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FDA authorizes booster doses of Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, says mix and match OK
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FDA authorizes booster doses of Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, says mix and match OK

The US Food and Drug Administration authorized booster doses of both Covid-19 vaccines made by Moderna and Johnson & Johnson Wednesday and also said any of the three authorized vaccines could be used as a booster in a “mix and match” approach. The FDA gave emergency use authorization for a half dose of Moderna’s vaccine…MORE

GOP Rep. Jeff Fortenberry steps down from committee assignments following indictment
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GOP Rep. Jeff Fortenberry steps down from committee assignments following indictment

GOP Rep. Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska, who was recently indicted for concealing information and lying to the FBI regarding an investigation into illegal campaign contributions, has officially resigned from his committee assignments. The move was processed on the House floor on Wednesday. Fortenberry served on the House Appropriations Committee, where he was ranking member of…MORE

Biden’s pick for US ambassador to China backs increasing security assistance to Taiwan
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Biden’s pick for US ambassador to China backs increasing security assistance to Taiwan

President Joe Biden’s pick to be US Ambassador to China called for a continued commitment to the longstanding “One China” Policy but defended the United States’ right to increase security assistance to Taiwan amid Beijing’s aggression towards the island. Testifying at his Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday, Nicholas Burns said reports indicating that China could be…MORE

Tesla shakes off supply chain issues to post record profit, again
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Tesla shakes off supply chain issues to post record profit, again

Tesla reported record earnings that blew past Wall Street forecasts, as the company was able to shake off the effects of a shortage of computer chips and other raw materials that has dogged the auto industry in recent months. The company reported operating earnings of $2.1 billion, up 30% from its previous record earnings in…MORE

Solange launches a library for rare books by Black authors
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Solange launches a library for rare books by Black authors

The thing about rare books is that they’re, well, rare — which means too many hidden gems are well out of reach for the everyday literary enthusiast. Solange is trying to change that. The singer’s creative studio Saint Heron recently launched a free community library that aims to increase access to rare and out-of-print works…MORE

A Black girl was arrested at school in Hawaii over a drawing that upset a parent
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A Black girl was arrested at school in Hawaii over a drawing that upset a parent

The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii is demanding policy changes after a 10-year-old Black girl was arrested at school over a drawing linked to a “run of the mill” dispute among children. In response to the incident, the ACLU sent a letter Monday to the Honolulu Police Department, the state Department of Education and…MORE

Man accused of killing Kristin Smart pleads not guilty
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Man accused of killing Kristin Smart pleads not guilty

The man accused of killing 19-year-old college student Kristin Smart in 1996 pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Wednesday. Paul Flores, 44, faces a first-degree murder charge for allegedly killing Smart in his dorm room in California. Prosecutors say Flores raped or attempted to rape Smart, who was then a freshman at California Polytechnic State…MORE

‘Dune’ captures the book’s epic scale while telling only half of the story
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‘Dune’ captures the book’s epic scale while telling only half of the story

To anyone who remembers seeing David Lynch’s 1984 version of “Dune” and thinking, “OK, so that happened,” director Denis Villeneuve has conjured a far more coherent narrative filled with stunning images and massive machinery. He has also split the book into two films, leaving audiences to consume the less compelling first half before ending somewhat…MORE

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