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Biden critics look to replicate Michigan's 'uncommitted' vote in other states
- Organizers are pushing for Democratic voters to select or write in "uncommitted" on their ballots in upcoming primaries, spurred on by the success of a campaign in Michigan protesting President Biden's handling of the Israel-Hamas war. More than 100,000 Michiganders cast a protest vote against Biden for an "uncommitted" ballot option in Tuesday's primary, underscoring the frustration many Americans feel ...

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Supreme Court's immunity hearing leaves prospect of pre-election Trump Jan. 6 trial in doubt
- WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday laid out a hearing schedule on former President Donald Trump 's claims of presidential immunity that raises significant doubts that the election interference case against him will go to trial before the 2024 election — a major win for Trump in his effort to starve off legal consequences for his efforts to overturn his 2020 election loss. The Supreme Court's ...

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'Three Johns' lead race to succeed McConnell
- The race to succeed Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) atop the Senate GOP conference is on. While a shadow campaign has been going on for years throughout McConnell's record-setting tenure as leader, jockeying by potential successors has begun in earnest and is set to burst into the open. Republicans, for the most part, are looking at the trio of Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.), John Cornyn (R-Texas) and ...

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House plans to vote on short-term funding extension to avert government shutdown
- Washington — The House plans to vote Thursday on a temporary government funding patch as lawmakers bump up against another deadline to avert a partial shutdown.  The short-term extension would fund some government agencies for another week, through March 8, and the remaining agencies until March 22.  Congressional leaders announced the deal Wednesday evening, saying they "are in agreement that ...

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Biden seeks to curb sharing of consumer data with hostile countries
- President Biden issued an executive order on Wednesday that aims to increase safeguards on Americans' personal data, extending the reach of a data privacy push that is already underway at financial regulators. The White House's action, which focuses on protecting information like genomic data, biometric data and financial data, is meant to guard against the transfer or sale of customer data to hostile countries. ...

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Firefighters race to corral Texas wildfires before a weekend of hot, windy weather
- CANADIAN, Texas – The explosive growth of the second-largest wildfire in Texas history slowed as snow fell and winds and temperatures dipped, but the massive blaze was still untamed and threatening more death and destruction. The Smokehouse Fire is the largest of several major fires burning in the rural Panhandle section of the state . It has charred 1,300 square miles (3,370 square kilometers) and crossed ...

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Wendy's 'dynamic pricing' kerfuffle makes clear: Charging more for fast food would be in bad taste
- Wendy's sales rose 31% in just a year after the fast-food chain's first "Where's the beef?" ad aired in 1984, and catapulted the 4-foot 10-inch Chicagoan Clara Peller to fame. To celebrate the commercial's 40th anniversary, Wendy's offered free cheeseburgers with any purchase for a week earlier this month. What Wendy's reportedly had it store for 2025 wasn't as much of a mouth-watering perk. Recent headlines about ...

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Donald Trump Tries to Negotiate With Judge Engoron
- Donald Trump has been accused of trying to "negotiate" with the New York judge who ordered the former president pay a $355 million penalty in the civil fraud case. A number of legal experts have reacted to Trump's legal team's request to halt the collection of the penalty, which increases to $454 million with interest, and to lower the cash bond needed in order to argue against the ruling to $100 million. Trump is ...

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Biden, Trump try to work immigration to their political advantage during trips to Texas
- – President Joe Biden and his likely Republican challenger Donald Trump both head to the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas on Thursday in a sign of how central immigration has become to the 2024 election and how much both candidates want to use it to their advantage. Each has chosen an optimal location from which to underscore his respective points. Biden, who wants to spotlight how Republicans tanked a bipartisan ...

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Senate Republican blocks bill to protect IVF after Alabama ruling
- A Republican senator has blocked legislation that would protect in vitro fertilization and other assisted reproductive technologies in the wake of an Alabama Supreme Court ruling that frozen embryos are children under state law. Prominent Republican officials and candidates have voiced support for IVF since the Alabama ruling, though Democrats have responded with skepticism, arguing that the GOP paved the way for ...

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Idaho fails to execute serial killer Thomas Creech by lethal injection
- Authorities in Idaho halted the execution of serial killer Thomas Eugene Creech on Wednesday after medical workers were unable to insert an IV for lethal injection. Creech was brought into the execution chamber and strapped down, according to Josh Tewalt, director of the Idaho Department of Correction. "The team attempted eight times, through multiple limbs and appendages, to establish IV access," he said at a news ...

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Judge orders Trump removed from Illinois primary ballots
- CHICAGO — A state judge in Illinois ruled Wednesday that former President Donald Trump had engaged in insurrection and was ineligible to appear on the state's primary ballot. The decision by Judge Tracie R. Porter of state Circuit Court in Cook County was stayed until Friday. Porter, a Democrat, said the state Board of Elections had erred in rejecting an attempt to remove Trump and said the board "shall ...

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Today's Refinance Rates, Feb. 29, 2024: Rates Increase for Homeowners - CNET Money
- CNET staff -- not advertisers, partners or business interests -- determine how we review the products and services we cover. If you buy through our links, we may get paid. CNET staff -- not advertisers, partners or business interests -- determine how we review the products and services we cover. If you buy through our links, we may get paid. Today's refinance rates Refinance rates are currently between 6.5% and ...

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CDC recommends seniors get another COVID-19 vaccine shot
- Feb. 29 (UPI) -- A federal immunization committee is recommending seniors 65 years of age and older receive another dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted 11-1 in favor of making the recommendation on Wednesday as the expert advisory panel met to discuss several agenda items. "Today's recommendation allows older adults to receive an additional dose of this season's ...

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Biden declared 'fit for duty' as age issue looms in election
- U.S. President Joe Biden exits Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, following his routine annual physical exam (ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS) U.S .President Joe Biden remains "fit for duty" with no new health worries, his doctor said Wednesday after the 81-year-old's last medical ahead of an election in which his age is a key issue. The keenly awaited annual examination at the Walter Reed military ...

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Science and sky lovers are gearing up for the 2024 solar eclipse
- Many are lucky enough to live in the path of totality; hotel prices are skyrocketing This article is reprinted by permission from  NextAvenue.org . People in the path of the April 8, 2024, solar eclipse will be praying for a cloudless day. My husband and I'll step out on our deck as we did seven years ago for a partial view of the 2017 eclipse. But this one is different, as we'll be front and center for the ...

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Microplastics in water: How can you remove them effectively?
- Boiling tap water could remove up to 90% of the microplastics in it Microplastics — tiny particles in the air, water, and soil — are an unfortunate byproduct of the globalized economy in a time that some researchers have defined as the Plastic Age . Defined by the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) , the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) , and the European ...

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'PFAS' no longer sold in US to package greasy food: FDA
- Regulators on Wednesday said materials with harmful chemicals known as "PFAS" are no longer being sold to package microwave popcorn or other greasy foods in the United States. Manufacturers have fulfilled a voluntary commitment not to sell material containing Per and Polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) for use as grease-proofing agents in packaging that encounters food, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) deputy ...

Source: medicalxpress.com
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Alabama man arrested for threatening Arizona election officials over Instagram
- Feb. 29 (UPI) -- An Alabama man has been arrested and charged on allegations of threatening Arizona election officials over Instagram. Brian Jerry Ogstad, 59, of Cullman, Ala., was arrested Wednesday when he also made his initial court appearance in Huntsville where he was charged with five counts of communicating an interstate threat. If convicted, he faces up to five years for each count. "We cannot permit ...

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Texas executes Ivan Cantu for Dallas murders despite doubts of his guilt
- Feb. 29 (UPI) -- Texas executed Ivan Cantu on Wednesday for the murder of his cousin and his cousin's fiancée, James Mosqueda and Amy Kitchen. Prior to the state's first execution of the year, post-trial evidence raising questions about Cantu's guilt had persuaded jurors from his original trial to ask Texas courts to reconsider his case. A public campaign pushing to pause the execution won the support of ...

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Gemini crypto exchange to return $1.1 billion to consumers, pay fine in regulatory settlement
- The settlement means customers who loaned out their cryptocurrency through Gemini may soon get their money back Gemini Trust Company, the cryptocurrency exchange founded by billionaires Cameron and Tyler WInklevoss, will return $1.1 billion to customers who invested in its defunct loan program, New York regulators said Wednesday. In addition, Gemini will pay a $37 million fine to the New York State Department of ...

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Trump gave top US firms staggering tax cuts, with some paying $0 or less – report
- Among lowest taxpayers were companies whose CEOs have become high-profile advocates for corporate social responsibility Some of the US's most profitable corporations, including General Motors , Citigroup and Netflix, have slashed their tax bills in the years since the passage of the Trump tax cuts, with nearly a quarter paying rates in the single digits and 23 paying nothing, a report has found. The 2017 law cut ...

Source: theguardian.com
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Oprah Winfrey to leave board of Weight Watchers
- Oprah Winfrey is to leave the board of Weight Watchers, in a fresh blow to a company struggling to compete against the popularity of weight-loss drugs. The US celebrity, who has been on the firm's board since 2015, said she would not stand for re-election at its next shareholder meeting in May. Ms Winfrey recently revealed that she used weight-loss drugs as a "maintenance tool." Shares in Weight Watchers ...

Source: bbc.com
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The Supreme Court appears torn about a Trump-era ban on a gun accessory known as bump stocks
- WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court appeared torn Wednesday about a challenge to a Trump-era ban on bump stocks, a gun accessory that allows semi-automatic weapons to fire rapidly like machine guns and was used in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. The high court is weighing whether the Trump administration followed federal law when it reversed course and banned bump stocks after a gunman in ...

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Larry David, "Curb Your Enthusiasm "Castmates and More Remember Richard Lewis: 'Like a Brother'
- The comedian died of a heart attack on Tuesday, his rep confirmed to PEOPLE Tributes are pouring in following . The stand-up comedian, best known for his role on , died on Tuesday at age 76. "Comedian/Actor Richard Lewis passed away peacefully at his home in Los Angeles last night after suffering a heart attack," read a statement from his rep, Jeff Abraham. "His wife, Joyce Lapinsky, thanks everyone for all the ...

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"I have no answer": Experts say TrumpWorld's "star witness" sank their case against Fani Willis
- The Georgia attorney conceived as a "star witness" in TrumpWorld's  bid  to disqualify Fulton County District attorney Fani Willis  testified on Tuesday that it was only "speculation" when he told a defense lawyer that Willis had been engaged in an improper personal relationship with the lawyer she appointed to spearhead the Georgia election interference case against former President Donald Trump ...

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Amid measles outbreaks, Florida Department of Health speaks out against 'false information'
- Fox News medical contributor Dr. Marc Siegel discusses the growing concerns about measles as new cases are reported in the Northeast and a recent study that found a protein could halt colon cancer. Amid ongoing measles outbreaks at Florida schools, the state's Department of Health released an updated statement on Wednesday, which was provided to Fox News Digital. There have been a total of nine confirmed measles ...

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Google 'working around the clock' to fix 'unacceptable' Gemini AI, CEO says
- Google CEO Sundar Pichai reported 'substantial improvement' in how Gemini AI responds to prompts after controversy over its bias against White people Google is working to fix its Gemini artificial intelligence (AI) tool, CEO Sundar Pichai told employees on Tuesday, calling the images generated by the model "biased" and "completely unacceptable."  The Alphabet-owned company paused Gemini's image generation ...

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Hunter Biden testifies behind closed doors as part of GOP impeachment inquiry
- WASHINGTON — Hunter Biden will face questions Wednesday from members of two GOP-led House committees at a closed-door deposition that President Joe Biden's son had rejected participating in for months. The deposition, scheduled for 10 a.m. ET, is being held by the House Oversight Committee and the House Judiciary Committee, the two panels that have been leading an impeachment inquiry into the p resident . ...

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2 men are found guilty for the 2002 killing of Run-DMC's Jam Master Jay
- More than 21 years after the death of Jam Master Jay, one-third of the legendary hip-hop trio Run-DMC, a jury has found two men guilty of his murder. Ronald Washington and Karl Jordan Jr. were convicted Tuesday and face a minimum of 20 years in prison and a maximum life sentence for the 2002 killing of Jam Master Jay, born Jason Mizell, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York. ...

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Corruption, violence, drugs and gangs are 'pervasive' in 3 Mississippi prisons: Justice Department
- Conditions at three Mississippi Department of Corrections prisons violated the U.S. Constitution , a blistering Justice Department report released on Wednesday concluded. The three prisons the DOJ investigated -- Central Mississippi Correctional Facility, South Mississippi Correctional Institution and Wilkinson County Correctional Facility, are "rampant" with drugs, violence and corruption, the Justice Department ...

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Adele postpones Las Vegas residency dates over health concerns
- Pop superstar Adele has postponed all dates on her Las Vegas residency through March on medical advice, due to a recurring health problem, she said late Tuesday. The London-born singer said on Instagram that five " Weekends with Adele " events at The Colosseum Theater at Caesars Palace would be rearranged for a later date, while she rests. "Sadly I have to take a beat and pause my Vegas residency. I was sick at the ...

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Rebecca Ferguson Slams 'Idiot' Celeb Who 'Screamed' At Her On Set
- Rebecca Ferguson is recalling a time when she was disrespected by another celebrity on set. On Tuesday's episode of the " Reign With Josh Smith" podcast , the Swedish actor opened up about the heartbreaking incident involving her "absolute idiot of a co-star" in a film. "I remember there was a moment and this human being was being so insecure and angry because this person couldn't get the scenes out," Ferguson ...

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Abortions Per Month in U.S. Unchanged Since Fall of Roe v. Wade
- WEDNESDAY, Feb. 28, 2024 (HealthDay News) -- The historic overturning of Roe v. Wade in 2022 has not had any significant effect on the number of abortions performed each month in the United States, new data shows. The #WeCount report tracks abortion rates across the country for the nonprofit Society of Family Planning, a group promoting research on abortion and contraception. It found that between 81,150 and 88,620 ...

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'Dreadful' Wonka-themed children's event leads guests to call police
- The website for Willy's Chocolate Experience promised a world of pure imagination: an immersive children's event with attractions to rival even the creations of Willy Wonka, the fictional chocolatier. Illustrations on the website advertised lush gardens with giant lollipops and swirls of colorful candy. When Stuart Sinclair arrived with his family at the event in Glasgow, Scotland, on Saturday, they found something ...

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WWE legend Virgil dead at 61
- Former WWE superstar Virgil has died. The grappler - whose real name was Michael Jones - passed away in hospital on Wednesday (28.02.24) at the age of 61 after battling serious health issues in recent years, including dementia and a number of strokes, TMZ reports. Wrestling referee Mark Charles III, known as The Count, also shared the news on Facebook. He said: "My dear friends, it is with great sorrow that I bring ...

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San Francisco Apologizes to Black Residents for Decades of Racism
- SAN FRANCISCO — Supervisors in San Francisco formally apologized Tuesday to African Americans and their descendants for the city's role in perpetuating racism and discrimination, with several stating that this was just the start of reparations for Black residents and not the end. The vote was unanimous with all 11 board members signed on as sponsors of the resolution. "This historic resolution apologizes on ...

Source: time.com
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New York Has a New Congressional Map — Again
- For the second time in two years, New Yorkers have a new congressional map. On Wednesday, the State Assembly voted 115 to 33 and the State Senate 45 to 17 in favor of the map drawn by lawmakers after rejecting the map drawn by the independent redistricting commission two days prior. Although legislators only just released the new lines late Monday, they were able to circumvent the traditional three-day waiting ...

Source: nymag.com
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Embryos and the election: Will the Alabama IVF ruling change how people vote?
- With two healthy boys born by IVF , Crystal Rusch and her husband faced a deeply difficult decision: What should they do with their three remaining embryos that could one day become more children? As Catholics, Rusch and her husband always , and they didn't want just destroy their embryos they had so painfully created with the help of doctors, But they already had two sons, and the idea of having as many as five ...

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Alabama puts forward bills to protect IVF clinics after Supreme Court ruling
- Twin bills in Alabama's state Senate and House introduced on Tuesday would shield IVF providers from prosecution Alabama lawmakers introduced two bills on Tuesday that would shield medical providers that offer in vitro fertilisation services from civil and criminal liability. The state Senate and House put forward the proposed bills nearly two weeks after the Alabama Supreme Court ruled that frozen embryos are ...

Source: independent.co.uk
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Popular eye ointments may not be sterile, recall warns
- Eye ointments sold at CVS and Walmart may not actually be sterile, a recall posted by the US Food and Drug Administration warned. On Feb. 26, the FDA posted a voluntary recall from Brassica Pharma, which is recalling several eye ointments with expiration dates ranging from February 2024 to September 2025. An FDA inspection at a Brassica facility found a "lack of sterility assurance," the recall notice said, which ...

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Toyota recalling 381,000 Tacoma pickups because parts can fall off rear axles
- DETROIT — Toyota is recalling about 381,000 Tacoma midsize pickup trucks in the U.S. because a part can separate from the rear axle, increasing the risk of a crash. The recall covers certain trucks from the 2022 and 2023 model years. Toyota said in a statement Tuesday that welding debris left on the ends of the axles can cause some nuts to loosen over time and eventually fall off. That can cause the part to ...

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