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Delta variant and kids: What parents need to know
- The delta variant and kids: Parents’ questions answered This article was updated Aug. 3. For a brief moment, it felt like we parents had made it. School was wrapping up. People, including our kids 12 and older, were getting vaccinated. Mask mandates were easing. But now we’re facing the delta variant — a highly contagious strain of the coronavirus . States with large outbreaks are seeing rising case numbers ...

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Biden calls on Cuomo to resign after attorney general's report on sexual harassment
- Washington — President Biden joined House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic lawmakers in calling for Governor Andrew Cuomo to resign on Tuesday, after New York Attorney General Letitia James released a report Tuesday substantiating allegations of sexual harassment against him from 11 women. "I think he should resign," Mr. Biden said at the White House. In March, the president said the governor should step ...

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Biden Tells CDC to Consider Eviction Moratorium Options After Congress Fails to Act
- U.S. President Joe Biden is trying to find a way to extend a ban on evictions for people who have been unable to pay rent during the coronavirus pandemic, after the COVID-19 moratorium lapsed over the weekend and Congress failed to pass an extension. Biden said he's consulted with constitutional scholars about whether executive action would "pass muster." "I told the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] to ...

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Congressional Gold Medal is awarded to Capitol Police and others who battled rioters on Jan. 6
- The Senate on Tuesday unanimously approved legislation awarding the Congressional Gold Medal — the legislative branch’s highest honor — to the U.S. Capitol Police and others who defended the Capitol against a violent mob of Trump supporters on Jan. 6. Tuesday’s action closes out more than six months of quiet debate over how to best honor the officers who battled the rioters who were determined to disrupt ...

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An Officer Is Killed In An Attack Outside The Pentagon, Officials Say
- Updated August 3, 2021 at 6:42 PM ET A police officer has been killed in a violent incident near the Pentagon transit center in Virginia, officials confirm . The officer has not been publicly identified. The Associated Press reports that the officer was stabbed and that a suspect was shot by law enforcement and died at the scene. NPR has not independently confirmed this information. Authorities have released few ...

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How Amazon Workers Are Now One Step Closer to a Union, Explained
- A National Labor Relations Board officer has recommended a do-over election at the Amazon.com Inc. warehouse in Bessemer, Ala.—a stunning reproach of the e-commerce giant for allegedly manipulating the initial election earlier this year. (1) What happened? The Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union held an election last spring to represent Amazon workers at the Bessemer fulfillment center. The organizing ...

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$1T infrastructure bill gets first action as senators dig in
- Formally called the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the proposal clocked in at some 2,700 pages after a hurry-up-and-wait rare weekend session. The final product, unveiled late Sunday, was intended to follow the broad outline a bipartisan group of senators had negotiated for weeks with the White House. Schumer has said a final vote could be held “in a matter of days.” The Senate's Republican leader, ...

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Blizzard President Departs as Game Maker Faces Labor Lawsuit (5)
- Blizzard President J. Allen Brack is leaving the company amid a cultural reckoning at parent Activision Blizzard Inc. over a California lawsuit alleging sexual discrimination and harassment. Brack’s departure was disclosed in an email to staff Tuesday, which was reviewed by Bloomberg. Brack will be replaced by Jen Oneal and Mike Ybarra, the new “coleaders” of Blizzard. The shares fell 3.5% Tuesday. A ...

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Matt Damon denies using homophobic slur and says he stands with LGBTQ+ community after interview backlash
- Hollywood star Matt Damon, who is currently starring in the film Stillwater, had come under fire over comments made about a conversation with his daughter in which he repeated a "joke" made in his 2003 film Stuck On You. Matt Damon has reportedly denied using the homophobic "F-slur" in his personal life and says he stands with the LGBTQ+ community following a backlash to comments he made in a recent interview. ...

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Kathy Griffin shares post-surgery update
- (CNN) Kathy Griffin shared an update on her health Tuesday. A day after going public with her lung cancer diagnosis and plans to have surgery, Griffin posted on her official Instagram account about where she is now. "Wow! I'm so grateful for all the love you guys are sending me," Griffin wrote in the caption. "Surgery went well yesterday. Phew." In her initial announcement Monday, Griffin, who said she has never ...

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Landlords, tenants fill courts as eviction moratorium ends
- – Gabe Imondi, a 74-year-old landlord from Rhode Island, had come to court hoping to get his apartment back. He was tired of waiting for federal rental assistance and wondered aloud “what they’re doing with that money?” Hours later, Luis Vertentes, in a different case, was told by a judge he had three weeks to clear out of his one-bedroom apartment in nearby East Providence. The 43-year-old landscaper said ...

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Maricopa County Board of Supervisors condemns election audit and new subpoenas: 'There was no fraud'
- On July 26, a new series of subpoenas were issued to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors. The board and the county attorney's office objected to portions of the subpoenas. Board Chair Jack Sellers issued a response asking elected officials to stop encouraging conspiracy theories. 10 Things in Politics: Get the latest political & economic news. Email address By clicking ‘Sign up’, you agree to receive ...

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Reese Witherspoon will sell her production studio to a Wall Street-backed company.
- Reese Witherspoon, the Oscar-winning actor who became a force in Hollywood as a producer and an entrepreneur, reached an agreement on Monday to sell her entertainment studio, Hello Sunshine , to a newly created company backed by the investment firm Blackstone Group. Terms of the sale were not disclosed. Three people with knowledge of the agreement, speaking on the condition of anonymity to describe the ...

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U.S. extends migrant expulsion policy, citing Delta variant and surge in border crossings
- The Biden administration on Monday said that it would indefinitely continue the Trump-era policy of swiftly expelling migrants and asylum-seekers from the U.S., citing the rapidly-spreading COVID-19 Delta variant and the highest number of unlawful border crossings in over 20 years. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), issued a new order supporting the continued ...

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Zoom Agrees To $85 Million Settlement Over Encryption, Data Sharing And Zoombombing
- Video-conferencing service Zoom has agreed to pay $85 million to settle a class-action lawsuit accusing the company of wide-ranging security and privacy lapses -- including claims that it violated promises regarding encryption, failed to guard against "zoombombing," and shared data with Facebook and other outside companies. The settlement calls for Zoom's paid subscribers to receive up to $25 each, and for users of ...

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Urbanization and climate change are together exacerbating water scarcity—where water demand exceeds availability—for the world’s cities. We quantify global urban water scarcity in 2016 and 2050 under four socioeconomic and climate change scenarios, ...
- The world is rapidly urbanizing. From 1950 to 2020, the global population living in cities increased from 0.8 billion (29.6%) to 4.4 billion (56.2%) and is projected to reach 6.7 billion (68.4%) by 2050 . Water scarcity—where demand exceeds availability—is a key determinant of water security and directly affects the health and wellbeing of urban residents, urban environmental quality, and socioeconomic ...

Source: nature.com
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Federal cybersecurity defenses not strong enough to protect American data, Senate report warns
- Federal agencies responsible for safeguarding the security and personal data of millions of Americans have failed to implement basic defenses against cyberattacks, according to a report from Senate investigators released Tuesday. The agencies earned a C- report card for falling short of federally-mandated standards in the 47-page report by the Senate Homeland Security Committee. The report also concluded that ...

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McDonald's Mask Mandate for All Customers, Staff in High COVID Areas
- McDonald's makes masks mandatory for all US customers in areas with high COVID-19 cases, regardless of whether they're vaccinated McDonald's said people must wear masks in US restaurants in areas with high COVID-19 transmission. This includes people who are fully vaccinated, it said. Companies are changing their plans on vaccinations and masks following new CDC guidance. McDonald's said Monday that all its ...

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'America's Got Talent': What Nightbirde Said About Dropping Out of the Finals
- America's Got Talent Season 16 touched many viewers' hearts when it told the story of singer Nightbirde (real name Jane Marczewski). When the performer appeared during the auditions of the NBC show , she told the judges she had cancer in her liver, lungs and spine that gave her a two percent chance of survival. Nightbirde moved the judges with original song "It's OK" and her positive attitude so much that Simon ...

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Chipmunks Test Positive for Plague Near Lake Tahoe, Leading to Closures
- You may have learned about the Black Death in history class—but as it turns out, the plague that caused the medieval pandemic is still with us and prompting occasional outbreaks of the disease centuries later. Over the weekend, areas of South Lake Tahoe were closed to the public, after a number of chipmunks tested positive for the plague. El Dorado County spokesperson Carla Hass clarified that the chipmunks had ...

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Twitter to work with AP and Reuters to provide more context around disputed topics
- Twitter is working with news agencies the Associated Press and Reuters to more proactively combat misinformation on its platform, the company has announced . The platform’s internal teams already work to explain and add context to Twitter content, but it says the two news agencies will help provide more authoritative information, especially when facts are in dispute. In particular, Twitter says it wants to be ...

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Amazon will give you a whole $10 for your palm print
- Amazon is offering $10 in credit if you enroll your biometric data in the company’s palm print recognition system, Amazon One. The promotion, spotted by TechCrunch , says people must connect their palm print to their Amazon account to claim the reward, though it’s not clear exactly where it’s available. Amazon launched Amazon One in September last year , presenting it as an easy way to pay in the company’s ...

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Lawmaker who ID'd rape accuser may lose committee assignment
- The bipartisan committee voted unanimously to censure Republican Rep. Priscilla Giddings — saying she violated basic standards of conduct by targeting the young intern. But panel members stopped short of recommending more severe penalties, including expelling Giddings from the Statehouse or stripping her of her roles on other legislative committees. She said she and her client had hoped Giddings would face a ...

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Household Debt Rises by $313 Billion in Second Quarter
- Total household debt increased 2.1% in the second quarter of 2021, rising by $313 billion to land at $14.96 trillion, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York reported today. Household Debt Rises by $313 Billion in Second Quarter Total household debt increased 2.1% in the second quarter of 2021, rising by $313 billion to land at $14.96 trillion, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York reported today . That increase was ...

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The Long Island legislature approves bill that allows police officers to sue protesters that harass, menace or injure them
- County approves bill to let police sue anyone who harasses them. Activists cry foul. County lawmakers in Long Island, N.Y., passed a bill Monday night that allows first responders to sue any person who harasses, attacks or injures them while they are in uniform. Its proponents argue the Nassau County bill offers additional protections to officers in the face of “destructive riots and lawlessness” targeting law ...

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More than 100 state legislators go to D.C. to push Senate on voting rights bill
- "The freedom to vote is under unprecedented attack by extremist lawmakers in states across the country," one state legislator said. Aug. 3 (UPI) -- More than 100 legislators from 30 states headed to Washington, D.C. -- joining a number of Democrats from Texas -- to call on the U.S. Congress to pass a federal law protecting Americans' voting rights against an assault they say is coming from Republicans who are still ...

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Fox Dumps Judge Napolitano After Sexual Harassment Claims
- Fox dumps Judge Napolitano, legal pundit who opposed Trump, after male production assistant accuses him of sexual harassment A producer at the network accused him of sexual harassment in a lawsuit. Fox News said it took "immediate, appropriate action" on hearing of the claims. Fox News has "parted ways" with legal analyst Andrew Napolitano after a producer at the network accused him of sexual harassment. Producer ...

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Fed sees loosening credit standards as lending demand returns
- WASHINGTON — Banks eased lending standards across all loan types in the second quarter as demand increased and the economic outlook improved, according to the Federal Reserve’s latest senior loan officer opinion survey on bank lending practices. Most banks reported that they began implementing stricter lending standards for borrowers in late March of 2020 as the economic outlook shifted in light of news about ...

Source: americanbanker.com