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10 of our favorite beachfront restaurants across Florida
Though we love spending time relaxing on our famous Florida beaches, we’re even bigger fans of beachfront dining in the Sunshine State. Presented in alphabetical order, the list is culled from USA TODAY Network contributors in coastal communities across Florida, where restaurants hug the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. More waterfront dining:10 best waterfront restaurants for outdoor dining around Anna Maria IslandBenny’s on the Beach10 S. Ocean Blvd., Lake Worth Beach, 561-582-9001, bennysonthebeach.comBenny’s on the Beach in central Palm Beach County takes beachfront dining over the top, literally. The company has grown into a fleet of commercial fishing boats, supplying Preston’s impressive empire of Frenchy’s restaurants with fresh grouper, snapper and other fish. – Suzy Fleming Leonard, FLORIDA TODAYThe Ocean Deck127 S. Ocean Ave., Daytona Beach, 386-253-5224, oceandeck.comThe Ocean Deck has been a popular place since the 1950s.
How long will masks be required on planes? Flight attendants say mandate should be extended
It shouldn't be anytime soon, flight attendants say. The union, which represents flight attendants at airlines including United, Alaska, Spirit and Frontier, recently began doling out stickers to vaccinated flight attendants. U.S. airlines have required passengers to wear masks for nearly a year and repeatedly asked for a federal mask mandate to help them enforce it on flights. He said the federal mask mandate will likely be extended but can't be extended forever. He asked Dr. Leonard Marcus, director of the Aviation Public Health Initiative at the Harvard T.H.
'Vaccination vacations': International travelers book U.S. trips to get COVID-19 shots
Welcome the newest trend in international travel: vaccination vacations. Optional for a fortunate few with money or connections, international travel for vaccines could be a double-edged sword, say public health and travel experts. More international travel is expected this summer. At the same time, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wants everyone to delay any international travel. Khalili hopes his son and daughter-in-law will be in the United States by this summer to get a vaccine.
Cruise ships are moving out of the US due to CDC restrictions: Will they return?
NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINETweet Facebook Email Email this story Share Share this story Frank Del Rio, CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. Docked cruise ships are seen at PortMiami in Miami at sunset on April 14, 2021. Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Horizon cruise ship sits docked behind them at PortMiami in Miami. Some cruise companies, including Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. and Virgin Voyages, have announced fleetwide vaccine requirements. "What we know is that cruisers love to cruise, and they will go where the cruise ships are," Craighead said.
Disney Wish: Everything we know about Disney's newest cruise ship, set to sail in 2022
Disney soon will be unveiling more information about its newest cruise ship, the Disney Wish. Those ships include: Disney Magic, which first sailed in July 1998; Disney Wonder (August 1999); Disney Dream (January 2011); and Disney Fantasy (March 2012). Aboard Disney Wish, it will be Rapunzel from Disney’s “Tangled.”And just recently Disney announced the magic of Captain Minnie Mouse will come to life for the first time through whimsical artwork on the bow of the Disney Wish, a hallmark of Disney Cruise Line vessels. A: On April 29 Disney will host "Once Upon a Disney Wish," which it describes as "a first-of-its-kind virtual media event revealing our newest Disney Cruise Line ship setting sail summer 2022." It will include an exclusive interview panel with the Disney Imagineers and Disney Cruise Line team behind the Disney Wish, world premiere sneak peeks and more.
Greece lifts quarantine requirement for travelers from US, other countries
Associated PressATHENS, Greece — Greece on Monday lifted quarantine restrictions for travelers from most European countries, as well as Israel and the United States as it prepares to reopen tourism services next month despite an ongoing emergency in pandemic-related hospital care. Air travelers from those countries will no longer be subject to a seven-day quarantine requirement if they hold a vaccination certificate or negative PCR test issued within the previous 72 hours, the Greek Civil Aviation Authority said. The countries made exempt are EU member states, the U.S., Britain, the United Arab Emirates, Serbia, Israel and non-EU members Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland that are part of a European travel pact. Airlines adding flights to countries relaxing COVID-19 restrictions for vaccinated visitorsSummer travel:How lockdowns, quarantines and COVID-19 testing will change summer travel in 2021Government spokeswoman Aristotelia Peloni described the new travel rules as a “pilot measure” as Greece reopens more of its economy, noting that tourists are also subject to domestic travel restrictions. Greece remains under partial lockdown after widespread restrictions were imposed in early November but has struggled to contain an urban spike in infections that have kept intensive care facilities close to capacity.
Resorts World Las Vegas announces June opening date. Here's what to expect
LAS VEGAS – Resorts World Las Vegas will open on June 24. Here's a look at what guests can expect when they visit the first hotel-casino to open on The Strip in a decade:Resorts World Las Vegas hotel roomsResorts World Las Vegas will offer three hotel collections from Hilton – each with its own entrance and lobby. Resorts World Las Vegas casinoThe casino floor includes 117,000 square feet of slots, table games, a dedicated poker room, high-limit areas and a sportsbook. DiningThere will be over 40 food and beverage options at Resorts World Las Vegas, ranging from fine dining to quick-service venues and exclusive concepts you won't find elsewhere on The Strip. Day club, night clubIn collaboration with Zouk Group, a leading lifestyle and entertainment company in Singapore, Resorts World Las Vegas plans to include Zouk Nightclub and AYU Dayclub.
10 great places to go scuba diving right here in the US – even in the Midwest
It’s a unique, almost cavern-like experience,” Valette-Wirth says. More information: bonneterremine.comHomestead CraterMidway, UtahDivers find year-round adventures in this mineral water naturally heated to 96? by a geothermal spring. It’s hidden in a beehive shape limestone rock with clear, super-warm water,” Valette-Wirth says. “It can be quite a beautiful experience,” Valette-Wirth says. More information: haighquarry.comBlack Rock PointMaui, HawaiiNo need to take a boat for an incredible scuba experience at the north end of Ka'anapali Beach.
Ready to visit Europe? Airlines adding flights to countries relaxing COVID-19 restrictions for vaccinated visitors
United Airlines early Monday said it will offer new flights to Croatia, Greece and Iceland beginning in July. Washington Dulles-Athens: Daily flights begin July 1 and run through Oct. 1. United also plans to resume flights between Newark and Athens on June 3. Chicago-Reykjavik, Iceland: Daily flights begin July 1 and will run through Oct. 3. United will also resume daily flights between Newark and Reykjavik on June 3, with flights operating through Oct. 29.
'Do not travel' list: The US State Department is raising the alert level for most countries due to COVID-19
Mexico, a popular vacation spot with American vacationers this year, is considered a Level 4 by the CDC – meaning avoid all travel – but a Level 3 by the State Department – meaning "reconsider travel.'' The Bahamas was just raised to a Level 4 by the CDC and is a level 3 on the State Department scale. The State Department is about to clear up some of that confusion, and the news is not good for travelers pondering a trip abroad. The State Department on Monday said it was raising the alert level for a significant number of countries this week as it factors the CDC's COVID-19 data more heavily into its rating system. The State Department said the pandemic continues to pose "unprecedented risks'' to travelers: "In light of those risks, the Department of State strongly recommends U.S. citizens reconsider all travel abroad.''
Australia, New Zealand welcome start of quarantine-free travel bubble
Elation and relief marked the opening of a long-anticipated travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand at the Wellington Airport on Monday. The start of quarantine-free travel was a long time coming for families who have been separated by the coronavirus pandemic as well as to struggling tourist operators. The idea of a travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand had been talked about for months but faced setbacks because of several small virus outbreaks in both countries, which were eventually stamped out. To mark the occasion, Wellington Airport painted an enormous welcome sign near its main runway and Air New Zealand ordered some 24,000 bottles of sparkling wine, offering a complimentary glass to adult passengers. The start of the bubble comes ahead of the New Zealand ski season and is welcome news for many tourist towns, including the ski resort of Queenstown.
Should you get travel insurance for vacations during COVID-19? Here's what to consider.
And once you make the decision to travel again, you should pay special attention to your COVID-19 travel insurance options. Travel insurance policies almost always combine TCI and TII. Travel insurance and COVID-19: What you need to knowAlmost all family travel insurance provides financial coverage only for unforeseen risks. COVID-19 travel insurance coverage: Read the fine printA basic problem with COVID-19 risks is that some insurance fine print hasn’t caught up with the coronavirus, so you can’t rely on an online comparison table to give you the answers. More from FamilyVacationist:FamilyVacationist.com covers family vacation ideas; family travel destinations; all-inclusive resorts; and must-have travel accessories for families of all shapes, sizes and orientations.
Vaccinated and traveling to Hawaii? It may be summer before you can skip pre-travel testing
If you've been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and are planning trans-Pacific travel to Hawaii, it may be summer before you're exempt from pre-travel COVID-19 testing to skip the state's 10-day quarantine requirement. However, initially the exemption will apply only to travelers who were vaccinated in Hawaii and are traveling between islands. Ige said starting with Hawaii vaccinated travelers would allow the state to troubleshoot the program before implementing it more broadly. The state is able to validate those records for Hawaii vaccinated travelers through its database of vaccines administered. Josh Green said the state has welcomed 2.6 million travelers since the start of the Safe Travels testing program in October.
Planning an international trip? Get ready to show a negative coronavirus test to board your flight home
Some Caribbean destinations require proof of a negative coronavirus test to enter and have other restrictions, but Mexico does not. The new requirement, which comes amid a surge in coronavirus cases in the U.S., means international travelers face another layer of restrictions. What international travelers need to know about CDC's new COVID-19 test ruleQuestion: Does the testing requirement apply to U.S. citizens? The CDC says passengers without negative test results or proof they have recovered from COVID-19 will be denied boarding. A: So far, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and United Airlines have issued specific travel waivers on this front.
Pandemic wanderlust: 100 places we're yearning to travel in 2021 and beyond
USA TODAY Travel teamCanceled trips. Here are the places that staff and contributors across the USA TODAY Network, including travel site 10Best.com, want to travel in 2021 – or when it's safer to do so. – Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY deputy travel editor (Twitter: @jaymedeerwester, Instagram: @byjaymedeerwester)15. – Larry Bleiberg, USA TODAY travel contributor; Society of American Travel Writers president (Twitter: @Lbleiberg, Instagram: @Lbleiberg)49. – Sarah Sekula, USA TODAY travel contributor and video host (Twitter: @wordzilla, Instagram: @sarahsomewhere)San Diego travel guide:Do's and don'ts89.
COVID-19 exposure on flights is more common than you think. The US doesn't share details, but Canada does
On the day after Christmas, passengers on a United Airlines flight from Denver to Calgary, Alberta, were potentially exposed to COVID-19. Data from Canadian public health authorities show a near daily occurrence of flights where a passenger may have been infected while flying. Canada has been posting public COVID-19 exposure alerts online for flights, trains and cruise ships throughout the pandemic. The CDC has revealed little information on the scope of COVID-19 exposure on flights except to release, when requested, the number of affected flights. Canada's approach has two major public health benefits, according to Dr. Amesh Adalja, senior scholar at Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security.
COVID-19 travel restrictions by state: See testing, quarantine requirements
Some states are discouraging interstate travel by requiring or recommending that visitors and residents returning from other states quarantine. A negative test and affidavit are required for anyone age 10 and up; parents must sign one for minor children. Josh Green, who oversees the state's travel policy, indicated that policy may change once enough people have received both doses. If travelers to the state test test negative, they should still quarantine for a full 7 days after travel. All travelers must continue to fill out the state travel form upon arrival.
After a critical year for COVID-19 and climate, Earth Day is today
Earth Day, which takes place each year on April 22, is the most widely observed secular holiday across the globe. John Oppermann, executive director of the Earth Day Initiative, said that “with each passing day, the urgency for climate action grows, and we are running out of time. "Most of our Earth Day events will be virtual with the exception of individual and small group cleanups through our 'Great Global Cleanup' program," said Olivia Altman of EarthDay.org, formerly the Earth Day Network. Despite the pandemic, "there's lots of excitement around this Earth Day," Rogers told USA TODAY. The global show begins at noon EDT on Thursday and will run parallel to the Biden administration’s global climate summit, also set for Earth Day.
‘Most humiliating punishment imaginable’: Black National Guardsman allegedly forced to wear heavy chain
The National Guard Bureau in Washington, which referees appeals between state Guard units and troops, serves largely in an advisory role. For that, he received what a National Guard Bureau investigator called “the most humiliating punishment imaginable to use against an African American cadet." The Maryland National Guard defended its investigation and is appealing parts of the decision made by the National Guard Bureau, said Maj. Kurt Rauschenberg, a spokesman for the Maryland National Guard. A chain’s heavy symbolismCharacterizations of what happened in 2015 are still disputed by the Maryland National Guard and the National Guard Bureau and Weaver. Send us a tip on National Guard conduct We want to hear from you if you believe you’ve encountered misconduct by a member of the National Guard.
Why only a few full moons a year are considered "supermoons"
Why only a few full moons a year are considered "supermoons"The most spectacular times to view a supermoon is when it ascends from or approaches the horizon.
Chase and Sadie: They married after his terminal cancer diagnosis. A year later, they spend their final moments together.
INDIANAPOLIS – Chase Smith's final words to Sadie, they were words to comfort her, to make sure she would be OK after he was gone. They were in their Bargersville, Indiana, home, where Chase wanted to be when he died. He knew, he told Chase, that Sadie was the love of his life. When he got home, Chase told Sadie he didn't have much time left. Before he could get the words out, Sadie told Chase she'd already been thinking the same thing.
Daunte Wright's funeral held in Minneapolis
Daunte Wright's funeral held in MinneapolisAl Sharptonc calls the late Daunte Wright a prince at the 20-year-old's funeral; Wright's mother say she never imagined she would be burying her son.
'Words can't explain how I feel': Daunte Wright's parents share grief at son's funeral
'Words can't explain how I feel': Daunte Wright's parents share grief at son's funeralDaunte Wright, the young Black man shot by police during a traffic stop, was remembered at his funeral amid a national reckoning on policing.
General fears Afghan military woes without US aid
General fears Afghan military woes without US aidAfghanistan's military "will certainly collapse" without some continued American support once all U.S. troops are withdrawn, the top U.S. general for the Middle East told Congress Thursday.
Black man fatally shot by police in North Carolina was unarmed and fleeing, family attorney demanding bodycam footage says
"To my understanding, there is body camera footage to this incident, and it has not been released. "The people of Elizabeth City ... they desire a right to know what took place this morning," City Councilman Darius J. Horton said Wednesday. The protests continued into the night, with about 200 people marching downtown asking for police to release body camera footage, the TV station reported. Protests wrapped up before 10 p.m., but protesters vowed to be back at the sheriff's office Thursday at 5 p.m. if body camera footage isn't released. "The release of the body camera footage as soon as possible is a must to build the transparency that is needed in our community."
How often do airline pilots find problems during preflight walk-arounds?
– Frank Kaminski, Cheswick, PennsylvaniaThere is not an “average” time for airplanes between heavy maintenance due to the vastly different usage of airplanes. My friends in maintenance tell me that they expect to see an airplane in heavy maintenance around every two years. There are heavy maintenance facilities in Mexico and I have seen several U.S. airplanes in Hong Kong. There are a few heavy maintenance facilities in the U.S., such as in Tampa, Florida. A few airlines have their own heavy maintenance facilities such as San Francisco or Tulsa, Oklahoma, but the number has decreased over the years.
It's the last day to shop All-Clad cookware for up to 60% off at the VIP Factory Sale
Any chef knows that All-Clad cookware is some of the best you'll find—and that it can cost you a pretty penny. But that was before the brand’s VIP Factory Seconds Sale returned with discounts of up to 60% (!) on some of the most impressive pots and pans we’ve tested in our day, ranging from copper-core frying pans to bakeware. Ahead, discover even more incredible price cuts available at this All-Clad sale. The best All-Clad cookware to shop from the VIP Factory Seconds SalePansPotsBakeware and toolsNeed help finding products?
US COVID-19 map: Tracking cases and deaths
This winter saw the highest numbers of cases reported thus far, with deaths surging as well. New deaths and confirmed cases of COVID-19 by dayEarly in 2020, New York had the largest number of cumulative cases. How the US coronavirus case trajectory compares to other nationsView novel coronavirus data by stateYou can search the latest totals for all states below. Finally, local governments and other organizations count and update case data differently, meaning different sources of information may show different numbers of cases. At least 12-18 monthsWhat to know about coronavirus: COVID-19, explained
There's a secret Mother's Day 2021 sale happening at Amazon right now
With Mother's Day 2021 fast approaching (it's May 9, FYI), you've got a limited amount of time to shop for the perfect gift for mom to brighten up her day. The popular e-tailer just discounted a wide variety of Mother’s Day gifts to make your shopping experience easier. Another pick you might consider buying is this scented candle gift set, already reduced from $29.99 to $15.99, that's further marked down to $14.53 when you click the coupon code beneath the price. That’s not all you'll find within this sale—keep on scrolling for the best Mother’s Day 2021 deals this site has to offer right down below. The best Amazon Mother's Day 2021 deals availableNeed help finding products?
India smashes global one-day record for new cases; infections in vaccinated people uncommon, study says: Live COVID-19 updates
That's good news as evidence builds that COVID-19 infections in fully vaccinated people are rare. ?Arkansas on Thursday marked 1 million coronavirus vaccine shots administered in the state so far, though the governor acknowledged more needs to be done to increase demand. Nearly 278 million vaccine doses have been distributed in the U.S. and almost 216 million have been administered, according to the CDC. “No working American should lose a single dollar from their paycheck because they chose to fulfill their patriotic duty and getting vaccinated,’’ Biden said. 77 inmates at Iowa prison given incorrect overdoses of Pfizer vaccineStaff from the Iowa Department of Corrections incorrectly gave 77 inmates overdoses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, the department confirmed.
'He was loved by so many': Daunte Wright, 20-year-old Black dad shot by police, remembered at a funeral packed with mourners
MINNEAPOLIS – Family and friends of Daunte Wright exalted the 20-year-old Black father fatally shot during a traffic stop by a veteran Minnesota police officer at a funeral service in Minneapolis on Thursday. “I said, ‘Well, we came to bury the prince of Brooklyn Center,’” Sharpton said to applause from the audience. Wright's death brought on anger, sadness and frustration in a community already on edge amid Chauvin's trial. Potter, a Brooklyn Center officer for 26 years, resigned in the days after Wright's death and is charged with second-degree manslaughter. "We ... intend to prove that Officer Potter abrogated her responsibility to protect the public when she used her firearm rather than her taser.
USA TODAY Launches Special Section Dedicated to the Nation’s Health Amid Coronavirus Outbreak
StaffUSA TODAY NETWORK PRESSROOMUSA TODAY announced today it is launching a special daily section focused on COVID-19 news and information. The new section, Nation’s Health, will be a standing section inside the USA TODAY print and e-edition newspapers and will appear on digital platforms as well. The nation is turning to USA TODAY for clear, up to date information on the outbreak. In the past 30 days, USA TODAY has had more than 100 million views of its coronavirus stories, videos, graphics and photo galleries. In addition, USA TODAY has:Launched a coronavirus newsletter, its readership growing to more than 90,000 subscribers in the past two weeks.
USA TODAY Expands Its Fact-Checking Efforts in New Partnership With Facebook to Identify Misinformation
StaffUSA TODAY NETWORK PRESSROOMUSA TODAY announced today that it is joining Facebook’s Third-Party Fact-Checking Program. USA TODAY has also previously published instant fact-checks with information livestreamed at usatoday.com in real time. Kristen DelGuzzi, USA TODAY Managing Editor for Politics and World, will lead USA TODAY’s latest fact-checking initiative in partnership with Facebook. “Continuing to expand our fact-checking program is an important part of our work to fight misinformation,” said Keren Goldshlager of Facebook Integrity Partnerships. “We welcome USA TODAY to the program and value their cross-country coverage and perspective on misinformation spreading at the state level.”
Flavored Nation Launches National Survey to Find States’ Top Dishes
StaffUSA TODAY NETWORK PRESSROOMFlavored Nation, part of Gannett Co., Inc., has launched Flavored Nation State Dish Showdown, a national survey to discover the iconic dish for every state. The Flavored Nation event will celebrate each iconic state dish and gives attendees the opportunity to sample them all in one place. “Flavored Nation is a one-of-a-kind event that allows attendees the chance to eat their way across the country in just one day. Voters in the Flavored Nation State Dish Showdown are automatically entered for a chance to win two tickets to a Flavored Nation 2020 event, plus airfare, hotel accommodations and $2,500. Learn more about Flavored Nation at FlavoredNation.com and follow on social media @FlavoredNation.
Gannett Announces 2019 "Best of Gannett" Award Winners
StaffUSA TODAY NETWORK PRESSROOMThe "Best of Gannett" awards show the incredible power of our network — from watchdogs in small communities to storytelling that spanned continents. In the words of Walter Lippmann, there can be no higher law in journalism than to shame the devil. The judges found the series to be “powerful storytelling, layered in details and in data, original to this reporting. This approach has increased loyalty, driven revenue and engaged our best customers more deeply — all in pursuit of our mission. In 2019, The Republic was conscious and deliberate in uplifting journalism and storytelling by valuing diversity in the newsroom.
USA TODAY Launches Educational AR Interactive On Social Distancing
StaffUSA TODAY NETWORK PRESSROOMUSA TODAY’s emerging tech team released an augmented reality (AR) interactive, Flatten the Curve: A week in social distancing, with the purpose of educating audiences on what active social distancing looks like. The educational interactive, which takes place in an exaggerated animated city block, guides users through five activities where they must choose the best course of action to demonstrate proper social distancing. These activities include grocery shopping, checking in on a friend, going for a walk, getting a delivery, and a social gathering. Users can read more articles and best practices on social distancing from USA TODAY’s journalists and share their results on social media. “We hope users will use this interactive as a method to understand how their actions can impact the spread of the virus.”Users can test their skills in the Augmented Reality section of the USA TODAY app.
USA TODAY NETWORK Partners With The 19th to Distribute Content at the Intersection of Gender, Politics and Policy
StaffUSA TODAY NETWORK PRESSROOMUSA TODAY NETWORK is partnering with The 19th to distribute content from the nonpartisan, nonprofit newsroom’s newly-launched website dedicated to original reporting at the intersection of gender, politics and policy. Starting this week, USA TODAY and more than 260 local media brands across the USA TODAY NETWORK will begin sharing stories from The 19th with the aim of informing, engaging and empowering women. USA TODAY NETWORK will play a key role in bringing these important stories to readers by featuring The 19th's content across its wide national platform with deep roots in local communities across the United States. USA TODAY NETWORK’s partnership with The 19th will bolster and broaden its ongoing journalistic commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment. "We are thrilled to partner with The 19th, publishing their stories across the USA TODAY Network.
USA TODAY NETWORK Collaborates With the Smithsonian to Bring Summer Activity Guide to K-8 Learners
StaffUSA TODAY NETWORK PRESSROOMUSA TODAY NETWORK and the Smithsonian are collaborating to bring a summer activity guide, featuring puzzles, games and at-home activities, to K–8 learners. The “Summer Road Trip” at-home activity guide, which includes bilingual Spanish/English language content, offers learners opportunities to explore topics in STEM, history and the arts. An e-edition of the guide is available across the USA TODAY NETWORK today. “As a kid, I would check out as many books as I could from my local library during the summer,” said Nicole Carroll, editor in chief of USA TODAY. "Summer Road Trip" is specifically designed to provide activities that can be done without access to the internet or a computer.
USA TODAY Network's and Lee Enterprises' Iowa Newsrooms Collaborate on “Iowa Mourns” Project to Tell the Stories of Iowans Lost to COVID-19
StaffUSA TODAY NETWORK PRESSROOMIn an unprecedented partnership, nine newsrooms across the USA TODAY Network, including the Des Moines Register, and Lee Enterprises in Iowa joined forces to publish a collaborative project called “Iowa Mourns,” which identifies and tells the stories of Iowans who died from COVID-19. In addition to pinpointing more than 200 Iowans who passed due to the pandemic, “Iowa Mourns” includes about 60 feature stories about friends, colleagues and neighbors ranging in age from 29 to 108. By profiling the lost, the project sought to ensure they would live on through the memories of those left behind. This level of collaboration between our companies ensures these important stories will be told and told well,” Humenik said. The “Iowa Mourns” 24-page full-color special section is available in print Oct. 11 and through the Des Moines Register e-edition.
USA TODAY Partners With Google to Launch Web Story Experience in Google Discover
StaffUSA TODAY NETWORK PRESSROOMUSA TODAY is partnering with Google to launch Web Story experience in Google Discover. Google today announced a dedicated Web Story carousel with Discover, and USA TODAY is working with Google as one of the premier publishers to feature the new product. USA TODAY recently used the format for a news story on why mail-in voting is so controversial and for one on systemic racism. In total, USA TODAY and other Gannett brands such as 10Best, Reviewed, and Golfweek have published nearly 600 Web Stories. USA TODAY is known for high-quality visuals, so this platform allows us to highlight the strong of our photos, video, and graphics teams in the newsroom,” said Alexandra Ptachick, Audience Editor of Emerging Platforms at USA TODAY.
USA TODAY NETWORK Brings Augmented Reality to More Local Apps
StaffUSA TODAY NETWORK PRESSROOMTo mark NASA’s Mars Rover landing, USA TODAY is bringing its latest augmented reality project, “Perseverance: Explore as one,” to more local audiences and is now available in USA TODAY and 13 local news apps. This is the most significant distribution of augmented reality content across the USA TODAY NETWORK to date and part of the mission to bring more innovative and digital content experiences to local audiences. “We’re excited to leverage the reach of our NETWORK to deliver premium augmented reality content to more people like never before", said Ray Soto, Director of Emerging Technology. USA TODAY and local news apps users can engage with the content via the Top Stories front. The experience, running roughly three minutes in length, was built in partnership with the Smithsonian Channel.
USA TODAY NETWORK Ventures Virtual Events Raise $500,000 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Virtual Run Series spanning the DC Batman™ Virtual Run, Elf Run Virtual 10K/5K, Christmas Story Virtual Run, DC Wonder Woman™ Virtual Run, and the Scooby-Doo™ Family and Pet Virtual Run/Walk. “Endurance athletes united with a powerful purpose last year to foster a strong community of kindness and giving, especially for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,” said Richard C. Shadyac Jr., President and CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. "We are grateful for our St. Jude Heroes®, runners, walkers and fitness enthusiasts who continue to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, whether they participated on the treadmill, sidewalk, bike, trail or other endeavor. St. Jude continues to uphold its promise that families will never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. To learn more about how to support St. Jude or to register as a St. Jude Hero® in an upcoming event in 2021, visit stjude.org/heroes.
Comparing the COVID-19 vaccines
A vaccine developed by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a Johnson & Johnson company, was authorized in late February. More: How mRNA vaccines workThe Johnson & Johnson vaccine takes the more traditional approach. Moderna, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson and Novavax are all US-based companies. All the vaccines except the one from Johnson & Johnson require two shots to train the immune system well enough to fight the coronavirus. In its large-scale trial, the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was shown to prevent 95% of symptomatic COVID-19, just 1 percentage point more than Moderna's.
Tracking COVID-19 vaccine distribution by state: How many people have been vaccinated in the US?
Three vaccines – one made by ????Pfizer-BioNTech, one from Moderna and another from Johnson & Johnson – have been authorized for emergency use and are part of the widespread distribution process. The Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines require two doses, and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires only one for the recipient to be fully vaccinated. The share of distributed doses used in each state or territory is calculated by dividing the number of doses administered in that state or territory by the number of doses distributed to that state or territory. The percent of people vaccinated in each state, territory or county is calculated by dividing the number of residents of that state, territory or county who have been vaccinated by the population of that state, territory or county. From Feb. 22 to 25, a footnote incorrectly described the measure used to calculate the percent of people vaccinated in each state or territory.
When will the cicadas emerge in 2021? How long will they be around after they come out? When will they be back?
Every 17 years, portions of the central, eastern and southern U.S. see a massive emergence of "periodical" cicadas. The largest of the many generations of cicadas, Brood X, will surface in May, creating a monstrous cacophony. Anatomy of a periodical cicadaUnlike greenish, annual cicadas, periodical cicadas are known for their black bodies, clear wings and bold red eyes. It depends on the weather and latitude in the U.S. Brood X cicadas usually emerge in late April and early May. The next time the Brood X cicadas will emerge will be in 2038.
USA TODAY Network Women of the Century: 100 years of the right to vote
Madeleine Albright Photo: Robert Deutsch, USA TODAY, Illustration: USA TODAY NetworkThese Black women fought for voting rights These Black women fought for voting rights Black women played a major role in obtaining the right to vote, even though many of them would not truly enjoy the right themselves to the same extent until decades later. Simone Biles USA TODAY Network illustrationUSA TODAY 100 USA TODAY 100 Women of the Century didn’t succeed despite adversity, but often because of it. Gloria Estefan Photo: Robert Deutsch, USA TODAY, Illustration: USA TODAY NetworkStatues bring suffrage history to you Statues bring suffrage history to you Women’s suffrage is commemorated in many landmarks around the country. Explore these statues in our augmented reality experience, available on your phone and within the Augmented Reality section of the USA TODAY app. Explore these statues in our augmented reality experience, available on your phone and within the Augmented Reality section of the USA TODAY app.
IHOP releases Bacon Obsession Menu with steakhouse premium bacon, Maple Bacon Milkshake and more
IHOP has a new way to meet your cravings, and it's more than a side of new, thicker bacon. IHOP introduces a new “Bacon Obsession” menu Tuesday with a steakhouse premium bacon with a maple glaze and limited menu items like Steakhouse Premium Bacon Burger, Candied Bacon Pancakes and a Maple Bacon Milkshake, the company shared exclusively with USA TODAY. Sign up hereAlong with the bacon, the special menu is available through June 13 and also features the Steakhouse Premium Bacon "BreakFEAST" combo ($10.99), Steakhouse BLT ($10), Oreo ‘N Bacon Waffle Sundae ($4.99) and the Bacon Lovers Combo ($5 to $6), available only on weekdays. In 2012, Jack in the Box had a limited Bacon Shake, and a year earlier, Denny’s had a Maple Bacon Sundae as part of its Baconalia festival. Prices vary by location, but a short stack costs an average of $6.45.
Chrissy Teigen on her 'gut-wrenching' year and the stigma surrounding infertility
While lying in a hospital bed last year, Chrissy Teigen shared near-constant updates to her Instagram account. Now, she wants others to join her in speaking more openly about infertility and the toll it takes. If that's going to make other women feel that they can do it too, then I will be that person and I'm happy to do it." Teigen says women often suffer in silence when they are dealing with infertility issues, which prompted her to be frank about her own experiences. Teigen says she's endured the "isolating" feelings of struggling to get pregnant, from embarrassment to feeling "like a failure."
Martha Stewart, Jaleel White and more promote cannabis use: Experts weigh in on THC vs. CBD
Here's what they told us about marijuana and CBD in its various forms ahead of 4/20, an unofficial day that celebrates cannabis culture. Willie Nelson, Gwyneth Paltrow and most recently "Crazy Rich Asians" actor Jimmy O. Yang have lent their names to cannabis products. Other states include:AlaskaArizonaCaliforniaColoradoIllinoisMaineMassachusettsMichiganMontanaNevadaNew JerseyOregonVermontWashingtonAre there wellness benefits to CBD, THC? Frye says both CBD and THC can help with sleep, anxiety, metabolism, stress and appetite. More:Why is CBD on the rise for wellness products?
Why it's a weekend for self care
I hope you can find some time and space for self care this weekend: sleep in a little bit, go for a walk, watch your favorite movie. I've been thinking about self care a lot this week. I took advantage of a wellness day my company has offered and took the day off to recover. We can't take a wellness day every week, but it was a good reminder to listen to my mind and body. "You have to sit the other person down and say, 'OK, we're not seeing eye to eye on this.
Got a COVID vaccine? Here's how to treat the side effects, including pain, swelling and more
If you're looking to lessen some of the potential side effects, however, here's how to treat some common symptoms:How to treat COVID-19 vaccine injection-site painOne area that may react to the vaccine is the arm where you received the shot. How to treat general COVID-19 vaccine symptomsYou may also experience symptoms including fever, chills, tiredness, headaches and nausea. Drink fluids: The CDC recommends this as a way to "reduce discomfort from fever." When should I see a doctor for my vaccine symptoms? "Usually, if you can make it through that without any severe symptoms, the chances of having any severe symptoms hours or days after that are very unlikely," he assured.
Your body is trying to tell you something
Experts say poor physical health can often signal poor mental health. "A lot of times our body is trying to communicate to us when we're not in a good spot," said Vaile Wright, senior director of health care innovation at the American Psychological Association. Inflammation, brain changes: What stress does to a bodyWhen someone experiences an increased level of stress, the body releases stress hormones – cortisol and adrenaline are among the most well-known. Prolonged release of stress hormones increases the overall level of inflammation in the body and can lead to longer term health effects. She also notes that one of the things that can be most healing to a body is connection to another person.
Staying Apart, Together: A newsletter about how to cope with the coronavirus pandemic
Welcome to Staying Apart, Together, a twice-weekly newsletter from USA TODAY. Staying Apart, Together is a newsletter about coping with the pandemic and its effect on your life. Our USA TODAY team will share with you whatever tips, tricks, insights and moments of joy we can. Sign up here to get Staying Apart, Together twice a week in your inboxes. If you are interested in more newsletters, USA TODAY has you covered:
Underestimating health care costs in retirement? Average out-of-pocket medical expenses was $295K, study indicates.
Health care is probably going to cost way more than you thinkMany future retirees have a very optimistic picture of their likely health care spending, according to a recent study conducted by Fidelity. It showed that 37% of non-retired adult financial decision-makers estimated health care spending for a senior couple in retirement would total $50,000 to $100,000. In reality, Fidelity's estimate for out-of-pocket medical expenses was actually $295,000 for the average 65-year-old couple who retired last year. And health care costs only go up year over year, so future retirees are likely to spend even more. Start preparing for health care spending ASAPIf you're not yet retired, it's crucial to develop a realistic plan now for affording your care as a senior.
Vitafusion recall: Church & Dwight recall select gummy vitamins after reports of 'metallic mesh'
A popular vitamin brand recalled some of its gummy products because they could contain metal. In a recall notice posted on the Food and Drug Administration website Tuesday, New Jersey-based Church & Dwight said it "initiated a voluntary recall of select vitafusion gummy products after the Company’s investigation of two consumer reports identified the possible presence of a metallic mesh material." However, it said, in "some severe cases, ingesting a metallic material could lead to damage of the digestive tract." Recall alert: List of affected vitaminsThe recalled gummy vitamin products are listed below with the Universal Product Code (UPC), lot code and expiration date. The company said no other products are included in this recall.
5 novel ways to use your health savings account: Invest, reimburse yourself for old expenses, more
“Generally, insurance premiums are not qualified medical expenses,” said Stenken. An HSA can be used to address any qualified health expenses incurred while the account is open, at any time, according to Bruggeman. And let’s say you’ve paid $20,000 out of pocket in qualified health care expenses over the past 10 years. One caveat: You can only use the money in the HSA to pay for qualified health care expenses incurred after the HSA was established. Using the HSA to pay for qualified health care expenses incurred prior to the HSA being created isn’t allowed.
COVID vaccine motivation: Krispy Kreme giving away free donuts for showing vaccination card through end of 2021
Krispy Kreme is providing a sweet incentive to encourage more people to roll up their sleeves for the COVID-19 vaccine: Free doughnuts through the end of 2021. The freebie is valid at all 369 Krispy Kreme shops located in 41 states and available “anytime, any day, every day for the rest of the year,” Dave Skena, Krispy Kreme chief marketing officer, told USA TODAY. Krispy Kreme is also offering up to four hours of paid time off for each COVID-19 vaccination for its employees. :Comedian believes his box of General Mills cereal contained shrimp tailsWhile many companies are giving employees motivation, Krispy Kreme appears to be the first national chain to provide consumers with a treat. Krispy Kreme wants people to have a chance to take advantage of it – after all, not everyone is eligible for a vaccine yet.
CPSC warns owners of Peloton Tread+ with small kids, pets to stop using treadmill
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is warning owners of the Peloton Tread+ with small children or pets to stop using the treadmill after the fitness company reported a child's death last month linked to the product. Tread+ owners with children are urged to stop using the treadmill immediately, the agency said. "There is no reason to stop using the Tread+, as long as all warnings and safety instructions are followed," the company said. On Friday, The Washington Post reported Peloton was fighting a request from the CPSC to recall the treadmill. In its statement Saturday, Peloton said it had invited CPSC to make a joint statement warning about the dangers of not following safety instructions when using Tread+.
WW (formerly Weight Watchers) and Noom make losing weight easier—which one is right for you?
That’s where WW (formerly Weight Watchers) and Noom come in. What are WW (formerly Weight Watchers) and Noom? In addition to the daily food logging, the Noom app provides motivation with about eight daily “tasks” you’re asked to complete. With WW, you’re given weekly points, or “weeklies” on top of your daily points. Which program is right for you: WW (formerly Weight Watchers) or Noom?
George Floyd still victim of lies on Facebook even after Derek Chauvin guilty verdict, report says
In anticipation of a verdict, Facebook pledged to remove posts from Facebook and Instagram that urged people to take up arms and any content that praised, celebrated or mocked Floyd’s death. After the Chauvin verdict, activists questioned why Facebook does not deploy them all the time. “If Facebook can be safer for Black people, why isn’t that the default setting?” said Rashad Robinson, president of Color Of Change, a nonprofit civil rights advocacy organization. One of the problems, say civil rights activists, is the dearth of underrepresented minorities at Facebook, particularly in positions of influence. On Tuesday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote about the Chauvin verdict on his Facebook page.
How tech will help many of us readjusting back to the office post-COVID
All of this raises an intriguing question: How can tech help us reengage to office life? "Tech will be at the heart of the once office-centric workplace and good communication will be key as companies make this transition," Goulding said. This month, Barco let its employees back on a hybrid work schedule up to a 40% office capacity. Banks thinks another tech that could help foster socialization in the office is having upgraded ventilation systems and UV lighting that can "kill pathogens to the air that's circulating is cleansed." ServiceNow's Safe Workplace Mobile nine-app platform and dashboard can help companies reopening offices with employee contact tracing, vaccination statuses and social distance floorplans.
USA TODAY ramps up immersive storytelling in 2020
Working with colleagues across the USA TODAY Network, the Emerging Technologies team created experiences reflecting news of the day and important events in history. By creating this interactive specifically for Instagram, USA TODAY extended its audience for its AR work. Telling local storiesThe USA TODAY Network used AR to explore topics that are important to local audiences. This year, the network surfaced AR experiences on apps in five local markets, plus USA TODAY. Also as part of coverage around women’s suffrage, USA TODAY used photogrammetry to bring real objects into AR users’ space.
Schwinn IC4 Review: Here's how it compares to Peloton
ADVERTISEMENTHow much is the Schwinn IC4 Indoor Cycling Bike? For example, I pay a monthly subscription fee of $12.99 to use the Peloton app for workouts on my Schwinn IC4 bike. What’s it like to set up the Schwinn IC4 Indoor Cycling Bike? What’s it like to work out on the Schwinn IC4 Indoor Cycling Bike? I can also view stats about my Peloton workouts in the Peloton app, but there’s no compatible Schwinn app that keeps tabs on your workouts.
Netflix subscriber growth slows, stock drops 10%. Streaming service expects 1 million new additions this quarter
The video-streaming service added 4 million more worldwide subscribers from January through March, its smallest gain during that three-month period in four years. It marked a huge comedown from the same time last year when Netflix added nearly 16 million subscribers. That came just as governments around the world imposed lockdowns that created a huge captive audience for the leading video-streaming service. The inevitable slowdown in subscriber growth had been widely telegraphed by Netflix’s management in repeated reminders that its gains were a pandemic-driven anomaly. The last time Netflix started a year with a lower gain – 5.3 million subscribers in the first quarter of 2017 – the service ended up with an annual increase of 21.6 million subscribers.
Apple iPad Pro to support latest PlayStation, Xbox game controllers. Orders for new iPad models begin April 30
New iPad Pro models are on the way, too. Starting prices remain the same as the previous generation of iPad Pro devices: The 11-inch model starts at $799, and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro starts at $1,099. Note: The iPad Pro storage capabilities wrongly rubbed some of those eyeing the new iMac computer, which tops out at 512GB of storage. New products:Apple unveils multi-color iMacs, new iPad Pro, purple iPhone 12, AirTags at 'Spring Loaded' eventIt's DogeDay420:So that's a thing? Xbox Cloud games require a compatible Bluetooth or USB-connected controller, but more than 50 games, including "Minecraft Dungeons," can be played with touch controls.
As Bitcoin tumbles, Dogecoin fans want to make 'DogeDay' happen on April 20
With the price of Bitcoin slumping over the weekend, fans of the popular spoof cryptocurrency Dogecoin are hoping to make April 20 "Doge Day." As of Monday morning, the price of Dogecoin was at 37 cents, up 24%, according to the digital currency exchange Coinbase. The topic #DogeDay is trending on Twitter, with several posts urging support for Dogecoin. Your crypto questions answered:How do you buy Dogecoin, bitcoin? There is a surge in new job openings, but why isn't there a surge in job candidates?
Have you been hacked? Google Chrome and other sites can help you find out
It’s a website that tracks and catalogs high- and low-profile data breaches. HaveIBeenPwned is an excellent tool if you want to dive into past data breaches to see if your information is floating around out there. It's easy to search the site's database to find past hacks and leaks that might include your personal info. Believe it or not, Google just added its own password scanner right into the most popular web browser on the planet. Google Chrome can alert you if it finds that your passwords were likely included in a breach or hack.
Remember Polaroid? They just released Polaroid Go, claiming it's world's smallest analog camera
Camera maker Polaroid is back with a new device they claim is the world's smallest analog camera. The company revealed the Polaroid Go, a tiny version of its instant camera that measures at 4.1 inches long, 3.3 inches wide, and 2.4 inches deep. Compare that to an iPhone 12, which measures 5.8 inches long, 2.5 inches wide and about .30 inch deep. The Go, which costs $99.99, also comes equipped with a mini version of its square-format Polaroid film. The mini version of the Polaroid camera features an updated selfie mirror, a self-timer, dynamic flash, double exposure and travel-friendly accessories, says the company.
From Minecraft to Zoom calls, we’ve all spent much of the pandemic on our screens. But are we ready for the metaverse?
My virtual doppelgänger is ready to embark on digital adventures, be inserted into a video game, a movie, or virtual reality. Since then, Epic Games raised an additional $1 billion in funding including $200 million from Sony. The virtual reality platform High Fidelity also lets you invite up to 20 people for free and mingle around the environment. High FidelityAnother stop: High Fidelity, a new virtual reality platform co-founded by Second Life founder Philip Rosedale in 2013. Show caption Hide caption Within the Sensorium Galaxy virtual world is Prism, a space which is devoted to music.
Live coverage: Apple unveils multicolor iMacs, new iPad Pro, purple iPhone 12, AirTags at 'Spring Loaded' event
Apple unveiled several new devices during its "Spring Loaded" event on Tuesday, including an updated iPad Pro, iMacs and a set of Tile-like devices called AirTags. The next iPad Pro confirmedApple formally confirms the new iPad Pro, which will use the same M1 processing chip as the new iMacs. The new iPad Pro will also support controllers from the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X for playing iPad games. New model of Apple TV 4K revealedApple introduced a new version of the company's Apple TV 4K streaming media player. "We expect modest price increases on the iPad Pro models with consistent pricing on the iPad mini and next version of the low-cost iPad."
New iMacs, iPads, purple iPhones and more highlight Apple's latest event
New iMacs, iPads, purple iPhones and more highlight Apple's latest eventApple unveiled many new devices during its "Spring Loaded" event, including an updated iPad Pro, iMacs and a set of Tile-like devices called AirTags.
Tesla Autopilot critics say deadly crash is reminder that self-driving cars aren't a reality yet
The perception that self-driving cars can really operate themselves without driver involvement is worrying automotive watchdogs, who say that some Americans have grown dangerously confident in the capabilities of semi-autonomous vehicles. Their comments come as electric vehicle maker Tesla's so-called Autopilot system is under scrutiny once again following a crash that killed two passengers in the Houston area late Saturday. "I would start by saying there are no self-driving cars despite what you may read about or what you’ve seen advertised," said Jake Fisher, senior director of auto testing for Consumer Reports. Tesla is among many tech companies and automakers that are developing their own self-driving cars, including Waymo, General Motors, Volkswagen and Ford. But self-driving cars currently under development are being tested in limited scenarios, such as fully mapped roads in Phoenix, San Francisco and Detroit.
How to add ‘I got my COVID vaccine’ frame to your Facebook profile
Facebook is rolling out “I got my COVID-19 vaccine” profile frames. You can add them to your Facebook profile starting Thursday. “Research shows that social norms can have a major impact on people’s attitudes and behaviors when it comes to their health,” Facebook said in a blog post. Facebook said it has removed millions of pieces of misinformation and labeled more than 167 million pieces of content about COVID-19 and vaccines on Facebook and Instagram. Here’s how to add a COVID-19 vaccine frame to your profile:
COVID-19 vaccine near me: Digital tools to help you find vaccination locations
An illustrated guide:What to expect before and after getting a COVID-19 vaccineWhen can children get COVID-19 vaccine? Apple MapsApple announced Tuesday that it would display on its Apple Maps places where users can go to get a COVID-19 vaccine. WalgreensThe Walgreens COVID-19 vaccine locator tool helps residents in New Mexico and New Hampshire find a Walgreens providing vaccination against the coronavirus. Residents seeking the vaccine can visit Costco's COVID-19 vaccine page and select their state and county, and book an appointment. WalmartWalmart designed an interactive map to show which locations are offering COVID-19 vaccinations.
Megan Thee Stallion is taking a break from social media. 6 signs you need to unplug too
Megan Thee Stallion is "recharging" by taking a break from social media. We asked experts to weigh in on what signs to look for and how to form healthier habits with social media. If your real-life interactions are sufferingModir says this could come in the form of "decreased social interaction with friends and family in favor of social media engagement" or people in your life have "complained about your social media usage interfering with social interaction." Choose a time"A way to create boundaries can be as simple as only checking in on social media for a particular amount of time at a specific time of day (and) using the built in social media apps to monitor time spent," she says. Get outsideOstach says movement is a core attribute to leading a healthy life, which isn't achieved through social media usage.
The latest in checkout ease: Amazon rolls out pay-by-palm tech to Whole Foods
Whole Foods shoppers in Seattle will soon have a new way to pay for groceries: their palm. Amazon announced Wednesday plans to expand Amazon One, its contactless payment service, to a Whole Foods store in Seattle and will add the feature to seven more stores there in the coming months. Customers can also link their Amazon One information to their main Amazon account to get Prime discounts at Whole Foods. "At Whole Foods Market, we’re always looking for new and innovative ways to improve the shopping experience for our customers," said Arun Rajan, senior vice president of technology and chief technology officer at Whole Foods Market, in a statement. Cyberspace:The metaverse is its final frontierApple's 'Spring Loaded' event:New multicolor iMacs, new iPad Pro, purple iPhone 12, AirTags, and moreThe technology is currently available in Seattle-area stores such as Amazon Go, Amazon Go Grocery, Amazon Books, Amazon 4-star and Amazon Pop Up.
60 thoughtful gifts for every type of mom
If your mom loves new plants, you can’t go wrong with a customized pot and vibrant plant from The Sill. For the yogi mom: Lululemon Reversible MatIf mom loves her daily yoga routine, get her the best yoga mat on the market—the Lululemon Reversible Mat. For the mom who has everything: Mini cupcakesWant an amazing gift mom didn't even know she needed? If mom loves picking up kitchen knick knacks, search Etsy for the perfect present to adorn her kitchen. If mom loves making blanket forts, snuggling with the family, or just generally lounging around in blankets, this is a must-have.
Listen to the Talking Tech podcast
USA TODAYThe Talking Tech podcast is available for you every day with a quick hit on the latest tech news, gadget reviews, opinion on tech trends and interviews with insiders. Apple Podcasts (Apple devices and Amazon Echo speakers.) —Just say, "Play Talking Tech on Apple Podcasts," to your Echo speaker and the show will begin. You can also:—iPhone/iPad: Say "Hey Siri, play Talking Tech," and the show will directly come up via voice command. —Google Home connected speaker: Just say "Hey Google, play Talking Tech."
100 things to do while stuck inside due to a pandemic
We've compiled 100 suggestions to help make your time quarantined as interesting – and perhaps even as productive – as possible. Sure, it can be about the coronavirus, but it could also be about a specific interest from chess to cheese. Finally read “Infinite Jest,” “Les Miserables” or even “The Stand.” Go all in and read “Ulysses.” You got this. 100 little things that bring us joy during the coronavirus pandemic23. Two words: Coronavirus beard!
7 useful tools for a quick and easy digital spring cleaning
While you’re cleaning things up, tell your digital assistants – looking at you, Siri and Alexa – to butt out. Tap or click to stop smart speakers, social media sites and even your computer from listening to your every word. When you download the app, you can focus on a specific browser you would like to clean up. You can use these apps to clean out junk files, clean your cache, delete cookies, wipe out temporary files. Kim takes calls and dispenses advice on today's digital lifestyle, from smartphones and tablets to online privacy and data hacks.
What Do You Call a Bunch of Black Holes: A Crush? A Scream?
Black holes, after all, are nothing but hungry. But what do you call a collection of black holes? The question has taken on an urgency among astronomers inspired by the recent news of dozens of black holes buzzing around the center of a nearby cluster of stars. In the last few years, instruments like the LIGO and Virgo gravitational-wave detectors have recorded space-time vibrations from the collisions of black holes, making it clear beyond doubt that these monstrous concentrations of nothingness not only exist but are ubiquitous. What term would do justice to the special nature of black holes?
The Nervous Person’s Guide to Re-Entering Society
Have I done all the things I have to do to make me safe?” Dr. Perl said. Then think about the tough things you’ve done before and how you pushed through them. Train your nervous system to recognize that you are not in danger by doing the very activities that might make you a little anxious. It’s not only reasonable but prudent if you take public transportation regularly or live in a place with high population density. Don’t compare yourself to what other people are doing or look to others for the right answer.
Earth Day almost had a totally different name
Earth Day was almost dead in the water before it started, thanks to the laughably bad name organizers originally had in mind for the annual event. The proposed name for the inaugural April 22 event was “The Environmental Teach-In.”Luckily, the campaign drew the attention of prominent ad writer Julien Koenig, who reportedly reached out to an organizer and volunteered his services. April 22 happened to be Koenig’s birthday, and he liked how “Earth Day” rhymed with birthday, according to the report. Colombian environmentalist Francisco Vera, left, and founder of the “Guardians of Life” environmental group, plants a tree with a fellow activist to mark Earth Day, in Villeta, Colombia on April 21, 2021. REUTERSIn 1969, Senator Gaylord Nelson and Congressman Pete McCloskey began efforts to start “teach-ins” at US colleges, and hired Harvard grad student Denis Hayes to organize the first Earth Day, the website said.
Man who allegedly threatened Olympian charged with hate crime for attacking Asian couple
A homeless man has been charged with a hate crime for attacking an elderly Asian couple at a California park — and is also being investigated for allegedly threatening a Japanese-American Olympian, prosecutors and police said. In Sunday’s attack, prosecutors said Vivona ran up to the couple as they took their nightly walk and slugged the elderly man in the face. Phil McMullin told the Orange County Register that “people knew about” Vivona from the earlier incident involving Kokumai. He’s now facing two felony counts of elder abuse, two felony counts of hate crime battery and two felony hate crime enhancements. Go home, stupid b—h,” a man police say was Vivano told Kokumai.
DOT to reserve hundreds of parking spots for Zipcar, car-sharing vehicles
New York City plans to reserve hundreds of spots across the city for car-sharing vehicles like Zipcar, officials said Thursday — expanding on its 285-spot pilot launched in 2018. Customer surveys found 7 percent of participants sold their cars or opted not to purchase a car because of car-share, DOT said. The DOT will add hundreds of spots to the current total of 285. Christopher SadowskiUC Berkeley researchers working in collaboration with the city, meanwhile, found every one car-share vehicle in the city replaced four other cars. DOT is working on official rules to govern the program’s expansion, the agency said.
Young girls more vulnerable to online predators than ever before
In a new report, a UK-based internet watchdog has declared young girls more vulnerable that ever to online sex predators. The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) released its annual report on Wednesday that shows a worrying trend of sexual grooming among children, particularly young girls. In a public statement, Hargreaves added, “We don’t want to frighten people, but we do want to build resilience to the threat of self-generated sexual abuse of children.”“We want to help teenage girls to recognize the actions that constitute self-generated sexual abuse as abuse,” she continued. Getty Images/iStockphotoIn October of last year, the Department of Justice warned families of “increased access to children” online by sexual predators. The NCMEC and the IWF encourage internet users to report instances of online child abuse through their tips lines and refer to their websites for more guidance on keeping kids safe online.
Wild video shows livestock ride alongside human passengers on Chinese train
And you thought the New York City subway was wild…Bizarre new video shows pigs, goats and sheep strolling the aisles of a train in China — coexisting peacefully with regular riders. The footage shows the livestock being shepherded through the train cars as some human commuters barely seem to notice. Goats and pigs wander the aisles of a Chinese train in Sichuan Province. The low-speed train-trip takes nine hours to traverse Sichuan Province, allowing rural farmers to load their livestock to be sold both on the train and at destinations in the city, according to the South China Morning Post. A ride on the railroad costs as little as 2 yuan, or 30 cents in US dollars.
Brooke Shields shares stunning nude photo in honor of Earth Day 2021
Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Brooke Shields is stripping down to honor Mother Nature. The veteran model, 55, took to Instagram Thursday to share a nude photo to celebrate Earth Day 2021. “This Earth Day, I’m joining @NatGeo in sharing one of the places on the planet that matters most to me,” the beauty captioned the scenic beach shot. “Celebrate your love for the planet with us by sharing a spot you care about. I’m learning from them and they always say you’re better off with something that shows your body rather than a muumuu.”
Park Slope shooter snapped and felt ‘enough was enough,’ sister says
The woman charged with murdering her former girlfriend of nearly two decades on a Park Slope street snapped and felt “enough was enough” following a contentious relationship between the pair, the alleged shooter’s sister claimed Thursday. Paul MartinkaProsecutors say that Bell ran up to 51-year-old victim Nichelle Thomas from behind and blasted Thomas one time in the back of the head at point-blank range before fleeing. “I’m sorry that both of them had to go through with this.”A woman places flowers where Nichelle Thomas was shot and killed in Park Slope. Surveillance video shows the moment Latisha Bell allegedly shot and killed her ex-girlfriend Nichelle Thomas. “When she was here alone — peaceful, peaceful.
Opinion : To beat back vaccine hesitancy, start with churches
Among white evangelical Protestants who are vaccine hesitant, nearly half (47%) who regularly attend services say faith-based approaches would make them more likely to get vaccinated. Approximately one-third of Black Protestants (36%) and Hispanic Americans (33%) who are vaccine hesitant say one or more faith-based approaches would make them more likely to get vaccinated. 26% of Republicans and 24% of rural Americans who are vaccine hesitant say faith-based approaches would improve their likelihood of getting vaccinated.
In the tombs of Saqqara, new discoveries are rewriting ancient Egypt’s history
An archaeological bonanzaWorkers lift a team member out of a Saqqara shaft using a pulley and basket. (Sima Diab for The Washington Post)Ancient history is being revealed in many parts of Egypt these days. A king becomes a godAfter I emerged from the burial shaft, Hawass explained how the discoveries were reshaping the understanding of Pharaonic times. (Sima Diab for The Washington Post)TOP: Sarcophagi of ancient Egyptians found by Hawass's team at Saqqara. Many of his followers wanted to be buried around his pyramid, often visiting coffin and mummification workshops in Saqqara, Hawass said.
Should I wear a mask outside? Experts weigh in on scenarios.
“There are going to be people who, for a while, feel uncomfortable being outside without a mask,” Sax says. “If it’s okay do it indoors, then it’s certainly okay to do it outdoors,” Marr says. While brief unmasked interactions with servers are likely low risk, experts say you should still put your mask on when they approach your table to be considerate. “I think that it’s something that we should just do to respect them.”Do I have to wear my mask while walking or running? The decision to wear a mask while playing sports outside will depend on the amount of contact you’ll have with other players.
Indiana man gets 35 years for sextortion scheme targeting women, high school girls
Prosecutors say Cox obtained nude photos of a woman while pretending to be a modeling recruiter. He then created a social media account in the woman’s name to contact a man in Rochester. Cox reportedly exchanged the woman’s explicit photos with the Rochester man, then threatened to release those photos unless the man gave Cox his social media login information. Cox found thousands of nude pictures of women and girls on the Rochester man’s social media account. The FBI analyzed Cox’s work computer, the fake social media accounts, and his cellphone to eventually name him as the suspect behind the sextortion scheme.
In Germany, more than 1,200 new words have been created in age of COVID-19
In the age of COVID-19, more than 1,200 words in German have been created. "I can think of many other examples of a huge cultural shift that changed the German vocabulary. The list of new words was compiled by the Leibniz Institute for the German Language. "When new things happen in the world [we] look for a name," said Dr. Christine Möhrs, who works at the institute and collects the words. "We see again and again how important it is to formulate precisely and to be very careful about which words we choose.
Queen Elizabeth II receives subtle tribute from Kate Middleton as monarch turns 95
Kate Middleton made sure a part of Queen Elizabeth II was with her during a surprise outing on Wednesday. The Duchess of Cambridge, 39, paid a subtle tribute to the Queen on her 95th birthday by donning a pair of diamond and pearl earrings she borrowed from the monarch as she and Prince William, 38, visited 282 (East Ham) Squadron, Air Training Corps in East London. The Queen first wore the heirloom earrings in 1977 when she celebrated her silver jubilee and has loaned them to Middleton on various occasions. Still bereaving Prince Philip’s death on April 9 -- and days after the family laid him to rest at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle on Saturday --Middleton and William both wore black to carry on in remembrance of the Queen’s late husband of 73 years. KATE MIDDLETON HONORS QUEEN ELIZABETH II, PRINCESS DIANA AT PRINCE PHILIP’S FUNERAL WITH SENTIMENTAL JEWELRYPRINCE HARRY, PRINCE WILLIAM HAD A ‘GOOD START’ IN HEALING, BUT THERE IS NO ‘QUICK FIX,' PAL SAYSThe mother of three also wore the Queen's Bahrain Pearl Earrings, made from pearls gifted to Elizabeth II on the event of her wedding to Philip in 1947.
Pfizer and Moderna Covid-19 vaccines do not appear to pose serious risk during pregnancy, research shows
(CNN) The mRNA Covid-19 vaccines made by Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna do not appear to pose any serious risk during pregnancy, according to new data published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine. The study, along with existing research showing mRNA vaccines are effective in pregnant and lactating women, suggests that the benefits of the vaccines outweigh the risks. The researchers followed a group within the V-safe system to gather more data on pregnancy outcomes and complications. This registry included 3,958 pregnant participants (out of the 35,691) who had received an mRNA vaccine. They found 827 completed pregnancies, and 115 (13.9%) experienced a pregnancy loss, while 712 (86.1%) resulted in a live birth.
Do we still need to wear a mask outdoors?
(CNN) "I'm vaccinated and I'm outside. Do I really still need to wear a mask?" Do I need a mask?" As the warmer weather months arrive and the percentage of vaccinated Americans gradually ticks upwards, these are some of the questions a growing number of Americans are asking. If you're vaccinated, "I'd say for the most part, you don't need to wear a mask outdoors," Dr. Sanjay Gupta said Thursday on CNN's New Day.
‘Unnecessary sadness’: Inside Ontario’s strained intensive care units
Over the course of a single shift last week, critical care physician Laveena Munshi saw her intensive care unit (ICU) at Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital fill with pregnant and post-partum COVID-19 patients. Hospital staff say they are seeing whole families infected due to transmission at front-line workplaces that have remained open through lockdowns and stay-at-home orders. It has seconded non-ICU nurses to help deliver critical care to the most seriously ill patients as it braces for the worst. Raman Rai, manager of the ICU at Toronto's Humber River Hospital, said she has never seen such a volume of critical care patients. She is also seeing younger patients, pregnant patients and whole families with COVID-19.
Foreign leaders arrive for Chad leader’s funeral as rebels threaten advance
The son of Chad's late president Idriss Deby, Mahamat Idriss Deby Itno (also known as Mahamat Kaka) and Chadian army officers gather in the northeastern town of Kidal, Mali, February 7, 2013. REUTERS/Cheick Diouara/File PhotoForeign leaders arrived in Chad on Thursday for the funeral of slain president Idriss Deby as France backed the new military leaders in the face of rebel threats to resume an offensive on the capital N’Djamena. French President Emmanuel Macron, Guinean President Alpha Conde and several other African heads of state arrived in N'Djamena despite warnings from the rebels that foreign leaders should not attend Friday's funeral for security reasons. "Kaka (Mahamat Deby) only has partial support of the army. He is young and, unlike his father, has never been a rebel," said Jerome Tubiana, an analyst specialising on Chad.
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California public universities plan to require Covid-19 vaccines
| Jae C. Hong/AP Photo California public universities plan to require Covid-19 vaccinesSACRAMENTO — California's two public university systems announced Thursday they will require nearly 800,000 students to receive the Covid-19 vaccine as soon as this fall in the nation's most sweeping higher education testing requirement. California State University and University of California proposed the requirement for students, faculty and staff for the fall 2021 semester — contingent on full FDA approval. Students and staff would be able to seek a medical or religious exemption under the new policy, CSU officials said Thursday. "The state of California has been a leader in the administration of Covid-19 vaccines, and Californians receiving a vaccine has led to significantly reducing the transmission of Covid-19 in our state," CSU Chancellor Joseph Castro said in a statement. A growing number of private universities have begun announcing fall vaccine requirements for students without the FDA contingency.
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Ohio GOP Lawmaker Hilariously Mocked For Taking Founding Fathers Literally
The House of Representatives on Thursday approved legislation that would turn Washington, D.C., into a state , but some people are protesting the move with potentially dubious claims. Case in point: Ohio state Rep. Mike Loychik (R) took to Twitter on Thursday to assert that the founding fathers never wanted D.C. to be a state. It’s true that Washington was made into a separate district rather than a state, but many Twitter users weren’t impressed with Loychik’s argument. They pointed out a whole bunch of things that are an accepted part of American culture that the founders also never intended (and vice versa). Take a look:
Rev. Al Sharpton says Daunte Wright’s family ‘wanted the world to know that they wanted real change’
Following the funeral of Daunte Wright, president of the National Action Network Revered Al Sharpton discusses how Daunte Wright’s family and the families of many other African Americans killed by police want to turn their pain into real change
NASA's Perseverance Rover Just Made Oxygen On Mars
In one “crucial first step” for life on Mars, NASA says an experimental device on its Perseverance rover has made oxygen by using the red planet’s carbon dioxide-rich atmosphere. “Liquid oxygen propellant is something we could make there and not have to bring with us. NASA/JPL-Caltech Technicians at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge, California, lower the Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment (MOXIE) instrument into the belly of the Perseverance rover. NASA via Getty Images A concept illustration provided by NASA shows the Perseverance rover using its drill to core a rock sample from Mars. MOXIE’s monumental feat comes a little more than three months after the car-sized rover Perseverance, which is touted as NASA’s most advanced rover yet, landed on Mars.
Suspect in Kristin Smart killing previously suspected in 2007 rape allegation
But the alleged incident was never prosecuted. The woman said she blacked out at a bar in Redondo Beach and later woke up naked and disoriented in a stranger’s bed. The 2007 Redondo Beach incident was never prosecuted. The district attorney’s office declined to comment beyond what’s written in the report. A spokesman for the Redondo Beach Police Department said he was unable to comment on the investigation.
Family of Ma'Khia Bryant speaks out after teen is killed by Columbus police
The family of Ma'Khia Bryant, who was fatally shot by police responding to a 911 call, remembered the teen as a "beautiful" and "sweet" girl, and questioned why a Columbus officer shot her. He immediately called the teen's mother, Paula Bryant. "Ma'Khia was a sweet little girl," Paula Bryant added. Ma'Khia Bryant. Hazel Bryant reacts after her niece, 15-year-old Ma'Khia Bryant, was fatally shot by a police officer in Columbus, Ohio, on April 20, 2021.
Board: districts must pay for 3 to attend religious schools
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Citing a 2020 U.S. Supreme Court decision that says states can’t cut religious schools out of programs that send public money to private education, the Vermont State Board of Education has decided that the school districts of three students must pay the tuition for them to attend religious schools as part of a state tuition benefit that they were denied. The three families had appealed their school boards’ denial to the state board, which issued its decision on Wednesday. In Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, the Supreme court ruled 5-4 that states must give religious schools the same access to public funding that other private schools receive, preserving a Montana scholarship program that had largely benefited students at religious institutions. The school districts are Rutland Town, Mount Ascutney and Hartland. A fourth district had denied the tuition benefit for another student to attend Mount St. Joseph but later changed its decision.
Release of body cam videos varies -- from hours to months
In New York City, police can wait up to 30 days to release body camera footage when deadly force is used, but that deadline is not always met. The state attorney general, who recently assumed responsibility for deciding whether to prosecute deaths caused by police, has pledged to release body camera videos quickly in cases it investigates. In Portland, Oregon, there is no body camera footage to see. The department in the Hawaii capital has said it will not release footage of the 16-year-old’s killing because juveniles were involved. In Rochester, New York, police commanders delayed the release of body camera video of a police encounter that led to the death of Daniel Prude in March 2020.
Police clash with Palestinians, far-right march in Jerusalem
Israeli riot police detain a Palestinian man during clashes near Damascus Gate just outside Jerusalem's Old City, Thursday, April. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)Israeli riot police detain a Palestinian man during clashes near Damascus Gate just outside Jerusalem's Old City, Thursday, April. Meanwhile, a far-right Jewish group known as Lahava led a march of hundreds of protesters chanting “Arabs get out!” toward Damascus Gate. Israel captured east Jerusalem, where the Old City is located, in the 1967 war and annexed it in a move not recognized internationally. The Palestinians want east Jerusalem to be the capital of their future state.
Kentucky ‘working every angle’ to get shots in more arms
Kentucky ‘working every angle’ to get shots in more armsFRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Hoping to reverse a slowdown in COVID-19 vaccination rates in Kentucky, Gov. Andy Beshear said Thursday that officials are “working every angle” to increase the number of people getting the shots. About 85,000 Kentuckians were vaccinated in the prior week, less than half the number receiving the shots during a peak period in March. “We are working every angle that we can think of” to increase vaccination rates, the governor said. “We’re really going to have to get to the point where if there’s going to be a festival, there’s a tent where you can get vaccinated,” he said.
Police video shows officer using stun gun on handcuffed man
Police video shows Dehon using a stun gun on a handcuffed 67-year-old man sitting on a patrol car's back seat and then saying, “Scream again." He faces a May 5, 2021, termination hearing before the Port Allen City Council, news outlets have reported. (West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office via AP) This undated photo provided by the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, in Louisiana, shows Officer Nolan Dehon III. Police video shows Dehon using a stun gun on a handcuffed 67-year-old man sitting on a patrol car's back seat and then saying, “Scream again." She don’t run nothing,” the video shows him telling officers while they cuff his hands behind his back.
California’s public universities to require COVID-19 vaccine
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Two of the nation’s largest university systems say they intend to require COVID-19 vaccinations for all students, faculty and staff on University of California and California State University campuses this fall. Several U.S. colleges and universities also have said they plan to require the vaccination. But Thursday’s joint announcement from the 10-campus University of California and the 23-campus California State University is the largest of its kind in American higher education. The CSU system in the nation’s biggest four-year college system, with about 485,000 students and tens of thousands of staff, while the UC system has more than 280,000 students. Students who have an approved exemption for medical or religious reasons will be required to undergo regular COVID-19 testing.
ACLU sues to challenge Iowa denial of transgender surgery
The lawsuit was filed in state court by the ACLU of Iowa and the national ACLU LGBTQ & HIV Project on behalf of Aiden Vasquez. That case was dismissed by the Iowa Court of Appeals in August 2020 because the plaintiffs had not first sought and been denied coverage by the Iowa Department of Human Services. ADVERTISEMENTThe ACLU lawyers will argue that denying the surgery to transgender Iowans violates equal protection rights guaranteed in the Iowa Constitution and is intentionally discriminatory against people because they are transgender, said Rita Bettis Austen, ACLU of Iowa legal director. When the ACLU first filed a lawsuit to challenge Iowa Medicaid denial of transgender surgery in 2017, a state court judge found the policy violated the Iowa Civil Rights Act and the Iowa Supreme Court in 2019 upheld that decision. Bettis said many states have since eliminated their bans on Medicaid coverage for the health care transgender people need.
Parke Bancorp: Q1 Earnings Snapshot
WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) _ Parke Bancorp Inc. (PKBK) on Thursday reported first-quarter net income of $9.4 million. The bank, based in Washington Township, New Jersey, said it had earnings of 78 cents per share. The holding company for Parke Bank posted revenue of $22.8 million in the period. Its revenue net of interest expense was $19 million, which topped Street forecasts. Parke Bancorp shares have increased 20% since the beginning of the year.
Edwards worries about decline in COVID-19 vaccine interest
A worker readies syringes with the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine Monday, March 29, 2021, at "Vaccine Fest," a 24-hour COVID-19 mass vaccination event in Metairie, La., just outside New Orleans, hosted by Ochsner Health System and the Jefferson Parish Government. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)A worker readies syringes with the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine Monday, March 29, 2021, at "Vaccine Fest," a 24-hour COVID-19 mass vaccination event in Metairie, La., just outside New Orleans, hosted by Ochsner Health System and the Jefferson Parish Government. (AP) — Fewer than two weeks after officials hailed the opening of a federal mass vaccination site in Louisiana’s capital city, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Thursday that the location isn’t seeing enough traffic from people seeking the thousands of coronavirus vaccine doses available. ADVERTISEMENTMore than 1.4 million people in Louisiana — 32% of the state’s total population — have received at least one dose of the vaccine, according to state health department data.
Dow Jones Futures: Biden Capital Gains Tax Hike Plan Hits Market Rally; Bitcoin, Intel, Snap, Apple Supplier Move Late
XWhile the negative reversal is never good to see, the Dow Jones, S&P 500 and Nasdaq didn't suffer too much damage from the Biden capital gains tax hike plan. Stock Market Rally ThursdayThe stock market rally was enjoying solid gains when the Biden capital gains tax hike news came out. The Biden capital gains tax hike plan wouldn't affect holdings in pension funds, retirement accounts and anyone who isn't a millionaire. In the near term, a sharp capital gains tax hike could spur heavy selling by wealth holders of long-term holdings. Market Rally AnalysisThe Biden capital gains tax hike plan rained on what was looking to be a solid session.
High court moves away from leniency for minors who murder
FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2020, file photo the Supreme Court in Washington. After more than a decade in which the Supreme Court moved gradually toward more leniency for minors convicted of murder, the justices have moved the other way. Scott Applewhite, File)FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2020, file photo the Supreme Court in Washington. After more than a decade in which the Supreme Court moved gradually toward more leniency for minors convicted of murder, the justices have moved the other way. The ruling followed more than a decade in which the court moved gradually toward more leniency for minors convicted of murder.
Intel stock falls despite earnings beat, as data-center sales slump more than 20%
Intel’s data-center group saw revenue fall more than 20% to $5.56 billion, while analysts surveyed by FactSet expected $5.89 billion. Analysts had estimated adjusted earnings of $1.15 a share on revenue of $17.79 billion, while Intel had forecast adjusted earnings of $1.10 a share on revenue of about $17.5 billion. Intel predicted Thursday annual revenue of approximately $77 billion, or $72.5 billion without the memory business, and adjusted earnings of $4.60 a share. For the second quarter, Intel forecast revenue of $18.9 billion, or $17.8 billion when removing the memory business, and GAAP and non-GAAP earnings of $1.05 a share. Analysts on average expected adjusted second-quarter earnings of $1.09 a share on revenue of $17.55 billion.
California state universities to require COVID-19 vaccinations for fall
SAN FRANCISCO — Two of the nation’s largest university systems say they intend to require COVID-19 vaccinations for all students, faculty and staff on University of California and California State University campuses this fall once the Food and Drug Administration gives formal approval. Several U.S. colleges and universities have said they plan to require the vaccination on campuses this fall. But Thursday’s joint announcement from the 10-campus University of California and the 23-campus California State University is the largest of its kind in American higher education. The CSU system in the nation’s biggest, with about 485,000 students and tens of thousands of staff, while the UC system has around 280,000 students.
Skyworks Is Buying a Chip Unit From Silicon Labs. Here’s What It Means for the Stock.
Skyworks stock (ticker: SWKS) climbed 4.1%, to $191.01, in the extended session Thursday, as Silicon Labs (SLAB) shares surged 12.4%, to $162.51. Skyworks said the acquisition includes Silicon Labs’ power isolation, timing, and broadcast products and technology. As part of the deal, Skyworks will hire Mark Thompson, currently a Silicon Labs vice president and general manager of the infrastructure and automotive unit. About 350 other Silicon Labs employees are expected to join Skyworks. Silicon Labs stock closed the regular session down 2.2%, at $144.65.
U.S. stocks close down on news of Biden tax proposal
Biden will propose raising the marginal income tax rate to 39.6% from 37% and nearly double capital gains taxes to 39.6% for people earning more than $1 million, sources told Reuters. During the session, the S&P 500 healthcare sector hit a fresh record high while industrials were the biggest gainers. All 11 S&P 500 sectors closed lower as Microsoft, Apple Inc, Amazon.com Inc and Tesla Inc weighted the most on the downdraft. Biogen shares fell 4.0%. The S&P 500 posted 84 new 52-week highs and no new lows; the Nasdaq Composite recorded 86 new highs and 20 new lows.
Economic growth is 'peaking': Goldman Sachs
U.S. economic growth for this year is "peaking," Goldman Sachs strategists led by Ben Snider warned in a new note on Thursday. Snider said Goldman's economists predict 10.5% GDP growth for the second quarter, the strongest quarterly growth rate since 1978. Economic growth is peaking, warns Goldman Sachs. Since 1980, the S&P 500 has averaged a monthly return of 0.6% when economic growth was positive but decelerating. "Decelerating economic growth is also typically accompanied by sector rotations within the equity market,' Snider added.
At least one NFL franchise will be requiring COVID-19 vaccination to attend games in 2021
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz explains why the county will be requiring vaccines for both Buffalo Bills and Sabres fans this fall and how it could lead to full capacity venues.
Boise woman killed in California skydiving accident was a ‘free spirit,’ loved ones say
“She found the good in everybody,” said Cindy Phillips, who befriended Call in high school and remained close friends with her for years. “She was just a genuine person.”Call, 57, died Saturday in a skydiving accident near Lodi, California, according to San Joaquin County officials. Call grew up in Boise and had recently moved to Watsonville, California, with her husband, Mark “Shoobie” Knutson. Call graduated from Borah High School in 1981 and moved to California in her 20s. The two met their sophomore year at Borah High and quickly became close.
Cop who fatally shot teen in Tennessee school bathroom won’t face charges, official says
Prosecutors say they won’t charge the Tennessee officer who fatally shot a 17-year-old student last week during a violent confrontation inside a high school bathroom. Knox County District Attorney General Charme Allen said Knoxville officers were justified in the April 12 shooting that killed Anthony J. Thompson Jr. at Austin-East Magnet High School. Knoxville policeman Jonathon Clabough fired in self-defense, Allen said, after thinking Thompson had shot and wounded an officer. In the video, Knoxville officers and a school resource officer, Adam Willson, enter the bathroom to try to remove the teen from the stall. That’s when officer Clabough fired two shots, one of which hit Thompson in the chest, Allen said.
Do you still need to wear your face mask outdoors? Here’s what experts are saying
Now, many are wondering whether they can safely ditch the mask when they step outdoors this spring. The CDC recommends people wear masks outside, but on Thursday, the agency’s director told Today it’s considering lifting its recommendation. So is it safe to step outdoors without face masks now that vaccinations have picked up steam? “If you’re outdoors, you either need to be distanced or masked,” Marr told the Times. If you’re outside with other members of your household, masking isn’t necessary, Perry N. Halkitis, dean of the Rutgers School of Public Health, told Yahoo.
Alternate Juror In Derek Chauvin Trial Explains What Swayed Her
Lisa Christensen had no say in the final outcome of the trial for former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin that ended Tuesday with his conviction on all three counts. Chauvin is now awaiting sentencing for the murder of George Floyd, the Black man whom he restrained by pinning to the pavement for nearly 10 minutes last spring. On Thursday, Christensen spoke to reporters about her view from the bench, saying that she was happy with how the trial turned out. “I felt he was guilty,” she told “CBS This Morning.”She said it felt as if Chauvin “wasn’t taking the warnings” that Floyd’s life was at risk seriously. Story continuesChauvin had pleaded not guilty to all three charges: second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
‘Frustrated’ dad kills his crying baby — then goes to sleep, Pennsylvania official says
I didn’t know I was experiencing menopause symptoms, I didn’t know what was happening to me. I have had times when I’ve felt low over the years but I don’t claim to have suffered from depression. Therapy is also encouraged as a safe and effective way to treat depression, anxiety, and any other mental-health problems. Remember there are 34 menopause symptoms and we all experience menopause differently. Depression, anxiety and anger aren’t something that can be stopped overnight.
Intel sees prolonged chip-supply constraints
Intel Corp. ’s new chief executive said a global chip-supply shortage could stretch two more years as the U.S. semiconductor giant posted weaker quarterly earnings. Excluding the pending sale of its memory business and other items, Intel said revenue was $18.6 billion and net income was $5.7 billion. Nvidia Corp. —which last year overtook Intel as American’s most valuable chip company—and Advanced Micro Devices Inc. have taken market share. Nvidia this month also said it would start selling central-processing units for data-centers, a market Intel has long dominated. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ON FOX BUSINESSMr. Gelsinger has said Intel is planning additional chip investments.
Letters to the editor of Globe Magazine
No one ever seemed to know how to explain its dynamics; Jonathan Fitzgerald has done it in this article. Michael T. Lembke, retired chaplain (colonel), United States ArmyAdvertisementWarwick, Rhode IslandPersonal TimeI really connected with “A Big Predicament” (Miss Conduct, March 14). She is realistic and pragmatic but also tells us we are in this “flotsam-filled sea,” and sometimes alone in it. We need to work on being comfortable with being alone, perhaps more than we were pre-pandemic. Stephen KromSwampscottWrite to magazine@globe.com or The Boston Globe Magazine/Comments, 1 Exchange Place, Suite 201, Boston, MA 02109-2132.
Home design ideas: Simple goes a long way in a living room
A rug with Eastern flavor from Dover Rug & Home provides subtle color and a pattern that echoes the homeowners’ international sensibilities. After taking the room down to the studs and simplifying the shell, the pair created a tranquil sitting room with an inconspicuous backdrop of built-in bookshelves and a focal point-worthy fireplace. “Now the room looks like it’s supposed to, like it’s always been this way,” Kim says. Cohen refaced the stone veneer chimney with 11-inch-wide white oak boards divided by skinny strips of ipe set within aluminum channels. The curved design of the burnished, hand-forged steel Switchback pendant by Hubbardton Forge was inspired by Vermont ski trails.
Sheriff’s deputy kills a Black man in N.C.; few details released about circumstances
Brown was shot about 8:30 a.m. as a deputy was executing a search warrant, Tommy Wooten II, the Pasquotank County sheriff, said. A sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a Black man on Wednesday morning in Elizabeth City, N.C., while executing a search warrant, authorities said. “What we are looking for at this time will be accurate answers and not fast answers,” Womble said at the news conference. At the meeting, several Black members of the City Council expressed pain and anguish about the shooting and said residents were hurting. As a Black man, “I feel like we are targeted,” said Councilman Gabriel Adkins, who was wearing a “Black Lives Matter” shirt.
For extra days off, couple had 4 weddings and 3 divorces, officials say
In Taiwan, one of the few places in the world to offer marriage leave to couples heading to the altar, a bank employee wed his partner on April 6, 2020. AdvertisementThe bank refused to approve the man’s application for paid time off beyond the mandated eight days for his first marriage. In China, the duration of leave varies by region: Most offer at least three days, but Shanxi province allows 30 days. The Taiwanese marriage leave does not impose quotas on those who claim it, nor does it restrict how frequently employees could take the leave. (In comparison to the marriage leave, workers get five days of parental leave.)
Livermore ranchers, farmers sue county to halt solar project
The Alameda County Board of Supervisors approved the 350-acre, 300,000-panel project in the unincorporated area north of Livermore in March. Measure D aims to prevent development from sprawling to eastern Alameda County by restricting development and protecting agriculture, open space and wildlife. Chris O’Brien, chairman of the Save North Livermore Valley, called Measure D the “greatest environmental achievement in our county’s history.”“The Board of Supervisors is now attempting to overturn Measure D by authorizing the industrial development of North Livermore Valley. Other groups, such as the Friends of Livermore, Save North Livermore Valley and Friends of Open Space and Vineyards, also filed separate appeals. Related Articles Alameda County approves largest solar farm in Bay AreaEast Bay solar farm proposal loses parcel; can project move forward?
Earth Day: The 4 million members of the ‘Buy Nothing’ movement
So, when a reader told me to check out the Buy Nothing Project, I was primed. Her friend Rebecca Rockefeller and her kids went, too. Then came requests from others looking to form groups in their cities, and the project went viral. Today, the volunteer-run Buy Nothing Project has nearly 4 million participants in 44 nations, 12,000 volunteers and printed materials in 16 languages, Clark says. Join me next week to hear some of the oddest items given and requested, and to find out what’s next for the Buy Nothing Project.
Two local Indigenous leaders to deliver RWU’s commencement address for the first time
According to university archives, it will be the first time local Indigenous leaders have delivered RWU’s commencement address. Sagamore William Guy, chief of the Pokanoket Nation, and Lorén Spears, executive director of the Tomaquag Indigenous Museum, will together deliver the keynote address to the Class of 2020 and Class of 2021 prior to being presented with honorary degrees. BRISTOL, R.I.— Two local Indigenous leaders will co-deliver the commencement address to both this year’s and last year’s graduates at Roger Williams University for a scaled-down in-person celebration this May. She’s written curriculum, poetry, and narratives for publications such as From Slaves to Soldiers: The 1st Rhode Island Regiment in the American Revolution. Ceremonies on May 22 and May 23 will feature a livestream grad walk, where students will be honored individually.
Comcast deploys free Wi-Fi zones in Greater Boston to help after-school students
Nearly 30 community centers in Massachusetts, including 18 in Boston, have been equipped with free Comcast Wi-Fi coverage as part of the company’s effort to connect low-income families to the Internet so that they can access after-school learning opportunities. These Wi-Fi-connected areas, dubbed “Lift Zones,” are expected to help hundreds of students get online so they can do their school work, the company said. Some of the locations include local branches of the Boston Center for Youth & Families and the Boys & Girls Club. “The pandemic has put many low-income families at risk of being left behind, and we’re proud to work with community partners to support them with Internet adoption and digital equity programs like this one,” said Trevor Arp, senior vice president of Comcast’s Greater Boston Region, in a statement. “We hope these Lift Zones help families stay connected to vital resources.”
YouTube takes down racist video, but not because of the racism
The company noted that it had previously removed videos from Crowder’s channel, and that in June 2019 it suspended his channel from running ads for a year. That sanction followed complaints from another media host that Crowder had targeted him for racist and homophobic abuse. Crowder was allowed to resume monetizing his videos via ads after he showed a record of complying with YouTube policies, the company said Tuesday. Louder with Crowder did not immediately respond to questions about the racist content on Tuesday’s show or the removal of the broadcast. Google banned Trump from YouTube indefinitely after the insurrection by his supporters.
San Jose City Hall falcons looking better than ever
It’s been a strange year for everyone, and that includes Grace and H2 — the peregrine falcons who nest atop the 18-story tower at San Jose City Hall. But she and her mate, H2, tried again this month with better results: As of Thursday, she was keeping two eggs warm in the nest box. And the family drama has been better to watch than ever, thanks to a pair of new cameras installed in December by the City of San Jose, the Santa Cruz Predatory Bird Research Group and the Northern California-based Institute for Wildlife Studies. BIRTHDAY FOR THE BARD: Silicon Valley Shakespeare will mark William Shakespeare’s birthday — often celebrated April 23 — with “The ‘Dear Will’ Letters,” an online update of the show it premiered in 2008. San Jose filmmaker Christian Pizzirani recorded some of the scenes at Sanborn Park, a location familiar to Silicon Valley Shakespeare fans, while others will be performed live.
Kaiser Permanente, big player in state COVID-19 vaccine effort, has had trouble vaccinating own members
Many were long-standing Kaiser members and, aside from the vaccine rollout, had mostly positive opinions of the health system. And some longtime Kaiser members were disappointed by the lag. He then started checking Kaiser’s vaccine page every day for updates, but said none came for several days. This story was produced by KHN, which publishes California Healthline, an editorially independent service of the California Health Care Foundation. Kaiser Health News (KHN) is a national health policy news service.
New indoor COVID-19 vaccination site launches at WestWorld of Scottsdale; location draws criticism
A new indoor COVID-19 vaccination site launched at Scottsdale's WestWorld exhibition center Thursday morning, getting Arizonans out of the summer heat as the widespread rollout continues. The Arizona Department of Health Services, Cigna and Scottsdale are among those partnering to operate the site. Location draws criticismArizona Department of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ said Thursday also marked the milestone of 2 million fully vaccinated Arizonans. "The vaccines are safe, they're effective, they're available and they're free, so we would recommend that all Arizonans go get vaccinated as soon as possible," she said. Doug Ducey said it was an ideal location given "freeway access, proximity to tribal communities, and extensive indoor facilities."
Southlake hosts ‘Super Shredder’ event to prevent ID theft
The city of Southlake is once again helping residents dispose of sensitive documents. Through April 30, residents can bring paper that needs to be shredded to the Southlake Police Department as part of what the agency calls a “Super Shredder” event. If you have multiple boxes of stuff, we can unlock it and make the dumping easier (just email Valerie at Vvsnyder@cityofsouthlake.com to set that up),” according to the post. The event will last until April 30 or “the bins are full.” The city asked that no businesses participate. Residents who have multiple boxes of documents to shred can email vsnyder@cityofsouthlake.com to open the disposal box to make it easier to drop off the documents.
Man arrested for agitating DeSoto march after Derek Chauvin verdict, police say
DeSoto police arrested a man Wednesday evening during a racial justice march after police said he continuously shouted profanities at the police chief and protesters. The march followed the decision by a Minnesota jury to convict then-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin of killing George Floyd. The march was organized by One DeSoto, a civic partnership between DeSoto’s public and private entities including the city, school district, DeSoto’s faith community and police and fire. Organizers said they hoped the DeSoto march would help bring the city together. Police arrested 36-year-old Charles Dominguez he repeatedly disrupted the event and shouted at Chief Joe Costa and others, Cpl.
Really big conservation easement: Quail Forever takes over a 5,600-acre easement in southern Illinois
A conservation easement is a set of restrictions voluntarily placed on a property by a landowner to protect conservation values. He is now the conservation easement contractor for the QF. If a landowner wants to clear an area, Sittig will come and check the trees. “With this contribution, the Land Conservation Trust of Southern Illinois has fulfilled its purpose,” stated John Rhine, the Trust’s attorney. Those familiar with Mazonia State Fish and Wildlife Area in Will County have an idea what some of the landscape looks like.
Shots fired during Chicago police chase on Eisenhower Expy. during evening rush
Shots were fired during a chase involving Chicago police on the Eisenhower Expressway during the Thursday evening rush. Few details were released about the shooting, which happened about 4:15 p.m. during a police chase near Mannheim Road, according to Illinois State Police Trooper Kyle Barrett. It was unclear if police fired shots or if anyone was hit, he said. Chicago police spokesman Tom Ahern also could not provide details, beyond confirming there was police activity in the area. Illinois State Police said they shut down all eastbound lanes of I-290 at Mannheim Road about 4:35 p.m. for the investigation.
Six Flags Great America in Gurnee is planning to open for the season this weekend
A Midwest summertime staple, Six Flags Great America, is planning to open for the 2021 season on April 24. The reservation system helps the park "meet social distancing guidelines," ensure the health and safety of guests and control the flow of people at the front gate, according to Six Flags Great America's website. COVID-19 safety measuresAccording to the Six Flags 2021 Health & Safety Policy, attendees will undergo a "non-invasive" temperature check prior to entering the park. Six Flags cannot guarantee that guests will not be exposed to the coronavirus during their visit, the policy said. Six Flags members and Great America season passholders will still get free admission to Hurricane Harbor Chicago, Six Flags Great America, Hurricane Harbor Rockford and more, the news release said.
Man killed by deputy recalled as storyteller, jokester
The 42-year-old Elizabeth City, North Carolina, man was shot to death Wednesday by a deputy sheriff trying to serve a search warrant. The deputy, who has not been identified, has been put on leave pending a state investigation. And he had good dimples,” Thomas said in an interview Thursday, a day after her nephew was killed. With his own troubles with drugs and the law, Brown had trouble keeping a job, Thomas said. While the deputy was wearing an active body camera, it has yet to be released.
Consumer Reports tricks Tesla to drive with no one at wheel
— Consumer Reports said Thursday it was able to easily trick a Tesla into driving in the car’s Autopilot mode with no one at the wheel. Its test came just days after a Tesla crashed in Texas, killing the two men in the car. Authorities say neither of the men were in the driver’s seat at the time of the crash. Consumer Reports said that during several trips on its closed tracks with an empty driver’s seat, its Tesla Model Y automatically steered along painted lane lines without acknowledging that nobody was at the controls. In the Consumer Reports test, Fisher said he engaged Autopilot while the car was in motion on the track, then set the speed dial to zero to stop it.
Chicago police involved in shooting on Eisenhower Expressway near Hillside
The shooting took place in the eastbound lanes near Mannheim Road about 4:15 p.m., Illinois State Police Trooper Kyle Barrett said. It was not clear if anyone was shot.
UBS Arena at Belmont Park construction
A look at the latest from the construction site of the Islanders' future home, UBS Arena at Belmont Park. Tim Leiweke, partner of the UBS Arena, is shown at the construction site of the UBS Arena April 22, 2021. Construction of the UBS Arena, currently under construction, on the grounds of Belmont Park, in Elmont, Friday, Feb. 5, 2021. An aerial view of construction of UBS Arena, the Islanders' new home arena at Belmont Park, in November 2021. An aerial view of construction of UBS Arena, the Islanders' new home arena at Belmont Park.
The future of transportation: How the pandemic has affected bus travel
Newsday transportation reporter Alfonso Castillo talks about how bus travel has been affected by the pandemic — and it's better than most Long Islanders would have thought. Credit: Barry Sloan
Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx acknowledges she did not see video of Adam Toledo shooting or read errant statement before court hearing
“It’s not lost on me that this does look fishy, it’s not lost on me that this has shaken confidence, it is something I personally am concerned about, have been concerned about from the beginning, and we want to make sure that we are public with what happened here and how we make sure this doesn’t happen again,” she said.
Newsday Live: Panelists dish on how to get 'wow' factor into resumes
Job hunters can improve the odds of getting their resumes on top of the pile by using bullet points and injecting the "wow factor," panelists said in a Newsday Live program. "The how factor is the wow factor," she said. Themistocleous-Frey also suggested that candidates highlight their core competencies as bullet points below the opening summary on their resume. Themistocleous-Frey said that skilled job candidates may land a job even if they lack certifications or specialized degrees specified in a posting. "Resume writing is not a solitary event," said Arnold, who suggested finding someone to provide feedback on the document.
Puppy mill loophole closed: Chicago pet stores banned from passing off purebred, designer dogs as rescues
“All of those laws … have never once impacted a puppy mill,” Ald. Raymond Lopez, 15th, said at a hearing this month. “What we (need to) do is have an aggressive pet sourcing policy that will work for everyone who brings an animal into this city, whether it is to be adopted out (from a rescue) or sold in a store. That is what we have oversight over.”
Water authority, Suffolk DA to team up to stop contamination
In a first-of-its-kind partnership in New York State, the Suffolk County Water Authority will begin providing data identifying the source of contaminants in the water supply to the Suffolk District Attorney's Office for potential investigations and prosecution, officials announced Thursday. The water authority would also map and model Suffolk's flow of groundwater to identify any sources of pollution, officials said. "We have a sole-source aquifer here in Suffolk County," Suffolk District Attorney Timothy Sini said at a news conference in Hauppauge. What to know The Suffolk County Water Authority will provide groundwater data to help the district's attorney's office investigate environmental crimes. "The Suffolk County Water Authority is now part of our environmental crimes team," Sini said.
Diocese of Rockville Centre planning dual-language school on 2 campuses
Amid recent Catholic school closures, the Diocese of Rockville Centre is planning to offer a new school on two campuses for dual-language immersion and look, in part, to attract Hispanic families. Cyril and Methodius School building in Deer Park, which will become known as Our Lady of Guadalupe West. The other school, Our Lady of Providence Regional School in Central Islip, will become Our Lady of Guadalupe East. The middle school will go into effect this September, with the Central Islip school students in grades five through eight transferring over. The school will have new leadership, new governance and serve "a pilot for a new approach to Catholic elementary school education."
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone touts $100M plan for sewer projects
More than 5,500 homes in Babylon, Brookhaven and Islip Towns would be connected to sewers after escalating costs jeopardized the future of the Carlls River and Forge River sewer projects, said deputy Suffolk County Executive and water czar Peter Scully. Those projects were expected to cost $388 million, and the county had secured that funding largely through federal grants, Scully said. But estimates rose to an expected $405 million after the county received bid proposals, which threatened the projects' future, he said. The county is expected to fill the funding gap after Congress passed the $1.9-trillion American Rescue Plan, which allocated $283 million in federal funding to Suffolk, officials said. County officials said they are lobbying for more federal funding to complete planned sewer projects in Patchogue and Oakdale.
EPA’s watchdog criticizes agency over handling of PolyMet mining permit
Without the comments in writing, they were not included in the public record. “Those concerns could have real, on-the-ground impact for downstream communities from this mining project.”The EPA’s Office of Inspector General began its audit into the issue in June 2019 after receiving a hotline complaint. It’s one of three inquiries into the handling of the comments on the permit. In a statement, the Fond du Lac Band said it was “pleased” with the release of the report and its findings. “The band believes that the NPDES permit violates the Clean Water Act and the report confirms that EPA did not follow its normal process during review of PolyMet’s NPDES permit and many of EPA’s concerns remained unresolved at the time of permit issuance,” the band said.
Want normal? State and hospitals say adults should vaccinate and kids get tested.
As part of that response, state officials introduced a new program to make it easier for students to get tested every two weeks, including being tested in school. HOSPITALS SEE INCREASES, YOUNGER PATIENTSThe number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals has increased to 683, including 196 requiring intensive care. And it’s now making up more than 60 percent of Minnesota cases. in such cases, officials emphasized, parental consent is needed. In related news, health officials on Friday announced that players on the field during outdoor sports no longer need to wear masks.
Explainer: Why is Chauvin unlikely to face maximum sentence?
Even though he was found guilty of three counts, under Minnesota statutes he’ll only be sentenced on the most serious one — second-degree murder. Likewise, if Chauvin’s second-degree murder count is ultimately dismissed, he would be brought back to court for resentencing on the top remaining charge. If Judge Peter Cahill were to sentence Chauvin to anything above that, he risks having his decision reversed on appeal. No matter what sentence Chauvin gets, in Minnesota it’s presumed that a defendant with good behavior will serve two-thirds of the penalty in prison and the rest on supervised release or parole. Both sides are writing legal briefs on aggravating factors, which Cahill will review before determining whether they exist.
Coronavirus in Oregon: nearly 1,000 cases for second day in row
Oregon reported nearly 1,000 new coronavirus cases for a second day in a row Thursday, with average daily case counts at their highest levels since January. Oregon is now averaging about 750 daily cases over the past week while the number of people hospitalized with confirmed COVID-19 is approaching 300. Modeling released Thursday by Oregon Health & Science University projects cases will peak May 4, with a daily average of 1,326 for that week. Vaccines: Oregon reported 48,387 newly administered doses, which includes 28,535 Wednesday and the remainder from previous days. Hospitalizations: 283 people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 are hospitalized, up 11 from Wednesday.
Sheriff: Multiple fatalities in crash on southern Oregon coast
BANDON — Multiple have died in a vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 101 on the Oregon coast, authorities said. At 8 a.m. Thursday, people started calling 911 to report someone driving dangerously in a red Mitsubishi eclipse with a California license plate, the Coos County Sheriff’s Office said. The car was involved in a crash at about 8:17 a.m. on the highway that resulted in multiple fatalities, according to the sheriff’s office. No further information about the crash was immediately released. Anyone with information that may help authorities piece together what happened before the crash is asked to call the Coos County Sheriff’s Office.
Oregon woman dies after receiving Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine, suffering blood clots
An Oregon woman in her 50s has become the first known person in the state to have died after receiving Johnson & Johnson’s one-dose COVID-19 vaccine and suffering blood clots, the Oregon Health Authority reported Thursday. The woman died after having been vaccinated at some point before federal officials called for a nationwide pause April 13 to give medical experts time to study half a dozen cases of other Johnson & Johnson vaccine recipients who experienced life-threatening blood clots. The health authority is investigating whether her death was directly caused by the vaccine or there is no link. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention learned Sunday of the woman’s death and officials at the Oregon Health Authority were notified Tuesday, according to state officials. The Oregon Health Authority will hold a news conference at 4 p.m. to share more details about the Oregon woman’s case.
Vernon brings COVID-19 shots to Rockville High School in effort to get students vaccinated
“It’s been really different from other years. We were in, then we were out. You couldn’t really get in a groove and make connections. ... It’s not like you’re seeing all the kids you’ve seen all the other years of your life,” he explained. “It’s really cool to see that they’re doing this now, and they’re trying to make sure when we go full-time with everyone, there’s a safer environment.”
Daily coronavirus updates: Connecticut records lowest COVID-19 positivity rate in weeks as cases decline among younger groups; vaccination begins to slow
As of Thursday, Lamont said, 60% of all Connecticut residents 16 and older had received at least one vaccine dose, leaving the state in the top five nationally in that category. Lamont said he hopes at least 70% of the state will be vaccinated “in the near term,” giving Connecticut a chance at herd immunity this summer.
Welcome Mat: Meadow Brook Hall adds new tour to spring lineup
Meadow Brook Hall debuts new guided tourJust in time for spring, Meadow Brook Hall in Rochester is launching a new guided tour. The tour will join two others -- a self-guided tour and a Behind-the-Scenes Guided Tour, which returns Saturday. Meadow Brook's two playhouses, Knole Cottage and Danny's Cabin, will also be open on Saturday. Now she has a new dinner collection with Williams Sonoma. Made of embossed stoneware, the Gwendolyn Dinnerware Collection includes salad plates, dinner plates, chargers and bowls.
Massachusetts coronavirus vaccine rollout: 526,662 doses given in past week
More than 526,000 coronavirus vaccine doses were given across Massachusetts during the past week, down a bit from the previous week’s record as close to 100,000 shots were administered in the most recent day of data. Nearly 5.4 million total doses of vaccine have been administered since the start of the state’s rollout, and 2,180,197 people are fully vaccinated, according to the daily vaccine report Thursday. The state’s weekly vaccine report showed that 526,662 total doses have been administered since last week — a dip of 46,707 doses from the prior week’s record high mark of 573,369 shots. The previous daily vaccinations were 93,385 shots, 79,162 shots, 50,856 shots, 69,990 shots, 88,032 shots, 86,934 shots and 95,048 shots. Statewide hospitalizations have also been dropping amid the state’s vaccine rollout but have fluctuated recently.
Sahara's Polisario Front chief gets COVID treatment in Spain
Spain’s National Court investigated Ghali in 2008 and then again in 2016 for possible genocide and other crimes as a result of allegations brought against him by a dissident Sahrawi group. But that probe was closed and Spain has no pending cases against Ghali, a police spokesman who was not authorized to be quoted by name told The Associated Press. In one of Ghali’s last public appearances, at the end of February, he visited a refugee camp in the southwest of Algeria that is home to Polisario fighters and Sahrawis to mark the 45th anniversary of the declaration of the Sahrawi republic. In a speech, Ghali called on the new U.S. administration of Joe Biden to find an “urgent democratic solution to the Moroccan-Saharan conflict” to allow people from the Western Sahara “to enjoy their inalienable right of freedom and independence.”Former U.S. President Donald Trump's administration announced last year that it would open a consulate in Western Sahara following the decision to recognize Morocco’s sovereignty over the region. The disputed territory was central to a deal announced by Trump before leaving office to establish diplomatic ties between Morocco and Israel.
California's public universities to require COVID-19 vaccine
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Two of the nation's largest university systems say they intend to require COVID-19 vaccinations for all students, faculty and staff on University of California and California State University campuses this fall. Several U.S. colleges and universities also have said they plan to require the vaccination. But Thursday’s joint announcement from the 10-campus University of California and the 23-campus California State University is the largest of its kind in American higher education. The CSU system in the nation's biggest four-year college system, with about 485,000 students and tens of thousands of staff, while the UC system has more than 280,000 students. Stanford University also announced a mandate Thursday requiring all of its 19,000 students to be vaccinated when classes start in the fall.
Expedition hauls tons of plastic out of remote Hawaii atolls
With virtually no predators, the islands are a haven for many species of seabirds, and Midway Atoll is home to the largest colony of albatross in the world. There, the land is littered with carcasses of birds that have ingested plastics and died. The cleanup was organized by the nonprofit Papahanaumokuakea Marine Debris Project, which partners with the state of Hawaii and federal agencies, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Kevin O’Brien, president of the new organization and a former NOAA employee, said the work is expensive but important. “Talking to some of these folks that are up there for the monk seal camps every summer, they’ll talk about specific nets that have been there for several years,” O’Brien said.
Prisoners seek postponement in death warrant litigation
PHOENIX (AP) — Two death-row prisoners have asked the Arizona Supreme Court to hold off on scheduling litigation over warrants that would trigger the state’s first executions in almost seven years. In court filings Tuesday, lawyers for Clarence Dixon and Frank Atwood said the pandemic has made it hard for them to prepare defenses for their clients due to a ban on visits inside state prisons over the last year. Dixon’s attorneys asked that the legal briefings on death warrants be postponed until at least September. Atwood’s lawyers, who didn’t specify a postponement date, asked the court to reject the litigation schedule proposed by Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s office, arguing the plan made by prosecutors would bar the “presentation of evidence of Mr. Atwood’s innocence.”“In the absence of visitation with his legal team or necessary experts, Mr. Dixon cannot prepare for, or meaningfully access, the clemency proceedings the state affords him,” wrote Cary Sandman, one of Dixon’s attorneys. Earlier this month, Brnovich’s office told the state’s highest court that it intended on soon seeking execution warrants for Dixon and Atwood.
S Carolina quirky liquor laws give sour grapes to wine giant
After the tasting, each person could buy up to six bottles of wine. “Many consumers will worry about making the wrong choice so we’ve learned over time that those satellite tasting rooms and that consumer experience and building brand engagement with consumers is really essential to building your business," Donoho said. But the tasting rooms are where the state's liquor laws enter the debate. Liquor stores in the state can't buy their product directly, but must instead go through wholesalers. There are 1,000 liquor stores in the state, but any one person or corporation can't own more than six and in many cases are limited to just three different locations.
How to Revamp Your Home on a Budget.Making it feel comfortable for you.
Because of this, replacing outdated or boring window treatments with stylish, contemporary ones can elevate even the smallest rooms in your home in an instant. When it’s time to upgrade your window treatments, be sure to keep these tips in mind:Consider the needs of the space. It’s important to define the space’s style and particular needs before selecting its new paint color. If you don’t know where to begin in terms of revamping your home’s decor on a budget, try creating a gallery wall. Incorporate New AccessoriesSometimes making a space in your home feel completely different is as simple as bringing in a few new accessories.
Gold-medal project: Judo seeks solutions in police training
“If we can talk to you, if we can keep you up, that's going to change the whole visual, especially when people have their iPhones recording," Verdugo said. "This is a matter of keeping you up on your feet and not grinding you into the ground.”Lee says the public would be alarmed at how little training the average police department provides to officers for street confrontations. And because so many more interactions are now caught on video, police are being scrutinized in ways previously impossible. “It's not the officers' fault that they don't have the training," said Lee, an officer with the Los Angeles Police Department who also teaches judo for the youth-based Police Athletic League, a sponsor of the training program. Another workshop for other cities is being planned for next month.
Arizona Legislature OKs bill criminalizing abortions due to fetal genetic issues
PHOENIX — The Republican-controlled Legislature voted along party lines Thursday to impose a new restriction on a woman's right to terminate a pregnancy by making it a crime to abort a fetus because of a genetic abnormality. The Republican governor has not said whether he will sign or veto the measure. The measure would also:• Allow the husband of a woman who seeks such an abortion, or the woman's parents if she is younger than 18, to sue on behalf of the unborn fetus. • Outlaw the ability of women to get otherwise-legal drugs to perform an abortion through the mail or other delivery service. • Declare that the laws of Arizona must be interpreted to give an unborn fetus the same rights, privileges and immunities available to anyone else.
Texas lawmakers target sexual assault after Fort Hood death
.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ..........AUSTIN, Texas — A year after a Fort Hood soldier was slain by a fellow member of the Army, Texas lawmakers are poised to help lead the nation in the fight against sexual harassment and assault in the military. There is no opposition to it,” said state Sen. Cesar Blanco, D-El Paso, who authored the Texas bill. Guillen’s family says they believe Robinson also sexually harassed her, but the Army says they have no evidence of harassment from Robinson. ADVERTISEMENTSkip................................................................Guillen’s case became a rallying cry for military sexual assault survivors to denounce their experiences, and that movement has prompted calls for cultural change within the military from Texas to Washington. Report for America is a nonprofit national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms to report on undercovered issues.
Colorado Springs police shoot man with military-style rifle
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Prisoners seek postponement in death warrant litigation
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Ozone pollution rises across New Mexico
ADVERTISEMENTSkip................................................................Bernalillo County recorded 23 unhealthy ozone days from 2017 to 2019. The air pollution is concerning in a state with high rates of respiratory illnesses, said JoAnna Strother, ALA’s senior advocacy director. The New Mexico Environment Department is developing rules to target ozone pollution in the oil and gas industry. NMED Secretary James Kenny told the Journal Wednesday that human-caused pollution, not natural sources, is driving the unhealthy ozone levels. Despite high ozone levels, Albuquerque ranks as one of the cleanest cities for short-term particulate pollution spikes in the ALA report.
State records 238 new cases of COVID-19, 3 deaths
.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ..........New Mexico tallied 238 additional cases of COVID-19 and three deaths from the virus — including a Bernalillo County man in his 30s — in an update Thursday afternoon. Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Detention Center offered vaccines to inmates and the state aimed to do the same for students. “Vaccinating against this virus protects students’ health and the health of the school community,” Public Education Secretary Ryan Stewart said in a release. The majority of new cases of COVID-19 recorded Thursday were from Bernalillo, San Juan and Doña Ana counties with 83, 33 and 19, respectively. So far, 177,428 COVID-19 cases have been designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.
Arizona Legislature OKs abortion ban for genetic issues
Doctors who perform an abortion solely because the child has a survivable genetic issue can face felony charges. “The ban proposed in this bill is part of a larger campaign to stigmatize abortion and to pass as many laws as possible to restrict access to abortion care. The measure also requires fetal remains to be buried or cremated, and it forbids state universities from providing abortion care. A majority of the appeals court said the law doesn’t impede a woman’s right to an abortion. Monday’s amendment to the Arizona bill also added a legislative intent clause that included much of the reasoning the appeals court used in the Ohio decision.
Lyrid meteor shower to peak on Earth Day: Here's how to watch
Every year from January to mid-April, we experience a "meteor drought," without a single shower for months. That all ends this year on Thursday, Earth Day, with the first show of the season: the annual Lyrid meteor shower. "These dazzling meteors are fast and bright, with a striking golden trail of dust streaking behind them," CNN meteorologist Judson Jones said. You might even spot a fireball flying across the sky or the glowing dust trail the meteors frequently leave behind them as they streak through Earth's atmosphere. As with all meteor showers, the darker the sky, the more visible the Lyrids will be.
Searching for footing in a life nearly extinguished by COVID
“I’ve never worked so hard in my life,” he says. But the couple, who met in 2004 at a round-the-clock Mexican restaurant favored by hospital workers getting off nightshifts, were matter of fact about his odds of getting the virus. When the tickling cough started in the second week of July, Rodney thought it was allergies until the COVID test came back positive. I just feel awful,” she texted her sister, Kelly Garcia, from a room at Ascension St. Vincent. Days later, though, with oxygen levels in her blood dropping, doctors moved her on to a ventilator.
Virginia man pleads guilty in connection with cross-burning
ABINGDON, Va. (AP) — A southwest Virginia man pleaded guilty Thursday to a federal offense in connection with the burning of a cross last summer on the front lawn of a Black teenager who had recently organized a civil rights protest. James Brown, 41, of Marion will remain free on bond until his sentencing in August on one count of criminal interference with federally protected housing rights based upon the victim’s race, according to court records. Federal prosecutors said Brown admitted to burning the cross to two witnesses and also was known to use racial epithets when referring to the African-American family, who court documents describe as his neighbors. “Acts of hatred, intimidation and the threat of force, carried out by the racially motivated cross burning in this case, illegally interfered with their federally protected housing rights,” Daniel Bubar, acting U.S. attorney for the western district of Virginia, said in a statement. “This illegal, divisive behavior destroys communities and will not be tolerated."
UPDATED: Son charged with killing mother in South Richmond
Richmond police said Thursday that a 26-year-old man has been charged with homicide after an assault left his mother dead in South Side. Police said Thursday that Paige's son, John Chillum, was arrested at the scene and has been charged with homicide. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective P. Mansfield at (804) 646-6996 or Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000. You can also submit tips by going to www.p3tips.com or using the P3 Tips app for smartphones. All Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.
Man pleads not guilty by reason of insanity in hiker death
ABINGDON, Va. (AP) — A Massachusetts man pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity on Thursday in the death of an Appalachian Trail hiker and attacking another hiker with a hunting knife two years ago, authorities said. James Jordan of West Yarmouth, Massachusetts, was accused of the fatal stabbing of Ronald Sanchez Jr., 43, of Oklahoma City, and wounding a female hiker in Virginia in May 2019, WDBJ reported. Jordan waived his right to trial by jury and an additional evaluation. Jordan has a history of mental illness and was originally found incompetent to stand trial until a judge reversed that ruling. He regrets that his lifelong battle with mental illness ultimately resulted in this trauma and loss for innocent hikers and their families.”
COVID-19 hospitalizations tumble among US senior citizens; plus more virus news
COVID-19 hospitalizations among older Americans have plunged more than 70% since the start of the year, and deaths among them appear to have tumbled as well, dramatic evidence the vaccination campaign is working. Now the trick is to get more of the nation's younger people to roll up their sleeves. The drop-off in severe cases among Americans 65 and older is especially encouraging because senior citizens have accounted for about 8 out of 10 deaths from the virus since it hit the U.S., where the toll stands at about 570,000COVID-19 deaths among people of all ages in the U.S. have plummeted to about 700 per day on average, compared with a peak of over 3,400 in mid-January. “What you’re seeing there is exactly what we hoped and wanted to see: As really high rates of vaccinations happen, hospitalizations and death rates come down," said Jodie Guest, a public health researcher at Emory University. In other developments:
All the best sales to shop for Earth Day 2021
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Earth Day 2021: 10 eco-friendly products to buy on sale now
This year, you can do your part to celebrate Mother Earth by investing in environmentally-friendly products, such as sustainable mattresses made from organic materials and recycled knit sneakers. The best eco-friendly products to buy on saleRegardless of whether you’re in the market for a new pair of spring shoes (check out No. Ahead, scroll through to discover 10 awesome eco-friendly products you can get on sale right now. As part of Best Buy's 4-day Earth Week sale, live through the end of today, April 22, you can nab the Vitamix FoodCycler FC-50 composter. Get the Google Nest Thermostat at Amazon for $90 (Save $30)Need help finding products?
Why are visitors cruising around in U-Hauls? Blame the pandemic.
HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Another pandemic ripple effect is the high cost of rental cars. As the state reopens and many tourists come back — there are not enough rental cars to meet the demand.
Prince Louis photo: The Duchess of Cambridge’s new portrait is a masterclass in dressing three-year-old boys
It’s a very on-brand look for a Cambridge birthday portrait. Just look at the birthday portraits of Prince George, which pay homage to pictures of his father as a child. She couldn’t resist a nod to the statement collar trend in Princess Charlotte’s fifth birthday pictures though - I’m not sure I could have done either. When they interviewed Sir David Attenborough, George and Charlotte wore their school uniform, while Louis wore a John Lewis jumper. Could I see George, Charlotte or Louis turning up to a park meet-up wearing goggles, as my friend’s little boy did recently?
Prince Louis turns three! So how does he compare to other royals at the same age?
Prince Louis, the Cambridges' youngest son, turns three on Friday – St George’s Day – and you can already begin to see his character emerging. It's the royal tradition to release a picture on a child's third birthday – part of the unwritten deal that, in return for official photographs, the paparazzi will leave the Royal family alone. The sort you only get from a little boy looking at his beloved mother, pleased as punch that he's mastered the crucial little boy's art of turning his bike handlebars – racing style. Aside, perhaps, from the preppy shirt collar poking out, Louis could be any kid in the park, with his sporty Adidas trainers (seldom seen in Royal photo shoots), practical rucksack and bike – perfectly fitted to his size. There are no signs of royal life, none of the grandeur that would go with a shoot at Kensington Palace or Anmer Hall, the Cambridges' country place at Sandringham.
‘Covid is a scam’: Video shows anti-maskers targeting children at elementary school in Beverly Hills
Anti-mask protesters have been captured on video targeting children outside an elementary school in Beverly Hills, in Los Angeles, California. In a series of videos, Beverly Hills Courier journalist, Samuel Braslow, showed the group repeatedly confronting children, before Dr Michael Bregy, superintendent of schools for Beverly Hills Unified School District, came out to ask why they weren’t outside the Department for Public Health instead of a school for children aged five to 11. And a mask is a medical device.”Hawthorne Elementary School Principal Sarah Kaber sent an email to parents telling them that the school anticipated the protest and had extra security on-hand. as well as members of Beverly Hills Police Department, as reported by MSN. To ensure this afternoon remains peaceful we have support here from district leadership and Beverly Hills Police Department.
Pentagon blames Russia for mystery illness affecting US troops
US military leaders believe Russia is behind a series of suspected “directed energy” attacks causing illness in US troops and diplomats, unnamed officials have told Politico . Employees of the US embassy there reported having headaches, ringing in their ears, and loss of hearing, memory, and balance. The source of the mysterious illness, known as the “ Havana syndrome ,” was hard to pin down. According to Politico , the Pentagon has now told top members of Congress that it suspects a Russian-directed energy attack was responsible. “I think that’s a question that has to have answers,” Senator Marco Rubio told Politico regarding the suspected attacks on US troops.
New Zealand's endangered penguin hospital
The yellow-eyed penguin, called hoiho (noise shouter) in Maori, is the largest of the penguin species that live and breed on New Zealand's mainland. "If Penguin Place wasn't here, I could almost guarantee that the population would be functionally extinct," said Jason van Zanten, conservation manager at Penguin Place. Like the endangered species it cares for, however, the fate of Penguin Place teeters on the brink. The facility is entirely funded by the guided tours it gives to visitors, so the pandemic has hit Penguin Place particularly hard. Determined, bitten and flipper bashed, they care for these endangered animals, one bird at a time.
Transgender trainer documents his journey from timid teen to RIPPED bodybuilder
A transgender man has opened up about his gender transition while sharing eye-opening photos that document how he went from a shy child to a ripped and chiseled personal trainer. The gender struggle and his increasingly feminine body led Matt to suffer with depression throughout puberty and his school years. I always wanted to transition, I just didn't know it was actually possible or even a thing.' Helping hand: Before he began taking testosterone, Matt started working with a therapist who helped him to address his gender dysphoria and come to terms with his true identityTaking steps: In 2013, Matt began his gender transition. Now, Matt will continue to take testosterone for life or until his doctor says he no longer can do so.
Instagram influencers ordered to stay away from Utah's 'blue canal' due to potential toxic hazards
AdvertisementA salt mining canal filled with crystal blue water has become Utah's hottest new tourist attraction - but agencies are ordering people to stay away. Since then, thousands of tourists have been flocking to 'the blue canal' in a bid to capture their own snaps of the stunning site. But, despite initial fears that the canal contained toxins, the process of mining potash (salts) does not involve unearthing dangerous chemicals. Despite initial fears that the canal contained toxins, the process of mining potash (salts) does not involve the unearthing of dangerous chemicals. The process of mining potash (or salt) does not involve the unearthing of chemicals.
Prince Louis beams on his bike as he heads for first day of nursery
Today is his third birthday – and he posed for this photo on his first day of nursery school. It was taken at the palace on Wednesday, shortly before Prince Louis left for his first day at the Willcocks Nursery School. The Willcocks Nursery School – whose ethos is 'high standards, excellence and good manners' – is rated outstanding by Ofsted. Louis is following in the footsteps of Princess Charlotte, who attended Willcocks, in Kensington, before she started at school. Last night Kensington Palace said the couple were 'delighted to share a new photograph ahead of Prince Louis' third birthday'.
Canada halts passenger flights from India, Pakistan — effective at midnight
Half those testing positive after landing in Canada have come from IndiaArticle contentThe federal government is suspending incoming passenger flights from India and Pakistan for the next month as cases of COVID-19 surge in both countries. Transport Minister Omar Alghabra says because there are so many people arriving in Canada from India and Pakistan with COVID-19, all commercial and private passenger flights from both countries will be prohibited as of midnight. Try refreshing your browser, or Canada halts passenger flights from India, Pakistan — effective at midnight Back to videoHe says cargo flights will still be allowed, particularly to ensure shipments of vaccines and personal protective equipment can continue. She says passengers coming from Pakistan are also testing positive at higher rates than average. At least 32 flights from Delhi and two from Pakistan have landed in Canada in the past two weeks carrying dozens of passengers who later tested positive for COVID-19.
Pedestrian overpass collapses after being hit by truck
A pedestrian overpass crushed two trucks Thursday morning after it collapsed onto the Querétaro-San Luís Potosí highway, 39 kilometers from San Luís Potosí city. A truck hit the overpass causing the collapse and as it fell it struck and trapped the truck as well as another which was passing. The accident happened at kilometer 164+400, near the community of Enramadas in the municipality of Santa María del Río, San Luís Potosí. At around 3 p.m. the National Guard announced that limited through traffic had been reestablished in both directions on the highway. Source: Milenio (sp)
Mexico's second largest lake now a cemetery of abandoned fishboats
Drought has dried up what was Mexico’s second-biggest lake, destroying a once thriving fishing economy in Michoacán. At Lake Cuitzeo, 30 kilometers from the state capital Morelia, fishboats now lie on the lake’s dry bed, which has become a shortcut for motorists. The dearth of water also creates frequent and prolonged dust clouds which reach municipalities 20 kilometers away in Guanajuato. Michoacán Governor Silvano Aureoles said the lake’s rescue should be tackled jointly by federal and state authorities and the 15 municipalities which surround the lake. Academics from UMSNH, fishermen and activists have created a petition on change.org calling for the government to rescue the lake and restore its economic activity.
On Earth Day, let’s rejoice in the immensity of the feminine
Today, on International Mother Earth Day, it is fitting and just to honor the strength of the feminine. Perhaps they are ancestral expressions of archetypical appeals that affirm the feminine, the yearnings of a deep, shared animal subconscious. On this Earth Day, let us think about the 380,000 species of beetles, over 20,000 species of bees, 135,000 species of flies and mosquitoes, and 120,000 species of butterflies and moths. My favorite insect, by far, is the monarch butterfly because it embodies the essence, the reach, of the feminine. I am wholeheartedly convinced that the survival of all species, and of Planet Earth, rests on the vitality and generosity of the feminine.
Scientists make it official and declare Ayoloco glacier dead
A group of scientists has erected a plaque that officially acknowledges the “death” of the Ayoloco glacier, an erstwhile ice mass on the Iztaccíhuatl volcano that disappeared in 2018. Experts from the National Autonomous University (UNAM) faculty of geophysics, ecologists and others trekked to the site of the now nonexistent glacier on Wednesday to install the metal plaque, which reads:“To the future generations: the Ayoloco glacier existed here, but it retreated until it disappeared in 2018. This plaque is to leave proof that we knew what was happening [climate change] and what needed to be done. In addition to being ecologically and environmentally important, the Ayoloco glacier has inspired a range of artists. Pérez, who also completed the hike, said the plaque acknowledging the disappearance of Ayoloco is not one of honor but rather of dishonor.
Nonreligious Americans Are A Growing Political Force
Ryan P. Burge is an assistant professor of political science at Eastern Illinois University and the author of “The Nones: Where They Came From, Who They Are, and Where They Are Going.” He’s also a pastor in the American Baptist Church.
FAA overhauls UAV flight rules
New US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules regulating flights of small drones over populated areas went into effect on April 21, 2021. Flying unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) over people, moving vehicles, and at night is now allowed, in contrast with previous rules that required a special FAA waiver to conduct drone operations in such conditions. Under previous rules, it was impossible to conduct regular commercial drone operations, for example, to operate a drone delivery service. Current rules will allow companies to perform such operations over populated areas. Numerous US companies have previously experimented with these services, and some countries have already begun establishing their own drone delivery networks.
India’s giant second wave is a disaster for it and the world
This horrifying second wave is a catastrophe not only for India but for the world. A more immediate consequence of India’s second wave for the rest of the world is a disruption to vaccine supplies. Deaths from the first wave of the pandemic, which peaked in September, were surprisingly low, for reasons that are not clear. This is more than in many countries, but India is a huge vaccine-producer and could have done better. Unless India’s second wave is brought under control, the entire world will suffer.
Ghislaine Maxwell to appeals court: Believe women
NEW YORK — Ghislaine Maxwell made an unexpected comparison to her alleged victims in new court papers Monday arguing for her release on bail. “The Government professes to believe women, but only when those women are on their side, despite their inconsistent and self-contradictory statements about old, uncorroborated allegations,” Markus wrote in a filing with the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals. Maxwell will try her luck before the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals next week. “As much as the Government would like this case to be the Jeffrey Epstein show, Ghislaine Maxwell is not Jeffrey Epstein,” Markus wrote. Maxwell will face two separate trials, one for grooming underage Epstein victims and another for lying under oath about her allegedly depraved lifestyle.
As climate summit unfolds, no Biden-Bolsonaro Amazon deal forthcoming
However, as the global Climate Leaders Summit progressed today, it became apparent that those talks are likely stalemated, with no deal announced, nor likely anytime soon. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has made it clear that Amazon conservation is dependent on a big financial investment by the United States. However, Amazon deforestation continued soaring through March, even as critics offered substantial proof Brazil is insincere in its environmental commitments. He told Mongabay: “By recalculating its baseline emissions, Brazil has managed to give itself a free pass to dramatically increase emissions. However, according to the Bolsonaro government, Amazon deforestation concerns are all in the past — another sleight of hand.
Canada to halt direct flights from India, Pakistan for 30 days due to COVID variant concerns – Cowichan Valley Citizen
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew VaughanCanada will be suspending all direct passenger flights from India and Pakistan for the next 30 days. Passengers flying indirectly from either India or Pakistan will have to complete an extra COVID-19 test at their last stop before boarding a flight to Canada. READ MORE: Canada eyes policy on travel from India due to massive COVID surgeThe B.1.617 variant was first discovered in India. That variant is being considered a variant of interest by the World Health Organization, rather than a variant of concern like the U.K., South Africa and Brazil ones. prior to April 4, according to the health ministry, before it was identified as a variant of interest.
Chad's President Idriss Déby dies after clashes with rebels
"The news is filtering through to people, but the city is calm and people are just shocked to hear that actually, because many people didn't even know that he [President Déby] was wounded or that he was at the frontline," said Mahamat Adamou.
How Israel Persuaded Reluctant Ultra-Orthodox Jews To Get Vaccinated Against COVID-19
Nearly every day this winter, a new pashkevil — Yiddish for street poster — would appear with a dire warning against the COVID-19 vaccine. Just as often, neighborhood residents — quietly hired by the government — were dispatched to cover these messages with new ones from Israel's Health Ministry:"A religious ruling! He's an ultra-Orthodox public relations consultant who directed the counter-messaging campaign, working with Israel's Health Ministry to convince devout Jewish communities to embrace the vaccine. Today, more than half of all Israelis have been vaccinated — including 80% of ultra-Orthodox adults over age 30, the Health Ministry says. Many ultra-Orthodox Jews shun TVs and smartphones, and were not exposed to nightly press conferences from Israel's top health officials.
Canada imposes ban on passenger flights from India, Pakistan for 30 days
Alghabra said the government won’t hesitate to ban flights from other countries as the science evolves. In the meantime, we’ll continue to apply stringent testing and quarantine measures for all passengers arriving in Canada,” she said. India recorded the highest one-day tally of new COVID-19 cases in the world with more than 314,000 new infections reported on Thursday. In total, India has had more than 15.9 million COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began – the second-highest amount after the United States. There were 35 flights from India with at least one COVID-19 case on board that arrived in Canada in the last two weeks, according to the government.
Cal State and UC School Systems Will Require Vaccinations Once FDA Provides Full Approval
The California State University and University of California systems jointly announced Thursday that they will both require all students and staff returning for on-campus classes and activities to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The requirement, however, will not take effect until one or more of the COVID vaccines receives full approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Download our NBC 7 mobile app for iOS or Android to get alerts for local breaking news and weather. The universities' vaccination requirement will take effect upon that "full approval'' occurring or the beginning of the fall semester, whichever is later. Both university systems are expected to allow for exemptions based on medical or religious grounds.
'No Hiding Behind COVAX Anymore': Critics Say Delivery Shortfall Shows Dire Need for Vaccine Patent Waiver
—Heidi Chow, Global Justice Now"COVAX was never intended to go far enough or fast enough to end the pandemic. "Rich countries need to support an intellectual property waiver for Covid-19 vaccines and force big pharma to share their vaccine blueprints with the world." "Getting the world vaccinated is not about some feel-good gestures, like a few billion dollars for COVAX... "The U.S. government and partners can retrofit facilities to produce eight billion mRNA vaccine doses, enough for half the world's population," said Maybarduk. "It means pulling out all the stops to produce and distribute billions of vaccines as quickly as possible," Baker added.
On Earth Day, Climate Justice Alliance Calls on US to Embrace 'Real Solutions' to Planetary Emergency
As the world marks Earth Day and U.S. President Joe Biden hosts global leaders at his virtual climate summit, a leading advocacy group on Thursday urged his administration to eschew "market-based approaches and techno-fixes" and instead pursue "real solutions" to the planetary emergency. —Climate Justice AllianceClimate Justice Alliance (CJA), a collective of over 70 community-based climate justice groups, commended Biden for reengaging with the international effort to combat the climate crisis following four years of denial and inaction by the Trump administration. Other climate campaigners also used Earth Day to admonish world leaders they say are failing to do what's necessary to confront the climate emergency. "But most importantly, all of these solutions must be emitted with the voices of Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities as leaders and decision-makers." Originally scheduled for later in the day: 19-year old Mexican-born climate activist Xiye Bastida appeared earlier in today's #ClimateSummit.
April 22, 2021 – Consortiumnews
On the heels of the police killing of Daunte Wright during a traffic stop, Samantha Schuyler reports on an ACLU study showing law enforcers’ incentives to punish as many people as possible. Read more ?
The Science Behind Masks ? Current Affairs
Berenson’s primary evidence that masks don’t work is a randomized controlled trial conducted in Denmark last year that aimed to find out if surgical masks offer protection to the general public. Elsewhere in Unreported Truths, Berenson acknowledges that surgical masks provide some protection:The scientists found the surgical masks barely worked. As long as they’re made right (more on that in a second), washable cotton masks are a more accessible and sustainable option. N95 masks are designed with this effect in mind: they’re made with extremely fine fibers of polypropylene plastic that readily holds a charge. Outward mask efficiency could range from practically zero to over 80 percent for homemade masks, with 50 percent perhaps typical, while surgical masks and N95 masks are likely 50–90 percent and 70–100 percent outwardly protective, respectively.
Biden’s Drone Wars
We saw this bait and switch tactic before in President Joe Biden’s earlier announcement about ending U.S support for the long, miserable war in Yemen. These other “offensive operations” by the U.S. that will continue unabated in Yemen include drone strikes, cruise missile attacks and special forces raids. Whatever his intentions, Biden’s calls for peace, in Afghanistan as in Yemen, while pursuing war by drone, ring hollow. Talk of peace in Afghanistan, Yemen, the streets of the U.S., is not coherent while waging wars with drones. Brian Terrell is an Iowa based peace activist who has spent more than six months in prison for protesting targeted assassinations at U.S. military drone bases.
Juxtaposition between Baltimore Docket and Other Officers in Chauvin Case. Our "Justice" System
Pretrial recommends HWOB. Pretrial recommends HWOB. An ASA from another jurisdiction (it is not clear why he is arguing this motion) recites cops' tales as facts. State is seeking HWOB. Pretrial recommends HWOB.
Cartoon: Lucky Ducky and the commie CEOs
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Pennsylvania Democrats Launch Two New GOTV Phone Banks To Register 125K New Voters
In advance of the state-wide Day of Action on April 29 (to promote transparency, public participation and fairness in PA redistricting) FDPA Allegheny County is launching a social media blitz starring YOU! Then take these steps: Post it to your social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) Print out the poster below, or get creative and make one of your own – just be sure to note support for LACRA. get creative and make one of your own – just be sure to note support for LACRA. --The FDPA Allegheny County Volunteer Team More information about LACRA is here: https://www.fairdistrictspa.com/solutionHere’s some more information:
CO-Gov: Gov. Jared Polis (D) Helps Colorado Residents Sign Up To Get Their COVID-19 Vaccines
Received this e-mail today from Governor Jared Polis’ (D. CO) re-election campaign:Almost 70% of Colorado’s most vulnerable population, those aged 60 and older, are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The COVID-19 vaccine is available to all Coloradans ages 16 and up. In Colorado we’re seeing a 93-95% reduction in reported positive cases of COVID-19 among vaccinated people compared to non-vaccinated. 4) We are seeing concerning COVID-19 case trends in parts of our state where fewer folks are taking advantage of the vaccine. If you live in Southern Colorado and have not yet received your vaccine, there are many appointments available.
Fox News Manufactures Outrage and Buries the Truth under Distraction.
Egged on by firebrand and reverse racist Maxine Waters, with an assist from the doddering but inflammatory President Joe Biden. Kayleigh McEnany, professional liar and bottle-blond, added jaw-dropping hypocrisy to the Fox mix. McEnany is blaming Biden for inflaming people who are inflamed every day by the cable channel she works for. Talking about Fox inflaming its audience, here’s the top of the Fox News website today. And if it is, is it so big it merits 6 out of the 7 lead stories Fox dedicates to it?
VA-Gov: GOP's Leading Candidate For Governor Says Derek Chauvin Verdict Makes Her "Sick"
You should be too,” Chase told a crowd in King William County, which is east of Richmond. Her comments about the Chauvin verdict drew censure from Democrats and progressives. The statement is consistent with what the organization said soon after the video of Floyd's killing went viral last May. A Trump loyalist, Jordan would not say explicitly whether he agreed with the verdict but told CNN: “The justice system works. Handcuffed and face down on the pavement, Floyd died when Chauvin knelt on his neck for more than nine minutes.
Kagro in the Morning podcast (AUDIO): Thursday, April 22 2021
Bop bop bop bop bop bop bop bop, this is Earth Day! Meanwhile, Eco-rebels misutilize poo outside the White House, perhaps in an effort to get their hands on pink wheelbarrows. Donald Trump was a villain, but his polls were steady, Joe’s polls might be the same. The Gop doesn’t want to hear that the 2017 shooting of congressional baseball players might not be terrorism, they need that for “whatabouts”. Nancy Pelosi keeps handing concessions to Republicans to get them for a January 6 commission.
Playing Chicken
Add chicken and let marinate for at least ½ hour. Bake the chicken for 30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Chicken Breasts DianeServing Size: 4Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method-------- ------------ --------------------------------2 pounds skinless boneless chicken breasts1 medium shallot -- minced fine½ teaspoon salt¼ teaspoon ground black pepper4 tablespoons unsalted butter1 tablespoon Dijon mustard1 tablespoon parsley -- minced2 tablespoons white wine1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice¼ cup low sodium chicken brothPound chicken to ¼ inch thickness. Place chicken in prepared pan and bake 30 minutes uncovered until chicken is cooked through. Place chicken on rack in roasting pan and cook 45 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
Thoroughly pissed because of a TERF
So I went on and I shared some of my trauma, in this case the multiple sexual assaults I have survived. Then the server owner came on and said “OH But you’re a transwoman with an intersexed condition, you can’t be raped.”I got pissed, as did several other members of the server, but Cael wanted to continue the cheering people up rather than letting the server owner bring everyone down. About twenty minutes later my friend Cael contacted me and told me that everyone in the server had left after the server owner said one thing after I left. “Good now the freak is gone.” That line pissed off my friend Cael who is an enby and their wife is trans as well. Cael was the last one to leave the server owner alone in there simply because they were ripping the owner of the server a new one.
I Agree With Brett Farve: Second Degree Racism!
I actually think Brett Farve is correct about Chauvin not meaning to kill George Floyd. Guilty of being reckless with a black person's life because he couldn't have cared less about Floyd's humanity one way or another? Like a lot of white people who, though not guilty of first degree racism, are absolutely, positively guilty of second degree racism -- guilty of discounting black people's opinions regarding how we are faring in society, where sometimes it really is hard to breath with all that's pressing down on us. And they are beginning to get a little peeved that people are trying to put it on their radar. Though they will deny it, many modern conservatives are the perfect embodiment of second degree racism and the harm to life that results because, like Chauvin to the camera and crowd, they do not care to listen.
Photo Diary: George McGough Nature Park, St Pete FL
Another of Pinellas County FL’s very nice parks, this one is located in Largo, a suburb of St Pete. It has hiking trails, a nature center, and some rehabbed raptors. Some photos from a visit. For those who don't know, I lived in a converted campervan and traveled around the country, posting photo diaries of places that I visited. But the pandemic has clipped my wings, and I am now holed up in Florida until I can begin traveling again.
GOP Rep. grilled on infrastructure, Lies about BLM exposed, Whistleblower Bruce Boise speaks, more
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Facebook internal report fesses up to failures leading up to Jan. 6 insurrection at Capitol
“There is something about the way Facebook organizes groups that leads to massive public events. Indeed, that was largely the thrust of the Avaaz report on Facebook’s culpability in the insurrection published March 18, six days before Zuckerberg testified. “This doesn’t even include Facebook Groups, so the number is likely much bigger. The internal Facebook report largely acknowledges this, explaining that the social media giant was outmaneuvered by coordinated accounts that formed a powerful network of groups promoting hate, inciting violence, and spreading lies about the election. However, given Facebook’s refusal to accept culpability in the insurrection, it also makes sense for lawmakers to take steps.
Vaccine deniers: if they won't listen to sense, maybe they'll listen to Sheriff Andy
The youtube algorithm served this up to me. If only Sheriff Andy was around to talk sense into the anti vaccine crowd. x YouTube Video
Why are all colleges not mandating that students get the vaccine?
I heard on the radio that many colleges are not mandating that their students get vaccinated. Which is crazy! How can institutions of higher learning not believe in this basic science? College students are the best spreaders of COVID. Colleges usually mandate that incoming students have MMR and Tetanus vaccines why not require this too?!?
Ron Johnson at his most irresponsible: 'I see no reason to be pushing vaccines on people'
I don’t think they’re going to let go of COVID anytime soon. And to the point where you better impose it, you’re going to shame people, you’re going to force them to carry a card to prove that they’ve been vaccinated so that they can participate in society. Okay, as for not being a “fully approved vaccine,” Johnson appears to be acknowledging that the COVID-19 vaccines are currently being offered through an FDA emergency use authorization. Not sure if you can reasonably say that that means they’re not “fully approved,” but either way, it certainly doesn’t mean they’re not safe. After all, had it been up to Donald Trump, we probably would have had “fully approved” vaccines last April made of fairy dust, cat piss, and nougat.
Thursday Pundit Round-up: COVID-19 in India, Derek Chauvin Trial fallout, and more.
Before getting to some of the punditry on the Derek Chauvin trial, we have to look at the frightening explosion of COVID-19 cases in India. Astha Saxena reports for Indian Express that Delhi is running out of oxygen supplies. Top private hospitals in Delhi like Max, Fortis, Apollo, and Sir Ganga Ram reached out to the Delhi government regarding depleting oxygen supplies. Marianne Lavelle of Inside Climate News reports on the high stakes of the virtual international climate summit being led by President Biden that begins today. It is chiefly through the work of historians that we remember our presidents—their strengths and successes, their flaws and failures.
Trailer Driving Through Protestors, (with poll).
This is a four horse trailer with a living area, you can see in this other footage that protestors are throwing things at the trailer, bouncing things, (exploding water bottles? All that noise and crap is scaring the hell out of the horses inside. But the big thing- that you only see as it goes past- is that someone has unlatched the loading ramp on the trailer and was trying to access the horses! He pulls over and stops in front of the cops, and when the camera swings back you can see one of the cops is re-latching the ramp. I can tell you, if it’d been me, you’re goddamned right I would have done the exact same thing to protect those horses!
Salmon advocates criticize Governor for promoting Sites Dam, voluntary agreements during drought
Governor Gavin Newsom’s drought emergency proclamation directs state agencies to take “immediate action” to bolster drought resilience and prepare for impacts on communities, businesses and ecosystems if dry conditions extend to a third year. The regional state of emergency also enables flexibilities in regulatory requirements and procurement processes to mitigate drought impacts. Gavin Newsom, we need California water justice and climate change action, not more reservoirs. “Newsom also called for Sites Reservoir and the Voluntary Agreements as drought solutions at this press conference yesterday. “Taken as five-year averages (1967-1971 vs. 2016-2020), the declines for striped bass, Delta smelt, longfin smelt, American shad, splittail and threadfin shad are 98.1, 99.8, 99.8, 26.2, 99.3 and 94.3 percent, respectively,” said Jennings.
Dealing With Anti-Maskers At A Supermarket..
He taught me to box, so one day he saw me in action and I thought he would be proud. You see some time ago my Mother had to work on Christmas Eve at a convenience store. For those of you who don’t know, Christmas Eve is a strange night to work convenience stores. In the coming days I intend to release a series of diaries about the deficit in assisting those physically challenged. If you can find it in your heart to help, his story and how to help can be found here:gofundme.com/...?
She's a Brick ---- House
The world digs a staggering 3 billion cubic meters of clay soil every year, another huge eco-mess, but one that can be ameliorated with a little ingenuity. Because brick composition is quite flexible, bricks are capable of incorporating a high percentage of waste. And he’s found that by substituting 10-25% of the clay soil in bricks with non-shinola, the result is a better brick all around. The researchers found biosolids-enhanced bricks passed compressive strength tests and largely trapped heavy metals within the brick after firing. al., published in Buildings “A proposal for recycling the world’s unused stockpiles of treated wastewater sludge (biosolids) in fired-clay bricks” (DOI: 10.3390/buildings9010014).
PWB: Circle ob Luv: Secret Garden
Ohhh, da master gardener enjoying a drink at the sekrit fountain. Today we celebrate da Sekrit GardenThe sun rises on a part of the vast garden — Earth Day 2021Today we are all peeking into da Sekrit Garden. And what do we see but one of the master gardeners, busy at work, running about laying down a wild garden. The architect of the wild garden has been consulted. Da sekrit garden is going to be da tops dis year!
Deadly Vaccine-Hesitancy: A Facility Outbreak in Kentucky
A skilled nursing facility in Kentucky offered 3 vaccination clinics for staff and residents in January and February 2021. They succeeded in vaccinating 90.4% of residents and 52.6% of staff; however, many staff members and a few of the residents refused the vaccine after being offered multiple opportunities. On March 1, an unvaccinated, COVID-infected, symptomatic staff member came to work, and an outbreak was soon in progress. The facility started testing everyone with rapid antigen tests as soon as they figured out an outbreak was underway. The virus turned out to be a particularly nasty variant, but even so the vaccine (Pfizer in this case) gave pretty impressive protection.
Taiwan’s Potential to Strengthen Creative Economy Sectors in the Americas
Taiwan’s Potential to Strengthen Creative Economy Sectors in the AmericasJanuary 4, 2021The creative economy spans various sectors, including audiovisual and performing arts, publishing, design, video games, fashion, architecture, advertising, software, and television and radio, among others, and is comprised of both formal and informal workers. By April 2020, the Colombian creative economy had shrunk by 34.7 percent and by November it had lost 61,000 jobs. Recognizing the vitality of the cultural and creative economy, Colombia has implemented measures to support its industries and their employees. Looking AheadCovid-19 without a doubt has been both the great disruptor and accelerator of the creative economy in the Americas. The cultural and creative economy is not only a vital part of the global economy but enriches and gives meaning to our lives.
Difficult choices: Taiwan’s quest for security and the good life
Elections are free, fair, and competitive; civil and political rights are protected; and on some issues, such as responding to COVID-19, the Taiwan government’s performance has been excellent. While these are not easy problems to solve, Taiwan’s political system has, at times, made implementing solutions more difficult. In his new book — “Difficult Choices: Taiwan’s Quest for Security and the Good Life” — Nonresident Senior Fellow Richard Bush weaves together a detailed and nuanced analysis of the difficult policy choices that Taiwan faces, both internally and externally. He also explores how its democratic political system might improve its performance for the public that it serves. On April 14, the Center for East Asia Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution hosted Bush for a discussion of his new book, moderated by Senior Fellow Ryan Hass.
Philippines seeks Turkish help to modernize navy
The Philippine Navy is exploring ways to collaborate with the Turkish government in current efforts to modernize its Navy. The Turkish navy has so far received four Ada-class corvettes as part of the project and the TCG Istanbul, the first frigate and largest warship domestically designed and manufactured by Turkey, which was recently launched. Four ships are being manufactured for the Pakistani navy with the project including production at Pakistani ports and technology transfers. Along with the launch of the Istanbul frigate, the ceremony also marked the groundbreaking of the third ship to be constructed for the Pakistani navy under the MILGEM project. Erdo?an said the number of projects in the Turkish defense industry has taken a significant leap from 2002, increasing from 62 to almost 700.
Sonnet: Frisson My Ass Off
Sonnet: Frisson My Ass OffThe race is on to control men's* minds and souls --our bodies we can do without at first --it's the thing-in-itself that drives our thirst,the hope diamond squeezed out of quantum coals,being and nothingness, alive and not --a viral version of forbidden fruit,a magical stem cell we find at the rootof all possible past and future thought. The body can be anything we want. Let's go with photosynthetic exos,fun, sun-loving people green as geckoeswith ichorous veins. Between one and zero is both -- you'll see:The future is simultaneity. * humans (I needed the syllable, sorry if I offended)
Some thoughts on the shadow
The shadow is highly personal but also collective, and some of it is karmic (it came with us.) My WW3 shadow was much more manageable than my poor father's WW3 shadow, which stalked him in the form of feeling helpless to be that strong capable protector for his own family. What's similar between living with the climate-change shadow and the WW3 shadow, (as collective shadows) is, they can't be avoided, we can't make them go away by ignoring them. (Covid represents another collective shadow, as does the specter of the surveillance state or the "dark state", which is both real, in a limited sense, and psychically real in a much more sinister way.) But regardless of how we experience our collective shadow, we are all also dealing with a personal shadow, which is uniquely our own to relate to, and it can be negative or positive.
Indian Hospitals Overwhelmed as COVID Cases Soar in “Modi-Made Disaster”
“It is an apocalyptic situation in India right now,” says journalist Rana Ayyub. AMY GOODMAN: India is in a state of crisis as COVID cases surge and hospitals run out of oxygen. Despite this, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has continued to hold large campaign rallies. There’s not a single critical report on the Kumbh Mela, which was sanctioned by the prime minister. The prime minister has still to hold a single press conference to take a single question from the Indian media.
Big Pharma’s Shareholder Payouts Are Enough to Fund Vaccines for All of Africa
That’s according to an analysis released Thursday morning by the People’s Vaccine Alliance, a coalition of advocacy organizations campaigning to end massive inequities in the distribution of life-saving coronavirus vaccines. Johnson & Johnson, which received $1.5 billion in public money, paid out $10.5 billion in dividends. “This is clearer now more than ever.”These vaccines were funded by public money and are desperately needed worldwide if we are to end this pandemic. “This is a public health emergency, not a private profit opportunity,” Marriott said. We need a people’s vaccine, not a profit vaccine.”“Instead of creating new vaccine billionaires,” Marriott added, “we need to be vaccinating billions in developing countries.”This piece was reprinted by Truthout with permission or license.
Big Pharma's 'Appalling' $26 Billion in Shareholder Payouts Could Fund Vaccines for All of Africa: Report
Johnson & Johnson, which received $1.5 billion in public money, paid out $10.5 billion in dividends. We need a people's vaccine, not a profit vaccine." "It is appalling that Big Pharma is making huge payouts to wealthy shareholders in the face of this global health emergency." "This is a public health emergency, not a private profit opportunity," Marriott said. We need a people's vaccine, not a profit vaccine."
Natural Gas Can’t Help Curb Climate Change
(CSIRO / Wikimedia Commons)Natural gas will have to be phased out along with coal if the world is to be kept safe from dangerous climate change. CAT’s members are Climate Analytics, Ecofys and NewClimate Institute, with the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research as a collaborator. For example, utilisation rates of US natural gas infrastructure are at 54%, and are even lower in Europe, at 25%. The report sees a dwindling role for natural gas towards the middle of the century because of increasing competition from renewables that continue to get cheaper. “Natural gas is often perceived as a ‘clean’ source of energy that complements variable renewable technologies.
For Black teens in Minneapolis, Chauvin's guilty verdict only held him accountable. They're still waiting for justice.
Like many people, she felt shock and happiness when the guilty verdict was read. "It's kind of like frustrating when I hear people say justice has been served because we're so far from justice." "I don't want to sit down and hear people bicker back and forth, that George Floyd 'deserved' his death because it's ridiculous," she said. Afterward, they went to George Floyd Square for the first time as a family and listened to the speakers. "Justice would be George Floyd being with his family right now," he said.
Vaccinating the 'last free place': In this isolated California desert community, shots are a hard sell
Show caption Hide caption Rodney "Spyder" Wild stands in his California Ponderosa camp in Slab City, Calif., on Monday, April 5, 2021. Spyder said he is considering getting the... Rodney "Spyder" Wild stands in his California Ponderosa camp in Slab City, Calif., on Monday, April 5, 2021. Positive case data is not collected specifically for Slab City, a public health information officer for Imperial County said. A dog sits on one of the couches outside at California Ponderosa camp in Slab City, Calif., on Monday, April 5, 2021. He’s thankful vaccinations are slowly bringing back some form of normalcy, although not everyone in Slab City wants one.
Walmart moves more online orders to curbside as it phases out pickup towers
Walmart is kicking more online pickup orders to the curb. Instead of having consumers collect the orders in orange, 16-foot-tall automated pickup towers in select stores, more orders will now be retrieved for curbside pickup as the retail giant phases out the towers. The pickup towers, which are like large vending machines that dispense orders, were first added to stores in 2017. Walmart curbside pickup guideThe Walmart app and website have two different places to place orders: one for Walmart.com orders that are either shipped to someone's home or can be picked up at stores and the other for pickup and delivery orders. The Walmart.com pickup orders were previously retrieved in the pickup towers or in another designated area.
Sleeping 6 hours or less per night linked to an increased risk of developing dementia later in life, study finds
Participants reported how many hours they slept on anaverage weeknight in questionnaires completed six times between 1985 and 2016. Out of nearly 8,000 people, researchers found 521 had been diagnosed with dementia at an average age of 77. For example, the participants involved in the earlierWhitehall study were not representative of all socioeconomic statuses and racial or ethnic populations. Wilckens says the study doesn’t take into account quality of sleep, which she said also could have an impact on cognitive function later in life. While there may be limitations to the study, experts say it highlights the importance of sleep and how certain behaviors can contribute to the risk of developing dementia.
With Few New Clotting Cases, Johnson & Johnson Pause Could Be Lifted Soon
Dr. Woodcock on Thursday acknowledged differences of opinion within the F.D.A. about the benefits of a temporary halt versus the risks of additional coronavirus infections if the vaccine were temporarily shelved. officials grappled with reports of the rare clotting cases in the weeks before the pause, regulators saw an unmistakable similarity in the cases in the United States. All had occurred within one to three weeks of vaccination and they were clustered in women under the age of 50. Dr. Woodcock said that a warning would have been insufficient if there was in fact a high rate of cases, like one in every 25,000 or 50,000 young women.
Ma’Khia Bryant’s TikTok videos show she was just a kid, users say
Ma’Khia Bryant’s lighthearted videos show her performing hair and beauty tutorials sometimes while flashing a peace sign or blowing a kiss. One of Bryant’s videos — in which she dances to a Bryson Tiller song while doing her haircare routine — had raked in more than 2.6 million views Thursday, with observers calling it tear-jerking. Ma’Khia Bryant’s TikToks serve as a reminded that the 16-year-old killed by police was just a kid. Ma’Khia Bryant’s TikToks went viral after they were reposted on Twitter after her death. “She was a very loving, peaceful little girl,” Bryant’s mom, Paula Bryant told 10TV.
UK killer waves at cops from motorbike during fatal 161-mph chase
A killer was filmed mocking British cops who were chasing him by waving at them as he rode a motorbike at up to 161 mph — moments before he crashed and died. At times he was seen waving at officers filming overhead in a helicopter, even using both hands. Some of the released footage shows heavily armed police — a rare sight in the UK — eventually arriving at the crash scene and racing out to find Sartain. “His injuries were catastrophic and would have caused immediate death,” Hampshire coroner Jason Pegg told Monday’s hearing. Asked what he had been doing, he replied, “F—ing killing James,” the Sun reported of evidence heard in court.
Iran reportedly used drone to take close-up images of US aircraft carrier in Persian Gulf
Iran flew a drone over a US aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf, capturing detailed footage of fighter jets aligned on the deck, crewmen on board and other military equipment, according to a report. At one point the drone hovered over the carrier as a US Navy helicopter prepared to take off or land. Other footage from the drone shows it tracking in its crosshairs a support vessel sailing alongside the carrier. Iran’s IRGC drone takes precise footage as it flies over an US aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf. Iran’s IRGC drone takes precise footage as it flies over an US aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf.
Electric Citi Bike rival service coming to Manhattan
A privately-run rival to the New York City-backed Citi Bike program is set to roll out an all-electric-bike fleet across Manhattan next week. The bikes also recharge at their docking stations — unlike Citi Bike’s e-bikes, which require worker to replace and recharge batteries each night. Also unlike Citi Bike, JOCO riders can reserve bikes in advance. He noted that Citi Bike’s fleet is not entirely electric, and said JOCO would “cap our membership” to ensure bike availability. “They’re going to go to more restaurants, they’re going to go shopping, and they’re going to want to take an e-bike to get there.”As it stands, Citi Bike has 4,500 e-bikes for rental throughout NYC.
10 must-have items from Zulily’s Sustainability Shop
April 22 is Earth Day, so what better way to celebrate than with some must-have sustainable products? The popular retailer even has a Sustainability Shop that is dedicated to environment-friendly products. Our roundup features just a few of the environmentally-friendly staples, so be sure to check out their Sustainability Shop for a full look at all of the must-have items. ZulilyStore all of your favorite snacks with these must-have reusable bags. With tea tree oil and lavender scents, it’s an eco-friendly must-have.
North Carolina boy, 7, shot and killed in possible road rage incident
A 7-year-old boy riding in his mother’s car with his younger siblings was shot and killed Wednesday night in a possible road rage incident, according to police and reports. The boy was rushed to Catawba Valley Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. Police said the mom described it as a road rage incident after she inadvertently cut off the other vehicle. “Preliminary belief is that it’s a random act of violence. “At that point in time, she hears someone yelling, what she describes as a female voice,” Young said.
Tesla cars can drive with no one in the driver’s seat, Consumer Reports says
Consumer Reports engineers were able to operate a Tesla vehicle without anyone in the driver’s seat, and the system failed to send out a warning or indicate that the driver’s seat was empty, the magazine said Thursday. The engineers tested Tesla Model Y this week as investigators probe an accident where two men died after their Tesla Model S, which was believed to be operating without anyone in the driver’s seat, crashed into a tree on Saturday night north of Houston. Over several trips across half-mile closed test track, the Model Y automatically steered along painted lane lines, the magazine said. “In our evaluation, the system not only failed to make sure the driver was paying attention, but it also couldn’t tell if there was a driver there at all,” said Jake Fisher, senior director of Consumer Reports’ auto testing. Tesla’s Autopilot is a driver assistance system that handles some driving tasks and allows drivers to take their hands off the steering wheel at times, but Tesla says its features “require active driver supervision and do not make the vehicle autonomous.”
Man who rammed MTA vehicle had ‘kill’ list in his car, feds say
A crazed man rammed his Jeep into an MTA vehicle earlier this month in the Hudson Valley — and was carrying a notebook with a page labeled “list — to kill,” federal authorities alleged Thursday. He then drove off the road, crashing his car into trees in a nearby wooded area, feds charged. Skulstad then ran into oncoming traffic while wildly swinging his arms before smashing the driver’s side window of the MTA car, the complaint states. Nicholas Skulstad’s car that was allegedly used to ram an MTA car. Officers then recovered the notebook, which contained the apparent hit list filled with names of notable officials and public figures, the feds charged.
Iowa woman who intentionally hit kids with her car over their skin color pleads guilty
An Iowa woman who allegedly admitted to intentionally running over a black child and a Latina child with her car has pleaded guilty to hate crime charges. Nicole Poole Franklin could face up to life in prison for the federal hate crime charges. The 14-year-old girl Nicole Poole Franklin struck with her car had to be hospitalized two days for injuries stemming from the attack. The federal charges for violating the US Hate Crime Act carry sentences of up to life in prison. Franklin also pleaded guilty earlier in the week to two state charges of attempted murder — which could each net her up to 25 years in prison.
Pair of infants found dead in NYC, mom in custody
Two young babies were found dead in Queens Thursday afternoon and their 23-year-old mother is in custody, The Post has learned. The infants were found in a city housing apartment complex on 51st Street at 32nd Avenue in Woodside, cops said. Infant twins were reportedly found dead in Queens. Peter GerberThe babies, a boy and a girl, were 26-days-old and believed to be twins, police sources said. The mother was arrested, sources said.
This NYC pol favors school-zone speed cameras — and got caught by them 8 times!
In each case, Lander pleaded guilty and paid a $50 fine, according to information posted on the NYC Open Data website. But because the tickets were issued after Lander zoomed past automatic speed cameras, he wasn’t assessed any points against his license. Councilman Brad Lander was ticketed seven times between Oct. 25, 2019, and March 25, 2021, according to city records. Councilman Brad Lander racked up two violations in one week last March, one in Manhattan and another just blocks from his home in Brooklyn’s Park Slope. At one point, a Department of Sanitation street cleaning vehicle came by and was blocked from sweeping the curb.
Pregnant Meghan Markle, Archie seen for first time since Harry’s US return
Markle was dressed casually in blue jeans, a black T-shirt, an army green utility jacket, pointed-toe nude flats and a black face mask. Meghan Markle balanced Archie on her growing baby bump. The former “Suits” star’s outing with her little one came a day after Harry, 36, was seen returning to Los Angeles following his grandfather Philip’s funeral across the pond on Saturday. Meghan Markle was dressed casually in jeans and a black T-shirt. Prince Harry at Prince Philip’s funeral with Prince William and Peter Phillips on April 17.
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Manhattan subway bomber sentenced to life in prison for 2017 attack inspired by ISIS
AdvertisementStory continues below advertisementPresident Donald Trump would later highlight the episode in arguing for stricter immigration policies. Ullah was in the United States on a visa for relatives of people already living legally in the country. The explosion, at 7:20 a.m., caused smoke to fill the subway tunnel and sent terrified commuters fleeing. The Islamic State supporter was found guilty at trial in 2018 of providing material support to a terrorist organization, using a weapon of mass destruction, bombing a public place and related counts. Circuit Judge Richard Sullivan granted federal prosecutors’ request that Ullah spend the rest of his life in prison.
Amid a record-dry April, a late-week storm won’t quell severe drought in California, West
It looks to be the final storm system for Southern California before the dry season sets in and precipitation chances flatline. Usually we have some green.”Across the West, precipitation has been tough to come by over the past year. Advertisement“This storm coming in this weekend is the only storm coming into California all month,” Durfee said. The jet is set to become more active, bringing multiple rounds of wet weather to British Columbia, Washington and Oregon. The jet stream’s northward shift, however, means California will miss out on any additional rainfall into the start of May.
D.C., Maryland say they are clearing vaccine waitlists, as outreach efforts expand
“Now our job is to get everyone else, so we can achieve 60 and 70 percent of D.C. residents vaccinated. Public health officials will continue to prioritize people in Phase 1 who are not yet registered but wish to be vaccinated, officials said. More than 180,000 D.C. residents have signed up for a vaccine through the city portal. Residents of sicker states spent more time at work, in retail stores, and at the grocery story. This winter, when the average American was spending about 30 percent less time at the office than before the pandemic, D.C. residents were spending about 50 percent less time at work, the report said.
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A new way of putting private money where the forests are
Overall, the world lost more than 4.4 million hectares of primary tropical forest cover last year, an area larger than Switzerland. AdvertisementUnder the agreements, the corporations would pay an amount equal to $10 a ton for avoided carbon dioxide emissions. The countries or large states with the forests would be paid only after showing a five-year record of success compared with historical five-year benchmarks. To participate in the program, they must have already pledged to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 or sooner. But surveillance of tropical forests has grown easier with advances in monitoring devices such as satellite technology.
Covid-19 live updates Reinfection is possible but rare, data from 63 million medical records shows
However, many details have to be finalized before any legal action can proceed, such as whether the suit would be filed by the European Commission and whether E.U. nations can join in on the legal action. Reuters also reported the commission was drawing up plans to sue the company, quoting an E.U. The dispute between the two sides started in January when AstraZeneca informed the European Union that it would deliver less than half of the 100 million doses it pledged to provide in the first quarter, out of a total of 300 million doses for the year. Since then, the company has said it will only deliver 70 million doses of the 180 million required in the second quarter.
Officers grabbed a Black librarian by her hair and tore her shoulder during traffic stop, lawsuit alleges: ‘That’s good police work, baby’
“That’s good police work, baby,” he said, according to body-cam footage. AdvertisementStory continues below advertisementNeither the Salisbury Police Department nor the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office immediately responded to requests for comment Thursday. The lawsuit alleges the officers were not disciplined for their actions. The Black Army officer accused police officers in Windsor, Va., of holding him at gunpoint and pepper-spraying and assaulting him during a traffic stop in December. Nearly two years since the traffic stop, Bottom said she still can only partially lift her left arm.
Longhorn Band will be required to play 'The Eyes of Texas'
The University of Texas has announced that its traditional marching and pep bands will be required to play "The Eyes of Texas" when they return to performing, but a new band will also be created that won't play the school song with racist elements in its past. The announcement posted Wednesday on the school of music's web page said the traditional Longhorn Band and pep band will be required to perform a repertoire of songs that include "The Eyes of Texas." The school is also creating a "to be named" university band for students for fall 2022 that will not play the alma mater or school fight song. Gary Bledsoe, president of the Texas chapter of the NAACP and a Texas law school graduate, sharply criticized the decisions to keep playing the song and create a separate band. He said that will set up the traditional Longhorn Band as a "privileged group."
Reward increased to help find suspect who scraped ‘Trump’ on manatee: report
Authorities in Florida still searching for the person responsible for scrawling "Trump" on a manatee's back earlier this year are now offering an additional $5,000 for information. Boat captain Hailey Warrington -- who shared video footage of the manatee -- told WTVT that it "did seem that the animal was very upset." Harassing a manatee, a federal crime, is punishable by a $50,000 fine and up to one year in prison. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPNotably, this year researchers report manatees are dying at an alarming rate. TCPalm reported earlier this month that more Florida manatees have died in the first three months of 2021 than in all of 2020, most of them in Brevard County.
Hawaii man receives third Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine dose in booster study: report
A Hawaii man participating in a Pfizer-led study looking at third doses of its COVID-19 vaccine as booster shots said he joined the trial to help others, according to a local report. Gary Lahens of Honolulu took part in the company's vaccine trials for the safety of his family and community, he told news outlet KHON2. "I did this study in the beginning because of my mom and my aunties, they’re all in their eighties," Lahens told the outlet. Now months later in the booster study, Lahens received his third dose, and has undergone swab tests and had blood samples taken. TOO MUCH COVID-19 VACCINE GIVEN TO DOZENS OF INMATES IN IOWA: REPORTOne doctor involved with the vaccine rollout in Kauai told the outlet he was interested to see results from the studies.
Florida man arrested more than 40 times barricaded himself inside hotel room prompting 12-hour standoff
A Florida man who has been arrested more than 40 times on 142 separate charges was arrested again Thursday morning after a 12-hour standoff during which he barricaded himself in a Pinellas Park hotel room. Just a few days before the standoff, Brois held a gun to a woman’s head in Pasco County, according to police. An officer made contact with Brois, but after five minutes he hopped in the driver’s seat, Chief Michael Haworth said. A short pursuit followed, ending at a Comfort Inn and Suites on Ulmerton Road where Brois barricaded himself in a room on the fourth floor. Deputies fired beanbag rounds at Brois who was reportedly wrapped in sheets on a bed, and arrested him.
Krispy Kreme’s 'Strawberry Glaze Craze' doughnuts are back by popular demand
Krispy Kreme is back at it again, but this time with a limited-time strawberry glaze. KRISPY KREME WORKER RUNS DOUGHNUT THROUGH GLAZER 25 TIMES, CREATES MONSTROSITYCustomers who find a participating shop will be able to choose between a regular Strawberry Glazed Doughnut and Strawberry Kreme Filled Doughnut. The two strawberry glazed doughnuts were only sold between April 28 and May 1, 2020. Krispy Kreme’s revival of its strawberry glazed doughnuts comes only days after it concluded its limited-run of Oreo glazed doughnuts, which ended on Sunday, April 18. KRISPY KREME UNVEILS OREO GLAZED AND COOKIE DOUGHNUTS, PLUS 1 BEVERAGEHowever, the strawberry glazed doughnuts will have a shorter runtime that conclude on Wednesday, May 6.
Neighbor with footage of Ma'Khia Bryant shooting: 'The video doesn’t lie'
COLUMBUS MAYOR SAYS OFFICER ‘TOOK ACTION TO PROTECT ANOTHER YOUNG GIRL’Brinson stressed that "the video doesn’t lie." He said that the officer "did what he thought was best" given that he only had seconds to react. Ma’Khia Bryant, 16, has been identified by her family as the person who was killed in east Columbus after someone called the police. He told Faulkner he then made his way to the window, when he "saw Ma’Khia on the ground, and everyone else kind of in chaos." CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThe Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is reportedly handling the shooting.
Chicago man shot at National Guard troops in Minneapolis amid Chauvin trial, prosecutors say
Minnesota prosecutors filed multiple charges Wednesday against a man accused of opening fire on National Guard soldiers stationed in Minneapolis as part of efforts to maintain the peace following the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial. Andrew Thomas, 28, was arrested Sunday and handed over to federal authorities the next day. He also faces a federal weapons possession charge. The soldiers were part of Operation Safety Net, a joint partnership between the National Guard and local authorities in response to protests and possible unrest. The juvenile told authorities that Thomas had a weapon in the vehicle and that they had met him at a St. Paul hotel the week before.
CNN guest suggests a social worker could have prevented Ma’Khia Bryant shooting
A CNN guest suggested on Thursday that a social worker could have prevented the fatal police shooting of 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant in Columbus, Ohio and the liberal network’s anchors didn’t bother to ask how one could have intervened. LEBRON JAMES ACCUSED OF INCITING VIOLENCE WITH ‘YOU’RE NEXT’ TWEET TARGETING COLUMBUS POLICE OFFICER"Now currently in Columbus, Ohio, we do have a mobile crisis response team. Replacing police officers with social workers has been a talking point from the left for months as the "Defund the Police" movement gained momentum among liberals following the 2020 killing of George Floyd. Sciutto and co-anchor Poppy Harlow didn’t ask how a social worker would have prevented Bryant’s death or prevented Bryant from attacking her intended victim with the knife. The officer who shot Bryant was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.
Snap reports accelerating revenue growth, strong user numbers for first quarter
Snap's stock rose as much as 6% in after-hours trading on Thursday after the company reported its first-quarter results, in which it beat Wall Street's expectations on earnings, revenue and user growth. Snap expects year-over-year revenue growth of 80% to 85% for the second quarter, Snap Chief Financial Officer Derek Andersen said in prepared remarks. Snap reported 280 million daily active users, up nearly 6% from the 265 million the company reported in February. That figure is up more than 22% compared with the 229 million daily users the company reported a year prior. Snap CEO Evan Spiegel also announced that Snapchat's Android user base is now larger than its iOS user base.
Intel revenue and profit drop slightly from last year, beating expectations
Intel sales were essentially flat and profit dropped in the first quarter of 2021 in CEO Pat Gelsinger's first quarterly report at the helm. Intel's earnings per share was significantly higher than analyst estimates and the company's own forecast, but Intel stock was slightly down in extended trading. The group comprises over 59% of Intel's revenue. A year ago, Intel reported $6.99 billion in revenue in its Data Center group versus $5.56 billion this quarter. Earlier this month, Intel said it was expecting earnings of $4 per share and revenue of $72 billion for the full year of 2021.
Stocks making the biggest moves after the bell: Intel, Snap, Silicon Labs, Boston Beer & more
Analysts polled by Refinitiv expected the company to lose 35 cents per share on revenue of $684 million. Analysts surveyed by Refinitiv had forecast a loss of 6 cents per share on revenue of $744 million. Boston Beer — The beer company's shares popped 8.4% after the company reported a stronger-than-forecast quarterly revenue. Boston Beer also reported earnings per share of $5.26, but it was unclear whether that was comparable to a forecast of $2.61 per share. Analysts polled by Refinitiv expected earnings per share of 46 cents on revenue of $1.34 billion.
Not just for leftovers: This woman wants to destigmatize microwave cooking
The dish is made of microwave-safe frosted glass that is versatile enough to use as a bowl for prep, a microwave cooking vessel, an elegant serving dish and a storage container for the fridge or freezer. Another microwave misconception is that the devices were designed using harmful radiation that emit from the machine and into the world, your body, etc. Being a resource, not just a dishAside from providing customers with a tool to improve their microwave cooking, Chen wants to empower home cooks to create not just easy but exceptional dishes using the appliance. "We don’t want people to sacrifice cooking just to skip steps, but to make better food in shorter times." Try some of our favorite microwave recipes:
Nightly News: Kids Edition (April 22, 2021)
Ask The Doc: Dr. John Torres answers viewers’ weekly questions. Lift off: NASA launches tiny Mars chopper 'Ingenuity' on a historic flight. We introduce you to Blizzard the polar bear and share fun facts about the fuzzy guy! Inspiring Kids series continues: We give you an update on twins Max and Miles who are planting seeds of kindness this spring.
A heartwarming reunion: 102-year-old is able to hug her family again
Covid-19 kept the Jerstad family apart for more than a year. Now that they are fully vaccinated, they are cherishing their in-person time together.
Norway to lend unused AstraZeneca vaccine doses to Sweden, Iceland
A box of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is seen as syringes are filled at the Skane University Hospital vaccination centre in Malmo, Sweden, February 17, 2021. TT News Agency/Johan Nilsson via REUTERSNorway will lend 216,000 doses of the AstraZeneca (AZN.L) COVID-19 vaccine it has in stock to Sweden and Iceland, the country's health ministry said on Thursday, enabling the two Nordic neighbours to speed up their inoculation campaigns. read moreSweden and Iceland will be able to receive the doses from Norway for as long as the AstraZeneca vaccine rollout is suspended. "We will get the doses we lend back as soon as we ask for it," Health Minister Bent Hoeie said in a statement. Of the total, 200,000 doses will go to Sweden and the remaining 16,000 to Iceland, which has a much smaller population.
6 best portable air conditioners of 2021 for your home
There are plenty of AC configurations out there, including window air conditioning units, air coolers and portable units. SKIP AHEAD How to shop for a portable AC unitHow portable air conditioners workPortable air conditioners typically cool the entire room by taking in warm room air, cooling it and circulating it throughout. Best portable air conditioning unitsHere are our top picks for portable air conditioner units, which can be easily moved throughout your home and are designed for easy installation and portability. Best portable air conditioner overall: FrigidaireThis highly-rated model comes with a remote and programmable timer, as well as dehumidifying and air filtration features. Best portable air conditioner for large rooms: WhynterThis portable air conditioner has air filter and dehumidifying features, and has the cooling power to cool rooms up to 500 square feet.
Les McKeown, who fronted the Bay City Rollers, dies at 65
FILE- In this Oct. 7, 2010 file photo, Bay City Rollers singer Les McKeown poses for the media during a photocall to celebrate the release of the band's career retrospective boxset, 'Rollermania: Bay City Rollers The Anthology' in London. McKeown, the former lead singer of 1970s pop sensation Bay City Rollers, has died suddenly at the age of 65, his family said Thursday, April 22, 2021. McKeown, the former lead singer of 1970s pop sensation Bay City Rollers, has died suddenly at the age of 65, his family said Thursday, April 22, 2021. McKeown was born in Edinburgh to Irish parents and joined the Bay City Rollers in late 1973, replacing founding lead singer Gordon “Nobby” Clark. Alan Longmuir, a founding member of the Bay City Rollers who played multiple instruments including bass guitar and keyboards, died in 2018 at age 70.
Kansas teacher asks kids to be in wedding on TikTok
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Students squealed with delight when their newly engaged Kansas teacher asked them to be in her wedding in a TikTok video that has more than 10 millions of views. “I want them to be up there with me because they’re my biggest fans,” she told the newspaper in an interview Wednesday. ADVERTISEMENTHer fiancé, Mason McDowell, also is inviting his class of 18 third-graders to part of their bridal party during their July wedding. The 23-year-olds met last March at a job fair while vying for the same teaching position, which McDowell eventually got. “We spend over 40 hours a week with them, and we both really love our students so much.
Explosion at gender reveal party rocks several towns
KINGSTON, N.H. (AP) — One New Hampshire family’s gender reveal party was definitely a blast. Kingston police said they received reports of a loud explosion Tuesday that could be heard in several towns and as far away as Massachusetts. They responded to Torromeo quarry where they found people who acknowledged holding a gender reveal party involving explosives and thought this would be the safest spot to hold it. NBC 10 Boston reports that residents in several neighboring towns could hear the explosion and some though it was an earthquake. “We heard this god-awful blast,” Sara Taglieri, who lives in a home that abuts the quarry, told the television station.
Rabid bat bites child; other kids might have handled it
PITCAIRN, Pa. (AP) — A rabid bat bit one child, and health officials on Thursday urged the parents of three other children who might have handled the bat to seek medical attention for them. The bat tested positive for rabies, according to county health officials. At least one child was bitten by the bat, and was taken to a hospital for treatment. The Health Department said its investigation revealed that several children might have passed the bat around, or been bitten by it. Health officials contacted the parents of three children and said that any other parents who believe their child encountered the bat should call the Health Department immediately.
NJ officials review police taking bike, cuffing Black person
PERTH AMBOY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey authorities are reviewing an incident captured on video showing police handcuffing a Black youth and confiscating his bike, prosecutors confirmed on Wednesday. The Middlesex County Prosecutor’s office said the matter, which unfolded over the weekend in Perth Amboy and led to critical comments online about policing, is under review. The short clip shows officers ordering the riders to dismount their bikes, amid crosstalk. A longer, 17-minute video, posted on YouTube by the same person who filmed the shorter clip, shows more than a dozen bikers riding through Perth Amboy before police stopped them. The footage, which is edited, shows riders popping wheelies, chatting, stopping to buy a 24-pack of bottled water and jumping off steps on their bikes.
Chipmaker Intel Beats First-Quarter Targets But Stock Drops Late
But Intel stock dropped in extended trading. In the year-earlier period, Intel earnings were an adjusted $1.45 a share on sales of $19.83 billion. Intel Stock Falls In Late TradesIn after-hours trading on the stock market today, Intel stock fell 1.9%, near 61.40. During the regular session Thursday, Intel stock declined 1.8% to 62.57. On March 16, Intel stock attempted to break out of a loose, year-long double-bottom base at a buy point of 65.21, according to IBD MarketSmith daily charts.
COVID-19 hospitalizations tumble among US senior citizens
FILE - In this Feb. 3, 2021, file photo, a senior receives a COVID-19 vaccine from a healthcare worker after arriving on a bus to a vaccination site at Anquan Boldin Stadium in Pahokee, Fla. COVID-19 hospitalizations are plunging among older Americans. ADVERTISEMENTThe best available data suggests COVID-19 deaths among Americans 65 and older have declined more than 50% since their peak in January. Over 80% of senior citizens have gotten at least one shot, compared with just over 50% of all adults. “They tend to recover a little quicker because of their youth.”With enough people vaccinated, COVID-19 cases should eventually begin to fall as the virus finds fewer and fewer people to infect. The challenge will be quickly vaccinating younger Americans, who feel they are less vulnerable to the coronavirus but are mainly the ones spreading the disease.
'He Was A Prince': Grief And Anger At Daunte Wright's Funeral In Minneapolis
'He Was A Prince': Grief And Anger At Daunte Wright's Funeral In MinneapolisEnlarge this image toggle caption Brandon Bell/Getty Images Brandon Bell/Getty ImagesMourners gathered Thursday in Minneapolis for the funeral of Daunte Wright, just two days after a jury there convicted former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin of murdering George Floyd. Wright's death, which took place as the Chauvin trial was underway at a courthouse just 10 miles away, immediately prompted protests and outcry. Thursday's funeral was held at Shiloh Temple International Ministries in North Minneapolis, where members of Wright's family spoke, along with the Rev. The reason for the traffic stop that ended in Wright's death has been disputed. Now, air fresheners have become a symbol of Wright's death.
Snap shares rise 6% on better-than-expected sales, earnings
Snap Inc.’s shares rose more than 6% after the social-media company posted first-quarter results that surpassed analyst estimates in a volatile day for tech stocks. Snap SNAP, -2.14% reported a net loss of $286.9 million, or 19 cents a share, against expectations of a loss of 21 cents a share, according to analysts polled by FactSet. Snap’s revenue soared 66% to $770 million, beating estimates of $744 million. DAUs are especially important since advertising accounts for nearly all of Snap’s revenue. Snap offered second-quarter revenue guidance of $820 million to $840 million, compared to the $824 million estimated by FactSet.
Consumer Reports able to trick Tesla to drive with no one at wheel
— Consumer Reports said Thursday it was able to easily trick a Tesla into driving in the car’s Autopilot mode with no one at the wheel. Its test came just days after a Tesla crashed in Texas, killing the two men in the car. Authorities say neither of the men were in the driver’s seat at the time of the crash. Consumer Reports said that during several trips on its closed tracks with an empty driver’s seat, its Tesla Model Y automatically steered along painted lane lines without acknowledging that nobody was at the controls. In the Consumer Reports test, Fisher said he engaged Autopilot while the car was in motion on the track, then set the speed dial to zero to stop it.
Intel stock falls despite earnings beat, as data-center sales slump more than 20%
“This is a pivotal year for Intel,” Intel Chief Executive Pat Gelsinger said in a statement with his first earnings report since officially taking over. Intel predicted Thursday annual revenue of approximately $77 billion, or $72.5 billion without the memory business, and adjusted earnings of $4.60 a share. Analysts on average expected adjusted second-quarter earnings of $1.09 a share on revenue of $17.55 billion. Intel’s data-center group saw revenue fall more than 20% to $5.56 billion, while analysts expected $5.89 billion. Intel reported that nonvolatile memory solutions revenue declined slightly to $1.11 billion, far surpassing Wall Street’s expectations of $563.8 million.
Zymergen and 2 Other IPOs Made Strong Market Debuts Thursday
The strong performance came after Zymergen boosted its initial public offering by 19%, raising $500 million. The company sold 16.13 million shares at $31 each, up from the 13.6 million shares Zymergen had filed to sell at $28 to $31. Its losses widened to $262.2 million in 2020 from losses of $236.8 million in 2019. It had planned to offer 5,313,000 shares at $15 to $17 and ended up selling 6 million shares at $17 each, the top of its range. Knowbe4 isn’t profitable, although losses narrowed to $2.4 million in 2020 from $124.3 million in losses in 2019, its prospectus said.
Intel Stock Is Falling Despite A Big Earnings Beat
Shares of U.S. chip maker Intel slumped in after-hours trading Thursday, despite reporting earnings that easily beat Wall Street’s expectations. Excluding the company’s flash memory business, and a legal judgment, among other things, Intel reported earnings of $1.39 a share. Revenue in its PC segment grew 8% to $10.6 billion, when Wall Street expected $10.02 billion. Including flash revenue, Intel expects to report second-quarter revenue of $18.9 billion. Intel raised its guidance for the year to non-GAAP earnings of $4.60 a share and revenue $72.5 billion, excluding its flash memory unit.
George Floyd's Family Reacts To Derek Chauvin's Guilty Verdict
After 10 hours of deliberation, a jury found former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty on all counts in the murder of George Floyd, a verdict Floyd’s family met with relief and calls for justice for Black Americans. Al Sharpton and attorney Ben Crump with the family of George Floyd in Minneapolis. “Today, history was made,” Ben Crump, a civil rights attorney who represents the Floyd family, said in a video shortly after the verdict. Knowing that the blood of George Floyd will give them a trail to a way towards a better America.”Story continuesRelated... Families Of Daunte Wright, George Floyd Rally Outside Derek Chauvin TrialDerek Chauvin Found Guilty On All Charges In George Floyd's DeathMinnesota Cops Harass JournalistsThis article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.
Dow ends more than 300 points lower, sunk by talk of higher capital gains tax rate for wealthy investors
Shares gained about 5% in extended trading.Sales jumped 66% to $770 million in the period ended March 31, the Santa Monica, California-based social media company said Thursday in a statement. Analysts, on average, projected $744 million. They are basically buying some content to engage their daily active users.”Last November, Snap launched Spotlight, a tool to promote popular videos. Snap said daily active users will increase 22% year-over-year to reach 290 million in the period.Second-quarter Ebitda, a measure of profitability, will be from break even to a loss of $20 million. )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.
SpaceX Crew Dragon, 4 astronauts bound for space station
Liftoff from pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center is targeted for 5:49 a.m. EDT Friday, setting up an automated rendezvous and docking at the space station early Saturday. The SpaceX "Crew-2" flight will mark only the third launch of NASA astronauts from U.S. soil since the space shuttle's retirement 10 years ago. It is the second operational flight under NASA's Commercial Crew Program and the first to use a previously-flown first stage booster and a refurbished Crew Dragon capsule making its second flight. By dawn's early light Thursday, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket stands poised for launch Friday to propel four astronauts into orbit aboard a Crew Dragon capsule. The Crew-2 astronauts and the Soyuz MS-18/64S crew will return to Earth in late September and mid October respectively.
What happened to the other officers arrested over George Floyd death?
Three former Minneapolis police officers, Thomas Lane (L), J Alexander Keung (C), and Tou Thao (R) will face August 2021 trial for their role in aiding and abetting Derek Chauvin in murder of George Floyd. Chauvin, 45, was found guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd’s death, and he will be sentenced in eight weeks time. Now former Minneapolis police officers Tou Thao, 35, Thomas Lane, 38, and J Alexander Kueng, 27, all face charges of aiding and abetting Chauvin in second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter of Floyd. The state’s attorney general’s office will try and add a third-degree murder charge against all three officers in a Minnesota Court of Appeals hearing set for 20 May. They are set to face trial on 23 August after a judge separated their trial from Chauvin’s because of Covid-19 concerns.
Coffee company paying $3G for people to take more coffee breaks
This coffee maker really wants you to take more breaks -- it’s even willing to pay. Earlier this week, Chameleon Organic Coffee -- owned by Nestle -- launched a contest to find people willing to take more breaks. The brand will pick two winners who will receive $3,000 each, along with plenty of coffee -- 10 cases of Chameleon Organic Cold-Brew, in fact -- according to the contest rules. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ON FOX BUSINESSThe coffee brand also has some plans for this summer, according to the announcement. Chameleon will bring "ultimate coffee breaks" to certain cities across the country, the brand said.
Microsoft Stock: Expect Another Killer Quarter Ahead
Could Microsoft stock finally reach the $2 trillion valuation? With Microsoft stock up 17% and 55% year-to-date and over the past 12 months, respectively, investors await the next big move in share price. Expect another mic-drop quarterWall Street currently holds a “strong buy” consensus rating on Microsoft stock. Could earnings season provide the fuel that Microsoft needs to cross the $2 trillion valuation and join Apple stock in this select group? Microsoft stock is currently valued at $1.97 trillion.
Theater gets its weird back. How REDCAT and CAP UCLA shows celebrate the offbeat
What I miss most about alternative theater, the kind of work REDCAT and the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA specialize in, is the feeling of strange delight. Robin Frohardt’s “Plastic Bag Store: The Film,” courtesy of CAP UCLA, and Elevator Repair Service’s “Baldwin and Buckley at Cambridge (In Progress),” a REDCAT virtual presentation, bring quirky lenses through which to see stubborn social problems anew. This immersive installation was intended to give rise to a puppet theater piece, but the COVID-19 pandemic altered the plan. After seeing “Plastic Bag Store: The Film,” I couldn’t help viewing the containers in my refrigerator and cupboards with stark horror. Ben Williams, left, and Greig Sargeant in Elevator Repair Service’s “Baldwin and Buckley at Cambridge (In Progress),” presented by REDCAT.
Snap Climbs as First-Quarter Results Beat Expectations
Snap (SNAP) - Get Report beat Wall Street's first-quarter expectations Thursday as the parent of the Snapchat photography-focused app reported a surge in active daily users. Snap reported a net loss of $287 million, or 19 cents a share, compared with a loss of $306 million, or 21 cents, in the year-earlier quarter. Revenue increased 66% to $770 million. Snap said daily active users increased 22% year-over-year to 280 million. 'Mad Money' Lightning Round: Snap, Boston ScientificIn February, Snap beat Wall Street's fourth-quarter earnings expectations.
Police release video of fiery Hingham motorcycle crash that injured two
A police dash cam caught the fiery scene of a motorcycle crash that injured two people in Hingham Wednesday night. Two motorcycles traveling down Route 3A crashed into each other shortly after 8 p.m., Hingham police said in a statement. A witness told police a car had cut off one of the bikes but did not make contact with it. One motorcycle caught fire after the crash, police said.
Dalton man sentenced to one year in jail for torching Biden-Harris hay bales
In a statement, Berkshire District Attorney Andrea Harrington’s office confirmed the sentence meted out to Lonnie Durfee in Pittsfield District Court. Durfee will receive credit for the 108 days he spent locked up while the case was pending, records show. A 50-year-old Dalton man was sentenced to a year in jail on Thursday for setting fire to a big Biden-Harris sign made from hay bales at a local farm in October, prosecutors said. He pleaded guilty to one count of burning personal property, and his yearlong bid is the maximum jail term for such an offense, Harrington’s office said. He also told police he burned another Biden-Harris sign placed on a lawn beside his parents’ home in Dalton.
Virtual author readings for April 25-May 1
WEDNESDAYAdvertisementJohn Grisham (”Sooley”) reads at 1 p.m. at Porter Square Books... Michelle Zauner (”Crying in H Mart”) reads at 7 p.m. at Harvard Book Store. AdvertisementFRIDAYMarie Favereau (”The Horde: How the Mongols Changed the World”) reads at 12 p.m. at Harvard Book Store... Nimmi Gowrinathan (”Radicalizing Her: Why Women Choose Violence”) reads at 7 p.m. at Harvard Book Store... Traci Sorell (”We Are Still Here! : Native American Truths Everyone Should Know”) is in conversation with Mary Ann Cappiello at 7 p.m. at Porter Square Books. SATURDAYKeith Cohen (”A Season Unknown”) reads at 3 p.m. at Brookline Booksmith. All events take place online; please check venue websites.
Fallen British Empire soldiers overlooked because of racism, inquiry finds
At least 116,000 other casualties were not named on any memorials, the report said, adding that the number could be as high as 350,000. LONDON — Tens of thousands of soldiers from Africa and Asia who died during World War I in the service of what was then the British Empire were not properly commemorated, partly because of prejudice and racism, according to the findings of an inquiry issued Thursday. In other cases, soldiers who were missing had their names recorded in registers rather than in stone. The war grave findings come as British institutions grapple with a reckoning over racial injustice, fueled by Black Lives Matter protests that erupted across the country last summer. In World War I, the contributions of soldiers from “white-settled” countries such as Australia, Canada, and New Zealand dominated the narrative over other parts of the British Empire, the report said.
Guilty verdict for Hong Kong journalist as media faces ‘frontal assault’
HONG KONG — Hong Kong’s police chief warned journalists they could be investigated for reporting “fake news.” A newspaper controlled by the Chinese government called for a ban on the city’s biggest prodemocracy news outlet. She was ordered to pay a fine of 6,000 Hong Kong dollars, about $775. “We seem to have turned some sort of a corner fairly recently,” said Keith Richburg, director of the University of Hong Kong’s Journalism and Media Studies Center. Then it made changes to Hong Kong’s election system, tightening the pro-Beijing establishment’s grip on power. Ip, the proestablishment lawmaker, made clear to RTHK journalists what she believed their role was.
A look at religion as it’s experienced every day; an inspiring new children’s book; and a tribute to those Public Garden ducks
A woman named Donna Haskins tells a young man in Boston that he’d play basketball again, despite a hip surgery that had ended his college sports career. He took inspiration from the trial of Sacco and Vanzetti, and made a series of 23 paintings about the trial. Their success showed he could paint stories; he could paint the trials of people hard done by corrupt systems of power. He was accused of “being disloyal because he didn’t paint purple mountain majesties or America the beautiful. The prose is outstanding, both approachable and moving, and you will feel like each character is confiding in you their innermost hopes and dreams.
Whether you possess a large yard or small windowsill, books about gardens can help satisfy cravings for plant life
Perhaps for that reason, the Boston Public Garden can feel like a special gift to city residents this time of year. Whether you possess a substantial yard or just a well-exposed windowsill, books about gardens can help satisfy cravings for plant life. AdvertisementThough the United States has no shortage of first-class public gardens, England is hard to top. The royal taste for lakes, groves, paths, sunken gardens, fruit trees, menageries, and rare specimens soon infected the aristocracy, and molded their estates. Closer to home, the Globe’s own Carol Stocker follows a similar, seasonal approach in “The New England Gardening Almanac,” toward which I remain hopelessly biased, and whose gorgeous pages perennially spark hope.
Owners of Bay Windows, South End News put the papers up for sale
The co-owners of the South End News and Bay Windows are putting the publications up for sale after nearly two decades of ownership. The owners of Bay Windows and the South End News are selling the papers. While open to selling the papers separately, Coakley said they are encouraging prospective buyers to purchase them together, in part because the papers share many advertisers. Both were launched by separate founders roughly four decades ago, with the South End News covering Boston’s South End and Bay Windows focusing on the LGBTQ community. Bay Windows’ circulation is about 20,000, while the South End News has around 14,000 readers.
COVID: UC and CSU systems plan to require students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated
The California State University and University of California systems are moving forward with plans to require students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against the coronavirus before on-campus instruction begins this fall. CSU said Thursday it intends to require those accessing campus facilities to be immunized, pending full approval and availability of at least one of the vaccines by the Food and Drug Administration. The vaccines currently in use have received emergency use authorization and are expected to be fully approved in the coming months. “[T]his is the most comprehensive and consequential university plan for COVID-19 vaccines in the country,” CSU Chancellor Joseph Castro said in a statement Thursday. Michael Drake, UC president and a medical doctor, said in a statement the vaccine will help bring students back to campus.
These 2 girls found a way to empower themselves and others — with knowledge
Talking with Claira, who’s 16, they decided to make it about more than that. Claira and Alexandra started EmpowHerX, a group to empower high school girls with real-life skills in self-defense, finance, career preparation, cultural awareness and leadership. The group met in person for the first time in February at the Japanese Friendship Garden, where they talked about cultures. Alexandra, who’s half Japanese, taught the girls to introduce themselves in Japanese. Claira and Alexandra hope more girls will join.
East McKinney redevelopment gets underway with public event
Efforts to revitalize east McKinney are well underway. City officials will host an open house May 6 to gather input from residents on the East McKinney Redevelopment and Preservation projects. The open house will focus on the East McKinney Mobility Study, which outlines recommendations to improve roadways to support anticipated redevelopment in the area. The revitalization projects will also focus on business development and expanding public facilities. The open house will have a presentation and informational tables so participants can learn more about the study.
Airlines signal fares are on the rise after a year of record-low prices
Leisure travelers dominated 2020 and early this year, buoyed by airlines dropping fares to record low levels in order to fill empty airplanes. Executives at Fort Worth-based American Airlines and Dallas-based Southwest shared their outlook Thursday on airfares after a year of turmoil, saying that prices should go up this summer. Delta CEO Ed Bastian said last week that airfares for peak summer travel season could return to pre-pandemic levels seen in summer 2019. The average fare for a Southwest Airlines ticket was only $120 in the first three months of this year, compared to $155 for the same period a year ago. But business customers are key to airlines because they buy premium seats, pay premiums for flexible fares and tend to purchase tickets closer to travel.
Grapevine holding grand opening for Main Station development
Grapevine’s $114-million Main Station development is throwing a party this weekend. The city is hosting a grand opening for Historic Grapevine’s new crossroads, where the commuter rail, hospitality and dining comes together. The mixed-use development, which includes a 38,000-square-foot outdoor plaza, will get the ribbon-cutting treatment and a celebration on Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Among the scheduled events are a champagne toast, poured by the Grapevine Wine Pouring Society; live music from the band Decades on Peace Plaza and tours of the 150-foot tall Observation Tower. Hotel Vin is connected to Grapevine Main Station, which features a 552-space parking garage with valet parking.
Severe storms possible Friday
Friday will be a day to stay weather aware with the potential for numerous showers and thunderstorms. Isolated storms may develop in the morning, becoming more widespread in coverage and intensity Friday afternoon. Some severe storms will be possible Friday afternoon through Friday evening. Heavy rain, large hail, damaging winds and a few tornadoes will all be possible. The weekend looks dry and mild with plenty of sunshine and highs in the 70s and 80s.
Consumer Reports says it ‘easily tricked’ a Tesla into driving with no one at the wheel
Consumer Reports said Thursday it was able to easily trick a Tesla into driving in the car’s Autopilot mode with no one at the wheel. Its test came just days after a Tesla crashed in Texas, killing the two men in the car. Authorities say neither of the men were in the driver’s seat at the time of the crash. Consumer Reports said that during several trips on its closed tracks with an empty driver’s seat, its Tesla Model Y automatically steered along painted lane lines without acknowledging that nobody was at the controls. In the Consumer Reports test, Fisher said he engaged Autopilot while the car was in motion on the track, then set the speed dial to zero to stop it.
Here’s how to safely dispose of unwanted prescription drugs in Mesquite
Mesquite residents can safely dispose unwanted prescription drugs Saturday. The event is part of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The national event, sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration, aims to prevent drug addictions and overdoses. According to the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.7 million people misused prescription pain relievers, 4.9 million people misused prescription stimulants and 5.9 million people misused prescription tranquilizers or sedatives that year, the DEA says on its website. The survey also showed that a majority of misused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from home medicine cabinets, according to the DEA.
Over 4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered while vaccination trends are sliding downward
That was likely because the state received a big shipment of Johnson & Johnson vaccine at that time, said Julie Willems Van Dijk, Department of Health Services deputy secretary. Willems Van Dijk said some of that dip was caused by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's pause on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Allowing the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is being discussed at an upcoming Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices meeting on Friday. “Once the pause and any parameters around it are put into place, we will have people ready to give (Johnson & Johnson)," said Willems Van Dijk. “We have also heard from a number of vaccinators that they do have people that are waiting for the (Johnson & Johnson) pause to be lifted.
Las Vegas police offer lifesaving tips on outdoor recreation
The Metropolitan Police Department will provide lifesaving tips Thursday afternoon for anyone planning to spend time in the wilderness this spring and summer. Red Rock Canyon on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, in Las Vegas. (Benjamin Hager/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @benjaminhphotoThe Metropolitan Police Department provided tips Thursday afternoon for outdoor recreation safety. Air and Rescue Operations Director Steve Morris is scheduled to spoke at the agency’s North Las Vegas air hangar at 1 p.m.Morris will discussed lifesaving tips for anyone planning to spend time in the wilderness this spring and summer. Contact Alexis Ford at aford@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0335.
He punched a pregnant woman and killed her dog, then surrendered 12 days later, police say
According to court records, a woman —16 weeks pregnant by Pierre-Louis — accepted a ride from the man’s father on the night of April 10. He was supposed to drive her and her puppy, Bai Bai, from her house to her car, but stopped along the way and picked up his son.
10+ things to do this weekend in Fort Lauderdale and beyond: Cookies, beer and historic pizza
This is your last weekend to soak up the atmosphere and the red sauce at Franco & Vinny’s, and institution on Fort Lauderdale beach, as is its personable owner, Vinny Esposito. Vinny’s retirement marks the end of a 50-year run for the restaurant, shutting its doors for good on Sunday. This will be an emotional weekend and a table will be the toughest reservation in town. But you can always do takeout — locals consider the pizza to be among the best around. Visit FrancoAndVinnys.com.
Scholarship fund established for two Judson University architecture students killed in Elgin crash
“Our prayers are also with the students who were injured and who will be impacted by this tragic accident. We continue to trust in God who walks alongside us in every situation,” he said
Topo Chico Hard Seltzer review: Early returns are strong for the latest seltzer sensation. Here’s how it tastes.
The name itself is strong — it’s fun to say, rolling around in the mouth, then sliding right out — and so is the logo, a neat, retro cursive font wisely left alone for the hard seltzer. The rest of the hard seltzer’s slim 12-ounce can follows the logo’s lead, with a couple of stripes of color and simple, elegant fonts that embrace the brand’s Mexican roots and longtime popularity in Texas. It’s a better-looking can and brand than many of its competitors, and in the realm of hard seltzer, that matters.
Delivery fee cap for Chicago restaurants lapses, alderman seeks to reinstate it
“But there was a reason for this to be in place at the time. I think we’re reaching the outer edges of that. But precisely when that will expire remains to be seen, and we’ll be working with the aldermen to make that determination.”
Editorial: The need for continuity at the Chicago Police Department
With the unprecedented, unpredictable events of the last year dominated by a once-in-a-generation health pandemic, Brown and other leaders across the city, the state and the country cannot be evaluated outside of that context. Who’s to say, without a COVID crisis that no one could foresee whether Brown might be snapping his suspenders today, proud of progress his department made curbing Chicago’s violence epidemic? It is not easy to evaluate the leadership of Brown — and of Lightfoot and Gov. J.B. Pritzker, for that matter — with such a wild card in the deck.
Bald Hill amphitheater to hold June concert series
The Long Island Community Hospital Amphitheater at Bald Hill has announced a June concert series featuring seven shows from June 4 to 26. "We are trying to ramp the venue up a little bit," says John Caracciolo, president & CEO of Long Island Events, which operates the amphitheater. Classic rock cover band Wonderous Stories will headline on June 11 as multigenre cover band The Mystic takes the stage on June 12. "We wanted to get the best local bands we could," says Caracciolo. We dig deep to uncover the facts, hold the powerful in check and keep a watchful eye on Long Island.
Meet the Brides of Long Island
Weddings are a logistical nightmare during COVID-19, and some couples want looser restrictions from the state on their special day. Enter the Brides of Long Island, a bridal support group which has strong feelings about 2021 nuptials. Newsday Opinion’s Mark Chiusano checks it out. Credit: Newsday / Mark Chiusano; Chris Ware
McMinnville creamery fire was accidental, but investigation of cause continues, officials say
A three-alarm fire that roared through a creamery in McMinnville earlier this week was accidental, fire officials said Thursday. The blaze broke out about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Organic Valley Creamery, at 700 Oregon 99W, just outside the city’s downtown core. Fire officials evacuated nearby residents after they became concerned about the release of a chemical used as a refrigerant at the site, which processes milk and produces butter and powdered milk. The fire was brought under control by Tuesday night, and evacuated residents were allowed to return home. A McMinnville Fire Department spokeswoman said the fire was determined to be accidental but the exact cause is still under investigation.
Wolf population in Oregon grows by nearly 10%, but illegal killings worry advocates
Oregon’s documented wolf population grew by 9.5% in 2020, but advocates are concerned by the number of poaching incidents logged by state wildlife biologists. “While northeast Oregon continues to host the majority of state’s wolf population, dispersal to other parts of Oregon and adjacent states continues,” Brown said in a statement. In 2020, two Oregon wolves dispersed to Idaho, one went to California and one wolf dispersed from California into Oregon. The fourth wolf killed illegally was shot by a livestock owner in Union County in December. The rancher mistook the animal for a coyote, the state said, and reported the incident to the Oregon State Police.
How long does protection from COVID-19 vaccines last?
NEW YORK — How long does protection from COVID-19 vaccines last? How well the vaccines work against emerging variants will also determine if, when and how often additional shots might be needed. “We only have information for as long as the vaccines have been studied,” said Deborah Fuller, a vaccine researcher at the University of Washington. The current vaccines are designed to work against a particular spike protein on the coronavirus, said Mehul Suthar of the Emory Vaccine Center. If it turns out we need another shot, a single dose could extend protection of the current shots or contain vaccination for one or more variants.
New live-fire Spanish restaurant from seasoned San Francisco chef coming to Beech Street Parlor space
But a move to Portland and a suddenly vacant space later, Muntzert is jumping in where he thought he never would again. In June, the former Commonwealth chef de cuisine will open Brasa Haya, a new Spanish restaurant in the former Beech Street Parlor space that will focus on high-quality meat and seafood, simply seasoned and grilled over live fire. Brasa Haya inherited a nice tap system from Beech Street Parlor, where sherry could one day be poured alongside craft beer. Currently, Brasa Haya has room for 24 seats outdoors, along with around 46 inside. Brasa Haya hopes to open in the converted foursquare home at 412 N.E.
COVID-19 hospitalizations among older Americans have plunged more than 70 percent since start of the year
At the same time, however, overall demand for vaccinations in the U.S. seems to be slipping, even as shots have been thrown open to all adults across the country. The average number of doses administered per day appeared to fall in mid-April from 3.2 million to 2.9 million, according to CDC figures.
The vaccination gender gap: Women are getting shots at a higher rate than men
“We are very concerned about it and are planning to embark on some targeted outreach among men,” said Dr. Paul Simon, the chief science officer at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, who said that the disparities are of particular concern for Black and Latino men. Only 19% of Black males in Los Angeles County and 17% of Latino males have received at least one dose of the vaccine, compared with 35% of Asian men and 32% of white men, according to the most recent data available from early this month.
Expedition hauls tons of plastic and abandoned fishing nets out of remote Hawaii atolls that threaten to entangle endangered animals
“I definitely always wanted to remain involved with work being done in the monument, but I thought maybe I could try it at a different capacity,” Saunter said. “We basically visited all the different islands in a short time frame, so I got to see all the different wildlife and how they nest differently and the different types of vegetation this time of the year, and the different state that the beaches are in.”
Tornado touched down in Kent Wednesday, National Weather Service confirms
“The tornado damage was sporadic along the path which began along Route 7 just north of Bulls Bridge and consisted mostly of downed tree limbs,” the weather service said, in a statement Thursday afternoon. “A few hardwood trees were snapped and uprooted and one homeowner lost part of a solid wooden fence along Spooner Hill Road. A car tent canopy was blown away by the strong winds. No damage to buildings was noted.”
Texting option weighed for upcoming '988' suicide hotline
Tali ArbelAssociated PressRecognizing that many Americans rely on texting, U.S. regulators are weighing whether to require that phone companies allow people to text a suicide hotline. The Federal Communications Commission last summer voted to require a new “988” number for people to call to reach a suicide-prevention hotline. Phone companies have until July 2022 to implement it. On Thursday, the agency voted unanimously to start a process that would also require phone companies to let people text 988. “So it’s time to make the suicide prevention hotline text accessible with 988.”It's not clear when texting would be available for the 988 number.
COVID-19 hospitalizations tumble among US senior citizens
WASHINGTON (AP) — COVID-19 hospitalizations among older Americans have plunged more than 70% since the start of the year, and deaths among them appear to have tumbled as well, dramatic evidence the vaccination campaign is working. Now the trick is to get more of the nation's younger people to roll up their sleeves. “What you’re seeing there is exactly what we hoped and wanted to see: As really high rates of vaccinations happen, hospitalizations and death rates come down," said Jodie Guest, a public health researcher at Emory University. The best available data suggests COVID-19 deaths among Americans 65 and older have declined more than 50% since their peak in January. The picture is not entirely clear because the most recent data on deaths by age from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is incomplete and subject to revision.
California shelter opens to immigrant children from border
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A federal emergency shelter in California is starting to receive immigrant children from border facilities in what advocates hope will be an improvement in their care. About 150 children were expected Thursday at the Long Beach Convention Center at the latest in a series of sites set up across the country following a rise in the number of immigrant children stopped alone on the Mexico border, the Department of Health and Human Services said. The center in Long Beach is expected to be able to hold up to 1,000 children. Children will receive three or four hours of daily classroom time and get to play outdoors. They are expected to be released to family on average in a week to 10 days, Mayor Robert Garcia said.
5 Practical Ideas for Decorating Your First Home
If you’re starting from scratch, though, designing several rooms in a way that is attractive and practical can feel a bit overwhelming. Check out these simple ideas to make decorating your first home as smooth as possible. To help your place feel homey and inviting, be sure to hang wall decor sooner rather than later. Making an impact with wall decor is easier than you might think. Have fun with your wall decor by hanging something unexpected on your wall.
The Latest: Alaska organizers eye 2022 for cultural festival
Cafes — a major part of social life in France — have been closed since the fall. ———SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Gov. Spencer Cox says the state's vaccine supply is beginning to outpace demand in some counties, and he's urging everyone who may be hesitant to get their shots. Cox added that authorities are starting to move some doses to Salt Lake County, Utah's most populated, where demand remains high. State epidemiologist Dr. Angela Dunn urged vaccine-reluctant people to speak with their doctor or pharmacist about the vaccine’s safety and efficacy.
Man killed by deputy recalled as storyteller, jokester
ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) — Andrew Brown Jr.’s easy smile, which belied hardship, loss and troubles with the law, was memorable for his dimples, his relatives said. The 42-year-old Elizabeth City, North Carolina, man was shot to death Wednesday by a deputy sheriff trying to serve a search warrant. An eyewitness said Brown tried to drive away, but was shot dead in his car. The shooting prompted protests and demands for accountability in the eastern North Carolina city of about 18,000. The deputy, who has not been identified, has been put on leave pending a state investigation.
Texting option weighed for upcoming '988' suicide hotline
Recognizing that many Americans rely on texting, U.S. regulators are weighing whether to require that phone companies allow people to text a suicide hotline. The Federal Communications Commission last summer voted to require a new “988” number for people to call to reach a suicide-prevention hotline. Phone companies have until July 2022 to implement it. Currently, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline uses a 10-digit number, 800-273-TALK (8255), which routes calls to about 170 crisis centers. On Thursday, the agency voted unanimously to start a process that would also require phone companies to let people text 988.
Mexico's drought reaches critical levels as lakes dry up
He isn’t so much worried about his own catch; in dry seasons of the past, residents were able to cart fish off in wheelbarrows as water levels receded. But tourism at reservoirs, like Valle de Bravo further to the west, has been hit by falling water levels. Further to the west, in Michoacan state, the country is at risk of losing its second-largest lake, Lake Cuitzeo, where about 70% of the lake bed is now dry. Silvano Aureoles said so much of the lake has dried up that shoreline communities now suffer dust storms. They said the dust storms had caused tens of thousands of respiratory and intestinal infections among local residents.
Consumer Reports tricks Tesla to drive with no one at wheel
— Consumer Reports said Thursday it was able to easily trick a Tesla into driving in the car’s Autopilot mode with no one at the wheel. Its test came just days after a Tesla crashed in Texas, killing the two men in the car. Authorities say neither of the men were in the driver’s seat at the time of the crash. Consumer Reports said that during several trips on its closed tracks with an empty driver’s seat, its Tesla Model Y automatically steered along painted lane lines without acknowledging that nobody was at the controls. In the Consumer Reports test, Fisher said he engaged Autopilot while the car was in motion on the track, then set the speed dial to zero to stop it.
Sharpton decries 'stench of racism' at Daunte Wright funeral
“We come today as the air fresheners for Minnesota,” Sharpton said, vowing changes in federal law. “We’re trying to get the stench of police brutality out of the atmosphere. We’re trying to get the stench of racism out of the atmosphere. “We come to Minnesota as air fresheners because your air is to odorous for us to breathe," he said." A misdemeanor, a misdemeanor.”“It’s too often that traffic stops end up as deadly sentences, a death sentence," Crump said, adding he wants Wright's son to know, "We stood up for Daunte, his father.”
Northam to again roll back in COVID-related restrictions
Ralph Northam announced Thursday that he would be further loosening coronavirus-related restrictions on businesses and social gatherings in mid-May. He also said that a more substantial rollback is likely coming in June. Beginning Saturday, May 15, sports and entertainment venues in Virginia may begin to operate with expanded capacity, and social gathering limits will increase under changes Northam is making to an executive order. The Democratic governor said the easing of the measures would be possible thanks to increasing vaccination rates. “I’m optimistic that we will be able to take more steps in June," Northam said in a statement.
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See for yourself how and where vaccinations are ramping up, plus how COVID-19 infections and deaths still persist in most states.
Virginia man convicted a second time for online solicitation
CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man pleaded guilty and was convicted for a second time on Thursday of sending sexually explicit messages to a child. In September, Penrose was found guilty in Floyd County of using an computer to solicit a minor and of proposing a sexual act with someone younger than 15. At a Tuesday hearing, he was sentenced to serve five years in prison, with another 10 years suspended, for the Floyd County charges. On Thursday, Penrose appeared in Montgomery County via a video link from jail and pleaded guilty to a charge of soliciting a child by electronic means. A judge who presided over the hearings in both counties imposed another five-year prison term, then suspended all of it.
Virginia will relax some COVID-19 restrictions on May 15; masks and social distancing will continue
Virginia officials will relax COVID-19 restrictions around social events and restaurant operations on May 15, with hopes to eliminate all gathering and capacity limits by June. Ralph Northam said Thursday that social gatherings will be limited to 100 people indoors and 250 people outdoors starting in mid-May, up from 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors. COVID-19 vaccinations have unlocked a gradual return to normalcy in Virginia and elsewhere. But health experts caution that ramping up social activity too quickly could lead to spikes among the unvaccinated population and the rapid spread of little-understood variants. “It’s good news that half of all adults in Virginia have gotten a shot so far,” Northam said in a video the administration shared online.
COVID-19 reaches Mount Everest and experts warn of possible "superspreader" event
COVID-19 knows no bounds, reaching the farthest ends of the Earth including Mount Everest. Medical experts have recently confirmed the first coronavirus cases among climbers, per the New York Times. Catch up quick: The warnings, first reported by Outside Magazine, come as Nepal's neighbor, India, battles record daily surges of the novel coronavirus. India's health ministry confirmed 314,835 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, taking the country's tally to nearly 16 million infections since the start of the pandemic. Be smart: A COVID outbreak in the punishing environment could be particularly dangerous, as Outside reported.
Chip pioneer chooses UK for $4.5bn market debut
A cutting-edge microchip technology developer which aims to transform computing has picked London for a $4.5bn (£3.25bn) float that would make multimillionaires of dozens of its staff. Alphawave IP is planning to raise $500m from investors in one of the City’s biggest listings this year. Its team of 75 staff, including its three co-founders, will retain majority ownership of the company after it goes public. It has also pledged to open a research centre in Cambridge, the heart of UK chipmaking. Each of the founders currently holds shares worth 21pc of the company, although this will be diluted when the stock hits the market.
Cher and the Loneliest Elephant brings welcome high camp to the wildlife documentary genre, review
Wildlife documentary made wildly camp: that was Cher and the Loneliest Elephant (Smithsonian Channel), a tale to lift the spirits and warm the heart. A trainee vet from the US, visiting her family in Pakistan, witnessed his plight and began a campaign to rescue him. “What is he doing in this hellhole which is as big as my fingernail?” is how she described Kaavan’s zoo enclosure. Despite Cher’s name in the title and her songs played throughout, the documentary wasn’t all about her. It paid tribute to the team involved in Kaavan’s rehabilitation and rescue, notably Dr Amir Khalil of the Four Paws charity.
Murdering Our Son: The Steven Clark Story, review - a compelling crime case told in a peculiar way
The central mystery in Accused of Murdering Our Son: The Steven Clark Story (ITV) remains as compelling today as it did when Steven went missing in December 1992. The 23-year-old disappeared during a walk with his mother by Saltburn Pier in Cleveland. Although there were two credible sightings of him in the days afterwards, no trace of him was ever found. Twenty-eight years later and as part of a cold case review, police arrested Steven’s parents, Doris and Charles, on suspicion of his murder. But what followed was a true crime story told in a peculiar way.
SpaceX launch: Robot dogs patrol Starship SN15 base ahead of pivotal test
SpaceX has deployed a pair of robot dogs to patrol its Starbase launch site ahead of a major test of its latest Starship rocket prototype. Starship SN15 is expected to perform a high-altitude flight on either Thursday evening or Friday morning from SpaceX’s facility in Boca Chica, Texas. The pair of robotic dogs, built by Boston Dynamics, were filmed by photojournalist BocaChicaGal walking close to Starship SN15 on Thursday. One of the quadruped robots was previously spotted wandering the wreckage of SpaceX’s Starship SN10 prototype, which exploded upon landing back in March. It is unclear what function the robots were performing ahead of the Starship SN15 flight test, though SpaceX will be hoping they will not need to be used to pick through debris again.
The case against reality: Does what we see exist?
Do we see reality as it actually is? Do I?”One reason you can respond in this manner is that you are a human being and not an Australian jewel beetle. The males of this benighted outback species have lately been rocketed into the centre of both philosophical speculation and big dollar Californian computer science because they were so certain that they were seeing reality – beetle reality that is – “as it actually is” that it brought them to the point of extinction. As Franz Kafka once observed it is both dangerous and extremely unpleasant to place yourself inside the mind, let alone the body, of an insect. They will then make way for the next generation – some of whom, hopefully, will be mutants.
US honey still contains radioactive fallout from nuclear weapons testing, study finds
Honey produced in the US still contains traces of radioactive fallout from nuclear weapons testing in the 1950s and 1960s, a study has found. According to the research, which tested samples of honey taken from various locations in the eastern US, of the 122 samples analysed, 68 of them showed detectable traces of cesium-137. Cesium-137, a radioactive isotope, is a “byproduct of nuclear fission involving the reaction of uranium and plutonium”, according to Science Alert, which notes that the contaminant can often be found in food sources as a result of Cold War nuclear testing. “There was a period in which we tested hundreds of nuclear weapons in the atmosphere,” Kaste said, according to Science Alert. “What we see today is a small fraction of the radiation that was present during the 1960s and 1970s,” he said.
Over 20,000 children had fallen from the school register by last autumn's reopening
Over 20,000 children had fallen off the school register by the time schools reopened last autumn, figures have revealed, amid warnings that vulnerable children may be “falling through the gaps”. Local authority chiefs reported a 38 per cent rise in the number of children being “electively home educated” when the annual school census was recorded on Oct 1. The head of Ofsted has warned that some of these children may be at risk as they are “out of sight” of the authorities. Over 75,000 children were home educated according to the school census taken on Oct 1, an increase of around 20,800 on the previous year. According to the ADCS, the number of children who are home educated has grown by around 20 per cent each year for the past five years.
Ligue 1 club Bordeaux go into administration after owners pull financial support
French side Girondins de Bordeaux have been placed in administration after its owners, investment management firm King Street, said they no longer wished to support the club financially, the Ligue 1 side said on Thursday. Their problems were compounded when Spanish media rights agency Mediapro, which had won TV rights for a record 780 million euros ($936.23 million) per season over the 2020-2024 period, went bankrupt and missed payments last year. “While Bordeaux is strongly impacted, King Street, its shareholder, after having invested 46 million euros in the club since its takeover, has let it be known that he no longer wishes to support the club and finance its current and future needs,” the club said. “These circumstances led the president to protect the club by placing it under the protection of the Bordeaux Commercial Court. “An ad hoc representative has been appointed, he will be responsible for assisting Bordeaux in their search for a lasting solution.”Bordeaux last won the title in the 2008-09 season but are 16th in the Ligue 1 standings this season, five points above the relegation zone.
Daunte Wright funeral: What next for Minneapolis and police reform?
A day after a historic guilty verdict in the George Floyd murder trial, Minneapolis mourned the loss of another black man killed by police. So what comes next for the city, the push for police reform and America’s reckoning on race? Warning: This video contains scenes from the funeral where there was an open casket.
How the pandemic has changed our sex lives
Before the pandemic, many couples lived like “two ships passing in the night”, says Houston, Texas-based sex therapist Emily Jamea. “Initially, the pandemic gave people the opportunity to… reconnect in a way that maybe previously they were only able to do on vacation,” says Jamea. As the pandemic wore on, however, it began to “take its toll” on intimate relationships, she says. “For the majority of couples, sexual desire kind of took a nosedive.”Studies from around the world tell a similar story. A decline in desireAs Jamea observed, many couples did enjoy a short boost in their sex lives at the beginning of lockdowns.
Uyghurs: MPs state genocide is taking place in China
"This abuse is evidenced by the Chinese government's own data - 2014, over 200,000 birth control devices were inserted in women in Xinjiang. By 2018, this had increased by 60%," she said.
US Air Force Osprey destroys Addenbrooke Hospital's helipad
A video shows parts of the helipad at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge blowing up from the ground as a United States Air Force (USAF) CV22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft took off from it on Wednesday. Repair work on the helipad at Addenbrooke's Hospital, which is used by the region's three air ambulances, is under way. A spokesperson for the three air ambulances, the East Anglian Air Ambulance, Magpas Air Ambulance and Essex and Herts Air Ambulance, said it is hoped the helipad will be back in use 'soon'. In a statement, the spokesperson said: 'Due to an incident at the Cambridge University Hospitals helipad involving a military aircraft on Wednesday April 21 the helipad is temporarily unavailable to air ambulances. 'The next closest helipad is at Cambridge City Airport, where one of the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) teams is based.
M&S car park: Man in his 40s dies and another is seriously hurt after 'being mowed down by BMW'
An enraged BMW driver killed a man in his 40s and 'seriously injured' another when he ploughed into them after a disagreement dramatically escalated outside an M&S in a leafy commuter town today. A desperate call was made to police after the car slammed into two men on Church Street in Walton-on-Thames at 2.15pm. Police and ambulance crews rushed to an M&S loading bay, but efforts to save one of the men failed and he was declared dead at the scene. 'Tragically, this has resulted in the death of one man and left another seriously injured and our thoughts are with their family and friends at this extremely difficult time.' The road has been closed for investigation following an accident near the post office.'
TSA is debating whether to extend mask mandate on public transportation
Federal officials are debating whether to extend a mask mandate on airplanes, trains, buses and ferries could be extended, officials told CNN. The mandate, which applies to all public transportation, is set to expire next month. TSA is consulting experts on whether to extend a federal mask mandate for mass transit that was issued in February and is set to expire next monthMask-wearing has become nearly ubiquitous and an inextricable part of the 'new normal.' Both current president Biden and former president Trump said that they would not issue sweeping federal mask mandates. 'We do think it should maintain the mask mandate,' Nick Calio, president and CEO of Airlines for America, said at a Senate hearing on Wednesday.
Smoking marijuana DOES impair vision by altering key visual functions, study reveals
Approximately 90 percent of cannabis users say the drug does not impair their vision, but a new study found it does the complete opposite. Visual trials conducted with 31 cannabis users showed, following consumption of the drug, visual aspects such as visual acuity, contrast sensitivity, three-dimensional vision (stereopsis), the ability to focus, and glare sensitivity significantly worsened. Scroll down for videoApproximately 90 percent of cannabis users say the drug does not impair their vision, but a new study found it does the complete opposite. Visual trials conducted with 31 cannabis users before (baseline) and after (cannabis) smoking marijuanaDespite this, not all subjects reported a worsening of their vision after smoking cannabis. Brain scans confirmed the finding, and showed cannabis can stop vital memory-controlling regions of the organ communicating with each other.
10 former members of USC Song Girls dance team say toxic environment left some feeling suicidal
Ten former members of the University of Southern California's Song Girls dance team have described a toxic environment which left some of the squad developing eating disorders and even feeling suicidal. The team's contract reportedly told the girls they could not gain more than 5lb from their audition weight. One girl said her experience left her suicidal; others allege they were dropped from the team after complaining about their treatment. The 63-year-old former Song Girl took over the team from founder Lindley Bothwell. And former Song Girl Alexa Trujillo, 27, said Nelson referenced her 'appearance' in discussing why she might have been cut from the team.
Ghislaine Maxwell sues publishers of a new book, saying it portrays her as 'already guilty'
Alleged sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell is suing the publishers of a new book that portrays her as 'already guilty'. Alleged sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell is suing the publishers of a new book that portrays her as 'already guilty'. Mr Laude said Vice Island ignored the fundamental right of the presumption of innocence, and this was why a writ was served on April 15. Ghislaine Maxwell, far right, is pictured with Prince Andrew and Virginia Roberts Giuffre in Maxwell's London townhouse. In the United States, prosecutors have said they want to interview Prince Andrew, but he is yet to speak to them.
Protesters call for the release of bodycam footage after black father of ten is shot dead by cop
AdvertisementProtesters have called for the release of police bodycam footage after a North Carolina sheriff's deputy shot dead a black father of ten. Andrew Brown Jr. was shot at multiple times Wednesday while trying to drive away, according to eyewitnesses. DailyMail.com has contacted the Pasquotank County Sheriff's Office for a timeline on when the footage will be released. Scroll down for videoPeople gather outside the municipal building after at least one Pasquotank County Sheriff's deputy shot and killed a Black man while executing a search warrant, the sheriff's office said, Wednesday. Pasquotank County Sheriff Tommy Wooten II did confirm that a deputy from his department shot Brown.
Covid US: Just two 'breakthrough' infections found in 417 fully vaccinated people in NY study
Less than one percent of people at a New York City school who were fully immunized with the COVID-19 vaccine tested positive for coronavirus, a new study finds. Just two people out of 417 employees at Rockefeller University in New York City who were fully vaccinated against COVID-19 later tested positive for the virus. This means that fully vaccinated people are between 90 and 95 percent less likely to develop COVID-19 than unvaccinated people. 'We have characterized bona fide examples of vaccine breakthrough manifesting as clinical symptoms,' the authors of the new study, published in The New England Journal of Medicine, wrote. 'So far, about 5,800 breakthrough cases have been reported to CDC,' the federal health agency wrote to CNN in an email.
Violence in Nigeria: At least 50 killed in raids on villages in Zamfara
Violence in Nigeria: At least 50 killed in raids on villages in Zamfara© france24By: Georja Calvin-Smith Follow | Tatiana REITER 12 minDozens have been killed in a series of raids on communities in Zamfara State in Nigeria's northwest. The region has seen a worrying spike in attacks from gunmen recently. Also, France is defending the military takeover in Chad in the wake of the late president's battlefield death, but the country's opposition says that current arrangements are dangerously fragile. By 2025 e-commerce is expected to account for 10% of all sales. Our correspondents meet businesses profiting from the trend.
India logs record new infections as Europe hopes peak may be over
Concern about it has led some countries, including the UK, to slap travel restrictions on India. The United Arab Emirates became the latest to join the list, announcing Thursday that it would suspend all flights from India. -With the global death toll now standing at over three million, Europe has also recently been hammered by a ferocious surge in new infections. "Germany is negotiating 3 x 10 million doses for June, July, August. In Egypt, drug maker Minapharm announced it will produce 40 million doses of Sputnik V in the first such production partnership in the Middle East and North Africa.
From Mumbai to Rio, Netflix dominates cultural conversation
Or does that even matter, as the company churns out worldwide hit shows, focusing on emerging markets and telling stories that embrace diverse viewpoints? "But at the end of the day, like any other media producer, Netflix cannot predict what will strike a chord." Even as its global reach expands, Netflix -- whose competitors include Disney+ and Amazon Prime -- recently has seen a plunge in shares, with fewer new subscribers than expected. And the company has cited pandemic-related production delays as the reason for postponing the release of some of its original content. "We had those 10 years where we were growing smooth as silk," Netflix chief executive Reed Hastings said on a streamed earnings call this week.
Beaconsfield mayor slams Projet Montréal's 'kilometre tax' on cars
A proposal to levy a “kilometre tax” on Montreal drivers won’t fly in the West Island, says Beaconsfield Mayor Georges Bourelle. “West Islanders need their cars to get around,” said Bourelle, who is opposed to adding any new taxes on motorists. “Public transit is not adequate for the needs of suburbs, so we need to use our cars.”Bourelle views the possible introduction of a “kilometre tax” as a tax grab. “Within the West Island, if you want to go shopping at Fairview, for example, the public transit system is not adequate. Beaconsfield is one of the reconstituted suburban cities that make up the Montreal agglomeration council, which is led by Montreal’s mayor.
Taiwanese couple marry, divorce multiple times in 37 days to get more time off work
Taiwanese couple marry, divorce multiple times in 37 days to get more time off workGovernment decree mandates eight paid days off for honeymoon, but fails to place limitsArticle contentWeddings are said to be one of the most stressful events in life, but one Taiwanese couple recently decided to go through the process four times in just a few weeks to extend their time off work for a honeymoon. The bizarre story sparked heated online debate in Taiwan after the husband — an unnamed bank employee — exploited a legal loophole that obliges local companies to grant eight days paid leave to newlyweds. Try refreshing your browser, or Taiwanese couple marry, divorce multiple times in 37 days to get more time off work Back to videoOver a period of 37 days, he and his wife married four times — and divorced three — claiming the full period of time off for each wedding. The man’s employer noticed his ploy and said it was only willing to offer eight days off, claiming the man had “abused” the law. That was because as far as the law goes, there is currently no restriction on how often an employee can apply for marriage leave.
VW Jetta sunk by rising river at illegal campsite under B.C. bridge
A man out for a stroll with his dog near Revelstoke, BC earlier this week witnessed a Volkswagen Jetta being transformed into an expensive floaty toy. The vehicle was parked near the shores of the Columbia River near the Big Eddy Bridge, which is below the Revelstoke dam and therefore subject to quickly rising or falling water levels as the facility generates electricity. “My first notion was that another idiot had driven down because there are no controls or restrictions,” Palkeinen told the Black Press Media. The car was towed out of the water the next day, with the owner picking up the bill for that, too. Palkeinen said it appeared as though the man had been living in the Jetta under the bridge.
Vatican envoy’s trip to Aguililla a pointed message to Mexico’s bishops
The Vatican’s envoy to Mexico has chastised the country’s bishops for being estranged from the faithful, according to a religion expert. Masferrer also said that Coppola has openly told Mexican bishops that they do nothing for the Catholic community. He recalled that Pope Francis also criticized Mexican bishops for being more concerned with worldly matters than their diocesan communities. Masferrer said that Catholic Church in Mexico needs to commit itself more to the nation’s millions of believers and those who suffer the most. He will travel to Apatzingán on Thursday at the invitation of Apatzingán Bishop Cristóbal Ascencio García.
US travel advisory a setback to recovery of tourism: Foreign Affairs
The Foreign Ministry has expressed concern over the U.S. government’s recommendation to its citizens to avoid travel to Mexico. In 2019 over 173 million tourists traveled between Mexico and the United States, 81 million of whom were Mexican. In that year Mexican tourists spent more than US $8 billion in the United States, while U.S. travelers spent close to $27 billion visiting their southern neighbor. Proof of this is in the biosafety and vaccination measures, which have placed it among the 15 countries with the highest application of vaccines against Covid-19, building international confidence and certainty.”The latest U.S. travel advisory on Mexico reads, “Do not travel to Mexico due to Covid-19. Other countries raised to level 4 travel advisory by the U.S. State Department this week include the UK, Canada, France, Israel and Germany.
Environmental commission asks CFE to limit fuel oil use due to air pollution
Due to high levels of contamination in Mexico City and surrounding areas, the Environmental Commission of the Megalopolis (CAMe) asked the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) to reduce the use of fuel oil at its power plant in Tula, Hidalgo. The commission requested Thursday that the CFE cut by 30% its use of fuel oil, a highly contaminating energy source. CAMe ordered that the circulation of many vehicles be suspended between 5:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. on Thursday in the Valley of Mexico due to the air pollution. According to Mexico City authorities, the quality of air in Mexico City and the broader metropolitan area ranged from acceptable to bad at 11:00 a.m. Thursday. Air pollution posed a moderate-to-high risk to health, they said.
Sonora search brigade locates hidden grave/crematorium
A still burning clandestine grave containing human remains was found by a citizens’ search brigade on Wednesday in Guaymas, Sonora. The Madres Buscadoras, or Searching Mothers of Sonora, is a group of around 200 people that have taken up the search for the missing victims of drug cartels in the absence of official efforts. They revealed the find at a makeshift garbage dump the community of San José through a live transmission on Facebook. Seventy-six percent of cases are concentrated in Guanajuato, Jalisco, Michoacán, Nuevo León, Sonora, Sinaloa, Tamaulipas and Zacatecas. From 2018 to March 2021, 1,606 clandestine graves with 2,736 bodies were found; 38% of the bodies were identified and 23% returned to the relatives of the victims.
Acting FTC chair blasts Supreme Court decision: Justices 'ruled in favor of scam artists'
The court's opinion, delivered by Justice Stephen Beyer, said that the FTC’s authority under a provision known as Section 13(b) does not grant the agency the ability to obtain equitable monetary relief. ADVERTISEMENT“In AMG Capital, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of scam artists and dishonest corporations, leaving average Americans to pay for illegal behavior,” Slaughter said in a statement on the case, AMG Capital Management v. FTC. “With this ruling, the Court has deprived the FTC of the strongest tool we had to help consumers when they need it most. The case before the Supreme court involved the FTC’s complaint against AMG Capital and former race car driver and businessman Scott Tucker for alleged deceptive payday lending practices. The order was upheld on appeal, and AMG Capital requested the Supreme Court weigh in on the FTC’s authority.
The Saga of ‘BadVolf’: A Fugitive American Cop, His Russian Allies, and a DNC Hoax
But his primary focus was the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, and its elected chief, Sheriff Ric Bradshaw. ”In Palm Beach County there were about 4,000 homeowners availing themselves of Florida’s address confidentiality laws. Asked why the DNC emails were never published on DC Leaks, he seemed genuinely taken aback. Last year, Palm Beach County prosecutors charged Dougan with extortion and wiretapping, the latter presumably for recording the Jessica calls. A recent one took the form of a mock treatment for an imagined TV series about the West Palm Beach FBI.
A black hole dubbed 'the Unicorn' may be galaxy's smallest one
A luminous star called a red giant orbits with the black hole in a so-called binary star system named V723 Mon. The black hole is located about 1,500 light years - the distance light travels in a year, 5.9 trillion miles (9.5 trillion km) - from Earth. The smallest, like 'the Unicorn,' are so-called stellar mass black holes formed by the gravitational collapse of a single star. "'The unicorn' is truly one of the smallest black holes possible," Jayasinghe said. Another team of scientists last year described a black hole roughly 1,000 light years from Earth, but other researchers have questioned whether it is a black hole.
AstraZeneca blood clots linked to 32 deaths after over 21mill jabs
R are bloodclots linked to the AstraZeneca vaccine have risen to 168 with over 21.2 million people having had the jab in the UK. The UK’s medicines regulator said the overall case fatality rate was 19 per cent, with 32 deaths reported up to April 14. The cases, reported through the Yellow Card scheme, occurred in 93 women and 75 men aged from 18 to 93 years old. HEALTH Coronavirus / PA GraphicsThe regulator’s position remains that the benefits of the AstraZeneca vaccine continue to outweigh the risks for the vast majority of people. Of the CVST cases, the average age is 47, while for the other major thromboembolic events the average age is 55.
Canada to ban flights from India and Pakistan for 30 days: sources
The federal government will ban passenger flights from India and Pakistan for 30 days starting tonight, CBC News has learned. The ban is being imposed to deal with concerns about rising case counts in India and mutations of the coronavirus. Centre for Disease Control confirmed they had found 39 cases of the COVID-19 variant B1617 as of April 4. 1:14The federal government says 35 flights from India with at least one case of COVID-19 aboard have arrived in Canada in the last two weeks. But B.1.1.7 still reached Canadian shores and the Public Health Agency of Canada was reporting 70,253 cases of that COVID-19 variant as of Wednesday.
EXCLUSIVE: U.N. Elects Iran to Commission on Women’s Rights
“Electing the Islamic Republic of Iran to protect women’s rights is like making an arsonist into the town fire chief,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch, the Geneva-based human rights group. This is a black day for women’s rights, and for all human rights,” said Neuer. Iranian Activists, Victims, Decry ‘Surreal’ Vote“This is surreal,” tweeted Iranian women’s rights activist Masih Alinejad. No joke: UN elects Iranian regime to top women's rights body. “I commend the Biden Administration for forcing the vote, but they should also speak out to condemn the obscene election of Ayatollah Khamenei’s regime to a women’s rights body,” said Neuer.
SpaceX will launch astronauts with a reused rocket and spacecraft – Sagarock News
NASA and SpaceX completed a series of reviews ahead of the mission, which is set to liftoff from launchpad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 5:49 a.m. EDT on Friday. The launch marks SpaceX’s third crew launch in the past 12 months, and the first time it is launching both a reused rocket and a reused capsule. In fact … we’ll in less than a year have flown as many people in this partnership with NASA as were flown in the Mercury program,” SpaceX senior director Benji Reed said during a press briefing earlier this week. Mercury, begun in 1958, was the first U.S. human spaceflight program and included launching Alan Shepard as the first American in space. The Mercury program flew six people to space across five years, a total which SpaceX matched with its Demo-2 and Crew-1 missions last year
Muslim college student badly burned in acid attack in New York, police seek suspect
Nafiah Ikram spent 15 days in the hospital after the March 17 attack, according to a statement from the New York Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY). "Ikram immediately felt severe burning pain on her face, neck, and hands and began to scream for help," according to CAIR-NY. The screaming caused the acid to go into Ikram's mouth, preventing her from breathing, according to a GoFundMe set up for the student. Amidst the rising hate crimes engulfing the state, it is important that this acid attack by an unknown individual be investigated as a possible hate crime." I don’t even know where you can get acid," Lakshmi said.
Mormon sex therapist ousted from faith for critiques
Natasha Helfer received a letter Wednesday from a regional church official explaining the reasons for her removal from the Salt Lake City-based church, The Salt Lake Tribune reported. Helfer was disciplined by church leaders in Kansas, where she lived before moving to Utah in 2019. Her ouster means she’ll be leaving a religion she’s been a member of since she was 5 years old. While not a lifelong ban, the withdrawal of a person's membership by church leaders amounts to the harshest punishment available for a member of the faith. Kate Kelly, founder of a group pushing for women to be allowed in the religion’s lay clergy, was excommunicated in 2014.
DA: Boulder suspect had 10 high-capacity magazines
DA: Boulder suspect had 10 high-capacity magazinesThe man accused of killing 10 people at a crowded Colorado supermarket last month armed himself with 10 high-capacity ammunition magazines, devices banned in the state after previous mass shootings, a prosecutor said Thursday.
Dave Matthews Band announces rescheduled dates for 2021 tour, pledges to plant 1 million trees
The Dave Matthews Band is going on tour – just a little bit later than anticipated because of the pandemic. As the tour announcement comes on Earth Day, the band is pledging to plant 1 million trees, as they did in last year. Dave Matthews Band joins a handful of artists who have announced a return to touring since COVID-19 halted virtually all major concerts. See below for all of the Dave Matthews Band tour dates. More:Andrea Bocelli will start 21-city North American tour in OctoberMore:Kane Brown will launch a 35-stop arena tour in October.
Atlanta no longer has the world's 'busiest airport' after passenger traffic plummeted due to the pandemic
Atlanta's airport is no longer the world's busiest airport, marking the first time in 22 years that ATL has not transported the most passengers. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport had 42,918,685 passengers in 2020, a decrease of more than 67 million from the previous year. Only Atlanta, Dallas/Fort Worth and Denver made entries for the U.S.Over the course of the pandemic last year, global passenger traffic at the world’s busiest airports decreased by 45.7%. That decline becomes steeper, 64.6%, when factoring in all airports' passenger traffic, according to the report. Atlanta did claim the title as the world's busiest airport for aircraft movements — landings and takeoffs — in 2020, overtaking Chicago's O'Hare International Airport from the previous year.
Fact check: Scientific consensus says humans are dominant cause of climate change
Climate skeptics don’t believe climate change is man-made, despite overwhelming scientific evidence to support the conclusion. One Facebook user posted on April 19 claiming, among other things, that man-made climate change is a "scam." "Don't you dare question it though or you will be branded a 'Climate change denier' and you shall be canceled for it," the user wrote. The scientific consensus is that climate change is a product of human-produced gases that trap heat on Earth. Both government organizations and papers in scientific journals have concluded with a high degree of certainty that climate change is man-made.
The 13 best electric bikes and scooters for spring and summer
Electric bikes and scooters are the trendiest new way to get around while the weather is warm. Similar to electric bikes, electric scooters are a blast to ride and make zipping through the neighborhood a breeze. The Hover-1 electric scooter is on sale now at Best Buy, going for $179, down from the original $249. This Razor EcoSmart electric scooter is for you, offering the best of both worlds, sold at Walmart for just under $500. Hiboy is a great brand for electric scooters, and we found one on Amazon for a pretty good price.
Stream It Or Skip It: ‘Stowaway’ on Netflix, a Perilous Interplanetary Thriller Putting Astronauts in Yet Another Space Jam
STOWAWAY: STREAM IT OR SKIP IT? Three astronauts are on board: Pragmatic commander Marina Barnett (Collette), perky medic Zoe Levenson (Kendrick) and queasy biologist David Kim (Kim). They rumble and shake and jostle and FEEL THE GEES as Earth gets smaller and smaller behind them. Stowaway is derivative but involving for nearly two hours, and you can’t say that about many movies. Stowaway is a bit been-there-done-that, but for those of us who are OK with the yoozh for narratives that exit the atmosphere, it’s worth a watch.
What Do Women Want? For Men to Get Covid Vaccines.
Americans over 70 got the first sets of doses, and women make up a larger proportion of that age group. In many states, health care workers and schoolteachers were also given vaccine priority: Women account for three-quarters of full-time health care workers and over 75 percent of public schoolteachers in the United States are female. The disparities show both where women do the paid and unpaid labor of life. For instance, women lost the majority of the earliest jobs in food services, retail businesses, health care and government jobs. Women are on average more likely to get annual physicals than men, even when adjusted for pre-existing health conditions and other factors, and are more likely than men to get preventive care.
New York Comic Con sets ‘very limited’ in-person event for October
After going virtual last year over COVID concerns, New York Comic Con is slated to return as an in-person event at the Javits Center this October. The cosplay-filled shindig, Oct. 7 to 10, will go down a month before San Diego Comic-Con International’s “special edition” con, marking SDCC’s first in-person event since summer 2019. However, Rogers outlined general safety precautions for their in-person events, which include operating at a “reduced capacity” with limited attendance to “ensure physical distancing.”New York Comic Con, seen here in 2013, will take place this year Oct. 7 to 10. To further reduce the potential for coronavirus spread, ReedPop has also adopted a firm “no handshakes, no high-fives, no hugs” policy. Meanwhile, the organization will hold other virtual programs through its Metaverse site, including an event from June 7 to 13.
Pigeon breaks into NYC apartment, lays eggs on bed and now lives in window
After eight days away from her Hamilton Heights apartment, small business owner Erika Barker returned to find that she had multiple new housemates. A pigeon had flown into her guest bedroom through an opening adjacent to the air conditioner and given birth on the bed. “Believe it or not, the mamma bird came back, and now she and her male mate are roosting,” Barker said of the strange little window bin. “I guess I’m going to be having some baby pigeons.”Erika Barker isn’t kicking out her intruder roommate just yet. “Meanwhile, there’s chicken eggs in my refrigerator,” Barker observed of her own thinking in letting the winged rats stay in her window.
Uber, Lyft boost driver pay as demand for rides soars
Ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft are boosting driver pay in a desperate effort to meet soaring demand for their services as the pandemic wanes. Some of the souped up pay may also be from higher fares as Uber and Lyft charge riders based on supply-and-demand algorithms. But Uber last month said it’s set aside $250 million in incentives for drivers. Members of the Independent Drivers Guild rally in support of drivers at Uber and Lyft’s NYC headquarters during a 2019 action. And Lyft drivers now making an average $36 an hour in Lyft’s top 25 markets, compared with $20 before COVID-19, the company told The Post.
Joan Rivers ‘wore Spanx before they were cool,’ daughter Melissa says
“My mother wore Spanx before they were cool. She loved them,” the style legend’s daughter Melissa told Page Six Style. Still, when Melissa found herself on worst-dressed lists following the 2004 Golden Globes, it wasn’t her mom’s doing. “It was so pretty in person.”Joan and Melissa Rivers on the Golden Globes 2004 red carpet. My mother was always very over-the-top glam, and I think that’s probably why I went in the other direction,” Melissa quipped.
The 29 best Mother’s Day gifts of 2021
Ahead find more than 25 awesome Mother’s Day gifts that are include jewelry, sweets, tech, gift baskets and so much more. If she doesn’t, they’d make a great Mother’s Day gift, and they’re currently $50+ off on Amazon. Alpha SmootA new bedding set would also make an awesome Mother’s Day gift. For a bite-size Mother’s Day dessert option, consider this Love box from Baked by Melissa. This asymmetrical letter necklace made by Maya Brenner is a wonderful Mother’s Day gift.
Actress Mickey Sumner writes about life with her son with special needs
“At this moment in time, Akira is nonverbal, he is not walking, he is hard of hearing in both ears, has hypotonia, and global delays,” Sumner wrote in an essay on Romper.com. “I watched myself move toward the precipice of madness — I could see the edge of losing my mind, I thought, ‘They’re gonna have to take me away. '”Mickey Sumner is pictured with her parents Sting and Trudie Styler. And now Sumner says that “Akira is leading the way, showing us his light, his determination, his curiosity, his love. “Now I choose to dream for a world where Akira is accepted for exactly who he is,” she poignantly wrote.
LI college student doused with acid recalls ‘worse than death experience’
The Long Island college student who was doused with acid in her own driveway said she endured a “worse than death experience” after the startling attack that left her nearly blind and with severe burns. I was like, ‘Dad, someone threw something in my face!’ And he was like, ‘Oh my God, it’s acid,’” Nafiah told the station. Nafiah Ikram was attacked with acid thrown in her face in Elmont, New York. “This was a worse than death experience. Nassau County Police confirmed that the suspect is a tall, slim man wearing a hooded sweatshirt and gloves.
MyHeritage 'Deep Nostalgia' app brings WWII vet's wife back
“Holy smokes … she’s alive!” Ninety-eight-year-old Jake Larson was brought to tears using MyHeritage’s Deep Nostalgia app. See the World War II veteran’s emotional reaction to an animation of an old photo of his late wife, Lola, whom he lost to cancer 30 years ago. Subscribe to our YouTube!
Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker’s finger-sucking, explained
Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker are bringing a whole new meaning to the phrase “getting handsy.”The PDA-prone couple has thrown COVID caution to the wind, showcasing a cringe-worthy habit of sucking each other’s fingers in public. “It could be a kink,” an unconventional sexual behavior that someone enjoys, erotic educator Taylor Sparks told The Post. Either way, “it’s quite normal.”Kourtney Kardashian sucks Travis Barker’s thumb. travisbarker/InstagramNeither Barker nor Kardashian returned The Post’s request for comment. Because their faces are exposed, “the people involved aren’t concerned about sharing droplets, and the finger sucker is also not concerned about sharing whatever happens to be on the suckee’s fingers,” Pitagora said.
CDC ‘looking’ into whether masks are necessary outside
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is looking into whether people should continue to wear masks outdoors to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the agency’s boss said Thursday. “This is a question that we’re looking at,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said on the “Today” show when asked whether people still need to mask up outside when they’re not close to others. “I mean isn’t part of this sort of a reward thing where, ‘Do the right thing, and you’ll be rewarded’? Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of Brown University’s School of Public Health, told NPR this week that it is “really, really uncommon for the virus to spread” outdoors. Cindy Ord/Getty Images“And wearing masks outside, again, unless you’re in a very, very crowded space for extended periods of time, probably doesn’t do much to protect you or protect others.”
Trump’s star returns to Walk of Fame months after it was destroyed
Gay pride stickers placed on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Star of then-President Donald Trump. Los Angeles Times via Getty Imag Damage is seen on Donald Trump's Hollywood Walk of Fame star. Mario Tama/Getty Images Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame with a spray painted penis. Getty Images Donald Trump's Hollywood Walk of Fame star is vandalized. Trump is not the only celebrity to have his star vandalized on the famous strip of Hollywood and Vine.
How to understand the numbers of climate change
If a molecule of carbon dioxide is released in Paris, it contributes to that total as surely as one released in Pittsburgh. Now, those percentages have flipped: Transportation is responsible for 35 percent of carbon dioxide emissions and electricity generation only 31 percent. Consider that shift in carbon dioxide emissions between electricity production and transportation. There are a lot of jokes about how cows contribute to climate change but — cows contribute to climate change! If they drive cars that emit less carbon dioxide?
Outrage in Kuwait after woman stabbed to death by man she reported repeatedly for harassment
Authorities say he confessed to stabbing Akbar after crashing his car into hers and kidnapped her and her two children. Local media reported that Akbar and her family had refused the man’s marriage proposal. On social media, users shared outrage at the gruesomeness of Akbar’s death and accused Kuwait’s deeply patriarchal society of ignoring women when they speak up. Many women in Kuwait do not feel comfortable reporting cases of harassment to police. Among those publicizing Akbar’s killing has been Kuwaiti-American fashion blogger Ascia al-Faraj, who has used her large social media following to highlight the harassment women in Kuwait face.
Opinion : India is collapsing under a second wave of coronavirus. Callousness and incompetence are killing us.
The second wave of covid-19 is sweeping through India with the ferocity of an inferno; misplaced triumphalism, complacency and willful incompetence have brought us to our knees. The official numbers for the entire state in the same week placed the fatalities at 78. I counted 20 bodies in a single hour, on a day when the official data placed the casualties at eight. It had no contingency in place for the pandemic’s second wave. As a doctor told me: “when someone dies because you could not provide him oxygen, that is not a natural death; this is murder.”
Ken Lindner On How People Can Use The Time Off From The Pandemic To Have A Career Reset
Ken Lindner, founder of Positive Life Choice Psychology and author of “Career Choreography: Your Step-by-Step Guide to Finding the Right Job and Achieving Huge Success and Happiness“, joined Brian Kilmeade to discuss how people can get back into the workforce after being laid off because of the pandemic. Lindner also discussed the positives of companies allowing their employees to continue to work remotely after the pandemic is overClick here to order “Career Choreography: Your Step-by-Step Guide to Finding the Right Job and Achieving Huge Success and Happiness”
Americans are eating lots of unhealthy food – except at school, study finds
Schools throughout America serve more nutrient-rich foods than restaurants, according to researchers at Tufts University. In the final year of the study, more than half of meals that were served in U.S. restaurants were determined to have the "lowest nutritional quality." In schools, only 24% of the meals served were said to be poor in nutritional quality. Data obtained from the 16-year study reportedly showed that "poor nutritional quality food consumed from restaurants" only declined from 85% to 80%. CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR OUR LIFESTYLE NEWSLETTERNot so surprisingly, the study also found that food trucks and entertainment venues served foods that lack nutrients at 44% for adults and 52% for children.
Long Island college student doused with acid in horrific assault
A 21-year-old Long Island woman was assaulted by a suspect who doused her with acid on her own driveway in a disturbing incident her family claims was a "planned attack." Her father, Sheikh Ikram, 50, said Nafiah was targeted on her way home from work. "No it’s not a random attack, it’s a planned attack," Ikram told The Post Wednesday night. "They come very closely to her and it was so much acid, like almost… you can say one pound," the distraught father said. Nafiah is just starting to talk again, but still struggles to eat or drink, because acid burned her throat, her father said.
Shark Tank: Barbara shares a happy memory from her past with these two sisters
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailShark Tank: Barbara shares a happy memory from her past with these two sistersMacarons + ice cream sandwiches = WINNING! These two sisters are out to do more than lead a successful creamery business. They're out to make their family proud. Don't miss their story on" Shark Tank" TONIGHT at 9P ET on CNBC!
Fauci says people who get Covid between vaccine shots can get second dose soon after recovery
Pfizer 's and Moderna 's Covid vaccines require two doses given three to four weeks apart. Both vaccines are about 95% effective against the virus, but that strong protection doesn't kick in until two weeks after the second dose, officials say. Some people have reported being diagnosed with Covid after receiving their first vaccine shot and before receiving their second shot. When that happens, Fauci said, they can get their second dose after they have recovered from the disease and have met the criteria for discontinuing isolation. Fauci said officials don't yet understand the risk of developing lingering symptoms, also known as "long Covid," after a breakthrough case post-vaccination.
What is the planetary diet? How shifting eating habits can better your body and the earth
What is the planetary health diet? The planetary diet is a flexible, plant-based diet developed by scientists who examined the best possible way of shifting eating habits to better individual human wellness and environmental health. What are the basics to know when following the planetary health diet? A photograph of a day's worth of food to nourish and fuel the average person living on the Planetary Diet. Sonja Vermeulen"Like a vegetarian or vegan diet, the planetary health diet is largely based on eating plant foods, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains and plant proteins.
Hospital employee paid almost $650,000 but 'never went to work,' police in Italy say
But it is alleged that Savatore Scumace did not do a day’s work for more than 15 years. Authorities in Italy have placed six employees at the Pugliese Ciaccio hospital under investigation for abuse of office, after they allegedly allowed Scumace, 67, to get away with his scheme for well over a decade. In total, the statement said he never went to work for 15 years while getting more than 538,000 euros or roughly $645,000. However, six other hospital workers and administrators have also been accused of abusing their positions at the hospital. The Pugliese Ciaccio hospital did not immediately respond to NBC News’s request for comment.
In Michigan, a record-breaking number of children have been hospitalized with Covid
In Michigan, rates of child infections are now higher than they’ve been at any point in the pandemic. Still, most children hospitalized for Covid-19 have a high likelihood of surviving, said Dr. Bishara Freij, the chief of pediatric infectious disease at Michigan’s Beaumont Hospital. The project has logged only 10 deaths of children or teens from Covid-19 in Michigan since the pandemic began. Michigan hospitals say they’re not seeing high numbers of children with multisystem inflammatory syndrome, a rare but dangerous Covid-19 complication that affects otherwise healthy children. Mott Children's Hospital.
SCOTUS Guts Protections Against Sentencing Kids To Die In Prison
In a 6-3 vote, the conservatives on the Supreme Court gutted protections against sentencing kids to die in prison. In Montgomery v. Louisiana in 2016, the court made the ban on mandatory life without parole sentences retroactive. “Today, the Court distorts Miller and Montgomery beyond recognition,” Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote, joined by Justices Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan. The extreme punishment of youth is a problem that disproportionately impacts Black and brown kids, Sotomayor wrote in her dissent, noting that 70% of all juvenile life without parole sentences are to people of color. Even as the number of juveniles sentenced to life without parole has decreased, the racial disparity has increased, Sotomayor noted.
Rev. Sharpton at Daunte Wright funeral: 'We came to bury the prince of Brooklyn Center'
Al Sharpton eulogized 20-year-old Daunte Wright killed by police at a traffic stop. Sharpton said "We must speak up when there is an injustice," and called Wright the "prince" of Brooklyn Center, Minn.
Colorado schools, nursing homes drive virus outbreak rise
DENVER (AP) — Health officials in Colorado say virus outbreaks have increased this week, reaching a total last seen in February, with the most outbreaks reported in schools and nursing homes. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said there were 722 active COVID-19 outbreaks as of Wednesday, The Denver Post reported Thursday. Compared with last week, K-12 schools reported 18 more COVID-19 outbreaks and nursing homes reported 13 more outbreaks, health officials said. Long-term care facilities reported 69 active virus outbreaks in Colorado, with 52 of them found since April 1. ADVERTISEMENTOfficials said schools reported 90 active virus outbreaks, with majority of them being small.
Bank of England reveals lobbying efforts of ex-PM Cameron
LONDON (AP) — The Bank of England published on Thursday a series of communications showing Britain’s former prime minister, David Cameron making repeated efforts for a now-bankrupt financial firm to access a state-backed coronavirus financial support scheme. On that day, the bank launched the COVID Corporate Financing Facility, a scheme under which it lent money directly to large companies, backed by the Treasury. ADVERTISEMENTCameron also contacted the bank again during April 2020 after Lex Greensill had failed in an attempt to tap the recently launched scheme. Cameron even wrote to Cunliffe on April 22, 2020, expressing how “incredibly frustrating” the exercise had proved to be. The collapse of the financial firm threatens thousands of U.K. jobs at Liberty Steel, which was dependent on its finance.
Longhorn Band will be required to play ‘The Eyes of Texas’
FILE - In this Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, file photo, Texas players, including Sam Ehlinger (11), sing "The Eyes Of Texas" after an NCAA college football game against Baylor in Austin, Texas. The University of Texas marching band and pep band will be required to play “The Eyes of Texas” school song when they return to performing, but the school will also create a new band that doesn't include it in its play list, the school has announced. The University of Texas marching band and pep band will be required to play “The Eyes of Texas” school song when they return to performing, but the school will also create a new band that doesn't include it in its play list, the school has announced. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The University of Texas has announced that its traditional marching and pep bands will be required to play “The Eyes of Texas” when they return to performing, but a new band will also be created that won’t play the school song with racist elements in its past. The announcement posted Wednesday on the school of music’s web page said the traditional Longhorn Band and pep band will be required to perform a repertoire of songs that include “The Eyes of Texas.” Both the marching band and pep band earn academic credits toward graduation.
Ex-priest pleads guilty to abuse in Upper Peninsula in ’80s
ONTONAGON, Mich. (AP) — A former priest who left Michigan decades ago pleaded guilty Thursday to sexually abusing teens in the Upper Peninsula in the 1980s, the attorney general’s office said. Gary Jacobs, 75, pleaded guilty to four counts of criminal sexual conduct in Ontonagon County and will serve at least eight years in prison before he’s eligible for parole, authorities said. Jacobs is scheduled to make a similar plea deal in Dickinson County on May 3, Nessel said. A message seeking comment from his attorney wasn’t immediately returned. The Diocese of Marquette has said Jacobs was removed from ministry in 1988 and left the state.
Federal community coronavirus vaccine center opens in Tulsa
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A federal center providing coronavirus vaccinations to anyone aged 16 or older opened Wednesday in Tulsa, offering up to 3,000 vaccinations each Tuesday through Sunday for the next eight weeks. The center is operated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in conjunction with state and local agencies at Tulsa Community College in northeastern Tulsa. Tulsa Health Department Director Bruce Dart said it is hoped the location will provide vaccinations to underserved residents that include Blacks and Hispanics in north Tulsa. The center provides the Pfizer vaccine that is approved for anyone 16 or older. It was updated on April 22 to correct that the community vaccination center in Tulsa will operate from Tuesday through Sunday, not Tuesday through Saturday.
Texting option weighed for upcoming ’988? suicide hotline
Recognizing that many Americans rely on texting, rather than phone calls, the U.S. communications regulator will weigh whether to require phone companies to let people text a suicide hotline. Recognizing that many Americans rely on texting, rather than phone calls, the U.S. communications regulator will weigh whether to require phone companies to let people text a suicide hotline. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane, File)Recognizing that many Americans rely on texting, U.S. regulators are weighing whether to require that phone companies allow people to text a suicide hotline. On Thursday, the agency voted unanimously to start a process that would also require phone companies to let people text 988. “So it’s time to make the suicide prevention hotline text accessible with 988.”ADVERTISEMENTIt’s not clear when texting would be available for the 988 number.
Mexico’s drought reaches critical levels as lakes dry up
An aerial view of Villa Victoria Dam, the main water supply for Mexico City residents, on the outskirts of Toluca, Mexico Thursday, April 22, 2021. Drought conditions now cover 85% of Mexico, and in areas around Mexico City and Michoacán, the problem has gotten so bad that lakes and reservoirs are drying up. Drought conditions now cover 85% of Mexico, and in areas around Mexico City and Michoacán, the problem has gotten so bad that lakes and reservoirs are drying up. Rogelio Angeles Hernandez, 61, has been fishing the waters of Villa Victoria for the last 30 years. Further to the west, in Michoacan state, the country is at risk of losing its second-largest lake, Lake Cuitzeo, where about 70% of the lake bed is now dry.
Man killed by deputy recalled as storyteller, jokester
Glenda Brown Thomas displays a photo of her nephew, Andrew Brown Jr., on her cell phone at her home in Elizabeth City, N.C., on Thursday, April 22, 2021. Brown was shot and killed Wednesday by a sheriff's deputy, who was attempting to execute a warrant. Brown was shot and killed Wednesday by a sheriff's deputy, who was attempting to execute a warrant. The 42-year-old Elizabeth City, North Carolina, man was shot to death Wednesday by a deputy sheriff trying to serve a search warrant. And he had good dimples,” Thomas said in an interview Thursday, a day after her nephew was killed.
COVID-19 hospitalizations tumble among US senior citizens
FILE - In this Feb. 3, 2021, file photo, a senior receives a COVID-19 vaccine from a healthcare worker after arriving on a bus to a vaccination site at Anquan Boldin Stadium in Pahokee, Fla. COVID-19 hospitalizations are plunging among older Americans. (Greg Lovett/The Palm Beach Post via AP, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — COVID-19 hospitalizations among older Americans have plunged 80% since the start of the year, dramatic proof the vaccination campaign is working. That slide is especially encouraging because senior citizens have accounted for about 8 out of 10 deaths from COVID-19 since the virus hit the United States. In Seattle’s King County, hospital physicians are seeing fewer COVID-19 patients overall, fewer needing critical care and fewer needing breathing machines. “They tend to recover a little quicker because of their youth.”With enough people vaccinated, COVID-19 cases should eventually begin to fall as the virus finds fewer and fewer people to infect.
US troops in Afghanistan begin packing gear in pullout prep
The pullout under U.S. President Joe Biden marks the end of America’s longest war after a 20-year military engagement. In mid-April, the Biden administration announced that the final phase of the withdrawal would begin May 1 and be completed before Sept. 11. In the short term, America will likely increase its troop presence in Afghanistan, the Pentagon said last Friday. The additional troops would be in Afghanistan over the coming weeks and months to help with what the herculean task of wrapping up 20 years of war. The Taliban, meanwhile, were non-committal when asked by the AP whether the insurgents would attack departing U.S. and NATO troops.
Expedia, IBD Stock Of The Day, Sees Daylight After Pandemic Thrashing
Expedia Group (EXPE) is the IBD Stock Of The Day as the online travel giant sees itself on the mend after a thrashing it took from the worldwide pandemic. Positive Signals For Expedia StockAnd Expedia stock, since hitting an eight-year low in 2020, is up a whopping 264% from that point. On Wednesday, Expedia stock bounced off its 50-day moving average, which is a positive signal, and was added to the IBD SwingTrader platform. Officially, Expedia stock is in a consolidation phase with an official buy point of 188.03. The IBD Stock Checkup tool shows that Expedia currently has a weak IBD Composite Rating of 41.
Medical Stocks: Why You Should Keep An Eye On These 3 Heading Into Earnings
XThe three medical stocks belong to the Accelerating Leaders list on MarketSmith.com — a group of 20 companies led by the chip industry's Ichor Holdings (ICHR). Here's what to know about these three medical stocks. Medical Stock Align Eyes Buy PointAlign Technology makes the teeth-straightening system known as Invisalign. Align, Charles River Top Buy ZonesMeanwhile, medical stocks Medpace and Charles River ripped past their buy points earlier this month. Medical stock Charles River also added to its breakout Thursday.
Elon Musk’s Tweet Raises More Questions About Fatal Tesla Crash and Self-Driving Cars
Tesla has a long list of questions from investors about a fatal crash in Texas that involved one of its cars. Tricking the system is a bad idea, but if the system can be tricked then why do Tesla data logs show the system wasn’t engaged? “Autopilot for Tesla sends data at regular intervals to servers,” Wedbush analyst Dan Ives tells Barron’s. He doesn’t think the issue is a problem for the stock yet and pointed out that Tesla puts out regular safety reports comparing the number of crashes for Autopilot, FSD and Tesla vehicles to other cars. That’s the next question the Texas crash raises: What level of autonomous driving does the new FSD represent?
John Kerry: Glasgow climate meeting is ‘last, best hope’ for big nations to make a difference
That’s the view of John Kerry, special envoy on climate, speaking Thursday afternoon as part of President Biden’s Earth Day climate summit of 40 world leaders. Read: Biden pledges to cut U.S. greenhouse gases 50% by 2030 — with major implications for oil and gas sector“ Glasgow’s U.N. climate meeting is ‘last, best hope’ to move the needle on climate change. Kerry sited a “big chunk of difference” in policy between now and January 19, or the end of the Trump presidency. The world is moving and the market is moving.’ ” — John Kerry“Tesla TSLA, -3.28% is the highest valued car company in the world — why? “The world is moving and the market is moving.
Global COVID cases top 144 million as India breaks U.S.’s daily case record
India has recorded 314,835 new COVID cases on Thursday, up from 295,041 on Wednesday, according to data provided by Times of India. That breaks the world record the U.S. set on Jan. 8, when it recorded 300,669 new cases, according to a New York Times tracker. That brings India’s total cases to 15.93 million, second most in the world, and now about half of the U.S. total of 31.90 million cases, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University. Latest talliesTotal global COVID-19 cases rose to 144.19 million on Thursday, as deaths increased to 3,064,038, according to JHU data. The United Kingdom, which is fifth worldwide and led Europe with 127,579 deaths, was sixth in cases at 4.41 million.
From their Texas Ranch, George and Laura Bush start at the beginning
Former President George W. Bush, 74, is the author of “Out of Many, One: Portraits of America’s Immigrants” (Crown). His 43 paintings and narratives are on exhibit at the Bush Center in Dallas through January 2022. His wife, Laura Bush, 74, is an author who is active in conservation and women’s rights. PRESIDENT BUSH: I love color. As a painter, I’m inspired by nature and by how the sun plays on the landscape during the day.
Elon Musk’s Tweet Raises More Questions About Fatal Tesla Crash and Self-Driving Cars
Tesla has a long list of questions from investors about a fatal crash in Texas that involved one of its cars. Tricking the system is a bad idea, but if the system can be tricked then why do Tesla data logs show the system wasn’t engaged? “Autopilot for Tesla sends data at regular intervals to servers,” Wedbush analyst Dan Ives tells Barron’s. He doesn’t think the issue is a problem for the stock yet and pointed out that Tesla puts out regular safety reports comparing the number of crashes for Autopilot, FSD and Tesla vehicles to other cars. That’s the next question the Texas crash raises: What level of autonomous driving does the new FSD represent?
NIH launches 3 new clinical trials studying COVID-19 treatments
The National Institutes of Health this week announced several new clinical trials studying different types of COVID-19 treatments.One new Phase 3 clinical trial will evaluate NeuroRx Inc.'s experimental formulation of aviptadil acetate and Gilead Sciences Inc.' GILD, -1.72% Veklury in hospitalized COVID-19 patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome. The trial will give participants a combination of the two drugs; aviptadil and a placebo; Veklury and a placebo; or only a placebo, and will initially enroll 40 patients. The NIH also said it added SAB Biotherapeutics Inc.'s investigational polyclonal antibody drug to an ongoing Phase 2/3 study evaluating possible COVID-19 treatments in people with mild or moderate cases of COVID-19. And, finally, the NIH said it plans to initiate a Phase 3 clinical trial evaluating over-the-counter medications that people with COVID-19 can take at home. Roughly 13,500 participants in this new study will receive a placebo or one of seven treatments in the mail.
Canadian chip maker Alphawave targets $4.5 billion valuation in London IPO
Canadian chip developer Alphawave IP said on Thursday that it is considering plans for an initial public offering on the London Stock Exchange, in an unusual example of a North American company crossing the Atlantic to float. The IPO will include issuing new shares, raising approximately $500 million, as well as an offer of existing stock to be sold by current shareholders. The company said that its technology has applications across 5G wireless infrastructure, artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicles. The $40 billion takeover is now facing a probe by the U.K. government over national security concerns. “We have chosen to come to the U.K. because of its incredible technology and semiconductor industry ecosystem,” said Alphaware Chief Executive Tony Pialis.
Biogen talks up approval plans for controversial Alzheimer’s drug as it nears FDA decision
The company told investors on Thursday it expects to get approval from the Food and Drug Administration for aducanumab, with a decision announced sometime before or on June 7. Now Biogen is walking the fine line between detailing marketing plans if an approval comes through while also keeping revenue expectations measured. Back in early 2019, Biogen said it was scrapping development of the drug due to disappointing clinical results in a late-stage trial. SG&A costs for pharmaceutical companies include spending on marketing and advertising — and these costs tend to rise when drugmakers launch new products. (Eisai is expected to reimburse Biogen for $200 million of the total expected $600 million in SG&A spend this year.)
Yahoo Finance Plus' investment idea of the day is Netflix
Bloomberg(Bloomberg) -- President Joe Biden’s climate summit has drawn 40 heads of state including China’s Xi Jinping, Vladimir Putin of Russia and Boris Johnson from the U.K. The two-day virtual event ends Friday and will include corporate executives, union heads, Pope Francis and Bill Gates.The stakes are high. He also expects to announce this year a new, more ambitious target for reducing South Korea’s carbon emissions. “No nation can find lasting security without addressing the climate crisis.”Austin described climate change as a “destabilizing force,” which intensifies competition for resources and increases the risks of displacement and famine. Instead, Morrison focused on Australia’s efforts to produce new technologies to fight climate change and announced A$1.5 billion ($1.2 billion) in climate financing focusing on the Pacific region.“We want to work with others on the how,” Morrison said.
George W. Bush and Laura Bush Explain Why They Married After Just 3 Months of Dating
Former president George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush opened up about dating just three months before getting married. It’s hard to believe that a 44-year marriage could thrive on a foundation of just three months of dating, but former president George W. Bush and Laura Bush have made it work. The pair appeared on the April 20 installment of Today with Hoda & Jenna where they played a game of “Presidential Paintionary” and talked about their love story. “So you knew it right away?” Jenna Bush Hager asked her dad. Those blue eyes, oh my god.”In fact, the former president calls marrying Laura one of the best decisions he’s ever made.
'This is our Selma moment': Racial justice activists hope Derek Chauvin verdict spurs larger systemic change
'We are able to breathe again': George Floyd's family relieved, thankful for guilty verdict against Derek Chauvin. A not guilty verdict, he said, would have prolonged the implosion of a nation he sees divided among racial lines. But we still have a way to go.”'We still have a lot of fighting to do'Activists and leaders cautioned that the path toward racial justice remains long. “And it’s important to name that in the struggle for racial justice. That’s what made the change.”This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Chauvin verdict fuels racial justice movement, BLM activism
Unvaccinated Nursing Home Worker Set Off a COVID Outbreak Among the Residents
In March, 26 residents at the nursing home and 20 staff members tested positive for COVID-19. The outbreak originated with one of those unvaccinated staff members, the CDC said. "To protect skilled nursing facility residents, it is imperative that health care providers, as well as skilled nursing facility residents, be vaccinated." A continued emphasis on vaccination of skilled nursing facility populations, including health care providers, is essential to reduce the risk for SARS-CoV-2 introduction, transmission, and severe outcomes in skilled nursing facilities." Additionally, more than 80% of people over age 65 have gotten at least one dose and 65.6% are fully vaccinated, according to the CDC.
CDC: Handful of "breakthrough" COVID cases occurred in nursing homes
Driving the news: An unvaccinated worker at a Kentucky nursing home caused "breakthrough" infections among vaccinated staff and residents, according to a CDC analysis. Subscribe for free18 residents who had been fully vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine were infected in the outbreak. In a separate analysis, the Chicago health department also identified 22 breakthrough COVID cases among 627 fully vaccinated nursing home residents and staff, including one death. The big picture: As of April 13, the CDC had tracked just 5,814 reports of "breakthrough" infections, out of 75 million fully vaccinated Americans. Get more from Axios and subscribe to Axios Markets for free.
When can you ditch your mask outdoors? Experts weigh in on the risks
But experts suggest that when you are alone outdoors and far from others you may not need to wear your mask. But experts suggest that the data guiding masking policies outdoors is limited. Story continuesWhen you are alone outside or with your household, you may not need to mask up, although you’ll want to keep your mask handy, experts suggest. When can you ditch your mask outdoors? Experts weigh in on the risks originally appeared on abcnews.go.com
Minneapolis mourning Daunte Wright after ex-cop is convicted of murdering George Floyd
Photograph: Getty Images When Lewis Holloway first obtained his driver’s license at 17, he remembers feeling ecstatic. Avoiding switching lanes and sudden movements, and taking a different route if possible, are some of the precautions Holloway has taken when noticing a cop car driving nearby. His fears not only are valid, but highly shared among Black drivers in America. With roadside interaction one of the most repeated precursors to a fatal police shooting of a Black person, the parents of Black drivers are equipping their children with extra precautions. His 16-year-old son Xavier recently got his driver’s license in Triangle, Virginia, shortly after obtaining his learner’s permit.
President Biden kicks off virtual climate summit
Video TranscriptAKIKO FUJITA: In our "World View" today, leaders across the world are recommitting to a carbon free future on this Earth Day. More than 40 world leaders publicly stating their emissions targets as a virtual White House leader summit on climate today. And you see Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry speaking at the summit right now live. Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin also taking part in the summit. The World Health Organization says the country now accounts for nearly 30% of new cases right now.
Comedian says he was racially profiled; police deny wrong
The Clayton County Police Department denies any wrongdoing, although it did not say why its officers chose to speak to Andre. Andre chose to speak with investigators during the initial encounter,” the department said in a statement released to local news outlets. “During the encounter, Mr. Andre voluntarily provided the investigators information as to his travel plans. Mr. Andre also voluntarily consented to a search of his luggage but the investigators chose not to do so. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, whom Andre tagged in multiple tweets, replied noting that multiple law enforcement agencies work at the airport.
Durham woman charged in fatal stabbing of boyfriend
A 22-year-old woman is behind bars on Wednesday after she allegedly stabbed her boyfriend to death overnight, according to the Wake County Sheriff's Office. Video Transcript- New tonight, a Triangle woman charged with murdering her boyfriend. The Wake County sheriff's office says it all played out overnight along New Light and Ghoston Roads right near Falls Lake. The couple in the car when investigators say Morgan Gullie of Durham stabbed Abraham Markham. Gullie will be taken to the Wake County detention center for processing.
Eric Andre Alleges He Was Racially Profiled, Drug Searched by Police in Airport
Actor and comedian Eric Andre alleges he was racially profiled by two police officers in an Atlanta airport before boarding a flight on Wednesday. Andre made the claims in a series of tweets, alleging that two plainclothes officers stopped him at the Delta terminal in the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and performed a random drug search on him. He claimed the search was due to racial profiling and that he was the only person of color in line when the officers stopped him. More from VarietyIn a since-deleted tweet, Andre said, “I was just racially profiled by two plain clothes Atlanta PD police in Delta terminal T3 at the Atlanta airport. Additionally, members of APD’s Airport Drug Interdiction Unit do not randomly approach travelers and ask to search them.
Fiddle-leaf fail: How the plant I couldn’t save reframed my history with grief and loss
I loved walking into the living room and seeing its greenery against a wall of floor-to-ceiling glass. AdvertisementWhat a fiddle-leaf fig is supposed to look like. But my fiddle-leaf fig wasn’t happy in its new home. I wished I could ask her how to save my fiddle-leaf fig. Most people will try to tell you how to keep a fiddle-leaf fig alive.
One dead in collision between motorcycle and truck in Hingham
One person was killed in a crash Thursday afternoon involving a motorcycle and a truck in Hingham, police said. Officers responded to reports of a crash at 12:01 p.m. at the intersection of Main Street and Middle Street in Hingham Thursday, police wrote in a statement. The motorcyclist was transported to a local area hospital but did not survive, the statement said. The truck driver was uninjured. The intersection of Main Street and Middle Street remains closed while an investigation into the crash is conducted, the statement said.
Four-alarm fire in Somerville quickly extinguished
Fire crews from several communities converged on a four-alarm fire in Somerville on Saturday afternoon but quickly had the flames under control, officials said. Firefighters had knocked down the blaze at 195 Morrison Ave. by 2 p.m., a Somerville Fire Department dispatcher said. Firefighters from Cambridge, Belmont, Medford, and Malden provided assistance at the scene, according to tweets from three departments and the Medford firefighters union.
Officials release body camera video of the Isaias Cervantes shooting
The March 31 shooting of Isaias Cervantes, 25, prompted calls for an independent investigation and renewed protests over how police respond to mental health calls. “He’s here in the house,” she said, according to a recording released by the Sheriff’s Department. In the video, Padilla is heard telling the deputies her son is upset that she won’t buy him a snack. She says he suffers with mental health issues and is on his medication. Its members usually work in pairs: a deputy and a licensed mental health clinician trained to deescalate situations without the use of force.
MIT experiment MOXIE successfully produces oxygen on Mars
MOXIE, or the Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment, arrived on Mars in February aboard NASA’s Perseverance Rover as one of a number of technology experiments. MOXIE was designed to act like a tree — taking in the carbon dioxide in the Martian atmosphere and converting it into breathable oxygen, Hecht said. MOXIE, a device constructed by a group of scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Haystack Observatory, successfully converted carbon dioxide in the Martian atmosphere to oxygen on Tuesday, according to NASA. AdvertisementOn Tuesday, MOXIE produced about 5 grams of oxygen — enough for an astronaut to breathe for 10 minutes, according to NASA. Going forward, MOXIE will attempt to create more oxygen in less advantageous conditions as it continues to ramp up its activity, Hecht said.
Some areas are getting a little touch of snow
The showers are expected to continue “during the afternoon hours, diminishing late,” forecasters said in a Web posting. The National Weather Service says some parts of Massachusetts are seeing light snow and rain showers. Then a coastal storm will bring periods of rain Sunday followed by blustery and drier conditions Monday, forecasters said. “An elevated fire weather potential is expected today for much of southern New England. Friday will bring another day of increased risk for wildfires, forecasters said.
Can a computer generate a simulation of the brain?
In 2010, world-renowned Israeli neuroscientist Henry Markram produced a dazzling audio-video proposal for his Blue Brain project — a plan to create a computer simulation of a mouse brain within 10 years, which would be the first step to simulating a human brain. Fourth Act FilmsThe Blue Brain project takes its name from the IBM Blue Gene computer it uses, a descendant of the Deep Blue model which had defeated chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov in 1997. In 2013, in a competition with several other proposals, Blue Brain is one of two winners of a European Union grant of one billion euros. “As a neuroscientist I could not even explain what was happening to my son.” A brain computer simulation, he was sure, would disclose the cause of not only autism but also Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia, and other insoluble disorders. AdvertisementAt this point Hutton begins to look at Markram and his Blue Brain project with a more critical eye.
UMass Amherst to require all students to be vaccinated for fall semester
Both undergraduate and graduate students who access school resources must be vaccinated, with religious and disability accommodations available. UMass Amherst will require all students who return to campus for the fall semester to be fully vaccinated, school officials announced in an email to the campus community Thursday afternoon. AdvertisementAll faculty and staff are “strongly encouraged and recommended” to get vaccinated before the fall semester, school officials said. On Wednesday, the state’s 15 community colleges announced they would not require students to get vaccinated to access campus, arguing that the mandate would create an unnecessary burden. Since the pandemic began, the state’s flagship campus has suffered financially from the transition to remote learning and reduced campus operations, Subbaswamy said.
Mass. reports 94,047 new COVID-19 vaccinations
The number of coronavirus vaccinations administered in Massachusetts rose by 94,047 to 5,397,052, state officials reported Thursday. The total number of shots administered amounted to 83.5 percent of the 6,465,170 doses shipped to providers in the state so far, the Department of Public Health said. The total shots administered included 3,216,855 first shots and 1,976,054 second shots of the two-shot vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer. It also included 204,143 shots of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine. AdvertisementThe number of people fully vaccinated — with either two shots of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines or one shot of the Johnson & Johnson — rose to 2,180,197.
The second-best super moon of 2021 could be on tap Monday night
But on May 26, when we see the closest supermoon of the year, it will be only 222,048 miles away. The distance does not remain constant because the moon has an elliptical orbit, and the earth is not at its center. The super moon on Monday is known as the Pink Moon and has a few other names as well. “According to this almanac, as the full Moon in April, this is the Pink Moon, named after the herb moss pink, also known as creeping phlox, moss phlox, or mountain phlox. “Other names for this Moon include the Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and among coastal tribes of North America, the Fish Moon, as this was when the shad swam upstream to spawn.”If you can’t get out Monday night — or if the sky is overcast — the moon will appear full Sunday night, Monday night and Tuesday morning.
Here’s a look at what MGH has planned for downtown
Massachusetts General Hospital is moving forward with a $1.9 billion building project that could reshape a busy stretch of downtown Boston near the Longfellow Bridge. The project — which could take almost ten years to complete — involves demolishing three historic buildings and erecting two connected towers on Cambridge Street.
The push to get vaccinations to underserved residents in southwest Phoenix started with a town hall
Arizona's top public health official and community leaders talked with southwest Phoenix residents in an over-the-phone town hall on Wednesday, answering their questions and encouraging them to get vaccinated. Thousands of residents in Phoenix City Council districts 7 and 8, which includes the 85009 ZIP code, tuned into the townhall. Christ answers questionsAbout a dozen residents asked Christ questions in the hour-long town hall. Local leaders call on residents to get vaccinatedThe Department of Health Services partnered with community leaders during the town hall to encourage residents in underserved communities to get the vaccine. Valleywise Health, in partnership with Wesley Community Health Centers, vaccinated a total of 482 over four events in that area.
Does power grid operator ERCOT purposely communicate in gibberish so we don’t understand?
“We won’t be participating in your story.”The author of this quotation is Leslie Sopko, the Texas power grid operator’s communications manager. In addition to my befuddlement at ERCOT news conferences and non-appreciation of their tweets, ERCOT’s printed reports are inexplicable, too. ERCOT’s public relations reminds me of “newspeak” coined by George Orwell in his novel, 1984. Since ERCOT declined participation in this story, I wish we could decline participation in ERCOT’s near-monopoly of the grid for most of Texas. Search for “Dallas News Watchdog Posse.”The Dallas Morning News Watchdog column is the 2019 winner of the top prize for column writing from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists.
Man accused of driving from Tennessee to Dallas to kill ex-girlfriend’s husband indicted on murder charge
A man who police say drove from Tennessee to north Oak Cliff last October to kill his ex-girlfriend’s husband was indicted this week on a murder charge. Lopez was booked into the Dallas County Jail on Feb. 5 with bail set at $1 million. Darrin Ruben Lopez (Dallas County Sheriff's Department)Lopez’s attorney declined to comment on the case. Jennifer Faith, 48, was arrested Feb. 24 on a federal charge of obstruction of justice. She was released to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives on Feb. 26, the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department said.
Opinion: Why do we let corporations profit from rape videos?
When Pornhub deleted videos, millions of outraged customers fled to its nemesis, XVideos, which has even fewer scruples. *A great majority of videos on XVideos and other tube sites are not of children or of unconscious women. A Google search for schoolgirl sex turned up video results of teenagers having sex of all kinds (on a bus, with a “stepbrother,” etc.) So, Google, why not demonstrate the same responsibility when it comes to searches for rape videos? For example, copyright protection is a priority for the U.S. government, so mainstream porn companies mostly have learned not to steal content; when they do, they get sued and lose.
Clergy abuse: Wisconsin diocese investigations not enough, victims say
The Pennsylvania report reignited the discussion over clergy abuse nationwide at a time when Catholics thought they could finally catch their breath. A Search for Justice: Clergy Abuse in Wisconsin Activist Peter Isely, who is also a survivor of sexual abuse, discusses the issue of sexual abuse by member of the Catholic church in Wisconsin. Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul has so far not committed to a criminal investigation into clergy abuse, despite victims' calls for a state review. The only other Wisconsin diocese to reveal findings of an internal investigation has been the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay. Other dioceses begin to investigateFollowing Green Bay's disclosure, Wisconsin's remaining dioceses have committed to launching their own investigations into clergy abuse.
Milwaukee brunch spot Simple Cafe to close by the end of July
Breakfast-and-lunch restaurant Simple Cafe will close its east side location, at 2124 N. Farwell Ave., citing the uncertainty over the pandemic. Young Cho, partner with Tom Hartz in the Lake Geneva-based Simple Food Group, said the restaurant's lease is up in July. It's the second location of Simple Cafe; the original is in Lake Geneva, and that restaurant will remain open. The market's popularity with shoppers helped sustain it and the Lake Geneva cafe, Cho said. Staff members willing to move have been invited to work in Lake Geneva, Cho said.
Lightfoot choca con el concejal de Pilsen durante resolución sobre Adam Toledo
‘I want my baby’s killers in jail,’ dad says at vigil for 7-year-old Jaslyn AdamsAbout 75 neighbors, family members and friends gathered in East Garfield Park Wednesday to honor Jaslyn, who was fatally shot Sunday while at a McDonald’s drive-thru with her father.
Advocates push for a clergy abuse investigation in memory of Notre Dame graduate who died one year ago
The rally near Notre Dame Academy came two days before the family and friends of Nate Lindstrom will mark one year since he died by suicide on March 9, 2020. Lindstrom, a Notre Dame alumnus, said he endured abuse by three Norbertine priests in the 1980s while he worked for clergymen who often took him to the abbey swimming pool. RELATED: Notre Dame Academy alumni call for removal of St. Norbert abbot, two board members over response to clergy abuseRELATED: A Notre Dame Academy graduate alleged abuse by priests, then died by suicide. As people stood outside holding signs and photos of Lindstrom, the high school's marquee read, "Remembering Nate Lindstrom." "St. Norbert Abbey understands the need to remember Nate Lindstrom on the anniversary of his death as well as throughout the year," abbey officials said in a statement Sunday.
Dave Matthews Band tour heading to Northerly Island this summer
The Dave Matthews Band on Thursday announced the rescheduled and additional dates for its 2021 North American summer tour, including two dates at Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island. The band will perform Aug. 6 and 7 in Chicago; tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. April 27 at ticketmaster.com. As part of the tour, Matthews & Co. are pledging to plant one million trees this year with the help of fans who add an optional $2 to their ticket price. The money will help fund the “Plant a Billion Campaign” from The Nature Conservancy. More information on the program can be found at www.plantabillion.org/DMB.
Coroner IDs Las Vegas woman who was fatally shot
The Clark County coroner’s office has identified a 40-year-old woman who was found shot and killed this week in a southeast Las Vegas Valley home. Clark County coroner's office (Las Vegas Review-Journal, file)The Clark County coroner’s office has identified a 40-year-old woman who was found shot and killed this week in a southeast Las Vegas Valley home. She was Amy Mack of Las Vegas, the coroner’s office said. Her death was ruled a homicide due to gunshot wounds of the neck and left upper extremity, with a brain and leg injury. Mack had not been heard from “in a few days” before her body was found, Metro said.
First federally declared water shortage projected for Lake Mead
Lake Mead is still expected to experience its first federally declared water shortage next year, a recently released federal study shows. A bathtub ring of light minerals delineates the high water mark on Lake Mead at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, near Boulder City in August 2020. (AP Photo/John Locher)A recent federal study shows Lake Mead is still expected to experience its first federally declared water shortage next year. Baskow/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Left_Eye_ImagesLake Mead is still expected to experience its first federally declared water shortage next year, a recently released federal study shows. Focused on conservationThe harsh conditions that harm the river and lead to decreased Lake Mead water levels aren’t surprising to the water authority.
Las Vegas police offer lifesaving tips on outdoor recreation — WATCH LIVE
The Metropolitan Police Department will provide lifesaving tips Thursday afternoon for anyone planning to spend time in the wilderness this spring and summer. Red Rock Canyon on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, in Las Vegas. (Benjamin Hager/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @benjaminhphotoThe Metropolitan Police Department will provide tips Thursday afternoon for outdoor recreation safety. Air and Rescue Operations Director Steve Morris is scheduled to speak at the agency’s North Las Vegas air hangar at 1 p.m.Police said Morris will discuss lifesaving tips for anyone planning to spend time in the wilderness this spring and summer. Contact Alexis Ford at aford@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0335.
Let's Go, South Florida: Weekly videos of things to do
Sink into her purple couch with a glass of Napa Love Hammer Cabernet and a charcuterie board (you won’t want to share), and you could fall under a spell at chef Lenore Nolan Ryan’s new Grapes Wine Cafe and Market in Fort Lauderdale. The destination is a pandemic brainchild by Nolan Ryan, who once ran a cooking school at the location but reinvented the space on Galt Ocean Mile as a wine cafe and marketplace. On this week’s Let’s Go, South Florida, Nolan Ryan opens up about her pandemic pivot from cooking school to cafe. She also demonstrates some of her charcuterie board secrets with host Arlene Borenstein.
Billionaire funds meals on weekends for Palm Beach schoolchildren
Schwarzman has spent much of his time during the pandemic working out of his Palm Beach home rather than the hedge fund’s New York office and provided a $500,000 gift in February to the local food bank to complete a major expansion. The couple’s prior donation fulfilled the nonprofit’s $3 million “Grow with Us” capital campaign and allowed the food bank to move from Lantana to its new warehouse and distribution facility in Lake Worth Beach, where the news conference was held.
Major Everglades restoration project to break ground this year
Under South Florida’s current water control system, originally designed to dry out land for cities and farms, much of that water gets discharged into the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean, where it has fueled algae blooms that killed fish, fouled beaches and drove away tourists. Meanwhile, the vast wetlands of the Everglades suffered from a lack of moisture, deprived of the historic flow of water south from the lake.
Miramar’s new public safety complex ready to open
“It’s ideally based near two schools,” Dunkleberger said. ”We have Annabel C. Perry across the street as well as Henry D. Perry Adult Education Center next door as well as the city’s aquatic center over on the Historic Miramar side... It [the location] was existing city property. So the facility was demolished and the city chose to utilize that location to place the police substation. It just fit because we were looking for a location on the Historic Miramar side.”
Man accused of beating resident at assisted living facility with wooden stool and causing his death
A 73-year-old man with advanced dementia and Parkinson’s disease shuffled up to a fellow resident at an assisted living facility and hit him with a small wooden stool. That resident then got hold of the stool, and began repeatedly striking the older man until his skull was fractured and he lost consciousness, detectives said.
Florida Legislature approves moment of silence to start public school day
“I understand that this is a moment of silence, but I also want us all to think about what could happen in a moment of silence. Could children take out rosaries and start doing the sign of the cross and (make) other children feel uncomfortable? Could a child take out a prayer rug and start using a prayer rug?” Berman said.
Woman injured when Florida turtle crashes through her windshield
Gardner said his first responders at the scene were told by the daughter that the turtle was hit by a pickup truck driving just ahead of them. The reptile was flung into the air and broke through their windshield.
Column: Mamas Caucus wants to make Illinois the most mom-friendly state in the nation. ‘Who better to advocate for us than us?’
“So many of the things we were always told were impossible — it’s impossible to work remotely, it’s impossible to have flextime, it’s impossible to do all these things — the pandemic created a whole new normal,” Morita said. “Some things we were able to prove are possible, we hope to hold onto. Part of what we want to talk about in this town hall is, ‘What is it going to take, right now, to help keep you in the workforce? How do we help you fight for these? How do we take some of these temporary changes and make them permanent?
River North hotel faces public nuisance complaint as downtown hotels see uptick in crime during the pandemic
Several other Chicago hotels have experienced an uptick in crime in and around their properties in the past year, said Michael Jacobson, president and CEO of the Illinois Hotel and Lodging Association. Jacobson declined to say what other hotels have experienced problems, but said the association works closely with police and the city to put an end to these occurrences.
Column: Say it’s so, Joe! Biden should award Presidential Medal of Freedom to Alexander Vindman.
Vindman added this stirring sentiment about his appearance before lawmakers: “In Russia, my act of ... offering public testimony involving the president would surely cost me my life,” he said. “I am grateful for my father’s brave act of hope 40 years ago and for the privilege of being an American citizen and public servant, where I can live free of fear for my and my family’s safety. Dad, my sitting here today, in the U.S. Capitol talking to our elected officials, is proof that you made the right decision 40 years ago to leave the Soviet Union and come here to United States of America in search of a better life for our family. Do not worry, I will be fine for telling the truth.”
Shooter in Lake Shore Drive attack that left Kayden Swann, 1, in coma charged: police
He had been treated for more than two weeks in intensive care and according to a Monday statement from Lurie’s Dr. Marcelo Malakooti, “Kayden is moving spontaneously and continues to be very responsive to treatment, is alert and active. We are optimistic for his continued recovery.’'
Suffolk legislators OK $1.75M in funding to improve police communications
A project to improve radio communications between East End police departments and the Suffolk County Police Department will receive $1.75 million in funding that has been approved by the Suffolk County Legislature. Additional upgrades funded in part by grants are expected in Eastport and at Southampton Town Police headquarters in Hampton Bays, officials said. Updating equipment will allow the 10 East End town and village police departments, other first responders, the Suffolk County Police Department and the county’s District Attorney’s East End Drug Task Force to operate on the same frequency. Improving radio communication on the East End — where there are coverage gaps — is important, as officers often ride alone, said Legis. The biggest news, politics and crime stories in Suffolk County, in your inbox every Friday at noon.
Daunte Wright, 20, memorialized at funeral in Minneapolis
Daunte Wright’s life mattered, civil rights attorney Ben Crump said at the funeral for the 20-year-old on Thursday. Brooklyn Center officer Kim Potter shot Wright during a traffic stop on April 11. Some wore shirts proclaiming, “Justice for Daunte.”Born Oct. 27, 2000 in St. Paul, Wright moved with his family to Minneapolis when he was 7. His son, Daunte Wright Jr., was born in 2019 and Wright spent months in the NICU with him because he was born prematurely. Wright’s family described him as a jokester who loved the Fourth of July, when the whole family would gather and light fireworks.
Newsday wins Excellence in Visual Journalism award covering 200 Black Lives Matter protests
The Newsday multimedia team entry "A Season of Protests," covering nearly 200 Black Lives Matter protests last year across Long Island and New York City, has been named the winner of the Excellence in Visual Journalism category in the prestigious Scripps Howard Foundation Excellence in Journalism competition for 2020. Newsday also was a finalist in the Excellence in Environmental Reporting category for its investigative series "The Grumman Plume: Decades of Deceit." "The Newsday multimedia team is honored to receive the Scripps Howard Award for Visual Journalism," John Keating, director of multimedia newsgathering for Newsday, said. Despite the dangers, Newsday photographers continued to work long days and often late into the night. The Scripps Howard Foundation supports philanthropic causes, with "a special emphasis on journalism education, excellence in journalism and childhood literacy."
Gender reveal explosion at New Hampshire quarry rattles towns in 2 states
Neighborhoods in multiple communities in southern New Hampshire and northern Massachusetts were rattled by the mysterious explosion Tuesday night, NBC Boston reported. The blast was reported at Torromeo Industries on Dorre Road around 7 p.m. Tuesday, Kingston Police Chief Donald Briggs told NBC Boston. Police noted they saw the video of the gender reveal and confirmed the baby’s a boy, according to the news outlet. In the wake of the explosion, people as far south as the Merrimack Valley in Massachusetts flocked to social media to share their thoughts and questions about the blast, NBC Boston reported. Gender reveal parties, in which parents reveal the gender of their expected baby, have become increasingly popular in recent years.
Police: Drivers of stolen cars head straight for responding East Hartford officers
At about 2:30 a.m., officers saw the vehicles on Hillside Street and determined by checking the license plates that all four had been stolen, police spokesman Lt. Josh Litwin said. Two drivers had stopped next to each other in the roadway and two others were nearby in the parking lot of the apartment complex at 30 Hillside St., Litwin said.
The spurned developers of Hartford’s Dunkin’ Donuts Park are pressing their case in Connecticut’s highest court. Here’s what you need to know.
The city also pointed out in the court filing that contrary to Centerplan and DoNo Hartford’s assertion that the ballpark was nearly complete by the May 2016 deadline, it was not. Evidence was presented in the trial that “serious defects existed in the work actually performed” that later came to light when the new contractor came on the job.
Imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny feels ‘pride and hope’ for mass protests, doctors urge him to end hunger strike
Navalny began the hunger strike to protest prison authorities’ refusal to let his doctors visit after he developed severe back pain and numbness in his legs. Officials insisted Navalny was getting all the medical help he needs. But Navalny’s doctors said last week that the politician could be near death, as his test results showed sharply elevated levels of potassium, which can bring on cardiac arrest, and heightened creatinine levels that indicated impaired kidneys.
Mansfield teacher who raised $41,000 on Facebook to help people buy groceries during the pandemic may be off the hook for $16,000 tax bill
Goffinet started off by helping elderly neighbors who were nervous about going to the grocery store last spring at the start of the pandemic. People found out he was shopping for others and asked for help and there were also people who were in financial difficulty due to the pandemic who needed help as well. Goffinet, who was teaching online for Lebanon Middle School at the time, started out with a $200 fundraiser on Facebook. There was so much need that he ended up having two Facebook fundraisers that raised a total of $41,000 last year which he deposited into his personal account and then bought groceries, holiday gifts and in some instances, paid peoples’ rent. He spent many of his weekends grocery shopping for families and making deliveries.
Michigan adds 4,867 cases, 108 deaths from COVID-19
Michigan on Thursday added 4,867 new cases and 108 deaths from the virus, as the state continues to lead the nation in new cases per capita. So far this week the state has added 24,284 new cases and 299 deaths. Last week, the state added 47,284 cases and 342 deaths, an increase from 45,817 cases and 282 deaths the week of April 4-10. Cases are nearing the weekly record of 50,892 cases set the week of Nov. 15-21. Southwest Michigan, the Grand Rapids area and the Upper Peninsula are experiencing the fastest growth in COVID-19 cases.
Navalny hails rallies; doctors urge him to end hunger strike
On Thursday, Navalny's personal physician Dr. Anastasia Vasilyeva released a letter she signed with four other doctors, urging him to end his hunger strike. The letter revealed that Navalny was taken to a regular hospital Tuesday in Vladimir, where he underwent tests and was examined by specialists “in accordance” with requests from his doctors. It said they were given the results of those tests through Navalny’s lawyers and family on Thursday. Navalny’s doctors said they would continue to insist on access to their patient — his chief demand in launching his hunger strike — but urged him “to immediately stop the hunger strike in order to save life and health,” saying that they consider being examined by “civilian,” non-prison doctors and undergoing “objective tests” enough to end the strike. As soon as the protest happened, today, all of a sudden, we were given all the test results.”Copyright 2021 The Associated Press.
'Vax for snacks': White Castle offers free dessert-on-a-stick to promote shots in the arm
For those who find getting vaccinated unappetizing, White Castle is hoping a sweet incentive will inspire participation. White Castle last year gave away $1 million worth of free combo meals to EMTs, paramedics, nurses, doctors and other healthcare professionals. And last summer the company delivered 15,000 free sliders to hospital, grocery store and retail food workers. It also gave a 20% discount to grocery store, retail food workers and school employees. White Castle isn't the only business giving free treats to those who receive COVID-19 vaccinations.
The Latest: Mayors ask Biden for consult on climate migrants
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has welcomed the United States’ new commitment to halve emissions as a “game-changing” announcement. Johnson will be hosting the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow later this year. As host of COP-26, Johnson said Thursday at President Joe Biden’s climate summit he wanted to see “similar ambitions” around the world. Johnson says, “I think we can do it. He says, “It’s going to mean the richest nations coming together and exceeding the $100 billion commitment they already made in 2009.”Johnson stresses the economic dividend that could emerge from efforts to tackle climate change.
#ThrowbackThursday: Was it a run on nylons in 1946?
We are running a #ThrowbackThursday image each week, showcasing Oklahoma’s history. Be sure to follow us on Twitter @TheOklahoman_ and “Like” us at Facebook.com/TheOklahoman for more historical photos. Linda Lynn, News Research Editor
Latest: Attorney: Cop should have pulled no weapon on Wright
The family of Daunte Wright is preparing for his funeral Thursday. It comes just days after guilty verdicts were handed down for the former Minneapolis police officer whose killing of George Floyd set off nationwide protests and a reckoning over racism. Wright died April 11 after a white Brooklyn Center police officer shot the 20-year-old Black man during a traffic stop. Her chief said it appeared the officer mistakenly used her gun instead of her Taser. Wright’s killing came amid increasing tension during the weekslong trial of Derek Chauvin, the white former police officer who killed Floyd.
Sex abuse charges expand to 2nd New Hampshire youth center
Malavet’s attorney, public defender Catherine Flinchbaugh, said he absolutely denies the allegations and asked for him to be released on personal recognizance. She described him as an Army veteran with no criminal record who has been married for 36 years. “He is a family man and he will remain law-abiding as he always has,” she said. The Manchester facility, which now holds both youth awaiting adjudication and those ordered to a secure setting afterward, is named for former Gov. According to their attorney, children were gang raped by counselors, beaten while raped, forced to compete for food in “fight clubs” set up by counselors and locked in solitary confinement for weeks or months.
Mormon sex therapist ousted from faith for critiques
Helfer told the Tribune that she was asked to leave her disciplinary hearing before it began on Sunday because she refused to turn off her phone, which contained her notes. “It is common for participants to be asked to turn off technology (including cell phones) or leave it outside the room, as was the case with this council,” Hawksins told the Associated Press in a statement. Homosexual relations also are forbidden even if a person is married or in a relationship. Helfer did not immediately respond to The Associated Press' request for comment. Her ouster means she’ll be leaving a religion she’s been a member of since she was 5 years old.
The Latest: Turkey again tallies 50,000 daily virus cases
The results were published on Thursday in the Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics, which echo smaller studies. The research involved women in 18 countries, including the United States, Central and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. The study involved about 700 pregnant women with COVID-19 and 1,400 without it. It was sponsored by a research fund at the University of Oxford, there the lead authors work. The Vatican says the 600 people who will get their second doses of Pfizer will join Francis in a party.
Unmute, please: Echoes, glitches resound in virtual summit
When Putin finished, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, the master of ceremonies, asked for the tape of Macron to be replayed. The translation was still late, but at least it showed up. Australia's prime minister had a glitch that Zoom users know all too well in the “you're on mute” era. There were several times when stray voices talked over leaders, and the feed from Colombia was fuzzy. When Biden came back for his second talk, this time emphasizing money and technology, technology didn’t cooperate.
Consumer Reports tricks Tesla to drive with no one at wheel
(AP) — Consumer Reports said Thursday it was able to easily trick a Tesla into driving in the car's Autopilot mode with no one at the wheel. Its test came just days after a Tesla crashed in Texas, killing the two men in the car. Authorities say neither of the men were in the driver's seat at the time of the crash. Consumer Reports said that during several trips on its closed tracks with an empty driver's seat, its Tesla Model Y automatically steered along painted lane lines without acknowledging that nobody was at the controls. The Tesla that crashed outside of Houston over the weekend was a Model S, but also had an Autopilot function.
DA: Boulder shooting suspect had 10 high-capacity magazines
Besides the murder charges Alissa was originally charged with, Dougherty said his office has filed more than 40 new felony charges against Alissa, including attempted murder charges involving responding police officers and shoppers. A court document made public Wednesday outlines the new charges and lists 19 new victims — including 11 law enforcement officers — that Alissa is accused of trying to kill during the attack. Dougherty said investigators have determined that nine people in the store were killed before responding police officers entered it. A second wave of officers stormed the store within 30 seconds and took Alissa into custody after he was shot in the leg. At least 115 people were in the store during the attack and at least 25 more were in the lot where Alissa parked before entering the store, Dougherty said.
Updated: Archive aerial photos of Tucson, Pima County
Photo editorRick Wiley is the photo editor of the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson. From 1995-2004, he was director of photography at the East Valley Tribune in Mesa. From 1988-94 he was a photographer at the Tucson Citizen. He is a graduate of ASU (yes, that ASU).
Scientists get creative to carry on research during pandemic
Because of the pandemic, many scientists “have had to innovate and look for alternatives.”The coronavirus abruptly halted research by many Latin American scientists, interrupting field work, sample collection and laboratory experiments. Some of them could focus on writing scholarly articles based on previous research, but others had to get creative to avoid losing a year of their careers. Researcher Brígida De Gracia of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute was lucky to be able to work from home. She had collected sediment samples in 2018, 2019 and January 2020 that allowed her to continue her research during the pandemic. Gálvez has been able to resume field work and supervising students.
SpaceX aims for 3rd crew launch hour before Friday’s sunrise
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City of Scottsdale passes anti-discrimination ordinance
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North Carolina psychologist charged in Richmond in Virginia health care fraud case
A clinical psychologist in Durham, N.C., has been charged in an alleged $332,480 or more Virginia health care fraud case involving an unidentified co-conspirator in the Richmond area. Malik Salaam Muhammad, of Elite Biobehavioral LLC, was named in a six-count federal indictment Wednesday alleging conspiracy to commit health care fraud, three counts of health care fraud, and two counts of aggravated identity theft. A man who identified himself as Dr. Muhammad at the telephone number for Elite Biobehavioral on Thursday said he knew nothing about the charges. In September 2013, Muhammad enrolled Elite Biobehavioral as a Medicaid provider in Virginia. In 2015, the unidentified person worked for a "Company A" and met Muhammad, who did some work for the same company.
Richmond seminary says it will require vaccines among students and staff
A seminary in Richmond says it will require COVID-19 vaccines next fall, as universities across the country debate whether they have the authority to issue such mandates. Union Presbyterian Seminary, located in the city's north side, is the first local institution of higher education to publicly announce it would require the shots. "It's care for the other we're trying to express, in a functional way," Blount said. More than 50 colleges across the country say they will require students and staff to be immunized by the fall, including Georgetown University, the University of Notre Dame and Duke University. One exception is private-school Hampton University, which will require students and staff receive shots by the end of May.
Daunte Wright's mother: 'My son should be burying me'
Al Sharpton, the civil rights leader, was to deliver the eulogy, and told The Associated Press that he would first pay tribute to Wright, “a young man just at the beginning of life, full of life.”He said he would also use his remarks to remind those in attendance or watching from afar that the fight for justice didn’t end when white former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murder and manslaughter for holding a knee to Floyd’s neck, choking off his breathing until he went limp last May. “We should not think that, because we won one battle with Chauvin, the war is over, or that if we do not get justice for this case, that we will undo what we were able to do with George Floyd," Sharpton said. The families of several other Black people killed by police attended Wright's funeral, including the mothers of Philando Castile, who died after being shot by a police officer during a traffic stop in a Minneapolis suburb in 2016, and Eric Garner, who was filmed saying “I can’t breathe” in a fatal 2014 encounter with New York City police.
A year ago today, in pictures: Coronavirus outbreak and more moments you may remember
Also on this day in 2020, several hundred gathered outside the Missouri Capitol in Jefferson City, Mo., to protest the restrictions and urge the reopening of businesses closed in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. See more top news photos as selected by the Associated Press.
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American Honey Is Radioactive From Decades of Nuclear Bomb Testing
According to a new study published in Nature Communications, honey in the United States is full of fallout lingering from those atmospheric nuclear tests. AdvertisementFor the study, researchers collected honey samples from more than 100 hives and soil samples from 110 locations across the Eastern United States. The scientists found elevated levels of cesium in both the soil and honey samples. Previous research after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster identified elevated levels of cesium in European honey and pollen. The U.S. conducted the majority of its atmospheric nuclear tests in the Marshall Islands and American south-west.
Prisoners suffering from addiction to be given iPads for Zoom therapy sessions
"There are also exercises involving questions and answers because the interactive element can be as important as being live." He said he had committed a "modest" £1.3 million investment to reach thousands of prisoners from the start rather than simply trial it. In UK prisons, we can be acting innovatively." Mr Chalk said telemedicine was a "pathfinder" technology which, if successful, could be adapted to other addictions. It might be there is a mental health issue that could be managed in a more interactive way," he said.
Les McKeown, frontman of the Bay City Rollers, darlings of 1970s teenyboppers whose hits included Bye, Bye, Baby and Give a Little Love – obituary
Les McKeown, who has died aged 65, was the frontman in the Bay City Rollers, the Scottish boy band who took the 1970s music world by storm with “Rollermania”; his vocals were first heard in 1974 on Remember (Sha-La-La-La), which shot to No 6 in the UK charts, heralding the start of band’s most successful period. From the outset McKeown embraced the rock’n’roll lifestyle. “The sex, drugs and booze … were all on tap,” he wrote of life with his previous band, Threshold. Bottles of rum were consumed before a gig started and afterwards an army of young ladies were willing to test the suspension of the band’s touring van.
Hong Kong robots help boost social skills for autistic children
A Hong Kong professor has developed an educational programme using role-playing robots to help children with autism improve their social skills, part of an initiative adopted by non-profit groups and schools. “So we use the social robots to teach them social skills in order to reduce their anxiety.”The robots engage the children with role-playing and verbal interaction. After interacting with the robots, the children are encouraged to try out their social skills with a human tutor. More than 20 non-profit groups financed by governments and public schools in Hong Kong and Macau have adopted the programme. “We believe RABI can help children with autism improve their social and behavioural skills, and in turn enhance the quality of their life”, she said.
Watch: Hospital helipad left needing emergency treatment as US military machine blows it away
They have to complete the last part of their journey to the hospital by land ambulance with critical care staff on board. Repair work on the helipad at Addenbrooke's Hospital, which is used by the region's three air ambulances, is under way. A spokesperson for the three air ambulances, the East Anglian Air Ambulance, Magpas Air Ambulance and Essex and Herts Air Ambulance, said it is hoped the helipad will be back in use "soon". In a statement, the spokesperson said: "Due to an incident at the Cambridge University Hospitals helipad involving a military aircraft on Wednesday April 21 the helipad is temporarily unavailable to air ambulances. "The next closest helipad is at Cambridge City Airport, where one of the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) teams is based.
BBC’s cure for pandemic stress: the streaming sound of rustling paper
The BBC is to broadcast the sound of pages turning and fabric rustling, as part of a new “relaxation destination”. The 24-hour stream on BBC Sounds will also include “soundscapes” from the natural world taken from Seven Worlds, One Planet, the Sir David Attenborough series. It follows the corporation’s success with broadcasts of “slow radio”, including birdsong on Radio 3, and “slow TV”, including a commentary-free, two-hour canal boat journey on BBC 4. Called Radio 1 Relax, it “will provide the ultimate destination for listeners to unwind and deal with the challenges life can bring”. The wellbeing stream will include a daily hour of ASMR, or ‘autonomous sensory meridian response’, referring to sounds that can induce a tingling sensation in listeners.
Egypt’s history is being changed with new discoveries in the tombs of Saqqara
I was inside a burial shaft in Saqqara, the ancient necropolis roughly 19 miles south of Cairo. “We are rewriting history,” Zahi Hawass, Egypt’s most well-known archaeologist and its former antiquities minister, would say later in the day. After I emerged from the burial shaft, Mr Hawass explained how the discoveries were reshaping the understanding of Pharaonic times. “Is she a daughter of a king of the Fifth Dynasty, or is she a daughter of Teti?” Hawass asked. Many of his followers wanted to be buried around his pyramid, often visiting coffin and mummification workshops in Saqqara, Mr Hawass said.
EU prepares to sue AstraZeneca over failure to deliver enough Covid-19 vaccines
The EU is preparing to take legal action against pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca over the slow delivery of Covid-19 vaccines, Brussels has confirmed. By the end of the first quarter of 2021, the firm had delivered 30 million doses to EU countries, rather than the 100 million doses pledged in its EU contract. The delays appear to be continuing, with a new pledge to deliver 70 million doses by the end of the second quarter, compared to the entire 300 million doses in the EU contract. Rapid delivery of the vaccine to the UK has allowed Britain’s health service to outpace most of its neighbours’ programmes. More than 20 million AstraZeneca doses had been administered across the UK by the end of March this year.
French wine tasters ask to be at front of vaccine queue as they are losing sense of smell
French wine tasters have asked to be made priority for Covid-19 vaccination as the virus interferes with their sense of smell. More than one-third of wine tasters in France who had caught Covid said the virus had affected their ability to do their work, a survey by the Union of Oenologists found. Some student wine tasters had dropped out of their studies after falling ill with the virus, according to the Union of Oenologists. Union boss Didier Fages said the body had written to President Macron and Prime Minister Jean Castex to ask that wine tasters be made priority for vaccination in order to safeguard livelihoods. “Tasting is at the heart of the profession of the wine expert who makes the wine.
Earth day: Bolsonaro points finger at developed nations for historic fossil-fuel use
Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro pointed the finger at developed nations for “burning fossil fuels in the course of the past two centuries”, during pointed remarks at the White House climate summit on Thursday. The leader said that Brazil has accounted for less than 1 per cent of historic greenhouse gas emissions, and despite being a large developing economy, currently accounts for 3 per cent of annual global emissions. Mr Bolsonaro said that as “home of the planet’s greatest biodiversity”, Brazil was at the forefront of efforts to tackle global warming, and agreed with Mr Biden’s “call for the establishment of ambitious commitments”. Mr Bolsonaro announced during his video-link speech that he would double the amount of money for environmental authorities’ oversight. Invitees include leaders of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate, which total about 80 per cent of global emissions.
Burning Man organisers considering making Covid vaccinations mandatory
Burning Man organisers are considering requiring attendees to prove their Covid-19 vaccination status if they want to attend this year's event in Nevada. Initially, Burning Man CEO Marian Goodell had said in a video message posted on the group’s website on 8 April that “vaccines will be required to come to Burning Man”. In Nevada, where the annual counter-cultural event takes place, the state requires that people have proof of being vaccinated at large gatherings. “At this point, the government agencies involved in collaborating with us have been really super supportive and super helpful. We are all looking at the resources to have to make it happen and get this done,” Goodell said.
Woman seen killing ex-girlfriend in chilling video is charged with murder
A woman who allegedly shot dead her ex-girlfriend in Brooklyn on Wednesday has been identified and charged with murder. 51-year-old Nichelle Thomas was about to enter a local bodega at the corner of St Marks Place when another woman ran up to her and shot her in the head. She has been charged with second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon. Police sources told New York Post that the two women used to be in a relationship, but it was not immediately clear when they broke up. They said Ms Thomas was a frequent customerA neighbour told NY Daily News that the two women used to live together, but would have frequent fights.
Chad Gordon killing: Tottenham autistic man fatally shot in face 'by mistake'
He added: "His family and friends, who were alerted to the sound of gunfire and the crash as he collapsed to the ground, were quickly beside him but there was nothing that could be done to save him."
Coronavirus: WHO urges African nations to keep expired vaccines
Sierra Leone's health minister said the country had been left with about a third of the doses they received. "We had to scramble to make sure that we prioritise the use of these vaccines," Austin Demby told the BBC.
Video: Distressing moment pug mauled by dog as shoppers try to save it
Video: Moment Staffie cross mauls two-year-old pug on street while bystanders batter crazed animal with umbrella as 'traumatised' owner reveals her pet SURVIVED 20 minute attackDistressing video shows horrific moment a pet pug is mauled by a Staffordshire Bull Terrier type dog despite a desperate attempt from shoppers who try to save it. The savage attack took place in a busy city centre...
Video: Spanish Tourism Secretary says he's 'ready' for UK holidaymakers
Video: EXCLUSIVE Majority of Brits want the UK's foreign travel ban to last until NEXT YEAR as just a quarter plan to go abroad despite ministers rushing to set up Covid passports for May 17 flightsSpanish Tourism Secretary, Fernando Valdés says he is 'hopeful' and 'ready' for UK holidaymakers to travel to Spain and 'restart holidays'.
Greta Thunberg urges world leaders to stick to climate change targets
Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video playerClimate activist Greta Thunberg has issued a call to action as world leaders meet virtually for a summit.
Four unusual Russian designers at Russia Fashion Week
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Earth Day: 300,000 candles lit to break world record
Thailand's Dharmmakaya Temple has broken the record for the largest candle display with over 300,000 lit to mark Earth Day.
Video: Moment brave woman confronts three fly-tippers littering in Devon
Video: Moment woman confronts three fly-tippers caught dumping building waste at Devon beauty spot and forces them to load it back onto their lorryThis is the brilliant moment a brave woman confronts three fly-tippers who were dumping building materials at a Devon beauty spot. She forces them back and takes the keys out of their van so they can't flee the...
Video: Chauvin's team argues force was necessary due to Floyd's resistance
Video: EXCLUSIVE - Derek Chauvin's nervous note-taking, defiant mugshot and unmasked emotions: Body language expert analyzes George Floyd's killer who came across as a 'sociopath' in courtthe defense for Derek Chauvin argued that his use of force was necessary due to George Floyd resisting at the time of his arrest.
Dashcam video shows the moment a semi-truck hits a snowplow during a 48-car pileup in Wisconsin
New dashcam video shows the moment a semi-truck smashed into a snowplow in a 48-car pileup that left a 37-year-old woman dead, during blizzard conditions on Wednesday. In the dashcam video, a truck can be seen driving up ahead as snow conditions and low visibility sweep the highway. While swerving to narrowly avoid at least three overturned cars, the truck crashes into a snowplow, which rolls over and down into a ditch. 'Clearly there were some people that were in worse condition than others and I kept triaging,' ER nurse Laura Calp, who came to the aid of the pileup crash, said to FOX6. While the sudden burst of whiteout conditions was frightening, snow is not unheard of for Wisconsin in April.
'Drug kingpin' of $100M cocaine trafficking ring is charged in US
Didani, who prosecutors allege is in charge of a global drug ring that distributed cocaine in 15 countries, was arrested in Charlotte, North Carolina late last month. Tibbitts is believed to have bankrolled Didani's alleged drug trafficking ring. Didani, who prosecutors allege is in charge of a global drug ring that distributed cocaine in 15 countries, was arrested in Charlotte, North Carolina late last month. Authorities say that drug ring abandoned the submarine plans after Tibbitts died in 2018 and were forced to find a new financier overseas. Federal prosecutors say law enforcement agencies in the Netherlands seized nearly 7,500 pounds of cocaine that was allegedly linked to Didani's drug ring and had a street value of more than $100 million.
Hawaii tourists renting U-HAULS to get around as cheapest rental car goes for $722 a day
Travel to Hawaii has surged in recent weeks to the point where visitors have had to rent U-Hauls because of a shortage of available car rentals. Last month, the cheapest rental car on Maui was $722 per day for a Toyota Camry, according to HawaiiNewsNow. He added that U-Haul facilities are the busiest they have been in years as the company works to meet the demand. ‘They’re all sold out.’A browse of the web site Turo reveals that car rentals on Maui can set you back some $600 per day. The rule, for now, is only for people who have received vaccinations in Hawaii and for travel within the state.
Murder rates go UP dramatically in cities after BLM protests, researcher finds
Trends in police homicides are seen in cities with BLM protests (red) and cities without (blue). The study, first reported by Vox, shows murders increased in the years following BLM protests even as reports of minor crimes tended to decrease. Campbell's research focused on changes in fatal police use-of-force incidents following major BLM protests. His paper offers several theories on why BLM protests might decrease police homicides, including by pressuring police departments to change their policies. In one unusual finding, he noted that BLM protests resulted in a decrease in the number of black police officers in a city by 6 percent.
How a space doctor keeps astronauts healthy on the ISS
European Space Agency flight surgeon Adrianos Golemis, who is responsible for the health of astronaut Thomas Pesquet during the SpaceX Crew-2 mission, shared some insights on the field of space medicine. Before they leave the ISS, we tell astronauts to drink a lot and eat a lot of salt. Then I did a master's degree in space studies at the International Space University, (in Strasbourg, France). Eventually I went to Toulouse to Medes, the French Institute of Space Medicine and Physiology. Right now the European Space Agency is recruiting new astronauts and you can apply until the end of May.
British parliament declares Uygurs are suffering ‘genocide’ in Xinjiang
A perimeter fence around what is officially known as a vocational skills education centre in Dabancheng in China’s Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region. Photo: Reuters
‘How do I unbake a cake?’ The best questions ever asked on Yahoo Answers
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Triple mutant strain in West Bengal: Triple-mutant ‘Bengal strain’ a new worry in second wave
It was during these studies that the double mutant variant (containing the E484Q and L452R mutations) were identified, mainly from Maharashtra samples. It was the NIBMG that first sequenced the Bengal strain from a patient on October 25 last year. Members of this Bengal lineage or variant have also been found in the US, Singapore, Switzerland and Finland. A majority of the cases in Maharashtra and Gujarat have been found to contain the double (E484Q and L452R) mutant variant, whereas Delhi and Punjab cases are mostly of the UK variant. Perhaps these help the virus being more successful in infections and thus multiple variants are converging to similar mutations.”In Video: Covid-19: Triple-mutant ‘Bengal strain’ is a new worry in second wave
New Covid variant detected at Texas A&M lab shows signs of antibody resistance and more severe illness in young people
"This variant combines genetic markers separately associated with rapid spread, severe disease and high resistance to neutralizing antibodies." "We have not detected any more instances of this variant," Neuman added. Many U.S. labs sequence only severe Covid cases, but the Texas A&M lab is testing and sequencing asymptomatic students to catch dangerous strains early before they can cause serious illness. "Sequencing helps to provide an early warning system for new variants," Neuman said. Scientists at the lab say the new variant is related to the B.1.1.7 strain out of the U.K., which current vaccines have been shown to be effective against.
First case of 'double mutant' COVID-19 variant confirmed in Quebec
MONTREAL -- A fifth variant type of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 has been detected in Quebec. "This is the first case associated with the Indian variant in Quebec," said CIUSSS de la Mauricie-et-du-Centre-du-Quebec information officer Julie Michaud. The Mauricie-et-Centre-du-Quebec region has reported 11 cases of the B.1.1.7 (U.K.) COVID-19 variant, but none of the B.1.351 (South African), P.1 (Brazilian), or B.1.525 (Nigerian) variants. In Quebec, there are 3,443 confirmed COVID-19 variant cases to date, and 24,360 suspected cases. Despite the investigation into its origins, the new variant case "is not currently under enhanced surveillance, as it has no demonstrated epidemiological or clinical impact," the Quebec Institute of Public Health said.
Japan Confirms 1st Case Of COVID Linked To Olympic Torch Relay As Uptick In Infections Prompts New State Of Emergency
Thursday, April 22nd 2021, 8:55 amBy: CBS News, Associated PressTokyo Olympics organizers said Thursday that a policeman tested positive for COVID-19 a day after his assignment last week at the Olympic torch relay. It is the first positive test connected to the relay since it began March 25 from northeastern Fukushima prefecture. They said the officer developed symptoms and tested positive the next day. The torch relay involves 10,000 runners crisscrossing Japan for four months, ending with its arrival at the National Stadium on July 23 to kick off the scheduled opening ceremony. First published on April 22, 2021 / 8:35 AM© 2021 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Brazil will reach climate neutrality by 2050, Bolsonaro says
Speaking at a summit of world leaders, Bolsonaro’s pledge would move forward the previous target for reaching net zero emissions by 10 years. RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro said on Thursday, April 22, that the country would reach climate neutrality by 2050, in the most ambitious goal set by the right-wing leader who appears to be changing his position on the environment. Speaking at a summit of world leaders, Bolsonaro’s pledge would move forward the previous target for reaching net zero emissions by 10 years. He repeated a commitment made last week to end illegal deforestation by 2030, adding that it would reduce the country’s greenhouse gas emissions by roughly 50% by that date. To read the full NEWS and much more, Subscribe to our Premium Membership Plan.
Funeral held for Daunte Wright
The funeral for Daunte Wright, the 20-year-old Black man who was shot and killed by a White police officer in suburban Minneapolis last week, was held on Thursday. Reverend Al Sharpton delivered the eulogy at the funeral, which was held in Minneapolis. "The roles should completely be reversed," Wright's mother, Katie Wright, said during the service. "He always said he couldn't wait to make his son proud," she said, referring to her grandson, Daunte Wright Jr. "And now he's not going to be able to see him." Wright's funeral was held two days after a guilty verdict was reached in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the killing of George Floyd.
Mormon sex therapist ousted from faith for critiques
Natasha Helfer received a letter Wednesday from a regional church official explaining the reasons for her removal from the Salt Lake City-based church, The Salt Lake Tribune reported. Helfer was disciplined by church leaders in Kansas, where she lived before moving to Utah in 2019. Her ouster means she’ll be leaving a religion she’s been a member of since she was 5 years old. While not a lifelong ban, the withdrawal of a person's membership by church leaders amounts to the harshest punishment available for a member of the faith. Kate Kelly, founder of a group pushing for women to be allowed in the religion’s lay clergy, was excommunicated in 2014.
‘A Horrendous Tragedy’: The Chaotic Moments Before a Police Shooting in Columbus
An unidentified girl appeared to fall to the grass after being attacked by Ms. Bryant and then kicked by an unidentified man. The video footage then showed Ms. Bryant, who was holding a knife, appearing to lunge toward a person dressed in pink who was pinned against a car parked in the driveway. Get down!”He fired four quick shots, and Ms. Bryant dropped to the ground at the edge of the driveway. Chief Woods said Columbus officers were allowed to use deadly force to protect somebody who was in danger of being killed by another person. Dr. Alpert said that based on his own review, Ms. Bryant did appear to pose a threat to the life of the other woman.
Expedition hauls tons of plastic out of remote Hawaii atolls
(Matthew Chauvin, Papah?naumoku?kea Marine Debris Project via AP — NOAA/NMFS Permit No. (Matthew Chauvin, Papah?naumoku?kea Marine Debris Project via AP — NOAA/NMFS Permit No. The cleanup was organized by the nonprofit Papahanaumokuakea Marine Debris Project, which partners with federal agencies including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. A NOAA study estimated that the shores of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands accumulate about 57 tons (52 metric tons) of debris each year. The marine monument is also a valued Native Hawaiian cultural site, and Hawaiian ceremonies were conducted each day of the trip.
California public schools see ‘sharp decline’ in enrollment
(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California public schools have experienced a sharp decline in enrollment this year as the pandemic forced millions into online school, according to data made public Thursday. The drop is by far the biggest decline in years and represents the clearest picture yet of the pandemic’s devastating toll on California public schools. Gavin Newsom ordered public schools to close in March 2020, no one expected the closures would last as long as they did. Most of California’s public schools started this academic year with distance learning and many continued that method into the spring. She has a college acceptance and is looking forward to her prom, a milestone that many public schools have scrapped.
Magic on Mars: Perseverance rover turns carbon dioxide into oxygen
“This is a critical first step at converting carbon dioxide to oxygen on Mars." Much larger versions of MOXIE could be used to transform huge quantities of carbon dioxide into oxygen. The Martian atmosphere is 96% carbon dioxide, which doesn't do much for us humans, who need oxygen to breathe. “This is a critical first step at converting carbon dioxide to oxygen on Mars,” said NASA's Jim Reuter in a statement. MOXIE works by separating oxygen atoms from carbon dioxide molecules, which are made up of one carbon atom and two oxygen atoms, according to NASA.
Aunt: Man shot by deputy had hard, valuable life
Aunt: Man shot by deputy had hard, valuable lifeAndrew Brown Jr. lost both his parents and had his own troubles with the law. But his aunt says he was the light of his family, and they will fight to find out why a sheriff’s deputy felt the need to shoot and kill him.
China underreporting severity of air pollution levels, new study suggests
Air pollution data in China may have been manipulated by local officials, according to a new study conducted by Harvard and Boston University researchers. A new study finds that air pollution data in China may have been manipulated by local officials. Previously, China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection only published air quality data that measured particles up to 10 microns in diameter, allowing it to obscure the real picture of the country’s air problems. That’s in part because local officials are incentivized to underreport in order to avoid professional repercussions, the authors argued. “Given these institutional incentives to cheat, official air pollution data in China often is treated with a high degree of skepticism, by both outside observers and the general public.”
Biden Wants to Slash Emissions. Success Would Mean a Very Different America.
It’s still an open question whether the Biden administration can adopt new policies that will actually achieve all of those goals. The White House has yet to lay out the precise steps it will take to ensure the United States reaches its new climate target, although it has offered some signals. Mr. Biden has also shied away from ideas like a carbon price, which would require polluters to pay for their emissions of carbon dioxide, giving them an incentive to clean up their act. But some analysts say carbon pricing would be a tough sell for many lawmakers. “I do see that point, and I understand it, but that point is running at least right now into a wall of U.S. politics that are not supportive of carbon pricing.”
Daunte Wright remembered as a ‘jokester’ and family man at emotional funeral
MINNEAPOLIS — Daunte Wright was remembered as a “jokester” and loving family man at a packed funeral Thursday — 11 days after he was shot dead by a white cop who said she accidentally grabbed her gun instead of her Taser. Daunte Wright was unarmed when he was shot during an April 11 traffic stop in Brooklyn Center. Family handoutIn an obituary printed in the funeral program, Wright was remembered as a “jokester” who was most himself when around his loved ones. The casket of Daunte Wright rests in place before funeral services at Shiloh Temple International Ministries today. George Floyd’s brother Rodney Floyd arrives at a funeral held for Daunte Wright.
Mars Ingenuity helicopter makes even riskier flight over red planet
The Mars Ingenuity helicopter has completed its second historic flight, NASA said Thursday morning — after making history earlier this week with the first controlled flight on another planet. Agency scientists have said they want to push Ingenuity to its limits after its first flight took it 10 feet above the red planet’s surface for all of 39 seconds. Scientists programmed Ingenuity’s second flight to last 50 seconds and bring the chopper 16 feet above the ground. The 4-pound chopper is scheduled to conduct even riskier flights before its mission wraps up later this month. “Ultimately we expect the helicopter to meet its limit.”Video of Ingenuity’s “higher, bolder flight” will be available soon, NASA said.
Australian dad jumps off dam with infant daughter in shocking murder-suicide
An Australian dad jumped off a 118-foot structure called the “Whispering Wall” while clutching his 9-month-old daughter in a shocking murder-suicide. Facebook“Every relationship is a complex thing, particularly when there is also domestic violence involved in the relationship,” Parrott reporters Thursday. “(But) we have a beautiful face, which could probably be the face of domestic violence moving forward,” Parrott added. A police investigation revealed a history of domestic violence between Henry Shepherdson and Kobi’s mother. “My understanding is there was a very short time frame between the public notifying us of the incident having occurred and Kobi’s mother making contact,” he added.
New York English exam questions recycled from old tests
The bulk of the questions on the current New York state English exam for grades 3-8 were recycled from old tests on a practice website — raising questions about their legitimacy, it was revealed Thursday. Students said they were shocked to see the exact same multiple choice questions that they had been using to prepare for the middle school evaluations. “It will be impossible for parents to know where their kids stand and everyone looks like a genius after acing repeat questions,” Kweller said. “When my kid got out of the test, she said the questions were just taken from the site. This is a joke.”Others reported that many of the questions were taken from 2018 state tests featured on the site — and that they were removed after complaints began leaking out.
Hong Kong robots help autistic children boost social skills
A Hong Kong professor has developed an educational program using role-playing robots to help children with autism improve their social skills, part of an initiative adopted by non-profit groups and schools. “So we use the social robots to teach them social skills in order to reduce their anxiety.”The robots engage the children with role-playing and verbal interaction. After interacting with the robots, the children are encouraged to try out their social skills with a human tutor. More than 20 non-profit groups financed by governments and public schools in Hong Kong and Macau have adopted the programme. “We believe RABI can help children with autism improve their social and behavioral skills and in turn enhance the quality of their life”, she said.
Orphaned polar bear cub cuddles ‘like a dog’ after rescue
Like a real life Teddy bear, this polar bear cub just wants a hug. Rescuers on behalf of the Moscow Zoo have successfully captured an orphaned polar bear, first discovered and cared for by a group of kind-hearted gold miners in the Arctic. A group of brave gold miners — with their own hearts of gold — have saved an orphaned polar bear cub in the Arctic. Andrey Gorban; Royev Ruchey ZooMiners had tamed the bear “like a dog,” rescuers said, so much so that they felt comfortable cuddling with the cub. The juvenile bear was known to sniff around the miners’ base for food scraps.
Dubai-bred baby sharks released into Persian Gulf
A team of conservationists are releasing baby sharks that were bred in aquariums into the open sea in an effort to contribute to the conservation of native marine species in the Persian Gulf. A baby Arabian carpet shark is released into Persian Gulf waters during a conservation project by the Atlantis hotel, at the The Jebel Ali Wildlife Sanctuary, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, April 22, 2021. DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The baby sharks, bred at a gargantuan luxury resort on Dubai’s artificial palm-shaped island, had never before encountered the open sea. Soon, the baby sharks were on the move. The team stood shin-deep in the warm waters of the Persian Gulf, surrounded by the small and slowly circling sharks.
Woman who executed ex-girlfriend in Park Slope held without bail
The woman accused of fatally gunning down her ex-girlfriend execution-style in broad daylight on a Park Slope street was ordered held without bail at her arraignment Thursday — as prosecutors revealed a disturbing history of domestic violence in their relationship. The cold-blooded 1 p.m. shooting at Fourth Avenue and St. Marks Place was captured on surveillance video, obtained by The Post. In the video, Bell can be seen running up to Thomas from behind and blasting the victim once in the back of the head at point-blank range before fleeing, prosecutors charge. Hours after the shooting, Bell, armed with a loaded gun, surrendered to cops at the 78th Precinct station house. At the precinct, Bell admitted, “I need to talk to the homicide detective.
Les McKeown, former lead singer of the Bay City Rollers, dead at 65
Les McKeown, former lead vocalist for the iconic Scottish pop group Bay City Rollers, has died. The late star’s family broke the news of his death in a moving Facebook post on Thursday. McKeown left the Rollers in 1978, although in recent years, he took part in a nostalgia tour with ex-bandmates. His distinct vocals in “Bye Bye Baby” and other hits are still recognized by youngsters to this day. Les McKeown of the Bay City Rollers performs in London in 2016.
Harry Styles joins James Corden’s Gucci talk show
Gucci just upgraded “The Late Late Show.”The Italian fashion house tapped James Corden to play host on a fictional Gucci talk show for its new Beloved ad campaign, interacting with guests including Harry Styles, Diane Keaton, Serena Williams, Dakota Johnson, Sienna Miller and Awkwafina. The stars are all, naturally, dressed head-to-toe in Gucci, with various handbag designs from the Beloved collection taking center stage. Styles, 27, lounged in flared jeans, a flower-printed top and a fur coat, clutching a black Jackie 1961 handbag ($2,300). In a video of the scripted talk show appearance, Corden and Styles joke about a (presumably imaginary) time when the former found the latter outside of a diner. “Sequence of Harry Styles laughing = free therapy,” one person tweeted.
De Blasio may lift outdoor mask requirement if COVID vaccine rates rise
People line up to get the COVID-10 vaccine in New York on April 20, 2021. People wait to enter the vaccine site at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn on April 21, 2021. If restrictions will be lifted based on the vaccination rate, Bill de Blasio said. It is working.”Data shows that COVID-related hospitalizations and new cases are trending downward in New York City. To date, New York City has administered more than 5.9 million coronavirus vaccine doses.
An airline is taking a flight to nowhere over the Chernobyl nuclear disaster
“Passengers of the flight will be able not only to see Kyiv and Chernobyl from the most unusual angles and the minimum allowable height — 900 meters, but also to deepen their knowledge about the causes and consequences of the Chernobyl accident,” the airline says on its website. Story continues below advertisementThe April 25 flight, the day before the anniversary, will include a professional guide from the Chernobyl Tour company. Before the pandemic, tourism to the abandoned nuclear power plant and neighboring ghost town of Pripyat had seen a sharp increase following an HBO miniseries. Chernobyl Tour offers its own air tour of the site by small plane or helicopter. Story continues below advertisementThe earlier flights also sold out, airline spokeswoman Anastasiia Chaplyhina said in an email, adding that interest remains high.
Mormon sex therapist has been expelled from the LDS Church
Helfer believes that the church has targeted the mental health profession, while the LDS Church maintains that she was expelled because of her public opposition to the church. An LDS Church spokesman said that membership councils are private matters and declined to answer specific questions about the case. Hundreds of Mormon mental health professionals signed a letter of support last week. AdvertisementStory continues below advertisementMarty Erickson, president of the Mormon Mental Health Association, which was founded by Helfer, said he is a Mormon in good standing with the church but that mental health professionals are worried about whether the church could similarly impact their membership. “I see the results of having things said over the pulpit that do not match mental health best care standards that cause clients harm,” she said.
Renting a vacation home for the first time? Don’t take anything for granted.
AdvertisementStory continues below advertisementWe discovered a four-bedroom, three-bath house that we dubbed Ocean Adventure in honor of our long-deferred vacation. Managed by a top-performing host cited for cleanliness, the property rated 4.9 out of 5 stars. We, too, requested that the host wash the blankets before our arrival. Remember, we booked a property rated 4.9 out of 5 stars from a top-performing host cited for cleanliness. Since all the condos, villas, houses, cabins and even glamping tents we’ve rented came with those, we assumed that our top-performing host supplied them as well.
Minnesota AG on Derek Chauvin's motive: Ex-cop 'put ego before policing'
"That’s a question we spent a lot of time asking ourselves," Ellison told Scott Pelley in a preview clip released Thusday, "and all we could come up with is what we could divine from his body language and his demeanor. Ellison told Pelley he believed Floyd was treated the way he was because he "was suffering from anxiety and claustrophobia." Ellison then returned to the question surrounding Chauvin’s motive, which prosecutors were not required to prove. "What I saw is somebody who just put ego before policing, ego before the discharge of a public trust in duty," Ellison said. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPOn Tuesday, a jury found Chauvin, 45, guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
Are coronavirus masks necessary for vaccinated people?
While in private, however, the agency says fully vaccinated people can gather indoors without physical distancing or wearing masks with others who are fully vaccinated, and with unvaccinated people from one other household unless any of those people are high-risk. WHY DO COVID-19 VACCINES CAUSE ARM PAIN? HOW LONG DOES COVID-19 VACCINE PROTECTION LAST? Another is vaccinating children, a group that is known to transmit viruses but has not yet been approved to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE"I’m a doctor and if I’m seeing a patient who has COVID-19 – I’m vaccinated – I’m still going to wear the mask because I don’t know what variant that person has," he said.
Disney World to power 40% of park with solar power
Disney World recently announced a major upgrade to its resort that will enable the park to obtain nearly half of its energy from solar power. On the Disney Parks Blog, it was revealed that two new arrays of solar panels is being installed at Disney World in Florida. The announcement also revealed solar power projects for Disneyland Paris and a facility that will reportedly be able to provide 70% of the energy required to power Castaway Cay, the private island owned by Disney Cruise Line. The solar canopies being installed at Disneyland Paris will be able to provide shelter for an estimated 9,500 vehicles. FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK FOR MORE FOX LIFESTYLE NEWSAccording to the blog post, all of Disney Parks’ solar portfolio across the world draws enough energy to power eight Magic Kingdoms (the theme park located at the Walt Disney World Resort).
Queen Elizabeth II’s grandson-in-law Mike Tindall says Prince Philip’s ‘no fuss’ funeral was 'perfect'
Mike Tindall believes the British royal family prepared the "perfect" sendoff for Prince Philip. "It’s been a difficult 10 days," Zara Tindall’s husband admitted on "The Good, The Bad & The Rugby" podcast on Tuesday. MEGHAN MARKLE, SON ARCHIE SPOKE TO QUEEN ELIZABETH II AHEAD OF PRINCE PHILIP’S FUNERAL: REPORTThe former rugby player said he was impressed by how strong Queen Elizabeth II, 95, has been after losing her husband of 73 years. His eldest son, Prince Charles, led the procession with his siblings. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPOn Wednesday, Elizabeth expressed her thanks for all "the support and kindness" shown following Philip’s death.
Massive car pileup in Wisconsin leaves 1 dead, several injured amid whiteout snow conditions
A massive multi-vehicle pileup in Wisconsin left one woman dead and several other motorists injured amid whiteout snow conditions on Wednesday. Dashcam video from the scene shows a tractor-trailer losing control on Interstate 41 in Washington County and slamming into a snowplow before overturning in the low-visibility weather. The Washington County Sheriff's Office said the pileup on I-41 involved a total of 48 vehicles and that 38 were damaged. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP"Near white-out snow conditions will likely be a contributing factor in the investigations," the sheriff’s office said. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Wisconsin State Patrol and Slinger Police Department are investigating the 20 different crashes that occurred on I-41.
Cowen analyst on Intel's turnaround strategy
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailCowen analyst on Intel's turnaround strategyMatt Ramsay, Cowen analyst and managing director, weighs in on Intel ahead of earnings after the bell. Cowen has an $80 price target for the stock a year out.
Watch Thursday's full episode of the Halftime Report — April 22, 2021
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailWatch Thursday's full episode of the Halftime Report — April 22, 2021"Fast Money Halftime Report" is on the front lines of CNBC's market coverage. Host CNBC's Scott Wapner and the Street's top investors get to the heart of the action as it's happening and help set the agenda for the rest of the day. Watch today's full episode on CNBC PRO.
Why Tom Lee expects to see a 'real rejuvenation' of the stock market rally
Tom Lee told CNBC on Thursday that he believes the U.S. equity market is in a prime position to go higher heading into the summer months. In an interview on "Halftime Report," the co-founder of Fundstrat Global Advisors cited a number of potential catalysts, including what he sees as an improvement in the trajectory of coronavirus cases in the U.S. That will allow investors to become more confident in a strong economic reopening, he said. "I think stocks are going to now have another leg up, so I think the rolling correction is running its course," Lee said, contending the S&P 500 could reach 4,400 by June. That represents more than 5% upside from where the broad equity index traded around 1:30 p.m. Thursday. "I think we could have a real rejuvenation of the stock rally," added Lee, who also serves as the firm's head of research.
Here are some under-the-radar stocks that Cathie Wood is buying
Cathie Wood, chief executive officer and chief investment officer of ARK Investment Management LLC, speaks during the Sooner Than You Think conference in the Brooklyn borough of New York on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018. Popular investor Cathie Wood has made a name for herself on mega-bets on high-growth stocks like Tesla and Square. Yet, Ark Invest makes bets on several under-the-radar stocks they believe will be the next big popular disruptors.
Is it still necessary to wear masks outdoors? CDC 'looking at' revising mask guidance
Masks protect against coronavirus infection, but with more than 84 million adults in the United States fully vaccinated against COVID-19, there are growing questions about whether wearing masks outdoors is still needed. Already in states where mask orders are still in effect, there are moves to loosen restrictions for outdoors. Roy Cooper hopes to lift restrictions, including an outdoor mask mandate, by June 1. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is considering a change to outdoor mask guidance by June. “If you're vaccinated and if there's low rates of community transmission, it's definitely reasonable to not worry about wearing masks (outdoors),” she said.
How walking with a partner can actually reduce health benefits
Walking is the superfood of fitness and it’s extra special if your spouse comes along, but walking together for exercise may “unintentionally reduce health benefits” for the couple, researchers at Purdue University have found. The partners, who ranged in age from 25 to 79 years old, first walked alone so researchers could measure their typical solo walking speed. A previous study found men — who usually walk faster than women — slow their walking pace for a romantic partner, but not a female friend. Some researchers believe gait speed should be considered a vital sign like pulse because it reflects overall health, Rietdyk said. It may be helpful to use a fitness tracker to measure your typical walking speed and prod your spouse to walk a bit faster.
Can chlorophyll water help your skin? Experts weigh in
Dr. Rajani Katta, a dermatologist and clinical assistant professor at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, said that chlorophyll water is "just water that's had a supplement" added in. Chlorophyll water doesn't include actual chlorophyll, which is a plant pigment, but instead uses a chemical derivative called chlorophyllin. Proponents of the products say that chlorophyll water can help with things like acne or aging, but dermatologists noted that research into the use of chlorophyll water for skin care is limited. Does chlorophyll water help skin? Like the dermatologists interviewed for this piece, Turoff said that she found the evidence for chlorophyll water "very weak."
Covid travel tracker: Which countries are allowing visitors from the U.S.?
NBC News is tracking travel restrictions in countries around the world. Here is what travelers need to know, as of Monday, March 29:More than 70 countries, including Brazil, Haiti, Ireland and Egypt, are fully open to U.S. travelers and tourists. Sixteen countries are completely closed to Americans, including France, Belgium, Iraq, Libya and New Zealand. The remaining countries fall somewhere in between, with some offering exceptions for dual-citizens, residents or those with qualifying travel reasons. More than 150 countries require a negative Covid-19 test from travelers.
Canada, under pressure to bar India, Brazil flights, could soon make announcement -official
REUTERS/Carlos Osorio/File PhotoCanada's government, under pressure to suspend flights from India and Brazil over fears about the spread of the coronavirus, could make an announcement on the matter shortly, a senior medical official said on Thursday. "I think perhaps we will have an announcement about the border soon," he told a briefing when asked about a clamp-down on travel from India and Brazil, but did not give details. We must temporarily suspend flights from hot spot countries to secure the borders," said Erin O'Toole, leader of the official opposition Conservative Party. Quebec premier Francois Legault said this week "we worry about flights coming from countries like India and Brazil." France is imposing a 10-day quarantine for travelers from Brazil, Chile, Argentina, South Africa and India, while the United Arab Emirates has suspended all flights from India read moreOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
In Earth Day message, pope warns that planet is “at the brink”
Pope Francis delivers a video message on the occasion of Earth Day, at the Vatican, April 22, 2021. We are at the brink," Francis, who has backed the scientific consensus that global warming is partly man-made, said in the Earth Day message. He said now was the time for innovation and invention and urged political leaders to act with courage and justice. The event hosted by Biden, which Francis called a "wonderful" initiative, was meant to resurrect U.S. leadership in the fight against global warming. The pope criticised former U.S President Donald Trump when he withdrew the United States from the 2015 Paris accord to limit global warming.
U.S. SEC picks first woman of color to lead enforcement
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission logo adorns an office door at the SEC headquarters in Washington, June 24, 2011. REUTERS/Jonathan ErnstThe U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday named former federal prosecutor Alex Oh as its new head of enforcement, the first woman of color to lead the division, which plays a crucial role in policing U.S. financial markets. She has also done pro bono work on issues relating to voting restrictions and attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare. Oh's return to government comes as the SEC has begun probing the frenzied marketplace for blank-check acquisition companies and has targeted climate risk as a focus for its enforcement unit. The new SEC leadership is expected to usher in a tougher regulatory regime for Wall Street.
British regulator says AstraZeneca COVID shot clots rise to 168
REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge/File PhotoBritain's medicines regulator on Thursday said there had been 168 major blood clots following a dose of AstraZeneca's (AZN.L) COVID-19 vaccine, a rate of 7.9 clots per million doses, a jump in incidence from the previous week's figure. This was up from the 100 cases reported last week, when the overall case incidence was 4.9 per million doses. There has been scrutiny of the AstraZeneca vaccine on the issue of the very rare clots and some countries, including Britain, have recommended that only people over a certain age get the shot. Adam Finn, Professor of Paediatrics at Bristol University, said the jump in reported cases was expected. There were 32 reported deaths from clots in total, compared to 22 reported last week, but the fatality rate of the reported clots dropped to 19% from 22%.
Legislature approves bill upping recycled content in plastic
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Plastic containers for beverages, household cleaning products and personal care products sold in Washington state will be required to contain up to 50% post-consumer-use recycled content by 2031, under a measure passed by the Washington Legislature this week. The bill , which would also increase the content of recycled material in plastic garbage bags, received final approval from the Senate on Monday and now heads to Gov. Jay Inslee for his signature. Instead, they only can offer them on request, or put them out on a counter for self-serve. Starting in June 2024 the measure will ban the use of polystyrene foam, also known as Styrofoam, in food service containers in the state, as well as in packaging peanuts and coolers in the state.
Muslim college student badly burned in acid attack in New York, police seek suspect
Nafiah Ikram spent 15 days in the hospital after the March 17 attack, according to a statement from the New York Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY). "Ikram immediately felt severe burning pain on her face, neck, and hands and began to scream for help," according to CAIR-NY. The screaming caused the acid to go into Ikram's mouth, preventing her from breathing, according to a GoFundMe set up for the student. Amidst the rising hate crimes engulfing the state, it is important that this acid attack by an unknown individual be investigated as a possible hate crime." I don’t even know where you can get acid," Lakshmi said.
Dutch coronavirus infections rise ahead of lockdown easing
FILE - In this file photo dated Thursday, April 1, 2021, Dutch caretaker Prime Minister Mark Rutte listens to a debate in parliament in The Hague, Netherlands. Rutte announced a significant easing in his country's months-long coronavirus lockdown Tuesday April 20, 2021, calling it a delicate balancing act as infections remain stubbornly high, and as lockdown fatigue grows. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong) FILE - In this file photo dated Thursday, April 1, 2021, Dutch caretaker Prime Minister Mark Rutte listens to a debate in parliament in The Hague, Netherlands. Rutte announced a significant easing in his country's months-long coronavirus lockdown Tuesday April 20, 2021, calling it a delicate balancing act as infections remain stubbornly high, and as lockdown fatigue grows. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch caretaker Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Thursday defended his decision to ease his country’s lockdown next week even after the Netherlands recorded 9,648 new coronavirus infections— the highest daily increase since January.
Algerian professor gets 3-year jail term for offending Islam
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — An Algerian court on Thursday convicted a high-profile university professor specializing in Islam of offending the Muslim religion, and sentenced him to three years in prison. Said Djabelkhir was not immediately jailed and said he would appeal, according to a group of lawyers defending dozens of detained members of Algeria’s pro-democracy movement. “I am a professor and not an imam,” using “reason and critical thought,” he was quoted in the press as saying as he left the courtroom. Another university professor, joined by a group of lawyers, had filed suit against Djabelkhir for Facebook posts they deemed offensive to Islam. The conviction appeared to be a message that defending Islam is also a judicial matter in Algeria.
Research on shaken baby syndrome helps free 15-year inmate
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A man imprisoned for 15 years in the death of his month-old son is free after prosecutors and a judge agreed that the scientific research underlying what was once called “shaken baby syndrome” has changed significantly in recent years. Clifton Jones, 45, was released this month from Soledad State Prison after a judge agreed to resentence him to a lesser offense. Jones was arrested the day after his son, Clifton Jones, Jr., died on Dec. 13, 2005. In February, his attorney, Anjali Srinivasan, in partnership with the Northern California Innocence Project, filed a request for his release arguing that although the medical testimony may have been accurate at the time of trial, recent medical advancements point to the shaken baby syndrome testimony being false. “We do note that the scientific research underlying what was once called ‘Shaken Baby Syndrome’ has changed significantly over the past several years,” Sacramento County Chief Deputy District Attorney Rod Norgaard wrote in an email.
2 men killed in tanker explosion at railcar repair facility
SHOSHONI, Wyo. (AP) — Two men died in an explosion in an rail car tanker at a repair facility in central Wyoming, town of Shoshoni officials said Thursday. The explosion was reported at 3:24 p.m. Wednesday at Wasatch Railcar Repair southeast of Shoshoni, Police Chief Chris Konja said in a statement. The bodies of the men, ages 18 and 28, were recovered from the tanker, KTWO-AM reported. The cause of the explosion is being investigated in coordination with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Federal Railroad Association.
Barcelona maintains support of Super League despite backlash
Barcelona president Joan Laporta maintained his support for the Super League on Thursday April 22, 2021, despite the quick exit of 10 of the 12 founding clubs in the breakaway competition. Barcelona president Joan Laporta maintained his support for the Super League on Thursday April 22, 2021, despite the quick exit of 10 of the 12 founding clubs in the breakaway competition. Both Juventus and AC Milan also left open the possibility of joining a Super League at a later date. “If they say that the Super League will save soccer, they are lying or they are mistaken,” Tebas said. Barcelona will play its first match since the Super League announcement on Thursday against Getafe.
Vermont sugaring season cut short, sap yields low sugar
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Seventy-degree Fahrenheit weather and low sugar content in tree sap have caused one of the shortest seasons for Vermont sugar producers in over a decade. Allison Hope, executive director of the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers’ Association says that most sugar makers produced anywhere from 40% to 70% of an average crop of maple syrup this season. The average sugar content of the harvested sap was 2%, according to Hope, which increases the sap needed to produce maple syrup. “People also said they made some golden and more dark syrup than usual this year. Vermont sugar producers offer four grades of syrup: a golden color with a delicate taste, an amber color with rich taste, a dark color with robust taste, and a very dark color with a strong taste.
C&F: Q1 Earnings Snapshot
TOANO, Va. (AP) _ C&F Financial Corp. (CFFI) on Thursday reported first-quarter earnings of $7.2 million. The Toano, Virginia-based bank said it had earnings of $1.92 per share. The bank posted revenue of $37.4 million in the period. C&F shares have increased slightly more than 6% since the beginning of the year. Access a Zacks stock report on CFFI at https://www.zacks.com/ap/CFFI
Consumer Reports tricks Tesla to drive with no one at wheel
(AP) — Consumer Reports said Thursday it was able to easily trick a Tesla into driving in the car’s Autopilot mode with no one at the wheel. Its test came just days after a Tesla crashed in Texas, killing the two men in the car. Authorities say neither of the men were in the driver’s seat at the time of the crash. Consumer Reports said that during several trips on its closed tracks with an empty driver’s seat, its Tesla Model Y automatically steered along painted lane lines without acknowledging that nobody was at the controls. ADVERTISEMENTIn the Consumer Reports test, Fisher said he engaged Autopilot while the car was in motion on the track, then set the speed dial to zero to stop it.
Mormon sex therapist ousted from faith for critiques
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A sex therapist in Utah who has publicly challenged her faith’s policies on sexuality has been kicked out of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints following a disciplinary hearing. Natasha Helfer received a letter Wednesday from a regional church official explaining the reasons for her removal from the Salt Lake City-based church, The Salt Lake Tribune reported . Helfer was disciplined by church leaders in Kansas, where she lived before moving to Utah in 2019. Church members are taught not to have sex before marriage, engage in passionate kissing, touch another person’s private parts or arouse “emotions in your own body” that are supposed to be reserved for marriage. While not a lifelong ban, the withdrawal of a person’s membership by church leaders amounts to the harshest punishment available for a member of the faith.
AG wants legal fees paid by Robert Indiana’s estate returned
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Attorney General’s Office says the estate of Robert Indiana has paid seven law firms excessive legal fees and wants the estate to recoup $3.7 million of them, according to a court filing on Monday. The estate’s personal representative, James Brannan, is disputing that he must ask the law firms to return the funds, the Portland Press Herald reported . The attorney general’s office declined to say more about why they believe Brannan is responsible for the overpayments, the newspaper reported. ADVERTISEMENTThe law firms, which are based in Maine and New York, were paid $8.4 million by Brannan, an investigation by the attorney general’s office found. The office has said they are still reviewing the personal representative fees that Brannan has charged the estate, which the newspaper reported amounted to at least $1 million.
Breakout Watch: World's Largest 3D Printer Smiling Ahead Of Earnings
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Global COVID cases top 144 million as India breaks U.S.’s daily case record
India has recorded 314,835 new COVID cases on Thursday, up from 295,041 on Wednesday, according to data provided by Times of India. That breaks the world record the U.S. set on Jan. 8, when it recorded 300,669 new cases, according to a New York Times tracker. That brings India’s total cases to 15.93 million, second most in the world, and now about half of the U.S. total of 31.90 million cases, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University. Latest talliesTotal global COVID-19 cases rose to 144.19 million on Thursday, as deaths increased to 3,064,038, according to JHU data. The United Kingdom, which is fifth worldwide and led Europe with 127,579 deaths, was sixth in cases at 4.41 million.
More People Are Buying Vacation Homes, but Where They’re Looking May Surprise You
With more people looking for vacation homes, the data team at realtor.com took a look at the metropolitan areas that have seen the biggest growth in second-home sales so far this year compared with before the pandemic. Marion, NCMedian home price in March: $344,500Increase in second-home sales percentage: 21.8%Marion, NC, sits at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Ruston, LAMedian home price: $242,000Increase in second-home sales percentage: 19.4%Ruston is another affordable, nature-friendly region for those on a budget. Barnstable Town, MACape Cod, MA, has always been a popular spot for vacation homes. They may not mind the higher prices as, since the start of the pandemic, people have been living in their Cape Cod vacation homes year-round.
Supreme Court rolls back leniency toward juvenile offenders
In a dissent, a liberal justice accused her colleagues of gutting earlier decisions that said life without parole sentences for people under age 18 should be rare. In a 6-3 decision that split the justices along ideological lines, the court said no. The ruling followed more than a decade in which the court moved gradually toward more leniency for minors convicted of murder. The court’s three liberal justices dissented, with Justice Sonia Sotomayor writing that the decision “guts” prior cases in favor of minors. Kavanaugh, the author of Thursday’s majority opinion and a former clerk to Kennedy, replaced Kennedy on the court in October 2018.
Stimulus checks: IRS sends 2 million more payments in latest round
More than $379 billion in stimulus payments have been sent so far, about 84% of the $450 billion earmarked for stimulus payments, the IRS said in a press release on Thursday. Here’s what you need to know about the third round of stimulus checks. For the third round of checks, the IRS will use your 2019 or 2020 tax return to determine if you qualify for the direct payment. Eligible taxpayers who used the IRS Non-Filer tool for the first round of checks will be treated as providing returns and will also receive payments. Additionally, Americans who qualify for the stimulus payment and have dependents will get an additional $1,400 per dependent.
Facebook will ask users about ‘negative experiences’ in News Feed
Facebook is still trying to figure out how to fix News Feed, and it plans to start asking users about the type of content they want to see. Facebook is making it easier to hide posts from News feed. At the same time, Mark Zuckerberg has said he wants to reduce the amount of political content in News Feed overall. Separately, Facebook has already been testing ways to weed out political posts from News Feed. The service already allows users to hide posts, but the option is buried under the “...” menu, so many people may not know it exists.
Aspiration Zero is the first credit card to ‘eliminate’ users carbon footprint: CEO
Bloomberg(Bloomberg) -- There’s a slice of the Thai yield curve for everyone.Local investors are bidding up shorter-dated bonds as the spread of Covid-19 in the country convinces them to seek out the safest assets. The rising case count looks set to delay plans to further reopen the borders to much-needed tourism.Local investors have reacted to climbing cases by shifting funds to shorter-dated government debt and away from company bonds. In contrast, the premium on Indonesian bonds over Treasuries has narrowed in the same period.Two more positive factors are are encouraging both local and foreign investors: the central bank’s management of bond supply and the outlook for inflation. Nevertheless, the outlook for Thai bonds has been getting brighter - irrespective of which end of the curve you look at. (Updates with central bank’s debt management strategy in 10th paragraph)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.
Market reaction to Biden’s capital gains tax proposal is ‘a bit overdone’: Strategist
Bloomberg(Bloomberg) -- The implosion of Archegos is giving thousands of secretive family offices the greatest challenge to their privacy in a decade. The new disclosures could include firms’ derivatives positions and which stocks they are shorting.Family office representatives are pushing back. They say they’re preparing for their biggest lobbying effort since they successfully avoided inclusion in tough new regulations following the 2008 financial crisis. He said he plans to contact law firms and U.S. senators if regulators take an aggressive stance on family offices. The SEC is in the process of implementing a long-delayed rule that would require all funds, including family offices, to privately disclose some of their derivatives positions to the agency.
Apple Supplier Quanta Hacked In $50M Ransomware Attack By Russian Group: Bloomberg
The Taiwan-based company is a key supplier to Apple, manufacturing mostly Macbooks. They’ve asked Apple to pay their ransom by May 1, as was first reported by Bleeping Computer. More recently, ransomware gangs have also stolen data and threatened to make it public unless the victim pays a fee. REvil’s the same group that executed a ransomware attack in 2020 against a law firm they claimed once represented some of Donald Trump’s television enterprises. The images include specific component serial numbers, sizes and capacities detailing the many working parts inside of an Apple laptop.
UK apologizes for racism in memorials to WWI dead
The investigation found that those service members were either not commemorated by name or weren’t commemorated at all, according to a report commissioned by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. It also violates the principle that all war dead should be remembered in the same way because they all made the same enormous sacrifice. Its responsibilities were later expanded to include those who died during World War II, and it now oversees the graves of 1.7 million men and women who died during the two wars. “(Yet) when it came to men who were black and brown and Asian and African, it is not equal. “It is an absolute scandal.”The inequality was rooted in the “imperial ideology” of British and colonial authorities in the years immediately after World War I, the investigation found.
Taiwan authorities look into Apple supplier hack
The Apple logo stuck to a glass buildingAuthorities in Taiwan say they are looking into a ransomware cyber-attack on a major technology firm there. Quanta Computer is a manufacturer of many flagship Apple products, including its MacBook line. Taiwanese officials said they are "taking an initial step to look into and understand" the incident. On their darknet website, the anonymous hackers are attempting to extort a ransom from Apple directly, writing: "We recommended that Apple buy back available data by 1 May." "We've reported to, and kept seamless communications with, the relevant law enforcement and data protection authorities concerning recent abnormal activities observed.
NASA extracts breathable oxygen from thin Martian air
By Steve GormanLOS ANGELES (Reuters) - NASA has logged another extraterrestrial first on its latest mission to Mars: converting carbon dioxide from the Martian atmosphere into pure, breathable oxygen, the U.S. space agency said on Wednesday. In its first activation, the toaster-sized instrument dubbed MOXIE, short for Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment, produced about 5 grams of oxygen, equivalent to roughly 10 minutes' worth of breathing for an astronaut, NASA said. "MOXIE isn't just the first instrument to produce oxygen on another world," Trudy Kortes, director of technology demonstrations within NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate, said in a statement. According to NASA, getting four astronauts off the Martian surface would take about 15,000 pounds (7 metric tons) of rocket fuel, combined with 55,000 pounds (25 metric tons) of oxygen. Astronauts living and working on Mars would require perhaps one metric ton of oxygen between them to last an entire year, Hecht said.
George Floyd and Emmett Till families see parallels in loss
A Black Minneapolis man’s killing by police last year propelled a worldwide call for racial justice and ending police brutality. The murders of Emmett Till and George Floyd were separated by more than six decades, contrasting circumstances and countless protests, but their families say they feel an intimate connection in their grief and what comes next. For Floyd’s brother, Till immediately came to mind on Tuesday after now-fired white police Officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of multiple murder charges and manslaughter in George Floyd's death. “But he was the first George Floyd.”Both families recount similar anguish in mourning deaths that became flashpoints in American history. After Floyd's death sparked a reckoning on racial justice, a racially-mixed jury took 10 hours to deliver guilty verdicts.
More bodycam video out of fatal shooting of teen girl in Ohio
Columbus police released more bodycam video Wednesday of the fatal shooting of Black teen Ma'Khia Bryant the day before. Hundreds marched past or stopped at the Statehouse, the Ohio Supreme Court and police headquarters among other spots, the station said. An image from police bodycam video shows a teenage girl appearing to wield a knife before being shot by police in Columbus, Ohio, on April 20, 2021. The officer who killed Bryant will be "taken off the street" while the shooting is investigated, Woods said. "A teenage girl is dead and she is dead at the hands of a police officer," Pettus said.
Tesla test drive shows Autopilot will run without passenger behind the wheel
A test drive of a 2020 Tesla Model Y conducted by Consumer Reports engineers reveals that the electric vehicle's Autopilot feature will run regardless of whether a passenger is behind the wheel. The experiment comes in the wake of a Tesla crash in Harris County, Texas, on Sunday that killed two people. For those driving without Autopilot but with the Tesla's active safety features, the company registered one accident for every 2.05 million miles driven. As for those driving without Autopilot or active safety features, the company registered one accident for every 978,000 miles driven. "Let me be clear: Anyone who uses Autopilot on the road without someone in the driver seat is putting themselves and others in imminent danger," Fisher said.
Apple let Parler back on app store with ‘particular kind of content censorship,’ Interim CEO Meckler says
Parler Interim CEO Mark Meckler explained on "Varney & Co." on Thursday what allowed the social media platform to get back on the app store. He told host Stuart Varney that Apple requires a "particular kind of content censorship" to reinstate the conservative-friendly social network back on the app store. However, Apple noted earlier this month that in the period since Parler was removed from the app store, Apple’s App Review Team worked with Parler to bring the social media network "into compliance with the Guidelines and reinstate it in the App Store." Last week, Apple notified Parler of its decision "that its proposed updated app will be approved for reinstatement to the App Store." Ticker Security Last Change Change % AMZN AMAZON.COM, INC. 3,323.52 -38.50 -1.15%"Amazon was our web host and now we don’t need them.
Postal Service 'elite police force' monitors social media posts for potential threats
Beyond delivering the mail through snow, rain, heat or gloom of night, the United States Postal Service occasionally monitors Americans’ social media accounts to identify potential threats. Postal Inspection Service occasionally reviews publicly available information in order to assess potential safety or security threats to Postal Service employees, facilities, operations and infrastructure," a spokesperson for the agency said in a statement to FOX Business. It added that the service includes both federal law enforcement officers and Postal Inspectors to help identify potential threats to the Postal Service, its employees, its customers and its delivery network. USPS analysts working for iCOP are said to scroll through social media accounts on the lookout for "inflammatory" posts, which are then transmitted across other government agencies. GET FOX BUSINESS ON THE GO BY CLICKING HEREIt is not immediately clear why the enforcement division of the Postal Service would be tasked with monitoring social media accounts or protests.
Why Jim Cramer Is Watching Lam Research
Why Jim Cramer Is Watching Lam ResearchLam Research (LRCX) - Get Report is a stock to watch according to Jim Cramer. Catch a sneak peek from Cramer's latest Real Money column in the video above. Recap TheStreet Live: Everything Jim Cramer Is Watching Thursday
KnowBe4 Raises $150 Million in First Cybersecurity IPO of 2021
Business cybersecurity firm KnowBe4 (KNBE) - Get Report became the first cybersecurity company to go public in 2021 on Thursday, raising more than $150 million in its Nasdaq debut with its shares surging more than 33% at the start of trading. KnowBe4 CEO Stu Sjouwerman sat down with the TheStreet's Corey Goldman to talk about the IPO, cybersecurity in a 'WFH' world, and how catching virtual criminals and protecting the online world from theft and disruption is more important than ever. ETF Battles: Investing in Cybersecurity? The 4 Best ETFs in an EPIC BATTLE!
April events: Outdoor light show, nature challenge, cherry blossoms
Volunteering is a good way to make Earth Day count every day, and it can be life-changing. Advertisement3 things to do this weekIn case you missed it, last week’s newsletter featured eight ways to get active on Earth Day. Alex Jiggs stands at the edge of a cliff overlooking the valley in smoke-shrouded Yosemite National Park. In last week’s newsletter, I wrote that Joshua Tree National Park is the closest national park to downtown Los Angeles, just 140 miles away. I should have added “by car.” Robert Scott Bullock wrote to tell me that Channel Islands National Park is closer, and he’s right.
Jordan releases 16 allegedly involved in foreign-backed sedition plot
Weeks after their arrest, more than a dozen alleged plotters were freed over their involvement in a royal feud between King Abdullah II and his half-brother and onetime crown prince, Prince Hamzah. Hopefully they’ll be having iftar in their homes tonight,” said Hisham Majali, from whose tribe two members were arrested. Two other defendants, Bassem Awadallah, a former top lieutenant to King Abdullah with deep links to Saudi Arabia; and Sharif Hassan bin Zaid, a royal family member, remained in detention. His words have since resonated with many in Jordan, a perennially cash-strapped kingdom and top U.S. ally that has been ravaged by the coronavirus. The country suffers from unprecedented levels of youth unemployment and the widespread perception that corruption has riddled the state.
Acting Mayor Janey says COVID-19 cases and deaths are declining in Boston
“As a result of our comprehensive approach, we are seeing encouraging trends this week in Boston,” she said during a City Hall briefing. “As of Tuesday, April 20, we saw 83 new confirmed cases for a total of 68,114 [since the pandemic started]. It is hopeful to see the rate of new cases and deaths continue to decrease.”Acting Mayor Kim Janey said Thursday that Boston’s COVID-19 data is trending in the right direction as the city continues to battle the pandemic. Over 3,500 vaccinations have been administered over the last 13 days, in Dorchester, East Boston, Roslindale, South End, Allston, Roxbury, Hyde Park, and Jamaica Plain.”Mobile vaccination teams will head out to Mattapan and additional parts of Dorchester and South Boston in the next few days, she said. “We must remain vigilant to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by encouraging our students and staff to wear masks, wash their hands, maintain adequate social distance,” Janey said.
LA Times Today: Vaccinating California’s most vulnerable residents
All California residents 16 and over are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccines, but vaccinating the state’s most vulnerable is still a high priority.The L.A. Times recently followed a youth organization, which opened a pop-up mobile vaccination clinic in Chinatown.
Gerald Haslam, author who chronicled life in rural California, dies at 84
Growing up in the 1950s, author Gerald Haslam developed what he called a perverse pride in a taunt hurled at the people of his hardscrabble Central Valley town: Oildale Okies. His hometown, he wrote, “had plenty of warts, yet I loved it.”It was the kind of unglamorous inland rural place Haslam always called “the other California.” It was his California. AdvertisementUmbrellas shade farmworkers harvesting grapes on Aug. 13, 2020, in the town of Delano in California’s Central Valley. Haslam’s writings — which included hundreds of contributions to newspapers, magazines, journals and anthologies — were mostly set in the Central Valley. AdvertisementHaslam’s writing, he said, celebrated the triumphs of the Central Valley — and did not sugarcoat its shortcomings.
LA Times Today: Inside L.A.'s tiny homes
In early February, the city of Los Angeles opened an interim housing shelter featuring 39 prefab tiny homes. It’s designed to help get people back on their feet as they seek other housing. We recently visited L.A.’s first tiny home village to see how these eight-foot by eight foot spaces aren’t boxes— they’re home
These works of art show why cities will endure
Arthur Drooker, "Los Angeles City Hall," from "City Hall." ©Arthur DrookerBoston City Hall — the one in the Wiseman documentary — is among the buildings Arthur Drooker photographed for his book “City Hall.” “I selected fifteen city halls that best represent a range of styles, from Federal to modern,” he writes. Organized chronologically, the book begins with New York City Hall, which dates to 1812, and ends with the futuristic-looking Las Vegas City Hall. Or just under a mile away there’s the vaguely Mayan pyramid atop Los Angeles City Hall. Fran Lebowitz, left, and Martin Scorsese looking at the scale model of New York City at the Queens Museum, in "Pretend It's a City."
For Earth Day, Mayor Elorza asks Providence residents to take a pledge to reduce use of chemicals on lawns and gardens
The parks were my backyard,” Elorza told reporters Thursday morning at the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center. “We want to continue to invite all of our residents and our kids to enjoy our parks. So people are asking themselves how they can be part of the solution,” said Mayor Jorge O. Elorza. The campaign and the report on chemical free practices in Providence was supported by a $35,000 grant from Healthy Babies Bright Futures. Or the park’s bio-control program that manages insect pests without using toxic chemicals.
Mao Ayuth, filmmaker who survived the Khmer Rouge, dies at 76
Over nearly four years, as more than 1.7 million people were massacred, Mr. Mao Ayuth survived by hiding his background as an artist, pretending instead to be a wedding photographer. After a Vietnamese invasion drove the Khmer Rouge from power in 1979, Mr. Mao Ayuth returned to his craft, but by then Phnom Penh was a ghost town. He is survived by his widow, So Samony; four daughters, Mao Bophany, Mao Moni Na, Mao Moni Neath, and Mao Moni Roath; and one son, Mao Makara. Mr. Mao Ayuth was appointed secretary of state in the Ministry of Information in 1993. Mr. Mao Ayuth was still working on the series at his death, regarding it as a distinct privilege.
A major refresh for a Conn. inn can mean a major refresh for its guests
Last fall, while most of us were still doing jigsaw puzzles and perfecting our sourdough starter, the Mayflower Inn & Spa was undergoing a facelift. AdvertisementTHE WELL at the Mayflower Inn & Spa. AdvertisementThe lobby of the Mayflower Inn & Spa. A scene from the Mayflower Inn & Spa. Mayflower Inn & Spa, Auberge Resorts Collection, 118 Woodbury Road, Washington, Conn.; 860-868-9466; www.aubergeresorts.com/mayflower.
Benedetto closes, Time Out Market Boston readies for relaunch, and a 1920s cocktail lounge prepares to debut
Closings : In a blow to Harvard Square, Benedetto will shut down at the Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St.), says owner Michael Pagliarini. Its hand-rolled pasta and refined surroundings contrasted with the louder, less formal mood at sister restaurant Giulia down the street (1682 Massachusetts Ave.). AdvertisementTime Out Market Boston returns to the Fenway (401 Park Drive) in May after a winter hiatus. In East Boston, Pazza on Porter (107 Porter St.) reopens its patio and plans to host a Jack’s Abby beer garden come May. Changes: Brass Union in Somerville’s Union Square (70 Union Square) will become Vera’s in late April, with chef de cuisine Sandro Joseph (Foundry on Elm) focusing on comfort food.
Encouraging signs are beginning to emerge in Mass. coronavirus data
Encouraging signs are emerging in the coronavirus data being released by the state Department of Public Health. Is it possible the coronavirus is beginning to loosen its deadly grip on Massachusetts? The levels are also lower than the numbers reached during the state’s pandemic lull last summer. The positivity percentage numbers also dropped sharply after the peak of the second surge early this year, then bumped up in March and earlier this month. College testing programs dilute the data because they repeatedly test large numbers of asymptomatic people in an effort to rapidly identify new cases.
Rhode Island to lift business restrictions ahead of Memorial Day weekend
PROVIDENCE — Business owners, rejoice: It looks like it could be a nearly-normal summer in Rhode Island. “This is a terrific day for Rhode Island,” said Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor. Business restrictions will be lifted in Rhode Island beginning May 28. The news comes as Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont announced earlier this week that all business restrictions would phase out by May 19. Dale Venturini, the chief executive of the Rhode Island Hospitality Association, said in a statement that the governor’s announcement reflects more than a year of the Association’s advocacy to safely reopen Rhode Island.
Baker says Mass. has lowest COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in nation
“With all of our counties showing hesitancy rates that are well below 10 percent, people in Massachusetts are eager to get vaccinated,” Baker said. Governor Charlie Baker on Thursday touted CDC data showing Massachusetts has the lowest rate of COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in the nation, telling reporters that state residents are “eager” to get the shots. AdvertisementHe said state officials remain focused on vaccine equity as well. We will not be completely done with COVID for quite a while.”Nor will we be done with shots, Baker said. That was out of 77,000 tests,” Baker said.
Research on ‘shaken baby syndrome’ helps free Northern California father after 15 years in prison
Clifton Jones, 45, was released this month from Soledad State Prison after a judge agreed to resentence him to a lesser offense. Jones was arrested the day after his son, Clifton Jones, Jr., died on Dec. 13, 2005. One of the first things he did after gaining his freedom on April 15 was to visit his child’s grave. In February, his attorney, Anjali Srinivasan, in partnership with the Northern California Innocence Project, filed a request for his release arguing that although the medical testimony may have been accurate at the time of trial, recent medical advancements point to the shaken baby syndrome testimony being false. “We do note that the scientific research underlying what was once called ‘Shaken Baby Syndrome’ has changed significantly over the past several years,” Sacramento County Chief Deputy District Attorney Rod Norgaard wrote in an email.
Abandoned 25-foot long boat washes up on Southern California coast
Investigators were searching a 25-foot abandoned long boat found on the sand in Dana Point Wednesday morning, April 21. The boat was reported at 7 a.m. across from 34664 Pacific Coast Highway. Beachgoers walking by stopped to watch and snapped photos as investigators combed the boat, taking out gas tanks and life vests from the vessel. Related Articles Video shows baby whale off California Coast with fishing gear stuck in mouthBioluminescence is back on California coast: Video shows dog swimming in neon waterVideo shows 14 people rescued from boat sinking off California coastVideo shows 14 people rescued from boat sinking off California coastWhat’s a Grunion? They are running — and if you’re lucky, you may see the Southern California phenomenon He wondered if the boat was from smugglers coming to shore.
These 2 girls found a way to empower themselves and others — with knowledge
Talking with Claira, who’s 16, they decided to make it about more than that. Claira and Alexandra started EmpowHerX, a group to empower high school girls with real-life skills in self-defense, finance, career preparation, cultural awareness and leadership. The group met in person for the first time in February at the Japanese Friendship Garden, where they talked about cultures. Alexandra, who’s half Japanese, taught the girls to introduce themselves in Japanese. “The idea is to prepare high school girls for these things before they happen.”They’ll learn about automotive care at the female-run Girl Gang Garage in Phoenix.
Arizona reports 647 new COVID-19 cases and 22 new known deaths, continuing relative plateau
Arizona reported 647 new COVID-19 cases and 22 new known deaths on Thursday as trends for spread of the illness remained relatively steady. The state's seven-day average for new reported COVID-19 cases was 675 on Thursday. The state's overall COVID-19 death and case rates since Jan. 21, 2020, still remain among the worst in the country. Arizona's newly reported 22 deaths brought the known COVID-19 death count to 17,221. Arizona's death total of 17,221 deaths represents about 3% of COVID-19 deaths in the U.S.Reach the reporter at Alison.Steinbach@arizonarepublic.com or at 602-444-4282.
Boulder shooting suspect, now charged with 54 crimes, could face even more counts, DA says
The 21-year-old Arvada man charged with 54 crimes in connection with the March mass shooting at a Boulder King Soopers could face even more charges in the future, Boulder County District Attorney Michael Dougherty said Thursday. The new charges included 32 counts of attempted first-degree murder and listed 11 police officers and seven civilians as victims. The amended charging document now lists the victims in the order they were killed and fired upon, Dougherty said, with two distinct entries by police. The first entry into the store by police included Officer Eric Talley, one of the 10 people killed, and two other Boulder police officers. Each of the additional counts “represent victims who have a right to be heard,” Dougherty said at a morning news conference about the new charges.
Medical records retrieval firm lands $17 million to expand staff, speed innovation
A Canadian company with its U.S. operations in Coppell will use a $17 million infusion from investors to accelerate hiring and development of its cloud-based medical records retrieval platform. Investors include Crosslink Capital, Golden Ventures, Vast Ventures, Union Ventures, iGan Partners, Stanford Law School and original backer, rapper Nasir Jones. The company’s technology addresses one of the biggest pain points for businesses -- accessing patient-authorized electronic medical records quickly and easily for common tasks. “Sometimes, life’s challenges inspire a ‘light bulb’ moment,” Bateman wrote in a blog post. Artificial intelligence and machine learning baked into Medchart’s platform add context to medical records, Bateman said.
Wild about wellness: Tour a farm-based community near Parker that’s sold 25 custom homes and home sites since Jan. 1
to Bayou Gulch Rd., left on Bayou Gulch, east 5 mi. to Flintwood, south2743 Flintwood Rd, Franktown; from E-470 head south on Parker Rd 8 mi. to Bayou Gulch Rd., left on Bayou Gulch, east 5 mi. Fox Hill is off Flintwood Road south of Bayou Gulch Road, 35 minutes from the Denver Tech Center. Builders are Camerata Homes, Craftsman Home Company, Gladstone Custom Homes, GMC Construction, Nicholas Custom Homes, Reed Custom Homes, and Sheffield Homes.
2-year-old killed after being ejected from car during crash on I-30 in Old East Dallas
A 2-year-old was killed after being ejected from a car during a crash Wednesday night in Old East Dallas, the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department said. When deputies arrived, a man and woman were outside the car searching for their 2-year-old, who had been ejected from the car, Reyna said. The child was found in the grassy median between the freeway and the exit ramp, Reyna said. The child’s mother was driving the car and the child’s father was a passenger, Reyna said. The child’s mother was also taken to the hospital, he said.
Bike trails ordinance fails to pass Milwaukee County Board
Milwaukee County Parks will not have to get approval from the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors to make changes to bike trails in the county after an ordinance failed to pass the board Thursday on an 8-10 vote. The ordinance would have required the department to get board approval if they wanted to add a new bike trail or make a “significant change” to an existing one, with significant defined as 20% or more of the trail's existing length. There are five multi-use trails in Milwaukee County parks that are open to mountain biking, totaling about 13 miles, plus 130 miles of the Oak Leaf Trail. Supervisors in support of the ordinance said the board should have oversight over bike trails to ensure the protection of parks and give all stakeholders a chance to voice their opinions. Ordinance opponents also noted the new approval process was unnecessary and that parks staff should be permitted to do their jobs without being micromanaged.
You don’t have a male or female brain
OpinionBut as a neuroscientist long experienced in the field, I recently completed a painstaking analysis of 30 years of research on human brain sex differences. Other highly touted brain sex differences are also a product of size, not sex. Small, early studies which found a significant sex difference were likelier to get published than research finding no male-female brain difference. But there’s no denying the decades of actual data, which show that brain sex differences are tiny and swamped by the much greater variance in individuals’ brain measures across the population. Rather than “dimorphic,” the human brain is a sexually monomorphic organ — much more like the heart, kidneys and lungs.
J&J vaccine ‘pause’ latest messaging challenge for officials
It was the just the latest challenge in crisis messaging for officials since the start of the pandemic more than a year ago. With the J&J shots, the recommended “pause” announced last week was a precautionary measure as government advisers investigated the unusual clots and alerted doctors about how to treat them. Trying to appear confident when uncertain — which leaders are often taught to do — can backfire in a public health crisis, a CDC guide notes. That’s just human nature.”With the J&J shots, for example, helping people understand the magnitude of any risk has been a challenge. Confusion and anger around public messaging haven’t been limited to the J&J shots.
Hundreds gather for Minneapolis funeral of Daunte Wright
MINNEAPOLIS — Daunte Wright, the young Black man shot by police during a traffic stop in suburban Minneapolis, was to be remembered Thursday at a funeral just two days after a former police officer was convicted in the death of George Floyd and amid a national reckoning on racism and policing. The police chief said it appeared from body camera video that the officer who shot Wright used her pistol when she meant to use her Taser. Minneapolis residents who peacefully celebrated Tuesday’s guilty verdicts had barely one full day before attention turned to burying Wright. At a viewing for Wright on Wednesday, friends and family members wept as they stood before Wright’s open casket, which was blanketed with red roses. Inside the open casket, the young man was dressed in a jean jacket bedazzled with several red and green gem-like buttons on the lapels.
Chicago’s COVID-19 vaccine supply finally catching up to demand, top doc says: ‘No excuses’ not to get a shot
“I want you to tell everybody that so that we can really, really, really use this vaccine, get folks vaccinated and get Chicago past COVID.”More than a third of Chicago adults are already fully immunized, and more than half have gotten at least one dose. For the remainder from here on out, the process “is going to feel more like getting a flu shot,” Arwady said. COVID-19 vaccine doses administered by day Graphic by Jesse Howe and Caroline Hurley | Sun-Times Source: Illinois Department of Public HealthGraph not displaying properly? All Illinois residents 16 and up are eligible for a shot. The city also opened up additional United Center appointments for Chicago residents, using the code CHIZIPVAX21.
Woman accused of setting fire to ex-girlfriend’s house. The ex and a 2-year-old child were inside, police say.
She told police that she heard Johnson yell, “take that, stupid [expletive],” and stepped outside to see Johnson driving off in a white Mitsubishi Galant. Surveillance video from a neighboring home showed the car speeding away, according to the police report.
Rapper Cardi B slams Wisconsin congressman who criticized her Grammy performance: ‘This gets me so mad ya don’t even know!’
“This gets me so mad ya don’t even know!” Cardi B tweeted. “I think we all been on the edge this week since we seen police brutality back to back including watching one of the biggest case in history go down DUE to police brutality but wait ! This is wat state representative decide to talk about.”
Comedian says he was racially profiled; police deny wrong
Comedian Eric Andre on Wednesday told his 700,000-plus Twitter followers that he believed he had been racially profiled when officers pulled him aside in a terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and asked to search him for drugs. He said he was the only person of color in line to board at the time. Andre said he refused a search and was allowed to board his plane.
Bay City Rollers singer Les McKeown dies at 65
The Scottish group was seen upon its entrance onto the pop scene in the early ’70s as a successor to the more innocent days of the Beatles in the early and mid-’60s, offering pop stations a smiling counterpoint to the music that was coming out of the post-counterculture. Their influence can be seen and heard both on power-pop and the eventual resurgence of the “boy band” phenomenon.
Here’s how to support work colleagues of color after a police shooting
You can encourage your job’s leadership to send out a statement whenever racist killings occur, and also reach out personally and say something like, “Hey. I’ve seen there’s been a lot of highly publicized killings of people of color in the news, and it’s all been so awful. I wanted to acknowledge that this is happening and not pretend like today is a normal day because it’s not. If it’d help for me to lighten your load at all — like taking over a task or keeping notes for you at a meeting in case you need to duck out, let me know.”
Chicago nursing homes had 22 COVID-19 infections among the fully vaccinated, CDC report says, making ‘breakthrough’ infections rare
Across the nursing homes, a total of 627 staff and residents tested positive for COVID-19, but most of those people were not fully vaccinated. Of the group, 447 people hadn’t received any vaccine; 145 had received only first doses of the vaccine; 13 had received both doses but two weeks had not yet passed since their second doses; and 22 tested positive despite at least two weeks having passed since their second doses. Two weeks must pass after a person’s second dose for the person to be considered fully vaccinated.
Will County clinic reports more vaccines than appointments: ‘There’s no interest in the younger crowd’
Carey said the clinic will be open to walk-ins beginning Tuesday. He’s billing it as a “take your parent to school” day to encourage students, age 16 and up, and their parents to get vaccinated. If demand remains low, Carey said it’s likely he will close the clinic at Joliet West for a few weeks and return in May to administer second doses.
All Chicago mass COVID-19 vaccination sites to open for walk-in appointments starting Friday
“Our supply has just not been up to our demand month after month after month, and I know how frustrating that has been for many people, but as of now, we have enough vaccine,” Arwady said. “It is really exciting because ... this is going to feel more like getting a flu shot.”
Woman killed after being struck by garbage truck in Wantagh, police said
Police are investigating a pedestrian accident that killed a woman Thursday morning in Wantagh. Nassau County police said the woman, whose identity has not been released pending notification, was struck by a garbage truck on Wantagh Avenue at Laurel Lane at about 9:45 a.m. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. The investigation is ongoing, but police said there appears to be no criminality at this time. Additional details were not immediately available.
Governor breaks ground on $439M plan to redirect treated sewage
Andrew M. Cuomo broke ground Thursday on a $439 million project to redirect treated sewage from the Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant in East Rockaway and restore the Western Bays and Reynolds Channel. The Bay Park plant was flooded after Superstorm Sandy, causing $830 million in damage. "When Superstorm Sandy hit, we focused on Bay Park and looked at the plant. This concept where the plant discharges treated water into the Western Bays makes no sense," Cuomo said. "Why are you still discharging into Reynolds Channel and into the Western Bays.
Updated Suffolk vaccination data shows shots on the rise in key neighborhoods
That’s about 41.8% of the total pool of Suffolk residents who are eligible — which hovers around 1.25 million people. But the number of vaccinated residents represented a 20% boost from the April 6 dataset, the analysis showed. That’s far higher than the next highest total, in 11743, another Huntington area ZIP code, which sported 18,984 vaccinated residents. The Point’s look at the ZIP code data showed some small zones that had nearly 100% of residents – or even more than 100% of residents – vaccinated. The attached map shows, by ZIP code, the number of people who’ve been vaccinated, and the percentage increase between the April 6 and April 18 data sets.
Watch: Hundreds gather for Minneapolis funeral of Daunte Wright
Daunte Wright Funeral Service from Shiloh Temple I.M. The city’s police chief said it appeared from body camera video that the officer who shot Wright used her pistol when she meant to use her Taser. Wright’s killing came amid increasing tension during the weekslong trial of Derek Chauvin, the white former police officer who killed Floyd last May. Minneapolis residents who peacefully celebrated Tuesday’s guilty verdicts had barely one full day before attention turned to burying Wright. At a viewing for Wright on Wednesday, friends and family members wept as they stood before Wright’s open casket, which was blanketed with red roses.
Thursday Coronavirus update: Minnesota COVID-19 case growth may be slowing, officials say
A statewide surge in COVID-19 infections has shown signs of stabilizing in the last two weeks, according to Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm. Malcolm and other state health officials during Thursday’s conference, which was conducted by telephone, said that COVID-19 variants remain a cause for concern and encouraged the vaccination of youths ages 16 and older. Because the vaccine has not been approved for younger children, they said, middle and high schools should test their students every two weeks for the disease. “Now more than ever, especially if vaccines are not yet available for all students, we need to double down on testing,” Mueller said. Following are the Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 case rates, deaths, hospitalizations and vaccinations as of Thursday, April 22.
EPA review faults permitting for proposed PolyMet mine
The findings describe a flawed review of two permits issued for the $1 billion mine that PolyMet Mining Corp. wants to build near Babbitt and Hoyt Lakes, which are about 200 miles northeast of Minneapolis, in northeastern Minnesota. Many of the permits issued so far have been stayed or are under review. Instead, the EPA went over the list by phone with staff of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the concerns went unresolved. The inspector general recommended that the EPA’s Chicago office provide written input of the water pollution permits and commit to determining downstream impacts. Following the release of the latest EPA report, environmentalists called on Minnesota regulators to revoke the mine’s water pollution permit.
Connecticut legislators ignore industry opposition to back legislation expanding state health insurance coverage for more people
The legislation, which now heads to the Senate, was amended in the insurance committee last month, putting the so-called public option under the auspices of the Connecticut Insurance Department. Lembo, whose office oversees a health insurance pool that would be expanded in the legislation, says the altered version would turn over to a private carrier those who are insured by the state plan.
Southern Oregon’s Cowhorn Vineyard is the latest landmark winery to sell
Even though your lawn might be parched, it’s raining winery and vineyard sales in Oregon. Cowhorn Vineyard & Garden in Jacksonville is the latest in a recent string of winery and vineyard owners selling to out-of-state interests. Banks will hold the title of general manager while overseeing the day-to-day winery, vineyard and farm operations at Cowhorn Vineyard & Garden. Biodynamic farming is a form of organic farming that incorporates additional techniques to improve the health of the soil. Cowhorn’s website states: “You can think of Biodynamic farming as ‘organic 2.0’: all the goodness of organics, plus more.
Crash closes I-71/75 North at Brent Spence Bridge
The Ohio Department of Transportation is reporting that all the northbound lanes of Interstate 75/71 are closed at the Brent Spence Bridge Thursday afternoon. Kenton County dispatcher said a crash prompted the closure. At 2:40 p.m., officials said they were unsure how long it would take crews to address the incident. The Enquirer will update this story when more information is available.
Crescent Springs business takes to Facebook to try to save its 199-foot flagpole
When John Huffman erected a 199.35-foot flag pole by his Crescent Springs business it was to honor his mother-in-law who fled Cuba to come to America. But now Planning and Development Services, who performs zoning enforcement for the city of Crescent Springs, has told him the flag pole is too high. This week, Huffman took to Facebook to ask for emails in support of the flag pole. "The 'powers that be' say our flag pole is too tall and they are trying to force us to take it down," Huffman wrote. If that fails, the flag pole will have to come down in 30 days.
UK apologizes for racism in memorials to WWI dead
LONDON (AP) — British authorities apologized Thursday after an investigation found that at least 161,000 mostly African and Indian military service personnel who died during World War I weren’t properly honored due to “pervasive racism.” It said that number could possibly range up to 350,000. The investigation found that those service members were either not commemorated by name or weren’t commemorated at all, according to a report commissioned by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Between 45,000 and 54,000 other casualties were “commemorated unequally.”The treatment of these soldiers, who served in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, contrasts with that of the men and women who died in Europe. It also violates the principle that all war dead should be remembered in the same way because they all made the same enormous sacrifice. “Whilst we can’t change the past, we can make amends and take action.”
Volunteers celebrate Earth Day with Bronzeville community garden clean up
With the remnants of Wednesday’s late April snow mostly melted and the sun beating down, about a dozen volunteers felt contentment Thursday working with the earth in the Bethany Bronzeville Community Garden on the Near East Side. Although the weather was still a bit chilly and the work strenuous, these volunteers couldn’t think of a better place to celebrate Earth Day. Julialynne Walker, who had a lot of experience in agriculture, wanted to help. The company she works for encouraged her to volunteer outside for Earth Day, and she found out about the clean-up event at the garden through the website www.earthdaycolumbus.org. Walker has been a huge resource for him, he said, so he was more than happy to give back for Earth Day.
Tesla 'tricked' into running without driver, Consumer Reports says
In a test conducted this week, test drivers took several trips on a closed half-mile track in a Tesla Model Y sport utility vehicle, the nonprofit research organization said in a statement Thursday. The vehicle — with Autopilot technology engaged — was able to steer itself along painted lines but at no time displayed a warning that the driver’s seat was empty. Tesla, which reports earnings April 26, didn’t respond to a request for comment. Tesla Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk took to Twitter earlier this week to say the vehicle’s driver-assist features weren’t to blame. “The most recent Tesla crash is the latest in a rash of accidents — the 28th — that NHTSA is investigating involving a Tesla car,” the senators wrote.
SpaceX aims for 3rd crew launch hour before Friday's sunrise
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX aimed to launch its third crew a little before sunrise Friday, this time using a recycled capsule and rocket. The four astronauts, representing the U.S., Japan and France, were supposed to fly to the International Space Station on Thursday. SpaceX’s Dragon capsule requires calm waves and winds in case an emergency splashdown is needed during the climb to orbit. Such nice hosts!”For the first time, Elon Musk’s company is launching astronauts with a previously flown capsule and rocket, just as it's done for station supply runs. This crew capsule launched with SpaceX’s first crew last May, and the rocket hoisted the second crew in November.
Over 2M in Arizona fully vaccinated against coronavirus
PHOENIX (AP) — The number of people in Arizona who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus has topped 2 million, the state reported Thursday as it opened another mass vaccination site in metro Phoenix. The 2,024,440 people in Arizona who are fully vaccinated, according to the state's coronavirus dashboard, represent 28% of the state's total population. A state-run vaccination site opened at Westworld in Scottsdale. Along with three others in metro Phoenix, the state also has sites in Flagstaff, Tucson and Yuma. The state on Thursday reported 647 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases and 22 more deaths, increasing the state’s totals to 856,451 cases and 17,221 deaths.
EXPLAINER: How come nations' climate targets don't compare?
WASHINGTON (AP) — This week's climate change summit features lots of talk from different nations about their goals for reducing carbon emissions. But in the weird world of national climate pledges, numbers often aren’t quite what they seem. US AND EU GOALSBoth the United States and the European Union are offering similar-sounding pledges of cutting around half their emissions by 2030. The European Union goal, newly approved by the union’s parliament, is 55% below 1990 levels. The new U.S. goal announced Thursday by President Joe Biden is 50% to 52% below 2005 levels.
Dutch coronavirus infections rise ahead of lockdown easing
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch caretaker Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Thursday defended his decision to ease his country's lockdown next week even after the Netherlands recorded 9,648 new coronavirus infections— the highest daily increase since January. "The COVID number in ICUs is high and on a rising trend," the National Coordination Center for Patient Distribution said. The number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care units rose by 17 to 839 over the last day. Still, the nation is preparing to ease its lockdown next week. Shoppers will no longer have to make appointments to visit nonessential stores, although the number of customers per shop will still be tightly limited.
9 months after Bighorn Fire, wilderness trail hazards, closures remain
Hikers flock to the rugged Santa Catalina mountains north of Tucson, but many trails are still off limits in the wake of last year’s Bighorn Fire. Most trails remain closed within the burn scar of the 119,987-acre Bighorn Fire, which raged from June 5 through July 23. Some trails are within Pusch Ridge Wilderness on the southwest flank of the mountains, and others are north or east of the wilderness. The Arizona Trail through the heart of the wilderness was reopened March 2, “just in time for thru-hiking season,” reported the Arizona Trail Association website. Nearly two dozen other trails, however, remain closed, though hikers were observed using at least one — Mount Lemmon Trail — on a recent visit.
Celebrate Earth Day with Doug Kreutz's amazing outdoor scenes
In celebration of Earth Day, we share our favorite photos from the hiking enthusiast and former Star writer. Doug took advantage of every good photo op.
UK apologizes for racism in memorials to WWI dead
The investigation found that those service members were either not commemorated by name or weren’t commemorated at all, according to a report commissioned by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. It also violates the principle that all war dead should be remembered in the same way because they all made the same enormous sacrifice. Its responsibilities were later expanded to include those who died during World War II, and it now oversees the graves of 1.7 million men and women who died during the two wars. “(Yet) when it came to men who were black and brown and Asian and African, it is not equal. “It is an absolute scandal.”The inequality was rooted in the “imperial ideology” of British and colonial authorities in the years immediately after World War I, the investigation found.
Hundreds gather for Minneapolis funeral of Daunte Wright
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Daunte Wright, the young Black man shot by police during a traffic stop in suburban Minneapolis, was to be remembered Thursday at a funeral just two days after a former police officer was convicted in the death of George Floyd and amid a national reckoning on racism and policing. Hundreds of mourners wearing COVID-19 masks packed into Shiloh Temple International Ministries to remember Wright, a 20-year-old father of one who was shot by a police officer on April 11 in the small city of Brooklyn Center. Al Sharpton, the civil rights leader, was to deliver the eulogy, and told The Associated Press that he would first pay tribute to Wright, “a young man just at the beginning of life, full of life.”He said he would also use his remarks to remind those in attendance or watching from afar that the fight for justice didn’t end when white former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murder and manslaughter for holding a knee to Floyd’s neck, choking off his breathing until he went limp last May.
U.S. troops increasingly vulnerable to directed-energy attacks, Pentagon tells lawmakers
The Pentagon opened an investigation last year after suspected directed-energy attacks occurred on an unknown number of troops, POLITICO first reported earlier Thursday. The briefers also told lawmakers that the origin of the technology required in such attacks is “more likely than not in Russia,” one of the people said. “It came up a lot on our task force last year as a major issue that we have done very little to address,” he told POLITICO. “It is absolutely critical that we find out who did this,” he told POLITICO in an interview. The briefings included information about injuries sustained by U.S. troops in Syria, people briefed on the suspected attacks as part of their oversight duties of the Pentagon said.
CDC cites COVID-19 outbreak at Kentucky nursing home in urging more staff to be vaccinated
About half the staff and 90% of residents had been vaccinated for COVID-19. Andy Beshear and public health commissioner Dr. Steven Stack on a March 16 described an outbreak involving a variant of COVID-19 that had been identified at an Eastern Kentucky nursing home. A spokeswoman for Beshear confirmed Thursday that the Eastern Kentucky nursing home is the same facility cited in the CDC study. Atria has 93% of its staff vaccinated, Beshear said. In Kentucky, about 50% of those 16 and older eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine have received it, according to the state.
Global press freedom deteriorates amid pandemic
Journalism is seriously restricted in 132 of 180 countries included in Reporters without Borders' annual Press Freedom Index — a particularly dangerous state of affairs during the pandemic. Breaking it down: Nordic countries are ranked high on the list for having "good" press freedoms, while China, Turkmenistan, North Korea and Eritrea are at the bottom. The trends:Brazil has fallen into the second lowest category amid a campaign of "orchestrated public humiliation of journalists" by allies of President Jair Bolsonaro. Burundi, Sierra Leone and Mali saw some of the largest improvements. The worst region for press freedom remains the Middle East and North Africa.
Sit with healthy colleagues at lunch to lose weight, scientists say
Sitting with your colleagues at lunch could help you lose weight, scientists have suggested as a study showed we mimic the eating habits of our companions. If you are eating with someone you are close to, the research suggests, you are more likely to mirror their food choices. The study combed through three million meal-time encounters that the 6,000 participants had with other people over a two-year period. Significantly, some employees would consistently make healthier choices on the days they sat with colleagues who tended to eat healthy food. "Co-workers may also implicitly or explicitly give each other license to choose unhealthy foods or exert pressure to make a healthier choice."
I don’t want Covid to leave any other babies without a mother
I want to stop talking and see the change that is so badly needed start to happen. All we’re asking is that pregnant women are given the protection they need because we know they are vulnerable. When Mary died, it left me without a wife and my children without a mother. I can only hope that now, pregnant women will be safeguarded better than my Mary was. Related: A year on, the startling truth about Covid and pregnant women finally revealedAs told to Eleanor Steafel
Risk of suffering serious blood clot after AstraZeneca jab doubles in fortnight
The risk of suffering a serious blood clot after the AstraZeneca jab has doubled in a fortnight, new figures show, but the British regulator said the benefits still outweigh the risks for the vast majority of people. New data from the Medical Healthcare products and Regulatory Agency (MHRA) show cases have risen from 79 to 168 since April 8, and deaths from 19 to 32. The risk of getting a blood clot has also gone up from one in 250,000 to around one in 126,600 – or a rise of four in a million to 7.9 in a million. Earlier this month the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) advised that under-30s should be offered an alternative to the Oxford jab, because the risk no longer outweighed the benefits for younger people. A source close to JCVI said the committee would be reviewing the new data carefully this week, to assess whether the risk is also still worth the benefit for older groups now that the chance of getting a blood clot has risen.
Signal booby-traps its own encrypted messaging app to hack its hackers
Encrypted messaging service Signal has turned the tables on data extraction company Cellebrite, seemingly booby-trapping its own app to hack the hackers. The messaging company published a blog post that reported numerous alleged vulnerabilities in Cellebrite software, which uses physical access to a smartphone to breach its contents. Signal was able to exploit holes in Cellebrite’s code to execute its own software on Windows computers used by Cellebrite. “In completely unrelated news, upcoming versions of Signal will be periodically fetching files to place in app storage. These files are never used for anything inside Signal and never interact with Signal software or data, but they look nice, and aesthetics are important in software”, Signal adds.
Prince Harry honours Prince Philip in Earth Day tribute
Prince Harry has honoured his late grandfather Prince Philip and vowed to continue his legacy while raising awareness about the importance of conservation on Earth Day. “With 19 parks under management in 11 countries, our footprint has scaled to almost 15m hectares,” Harry continues. The royal began working with the nonprofit organisation in 2016 for the 500 elephant initiative, during which he helped African Parks complete its relocation of 500 elephants in Malawi. According to African Parks, the duke is currently assisting the organisation grow to 30 parks under management by 2030. Prince Philip, who died on 9 April, was also a dedicated conservationist, having helped found the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in 1961 and on numerous occasions, speaking publicly about the importance of protecting the planet’s wildlife.
How much time do Britons spend online?
Britons will spend the equivalent of 22 years, one month and four days of their life online. On top of this, an average of four hours and 36 minutes is spent online gaming. For those whose job involves them being online, the equivalent of 47 days a year are spent using the internet for work purposes. However, the huge amount of time they spent online leaves many people worrying about being ‘at risk’ of online fraud or being hacked. However, Britons are guilty of sharing personal information online, including their date of birth, full address and job title.
Poems to celebrate Earth Day 2021, selected by Independent climate and environment writers
So to emphasise that what we have is worth taking concerted action to protect, Independent writers have chosen their favourite poems which relate in some way to the natural world. But Blake’s Sick Rose could stand for the whole natural world in microcosm, the “invisible worm” representing the forces of pollution conspiring to undermine and endanger it. It is possible for us to pull back from the teetering brink and bequest their rightful heritage to future generations of humans and fellow creatures, of a thriving teeming natural world again. Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,are heading home again. "Wild Geese" is my reminder that the surest return to home is found in nature.
iPad Pro interview: Apple bosses on features and details of new tablet
And it means the iPad Pro is now a tablet that some have argued is now seemingly too powerful – so fast it leads to questions about what it is really trying to do. If there has been a concern raised about the new iPad Pro, it is certainly not that it is not fast enough. Apple has spent the last year breaking with a lot of reliable patterns, and the iPad Pro is the latest. “The best Apple Silicon that we make goes into has always gone into iPad Pro. But it’s the new iPad Pro that appears to be the first Apple device truly built for an era of working and socialising remotely.
Texas teacher suspended after sending ‘joke’ picture with foot on Black student’s neck
A school district in Texas is investigating after an elementary school teacher allegedly sent a “joke” photo of her putting her foot on a Black student’s neck to his parents. It was ‘ha, ha,’ and I moved on," the mother told the broadcaster. The elementary student’s mom said the teacher told her son, "I’m going to put my foot on your neck." "I kept stating, ‘It’s a joke you know, she’s not like that, she’s not a racist, she’s not. She doesn’t have bad intent with this,’" the mother reportedly said to her family.
Stranded sailor allowed to leave abandoned ship after four years
"We're currently working with a case here, where the company have a huge mortgage on the vessel, but their debts are way beyond that. So sometimes it is just easier to tell the crew to drop anchor and to almost literally walk away."
What is the India Covid variant and will vaccines work?
What is the India Covid variant and will vaccines work? What is the India variant? "I doubt whether the Indian variant is more infectious than the UK variant - and we must not panic," Dr Kamil says. Much of the data around the India variant is incomplete, scientists say, with very few samples being shared - 298 in India and 656 worldwide, compared with more than 384,000 sequences of the UK variant. India has been reporting about 200,000 Covid cases daily since 15 April - well beyond its peak of 93,000 cases a day last year.
Climate summit: Putin and Macron caught out by technical glitches
Some world leaders were left red-faced after a series of technical problems at the Earth Day virtual summit.
Climate change: Poland's coal pollution dilemma - 'I need fresh air... but there is no fresh air'
Because of their active metabolisms and growing bodies, children are often affected more by air pollution than adults. Image: In Rybnik, air pollution is part of daily life"The Polish government should be more ambitious about lowering levels of pollution for public health and also for climate change issues." For the people of Rybnik, air pollution is an unwelcome, but obvious, part of daily life. Air pollution causes a grim litany of health problems, including cancer, heart disease and respiratory problems. "I just feel the need to get out into the fresh air but there is no fresh air.
Poland's battle against toxic pollutants
Hope for future generations' health in a Polish town runs thin after studies reveal high levels of black carbon in children.
UK wants to introduce vaccine passports by mid-May
In the UK, the government is looking at introducing vaccine passports for British holidaymakers as early as next month in a move that would effectively end the ban on foreign holidays for UK citizens. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has indicated he wants them to be ready by May 17th. Earlier this week, Greek authorities said UK travellers with proof of two COVID-19 vaccinations, completed at least 14 days before travel, will be exempt from self-isolation. And Spain's tourism minister says the country is "desperate to welcome" UK visitors this summer. Watch Euronews correspondent Tadhg Enright in London explain the latest on this story in the video player, above.
Japan coronavirus emergency areas may face ban on serving alcohol
The possible suspension is among measures being considered by the Japanese government and the governments of Tokyo and the three prefectures — Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo, informed sources said. The central government is slated to decide the declaration of the state of emergency at Friday’s meeting of its COVID-19 response headquarters. The state of emergency is now expected to be imposed from Sunday to May 11. Some in the government argued that the period would be too short and called for sustaining the state of emergency for around three weeks. “We’re asking the government to implement a state of emergency from this weekend,” Osaka Gov.
Disaster that inspired Earth Day: Oil spill in 1969 killed thousands of marine animals
Although the Santa Barbara Oil Spill is far behind us, experts say much more progresses is needed to better prevent and track oil spills. The Santa Barbara Oil Spill was the largest in US waters, at the time, but is now classified as the third after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon and 1989 Exxon Valdez spills. The Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the worst in the nation's history, was sparked by an explosion on a BP-operated oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. The Deepwater Horizon oil spill (pictured) , the worst in the nation's history, was sparked by an explosion on a BP-operated oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. Overall, there have been a lot of improvements in oil spill prevention and detection over the past 52 years, said Juhl.
Genetics: Women may live longer than men due to toxic effects from the Y chromosome
Researchers from the US found that, as male fruit flies age, repetitive sections in their Y chromosomes become active — which causes toxic effects. Researchers from the US found that, as male fruit flies age, repetitive sections in their Y chromosomes become active — which causes toxic effects. 'The toxic Y effect appears more pronounced in a species that contains a larger Y chromosome with more repeats and more actively transcribed genes.' 'Our data demonstrate that repeat-rich Y chromosomes are a genomic liability for males,' they concluded. The DNA damage caused by repeat sections likely contributes to the physiological effects of aging, they added, but more research will be needed to uncover the exact mechanisms underlying the toxic effects of repeat DNA.
How to live a longer life: Scientist reveals tips for slowing down the aging process
A scientist has revealed his top tips for slowing down the aging process, saying people should take care of their teeth and avoid over-exercising if they want to live longer lives. Andrew Steele, a computational biologist and longevity expert, argues in his new book, Ageless: The New Science of Getting Older Without Getting Old, that people have more control over their aging process than they realize. 'But actually, by targeting the whole marks of the aging process, the underlying cellular and molecular causes of ages, we can slow it down globally.' The scientist explained in his book that brushing your teeth can help deter heart disease and possibly even dementia. Meanwhile, previous research showed that people who brush their teeth less than twice a day had a higher risk of heart disease.
Scramble for space: What's fueling frenzy of new missions
We ask about this mission and the first Frenchman to return to space Thomas Pesquet. AdvertisingWe also ask what it's all about: a noble thirst for a knowledge or imperialism's new frontier? Just as the industrial revolution begat the scramble for Africa and the colonization of vast swathes of Asia, the digital age comes with a scramble for the stars. Note that Elon Musk's SpaceX offers reusable rocket launchers while separately engaged in a fierce battle to position its Starlink satellites in low-Earth orbit. Whoever controls space controls our planet?
Covid 3rd wave peak in France 'appears to be behind us': PM
Castex said there had been a drop in infectionsAdvertising Read moreParis (AFP)The peak of the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in France "appears to be behind us", Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Thursday, announcing that travel restrictions will be relaxed from early next month. He emphasised that the government could also allow reopenings on a regional basis starting with those areas with lower virus prevalence. Health Minister Olivier Veran said that France would begin offering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which requires only a single shot, from Saturday to people aged 55 and over. It will be the fourth vaccine being offered by France after Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca. Europe's medicines regulator said Tuesday that blood clots should be listed as a "very rare" side effect of Johnson & Johnson's coronavirus vaccine, but that the benefits of the shot still outweighed the risks.
Artificial intelligence unlocks a mystery behind a 2,000-year-old Dead Sea Scroll
Share this Story: Artificial intelligence unlocks a mystery behind a 2,000-year-old Dead Sea ScrollArtificial intelligence unlocks a mystery behind a 2,000-year-old Dead Sea Scroll An algorithm scanned every character of the 1QIsaa scroll and at the end of the 27th column of text found something Photo by Maruf A. Dhali, University of GroningenArticle content Ever since the Dead Sea Scrolls were accidentally discovered more than 70 years ago in a cave in Israel, they have been a source of fascination. Try refreshing your browser, or Artificial intelligence unlocks a mystery behind a 2,000-year-old Dead Sea Scroll Back to video In a new study, researchers at the University of Gronigen’s Qumran Institute have put together a robust investigation into the palaeography – the study of old handwriting – of one of the scrolls. The scroll in question, 1QIsaa, is a large manuscript and one of seven found near the Dead Sea at Qumran, Israel in 1946. Advertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Shopping essentials Advertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below.
Navalny's Doctors Urge Him to 'Immediately' End Hunger Strike
Alexei Navalny's private doctors on Thursday urged him to call off his hunger strike as soon as possible after the jailed Kremlin critic began refusing food three weeks ago. Cardiologist Yaroslav Ashikhmin and four more doctors said in a statement that they are asking President Vladimir Putin's most prominent domestic opponent "to immediately halt the hunger strike to preserve your life and health." "If the hunger strike continues even a little longer, we will simply have no-one to treat soon," the physicians said in the statement published by Mediazona, an independent Russian news website. On March 31, the 44-year-old opposition politician went on hunger strike to demand proper medical treatment for back pain and numbness in his legs and hands. Navalny's doctors said thanks to the "huge" public support Navalny was on Tuesday taken to a civilian hospital in the central city of Vladimir and received access to "something that looks like an independent examination."
‘We’re Burning Arabs Today’: Jewish Supremacists Gear Up for Jerusalem March
Police have said that they arrested four Palestinian suspects near the Jaffa Gate who allegedly attacked a passerby. Shin Bet operatives are also calling Palestinian activists in Jerusalem and warning them against taking part in Thursday's counter-demonstration. Open gallery view Police respond to protests in the Damascus Gate area of Jerusalem, three days ago. Credit: Ohad ZwigenbergThe march comes after a week of violent assaults on Arab Israelis and Palestinian residents of central Jerusalem. Jerusalem city council member Yossi Havilio called on Jerusalemites to come to the city center to protest the violence and call the police if needed.
Blood clots from AstraZeneca shot reach rate of 7.9 per million doses: British regulator
LONDON -- Britain's medicines regulator on Thursday said there had been 168 major blood clots following a dose of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine, a rate of 7.9 clots per million doses, a jump in incidence from the previous week's figure. This was up from the 100 cases reported last week, when the overall case incidence was 4.9 per million doses. Adam Finn, Professor of Paediatrics at Bristol University, said the jump in reported cases was expected. There were 32 reported deaths from clots in total, compared to 22 reported last week, but the fatality rate of the reported clots dropped to 19% from 22%. The preference for under-30s to get a different shot is mainly informed by that age group's low risk from COVID-19, combined with Britain's low prevalence of infection.
Bangladesh extends coronavirus lockdown for another week
Bangladesh extends nationwide lockdown for yet another week to counter the spike in infections, says official. Bangladesh has decided to extend the nationwide lockdown for yet another week to counter the spike in coronavirus infections, an official said on Monday. Given the surge in new infections and deaths from the virus, the government on April 5 enforced a nine-day lockdown shutting offices, shopping malls and transport across Bangladesh. Bangladesh saw the highest single-day increase in infections on April 9, with 7,462 new cases, and the highest daily death toll, 102, on Sunday. Some 781,950 coronavirus cases and 10,385 deaths have been reported so far in Bangladesh, which previously imposed a nationwide shutdown for more than two months, from March 26, 2020, until May.
Ontario and Quebec premiers call for stricter measures at land and air borders
Ontario Premier Doug Ford and his Quebec counterpart are calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to introduce “stricter” measures at land and air border crossings to ensure that all non-essential travel is “curtailed” amid a devastating third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. “The actions your government has taken to date are essential in continuing to limit the importation and spread of new variants of the virus. But dozens of international flights continue to land at Pearson International Airport each day and only the federal government has the power to place restrictions on travel into Canada. “You know right now if you want to go to the park with your son or daughter and kick a soccer ball around that is illegal. It just doesn’t add up.”Ontario has not yet recorded any cases of the B.1.617 variant, first detected in India.
Common antibiotic effective in healing coral disease lesions
For example, a relatively recent outbreak termed stony coral tissue loss disease is an apparently infectious waterborne disease known to affect at least 20 stony coral species. M. cavernosa, also known as the Great Star Coral, is a hard or stony coral found widely throughout the tropical western Atlantic, including several regions currently affected by stony coral tissue loss disease. Results showed that the Base 2B plus amoxicillin treatment had a 95 percent success rate at healing individual disease lesions. "It's possible that the causative agent of stony coral tissue loss disease is still present in the environment and is re-infecting quiesced colonies. "Results of our experiment expand management options during coral disease outbreaks and contribute to overall knowledge regarding coral health and disease," said Voss.
Millions of Americans could be grounded from flying because of REAL ID deadline
In some states, REAL ID compliant licenses are the only form of licenses given out to residents, while others are optional.Licenses that are REAL ID-compliant can be identified with a star or wording on the card that indicates it is compliant.Travelers who wish to fly after the Oct. 1 deadline and do not have a REAL ID can use a U.S. passport or U.S. military ID to fly, according to DHS. It also has an online portal that provides users with answers and information on the deadline and links users to their local DMV.Barnes also said that airports and airlines have been informing customers who have returned to flying in the recent months about the REAL ID deadline. States now have the option of accepting documents for REAL ID applications, such as photo ID, online to speed up the process, according to the new rules. "That technology is already available however some states have laws in their books where they needed a piece of paper in order to process the REAL ID application," Grossman said. "While Grossman said he's optimistic the federal outreach and new tech will make a difference in speeding up REAL ID applications, he said there is very little time to get a majority of Americans approved.
Massachusetts police department apologizes for Facebook post that applauded Derek Chauvin
FALL RIVER, Mass. — A police department has apologized after posting and then deleting a Facebook post that appeared to criticize George Floyd, whose death at the hands of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin last May galvanized national attention on racial inequities and police brutality. The post appeared shortly after the former officer was convicted Tuesday on three counts in Floyd's murder. By early afternoon on Wednesday, the department had deleted the post and issued an apology over Facebook, saying the post appeared on the official page in error and represented a department employee's personal opinion. "The posting in no way represents the opinion of the Chief of Police or the Fall River Police Department.
Traffic pileup that involved dozens of vehicles during spring snowstorm in Wisconsin leaves 1 dead
The traffic pileup along Interstate 41 Wisconsin during whiteout snowstorm conditions Wednesday killed one person and involved about 80 vehicles, the Wisconsin State Patrol said Thursday. A 37-year-old woman from Trenton, Tennessee, involved in one of several crashes along the 18-mile stretch of highway in Washington County was killed, according to the state patrol. The state patrol and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office released details on two specific crash scenes, both near Slinger, Wisconsin. The second crash involved 48 cars. Another six people were hospitalized, the sheriff’s office said.
Opinion | When Climate Breakdown Hits Home: ‘Our Small Town Now Has a Rush Hour’
An older couple we met lost their first house in the Northridge earthquake, and their second in the Santa Rosa wildfire. They wander from state to state in their truck and trailer with no plans to settle down permanently. It seems like individuals don’t really know what they can do to stop the progression of climate change. Our small town now has a rush hour. The lowland tree cover is being mowed down at a dizzying pace and vast, ticky-tacky housing developments are springing up everywhere.
Live Updates: Biden, Kicking Off Summit, Says U.S. ‘Has Resolved to Take Action’ on Climate Change
Live Live Updates: Biden, Kicking Off Summit, Says U.S. ‘Has Resolved to Take Action’ on Climate Change President Biden committed the United States to cutting emissions by half by the end of the decade at a virtual Earth Day summit. Rest of the World China +80 gigawatts of coal power China continues to build more new coal power plants than it retires. Retirements –20 2000 2010 2020 2000 2005 2010 2015 2020 2005 2015 China +80 gigawatts of coal power China continues to build more new coal power plants than it retires. –20 2000 2005 2010 2015 2020 China China continues to build more new coal power plants than it retires. +80 gigawatts of coal power Outside of China, countries adding the most new coal power capacity include India, Japan, Indonesia and Vietnam.
Greta Thunberg to Congress: US must cut fossil fuels before poorer countries
Teenage Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg on Thursday scolded Congress on policy changes she said are needed to eliminate fossil fuels and stop global warming — saying the US must take into account the “global aspect of equity” and be held to a higher standard than poorer countries like India. The hearing was meant to address eliminating billions in tax perks for fossil fuel companies. And that’s why we need global cooperation.”Thunberg acknowledged that there was little to compel China’s government to wholly ditch fossil fuels. The hearing was ostensibly about eliminating billions in tax perks for fossil fuel companies, though Thunberg more broadly addressed climate change. And just to be clear, that is not my opinion, it is what the science clearly shows,” Thunberg added.
Photo of Texas teacher’s foot on black student’s neck sparks anger, investigation
A Texas elementary school teacher took a photo of her foot on a black student’s neck and texted it to the young boy’s mother — drawing fury from administrators and the child’s father. It was ‘ha, ha,’ and I moved on,” the mother told NBC 5. Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for more than 9 minutes after attempting to detain him over a counterfeit $20 bill. Screenshots NBC 5 DFWThe boy’s uncle said the coincidence hurt. “With what’s going on in the world right now, that ain’t nothing to play about at all.
Kamala Harris says migrants need ‘sense of hope that help is on the way’
Vice President Kamala Harris on Thursday said that Central Americans need “a sense of hope that help is on the way” to deter migration to the overwhelmed US-Mexico border. “We have to give people a sense of hope, a sense of hope that help is on the way, a sense of hope that if they stay, things will get better,” Harris said during brief public remarks. They don’t want to leave their grandparents, they don’t want to leave the culture.”Vice President Kamala Harris speaks before a meeting about the Northern Triangle migration crisis on April 22, 2021. Vice President Kamala Harris discusses the Northern Triangle migration crisis on April 22, 2021. Republicans have questioned Harris’ investment in her migration czar role by noting her sparse public events on the topic.
Russia plans to launch own space station after quitting ISS
Russia is ready to start building its own space station with the aim of launching it into orbit by 2030 if President Vladimir Putin gives the go-ahead, the head of its Roscosmos space agency said on Wednesday. The project would mark a new chapter for Russian space exploration and an end to more than two decades of close cooperation with the United States aboard the ageing International Space Station (ISS). “If in 2030, in accordance with our plans, we can put it into orbit, it will be a colossal breakthrough,” Interfax news agency quoted Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin as saying. Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov told Russian TV at the weekend that Moscow would give notice to its partners that it would leave the ISS project from 2025. Rogozin said the Russian station, unlike the ISS, would most likely not be permanently crewed because its orbit path would expose it to higher radiation.
J&J COVID vaccine could be available again as soon as this weekend
The Johnson & Johnson vaccine could soon be available again as early as this weekend with a new warning about the rare chance of incurring a blood clot, it was revealed Thursday. The European Medicines Agency European Medicines Agency announced the Johnson & Johnson shot should carry a warning about the rare chance of blood clots. A pharmacist volunteer prepares doses of the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine during a pop-up clinic in Detroit, on April 12, 2021. White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Jeff Zients (left) and Dr. Anthony Fauci brief reporters following the call for a pause in the administration of Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine. Health agency’s continue to say the benefits of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine outweigh its associated risks.
U-Md. president aims to hire more faculty of color, cut carbon emissions and bolster research
Men account for about 56 percent of faculty at College Park, according to fall 2020 data from the university. Students and advocates have called on the school to ramp up recruitment efforts and enroll more Black students. confers more degrees to Black students than any flagship in the country and has closed gaps in retention between Black students and their White peers, university data show. We will continue to increase our access journey from two-year institutions to College Park going forward,” Pines said. Story continues below advertisement“That work came out of our laboratories here at the University of Maryland College Park,” Pines said about IonQ.
Overcoming climate anxiety could be the secret to real change
Climate & EnvironmentOvercoming climate anxiety could be the secret to real changePsychological research shows that climate change can alter an individual's mental health both directly and indirectly, impacting how we respond to this crisis.
FAQ: What you need to know about transgender children
Despite the intense political focus on young transgender children, only 10 percent of the children arriving at her clinic are pre-pubertal. Transgender people have existed throughout history, including transgender children. Once a transgender teenager reaches later years in adolescence, some may request sex hormone treatment — estrogen for transgender girls and testosterone for transgender boys. In recent debates over transgender medical care, politicians have made claims that transgender children are undergoing genital surgeries at young ages. Skeptics will often cite statistics from studies suggesting that a majority of young transgender children will eventually grow out of their transgender identity later in life.
Doctors for jailed Russian opposition leader Navalny urge him to end hunger strike after medical exams
Russia’s treatment of Navalny has drawn international condemnation, including from the United States, which promised “consequences” for the Kremlin if Navalny were to die in prison. “Our main task is to preserve our patient's life and health,” the letter from the five doctors said. “Thus, we, as attending physicians, appeal to Alexei Navalny and ask him to immediately stop the hunger strike in order to preserve his life and health. Navalny’s doctors said that his consultations at a hospital in Russia’s Vladimir region on Tuesday involved a neurosurgeon, neurologist and nephrologist. His lawyers and relatives handed over the test results to his personal doctors on Thursday, asking for their opinion.
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Daunte Wright’s wake draws family, community and activists
Al Sharpton, who will deliver the eulogy at Wright’s funeral, stood nearby, speaking to family. But those attending Wright’s wake said the Chauvin verdict was only a reminder of the injustice done to him. Story continues below advertisement“Minnesota doesn’t have the right to talk about what they got right until they get this right,” Sharpton told mourners. “Daunte didn’t hurt nobody.”AdvertisementHe added that Wright’s grandmother told him that the visitation had fallen on the wedding anniversary of Wright’s parents. At the visitation, civil rights attorney Ben Crump, who is representing the family, pledged that Wright’s burial would not be the last time the community would come together for them.
Consumer Reports test shows how Tesla's Autopilot can operate without anyone in the driver seat
In the wake of a fatal Tesla crash in Texas that authorities believe occurred while no one was sitting in the driver's seat, Consumer Reports has demonstrated one way it is possible to engage the vehicle's Autopilot feature without a driver in the correct position. The car accelerated to that speed and continued down the track without offering any warnings that it was being misused. However, following the crash, one Tesla owner did post a now-viral video to Twitter of his Tesla's Autopilot functioning on a residential street without any lane markers. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThis isn't the first time Consumer Reports has criticized Tesla's driver awareness method. Tesla has recently started to test an in-car camera installed in the Model 3 and Model Y for this purpose with its more advanced Full Self-Driving system, but it's clear from the Consumer Reports test that it is not currently in use in all vehicles with Autopilot.
Leo Terrell: “The Idea That Racism Dominates Every Aspect Of Life Is Wrong”
This week, Martha sits down with Civil Rights Attorney, Leo Terrell, to discuss race and policing in America. Leo argues that there is a false narrative of racism in American society. He shares why he believes the idea of systemic racism does not exist, and is being wrongly exploited in this country. Follow Martha on Twitter: @MarthaMacCallum
COVID-19 antibodies found in dogs in Washington state, officials say
More than a dozen dogs in Washington state have tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies, indicating they were once exposed to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes a COVID-19 infection. Some 23 dogs tested as part of a study by the University of Washington were found to be positive for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies, marking the first instance among pets in the state, officials with the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) said in a news release. The researchers began their work on the COVID-19 and Pets Study early last year, shortly after the pandemic hit the state. Cats have also been found to be infected, while a tiger at the Bronx Zoo tested positive for COVID-19 last April. CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE CORONAVIRUS COVERAGEMost recently, the Georgia Aquarium announced on Sunday that its Asian small-clawed otters tested positive for COVID-19.
Coronavirus in pregnant women ups risk of death, complications, study finds
A multi-country study suggests pregnant women who get COVID-19 have higher risks for death, intensive-care stays, preterm birth and other complications. Pregnant women can gain some protection by getting vaccinated; recent evidence suggests the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are safe to use in pregnancy. COVID-19 VACCINES APPEAR SAFE IN PREGNANT WOMEN, PRELIMINARY RESULTS SUGGESTThe results were published on Thursday in the Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics, which echo smaller studies. The research involved women in 18 countries, including the United States, Central and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. The study involved about 700 pregnant women with COVID-19 and 1,400 without it.
China underreporting severity of air pollution levels, new study suggests
Air pollution data in China may have been manipulated by local officials, according to a new study conducted by Harvard and Boston University researchers. They discovered temporary divergences between the two data sets that were more likely to occur during periods of high air pollution, suggesting that "government-controlled stations systematically underreport pollution levels when local air quality is poor." Previously, China's Ministry of Environmental Protection only published air quality data that measured particles up to 10 microns in diameter, allowing it to obscure the real picture of the country's air problems. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThat's in part because local officials are incentivized to underreport in order to avoid professional repercussions, the authors argued. "Given these institutional incentives to cheat, official air pollution data in China often is treated with a high degree of skepticism, by both outside observers and the general public."
Which companies are likely to benefit the most from an infrastructure bill
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailWhich companies are likely to benefit the most from an infrastructure billKevin Mahn, Hennion & Walsh Asset Management, discusses sectors of the market that stand to benefit from an infrastructure bill, whether it's the GOP or Biden plan that gets through the Senate.
Tom Lee says this is not the top
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailTom Lee says this is not the topFundstrat's Tom Lee disagrees with a number of experts and says there's a 50/50 chance we reach his S&P price target of 4,400 even sooner than he expected.
'Hyper-productivity gone wrong': Harvard Business School expert on Covid remote work
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via Email'Hyper-productivity gone wrong': Harvard Business School expert on Covid remote workTsedal Neeley, author and professor at Harvard Business School, discusses the hurdles companies and employees will face as they return to the office.
Senate GOP unveils $568 billion infrastructure proposal
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailSenate GOP unveils $568 billion infrastructure proposalCNBC's Ylan Mui reports that Senate Republicans have unveiled a $568 billion counterproposal to President Biden's $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan.
Intel's new CEO is step one in the turnaround for the company, says Cowen analyst
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailIntel's new CEO is step one in the turnaround for the company, says Cowen analystMatt Ramsay, Cowen analyst and managing director, weighs in on Intel ahead of earnings after the bell. Cowen has an $80 price target for the stock a year out.
Facebook head of App says Apple iOS changes are for profits, not privacy
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailFacebook head of App says Apple iOS changes are for profits, not privacyCNBC's Deirdre Bosa reports on what Facebook's head of App says about Apple's iOS changes.
SpaceX will launch astronauts with a reused rocket and spacecraft: Here's what you should know
The launch marks SpaceX's third crew launch in the past 12 months, and the first time it is launching both a reused rocket and a reused capsule. The spacecraft: Crew Dragon 'Endeavour'The SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavour spacecraft is lifted onto the SpaceX GO Navigator recovery ship shortly after it landed with NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley onboard in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Pensacola, Florida, Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020. Named "Endeavour" by astronauts Behnken and Doug Hurley, the spacecraft has undergone a thorough inspection and testing process to make sure it's fit to launch the Crew-2 mission. Crew Dragon is an evolved version of the company's Cargo Dragon spacecraft, which has launched to the space station 21 times. Just as Cargo Dragon was the first privately developed spacecraft to bring supplies to the ISS, so Crew Dragon is the first privately developed spacecraft to bring people.
New York Comic Con will be hosted in-person in 2021 with limited capacity
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 06: A cosplayer poses as Batman during New York Comic Con 2019 on October 06, 2019 in New York City. Grab your capes and utility belts, New York Comic Con will be hosted in-person this year. All of these shows, including New York Comic Con, will have limited capacity to ensure physical distancing even in the largest convention centers. In previous years, the in-person convention has brought more than $100 million to New York, as attendees pay for hotel rooms, take public transportation and dine at restaurants all around New York City. Last year, ReedPop moved New York Comic Con online and held virtual panels on YouTube.
Ray Dalio gives employees a personality test—here's one Dalio created that you can take for free
Billionaire Ray Dalio believes in the usefulness of personality assessments — he has used a number of different personality tests for recruitment and management purposes at his hedge fund, Bridgewater Associates. Now, with the help of expert psychologists, including organizational psychologist and bestselling author Adam Grant, Dalio has developed a new online personality assessment that anyone can take for free. "I did it so that people can learn about themselves and learn about others," Dalio tells CNBC Make It. There is also a feature that allows you to share results, as Dalio created the test in hopes people will share their results with friends, family and colleagues. The test also utilized data that Dalio and his Bridgewater team have complied over the years as "critical for personal and organizational success."
It's never been easier to start a social network. Succeeding is another story
But if Trump gets his way, that may change — he's reportedly planning to launch a brand-new social media platform that presumably won't restrict his content. If I wanted to hire somebody, I could have a reasonably feature-rich social network up and running in two days." Anyone who's used a social media app in the past five years knows what features to expect from a service. Supposing that a new social media platform can get off the ground, it then confronts a host of linked problems. Should he launch his own social network, Trump may discover much the same thing, even with his fervent base.
This company is selling mystery bags of food to combat restaurant waste
New York (CNN Business) Food waste is a major contributor to the climate crisis. That's why one company, Too Good To Go, is hoping its mystery food bags can be part of the solution. Uneaten food usually ends up in landfills and produces methane, a powerful greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming. The company says it has more than 36 million global users and nearly 87,000 restaurant partners worldwide. Customers can place an order at a restaurant on the app — usually between $4 and $6 — and pick up a mystery bag of food at the location.
'Normal didn't work for us': People with disabilities worry about loss of virtual options
"That's been a game changer for me," said Griest Schwartzman, 23, who uses they/them pronouns. However, now that the world is looking towards "the new normal"' Griest Schwartzman and other people with disabilities are worried that accommodations that became standard in 2020 will not be available. Eiryn Griest Schwartzman"There is a big push to be completely in-person, and I know it's happening at a lot of schools," said Griest Schwartzman, who has several chronic physical disabilities and psychological conditions. "It's something I wish I had when I was younger that would have made me feel more included and like I could have a more 'normal' life," Griest Schwartzman said. "This exact situation of losing accommodations is all too familiar for me, and kind of traumatic," Griest Schwartzman said.
Pfizer COVID-19 shot effective for people with chronic diseases- Israel study
The COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer (PFE.N) and BioNTech (22UAy.DE) is effective at preventing symptomatic and severe disease in people with some chronic illnesses, like diabetes and heart disease, the biggest real-world study showed on Thursday. For people who were vaccinated and were already suffering three or more chronic conditions or risk factors, such as heart disease, neurological disease, chronic kidney disease, chronic lung disease, smoking, pregnancy or obesity, the research shows it was 88% effective in preventing symptomatic infection. "People with chronic diseases, multiple chronic or severe chronic diseases, should get vaccinated because the vaccine is very effective in protecting them against the high rates of complications that are expected," Balicer said. The subgroup of the people with chronic diseases was about 130,000 people, Balicer said. The most frequently reported co-morbidities were obesity (35.1%), diabetes (with and without chronic complications, 8.4%) and pulmonary disease (7.8%), a spokesman said.
COVID-free Greek 'secluded paradise' waits for tourists to return
A fisherman prepares to moor his boat at the port, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, on the island of Halki, Greece, April 13, 2021. REUTERS/Louiza VradiAlekos Sfyriou untangles his fishing line and counts the days until ferries bring visitors back to his sleepy Greek isle. "All the small islands are waiting for tourists," the 62-year-old fisherman says, slouched beneath a tree on the harbour. "Greece is thinking big by vaccinating the small islands first, to make these secluded paradises safe," said George Hatzimarkos, the governor of Greece's most popular region, the south Aegean. Despite the worst tourism year in decades for Greece in 2020, Halki enjoyed a good season with many Greeks choosing small island getaways.
U.S. to double public climate finance to developing countries by 2024
REUTERS/Kevin LamarqueThe United States on Thursday said it will boost public climate finance to help poor countries reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to a changing climate, doubling funding by 2024 from average levels hit during the Obama administration. As part of the goal, the White House said that by 2024 it would triple financing of climate adaptation, which focuses on adjustments to current or expected climate change. That was the most recent period where U.S. climate finance was at an all-time high, he said on Twitter. The U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) would change its development strategy to include climate for the first time, and prioritize climate mitigation and adaptation. The plan also calls for ending international investments in carbon-intensive fossil fuel-based energy projects, and steering capital toward climate-aligned investments.
Airlines look past slow recovery to post-pandemic travel
Even as new setbacks cloud their path to recovery, airline bosses are focusing on the lasting impact of COVID-19 on premium travel, technology and other pillars of their business. The addition of France, Britain and 114 other states to the U.S. "Do Not Travel" list has also cast a pall. High on the list is a structural slump in business travel as many future meetings - if not airline conferences - stay online. "If you drop (fares) by 15% or 20% they will come to business," Clark said. read moreBut Clark, who has put off his retirement to pilot Emirates through the crisis, remained upbeat about the recovery opportunities awaiting his eventual successor.
Is it still necessary to wear masks outdoors? CDC 'looking at' revising mask guidance
Already in states where mask orders are still in effect, there are moves to loosen restrictions for outdoors. Roy Cooper hopes to lift restrictions, including an outdoor mask mandate, by June 1. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is considering a change to outdoor mask guidance by June. Full coverage of the coronavirus outbreakSome health experts are increasingly calling for mask restrictions to be eased for outdoor activities. “If you're vaccinated and if there's low rates of community transmission, it's definitely reasonable to not worry about wearing masks [outdoors]” she said.
NASA's Mars helicopter soars higher, longer on 2nd flight
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA’s little Mars helicopter aced its second test flight Thursday, soaring even higher and longer than before. The 4-pound chopper, named Ingenuity, hovered longer and also flew side to side this time, according to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California. NASA plans up to three more test flights in the next 1 1/2 weeks, venturing higher each time with more complicated acrobatics. Perseverance and Ingenuity arrived at Mars in mid-February, landing in an ancient river delta following a 6 1/2-month flight. In another first, an experiment on the rover successfully converted Mars’ carbon-dioxide-rich atmosphere into pure oxygen this week.
Pregnant Woman Who Get COVID-19 Have Higher Risk Of Death: Study
A multi-country study suggests pregnant women who get COVID-19 have higher risks for death, intensive-care stays, preterm birth and other complications. Pregnant women can gain some protection by getting vaccinated; recent evidence suggests the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are safe to use in pregnancy. The results were published on Thursday in the Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics, which echo smaller studies. The research involved women in 18 countries, including the United States, Central and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. The study involved about 700 pregnant women with COVID-19 and 1,400 without it.
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Authorities believe remains are those of missing Amish teen
LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — Authorities strongly believe that remains found a day earlier in a grave along railroad tracks in southern Pennsylvania are those of a young Amish woman who disappeared last summer, a county prosecutor said Thursday. Lancaster County District Attorney Heather Adams told a news conference that a coroner has not made a positive forensic identification. Adams declined to say what exactly led authorities to the grave or whether Smoker had provided the information as part of a deal with prosecutors. Cell phone data shows Smoker had not been to the business property on the day Stoltzfoos disappeared, Adams said. A DNA profile “attributable to Smoker” was found on one of Stoltzfoos’ buried stockings, prosecutors have said.
‘Pride and hope’: Navalny praises protests in his support
People clash with police during a protest in support of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny in St. Petersburg, Russia, Wednesday, April 21, 2021. Many were seized before protests even began, including two top Navalny associates in Moscow. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)People clash with police during a protest in support of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny in St. Petersburg, Russia, Wednesday, April 21, 2021. Many were seized before protests even began, including two top Navalny associates in Moscow. Russia will be happy.”ADVERTISEMENTMass street protests in support of Navalny swept dozens of cities and smaller towns across Russia on Wednesday night.
Inventive books make final 6 for International Booker Prize
FILE - In this Friday, April 22, 2016 file photo, Argentine writer Mariana Enriquez poses for a portrait in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Books from Europe and Latin America that blur the boundaries of fiction, history and memoir are the final six contenders for the 50,000 pound ($69,000) International Booker Prize. (AP Photo/Leandro Teysseire, File)FILE - In this Friday, April 22, 2016 file photo, Argentine writer Mariana Enriquez poses for a portrait in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Books from Europe and Latin America that blur the boundaries of fiction, history and memoir are the final six contenders for the 50,000 pound ($69,000) International Booker Prize. (AP Photo/Leandro Teysseire, File)LONDON (AP) — Books from Europe and Latin America that blur the boundaries of fiction, history and memoir are the final six contenders for the 50,000-pound ($69,000) International Booker Prize.
Pentagon chief Austin among speakers to South Carolina grads
United State Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin poses for photographers as he arrives at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, April 14, 2021. (Kenzo Tribouillard, Pool via AP)United State Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin poses for photographers as he arrives at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, April 14, 2021. Austin will speak May 8 to graduates of the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Information and Communications and the South Carolina Honors College, university officials said Thursday. An in-person recognition is planned for 2020 graduates later next month, school officials said. Austin was confirmed by the Senate in January , becoming the nation’s first Black secretary of defense.
S. Carolinians scattering 3 mil seeds to staunch flooding
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Schoolchildren and other volunteers are scattering more than three million loblolly pine seeds across South Carolina on Thursday in an effort to help mitigate the effects of disastrous flooding statewide, government officials said. Henry McMaster and South Carolina Floodwater Commission Chairman Tom Mullikin, is the first tree planting effort of its scale statewide. Mullikin emphasized the need to address the state’s flood risks given the visitors who flock yearly to South Carolina to enjoy the outdoors. South Carolina has sustained more than $4 billion in flooding damages at the state level since Hurricane Joaquin in 2015, he added. Though the commission isn’t tracking how many seeds make it to saplings, Mullikin estimated about 3 million trees to emerge from the seeds, accounting for attrition.
Iowa officials say 77 prisoners got virus vaccine overdoses
FORT MADISON, Iowa (AP) — Administration of the coronavirus vaccine has been halted at a Fort Madison prison after nursing staff there incorrectly gave 77 inmates overdoses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, the Iowa Department of Corrections said. Department spokesman Cord Overton told the newspaper in an email that once the error was realized, staff immediately sought guidance from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and from Pfizer. The inmates were notified of the overdose and are being closely monitored by medical staff, Overton said. The Pfizer vaccine is packaged as a concentrate that must be diluted with saline solution. Two nursing staff members who administered the vaccine to the 77 inmates have been placed on leave pending the outcome of an investigation, Overton said.
EPA review faults permitting for proposed Minnesota mine
FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2016, file photo is a former iron ore processing plant near Hoyt Lakes, Minn., that would become part of a proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2016, file photo is a former iron ore processing plant near Hoyt Lakes, Minn., that would become part of a proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine. Many of the permits issued so far have been stayed or are under review. Following the release of the latest EPA report, environmentalists called on Minnesota regulators to revoke the mine’s water pollution permit. ___This story was corrected to reflect that the proposed mine would be near Babbitt and Hoyt Lakes.
NYC to pay $750,000 to woman who was shackled during labor
NYC to pay $750,000 to woman who was shackled during laborNEW YORK (AP) — A woman who says she was shackled by police for hours while in active labor has settled a lawsuit against New York City for $750,000, her lawyers announced Thursday. She was handcuffed and shackled during labor and after she gave birth to her son, according to the lawsuit filed by The Legal Aid Society and Emery Celli Brinckerhoff Abady Ward & Maazel LLP. After giving birth, the woman struggled to feed her newborn with one arm cuffed to the hospital bed, according to the lawsuit. All the charges against the woman were ultimately dismissed, her lawyers said. A spokesperson for the city law department confirmed that a $750,000 settlement was reached Wednesday.
Over 2M in Arizona fully vaccinated against coronavirus
PHOENIX (AP) — The number of people in Arizona who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus has topped 2 million, the state reported Thursday as it opened another mass vaccination site in metro Phoenix. The 2,024,440 people in Arizona who are fully vaccinated, according to the state’s coronavirus dashboard, represent 28% of the state’s total population. A state-run vaccination site opened at Westworld in Scottsdale. Along with three others in metro Phoenix, the state also has sites in Flagstaff, Tucson and Yuma. The state on Thursday reported 647 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases and 22 more deaths, increasing the state’s totals to 856,451 cases and 17,221 deaths.
Fight over Reno-area COVID-19 reopen plan goes to task force
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Health district and city officials in Reno are rejecting a coronavirus reopening plan that’s going before a state COVID-19 Task Force on Thursday, calling for social distancing requirements to stay in place at least until June 1. The task force is expected to accept a Clark County plan linking the lifting of capacity and distancing restrictions in the Las Vegas area with vaccination rates in the state’s key tourism region. Washoe County commissioners approved a reopening plan Tuesday that could remove business occupancy limits and make distancing rules voluntary beginning May 1. ADVERTISEMENTBut county Health Officer Kevin Dick pointed to a jump in COVID-19 cases linked to the variant first detected in the United Kingdom, and a rise in the county’s 14-day test positivity rate to 7.2%. The World Health Organization goal is 5% or below to relax restrictions.
Mass vaccination clinic that was to use J&J vaccine canceled
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A mass vaccination clinic that was planned at the stadium where the Kansas City Chiefs play has been canceled due to the suspension of the use of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The problem was that Arrowhead Stadium and the National Guard were not available to administer a second dose if they were to use the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, according to the Jackson County Health Department. KSHB-TV reports that the clinic, which was supposed to be the second at Arrowhead, had been planned for April 29-30. Use of the J&J vaccine was put on hold last week after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration said they were investigating reports of rare but potentially dangerous blood clots.
EXPLAINER: How come nations’ climate targets don’t compare?
(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) — This week’s climate change summit features lots of talk from different nations about their goals for reducing carbon emissions. So countries tend to choose years in which they peaked or near peaked on carbon emissions. ADVERTISEMENTMany developed nations’ goals pretty much even out, said Nigel Purvis, who was a U.S. State Department climate negotiator for the George W. Bush and Bill Clinton administrations. NOT JUST CARBON DIOXIDELike other nations, the U.S. goal includes methane and hydrofluorocarbon gases that trap more heat but don’t last as long as carbon dioxide. Reducing methane and HFCs gets results more quickly than cutting carbon dioxide, so cutting them “can buy us a lot of time,” Larsen said.
DeSantis, Army Corps reach deal on major Everglades project.
Ron DeSantis signed an agreement Thursday with the Army Corps of Engineers that will continue work on a key reservoir in Everglades restoration. Work on the long-stalled Everglades Agricultural Area reservoir in western Palm Beach County is to be shared between the state and federal governments. DeSantis said Thursday’s agreement will accelerate the Army Corps portion of the project. “It will reduce if not end discharges from Lake Okeechobee,” said former state Sen. Joe Negron, who worked on Everglades issues in the Legislature. Pedro Ramos, superintendent of Everglades National Park, called construction of the reservoir a major milestone in restoring the ecosystem.
Scientists get creative to carry on research during pandemic
Scientists get creative to carry on research during pandemicSAN LORENZO, Panama (AP) — Biologist Claudio Monteza pushed through thick vegetation to install a camera near a Panamanian highway in a dense tropical rainforest. Because of the pandemic, many scientists “have had to innovate and look for alternatives.”The coronavirus abruptly halted research by many Latin American scientists, interrupting field work, sample collection and laboratory experiments. Some of them could focus on writing scholarly articles based on previous research, but others had to get creative to avoid losing a year of their careers. She had collected sediment samples in 2018, 2019 and January 2020 that allowed her to continue her research during the pandemic. Gálvez has been able to resume field work and supervising students.
U.S. Issues More Than 115 'Do Not Travel' Advisories, Citing Risks From COVID-19
U.S. Issues More Than 115 'Do Not Travel' Advisories, Citing Risks From COVID-19Enlarge this image toggle caption Francois Mori/AP Francois Mori/APThe U.S. State Department has vastly expanded its Do Not Travel list, issuing new Level 4 advisories for more than 115 countries and territories this week. The U.S. Do Not Travel list now includes Canada, Mexico, Germany, the U.K., and dozens of other countries. The new additions bring the State Department's advisory list into closer alignment with the CDC's own travel health notices, which also use a four-tier warning system. For many countries newly added to the State Department's Level 4 list, the CDC cites "a very high level of COVID-19." Bhutan is the only international destination designated as Level 1 – "Exercise Normal Precautions" – on the State Department's travel advisory list.
'It Didn't Change': North Carolina Town Demands Answers After Another Fatal Shooting
'It Didn't Change': North Carolina Town Demands Answers After Another Fatal ShootingEnlarge this image toggle caption Sarah McCammon/NPR Sarah McCammon/NPRNot even one full day went by after the conviction of former Minneapolis police offer Derek Chauvin for George Floyd's murder, before another American Black man was killed by police. Marvin Godfrey of Elizabeth City said he knew something was wrong as soon as he woke up Wednesday. Enlarge this image toggle caption Sarah McCammon/NPR Sarah McCammon/NPR"Partial justice"Godfrey doesn't understand why serving a warrant ended with a man's death. Enlarge this image toggle caption Sarah McCammon/NPR Sarah McCammon/NPRThe meeting was closed to the public because of coronavirus restrictions, and streamed online. "It didn't change"Afterward, Zinia Holley, 56, who lives outside Elizabeth City, joined the crowd in marching down the street to a county building.
How Israel Persuaded Reluctant Ultra-Orthodox Jews To Get Vaccinated Against COVID-19
Nearly every day this winter, a new pashkevil — Yiddish for street poster — would appear with a dire warning against the COVID-19 vaccine. Just as often, neighborhood residents — quietly hired by the government — were dispatched to cover these messages with new ones from Israel's health ministry:"A religious ruling! He's an ultra-Orthodox public relations consultant who directed the counter-messaging campaign, working with Israel's health ministry to convince devout Jewish communities to embrace the vaccine. Today, more than half of all Israelis have been vaccinated — including 80% of ultra-Orthodox adults over age 30, the health ministry says. Many ultra-orthodox Jews shun TVs and smartphones, and were not exposed to nightly press conferences from Israel's top health officials.
Watch Live: Funeral For Daunte Wright In Minneapolis
Watch Live: Funeral For Daunte Wright In MinneapolisMPR News YouTubeMourners have gathered Thursday in Minneapolis for the funeral of Daunte Wright, just two days after a jury there convicted former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin of murdering George Floyd. Wright is the 20-year-old Black man shot and killed by a police officer in Brooklyn Center, Minn., during a traffic stop earlier this month. Officials characterized the shooting as "accidental," saying the officer, Kim Potter, meant to use her Taser on Wright but mistakenly drew her handgun instead. Body camera footage of the incident, released by Brooklyn Center officials the day after the shooting, showed Potter shouting "Taser, Taser, Taser!" Thursday's funeral is being held at Shiloh Temple International Ministries in Minneapolis, where members of Wright's family are expected to speak, along with the Rev.
How India Went From A Ray Of Hope To A World Record For Most COVID Cases In A Day
Ghastly scenes are playing out at hospitals and clinics across India, as the country's health system collapses under a sudden spike in coronavirus cases. Both governments cited India's variants. Confirmed deaths from the coronavirus also broke an Indian record Thursday, with 2,104 fatalities recorded in the previous 24 hours. In March 2020, when coronavirus cases were relatively low in India, Modi imposed the world's biggest national lockdown. "If you can't give my father a hospital bed, please, is there a doctor who can just give him an injection?"
Hundreds pay tribute to Daunte Wright at Minneapolis memorial
Friends and family members wept as they stood before Wright’s open casket, which was blanketed with red roses. Inside the open casket, the young man was dressed in a jean jacket bedazzled with several red and green gem-like buttons on the lapels. Wright’s killing came amid increasing tension during the weekslong trial of Derek Chauvin, the white former police officer who killed Floyd last May. See also: Police, protesters clash again after Daunte Wright killing; police say Minnesota officer meant to draw Taser, not gunDaunte Wright's casket is removed from the hearse for funeral services behind an escort of the Minnesota Freedom Fighters. Minneapolis residents who peacefully celebrated Tuesday’s guilty verdicts had barely one full day before attention turned to burying Wright.
DISH Stock Extends Rally on Amazon Deal. Here’s Why the Move Might Be Overblown.
Swinburne notes that Amazon is not investing in DISH nor likely taking any significant financial risk by taking on DISH as a customer. And he notes Amazon already has a 5G mobile edge-computing deal with Verizon Communications (VZ). As you can imagine, there weren’t a lot of alternatives.”And Moffett doesn’t see the logic in the rally in DISH shares. “So by any objective measure, the Dish relationship with AWS seems to be less significant strategically than their pre-existing relationship with Verizon.”J.P. Morgan analyst Philip Cusick, who has a Neutral rating on DISH shares, is similarly perplexed. For AWS in particular, today’s announcement doesn’t make the DISH relationship sound strategic at all.
Week 3 of our money challenge: Use money as a tool to tackle your goals
Let’s jump in to your new money challenges for the week:Congratulations on making it halfway through our money challenge! We know that the pandemic has thrown many people off course and made it harder to think about the future. Instead, think about money as a tool that can help you achieve your goals, whether that’s owning a home, getting out of debt, supporting a family member or starting to save for retirement. Read about setting goals and sticking to them. This story has some realistic money goals that are still relevant.
Deputy fatally shoots Black man in North Carolina
The Daily BeastFacebookCrowds of demonstrators took to the streets in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, on Wednesday night after a man was shot and killed by a sheriff’s deputy executing a search warrant at his home. The Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Office said Andrew Brown Jr., a 40-year-old Black man, was shot around 8:30 a.m. while deputies were serving a search warrant in the 400 block of Perry Street in Elizabeth City. Witnesses told the outlet they heard a deputy fire at least six shots while he was in the car. The body cameras, that needs to be released immediately,” said Councilman Darius Horton, who donned a Black Lives Matter shirt to the meeting. On Tuesday night, a Columbus, Ohio police officer shot and killed 16-year-old Ma’khia Bryant after she appeared to have lunged at someone with a knife during a fight.
EU artificial intelligence rules will ban 'unacceptable' use
Some "unacceptable" uses of artificial intelligence would be banned in Europe under proposals unveiled on Wednesday. The European Commission's rules would ban "AI systems considered a clear threat to the safety, livelihoods and rights of people", it said. 'Fundamental rights'The commission's digital chief, Margrethe Vestager, said: "On artificial intelligence, trust is a must, not a nice-to-have." "An ambiguous, tick-box approach to regulation that is overseen by individuals who may not have an in-depth understanding of AI technology will hardly inspire confidence." But the vast majority of AI technology would fall into the low-risk category, with far less strict rules.
Supreme Court OKs life in prison without parole for some juveniles convicted of murder
Court TV via AP, Pool Press abuse vs. press limits Jay Near always knew there were bad cops in Minnesota. Today, Near is remembered – if at all – for his legendary Supreme Court victory in the 1931 U.S. Supreme Court decision known as Near v. Minnesota. Near v. Minnesota opened up the modern version of press freedom we recognize today. A portion of the front page of The Saturday Press, Oct. 15, 1927, published by Jay Near that figures prominently in U.S. press freedom law. The cost of limiting the press But media freedom is always a double-edged sword.
Police: Arrested Michigan lawmaker warned he'd call governor
The New York TimesCOLUMBUS, Ohio — It was Valentine’s Day when Ma’Khia Bryant, 16, moved into the foster home where her younger sister had lived for more than a year. “What if it didn’t work and she ended up killing this woman?” Still, Bryant’s family and activists across Columbus questioned why the officer shot Bryant. “I don’t know why he shot her,” Moore, Bryant’s foster parent, said. I question the use of force.” Don Bryant said he did not know how Ma’Khia Bryant had ended up in foster care. Ma’Khia Bryant had been enrolled at Independence High School in Columbus in February.
A Florida motel housekeeper sent a text. Then her husband found her killed in a closet
Tina Strader, a mother to four and a grandmother, was the housekeeping manager at the motel. Her husband, Gerald, told News Channel 8 how they would watch out for one another and would text when she worked inside a room. Her husband found her inside the room’s closet with a towel stuffed in her mouth. According to deputies, Tina Strader’s husband is the one who found her inside the closet, battered and not breathing. As a husband, I can’t imagine what this victim’s husband is feeling now,” Hoffman said.
Gummy vitamins, dietary supplements recalled for potentially containing metallic mesh material
Church & Dwight Co., Inc. initiated a voluntary recall of select adult and children vitamins and dietary supplements over fears that they have been contaminated during the manufacturing process. The recall covers select vitafusion gummy products that were manufactured in a four-day period between Oct. 29, 2020 and Nov. 3, 2020, according to a Food and Drug Administration notice. In severe cases, "ingesting a metallic material could lead to damage of the digestive tract," the FDA added. According to the notice, Church & Dwight is working alongside the FDA and "following all relevant protocols" relating to the matter. The products were distributed online and in stores from Nov. 13, 2020 through April 9, 2021.
Why Jim Cramer Believes Companies Need to Focus on Sustainability
Why Jim Cramer Believes Companies Need to Focus on SustainabilityHow important is it for companies to focus on sustainability and reducing their carbon footprint? In Jim Cramer's eyes, it's very important. However, companies can't do it on their own, so where does the government come in? Watch the video above. Recap TheStreet Live: Everything Jim Cramer Is Watching Thursday
Tesla Car Will Drive With Driver's Seat Empty: Consumer Reports
Consumer Reports says its engineers 'easily tricked' the Tesla Model Y to drive on autopilot without anyone in the driver’s seat. Consumer Reports said its engineers "easily tricked" a Tesla (TSLA) - Get Report 2020 Model Y to drive on Autopilot, the electric vehicle maker's driver assistance feature, without anyone in the driver’s seat. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration investigation followed multiple media reports that suggested the weekend incident in involving a Tesla Model S sedan, which took the lives of two passengers following a fiery crash outside of Houston, occurred while the car was operating under autopilot. Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted earlier this week that "Data logs recovered so far show Autopilot was not enabled & this car did not purchase FSD." TheStreet's Jim Cramer discussed Tesla earlier this week.
Uncertain about its future, Afghanistan gets back smuggled relics from its past
Precious relics of Afghanistan’s ancient past are returning home even as the nation confronts deepening uncertainty about its future. By contrast, the recovered antiquities are “returning to a government and people who cherish their past” and will make sure they are preserved for future generations, Rahmani said. “We are determined not to let that happen.”Like the statues, some of the recovered antiquities depict Buddha. “Afghanistan is one of the richest countries in archaeology and history in the world,” he said. The 33 items being sent to Afghanistan, valued at around $1.8 million, are the first to go back there as part of this investigation.
Zymergen Jumps in Debut After Upsized Initial Public Offering
Zymergen raised the size of its IPO to 13.6 million shares and expects to raise about $500 million. Zymergen (ZY) - Get Report shares opened trading at $38.96 Thursday afternoon, debuting 25% above its estimated price on the Nasdaq. The biofacturing company upsized its public offering to 16.13 million shares from plans to issue 13.6 million. The underwriters, led by JPMorgan and Goldman Sachs, have an option to buy another 2 million shares. It designs, develops and commercializes products in which "microorganisms create the biomolecules that are the key ingredients in those products."
How to prepare fresh fava beans for cooking
Preparing fresh fava beans is tedious, I won’t lie. Whatever weight you start with, know that you will yield 1/5 of that weight in peeled, cleaned fava beans. So, for every 1 pound/455 grams of fava beans in pods, you will get approximately 3 ounces/85 grams of cleaned beans to cook with. Add a large pinch of salt to the boiling water, then stir in the peeled fava beans. Use fresh fava beans in these recipes:Fresh Fava “Ceviche” With Grapefruit and Chilies Time 20 minutes, plus 1 hour chilling Yields Makes 2 cupsFresh Fava and Merguez Orecchiette With Manchego Time 30 minutes Yields Serves 2 to 4Advertisement
Don’t put away your face masks. We may need them even as COVID-19 fades
But even as restaurants reopen and shopping malls fill up, a glaring reminder of the virus’ presence remains: face masks. Health experts think an end to all face mask requirements would be premature. Advertisement“There are so many wild cards in this pandemic.”What if we hit herd immunity? We may yet be a long way from herd immunity, health experts say. Travel, for example, could be an area where face mask use could be commonplace in the long run because it forces close contact with people from different regions.
Getting the most out of cooking with fresh fava beans
When it comes to fresh fava beans, however, it’s much easier to keep the party going all year long. Although preparing fresh fava beans can be tedious, the ability to freeze and enjoy them all year makes the task worth it. This year, I’ve got two more daring approaches, both of them dreamed up by my partner, J., another fava fan. Fresh fava beans — sweet, clean, toothsome — are mixed with some last-of-the-season white Marsh grapefruit or pomelo segments and their juice, some olive oil and speckles of minced red chile and fresh mint and basil. Merguez from Morocco — a slightly gamey lamb sausage that’s just-spicy-enough to command notice but not overwhelm your senses — is a great pairing for the mild but still assertive fava beans, tossed with orecchiette and caramelized shallots.
Comedian Eric Andre says he was racially profiled; police deny wrong
The Clayton County Police Department denies any wrongdoing, although it did not say why its officers chose to speak to Andre. Comedian Eric Andre on Wednesday told his 700,000-plus Twitter followers that he believed he had been racially profiled when officers pulled him aside in a terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and asked to search him for drugs. Andre chose to speak with investigators during the initial encounter,” the department said in a statement released to local news outlets. “During the encounter, Mr. Andre voluntarily provided the investigators information as to his travel plans. Mr. Andre also voluntarily consented to a search of his luggage but the investigators chose not to do so.
Father of Paul Flores, accused in Kristin Smart killing, is released on $50,000 bail
The father of the man police say killed Kristin Smart and hid her body was released from a San Luis Obispo County jail after posting bail Wednesday evening, authorities said. Bail for Ruben Flores, 80, was reduced from $250,000 to $50,000 after San Luis Obispo County Superior Court Judge Craig Van Rooyen determined the higher amount was unreasonable. Flores has pleaded not guilty to accessory after the fact, accused of helping his son, Paul Flores, dispose of Smart’s body following her 1996 disappearance. In requesting the lower bail, Ruben Flores’ attorney, Harold Mersick, said the Arroyo Grande man had an array of potentially life-threatening ailments and that the usual bail for such an offense is $20,000. AdvertisementA judge on Monday ordered Paul Flores to remain in a San Luis Obispo County jail on a murder charge, to which he has pleaded not guilty.
Watch live: Baker gives an update on COVID-19 vaccinations
Governor Charlie Baker spoke during a COVID-19 vaccination update at the Hynes Convention Center. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff)Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff
New data reassuring for COVID-19 vaccination in pregnancy
One of the largest reports on COVID-19 vaccination in pregnancy bolsters evidence that it is safe although the authors say more comprehensive research is needed. AdvertisementSeparately, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine on Tuesday endorsed vaccination in pregnancy, based on evidence it has been evaluating for over a year. ‘’Everyone, including pregnant women and those seeking to become pregnant, should get a COVID-19 vaccine. That group has said previously that COVID-19 vaccination should be available to pregnant women and to those who are breastfeeding, and many pregnant U.S. women have chosen to be vaccinated. It also included reports on pregnancy complications from almost 4,000 women enrolled in a U.S. vaccine safety registry.
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URI urges students to get vaccinated after COVID-19 variants are found on campus
SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. — After detecting more-contagious COVID-19 variants on campus over the last month, administrators at the University of Rhode Island are urging students to get vaccinated. URI has not announced a requirement, and neither have other public institutions such as the Community College of Rhode Island or Rhode Island College. And while traditional college-aged students are the least vaccinated groups in the state, most students at the university just became eligible in Rhode Island this week. Rhode Island has also continued to detect several SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern, which can be spread more rapidly and cause severe disease. But Rhode Island only sequences a portion of positive COVID-19 cases every week to screen for SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern and variants of interest.
Rhode Island celebrates the ‘Blue Planet’ with Earth Day activities
Earth Day Bingo: Download and play the City of Providence’s Earth Day Bingo. Kids Earth Day at Columbia Park: Join The People’s Port Authority, Sierra Club Rhode Island, National Wildlife Federation and other environmental groups for an annual Earth Day activity for kids of all ages. Sunrise RI Youth Earth Day Action: The Sunrise Movement is hosting an Earth Day action at Memorial Park in Providence from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, April 22. AdvertisementGSO Earth Day Cleanup: Dean Bontempi is hosting an Earth Day cleanup Thursday followed by pizza on the GSO quad. For more Earth Day activities visit the Environmental Council of Rhode Island’s calendar of Earth friendly events.
Riverside developers bring proposed life science buildings, other changes to Newton city councilors
Mark Development is partnering with Alexandria Real Estate Equities to offer the two life sciences buildings at Riverside. The proposed changes would also reduce peak morning and afternoon traffic at the site, developers said. An office tower, which would have stood 169 feet, would be replaced with a second life sciences building, that would stand 143 feet tall. With the proposed changes in place, Riverside could also become part of a projected life sciences cluster stretching across Route 128. Some residents, such as Peter Harrington, cautioned city councilors to weigh the city’s interests as they consider the proposed changes for Riverside.
Rhode Island to lift business restrictions ahead of Memorial Day weekend
Governor Daniel J. McKee announced Thursday that his administration plans to incrementally eliminate all temporary capacity limits on businesses by Memorial Day weekend on May 28. PROVIDENCE — Business owners, rejoice: It looks like it could be a nearly-normal summer in Rhode Island. This is the highest capacity limit allowed by the state since before the pandemic began nearly 14 months ago. “We know that they need this relief,” said McKee of business owners in Rhode Island. The news comes as Rhode Island has vaccinated at least one-third of the state’s population, according to McKee.
Encouraging signs are beginning to emerge in Mass. coronavirus data
Encouraging signs are emerging in the coronavirus data being released by the state Department of Public Health. Is it possible the coronavirus is beginning to loosen its deadly grip on Massachusetts? The levels are also lower than the numbers reached during the state’s pandemic lull last summer. The positivity percentage numbers also dropped sharply after the peak of the second surge early this year, then bumped up in March and earlier this month. College testing programs dilute the data because they repeatedly test large numbers of asymptomatic people in an effort to rapidly identify new cases.
COVID-19 hospitalizations tumble among US senior citizens
That slide is especially encouraging because senior citizens have accounted for about 8 out of 10 deaths from COVID-19 since the virus hit the United States. WASHINGTON (AP) — COVID-19 hospitalizations among older Americans have plunged 80% since the start of the year, dramatic proof the vaccination campaign is working. Over 80% of senior citizens have gotten at least one shot, compared with just over 50% among all adults. In Seattle’s King County, hospital physicians are seeing fewer COVID-19 patients overall, fewer needing critical care and fewer needing breathing machines. “They tend to recover a little quicker because of their youth.”With enough people vaccinated, COVID-19 cases should eventually begin to fall as the virus finds fewer and fewer people to infect.
How long does protection from COVID-19 vaccines last?
By CANDICE CHOI | The Associated PressNEW YORK — How long does protection from COVID-19 vaccines last? Experts don’t know yet because they’re still studying vaccinated people to see when protection might wear off. How well the vaccines work against emerging variants will also determine if, when and how often additional shots might be needed. “We only have information for as long as the vaccines have been studied,” said Deborah Fuller, a vaccine researcher at the University of Washington. If the virus mutates enough over time, vaccines might need to be updated to boost their effectiveness.
Cyberattack targets VTA, unclear if personal information breached
A cyberattack targeting the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority last weekend has forced a days-long shutdown of many of the agency’s computer systems. VTA officials say they believe they have contained the attack, but key systems remained offline Thursday. The authority is still trying to determine whether any personal information of customers or employees was compromised, spokeswoman Stacey Hendler Ross said. Buses and light rail trains have continued running, Hendler Ross said, although efforts to contain the hack are affecting functions such as real-time arrival information and VTA employee email. “Our priority in this situation was to proactively shutdown technology systems to contain the event,” Hendler Ross wrote in a statement.
Tesla Model Y drives without anyone in driver’s seat, Consumer Reports says
April 22 (Reuters) – Consumer Reports said on Thursday its engineers were able to operate a Tesla without anyone in the driver’s seat, and that the system failed to send out a warning or indicate that the driver’s seat was empty. The engineers tested the Tesla Model Y this week as investigators probe an accident in which two men died after their Tesla Model S crashed into a tree Saturday night near Houston. Harris County police investigators are “100% sure” that nobody was in the driver’s seat at the time of the crash, the precinct constable told the Associated Press. One man was in the front passenger seat and one in the back seat, the investigators said. His hands “were likely off the steering wheel during this time period,” the NTSB report said.
Hopi tribal Councilman Wallace Youvella Sr. dies after crash near Payson
Associated PressFIRST MESA — A Hopi tribal councilman has died of injuries suffered in a car crash earlier this month, tribal officials said Wednesday. First Mesa Consolidated Villages leaders said Councilman Wallace Youvella Sr. died Tuesday in a Scottsdale hospital. Youvella and his son Wallace Youvella Jr., also a tribal councilman, were headed to an April 8 meeting in Phoenix to join other Hopi Council members and business consultants and discuss potential economic development projects. Tribal officials said the car carrying Youvella and his son was struck by an oncoming vehicle near Payson. The younger Youvella suffered injuries that weren't life-threatening and was released from the hospital a few days later.
Prescott nursing home chiefs under state investigation after Republic report
The board can take disciplinary action against nursing home administrators and assisted-living managers, including revoking their state licenses or certifications. 'Playing God'In addition to the board's investigations, Granite Creek will have to answer to families in court. Twenty-two homes had errors during multiple inspections, including Granite Creek. She said it tortures her every day thinking about how Donnie must have felt while he was Granite Creek. Managers at Granite Creek required them to work, despite positive COVID-19 tests and doctors’ orders to isolate, according to the inspection report.
Daunte Wright to be eulogized at Minneapolis funeral
Friends and family members wept as they stood before Wright’s open casket, which was blanketed with red roses. The city’s police chief said it appeared from body camera video that the officer who shot Wright used her pistol when she meant to use her Taser. Minneapolis residents who peacefully celebrated Tuesday’s guilty verdicts had barely one full day before attention turned to burying Wright. This is round two, and we must win this round.”Members of Wright’s family and civil rights attorney Ben Crump, who represents Floyd’s family, are also expected to speak at the service. ___Find AP’s full coverage of the death of Daunte Wright at: https://apnews.com/hub/death-of-daunte-wright
Mia Charming Sweets, now at Southridge Mall, draws on baker's favorite childhood memories
After years of baking as a hobby, then selling to friends and classmates, she opened Mia Charming Sweets in July 2020. I do the caramel cake, and I make my own caramel from scratch. On Wednesday we only do caramel cake and caramel cupcakes, Thursdays we do the hot peach cobbler. Her indulgenceI don’t really eat sweets, but my all-time favorite is the peach cobbler pound cake. I’m going to offer special flavors like strawberry crunch, banana pudding and caramel cupcake as a special by the dozen.
15-year-old boy, two men charged in separate carjackings in Chicago
A 15-year-old boy and two men face charges in separate carjackings in the Archer Heights, Back of the Yards, and Brighton Park neighborhoods. He was charged as a juvenile with a felony count of aggravated vehicular hijacking and one misdemeanor count of aggravated assault/use of a deadly weapon. Haywood is charged with one felony count vehicular hijacking, one felony count attempted vehicular hijacking, and two felony counts receive/possess/sell stolen vehicle. Haywood is charged with one felony count vehicular hijacking, one felony count attempted vehicular hijacking, and two felony counts receive/possess/sell stolen vehicle. He’s charged with one felony count aggravated vehicular hijacking and one felony count armed robbery, police said.
Sanctions-battered Iran, weary of pandemic, faces worst wave
TEHRAN, Iran — As Iran faces what looks like its worst wave of the coronavirus pandemic yet, Tehran commuters still pour into its subway system and buses each working day, even as images of the gasping ill are repeatedly shown on state television every night. That has public health officials worried the worst of the pandemic still may be yet to come. During the peak of Iran’s last surge, around 20,000 coronavirus patients were hospitalized across the country. All of its wards on five floors of the hospital are reserved for coronavirus patients. Associated Press journalist Ebrahim Noroozi in Tehran, Iran, contributed to this report.
Indonesia looking for submarine that may be too deep to help
JAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesian navy ships searched Thursday for a submarine that likely sank too deep to retrieve, making survival chances for the 53 people on board slim. The navy believes the submarine sank to a depth of 2,000-2,300 feet, much deeper than its estimated collapse depth. He said a rescue submarine would make a waterproof connection to a disabled submarine with a so-called skirt fitted over the recue seat so that the hatch can be opened without the disabled submarine filling with water. “Our main priority is the safety of the 53 crew members,” Widodo said in a televised address. The German-built submarine, which has been in service in Indonesia since 1981, was carrying 49 crew members, its commander and three gunners, the Indonesian Defense Ministry said.
COVID-19 hospitalizations tumble among US senior citizens
WASHINGTON — COVID-19 hospitalizations among older Americans have plunged 80% since the start of the year, dramatic proof the vaccination campaign is working. That slide is especially encouraging because senior citizens have accounted for about 8 out of 10 deaths from COVID-19 since the virus hit the United States. Over 80% of senior citizens have gotten at least one shot, compared with just over 50% among all adults. In Seattle’s King County, hospital physicians are seeing fewer COVID-19 patients overall, fewer needing critical care and fewer needing breathing machines. “They tend to recover a little quicker because of their youth.”With enough people vaccinated, COVID-19 cases should eventually begin to fall as the virus finds fewer and fewer people to infect.
Vitafusion gummy vitamin recall: Manufacturer cites reports of ‘metallic mesh’
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Let’s Go, South Florida: Get your beer buzz, food fix and art appreciation at Sistrunk Marketplace
“As hard as that was, because that was really what I saw myself doing for the rest of my life, it opened the door for the art thing. Because when I was stuck in a wheelchair, all I could do was really paint,” said Portwood.
Court dates are set for Robert Runcie and Barbara Myrick after their arrests in grand jury inquiry
After an arrest, arraignment is one of the earliest steps in the prosecution process. The defendants routinely plead not guilty and the attorneys on both sides begin scheduling hearings and other court dates to determine witness lists, depositions and evidence that will be part of the case.
Florida gopher tortoise probe alleges unreported deaths, risky conditions for threatened species
The figure has several components: about $300 for an FWC permit; roughly $500 for an authorized agent to find, capture and transport a tortoise; and $1,200 split between a consultant such as Kaiser who handles permitting and caretaking of refuges and the owner of refuge lands, who usually has little part in the process other than making land available.
‘Stowaway’ review: Anna Kendrick is lost, and found, in space in smart sci-fi flick
This near-future is far enough away that Martian commutes are somewhat frequent, and it’s not just cute little rovers like Perseverance trundling across the Red Planet’s surface. This is the third trip to the nascent Martian colony for commander Marina Barrett (an impressive if underwritten Toni Collette). But it’s also near enough that the practicalities of interplanetary travel are much the same as they are right now. This is not the science fiction of hyperdrives and teleportation hubs: amid Marco Bittner’s nicely pre-owned, scuffed production design, using tech that looks more Apollo 11 than USS Enterprise, Barrett and her crew endure a shuddering launch and a rattling, jangling exit through the ionosphere.
How Chicago’s music venues are safely reopening using a chorus of different approaches
Constellation, the popular experimental jazz and improvisational music venue, began hosting intimate in-person shows last summer. But not every musician who plays at the space will perform in front of a live audience. According to Constellation’s COVID policy, performances start “with the desires and comfort of the performing artist.” Artists can choose between a streaming-only set, a hybrid streaming and in-person performance for a small and invited audience, or a ticketed and socially distanced event for up to 50 audience members. On their website’s page for their COVID policy, the venue states, “This flexible approach allows the performer to choose their comfort level and allows us to navigate new directives from our health officials.”
Man in custody after allegedly attacking commuter on CTA Blue Line train, Oak Park police say
Officers arriving on the scene took the man into custody and took a 34-year-old woman to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood for treatment of her injuries. Police said the extent of her injuries was not yet known as of late Thursday morning.
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Few details were being released about the attack, which happened about 10:45 a.m. in the 4100 block of West Ogden Avenue, according to Kellie Bartoli, a police spokesperson.
Six people hurt, 1 killed when at least 48 vehicles, including several semis, crash on snowy Wisconsin interstate
The Wisconsin State Patrol said one of the crashes involved a fatality, but could not provide further details. Six people were taken to West Bend hospitals and another 26 people were treated at the scene, according to officials.
New data reassuring for COVID-19 vaccination in pregnancy
One of the largest reports on COVID-19 vaccination in pregnancy bolsters evidence that it is safe although the authors say more comprehensive research is needed. ‘’Everyone, including pregnant women and those seeking to become pregnant, should get a COVID-19 vaccine. That group has said previously that COVID-19 vaccination should be available to pregnant women and to those who are breastfeeding, and many pregnant U.S. women have chosen to be vaccinated. It also included reports on pregnancy complications from almost 4,000 women enrolled in a U.S. vaccine safety registry. Those rates are all within the same range observed in reports in pregnant women before the pandemic.
Long Island fire departments to host recruitment push this weekend
This weekend, fire departments across Long Island hope to recruit volunteers just like Neale and Lee — both Syosset High School graduates — during the annual RecruitNY Weekend campaign sponsored by the Firemen's Association of the State of New York, or FASNY. On Long Island alone, there are 179 separate local fire departments — 71 in Nassau County and 108 in Suffolk County, according to Rob Leonard, the state FASNY spokesman and Syosset Fire Department assistant chief. "We are the most economically-advanced, densely-populated suburb still covered by volunteers in the United States," Leonard said of Long Island. The pandemic has changed education on Long Island. Though, as Kalin jokes, the recruiting pitch he and many local departments generally offer volunteers is: No pay, long hours, cool hat.
Fashion Week MN is back, ready for a series of spring shows — with in-person and virtual options
After a one-year hiatus because of the pandemic, Fashion Week MN (FWMN) is back for a spring 2021 installment. In addition to ticketed in-person events with limited seating both indoors and outdoors, spring FWMN will be streamed virtually. In-person events will have safety protocols following CDC guidelines, including requiring masks and seating spaced six-feet apart between groups who RSVP/attend together. (In-person general admission and VIP; virtual general admission; show begins 7 p.m.; Ooh La La Boutique, Excelsior)AMBER GRIFFIN AND ZAGAZA PRODUCTION PRESENTS NORTHWOODS COUTUREFriday, April 30: This show will transport guests and viewers to a woodland fantasy. (In-person and virtual general admission; show begins 3 p.m.; Canopy Minneapolis by Hilton, downtown Minneapolis)THE FITTING ROOM PRESENTS EVOLVE
Ground breaking at the Bay Park Sewer Treatment Plant
On Thursday, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and local officials held a ground breaking at the Bay Park Sewer Treatment Plant in East Rockaway. The three-year $450 million project is designed to transport sewage out of Reynolds Channel and pump it into the Atlantic Ocean. Credit: NY Governor's Office
Cuomo: New York still 'making progress' in reducing COVID-19 positivity levels
New York State and Long Island marked another day of gains in bringing COVID-19 under control, with indicators not seen since November before a holiday season surge, Gov. The state registered a 2.06% positivity level in daily test results from Wednesday, the lowest figure since Nov. 5, Cuomo said at a news briefing in East Rockaway. The statewide seven-day average of positivity for the virus was 2.5%, the lowest since Nov. 10, while the figure on Long Island was 2.76%, also the lowest since Nov. 10. For weeks the positivity level on Long Island had hovered around or above 4%, seeing a substantial decline over the last week or so. Long Island had a total of 540 COVID-19 patients in hospitals on Wednesday, the lowest figure since Nov. 30.
Supreme Court ruling makes it easier to sentence juveniles to life in prison without parole
The specific case before the justices involved Mississippi inmate Brett Jones, who was 15 and living with his grandparents when he fatally stabbed his grandfather. The two had a fight in the home’s kitchen after Bertis Jones found his grandson’s girlfriend in his grandson’s bedroom. Brett Jones, who was using a knife to make a sandwich before the fight, stabbed his grandfather first with that knife and then, when it broke, with a different knife. He was convicted and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Super League backer says breakaway competition is on standby
Pérez, who would have been the new league’s founding chairman, said the clubs behind the Super League will continue working on a way to make the competition work, even if changes have to be made to its format. He said the Super League is on “standby” and the group is open to discussing ideas with European soccer’s governing body and other entities to help the game amid the coronavirus pandemic. On Wednesday, Atlético Madrid and the three Italian clubs in the project – Juventus, AC Milan and Inter Milan – also opted out. There were protests against the Super League during Wednesday’s Spanish league matches, with players entering the field wearing T-shirts condemning the new competition. The Super League was intended to be a 20-team competition with 15 founding members guaranteed a spot every season and five other teams rotating in and out.
Watch Live: Charlie Baker in Pittsfield to tour regional vaccination site
Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito will join Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer and other local leaders to tour the Berkshire Regional Collaborative vaccination site in Pittsfield today at 1 p.m. where they will provide an update on COVID-19 vaccination. Watch live here:The visit follows the governor’s morning appearance in Springfield at MGM where he celebrated their Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. Later on Thursday, the governor and lieutenant governor will join Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Kathleen Theoharides, Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Patrick Woodcock and Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance Commissioner Carol Gladstone to celebrate Earth Day and sign an Executive Order relative to reducing gas emissions at state facilities.
Dutch coronavirus infections rise ahead of lockdown easing
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch public health institute said Thursday that 9,648 new coronavirus infections were recorded over the past 24 hours, in the highest daily increase since January. The news came just days before planned relaxations in the country's months-long lockdown. "The COVID number in ICUs is high and on a rising trend," the National Coordination Center for Patient Distribution said in a statement. The number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care units rose by 17 to 839 over the past 24 hours, the center added. Shoppers will no longer have to make an appointment to visit non-essential stores, though the number of customers per shop will still be tightly limited.
The Latest: Virus harms during pregnancy detailed in study
The measures include closures and a 10 p.m.-5 a.m. curfew, the most controversial element. The restrictions would kick in for areas where there are more than 100 weekly new cases per 100,000 residents for three consecutive days. Schools would have to switch to distance learning at a higher rate of 165. In a statement Thursday, the Brit Awards said audience members attending the indoor ceremony at London’s O2 Arena on May 11 will not have to socially distance or even wear face coverings once seated. It said the ceremony will be the first major indoor music event in the country to welcome back a live audience since the coronavirus pandemic erupted more than a year ago.
EPA review faults permitting for proposed Minnesota mine
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An internal investigation has found that the Environmental Protection Agency mishandled its oversight of permits for what would be Minnesota’s first copper-nickel mine, according to the federal agency's inspector general. The findings describe a flawed review of two permits issued for the $1 billion mine that PolyMet Mining Corp. wants to build near lakes Babbitt and Hoyt, which are about 200 miles (320 kilometers) northeast of Minneapolis, in northeastern Minnesota. Many of the permits issued so far have been stayed or are under review. Instead, the EPA went over the list by phone with staff of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the concerns went unresolved. The MPCA issued the permit in late 2018.
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Citing the number of people who have been vaccinated – most of whom are older than school age — the governor is allowing schools to decide whether to require masks.
The Latest: Armed men provide security at Wright funeral
The men’s patches identify them as members of the Minneapolis Freedom Fighters, a group of Black men formed last year to provide security in Minneapolis’ largely Black north side neighborhoods during unrest following the death of George Floyd last year. Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin was convicted two days ago of murder and manslaughter in Floyd's death. The family of Daunte Wright is preparing for his funeral Thursday. Wright died April 11 after a white Brooklyn Center police officer shot the 20-year-old Black man during a traffic stop. Wright’s killing came amid increasing tension during the weekslong trial of Derek Chauvin, the white former police officer who killed Floyd.
COVID-19 hospitalizations tumble among US senior citizens
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Over 2M in Arizona fully vaccinated against coronavirus
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The number of people in Arizona who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus has topped 2 million, the state reported Thursday as it opened another mass vaccination site in metro Phoenix. The 2,024,440 people in Arizona who are fully vaccinated, according to the state's coronavirus dashboard, represent 28% of the state's total population. A state-run vaccination site opened at Westworld in Scottsdale. The state on Thursday reported 647 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases and 22 more deaths, increasing the state’s totals to 856,451 cases and 17,221 deaths. In Pima County, 187 new cases of COVID-19 were reported Thursday with 0 deaths.
Over 2M in Arizona fully vaccinated against coronavirus
Updated 3 times AlertMePHOENIX — The number of people in Arizona who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus has topped 2 million, the state reported Thursday as it opened another mass vaccination site in metro Phoenix. The 2,024,440 people in Arizona who are fully vaccinated, according to the state’s coronavirus dashboard, represent 28% of the state’s total population. A state-run vaccination site opened at Westworld in Scottsdale. Along with three others in metro Phoenix, the state also has sites in Flagstaff, Tucson and Yuma. The state on Thursday reported 647 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases and 22 more deaths, increasing the state’s totals to 856,451 cases and 17,221 deaths.
UPDATE: Freezing lows may threaten central Va.'s gardens on Friday morning
The National Weather Service issued a freeze warning for all of metro Richmond and most of the surrounding region on Friday morning. On Thursday morning, Richmond officially bottomed out at 36 degrees but many outlying areas fell to freezing. While a hard freeze looks unlikely for Richmond, readings below 36 bring some concern for patchy frost. On that morning, most weather stations in metro Richmond ranged from 29 to 33. In terms of a more tangible impact, many places would expect to see one less freezing night in April, for example.
2 in 3 people want to work remotely full-time AFTER the pandemic ends
However, a new survey finds they shouldn’t expect their workers to come flowing through the door — even after the pandemic. The poll, completed in early April, also finds 65 percent want to keep working remotely full-time even after COVID ends. One in three would prefer a hybrid arrangement involving some office work and some days at home. The poll finds, if they can secure a full-time remote work position, 37 percent are “definitely” considering living elsewhere. Also troublingly, 56 percent of workers say they’ve experienced burnout during the pandemic.
US supreme court declines to limit life without parole sentences for minors
In a scathing dissent, the liberal Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote that the high court’s decision “guts” precedents that had strictly limited juvenile life sentences without possibility of parole. Beginning in 2005, the supreme court had concluded in a series of cases that minors should be treated differently from adults, in part because of minors’ lack of maturity. Today's decision is a huge blow against the movement to end juvenile life without parole. He was convicted and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. In the case – Jones v Mississippi, 18-1259 – Jones had argued he is not “permanently incorrigible” and should therefore be eligible for parole.
Thursday evening UK news briefing: Up to 30 countries may get all clear for summer breaks
As his efforts failed to make progress, Mr Cameron wrote on April 22 last year, telling Sir Jon it was "incredibly frustrating". However, the scientific mechanism has never been entirely clear - until scientists at Harvard University got involved. See what has been said by leaders from Russia, Brazil, Japan, France and many others. It comes as the UN admitted world leaders have not started discussing how climate change targets will impact people's everyday lives. Around the world: Russia orders troops backRussia's defence minister has ordered the withdrawal of most of the troops that recently amassed at the border with Ukraine following nearly four weeks of a war scare.
Pregnant women who catch Covid over 50 per cent more likely to suffer complications
Pregnant women who catch Covid are over 50 per cent more likely to suffer complications such as premature birth, according to a major new study. Based on the medical records of 2,100 pregnant women across 18 countries, the study also found that newborns of infected women were nearly three times more at risk of severe medical complications that could require admission to a neonatal intensive care unit. Women who caught the virus but didn’t experience symptoms appeared to be at no added risk. The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation advises women who are pregnant to get either the Pfizer or Moderna jabs. However, officials believe that unfounded fears among pregnant women or those planning to become so are bolstering vaccine hesitancy.
Pandemic disruption could trigger ‘major measles outbreaks’ in Africa, WHO warns
Disrupted vaccination campaigns could trigger “major measles outbreaks” across Africa, where millions of children have been left “dangerously exposed” to the deadly disease after the pandemic hampered vaccination rollouts. According to the World Health Organization’s Africa office, 15 countries suspended measles immunisation campaigns between January 2020 and April 2021, as resources were diverted to tackle Covid-19 and amid fears vaccination efforts could inadvertently spread the virus. WHO Africa also warned that the quality of measles surveillance across the continent fell to the lowest level seen in seven years in 2020, when just 11 countries met their targets. “Recent outbreaks of measles – but also yellow fever, cholera and meningitis – all point to worrying gaps in immunisation coverage and surveillance in Africa,” said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO regional director for Africa, referring to major measles outbreaks in eight countries since January 2020 – including the Central African Republic and Democratic Republic of Congo. “I urge all countries to double down on essential health services, including life-saving vaccination campaigns.”
Cross porpoises: Aggrieved dolphins hold grudges, scientists find
Dolphins hold grudges, scientists have discovered, as they will only help those that have come to their aid in the past. If a dolphin helps a fellow group member when it is in danger, that comrade is likely to return the favour, they found. This goodwill extends to dolphins that have helped a fellow group member. Drones were flown above dolphin groups and their behaviour was recorded. "Bottlenose dolphins form the most complex alliances outside humans, and we wanted to know how they classify these relationships."
Chinese foreign aid will be devoted to fighting human rights abuses in Xinjiang
Chinese foreign aid will be devoted to fighting human rights abuses in Xinjiang, Dominic Raab has said. The Foreign Secretary told the International Development Committee that he had cut China's Official Development Assistance by 95 per cent. He said: "There is £900,000 left and that will go towards human rights and open society programmes.”Mr Raab added that he assumed colleagues would not want to see this funding cut “given the pressures and challenges in Xinjiang and Hong Kong". His comments come as MPs on Thursday night approved a House of Commons motion which declared UyghurMuslims and other minorities are "suffering crimes against humanity and genocide" in Xinjiang. Although the motion is non-binding, it is a further sign of Parliament's wish for the Government to act.
How long should you wait before flying after your Covid jab?
In recent months, concerns have been raised about the potential links between the AstraZeneca vaccine and a rare type of blood clot. However, the risk of developing it increases two-to threefold after long haul flights – categorised as those which last longer than four hours. It is unclear whether having the AstraZeneca vaccine could increase the chances of DVT, and other types of blood clot, developing. “The vaccine risk is just too low and far too few people are flying. Although the research into the potential links between the vaccine and blood clots is still in its early stages, information around DVT is widely available.
What is DLSS, Nvidia’s ‘magic’ gaming technology and driver of US giant’s graphics business?
Anyone with a passing interest in video games will be aware of the acronym-peppered minefield that comes with the territory. The latest collection of letters causing a stir comes from graphics chip giant Nvidia. At its heart, it is an artificial intelligence technology that improves the performance of your gaming machines beyond the hardware’s in-built capability. A level of performance that my PC’s graphics card has no business attempting on its own specifications. Upon announcing the update for Call of Duty, Nvidia are claiming a 70pc boost in 4K performance.
What features does a dream home need?
Britons’ ‘dream home’ requirements include ‘mundane’ amenities like an en-suite bathroom ahead of top-of-the-range extras such as a home cinema or a swimming pool, a poll has suggested. Just one in three adults would opt for a swimming pool – indoors or outdoors – in their dream home. A spokesperson for The Grand Draw said: “Daydreaming about the perfect house is how millions of Brits while away a quiet hour. “We were surprised that a lot of things that people would really like aren’t things you’d only find in a mega-mansion. “However, our competition means you could end up with a dream home for a lot less than the £2.7m Brits say they expect their dream house would cost.
Flight attendant reveals why cabin crew greets you as you board a plane
A flight attendant has revealed the reason that cabin crew “look you up and down” when they greet you as you board a flight. According to Kamalani, the process, which is also what is occurring when you see a flight attendant walking up and down the aisle before the plane takes off, is to find the flight’s ABPs, or “able-bodied people”. “Have you ever walked on a plane and saw the flight attendant standing right here greeting you?” Kamalani asks in the TikTok as she points to a photo of the cabin crew near the entrance of the plane. “Or the flight attendants walking up and down the aisle? “Our passengers’ safety is our number one priority, so we’re just looking for things that look off,” Kamalani concluded.
World’s first wooden satellite set to launch in 2021 in test of environmentally-friendly space exploration
The first ever satellite made of wood is set to launch into orbit later this year as part of a project to test the use of sustainable materials in space. The WISA Woodsat mission will gather data on the durability of plywood within the harsh conditions of space in order to assess whether future space stations or even spacecraft could be built out of wood. “We can test many things in our laboratories but the ultimate test for space worthiness can only be done in space,” Ari Voutilainen, space project manager for wood manufacturer UPM Plywood, told The Independent. The mission is a joint venture between UPM Plywood, Scandinavian design house Huld, and space technology firm Arctic Astronautics – whose Kitsat educational satellite the design is based on. “In addition to testing plywood, the satellite will demonstrate accessible radio amateur satellite communication, host several secondary technology experiments, validate the Kitsat platform in orbit, and popularise space technology.”
Why is the PS5 out of stock?
Perhaps it began weeks before, when PlayStation opened the pre-orders for the new PS5 without any warning, forcing the company to apologise. “Let’s be honest: PS5 preorders could have been a lot smoother,” it admitted last September, in an attempt to apologise to upset fans that has not stopped being relevant. Or perhaps it began some time after the release date on November 19, on one of the many days when PS5 stock arrived and then sold out again almost instantly. Google searches for PS5 have consistently been at least five times those for the Xbox Series X since launch, according to the search engine’s public tools.) “We want to thank gamers everywhere for making the PS5 launch our biggest console launch ever.
Oscars 2021 ‘Ask me Anything’: Who will win, who should win and how is the ceremony taking place?
The 2021 Oscars are finally upon us after a two-month delay – and, because of restrictions, the ceremony will look far different than it has ever done before. It might have left you wondering what form the ceremony will take when it takes place on Sunday (25 April) in the US, and the early hours of Monday (26 April) in the UK. What goes on behind-the-scenes for us to cover the ceremony through the night? I’ll be on hand to answer your Oscars questions live on Friday 23 April. Your comments won’t appear live on the site until I am able to answer them.
GCHQ is asking recruits to solve this puzzle - can you?
What does the sequence below of numbers and letters in the picture mean to you? Well, if the answer is yes, you could be exactly what GCHQ is looking for. However, Turing was prosecuted in 1952 for being gay and is believed to have died by suicide in 1954. This one is a little less like a scavenger hunt but still tricky and something meaty to sink your mathematical teeth into. The answer to the problem was “MI5 JOINS INSTAGRAM” (Instagram/GCHQ)The answer is the news today that Mi5 has joined the 21st century by debuting its Instagram page.
Intruder ‘who claimed to be Prince Andrew’s fiancée’ allowed into Royal Lodge
A woman who claimed to be Prince Andrew’s fiancee was able to get into the grounds of the royal’s home after she told security guards she had a lunch appointment with him, according to reports. Thames Valley Police confirmed that a 44-year-old woman had been arrested at the Royal Lodge on Monday but was later de-arrested and sectioned under the Mental Health Act. A source for The Sun said that the woman managed to convince security guards she was a “close friend” of Andrew. “The woman demanded they pay her cab fare as she was a close friend of Prince Andrew, and they obliged before helpfully pointing her on her way towards the Royal Lodge. “Thames Valley Police were called to the Royal Lodge at Windsor Great Park on Monday morning to reports of a female trespasser,” a spokesperson for the police force said.
US adds UK to ‘Do Not Travel’ list
American travellers are being warned not to travel to the UK. The US State Department has added the UK to its “Level Four: Do Not Travel” advisory, citing a risk of “very high level of Covid-19”, alongside at least 115 other countries. The move “reflects an adjustment in the State Department's Travel Advisory system to rely more on [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s] existing epidemiological assessments”. It comes amid speculation that the US will be on the UK’s “green list” when it is revealed in early May, thanks to its advanced vaccine roll-out. The “green” countries will carry the lightest restrictions, and won’t require quarantine upon arrival into the UK.
Former Bay City Rollers frontman Les McKeown dies aged 65
McKeown has claimed in numerous interviews that the guilt over the incident has never left him, and was a big part of driving down a road of alcoholism, as the Rollers' popularity waned dramatically in the late 1970s. He was also open in interviews about his trips to rehab.
Museum offers historic insight into Azerbaijani carpet weaving
Carpet weaving is one of Azerbaijan's most ancient arts, dating back to the Bronze Age. Azerbaijani art and cultureCarpets have been at the heart of Azerbaijani art and culture for thousands of years. In 2010, their importance was recognised by UNESCO, which added Azerbaijani carpets to its intangible cultural heritage of humanity list. Azerbaijani carpet weaving can be traced back to the Bronze Age. "I work with tourists, and I always recommend the carpet museum because it is a very unusual building, inside and out.
Akayed Ullah: Times Square subway pipe bomber jailed for life
Ullah was from Bangladesh but moved to the US in 2011. At the time of the attack he was living in Brooklyn with his mother, sister and two brothers, while his wife and young son lived in Bangladesh.
A dessert fit for the desert
Jessical Préalpato talks about the pressures of being labelled the World’s Best Pastry Chef and gender equality within the restaurant industry as she is commissioned to create a special dessert for the France Pavilion at Expo 2020. French pastry chef, Jessica Préalpato has been commissioned to create a special dessert for Expo 2020 in her role as ambassador to the France Pavilion. Awarded The World’s Best Pasty Chef in 2019, voted by the World’s 50 Best Restaurants, she currently works alongside Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénéé in Paris. "[It brought] a lot of pressure because the people who tasted it say it's the best dessert in the world... it's good or not good. She told Euronews she soon realized what made her happy and decided to study ‘Cuisinier en dessert de restaurants’ at the Hotel School of Biarritz.
EU plays down claim that a legal case has been launched against AstraZeneca
Brussels has played down reports that it has launched legal action against AstraZeneca over delays to vaccine doses. On Thursday, Ireland's health minister said that a "legal case has been initiated by the Commission". But in a statement sent to Euronews, European Commission spokesperson Eric Mamer said the body has "not launched a legal procedure against AstraZeneca at this point in time". A second spokesperson for the European Commission reiterated no legal action had been taken. Last month, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen accused AstraZeneca of having "unfortunately under-produced and under-delivered".
Stars including Jimmy Kimmel are slammed for doing a fundraiser for 'autism hate groups'
'REMINDER that there IS NOT a "cure" for autism,' Twitter user @LUDWIGISM wrote. 'We are fine as we are we are NOT sick or ill and charities like "next to autism" and "autism speaks" are incredibly ableist and are "working towards a cure" even though they very little of the donation money towards the "cure." Many have gone so far as to call Autism Speaks an 'autism hate group,' saying that it focuses on the wrong things — when it should be 'uplifting and providing resources for autistic people.' Giving voice: TikToker Paige Layle has gone viral with a video slamming the nonprofit and spotlighting the concerns of the autistic communityPaige claimed the group 'funds autism hate groups' and is 'working toward preventing autism, a.k.a prenatal screening for autism, a.k.a. Paige calls out the Color The Spectrum event for supported NEXT for Autism, saying: 'This organization funds autism hate groups like Autism Speaks, funds ABA therapy, and works toward preventing autism, a.k.a prenatal screening for autism, a.k.a.
Bodycam shows Columbus police officer fatally shoot 15-year-old
Video: Columbus police try to avert a new wave of BLM anger over the fatal police shooting of a 16-year-old girl by releasing bodycam that shows her attempting to stab two women just minutes before Derek Chauvin was convicted, as protesters gather
How war is making water a scarce resource in eastern Ukraine
They know once the tank is empty, there will be no more clean water for another week. It is not connected to the gas or water pipes due to the collateral damage of war and lack of investment. However, the villagers sometimes resort to drinking it either way when they run out of clean water. In his office, he told Euronews that he just got a report from a filter station inside the separatists’ area. While this is going on, the water supply and people’s access to clean water is at risk.
Georgia firefighter, 21, found dead in station bed after first 24-hour shift
A newly hired firefighter was found dead in his fire station bed after returning from an overnight call during his first shift on the job. Efren Medina, 21, died on Saturday morning after fellow firefighters found him unresponsive in his station bed in St Marys, Georgia, which is 40 miles north of Jacksonville, Florida. Later that morning at 7:30am fellow firefighters tried to wake Medina up but was unresponsive. Medina was working his first 24-hour shift at the time of his death, the U.S. Fire Administration said. 'We are absolutely devastated by Efren's passing and are struggling to find the funds to support his wife, Brittany Vasquez, in paying the cost of the service, flights, and any other unexpected costs.'
Pregnant women with COVID 20 times more likely to die and infants may have to be in NICUs longer
Pregnant women infected with COVID-19 face much higher risks of severe and deadly complications during childbirth, a new study suggests. What's more, expecting women with coronavirus were more than 20 times more likely to die during pregnancy than those without the virus. This means that for each infected pregnant women, there were two uninfected pregnant women at the same hospital and same stage of pregnancy. Additionally, infected pregnant women were 22.3 times more likely to die during pregnancy than women without the illness. They were at a 24 percent higher risk of developing severe illness and a 63 percent higher risk of preeclampsia.
Heavily armed militia members stand guard outside Minneapolis's Shiloh Temple Daunte Wright funeral
The hearse caring the body of Daunte Wright arrives for funeral services at Shiloh Temple International Ministries in Minneapolis, on ThursdayThe parents of Daunte Wright, including his mother, Katy, seen in center, walks alongside Rev. Al Sharpton as they walk inside for the funeralReverend Al Sharpton is expected to deliver the eulogy. The casket of Daunte Wright in placed at the start of funeral services at Shiloh Temple International Ministries in MinneapolisRev. Daunte Wright was fatally shot by a police officer during a traffic stop. Wright was fatally shot by Brooklyn Center Police Officer Kimberly Potter who resigned after the incident and has been charged with second-degree manslaughter
Remains found buried in Lancaster County ARE those of missing Amish girl, 18, officials believe
Human remains found during a search Wednesday are that of the missing Amish teenager who disappeared in Pennsylvania last summer, officials believe. Linda Stoltzfoos, 18, was last seen walking home from a church service in the Bird-in-Hand area of Lancaster on on June 21 last year. Lancaster County DA Heather Adams said Thursday they now believe Stoltzfoos was killed within hours of her kidnap and initially buried at that location before her body was moved to where it was found Wednesday. The remains were found buried more than three feet down and wrapped in a tarp behind Dutchland Incorporated, the former workplace of Smoker in a rural area in the eastern part of Lancaster County, she said. Pennsylvania and Ohio have the highest concentration of Amish communities, with 50 Amish groups in each state.
Proud' Prince Harry honours 'conservation champion'
The Queen was expected to be visited by family on Wednesday but her grandson Prince Harry was not among them. Prince Harry met the Queen privately 'at least twice' while he was in UK Meghan Markle's friend Omid Scobie reported that Prince Harry met the Queen privately 'at least twice' and spoke to his father Prince Charles and brother Prince William after the Duke of Edinburgh's emotional funeral at Windsor Castle on Saturday. Prince Harry also spent a gap year in Lesotho back in 2004. Instead, courtiers considered an 'alternative parade' in the quadrangle at Windsor Castle, similar to an event dubbed 'mini Trooping' that was held last summer. It is understood the intruder flew into the UK from Spain on Saturday, the day of Prince Philip's funeral three miles away at Windsor Castle.
Covid US: CDC director says officials 'looking at' whether or not people need to wear masks outside
The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the agency is looking at whether or not people still need to wear masks outside. 'This is a question that we're looking at,' she told host Savannah Guthrie. Pictured: New Yorkers in Central Park, April 18Do you think that if you are outside, and not close to people, you still need to wear a mask? Walensky was also asked if there is any incentive for people to get vaccinated if they are still required to wear masks outside, and if that guidance will be updated for fully vaccinated Americans. Officials say a person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the last required dose of vaccine, either two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna shot or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson jab.
Covid US: Johnson & Johnson vaccinations could resume THIS WEEKEND, officials say
U.S. health officials will likely say that vaccinations with Johnson & Johnson's single-dose shot can resume, as early as this weekend. Vaccinations with J&J's shot were paused last week after nine reports of a rare possible reaction to the vaccine involving blood clots. That group, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), is meeting tomorrow to discuss data on blood clots linked to the vaccine. In the general population, these forms of blood clots strike about five out of every one million people. But J&J is now behind its goal of providing 100 million doses to the U.S. by the end of June.
Fake videos spread online after Chadian president’s death
Chad’s military announced on Tuesday 20 April that the country’s president, Idriss Deby, had died during clashes with rebels in the north of the country. The shock announcement triggered rumours and misinformation on social media, including old videos that had been taken out of context. In the video, taken at night, dozens of cars drive past the camera. Why it’s falseThe FRANCE 24 Observers team used a reverse image search to find out when the video was first posted online. Video youtube © YouTubeThis video has actually cropped up before.
COVID: 16,232 new cases, 360 more victims - English
(ANSA) - ROME, APR 22 - There have been 16,232 new cases of COVID-19 in Italy in the last 24 hours, and 360 more victims of the virus, the health ministry said Thursday. That compares with 13,844 new cases and 364 more victims Wednesday. Intensive care cases have fallen by 55, and hospital admissions by 690. The case tally since the start of the epidemic is now 3,920,945, and the death toll 118,357. The currently positive are 472,196 (-3,439 on Wednesday), the recovered and discharged 3,330,392 (+19,125), and those in domestic isolation 447,081 (-2,694).
NASA's Mars helicopter makes second flight
Advertising Read moreWashington (AFP)NASA successfully carried out a second flight on Mars on Thursday of its mini helicopter Ingenuity, a 52-second sortie that saw it climb to a height of 16 feet (five meters). The US space agency conducted the first flight of the four pound (1.8 kilogram) rotorcraft on Monday, the first powered flight ever on another planet. For the second flight, which lasted 51.9 seconds, Ingenuity climbed to 16 feet, hovered briefly, tilted and then accelerated sideways for seven feet. "It sounds simple, but there are many unknowns regarding how to fly a helicopter on Mars." Ingenuity's flights are challenging because of conditions vastly different from Earth's -- foremost among them a rarefied atmosphere that has less than one percent the density of our own.
Covid-19: French PM says third wave 'seems over' as ICU numbers near record high
The peak of the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in France "appears to be behind us", Prime Minister Jean Castex said on April 22, 2021, while travel restrictions will be relaxed from early next month. The peak of the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in France “appears to be behind us”, Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Thursday, and travel restrictions will be relaxed from early next month. As Castex was speaking, however, France reported that 5,981 people were in intensive care unit with Covid-19, up by 22 a day earlier, and the second highest total of 2021. Castex said “shops, certain cultural and sporting activities and the cafe terraces” could reopen “around mid-May”, depending on the evolution of the health situation. He emphasised that the government could also allow reopenings on a regional basis starting with those areas with lower virus prevalence.
US Federal Communications Commission rules that broadcasters must disclose content sponsored by China, Russia
The US Federal Communications Commission says radio or television stations must make clear at the beginning and end of programmes when a foreign country or political party has sponsored content. Photo: Getty Images via TNS
‘Absurd, surreal’: Activists pan Iran’s election to UN forum on women’s rights
Activists have expressed astonishment over the election of Iran to the United Nations’ top forum for women’s rights, apparently with the backing of at least four Western democracies. “This is surreal,” Iranian women’s rights activist Masih Alinejad tweeted Wednesday after Iran joined the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women. This is a black day for women’s rights, and for all human rights. “Electing the Islamic Republic of Iran to protect women’s rights is like making an arsonist into the town fire chief,” he said in a statement. Iran’s entry was backed by 43 countries, meaning at least four were Western democracies, UN Watch said.
'Sorry, Didn't Know': Thieves Return Covid-19 Vaccines Stolen From Haryana Hospital
A day after about 700 doses of Covid-19 vaccines were stolen from the storeroom of a hospital in Haryana’s Jind district, the burglars dumped the stolen consignment at a tea stall outside Jind Civil Lines Police Station on Thursday with a “sorry" message. Cops recovered a note from the box saying, “SORRY- I did not know it was Corona vaccine". CCTV footage from the area of the tea stall was being screened to ascertain the identity of the burglars, police said. However, other valuable items like a laptop and Rs 50,000 cash that were also lying in the storeroom had not been stolen. An official said that after the robbery, no vaccine was left at the hospital for inoculation in the district.
COVID-19 hospitalizations tumble among US senior citizens
FILE - In this Feb. 3, 2021, file photo, a senior receives a COVID-19 vaccine from a healthcare worker after arriving on a bus to a vaccination site at Anquan Boldin Stadium in Pahokee, Fla. COVID-19 hospitalizations are plunging among older Americans. (Greg Lovett/The Palm Beach Post via AP, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — COVID-19 hospitalizations among older Americans have plunged 80% since the start of the year, dramatic proof the vaccination campaign is working. That slide is especially encouraging because senior citizens have accounted for about 8 out of 10 deaths from COVID-19 since the virus hit the United States. In Seattle’s King County, hospital physicians are seeing fewer COVID-19 patients overall, fewer needing critical care and fewer needing breathing machines. “They tend to recover a little quicker because of their youth.”With enough people vaccinated, COVID-19 cases should eventually begin to fall as the virus finds fewer and fewer people to infect.
Biden launches first ever US climate finance plan
Biden launches first ever US climate finance planPresident Joe Biden convened leaders of the world's most powerful countries to try to spur global efforts against climate change. The president declared the U.S. States was launching its "first ever international climate finance plan."
This man is trying to save the world, one cigarette butt at a time
This man is trying to save the world, one cigarette butt at a timeJulian Melcer and his volunteers pick up cigarette butts on the beach in Tel Aviv.
Road trip loop: Soak in Colorado's best hot springs
Hot springs lovers may be familiar with the simple Colorado hot springs loop (between Buena Vista, Pagosa Springs, Steamboat Springs and Glenwood Springs), but it stops short of some of the best gems in southern Colorado. We’ve designed our own original, extended hot springs loop so you can experience all of Colorado’s best hot springs, from the top of the state to the bottom and back up again. Then, get your hot springs fix at the newly renovated Durango Hot Springs Resort and Spa. Here, you’ll find one of Colorado’s lesser-known hot springs gems: Orvis Hot Springs. In fact, Glenwood Hot Springs claims to have the world’s largest hot springs pool.
How to Travel More Sustainably
So you’re vaccinated and eager to — finally — plan a real summer vacation after a rough year, but you don’t want to add to the problems you might have read about: overcrowding, climate change, unfair working conditions in the tourism industry. For those who want to travel responsibly, it comes down to this: You, the traveler, have to do your homework. Looking for a hotel or tour operator that has earned a sustainability label might seem like a good place to start, but the reality isn’t so simple. There are around 180 certification labels floating around in the tourism industry, each purporting to certify the green credentials of a hotel, restaurant, tour operator or even a destination. “The range is enormous — from rigorous, impartial and excellent to, frankly, poor,” said Randy Durband, the chief executive of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, a nonprofit organization that establishes and manages global standards for sustainable travel.
Tracking COVID-19 vaccination rates worldwide: How many people have been vaccinated?
World vaccination rates for COVID-19Israel has been the global leader in vaccinating its population against COVID-19, followed by the United Arab Emirates and Chile. Percent of population covered by vaccine purchases“If other countries aren't vaccinated, it's not good for the world's health,” Emanuel said. Percent of population at least partially vaccinated by country income levelAnother danger that unequal vaccination rates around the world may pose is the emergence of new variants. In the U.S., all adults are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. A proposal to temporarily suspend certain intellectual property rights on COVID-19 vaccines until herd immunity has been reached is now backed by around 100 countries.
NASA extracts breathable oxygen from thin Martian air
NASA has logged another extraterrestrial first on its latest mission to Mars: converting carbon dioxide from the Martian atmosphere into pure, breathable oxygen, the US space agency said on Wednesday. In its first activation, the toaster-sized instrument dubbed MOXIE, short for Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment, produced about 5 grams of oxygen, equivalent to roughly 10 minutes’ worth of breathing for an astronaut, NASA said. “MOXIE isn’t just the first instrument to produce oxygen on another world,” Trudy Kortes, director of technology demonstrations within NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, said in a statement. Astronauts living and working on Mars would require perhaps one metric ton of oxygen between them to last an entire year, Hecht said. The Perseverance rover.
Patients With Long Covid Face Lingering Worrisome Health Risks, Study Finds
But the Veterans Health System patients in the study may not be representative in other ways, including that 88 percent of them were male and their median age was 61. Dr. Jacobs said her clinic was seeing the wide range of symptoms in the study. But she said the risk of death among the study’s patients was considerably higher than she would have expected. Between one and six months after experiencing a relatively mild or moderate infection, 1,672 of the 73,345 patients — about 2.3 percent — died, the study reported. That helps explain why the study found that the Covid survivors had about one-and-a-half times more outpatient visits a month than patients in the general V.A.
US lawmakers back $100 billion science push to compete with China
A bipartisan group of US lawmakers on Wednesday introduced legislation calling for $100 billion in government spending over five years on basic and advanced technology research and science in the face of rising competitive pressure from China. The bill called the “Endless Frontier Act,” represents a significant effort by the government to shore up private sector and university research efforts in advanced technologies with federal funding. Schumer said separately he will push for “emergency spending” to implement the semiconductor manufacturing provisions in last year’s defense bill. In February, President Joe Biden said he would seek $37 billion in funding for legislation to boost chip manufacturing in the United States as a shortfall of semiconductors has forced US automakers and other manufacturers to cut production. Biden’s $2.3 trillion infrastructure and jobs bill calls for $50 billion for semiconductor manufacturing and research.
Jake Paul Promised Them Fame. Was It Worth the Price?
“At first I was like there’s no parents here and we get to be free and do what we want,” Mr. Mitchell said. But having Jake be the adult was weird because we all listened to Jake. Mr. Mitchell said he once drank so much that he blacked out. Mr. Mitchell said he began a sexual relationship with a woman nearly a decade older than him whom he had met at an influencer party. “I feel like that’s just weird now.”Behind the ScenesBy late 2016, Mr. Mitchell had left the Team 10 house, though he remained part of the group for several months after.
As extreme weather increases, climate misinformation adapts
To climate scientists and misinformation researchers, claims like these mark an important shift: Instead of focusing on denialism, climate misinformation is getting local, focused on extreme weather events tied to a changing climate — such the Texas storm or recent wildfires that ravaged California and Australia. Surveys also show that extreme weather is changing people’s thinking about climate change. A spokesman for Facebook said the platform is doing more than ever to connect users with accurate information about climate change. Its Climate Science Information Center, created last year, is now available in 16 countries and nine languages and has a new section dedicated to dispelling climate change myths. David J. Phillip/APYouTube, owned by Google, was singled out as a leading source for climate misinformation by the US House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis.
Dr. Dre and wife Nicole Young file papers to become officially single
Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Dr. Dre and Nicole Young have taken big step towards officially being exes. The estranged couple has asked a California judge to sign off on legally ending their marriage, The Blast reported on Thursday. Sources told The Blast that Young had no problem with the rapper’s motion to “bifurcate” the status of their divorce in this manner. Dre, 56, and Young, 51, were married for 24 years but split up in March 2020. Dre is paying Young nearly $2 million in monthly temporary spousal support as their blockbuster divorce rages on.
Streak of home sales smashes records in NYC’s hottest ‘hoods
From Astoria to Park Slope, New York City neighborhoods have seen their sales records smashed amid the pandemic. Brian Zak/NY PostAstoria’s previous record was set last fall when a 1,148-square-foot, two-bedroom penthouse also in the Rowan went for $1.65 million. “It takes an uncommon property to tip the scale.”The previous Brooklyn record had been a $20.3 million sale at Quay Tower on the East River waterfront. The 11-bedroom home situated directly on Fort Greene Park sold for $6.5 million to Peter Poopat, founder of sneaker brand Common Projects. 1 Prospect Park West (above) saw a $6.5 million deal in October, trumping the neighborhood’s previous top condo sale of $5.25 million.
TikTok flaw allows users to upload porn and violent videos
Online bottomfeeders have dreamed up a devious way to bypass TikTok’s graphic content ban — by posting violent and sexual videos to their profile pics. The horrific clips, denoted by the hashtag “don’t search this up,” racked up 50 million views before getting banned. Unfortunately, the TikTok loophole allows users to set videos as their profile pic, which are infinitely more difficult to monitor than clips posted to their feed. Often, the offending accounts boast no actual TikTok content aside from the clips in their avatar slot. Last summer, their click-coveting formula infamously allowed a series of Nazi-themed videos to amass over 6.5 million views before they were pulled.
More charges filed against alleged King Soopers gunman Ahmad Alissa
Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa’s lawyers have asked for more time to evaluate his mental status. Boulder Police DepartmentThe charges filed Wednesday against Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa include 32 allegations of attempted first-degree murder in the attack last month at the King Soopers store. The charging document lists 19 new victims — including 11 law enforcement officers — whom Alissa is accused of trying to kill when he opened fire at the grocery chain on March 22. Alissa was already facing 10 first-degree murder counts in connection with the shooting. Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa is newly accused of trying to kill 19 victims, 11 of whom are law enforcement.
John Travolta: Dancing with Princess Diana felt like a ‘fairytale’
Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)John Travolta reminisced about the “fairytale” moment he danced with Princess Diana at Ronald and Nancy Reagan’s gala dinner at the White House in 1985. The “Grease” star recalled feeling pressure to make sure everything went smoothly with the royal, who died in 1997. Princess Diana dancing with John Travolta at the White House in 1985. We were at the White House. She and the Prince of Wales, the parents of Prince William and Prince Harry, eventually divorced in 1996 after 15 years of marriage.
Top interior designer lists her NYC masterpiece home for $8.5M
Interior designer Carolyn Pressly, known for creating sophisticated homes in the Hamptons and Upper East Side, has listed own her Tribeca flat at 143 Reade for $8.5 million. The third-floor unit has been featured in Elle Decor, which showed off her eclectic designs and use of color to sway moods and separate spaces. With four bedrooms and 4½ bathrooms, the loft-style home also features a media room and an alcove office/study space, along with a balcony. Details include French oak floors with inlaid brass details, wood beams and cork floors in the library — inspired, she said, by the Plaza Hotel’s Oak Room. There’s also a chef’s kitchen with mirrored French pivot doors, a large living room with high ceilings and 8-foot-tall steel casement windows and lots of built-in California Closets.
Millennials are moving back into awkward teen rooms in record numbers
She left her Manhattan apartment during the pandemic to move back in with her family in Fresh Meadows, Queens. Rather than renovating, school teacher Jess Cohen (left) uses a Zoom background to hide her lovingly preserved teen bedroom from her students. “Plus, the nostalgia is nice, reminds me of a simpler time!”But “adulting” in one’s childhood bedroom is more of a mixed bag for most, and it’s spurring creative renovations. Deanna Kugler Gallucci (inset) updated her childhood room with fresh furniture (left). “It will help you forget you’re in your childhood bedroom,” she said.
Grieving my father's death in India during covid
Despite all this, I’m facing pervasive burnout and desperately need a break from work. However, I am trying to save my leave for an eventual trip to India, and I don’t want to upset my manager by taking too many breaks. First, accept the unfortunate reality that you cannot expect more support from your boss, and set aside further mention of nonwork matters. Outside of work, here are some tips I have heard and used to stave off despair:AdvertisementStory continues below advertisement- Use some of the leave you’re saving. International travel — particularly to India, which is undergoing another devastating wave of coronavirus infections — is not going to be possible for some time.
Chickpeas, tomatoes and za’atar are the stars of this fun pizza on a pita
It is typically served on bread with olive oil, but it’s heavenly sprinkled on just about anything from popcorn to eggs to grilled vegetables. For these pizzas, the chickpea mash gets piled onto whole-grain pita, then sprinkled with tangy feta cheese, chopped fresh tomatoes and shredded mozzarella. Taste and season with salt, if desired (depending on the salt content of the za’atar you are using). Step 2Place the pita onto a large, rimmed baking sheet and brush the top side of each with the remaining 2 teaspoons olive oil. Step 3Mound about a quarter of the chickpea mixture onto each pita, then sprinkle each with the feta, then the tomatoes and then the mozzarella cheese.
Permanent remote work could negatively impact women
While this kind of flexibility would be overwhelmingly popular, especially with parents, experts warn it could do even more harm to working women, millions of whom have left the workforce during the pandemic. More men than women worked from home before the pandemic, with 36 percent of men conducting most of their work remotely, compared to 23 percent of women, according to a 2014 survey from the remote work consulting firm Flex+Strategy Group. This is likely because more men are offered flexibility, said Jennifer Glass, a professor of sociology who specializes in work and families at the University of Texas at Austin. When men and women are offered flexibility in equal measure, Glass said, mothers are more likely to choose to work from home than fathers or employees without children.
Coronavirus reaches Everest base camp, creating ‘perfect setup for a superspreader event’
On Wednesday, Outside magazine first reported that a climber at Everest base camp had been evacuated by helicopter for what was believed to be high-altitude pulmonary edema and tested positive for the coronavirus upon arriving at a hospital in Kathmandu last week. The New York Times subsequently revealed that in fact there had been multiple climbers who tested positive after being flown out of base camp. “All is good here,” said Chhang Dawa Sherpa, the founder of Apex Nepal Treks & Tours, adding that there had been no coronavirus cases detected among his clients. Story continues below advertisementFurtenbach Expeditions, a California-based outfitter that has one team at base camp and another on the way, also has no intention of turning back. Meanwhile, masks and social distancing are not in wide use in the Everest area In Nepal’s Khumbu Valley, which trekkers hike through on the way to base camp.
Perfume makers sniff at new safety regulations
In the past, perfume makers have had to contend with variable harvests and shortages caused by droughts and other acts of nature. The institute didn’t have any of the verboten variety of oakmoss, but L.A. perfume maker Manuel Cross did. He met me a few weeks later with a curated treasure box of vintage perfumes and aromachemicals to share. A bottle of Mitsouko perfume from 1946 at the Musée Baccarat in Paris. On one decanter’s website, the vintage Mitsouko parfum I sniffed at Mahboubian’s goes for $62.63 for 2 milliliters.
Live updates World leaders make new climate pledges at summit, thank Biden for taking leadership role
Despite the ongoing political divide between their nations, China’s Xi Jinping was the first national leader to speak at Biden’s climate summit on Thursday. Xi, speaking Thursday, emphasized that China’s dramatic development means achieving carbon neutrality in such a short time frame is still difficult. “China has committed to move from carbon peak to carbon neutrality in a much shorter time span than what might take many developed countries, and that requires extraordinarily hard efforts from China,” Xi said. The Chinese leader also said that his government would strictly control coal power projects, one of the greatest sources of carbon dioxide in China. China was the top emitter of carbon dioxide in the world in 2018, according to the Global Carbon Project, putting almost twice as much of the gas into the atmosphere as the United States and three times as much as the European Union.
When will walk-in appointments be available? Post reporters answer your D.C-area vaccination questions.
Coronavirus in the DMV: What you need to readVaccine: Ask The Post | What to know about the rollout | FAQ | Tracker | Ask us your questionsMapping the spread: Known deaths and cases in the region • U.S. mapRestrictions and FAQ: D.C. | Virginia | MarylandThe latest• Who gets vaccines in D.C.? 1,700 lawyers, 1,400 journalists and 218 ride-hailing drivers have gotten shots so far. • To broaden vaccine access, Maryland turns to doctors’ offices• Evictions continue in Virginia despite CDC order extensionThose we have lost: Victims of covid-19 in D.C., Maryland and VirginiaGet the latest local news: Morning (8 a.m.) • Afternoon (4 p.m.)Show More
California theme parks can allow out-of-state guests, with restrictions
After over a year of being closed, California’s theme parks have only recently been able to reopen. These rules included keeping the parks at limited capacity, maintaining social distancing among guests and only allowing state residents entrance into the parks. Now, however, as the vaccine rollout continues, out-of-state fans have a reason to be excited. California Department of Public Health officials confirmed that this includes theme parks, Fox 5 reports. Sea World has reportedly updated its policies to allow out-of-state visitors who are fully vaccinated.
Babylon Bee considers legal action against NY Times for calling satire site 'misinformation'
He’s still peeved that the Times accused his site of peddling fake news "under the guise of satire" and is now considering legal action. BABYLON BEE CEO BLASTS NEW YORK TIMES OVER ‘FALSE AND DEFAMATORY’ CLAIM THAT SITE PRETENDS TO BE SATIRE"We are contemplating and discussing with our counsel what the next move should be. The New York Times did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The Times added an updated line that claimed the Bee "has feuded with Facebook and the fact-checking site Snopes over whether the site published misinformation or satire." "They're using misinformation to smear us as being a source of misinformation," Dillon said.
North Carolina man picks up over 8 million pieces of trash, wins hearts on TikTok
He didn’t make this mess, but he’s cleaning it up. One man in North Carolina is creating the change he wants to see in the world by cleaning up trash across the Tar Heel State. Every day is Earth Day for Daniel Toben, who calls trash cleanup a hobby he’s enjoyed for the last decade. The 32-year-old man from Chapel Hill started cleaning up litter while studying at North Carolina State University and has never looked back, according to his website. To date, WNCN reports that he's picked up over 8 million pieces of trash from the great outdoors, filling 8,300 bags.
Why Sony Pictures' CEO says the company is the 'Switzerland' of streaming services
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailWhy Sony Pictures' CEO says the company is the 'Switzerland' of streaming servicesCNBC's Julia Boorstin discusses Sony and Disney's massive movie deal with Sony CEO and chairman Tony Vinciquerra.
Watch CNBC's full interview with Jeff Ubben on Nikola, ESG and more
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailWatch CNBC's full interview with Jeff Ubben on Nikola, ESG and moreCNBC's "Squawk on the Street" team discusses ESG investing on Earth day and carbon capture methods with Jeff Ubben, co-founder and Chairman of ValueAct Capita and Exxon board member.
Sony Pictures CEO on massive movie deals with Disney, Netflix
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailSony Pictures CEO on massive movie deals with Disney, NetflixCNBC's Julia Boorstin discusses Sony and Disney's massive movie deal with Sony CEO and chairman Tony Vinciquerra.
Just Eat Takeaway CEO on Uber rivalry: They're obsessed with us
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailJust Eat Takeaway CEO on Uber rivalry: They're obsessed with usCNBC's "TechCheck" team discusses Just Eat Takeaway and Uber's rivalry with Just Eat Takeaway CEO Jitse Groen.
Tesla cars can drive with nobody in the driver's seat, Consumer Reports engineers find
The new Tesla Model Y is introduced. Consumer Reports took a 2020 Tesla Model Y on a closed test track to see if the electric vehicle could operate on Autopilot, Tesla's automated driving system, with nobody in the driver's seat. CR found it could "easily get the car to drive even with no one in the driver's seat." Tesla vehicles have no such camera system, but do have sensors in the steering wheel that can detect whether a driver's hands are on the wheel. Read about Consumer Reports' testing here -- including how they were able keep their Tesla Model Y moving with nobody in the driver's seat.
Exxon board member Jeff Ubben on its ESG strategy
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailExxon board member Jeff Ubben on its ESG strategyCNBC's "Squawk on the Street" team discusses ESG investing on Earth day and carbon capture methods with Jeff Ubben, co-founder and Chairman of ValueAct Capita and Exxon board member.
135 million Americans are breathing unhealthy air, American Lung Association says
More more than 135 million Americans live with polluted air, placing their health and lives at risk, according to an American Lung Association report published Wednesday. Air pollution remains one of the key environmental issues in the United States. The report also found that communities and people of color are disproportionately affected by poor air quality. "And that's actually not surprising," Yale University environmental justice professor Gerald Torres said. Poor air quality is also costing the U.S. roughly $617 billion in damages every year, according to the World Economic Forum.
80-year-old Dr. Fauci hasn't taken a day off in 14 months — 'I don't have any time to worry about how tired I am'
White House chief medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said that he hasn't taken a day off in over a year. "I haven't had a day off in 14 months, but other than that, I'm doing fine," Fauci, 80, told Now This News' Zinhle Essamuah. At the start of the pandemic, Fauci said that he was only sleeping three hours a night. It really wore me down badly," Fauci told National Geographic in May 2020. Fauci has served served seven consecutive presidents over the course of his career.
New Covid variant detected at Texas A&M lab shows signs of antibody resistance and more severe illness in young people
Scientists at Texas A&M University's Global Health Research Complex say they've detected a new Covid-19 variant that shows signs of a more contagious strain that causes more severe illness and appears to be resistant to antibodies. "This variant combines genetic markers separately associated with rapid spread, severe disease and high resistance to neutralizing antibodies." "We have not detected any more instances of this variant," Neuman added. "Sequencing helps to provide an early warning system for new variants," Neuman said. Scientists at the lab say the new variant is related to the B.1.1.7 strain out of the U.K., which current vaccines have been shown to be effective against.
Biden opens global climate summit: 'This is a moral imperative'
President Biden is hosting a two-day virtual summit of world leaders to address the global climate crisis. He committed the United States to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 50%-52% below its 2005 emissions levels by 2030.
How Derek Chauvin conviction launched federal probe
The US Justice Department announced it was launching a federal civil investigation into the Minneapolis Police Department, following the murder convictions of former officer Derek Chauvin. CNN's Sara Sidner has the latest.
Quesadillas are taking off at Chipotle
New York (CNN Business) It took a while for Chipotle to roll out its quesadilla. But the cheesy item hit menus last month, and customers are into it. Chipotle tested out quesadillas back in 2018 . Customers have been clamoring for quesadillas for some time, according to the company. And quesadillas are bringing in new customers as well, Niccol said on Wednesday's call.
SpaceX is sending a capsule back to space, this time with different astronauts
Austin, Texas (CNN Business) Four astronauts from three countries are preparing to leave Earth this week aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule, marking the third-ever crewed flight for Elon Musk's company, and the first from SpaceX to make use of a previously flown rocket booster and spacecraft. Friday's SpaceX launch will make use of the same rocket booster that powered the 2020 Demo-2 mission, as well as the same spacecraft, dubbed " Endeavour ." SpaceX has long made reusability a cornerstone of its business plan, hoping that recovering and refurbishing hardware will drive down the cost of spaceflight. From left are mission specialist Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency, pilot Megan McArthur and commander Shane Kimbrough of NASA, and mission specialist Akihiko Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. The journey is slated to begin at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Friday, when they'll board the capsule atop one of SpaceX's 200-foot-tall Falcon 9 rockets.
Cubans denounce sale of exploding croquettes that have caused severe burns
Ricardo Pimentel bought croquettes at a state-owned establishment in Cuba at the beginning of March to make for his 12-year-old daughter. Dozens of Cubans have been complaining about exploding croquettes on social media for months, posting photos of people with burns on their faces, eyes and torsos. Specifically, Cubans pointed on social media to Prodal, a state company based in Havana. "To my surprise, these croquettes started exploding in my face, causing burns all over my body and disfiguring my face," he said on Facebook. Anselmo Lopez Galves shared on social media the burns he suffered after frying croquettes from Prodal.
How long will we need to wear masks? Here's what experts predict
How long will we be wearing masks indoors? However, to stop wearing masks in crowded indoor settings, like a supermarket, office building or school, experts said they would want to see a major reduction in cases and transmission. "I would say that until the vaccine is widely available and case counts drop as you would expect with high vaccination coverage, we'll be wearing masks." Vermund agreed, saying that the pandemic may have made it "more socially acceptable" for people to wear masks, which can protect against things like influenza viruses, rhinoviruses and more. ... People wear masks to protect themselves, to avoid getting sick, so I'm hoping that our attitude towards mask-wearers is extremely tolerant, going forward."
There Are Massive Chemical Dumps In The Gulf We Know Almost Nothing About
Starting in 1973, the Environmental Protection Agency issued chemical giants permits to discard thousands of drums of industrial chemical waste at the offshore site. MAP: HUFFPOST This map shows the offshore leasing blocks where dumped waste barrels have been detected along the seafloor during hazard surveys. In a May 2016 letter to then-EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, McCreery requested Superfund status for the Mississippi Canyon site, among other measures. Close EncountersIt was Shell’s avoidance policy included in the drilling plan that first tipped McCreery off to the Mississippi Canyon site. Capping the Gulf dumping grounds would likely prove far more challenging and costly, given their depth and distance from land.
Michigan father angry after teacher cuts biracial daughter's hair
A Michigan father has moved his 7-year-old biracial daughter from one school to another after the child’s hair was cut on separate occasions by a classmate and a teacher. She said a classmate used scissors to cut her hair on the school bus, Hoffmeyer told The Associated Press. Later, the school’s principal told him the most that could happen to the library teacher was a note in her work file, Hoffmeyer said. “I’ve pretty much grown up with only white people, myself.”The girl who cut Jurnee’s hair is white. The teacher who cut it also is white, said Hoffmeyer who has two other daughters, ages 8 and 4.
Mexico calls fake coronavirus vaccines 'a risk to health' after officials found falsified doses
MEXICO CITY — Mexican authorities said Wednesday that fake coronavirus vaccines represent “a risk to health,” after falsified doses were found in Mexico and Poland. Mexico’s medicines regulation agency said the false doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine were found in February and had apparently been sold and administered. Pfizer said in a statement it had detected counterfeit vaccines both in Mexico and Poland. Authorities in the northern border state of Nuevo Leon said they found three empty vials of fake Pfizer doses in February, suggesting that 15 to 18 people had gotten shots. However, there haven’t been enough doses to go around, prompting some Mexicans to fall prey to fake vaccines, or travel to the United States to get vaccinated.
Former CDC Director explains drop in vaccinations, hesitancy across country
Daily covid-19 vaccinations have dropped by 11 percent in the last few days for the first time since February. Former CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden tells Stephanie Ruhle the country's challenge is to "reach the unreached" and shares findings from a focus group of vaccine hesitant Trump supporters.
Arkansas lawmakers vote to expand transgender athlete ban
— Arkansas lawmakers on Wednesday voted to expand the state’s new ban on transgender girls and women competing on school sports teams consistent with their gender identity. The House voted 74-17 to authorize the attorney general to sue schools that violate the ban. Hutchinson last month signed the transgender athletes’ ban that allows schools or students that suffer “direct or indirect harm” to sue a school for violating the ban. The proposal is among several restrictions on transgender people’s rights that have advanced in the Legislature this year. They include a measure banning gender-confirming surgery for transgender youth.
Indonesia looking for submarine that may be too deep to help
Indonesia looking for submarine that may be too deep to helpIndonesian Navy ship KRI Singa sails to take part in the search for submarine KRI Nanggala that went missing while participating in a training exercise on Wednesday, off Banyuwangi, East Java, Indonesia, Thursday, April 22, 2021. (AP Photo)JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian navy ships searched Thursday for a submarine that likely sank too deep to retrieve, making survival chances for the 53 people on board slim. The navy believes the submarine sank to a depth of 600-700 meters (2,000-2,300 feet), much deeper than its estimated collapse depth. He said a rescue submarine would make a waterproof connection to a disabled submarine with a so-called skirt fitted over the recue seat so that the hatch can be opened without the disabled submarine filling with water. Indonesian President Joko Widodo asked all of the country’s people to pray that the submarine and crew could be found.
Man whose NYC subway pipe-bomb fizzled gets life in prison
1 of 3 FILE - This undated file photo provided by the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission shows Akayed Ullah, who was convicted of terrorism charges for setting off a pipe bomb in New York City's busiest subway station. The Bangladeshi immigrant, whose subway pipe bomb mostly misfired, was sentenced Thursday, April 22, 2021, to life in prison for the 2017 attack in New York City busiest station. The Bangladeshi immigrant, whose subway pipe bomb mostly misfired, was sentenced Thursday, April 22, 2021, to life in prison for the 2017 attack in New York City busiest station. I do not support harming innocent people.”Prosecutors had sought the life term for Ullah, saying the “premeditated and vicious” attack was committed on behalf of the Islamic State group. ADVERTISEMENTBut defense lawyer Amy Gallicchio said Ullah deserved no more than the mandatory 35 years in prison.
UN concerned over halt of oil production in eastern Libya
CAIRO (AP) — The United Nations voiced concern Thursday over the recent halt of oil production at a Libyan eastern terminal and more imminent shutdowns of oil facilities prompted by a budget dispute. On Monday, Libya’s National Oil Corporation said it had interrupted crude oil production and exportation from Marsa Al Hariga port, citing the Central Bank of Libya’s refusal to pay out money set aside for the oil sector for several months. “The uninterrupted production of oil as well as maintaining the independence and impartiality of the NOC remains a vital cornerstone to the economic, social and political stability of Libya,” said the U.N. support mission in the country. The NOC warned that the daily losses may exceed $ 26 million (118 million Libyan Dinars ). The NOC warned that other national oil companies may have to shut down production soon for the same reasons.
Milan gets buzzier with 1 million bees in designer hives
A bee collective is introducing 17 new colonies to their new hives on Earth Day, bringing to 1 million Milan's population of honey bees housed in boxes specially designed by artists throughout the city. It is billed as the biggest urban bee collective in Europe. It is billed as the biggest urban bee collective in Europe. A bee collective introduced 17 new colonies to new designer hives, bringing to 1 million the city’s population of honeybees cultivated by the Urban Beehives project. It’s billed as one of the biggest urban bee collectives in Europe, with hives placed in four public parks in the city.
NASA’s Mars helicopter soars higher, longer on 2nd flight
In this image made available by NASA, the Mars Ingenuity helicopter hovers above the surface of the planet during its second flight on Thursday, April 22, 2021. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU/MSSS via AP)In this image made available by NASA, the Mars Ingenuity helicopter hovers above the surface of the planet during its second flight on Thursday, April 22, 2021. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU/MSSS via AP)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA’s little Mars helicopter aced its second test flight Thursday, soaring even higher and longer than before. The 4-pound (1.8-kilogram) chopper, named Ingenuity, hovered longer and also flew side to side this time, according to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California. Perseverance and Ingenuity arrived at Mars in mid-February, landing in an ancient river delta following a 6 1/2-month flight.
Fargo’s chief talks with local activists about police reform
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Police reform and racial equity are on the minds of many following the murder conviction of former Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd. Fargo Police Chief David Zibolski met with local leaders of Black Lives Matter and another activist organization, OneFargo, on Wednesday to address that reform, which he said is simply part of the progression of law enforcement. A combination of sufficient training, more equipment, building relationships and public education are top priorities, he said. ADVERTISEMENTZibolski said he’s pleased with the verdict the jury reached in the trial of Derek Chauvin in Minnesota. He says body cameras are a necessity in order for the Fargo Police Department to build trust with the community.
Indiana bill approved to ban government vaccine passports
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — State or local governments in Indiana will be prohibited from issuing or requiring COVID-19 vaccine passports under a bill approved by state lawmakers. The Republican-dominated House and Senate voted Thursday by wide margins to approve a wide-ranging health care and insurance bill that included the vaccine passport ban. Vaccine passports in use or development in other countries are typically a cellphone app with a code that verifies whether someone has been vaccinated or recently tested negative for COVID-19. Republicans across the country portray them as a heavy-handed intrusion into personal freedom and private health choices. The Indiana bill doesn’t place any limits on private businesses.
Jordan releases alleged plotters following king’s appeal
FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2020 file photo, released by the Royal Hashemite Court, Jordan's King Abdullah II gives a speech during the inauguration of the 19th Parliament's non-ordinary session, in Amman Jordan. Jordan released 16 people detained earlier this month over an alleged foreign-backed conspiracy linked to a former crown prince after the king requested they be let go in honor of the holy month of Ramadan. Jordan released 16 people detained earlier this month over an alleged foreign-backed conspiracy linked to a former crown prince after the king requested they be let go in honor of the holy month of Ramadan. The two appeared in public together earlier this month for the first time since the rift in a show of unity. Jordan is a close Western ally that has long been seen as a bastion of stability in a volatile region.
US troops in Afghanistan begin packing gear in pullout prep
FILE - In this April 14, 2021 file photo, President Joe Biden speaks from the Treaty Room in the White House about the withdrawal of the remainder of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. The pullout marks the end of America’s longest war, after a 20-year military engagement. The pullout under U.S. President Joe Biden marks the end of America’s longest war after a 20-year military engagement. The Taliban, meanwhile, were non-committal when asked by the AP whether the insurgents would attack departing U.S. and NATO troops. In a deal the Taliban signed last year with former President Donald Trump, the final U.S. withdrawal deadline was set as May 1.
Why Did The Chicken Befriend The Widow? Find Out In This Plucky Italian Novella
Why Did The Chicken Befriend The Widow? Find Out In This Plucky Italian NovellaEnlarge this image Europa Editions Europa EditionsThe chicken made me read it. The hen, called Giacomina, settles into bed with the widow, whose first name, "Nives," also gives this novella its title. Nives, the novella, is ingeniously constructed around the dialogue these characters have with one another that reads like an extended two-character play. And, it's all thanks to the plucky presence of Giacomina, the chicken.
A Clean-Energy Technology Elon Musk Hates May Be Near A Big Breakthrough
He's no fanboy of hydrogen fuel cells, calling them "fool cells" and "mind-bogglingly stupid." Even oil companies are teaming up with fuel cell stocks like FuelCell Energy (FCEL), Ballard Power Systems (BLDP) and Plug Power (PLUG). And on Wednesday, Chevron (CVX) and Toyota (TM) announced they are teaming up to build out hydrogen fuel cell infrastructure. And unlike batteries, hydrogen fuel cells don't need lengthy periods of recharging. He says he speaks with oil companies nearly every day about their interest in the expanding hydrogen fuel cell industry.
J&J vaccine ‘pause’ latest messaging challenge for officials
It was the just the latest challenge in crisis messaging for officials since the start of the pandemic more than a year ago. Whether the pause seriously undermines public confidence in the J&J shot — or the other vaccines — remains to be seen. Trying to appear confident when uncertain -- which leaders are often taught to do -- can backfire in a public health crisis, a CDC guide notes. That’s just human nature.”With the J&J shots, for example, helping people understand the magnitude of any risk has been a challenge. And for months, officials have been trying to ease worries about the COVID-19 vaccines overall, in part by enlisting local leaders.
Out Of Thin Air: NASA Rover Makes Oxygen From Martian Atmosphere
Out Of Thin Air: NASA Rover Makes Oxygen From Martian AtmosphereEnlarge this image toggle caption NASA/JPL-Caltech NASA/JPL-CaltechAfter making the first-ever powered flight on another world, NASA's Mars 2020 mission has managed another key first that could pave the way for future astronauts by making breathable oxygen out of the wispy Martian air. NASA announced that an instrument aboard the rover had successfully extracted carbon dioxide from the atmosphere on Mars and then electrochemically split oxygen atoms from carbon dioxide molecules. The Martian atmosphere is about 95% carbon dioxide. "This is a critical first step at converting carbon dioxide to oxygen on Mars," said Jim Reuter, associate administrator for STMD. The 4-pound Ingenuity rose 10 feet in the air, hovered briefly, and landed back on the Martian surface without incident.
Opinion: Hydrogen is the one clean energy source everyone seems to like, so why aren’t we using it more to fight climate change?
“ Much as with utilities’ shift from coal to natural gas, hydrogen may ease the transition to cleaner energy with enough investment. Its “rapid scenario” forecasts flat energy demand and a more dramatic swing to renewables combined with a growing hydrogen economy. Much as with utilities’ shift from coal to natural gas, hydrogen may ease the transition to cleaner energy with enough investment. Most of today’s hydrogen is made from natural gas and is known as “gray hydrogen.” It is produced using high-temperature steam to split hydrogen from carbon atoms into methane. Russia, the second-largest natural gas producer after the U.S., is expanding its gas production and exports to Asia.
Canadian Chip Maker Alphawave Chooses London for IPO. Here’s What to Know.
Canadian chip developer Alphawave IP said on Thursday that it is considering plans for an initial public offering on the London Stock Exchange, in an unusual example of a North American company crossing the Atlantic to float. The IPO will include issuing new shares, raising approximately $500 million, as well as an offer of existing stock to be sold by current shareholders. The company said that its technology has applications across 5G wireless infrastructure, artificial intelligence, and autonomous vehicles. “We have chosen to come to the U.K. because of its incredible technology and semiconductor industry ecosystem,” said Alphaware CEO Tony Pialis. The IPO is being coordinated by Barclays and J.P. Morgan, with Bank of Montreal as a joint bookrunner if the offer proceeds.
Zymergen Leads 3 IPOs Making Their Market Debut Today
Zymergen raised $500 million after boosting its initial public offering by 19% and selling 16.13 million shares at $31 each. This is up from the 13.6 million shares Zymergen had filed to sell at $28 to $31. Its losses widened to $262.2 million in 2020 from losses of $236.8 million in 2019. It had planned to offer 5,313,000 shares at $15 to $17 and ended up selling 6 million shares at $17 each, the top of its range. Knowbe4 is not profitable although losses narrowed to $2.4 million in 2020 from $124.3 million in losses in 2019, its prospectus said.
Opinion: Hydrogen is the one clean energy source everyone seems to like, so why aren’t we using it more to fight climate change?
“ Much as with utilities’ shift from coal to natural gas, hydrogen may ease the transition to cleaner energy with enough investment. Its “rapid scenario” forecasts flat energy demand and a more dramatic swing to renewables combined with a growing hydrogen economy. Much as with utilities’ shift from coal to natural gas, hydrogen may ease the transition to cleaner energy with enough investment. Most of today’s hydrogen is made from natural gas and is known as “gray hydrogen.” It is produced using high-temperature steam to split hydrogen from carbon atoms into methane. Russia, the second-largest natural gas producer after the U.S., is expanding its gas production and exports to Asia.
Canadian chip maker Alphawave targets $4.5 billion valuation in London IPO
Canadian chip developer Alphawave IP said on Thursday that it is considering plans for an initial public offering on the London Stock Exchange, in an unusual example of a North American company crossing the Atlantic to float. The IPO will include issuing new shares, raising approximately $500 million, as well as an offer of existing stock to be sold by current shareholders. The company said that its technology has applications across 5G wireless infrastructure, artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicles. The $40 billion takeover is now facing a probe by the U.K. government over national security concerns. “We have chosen to come to the U.K. because of its incredible technology and semiconductor industry ecosystem,” said Alphaware Chief Executive Tony Pialis.