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Pfizer seeks full FDA approval for COVID-19 vaccine beyond current emergency use
- The company said it has delivered more than 170 million doses in the U.S. Pfizer and partner BioNTech announced they are starting the process to seek full Food and Drug Administration approval in the U.S. for their COVID-19 vaccine. Since December, their vaccine has been distributed in the U.S. under an "emergency use authorization," which is a distinct regulatory status reserved for emergency situations, such as a ...

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News media barred from DeSantis signing of FL elections bill
- Republicans get away with cheating in voting bill DeSantis signs on Fox News | Opinion Shameless Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, drunk on the power that the spoils of the 2020 election bestowed on him, doesn’t hide his disregard for democratic principles. He made that clear when he turned Thursday’s signing of the controversial elections bill , SB90, into a Fox News “exclusive,” as his spokeswoman called the ...

Source: miamiherald.com
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Rep. Liz Cheney could lose GOP leadership role over her criticism of Trump. What does that mean?
- WASHINGTON – Rep. Liz Cheney, the House Republican Conference chair from Wyoming, is in hot water with her party. Her refusal to accept former President Donald Trump's false claims the 2020 election was stolen is angering her Republican colleagues and putting her leadership role at risk. Major party leaders are dissatisfied with her. Trump and No. 2 House Republican Rep. Steve Scalise want her replaced with Rep. ...

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Judge strikes down CDC eviction ban, imperiling Dade tenants
- CDC eviction moratorium is struck down. Here’s what that means for Miami A federal judge ruled against the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention moratorium on evictions on Wednesday, but real estate experts said that the ruling has no immediate impact on South Florida landlords and renters. U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Judge Dabney Friedrich argued in her ruling filed on Wednesday that ...

Source: miamiherald.com
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The Arizona GOP's Maricopa County audit: What to know about it
- More than six months after his defeat in the November election, former President Trump is still claiming victory, calling the election "the big lie," despite several recounts and dozens of unsuccessful lawsuits that say otherwise. Although every state has certified its results, the Republican-controlled state Senate in Arizona has undertaken a full hand recount and audit of the ballots and voting machines in ...

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Google's 3-Word Plan for Returning to Work Is the Best I've Ever Seen
- As we get closer to what all of us hope is the end of the pandemic, companies are faced with a new challenge: how to bring people back to work. It's not a small thing to consider when and how to get your team back in the office safely--or, whether that's something you should do at all. That's exactly the question Google is tackling with a new set of policies rolled out this week in a blog post by the company's CEO, ...

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Peloton CEO apologizes for not recalling deadly treadmills sooner
- Peloton Interactive on Thursday reiterated it had erred when it refused to recall its treadmills after a child died and dozens more were were injured in accidents involving its pricey exercise equipment. "We made a mistake in our response. We should have been more open to a productive dialogue from the outside, and for that I apologize," John Foley, CEO and co-founder of the company told an earnings call with Wall ...

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Ruth’s Hospitality: Q1 Earnings Snapshot
- WINTER PARK, Fla. Ruth's Hospitality Group Inc. (RUTH) on Friday reported first-quarter net income of $9.1 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. The Winter Park, Florida-based company said it had profit of 26 cents per share. The results exceeded Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 10 cents per share. ...

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Broadband Industry Financed Phony Comments Against Net Neutrality
- In 2017, the Federal Communications Commission appeared to receive a record-breaking 22 million comments regarding former Chairman Ajit Pai's proposal to revoke the previous administration's net neutrality rules. As it turns out, 18 million of those comments were fake -- and nearly half were submitted on behalf of the broadband industry by lead-generation firms. That's according to a new report from New York ...

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Why Ron DeSantis’ Ban On Vaccine Passports Could Cost Florida Billions Of Dollars
- E arlier this week, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill into law that prohibits businesses across his state from asking anyone to provide proof of a Covid-19 vaccination. “In Florida, your personal choice regarding vaccinations will be protected and no business or government entity will be able to deny you services based on your decision,” DeSantis said at the bill signing event. The governor has made a ...

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By the Numbers: Relief for restaurants Video
- The federal government’s Restaurant Revitalization Fund offers a lifeline to restaurants battered by the pandemic. Now to the restaurant industry which is gotten fatter during the pandemic but now code restrictions are lifting. And this week the federal government launched a restaurant revitalization. Fund to help we take a closer look. By the numbers restaurant and food service sales dropped 280 billion dollars ...

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South Carolina Lawmakers Vote to Add Firing Squad to Executions List
- After a Decade Without Executions, South Carolina’s Solution: Bring Out the Firing Squad State lawmakers have voted to add the firing squad as an alternative to the electric chair or lethal injection, with the drugs used for capital punishment in short supply. Frustrated by the lack of drugs available to carry out lethal injections in their state, South Carolina lawmakers are on the cusp of a controversial ...

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US employers added just 266K jobs in April as hiring slows
- WASHINGTON (AP) — America’s employers added just 266,000 jobs last month, sharply lower than in March and a sign that some businesses are struggling to find enough workers as the economic recovery strengthens. With viral cases declining and states and localities easing restrictions, businesses have added jobs for four straight months, the Labor Department said Friday. Still, the unemployment rate ticked up to ...

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Analysis: U.S. Labor Secretary's next move on gig workers likely to include company probes - experts
- WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh’s move this week to block a rule making it easier to classify gig workers as independent contractors is just a first step in what is likely to be a long battle over how to delineate the rights of America’s growing gig army. The rule by former President Donald Trump’s administration, which was supposed to go into effect in March, would have hampered the ...

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6th-grader wounds 3 in shooting at Idaho school
- BOISE, Idaho — A sixth-grade girl brought a gun to her Idaho middle school, shot and wounded two students and a custodian and then was disarmed by a teacher Thursday, authorities said. The three victims were shot in their limbs and expected to survive, officials said at a news conference. Jefferson County Sheriff Steve Anderson says the girl pulled a handgun from her backpack and fired multiple rounds inside and ...

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Front-line, farm-state Democrats push back against Biden tax plan
- WASHINGTON — A group of 13 House Democrats, led by Iowa’s Cindy Axne and California’s Jim Costa, is pressing party leaders to exempt family farms from a tax increase President Joe Biden has proposed on inherited assets to help pay for new child care, education and other spending. Under Biden’s $1.8 trillion package of family-related assistance, heirs would no longer receive “stepped up basis” for ...

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Americans Have Turned Down 1.2 Million Stimulus Payments, Worth More than $2 Billion
- Out of the roughly 160 million stimulus payments sent out under the CARES Act last year, 1.2 million were returned or went uncashed. A year after most eligible Americans received—and probably spent—the first federal stimulus checks of the COVID-19 era, the Internal Revenue Service continues to sit on roughly $2.1 billion in payments that were never accepted by their intended recipients. In all, according to the ...

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South Carolina to end federal COVID-19-related unemployment
- May 6 (UPI) -- South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster on Thursday ordered all of the state's federal pandemic-related unemployment programs to be terminated, citing them as responsible for the state's labor shortage. In a letter to Department of Employment and Workforce Director Daniel Ellzey, the Republican governor called for the state to stop participating in the programs effective June 30, stating they pose "a ...

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Democrats on FEC blast decision to drop probe into Trump hush-money payment to Stormy Daniels: ‘Defies reality
- The Federal Election Commission on Thursday dropped its inquiry to determine whether Donald Trump violated campaign finance laws when his personal lawyer paid an adult-film actress $130,000 in the days leading up to the 2016 election. The case stems from allegations that Trump ordered his personal lawyer at the time, Michael Cohen, to make a hush-money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels to keep her from disclosing ...

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Right-wing provocateurs Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman in more trouble over racist robocalls
- Duo's dunderheaded scheme to suppress Black vote was a total failure — now it has them in serious legal trouble Blundering right-wing provocateurs Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman — who became briefly notorious for their clumsy attempts to smear prominent Democrats with phony sex scandals — have somehow found a way to land themselves in even deeper legal hot water. On Thursday, New York Attorney General Letitia ...

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Backlog of income tax returns is growing, delaying refunds to millions
- The IRS is falling behind in processing millions of income tax returns, potentially delaying refunds for many Americans. According to the Taxpayer Advocate Service, an independent arm of the IRS focused on tax filers' rights, the agency is holding almost 31 million returns for manual processing just ahead of the May 17 tax filing deadline. That backlog has grown by 2 million returns since mid-April, National ...

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Mitch McConnell rebuked by alma mater over 1619 Project comments
- Senate GOP leader taking heat over impromptu history lesson at the University of Louisville, which he attended Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell received a sharp rebuke from his alma mater on Thursday when a University of Louisville administrator clapped back at his recent comments about the legacy of slavery and its effects on American history. McConnell's remarks came Monday during a speaking event at the ...

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Bar owner charged with selling fake coronavirus vaccine cards in one of the first cases of its kind
- The Old Corner Saloon fashions itself as a small-town institution. Sitting on a historic plot of land in California’s Central Valley, the bar offers free pool, weekend karaoke and a regular “Ladies Night” — “the place where old friends return,” its website says. But lately, state authorities allege, patrons have visited the establishment for a service unmentioned on its social media accounts or in its ...

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IRS secures order to serve Kraken with customer data request on cryptocurrency traders
- Users who have conducted $20,000 in transactions are now on the tax office’s radar. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has secured an order to obtain records from Kraken on customers performing cryptocurrency trades. In the latest crackdown centered on cryptocurrency trading which is not reported for tax and income purposes, the IRS has been granted permission by a federal court in the Northern District of ...

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Bannon partner in alleged border wall fundraising fraud scheme hit with new tax charges
- An Air Force veteran who prosecutors allege worked with Stephen K. Bannon — President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist — to defraud donors to a fundraising campaign for a U.S.-Mexico border wall has been indicted on new tax charges. Brian Kolfage, a conservative activist who lost three limbs in Iraq and was the founder and public face of the “We Build the Wall” fundraising campaign, was charged in ...

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Scientists generate the highest-intensity laser pulses ever recorded
- Scientists in South Korea have achieved a major milestone in physics – and one pursued by researchers in the field for decades – by generating a record-breaking ultra-high intensity laser. The pulse intensity of over 10 23 W per cm sq is the result of a highly advanced optics system that tightly focused the beam on a minuscule target, and opens up entirely new possibilities in research fields ranging from ...

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Today's mortgage and refinance rates: May 7, 2021
- Today's mortgage and refinance rates: May 7, 2021 | Rates go down If you buy through our links, we may earn money from affiliate partners. Learn more. Mortgage and refinance rates have dropped since last Friday and since this time last month. If you're ready to lock in a rate, you may want a fixed-rate mortgage rather than an adjustable rate . Fixed rates are starting lower than adjustable rates, and you'll pay the ...

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The Facebook Oversight Board's Decision Didn't Change Much for Trump. But It Could Have Implications Far Beyond Him
- F acebook’s new Oversight Board, a new, quasi-independent organization that acts as a kind of supreme court for Facebook’s moderation decisions, issued its most important decision yet . In a lengthy ruling , it determined that Facebook was "justified" when it suspended Donald Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts on January 6th, 2021, but that it shouldn’t have imposed an "indefinite" suspension on Trump. ...

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Fort Jackson Trainee Left Base With Rifle, Hijacked School Bus Before Being Arrested
- A soldier from Fort Jackson has been arrested after escaping the base armed with a rifle and hijacking a bus full of elementary school children in South Carolina. "A Fort Jackson trainee ran away from his unit this morning with his Army issued rifle. The trainee managed to hijack a school bus before being subdued to Richland County Sheriff Department," Leslie Ann Sully, a Fort Jackson media relations officer, ...

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Atlanta officer who fatally shot Rayshard Brooks is reinstated
- The fired Atlanta police officer who is charged in the fatal 2020 shooting of Rayshard Brooks, a 27-year-old Black man, has been reinstated. The Atlanta Civil Service Board reversed his firing on Wednesday, ruling that Garrett Rolfe was "not afforded his right to due process." "Due to the City's failure to comply with several provisions of the Code and the information received during witnesses' testimony, the Board ...

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Biden pitches infrastructure plan in red state Louisiana
- President Biden Joe Biden on Thursday touted his $2.3 trillion infrastructure package in Louisiana, seeking to highlight the proposal’s bipartisan components as negotiations with Congress intensify. Biden made two stops in the Gulf Coast state to highlight the American Jobs Plan, which would spend billions of dollars upgrading the country’s water systems, roads, bridges and ports, while weatherizing buildings ...

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Biden hits schools goal even as many students learn remotely
- . It has been most pronounced among Black, Hispanic and Asian American students, most of whom spent no time in a classroom in March, the survey found. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona applauded the nation’s progress but also drew attention to racial disparities, saying schools must do more to reach all students. Among students of all races, there was a modest shift toward classroom learning in March, but gains ...

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Ohio State Senator Uses Zoom Office Background While Driving During Hearing
- An Ohio state Republican senator participated in a virtual Zoom meeting while using an office background as he drove his vehicle this week. During the 13-minute meeting of the Ohio Controlling Board on Monday, State Senator Andrew Brenner could be seen fiddling with his phone, while also turning his camera on and off as he drove with the office background displayed. "I wasn't distracted. I was paying attention to ...

Source: newsweek.com
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Global COVID-19 death toll more than double the estimates: study
- Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation says pandemic has caused nearly 6.9 millions deaths much higher than the 3.25 million reported. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused nearly 6.9 million deaths across the world, more than double the number officially recorded, a new analysis from the University of Washington, DC’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) estimated. Deaths go unreported as most ...

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Many states are pushing through more permissive gun laws
- DALLAS A FTER A YEAR spent at home in pyjamas and fitness clothes, the question of what to wear outside is on the minds of many. Some also have in mind an unexpected accessory: handguns. Across the country states are trying to make it easier for people to carry guns in public without applying for a permit, being subject to a background check or going through training. Since February five states have passed new or ...

Source: economist.com
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Nonuplets: Woman From Mali Gives Birth To 9 Babies
- A Malian woman has given birth to nine babies in what could become a world record. Halima Cissé had been expecting to have seven newborns: Ultrasound sessions had failed to spot two of her babies. "The newborns (five girls and four boys) and the mother are all doing well," Mali's health minister, Dr. Fanta Siby, said in an announcement about the births. The babies were born in Morocco, where Cissé was taken for ...

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McConnell says 'real chance' Biden, Dems could work with GOP on 'bipartisan' infrastructure bill
- McConnell slammed Biden's $4T in proposed spending but said he's optimistic about chances for compromise Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday that there is a "real chance" some Democrats and the White House could work with Republicans to pass a "bipartisan" infrastructure bill, a shift from other comments he made this week that Republicans are "100%" focused on stopping President Biden . McConnell ...

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The Royal Family Post for Archie's Second Birthday
- How the Royal Family Wished Archie a Happy Birthday He just turned 2. Happy birthday Archie ! Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are celebrating their son Archie's second birthday today, and the royal family joined in the celebration by posting to Instagram. "Wishing Archie Mountbatten-Windsor a very happy 2nd birthday today. 🎈" they wrote, alongside the photo of Harry and Meghan introducing Archie when he was first ...

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Jill Biden Gave 2021's Teacher of the Year a Sweet Surprise
- From one teacher to another. knows the meaning and importance of being a teacher. The first lady, who is teaching from the White House , flew across the country to surprise a fellow educator who was named 2021's Teacher of the Year. Dr. Biden came to Kermit R. Booker Sr. Innovative Elementary School in Nevada to personally deliver flowers to Juliana Urtubey herself. In clips aired on CBS This Morning , Dr. Biden ...

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CDC projects ‘sharp decline’ in coronavirus cases by July
- CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky called coronavirus variants 'a wild card' threatening to undo progress Centers for Disease Control and Prevention mandating children wear masks indoors and outdoors. President of Campground Dayna Hardin, father of 3 Kevin O'Donnell and his son Tanner O'Donnell weigh in. The U.S. is projected to see "sharp declines" in weekly coronavirus cases by July across several modeling ...

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Man accused of lying about large group hike at Grand Canyon
- A Washington state man is accused of defying federal regulations by organizing a large group hike at the Grand Canyon FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- A Washington state man is accused of defying federal regulations that limit the number of people who can hike rim-to-rim at Grand Canyon National Park. Joseph Don Mount, of Chehalis, organized a trip in October with more than 150 people who hiked from the canyon's North Rim to ...

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Second suspect gets jail time for fire at Minneapolis police station amid George Floyd protests
- A second suspect has been sentenced for his role in sparking a fire at the Minneapolis police station and stealing authorities’ weapons and other gear as tensions triggered by the officer-involved death of George Floyd exploded into protests and rioting. Branden Michael Wolfe on Wednesday was ordered to spend more than two years in jail and two years under supervised release, according to a news release from the ...

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Australian Mom Convicted of Killing Her 4 Children Seeks Pardon
- An Australian mom is seeking a pardon decades after being convicted of killing her 4 children. She says science proves her innocence. An Australian woman convicted of killing her four children is seeking a pardon. Kathleen Folbigg says all four of her children died of natural causes in the 1980s and 1990s. More than 90 scientists have signed her petition asking for a pardon. Visit Insider's homepage for more ...

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Uber Q1 2021 earnings
- Uber losses dramatically improve thanks to sale of self-driving unit Uber reported first-quarter results after the bell Wednesday. Overall, Uber's net loss was $108 million, a tremendous improvement from a $968 million loss in its fourth quarter. The company said its net loss benefited this quarter from a $1.6 billion gain from the divestiture of its self-driving unit, ATG. In this article UBER Uber beat estimates ...

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Biden administration begins 'long haul' of reuniting migrant families separated under Trump
- This week, the Biden administration announced that the parents from four different families who were deported to Central America and Mexico without their children under former President Donald Trump will be allowed to cross the border and rejoin their children in the United States. The families are the first to be reunited in the U.S. since President Biden issued an executive order in February to create a task ...

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