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  Story 1452 -   Tuesday February 23, 2021
New stimulus bill: Latest update on $1,400 check, federal minimum wage hike, more
Congress is rushing to complete President Biden's $1.9 trillion stimulus package with $1,400 checks in the next few weeks. Here's what you need to know about where the bill stands. The $1.9 trillion stimulus bill is on track to pass in the House this weekend. On Monday, House Democrats are marking up the bill, an important step in getting it ready for a vote on the floor. The sweeping COVID-19 relief package includes $1,400 stimulus checks, an ...
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  Story 1451 -   Tuesday February 23, 2021
Biden mourns 500,000 dead, balancing nation's grief and hope
WASHINGTON (AP) - With sunset remarks and a national moment of silence, President Joe Biden on Monday confronted head-on the country’s once-unimaginable loss — half a million Americans in the COVID-19 pandemic — as he tried to strike a balance between mourning and hope. Addressing the “grim, heartbreaking milestone” directly and publicly, Biden stepped to a lectern in the White House Cross Hall, unhooked his face mask and delivered an emotion- ...
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  Story 1450 -   Tuesday February 23, 2021
Half a million dead in US, confirming virus's tragic reach
For weeks after Cindy Pollock began planting tiny flags across her yard — one for each of the more than 1,800 Idahoans killed by COVID-19 — the toll was mostly a number. Until two women she had never met rang her doorbell in tears, seeking a place to mourn the husband and father they had just lost. Then Pollock knew her tribute, however heartfelt, would never begin to convey the grief of a pandemic that has now claimed 500,000 lives in the U.S ...
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  Story 1449 -   Tuesday February 23, 2021
Three children injured when car drives into Saugus day-care center
At least three children were injured when a car rammed into a daycare in southern California on Monday, authorities said. The crash was reported around 4:40 p.m. local time at La Petite Academy in Saugus, a neighborhood of Santa Clarita, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. The injured kids had to be airlifted to a local trauma center, fire officials said. There was no immediate word on their conditions. Chopper footage f ...
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  Story 1448 -   Tuesday February 23, 2021
Put me on Team Woody Allen - Mia Farrow is full of it
Mia Farrow is still acting. In Part 1 of HBO’s sizzling new docuseries, “Allen v. Farrow,’’ the actress, appearing as prim and uptight as the state of Connecticut, recounts, yet again, how she was emotionally mutilated by the filmmaker Woody Allen, who dumped her for one grown daughter and then, she claims, proceeded to molest her other, prepubescent girl child. It’s a riveting, yet strangely antiseptic, performance by an actress who’s made ...
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  Story 1447 -   Tuesday February 23, 2021
Vacant stores next door make NYC businesses burglary targets
BROOKLYN, New York - Crooks are making good use of the Big Apple’s empty storefronts — breaking through walls to get into businesses that are still up and running next door, a review by The Post has found. With nearly half of small businesses closed citywide due to the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting economic downturn, crafty crooks are taking advantage by using shuttered shops to hit open stores after hours. One small business owner ...
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  Story 1446 -   Tuesday February 23, 2021
New York dad-to-be killed by exploding gender reveal device
A dad-to-be in upstate New York was killed when a device he was building for a gender reveal party exploded, state police said Monday. Christopher Pekny, 28, was working on the device for his child’s gender reveal party in the Catskills town of Liberty when it blew up just before noon on Sunday, cops said. The blast killed Pekny and injured his brother, 27-year-old Michael Pekny, who was treated for his injuries at the Garnet Medical Center ...
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  Story 1445 -   Tuesday February 23, 2021
NASA shares first video and audio, new images from Mars Perseverance rover
(CNN)During its harrowing descent to the surface of Mars last Thursday, NASA's Perseverance rover captured video that the agency is calling "How to Land on Mars." The video, along with other newly released footage, gives earthlings back home a better sense of the sights and sounds on the red planet. Cameras on "Percy," as the rover is affectionately called at mission control, show for the first time the perspective of a spacecraft landing on M ...
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  Story 1444 -   Sunday February 14, 2021
Stimulus bill now taking shape: Every important thing happening, including $1,400 check
Congress is pushing ahead on President Biden's $1.9 trillion stimulus package with $1,400 payments. Here's what you need to know on where the bill stands now. House Democrats weren't waiting for their Senate colleagues to conclude the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump to hammer out the details of President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 economic relief and stimulus package. "I am so proud of our members who are busy at wor ...
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  Story 1443 -   Sunday February 14, 2021
CDC chief warns it's too soon in U.S. to lift COVID-19 mask mandates
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Sunday it is “absolutely” too soon to lift mask mandates, citing daily COVID-19 case numbers that despite recent declines remain more than double the levels seen last summer. Dr. Rochelle Walensky’s warning that face-covering requirements are still critical came just days after governors in Iowa and Montana lifted long-standing mask mandates in their s ...
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  Story 1442 -   Sunday February 14, 2021
Asian shares hit all-time highs, oil rises on Middle East tensions
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Asian shares advanced to record highs on Monday as successful coronavirus vaccine rollouts globally raise hopes of a rapid economic recovery amid new fiscal aid from Washington, while oil prices rose on heightened tensions in the Middle East. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan jumped 0.4% to 736.4. Japan’s Nikkei climbed 1.1%, despite data showing the country’s recovery from its worst postwar reces ...
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  Story 1441 -   Sunday February 14, 2021
Germany Tightens Border Checks to Keep Out Virus Variants
BERLIN (AP) — GERMANY on Sunday implemented tighter border controls on its frontiers with the Czech Republic and Austria’s Tyrol province in an effort to stem the spread of more contagious coronavirus variants. The new restrictions that took effect at midnight limit entry from those areas to German citizens and residents, truck drivers, transport and health service staff and a few others, who have to register online and show a negative coronav ...
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  Story 1440 -   Sunday February 14, 2021
European Union calls on China to revoke ban on BBC World News
The European Union on Saturday called on China to reverse its ban on the BBC World News television channel imposed in apparent retaliation for Britain’s pulling of the licence of state-owned Chinese broadcaster CGTN. The EU said in a statement that Beijing’s move further restricted “freedom of expression and access to information inside its borders,” and violated both the Chinese constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. T ...
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  Story 1439 -   Saturday February 13, 2021
Vaccinated COVID-19 Patients Appear Less Contagious; Arthritis Drug in Spotlight
Reuters) - The following is a roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus. COVID-19 post-vaccination may be less contagious People who get a COVID-19 vaccine can still become infected with the novel coronavirus, although they are likely to be protected against severe illness, and a new study suggests they also may be les ...
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  Story 1438 -   Saturday February 13, 2021
Beijing smog casts gloom over China's Lunar New Year holiday
BEIJING (Reuters) - Beijing was once again shrouded in smog on Saturday after several days of heavy pollution which have plagued China’s capital during the Lunar New Year national holiday. Visibility across Beijing was severely limited by the smog on the second day of Lunar New Year, with the tops of the city’s Beijing’s tallest group of buildings in the east of the city almost completely covered by the haze. The PM 2.5 level - which measur ...
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  Story 1437 -   Saturday February 13, 2021
Village at center of India glacier collapse warned of impending disaster for decades
(CNN) When contractors came to her Himalayan forest to cut down thousands of trees, Gaura Devi rallied the women of her village and marched into the woods. Armed with only their bare hands and fierce determination to save the forest upon which their livelihoods depended, Gaura Devi and the women put themselves between the trees and the contractors' chainsaws. The state government had hatched a plan to draw the men of the village away to anoth ...
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  Story 1436 -   Saturday February 13, 2021
Some Europeans get choosy about which vaccines they want
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Many Europeans are desperate for a coronavirus vaccine. But not just any vaccine. As AstraZeneca shots are rolling out to European Union nations this month, joining the Pfizer and Moderna doses already available, some people are balking at being offered a vaccine that they perceive — fairly or not — as second-best. Poland began vaccinating teachers Friday with the AstraZeneca vaccine, and some had misgivings about bein ...
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  Story 1435 -   Saturday February 13, 2021
Democrats pushing Biden's COVID-19 bill through House panels
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats pushed half of President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan through a House committee Thursday, advancing $1,400 payments for millions of Americans and other initiatives that Republicans call too costly, economically damaging and brazenly partisan. The Ways and Means Committee approved its $940 billion chunk of Biden’s proposal on a 25-18 party-line vote, highlighting a frenzied week that’s seeing a doze ...
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  Story 1434 -   Saturday February 6, 2021
Calls grow for US to rely on rapid tests to fight pandemic
WASHINGTON (AP) — When a Halloween party sparked a COVID-19 outbreak at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, school officials conducted rapid screening on more than 1,000 students in a week, including many who didn’t have symptoms. Although such asymptomatic screening isn’t approved by regulators and the 15-minute tests aren’t as sensitive as the genetic one that can take days to yield results, the testing director at th ...
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  Story 1433 -   Wednesday February 3, 2021
Myanmar charges Suu Kyi, giving legal basis to detain her
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Police leveled their first formal charge against Myanmar’s ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi, members of her party said Wednesday, giving military authorities who staged a coup a legal reason to detain her at least through the middle of the month. The charge — that Suu Kyi was in possession of illegally imported walkie talkies — came to light two days after she was placed under house arrest and appeared to be an effort to l ...
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