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  Story 2482 -   Wednesday March 3, 2021
Third stimulus check: How soon might you receive a $1,400 check?
President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan is moving forward, raising hopes of another round of stimulus checks for most Americans. The House passed the bill early Saturday, and the legislation will now move on to the Senate. In brief remarks after the House vote, Mr. Biden said he hoped for "quick action" from senators on the spending package, dubbed the American Rescue Plan. "We have no time to waste. If we act now, dec ...
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  Story 2481 -   Wednesday March 3, 2021
Schumer says
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer expressed confidence on Tuesday that President Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill will pass in the Senate this week, saying the Senate will take up the legislation as early as Wednesday. The Senate is using the budget reconciliation process to pass the bill, which limits time for debate and allows legislation to pass with a simple majority. "We want to get the biggest, strongest, boldest bill t ...
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  Story 2480 -   Wednesday March 3, 2021
Less than a year ago, Dolly Parton donated $1 million to help her friend, Dr. Naji Abumrad, develop the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at Vanderbuilt University. On Tuesday, the country music legend told the world she "got a shot of her own medicine," as Abumrad gave Parton her first dose of the vaccine. Parton tweeted a video of herself getting vaccinated on Tuesday, saying she and Abumrad have been "friends forever." "I thought it was only ap ...
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  Story 2479 -   Wednesday March 3, 2021
5-year-old girl injured in crash involving former Kansas City Chiefs coach Britt Reid
The 5-year-old girl who was injured in a crash involving former Kansas City Chiefs coach Britt Reid "likely" has permanent brain damage, her family's lawyer said. Attorney Tom Porto gave an update Tuesday in an interview with "Good Morning America" on the health status of Ariel Young, who emerged from a coma in February. "She's awake, which is a huge development," Porto said. "Likely, she has permanent brain damage that she will endure for the ...
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  Story 2478 -   Wednesday March 3, 2021
Neera Tanden removes herself from consideration for budget chief
Neera Tanden, President Biden's choice to lead the powerful Office of Budget and Management, has removed herself from consideration as the nominee, the White House said Tuesday. Tanden sent a letter to Mr. Biden explaining her decision. Tanden's confirmation appeared doomed when moderate Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia said he wouldn't support her nomination, as did several moderate Republicans. GOP Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska sai ...
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  Story 2477 -   Wednesday March 3, 2021
Cuomo faces growing pressure to resign amid sexual harassment allegations
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has been keeping a low profile — a stark contrast from his popular daily briefings in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic — amid growing pressure for him to resign after a third woman came forward to allege inappropriate conduct. Cuomo has been out of sight but top Democrats in Washington, D.C., couldn't avoid the topic of the governor under fire. "Every woman coming forward should be heard, should be ...
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  Story 2476 -   Wednesday March 3, 2021
Biden says U.S. will have enough COVID vaccine supply for all adults by end of May
President Biden on Tuesday announced the U.S. will have enough vaccine supply to cover all adults by the end of May, significantly sooner than his previous timeline of July. That's made possible because of the third vaccine by Johnson & Johnson, which is now available for emergency use and being shipped across the country. The president announced a new partnership between competitors Johnson & Johnson and pharmaceutical giant Merck. The part ...
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  Story 2475 -   Wednesday March 3, 2021
California crash kills 13 of 25 people crammed into SUV
HOLTVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities are investigating whether human smuggling was involved after a crash Tuesday involving an SUV packed with 25 people and a tractor-trailer that left 13 people dead and bodies strewn across a roadway near the U.S. Mexico border. Most of the dead were Mexicans, a Mexican official said. When police arrived, some of the passengers were trying to crawl out of the crumpled 1997 Ford Expedition while others were ...
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  Story 2474 -   Tuesday March 2, 2021
Southeast Asian nations urge halt to violence in Myanmar
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Southeast Asian foreign ministers urged a halt to violence and the start of talks on a peaceful solution in Myanmar, where the military seized power from an elected government and is escalating its use of mass arrests and deadly force against peaceful protesters. Myanmar’s top diplomat briefed other foreign ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations during a video conference Tuesday, according to the me ...
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  Story 2473 -   Tuesday March 2, 2021
Biden vows enough vaccine for all US adults by end of May
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said Tuesday the U.S. expects to take delivery of enough coronavirus vaccine for all adults by the end of May — two months earlier than anticipated — and he pushed states to get at least one shot into the arms of teachers by the end of March to hasten school reopenings. Biden also announced that drugmaker Merck will help produce rival Johnson & Johnson’s newly approved one-shot vaccine, likening the partne ...
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  Story 2472 -   Tuesday March 2, 2021
David Muir's new role at ABC News leads to drama with George Stephanopoulos and a visit from Bob Iger
New York (CNN Business)Earlier this year tensions between ABC News anchors George Stephanopoulos and David Muir boiled over to the point that Stephanopoulos threatened to walk to a rival network, according to sources close to the matter. In an unusual intervention, Disney executive chairman Bob Iger flew across the country to broker peace at ABC News. Iger smoothed things over and gave Stephanopoulos, 60, a valuable contract extension, defusi ...
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  Story 2471 -   Tuesday March 2, 2021
Two of the most powerful economic voices in America disagree on a tax for the uber-rich
New York (CNN Business)Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren faces an uphill battle persuading Washington to back her tax on ultra-millionaires — starting with convincing her own party's Treasury Secretary. Janet Yellen, whom Warren praised last year as an "outstanding choice" to lead the Treasury Department, fears a wealth tax would be too messy to implement. "Then Janet and I need to have a conversation about implementation," Warren told CNN ...
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  Story 2470 -   Tuesday March 2, 2021
Blacks and Hispanics are being short-changed on Covid-19 vaccines in Florida and elsewhere
Not long after Florida began its rollout of the coronavirus vaccines, Black leaders and others began raising alarms that the first doses were finding their way into the arms of mostly white senior citizens who supported Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, while their hard-hit communities were left in the cold. Now some numbers appear to support those suspicions. Of the 34 states that shared vaccination data by race and ethnicity, Florida ranks ne ...
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  Story 2469 -   Tuesday March 2, 2021
WHO: 'Premature,' 'unrealistic' to say Covid will end soon
A senior World Health Organization official said Monday it was “premature” and “unrealistic” to think the pandemic might be stopped by the end of the year, but that the recent arrival of effective vaccines could at least help dramatically reduce hospitalizations and death. The world’s singular focus right now should be to keep transmission of Covid-19 as low as possible, said Dr. Michael Ryan, director of WHO's emergencies program. “If we’r ...
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  Story 2468 -   Tuesday March 2, 2021
National Latino groups condemn Goya Foods CEO for calling Trump the 'actual president'
The Hispanic organizations say Robert Unanue's remarks "dangerously perpetuate falsehoods that were at the core of the criminal assault on the nation's capital." Leaders of several national Latino organizations condemned Goya Foods CEO Robert Unanue for declaring at a meeting of political conservatives that former President Donald Trump is still the "actual president of the United States." Unanue, whose comments have previously earned him a c ...
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  Story 2467 -   Tuesday March 2, 2021
Tiger Woods touched by red shirt tribute after rollover crash
"To every golfer and every fan, you are truly helping me get through this tough time," Woods tweets in first public comments since California crash. Days after a rollover crash that left him seriously injured, Tiger Woods spoke out to thank golf players and fans for their support. "It is hard to explain how touching today was when I turned on the tv and saw all the red shirts," Woods tweeted Sunday after several players paid tribute by wearin ...
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  Story 2466 -   Tuesday March 2, 2021
Angelina Jolie sells artwork by Winston Churchill for record-setting $11.5M
The image of the 12th-century mosque in Marrakech at sunset is a piece of both political and Hollywood history. LONDON — A Moroccan landscape painted by Winston Churchill and owned by Angelina Jolie sold at auction Monday for more than $11.5 million, smashing the previous record for a work by Britain’s World War II leader. “Tower of the Koutoubia Mosque” sold at Christie’s in London for 8,285,000 pounds ($11,590,715). The pre-sale estimate wa ...
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  Story 2465 -   Tuesday March 2, 2021
U.S., E.U. set to impose sanctions on Russia
The coordinated sanctions come in response to the Kremlin's poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny and his subsequent arrest and detention. The U.S. and the European Union are expected to impose coordinated sanctions on Russia as early as Tuesday for the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and his arrest and detention that followed, three sources familiar with the planning said. The sources spoke on condition of anony ...
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  Story 2464 -   Tuesday March 2, 2021
Nigerian governor says 279 kidnapped schoolgirls are freed
GUSAU, Nigeria (AP) — Hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls abducted last week from a boarding school in the northwestern Zamfara state have been released, the state’s governor said Tuesday. Zamfara state governor Bello Matawalle announced that 279 girls have been freed. The government last week said 317 had been kidnapped. Gunmen abducted the girls from the Government Girls Junior Secondary School in Jangebe town on Friday, in the latest in a s ...
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  Story 2463 -   Tuesday March 2, 2021
Vaccinating Oldest First for COVID Saves the Most Lives: Study
MONDAY, March 1, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Putting the oldest people near the front of the line for COVID-19 shots will save more lives and may extend their lifespan, too, researchers say. The new study findings challenge the view that older people should be lower on the list for shots because they have a shorter life expectancy, according to the team from the University of California, Berkeley. "Since older age is accompanied by falling life ...
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  Story 2462 -   Tuesday March 2, 2021
Chinese vaccines sweep much of the world
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The plane laden with vaccines had just rolled to a stop at Santiago’s airport in late January, and Chile’s president, Sebastián Piñera, was beaming. “Today,” he said, “is a day of joy, emotion and hope.” The source of that hope: China – a country that Chile and dozens of other nations are depending on to help rescue them from the COVID-19 pandemic. China’s vaccine diplomacy campaign has been a surprising success: It ha ...
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  Story 2461 -   Tuesday March 2, 2021
Israel's Netanyahu blames Iran for cargo ship attack
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday accused Iran of attacking an Israeli-owned ship in the Gulf of Oman last week, a mysterious explosion that further spiked security concerns in the region. Without offering any evidence to his claim, Netanyahu told Israeli public broadcaster Kan that "it was indeed an act by Iran, that’s clear." "Iran is the greatest enemy of Israel, I am determined to halt it. We are hitting it in the en ...
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  Story 2460 -   Tuesday March 2, 2021
Beijing could tighten its grip on Hong Kong further, showing lack of concern for international outcry
China’s central government might be willing to ignore international outcry over its crackdown on Hong Kong as it reportedly weighs further actions to tighten its grip on the city, one analyst told CNBC on Monday. Last week, media outlets including Reuters and South China Morning Post reported that Beijing could be considering changes to Hong Kong’s electoral system that could limit pro-democracy politicians and prevent them from running in loc ...
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  Story 2459 -   Monday March 1, 2021
UK not prepared for Hong Kong migration
LONDON — It could yet become one of the biggest policy decisions of Boris Johnson’s premiership. The U.K. prime minister’s offer of a route to citizenship to potentially millions of Hong Kongers — in response to China’s imposition of a draconian national security law on the former British territory — was a major statement about the U.K.’s post-Brexit foreign policy. But its domestic ramifications could also prove to be highly significant and ...
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  Story 2458 -   Monday March 1, 2021
Trapped in Germany's COVID nightmare
BERLIN — As the coronavirus pandemic raged through the United States last summer, an old school friend from Arizona wrote me full of admiration for Germany’s handling of the crisis. For years, he, along with other American friends and my family, drew boundless schadenfreude imagining the daily difficulties I must face as an American among the supposedly humorless “krauts.” But now, as the U.S. struggled to cope with the pandemic, they loo ...
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  Story 1458 -   Sunday February 28, 2021
Man dies after police kneel on his neck for nearly 5 minutes, family says in wrongful death claim
(CNN)A 30-year-old Northern California man undergoing a mental health episode died days after police officers kneeled on the back of his neck for nearly five minutes to subdue him, lawyers for his family said. Angelo Quinto had been "suffering from anxiety, depression, and paranoia for the previous few months," his family's attorneys said in a wrongful death claim, filed on February 18. His sister Isabella Collins called police to their Ant ...
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  Story 1457 -   Friday February 26, 2021
Biden approves US airstrike on Iran-backed militias in Syria
The US military has carried out an airstrike targeting Iran-backed militias in Syria, the Pentagon says. The attack destroyed "multiple facilities located at a border control point used by a number of Iranian-backed militant groups", it said. President Joe Biden approved the action in response to recent attacks against US and coalition personnel in Iraq. A civilian contractor was killed in a rocket attack on US targets in Iraq earlier th ...
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  Story 1456 -   Thursday February 25, 2021
The Latest: Fauci: Whatever vaccine is available, take it
WASHINGTON — Dr. Anthony Fauci says if a coronavirus vaccine is available, regardless of which one, take it. The top U.S. infectious disease expert told NBC on Thursday a third vaccine becoming available “is nothing but good news” and would help control of the pandemic. U.S. regulators announced Wednesday that Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine offers strong protection against severe COVID-19. It’s expected to be approved soon by the FDA. ...
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  Story 1455 -   Thursday February 25, 2021
Medical oxygen scarce in Africa, Latin America amid virus DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A crisis over the supply of medical oxygen for coronavirus patients has struck nations in Africa and Latin America, where warnings went unheeded at the start of the pandemic and doctors say the shortage has led to unnecessary deaths. It takes about 12 weeks to install a hospital oxygen plant and even less time to convert industrial oxygen manufacturing systems into a medical-grade network. But in Brazil and Nigeria, as we ...

  Story 1454 -   Thursday February 25, 2021
What it's like to deal with 'relentless' health anxiety: 'I think I'm going to die'
Alanah Sarginson says it started off as a slight ache in her arm, which caused her to panic. Then, she felt a pain in her chest that made her think she was struggling to breathe. Within five minutes, Sarginson texted her friends. Her worries had taken over. “I'm in 'I might die tomorrow' mode,” she recalled. The 20-year-old full-time student and part-time illustrator struggles with health anxiety. And though sometimes she comes to the real ...
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