon and Airbnb, to facilitate money transfers all over the world. In essence, according to the bank, MFCXY was paying itself via a different bank account for no apparent legitimate business purpose.
Progressives grumble but won't sink relief bill over fewer stimulus checks
       
Liberal House Democrats are grumbling over the Senate's move to reduce eligibility for stimulus checks in a COVID-19 relief package, but say they won't block the legislation when it returns to the lower chamber for a vote. House Democrats last week passed a massive $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill that included a new round of stimulus checks, providing $1,400 for individuals earning up to $75,000 annually and couples earning up to $150,000. The cash stipend would phase out, under the House bill, at income levels of $100,000 for individuals and $200,000 for couples. Liberals are furious at the change, but said it's more important to pass the massive relief package quickly than to bog down the debate over a single provision. But she, too, suggested it was not a deal-breaker for House Democrats when the chamber votes on the measure again, likely next week.
Retailers fear a return of the mask wars
       
Retailers and grocery stores are fearing a resurgence of the mask wars from earlier in the pandemic as Texas and other states start scaling back coronavirus restrictions. ADVERTISEMENT“Relaxing common-sense, non-intrusive safety protocols like wearing masks is a mistake,” said Jason Brewer, executive vice president of communications and state affairs at the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA). For that reason, experts recommend wearing a mask after being vaccinated and continuing with other protocols like physical distancing and frequent hand washing. The move by Texas and Mississippi also comes on the heels of a renewed effort by the business community to promote mask wearing, along with other mitigation steps. Scaling back mask rules at the state level also run the risk of creating challenges for vaccine distribution, industry groups warn.
Cuomo addresses harassment claims, vows to stay in office
       
In this image taken from video from the Office of the NY Governor, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference, Wednesday, March 3, 2021, in Albany, N.Y. (Office of the NY Governor via AP)In this image taken from video from the Office of the NY Governor, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference, Wednesday, March 3, 2021, in Albany, N.Y. (Office of the NY Governor via AP)ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. “I now understand that I acted in a way that made people feel uncomfortable,” Cuomo said. The harassment allegations follow accusations that Cuomo covered up the true COVID-19 death toll on nursing home residents .
Democrats Have Decided to Send Checks to Fewer People for No Actual Good Reason
       
After being badgered to death by moderate Senate Democrats, the Biden administration has agreed to put stricter limits on who will be eligible for a relief check as part of its big COVID recovery bill. On Wednesday, Democrats said they would phase down the checks more quickly for higher earners than originally planned. Married couples who file jointly will still receive their entire check if they make up to $150,000. But payments will fall to zilch for those earning more than $160,000, down from the previous threshold of $200,000. Unsurprisingly, progressive Democrats are not pleased about this (just check any Hill reporter’s mentions right now).
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.
Facebook took down fake Iranian, Russian networks pushing political messages around the globe
       
WASHINGTON — Facebook announced Wednesday it recently took down separate networks of fake Iranian and Russian accounts attempting to promote pro-regime messages at home and stoke divisions inside targeted countries like Israel, underscoring the persistence of foreign influence campaigns on U.S.-based social media platforms. One of the Iranian networks used fake accounts to target audiences in Iraq, Afghanistan, Israel and the United Kingdom, posting memes, political cartoons and other content in Arabic, English, Pashto and Hebrew about news and domestic politics, Facebook said. FacebookFor profile pictures, Facebook said, the Russian accounts used celebrity or computer-generated photos, and the accounts appeared to have been created in bulk and purchased from a third-party broker. Facebook removed this post as part of a wider crackdown on fake Iranian and Russian accounts attempting to stoke political division. FacebookThe fake accounts were quickly detected by Facebook's automated systems and shut down, Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook's head of cybersecurity policy, told NBC News.
Biden: Ending mask mandates 'Neanderthal thinking'
       
Biden: Ending mask mandates 'Neanderthal thinking'President Joe Biden called the decisions by the governors of Texas and Mississippi to end mask mandates “a big mistake" and slammed what he said was “Neanderthal thinking” at a time he says the nation needs to remain vigilant against COVID-19.
Then and now: See how Nashville is recovering one year after deadly tornadoes ripped through
       
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — North Nashville is still recovering from the violent tornadoes that tore across Tennessee in March 2020. Homes in the historically Black neighborhood were among the thousands of buildings damaged or destroyed by the seven tornadoes that ripped apart communities ahead of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. Signs of the havoc caused by the tornadoes are still visible along neighborhood streets, like where Sam Brown is rebuilding his home. If the work stays on track, Brown and his wife hope to move back home in the next couple of months. Contributing: George Walker IV, Nashville TennesseanFollow reporter Holly Meyer on Twitter @HollyAMeyer.
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.
President Biden on states lifting mask mandates: 'The last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking'
       
WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden on Wednesday said it's a “big mistake” for states to lift pandemic restrictions, calling it a result of "Neanderthal thinking." "The last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking that, `In the meantime, everyone's fine, take off your mask,'" he said. It still matters"His comments came the day after the GOP governors of Texas and Mississippi said they're lifting COVID-19 restrictions, including mask mandates. "The fact is if you want to wear a mask, you can still wear a mask," Cornyn said. "Even though it's counterintuitive," added White House COVID-19 adviser Andy Slavitt, "it's actually the most important time for people to make sure we run through the tape and finish that up."
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.
Cuomo’s top female adviser, Melissa DeRosa, weighs in on sex harassment allegations
       
Andrew Cuomo’s executive staff, said Wednesday she is “incredibly proud” of the administration’s record on women’s issues, weighing in as the governor spoke in public for the first time on sexual harassment allegations against him. DeRosa stood by her longtime boss as the governor again addressed inappropriate remarks he made in the workplace, as well as accusations of inappropriate touching at the wedding of an aide. “I am incredibly proud of the work that this administration has done to further women’s rights,” said DeRosa, joining Cuomo at an Albany press briefing, his first since the scandal exploded. DeRosa specifically cited workplace protections the administration championed. Charlotte Bennett TwitterLike her boss, DeRosa on Wednesday urged New Yorkers to wait for the results of state Attorney General Letitia James’ independent probe into the allegations.
Frank Ntilikina looks like a different player with Knicks exile behind him
       
From getting buried at the end of the bench to suddenly moving into the starting lineup, Frank Ntilikina’s rollercoaster season with the Knicks is back on the upswing. You’ve got to be ready,” Ntilikina said after Tuesday’s loss to the Spurs. Even if Rose misses another game, the Knicks (18-18) don’t open the second half until next Thursday in Milwaukee. Everybody has to be ready, ready to play together, ready to play with different teammates out there, face different matchups. “Comes back to the same thing – work, dedication, focus, and everything I can bring to prepare and be ready to play this game.
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.
Andrew Cuomo and Sandra Lee sell longtime Mount Kisco house before scandal
       
Andrew Cuomo and Sandra Lee unloaded their longtime Mount Kisco, NY, home right before the governor was hit with controversy. The formal living room with an open floor plan that leads to an office. realtor.comPart of the formal living room with floor-to-ceiling windows and doors which open to the patio. Features of the home include a stately living room, a sun-filled family room, an oversized kitchen and three dining areas. realtor.comThe formal dining room.
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.
Olympics organizers near a decision to ban overseas spectators for Tokyo Games
       
It was hardly a surprise Wednesday when the Mainichi newspaper reported that the Japanese government has “begun preparations” to host the Games without overseas spectators. She dropped a strong hint, however, that banning overseas spectators was the only way to ensure a “safe and secure Games” and calm concerns among the general public. AD“When we think of the current situation, whether it is Japan or overseas, we are in a very difficult situation. The IOC issued its first “Playbook” for the Tokyo Games last month, indicating that participants will be tested before departure and on arrival, and be expected to avoid social interaction when possible and steer clear of public transport. Spectators will be allowed to clap but asked not to cheer or shout to avoid spreading virus particles.
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.
Biden is decreasing the stimulus checks. There’s a lot more he could cut. - The Washington Post
       
ADADDemocrats have also included expensive measures that are barely related to pandemic relief. Neither measure is tied to need as a result of the pandemic, nor are they necessary in light of the massive amounts of aid previously provided. This was before the December stimulus checks were sent, so we should expect that cash cushions have increased even more since then. The U.S. economy is already awash in cash from prior relief measures. Many of the covid-19 relief bill provisions do that.
Live updates Biden blasts ‘Neanderthal thinking’ of governors who lifted covid-19 mandates in Texas, Mississippi
       
President Biden condemned on March 3 a move by Mississippi and Texas governors to end to their states’ mask mandates, saying, “These masks make a difference.” (The Washington Post)Biden on Wednesday sharply criticized the decisions by Texas Gov. … The last thing, the last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking — that, 'In the meantime, everything’s fine. “I wish the heck some of our elected officials would.”On Tuesday, Abbott ended his state’s mask mandate and boasted in all-caps on Twitter that “Texas is OPEN 100%. Ahead of Biden’s remarks to reporters, White House press secretary Jen Psaki urged Americans to continue wearing masks and practicing social distancing, even as the governors of Texas and Mississippi have lifted the restrictions in their states. “We need to remain vigilant,” Psaki said at a daily press briefing.
Covid-19 live updates As states roll back restrictions, Biden slams ‘Neanderthal thinking’
       
Biden on Wednesday sharply criticized the decisions by Abbott and Mississippi Gov. … The last thing, the last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking — that, 'In the meantime, everything’s fine. Forget it.’ It still matters.”Biden added that it is “critical, critical, critical” that state leaders “follow the science” and that Americans continue to wear masks and follow social distancing guidelines. “I wish the heck some of our elected officials would.”On Tuesday, Abbott ended his state’s mask mandate and boasted in all-caps on Twitter that “Texas is OPEN 100%. “We need to remain vigilant,” Psaki said at a daily news briefing.
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.
Opinion | The government can’t fix this country’s polluted media
       
It did, however, elicit two contributions to the public’s understanding of more than Pallone’s and Doyle’s status as virtuosos of situational ethics. “This,” Turley said, “is the essence of a state media model. The downside of this is that bad actors can exploit the capabilities of digital media faster than better actors can correct the torrent of misinformation, or worse. Furthermore, the pandemic has, Bell says, accelerated malign developments by keeping people home and focused on nationally distributed news. The same might be said of the voters of California’s 18th and 9th, and New Jersey’s 6th and Pennsylvania’s 18th, congressional districts.
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.
Fed's beige book signals economic optimism as COVID-19 vaccine rolls out
       
A Federal Reserve survey of business conditions across the United States has found that economic activity was expanding at a modest pace in February. GET FOX BUSINESS ON THE GO BY CLICKING HEREThe 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 report, known as the beige book, is based on surveys conducted by the Fed’s 12 regional banks. It will form the basis for discussions when central bank officials meet on March 16-17 to mull their future moves on monetary policy.
Dan Gainor: Hidin' Biden – still no presidential press conference but Dems like basement strategy
       
That strategy is going strong 43 days into his presidency as he still hasn’t held a press conference. White House press secretary Jen Psaki continues to avoid topics, vowing to "circle back," while mostly giving reporters the run-around. As long as President Joe is kept out of the limelight, he can’t generate too much controversy. Only this is the anti-Trump strategy that got Biden into the White House. It was headlined: "It's long past time for Joe Biden to start taking questions from the press."
Ohio GOP Senate candidates call for their Republican governor to reopen state after COVID lockdowns
       
Former Ohio state treasurer Josh Mandel on Wednesday told Fox News that he’s "calling on Gov. TEXAS GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES PLAN TO DROP MASK MANDATE AND FULLY REOPEN BUSINESSESMandel spoke soon after issuing a statement on his push to reopen Ohio. "We intend on keeping the mask mandate," DeWine spokesman Dan Tierney said. "The governor does not intend to lift that [mask mandate] because we still need to protect Ohioans who have not had the opportunity to get the vaccine yet," Tierney added. The coronavirus restrictions implemented in Ohio have been very unpopular with many on the right.
AOC invokes Denmark in minimum wage debate — critics point out Denmark doesn't have a federal minimum wage
       
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., omitted a key detail on Wednesday while comparing the U.S. federal minimum wage to the wage paid to Danish McDonald’s workers. The New York congresswoman called the discussion around raising the federal minimum wage "utterly embarrassing" in a tweet published Tuesday night. There is one thing Ocasio-Cortez’s argument left out, though: Denmark doesn’t have a nationally mandated minimum wage. Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet came as Congress debates raising the federal minimum wage to $15. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, and Tom Cotton, R-Ark., penned a joint op-ed published on FoxNews.com supporting a more modest minimum wage increase.
Biden still hasn’t held a press conference after 43 days in office
       
President Biden has been in office for 43 days without holding an official press conference and critics have taken notice. President Trump took 28 days to take questions from the press, while President Obama did it after only 21 days in office and President George W. Bush took 34 days. White House press secretary Jen Psaki recently said, "Not yet," when asked when Biden would hold his first press conference. CNN’s Jake Tapper tweeted that "Biden’s 15 most recent predecessors all held a formal solo press conference within 33 days of taking office." Whenever Biden’s address occurs, it would be the latest Joint Session address in decades.
Biden won't deliver speech to Congress until after vote on coronavirus bill, Psaki says
       
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said President Biden will wait to address a joint session of Congress until after Congress decides on the American Rescue Plan, his coronavirus relief package. Meanwhile, as for his first address to Congress, past presidents have traditionally given a speech to Congress during their first year in office, often in February. An address to a joint session of Congress is like a State of the Union, though it technically is not called that until the president's second year in office. Bush delivered one of the earliest addresses to a joint session, taking place on Feb. 9, 1989. Former President Barack Obama delivered his address on Feb. 24, 2009; former President George W. Bush delivered his on Feb. 27, 2001; and former President Bill Clinton delivered his on Feb. 17.
Sen. Mike Crapo: Democrats' $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill deserves debate. Let's get this right
       
The proposals in the nearly $2 trillion package include sweeping policy changes that deserve thorough, bipartisan scrutiny at the committee level. BRIAN KEMP: COVID RELIEF – PELOSI-SCHUMER PLAN FAVORS DEMOCRAT STATES. The relief package also includes an additional $400 a week in unemployment benefits, on top of existing benefits. These policies don’t belong in a COVID relief package, and should be fully offset if retained." The coronavirus pandemic has exacted a terrible toll on America, and another relief package may be appropriate.
President Joe Biden slams governors for lifting mask mandates, calls it 'Neanderthal thinking'
       
President Joe Biden on Wednesday slammed states that rolled back Covid-19 restrictions on businesses and rescinded mask mandates for residents, calling the moves a "big mistake." Tate Reeves, both republicans, announced Tuesday they would allow businesses to reopen at 100% capacity and lift mask mandates. "Look, I hope everybody's realized by now these masks make a difference," Biden told reporters at the White House. He added that it is "critical, critical, critical" that state officials "follow the science" and encourage Americans to continue to wear masks and follow all public health guidelines. "I know you all know that," Biden told reporters.
Few Democratic governors speak up on Cuomo sexual harassment allegations
       
Andrew Cuomo's fellow Democratic governors are speaking out about the sexual harassment claims against the New York leader. The predominantly muted response from Democratic governors shows the uncertainty surrounding Cuomo's fate in politics. Cuomo is also backed by the Democratic Governors Association, a nonprofit political advocacy group that backs many Democratic governors. "The credible allegations of sexual harassment against Governor Cuomo are reprehensible," RGA spokesman Will Reinert told CNBC. "The allegations against Governor Cuomo are serious and warrant a thorough investigation," the governor, Albert Bryan, told CNBC.
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.
China poses 'biggest geopolitical test' for the U.S., Secretary of State Blinken says
       
WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Wednesday China represented America's "biggest geopolitical test of the 21st century," saying the Asian nation was the only country with enough power to jeopardize the current international order. And we will engage China from a position of strength," Blinken said in a speech laying out the Biden administration's foreign policy vision. On trade, the administration will invest in American workers and companies and insist on a "level playing field," because "when we do, we can out-compete anyone," Blinken said. As an official during the Obama administration, Blinken himself supported the NATO military intervention in Libya, as well as policies supporting the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen. We will fight for every American job, and for the rights, protections and interests of all American workers," he said.
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.
U.S. private payrolls rise modestly, worker shortages emerging
       
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. private payrolls increased less than expected in February amid job losses in manufacturing and construction, suggesting the labor market was struggling to regain speed despite the nation’s improving public health picture. The data was published ahead of the government’s closely watched employment report on Friday, and could temper expectations for an acceleration in job growth in February. The ADP’s private payrolls report, however, has a poor track record predicting the private payrolls count in the government’s more comprehensive employment report. Private payrolls rose by 117,000 jobs last month after increasing 195,000 in January, the ADP National Employment Report showed. Though the rate of decline in coronavirus cases has stalled, economists still believe the labor market will accelerate in the spring and through summer.
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.
Kim Ng, Baseball's First Female GM Will Make History
       
She had interviewed for GM positions at least 10 times over the years, only to be passed over for someone else. “It is unbelievable yet totally deserving that Kim has ascended to a position of power, influence and leadership,” King tells TIME. Brian Cashman, as assistant GM with the Yankees, was impressed with her acumen, so when he was elevated to Yankees GM in 1998, he offered Ng the chance to replace him in his previous role. “Because I’ve given this example, and they all nod their heads, like, absolutely.”Ng toiled for three decades before running her own baseball team, despite being an early adopter of baseball analytics. These new tools to evaluate players granted a small army of Ivy League quant types—all men—-access to top GM jobs.
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.
Cuomo: 'I am not going to resign'
       
Andrew Cuomo is facing growing calls for his resignation after former staffer Lindsey Boylan detailed allegations of sexual harassment against him last Wednesday. | Scott Heins/Getty Images Cuomo: 'I am not going to resign'An emotional Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday that he would not step down in the face of multiple accusations of sexual harassment. “I am not going to resign,” Cuomo said in his first public appearance since the accusations surfaced last week. Some top staff members have begun to leave as Cuomo's troubles mount.
'Neanderthal thinking': Biden criticizes Texas, Mississippi for lifting mask mandates
       
WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden criticized the decisions in Texas and Mississippi to roll back statewide mask mandates and other Covid-19 health guidelines as "Neanderthal thinking." We are on the cusp of being able to fundamentally change the nature of this disease because the way in which we are able to get vaccines," Biden told reporters. "The last thing we need is the Neanderthal thinking that, in the meantime, everything is fine, take off our mask, forget it," he added. Greg Abbott announced Tuesday that it was "now time to open Texas 100 percent," citing the economic impact of the virus. "It is critical, critical, critical that they follow the science," Biden said of the governors.
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.
It’s back to school for Jill Biden and new education chief
       
Biden and Cardona were also visiting a Pennsylvania middle school on Wednesday. To help nudge that along, Biden said Tuesday he is pushing states to administer at least one coronavirus vaccination to every teacher, school employee and child-care worker by the end of March. He said the president’s directive that teachers and school staff be vaccinated quickly will be “my top priority.”At Benjamin Franklin Elementary School, Biden and Cardona saw kids seated some distance apart at individual desks, each one wearing a mask. Biden asked the teacher in the sensory room whether she had seen anxiety in children increasing because of the pandemic. Biden and Cardona later listened as another teacher described her transition back to in-person learning.
Senate Democrats, White House Agree To Tighter Income Limits For Stimulus Checks
       
Senate Democrats, White House Agree To Tighter Income Limits For Stimulus ChecksEnlarge this image toggle caption Jacquelyn Martin/AP Jacquelyn Martin/APSenate Democrats have reached an agreement with the White House to tighten the limits on who can receive the next round of stimulus checks as part of President Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package, according to several Democratic sources. The cutoffs in the House bill were much higher, with individuals earning up to $100,000 and couples earning up to $200,000 still receiving some benefit. White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters at the White House that Biden is pleased with the progress on the bill and has always been aware that there would be suggestions and negotiations while finalizing the bill. Senate Democrats and the White House also agreed to keep a provision that would increase federal unemployment benefits to $400 per week through the end of August. Amendments can pass with a simple majority but that does not mean that all amendments that do pass will be included in the final bill.
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.
Nasdaq Sinks Below 13,000; Dow Jones, Small Caps Outperform; These Coronavirus Stocks Sell Off
       
The Nasdaq briefly undercut 13,000 during afternoon trading in the stock market today as institutional buying and selling pointed to more signs of sector rotation. Moderna undercut its 10-week moving average for the second time in two weeks. The iShares Russell 2000 (IWM) ETF erased losses and is fighting hard to keep the 21-day exponential moving average. Watch to see how the ETF handles a fresh test of technical support at the 50-day moving average. The longtime leader in the medical software industry group fell 7.5% and undercut its long-term 200-day moving average for the first time since March 2020.
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%.
Avis Budget stock rises toward 6-year high after BofA bumps up price target by 40%
       
Shares of Avis Budget Group Inc. CAR, +2.96% hiked 2.5% higher in afternoon trading Wednesday, putting them on track to close at exactly a 6-year high, after BofA Securities analyst Aileen Smith boosted her price target by 40%, saying there's "still good mileage left in this rental." Smith reiterated her buy rating on the rental car company while lifting her price target to $70, which is 15.5% above current levels, from $50. The stock, which headed toward the highest close since March 3, 2015, has run up 58.9% over the past three months, and rocketed 103.3% over the past 12 months. The S&P 500 SPX, -0.97% has advanced 27.8% over the past year.
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.
England, Northern Ireland to Extend Stamp Duty Holiday Through June
       
The stamp duty holiday on home sales in England and Northern Ireland has been fully extended until the end of June and will taper off by the end September, Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak announced on Wednesday in his annual budget. The stamp duty holiday, which began last July, eliminated the tax on the first £500,000 of a home sale, for a maximum savings of £15,000, in a push to stimulate the market and boost sentiment amid the coronavirus pandemic. The measure was exceedingly successful in activating the market, so much so that the industry has struggled to handle the number of deals. “The clock is now effectively ticking for new buyers who haven’t yet started the process of purchasing a home to take advantage of a reduced stamp duty charge,” Mr. Whitten said. Under normal circumstances, any buyer paying more than £125,000 for a property would be liable for stamp duty, with the exception of first-time buyers who would only start paying the tax on homes costing more than £300,000.
Avis Budget stock rises toward 6-year high after BofA bumps up price target by 40%
       
Shares of Avis Budget Group Inc. CAR, +2.99% hiked 2.5% higher in afternoon trading Wednesday, putting them on track to close at exactly a 6-year high, after BofA Securities analyst Aileen Smith boosted her price target by 40%, saying there's "still good mileage left in this rental." Smith reiterated her buy rating on the rental car company while lifting her price target to $70, which is 15.5% above current levels, from $50. The stock, which headed toward the highest close since March 3, 2015, has run up 58.9% over the past three months, and rocketed 103.3% over the past 12 months. The S&P 500 SPX, -0.96% has advanced 27.8% over the past year.
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 public frustration mounts over Britt Reid crash, here's why he hasn't been charged yet
       
Yet Reid, the son of Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, remains a free man, still awaiting a Kansas City police investigation to determine whether he’ll face charges. Kansas City Police told Yahoo Sports on Tuesday that the investigation into the incident is ongoing and there are no updates. Kansas City police are asking for patience as they work to determine whether or not former Chiefs assistant Britt Reid should be charged for the car crash that put 5-year-old Ariel Young in a coma. Otherwise, it is still wait-and-see in Kansas City for a frustrated public. There’s still hope for better days for Ariel, and for details and decisions from Kansas City law enforcement and the Chiefs themselves.
Here’s the problem the Fed is fueling — and it’s not inflation, strategist says
       
Lending growth from commercial banks is slowing, at a time when the economy is accelerating. The Fed’s holding of Treasury debt to manage yields isn’t inflationary because it requires the central bank to hold commercial bank assets, Blitz says. Commercial banks don’t mind since the Fed pays them interest for what is essentially a riskless transaction. The Fed now holds 16% of commercial bank assets, up from 6% in 2019. “This exercise is a reminder that the Fed cannot forever shield the markets from the cost of financing Treasury debt growing faster than nominal GDP.
Miller Time: What’s next at Indiana, Arizona and other hoops hot seats
       
Arizona hasn’t won an NCAA tournament game since the federal investigation went public, although it was projected as a No. If there weren’t diminishing returns on the court, the argument for Arizona to muscle through another year with Miller may be more prominent. We should know better in the next few weeks where that finish line is, as Arizona’s season is already over. Georgetown head coach Patrick Ewing reacts during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Villanova, Saturday, March 7, 2020, in Washington. That lone NCAA trip at South Carolina resulted in a Final Four bid in 2017, which was euphoric and historic.
Senate expected to begin stimulus debate today
       
So let's chat stimulus, and its impact on Americans, as the Senate is going to be considering its version of an economic package. KRISTEN MYERS: And what kind of differences do you think are going to remain between the House and Senate bills? We know that the Senate is not going to include that minimum wage hike to $15 an hour. Where do you think we're going to be after the Senate passes their own package? Story continuesAnother change that was announced earlier today is that, under pressure from Senate Democratic moderates, the President has agreed to change the stimulus payment slightly.
Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes, Brittany Matthews set wedding date
       
Kansas City Chiefs starting QB Patrick Mahomes and fiancee Brittany Matthews just welcomed their daughter Sterling Skye Mahomes, and now they’ll start preparations for another memorable occasion. Mahomes and Matthews have been dating since high school and ahead of the 2020 NFL season, the Chiefs’ quarterback finally popped the question. Matthews confirmed that she and Mahomes have officially picked the venue and date for their wedding. Of course, they didn’t actually reveal the details of when and where, but Matthews did reveal that the wedding is set to happen in 2022. Remember, Mahomes is rehabbing a turf toe injury this offseason and they’ve got a newborn daughter to take care of.
With J&J's vaccine, the US will have enough coronavirus shots for every adult in May, Biden says. Here's your vaccination timeline.
       
The US could distribute 500 million doses by the end of May — enough to vaccinate all of its adult population. But federal officials have said that just 3 to 4 million doses would be immediately available this week. UPS employees move a shipping container with Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine inside a sorting facility in Louisville, Kentucky on December 13, 2020. In total, J&J, Moderna, and Pfizer are expected to deliver around 500 million doses by the end of May. People wait in line in a Disneyland parking lot to receive COVID-19 vaccines in Anaheim, California.
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?
$1,400 checks in COVID-19 relief bill would phase out at $80,000 instead of $100,000, according to deal between Biden and Democrats
       
Refinery29The next COVID relief bill is currently being negotiated in the Senate after passing the House late last Friday. The last relief bill passed in December, while Trump was still president. The relief bill before that was passed in late March 2020, and now we’re just a few days away from March 2021. The bad news, though, is that a key part of the relief bill — a $15 federal minimum wage hike — will likely not be included. A $15 minimum wage would be life-changing to so many Americans, and its exclusion from the next stimulus bill is an enormous disappointment.
Kaepernick-Backed Social Justice SPAC Underwhelms in Debut
       
"We are facing various supply chain challenges, both internal and external," CEO Duane Hughes said on the company's Q4 earnings call Monday. The negligible volume also means Workhorse is paying more for parts and for delivery to the plant. "We have completed the setup of the initial assembly operation and are using roughly 33% of the plant capacity," he said. "We have new hires in place to support the growing volume of daily vehicle production. After a November COVID outbreak that further slowed progress at its plant in Union City, Indiana, Workhorse accelerated installation of production systems following an efficiency assessment by Hitachi.
Canadian banks raise some mortgage rates, lower others
       
Pennsylvania and Wisconsin are reserving the first doses of the new one-shot vaccine from Johnson & Johnson for teachers. Giving the vaccine to teachers and other school staff “will help protect our communities," Pennsylvania Gov. In Wisconsin, teachers will get priority when the state receives its first shipment of about 48,000 doses of the J&J vaccine, health authorities said. Pennsylvania teachers will likewise be first in line when an expected 94,000 doses of the J&J formula arrive this week. And in Massachusetts, about 400,000 teachers, child care workers and school staff will be eligible to register for vaccinations starting March 11, Gov.
'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.
Alec and Hilaria Baldwin reveal name of their new daughter — but remain mum on details
       
Alec and Hilaria Baldwin have officially introduced their sixth "Baldwinito" baby — whose arrival is a bit of a mystery. "We are so in love with our daughter, Lucia," wrote Hilaria, revealing the name — yes, a Spanish one (meaning "light") — for the first time. Hilaria captioned it "7," to also include Alec's adult daughter Ireland Baldwin, 25, from his marriage to Kim Basinger. If the baby was the product of an affair and you’ve decided to raise it with your wife just say that. (Screenshot: Hilaria Baldwin via Instagram)(Screenshot: Hilaria Baldwin via Instagram)Two months after giving birth to Edu in September, Hilaria told People that she and Alec had completed their family, saying, “Right now, during times of COVID, it very much feels like we’re done...
Sands to Sell Vegas Hotels to Apollo, Vici for $6.25 Billion
       
Seller FinancingUnder the terms of the deal, funds affiliated with Apollo will acquire the operating assets and liabilities of the Las Vegas business for about $2.25 billion, including $1.2 billion in seller financing. The sale of the Vegas properties would mark Sands’ exit, for now, from the U.S. gambling industry. Keeping HeadquartersSands intends to keep its corporate headquarters in Las Vegas. The Adelson family, now led by Sheldon’s widow, Miriam, will also maintain a presence through their ownership of the city’s largest newspaper, the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. acted as financial adviser to Las Vegas Sands in the latest deal.
Las Vegas Sands shuts door on U.S. gambling hub with $6.25 billion asset sale
       
Vici will purchase the real estate and related assets of the Venetian for about $4 billion in cash.The sale of the Vegas properties would mark Sands’ exit, for now, from the U.S. gambling industry. Sands dropped out of the competition to build a casino in Japan last year due to terms that executives described as unfavorable. Goldstein, its CEO, has been holding talks with potential partners, something that could be more of a focus with the cash proceeds from the sale.Keeping HeadquartersSands intends to keep its corporate headquarters in Las Vegas. The Adelson family, now led by Sheldon’s widow, Miriam, will also maintain a presence through their ownership of the city’s largest newspaper, the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Sands is financing $1.2 billion of Apollo’s purchase price with a six-year note that begins at 1.5% interest and rises to 4.25% after three years, according to people familiar with the terms.Goldman Sachs Group Inc. acted as financial adviser to Las Vegas Sands in the latest deal.
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.
Rates for student loan refinancing have never been lower
       
Lenders competing through the Credible marketplace offered record low fixed rates to refinance student loans in February 2021, as a decline in rates seen during the pandemic continued. Student loan refinancing rate trendsIf you're curious about what kind of student loan refinance rates you may qualify for, you can use an online tool like Credible to compare options from different private lenders. Current student loan refinancing rates by FICO scoreTo provide relief from the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, interest and payments on federal student loans have been suspended through at least Sept. 30, 2021. A student loan refinancing calculator can help you estimate how much you might save. How rates for student loan refinancing are determinedThe rates private lenders charge to refinance student loans depend in part on the economy and interest rate environment, but also the loan term, the type of loan (fixed- or variable-rate), the borrower's credit worthiness, and the lender's operating costs and profit margin.
Veritiv Leaps on Fourth-Quarter Earnings Beat, Buyback Plan
       
Veritiv (VRTV) - Get Report was soaring after the business equipment and supplies company reported better-than-expected fourth-quarter results and unveiled a $50 million stock repurchase program. The company also said its board had approved a $50 million stock buyback plan. The buyback replaces a $25 million plan the board approved last March. Veritiv expects full-year 2021 revenue to be relatively flat compare with the prior year. Veritiv expects a broader economic rebound in the second half.
Former NFL player Kellen Winslow II sentenced to 14 years in rape case
       
Former NFL player Kellen Winslow II was sentenced Wednesday to a 14-year prison term following his 2019 convictions for rape and other crimes involving sexual misconduct. “That’s what Kellen Winslow II is. He preys on vulnerable victims and is very brazen in the way he carries out his crimes.”Shortly before Bowman handed down the sentence, Winslow, 37, declined to make a statement, citing his attorney’s advice. AdvertisementTight end Kellen Winslow Jr. was selected sixth overall by the Cleveland Browns at the 2004 NFL Draft on April 24, 2004 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Winslow had been scheduled to be sentenced March 2020, but COVID closures and other postponements pushed the hearing back a year.
General Electric Surges on UBS Share Price Target Boost
       
General Electric (GE) - Get Report was surging Wednesday after a UBS analyst raised his price target for the iconic industrial giant to $15 from $14 on positive signs regarding the company's pension liability. "Our pension model shows that GE Industrial net debt contribution from unfunded pension liabilities should come down by about $3 billion in '21," he said. GE's pension obligations "are clearly an overhang" to its balance sheet, free cash flow and ultimately, sentiment, Mittermaier said. Mittermaier estimated that a complete settlement of the defined pension liability would boost free cash flow by $300 million and add 12 cents to earnings per share in the first year. Earlier this month, GE posted weaker-than-expected fourth-quarter earnings, but forecast solid industrial free cash flow growth for the coming year.
N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, facing harassment probe, apologizes but vows to stay in office
       
Besieged by sexual harassment allegations, a somber New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo apologized Wednesday, saying he “learned an important lesson” about his own behavior around women, but he said he intended to remain in office. “I now understand that I acted in a way that made people feel uncomfortable,” Cuomo said at a Wednesday news conference. Before Wednesday’s news conference, the governor last spoke to reporters during a teleconference call on Feb. 22. Cuomo started Wednesday’s news conference focusing on the latest data on the coronavirus pandemic.
A JP resident and her punk rock aerobics star in Green Day’s new music video
       
On Feb. 20, Green Day uploaded “Here Comes The Shock” to YouTube. In pigtails, mismatched socks over ripped tights, and a tank top that reads “Punk Rock Aerobics,” Mancini is the star of all 2 minutes, 34 seconds. AdvertisementMancini cofounded Punk Rock Aerobics with Maura Jasper in 2000. When Mancini cofounded the nonprofit organization Girls Rock Campaign Boston in 2010, though, she put Punk Rock Aerobics on pause. Live Punk Rock Aerobics classes are held Tuesdays at 6 p.m. via Zoom.
Biden slams ‘Neanderthal thinking’ of lifting mask rules
       
By Betsy Klein | CNNPresident Joe Biden sharply criticized states such as Texas and Mississippi for lifting Covid-19 restrictions against pleas from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other top public health officials, accusing those in power of “Neanderthal thinking.”“I think it’s a big mistake. Look, I hope everybody’s realized by now, these masks make a difference. Greg Abbott of Texas and Tate Reeves of Mississippi to relax restrictions. “The last thing — the last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking that in the meantime, everything’s fine, take off your mask, forget it. It still matters,” Biden said, referencing a card he keeps in his pocket with the daily death toll of the virus amid his administration’s push to get vaccines into arms.
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.
States rapidly expanding vaccine access as supplies surge
       
Buoyed by a surge in vaccine shipments, states and cities are rapidly expanding eligibility for COVID-19 shots to teachers, 55-and-over Americans and other groups as the U.S. races to beat back the virus and reopen businesses and schools. Pennsylvania and Wisconsin are reserving the first doses of the new one-shot vaccine from Johnson & Johnson for teachers. In Wisconsin, teachers will get priority when the state receives its first shipment of about 48,000 doses of the J&J vaccine, health authorities said. Pennsylvania teachers will likewise be first in line when an expected 94,000 doses of the J&J formula arrive this week. It’s going to make our schools get back to the business of teaching our kids,” Pennsylvania Gov.
NASCAR weekend to affect traffic around Las Vegas Motor Speedway
       
Although fan capacity is capped at 15 percent for NASCAR weekend in Las Vegas, officials still caution that the event likely will affect travel on Interstate 15. In this March 10, 2013 photo, traffic is seen backed up while trying to access Interstate 15 following the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kobalt Tools 400 race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. (Las Vegas Review-Journal, file)Although fan capacity is capped at 15 percent for NASCAR weekend in Las Vegas, officials still caution that the event likely will affect travel on Interstate 15. “We expect heavy traffic along northern Interstate 15 during NASCAR race weekend,” said NDOT spokesman Tony Illia. Only team members, officials and media may use the gate off of Las Vegas Boulevard.
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.
The reason Nevada isn’t receiving more vaccine doses just became clear
       
(Ellen Schmidt/Las Vegas Review-Journal)Experts now say there’s a simple reason why Nevada’s COVID-19 vaccine allotment has seemed low for months. Weekly vaccine allocations are proportional to each state’s estimated adult population recorded in the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2014-18 American Community Survey. The 2015-19 estimates show Nevada with a 1.9 percent larger adult population, one of the biggest increases in the nation. Using the 2014-18 estimates, Nevada’s vaccine allocation rate falls in the middle of the pack among the states. Comparing the two datasets, Nevada’s adult population grew more than double the nationwide average.
Nevada on brink of reporting 5,000th COVID-19 death
       
Nevada on Wednesday reported 395 new coronavirus cases and 20 additional deaths, state data shows. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhotoNevada on Wednesday reported 395 new coronavirus cases and 20 additional deaths over the preceding day, state data shows. Updated figures posted to the Department of Health and Human Services’ coronavirus website brought state totals to 294,684 COVID-19 cases and 4,987 deaths. Two days in the past week — Sunday and Monday — saw zero new deaths reported in the state. New cases also were well above the 14-day moving average of daily recorded cases, which dropped to 281.
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.
Cindy Krischer Goodman
       
A life-saving COVID-19 treatment is available in South Florida for those newly diagnosed with the virus and at high risk. The problem is few people know about it, particularly hard-hit minorities. The antibody treatment includes the therapy given to President Trump when he got COVID.
Thoughts as senior residences let up on lockdowns
       
I note the irony as well as the sadness: community — the selling point of senior homes, along with medical care — is the very thing missing. After Dad died unexpectedly that December, we were relieved that Mom didn’t hibernate. I wonder whether elderly people would have chosen to sacrifice companionship to prolong lives with only a few years remaining. I wonder whether residents could have been allowed indoor, masked visitors, one or two at a time, in a controlled, sanitized environment. Researchers will surely study the pandemic’s emotional toll on residents of senior living communities.
Spring Training Rundown: Bullpen
       
This latest move gives the Cubs a solid seven reliever base from which to build their 2021 bullpen. Duane Underwood Jr. is out of options and the least proven of the relievers, so is likely the most vulnerable. I wish the Cubs had a bit more flexibility in terms of young arms with options available in this group. He has an option available, so is unlikely to make the Opening Day roster, but he is an experienced arm who could be the first call up from Iowa during the year. The Cubs still have a pending 40-man roster move to make room for Ryan Tepera, making James Norwood a potential DFA.
‘Embarrassed’ Cuomo responds to sexual misconduct claims, says no intention of stepping down
       
The appearance and mea culpa, which he said was made against the advice of his lawyers, came as lawmakers and critics call for his removal over the misconduct allegations and uproar over the administration’s withholding of data related to the number of nursing home residents who died of COVID-19.
David Oyelowo to be honored by Ashland Independent Film Festival; his Oregon-filmed ‘The Water Man’ will open event
       
Following notable acting roles in such projects as “Selma” and the “Les Miserables” miniseries, David Oyelowo made his directing debut with “The Water Man,” a feature that filmed in Oregon in 2019. The film made its world premiere at 2020 Toronto International Film Festival, and it’s now scheduled to make its Pacific Northwest premiere at the Ashland Independent Film Festival. In the midst of this difficult family situation, Gunner becomes obsessed with the legend of the Water Man, a supposed immortal with magical, curative powers. Once Gunner decides to head off in search of the Water Man, the adventure begins. The Ashland festival has also announced other winners of its special awards.
Pandemic puts 1 in 3 nonprofits in financial jeopardy
       
Californians for the Arts, for example, surveyed arts and culture nonprofits in the state and found that about 64% had shrunk their workforces. They will be navigating a very different financial pathway.”Newman-Scott said BRIC has been helping sustain smaller arts nonprofits and offering artists unrestricted $10,000 grants through its Colene Brown Art Prize. The most vulnerable nonprofits may try to reduce costs this year by narrowing their focus or by furloughing workers. Some may seek a merger or an acquisition to bolster their financial viability, Harold noted, although doing so would still mean that fewer nonprofits would survive. “Since the beginning of this pandemic, 400,000 small businesses have closed — 400,000 — and millions more are hanging by a thread,” Biden said.
University of Oregon to return to mostly in-person classes
       
EUGENE — The University of Oregon will go back to predominately in-person instruction for the fall term, officials said. In January, the university announced it was “ramping up planning” to provide access to COVID-19 vaccines for faculty, staff and students quickly when supplies become available. The University of Oregon also has provided logistical support to current local vaccine efforts. According to the Oregon Health Authority’s phased approach to distribution, the majority of University of Oregon students are included in Phase 2. The University will offer vaccinations to students in jointly sponsored clinics during that phase of the process.
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.
A reminder: Ohio, unlike Texas and Mississippi, still has COVID-19 restrictions in place
       
Greg Abbott tweeted that Texas was "OPEN 100%" and that all restrictions, including masks, were ending. Ohio has had increasing success in battling the spread of COVID-19 so far in 2021. Ohio schools returning to in-person classesDeWine wanted schools to return to in-person classes, at least part-time, on March 1. The gatherings and Ohio restaurants and barsRight now, Ohio still has an order in place that restricts gatherings of more than 10 people outside of a single residence where they live. Employees must wear masks and business must allow customers to wear masks.
Ford sales down 14.1% in February amid pandemic, winter storms and an ongoing chip shortage
       
Ford Motor Co.'s sales were down 14.1% year-over-year in February, an already-slow sales month that likely was dragged down further by winter storms, a major parts shortage and the still-raging pandemic. Ford's sales were down across much of its vehicle lineup, though retail sales helped buoy the overall results. Overall truck sales were down 3.6%, to 88,787, but the segment posted a 10.2% improvement in retail sales. SUV sales of 66,217 were down 10.2%, with retail sales up 0.2%. "The all-new Bronco Sport and Mustang Mach-E worked to deliver our best February retail Ford SUV sales in 20 years.
Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and more nominated for ACM Awards, plus 5 more Oklahoma music notes
       
Carrie Underwood performs inside Chesapeake Energy Arena during her "Cry Pretty Tour 360" in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman Archives]Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and more nominated for ACM AwardsThe Academy of Country Music announced the nominees for the 56th Annual ACM Awards today, and it quickly got weird - and not just because the pandemic-delayed 2020 show just happened in September. Furthermore, the ACMs, despite all the talk lately about inserting much-needed equity and diversity in country music, reverted back to all-male, all-white slate of Entertainer nominees: reigning Co-EOTY Thomas Rhett, Chris Stapleton, Luke Bryan, Luke Combs and Eric Church. (In a year with no touring, it's tough to decipher what the criteria even is for EOTY 2021, but it's hard to argue that any of these guys met it more than Underwood. Of course, if we're going by industry impact in the past year, why isn't Dolly Parton nominated for helping - I don't know - helping the world immunize against COVID-19?)
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.
Lyric Theatre is exploring the great outdoors with its 2021 shows
       
Lyric Theatre is taking its entire 2021 season outside due to the lingering COVID-19 pandemic. The 2021 lineup also will have the nonprofit company romping from the Myriad Botanical Gardens to Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School to the Harn Homestead. But it's a more challenging puzzle to pick a whole season of five shows where the venue works, the time of year works, and it's still safe," Michael Baron, Lyric's producing artistic director, told The Oklahoman. "So, it took a little longer, but what we came up with was, one, a season that we can produce, both safely and financially. And then, two, we're able to do five shows, which is what we postponed last year."
D-backs outfielder Locastro tests positive for COVID-19
       
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Tim Locastro has tested positive for COVID-19. Manager Torey Lovullo said on Wednesday that Locastro tested positive on Tuesday night and would be out for 10 days unless there had been a false positive. Lovullo added that Locastro feels good and currently has no symptoms. The 28-year-old Locastro is expected to have a sizable role with the Diamondbacks this season, either as the starting center fielder or a versatile backup outfielder. “He's doing good,” Lovullo said.
Meet the diverse young artists spotlighted in Oklahoma's 'Momentum' - and get a sneak peek at some of their work
       
Ariana Weir's linocut "Ama and Grampa's House" is included in this year's "Momentum" exhibit. Marium Rana, of Tahlequah, has been selected as one of three Spotlight Artists for the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition's "Momentum 2021" exhibit. [Photo provided]Marium Rana, of Tahlequah, has been selected as one of three Spotlight Artists for the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition's "Momentum 2021" exhibit. Amber DuBoise-Shepherd, of Shawnee, has been selected as one of three Spotlight Artists for the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition's "Momentum 2021" exhibit. Andrea Duran-Cason, of Norman, has been selected as one of three Spotlight Artists for the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition's "Momentum 2021" exhibit.
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."
Idaho Senate OKs plan for lawmakers to call special sessions
       
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Senate on Wednesday approved a new version of a constitutional amendment allowing the part-time Idaho Legislature to call itself into session. Special sessions would be limited to topics defined ahead of lawmakers going into the session. A previous version of the measure cleared the House but ran into problems in the Senate, in part, because special sessions would not have had limits on topics. Idaho is one of 14 states where only the governor can call a special legislative session, and the sessions are limited to topics defined ahead of the sessions. The proposed constitutional amendment stems from lawmaker dissatisfaction with restrictions — and their inability to do anything about them — that Republican Gov.
States rapidly expanding vaccine access as supplies surge
       
Buoyed by a surge in vaccine shipments, states and cities are rapidly expanding eligibility for COVID-19 shots to teachers, 55-and-over Americans and other groups as the U.S. races to beat back the virus and reopen businesses and schools. Arizona, Connecticut and Indiana have thrown open the line to the younger age bracket. Pennsylvania and Wisconsin are reserving the first doses of the new one-shot vaccine from Johnson & Johnson for teachers. The U.S. has administered nearly 80 million shots in a vaccination drive now hitting its stride, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 20% of the nation's adults, or close to 52 million people, have received at least one dose, and 10% have been fully inoculated.
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.
Fed survey finds modest gains in the US economy in February
       
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Federal Reserve survey of business conditions across the United States has found that economic activity was expanding at a modest pace in February. 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. It will form the basis for discussions when central bank officials meet on March 16-17 to mull their future moves on monetary policy. The expectation is that the Fed will keep its benchmark short-term rate at a record low of zero to 0.25%.
Governor signs pandemic recovery bill with $600 rebates
       
Michelle Lujan Grisham has signed into law a $200 million relief bill aimed a helping hard-hit New Mexico essential workers and restaurants through the final throes of the COVID-19 pandemic. Both bills signed Wednesday are part of a broad million pandemic recovery package that has passed both the House and Senate by overwhelming vote margins during the ongoing 60-day legislative session. The measures took effect immediately Wednesday upon being signed by Lujan Grisham, who described the state’s pandemic stimulus efforts as among the nation’s most sweeping. “This pandemic has been devastating for everyone, but the pain has been spread unequally,” the Democratic governor said. The bill also authorizes a four-month tax holiday — starting March 1 — for restaurants, breweries, food trucks and other dining establishments.
State legislation requiring schools to reopen remains largely unchanged as it advances
       
Proposed state legislation that would require Kentucky schools to reopen to some form of in-person instruction by the end of March advanced to the Senate Wednesday without largescale changes demanded by some parents. Black families in JCPS are less likely to feel comfortable sending their children back to in-person instruction compared to white families. All three of the school board members who voted against JCPS' reopening plan said it did not do enough to help disadvantaged students. More: JCPS is reopening schools. Their kids attend an in-person learning hub based in a JCPS school, where they are "babysat" instead of taught.
Judge grants temporary injunction on bills limiting Gov. Andy Beshear's COVID-19 powers
       
FRANKFORT — A judge ordered a temporary injunction Wednesday blocking the implementation of three bills passed by the Kentucky General Assembly in January that limited Gov. Andy Beshear's power to enact emergency orders and regulations to slow the spread of COVID-19. Beshear filed the lawsuit shortly after the legislature overrode his vetoes House Bill 1, Senate Bill 1 and Senate Bill 2 on Feb. 2, with Shepherd granting a partial and temporary injunction on HB 1 the next day. Senate Bill 2 gives legislative committees more oversight and control over emergency administrative regulations the governor enacts, also with a 30-day expiration. Support strong local journalism by subscribing today at the top of this page.
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.
Biden blasts Texas, Mississippi over lifting COVID restrictions as 'Neanderthal thinking'
       
President Joe Biden on Wednesday blasted states like Texas that are planning to lift COVID restrictions, saying such a move is a "big mistake." Greg Abbott said Tuesday that he was lifting the state's face mask mandate and would allow businesses to fully reopen on March 10. Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves announced similar moves. Biden at the White House said "masks make a difference" and said "the last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking."
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.
Ophelia Lovibond to play Carrie Symonds in Covid-19 drama
       
Ophelia Lovibond will play Carrie Symonds in the upcoming drama about Boris Johnson's handling of the coronavirus crisis. It has already been announced that Sir Kenneth Branagh will play the Prime Minister in Sky series This Sceptred Isle. A first-look image of Branagh in the role showed the 60-year-old actor with blond tousled hair as he stares, frowning, into the distance. Lovibond, who is also known for her roles in Guardians Of The Galaxy and comedy series Feel Good, will play the Prime Minister's fiancee while Simon Paisley Day, who recently played Douglas Carswell in the TV drama Brexit, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, will play Dominic Cummings. Filming has begun for the series, which is being directed by Michael Winterbottom.
Royal Albert Hall boss fears lack of events insurance as theatre and music venues react to budget
       
The Royal Albert Hall’s chief executive has warned that lack of a Government-backed insurance scheme for events could harm venues, as the UK’s theatre and live performance sector reacted to the budget. West End theatres and the UK’s live music sector, together worth more than £2.4 billion to the economy, have suffered a near-total loss of income and broadly welcomed continued financial support for “vital support mechanisms”. But industry experts have criticised the omission of a Government-backed insurance scheme, which they argue would be needed to make planning shows at risk of cancellation viable while the insurers refused to offer Covid-19 cover. Royal Albert Hall chief executive Craig Hassall said: “Uncertainty remains and the lack of insurance for Covid-related cancellation is a huge concern. The group Freelancers Make Theatre Work has estimated that 65000 people in the sector are excluded from support, and has stated that: “Freelancers are painfully aware that this money is not reaching freelance workers.
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.
Sunak needs to level with us about jobs crisis and QE
       
As the Government has spent heavily on furlough and business support, our locked-down economy has struggled to generate tax. Government debt was always going to balloon – but the extent of the extra borrowing is eye-watering. After the 2008 financial crisis, our national debt ballooned from 35pc of national income to 80pc. Thanks to Covid, that debt burden is now heading above 100pc of GDP – a first in our peacetime history. The national debt is now well over 2 trillion – more than £30,000 for every man, woman and child.
Rishi Sunak freezes tax on alcohol to boost pubs forced to close by Covid
       
Tax on all alcohol will be frozen for only the third time in 20 years as part of an attempt by Rishi Sunak to support pubs, restaurants and clubs forced to shut by Covid restrictions. The Chancellor told MPs: "This is a tough time for hospitality so I can confirm that the planned increases in duties for spirits like scotch whisky, wine cider and beer will all be cancelled." The freeze equates to a saving of 2p on a pint of beer, 1p on cider, 8p on a bottle of wine and 30p on 75cl bottle of Scotch whisky. The Budget did not, however, address demands by the hospitality industry and pubs for changes to alcohol duty to help them compete with cut price offers on alcohol in supermarkets. This had been flagged by Boris Johnson as an issue the Budget might address, but it is now expected to be part of an ongoing consultation on alcohol taxes which is expected to report later in the year.
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.
Amazon to be among winners of UK tax 'super-deduction'
       
Amazon looks set to emerge as a key beneficiary of Britain's new tax "super-deduction" thanks to a major ramping up of its UK warehouse footprint, even as the Government wrangles with how to get Big Tech to pay more tax. Under the planned tax super-deduction, the company would likely be able to reduce its tax bill in Britain when it spends on any new warehouse developments. Dame Margaret Hodge, a Labour MP and tax campaigner, said the way the tax was structured was a "big concern". We need to think about how we can effectively tax businesses that operate online through multiple jurisdictions." In Amazon's latest accounts, filed last September and covering 2019, it revealed it had paid less than £300m in UK tax after logging revenues of almost £14bn.
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.
South Park vaccination special: Cartman weaponises social distancing in vaccination special trailer
       
A new trailer has been unveiled for an upcoming South Park vaccination special. Independent Culture Newsletter The best in film, music TV & radio straight to your inbox 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 Independent Culture 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 Independent Culture Newsletter The best in film, music TV & radio straight to your inbox every week Thanks for signing up to the Independent Culture newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. For the occasion, South Park – the fictional Colorado town where the programme is set – has been renamed South ParQ. Even the name of the South Park YouTube channel has been changed to South ParQ Studios.
£407bn Covid bill will cast a shadow over our lives for decades to come
       
There’s an old rule of thumb that economic crises come round every 10 years or so. In today’s hyper-connected world, the really big problems happen everywhere all at once. The coronavirus started spreading around the world before the world had fully recovered from the financial crisis of 2008. And global governments are clearly developing a habit of borrowing and spending ever-bigger to combat these serial economic calamities. At that point, we’re into a situation of almost perpetual crisis management with governments unable to shrink the size of the state even if they wanted to - or could remember how.
Dr. Fauci donated his personal 3-D model of coronavirus to the Smithsonian
       
Dr. Anthony Fauci donated his personal 3-D model of the coronavirus to the Smithsonian National Museum of American on Tuesday as part of a ceremony honouring him with the museum’s Great Americans Medical. Mr Fauci, director of the Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, chief medical adviser to the White House, and in many ways the public face of the public health response to Covid, called the award “extraordinary and humbling”. “This has been a terrible year in so many respects,” he said during a ceremony on Tuesday, which, owing to the pandemic, was done virtually. The collection for the show already includes a photo of a New York man wearing a ‘Fauci’ T-shirt. Read our privacy notice Thanks for signing up to the News newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent.
Pregnant Emily Ratajkowski bundles up with husband Sebastian Bear-McClard to walk their dog in NYC
       
Emily Ratajkowski may have put her pregnancy body on display on social media, but she bundled up to hit the streets. The 29-year-old model sported a long puffy black coat and matching joggers for a casual walk with husband Sebastian Bear-McClard and their dog in New York City on Wednesday. Fresh air: Pregnant Emily Ratajkowski sported a long puffy black coat and matching joggers for a casual walk with husband Sebastian Bear-McClard and their dog in New York City on WednesdayShe wore a black sweater and white trainers for the chilly jaunt, keeping her brunette waves up with a simple black clip. 'The whole point is she has gone completely naked - it seems almost mandatory now for famous women, when they're pregnant, to go naked. Just to show what a naked pregnant woman looks like,' he added.
Vaccine passports for travelling: the road to freedom or an attack on freedom of movement?
       
The EU is for them, while the WHO is against them, saying that while vaccines prevent COVID-19, they have not yet been proven to prevent transmission. This throws into question how effective the passports will really be at preventing the spread of COVID-19. Press play on the video explainer above for the full story. Vaccine passports, which aren't really passports at all but rather a certificate of vaccination, could allow those who get the jab a taste of 'normality.' Press play on the video explainer above for the full story.
Orlando Bloom flaunts muscular arms and legs during stroll with daughter Daisy in Hawaii
       
Orlando Bloom took a sunny stroll with his six-month-old daughter Daisy Dove strapped in a brown baby carrier while on vacation in Hawaii on Sunday. The 44-year-old Englishman showcased his impressively muscular legs and bulging biceps while clad in a clingy grey T-shirt, black Nike shorts, knee-high socks, and black sneakers. Meanwhile, the 36-year-old pop diva currently co-judges the (pre-taped) 19th season of singing competition American Idol, which airs Sundays on ABC. Orlando and the 13-time Grammy nominee recently bought a $14.2M mansion in Montecito for their growing family and five dogs. 'Auditions, Part 4': Meanwhile, the 36-year-old pop diva currently co-judges the (pre-taped) 19th season of singing competition American Idol, which airs Sundays on ABC
Rep. Ronny Jackson wanted aide to film him eating fertilzed bird eggs on Manila trip
       
One witness recalled seeing Jackson drinking in the hotel lobby almost immediately after arriving in Manila. Witnesses 'observed RDML Jackson drink four to six alcoholic beverages in addition to what he already consumed before arriving,' according to the report. Jackson and two witnesses 'returned to their hotel where RDML Jackson and Manila Witness 1 planned to eat balut in RDML Jackson’s room. It said the investigation was hampered by the Trump administration which insisted interviews with White House Medical Unit staff could only be conducted in the presence of White House counsel. Prior to working as the White House physician Jackson also worked in the White House medical unit under the George W. Bush administration.
Biden says Texas and Mississippi reopening is a 'big mistake'
       
AdvertisementPresident Joe Biden called it a 'big mistake' for Texas and Mississippi to reopen completely amid the coronavirus pandemic, referring to the decisions in the Oval Office as 'neanderthal thinking'President Joe Biden has blasted the Republican governors of Texas and Mississippi for dropping mask mandates and fully reopening their states before their populations are vaccinated against COVID-19. 'I think it's a big mistake,' Biden said on Wednesday in the Oval Office. Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves immediately followed suit announcing he is rolling back all county mask mandates and removing statewide restrictions on all businesses from today. Asked about the reopenings in Mississippi and Texas, Psaki pointed Biden's push for Americans to wear masks for his first 100 days in office. 'I wish Texas, Mississippi and others state would just hold off another little bit.
Facebook derails effort to mislead protesters in Russia
       
The network off Instagram accounts used hashtag and location "poisoning" typically associated with spam or financial scams to drown out posts by protesters, according to Facebook global threat disruption lead David Agranovich. Some of the location tags were places where protesters planned to gather in Moscow and Saint Petersburg, Facebook said. Some of the Instagram posts suggested people got Covid-19 and died as a result of attending protests, according to samples provided by Facebook, which owns the image-centric service. The US-based social network said its automated systems detected and disabled 530 Instagram accounts being used in the campaign. Facebook reported that 55,000 people followed one or more of the Instagram accounts.
Analysis: Abbott’s icebreaker
       
The governor went to a Lubbock restaurant Tuesday to announce that he’s rescinding his coronavirus restrictions. He said people know how to take care of themselves and don’t need the government to tell them what to do. The coronavirus numbers are going in the right direction, but the current plateau is significantly higher than earlier ones. Cases were down again in September and early October — the low point before the surge that went from late October into January. Nevertheless, the governor has decided it’s time to throw the doors open and put the pandemic gloom behind us.
Biden criticizes Texas and Mississippi for lifting restrictions: 'Neanderthal thinking'
       
(CNN) President Joe Biden sharply criticized states such as Texas and Mississippi for lifting Covid-19 restrictions against pleas from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other top public health officials, accusing those in power of "Neanderthal thinking." Greg Abbott of Texas and Tate Reeves of Mississippi to relax restrictions. "The last thing -- the last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking that in the meantime, everything's fine, take off your mask, forget it. "It's critical -- critical, critical, critical -- that they follow the science: Wash your hands, hot water, do it frequently. And I know you all know that.
Ban on no-knock raids should pass Kentucky legislature with bipartisan majorities
       
For years before her death, I have been advocating an end to no-knock raids. I introduced legislation to end no-knock raids and cheered when the Metro Council voted unanimously to end these raids. I cheered, though, not just for the memory of Breonna, but with the understanding that ending no-knock raids will also save the lives of police. 'Deadly serious':NAACP leaders, Beshear encourage COVID-19 vaccine receptivenessBoth parties now understand that no-knock raids are a danger to the community and to the police. Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers has introduced legislation to ban no-knock raids throughout the state.
House Democrats Argue Republicans Lack Standing to Sue Because They Are Doing the Very Thing They Claim Is Illegal
       
An attorney representing House Democrats on Wednesday said Republicans lacked standing in their lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the House proxy voting rule because they’ve repeatedly utilized the rule when it suits their needs. Their letters say they were unable to physically attend the vote due to "the ongoing public health emergency." House Republicans complained about the use of proxy voting allowing Members to cast their vote remotely when COVID made traveling to Washington unsafe. A district court judge dismissed the initial lawsuit in August, reasoning that the judicial branch did not have the authority to review the rule because its function was strictly legislative, but House Republicans appealed to the circuit court. Read below for House Democrats’ letter to the court:3 3 2021 House Letter Dc Circuit Mark Green by Law&Crime on Scribd[image via YouTube]Have a tip we should know?
US warns of military response to rocket attack on Iraq base
       
At least 10 rockets targeted a military base in western Iraq that hosts U.S.-led coalition troops on Wednesday, March 3, 2021, the coalition and the Iraqi military said. At least 10 rockets targeted a military base in western Iraq that hosts U.S.-led coalition troops on Wednesday, March 3, 2021, the coalition and the Iraqi military said. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser, File)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. Those strikes were in response to an attack on American forces in northern Iraq earlier in February. “Coalition forces are in Iraq to fight Daesh at the invitation of the Iraqi government,” he tweeted, using the Arabic acronym for IS.
Senate GOP will force clerks to read bill to delay COVID relief vote
       
Democrats on Wednesday were grumbling over the prospect of having to factor an additional 10 hours of floor time into passing the bill. Any senator can force a reading of a bill on the floor but the formality is almost always skipped by unanimous consent to avoid wasting time. A Republican senator said Johnson will force a reading of the Senate substitute, which will include several changes compared to the 630-page House passed-relief bill. First Black secretary of Senate sworn in Republican Ohio Senate candidate calls on GOP rep to resign over impeachment vote MORE (D-N.Y.). Democrats have removed both projects from the Senate version of the bill.
ICC opens investigation into war crimes in Palestinian territories
       
The international criminal court has launched an investigation into alleged war crimes in the Palestinian territories, including the period covered by the 2014 Gaza war, potentially placing hundreds of Israelis – including soldiers and senior political figures – at risk of prosecution. The Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, added: “The decision of the international court to open an investigation against Israel today for war crimes is absurd. Of course it doesn’t say a word against Iran and Syria, and other tyrannical regimes, frequently committing real war crimes,” he said. The inquiry will also look at whether rocket fire by Hamas and other groups from Gaza amounts to war crimes. Hazem Qassem, a Hamas spokesperson in Gaza, told Reuters: “We welcome the ICC decision to investigate Israeli occupation war crimes against our people.
Health Canada allows more flexible storage and transportation conditions for Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine
       
Health Canada allows more flexible storage and transportation conditions for Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccineStatementOn March 3, 2021, Health Canada authorized a submission from Pfizer-BioNTech to allow its COVID-19 vaccine to be stored and transported at standard freezer temperatures (between -25°C and -15°C) for up to two weeks instead of ultra-cold conditions, facilitating more flexible transportation and local re-distribution of this vaccineMarch 3, 2021 | Ottawa, ON | Health CanadaToday, Health Canada authorized a submission from Pfizer-BioNTech to allow its COVID-19 vaccine to be stored and transported at standard freezer temperatures (between -25°C and -15°C) for up to two weeks instead of ultra-cold conditions, facilitating more flexible transportation and local re-distribution of this vaccine. This decision follows Health Canada’s receipt of a submission, on February 25, 2021 from Pfizer-BioNTech, to change the storage conditions of its vaccine. On December 9, 2020, Health Canada authorized the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine after a thorough, independent review which determined that this vaccine meets the Department’s stringent safety, efficacy and quality requirements. At that time, the Department authorized the vaccine to be stored at temperatures between -80ºC and -60ºC. Health Canada will continue to closely monitor the safety and efficacy associated with this change and will take appropriate action if any concerns are identified.
Facebook took down fake Iranian, Russian networks pushing political messages around the globe
       
WASHINGTON — Facebook announced Wednesday it recently took down separate networks of fake Iranian and Russian accounts attempting to promote pro-regime messages at home and stoke divisions inside targeted countries like Israel, underscoring the persistence of foreign influence campaigns on U.S.-based social media platforms. One of the Iranian networks used fake accounts to target audiences in Iraq, Afghanistan, Israel and the United Kingdom, posting memes, political cartoons and other content in Arabic, English, Pashto and Hebrew about news and domestic politics, Facebook said. FacebookFor profile pictures, Facebook said, the Russian accounts used celebrity or computer-generated photos, and the accounts appeared to have been created in bulk and purchased from a third-party broker. Facebook removed this post as part of a wider crackdown on fake Iranian and Russian accounts attempting to stoke political division. FacebookThe fake accounts were quickly detected by Facebook's automated systems and shut down, Nathaniel Geicher, Facebook's head of cybersecurity policy, told NBC News.
Garden Terrace Tenants Are Still Fighting for Repairs and Fair Housing
       
× Expand Photo by Kate Alexandrite Garden Terrace Union members march to the home of the man who manages Garden Terrace for its owner. At Durham’s Garden Terrace Apartments in Lakewood, resident Maryeri Sarmiento is tired of being ignored. “We want to get it fixed; we want to get it right and for everybody to be safe and happy.”The Garden Terrace Tenants UnionThe severe maintenance issues at Garden Terrace have shed light on a broader struggle. Fany Sarmiento, the union’s president and Maryeri’s sister, says that roughly three-fourths of Garden Terrace residents have joined the union. “There is no legal entity called the Garden Terrace Tenants Union,” he says.
India’s Muslim Journalists Are Under Attack
       
India’s Muslim Journalists Are Under Attack India’s Muslim Journalists Are Under Attack As the mainstream media has consolidated behind the BJP, independent journalism in India has become a dangerous activity. Already underrepresented in mainstream media, Muslim journalists make for easy, conspicuous targets—as Khan and others like her realized last February. He was also asked to drop his pants for proof he wasn’t Muslim (Muslim men are circumcised), according to a report in the Telegraph. As of December 31, 2020, according to the International Federation of Journalists, India ranks fourth in the list of countries most dangerous for journalists , with eight journalists killed in 2020. For journalists, especially Muslim journalists, in the new India, this training may turn out to be as essential to their reporting.
The Disaster in Texas Shows Why We Need to Cancel Utility Debt
       
Already disproportionately left longer in the dark, communities of color will likely bear the brunt of Texas’s brewing energy debt crisis. The situation in Texas illustrates the dangers of a broken system, and shows why we need to immediately cancel all utility debt and implement a national moratorium on utility shutoffs. Utility debt can reverberate for a person’s financial life, downgrading credit scores that are often key to opening a bank account or renting an apartment. In Massachusetts, State Rep. Erika Uyterhoeven introduced a utility debt cancellation bill to relieve residents who cumulatively hold over $351 million in arrears. We need quick relief in the form of cancelled utility debt and a moratorium on utility shutoffs — but we also need to fight for a vision of utility justice that repairs past harm and fulfills basic human rights.
Can a Federal Job Guarantee Unite the Left?
       
is attempting to push a job guarantee into the political mainstream. ?“It’s time, if we’re really serious about a reckoning, that we enter into a third reconstruction to truly have a robust and just recovery from this pandemic, and a federal job guarantee should be a part of that. One alluring quality of a job guarantee is that it could fit snugly together with almost any other progressive priority. “If you do a job guarantee correctly, and you build in certain requirements, you are setting a standard. The economist Darrick Hamilton estimated in 2015 that a federal job guarantee would have an all-in cost of around $50,000 per job — $750 billon to employ the 15 million unemployed at the peak of the Great Recession, though far less during normal years.
France’s New Culture Warriors
       
Most importantly, Macron has signed off on all this: Vidal serves at his discretion and the president evidently has her back. While the witch hunt against campus radicalism in the United States peaked in the 1990s and early 2000s, the French culture warriors have only now picked up the dubious cause. It now heads to the Senate, which is already slated to take up a separate “general security law” later this month. Related Article The Fight Against France’s Global Security Law Is Far From Over Meerabelle JesuthasanHow did this happen? Now that he and his party have directed their efforts to culture and civil society, that willingness to pursue their agenda at all costs is even clearer.
I’m a Military Spouse. The Capitol Attack Reminded Me of a War Zone.
       
“Are you okay?” asked a friend and military spouse in the voicemail she left for me on the afternoon the mob of Trump supporters breached the Capitol so violently. I listened to concerns that the far-right nationalist attack on the Capitol would, sooner or later, inspire violence against their own families. The Isolation of Military ServiceThere are about 2 million Americans who serve in the US military and 2.6 million more who are military spouses and dependents. Military spouses also care for children in mourning, temporarily or in some cases permanently, over the loss of a parent. And the military that’s been fighting those hopeless, bloody wars in distant lands for so long is on edge, too.
Bernie Is Right: We Shouldn’t Let the Senate Parliamentarian Block a $15 Minimum Wage
       
He has promised to force a vote on the $15 minimum wage this week. While $15 an hour still isn’t really enough to live on, it would more than double the current minimum wage. Even so-called deficit hawks, who oppose greater government spending on principle, should be behind a minimum wage hike. For the duration of Barack Obama’s presidency, the value of the minimum wage plummeted, when adjusted for inflation. The point here is not that Republicans care a great deal about helping minimum wage workers — they don’t.
Democrats Need to Hold Andrew Cuomo Accountable
       
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I Would Not, Could Not, Read Those Books to Kids!
       
Most parents can’t screw up “bedtime story”: pick book, read book, collect “good parent” points, the end. The first time it happened to me, I was reading from a compilation of Dr. Seuss books and was in the middle of If I Ran the Zoo. They’re not on anybody’s top-10 Seuss books or part of anybody’s cherished memories. Rejecting some Seuss books, while contextualizing others, and preserving the good ones is not “cancel culture,” it’s the other thing Republicans don’t like: nuance. I too would like to put my brain on autopilot while I read my kids a bedtime story.
The devastating, irreparable death of Aruká Juma
       
Aruká Juma / Odair Leal/Amazônia RealManaus, Amazonas — The death of the last survivor of the Juma people, the warrior Amoim Aruká, from complications linked to COVID-19, is an incalculable tragedy. He fought for the demarcation of his people’s lands which were only ratified as an Indigenous Territory (TI) belonging to the Juma in 2004. In August 2020 the Bolsonaro government said that it would install the barrier on the Assuã river, in the Tufari Biological Reserve (REBIO), outside the Juma Indigenous Territory. The Sanitary Barrier would be controlled by the Military Police and overseen by the Humaitá Special Indigenous Sanitary District (DSEI). The government assassinated Aruká Juma.
What the trees of Notre Dame have to tell us
       
The smoke-filled frame of the Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral. ReporterreOn April 15, 2019, watching television footage of Notre Dame Cathedral burning, I wept like millions of other French people and others around the world. We must invite poets and geographers to investigate the emotional link which draws us to this place we call “Notre Dame de Paris.” Because it is, without doubt, this compound of the collective and the individual, of the cultural and the historic, that makes the presence of Notre Dame much more than a simple religious proposition. The construction of Notre Dame de Paris was undertaken at a time of widespread land clearance and cultivation, which brought untold riches to the territory of France. The wound left in Paris by the fire in Notre Dame is a reflection of the rending of the tissue of existence by our cities and our ways of life.
Biden: With Defense Production Act, enough vaccines by end of May – People's World
       
A worker packs a box of the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine into a cooler for shipping from a facility in Shepherdsville, Ky., Monday, March 1, 2021. Biden credited the stepped-up timetable to his ongoing use of the Defense Production Act and the establishment of a partnership between two long-time corporate rivals, Merck and Johnson and Johnson. Biden said the country is in a “war” against the coronavirus, justifying his sweeping measures against it. “When we came into office, the prior administration had contracted for not nearly enough vaccine to cover adults in America. First, the Republican governor of one huge state announces he will ignore the president’s pleas for caution and that he will end mask mandates and immediately open up his state entirely.
‘Back of the Moon’: A Noirish apartheid-era South African film
       
Back of the Moon still, courtesy of The Bomb / Videovision EntertainmentDirector/co-writer and Oscar nominee Angus Gibson’s Back of the Moon is another example of why I love PAFF—the Pan African Virtual Film + Arts Festival. If not for this festival film buffs like moi probably would never have heard of, let alone had the opportunity to see, this highly entertaining South African movie. Moon is a gangster film in the way that Jean-Luc Godard’s 1959 New Wave Breathless is. On the one hand, he is indeed a tough hombre who brawls with the boxing champion Strike (South African actor S’Dumo Mtshali). This year’s 29th annual Pan African Virtual Film + Arts Festival is taking place Feb. 28-March 14.
Politicians Should Not Be Idolized
       
Cuomo was praised for his leadership by citizens and politicians alike. The United States’ shining example of crisis leadership has quickly begun to fall from grace. However, Cuomo’s rapid descent from patriotic hero to just another sleazy politician provides a lesson for the U.S. public: idolizing politicians is dangerous and foolish. Praising politicians for their basic competency shows them that we do not expect any meaningful change, and care more about optics than legislative progress. Fostering a cult of celebrity around politicians puts them above us, the people.
Dolly Parton, National Treasure, Sings Updated Version of "Jolene" as She Gets COVID Vaccine
       
Dolly gets a dose of her own medicine. @VUMChealth pic.twitter.com/38kJrDzLqC — Dolly Parton (@DollyParton) March 2, 2021Dolly Parton is getting a dose of her own medicine . On Tuesday, the singer shared a video of herself receiving her first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Dolly previously donated $1 million toward vaccine development at Nashville's Vanderbilt University. Being the gem that she is, Dolly also delighted fans with an updated version of her hit song "Jolene" for the occasion, singing, "Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine / I'm begging of you, please, don't hesitate / Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine / 'Cause once you're dead, then that's a bit too late."
How Do I Know If My COVID Vaccine Side Effects Aren't Actually COVID?
       
If you're one of the 10 percent of Americans who have received the COVID vaccine, you may be concerned with side effects you've experienced like fatigue and chills. How do you know if what you're feeling isn't actually COVID? These side effects usually last between two and four days. It is possible to contract COVID after the first or second dose of the vaccine; the vaccine is most effective after both shots, usually administered weeks apart. If you get COVID after the first shot, Dr. Kappagoda said, the CDC recommends going ahead with the second shot.
Report: 2020 was the worst year for democracy in recent history
       
These are a few of the sobering conclusions in the 2021 Freedom in the World report, an annual quantitative measurement of the state of democracy globally. But 2020 is the single worst year in that entire “democratic recession,” as the organization terms it. And some of the historically free countries that should be helping save democracy — the United States foremost among them — are actually part of the problem. What the Freedom House report found — and why it mattersThe Freedom in the World ranking is one of the oldest and best-known quantitative measures of democracy. In that sense, the struggle against anti-democratic forces in the United States — the Trumpist faction of the GOP foremost among them — isn’t just an American issue.
A Definitive List of All the UK Music Festivals That You Won't Want to Miss in 2021
       
A majority of live music festivals were understandably cancelled last year, but as more and more vaccinations are administered and dates on the United Kingdom roadmap are confirmed, a number of organisers are starting to share their plans for the year ahead. For festivals like Isle of Wight, this means delaying festivities for until after June, while for major players, like Glastonbury, news of this year's event has yet to be announced. Either way, there's a lot of news floating around about the state of live music, and it can be overwhelming trying to keep track of what's going ahead and what isn't. To help you plan your year right, we've rounded up all of this year's UK festivals and whether they're happening, cancelled, or postponed. Scroll through to check out the status of your favourite festival.
Covid-19 vaccines are finally, truly coming for every American adult soon
       
All of a sudden, the news on the US Covid-19 vaccine front seems immensely positive. As he told reporters, “We’re now on track to have enough vaccine supply for every adult in America by the end of May” — two months earlier than the July timeline he gave before. When Biden first said he wanted to get 1 million vaccines administered a day, that goal seemed ambitious in the context of a messy rollout. Today, the US has swept way ahead of Biden’s original goal of 1 million vaccines a day. Will the federal government ship out the vaccine supply quickly, and support states and localities in actually administering those doses?
The key ingredient that could hold back vaccine manufacturing
       
That’s where lipid nanoparticles, which are made of ingredients like cholesterol and harder-to-make specialty compounds like the ionizable cationic lipid, come in. Again, not every Covid-19 vaccine or vaccine candidate is built like those from Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine candidate as well as the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine don’t rely on mRNA or lipid nanoparticles. Rather, experts told Recode the challenges in scaling up production of these necessary chemicals could be holding back vaccine production in general. But even as we continue to discover and resolve new hurdles in the Covid-19 vaccine roll-out, more challenges will surely lie ahead.
“It all happened so fast”: 3 people on getting the Covid-19 vaccine by chance
       
Cities, especially in majority Black and Hispanic neighborhoods, also have health deserts, which has led to people in these communities getting vaccinated at a lower rate. If not for his quick thinking, the vaccine doses would have been wasted, and the charges have since been dropped. Here are three stories, edited and condensed for clarity, of people across the United States lucky enough to get a vaccine by chance. Both my mother and father have underlying health conditions and they haven’t yet met their granddaughter, so that was my main motivation for getting vaccinated. But the fact that they were able to redistribute all of them and not waste a vaccine was really good.
The Cuomo sexual harassment allegations are a test for Democrats
       
When the first woman came forward to report sexual harassment by New York Gov. In other words, if Cuomo is a test for Democrats, he’s unlikely to be the last one — or the hardest. And what Democrats do about Cuomo will be, to some degree, a test of how seriously they take sexual harassment allegations in an era when they’re in power. On the other hand, Cuomo was already damaged in the public eye when the most recent allegations came to light. But the allegations against Cuomo will be just one of many tests of Democrats’ values in the coming months and years.
Covid-19 cases are down, vaccinations are up. But the US shouldn’t declare victory yet.
       
It’s the season, it seems, for proclaiming premature victory in the war against Covid-19. Texas currently has 11.2 percent of its Covid-19 tests coming back positive, a rate that suggests significant community spread. Abbott likewise urged Texans to be safe, even as he rolled back the state’s pandemic rules. We are in fact living in a new reality: Cases have dropped 82 percent among nursing home residents since vaccinations began. But what distinguishes this from the prior ones is the Covid-19 vaccines.
The danger of the new skepticism
       
Skepticism is, generally speaking, the doubting of a certain premise, or taking a questioning stance on a given topic. But in the 21st century, a certain kind of skepticism has become a thorn in the side of science itself. “The ancient skeptics would talk about skepticism as a ‘medicine for the mind,’” says Baron Reed, a philosophy professor at Northwestern University and the co-editor of Skepticism: From Antiquity to the Present. “In science, skepticism doesn’t just mean that you doubt,” McIntyre says. “It means that when there’s sufficient evidence, you believe.”Oyakawa knows how hard it is to achieve a truly healthy skepticism.
The Keystone XL pipeline is officially dead. Here’s what Biden and Trudeau should do next.
       
If Biden and Trudeau are really serious about bilateral collaboration on climate change, the cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline should be a starting point. The Keystone XL pipeline, briefly explainedThe Keystone XL pipeline became an almost perfect example of the various stakeholders — Native communities, climate activists, scientists, policymakers, farmers, landowners, and everyday citizens — engaging in the broader debate about climate change. Environmental groups took note of Indigenous opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline. “The Keystone XL pipeline was never about any single pipeline. The first step in canceling Keystone XL for good is removing the existing Keystone pipeline infrastructure — which Biden and Trudeau could work together to make happen.
Choreographed sex, 6 feet apart
       
The crux of the answer lies with a project’s intimacy coordinator. Intimacy coordinators haven’t been around that long. Spearheaded by former stunt coordinators, actors, and many women in film and theater, an intentional, organized effort came together to mend this gap. Schachter estimates that there are 80-plus intimacy coordinators in training or graduated in the US as of late 2020. Intimacy coordinators have to account for the least comfortable actor in the room when shooting a simulated sex scene.
Sacha Jafri sets Guinness World Record for his painting ‘The Journey of Humanity’
       
Dubai-based artist Sacha Jafri has outdone himself by pushing his boundaries and scored himself a Guinness World Record for his latest piece of art. The ace artist Jafri has officially set the Guinness World Record title for ‘The Largest Art Canvas’ in the world, for his painting ‘The Journey of Humanity’ measuring a whopping 17,000 sq ft.From March to September last year for a period of 28 weeks, the artist completed the painting at Atlantis, The Palm during the Covid-19 lockdown. The main highlight of the painting was the motive behind painting it. The painting was officially unveiled in Dubai on February 25 wherein the who’s who of the city were present. His excitement knew no bounds and taking to Instagram he wrote, “We did it, the Guinness World Record..!!
Why so many manatees are suddenly dying
       
But in early 2021, manatee deaths have suddenly spiked, with nearly 360 known deaths as of mid-February, reports the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). But the certain cause or causes of this abrupt spike are still being investigated, as a majority (68 percent) of dead manatees have not yet been necropsied by the state. There have been too many sick or dying manatees to save in the estuaries off the Atlantic coast of Florida. Some of the dead manatees died from cold stress, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reported. "We’re seeing a significant number of manatees dying from starvation and malnutrition," Rose said.
'Vaccinate first if you want to perform the hajj', Saudi Arabia declares
       
Southeast Asia is home to millions of Muslims who used to travel on holy pilgrimages — hajj — to Mecca before the pandemic struck. It recently ruled that only people who've been vaccinated can perform the hajj in 2021. “The COVID-19 vaccine is mandatory for those willing to come to the hajj and will be one of the main conditions (for receiving a permit to come),” Saudi newspaper Okaz reported on March 1, 2021. While it's unclear if people from outside Saudi Arabia can travel to perform the hajj since travel restrictions are still in place, being vaccinated is now part of the main conditions. The pilgrimage, which attracts some 2.5 million people from the world and is a major source of earning for Saudi Arabia, saw its pilgrim numbers reduced by 1,000 in 2020.
Covid-19 vaccine declared mandatory for Hajj pilgrims this year
       
Covid-19 vaccine has been declared mandatory by the Saudi government for all the pilgrims intending to perform Hajj this year, announced the Health Minister, Dr Tawfiq Al-Rabiah. Meanwhile, the healthcare workers participating during the Umrah and Hajj season will also have to get the coronavirus vaccine, and for that the Saudi government will be establishing a vaccination committee. The cases and death count in the country is increasing daily with five more deaths reported on Tuesday. The ministry also reported 302 new cases, meaning that 378,002 people have now contracted the disease. Saudis and expats in the Kingdom continue to receive their doses of the covid-19 vaccine, with 885,411 people having been inoculated.
Pakistan to get over 10 million covid-19 vaccine doses under Covax, 0.5 million more from China
       
Covax – a global initiative aimed at equitable access to covid-19 vaccines – will be rolling out vaccine doses soon and Pakistan will be getting over 10 million doses under the program before June, the Covax scheme announced. Along with Pakistan Nigeria and Indonesia will also be getting over 10 million vaccine doses each. Under the Covax programme, around 238.2 million doses will be distributed around the world by the end of May, with an aim to boost access to coronavirus jabs in poorer nations. Under these plans, the five biggest confirmed recipients of the vaccine jabs are Pakistan (14,640,000), Nigeria (13,656,000), Indonesia (11,704,800), Bangladesh (10,908,000) and Brazil (9,122,400). Aside from Covax, Pakistan will also be getting 500,000 more doses of Sinopharm vaccine from China as a gift.
Twitter rolls out 'strike system' to curb misleading facts about covid-19 vaccine
       
Twitter has rolled out its new “strike system” against users who are spreading misinformation about the coronavirus vaccine on the social media platform. The microblogging website in a recent blog post said, "We believe the strike system will help to educate the public on our policies and further reduce the spread of potentially harmful and misleading information on Twitter. The fourth strike will result in account being sidelined for seven days and the fifth strike will accounts permanently suspended, Twitter said. Twitter last year started making efforts to curb the spread of fake or misleading new about covid-19 and the vaccine developed against the virus, which included suggestions that vaccines are used to harm or control people. Since the start, Twitter has removed over 8,400 tweets and notified some 11.5 million accounts worldwide about violations of its covid-19 information rules.
How to create a more inclusive future post-COVID with disability advocate Alice Wong
       
There are two major lessons to be learned from the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Alice Wong, founder and director of the Disability Visibility project. First, we must stop striving for a return to some form of pre-COVID 'normality', because really, it wasn't that great for everyone. Instead, it left so many people out of the conversation about how to solve the crisis — marginalized people, scientists, people with disabilities. The second lesson is that we now have a chance to rethink the world, to re-envision the future and this time, we, as a global community, can't afford to turn anyone away.
What Will We Want When We Can Travel Again?
       
Searching for Italy, then, is a gift, equally wholesome in intention—Tucci tours Italy and explores how its food intermingles with its history—and knowing in subtext. Searching for Italy takes its audience through the most obvious stops on the Italian itinerary (Rome! Enthused by history and slyly aware of his power, Tucci has the distinct vibes of a chaperone on a girls’-school summer field trip. Filming on Searching for Italy began before COVID-19 hit the country and concluded after the first Italian lockdown ended last summer. The Naples episode, which aired in February, is affected by the pandemic, if not entirely altered by it.
America’s Andrew Cuomo Problem
       
Cable-news shows treated Andrew Cuomo like a living legend this summer, thanks to his supposedly superlative handling of the coronavirus pandemic, yet his past few weeks really have been the stuff of myth. Cuomo’s COVID-19 approach no longer looks quite so good. Read: No, COVID-19 is not a metaphorThe more immediate threat to Cuomo are claims of sexual harassment. Cuomo has insisted that his behavior was misinterpreted as flirting and, in short, apologized if anyone was offended, while remaining essentially defiant about the actual behavior. There have been a few calls for Cuomo to resign, though so far they are not widespread.
The Invisible Artistry of Asian Actors
       
Yet Chung has reason to worry that Han’s understated performance is being overlooked: Hollywood has an unsettling history of ignoring Asian actors for awards, even if their projects are critically acclaimed. Last year, Bong Joon-Ho’s Parasite became the first foreign-language film to win Best Picture at the Oscars. But despite the film’s six nominations and four wins, its stellar all-Korean cast was snubbed, igniting a conversation about the movie industry’s long-standing disregard for Asian actors. Despite the odds, she became the only Asian American woman to win that award in the Globes’ 77-year history. Read: The double meaning of the American dreamAs more creators of color break through and tell different kinds of stories, Hollywood’s snubbing of Asian actors is becoming especially obvious and newly urgent.
Who Would Volunteer to Fact-Check Twitter?
       
Read: How a fake baby is bornI’m telling this story because I think it’s funny, but also because it illustrates a core problem with Birdwatch at this stage: There is no good reason for most people to volunteer to fact-check Twitter. A few of them have already been more than willing to give of their time. His idea was to distribute the responsibility for catching and cornering misinformation across the entire Twitter community. Regular users might be able to move faster than machines when misinformation popped up in their social circles. Coleman acknowledged that the notes contain “quite a variety of quality,” so far, and said that his team expected this.
ID Requirements Are Meant To Stop Vaccine Tourists, But They Can Also Shut Out Vulnerable Residents
       
After a handful of out-of-towners made headlines for flying into Florida to get vaccinated, the state announced a crackdown on “vaccine tourism” in January. When Florida initially opened its vaccine appointment system to adults 65 and older, it didn’t make residency a requirement. As the vaccine rollout has ramped up, New Mexicans have been traveling to Texas for shots, and Georgians to Alabama. But a nurse, supervisor, and the site director initially refused to give him the shot because he didn’t have a photo ID. This time, workers at the vaccine site claimed that he needed a government-issued ID with his birthdate, according to Bri.
International megatrial of coronavirus treatments is at a standstill
       
International megatrial of coronavirus treatments is at a standstillScience 's COVID-19 reporting is supported by the Heising-Simons Foundation. The only global trial of potential COVID-19 treatments is languishing. “The Solidarity trial is now on pause,” he says. Hundreds of smaller studies of experimental COVID-19 therapies have not included enough patients to convincingly rule in or out any drugs. The Recovery trial also produced important results, including showing in June 2020 that the cheap steroid dexamethasone could cut deaths from COVID-19 by one-third.
Watch the winners of this year’s ‘Dance Your Ph.D.’ contest
       
Watch the winners of this year’s ‘Dance Your Ph.D.’ contestYou may never look at clouds the same way again. And it has just won Science ’s annual “Dance Your Ph.D.” contest. It took 2 months of prep and rehearsal for the “scientific cluster,” as the students call themselves, to finish the video. The Dance Your Ph.D. contest has been challenging scientists to explain their research through dance for 14 years now. A panel of judges composed of previous winners and world-renowned artists and scientists looked for the best combinations of science and art.
Isle Of Wight Festival 2021: Dates, Ticket Info & More
       
So, the question is how do you get tickets to the Isle Of Wight Festival 2021? Isle Of Wight Festival 2021Taking place at Seaclose Park, The Isle of Wight Festival is confirmed for 16-19 September, 2021. Are Isle of Wight Festival 2020 Tickets Valid For 2021? Good news if you purchased Isle Of Wight tickets in 2020, as all existing tickets remain valid for September 2021. Isle of Wight Festival joins Leeds and Reading Festival and Parklife, all of which have announced they will be hosting events this year.
NKOTB's Jonathan Knight Has A New Show About His Side Hustle
       
Jonathan Knight may be best known as a member of New Kids on the Block, but for the past 25 years, he's also been flipping farmhouses in New England. In 2016, Knight proposed to Rodriguez, who's a personal trainer, on an African vacation with their parents. And then that all just stopped," Knight told People. Knight Started A House-Flipping BusinessAfter New Kids disbanded in 1994, Knight had a bit of an identity crisis. Until then, you can get your fair share of New Kids on Farmhouse Fixer: Knight told ET that his brother and bandmate Jordan will make a cameo.
What Happens When A Group Of Roommates All Gets COVID
       
But the week before the group was set to move into their final space together, Megan tested positive for COVID. What follows is their description of the weeks the roommates got COVID and the tensions that arose when they were forced to take care of each other. She got a rapid test and texted us that she tested positive shortly after. In the end, the roommates who tested positive decided to confine themselves. The same thing happened two days later — the other roommate tested positive.
Doctors On What Activities You Can & Can't Do Once You're Vaccinated
       
But because vaccines are just as much about herd immunity as they are about individual immunity, what can you safely do once you're vaccinated for COVID? "We are only fully vaccinated if it’s been 14 days after the second dose of mRNA vaccines," Dr. Bhuyan explains. What Are The Safest Activities After You're Vaccinated? Any variation on being indoors and eating (unmasked) is going to be a much bigger risk, even after you're vaccinated. "Interacting with others who are fully vaccinated is one of the lower risk activities you can do," Dr. Bhuyan says.
What's Happening With The Reclassification Of Contraceptive Pills In The UK?
       
Over the last twelve months, studies have highlighted how difficult it’s been for some people to access contraception and basic sexual healthcare. Elsewhere, 24% of respondents said they’ve needed to access contraception but felt like they’d been left in the dark about how to access it. The Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency are leading the public consultation on the reclassification of two contraceptive pills to discover ways in which to make them more accessible during COVID and beyond. Which Contraceptive Pill(s) Would This Impact? Right now, the pills are under public consultation – meaning people are invited to share their opinions about whether or not they should be reclassified.
Lydia West Will Never Say Goodbye To Jill, Not Really
       
“She’s driven from a place of love and care,” West tells me over Zoom from her Hackney home. The final episode would fast-forward three decades to find Jill still working in health care and feeling a little lost. I mean, jumping a couple of years into the future is what Russell does best.”Even without the timehop and extra episode, Jill remains one of the show’s most cherished characters. We show up for people we care about.”1 / 2Born in London, West grew up surrounded by people showing up. Nalder also plays Jill’s own mother in the show, something West discovered by text the night before the initial read-through.
Health officials say Super Bowl 55 events were not a COVID-19 super spreader in Tampa
       
Hillsborough County health officials have determined that official events held around Super Bowl 55 resulted in 57 total COVID-19 cases, despite the thousands of fans who traveled to Tampa to attends the game and surrounding events. Wiese did say, however, that the county saw an increase in the positivity rate in the weeks following the game. "This information, along with the low numbers that were reported, really leads to the conclusion that transmission that was occurring after the Super Bowl was the family get-togethers, the house-hold parties, the bars and restaurants that had unofficial gatherings and events associated with the Super Bowl," Wiese said. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs, 31-9 in the game on February 7. “The Super Bowl was not a super-spreader,” Higgins said.
Canadian incel found guilty in van attack that killed 10 people, mostly women, in Toronto
       
Alek Minassian faced 10 counts of first-degree murder and 16 counts of attempted murder in connection with the April 23, 2018, attack. INCELS: The dangerous idea of being owed sexHe admitted to police that he drove a rental van into crowds of pedestrians in a busy north Toronto neighborhood. “His attack on these 26 victims that day was an act of a reasoning mind,” Molloy said. Autism Canada denounced what it called “egregious claims” by Minassian’s lawyer that the man didn’t know what he was doing was wrong because he has autism spectrum disorder. “Make no mistake, this was an attack fueled by misogyny and hatred of women and should be treated as such.”More:Are incels terrorists?
Covid-19 Live Updates: Biden’s Call for Vaccinating Educators Is Part of Ambitious Schools Plan
       
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. “This pilot plan will maximize the initial doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and get as many shots in arms as possible,” Mr. Cuomo said. “We’ll reserve as much as we can for that," Mr. de Blasio said of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Xi Jinping calls US ‘biggest threat’ to China’s security
       
?Communist Party leader Xi Jinping warned that the United States is the “biggest threat” to China’s security ?while touting the country’s economic ?outlook, proclaiming that “the East is rising and the West is declining,” according to a report on Wednesday. “The biggest source of chaos in the present-day world is the United States,” Xi said, ?the New York Times reported. ?“The United States is the biggest threat to our country’s development and security.”?The report cited Xi’s remarks to a county official in northwest China, published on a government website. Xi is expected to present a plan this week for how he will shepherd China’s continued ascent to the National People’s Congress, the Communist Party-backed legislature. The Chinese Communist Party is facing backlash from the Biden administration, which has said it will crack down on Beijing’s human rights abuses.
Michael Moore says Texans don’t deserve vaccine
       
So u don’t need our precious vaccine. “Yes, we must and will find a way to vaccinate the poor and people of color in Texas. Michael Moore was ripped on social media for saying that people who live in Texas don’t deserve the COVID-19 vaccine. “The rest of us must find a way to protect ourselves from the policies and politicians of Texas,” Moore wrote. Many criticized the “Bowling for Columbine” director for saying Texans don’t deserve the vaccine, regardless of who they voted for.
Rush Limbaugh laid to rest in Missouri after private ceremony
       
Legendary conservative talk radio show host Rush Limbaugh was laid to rest during a small, private ceremony in his home state of Missouri, his widow Kathryn Limbaugh has revealed. ?She also talked about how she and Rush Limbaugh?, 70,? discussed plans for his funeral last October. ?“The sun was shining brightly at the Missouri funeral home, not like the icy snow a week before,” she said. The cemetery in St. Louis was reminiscent of Arlington National Cemetery outside Washington, DC, and included the remains of a number of historic figures. It was absolutely stunning with a beautiful oak tree over Rush with the sun shining down on him.”
NY AG settles with New York Sports Club after COVID membership scandal
       
“A public health crisis did not give these gyms license to lift up their finances through unlawful charges,” James said in a prepared statement. NYSC and Lucille Roberts facilities are now being run by a different company, and the new owners are not involved in the case, James’ office said. New York Attorney General Letitia James takes a question at a news conference in New York on Aug. 6, 2020. Kathy Willens/AP,FileStill, the judgment “is not intended to be, and should not be construed as, an admission of liability by TSI,” the court filing reads. TSI lawyer Donald Derrico told The Post, “We do not comment on litigation matters and/or resolutions.”Victims can file complaints to recoup their losses through James’ office.
Biden faces steep challenges to reach renewable energy goals
       
Disruption from the pandemic has cost the renewable energy industry, which relies heavily on labor, about 450,000 jobs. To reach Biden’s 100 percent renewable energy goal will require a massive buildout of grid infrastructure to get energy from the windy plains or offshore wind farms over long distances to cities where electricity is needed. The wind power industry and clean energy advocates say the new administration can make the country an offshore wind power leader. Estimates of employment in the US clean energy sector range from about 700,000 to 3 million jobs. “Justice for disadvantaged communities and welcoming legacy energy workers into the clean power workforce are vital aspects of the success of the clean energy transition,” said Heather Zichal, chief executive officer of the American Clean Power Association.
CDC slams Texas for lifting COVID mask order amid vaccine optimism
       
Both White House officials and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday slammed Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s move to lift the state’s mask mandate — imploring Americans to ignore science-snubbing elected officials as highly-contagious new COVID-19 variants threaten the fight against the virus. But despite more doses and vaccine success on the horizon, the CDC on Wednesday also criticized Texas for scrapping the mask order — insisting caution is needed as the US reaches a “critical nexus” in the pandemic. Getty Images“We have been very clear that now is not the time to release full restrictions,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky at a White House briefing in reference to Texas. Abbott said, “It’s time to reopen Texas 100 percent.”North Dakota, Montana and Iowa have also lifted mask mandates in recent weeks.
Kroy and Kim Zolciak-Biermann test positive for COVID-19
       
Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Kim Zolciak-Biermann and husband Kroy Biermann have tested positive for COVID-19. InstagramThe “Don’t Be Tardy” star, 42, announced the news on Tuesday on her Instagram Story where she posted a photo of her and 35-year-old husband hooked up to IVs. “My nurses were absolutely phenomenal.”The Biermanns’ diagnosis came more than a month after Kim’s daughter Brielle Biermann came down with the respiratory illness. At the time, she said she was “bored” quarantining away from her family in their in-home salon. “I’ve been beyond bored,” Brielle said.
Live updates Biden criticizes governors of Texas, Mississippi for ending mask mandates amid ongoing pandemic
       
Biden on Wednesday sharply criticized the decisions by Texas Gov. … The last thing, the last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking — that, 'In the meantime, everything’s fine. Forget it.’ It still matters.”Biden added that it is “critical, critical, critical” that state leaders “follow the science” and that Americans continue to wear masks and follow social distancing guidelines. “I wish the heck some of our elected officials would.”On Tuesday, Abbott ended his state’s mask mandate and boasted in all-caps on Twitter that “Texas is OPEN 100%. “We need to remain vigilant,” Psaki said at a daily press briefing.
Race in America: Rise in Anti-Asian Violence
       
LIVE Washington Post LiveRace in America: Rise in Anti-Asian ViolenceAsian Americans have been increasingly targeted in verbal and physical attacks since the coronavirus pandemic. A spate of recent assaults against seniors, including one that resulted in the death of an 84-year-old Thai man, has renewed national attention around the issue. On Wednesday, March 3 at 2:00pm ET, national reporter Michelle Ye Hee Lee speaks with actor/producer Daniel Dae Kim, about the growing fears in the community, calls for action and his own advocacy.
New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo says he will not resign, offers new apology for his behavior with women
       
“I have learned from what has been an incredibly difficult situation for me as well as other people,” he said. “I feel awful about it, and frankly I am embarrassed by it, and that is not easy to say. Some New York legislators and one House member from the state’s Democratic delegation, have called for his resignation. She said she gave a statement about the interaction with a special counsel to the governor and showed the New York Times contemporaneous text messages discussing Cuomo’s behavior. “It is my way of greeting people.” He noted that it was also a habit of his father, former New York Gov.
2021 Atlantic Sun Conference men's basketball tournament: Matchups, players to know & more
       
The 2021 Atlantic Sun Conference men’s basketball tournament will determine which team gets an automatic bid to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. The games will be played either at Jacksonville University or North Florida with the championship being played in North Florida. Here is the ASUN conference tournament. 2 seed in the conference tournament. Carter Hendricksen, North Florida: Hendricksen is in the top five in scoring with 15.1 points per game.
Wynonna Judd says she wept upon seeing sister Ashely Judd for the first time following her leg injury
       
Wynonna Judd revealed that she wept when she finally saw her sister, Ashley Judd, following her harrowing accident in the Congo last month. Now, she explains, she’s getting to work as a big sister and trying to give Ashley the comforts of home life. ASHLEY JUDD IN ICU AFTER SHATTERING HER LEG IN AFRICA"I was looking up how to wash hair for someone who’s lying down in bed because she texted me, ‘Can you wash my hair?’" Wynonna told the outlet. "Therein lies the job of a big sister right there," she added. Can you wash my hair?’ I said, ‘Sure,’ so I’m looking up ways to wash someone’s hair lying down."
Rubio slams $1.9T COVID relief bill: Bailout for 'predator' Cuomo, 'irresponsible' Newsom
       
The coronavirus relief package is a "fraud" because it includes measures that go beyond the scope of providing aid to Americans that struggled during the pandemic, Sen. Marco Rubio said on Wednesday. You put out a bill, you call it COVID relief, and people that are on their way to work, what they hear on the news is $1.9 trillion in COVID relief. And people are like, OK, that's good because we need relief and $1.9 trillion is a lot of money and so forth. The problem is that's not what the bill is," Rubio, R-Fla., told "Fox & Friends." Rubio said that he "is prepared to vote for more coronavirus relief."
Frye Festival founder Billy McFarland breaks silence in first TV interview
       
Frye Festival founder and promoter Billy McFarland is breaking his silence in his first TV interview since being sentenced to six years in prison for his role in the music festival scandal. In a new "20/20" episode, ABC News speaks directly with McFarland, who admits that lied to investors and ticket buyers. "I knowingly lied to them to raise money for the festival, yes," McFarland says. FYRE FESTIVAL PROMOTER SENTENCED TO SIX YEARS IN PRISON"There's no way I can describe it other than, like, what the f**k was I thinking? McFarland admitted to defrauding investors of $26 million in the 2017 Fyre Festival and over $100,000 in a fraudulent ticket-selling scheme after his arrest in the scam.
Reservations are no longer required for Yosemite National Park
       
Yosemite National Park is going back to nature. Visitors to California’s largest national park will no longer need to secure reservations to drive into the 759,620-acre preserve. From Feb. 8 to Feb. 28, Yosemite required visitors to book a day-use reservation pass to heed coronavirus restrictions in the Golden State. "The health and safety of park visitors, employees, and partners continues to be our number one priority," the National Park Service (NPS) stressed in a statement. There were reportedly no cases of COVID-19 linked to the ever-popular national park this summer.
California Gov. Newsom sued by student-athletes over indoor sports ban: 'We're all just isolated'
       
A California high school student has filed a lawsuit against Gov. Gavin Newsom, claiming his ban on indoor high school sports brought on by the coronavirus pandemic is a violation of equal protection laws. "The state of California put in some guidelines and restrictions to allow college sports to come back," Grebing said. NEWSOM SUED BY CALIFORNIA STUDENTS OVER INDOOR HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS RESTRICTIONSGrebing told Bill Hemmer and Dana Perino he and his legal team could not find a legitimate reason for the state’s ban. But we really couldn’t find a bona fide or legitimate reason why they banned high school sports."
Can police search your house without a warrant?
       
The court has previously said that an officer in "hot pursuit" of a suspect believed to have committed a felony crime can enter the person’s home without a warrant if the person goes inside. But, as Justice Stephen Breyer said during the Feb. 24 arguments, there is "a bright-line rule that says hot pursuit is automatically exigent circumstances," meaning circumstances that are exceptions to the typical warrant requirements until the Fourth Amendment. Several justices, both liberal and conservative, suggested that making a distinction between felony and misdemeanor cases would be difficult and problematic. Lange’s lawyer, Jeffrey Fisher, told the justices that it is "not too much to ask for officers to procure a warrant before breaching the Fourth Amendment's most sacrosanct space." "The argument very simply is that hot pursuit has to be hot and it has to be a pursuit ... it has to involve a chase," he suggested.
Support for Cuomo's coronavirus response collapses as media pays attention to nursing home deaths: Study
       
Andrew Cuomo now that the mainstream media is spending time on his ongoing nursing home scandal, according to a new study. Sixty-five percent of those who were previously uninformed of Cuomo's nursing home policies had an unfavorable opinion of his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a study commissioned by the Media Research Center. MAINSTREAM MEDIA BLASTED FOR ‘BLATANT HYPOCRISY’ AFTER IGNORING SEXUAL HARASSMENT ALLEGATIONS AGAINST CUOMOCuomo was a darling of the liberal media and the nursing home scandals were largely ignored before recent sexual harassment allegations were made against him. As Cuomo takes heat over multiple sexual harassment allegations, news organizations that spent a portion of 2020 fawning over him are covering the nursing home tragedy. MRC president Brent Bozell feels the mainstream media is "complicit" in Cuomo’s nursing home scandal.
AstraZeneca's Dobber on ramping up Covid vaccine production
       
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailAstraZeneca's Dobber on ramping up Covid vaccine productionCNBC's Meg Tirrell talks with AstraZeneca's president of North America Ruud Dobber about how the company is ramping up its global vaccine rollout through Covax and U.S. phase-three vaccine study data.
Federal Reserve: Economic activity expanded modestly
       
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailFederal Reserve: Economic activity expanded modestlyCNBC's Steve Liesman reports the Fed's latest Beige Book report, a collection of anecdotes across the Fed's 12 districts, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact the U.S. economy.
Asian-owned small businesses saw an outsized pandemic impact last year
       
A small business owner in Chinatown, San Francisco Source: CNBCThe neighborhood has seen a downturn due to a lack of tourism not only in Chinatown, but the Bay Area at large. The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce says the ZIP code that houses most of Chinatown saw 75% of its storefronts become nonoperational at some point last year. "Covid-19 had a huge impact on tourism, which represents a major portion of San Francisco's income — 25.8 million visitors come to San Francisco [annually]," said Rodney Fong, president and CEO of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. More than 70,000 loans were made to Asian-owned businesses for a total of $3.9 billion in 2021. Chinatown, San Francisco Source: CNBCMinority-owned businesses are more likely to be non-employer firms and advocates say lenders may have been less incentivized to make smaller loans to these smaller businesses under the PPP as written last year.
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Chris Murray, a University of Washington disease expert whose projections on COVID-19 infections and deaths are closely followed worldwide, is changing his assumptions about the course of the pandemic. 'When will it end?'
Fed's Evans says he's 'optimistic' about recovery
       
FILE PHOTO: Chicago Federal Reserve Bank President Charles Evans looks on during the Global Interdependence Center Members Delegation Event in Mexico City, Mexico, February 27, 2020. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido(Reuters) - As more people get vaccinated and coronavirus infections come down, Chicago Federal Reserve Bank President Charles Evans on Wednesday said he is optimistic about the economic outlook and expects a “strong” rebound this year. Unemployment, now at 6.3%, will likely fall to closer to 5% by the end of the year, he said. But that overall rate masks millions on the sidelines, which if taken into account would give the current unemployment rate a read of 9% or higher, he said.
Cuomo apologizes but won't resign in wake of sexual harassment allegations
       
Slideshow ( 2 images )(Reuters) - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday said he will not resign in the wake of allegations that he sexually harassed young women but offered a fresh apology and vowed to “fully cooperate” with a review by the state’s attorney general. “I am not going to resign,” Cuomo told a news conference after he offered an emotional apology for what he said was behavior that made “people feel uncomfortable.”“I feel awful about it and frankly I am embarrassed by it,” said the governor who has been marred in recent weeks by a flurry of accusations, including that his administration sought to downplay the true number of elderly nursing home residents killed by COVID-19. Cuomo said his behavior was unintentional and maintained that he never touched anyone inappropriately but acknowledged that it is “custom” for him to kiss and hug people in greeting. “I understand that sensitivities have changed and behavior has changed and I get it, and I’m going to learn from it.”
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 ( 2 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.
"No dinosaur" - Carmaker Stellantis steps up electric ambitions
       
FILE PHOTO: The logo of Stellantis is seen at the main entrance of the FCA Mirafiori plant in Turin, Italy, January 18, 2021. Low global car inventories and cost cuts should help boost profit margins this year, though the carmaker is also looking beyond savings, Tavares said. Priorities for 2021 will also include defining a strategy for China, Tavares said, where some Stellantis brands have struggled more than rivals. Combined adjusted earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) amounted to 7.1 billion euros ($8.6 billion) at the group last year. At the end of 2020, combined liquidity stood at 57.4 billion euros and free cash flow at 3.3 billion euros.
GM extends production cuts due to chip shortage, Stellantis warns of lingering pain
       
Consumers have stocked up on laptops, gaming consoles and other electronic products during the pandemic, leading to tight chip supplies. The Detroit automaker had previously extended production cuts at three North American plants into mid-March and said vehicles at two other plants would only be partially built. Following Wednesday’s cuts, forecasting firm AutoForecast Solutions estimated GM could lose more than 216,000 units globally due to the shortage. Industry officials and politicians have pushed U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration to take a more active role in dealing with the chip shortage. Complicating matters was a severe winter storm in Texas last month that killed at least 21 people and led to the shutdown of several chip plants.
Bolsonaro says Brazil's economy shrank less than feared thanks to aid to poor
       
FILE PHOTO: Street vendors sell their goods at a closed commerce area in Rio de Janeiro's downtown, Brazil September 1, 2020. REUTERS/Ricardo MoraesBRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil’s economy shrank less than feared last year, thanks in part to the emergency aid paid to poor Brazilians by the government, President Jair Bolsonaro said on Wednesday. Brazil’s GDP decreased last year by 4.1%, the worst drop in decades, but Bolsonaro said this was not as bad as originally expected during the pandemic. Asked about renewing emergency aid payments that expired in December, he said the government was out of money and faced higher interest rates on a growing national debt. But he is expected to sign off on legislation now before Congress that would extend aid payments for another four months.
Oil gains as U.S. fuel stocks drop, OPEC+ considers deal rollover
       
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oil prices rose more than 3% on Wednesday, boosted by a huge drop in U.S. fuel inventories and expectations that OPEC+ producers might decide against increasing output when they meet this week. Gasoline inventories fell to 243.5 million barrels, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said, while distillate stockpiles fell by the most since 2003 to 143 million barrels. “This drop is 100% based upon the storm in Texas,” said John Kilduff, partner at Again Capital Markets in New York. Refining capacity use fell to just 56% of overall capacity, the lowest on record, as the U.S. Gulf Coast’s refining capacity use plunged to 40.9%, the lowest ever. Earlier, oil prices jumped after Reuters, citing three sources, reported that the OPEC+ group comprising the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and allies including Russia is considering rolling over production cuts from March into April rather than raising output.
Coronavirus frees UK’s Rishi Sunak from a Brexit budget
       
Put simply, COVID-19 is a big enough economic hole to hide Brexit in, according to economists. At least for now, the impact of Brexit appears to be a series of smaller cuts, compared to the pandemic’s swift and sudden blow. How much of that disruption to trade was COVID, what was Brexit, and how much is short-term or temporary?” said Julian Jessop, an independent economist. Realistically, data can’t offer a guide to how Brexit has impacted trade until the end of the year, he said. Brexit uncertainty is over and “we seem to be doing some things pretty well.”Want more analysis from POLITICO?
Judge sets first trial date for Capitol riot
       
Stills from surveillance video at the Capitol show Cua holding the baton while confronting a police officer in a hallway near the Senate chamber. Moss said that while Cua’s actions at the Capitol may have not been among the most egregious that day, his foreknowledge was incriminating. “Perhaps most troubling, sort of with uncanny foresight, he knew what was going to happen,” said the judge. “He was posting about going to the Capitol for the purpose of violence before it happened ... He predicted things were going to happen that I never in a million years would imagine would happen at our Capitol.
Meet the woman ready to come out of Cuomo’s shadow
       
| Gary Gershoff/Getty Images for Housing Works Meet the woman ready to come out of Cuomo’s shadow New York Lt. Gov. And now, as the number of Democrats calling for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s resignation seems to tick up every few hours, Hochul could soon become the second recent lieutenant governor to assume the state’s top post because of an incumbent's sexual misdeeds. The lieutenant governor has said little about the accusations against the governor, who is accused of sexually harassing two former staff members. But it’s a role she’s fiercely defended.
White House pushes Americans to wear masks despite governors lifting restrictions
       
White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Wednesday called on Americans to continue wearing masks and practice other pandemic mitigation measures even as governors in some states relax or altogether lift Covid restrictions. “This entire country has paid the price for political leaders who ignored the science when it comes to the pandemic,” Psaki said. You go to the grocery store and there’s Clorox wipes available. A year into this, that feels better, but there’s still more that needs to be done. We need to remain vigilant.”“We’re not asking people just to listen to the president," she also said.
POLITICO Playbook PM: NRCC chief to Trump: Please don’t
       
“‘The United States Capitol Police Department is aware of and prepared for any potential threats towards members of Congress or towards the Capitol complex,’ the agency said in a statement. Emmer, a longtime Trump supporter, wouldn’t go as far as to tell the head of his party to butt out completely, but his intentions were clear. Emmer has officially become the first member of Republican leadership to publicly caution Trump against acting out on his thirst for revenge. …“Senate Democrats need all 50 of their members to kick off consideration of the bill, a vote expected on Wednesday afternoon. 1125 South Ocean Blvd.” With picsWHITE HOUSE ARRIVAL LOUNGE — Reggie Greer has been appointed director of priority placement at PPO and senior adviser on LGBTQ issues at the White House.
As COVID-19 Spread, The Trump Administration Was Cutting Back On Workplace Inspections
       
New data from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration shows a historic drop in inspections performed by the agency while the coronavirus spread. OSHA conducted 21,674 inspections between October 2019 and September 2020, down from 33,393 the previous fiscal year. Debbie Berkowitz, a workplace safety expert at the National Employment Law Project, said in an email that the number of inspections carried out in fiscal year 2020 was the lowest on record going back at least two decades. They should have done at least 12,000 more inspections.” The Trump administration took withering criticism for its ?abysmal response to the workplace hazards posed by the virus. Employers tend to fix hazards more quickly when OSHA performs inspections onsite.
China poses 'biggest geopolitical test' for the U.S., says Secretary of State Blinken
       
WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Wednesday China represented America's "biggest geopolitical test of the 21st century," saying Beijing was the only country with enough power to jeopardize the current international order. And we will engage China from a position of strength," Blinken said in a speech laying out the Biden administration's foreign policy vision. Blinken said democracy was "under threat" and that the United States needed to lead by example and bolster democratic values around the world. Blinken's speech was titled "A Foreign Policy for the American People," and he stressed that the administration's policies would be designed always with American workers in mind. We will fight for every American job, and for the rights, protections and interests of all American workers," he said.
Inmates refuse inoculations; new vaccine arrives in state
       
Prison officials say inmates who decline vaccinations without a documented medical reason will not be given further consideration for home confinement. In other coronavirus developments in Connecticut:NEW VACCINE ARRIVESConnecticut has received its first doses of the newly approved Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine and has begun giving the one-shot inoculations to eligible people. The Yale New Haven Health system received 7,400 doses of the new vaccine Tuesday, and Hartford HealthCare received the same number of doses Wednesday morning. State officials expect Connecticut to receive at least 30,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine this week, in addition to 100,000 doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which require two shots. Hartford HealthCare officials said the new vaccine is a big boost to efforts to speed up inoculations around the state.
Oil Prices Rise Ahead Of OPEC+ Meeting As Current Cuts Could Be Extended
       
Oil prices climbed Wednesday on a report that OPEC+ could vote to continue its current output cuts for another month when it meets virtually Thursday. Drama Amid Oil Prices TalksWhile conformity is expected, OPEC+ meetings typically have a little drama and intrigue before a consensus is reached. OPEC+ Meeting & Covid-19But like many OPEC+ decisions, it might not be that clear cut. Both countries need sufficient oil prices to balance their budgets and help fund social obligations. OPEC+ has a delicate balancing act of supporting oil prices enough to fund government initiatives while not seeing oil prices rise enough to set off a big increase in U.S. shale production.
Cuomo addresses harassment claims, vows to stay in office
       
In this image taken from video from the Office of the NY Governor, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference, Wednesday, March 3, 2021, in Albany, N.Y. (Office of the NY Governor via AP)In this image taken from video from the Office of the NY Governor, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference, Wednesday, March 3, 2021, in Albany, N.Y. (Office of the NY Governor via AP)ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. “I now understand that I acted in a way that made people feel uncomfortable,” Cuomo said. “I didn’t know at the time I was making her feel uncomfortable.
ICC Investigates Alleged Crimes In Palestinian Territories
       
ICC Investigates Alleged Crimes In Palestinian TerritoriesEnlarge this image toggle caption Bas Czerwinski/AP Bas Czerwinski/APTHE HAGUE, Netherlands — The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court said Wednesday she has launched an investigation into alleged Israeli crimes in the Palestinian territories, plunging the court into the midst of one of the most fraught conflicts of the past half century. Of course it doesn't say a word against Iran and Syria, and other tyrannical regimes, frequently committing real war crimes," he said. The investigation will likely also look into alleged crimes by Palestinian militants. Israel blames Hamas and other militant groups for Palestinian war casualties, saying the militants use residential areas as cover to launch rockets and leave the military no choice but to strike back. Human Rights Watch welcomed the court's move as a step toward justice for Israeli and Palestinian victims.
New Initiative By Health Insurers Aims To Help Vaccinate 2 Million Vulnerable Seniors
       
Now, a new initiative by more than a dozen health insurance providers is aiming to promote health equity by making it easier for seniors from underserved populations to get vaccinated. Andy Slavitt, senior adviser on the White House COVID-19 Response Team, said at a regular Wednesday briefing that the pilot program will help 2 million of the country's most vulnerable seniors overcome three commonly-cited challenges: questions about the vaccine, scheduling and transportation. The most recent seven-day average of new cases stands at 66,000, an increase of 3.5% over the previous seven days. And the most recent seven-day average of deaths increased 2.2% over that period to slightly more than 2,000 deaths a day. Some 15.6% of the U.S. population has had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, according to an NPR tracker.
Dow Jones Rallies Despite Jobs Data As Boeing Soars; Bears Swipe Growth Stocks
       
XThe Dow Jones industrials rose 0.4%, while the S&P 500 fell 0.4% and the Nasdaq tumbled 1.6% in the stock market today. Stocks fell early, as a disappointing jobs report weighed. The stock is building the right side of a cup base with a 244.18 buy point, according to MarketSmith chart analysis. All three stocks are trading at all-time highs and are extended from their most recent buy points. Shares recently triggered the 7%-8% loss-cutting sell signal from a 314.09 buy point in a cup base.
GE stock jumps toward 3-year high after UBS analyst gets a little more bullish
       
Mittermaier raised his price target to $15 from $14, while reiterating the buy rating he’s had on the stock since December 2019. The new target would make Mittermaier the second-most bullish on GE of the 21 analysts surveyed by FactSet, behind just Global Equities Research’s $21 target. GE’s stock GE, +3.85% rose 4.1% in afternoon trading, putting them on track to close at the highest level since July 2018. His analysis shows that net-debt contribution from unfunded pension liabilities should come down by about $3 billion this year. “We believe de-risking of pension liabilities will reduce volatility, improve the overall sentiments, along with removing cash and earnings drag, which can provide further upside to the stock,” Mittermaier wrote.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo apologizes for acting in a way 'that made people feel uncomfortable'
       
Andrew Cuomo, under fire amid sexual harassment allegations, apologized during his COVID-19 press conference on Wednesday, saying: "I now understand that I acted in a way that made people feel uncomfortable. It was unintentional and I truly and deeply apologize for it. I feel awful about it and, frankly, I am embarrassed by it." "I'm not going to resign. I'm going to do the job the people of the state elected me to do," he said.
Covid-19 Donations Reached at Least $20.2 Billion in 2020
       
The total recorded donations likely will go higher as Candid and CDP continue to gather data, including information available through 2020 tax filings, which the organizations will report on in late 2022. “This is a whole different scale.”Despite the outpouring of gifts, nonprofits are struggling. Because Candid tracks individual donations above US$50,000 that have been announced publicly, the total amount of donations by wealthy individuals may be undercounted. Most of the new, unrestricted gifts Candid tracked in the second half of last year were due to Scott’s contributions. Donations to Covid response from the top independent foundations doubled from US$1.7 billion in the first half of the year to US$4.7 billion, 22% of the total, led by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation with US$1.3 billion in grants, and the Rockefeller Foundation, with US$1.1 billion in grants
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez points out that McDonald’s workers in Denmark make $22 an hour
       
AOC’s claims about McDonald’s workers’ wages were slightly off as McDonald’s workers in Denmark make $21.13 an hour, according to the company’s annual report. The wage differences in McDonald’s workers in the U.S. and Denmark may not have much to do with minimum wage, however. McDonald’s workers in the U.S. do not have a labor union. Ocasio-Cortez has publicly proclaimed that she is in favor of a $15 an hour minimum wage. According to a Pew Research poll, 67% of Americans are in favor of raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.
Did you refinance your mortgage last year? Here’s how it could affect your taxes
       
As a result, only “a really small subset of homeowners” need to worry about how the mortgage interest deduction was changed,” Lewis said. How the mortgage interest deduction changedThe Tax Cuts and Jobs Act narrowed the amount of mortgage debt on which the interest is deductible. (For loans on homes purchased before 1987, mortgage interest on the total loan amount may be deductible, depending on eligibility.) After the tax-reform package became law, the mortgage interest deduction limit was lowered. From 2017 onward, homeowners could only deduct interest on up to $750,000 in mortgage debt used to buy, build or improve a home.
GE stock jumps toward 3-year high after UBS analyst gets a little more bullish
       
Mittermaier raised his price target to $15 from $14, while reiterating the buy rating he’s had on the stock since December 2019. The new target would make Mittermaier the second-most bullish on GE of the 21 analysts surveyed by FactSet, behind just Global Equities Research’s $21 target. GE’s stock GE rose 4.1% in afternoon trading, putting them on track to close at the highest level since July 2018. His analysis shows that net-debt contribution from unfunded pension liabilities should come down by about $3 billion this year. “We believe de-risking of pension liabilities will reduce volatility, improve the overall sentiments, along with removing cash and earnings drag, which can provide further upside to the stock,” Mittermaier wrote.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez points out that McDonald’s workers in Denmark make $22 an hour
       
AOC’s claims about McDonald’s workers’ wages were slightly off as McDonald’s workers in Denmark make $21.13 an hour, according to the company’s annual report. The wage differences in McDonald’s workers in the U.S. and Denmark may not have much to do with minimum wage, however. McDonald’s workers in the U.S. do not have a labor union. Ocasio-Cortez has publicly proclaimed that she is in favor of a $15 an hour minimum wage. According to a Pew Research poll, 67% of Americans are in favor of raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.
Former CIA chief says he is ‘increasingly embarrassed’ to be a white man
       
Former CIA director John Brennan arrive at a closed hearing before the Senate (Select) Intelligence Committee May 16, 2018 on Capitol Hill. (Getty Images)Former CIA boss John Brennan said on MSNBC that he's "increasingly embarrassed" to be a white man considering the actions he saw during CPAC. Mr Brennan said: “I’m increasingly embarrassed to be a white male these days with what I see other white males say." These are all people that think they have a huge grievance from a position of significant privilege." New York Times justice correspondent Katie Benner said: "I think what we're seeing right now is a trade-off between national security and power, the amassing of power.
Biden sends teachers to front of vaccine line
       
AxiosThe U.S. now has three COVID-19 vaccines, and public health officials are quick — and careful — to say there’s no bad option. But their differences may fuel perceptions of inequity, and raise legitimate questions about the best way to use each one. Pfizer and Moderna’s vaccines have, so far, been more effective than the J&J vaccine in clinical trials at preventing any symptomatic disease. "The bottom line: “The worst option is no vaccine. And in the end, any of these approved vaccines is better than no vaccine, and that’s absolutely solid,” Moore said.Like this article?
Biden sets goal for teachers to get vaccinated, promises enough doses for all U.S. adults by end of May
       
WASHINGTON — President Biden wants teachers across the United States to have at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine by the end of March. President Biden speaking on Tuesday. (Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images)That means, Biden said, that long waits for coveted shots could soon end. His goal is to have “a majority” of schools open by the end of his first 100 days in office. Near the conclusion of his remarks, Biden referred to his predecessor’s much-criticized handling of the pandemic.
Bottomless closes $4.5M Series A to scale its subscription coffee business
       
So before we talk about its Series A, let's work better to understand what Bottomless is building, and how it works. The company then provides customers with a small digital scale that they connect to their home internet. A Bottomless scale, via the company as my kitchen lighting is bad. Per the company, Bottomless scaled another 5-7x in 2020. Those companies handle roasting the beans and sending them to different Bottomless customers.
Oscar Health falls in public debut
       
“When people think ‘doctor,’ they think ‘someone who makes a ton of money,’ ” says Dr. Bartos, who’s based in Frisco, TX. As a result, dermatology, OB/GYN, physical therapy, dental, and other practices took a huge financial hit, Dr. Bartos says. That’s not a cost that can be pushed onto anybody else, so we absorbed it,” Dr. Bartos explains. Sometimes they are: Dr. Bartos says that so far, she’s been able to bill insurance the same rate for in-office and virtual appointments. Malek, Dr. Bartos, and Dr. Meinerz believe their industries will bounce back as more people get vaccinated and feel more comfortable returning for in-person health care visits.
How opening a high-yield savings account can help you prepare for big financial surprises in 2021
       
If you have room in your budget to save, a high-yield savings account can offer a convenient place to keep your money. A high-yield savings account can come in handy for covering a number of expenses, both anticipated and unexpected. Here are three financial surprises that a high-yield savings account could help you prepare for in 2021. HOW TO CHOOSE A HIGH-YIELD SAVINGS ACCOUNTCompare high-yield savings accounts onlineOpening a high-yield savings account is relatively easy to do. First, consider whether it makes more sense to open an online savings account or a high-yield account at a brick-and-mortar bank.
Cuomo apologizes after misconduct allegations but denies touching anyone 'inappropriately': 'I am embarrassed’
       
CUOMO SHOULD RESIGN: 'PATTERN OF ABUSE OF POWER'"I now understand that I acted in a way that made people feel uncomfortable. When asked later, Cuomo said that he had taken the sexual harassment sensitivity training that is required of state workers. "You can find hundreds of pictures of me making the same gesture with hundreds of people, women, men, children, etc., Cuomo said. CUOMO 'FAILED' TO HOLD HIMSELF TO HIGH STANDARD IF ALLEGATIONS TRUE, NY ASSEMBLY'S DEM LEADER SAYSNevertheless, he said he understands Ruch’s "opinion and feelings." Democratic New York State Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" on Wednesday that Cuomo should resign "for the good of the state."
Why Jim Cramer Still Won't Eat Inside a Restaurant
       
Jim Cramer has some thoughts on the reopening of Mississippi and Texas. That gentle admonition from my doctor, who has been on the front lines of fighting COVID-19 for more than a year, is something that I wish more would heed," wrote Cramer in his Real Money column. So what, Governor Greg Abbott, the state's dropping all of those silly mandates because it is time to roll up your sleeves and go back to work," Cramer said. In the video above, Cramer breaks down how he's approaching the reopening world, even after receiving his second COVID shot. Recap TheStreet Live: Everything Jim Cramer Is Watching in the Markets Wednesday
How to sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine in Los Angeles County
       
And as of the first of the month, if you are in tier 1B, you are eligible to get one in Los Angeles County. The vaccine will be available for free to everyone, and you will not be asked about your immigration status. The L.A. County Department of Public Health posted a thread on Twitter explaining where some people in Tier 1B will be able to get the vaccine. Ask at your first dose appointment to find out whether your second appointment will be scheduled automatically or if you have to make the appointment yourself. If you get the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, you don’t need to worry about it at all: It’s a one-dose vaccine.
CDC chief says next two months are ‘pivotal’ in pandemic, urges people to not let their guard down
       
Advertisement“Fatigue is winning and the exact measures we have taken to stop the pandemic are now too often being flagrantly ignored,” she said. The CDC has been clear in opposing states’ moves to lift restrictions, she said, encouraging Americans to continue to take precautions. “The next month or two is really pivotal in terms of how this pandemic goes,” Walensky said. A number of states are loosening restrictions because of the recent signs that the pandemic is weakening. Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced Tuesday that he was lifting his state’s mask requirement, making his state the largest so far to do so.
Andrew Cuomo has a problem. But why are Democrats pushing him to resign?
       
It relates to sexually suggestive comments and inappropriate conduct he allegedly directed toward women, two of whom worked for him. Cuomo’s bullying is well known, and sexual harassment allegations made several months ago by one of the women were essentially ignored . One former top staffer, Lindsey Boylan, tweeted back in December that Cuomo sexually harassed her for years. In the 2016 election, Americans elected Donald Trump as president despite multiple accusations of sexual harassment and misconduct. The sexual harassment allegations can help make that happen.
Cuomo addresses harassment claims, vows to stay in office
       
Cuomo said he will “fully cooperate” with the state attorney general’s investigation into sexual harassment allegations. “I now understand that I acted in a way that made people feel uncomfortable,” Cuomo said at a Wednesday press conference. Before Wednesday’s press conference, the governor last spoke to reporters during a teleconference call on Feb. 22. He hadn’t spoken publicly since giving New York Attorney General Letitia James a referral to investigate claims that he sexually harassed at least two women in his administration. AdvertisementCuomo started Wednesday’s press conference focusing on the latest data on the coronavirus pandemic.
K-12 teachers, school staff eligible for vaccine appointments on March 11, Baker says