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NBC Orders Pilot of 'Quantum Leap' Reboot

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NBC Orders Pilot of , 'Quantum Leap' Reboot. Deadline reports that NBC has ordered a pilot for a reboot of the much-loved 90s sci-fi series, 'Quantum Leap.' . Deadline reports that NBC has ordered a pilot for a reboot of the much-loved 90s sci-fi series, 'Quantum Leap.' . The original series starred Scott Bakula and Dean Stockwell. . The reboot will be written and executive produced by 'La Brea' co-showrunners Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt. . The reboot will be written and executive produced by 'La Brea' co-showrunners Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt. . 'Blindspot' creator Martin Gero will also executive produce along with two returning EPs from the original series. EP and series creator Don Bellisario, as well as EP and co-narrator Deborah Pratt, will return to serve as EPs for the reboot. . EP and series creator Don Bellisario, as well as EP and co-narrator Deborah Pratt, will return to serve as EPs for the reboot. . Deadline reports that the series' return will take place in the present time, 30 years after Dr. Sam Beckett (Bakula) first stepped into the Quantum Leap accelerator. . Deadline reports that the series' return will take place in the present time, 30 years after Dr. Sam Beckett (Bakula) first stepped into the Quantum Leap accelerator. . The reboot centers around a team assembled to restart the project and unravel the mystery of the machine and its inventor. . The reboot centers around a team assembled to restart the project and unravel the mystery of the machine and its inventor. . The original series aired 97 episodes from 1989 to 1993. . The show centered around Bakula as Sam Beckett while he time traveled through different eras by "leaping" into other people's bodies. . The show centered around Bakula as Sam Beckett while he time traveled through different eras by "leaping" into other people's bodies. . Becket's partner, Admiral Al Calavicci, played by Stockwell, appeared as a hologram to guide Becket through time. . Becket's partner, Admiral Al Calavicci, played by Stockwell, appeared as a hologram to guide Becket through time. . In November, co-lead of the original series, Dean Stockwell, died at the age of 85. . In November, co-lead of the original series, Dean Stockwell, died at the age of 85.

COVID Vaccination Among Young Children Stalls in the United States

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COVID Vaccination Among Young Children , Stalls in the United States. NBC News reports pediatricians in the United States are alarmed at the slow pace in which young children are receiving a coronavirus vaccine. As the Omicron variant spreads like wildfire, the country has hit new highs of COVID-related pediatric hospitalizations. In the two months after Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine received authorization to be administered to children aged 5 to 11, merely 27% have received at least one dose. Per the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, just 18% of them have received two. Health officials say the vaccination rates among children have differed by region in the United States. Recent analysis shows almost 50% of 5- to 11-year-olds in Vermont are fully vaccinated. According to NBC News, less than 10% of 5- to 11-year-olds have received two doses in nine Southern states. You have these large swaths of vulnerable children who are going to school. , Dr. Samir Shah, director of the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, via NBC News. Experts say they fear states with lower vaccination rates "are less likely to require masking or distancing...”. One of the problems we’ve had is this perception that kids aren’t at risk for serious illness from this virus. , Dr. Yvonne Maldonado, chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Infectious Diseases, via NBC News. That’s obviously not true. , Dr. Yvonne Maldonado, chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Infectious Diseases, via NBC News

Are Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Getting Divorced?

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Are Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas , Getting Divorced?. CNN reports Priyanka Chopra, actor and wife of pop star Nick Jonas, recently addressed speculation that their marriage was coming to an end. The young power couple was married in December of 2018. Late last year, Chopra changed her handles on social media from @PriyankaChopraJonas to @PriyankaChopra, causing divorce rumors to circulate. In a 'Vanity Fair' interview for February's cover story, Chopra spoke about how the controversy altered how she approaches her career and personal life. It's a very vulnerable feeling, actually, that if I post a picture, Priyanka Chopra, actor, via 'Vanity Fair'. ... everything ... in that picture is going to be zoomed in on, and people are going to speculate. , Priyanka Chopra, actor, via 'Vanity Fair'. The former Miss World, Chopra says she has been more "introverted," and life in the spotlight often "takes a part of your soul.". Constantly trying to make sure that you say the right thing, do the right thing, dress the right way, Priyanka Chopra, actor, via 'Vanity Fair'. ... not make a mistake, not trip because the whole world is going to watch. , Priyanka Chopra, actor, via 'Vanity Fair'. Nick Jonas, one-third of the beloved pop group The Jonas Brothers, says he and his wife have now created "boundaries.". Nick Jonas, one-third of the beloved pop group The Jonas Brothers, says he and his wife have now created "boundaries.". They hope the changes can "create that little safe haven for ourselves with our friends and family."

270 Doctors Call Joe Rogan's Podcast a 'Menace to Public Health'

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270 Doctors Call Joe Rogan's Podcast a , 'Menace to Public Health'. 'The Guardian' reports an open letter, signed by 270 doctors and healthcare professionals, . has expressed concerns that misinformation is becoming a theme on 'The Joe Rogan Podcast.'. The letter reportedly says that Spotify, the streaming company that has listed Rogan's podcast as its most popular, . The letter reportedly says that Spotify, the streaming company that has listed Rogan's podcast as its most popular, . must "establish a clear and public policy to moderate misinformation on its platform.". The letter claims Rogan is guilty of a “concerning history of broadcasting misinformation, particularly regarding the Covid-19 pandemic.". The letter claims Rogan is guilty of a “concerning history of broadcasting misinformation, particularly regarding the Covid-19 pandemic.". Specifically, the letter outlines a particularly controversial episode featuring virologist and conspiracy theorist Robert Malone. Dr. Malone used the JRE platform to promote numerous baseless claims, Open letter to Spotify, via 'The Guardian'. ... including several falsehoods about Covid-19 vaccines and an unfounded theory that societal leaders have ‘hypnotized’ the public. , Open letter to Spotify, via 'The Guardian'. Mass-misinformation events of this scale have extraordinarily dangerous ramifications. , Open letter to Spotify, via 'The Guardian'. The concerned healthcare professionals say the streaming giant must be held responsible for spreading misinformation. This is not only a scientific or medical concern; it is a sociological issue of devastating proportions, Open letter to Spotify, via 'The Guardian'

Happy Birthday, Lin-Manuel Miranda! (Sunday, January 16th)

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Happy Birthday, Lin-Manuel Miranda!. Lin-Manuel Miranda turns 42 years old today. Here are five fun facts about the playwright. 1. Miranda began writing his debut musical, 'In the Heights,' while he was still in college. 2. 'Les Misérables' was the first musical he saw. 3. He wrote music for local politicians' ads. 4. Miranda was inspired to write his first musical after seeing Jonathan Larson's 'Rent.'. 5. He keeps a math trophy from high school next to one of his Grammys because he's "just as proud.". Happy Birthday, Lin-Manuel Miranda!

‘The IRS Is in Crisis:’ Tax Experts Say To Expect Delays in 2022

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'The IRS Is in Crisis:' , Tax Experts Say To , Expect Delays in 2022. CNBC reports the 2022 tax season could get interesting. A recent report released by the National Taxpayer Advocate warns that issues with processing likely spell disaster for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) this year. I am deeply concerned about the upcoming filing season. , Erin M. Collins, the National Taxpayer Advocate, via CNBC. Paper is the IRS’ Kryptonite, and the agency is still buried in it. , Erin M. Collins, the National Taxpayer Advocate, via CNBC. Hoping to mitigate issues with processing, the agency has urged taxpayers to file their returns online. IRS officials have reportedly been working around the clock for several months to ensure tax season has as few issues as possible. They say the ill effects of the COVID-19 pandemic compound the problems associated with the already massive undertaking of processing millions of tax returns. The pandemic continues to create challenges, Chuck Rettig, IRS Commissioner, via CNBC. ... but the IRS reminds people there are important steps they can take to help ensure their tax return and refund don’t face processing delays. , Chuck Rettig, IRS Commissioner, via CNBC. ... but the IRS reminds people there are important steps they can take to help ensure their tax return and refund don’t face processing delays. , Chuck Rettig, IRS Commissioner, via CNBC. IRS officials anticipate those who file electronically and choose direct deposit as a payment option will have no issues with their returns. According to CNBC, properly prepared returns should result in refunds reaching bank accounts within 21 days

The 10 Highest-Paid Musicians of 2021

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The 10 Highest-Paid Musicians , of 2021. 'Rolling Stone' released the list , on Jan. 14. Comprised of mostly white men and only one woman, here were the top-selling musicians of the year, Catalog sales and non-music endeavors also contributed. 10, Taylor Swift: $80 million. 9, Blake Shelton: $83 million. 8, Motley Crue: $95 million. 7, Lindsey Buckingham: $100 million. 7, Lindsey Buckingham: $100 million. 6, Red Hot Chili Peppers: $145 million. 6, Red Hot Chili Peppers: $145 million. 5, Ryan Tedder: $200 million. 4, Kanye West: $250 million. 3, Paul Simon: $260 million. 2, Jay-Z: $470 million. 1, Bruce Springsteen: $550 million

This Day in History: The Persian Gulf War Begins (Sunday, January 16th)

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This Day in History:, The Persian Gulf War Begins. January 16, 1991. The UN midnight deadline for the Iraqi withdrawal from Kuwait expired, leading to the commencement of Operation Desert Storm. Beginning at 4:30 p.m. EST, aircraft from the U.S.-led military coalition pounded targets in and around Baghdad. During the next six weeks, the allied force engaged in an air war against Iraq’s military and civil infrastructure. On February 24, a massive coalition ground offensive began, quickly overwhelming Iraq’s outdated and poorly supplied armed forces. On February 28, President George H.W. Bush declared a cease-fire. 125 American and an estimated 20,000 Iraqi soldiers were killed in the Persian Gulf War

Happy Birthday, Pitbull! (Saturday, January 15th)

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Happy Birthday, Pitbull!. Armando Christian Pérez turns 41 years old today. Here are five fun facts about Mr. 305. 1. He was awarded his hometown’s Key to the City in Miami. 2. Pitbull won the first-ever Latin digital download artist of the year during the 'Billboard' Latin Music Awards. 3. He said he chose his stage name because pitbulls are “everything that I am.”. 4. Pitbull’s parents made him memorize and recite poems by Cuban poet José Martí as a child. 5. His love for dressing sharp was inspired by his father. . Happy Birthday, Pitbull!

This Day in History: Packers Face Chiefs in the First Super Bowl (Saturday, January 15th)

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This Day in History: , Packers Face Chiefs in the First Super Bowl. January 15, 1967. At the Los Angeles Coliseum, the Green Bay Packers beat the Kansas City Chiefs by a score of 35-10. That historic first-game was played before a non-sell-out crowd of 61,946 people. Green Bay scored three touchdowns in the second half to defeat Kansas City. For their win, each member of the Packers collected $15,000. At the time, the amount was the largest single-game payout in the history of team sports. Today, a 30-second Super Bowl commercial can cost as much as $2.5 million. Between 130 million and 140 million people watch at least part of the game

Navient Required To Cancel $1.7 Billion in Student Loans

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Navient Required To Cancel , $1.7 Billion in Student Loans. NBC reports that one of the largest student loan services, Navient, has reached a deal with 39 states to cancel $1.7 billion in private student loans. . On January 13, a settlement was announced that resolves six outstanding state lawsuits against Navient. . The lawsuits came following accusations that the lender gave loans to millions of borrowers who would likely be unable to repay them. . As part of the settlement, Navient will reportedly make a one-time $145 million payment to the states. . NBC reports that the $1.85 billion deal will clear nearly 66,000 borrowers' student debt. . At long last, the student loan borrowers who had been forced to shoulder the burden of dangerous and predatory private student loans made by Sallie Mae and owned by Navient will finally be debt-free, Mike Pierce, executive director of the Student Borrower Protection Center, via NBC. At long last, the student loan borrowers who had been forced to shoulder the burden of dangerous and predatory private student loans made by Sallie Mae and owned by Navient will finally be debt-free, Mike Pierce, executive director of the Student Borrower Protection Center, via NBC. In 2014, Sallie Mae split into two companies: , Sallie Mae Bank and Navient. . NBC points out that as per the conditions of the settlement, Navient denies having violated the law. . The company’s decision to resolve these matters, which were based on unfounded claims, allows us to avoid the additional burden, expense, time and distraction to prevail in court, Mark Heleen, Navient’s chief legal officer, via NBC. The same day that the settlement was announced, Navient shares climbed by 0.8% to trade at $21.98. . According to a recent report by the Student Borrower Protection Center, in the last decade, the private student loan market has grown by over 70%. . The market now stands at about $130 billion.

5 Facts About Martin Luther King Jr.

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5 Facts About , Martin Luther King Jr. Every January, Martin Luther King Jr. Day , is observed on the third Monday. King Jr., who would have turned 92 in 2021, was born on January 15. Here are 5 facts, about the legendary activist. 1. , His given name at birth was Michael King Jr. 2, He earned a doctorate in systematic theology from Boston University in 1955. 3, Throughout the civil rights movement, Dr. King went to jail thirty times. 4. , He posthumously won a Grammy in 1971 for best spoken word recording. 5. , Dr. King was a big fan of the sci-fi TV show 'Star Trek.'

Study Suggests Mental Stress May Pose an Increased Risk to Cardiovascular Health

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Study Suggests Mental Stress , May Pose an Increased Risk , to Cardiovascular Health . 'The New York Times' reports that chronic psychological stress may play a larger role in heart health than traditional cardiac risk factors. . 'The New York Times' reports that chronic psychological stress may play a larger role in heart health than traditional cardiac risk factors. . According to a study published in November in 'JAMA,' mental stress took a significantly greater toll on the heart than physical stress. . Those who experienced greater mental stress were more likely to suffer a nonfatal heart attack or die of cardiovascular disease in the years following the test. . Those who experienced greater mental stress were more likely to suffer a nonfatal heart attack or die of cardiovascular disease in the years following the test. . Dr. Michael T. Osborne, a cardiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, , explained that the Interheart study showed that mental stress is an independent risk factor for heart attacks, causing damages similar to more commonly-measured risks. . Dr. Osborne said evidence suggests that modern medicine has largely neglected a vitally important danger to heart health. He says that regular physical exercise can help control stress and prevent the body-wide inflammation it can cause. . He says that regular physical exercise can help control stress and prevent the body-wide inflammation it can cause. . Developing healthy sleep habits can also help reduce the risk of damage to your cardiovascular system. . The 'NYT' points out that relaxation practices like mindfulness meditation, controlled breathing, yoga and tai chi can also help people cope with stress. . Additionally, Dr. Osborne says that several common medications can help. . Statins reduce cholesterol and counter arterial inflammation. . Antidepressants, like ketamine, can also help ease stress in people with depression

‘Baby Shark’ Becomes 1st YouTube Video To Surpass 10 Billion Views

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‘Baby Shark’ Becomes 1st YouTube Video , To Surpass 10 Billion Views. ‘Baby Shark’ Becomes 1st YouTube Video , To Surpass 10 Billion Views. A year after securing the title of YouTube's most-viewed video of all time, 'Baby Shark" has achieved another milestone. A year after securing the title of YouTube's most-viewed video of all time, 'Baby Shark" has achieved another milestone. It's the first video to ever have over 10 billion views on the platform. Originating as a campfire song over 20 years ago, . "Baby Shark" became a global phenomenon when Pinkgong, a Korean children's entertaiment brand, released its own version. "Baby Shark" became a global phenomenon when Pinkgong, a Korean children's entertaiment brand, released its own version. The song's reach has also sparked a "Baby Shark" Nickelodeon show, a movie, a live show and even NFTs. According to The Verge, the second-most viewed YouTube video is for the song "Despacito" by Luis Fonsi. It has currently garnered 7.7 billion views. It has currently garnered 7.7 billion views. It has currently garnered 7.7 billion views

Australian Immigration Minister Cancels Novak Djokovic's Visa for a 2nd Time

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Australian Immigration Minister , Cancels Novak Djokovic's Visa , for a 2nd Time. On January 14, Novak Djokovic's Australian visa was canceled for a second time, just days before the start of the Australian Open. . On January 14, Novak Djokovic's Australian visa was canceled for a second time, just days before the start of the Australian Open. . Australian immigration minister Alex Hawke exercised his personal power to cancel Djokovic's visa on the grounds that his presence could, "excite anti-vaccination sentiment.". Australian immigration minister Alex Hawke exercised his personal power to cancel Djokovic's visa on the grounds that his presence could, "excite anti-vaccination sentiment.". 'The Guardian' reports that the decision by Hawke is likely to put Djokovic out of competition for the grand slam tournament. . 'The Guardian' reports that the decision by Hawke is likely to put Djokovic out of competition for the grand slam tournament. . On January 16, Djokovic has an appeal hearing in the Federal Court that could overturn the decision. . However, 'The Guardian' reports that currently seems like an unlikely outcome. . The consequences of Hawke's decision are severe for Djokovic, who could be barred from entering Australia for three years. . The consequences of Hawke's decision are severe for Djokovic, who could be barred from entering Australia for three years. . The Morrison government is firmly committed to protecting Australia’s borders, particularly in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic, Alex Hawke, Australian immigration minister, via 'The Guardian'. According to 'The Guardian,' the decision also leaves the Australian Open without one of its biggest stars, who would be playing for a record 21st grand slam win. . According to 'The Guardian,' the decision also leaves the Australian Open without one of its biggest stars, who would be playing for a record 21st grand slam win. . It would also leave Djokovic unable to defend his Australian Open title, which he has now won nine times. . It would also leave Djokovic unable to defend his Australian Open title, which he has now won nine times. . Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison argued that Australians , “made many sacrifices during this pandemic, and they rightly expect the result of those sacrifices to be protected.”

Xbox One Was Quietly Discontinued by Microsoft at the End of 2020

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Xbox One , Was Quietly Discontinued by Microsoft , at the End of 2020. IGN reports that Microsoft released a statement letting the gaming world know that the company had discreetly stopped manufacturing the console at the end of 2020. . IGN reports that Microsoft released a statement letting the gaming world know that the company had discreetly stopped manufacturing the console at the end of 2020. . The Verge originally reported that Microsoft said the decision was made to focus production efforts on the new generation of consoles. . The Verge originally reported that Microsoft said the decision was made to focus production efforts on the new generation of consoles. . To focus on production of Xbox Series X / S, we stopped production for all Xbox One consoles by the end of 2020, Microsoft statement, via IGN. To focus on production of Xbox Series X / S, we stopped production for all Xbox One consoles by the end of 2020, Microsoft statement, via IGN. A few months before Microsoft launched the Xbox Series X in 2020, the company announced that the Xbox One X and digital Xbox One S had been discontinued. . A few months before Microsoft launched the Xbox Series X in 2020, the company announced that the Xbox One X and digital Xbox One S had been discontinued. . However, IGN points out that the latest statement indicates that Microsoft also stopped producing the disc version of the One S just months later. . Meanwhile, Sony announced that it was getting ready to manufacture more PlayStation 4 consoles than the company previously planned. . Meanwhile, Sony announced that it was getting ready to manufacture more PlayStation 4 consoles than the company previously planned. . According to IGN, Sony originally planned on discontinuing the PS4 at the end of 2021. . Due to ongoing PS5 shortages, Sony reportedly decided to rethink that decision. . An additional one million PS4 consoles are expected to be manufactured. IGN reports that an unnamed Sony official said that the company's strategy is to , "fill the supply vacuum and keep gamers within the PlayStation ecosystem."

Hospitals in the United States are Running Out of ICU Beds

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Hospitals in the United States , are Running Out of ICU Beds . CNN reports as the Omicron variant continues its rapid spread across the United States, many health care systems now operate with intensive care units at near capacity. Per the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 19 states now report less than 15% ICU capacity. As of Jan. 12, COVID-19 complications had caused a record 151,261 hospitalizations. Many health care systems report a shortage of available workers. The federal government has deployed emergency medical teams around the country, hoping to alleviate the burden. This is part of the winter surge, part of the long haul, Chris Sununu, Governor of New Hampshire, via CNN. ... which is why we put so many of the mitigation strategies and measures in place early on.., Chris Sununu, Governor of New Hampshire, via CNN. ... which is why we put so many of the mitigation strategies and measures in place early on.., Chris Sununu, Governor of New Hampshire, via CNN. Experts say the heightened transmissibility of the Omicron variant means more high-risk individuals will become infected. With the aid of coronavirus vaccines, the current situation is not as dire as the onset of the pandemic. With the aid of coronavirus vaccines, the current situation is not as dire as the onset of the pandemic. As many workers experience burnout and high risks of contracting the virus themselves, officials say their most pressing issue is staffing. The problem is that right now we have hospitals where there's not enough nurses to take care of the patients. , Dr. Craig Spencer, director of global health in emergency medicine at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Med, via CNN

Ditch These Supplements To Be Healthier in 2022

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Ditch These Supplements , To Be Healthier in 2022. Supplements can be incredibly beneficial to our overall wellness — just not all of them. Some of them may even have negative effects. Here are a few supplements that dietitians don't swear by:. Apple Cider Vinegar. Apple cider vinegar can be incredibly useful in the correct context. As a supplement? Not so much. Though there aren't many downsides to taking a small dose of apple cider vinegar as a supplement, experts say it won't do much either. Green Tea Supplements. Ingesting green tea in its liquid form has many positive attributes, . but the health claims made by green tea supplement manufacturers are baseless. Touted as a helpful weight loss aid that can reduce the risk of developing cancer, scientific studies do not support such claims. Vitamin A Supplements. There is nothing wrong with vitamin A, depending on where you're finding it. Experts say in supplement form, vitamin A may be harmful. Especially if you're already not getting enough from your diet. Too much of it might result in headaches or nausea. The over-consumption of vitamin A can even cause birth defects in pregnant women. . Experts say to be safe, ditch the supplement and get your vitamin A from fruits and veggies

Quebec's 'Unvaxxed Tax' Results in Explosion of First-Dose Appointments

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Quebec's 'Unvaxxed Tax' , Results in Explosion of, First-Dose Appointments. CNN reports that just one day after Quebec's announcement that it would penalize its residents for being unvaccinated, first-dose appointments saw a sizeable increase. Canadian health officials were pleased to see that first-dose appointments were the highest they had been in several days. It's encouraging!, Christian Dubé, Quebec Minister of Health, via Twitter. According to CNN, nearly 90% of eligible citizens of Quebec have received at least a partial dose of a coronavirus vaccine. Although Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hesitated to comment on Quebec's extreme measures, he said the unvaccinated should expect to lose privileges. For people who continue to hesitate or choose not to get vaccinated, they are losing privileges to do certain things, Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, via CNN. ... whether it's get on a train or a plane, whether it's travel internationally, whether it's move forward with a job in the public service. , Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, via CNN. Canadian health officials say vaccine mandates have succeeded thus far. We have ... demonstrated at the federal level that vaccine mandates work, , Jean-Yves Duclos, Health Minister of Canada, via CNN. ... almost 99% of public servants at the federal level are either fully vaccinated or soon to be fully vaccinated. , Jean-Yves Duclos, Health Minister of Canada, via CNN

Astronomers Discover Supermassive 'Monster' Black Hole in Dim Dwarf Galaxy

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Astronomers Discover Supermassive , 'Monster' Black Hole , in Dim Dwarf Galaxy. 'The Independent' reports that scientists have discovered a "mini" black hole hiding in a relatively small galaxy about 110 million light years away. . The "mini" black hole has a reported mass estimated to be about 200,000 times that of the sun. . It is located in a small galaxy called Mrk 462, which contains just several hundred million stars. . In comparison, our own Milky Way galaxy contains approximately one hundred billion stars. . This black hole in Mrk 462 is among the smallest of the supermassive, or monster, black holes. Black holes like this are notoriously hard to find, Jack Parker, co-author of the study, Dartmouth College, via 'The Independent'. Dwarf galaxies are too small and dim for astronomers to track the motion of the stars they contain and locate black holes. . Instead, astronomers search for other signs of black holes, like superheated gas and brightly-glowing x-rays. . Because buried black holes are even harder to detect than exposed ones, finding this example might mean there are a lot more dwarf galaxies out there with similar black holes, Ryan Hickox, astronomer and co-author of the study, via 'The Independent'. This is important because it could help address a major question in astrophysics: How did black holes get so big so early in the universe?, Ryan Hickox, astronomer and co-author of the study, via 'The Independent'. We can’t make strong conclusions from one example, but this result should encourage much more extensive searches for buried black holes in dwarf galaxies. We’re excited about what we might learn, Jack Parker, co-author of the study, Dartmouth College, via 'The Independent'

Happy Birthday, Dave Grohl!

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Happy Birthday, Dave Grohl!. David Eric Grohl turns 53 years old today. Here are five fun facts about the singer. 1. He is known as “the nicest guy in rock.”. 2. Grohl gets stage fright. 3. He used his Grammy as a door stop. 4. Grohl went to his first concert when he was two years old and saw The Jackson 5. 5. He was inspired to become a musician after listening to Edgar Winter’s instrumental, “Frankenstein.”. Happy Birthday, Dave Grohl!

Kanye West Named as Suspect in Criminal Battery Investigation

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Kanye West , Named as Suspect, in Criminal Battery Investigation. 'People' reports that Kanye West has been named as a suspect in a battery report from an alleged physical altercation in Los Angeles. . According to 'People,' an LAPD source said that the alleged incident took place early on the morning of January 13. . The LAPD source reportedly said that the incident occurred at Santa Fe and Bay street at around 3 a.m. He also said that no arrests had been made and that the incident was still under investigation. . Fox 11 reports that the alleged incident, between West and a fan, occurred outside the Soho Warehouse. . The outlet said that a fan allegedly approached West's car asking for an autograph. . After exchanging words, the rapper allegedly punched the fan, knocking him to the ground. . 'People' points out that West was arrested in 2014 for "assaulting" a photographer at Los Angeles International Airport. . 'People' points out that West was arrested in 2014 for "assaulting" a photographer at Los Angeles International Airport. . West was reportedly accused of punching a photographer and grabbing his camera. . At the time, the BBC reported that West was sentenced to 250 hours of community service, probation and 24 anger management sessions. . In 2008, West was arrested in another altercation with photographers, also at LA International Airport. . In 2008, West was arrested in another altercation with photographers, also at LA International Airport. . In that incident, West was reportedly released on $20,000 bail

Biden Administration To Purchase 500 Million Extra COVID-19 Tests, Offer Free Masks

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Biden Administration To Purchase , 500 Million Extra COVID-19 Tests, , Offer Free Masks. Biden Administration To Purchase , 500 Million Extra COVID-19 Tests, , Offer Free Masks. NPR reports President Joe Biden announced Jan. 13 his administration's plans to purchase an additional 500 million at-home COVID-19 tests. The president had already committed to buying 500 million tests last month in response to the onset of the Omicron variant. According to NPR, the White House will launch a website soon, where Americans can order the free testing kits. Biden also announced his administration's intent to soon distribute high-quality masks at no cost to the general public. Biden also announced his administration's intent to soon distribute high-quality masks at no cost to the general public. The United States Postal Service is gearing up to deliver the tests to the citizens of America, which will create temporary work for up to 7,000 people. We're very excited, and at the end of the day, we're here to serve the people of the country and we're dedicated to that mission. , Mark Dimondstein, president of American Postal Workers Union, via statement. We're very excited, and at the end of the day, we're here to serve the people of the country and we're dedicated to that mission. , Mark Dimondstein, president of American Postal Workers Union, via statement. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy said the U.S. Postal Service would "fulfill its mission of service to the nation.". The 650,000 women and men of the United States Postal Service are ready to deliver... , Louis DeJoy, Postmaster General of the United States Postal Service, via NPR. The 650,000 women and men of the United States Postal Service are ready to deliver... , Louis DeJoy, Postmaster General of the United States Postal Service, via NPR. We have been working closely with the Administration and are well prepared to accept and deliver test kits, Louis DeJoy, Postmaster General of the United States Postal Service, via NPR. We have been working closely with the Administration and are well prepared to accept and deliver test kits, Louis DeJoy, Postmaster General of the United States Postal Service, via NPR. President Biden implored the citizens of the United States, "if you haven't gotten vaccinated, do it.". Personal choice impacts us all, Joe Biden, President of the United States, via NPR

Mitch McConnell Calls Biden's Voting Rights 'Rant' 'Incoherent, Incorrect'

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Mitch McConnell Calls Biden's , Voting Rights 'Rant' 'Incoherent, Incorrect'. 'The Guardian' reports Republican Mitch McConnell has made his stance on a voting rights bill clear. 'The Guardian' reports Republican Mitch McConnell has made his stance on a voting rights bill clear. He does not support a change in voting legislation. McConnell's comments, following President Biden's plea to end the "filibuster" rule, underscores the difficult road ahead for Democrats. The president’s rant yesterday was incoherent, incorrect and beneath his office. , Mitch McConnell, via 'The Guardian'. Former Senate majority leader McConnell said the president had given “a deliberately divisive speech that was designed to pull our country further apart.”. Former Senate majority leader McConnell said the president had given “a deliberately divisive speech that was designed to pull our country further apart.”. White House press secretary Jen Psaki says the Biden administration was disheartened by McConnell's stance on the bill. It is even more disappointing that [McConnell] has supported and advocated for voting rights in the past. , Jen Psaki, White House press secretary, via 'The Guardian". President Biden reportedly intends to rally Senate Democrats to decide on changing or ultimately eliminating the filibuster. Initially opposed to altering the Senate's "filibuster" rule, Biden now says voting rights must take precedent even if that means long-used procedures are lost or weakened. The Freedom to Vote Act alongside the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act has now been approved by House Democrats. Democrats hope the voting rights package can revolutionize how the country elects politicians. It now heads to the Senate. According to 'The Guardian,' if it passes the Senate, election day will become a national holiday, mail-in voting will be expanded, . and federal oversight in jurisdictions that have a history of voter discrimination will be increased

Prince Andrew Stripped of Military Titles as Sexual Abuse Case Proceeds

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Prince Andrew Stripped of Military Titles, as Sexual Abuse Case Proceeds. The son of Queen Elizabeth II was also stripped of his royal charities. The extraordinary actions come the day after it was ruled that the sexual abuse case against Prince Andrew, 61, will proceed in a NY federal court. With The Queen's approval and agreement, , Statement Issued From Buckingham Palace, via CNN. ... the Duke of York's military affiliations and Royal patronages have been returned to The Queen. , Statement Issued From Buckingham Palace, via CNN. The Duke of York will continue not to undertake any public duties and is defending this case as a private citizen, Statement Issued From Buckingham Palace, via CNN. Andrew will also “no longer use the style ‘His Royal Highness’ in any official capacity.” . All of the Duke's roles have been handed back to the Queen with immediate effect for redistribution to other members of the Royal Family. , Unnamed Source, via CNN. For clarity, they will not return to The Duke of York, Unnamed Source, via CNN. Virginia Giuffre alleges she was trafficked by Jeffrey Epstein when she was a minor, in order to have sex with several of his friends. She contends that Prince Andrew was among the men with whom she was forced to have sex. While Andrew denies the claims, the royal family has characterized the allegations as "concerning.". He has rarely appeared in public since the allegations were established in 2019. A public trial of a British royal as senior as Andrew has been referred to as unprecedented. The prince is Queen Elizabeth's third son and is regarded as her favorite

House Democrats Pass Voting Rights Bill, Setting Up Senate Showdown

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House Democrats Pass , Voting Rights Bill, Setting Up Senate Showdown. 'The Independent' reports that Democrats in the House of Representatives passed an omnibus voting rights bill that combines the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. Both of those bills independently faced Republican filibusters in the Senate. . The new bill is headed to the upper chamber, where Democrats are reportedly considering changing Senate rules to prevent further GOP obstruction. . The bill, which would create national voting standards, fight election subversion and renew anti-discrimination protections from the Voting Rights Act of 1965, passed by a vote of 220-203. . 'The Independent' reports that no Republican representatives supported the bill. . On January 13, President Joe Biden will meet with senators following a speech condemning Republican- backed state-level legislation that restricts voting rights. . Republicans in the Senate reportedly lambasted Biden's support for changing filibuster rules. . 'The Independent' reports that over the last few years, multiple voting rights bills have passed in the House, only to be stonewalled by Republicans in the Senate. . The House has made clear we stand with the people in the fight for voting rights, Nancy Pelosi, Democratic House Speaker, via 'The Independent'. Nothing less is at stake than our democracy, Nancy Pelosi, Democratic House Speaker, via 'The Independent'. You have changed your rules 150 times, most recently to raise the debt ceiling. If you can protect the credit of the United States, surely you can protect democracy, Terri Sewell, Democratic U.S. Representative, via 'The Independent'

2022's Stacked Animation Slate Highlights the CGI Revolution

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2022's Stacked , Animation Slate , Highlights the CGI Revolution. Polygon reports that 2018's 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' raised the bar for the world of CG animation. . Polygon reports that 2018's 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' raised the bar for the world of CG animation. . One thing that the Sony Animation film accomplished was proving that CG-animated films have mainstream draw. . One thing that the Sony Animation film accomplished was proving that CG-animated films have mainstream draw. . Polygon reveals some 2022 projects that highlight animation's growing mass appeal. . 'Turning Red', The next project by director Domee Shi, the creator of the Oscar-winning short film, 'Bao,' will be her feature directorial debut. . 'Turning Red', The next project by director Domee Shi, the creator of the Oscar-winning short film, 'Bao,' will be her feature directorial debut. . The story follows Mei, who turns into a red panda when she experiences extreme emotions, and her overprotective mother. . The story follows Mei, who turns into a red panda when she experiences extreme emotions, and her overprotective mother. . 'The Bad Guys', Dreamworks' upcoming heist film is about a gang of animals who make a deal to do good in order to get out of serving jail time. . 'The Bad Guys', Dreamworks' upcoming heist film is about a gang of animals who make a deal to do good in order to get out of serving jail time. . According to Polygon, this is one of the more interesting projects slated for 2022, with the first trailer showing off a combination of cutting-edge style and expressive animation. . 'Inu-Oh', Director Masaaki Yuasa’s 'Inu-Oh' has been billed as a musical drama which takes place in 14th-century Japan, but promises to be anything but a slow-paced period piece. . It's based on the classic story 'Tales of the Heike,' but reimagines Noh performers as the pop stars of their time. It's based on the classic story 'Tales of the Heike,' but reimagines Noh performers as the pop stars of their time. 'Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse', Sony Animations decided to follow up its smash hit with a two-part story that continues the adventures of Miles Morales. . According to Polygon, the sequel promises a more expansive superhero epic that centers on the relationship of Miles and Gwen. . According to Polygon, the sequel promises a more expansive superhero epic that centers on the relationship of Miles and Gwen.

College Enrollment in the US Continues To Shrink

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College Enrollment in the US, Continues To Shrink. The data was revealed in a report published Jan 13. The report was compiled by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, a non-profit organization. Our final look at fall 2021 enrollment shows undergraduates continuing to sit out in droves as colleges navigate yet another year of Covid-19, Doug Shapiro, National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, via 'The Wall Street Journal'. Specifically, the report shows a 3.1 percent drop in U.S. college enrollment for 2021. The percentage equates to 465,300 students. More troubling for college admissions offices are the long-term trends since the beginning of the COVID pandemic. According to data, . college enrollment has dropped by almost seven percent since lockdown measures were widely instituted. Many schools have either closed or been forced to merge as a result of the steep decline. The most significant enrollment decrease was seen in students working toward an associate's degree. Majors in undergraduate liberal arts programs dropped by 7.6 percent. while undergraduate computer science and psychology majors both increased slightly. Only four states revealed an increase in fall 2021 enrollment. Those states are Arizona, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Colorado. . In addition, graduate program enrollment has increased by 100,000 students since the beginning of the pandemic

Ronnie Spector, Influential Singer of the Ronettes, Dead at 78

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Ronnie Spector, , Influential Singer of the Ronettes, Dead at 78. Legendary singer Ronnie Spector has died after a brief battle with cancer. She was 78. Spector was the founding member of the wildly popular all-women group, The Ronettes. Spector was the founding member of the wildly popular all-women group, The Ronettes. Our beloved earth angel, Ronnie, peacefully left this world today. , Statement from Ronnie Spector's family, via NPR. Ronnie lived her life with a twinkle in her eye, a spunky attitude, a wicked sense of humor, and a smile on her face. , Statement from Ronnie Spector's family, via NPR. She was filled with love and gratitude. , Statement from Ronnie Spector's family, via NPR. Born in Spanish Harlem, Spector was only a teenager when she founded The Ronettes. The singer was married to influential producer Phil Spector until the early 1970s. Their relationship didn't last long because of Phil's abusive and jealous personality. Ronnie Spector recorded the vocal track for The Ronettes hit, "Be My Baby," when she was only 16 years old. Spector's loved ones now look back fondly on the life of a soulful rock and roll pioneer. Her joyful sound, playful nature, and magical presence will live on in all who knew, heard, or saw her. , Statement from Ronnie Spector's family, via NPR

Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly Announce Engagement and That They Drank Each Other's Blood

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Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly , Announce Engagement , and That They Drank Each Other's Blood. Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly , Announce Engagement , and That They Drank Each Other's Blood. 'People' reports that actress Megan Fox is engaged to boyfriend Machine Gun Kelly. . On January 12, Fox and Kelly shared the big news on their Instagram accounts. . On January 12, Fox and Kelly shared the big news on their Instagram accounts. . In July of 2020 we sat under this banyan tree. We asked for magic. We were oblivious to the pain we would face together in such a short, frenetic period of time, Megan Fox, via Instagram. Unaware of the work and sacrifices the relationship would require from us but intoxicated off of the love. And the karma, Megan Fox, via Instagram. Somehow a year and a half later, having walked through hell together, and having laughed more than I ever imagined possible, he asked me to marry him, Megan Fox, via Instagram. And just as in every lifetime before this one, and as in every lifetime that will follow it, I said yes.…and then we drank each other's blood, Megan Fox, via Instagram. Kelly posted a photo of Fox with her new emerald and diamond engagement ring. . I know tradition is one ring, but i designed it with Stephen Webster to be two: the emerald (her birth stone) and the diamond (my birth stone) set on two magnetic bands of thorns that draw together as two halves of the same soul forming the obscure heart that is our love, Machine Gun Kelly, via Instagram. I know tradition is one ring, but i designed it with Stephen Webster to be two: the emerald (her birth stone) and the diamond (my birth stone) set on two magnetic bands of thorns that draw together as two halves of the same soul forming the obscure heart that is our love, Machine Gun Kelly, via Instagram. According to 'People,' the couple met while Fox was filming 'Midnight in the Switchgrass.' . Last summer, their relationship went Instagram official after Fox appeared in Kelly's 'Bloody Valentine' music video. . Last summer, their relationship went Instagram official after Fox appeared in Kelly's 'Bloody Valentine' music video. . 'People' reports that in the couple's first joint interview, Fox called Kelly her 'twin flame' and shared how they felt an instant connection on set. . 'People' reports that in the couple's first joint interview, Fox called Kelly her 'twin flame' and shared how they felt an instant connection on set.

Here Are Some of the Best Veggies To Incorporate Into Your Diet This Winter

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Here Are Some of the Best Veggies , To Incorporate Into Your Diet This Winter. Green vegetables are a vital part of a healthy and balanced diet. They are low in calories and high in nutrition. Adding more green vegetables to your diet this winter could boost your immune system and help to avoid seasonal illnesses like the flu. Here are some tasty vegetable choices to be the healthiest version of yourself this winter:. Spinach. Dark and leafy, spinach is a viable source of antioxidants. Incorporating more spinach into your diet could help prevent cancer and maintain healthy blood pressure. Incorporating more spinach into your diet could help prevent cancer and maintain healthy blood pressure. Peas. Love them or hate them, peas can do a world of good for your body. High in protein, vitamin K and thiamine, peas are known to cut down belly fat and promote a healthy gut. Kale. Kale may be the healthiest green vegetable that can withstand the cold of winter. Eating enough of it can have anti-inflammatory effects and reduce your chances of getting lung cancer. Broccoli. A member of the cruciferous family, broccoli is a versatile and incredibly healthy vegetable. Add broccoli to your soups and stir-fry dishes to maintain healthy cholesterol levels and bone density. Keep it green!

Jason Momoa and Lisa Bonet Announce They Are Ending Their Marriage

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Jason Momoa and Lisa Bonet Announce, They Are Ending Their Marriage. The 'Aquaman' actor posted a statement to social media on Jan. 12. The couple has been together for 16 years. They were formally married in 2017. We have all felt the squeeze and changes of these transformational times… , Jason Momoa and Lisa Bonet, statement, via 'The Independent'. A revolution is unfolding – and our family is of no exception… feeling and growing from the seismic shifts occurring, Jason Momoa and Lisa Bonet, statement, via 'The Independent'. And so, we share our family news, that we are parting ways in marriage, Jason Momoa and Lisa Bonet, statement, via 'The Independent'. In the statement, Momoa writes that the announcement comes not because the couple deems their divorce as "newsworthy,". but he hopes that “as we go about our lives, we may do so with dignity and honesty.”. The love between us carries on, evolving in ways it wishes to be known and lived, Jason Momoa and Lisa Bonet, statement, via 'The Independent'. We free each other to be who we are learning to become…, Jason Momoa and Lisa Bonet, statement, via 'The Independent'. Momoa revealed in 2017 that he had a crush on Bonet long before they met. Ever since I was like, eight years old and I saw her on the TV, I was like, ‘Mommy, I want that one.’, Jason Momoa, 2017 Interview, via 'The Independent'. Bonet revealed in a 2018 interview that the two had been a couple "since the day they met.". She described Momoa as a person who “embodies a rare form of masculinity in this day and age.”

Jamie Lynn Spears Says Her Relationship with Britney Is Strained

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Jamie Lynn Spears Says Her , Relationship with Britney Is Strained. Jamie Lynn Spears Says Her , Relationship with Britney Is Strained. CNN reports Jamie Lynn Spears, the younger sister of pop star Britney Spears, recently opened up about their relationship. Jamie Lynn says her role in Britney's dramatic court-ordered conservatorship has been wildly misconceived. I was (a) 17-year-old.., Jamie Lynn Spears, sister of Britney Spears, via 'Good Morning America'. Jamie Lynn says she never had anything to do with her sister's conservatorship. I didn't understand what was happening nor was I focused on that... I understand just as little about it then as I do now. , Jamie Lynn Spears, sister of Britney Spears, via 'Good Morning America'. There was no me overseeing funds or something like that, and if there was (that perception), that was a misunderstanding, , Jamie Lynn Spears, sister of Britney Spears, via 'Good Morning America'. ... but either way I took no steps to be a part of it. , Jamie Lynn Spears, sister of Britney Spears, via 'Good Morning America'. Britney has hinted on social media that her family is to blame for the "abusive" conservatorship. Recently, Britney unfollowed Jamie Lynn on Instagram. Jamie Lynn says although she is confused by the current state of affairs, she will always love her sister. Jamie Lynn says although she is confused by the current state of affairs, she will always love her sister. That love is still there 100%, I love my sister. , Jamie Lynn Spears, sister of Britney Spears, via 'Good Morning America'

Fauci Says Omicron Will 'Find Just About Everybody'

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Fauci Says Omicron Will , 'Find Just About Everybody'. CNN reports the Omicron variant is running rampant in the United States. Experts say it is likely that most Americans, at some point, will be exposed to Omicron. Omicron, with its extraordinary, unprecedented degree of efficiency of transmissibility, will ultimately find just about everybody. , Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical advisor to the White House, via CNN. Data thus far shows if exposed, those who are vaccinated are likely to avoid hospitalization or death. Experts say those who aren't vaccinated may not fare so well. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 62% of Americans are fully vaccinated. Merely 23% have been vaccinated and received a booster shot. Health officials say the country must do everything in its power to maintain the functionality of hospitals and other essential services. I think it's hard to process what's actually happening right now, which is: Most people are going to get Covid. , Dr. Janet Woodcock, acting commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, via CNN. What we need to do is make sure the hospitals can still function, Dr. Janet Woodcock, acting commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, via CNN

A Common Cold May Help Protect You From COVID-19

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A Common Cold , May Help Protect You From COVID-19, Study Suggests. BBC News reports a recent study suggests catching a cold may help your body protect itself against COVID-19. The study found that those who had developed specific immune cells to fend off catching another cold also appeared less likely to become infected by the coronavirus. Researchers say their study focused on T cells, an integral part of the body's immune system. T cells target and kill specific threats in the body. After an infection has subsided, T cells may remain in the body for future protection. The study was conducted on 52 subjects who lived with others who had recently tested positive for coronavirus. The study was conducted on 52 subjects who lived with others who had recently tested positive for coronavirus. Data shows half of those studied eventually tested positive themselves. . One-third of the study's participants who didn't test positive for COVID-19 had large amounts of specific T cells in their bloodstream. Experts say such T cells signify the body's response to another human coronavirus, most likely the common cold. Researchers hope the study can improve our understanding of how human immune systems respond to COVID-19 and how to improve the efficacy of vaccines. Researchers hope the study can improve our understanding of how human immune systems respond to COVID-19 and how to improve the efficacy of vaccines. Learning from what the body does right could help inform the design of new vaccines. , Ajit Lalvani, senior researcher of the study, via BBC News. Learning from what the body does right could help inform the design of new vaccines. , Ajit Lalvani, senior researcher of the study, via BBC News

Red Cross Urges Blood Donations To Counter Nationwide Shortage

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Red Cross Urges Blood Donations, To Counter Nationwide Shortage. According to the American Red Cross. the U.S. is in the midst of the most significant blood shortage of the past decade. In some parts of the country. the agency has had to limit the amount of blood it provides to hospitals. The Red Cross supplies nearly 40 percent of blood in the U.S. Red Cross administrators say the pandemic has led to a drop in blood drives across the country. They cite dire weather conditions as another hindrance to individuals participating in blood drives. Winter weather across the country and the recent surge of COVID-19 cases are compounding the already-dire situation facing the blood supply. , Dr. Baia Lasky, Red Cross Medical Director, via NPR News. Since March of 2020, . blood donations have fallen by nearly 10 percent. On college and high school campuses. blood drives have fallen by more than 62 percent. The Red Cross is urging eligible Americans to donate blood. If you are eligible, make an appointment to give blood or platelets in the days and weeks ahead to ensure no patient is forced to wait for critical care, Dr. Baia Lasky, Red Cross Medical Director, via NPR News. Eligibility requirements have changed in recent years, . so it's a good idea to visit the Red Cross website to assess whether or not you can give blood

Grand Ole Opry Faces Backlash for Morgan Wallen Performance

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Grand Ole Opry Faces Backlash for , Morgan Wallen Performance. Grand Ole Opry Faces Backlash for , Morgan Wallen Performance. CNN reports country music star Morgan Wallen's recent performance at the Grand Ole Opry has ruffled some feathers in the tight-knit community. CNN reports country music star Morgan Wallen's recent performance at the Grand Ole Opry has ruffled some feathers in the tight-knit community. A video that surfaced last year showed Wallen using a racial slur. The singer was suspended by his record label as a result. The singer was suspended by his record label as a result. Many radio stations in the country now refuse to play songs from his catalog. Despite Wallen's controversial video, the Grand Ole Opry gave him the venue to perform his new song, "Flower Shops.". Despite Wallen's controversial video, the Grand Ole Opry gave him the venue to perform his new song, "Flower Shops.". The performance instantly received backlash on Twitter. Songwriter Jason Isbell was especially frustrated. Last night @opry you had a choice- either upset one guy and his 'team,' or break the hearts of a legion of aspiring Black country artists. , Jason Isbell, songwriter, via Twitter. Last night @opry you had a choice- either upset one guy and his 'team,' or break the hearts of a legion of aspiring Black country artists. , Jason Isbell, songwriter, via Twitter. You chose wrong and I'm real sad for a lot of my friends today. , Jason Isbell, songwriter, via Twitter. Not surprised though. Just sad. , Jason Isbell, songwriter, via Twitter

A Look Ahead at Xbox's Plans for 2022

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A Look Ahead , at Xbox's Plans , for 2022. Kotaku reports that Xbox is looking to follow up a stellar 2021 with another year of exclusive releases coming to the console. . Kotaku reports that Xbox is looking to follow up a stellar 2021 with another year of exclusive releases coming to the console. . 'Shredders', According to Kotaku, this game takes the realism of 'Skate' and applies it to snowboarding. After a delay last October, expect to hit the slopes February 2022. 'Shredders', According to Kotaku, this game takes the realism of 'Skate' and applies it to snowboarding. After a delay last October, expect to hit the slopes February 2022. 'Shredders', According to Kotaku, this game takes the realism of 'Skate' and applies it to snowboarding. After a delay last October, expect to hit the slopes February 2022. 'Halo Infinite' Seasons Two & Three, The second season of 'Infinite' will reportedly fill in some of the gaps in the game's current build, like its missing cooperative campaign. Another missing feature, the popular map-creation Forge mode, will be added later in the year for the third season. . 'Starfield', Starfield is Bethesda’s long-awaited return to RPGs, and it's set on multiple planets, making it one of the studio's most expansive open world playgrounds. 'Starfield', Starfield is Bethesda’s long-awaited return to RPGs, and it's set on multiple planets, making it one of the studio's most expansive open world playgrounds. Kotaku also points out that 'Starfield' will be the first game the studio has developed since being acquired by Microsoft in 2021. Kotaku reports that Microsoft has now acquired over two dozen studios, and a lot of them are working on big projects waiting for release dates. . Kotaku reports that Microsoft has now acquired over two dozen studios, and a lot of them are working on big projects waiting for release dates. . The studio behind 'Forza Horizon 5,' Playground Games, is working on a long-awaited new 'Fable' game. . The studio behind 'Forza Horizon 5,' Playground Games, is working on a long-awaited new 'Fable' game. . The makers of 'The Outer Worlds,' Obsidian, are currently developing a dark, fantasy RPG called 'Avowed.'. The makers of 'The Outer Worlds,' Obsidian, are currently developing a dark, fantasy RPG called 'Avowed.'. According to Kotaku, besides exclusive titles, Microsoft is expected to continue its push to entice users to sign up for Game Pass. . According to Kotaku, besides exclusive titles, Microsoft is expected to continue its push to entice users to sign up for Game Pass. . A number of big games, like 'Rainbow Six Extraction,' are coming to the subscription service the same day they are released for purchase. . A number of big games, like 'Rainbow Six Extraction,' are coming to the subscription service the same day they are released for purchase.

Elvis Costello Done Performing Song That Contains Racial Slur

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Elvis Costello Done Performing Song , That Contains Racial Slur. CNN reports beloved rock musician Elvis Costello is removing a controversial song from his catalog. Costello's 1979 song, "Oliver's Army," still a hit in the United Kingdom, contains the N-word. Supposedly, the song is politically charged, inspired by Costello's encounters with young soldiers during the conflicts of Northern Ireland at the time. Only takes one itchy trigger; One more widow, one less white [N-word]. , Lyrics from Elvis Costello's "Oliver's Army," via CNN. The songwriter will no longer play the song for audiences and has reportedly implored radio stations to do the same. If I wrote that song today, maybe I'd think twice about it. , Elvis Costello, songwriter, via 'The Telegraph'. That's what my grandfather was called in the British army -- it's historically a fact -- , Elvis Costello, songwriter, via 'The Telegraph'. ... but people hear that word go off like a bell and accuse me of something that I didn't intend. , Elvis Costello, songwriter, via 'The Telegraph'. According to CNN, "Oliver's Army" spent a long time uncensored on the airwaves. That is, until 2013 when a BBC station began bleeping the slur. Costello says radio stations that play the song only to censor the language are "making it worse.". Just don't play the record! , Elvis Costello, songwriter, via 'The Telegraph'

Are You in a Creative Rut? Here's How To Stay Inspired

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Are You in a Creative Rut? , Here's How To Stay Inspired. Have you had a hard time accessing the creative part of your brain lately?. Maybe you're hoping for a magical breakthrough like something you'd see in a movie. Experts say it may not be so easy, but it's still possible to pull yourself out of a creative rut if you keep these things in mind:. Creativity Is for Everyone. Most folks are creative, and experts say you don't have to be a genius to harness the power. I think we are already creative beings and how you use that [creativity] is up to you, Sarah Urist Green, producer of 'The Art Assignment,' via NPR. You don't need to have particular skills; you don't need to have particular materials. , Sarah Urist Green, producer of 'The Art Assignment,' via NPR. Take a Break. Experts say allowing your brain to de-stimulate is great practice if your schedule allows. . What our brains actually need is periods of destimulation, Rahaf Harfoush, host of 'The Thought Experiment,' via NPR. which means no screens, no emails, no audiobooks. , Rahaf Harfoush, host of 'The Thought Experiment,' via NPR. Don't Force Yourself. Experts say don't use stress as a tool to get things done. Being overly reliant on pressure and stress may deepen your creative rut. It could also increase chances of anxiety attacks and depression

Prince Andrew Must Face Sexual Abuse Lawsuit, Judge Rules

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Prince Andrew Must Face, Sexual Abuse Lawsuit, , Judge Rules. On January 12, a federal judge in New York ruled that a lawsuit against Prince Andrew can move forward. . 'Vice' reports that the lawsuit accuses Prince Andrew of sexually abusing an underage girl. . The decision by U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan would make it possible for the royal to face trial. . The decision by U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan would make it possible for the royal to face trial. . According to 'Vice,' the prince has argued that a 2009 settlement involving Jeffrey Epstein protected him from prosecution. . According to 'Vice,' the prince has argued that a 2009 settlement involving Jeffrey Epstein protected him from prosecution. . Virginia Giuffre has long accused Epstein of trafficking her to Prince Andrew for sex while she was still underage. . Virginia Giuffre has long accused Epstein of trafficking her to Prince Andrew for sex while she was still underage. . According to Giuffre, she was forced into sexual encounters with Andrew in New York City, London and on Epstein's private island. . Giuffre's lawsuit also accuses Ghislane Maxwell, who was recently convicted of five federal sex trafficking charges, of helping to facilitate the encounters. . Giuffre's lawsuit also accuses Ghislane Maxwell, who was recently convicted of five federal sex trafficking charges, of helping to facilitate the encounters. . 'Vice' reports that a 2009 settlement between Giuffre and Epstein had remained secret up until this year. . According to 'Vice,' that settlement contained a clause that offered protection to anyone who could be a "potential defendant" from future lawsuits. . According to 'Vice,' that settlement contained a clause that offered protection to anyone who could be a "potential defendant" from future lawsuits. . According to the prince's legal team, the 2009 settlement protected the royal from prosecution. . However, 'Vice' points out that the ruling by U.S. District Judge Kaplan would appear to disagree with Prince Andrew's legal team.

Tennis Star Novak Djokovic Still Faces Possible Deportation From Australia

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Tennis Star Novak Djokovic , Still Faces Possible Deportation , From Australia. 'Newsweek' reports that the controversy over Novak Djokovic's entry into Australia may not be over, despite the top-ranked tennis star's visa being reinstated. 'Newsweek' reports that the controversy over Novak Djokovic's entry into Australia may not be over, despite the top-ranked tennis star's visa being reinstated. Djokovic's COVID-19 vaccine medical exemption is still under review by Australia's immigration minister. If the immigration minister determines that the exemption poses a threat to public health, Djokovic could still be denied entry and forced to leave Australia. . If the immigration minister determines that the exemption poses a threat to public health, Djokovic could still be denied entry and forced to leave Australia. . According to 'Newsweek,' if that happens, Djokovic could be barred from entering Australia for up to three years. Now, with less than a week until the Australian Open starts on January 17, Djokovic remains in immigration limbo while he awaits a decision. . Now, with less than a week until the Australian Open starts on January 17, Djokovic remains in immigration limbo while he awaits a decision. . The stakes are high for Djokovic, a nine-time defending Australian Open champion looking to secure a men's record 21st Grand Slam singles title. . The stakes are high for Djokovic, a nine-time defending Australian Open champion looking to secure a men's record 21st Grand Slam singles title. . 'Newsweek' reports that the immigration minister's decision could take a while, but pressure is mounting as the draw to determine brackets for the tournament begins on January 12. . 'Newsweek' reports that the immigration minister's decision could take a while, but pressure is mounting as the draw to determine brackets for the tournament begins on January 12. . Djokovic's exemption was approved by the Victoria state government and the Australian Open's organizer, Tennis Australia. . Djokovic's exemption was approved by the Victoria state government and the Australian Open's organizer, Tennis Australia. . His exemption was later rejected by the Australian Border Force who subsequently canceled his visa. . His exemption was later rejected by the Australian Border Force who subsequently canceled his visa. . Later, an Australian federal judge overturned the Border Force's decision.

Boris Johnson Apologizes for Lockdown BYOB Party at Downing Street

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Boris Johnson Apologizes for Lockdown , BYOB Party at Downing Street. Boris Johnson Apologizes for Lockdown , BYOB Party at Downing Street. CNN reports British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he's sorry for attending a "bring your own booze" party at 10 Downing Street in May 2020. Johnson says he only attended the gathering for 25 minutes. He contends he believed the occasion to be entirely work-related. Opposing party leaders were appalled when Johnson said that he "did not realize he was at a party.". There we have it: After months of deceit and deception, the pathetic spectacle of a man who has run out of road. , Keir Starmer, Labour Party Leader, via CNN. Recent evidence shows that Johnson's principal secretary had emailed invitations to more than 100 staffers to have "socially distanced drinks in the No. 10 garden." . The email reportedly informed guests to "bring your own booze" and "make the most of the lovely weather.". In May of 2020, the United Kingdom implemented stringent lockdowns to contain the spread of COVID-19. . Official guidance at the time stated in-person meetings were only to take place if they were "absolutely necessary.". If a minister of government breaches the ministerial code in the United Kingdom, they are expected to resign their post. According to CNN, many Britons now believe that if the allegations against Johnson are true, he must resign as Prime Minister. According to CNN, many Britons now believe that if the allegations against Johnson are true, he must resign as Prime Minister

Trying to Lose Weight? Set Nutritional Goals Instead

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Trying to Lose Weight? , Set Nutritional Goals Instead. Numerous studies show diets often don't work in the long run. Some health experts say weight isn't always a reliable tool for measuring health. Instead of focusing on how much weight you can lose this year, try to build a healthier relationship with food. Realistic Nutrition. Start small in your dietary changes, and don't get discouraged by setbacks. It's ok to enjoy something sweet. Rather than saying, 'I’m going to do this thing every single day,' say, 'maybe I’m going to do it two or three times a week.' , Vivienne Hazzard, postdoctoral researcher at the University of Minnesota, via 'Popular Science'. Keeping track of your diet goals can help you reach them, experts say. Stay Hydrated. Mild dehydration is defined as water loss equal to less than three percent of a person's body weight. Health experts say you can avoid dehydration by consuming at least 10 cups of water a day, and even more if you're working out. More Fiber. Experts say increasing your fiber intake could make you happier. In fact, as it feeds bacteria in our guts, a proper amount of fiber could actually boost the body's immune system. Experts say foods high in fiber, such as brown rice or beans, are also rich in other nutrients. Fiber keeps good company. , Beth Olson, professor of nutrition at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, via 'Popular Science'

New Study Suggests T Cells Could Lead to Universal COVID Vaccine

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New Study Suggests , T Cells Could Lead , to Universal COVID Vaccine. 'Newsweek' reports that a new study suggests that immune system T cells from previous illnesses could help defend people against COVID-19. . The research could lead to a new generation of potential vaccines. . The study was conducted at the Imperial College London under lead author Dr. Rhia Kundu. . Another senior author of the study, Professor Ajit Lalvani, said that a new type of vaccine utilizing T cells could prevent infection from current and future variants of COVID. . Our study provides the clearest evidence to date that T cells induced by common cold coronaviruses play a protective role against SARS-CoV-2 infection, Professor Ajit Lalvani, director of the NIHR Respiratory Infections Health Protection Research Unit at Imperial College London, via BBC. However, Dr. Kundu and others have cautioned that while the study showed promising results, people should still get vaccinated now. While this is an important discovery, it is only one form of protection, and I would stress that no one should rely on this alone. Instead, the best way to protect yourself against COVID-19 is to be fully vaccinated, including getting your booster dose, Dr. Rhia Kundu, Imperial College London press release, via BBC. 'Newsweek' explains that T cells are a form of white blood cells and are a critical part of the immune system. . T cells reportedly provide protection by attacking proteins within the COVID-19 virus. . The journal, 'Nature Communications' published the study, on January 10, 2022

This Day in History: Massive Earthquake Strikes Haiti

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This Day in History:, Massive Earthquake Strikes Haiti. January 12, 2010. A magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck at 4:53 p.m. local time, devastating the small Caribbean island nation. It was the strongest quake to strike the region in more than 200 years. More than 200,000 people were killed. Reducing countless homes to rubble, the quake left nearly one million people homeless. Thousands of bodies were picked up by trucks and buried in mass graves. One of the poorest nations on Earth, Haiti's recovery effort relied on billions of dollars in global donations

Legendary Poet Maya Angelou Becomes the First Black Woman to Appear on the US Quarter

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Legendary Poet Maya Angelou, Becomes the First Black Woman , to Appear on the US Quarter. CNN reports that on January 10, a new U.S. quarter featuring the late Maya Angelou went into circulation. . CNN reports that on January 10, a new U.S. quarter featuring the late Maya Angelou went into circulation. . The US Mint's decision to feature Angelou on the coin makes the legendary poet the first Black woman to appear on the quarter. . The US Mint's decision to feature Angelou on the coin makes the legendary poet the first Black woman to appear on the quarter. . CNN reports that the Maya Angelou quarter is just the first release of the American Women Quarters Program. . The program focuses on featuring prominent women throughout America's history. . According to a statement by the Mint, other quarters in the series will be released later this year through 2025. Each time we redesign our currency, we have the chance to say something about our country -- what we value, and how we've progressed as a society, Janet Yellen, Treasury Secretary, via CNN. I'm very proud that these coins celebrate the contributions of some of America's most remarkable women, including Maya Angelou, Janet Yellen, Treasury Secretary, via CNN. I'm very proud that these coins celebrate the contributions of some of America's most remarkable women, including Maya Angelou, Janet Yellen, Treasury Secretary, via CNN. The image on the Maya Angelou quarter reportedly was inspired by one of her most famous works, the autobiographical "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.". The image on the Maya Angelou quarter reportedly was inspired by one of her most famous works, the autobiographical "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.". CNN reports that the other quarters scheduled for release in 2022 include: . astronaut Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, Asian American actress Anna May Wong. astronaut Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, Asian American actress Anna May Wong. Cherokee Nation leader Wilma Mankiller, and Nina Otero-Warren, a politician who fought for women's suffrage. . Cherokee Nation leader Wilma Mankiller, and Nina Otero-Warren, a politician who fought for women's suffrage.

Wanting To Catch Omicron and 'Get it Over With?' Think Again

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Wanting To Catch Omicron , and 'Get it Over With?', Think Again. Are you considering catching the Omicron variant of coronavirus purposely to get it over with once and for all?. Experts advise against this. Here are a few reasons why purposely catching COVID-19 is an unwise decision:. It's More Than a Bad Cold. Even mild cases of the Omicron variant could debilitate you for days, health officials say. Though the Omicron variant is much milder than Delta, experts say catching it on purpose is still like "playing with dynamite.". It's just less severe. But you don't have a 0% chance of dying. You should never want to get infected. , Dr. Paul Offit, director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, via CNN. Long COVID. Long COVID is a peculiar phenomenon brought on by the pandemic. . Symptoms such as shortness of breath, fatigue and brain fog are often associated with the condition. We're still trying to understand long COVID. Because we don't understand it, I wouldn't be so quick to want to get an infection from a natural virus. , Dr. Paul Offit, director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, via CNN. Overcrowded Hospitals. Per the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, almost a quarter of the nation's hospitals have now reported a "critical staff shortage.". The health care system is not just designed to take care of people with COVID. , Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of Brown University School of Public Health, via CNN. It's designed to take care of kids with appendicitis and people who have heart attacks and get into car accidents, Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of Brown University School of Public Health, via CNN. And all of that is going to be much, much more difficult because we have a large proportion of the population that is not vaccinated, Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of Brown University School of Public Health, via CNN

Bank of America Will Cut Overdraft Fees to $10 From $35

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Bank of America Will Cut Overdraft Fees , to $10 From $35. Bank of America announces the change to overdraft fees on Jan. 11. The reduction is set to take effect in May. Overdraft fees have come under increasing scrutiny in recent years. At issue is whether or not the fees disproportionately penalize low income families and individuals. Since President Joe Biden took office. the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has prioritized this particular bank practice. Other major U.S. banks, including Chase and Wells Fargo, have also made changes to their overdraft policies. Other major U.S. banks, including Chase and Wells Fargo, have also made changes to their overdraft policies. Analysts say that Bank of America's new policy is an attempt to stay ahead of what could end up being new federal regulations. It’s an astute political risk-management strategy. , Karen Petrou, Federal Financial Analytics, via 'Wall Street Journal'. It does pay to get out ahead of the reaper, and it does seem certain that the CFPB will turn to regulating overdraft fees, Karen Petrou, Federal Financial Analytics, via 'Wall Street Journal'. Consumer advocates say the overdraft policy will make an impact for low income customers. Bank of America’s decision will provide much-needed relief for customers who least can afford the burden of overdraft fees ... , Mike Calhoun, president of the Center for Responsible Lending, via 'Wall Street Journal'. ... and should lead other financial institutions to drop these fees that disproportionately impact low-income, Black and Latino Americans, Mike Calhoun, president of the Center for Responsible Lending, via 'Wall Street Journal'. In tandem with other changes to overdraft policies. Bank of America's overdraft revenue will decrease by 97 percent from revenue collected in 2009

Happy Birthday, Issa Rae!

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Happy Birthday, Issa Rae!. Jo-Issa Rae Diop turns 37 years old today. Here are five things you may not have known about the comedian. 1. Her name, Jo-Issa, is based on her grandmothers’ names, Joyce and Isseu. 2. Rae got her big break on YouTube from her popular web series, 'Awkward Black Girl.'. 3. Her memoir, ‘The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl,' is a 'New York Times' best seller. 4. She would cast Marsai Martin to be in a movie about her life. 5. Rae’s favorite fast-food chain is Taco Bell. Happy Birthday, Issa Rae!