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- ListenPrince Philip moved to new hospitalBritain's Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, was moved from one London hospital to another on Monday for treatment of an infection and observation of a preexisting heart condition, Buckingham Palace announced.Mar 1, 2021
- ListenCuomo changes plan and asks New York attorney general and chief judge to select independent lawyer to review sexual harassment claimsNew York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office has asked the New York attorney general and the chief judge of the court of appeals to jointly select an independent attorney to conduct "a thorough review" of sexual harassment claims against the governor.
"The Governor's Office wants a review of the sexual harassment claims made against the Governor to be done in a manner beyond reproach. We had selected former Federal Judge Barbara Jones, with a stellar record for qualifications and integrity, but we want to avoid even the perception of a lack of independence or inference of politics," Beth Garvey, special counsel and senior advisor to Cuomo, said in a statement Sunday morning.Feb 28, 2021
- ListenAt least 18 people killed in Myanmar, UN says, in bloodiest day since the coupAt least 18 people were killed and more than 30 injured in Myanmar on Sunday as police and military forces "confronted peaceful demonstrations," the UN Human Rights Office said.
The reported casualties make Sunday the deadliest day since the military seized power on February 1.
As demonstrations against the military coup, which ousted the democratically elected government of civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, entered their fourth week on Saturday, security forces began a violent crackdown on protesters in towns and cities across the country.Feb 28, 2021
- ListenJohnson & Johnson's Covid-19 vaccine gets emergency use authorization from FDAThe US Food and Drug Administration authorized Johnson & Johnson's Covid-19 vaccine Saturday. It is the first single dose Covid-19 vaccine available in the US, and is one that "checks nearly all the boxes."
With more than 28.4 million confirmed Covid-19 cases in the US and nearly 511,000 reported deaths since the start of the pandemic, and while the demand for vaccines still far exceeds supply, these vaccines can't come soon enough.Feb 27, 2021
- ListenFDA vaccine advisers recommend authorization of Johnson & Johnson's coronavirus vaccineVaccine advisers to the US Food and Drug Administration voted Friday to recommend the agency grant emergency use authorization to Johnson & Johnson's coronavirus vaccine.
If the FDA acts on the recommendation -- and it's expected to do so quickly -- the vaccine will become the third authorized for use in the United States. It will be the first one-shot vaccine, and one that can be stored in regular refrigerators, making it easier to distribute than the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, which are more delicate and require two doses.Feb 26, 2021
- ListenUS intelligence report finds Saudi Crown Prince responsible for approving Khashoggi operationThe US intelligence report on the murder of Jamal Khashoggi says that Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman approved the operation to capture or kill the Saudi journalist.Feb 26, 2021
- ListenSenate parliamentarian rules against including minimum wage in Covid relief billThe Senate parliamentarian has ruled against including the increase in the minimum wage in the Covid relief bill, an aide familiar with the process and two sources with direct knowledge of the situation tell CNN.
The increase is still likely to be included in the House bill on which the chamber is voting Friday. However, the parliamentarian ruled that the increase to $15 per hour did not meet a strict set of guidelines needed to move forward in the Senate's reconciliation process. That means that the House will pass their bill, the Senate will have to strip the minimum wage provision out and then eventually, the House will have to pass that bill again at the end of the process.Feb 25, 2021
- ListenUS carries out air strikes in Syria targeting Iranian-backed militia structuresThe US military struck a site in Syria on Thursday used by two Iranian-backed militia groups following rocket attacks on American forces in the region in the past two weeks, according to a US official.
The strikes mark the military's first known action under President Joe Biden. The site was not specifically tied to the rocket attacks, but were believed to be used by Iranian-backed Shia militias operating in the region.
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said that the strikes took place "at President Biden's direction" and were authorized not just to respond to recent attacks against American and coalition forces, but to deal with "ongoing threats to those personnel."Feb 25, 2021
- ListenEx-USA Gymnastics coach John Geddert found dead after being charged with human trafficking and sex crimes, officials sayJohn Geddert, who coached the 2012 US Olympic women's gymnastics team, was found dead Thursday after being charged with 24 felonies in connection with the abuse of young gymnasts, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced Thursday.
The 63-year-old was facing charges that included human trafficking, criminal sexual conduct and lying to a peace officer, a release from Nessel's office read. Geddert had been expected to turn himself in and be arraigned on Thursday afternoon.
"My office has been notified that the body of John Geddert was found late this afternoon after taking his own life. This is a tragic end to a tragic story for everyone involved," Nessel said in a statement.Feb 25, 2021
- ListenHouse passes Equality Act aimed at ending discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identityThe House has passed the Equality Act, which would amend the 1964 Civil Rights Act to protect people from being discriminated based on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing and other services as well as access to public accommodations such as restaurants.
Advocates for the LGTBQ community argue the legislation will help protect people in states where it's legal to discriminate people and add the law is long overdue.
The House first passed the Equality Act in 2019, but now its passage comes under Democratic control with President Joe Biden in the White House and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announcing Thursday he already intends to bring this legislation to the floor.Feb 25, 2021