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Washington County becomes Oregon’s first county to join federal housing initiative

By Joelle Jones
  • With funding and resources provided by the American Rescue Plan and the new HUD Emergency Housing Vouchers (EHV) program, the Washington County Department of Housing Services has been able to grow the number of vouchers for those experiencing homelessness by more than 70%.
  • In a recent press release, the Washington County Department of Housing Services stated, “At this time, over 95% of these vouchers have been issued to families in need, but Washington County closely aligns these programs with the Regional Supportive Housing Services measure that is bringing much needed rental assistance and housing case management resources.”
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Want to enter the metaverse? Here’s what you need to know

By Jenny Hansson
PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Adidas and Nike are just two of the many companies entering what’s called the metaverse, with Nike most recently announcing they acquired a virtual sneaker creator. The metaverse is a lot of things, including virtual reality, but many investors and companies are entering it because it translates into a digital economy where users can create, buy and sell goods. In the metaverse, you can buy NFTs, or non-fungible tokens, which means it’s a one-of-a-kind digital asset that belongs to you and is stored on a blockchain. It could be art, a character, even an original tweet. "That means when an […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Arizona governor sues Biden administration over COVID funds tied to mandates

By Shawna Chen
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) filed a lawsuit Friday against the Biden administration for ordering the state to stop allocating federal COVID relief funds to schools that don’t comply with public health recommendations such as masking, the Arizona Republic reports.Why it matters: The Treasury Department said last week that the state would have to pay back the money if Ducey does not redesignate the $173 million programs to ensure they don’t "undermine efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19."What he’s saying: In the complaint, Ducey argues that Treasury overstepped in making its final rule, which prohibits […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Political fallout from Feeding our Future raid begins to unfold

By Dave Orrick
  • The political fallout from the federal probe into alleged fraud involving taxpayer dollars by Feeding our Future began to unfold Friday.
  • For example, in the summer of 2021, when the department was attempting to put the brakes on the charity’s operations, state Sen. Omar Fateh, D-Minneapolis, rallied to the charity’s cause, according to a video of a gala held at Safari Restaurant in Minneapolis in which he spoke.
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Laborforce shrinking as need for employees continues to climb

By Marie Szaniszlo
  • This came in a month when the state’s unemployment rate dropped by 1.3 percentage points to 3.9% – on par with the national rate – from the revised November estimate of 5.2%, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development said Friday.
  • The state’s labor force shrank by 41,700 people in December at a time when employers were struggling to fill jobs, according to newly released government figures.
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An underwater hotel on Lake Superior? Two Harbors’ mayor is pushing hard for it

By Christa Lawler
  • The Mayor of Two Harbors has an eye toward building an underwater hotel in Lake Superior and is looking to the Minnesota Attorney General's office to make a deciding call: Has he made any unethical moves while promoting the ideas he is pursing with the help of an anonymous business advisor, "Mr. O."
  • "The City of Two Harbors has not been involved with Mr. O or any other anonymous individual on any current or proposed project," Glaser said in a prepared statement.
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Diocese of Green Bay issues response to advocacy group claims of new clergy abuse evidence

  • "The policy of Nate's Mission is to never to provide victim information or criminal evidence of a cover-up to any church organization, entity or official currently under criminal or civil investigation," said the statement co-written by Isely and deputy director Sarah Pearson.
  • The statement from the diocese comes a day after advocates from Nate's Mission delivered documents to the office of Brown County District Attorney David Lasee.
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Letters: Adding integrity | Significant bail | Financial risk | Food pantry

By Letters To The Editor
  • It may seem that the multimillion-dollar payoff and apology letter by San Jose State University (“ SJSU settles retaliation lawsuit, apologizes to coach,” Page B1, Jan. 13) ends the 12-year saga of physical abuse and the quashing of people of integrity (whistleblower swim coach Sage Hopkins).
  • During the last four years, the lack of development at Vallco has cost the city of Cupertino millions of dollars.
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Biden at year one: More Ford than Carter (or FDR)

By John Rash
  • Ford never had a Republican majority in Congress to work with, and Kaufman said that he ascended to the presidency "as the Republican Party is beginning to show signs of division.
  • In fact, with robust COVID-relief and an actual bipartisan infrastructure package passed, a mass vaccine campaign taking off along with the economy, some pundits compared President Joe Biden with another Democrat looking to transform and reassure a shaken nation: Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
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Readers Write: Sheriff Hutchinson, the Legislature, dealing with COVID

  • Loon says, "We continue to believe that employers know best how to manage their workplaces, and keep employees and customers safe." The constant refrain of the GOP during COVID has been to reject mandates because we are told that we can trust people to do the right thing.
  • That is why it was so disappointing to read a recent letter whose writer concluded his thoughts by saying, "Minnesota needs a uniter like [Gov. Tim] Walz instead of a divider and extremist like Qualls."
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Remote learning should be last resort

By Editorial Board
  • On Friday, the district reported that seven of its 67 schools are opting for distance learning because they met the metric of 25% or more of staff absences.
  • They also presented a list of demands that included stronger masking and testing protections, and development of a metric to determine when individual schools should shift to remote learning.
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Are Utah legislators ‘moving on’ from COVID? Here’s some of the reaction to the end of mask mandates

By Ashley Imlay
  • Soon after the Utah Legislature overturned Salt Lake and Summit counties' mask mandates on Friday, some criticized the move as a "slap in the face" for health care workers and a sign Republican lawmakers are "moving on" in the fight against COVID-19.
  • Amid record-breaking daily new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, Dr. Angela Dunn, head of the Salt Lake County Health Department, had issued a 30-day public health order on Jan. 7 that made "well-fitting" masks mandatory indoors.
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New data shows massive climate-warming leaks by New Mexico oil and gas operators

By Capital & Main
New data shows massive climate-warming leaks by New Mexico oil and gas operators

In New Mexico,new state rules sparked a dramatic increase in reported incidents of vented and flared natural gas in 2021 — and reveal that the oil and gas industry has been losing vastly more of the climate-change-driving fossil fuel than previously reported.

“The state’s updated reporting requirements were long overdue,” says Jon Goldstein, senior director of regulatory and legislative affairs at the Environmental Defense Fund.

Continue reading New data shows massive climate-warming leaks by New Mexico oil and gas operators at The NM Political Report.

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Activision Blizzard, American Airlines, Netflix: Stocks That Defined the Week

  • After Tuesday’s announcement of Microsoft Inc.’s $75 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard Inc., shares of Electronic Arts Inc., Ubisoft Entertainment SA and Nintendo Co. jumped on the prospect of more deals as investors place bets on the rapidly consolidating industry.
  • Pricing at household staple maker Procter & Gamble on average rose 3% in the latest quarter, the company said, and price increases accounted for half of the company’s revenue growth in the period.
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Lydia Edwards to keep council seat for first three months on Massachusetts senate

By Sean Philip Cotter
  • New state Sen. Lydia Edwards will continue to serve on the City Council for more than three months, Edwards’ campaign announced in a Friday-evening-news-dump press release that didn’t say whether she’d be taking a salary from both positions.
  • “As the residents of Charlestown, East Boston, and the North End continue to face extreme housing, development and recovery challenges during a pandemic, I believe the best thing I can do is represent them until they elect a new city councilor,” Edwards, who’s represented those three neighborhoods on the council since 2018, said in the statement.
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Omicron variant hitting Minnesota long-term care homes

By Glenn Howatt
  • Weekly resident coronavirus infections more than doubled in the first week of 2022 in nursing homes and assisted-living facilities as the highly infectious variant took hold in the state, according to data released Thursday by the Minnesota Department of Health.
  • New COVID-19 cases in Minnesota's long-term care homes jumped significantly with the spread of the omicron variant, reversing progress made after a successful vaccine booster campaign among residents.
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What to Do With Britney Spears’s Rage?

By Kenzie Bryant
  • Those two conversations have been on a collision course in the public since Britney Spears’s testimony against her conservatorship during a July court date, and especially this past week.
  • What the family did to her was commit her to a court-ordered conservatorship, headed in part by her father, Jamie Spears, that controlled her finances and movement after she had a public breakdown.
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Minnesota nonprofits sickened by FBI fraud investigation into St. Anthony organization

By Kelly Smith, Stephen Montemayor
  • By 2021, the nonprofit was hauling in $197 million in federal funding that Feeding Our Future said would pay for meals for kids in Burnsville, Minneapolis, Owatonna, Willmar and other cities, according to court documents.
  • Now many organizations' leaders say they are appalled by Thursday's revelations that a St. Anthony nonprofit called Feeding Our Future is accused of defrauding the federal government of tens of millions of dollars meant to pay for providing thousands of meals to kids across the Twin Cities and state.
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Why couples like Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra choose surrogacy

By Martha Ross
  • With Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas’ announcement Friday that they had welcomed a new baby daughter via surrogacy, they became the latest celebrity couple to employ medical technology and to hire another woman to carry their child.
  • As surrogacy has helped couples with medical or other needs, The Guardian reported in 2019 on a growing trend among Hollywood stars and other wealthy people — choosing surrogacy because it’s a more convenient way to have children and better fits into a woman’s busy schedule.
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Judge orders Michael Gableman to turn over withheld records for review

  • A Dane County judge on Friday ordered Assembly officials to turn over to the court sealed copies of records related to a taxpayer-funded review of the 2020 election that have been withheld from requesters for months.
  • Dane County Circuit Court Judge Frank Remington in issuing his ruling said he was not impressed with arguments to keep the records from public view that have been put forward by Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and former Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman, who is leading the review.
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AG Paxton defies county official’s order to release records related to Jan. 6 Trump rally

By JAMES BARRAGÁN, Texas Tribune
  • The Travis County District Attorney's office action stems from a complaint by editors from five of the state's top newspapers: the Austin American-Statesman, The Dallas Morning News, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Houston Chronicle and the San Antonio Express-News alleging that the state's top law enforcement official had violated Texas' open records law by withholding communications related to Paxton's trip to Washington, D.C. last year that they argue are subject to disclosure.
  • Attorney General Ken Paxton said the Travis County district attorney's determination that Paxton violated open records laws by withholding information related to his trip to Washington D.C. on the day of the Capitol insurrection was "meritless" and that his office had fulfilled its obligation under the law.
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COVID cases ease up in Massachusetts; breakthrough infections finally reported

By Joe Dwinell
The COVID count continues to fall, with 13,945 cases recorded as the weekend hits. State health officials report 102 deaths bringing the total for the pandemic to 20,884 lives lost to coronavirus in Massachusetts as of this Friday. Health officials also caught up to breakthrough cases for those already vaccinated, reporting an added 86,450 infections. A network connectivity glitch held back that data, which is usually posted on Tuesdays. As for hospitalizations, 3,105 are now patients, with 446 in ICUs, the daily COVID tracker reads. This is a developing story […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Lawmaker sued under public records act for ethics documents

  • Attorney Erika Birch filed the lawsuit earlier this month against Rep. Priscilla Giddings, a Republican from White Bird, contending Giddings didn’t comply with state law when she denied a public records requests for documents related to the ethics cases against Giddings and former Republican lawmaker Aaron von Ehlinger.
  • BOISE (AP) — An Idaho lawmaker who was censured after publicizing the name of a 19-year-old intern who reported being raped is being sued under the state’s public records act.
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Defending champ Osaka OK with early exit

  • It’s the fourth time Osaka has been unable to defend a major title, and the 11th time in her 21 trips to Grand Slam events she has been knocked out in the third round, including last year’s U.S. Open.
  • After winning the title last year — her second at Melbourne Park in three years — Osaka withdrew from the French Open in the second round and skipped Wimbledon to take a break for her mental health.
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Bill Maher pushes back on Fauci: ‘Don’t sit there in your white coat and tell me “just do what we say”‘

By Judy Kurtz
  • “That’s not a criticism of them like they’re being corrupt, although there certainly is plenty of corruption in the medical establishment,” the “Real Time” host said in an interview with Deadline published Friday, when asked if he believes Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease doctor,or the medical establishment “really know what they are doing.”
  • “Now I always will maintain that the right is the more dangerous faction in this country, especially since they don’t believe in elections — I mean you have to keep that in perspective,” Maher, 66, said.
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Youngkin’s first executive order hurts Virginia students

By Letters to the Editor
  • By singling out critical race theory, Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s (R) Executive Order 1 ignores — when it should explicitly include — “inherently divisive concepts” such as teaching U.S. history from the perspective of people in power while discounting or erasing the concerns and contributions of people without power who nevertheless sought input into public policies.
  • Mr. Youngkin’s Executive Order 1 hurts public education in Virginia.
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‘Hamilton’ shows at Eccles Theater rescheduled for February

By Palak Jayswal
The show’s not quite over yet for “Hamilton” in Salt Lake City.The touring production of the Broadway musical playing at the Eccles Theater has rescheduled its last two weeks of shows after canceling them, due to a COVID-19 outbreak among the production crew.Shows previously scheduled for Jan. 12-23 have now been moved to Feb. 1-13. Original tickets will be honored at the new dates, and more details can be found on specific date rescheduling at saltlakecity.broadway.com/shows/hamilton-2021.Additionally, a new show has been added on Tuesday, Feb. 8. Tickets are available at Broadway-at-the-Eccles.com.The Tony, Grammy, Olivier and Pulitzer […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Board members of Pa.’s largest pension fund asked to sign secrecy oaths

  • On Thursday morning, the chairman of the Pennsylvania Public School Employees’ Retirement System board told members in an email that they must sign a yet-to-be-drafted non-disclosure agreement to participate in a closed-door meeting later this month.
  • In an email reviewed by Spotlight PA and The Inquirer, Board Chair Chris Santa Maria cited “advice from outside counsel” in asking board members and anyone else attending the meeting to sign non-disclosure agreements.
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2 rescued after being trapped in car near Lago Vista

By Mayra Monroy
LAGO VISTA, Texas (KXAN) — Two people have been rescued after being trapped in their car near Lago Vista, officials said. Austin-Travis County EMS said medics and North Lake Travis Fire & Rescue were responding to a vehicle rescue just before 3:30 p.m. Friday in the 4500 block of Shoreline Ranch Drive, near Lohman Ford Road. ATCEMS said two people were trapped and had to be extricated. Both patients were STAR Flighted to local hospitals with serious injuries. No other information was available. […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Beijing Olympians Might Want to Leave Their Phones at Home

By Tim Culpan, Mark Gongloff
  • Leave your smartphone at home, or buy a burner: That’s the advice countries are giving athletes as they head to Beijing for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games starting in two weeks.
  • Tim O’Brien writes omicron is threatening to end many of the small businesses that survived the first two years of the pandemic — including Montclair Bread, which I can report makes amazing donuts.
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Tens of thousands ‘march for life’ in Washington as fate of Roe v Wade looms

By Lauren Gambino in Washington
  • “We are hoping and praying that this year, 2022, will bring a historic change for life,” Jeanne Mancini, president of the March for Life Education and Defense Fund, told a crowd tens of thousands strong and waving signs that read “I am the post-Roe generation” and “The future is anti-abortion”.
  • She said the Biden administration was committed to working with Congress to pass a bill that protects the right to provide and access abortion care free from forced waiting periods, biased counseling and other restrictions.
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State rolls out virtual Cannabis Conversations

ALBANY - Cannabis Conversations, a series of virtual outreaches to explain the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act, will begin across the state next week.

A conversation for the Capital Region will be Feb. 15, with the mid-Hudson area the following day. Other dates include Feb. 9 for the Mohawk Valley and Feb. 10 for the North Country. A statewide Spanish-speaking conversation will be Feb. 21.

Cannabis Control Board Chair Tremaine Wright will host the meetings and will discuss how the act serves as a foundation for the new cannabis industry "with a focus on health, safety and delivering social and economic justice to undo the harms of over-policing during the decades-long prohibition of cannabis."

New Yorkers interested in attending an event can register and submit questions beforehand through the registration portal. Each event will run between 6 and 7 p.m. and those who register will receive a link for the event before noon on the day of their registered event.

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City of Austin wants to hear how it can improve mobility using an interactive map

By Kaitlyn Karmout
  • On Friday, a new ATX Walk Bike Roll Public Input Map launched, which helps Austin residents show the city exactly where they’d like to see improvements made to its pedestrian and bicycle network.
  • This geographic input will be used to update and improve Austin’s Urban Trails, Bikeways and Sidewalk Plans through the ATX Walk Bike Roll project.
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Florida Advances Bill That Would Ban Making White People Feel Bad About Racism, and No, That’s Not a Joke

By Bess Levin
  • At a news conference last month, DeSantis, who has designs on the White House in 2024, called critical race theory “crap” and vowed to pass legislation allowing parents to sue schools and employees to sue employers if they are made to listen to such a thing.
  • On Tuesday, a bill backed by Florida governor Ron DeSantis that would prohibit public schools and private businesses from inflicting “discomfort” on white people during lessons or training about discrimination was approved by the state’s Senate Education Committee, its first hurdle before becoming a law.
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Street Angels bus used in homeless outreach destroyed in arson

  • Vicky Cordani, vice president of the Street Angels board of directors, said Friday the bus was stocked with a range of critical items the organization hands out to the homeless population throughout Milwaukee County.
  • Cordani and Shelly Sarasin, co-founder and co-director of Street Angels, said the loss of the bus is especially devastating since it was paid for by the community after raising funds for several years.
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Some personal testimony in the matter of NPR v. the Supreme Court

By David Von Drehle
  • Marcus asked if that might have had something to do with the fact that Gorsuch, who sits next to Sotomayor, was the only member of the court not wearing a mask, despite the relentlessness of the omicron variant, which has been pushing the covid-19 death rate to more than 1,000 Americans per day .
  • On Jan. 7, my colleague at The Post, the distinguished Supreme Court observer Ruth Marcus, noted that Justice Sonia Sotomayor had been absent from the bench during oral arguments.
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True Colors: The San Francisco Billionaire (Would-Be) Art Bonanza

By Nate Freeman
  • He added that around half of the works sold to local collectors, many of whom sit on the boards of the city’s esteemed art institutions: SFMoMA, the de Young, the Wattis, etc.
  • Instead she’s made several promised gifts to the contemporary art museum in her other home, Los Angeles—that would be MOCA, which just made Johanna Burton the new director after its art star leader Klaus Biesenbach decamped for Berlin in the fall last year.
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The Most Important Number of the Week Is 359

By Robert Burgess
  • Indeed, traders are demanding 359 basis points, or 3.59 percentage points, more in yield to own junk bonds rather than risk-free U.S. Treasuries, below the recent high of 387 basis points heading into December and well below the average of 418 basis points over the past five years, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
  • The Russell 3000 Index, where most junk-rated companies lie, is forecast to earn $126.29 a share this year, up from $118.36 in 2021, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
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Hillicon Valley — Amazon, Meta spend record sums on lobbying

By lvella@thehill.com (Rebecca Klar and Chris Mills Rodrigo)
  • Meanwhile, Intel said it is investing $20 billion to build a chip facotry in Ohio — a move that President Biden Joe Biden New York woman arrested after allegedly spitting on Jewish children Former Sen. Donnelly confirmed as Vatican ambassador Giuliani associate sentenced to a year in prison in campaign finance case MORE cheered to help economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • President Biden on Friday commended Intel’s $20 billion investment to build chip factories as a tool for the U.S. economy to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Wisconsin Republicans back away from their effort to jail the mayors of Green Bay and Madison

  • Shortly before Waukesha County Circuit Judge Ralph Ramirez spelled out his schedule for the case, an attorney for Gableman submitted a letter to the court saying he was now trying to avoid jailing the mayors.
  • Gableman, a former state Supreme Court justice, in November filed a lawsuit seeking to jail Green Bay Mayor Eric Genrich and Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway because he said they were not cooperating with him.
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Advocates: Child care, after-school funding falls short in governor’s budget

By Rachel Silberstein
  • Gov. Kathy Hochul's executive budget proposal fails to adequately address a dire child care and after-school landscape in New York, advocates say.
  • But the state’s per-student reimbursement rate is nowhere near the actual cost of care, leaving after-school providers severely underfunded and caregivers underpaid, according to the New York State Network for Youth Success.
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Ukraine: Blinken says talks with Russia’s Lavrov were ‘frank and substantive’ – video

The US secretary of state described talks in Geneva with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, intended to reduce tensions that have risen since Russia massed troops near Ukraine's border, as ‘frank and substantive’. ButAntony Blinkenrepeated the US and Nato’s position that there could still be no compromise on the central issue of the right of Ukraine and other countries to join Nato in the future

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Draft Trump order told defense chief to seize swing-state voting machines

By Ed Pilkington in New York
  • It was part of a cache of documents handed over to the House committee investigating the 6 January violence, after the supreme court ruled this week that Trump could not shield himself from oversight on grounds of executive privilege.
  • Politico pointed out that at the time the draft order was dated, 16 December 2020, the idea of seizing voting machines in key states was being vigorously promoted by Sidney Powell, a controversial lawyer who had Trump’s ear at the time.
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Average of new COVID-19 cases in Clark County falls for 3rd straight day

By Sabrina Schnur
  • Clark County’s 14-day average rate of new COVID-19 cases fell for a third-straight day on Friday, adding to evidence that the local omicron-fueled surge of the disease is at or near its peak.
  • But the more-significant 14-day moving average of new cases fell once again to 3,044, representing an 8.2 percent decline from a week earlier, according to state data.
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Ravens sign FB/TE Ben Mason, a 2021 draft pick, to reserve/future deal

Almost five months after leaving Baltimore, Ben Mason is a Raven again. The fullback-tight end, a fifth-round pick of the Ravens last year who bounced around in his rookie season, joined the team’s 90-man offseason roster Friday after signing a reserve/future deal. Mason, the No. 184 overall pick, was the final selection of the Ravens’ 2021 draft class. But the Michigan product struggled to make an impact in the preseason, and he was waived at the end of training camp. Rather than sign with the Ravens’ practice squad, Mason headed to New England’s. He never appeared in a game for the Patriots, who released him in November. Mason joined the […]Read more >Similar articles >

House leaders leaned hard on two Salt Lake County Council Republicans to change their votes on the COVID mask mandate

By Robert Gehrke
  • Council Chairwoman Laurie Stringham and Councilwoman Aimee Winder Newton — the two Republican council members who voted with Democrats to keep the county health department’s mask order in place — were summoned to House Speaker Brad Wilson’s office Thursday morning, along with House Majority Leader Mike Schultz and Republican members of the county council who backed rescinding the mandate.
  • Before the Utah House voted 45-29 to repeal the Salt Lake and Summit county mask requirements, House leaders and Republican members of the Salt Lake County council took two fellow GOP members to the woodshed to try to bully them into rescinding the requirement on their own.
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GM to spend $6.5B, add 4,000 jobs at Michigan EV factories

By DAVID EGGERT and TOM KRISHER
  • GM also plans to spend $4 billion and create up to 2,300 new jobs by designating an existing plant in Orion Township as its third electric-vehicle factory, along with plants in Detroit-Hamtramck and Spring Hill, Tennessee.
  • General Motors is poised to announce next week major electric-vehicle investments in Michigan, with plans to spend $6.5 billion and create up to 4,000 new jobs at two plants.
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Study: Thousands of Californians may lack access to safe drinking water

By Olga Grigoryants
  • Scientists looked at more than 1,500 water systems statewide and nine years of data on chemicals in drinking water and groundwater and estimated that about 370,000 people in California — particularly in underserved communities — are drinking water that may contain elevated levels of arsenic, nitrate or hexavalent chromium, according to the study.
  • “We know that drinking water with levels of these contaminants in above regulatory standards can elevate the risks of harm to your health,” said Dr. Lara Cushing, the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health’s Jonathan and Karin Fielding Presidential Chair in Health Equity and an assistant professor of environmental health sciences.
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Texts show Fox News host Hannity’s pleas to Trump aide after Capitol attack

By Martin Pengelly in New York
  • In the aftermath of the deadly attack on the US Capitol last year, the rightwing Fox News host Sean Hannity pleaded with a top aide to Donald Trump that there should be “no more stolen election talk” and “no more crazy people” should be admitted to the president’s orbit.
  • “First,” the letter said, “on 7 January, Mr Hannity texted Ms McEnany, laying out a five-point approach for conversations with President Trump.
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The vaccine mandate for Philadelphia city employees keeps getting delayed due to labor disputes

  • The first labor agreement on the mandate, with District Council 33 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which represents the city’s 9,500 blue-collar city workers, included a provision in which the start of the mandate for the union’s members would be delayed if other unions secured a later implementation deadline.
  • But the city’s four major unions each sought separate agreements with the administration over how the vaccine mandate would be managed, delaying its implementation until the labor disputes come to a resolution.
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Silicon Valley Won’t Own Up to Its China Problem

By Nick Bilton
  • (China has denied all wrongdoing.) Palihapitiya’s comments seem to represent a uniquely Silicon Valley viewpoint, and there may be a reason for that: An investigation by The Information last year found that seven of Apple’s tech suppliers might have used forced labor from programs with suspected ties to China’s alleged persecution of the Uyghurs.
  • But over the weekend he seemingly took his hell-raising a step too far when he said on his All-In podcast, in the midst of a discussion about human rights, that he simply didn’t care about the genocide of the Uyghurs, China’s predominantly Muslim minority group.
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Voting technology company sues MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell for defamation

By Chao Xiong
  • filed the suit this week in federal court against Lindell and his company alleging that he falsely claimed that Smartmatic stole the 2020 election and that he did so in order to sell his products to conspiracy theorists.
  • A voting technology company is suing MyPillow founder and CEO Michael Lindell for defamation over his ongoing claims of election fraud in the last presidential election.
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Logistics center will help abortion seekers get to Illinois

By JIM SALTER
  • The new logistics center in Fairview Heights is operated by Planned Parenthood's abortion clinic in that Illinois suburb of St. Louis and the independent Hope Clinic for Women in nearby Granite City.
  • Illinois' Democratic governor, J.B. Pritzker, said every state bordering Illinois — Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, Kentucky and Indiana — is expected to ban or restrict abortions if the Supreme Court allows it, and that he wants to ensure that Illinois becomes "a refuge for reproductive rights."
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Suspension of attorney upheld

  • In a 14-page order, retired Judge Larry Smukler upheld the temporary suspension, noting that Fojo was not forthright with investigators and failed to properly award funds to a client for more than a year.
  • Robert Fojo is alleged to have failed to properly pay clients he represented in civil lawsuits, improper bookkeeping, and lying to investigators from the Attorney Discipline Office.
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How Fox News and Republican officials devised one Biden smear

By Dana Milbank
  • “The Biden administration … has said that they are considering parents who speak out regarding education issues for their children to be domestic terrorists,” proclaimed Elise Stefanik, the No. 3 House GOP leader, on Fox News.
  • “The attorney general announced the FBI would investigate moms who dared to complain at school board meetings as potential terrorists,” Fox’s leading prime-time host, Tucker Carlson, announced last week.
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JPS student awarded nearly $2 million in scholarship money

  • She has been accepted and received scholarships from nearly two dozen schools all over the country."So far, from 22 schools I have $1.7 million in scholarships right now," Readus said.She said her top five possible landing spots are all Historically Black Colleges and Universities."Jackson State, Alcorn, Tougaloo, Xavier and Fisk," she said.Readus is currently enrolled in the Jackson Public Schools-Tougaloo Early College High School.
  • She expects more acceptance letters and scholarship money to come."At first, it can seem overwhelming when you get so much mail, but you have to look at it on the bright side, all the hard work you have been putting in for the last four years is paying off," Readus said.Over the summer, Readus interned with an OBGYN, where she was able to help deliver a baby.
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Stop canceling normal people who go viral

By Rebecca Jennings
  • The same has happened with other people who have been the target of such dynamics — Sabrina Prater, for instance, the trans woman who was accused of being a serial killer for posting a video of herself dancing that supposedly had “bad vibes,” or Couch Guy, whose crime was seeming unexcited to see his girlfriend enter the room in a TikTok video.
  • What I’m talking about, in this case, is a guy known as “West Elm Caleb,” a 25-year-old who works at West Elm and does not seem like a very fun person to date.
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California right to compensate survivors of forced sterilization

By The Editorial Board
  • As the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund explained in its support statement, “Between 1909 and 1979, California law directed the administrators of state institutions to forcibly sterilize individuals who they deemed ‘unfit’ for reproduction.”
  • We therefore applaud the successful effort by Assembly member Wendy Carrillo, D-Los Angeles, to create a $7.5-million program that compensates survivors of California’s forced sterilization program.
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Connecticut rapist who tried to abduct Saratoga teen recounted on ‘Dateline’

By Wendy Liberatore
  • A botched investigation into the actions of a rapist, who later attempted to abduct a Saratoga Springs teen girl in 2005, will be the focus of tonight's "Dateline NBC."
  • When the then 36-year-old reported the case to police, investigators accused her of lying and threatened to arrest her because Regan came from a prominent Waterbury, Connecticut, family.
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Biden administration intervenes in Trump lawsuit against Facebook to defend Section 230

By Ryan Lovelace
  • The Biden administration is defending legal liability protections for tech platforms against a court challenge from former President Donald Trump in his lawsuit against Facebook.
  • The administration ’s intervention in Mr. Trump’s case defends a legal provision, Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, that President Biden campaigned against before his election.
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Why a 3-Dose Vaccine for Young Kids Might Actually Work Out

By Katherine J. Wu
  • (Doubly dosed kids in the six-month-to-2-year-old range, though, did produce enough antibodies to satisfy the company’s criteria.) But the company had a plan—researchers would test a third injection eight weeks after the second—and a new timeline, with data arriving in the “ first half of 2022,” maybe April-ish .
  • Instead, the week before Christmas, Pfizer announced in a maddeningly cryptic press release that two little-kid-size doses of vaccine had failed to elicit a hefty-enough immune response in 2-, 3-, and 4-year olds in late-stage trials.
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Protecting the creative economy during COVID: Arts and the artists drive local economy

By cjordan@thehill.com (Nataki Garrett, opinion contributor)
  • In a typical year, we welcome over 400,000 people from all over the world who visit our three theaters including the oldest Elizabethan theater in the U.S. Our patrons spend more than one hundred million dollars annually as a direct result of attending theatre events at OSF.
  • Since its founding in 1935, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF), has grown into one of the leaders of modern American theater and one of the largest economic drivers of the Southern Oregon economy.
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Speaker Grassley says new law on COVID vaccine exemptions is working

By O. Kay Henderson
  • The top Republican in the Iowa House says a new law on COVID vaccination exemptions for Iowa employees appears to be working — and House Speaker Pat Grassley says it’s not clear that legislators need to pass another bill on the topic.
  • In early January, both Grassley and Governor Kim Reynolds said lawmakers should wait for a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on a federal mandate that workers in large businesses get vaccinated or be tested weekly for COVID.
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What the Doomsday Clock is really counting down to

By Bryan Walsh
  • The one event that could change that instantly is the existential threat that the Doomsday Clock was originally designed to convey: nuclear war.
  • In 2018, thanks to what the Bulletin’s experts called a “breakdown in the international order” of nuclear actors and the growing threat of climate change, it was moved to 2 minutes to midnight and has been at 100 seconds since 2020.
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Utah reports 11,600 new COVID-19 cases, almost certainly undercounting actual infections

By Erin Alberty
  • Utah reported 11,601 new coronavirus cases on Friday — but skyrocketing hospitalizations and the staggeringly high rates of positive test results suggest cases are being drastically undercounted amid a statewide testing shortage .
  • Despite that, Friday brought the fifth-highest daily case count since the pandemic began, according to data from the Utah Department of Health.
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Texas eviction filings among the nation’s highest as millions of rent relief dollars go unspent

By Joshua Fechter, The Texas Tribune
  • As the omicron surge is again forcing many workers to choose between a paycheck and the risk of COVID-19 exposure, the U.S. Treasury Department seized $1.9 million in unspent rent relief from five Texas counties — Jefferson, Brazoria, Hays, El Paso and Nueces — as well as the city of Laredo because local officials didn’t spend the money fast enough, the agency said earlier this month .
  • Eviction filings in several Texas cities are among the highest in the nation — even as millions of federal dollars aimed at helping struggling renters have sat unspent so long in some counties that the federal government is taking the money back.
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Santa Clara County offers 60,000 free at-home COVID tests online

By John Woolfolk
  • At-home antigen tests for COVID-19 have been disappearing from store shelves as fast as they’re restocked, but Santa Clara County officials said Friday they are making 60,000 available free to order online.
  • The county also will be distributing tests door to door in through community based organizations in order to make the tests available to communities where computer access is more limited “to make sure there’s equitable distribution to those might need these tests,” Tong said.
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Anti-abortion protesters optimistic at March for Life in DC

By ASHRAF KHALIL, PAUL J. WEBER and EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS
  • The March for Life, for decades an annual protest against abortion, was held as the Supreme Court has indicated it will allow states to impose tighter restrictions on abortion with a ruling in the coming months — and possibly overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v.
  • Thousands of anti-abortion protesters were in a celebratory mood Friday as they rallied in the nation's capital and marched to the Supreme Court with a growing sense of optimism that their goal was finally in reach: a sweeping rollback of abortion rights.
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Media coalition files motion to unseal identities of jurors in Kimberly Potter trial

By Rochelle Olson
  • A media coalition filed a motion Friday seeking public release of the names of the jurors who last month convicted former Brooklyn Center police officer Kimberly Potter of two counts of manslaughter in the death of Daunte Wright.
  • The motion, filed by attorney Leita Walker, notes that the Potter jury was the third in three years to be seated anonymously by a Hennepin County District Court judge in a high-profile Minneapolis police brutality case, despite the legal presumption that juries are public.
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State senator questions quarantine guidelines, says they’re not enforceable

By Austin Bailey
  • The latest guidelines, put out by the Arkansas Department of Health Jan. 12, say young children exposed to COVID-19 should quarantine for ten days.
  • State Sen. Breanne Davis (R-Russellville) kicked off an internet firestorm this week when she challenged quarantine guidelines that aim to squelch COVID-19 spread but cause logistical nightmares for working parents.
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Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Nick Jonas Have Welcomed a Child

By Erin Vanderhoof
  • Two years after Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra Jonas held a multi-day, multi-faith wedding extravaganza, the couple has announced—on both of their personal Instagram accounts—that they recently welcomed a baby with the help of a surrogate.
  • In Vanity Fair ’s February 2022 cover story, Chopra cryptically noted that she and Jonas were interested in becoming parents.
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Utah data helps confirm: COVID vaccine booster is crucial to avoiding hospitalization with omicron

By Erin Alberty
  • Data collected from Utah and nine other states show the vaccine booster is 90% effective in preventing hospitalization for the omicron variant of the virus, said Dr. Eddie Stenehjem, an infectious diseases physician for Intermountain Healthcare, which contributed to a large study released Friday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • New research shows vaccine boosters for COVID-19 nearly double a person’s protection against hospitalization with the omicron variant — and Utah patients helped supply the proof.
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Bice: U.S. Rep. Bryan Steil gets roasted on Twitter for making fun of China-manufactured masks

  • "Speaker Pelosi sent out N-95 masks to every House office," Steil tweeted, including a picture of the mask and an inspection certificate.
  • Steil's tweet was part of the Republican pushback against House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's policy requiring members to wear masks when attending House floor sessions and distributing masks manufactured in China.
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A pair of surreptitious videos expose divisions within Wisconsin Republican ranks over the 2020 election, Robin Vos’ leadership

  • The videos of Rep. Elijah Behnke of Oconto and Rep. John Spiros of Marshfield were posted on YouTube the day after Vos imposed discipline on a member of his caucus who falsely claimed repeatedly that Wisconsin lawmakers have the power to pull back the state's 10 electoral votes cast in 2020 for President Joe Biden.
  • In one video, Behnke said Republicans should "cheat like the Democrats" in elections, joked about wanting to punch Democratic Gov. Tony Evers over his stay-at-home order, and criticized Vos' control over Assembly staffing.
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