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Former White House counsel Don McGahn has agreed to testify to the House Judiciary Committee after a two year court battle with the panel.
Thu, 05/13/2021 - 02:18

The House Judiciary Committee first subpoenaed former White House Counsel Don McGahn in 2019.

The headquarters of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. On Wednesday, the CDC recommended that people as young as 12 get the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.
Wed, 05/12/2021 - 23:01

A new Harvard poll shows that only half of Americans trust the CDC — other health agencies were rated even lower. During a pandemic, trust is critical to the success of a public health response.

A dangerous crack in a steel beam on the Interstate 40 bridge, near Memphis, Tenn., caused authorities to order an emergency closure, disrupting road and Mississippi River traffic.
Wed, 05/12/2021 - 22:05

Arkansas officials said it had the potential to become a "catastrophic event," adding, "the bridge was closed to vehicular traffic and the river was closed to barge traffic as a safety precaution."

Tesla CEO Elon Musk delivers his opening monologue on "Saturday Night Live" last week in an image released by NBC. Musk tweeted on Wednesday that Tesla would no longer accept cryptocurrency Bitcoin for car purchases.
Wed, 05/12/2021 - 19:02

Tesla's CEO explained on Twitter that the reversal on accepting Bitcoin was prompted by concerns about the "rapidly increasing use of fossil fuels" to mine the cryptocurrency.

The pandemic has underscored the importance of having a reliable internet connection, with adults dependent on it for work and young people reliant on it for their education.
Wed, 05/12/2021 - 18:04

The $3.2 billion temporary pandemic program will last for up to six months after the pandemic is over or until the funds run out.

President Biden alluded to the Colonial Pipeline cyberattack in his new executive order. Here, storage tanks at a Colonial Pipeline facility are seen Wednesday in Avenel, N.J.
Wed, 05/12/2021 - 17:51

The order follows a ransomware attack on a company that operates a pipeline that provides nearly half of the gasoline and jet fuel for the East Coast.

Drivers wait to refuel vehicles Wednesday at a Costco Wholesale Corp. gas station in Dunwoody, Ga. Officials are urging people not to panic-buy as motorists in Southeastern states put a run on gas stations.
Wed, 05/12/2021 - 17:08

Even before fuel began flowing again after a ransomware attack, experts said any shortages were because of transportation, not supply, and they urged people not to top off their tanks.

A man walks by a mobile health clinic displaying a picture of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega (right) and his wife and vice president, Rosario Murillo, in Managua on April 14, 2020. The government claims to be successfully combating the pandemic but health workers and critics say the toll is likely higher.
Wed, 05/12/2021 - 16:53

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega's government insists the country has low numbers of cases and deaths from the pandemic. A grassroots group is working to reveal the true impact is far worse.

Calling COVID-19 "a terrible wake-up call," an independent review panel says national and international leaders failed to respond adequately to the pandemic. Here, members of the Bavarian state Parliament sit among clear panels in Munich in October.
Wed, 05/12/2021 - 16:51

The coronavirus found a world vulnerable to the worst effects of a pandemic despite warnings from experts and a string of recent global health threats. The system, the report said, remains "unfit."

Senior night at Rutgers, where graduating seniors received framed jerseys and applause at the last home game of their careers. Though graduation rates have improved over time, Black basketball players in the NCAA's top division graduate at a rate about 13 percentage points lower than their white teammates.
Wed, 05/12/2021 - 16:35

Although Black athletes make up about half of D1 football and basketball players, they graduate and get coaching jobs at lower rates than their white peers. The commission says it's time that changes.

A Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine vial and syringe. A CDC advisory panel has recommended that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine be administered to children ages 12 to 15.
Wed, 05/12/2021 - 14:12

The recommendation follows the FDA's extension of its emergency use authorization to children ages 12 to 15 this week. The CDC is expected to quickly approve use.

In Gaza City on Wednesday, Palestinians inspect a vehicle destroyed by an Israeli airstrike after the bodies of its passengers and driver were retrieved.
Wed, 05/12/2021 - 12:49

A father and his teenage daughter who were Palestinian citizens of Israel were killed early Wednesday in a rocket attack launched by militants in Gaza.

Ellen Degeneres, seen in the press room during the 2017 People's Choice Awards, announced she will end her show in 2022.
Wed, 05/12/2021 - 12:35

The groundbreaking TV host announced her show would end after 19 seasons, citing a desire for new challenges. Ratings had dropped after allegations of a toxic work place surfaced in 2020.

Migrants and asylum seekers are seen after spending the night in one of the car lanes off the San Ysidro Crossing Port on the Mexican side of the U.S.-Mexico border in Tijuana on April 24, 2021. A group of migrants asked U.S. migration authorities to allow them to start their migration process and decided to stay at the crossing port to pressure for a solution to their situation.
Wed, 05/12/2021 - 11:42

More migrants are granted humanitarian exceptions to a pandemic public health order that effectively closed the Southern border. U.S. officials are working with NGOs to identify the most vulnerable.

Cars line up Tuesday at a QuikTrip in Atlanta. Continued panic-buying is leading to shortages at gas stations across the Southeast after a hack attack shut down a critical pipeline.
Wed, 05/12/2021 - 11:12

The White House is easing restrictions on fuel shipments as private data shows more gas stations running out of gasoline in three states. Meanwhile, national average gas prices topped $3 a gallon.

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