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How will school closures affect children in the long run? Wars, disease and natural disasters offer clues

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  • German children lost around 25% of classes and had earnings dropped by around 5%," Posso told CNN, citing their findings.More recent insights can be drawn from the experience of children whose education was disrupted in the early 1990s by the Bosnian War — with the obvious caveat that life during conflict is very different from life during a peacetime pandemic.Arnesa Buljusmic-Kustura, who was born in Sarajevo, was about four years old when the nearly four-year siege of the city began.
  • She had to learn English from scratch but, after a few rocky months, she caught up with her peers, became a "straight-A student" and continued into further education.She relocated to London from Chicago at the end of April 2019 and has since seen the education of her daughter disrupted by both the move and the pandemic.Like many countries in Europe, the UK closed its schools to most children in March.
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Live updates: MDH ramps up COVID-19 vaccinations

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  • In all, MDH says nearly 37% of all COVID-19 vaccine doses received by the state have been used, and on Thursday health officials gave guidance to health care providers that they can began vaccinating people outside of Phase 1a who are over age 65.
  • Numbers from the new Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) dashboard say 162,040 Minnesotans have received at least one dose of vaccine, and 24,745 have completed the two-dose series.
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Wisconsin set to launch mobile vaccination teams next week with the help of National Guard and UW System, Evers says

By Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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  • State health officials and the Wisconsin National Guard are launching a mobile COVID-19 vaccination program next week to help expand access throughout Wisconsin, Gov. Tony Evers said Friday.
  • The mobile clinics will be staffed by the National Guard as well as pharmacy and nursing student volunteers through a partnership with the University of Wisconsin System.
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Here’s How Much Money You’d Get Under Biden’s COVID Relief Plan

By Emma Ockerman
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  • If President-elect Joe Biden gets his way, Americans will soon see more stimulus checks, extended unemployment benefits, and a boosted federal minimum wage in the midst of a shattered economy that’s pushed some households to the brink of financial calamity.
  • But, since qualifying Americans were already granted a $600 check through the stimulus package that Congress passed in December, the level of new direct payments will actually be $1,400—bringing the total benefit to $2,000, according to Biden’s plan.
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Drought expected to continue into spring

By Dar Danielson
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  • Much of western Iowa was in drought last year and even with a couple of heavy snowstorms already this winter, the drought is expected to continue at least into spring.
  • “I would expect it to improve some in the spring,” Todey says.
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Joe Biden’s Looming War on White Supremacy

By Ronald Brownstein
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  • When identifying their priorities, Garland and Biden’s other top DOJ nominees pointed to the same two issues: tackling the threat of violent domestic extremism and confronting systemic racial bias in law enforcement.
  • Rashad Robinson, the president of the civil-rights advocacy group Color of Change, argues that federal law enforcement puts much more emphasis on monitoring and pressuring racial-justice advocates than white nationalists.
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By clamping down on DC rioters, Airbnb is finally acting like it owns the place

By Rani Molla
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  • When Alex Dodds started reaching out to local Washington, DC, Airbnb hosts last week asking them to take down their listings and cancel existing reservations ahead of the presidential inauguration, she had hoped the house-sharing company would wave cancellation fines.
  • Airbnb is balancing some lost customers and revenue with preserving the trust and safety of the rest of the guests and hosts on its platform — issues it’s dealt with over and over and has since taken a stronger stance on.
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PEF sues New York for inadequate paid sick leave for coronavirus

By Amanda Fries
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  • ALBANY — Public Employees Federation President Wayne Pence on Friday filed a lawsuit against New York for its failure to provide adequate paid sick leave for state employees who have had to quarantine or isolate beyond the 14 days allotted to them.
  • The lawsuit, filed in state Supreme Court in Albany on Friday, lists four petitioners, all PEF members, who had to quarantine multiple times and use accrued time off to cover time beyond the 14 days.
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Corrupted: Confirming Our Fears About the PPP

By Kristin Miller
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  • More than half of the $522 billion loaned through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which was aimed at small- and midsized companies, went to bigger businesses making up just 5% of the recipients .
  • NBC News discovered that tenants at properties owned by the Trump Organization and Kushner Companies received more than $3.65 million in PPP loans, which they may have used to pay rent.
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Tennessee authorities searching for alleged members of identity theft ring operating out of Memphis metro area

By WREG Staff
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TIPTON COUNTY, Tenn. — The Tipton County Sheriff’s Office asked for help identifying alleged members of an identity theft ring operating out of the Memphis metro area. According to Sheriff J.T. Chumley, the individuals used stolen social security numbers to access store credit accounts. One member of the team made the purchase using the stolen identity and another returned it to a different store the following day to get a gift card. They have reportedly done this at Best Buy, J.C. Penny, Kohl’s, Target and Home Goods stores in Murfreesboro, Franklin, Jackson, Collierville, Memphis, Southaven and Tupelo. If you can identify the […]Read more >
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Orpheum announces new changes to upcoming Broadway season

By WREG Staff
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. —The Orpheumhas announced additional changes to its upcoming Broadway season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With touring productions still on hold, the entertainment venue said they had to reschedule their Broadway season again, which will now begin in September with "The Band’s Visit." Disney’s "The Lion King" is scheduled for November, followed by the megahit "Hamilton" in December 2021. "Hadestown" and "Tootsie" will hit the stage in February followed by "Cats," "Mean Girls" and "Jesus Christ Superstar." “While our Broadway […]Read more >

New Road Improvement Projects Announced Across Alabama

By Alabama News Network Staff
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A new round of road improvement projects has been announced through the Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program (ATRIP-II). The project funds road projects of local interest, proposed by one or more local governments, related to the state-maintained highway system. The Rebuild Alabama Act requires ATRIP-II to set aside at least $30 million from the Alabama Department of Transporation’s share of new gas tax revenue for projects of local interest on the state highway system. Among the projects for this year include improvements to U.S. Highway 80 at Mitchell Young Road in Montgomery County, various road improvements in […]Read more >
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Congressman pushes criminal investigation of Trump for Capitol attack

By Ariana Figueroa
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  • WASHINGTON — A Democratic congressman has filed a resolution directing the Justice Department to open a criminal investigation against President Donald Trump once he leaves office, on charges that Trump incited a mob to storm the U.S. Capitol.
  • Rep. Brendan Boyle of Pennsylvania said the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol stemmed from a rally that Trump held just blocks from where lawmakers were set to certify the Electoral College votes to officially declare Joe Biden the winner of the presidential election.
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How to Make Google and Facebook Care About Privacy

By Catherine H O'Neil
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  • The company must also delete any algorithms that it developed with the photos and videos that it obtained through the app (which was shut down last year).
  • Some Ever users felt that their privacy had been violated, and the Federal Trade Commission alleged that the company, Everalbum, had acted deceptively by employing face recognition without customers’ knowledge and by failing to delete their photos when they deactivated their accounts.
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Janesville teachers to receive vaccine ahead of schedule

By Star Tribune Staff
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  • — Wisconsin's Department of Health Services says it's investigating plans by the Janesville school district to vaccinate its teachers and staff next week, even though the state hasn't yet moved to the next phase of coronavirus vaccinations.
  • The state is still in what is referred to as 'phase 1a' of the vaccine rollout, which includes inoculating frontline health care workers, residents and staff at long-term care facilities and first responders.
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Biden’s New Chapter

By Heather Cox Richardson
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  • It outlines a vision for America that reaches back to an older time, when both parties shared the idea that the government had a role to play in the economy, regulating business, providing a basic social safety net, and promoting infrastructure.
  • While this system was enormously popular, reactionary Republicans hated business regulation, the incursion of the federal government into lucrative infrastructure fields, and the taxes it took to pay for the new programs (the top marginal tax rate in the 1950s was 91%).
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The Grove’s Tempus restaurant finds success amid the pandemic

By Monica Ryan
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ST. LOUIS – Tempus restaurant in The Grove opened in the Fall of 2020 right in the middle of the pandemic, but they’ve already seen success despite the challenges of COVID. Tempus was placed at number 6 on the list of top 10 new restaurants in the United States byUSA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice awards. Chef Operator Ben Grupe said they are operating with a skeleton staff in order to be successful working as a 100 percent take out restaurant. Since he knew Tempus was going to only be serving take out, he tailored the menu to make sure all of the items traveled well. He said the cuisine is typical American and that he […]Read more >
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Oil giant Total withdraws from US energy lobbying group

By SYLVIE CORBET
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  • Total says it is working to provide cleaner energy and its CEO, Patrick Pouyanné, said the group wants to ensure that "the industry associations of which we are a member adopt positions and messages that are aligned with those of the group in the fight against climate change."
  • PARIS — French oil and gas company Total said it has decided to withdraw from energy association American Petroleum Institute because it disagrees on climate-related policies.
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Amid a Spate of Late-Term Trump Pardons, Reality Winner’s Name Remains Conspicuously Absent

By Leif Reigstad
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  • Reality Winner’s time in federal prison has been fraught, amid poor conditions and a massive coronavirus outbreak that resulted in her testing positive, according to her legal team and Winner-Davis.
  • Reality had been incarcerated since 2018, serving a 63-month prison sentence for leaking to the press a National Security Agency report analyzing foreign attacks on U.S. election infrastructure.
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Chicago to activate emergency operation center during presidential inauguration

By David Struett
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  • Chicago plans to activate its Emergency Operations Center during the presidential inauguration Wednesday as law enforcement agencies nationwide prepare for potential violence.
  • Although the city is not aware of any planned activity in Chicago, the center will be used to coordinate any potential response, according to the Office of Emergency Management and Communications.
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Body Found on Campus of Troy University

By Alabama News Network Staff
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Troy University Police Department is on the scene of a body found on the campus of Troy University. University officials say the body was found near Malone Hall. No other details have been released at this time. We have a crew heading to the scene and will have more as soon as it becomes available. Categories: Montgomery, News, Troy Tags: body found, Malone Hall, Troy University, Troy University Police Department […]Read more >
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Hendricks Commercial Properties buys 112 acres from St. John’s Northwestern Academies for $7.78 million

By Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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  • Hendricks Commercial Properties has grown its extensive portfolio of Delafield properties by purchasing the 112 acres owned by St. John's Northwestern Academies for $7.78 million, online property records show.
  • "Hendricks Commercial Properties will maintain ownership of the campus and lease it back to St. John’s," Gerbitz said in a statement.
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2 nuke plants, 1 bribery scandal, no answers: Ohio towns on edge

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  • The uncertainty surrounding the future of both Ohio plants — Davis-Besse near Toledo and Perry near Cleveland — has created a new wave of anxiety that is stretching into another year after state lawmakers, at the end of December, put off deciding whether to repeal the bailout or come up with a new financial lifeline that would keep the plants open.
  • Like many U.S. nuclear plants struggling to compete with natural gas and renewable energy, the owners of the Ohio plants turned to the government for help, persuading the state's lawmakers to give them a $1 billion bailout.
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‘I Sewed My Mouth Shut for Democracy, But the Acid Attack Was the Final Straw’

By Anna Koslerova
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  • The attacks against him in Belarus have been documented by independent news media in the country at the time the incidents took place, while our interviews with other Belarusian exiles fleshed out the extent of the government’s campaign against him.
  • Even after fleeing the country, the Belarusian government under Lukashenko – dubbed the last dictator in Europe – has continued to use intimidation tactics on Zhukouski and his family.
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Groups will host Martin Luther King Jr. holiday faith events

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  • "While this treasured event will look different this year, we will continue to honor and celebrate Dr. King's legacy of community, hope, and reconciliation that is needed now more than ever in our city, state, and nation," Clark said in a news release.
  • Norman Mayor Breea Clark and the Norman Human Rights Commission are inviting the Norman community to participate in the interfaith breakfast honoring King's legacy at 9 a.m. Monday.
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Trump Staffers Are Mysteriously Having Trouble Finding a New Job

By Paul Blest
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  • Alyssa Farah, the former White House communications director who resigned last month, is reportedly speaking with Hollywood agencies and is thinking about starting her own company, according to Business Insider.
  • After two months of the President challenging election results and last week’s attack on the Capitol, the cushy corporate and Hollywood jobs that usually await administration staffers after they leave the White House don’t seem to be there.
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Will Denver Urban Gardens lose most of El Oasis? We’ll know next week.

By John Wenzel, The Know
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  • DUG officials claimed they were approached by a realtor on behalf of Caliber to start the sale, gardeners said.
  • On Jan. 19, the city’s Board of Adjustments for Zoning will decide whether to split the parcel, with two-thirds of the land going to developer Caliber Construction for condos, and the remaining third (with only alley access, currently) going back to DUG and, after a redesign, the gardeners.
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The Capitol Looms Large in the White Christian Nationalist Imagination

By Lauren R. Kerby
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  • From 2014 to 2015, I spent two years observing and participating in Christian heritage tours in Washington, D.C. I had grown up in a white evangelical family, and even though I was no longer evangelical myself, I remained fascinated by conservative Christian politics.
  • For scholars, Christian heritage tours provide a rare window into the formation of certain kinds of nationalist ideas, including Washington, D.C.’s peculiar place in that ideology.
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Willie Nelson gets COVID-19 vaccine, wants everyone to ‘take care of yourself and others’

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Country music icon Willie Nelson wants everyone to “take care of yourself and others” and get the COVID-19 vaccine. Nelson, 87, got the shot Wednesday in a drive-thru clinic organized by Family Hospital Systems. Given his age, Nelson falls into the Phase 1B category. FHS said they’ve given over 1,000 vaccines, and in this drive-thru setting, they observe people for 15 minutes before letting them leave the clinic to make sure they don’t have an adverse reaction to it. They also want to point out that Nelson didn’t drive himself to the clinic, he just slid over to the driver’s seat to get the shot in his left arm, rather than […]Read more >
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The Emotional Miseducation of Tiger Woods

By Hannah Giorgis
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  • “I might be sorta like a Michael Jordan in basketball,” a teenage Tiger Woods says during a 1990 interview featured in a new documentary on the legendary American golfer.
  • Before the interview in which Tiger Woods compares himself to Jordan, for example, we hear Earl Woods explaining the monumental task he’s assigned to his son: “The world is ready for a nonwhite golfer to be successful,” Earl announces.
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Austin’s airport losing nonstop flight to Paris

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  • Norwegian Air announced via a Jan. 14 press release that the airline is eliminating all of its long-haul flights, which means Austin Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA) is losing its only nonstop flight to Paris and a nonstop flight to London.
  • In the press release from Norwegian Air, the airline said its board of directors decided to stop long-haul flights as part of a new, "simplified business structure." The decision was made as a result of the effect the pandemic has had on all airlines, and particularly on the demand for long-haul travel.
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Oregon governor: ‘No federal reserve’ of virus vaccine doses

By The Associated Press
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SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown says the state’s efforts to increase COVID-19 vaccinations have been thrown in disarray because of “deception on a national scale” by the Trump administration. Via Twitter on Friday morning the Democrat said she was told by General Gustave F. Perna, who leads the “Operation Warp Speed” federal […]Read more >
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The Case Against Donald Trump – Simplified

By Steven Harper
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  • Continuing his assault on the right of the people to select their president, he refused to concede, claiming falsely that the election had been “stolen” from him.
  • “If you don’t fight like hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore… Our exciting adventures and boldest endeavors have not yet begun… We’re going to the Capitol.
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Gov. Kevin Stitt activates National Guard due to nationwide Capitol threats

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  • Stitt's office announced Friday the governor he has activated more than 75 members of the guard to assist local law enforcement should any violent protests break out at the state Capitol or elsewhere.
  • Gov. Kevin Stitt has activated the Oklahoma National Guard to protect the state Capitol building as warnings swirl that all 50 state capitals could see armed protests in the coming days.
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Blizzard continues its grip on southwestern Minnesota

By Tim Harlow
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  • Many roads across southwestern Minnesota that had been closed overnight slowly began to reopen Friday morning even as blizzard conditions continued to grip that part of the state, and snow continued to fall in the Twin Cities and across southern Minnesota.
  • As a storm that began Thursday rolled into its second day, heavy snow combined with ferocious winds created whiteouts and forced the Minnesota Department of Transportation to shut down Interstate 90 from Blue Earth to the South Dakota border.
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Vaccine Site Uses Credit History to Verify Patients’ Identities

By Samantha Cole
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  • When Motherboard tested the AdvantageCare Physicians website (as a hypothetical 65+ Brooklyn resident), we confirmed that it is using Experian to verify patients’ identities.
  • But Experian is a credit reporting company and big data company, and the tool the vaccine scheduling website is using verifies identities by using information that shows up in people’s Experian credit histories.
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War on Terror Teaches How to Fight Hate Groups

By James G Stavridis
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  • A key concept is that we need to differentiate actual domestic terrorists — organized white supremacy groups who undertake violent and illegal acts, for example — from legitimate, legal protestors.
  • As importantly, we need a coherent plan to deal with the challenges of domestic terror that combines both hard and soft power approaches, some of them learned the hard way over the past 20 years in our struggles with external foes.
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Utilities commission sides with community energy program over SDG&E

By Rob Nikolewski
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  • San Diego Community Power — which will begin to purchase power for customers in San Diego, Chula Vista, La Mesa, Encinitas and Imperial Beach later this year — had complained to the commission that data SDG&E intended to use to calculate rates would make the new energy program less attractive to prospective customers.
  • But in a 4-0 vote, the commission, or CPUC, sided with San Diego Community Power and directed SDG&E to use an updated forecast for energy sales.
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The Books Briefing: Humor, Mined From the Absurd

By Kate Cray
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  • Some Trick, a story collection by the writer Helen DeWitt, spins bizarre premises to fully realized, almost anguished conclusions.
  • By fully inhabiting the minds of the protagonists of her book, Such a Fun Age, the novelist Kiley Reid shows deep empathy while also exposing ridiculousness .
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Artists Can Make Millions Selling Their Catalogs to Private Equity. Should They?

By Drew Schwartz
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  • When Gruss founded Round Hill Music in 2010, a classic catalog typically fetched about five to eight times what it earned in a year, according to Hu. But with an ever-increasing number of private equity firms competing for these rights, and their streaming revenues continuously rising, catalogs are selling for ten, 15, or even 20 times what they make annually.
  • These firms have been shelling out 10 to 20 times what a given catalog earns in a year, paying artists tens or even hundreds of millions of dollars for their work.
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9 Beauty Mistakes to Stop Making in 2021 for Better Skin

By Beth Gillette
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  • What looks better to you: a really dry, crusty zit you can see a mile away because the concealer on top is so thick it’s the size of a second pimple, or a lighter coverage that hydrates the skin without maybe covering every single speck of the zit?
  • You don’t need to exfoliate your body every single time you shower, and if you want to exfoliate, you’re better off using a scrub because you don’t have to worry about replacing it constantly like you would an exfoliating glove or loofah.
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DOT plow crews struggling against blizzard conditions

By Matt Kelley
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  • The Blizzard Warning will continue to be in place for much of the state’s western half through 6 o’clock tonight and the snowplow drivers are working to stay ahead of the blowing and drifting snow, though it’s a difficult chore.
  • Hundreds of snowplows are fanned out across the state, doing their best to clear the drifts and keep the roads passable, but some of them are losing the fight in this blizzard.
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Biden to lay out plan to ramp up COVID-19 vaccine distribution

By Alexa Mencia
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  • ( NewsNation Now ) — With the incoming Biden-Harris administration just days away from taking office, the president-elect will outline his plan to scale and speed up the distribution of coronavirus vaccines on Friday.
  • but the vaccine rollout in the United States has been a dismal failure thus far," Biden said Thursday in a speech unveiling a $1.9 trillion stimulus plan to stem the virus and revive the economy hard hit by the pandemic.
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With ‘Concrete Rose,’ Angie Thomas eviscerates stereotypes about Black families

By By Nic Stone
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  • In 2017, Thomas’s smash hit “The Hate U Give” introduced us to a Black “traditional” family — a unit formed by a heterosexual married couple and their shared biological children — with a caveat: The eldest child in the Carter family, Seven, has a different birth mother than his younger siblings, Sekani and Starr.
  • But what Thomas does not do is permit the reader to perch up on a pedestal of unexamined moral ideals (like “illegitimacy rate”) and look down on the characters in this book — and the people they represent in the real world — from some completely unfounded position of superiority.
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What else is in Biden’s $1.9T coronavirus plan? $15 federal minimum wage, expanded paid leave

By Char'Nese Turner
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  • Mount a national vaccination program, contain COVID-19, and safely reopen schools, including by setting up community vaccination sites nationwide, scaling up testing and tracing, eliminating supply shortage problems, investing in high-quality treatments, providing paid sick leave to contain the spread of the virus, addressing health disparities, and making the necessary investments to meet the president-elect’s goal of safely reopening a majority of K-8 schools in the first 100 days.
  • Deliver immediate relief to working families bearing the brunt of the crisis by sending $1,400 per-person checks to households across America, providing direct housing and nutrition assistance, expanding access to safe and reliable childcare and affordable healthcare, increasing the minimum wage, extending unemployment insurance, and giving families with kids and childless workers an emergency boost this year.
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Banks need to strike the right balance for digital transformation

By Martha Leibs
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  • “This is a huge investment and most financial institutions cannot support this for the long term,” says Michael Fei, SME banking CEO at OneConnect Financial Technology, an associate of Ping An Insurance.
  • Every financial institution is looking to digital transformation to meet rising customer expectations for speed and convenience, lower its operating cost, and fend off competition, including from tech companies moving into financial services.
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Why Your To-Do List Never Ends

By Joe Pinsker
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  • Americans have long felt that they had too much to do, but in the past few decades, this feeling seems to have become more common and intense, as new breeds of tasks have emerged and people’s finite mental energies have been depleted by changes to the modern economy.
  • By the time many Americans finish work and turn to their to-do lists, they seem to have less mental energy to tackle errands and chores, Millennials or not.
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Texas Woman Zahra Badri Indicted For Transporting Child For Female Genital Mutilation

By CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
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  • HOUSTON, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Thirty-nine year-old Zahra Badri was charged with knowingly transporting a child from the United States in foreign commerce for the purpose of female gender mutilation from about July 10, 2016 through Oct. 14, 2016.
  • In 2013, Congress amended the statute to add section 116(d), which prohibits the transportation of a person from the United States to another country for purposes of having female genital mutilation performed upon them.
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A Caveman Encased in Ice Has Appeared In a Minneapolis Park

By Samir Ferdowsi
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  • "We want to make sure that this is continuing to get people into the parks and into nature, and engaging with nature and with art, and that's really the whole point in all of this," Schumack told KARE 11.
  • Schumack points to the giant troll in Breckenridge, Colorado as a good example of wildly popular public art.
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In New Jersey, smokers can now get the COVID-19 vaccine before teachers or public transit workers

By Andrea Salcedo
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As New Jersey expands its coronavirus vaccine distribution this week, state officials announced that anyone 65 or over can now get the shots, as well as those between 16-64 with certain medical conditions. One group covered among those medical conditions, though, has raised backlash – namely, the state’s roughly 2 million smokers, who can now […]Read more >
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Biden Stimulus Adds Fuel to Copper Rally

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  • China is the world’s largest commodity consumer by far and is responsible for about half of global demand for copper and other metals.
  • They have been lifted by buoyant demand from China and wagers that an improving global economy will further increase consumption later this year.
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Indianapolis law professor picked by Biden as EPA deputy

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  • President-elect Joe Biden is tapping Janet McCabe, an Indianapolis-based environmental law and policy expert and veteran of the Obama administration, to return to the Environmental Protection Agency as deputy administrator—the No. 2 position at the agency.
  • “I got to work on so many important clean air issues and got to be part of an effort that has made a difference in people’s lives across the whole country,” McCabe said of her stint at the Office of Air and Radiation, focused on clean air and climate programs.
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Breast Milk Donors Keep Newborns Safe

By zenger.news
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  • Bector has donated nearly 16 liters of breast milk to the Surya Hospital’s human milk bank in Mumbai since September, while continuing to breastfeed her own baby.
  • Bector is among the 80-odd new mothers who have donated breast milk to the hospital during the pandemic, playing a crucial role in protecting many babies from infections, providing them with the necessary nutrition, and increasing their chance of survival.
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‘As Promised’: Elon Musk Opens Tesla India

By zenger.news
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  • KOLKATA, India — Shashwat Phumbhra, a 28-year-old stock trader from Kolkata and fan of Elon Musk, had many reasons to pre-book a Tesla in 2016 when the registration started at $1,000.
  • For Phumbhra, among the attractions of a Tesla are the software updates, including wireless delivery of new software in the car just like in a mobile phone, a superior accelerator and adjustable suspension.
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Saunders offers a prolonged exercise in kindness — and what makes a story great

By By Ann Levin Associated Press
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  • “A Swim in a Pond in the Rain,” billed as a master class in how to read and write, is effectively two books in one: seven classic Russian short stories by Chekhov, Turgenev, Tolstoy and Gogol paired with funny, lively, profound essays by Saunders explaining their art, craft and enduring appeal.
  • Author George Saunders with his book "Lincoln in the Bardo"
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‘Strong evidence’ suggests Capitol rioters intended to ‘capture and assassinate’ officials, US prosecutors say

By Brad Heath and Sarah N. Lynch/ Reuters
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  • WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Federal prosecutors offered an ominous new assessment of last week's siege of the U.S. Capitol by President Donald Trump's supporters on Thursday, saying in a court filing that rioters intended "to capture and assassinate elected officials."
  • "Strong evidence, including Chansley's own words and actions at the Capitol, supports that the intent of the Capitol rioters was to capture and assassinate elected officials in the United States government," prosecutors wrote.
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Augusta, Missouri could be the Napa Valley of the Midwest

By Randi Naughton
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AUGUSTA, Mo. – Missouri wine country in Augusta, Missouri is about to seea major transformation. An expected $100 million is being invested in the area by Washington, Missouri native and now Naples, Florida businessman David Hoffman. His goal is to transform Augusta and create an area that rivals California’s Napa Valley. Click here more information. […]Read more >
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COVID Vaccine Questions Answered: Can You Still Catch Virus After First Dose?

By CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
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  • Marshall: The studies with the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines looked at giving the second dose 3-4 weeks after the first, so we don’t really know how the effectiveness might change if you wait much longer than that.
  • Marshall: Yes. If you have had serious reactions to other vaccines, you can still get the coronavirus vaccine, but you will be monitored for a longer period of time after receiving it.
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Five new thrillers offer guilt-free distraction

By By Richard Lipez
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  • Each novel introduces readers to well-drawn (and mostly likable) characters and puts us through the kind of psychological tension and guilt-free distraction we need right now.
  • It’s the kind of weird but revealing character detail that the Ghanaian American Kwei Quartey (author of last year’s “The Missing American”) specializes in.
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What It’s Really Like to Live in Washington, DC Right Now

By The Everygirl
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  • I live four blocks from the U.S. Capitol in a charming neighborhood filled with Victorian row homes, decades-old businesses, and trendy restaurants.
  • I’ve been having a difficult time articulating my feelings after walking around the Capitol complex the other day, but I’m just overwhelmingly sad and also a little scared that this is just the beginning and not the end.”
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Sal & Mookie’s moving to the District at Eastover

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  • (WJTV) - Sal & Mookie's New York Pizza & Ice Cream Joint has been a fixture in the Fondren neighborhood since opening its doors in April 2007.
  • "We love what we do and are thrilled that so many Mississippians enjoy the creative take on classic New York Pizza that we offer," said Blumenthal.
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395 Million COVID Vaccines Said to Have 50.4% Efficacy. Now What?

By Viola Zhou
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  • The Brazilian agency that runs clinical trials for the vaccine said on Tuesday it had an efficacy rate of 50.4 percent in preventing people from developing any COVID-19 symptoms.
  • A COVID-19 vaccine trial has led to confusion and questions by suggesting that a shot developed by China’s Sinovac has an efficacy rate of 50.4 percent, a significantly lower figure than previously expected.
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What else is in Biden’s $1.9T coronavirus plan?

By Char'Nese Turner
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  • Mount a national vaccination program, contain COVID-19, and safely reopen schools, including by setting up community vaccination sites nationwide, scaling up testing and tracing, eliminating supply shortage problems, investing in high-quality treatments, providing paid sick leave to contain the spread of the virus, addressing health disparities, and making the necessary investments to meet the president-elect’s goal of safely reopening a majority of K-8 schools in the first 100 days.
  • Deliver immediate relief to working families bearing the brunt of the crisis by sending $1,400 per-person checks to households across America, providing direct housing and nutrition assistance, expanding access to safe and reliable childcare and affordable healthcare, increasing the minimum wage, extending unemployment insurance, and giving families with kids and childless workers an emergency boost this year.
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This Musician Makes Songs From Outer Space Data

By Becky Ferreira
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  • Located about 40 light years away from Earth, the orbital periods of its seven planets form a “resonant chain” that can be adapted into a musical composition.
  • For thousands of years, people have sensed a connection between musical patterns and the motions of planets, stars, and galaxies.
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MICEK: Impeachment isn’t about Trump crossing the rubicon

By John L. Micek, Contributing Columnist
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  • They include the Gracchi, a clan of populists who met a grisly end, as well as Sulla, who seized power through a military coup, setting the precedent Caesar followed when he finally toppled the Republic three decades later.
  • Every move the nation makes between now and when the Senate votes on whether to convict Trump on charges of inciting insurrection (and vote it absolutely must), will not only in echo in the near term, it will set the tone for the next 20 years of our politics and beyond.
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2 nuke plants, 1 bribery scandal, no answers: Towns on edge

By JOHN SEEWER
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  • The uncertainty surrounding the future of both Ohio plants — Davis-Besse near Toledo and Perry near Cleveland — has created a new wave of anxiety that is stretching into another year after state lawmakers, at the end of December, put off deciding whether to repeal the bailout or come up with a new financial lifeline that would keep the plants open.
  • Like many U.S. nuclear plants struggling to compete with with natural gas and renewable energy, the owners of the Ohio plants turned to the government for help, persuading the state's lawmakers to give them a $1 billion bailout.
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After defeat, Tedra Cobb launches PAC to help rural Democrats

By By Emilie Munson
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  • WASHINGTON — Following her second defeat by U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, in November, Democrat Tedra Cobb has launched a new political action committee to help Democrats in rural areas run for Congress.
  • Asked why she was the right person to lead the PAC having never been elected to Congress, Cobb said, "I ran twice, I learned a lot about what it takes to put together an organization, to build relationships and a fundraising apparatus.
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Bloomberg’s Big Challenger Can’t Afford to Slip

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  • Shares in listed providers S&P Global and FactSet Research Systems are up by roughly two-thirds over three years and trade for 26 and 28 times prospective earnings respectively, according to the latter—more than the wider market.
  • The fourth-largest exchange company globally by market capitalization, LSE focuses on trading, post-trade clearing, and information services including the FTSE Russell index group.
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Canton City teacher gifts students with desks to help with virtual learning

By fox8news
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CANTON (WJW) A Canton City School District teacher is being recognized for helping students in need during the pandemic. According to the district’s Facebook page, John Huntsman noticed many students were lying on the floor or their beds while attending classes virtually from their homes. Ohio changes guidance for schools quarantining students exposed to COVID-19 cases He wanted students to have a dedicated spot that is more conducive to learning, so he decided to build them desks. "These are crazy times, so if a simple thing like a desk can make them any less crazy for some of our kids, I’m going to try," he […]Read more >
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Mississippians begin making vaccine appointments a month in advance

By Alex Love
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  • 24 hours after Governor Tate Reeves added those 65 or older and anyone younger with pre-existing conditions to the list of those who qualify the Mississippi Department of Health announced this upsurge took over the entire supply of the vaccine.
  • The number of people trying to get vaccine appointments was so great that the system was overwhelmed and the available vaccine was quickly accounted for.
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The True Cradle of Chocolate

By zenger.news
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  • Whenever someone asked for the beans’ origin, they would say, “they come from upstream” ( de arriba .) Today, the variety of cacao grown in the region since colonial times receives the name of Arriba or Nacional cocoa.
  • “We are within the region where cacao grew first,” said José Iturríos, a worker in a Peruvian cocoa processing plant.
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Biden names former aide to Utah’s Orrin Hatch to lead Operation Warp Speed

By Lee Davidson
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  • President-elect Joe Biden on Friday named Dr. David Kessler, who was once an aide to former Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, to help lead Operation Warp Speed, the program to accelerate development and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines and treatments.
  • Biden made the announcement on Friday along with several additional members of what will be the White House COVID-19 response team as Biden takes office next week.
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‘I don’t know what to do’: With weekly unemployment claims rising, Wisconsinites are still waiting for answers

By Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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  • Knief said the department has started "testing" the payments, but those receiving unemployment won't see the additional benefit in their bank accounts for several weeks.
  • Wisconsinites are still waiting months on their unemployment claims as the Department of Workforce Development confronts a new wave of claims and state legislators debate updating a system more than 50 years old.
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Dem lawmakers speculate that Capitol rioters may have had GOP help

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  • Sherrill had mentioned to Luria that "in hindsight," there had been large tour groups going through the Capitol in the days before the riot in a time when tours were closed to the public due to COVID-19 precautions.
  • Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, who chairs a congressional panel overseeing funding for the Capitol Police, told reporters the tour groups don't mean that "anybody, a member of Congress was necessarily conspiring.
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How to keep your anxiety from spiraling out of control

By Sara Chodosh
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  • Anxiety triggers exactly the same physiological mechanisms that make up the classic fight-or-flight response: your heart rate jumps, your breathing increases, blood flow redirects to your newly tensed-up muscles, and you start sweating.
  • But there actually seem to be physiological reasons that breathing exercises help to calm us down, and breathing dysfunctions themselves may contribute to the feeling of anxiety .
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Biden taps former FDA chief Kessler to lead vaccine science

By KOB 4
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  • A person advising the Biden transition team said Kessler will take on the role now being carried out by Dr. Moncef Slaoui, a prominent vaccine scientist and innovator who has been serving as chief advisor to Operation Warp Speed.
  • Kessler will coordinate vaccine review and approval, as well as the logistics of manufacturing millions more doses.
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Walmart’s e-commerce chief is leaving to build “a city of the future”

By Jason Del Rey
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  • Marc Lore, a serial entrepreneur who sold his startup Jet.com to Walmart for $3 billion and then oversaw the transformation of the retail giant’s e-commerce business over the last four years, is leaving his full-time role with the company at the end of the month, he told Recode.
  • The move was a bold bet for Walmart CEO Doug McMillon, who did so mainly to hire Lore and his executive team, in the hopes that they could close the enormous gap in online sales between the legacy retailer and Amazon, while signaling to talent in the technology industry — and to Wall Street investors — that Walmart was finally serious about reinventing itself for the future of shopping that Jeff Bezos’s tech giant was creating.
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Did Ford make car windows of sand mined from under its St. Paul plant?

By John Reinan
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  • Small crews of workers using air-driven chisels and shovels carved the sand loose, eventually creating a network of tunnels that ran for more than 4 miles at the plant and a second mining site off Shepard Road.
  • Benjamin Schmaus of Brooklyn Park brought the topic to Curious Minnesota, our reader-driven feature that answers questions about life in the North Star state.
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Apaches object to Forest Service review of huge copper mine

By FELICIA FONSECA and ANITA SNOW
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  • — The U.S. Forest Service is scheduled to release an environmental review that will pave the way to create one of the largest copper mines in the U.S., against the wishes of a group of Apaches who have been trying for years to stop the project.
  • The expected Friday publication of the document will start a 60-day clock for a tract of land in the Tonto National Forest east of Phoenix to be turned over to international mining giant Rio Tinto and its subsidiary, Resolution Copper.
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Union Calls on D.C. Hotels to Shut Down Ahead of Inauguration

By Edward Ongweso Jr
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  • UNITE HERE Local 25—which represents thousands of hotel, restaurant, and casino workers in Washington, D.C.—is calling on hotels in the region to shut down in advance of Biden's inauguration except for use by security personnel.
  • Now, the union is worried by reports that another riot may be planned in the days leading up to January 20 and on Wednesday issued a statement on Twitter to shut down hotels to the public.
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The English Language Wikipedia Just Had Its Billionth Edit

By Matthew Gault
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  • “The article on the album Death Breathing was amended by Wikipedian Ser Amantio di Nicolao, one of over 3.9 million edits done by the Wikipedian with the highest edit count other than bots,” said a note in Wikimedia-l, a listserv that documents various Wikimedia matters.
  • The announcement on Wikimedia’s listserv noted that this is only the billionth edit if you don’t count the early years of Wikipedia when it had yet to migrate to its own servers and software.
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Traveling Through Time To Get a Yakisoba Pan

By Ricardo Contreras
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After 2021’s wild first week, the Waypoint Radio now crew comes to you with a calmer vibe. First up, Gita has been checking out the new Reigns: Beyond, where instead of a monarch you are the captain of a space expedition. Patrick’s been getting back in touch with his anime side by playing 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim, and brings a wonderful Japanese culinary treat to the crew’s attention. After the break, Cado’s back on his Star Wars bullshit by finally getting back to Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and understanding some of the finer points of lightsaber flourishes. Then they all take a dip in the question bucket and find […]Read more >
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Steve Bannon Urged Facebook Followers to ‘Take Action’ on Eve of Capitol Riot

By David Gilbert
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  • Earlier this week, ten weeks after the election and five days after the Capitol riots, Facebook finally said it was banning “content containing the phrase ‘stop the steal.’” But such a narrow focus on a single phrase means that dozens of groups went under the radar.
  • Following the publication of Avaaz’s report, some of the groups it identified have been removed and Facebook spokesperson Andy Stone told VICE News that “to date, we’ve banned over 250 white supremacist groups,” though he didn’t say it those were specifically linked to the Capitol Hill riots.
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Former House Speaker Upmeyer to become Iowa GOP co-chair

By O. Kay Henderson
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  • The former speaker of the Iowa House who did not seek re-election in 2020 will be helping the Iowa Republican Party to try to win elections statewide in 2022.
  • “I’ve been engaged in elections and recruiting candidates and doing all kinds of things over the years,” Upmeyer said during an interview with Radio Iowa.
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Colorado lawmakers race through short start to 2021 session

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
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  • The House legislation includes providing for electronic execution of wills, remote lawmaker attendance at committee hearings and restoring certain business tax deductions for pandemic-related losses.
  • House lawmakers tentatively endorsed Senate legislation calling for a three-month extension of certain protections against debt collection; allowing local governments more time to distribute COVID-19 relief aid; and removing race-based criteria for $4 million in aid to small businesses.
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How to Keep Your Cool in High-Stress Situations

By Robert E. Quinn
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  • Recent research in the field of neuroscience, specifically polyvagal theory, offers insights into this process of self-regulation and how you can move from a “fight or flight” response to a higher state of openness that invites collaboration, creativity, and thriving.
  • Based on our experiencing applying polyvagal theory to situations like the one Bob was in with the CEO, we’ve developed a five-step framework to help people make this shift.
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‘The Great Gatsby’ Is Now ‘The Great Gritty’ Thanks to the Public Domain

By Gita Jackson
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  • Because these works are now free for people to republish without restriction, that means they’re also being uploaded in full to fanfiction site Archive of Our Own—usually with a few changes.
  • In 1998, the Copyright Term Extension Acts allowed corporations like Disney to extend the copyright on their works to up to 75 years, lest their moneymaker mouse fall into public domain .
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Here are some alcohol measures on tap at this year’s Utah Legislature

By Kathy Stephenson
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  • During the 2021 session, which starts Tuesday, there are at least five alcohol-related topics that likely will be discussed, including wine clubs, pay for liquor store employees and the shortage of bar licenses.
  • Consumers who sign up pay the wholesale cost of the product — as well as the 88% state markup — and designate the liquor store where they want to pick up the goods.
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Vacation of Denver mayor prompts complaint to ethics board

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
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  • DENVER | A Denver woman has filed a complaint against Mayor Michael Hancock, who flew to visit family for Thanksgiving despite sending messages on social media and to city staff asking them to avoid travel.
  • The complaint filed by Tonia Wilson with the city’s Ethics Board said the mayor’s actions were unethical and showed him “abusing his office for his own benefit and for the benefit of his immediate family members,” KCNC-TV reported Wednesday.
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Science family of journals announces change to open-access policy

By Richard Van Noorden
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  • In a step towards open access, the publisher of Science will start allowing some authors publishing in its high-profile subscription journals to share their accepted manuscripts openly online under liberal terms that mean anyone could reproduce or redistribute the work.
  • The new AAAS policy instead allows researchers funded by some Plan S agencies to post accepted versions of their articles online freely as soon as their papers appear — and under open licences that let anyone else redistribute or reproduce the manuscripts.
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An artificial intelligence scholar urges technologists to embrace humility

By Fei-Fei Li
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  • For the first time in my career, success would depend on more than the merits of my work; it would require the humility of researchers like me to recognize the boundaries of our knowledge, and the graciousness of experts in another discipline to help us overcome them.
  • I’ve spent two decades as a researcher and educator in artificial intelligence, drawn to the field by the opportunity to explore the mysteries of perception and cognition.
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Blizzard continues its grips on southwestern Minnesota

By Tim Harlow
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  • Many roads across southwestern Minnesota remained closed Friday morning as blizzard conditions continued to grip that part of the state while snow was still falling in the Twin Cities and across southern Minnesota as a storm that began Thursday rolled into its second day.
  • Winds between 35 and 45 mph will continue to batter western and southwestern Minnesota Friday while bands of snow will move through the Twin Cities and along the I-35 and I-90 corridors, said National Weather Service senior meteorologist Joe Calderone.
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DIA has fallen behind on maintenance even as it’s poured billions of dollars into expansions

By Jon Murray
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  • “Denver International Airport is in the midst of a big project to update and expand the Great Hall and terminals, but at the same time, the assets the airport already owns need maintenance and better tracking,” O’Brien said when he released his office’s audit of the airport’s capital assets program.
  • A recent city audit and documents reviewed by The Denver Post show that the airport, nearly eight years into an effort to establish a preventive maintenance program, is not devoting nearly the attention or resources to the most basic tasks of upkeep as it has to recent projects bringing major renovations and expansions.
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The dramatic — and embellished — life of Graham Greene

By By Michael Mewshaw
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  • But Richard Greene, who is not related to the novelist, indicates in “ The Unquiet Englishman ” that “ A Sort of Life is not entirely reliable on some important points.
  • It is reasonable to believe that this story is at least embellished, that Graham Greene did play Russian roulette but with blanks, or, more likely, empty chambers.”
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An unusual mission in Afghanistan, and the troops who suffered to carry it out

By By Greg Jaffe
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  • The First Platoon soldiers told Jacobsen that their commanders seemed inexplicably obsessed with gathering biometric data from the enemy, a process called “battle damage assessment,” or BDA.
  • If necessary, take fire,” is the way an officer describes an average day in Afghanistan in Annie Jacobsen’s book “ First Platoon: A Story of Modern War in the Age of Identity Dominance .”
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Former FDA chief David Kessler will help lead Operation Warp Speed for Biden

By Nicholas Florko
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  • W ASHINGTON — President-elect Biden has tapped David Kessler, a former Food and Drug Administration chief and a key adviser to his campaign, to lead the president-elect’s version of the Operation Warp Speed vaccine program, a Biden official told STAT.
  • But until he began advising the Biden campaign on the pandemic, he had not worked in government for more than 20 years, since serving as Clinton’s FDA secretary.
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The QAnon Shaman Wants a Trump Pardon for Storming the Capitol

By David Gilbert
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  • This revelation was contained in a court filing in Arizona, where prosecutors are arguing that Chansley, who also goes by the name Jake Angeli and believes he’s an alien, should not be allowed out on bail because of threats he’s made to attend next week’s inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.
  • In between taking selfies on the floor of the Senate and using a bullhorn to call for the assassination of several congresspeople, Jacob Chansley, aka the QAnon Shaman, took time out of his busy insurrection schedule to write a message to Vice President Mike Pence.
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At Lake Tahoe, unfurling the statewide welcome mat is ‘awkward’ as pandemic rages

By Susanne Rust, Luis Sinco
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  • The owners — Wallace’s longtime South Lake Tahoe neighbors — have refused to close down their restaurant to indoor dining, despite state and local public health orders, which forbid indoor dining as coronavirus caseloads surge and regional ICU beds fill.
  • Cindy Gustafson, a Placer County supervisor, who lives in Tahoe City, said most people on the California side shop in Nevada — Reno is the closest place for any kind of substantial shopping.
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Letter: In-person classes should resume when virus cases drop significantly

By Kai Li Oakes | The Public Forum
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In a time of uncertainty and social distancing, I think the Salt Lake City Board of Education made the right decision to do remote learning this school year. They made an executive decision to keep the Salt Lake City students and staff safe especially when COVID-19 cases were rising. I thought that this was a wonderful decision to help reduce the number of possible cases that could have happened if we were sent to in-person learning. By starting off with remote classes we did not have to go through the struggle of changing all the in-person classes into online classes. Even though we are online, the school district is making sure everyone […]Read more >
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‘Utah Politics’ podcast: How lawmakers will make 2021 ‘The year of the tax cut’

By Bryan Schott
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The 64th Utah Legislature begins next week.Host Bryan Schott is joined on the podcast by Senate President Stuart Adams, R-Layton, and Senate Minority Leader Karen Mayne, D-West Valley City.We discuss the top priorities for lawmakers this year as they anticipate having nearly $1 billion in extra revenue to spend. What will they do with that cash? Education should see a significant funding boost, as will some long-neglected one-time projects. But lawmakers are also eyeing a tax cut, something they’ve been wanting to do since 2019. Subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, or wherever you get your […]Read more >
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Column: Just when they need it most, 800 Compton residents are about to get free money

By Erika D. Smith
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  • Rather, an unknown number of anonymous private donors are bankrolling the Compton Pledge, which is being managed by the Fund for Guaranteed Income, a charity led by Nika Soon-Shiong, the daughter of Los Angeles Times owner Patrick Soon-Shiong.
  • When we spoke last week, the mayor lamented how, almost a year into the pandemic, we see it as normal that millions of poor people risk their lives for a paycheck every day, stocking grocery store shelves and delivering packages to support millions of affluent people who get to work from home.
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The Social Media War After the Coup

By Ben Makuch
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This week, the President was suspended from basically every mainstream social media app imaginable, which finally prevented him from engaging in his favorite pastime: Tweeting. It all came on the heels of the horned Qanon Shaman and the violent coup on Capitol Hill last week that killed five people, including a police officer beaten to death with a fire extinguisher and an Air Force veteran who was shot to death while breaking into the Capitol, which inevitably led to a dramatic week for social media. Parler, the far-right’s social media app, was poised to be the landing spot for Trump after the president was booted from Twitter. But then […]Read more >
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Stimulus Check (Or Debit Card) Is In The Mail: Here’s What It Looks Like

By CBS Denver
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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – If you haven’t received your stimulus payment yet and you’re expecting to receive it in the mail, the IRS is urging people to be careful not to toss it in the trash thinking it’s junk mail. The agency shared an image of what they payments will look like when they arrive. Some people will get checks. Some will get debit cards. AARP said some of its members did toss their payments after mistaking the envelopes for scams. The debit cards come in white envelopes with a Treasury Department seal. The cards have a Visa logo on the front and they’ve been issued by MetaBank, which is displayed on the back. The IRS said just […]Read more >

A guide to being an ethical online investigator

By The Download from MIT Technology Review
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AIs that read sentences can also spot virus mutations Sponsored by Siemens Digital Industries Software The Download Your daily dose of what’s up in emerging technology How to be an ethical online investigator 01.15.21 Good morning! And well done us for making it through another week of 2021. Today: if you want to investigate the Capitol riots, we explain how to do it ethically, and AI could help us to spot virus mutations. Get your friends to sign up here to get The Download every day. We wish you an enjoyable, relaxing weekend. A guide to being an ethical online investigator As rioters stormed Capitol Hill on January 6, Theo—like […]Read more >

Letter: Utah leaders should denounce threats of violence

By J. Kevin Murphy | The Public Forum
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  • Several weeks ago, I wrote to my congressman, Chris Stewart, via his website, asking him to clearly and publicly disapprove threats of violence that had been made by Trump supporters.
  • I could not have been alone in asking the congressman to speak out against the violent threats that preceded last Wednesday’s treasonous behavior at the Capitol.
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Kamala Harris’s journey: Principles, loyalties and compromises

By By Martha S. Jones
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  • But principles alone did not take Harris beyond the seedy courthouses of the East Bay. Her rise from local prosecutor to district attorney of San Francisco, attorney general of California, U.S. senator and finally vice president took three decades.
  • Morain gives readers the public Harris on her own terms: a leader who rose to power in the crowded terrain of California politics.
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Mossimo Giannulli wants out of prison, calls conditions ‘extreme’

By Lia Eustachewich
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  • “Mr. Giannulli was immediately placed in solitary confinement in a small cell at the adjacent medium security penitentiary, 24 hours per day with only three short 20 minute breaks per week, where he remained for 56 days before finally being transferred to the camp yesterday (January 13),” his lawyers wrote in the federal court filing.
  • Mossimo Giannulli is begging a judge to spring him from prison — saying his eight weeks in solitary confinement was “extreme” punishment for his role in the college admissions scam, according to newly filed court documents.
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In a fragmented reality, Wikipedia isn’t just a refuge. It’s a roadmap

By Katherine Maher
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  • We can renegotiate our social contracts, rebuild our most essential institutions, design for trust and truth, and learn the lessons of the year to create a more informed, just, and resilient society.
  • It is here, in the seeds of Wikipedia’s radically open, collaborative approach, that we see a model for how we can build not just bulwarks against misinformation, but perhaps also more resilient and adaptive institutions for our future.
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