Mar 04,2021

More than 10,000 pieces of new news a day. News update non-stop 24/7.  Pentagon: US contractor dies in rocket attack at Iraq base.  Neera Tanden withdraws her nomination to head White House budget office amid bipartisan opposition over tweets.  DC National Guard commander says it took more than 3 hours for Trump's Pentagon to tell him to send in troops to respond to the Capitol riot.  Report says Ronny Jackson made sexual comments, drank on duty as White House doctor.  Myanmar: Bloodiest day since coup as '38 killed' in military crackdown.  Cuomo addresses harassment claims, vows to stay in office.  EXPLAINER-How brands will target ads to you after the death of browser cookies.  'Mass-casualty' California crash on Mexico border: NTSB, highway investigators to peel through wreckage.  Ex-NFL player Kellen Winslow II faces sentencing for rapes.  Biden: US 'on track' to have enough vaccines for all adults by May.  More than 10,000 pieces of new news a day. News update non-stop 24/7.  With sale of the Venetian, Las Vegas Sands exits the Strip.  Video: Myanmar police hold AP journalist in chokehold.  New Orleans Catholics urged by archdiocese to avoid Johnson & Johnson vaccine.  Yard sale find turns out to be artifact worth up to $500,000.  Biden urges Senate Dems to rally behind $1.9T virus bill.  Pandemic puts 1 in 3 nonprofits in financial jeopardy.  Strong earthquake shakes central Greece, felt in Balkans.  U.S. Infrastructure Earns a C- Grade Ahead of a Biden Spending Plan: Live Updates.  Yankees manager Aaron Boone taking leave of absence to receive pacemaker.  ICC to open formal investigation into war crimes in Palestine.  
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Pentagon: US contractor dies in rocket attack at Iraq base
       
WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. contractor died Wednesday when at least 10 rockets slammed into an air base housing U.S. and other coalition troops in western Iraq, the Pentagon said. Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby said the contractor “suffered a cardiac episode while sheltering” and died shortly afterward. British and Danish troops also are among those stationed at the base. The rocket attack was the first since the U.S. struck Iran-aligned militia targets along the Iraq-Syria border last week, killing one militiaman and stoking fears of another cycle of tit-for-tat attacks as happened more than a year ago. Wednesday's death of the contractor heightens worries that the U.S. could be drawn into another period of escalating attacks, complicating the Biden administration's desire to open talks with Iran over the 2015 nuclear deal.
Neera Tanden withdraws her nomination to head White House budget office amid bipartisan opposition over tweets
       
“Unfortunately, it now seems clear that there is no path forward to gain confirmation, and I do not want continued consideration of my nomination to be a distraction from your other priorities,” Tanden wrote in a letter to Biden. The president, in a statement, said he has “utmost respect for her record of accomplishment, her experience and her counsel” and pledged to find her another role in his administration.
DC National Guard commander says it took more than 3 hours for Trump's Pentagon to tell him to send in troops to respond to the Capitol riot
       
National Guard troops assemble outside of the U.S. Capitol on January 16, 2021 in Washington, DC Photo by Eric Thayer/Getty ImagesThe DC National Guard commander says that the Pentagon dragged its feet responding to the Capitol riot. He said he did not receive approval to deploy troops to the Capitol until almost 3 hours after an initial request. The commander of the DC National Guard said Wednesday that it took military leaders in former President Donald Trump's Pentagon three hours from the time Capitol Police called for backup to tell him to send in troops to respond to the Jan. 6 assault on the US Capitol by a pro-Trump mob. Samuel Corum/Getty ImagesWalker said that he immediately relayed the request for National Guard support to senior Army leadership and quickly readied available forces. He did not get approval to deploy Guard troops from Army leadership until 5:08 pm, hours after the violent mob had breached the Capitol.
Report says Ronny Jackson made sexual comments, drank on duty as White House doctor
       
"Many of these witnesses described RDML Jackson's behavior with words and phrases such as 'meltdowns,' 'yells' for no reason,' 'rages,' 'tantrums,' 'lashes out,' and 'aggressive.' These witnesses also described RDML Jackson's leadership style with terms such as 'tyrant,' 'dictator,' 'control freak,' 'hallmarks of fear and intimidation,' 'crappy manager,' and 'not a leader at all,'" it adds. Back at the hotel, one of the witnesses said he saw Jackson "pounding" on the door of his female subordinate's room. When she opened the door, Jackson said, "I need you," and, "I need you to come to my room." Witnesses also alleged that Jackson made a comment about a female medical subordinate's breasts and buttocks during a presidential trip to Asia in April 2014.
Myanmar: Bloodiest day since coup as '38 killed' in military crackdown
       
Another 38 people have been killed in Myanmar as the military tries to quell demonstrations by pro-democracy campaigners against last month's coup, the United Nations said. A human rights group said the military had killed at least 18 on Wednesday but by the end of the day that number had risen sharply. The security forces detained about 300 protesters as they broke up protests in Yangon, Myanmar Now news agency reported. Frustrated by the ongoing civil disobedience movement and the powerful resistance which it had possibly been underestimated, Myanmar's military is doing what it can to crush the opposition. So no one should sell arms or keep any military to military relations with Burma," said Kyaw Win, director of the Burma Human Rights Network.
Cuomo addresses harassment claims, vows to stay in office
       
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — 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 press conference. “It was unintentional and I truly and deeply apologize for it.”Cuomo said he will “fully cooperate” with the state attorney general’s investigation into sexual harassment allegations. 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.
EXPLAINER-How brands will target ads to you after the death of browser cookies
       
But privacy activists say companies that develop online ad technology abuse cookies by tracking users across many websites and letting brands use the data to target ads. Brands could target their ads to a cluster interested in buying a car, for example, rather than relying on cookies that have tracked specific users across car-buying websites. Big trade groups representing advertisers have called on Google to delay phasing out cookies until an alternative proves suitable. It is also possible that showing someone ads based on activities they undertook on another website will grow unpopular. Before cookies led to advances in targeting, ads more commonly were related to surrounding content, so a video about vaccines would feature ads from medical fields.
'Mass-casualty' California crash on Mexico border: NTSB, highway investigators to peel through wreckage
       
The NTSB and the California Highway Patrol will begin their investigation into the Tuesday morning crash near Holtville, California. ICE CONDUCTING HUMAN SMUGGLING INVESTIGATION AFTER DEADLY CRASH IN CALIFORNIAA California Highway Patrol report said the SUV entered an intersection directly in front of the big rig, which hit the left side of the SUV. Another person died at a hospital, California Highway Patrol Chief Omar Watson said. CALIFORNIA 'MASS CASUALTY' CRASH INVOLVED SMUGGLERS, ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS, BORDER PATROL SOURCE SAYSIt's not clear if the SUV ran a stop sign or had stopped before entering the highway. next Image 1 of 6prev next Image 2 of 6prev next Image 3 of 6prev next Image 4 of 6prev next Image 5 of 6prev Image 6 of 6A 1997 Ford Expedition can carry a maximum payload of 2,000 pounds.
Ex-NFL player Kellen Winslow II faces sentencing for rapes
       
Winslow was going to be retried on six felonies including kidnapping, sodomy, forced oral copulation and two charges of rape in San Diego County Superior Court in November of 2019. But he pleaded guilty moments before that trial was set to begin to raping the teen. Under the same plea deal, the attack on the hitchhiker was reduced to sexual battery. To avoid going back to court over the disagreement, both sides agreed last month to change the sexual battery plea to a plea of assaulting the hitchhiker with the intent to commit rape. They also said he suffers from traumatic brain injury from playing football and a motorcycle accident that ended his career.
Biden: US 'on track' to have enough vaccines for all adults by May
       
“We’re now on track to have enough vaccine supply for every adult in America by the end of May,” said Biden. Before the Johnson & Johnson shot, which was given FDA approval over the weekend, Biden had said the country would have enough vaccines for all Americans by July. “I’ve been cautioned not to give an answer to that because we don’t know for sure,” Biden said, before saying his hope was sometime before “this time next year”. Mississippi is also rescinding its mask mandates beginning tomorrow, the state’s Republican governor, Tate Reeves, announced on Tuesday. Fauci has said the nation must achieve a vaccination rate of about 80% to reach “herd immunity”.
With sale of the Venetian, Las Vegas Sands exits the Strip
       
Adelson reframed the target audience in Vegas, focusing on conventioneers and even families. After explosive growth in Las Vegas, Adelson turned his eye to Asia. Operations in Asia quickly outgrew those in the U.S.Sands said Wednesday that Asia is where the company's focus will remain. “As we announce the sale of The Venetian Resort, we pay tribute to Mr. Adelson’s legacy while starting a new chapter in this company’s history. Asia remains the backbone of this company and our developments in Macao and Singapore are the center of our attention.”
Video: Myanmar police hold AP journalist in chokehold
       
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A video of the arrest of Associated Press journalist Thein Zaw as he was photographing Myanmar security forces charging at anti-coup protesters shows him being quickly surrounded and held in a chokehold as handcuffs are placed on him. Authorities have charged Thein Zaw and five other members of the media with violating a public order law that could see them imprisoned for up to three years. The video starts with Thein Zaw standing by the side of a road on Saturday photographing dozens of security forces as they run at a group of protesters in Yangon, Myanmar's largest city. At least seven surround him as he is placed in a chokehold. Many of the police are carrying truncheons, while some have what appear to be guns and automatic weapons.
New Orleans Catholics urged by archdiocese to avoid Johnson & Johnson vaccine
       
Like many vaccine makers, Johnson & Johnson uses cells originally derived from fetal tissue in the manufacturing of the vaccine. In a statement on Tuesday, Johnson & Johnson said there's "no fetal tissue in our Janssen Covid-19 vaccine." The New Orleans Archdiocese statement offered only the slightest opening for followers seeking the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, saying that taking any of the Covid-19 protections remain an issue "of individual conscience in consultation with one's healthcare provider." "I would point out that I don’t read his statement as completely telling people, who are Catholic or otherwise, not to avail themselves of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine." Edwards said he'll work to create a system in which vaccine seekers will be told if their appointment will be for Johnson & Johnson, Moderna or Pfizer.
Yard sale find turns out to be artifact worth up to $500,000
       
They confirmed it was from the 1400s when they were able to look at it in person. The bowl was very smooth to the touch, its glaze was silky and the color and designs are distinctive of the period. “All the characteristics and hallmarks are there that identify it as a product of the early Ming period,” McAteer said. The Yongle court was known to have ushered in a new style to the porcelain kilns in the city of Jingdezhen, and the bowl is a quintessential Yongle product, according to Sotheby's. There are also intricate patterns at the top of both the outside and inside.
Biden urges Senate Dems to rally behind $1.9T virus bill
       
“He said we need to pass this bill and pass it soon. The president’s cry for unity came as Democrats, with no votes to spare in a 50-50 Senate, sorted through lingering divisions over the emerging bill. 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. Two people said Biden told Democrats they must sometimes accept provisions in a large measure that they don’t like. 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.
Pandemic puts 1 in 3 nonprofits in financial jeopardy
       
Newman-Scott said BRIC has been helping sustain smaller arts nonprofits and offering artists unrestricted $10,000 grants through its Colene Brown Art Prize. We want them to be around us also.”Harold, the Candid executive, said that while arts and entertainment groups may be at particular risk, nonprofits from all sectors are in danger. According to the study, the District of Columbia was expected to lose the most nonprofits per capita, followed by Vermont and North Dakota. 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.
Strong earthquake shakes central Greece, felt in Balkans
       
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of at least 6.0 struck central Greece Wednesday and was also felt in neighboring Albania and North Macedonia, and as far as Kosovo and Montenegro. One man was injured by falling debris but there were no other immediate reports of serious injury. Local officials reported structural damage, mainly to old houses and buildings that saw walls collapse or crack. Numerous aftershocks hit the area, the most powerful having a preliminary magnitude of over 5.0. The quake struck at 12:16 p.m. (1015 GMT), according to the Athens Geodynamic Institute which put the preliminary magnitude at 6.0.
U.S. Infrastructure Earns a C- Grade Ahead of a Biden Spending Plan: Live Updates
       
ET U.S. Infrastructure Earns a C- Grade Ahead of a Biden Spending Plan: Live UpdatesU.S. infrastructure earns a C- ahead of a Biden investment plan. Improving national infrastructure enough to earn a B grade will require an investment of $2.6 trillion over the next decade, the American Society of Civil Engineers said. Improving national infrastructure enough to earn a B grade will require an investment of $2.6 trillion over the next decade, the engineering society said. Despite the dire warnings, the new one bore some good news: The C– is a slight improvement on the D or D+ the group had awarded since 1998. Still, only two of 17 categories were graded better than a C: America’s ports earned a B– and rail a B.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone taking leave of absence to receive pacemaker
       
Yankees manager Aaron Boone is taking an immediate medical leave of absence from the team so he can receive a pacemaker. (Photo by Doug Murray/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)The New York Yankees announced Wednesday that manager Aaron Boone will be taking an immediate medical leave of absence from the team so he can receive a pacemaker. Yankees full statement on Aaron Boone. At the end of his statement, Boone encouraged those who also deal with heart issues to stay "vigilant" about their health. Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner offered well wishes and support to Boone as he undergoes surgery and recovers.
ICC to open formal investigation into war crimes in Palestine
       
The prosecutor of the international criminal court has announced that her office will open a formal investigation into war crimes in Palestine that will examine both sides in the conflict. “The decision to open an investigation followed a painstaking preliminary examination undertaken by my office that lasted close to five years,” the outgoing prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, said in a statement. Bensouda said in December 2019 that “war crimes have been or are being committed in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip”. She named both the Israel Defence Forces and armed Palestinian groups such as Hamas as possible perpetrators. The next step will be to determine whether Israel or Palestinian authorities have investigations themselves and to assess those.
Suspicious device found at polling place in Ankeny determined to be pipe bomb
       
ANKENY, Iowa (AP) — Police say a suspicious device that was found at an Ankeny polling station forced an evacuation for about two hours. According to television station KCCI, the device was identified by law enforcement officials as an actual pipe bomb. Police say a device that looked like a pipe bomb was found Tuesday morning at the Lakeside Center in Ankeny, where residents were voting on an Ankeny school district special election. The State Fire Marshal, the agents with the FBI and Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were called in. After the device was “made safe” the center was reopened about two hours after it was closed.
Texas and other states ease COVID-19 rules despite warnings
       
Texas on Tuesday became the biggest state to lift its mask rule, joining a rapidly growing movement by governors and other leaders across the nation to loosen COVID-19 restrictions despite pleas from health officials not to let their guard down yet. AdvertisementTexas has seen the number of cases and deaths plunge. Still, only California and New York have reported more COVID-19 deaths than Texas. The top county leader in Houston, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, called the announcement “wishful thinking” and said spikes in hospitalizations have followed past rollbacks of COVID-19 rules. Health officials are increasingly worried about virus mutations.
Facebook says it will resume political ads March 4
       
Facebook Inc. FB, -1.39% is resuming political, electoral, and social issue advertising Thursday after a temporary ban following the November 2020 U.S. presidential election. "Unlike other platforms, we require authorization and transparency not just for political and electoral ads, but also for social issue ads, and our systems do not distinguish between these categories," Facebook said in a post Wednesday. "We've heard a lot of feedback about this and learned more about political and electoral ads during this election cycle. As a result, we plan to use the coming months to take a closer look at how these ads work on our service to see where further changes may be merited."
Jahmil French, 'Degrassi' star, dead at 29
       
Actor Jahmil French, best known for playing Dave Turner on the Canadian "Degrassi" series, has died at age 29, according to his representatives. "It is with a heavy heart that I confirm the passing of a dear friend and client Jahmil French," an agent representing French wrote in an email to NBC News. "Heartbroken over the loss of our friend Jahmil French," wrote cast member Annie Clark. Heartbroken over the loss of our friend Jahmil French. A true talent and a great friend.
ICC investigates alleged crimes in Palestinian territories
       
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — 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. The decision drew a swift Israeli condemnation, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accusing the court of hypocrisy and anti-Semitism, and vowing “to fight for the truth.”The prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, said in a statement the probe will look into “crimes within the jurisdiction of the Court that are alleged to have been committed" since June 13, 2014, and that the investigation will be conducted “independently, impartially and objectively, without fear or favor.”The decision in effect turns the court's focus on two key Israeli policies of recent years: its repeated military operations against Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip, highlighted by a devastating 2014 war, and its expansion of Jewish settlements in east Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank.
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 pick Neera Tanden withdraws nomination to head budget office
       
The move marked a sharp turn away from former President Donald Trump's reluctance to confront Russian President Vladimir Putin.Seven senior members of the Russian government would be blocked from accessing their financial assets in the U.S. The Kremlin has denied any role in his illness and said it had seen no proof he was poisoned. Navalny returned to Russia in January, and was jailed earlier this month for parole violations on what he says were politically motivated charges. [WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY JEN PSAKI:] “We also reiterate our call for Russia to immediately and unconditionally release Mr. Navalny.” The U.S. sanctions are in concert with similar ones imposed by the European Union Tuesday. The Interfax news agency reported that Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said earlier in the day that Russia would respond in kind to any new U.S. sanctions over Navalny.
Intel ordered to pay $2.18 billion in patent lawsuit
       
Intel has been ordered to pay $2.18 billion dollars after losing a lawsuit over two decade-old patents, Bloomberg has reported. A jury ruled that Intel infringed patents related to clock frequencies and voltage owned by a company called VLSI LLC. "Intel strongly disagrees with today's jury verdict," the company told Bloomberg in a statement. However, Intel lawyer William Lee argued that the company has no products and its only potential source off revenue is the lawsuit. "VLSI] took two patents off the shelf that hadn’t been used for 10 years and said, ‘We’d like $2 billion,”’ Lee told the jury.
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."
UK economy to regain pre-pandemic size earlier than forecast: Sunak
       
Slideshow ( 5 images )LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s economy is expected to regain its pre-pandemic size in the middle of next year, six months earlier than previously forecast, finance minister Rishi Sunak said on Wednesday as he began an annual budget speech. But the economy would still be 3% smaller in five years’ time than it would have been without the damage wrought by the coronavirus, he said. Sunak, announcing forecasts by the Office for Budgetary Responsibility (OBR), said the economy was likely to grow by 4%in 2021, slower than a forecast of 5.5% made in November. Looking further ahead, the OBR forecast gross domestic product would grow 7.3%, 1.7% and 1.6% in 2022, 2023 and 2024 respectively. In November, the OBR had forecast growth of 6.6%, 2.3% and 1.7%.
A bullish call on this space stock
       
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailA bullish call on this space stockCNBC's Rahel Solomon & the "Halftime Report" traders go through the biggest analyst calls of the day
Senate confirms Raimondo as Biden commerce secretary
       
WASHINGTON — The Senate voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to confirm Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo to serve as President Biden’s commerce secretary and help guide the economy’s recovery during and after the coronavirus pandemic. Raimondo, 49, was the first woman elected governor of Rhode Island and is serving her second term. U.S. companies need to get a license to sell sophisticated technology to companies on the list. She subsequently told senators she had no reason to believe that companies on the list should not be there.
House prepares to pass landmark voting rights, ethics bill
       
In Iowa, the legislature has voted to cut absentee and in-person early voting and prevent local elections officials from setting up additional locations to make early voting easier. In Georgia, the House on Monday voted for a law to require identification to vote by mail and allow counties to cancel early in-person voting on Sundays, when many Black voters cast ballots after church. “For them, this isn’t about protecting our democracy or protecting our elections. This is about pure partisan political gain.”That’s the same charge Republican level at Democrats. “Democrats want to use their razor-thin majority not to pass bills to earn voters’ trust, but to ensure they don’t lose more seats in the next election,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said from the House floor on Tuesday.
Intense No. 4 Illinois makes statement, drubs No. 2 Michigan
       
Both teams had a hard time scoring in the first half, but Curbelo’s ability to drive to the basket helped Illinois to a 33-22 lead at the break. The Big Ten confirmed before the game that it will use winning percentage to determine the league champion. Michigan can still wrap that up with a win in either of its last two regular-season games — or if Illinois loses its last game this weekend. The Wolverines are scheduled to play three fewer games than Illinois, and the size of this blowout — without Dosunmu — will resonate. Dosunmu has missed the past three games after breaking his nose, but the Illini have won them all.
Blast strikes Dutch COVID-19 test centre; police call it an attack
       
BOVENKARSPEL, Netherlands (Reuters) - A blast struck a coronavirus testing centre north of Amsterdam before sunrise on Wednesday, shattering windows but causing no injuries in what police called an intentional attack. “Something like that doesn’t just happen by accident.”The head of the public health service called for “the swift arrest of the perpetrator”. “Our people throughout the country are working hard to protect society from this pandemic,” André Rouvoet, head of the health service said. This affects us all.”A security guard in the testing centre alerted police to a “loud blast” that broke several windows shortly before 7 a.m., a police statement said. Another test location in the nearby town of Urk was burned down during several days of rioting in January sparked by the introduction of a nighttime curfew.
Myanmar junta charges six journalists, including AP photographer
       
Myanmar’s military authorities have charged an Associated Press photographer and five other journalists over their coverage of anti-coup protests, their lawyer said Wednesday. AP photographer Thein Zaw, 32, was arrested on Saturday as he covered a demonstration in Myanmar’s commercial hub Yangon. Thein Zaw’s lawyer said he and five other Myanmar journalists had been charged under a law against “causing fear, spreading false news or agitating directly or indirectly a government employee”. The other five journalists are from Myanmar Now, Myanmar Photo Agency, 7Day News, Zee Kwet Online news and a freelancer, according to AP. AP’s vice-president of international news Ian Philips called for Thein Zaw’s immediate release.
House Oversight panel reissues subpoena for Trump's tax records
       
WASHINGTON — House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., has reissued a subpoena to former President Donald Trump’s accounting firm Mazars USA for financial records related to the panel’s investigations into presidential conflicts of interest. Maloney said that the new subpoena will again be “for financial records related to the committee’s investigations into presidential conflicts of interest, presidential contracts with the federal government and self-dealing, and presidential emoluments.”As House Democrats continue their investigations into the former president’s financial records, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance now has Trump’s tax returns and underlying documents. Vance is seeking tax returns covering eight years for a grand jury investigation of hush money payments and other financial transactions. That subpoena for the tax documents from Mazars was enforced last week after the Supreme Court declined to stop their production following an emergency application from Trump’s attorneys — a decisive defeat in his long legal battle to keep his tax records out of investigators' hands. The ruling doesn't mean the returns will become public any time soon, and they might never be publicly released.
Washington Football Team replaces NFL's oldest cheerleading squad with coed dance ensemble
       
The Washington Football Team is replacing the NFL's longest-running cheerleading squad with a coed dance ensemble, but the franchise is insisting that the move is part of its ongoing rebranding and not related to any accusations of sexual harassment by former dancers. Washington will not have the first coed dance team in the NFL. Then-Washington Redskins cheerleaders perform during an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles in Landover, Maryland, in this Sunday, December 15, 2019, file photo. He is the first African American to become president of an NFL team. Wright has said he expects 'Washington Football Team' to continue for 2021 with a new, permanent name to be ready in 2022.
South Carolina Senate adds firing squad to execution methods
       
It would become just the fourth state to allow a firing squad with Utah, Oklahoma and Mississippi, according to the Death Penalty Information Center. South Carolina Gov. A Republican and a Democrat, both former prosecutors, proposed adding the firing squad. The Democratic former prosecutor said it is evident in a Republican dominated state like South Carolina where the GOP gained extra seats in November that the death penalty can't be abolished like Virginia did last month. “The death penalty is going to stay the law here for a while.
NBA reveals All-Star skills, 3-point, dunk participants
       
Golden State’s Stephen Curry and Phoenix’s Devin Booker have been 3-point champions at All-Star weekend before, and they’ll try to win that trophy again Sunday. The NBA revealed the 15 players Tuesday who will be taking part in the other on-court events besides the All-Star Game in Atlanta, with the overwhelming majority of them pulling double-duty between those competitions and the game itself. Curry, Booker, the Boston duo of Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, Chicago’s Zach LaVine and Utah’s Donovan Mitchell — all of them All-Stars — will be the six competitors in the 3-point contest. All-Stars Luka Doncic of Dallas, Domantas Sabonis of Indiana, Julius Randle of New York, Nikola Vucevic of Orlando and Chris Paul of Phoenix will be five of the six entrants in the skills competition. They’ll be joined by Portland’s Robert Covington, the only current NBA player who is a graduate of a historically Black college and university.
Cardinals GM was in the batter's box before saying he might 'take a swing' at signing Watt
       
“If there’s an opportunity that makes sense on both the football side and the business side, we will certainly take a swing,” Keim told Arizona Sports 98.7-FM. Just a couple days after Watt officially became available, he was on the phone with agent R.J. Gonser ready to talk business. But first, Keim spent a good day and a half watching as much recent game tape on Watt as he could find. It didn’t take long for him to decide the Cardinals needed to go “all in” right then and there. “I quickly realized J.J. Watt still looked like J.J. Watt, in my opinion,” Keim said on Wednesday during a Zoom conference call with Arizona reporters.
Dow's nearly 100-point jump led by gains in shares of Boeing, Goldman Sachs
       
Shares of Boeing and Goldman Sachs are trading higher Wednesday morning, lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average into positive territory. The Dow DJIA, -0.19% is trading 94 points, or 0.3%, higher, as shares of Boeing BA, +2.44% and Goldman Sachs GS, +1.39% have contributed to the index's intraday rally. Boeing's shares are up $6.16 (2.8%) while those of Goldman Sachs have risen $8.18, or 2.5%, combining for an approximately 94-point bump for the Dow. A $1 move in any one of the 30 components of the Dow equates to a 6.58-point swing. Editor's Note: This story was auto-generated by Automated Insights using data from Dow Jones and FactSet.
Swedish police: At least 8 hurt in suspected terrorist crime
       
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish police said a man assaulted at least eight people in a southern Sweden town Wednesday, and that the case was being investigated as ”a suspected terrorist crime.”Police said a man in his 20s attacked people in the small town of Vetlanda, about 190 kilometers (118 miles) southeast of Goteborg, Sweden’s second largest city. The man was shot by police, who said that the condition of those attacked and the perpetrator was not immediately known. Officials did not immediately provide further details. The events took place in downtown Vetlanda. Swedish media reported that the assailant used an axe.
Microsoft: China-based hackers found bug to target US firms
       
China-based government hackers have exploited a bug in Microsoft's email server software to target U.S. organizations, the company said Tuesday. Microsoft said that a “highly skilled and sophisticated” state-sponsored group operating from China has been trying to steal information from a number of American targets, including universities, defense contractors, law firms and infectious-disease researchers. Microsoft said it has released security upgrades to fix the vulnerabilities to its Exchange Server software, which is used for work email and calendar services, mostly for larger organizations that have their own in-person email servers. The company said the hacking group it calls Hafnium was able to trick Exchange servers into allowing it to gain access. The hackers then masqueraded as someone who should have access and created a way to control the server remotely so that they could steal data from an organization's network.
Nationals say lefty Jon Lester to have thyroid gland removed
       
Washington Nationals left-hander Jon Lester is leaving spring training camp to have surgery for the removal of his thyroid gland, manager Dave Martinez said Wednesday. The 37-year-old Lester was to travel from West Palm Beach, Florida, to New York on Wednesday; the Nationals said the operation is planned for Friday. “Hopefully he can pitch again in about a week,” Martinez said in a video conference with reporters before Washington’s exhibition game against the Miami Marlins. “We want him to get it taken care of now, so it’s not an issue.”Martinez said the Nationals “still have plans, as of right now, that he will start the season with us on his scheduled day, but we’ll have to see — after this procedure’s done — how he’s feeling.”
Hungary pulls its ruling party out of EU's conservatives
       
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary’s governing party pulled out of its conservative group in the European Union’s legislature on Wednesday following years of conflict over the rule of law and European values. The right-wing Fidesz party has held a two-thirds majority in Hungary’s parliament almost uninterrupted since 2010. It left the European People’s Party over the latter’s adoption on Wednesday of new procedures allowing for entire parties to be excluded from the group rather than just individual lawmakers. Fidesz officials, including Hungary’s prime minister and head of the party, Viktor Orban, had argued that the rule changes were “tailor-made” to sanction Fidesz, and threatened over the weekend to pull out of the EPP if the rules passed. The EPP backed the rule changes with an overwhelming majority: 148 in favor, 28 against and four abstentions.
GOP takes aim at Biden's health care pick on abortion rights
       
Perceptions changed after Becerra was appointed California attorney general in 2017. “What I just see is his getting involved in way too many abortion cases,” said Kristen Day, executive director of Democrats for Life of America. Yes, the laws were bad in California, but he has an abortion agenda.”Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., echoed those views. As attorney general, "you spent an inordinate amount of time and effort suing pro-life organizations,” he said, questioning Becerra recently. Because I think the majority of the American people would not want their secretary of Health and Human Services focused or fixated on expanding abortion when we got all of these public health issues to deal with.”
Tokyo Olympics unlikely to have foreign fans, but final decision still to come
       
The 2020 Tokyo Olympics are still set to open on July 23, 2021, but that may happen without any foreign fans in the stands. Via the Associated Press, newly-minted Tokyo organizing committee president Seiko Hashimoto indicated on Wednesday that having foreign fans in the stands at the Olympics was not likely to happen. Hashimoto's comments came after she participated in online five-party talks with International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach, International Paralympic Committee President Andrew Parsons, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, and Olympic Minister Tamayo Marukawa. Hashimoto said that a decision on foreign fans at the games will come by the end of the month, hopefully before the start of the torch relay on March 25. Story continuesSeiko Hashimoto, president of Tokyo 2020, speaks during a five-party meeting at the Tokyo 2020 headquarters in Tokyo on March 3, 2021.
Tom Brady spills beans on risky Lombardi Trophy toss
       
What was going through Tom Brady’s mind when he nearly threw the Lombardi Trophy into the river? “I was not thinking at that moment,” a smiling Brady said Tuesday on “The Late Late Show with James Corden,” when asked about his ill-advised throw during the Buccaneers’ Super Bowl parade. “Who could imagine that an 8-year-old girl would have the most sense of anybody?” Brady said. Go figure.”Luckily for Brady, Buccaneers tight end Cameron Brate was there to make the catch. “Had that been an incomplete pass,” Brady said, “that would have went down, like 80 feet.”
Farmers in Fukushima plant indigo to rebuild devastated town
       
MINAMISOMA, Japan (AP) — Because of radiation released by the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster a decade ago, farmers in nearby Minamisoma weren't allowed to grow crops for two years. After the restriction was lifted, two farmers, Kiyoko Mori and Yoshiko Ogura, found an unusual way to rebuild their lives and help their destroyed community. “It’s a process of healing for us.”The massive earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011, caused three of the reactors at the nuclear plant to melt and wrecked more than just the farmers’ livelihoods. The homes of many people in Minamisoma, about 20 kilometers (12 miles) from the plant, were destroyed by the tsunami. The disaster killed 636 town residents, and tens of thousands of others left to start new lives.
SpaceX: Japanese billionaire seeks eight people to join his crew for trip around the moon
       
A Japanese billionaire has launched a search for eight people to join him as the first private passengers on a trip around the moon. Yusaku Maezawa will be taking the trip with Elon Musk's SpaceX in 2023. "I thought there might be delays, but everything is on schedule," said Mr Maezawa in an interview. Image: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft carrying NASA astronauts lifts off i nMay, 2020. Seeing the whole Earth and the far side of the moon would be highlights of the trip, said Mr Maezawa, who had considered a trip to the ISS before choosing the more ambitious moon voyage.
Kapanen scores twice; Pens welcome back fans with 5-2 win
       
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The arena wasn't completely full for Pittsburgh's game against visiting Philadelphia, yet it felt that way to Penguins forward Kasperi Kapanen. Kapanen scored two goals and the Penguins defeated the Flyers 5-2 on Tuesday night. The Penguins won in front of their fans for the first time in almost a year, as state coronavirus restrictions were eased at the beginning of the month and spectators were allowed into the building. Penguins’ players raised their sticks and saluted the fans in attendance following the win. Ceci’s goal came just 1:08 after Philadelphia’s Joel Farabee’s second goal made it a 3-2 game.
EU will go to court over UK's 'unilateral action' on Northern Ireland Protocol
       
The British decision constitutes a "violation" of the provisions of the Northern Ireland Protocol under the EU-Britain Brexit Agreement and the "obligation of good faith" under that agreement. In order to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland and preserve the terms of the Good Friday Agreement, the protocol allows Northern Ireland to adhere to certain EU rules. However, this is caused friction between the DUP and the UK government over the need for customs declarations and some checks on goods entering Northern Ireland from mainland Britain. This is a "temporary" measure designed to avoid major disruptions "as part of a pragmatic and proportionate implementation of the Northern Ireland protocol," Northern Ireland Minister Brandon Lewis stressed in a written statement to Parliament. A unilateral announcement is deeply unhelpful to building the relationship of trust and partnership that is central to the implementation of the Protocol".