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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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  Story 1432 -   Saturday January 30, 2021
Denzel Washington: Little Things, Big Problems
To those of us for whom the phrase “Denzel Washington crime drama” is a happy place unto itself, The Little Things can be rather frustrating. The film is about as old-fashioned as it gets: It was reportedly first written in 1993, and over the years has had a number of heavy-hitter auteurs attached to it, including Steven Spielberg and Clint Eastwood (the latter of whom had collaborated at the time with screenwriter, now director, John Lee Hancock ...
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  Story 1431 -   Saturday January 30, 2021
The new use for abandoned oil rigs
As offshore oil and gas platforms come to the end of their working lives, the remarkable ecosystems beneath the waves come into their own. The grey steel girders of Platform Holly rise 235ft (72m) above the waters of the Pacific Ocean, just a couple of miles off the Santa Barbara coast. Above the water, this decommissioned oil rig is dull and lifeless, but the view below the surface is very different. Beneath the waves, colourful fish, crabs, ...
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  Story 1430 -   Saturday January 30, 2021
Amsterdam drugs: Tourists face ban from cannabis cafes
When international visitors are eventually able to return to the canals that crisscross the medieval streets of Amsterdam, they may find one of the Dutch capital's famous tourist attractions off limits. Amsterdam Mayor Femke Halsema wants to ban foreign tourists from cannabis cafes to tackle anti-social behaviour and push the city upmarket. Owners of Amsterdam's fabled coffee shops are pushing back. They have told the BBC that if tourists a ...
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  Story 1429 -   Saturday January 30, 2021
Austrian man leaves fortune' to village that saved family from Nazis
An Austrian man has left a bequest to a French village as a gesture of gratitude decades after residents took in his family during World War Two. Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, in south-east France, protected thousands of Jews and has a long-standing reputation for shielding people from persecution. Eric Schwam, who died last month at 90, arrived there with his family in 1943. The town's mayor says he left the village a "large amount" in his wil ...
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  Story 1428 -   Saturday January 30, 2021
Japanese woman 'kept mother's body in freezer for 10 years'
Police in Japan have arrested a woman after the body of her dead mother was discovered in a freezer in her flat. Yumi Yoshino, 48, said that she found her mother dead and hid the body 10 years ago because she "didn't want to move out" of the Tokyo home they shared, local media reported, citing unnamed police sources. There were no visible wounds on the frozen body, police said. The authorities could not determine the time and cause of th ...
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  Story 1427 -   Saturday January 30, 2021
The real shock of the GameStop mania was that it didn't happen sooner
(CNN Business) This week, the investing world looked on with a mix of admiration and horror as members of a Reddit forum devoted to stock trading collectively sent shares of a seemingly moribund company through the roof. The struggling video game retailer GameStop soared as Reddit users egged each other on to buy, cleverly taking advantage of rules in a game that otherwise would have made a number of hedge funds very rich. Then the stock plumm ...
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  Story 1426 -   Saturday January 30, 2021
How North Korean millennials use makeup to rebel against the state
Aspiring actress Nara Kang puts on a coral red lipstick and gently rubs orange blush onto her cheeks, the white glitter swept under her eyes sparkling as she tilts her head in the light. Kang would never have been able to do this back home in Chongjin, North Hamgyong Province. "Putting on red lipstick is unimaginable in North Korea," she says. "The color red represents capitalism and that may be why North Korean society does not let you wear ...
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  Story 1425 -   Saturday January 30, 2021
Botticelli painting sells for $92 million
ne of the last Sandro Botticelli portraits left in private hands sold at auction for more than $92 million at Sotheby's New York on Thursday. The 15th-century painting "Young Man Holding a Roundel" became the most expensive work by the Renaissance artist ever to appear at auction, and the most valuable Old Masters work ever sold at Sotheby's, the auction house announced. It was also the second work to top the $80 million mark since Sotheby' ...
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  Story 1424 -   Saturday January 30, 2021
Concorde successor AS2 takes leap forward with vast new Florida HQ
(CNN) — The race is heating up to produce the first supersonic passenger aircraft to enter commercial service in more than 50 years. US planemaker Aerion, whose AS2 jet promises to fly New York to London in 4.5 hours, is building a massive new global headquarters in Florida ahead of production beginning on the supersonic craft in 2023. It's a big step forward for the company, which will use some of the $300 million it has attracted in capital ...
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  Story 1423 -   Saturday January 30, 2021
Seven years after his daughter was abducted he got a call: 'Is this my daddy?'
Lagos, Nigeria (CNN)Some of the Chibok schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram nearly seven years ago have finally escaped from their captors, a father of one of the girls told CNN. Halima Ali Maiyanga, one of more than 100 young women still missing, called her father to say she and others had managed to flee Boko Haram militants Thursday. "She asked me. Is this my daddy? Is this my daddy, and she started crying. The crying was [so] much and I c ...
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  Story 1422 -   Saturday January 30, 2021
Chinese millennials aren't getting married, and the government is worried
(CNN) Two years ago, Joanne Su was anxious about turning 30 years old. She worked for a foreign trade company in China's southern metropolis of Guangzhou, earned a decent income and spent her weekends hanging out with friends. But to Su and her parents, there was one problem -- she was single. "Back then, I felt like 30 years old was such an important threshold. When it loomed closer, I came under tremendous pressure to find the right perso ...
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  Story 1421 -   Friday January 29, 2021
Biden warns of growing cost of delay on $1.9T covide aid to public
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden warned Friday of a steep and growing “cost of inaction” on his $1.9 trillion COVID relief plan as the White House searched for “creative” ways to win public support for a package that is getting a cold shoulder from Senate Republicans. In the age of COVID, it’s not as simple as jumping on a plane to travel the country and try to gin up a groundswell. And at a time of deep polarization, Biden may struggle t ...
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  Story 1420 -   Friday January 29, 2021
Dems to GOP: Take it or leave it
Democrats have a simple message for Senate Republicans: get on board with our Covid relief plan, or stand back. One way or another, they say, they’re moving forward with passing a massive coronavirus package. But their decision to move full speed ahead comes as moderates from both parties are calling on them to slow their roll and instead seek a bipartisan agreement, which they argue is possible despite Republicans already rejecting President ...
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  Story 1419 -   Friday January 29, 2021
Johnson & Johnson vaccine is 66% effective in global study
ohnson and Johnson’s single-dose Covid-19 vaccine was 66 percent effective at preventing moderate and severe disease in a global study, the company said Friday. The hotly anticipated findings are the first from a late-stage trial that enrolled 45,000 people across the world. While the shot was 72 percent effective in the U.S. arm of the trial, it fell to just 57 percent in South Africa, where a highly transmissible variant predominates. O ...
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  Story 1418 -   Wednesday January 27, 2021
The Biden Administration Is Working To Buy 200 Million More COVID-19 Vaccine Doses
President Biden announced Tuesday that his administration is working to purchase an additional 200 million doses of the two COVID-19 vaccines that have been authorized for emergency use, with the goal, the White House says, of having enough vaccine supply for the entire adult U.S. population by the end of the summer. He also announced steps to increase vaccine doses going to state and local governments over the next three weeks, and to provide ...
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  Story 1417 -   Wednesday January 27, 2021
US boosting vaccine deliveries amid complaints of shortages
Answering growing frustration over vaccine shortages, President Joe Biden announced that the U.S. is ramping up deliveries to hard-pressed states over the next three weeks and expects to provide enough doses to vaccinate 300 million Americans by the end of the summer or early fall. Biden, calling the push a “wartime effort,” said Tuesday the administration was working to buy an additional 100 million doses of each of the two approved coronavir ...
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  Story 1416 -   Tuesday January 26, 2021
Angry farmers storm India’s Red Fort in huge tractor rally
NEW DELHI (AP) — Tens of thousands of protesting farmers drove long lines of tractors into India’s capital on Tuesday, breaking through police barricades, defying tear gas and storming the historic Red Fort as the nation celebrated Republic Day. They waved farm union and religious flags from the ramparts of the fort, where prime ministers annually hoist the national flag to mark the country’s independence. Thousands more farmers marched on ...
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  Story 1415 -   Sunday January 24, 2021
Japan and IOC determined to hold Tokyo Olympics despite cancellation rumors
Tokyo (CNN) Reports of this summer's Tokyo Olympic Games being canceled due to Covid-19 are "categorically untrue", the International Olympic Committee said in a statement to CNN on Friday. The Japanese government also said on Friday that it is determined the Games will go ahead following an unconfirmed report that a cancellation might be imminent. On Friday, the Times of London, citing an unnamed senior member of the ruling coalition, repo ...
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