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Traditional Foods for Chinese New Year 2022

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Traditional Foods for , Chinese New Year 2022. In honor of the Year of the Tiger, , here are some traditional Chinese foods to help you celebrate. 1. , Dumplings. Dumplings must be arranged in a line as a symbol of life moving in a direction instead of in circles. It is believed that the more dumplings you eat, the more money you can make in the New Year. 2. , Nian Gao. When eating this glutinous rice cake, it is customary to say, “Getting higher year-after-year by year,” meaning life will improve. . 3. , Sweet Rice Balls. The shape of this food is associated with reuniting and being together. 4. , Fish. Crucian carp, Chinese mud carp and Catfish are said to bring good luck, good fortune and surplus, respectively. It must be carefully positioned on the dinner table, face distinguished guests or elders and be the last dish left on the table with leftovers. 5, Steamed Chicken. Symbolizing family, the chicken is typically first offered to ancestors for blessings and protection. If eating in a traditionally Chinese environment for the New Year, there is also dining etiquette to keep in mind:. 1. Don't stick your chopstick into a bowl of rice. 2. It's also frowned upon to tap your bowl with chopsticks. 3. Don't pass food with your chopsticks, and never start eating before your host

What To Do if Seasonal Affective Disorder Is Bringing You Down

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What To Do if , Seasonal Affective Disorder Is Bringing You Down. Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, is a form of depression directly related to the changing of seasons. According to health experts, nearly 1 in 20 Americans suffer from SAD. If you've been feeling down this winter, here a some simple ways to feel better:. Recognize SAD Symptoms. If life feels more difficult when the temperature is frigid or when the sun disappears, you may have SAD. For example, it might be a little bit serious in September and a little worse in October and a little worse in November. , Dr. Norman Rosenthal, clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine, via NPR. Experts say recognizing symptoms of SAD early on is critical to avoid its long-term debilitating effects. Step Into the Light. A lack of exposure to sunlight is the defining cause of Seasonal Affective Disorder. Experts say you can minimalize the effects of seasonal depression with a SAD lamp. If I come in feeling a bit foggy-headed, I'll turn it on and it functions a lot like taking a walk outside, just like allowing my brain to wake up a little bit. , Isabel Harris, vlogger, via NPR. Exercise . Health experts say many affected by seasonal depression may help lessen their symptoms through quality exercise. Doing things like exercising during the active time of your day can actually help your body know kind of what time of day it is. , Emily Manoogian, Ph.D. clinical researcher at Salk Institute for Biological Studies, via NPR. ...If you force yourself to get up, then push yourself... you can feel much, much better. , Emily Manoogian, Ph.D. clinical researcher at Salk Institute for Biological Studies, via NPR

Kanye West Reveals Release Date for His New Album, 'Donda 2'

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Kanye West Reveals , Release Date for His New Album, , 'Donda 2'. Kanye West Reveals , Release Date for His New Album, , 'Donda 2'. On January 27, Kanye West officially announced his next album, 'Donda 2.' . On January 27, Kanye West officially announced his next album, 'Donda 2.' . The follow-up to last year's 'Donda' has a release date of February 22, 2022. . According to Kanye's Instagram post, the album will be executive produced by Future. . According to Kanye's Instagram post, the album will be executive produced by Future. . The post included an image of Kanye's childhood home in flames, emblazoned with the date "2 22 22.". The original album, named after Kanye's late mother, Dr. Donda West, dropped last August. . The original album, named after Kanye's late mother, Dr. Donda West, dropped last August. . 'Donda' , featured 27 songs, including:. "Jail, Pt. 2" featuring , Marilyn Manson, DaBaby and Francis and the Lights. "Jail, Pt. 2" featuring , Marilyn Manson, DaBaby and Francis and the Lights. "Jail, Pt. 2" featuring , Marilyn Manson, DaBaby and Francis and the Lights. "Off the Grid" featuring , Playboi Carti and Fivio Foreign, . "Off the Grid" featuring , Playboi Carti and Fivio Foreign, . and "Praise God" featuring , Travis Scott and Baby Keem. . and "Praise God" featuring , Travis Scott and Baby Keem. . There is still reportedly no word on what big names might appear on 'Donda 2.' . 'XXL' suggests that "Eazy," which was just released with The Game, might make it on the new album. . 'XXL' suggests that "Eazy," which was just released with The Game, might make it on the new album. . The song was produced by , Mike Dean, Hit-Boy, Big Duke, DJ Premier and Cash Jones. . The song was produced by , Mike Dean, Hit-Boy, Big Duke, DJ Premier and Cash Jones. . In the song, Kanye reportedly takes aim at comedian Pete Davidson, the new boyfriend of his estranged wife, Kim Kardashian. In the song, Kanye reportedly takes aim at comedian Pete Davidson, the new boyfriend of his estranged wife, Kim Kardashian

Small Businesses Close While Large Industries Thrive Amid Pandemic

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Small Businesses Close , While Large Industries Thrive , Amid Pandemic. 'Newsweek' reports that between February and April of 2020, the number of active business owners declined by 3.3 million. . 'Newsweek' reports that between February and April of 2020, the number of active business owners declined by 3.3 million. . According to one study, in June of 2021, there were 37.5% less small businesses in the United States than just one year earlier. . According to one study, in June of 2021, there were 37.5% less small businesses in the United States than just one year earlier. . 'Newsweek' points out that the significant decline is a tangible example of just how dramatically the pandemic has impacted the economy. At the same time, some larger industries have managed to thrive, thanks in part to creative thinking and innovation in a time of crisis. . At the same time, some larger industries have managed to thrive, thanks in part to creative thinking and innovation in a time of crisis. . Grocery stores turned to curbside delivery and at-home delivery services to accommodate customer concerns and meet safety guidelines. . Grocery stores turned to curbside delivery and at-home delivery services to accommodate customer concerns and meet safety guidelines. . Other industries thrived as a result of an unprecedented rise in demand. . Agricultural exports for the United States are expected to hit $140.5 billion in 2021, up $5.5 billion from 2020. . 'Newsweek' reports that the USDA called the agricultural industry "income inelastic" as people's need for food guarantees demand. . Other industries that have flourished amid the pandemic include home improvement, as well as food and beverage manufacturers. . Other industries that have flourished amid the pandemic include home improvement, as well as food and beverage manufacturers. . According to one study, food and beverage sales grew by 12% in 2020. . According to one study, food and beverage sales grew by 12% in 2020.

Punxsutawney Phil Prepares for Groundhog Day 2022

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Punxsutawney Phil , Prepares for , Groundhog Day 2022. Yahoo reports that in 2021, Punxsutawney Phil made his annual weather prediction in relative solitude. . Phil's prediction was reportedly only witnessed by the groundhog's closest friends, the members of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club. Phil's prediction was reportedly only witnessed by the groundhog's closest friends, the members of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club. But the nation's most popular festival for a rodent will return after a one-year hiatus due to the pandemic. . On February 2, 2022, the world's most famous groundhog will once again step out into the spotlight. Yahoo reports that this year's festival will begin on January 30 with the traditional "Lunch with Phil.". As the sun rises on February 2, Phil will emerge from his climate-controlled fake tree stump. . According to Yahoo, thousands of people come to Gobbler's Knob to hear Phil's prediction each year (except for last year). . According to Yahoo, thousands of people come to Gobbler's Knob to hear Phil's prediction each year (except for last year). . This year's festival marks the 136th time that Phil will have offered his prediction for the end of winter. . Yahoo reports it may be unlikely that Phil doesn't see his shadow. . Out of 135 forecasts, Phil has predicted an early spring just 20 times, according to Groundhog Club records. . Phil also may not be totally accurate with his predictions. . According to Stormfax.com: , "The groundhog's seasonal forecasting accuracy is somewhat low. Phil's winter prognostications have been correct only 39% of the time."

Microsoft To Launch Cross-Platform Email Client Codenamed Project Monarch

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Microsoft To Launch, Cross-Platform Email Client , Codenamed Project Monarch. 'The Independent' reports that Microsoft is planning to launch a new email client to replace Outlook on Windows PC. . The new tool is expected to support cross-platform email, working across Windows, macOS and the web. . Currently, Microsoft has separate versions of its email client for each platform. . According to 'The Independent,' the new client, reportedly referred to internally as Project Monarch, should be similar to Outlook on the web. . It would also reportedly update the current calendar app. . 'The Independent' suggests that the program could be included in the One Outlook app and be available as soon as March or April of 2022. . A general launch is expected in the fall of 2022. . According to ZDNet, the project has been tested internally at Microsoft for months. . 'The Independent' reports that the new email client is just one of many updates Microsoft has been making to its apps. . On January 26, Microsoft's Panos Panay released a blog post detailing some of the other updates on the way, including: . On January 26, Microsoft's Panos Panay released a blog post detailing some of the other updates on the way, including: . Taskbar improvements with call mute and unmute, easier window sharing and bringing weather to the taskbar, plus the introduction of two new redesigned apps, Notepad and Media Player, Panos Panay, Microsoft Chief Product Officer, blog post, via 'The Independent'

A SpaceX Rocket Is on Course To Crash Into the Moon

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A SpaceX Rocket Is on Course , To Crash Into the Moon. According to BBC, the Falcon 9 was launched by SpaceX in 2015 to send a space weather satellite on its journey across the cosmos. After completing its mission, Falcon 9 ran out of the fuel needed to return to Earth, so it stayed in space. Astronomer Jonathan McDowell, from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, said its path has been "chaotic" due to the gravitational forces of the Sun, Moon and Earth. It's been dead - just following the laws of gravity, Jonathan McDowell, astronomer from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, via BBC. McDowell also said this will be the first known occasion of an uncontrolled rocket crashing into the moon. BBC reports the rocket is scheduled to collide with the moon — and explode — on March 4. It's basically a four-metric ton empty metal tank, with a rocket engine on the back. And so if you imagine throwing that at a rock at 5,000 miles an hour, it's not going to be happy, Jonathan McDowell, astronomer from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, via BBC. It will reportedly leave a small crater on the far side of the moon. McDowell points out that while space debris poses little risk currently, there could be consequences in the future. If we get into the future where there are cities and bases on the Moon, we want to know what's out there. It's much easier to get that organized when there is slow traffic in space, rather than waiting until it's a problem, Jonathan McDowell, astronomer from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, via BBC

2021 Saw the US Economy Grow at the Fastest Rate Since Reagan Administration

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2021 Saw the US Economy Grow , at the Fastest Rate Since Reagan Administration. On Jan. 27, the Bureau of Economic Analysis reported U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) rose 5.7% in 2021. CNN reports that is the fastest pace since Ronald Reagan was president in 1984. The last three months of the year in particular did much better than economists anticipated. Q4 2021 saw GDP grow at a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 6.9%. This was a substantial increase compared to Q3 2021, at which point the country was ravaged by the Delta COVID-19 variant. Upon hearing news of America's economic growth, President Biden issued a statement. The GDP numbers for my first year show that we are finally building an American economy for the 21st Century, with the fastest economic growth in nearly four decades, along with the greatest year of job growth in American history, President Joe Biden, via statement. And, for the first time in 20 years, our economy grew faster than China's, President Joe Biden, via statement. Meanwhile, consumer spending surged 7.9%, the most prominent spending increase since 1946. This was partly due to the fact that by the end of the year, inflation was at 6.5%, the largest increase since 1981

Fukushima Residents Who Developed Cancer Sue Power Company Over Nuclear Disaster

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Fukushima Residents, Who Developed Cancer , Sue Power Company Over Nuclear Disaster. 'The Independent' reports that six people in Japan who grew up near the Fukushima nuclear reactor have sued the power company after being diagnosed with thyroid cancer. . On January 27, a lawsuit was filed that claims the cancer was triggered by massive amounts of radiation that leaked from the plant in 2011. . According to 'The Independent,' the petitioners, who were children at the time of the disaster, are now between the ages of 17 and 27. . They are seeking over $5 million in compensation from the Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings (Tepco). On March 11, 2011, a massive earthquake northeast of Japan triggered a tsunami that destroyed the Fukushima plant's cooling system. . On March 11, 2011, a massive earthquake northeast of Japan triggered a tsunami that destroyed the Fukushima plant's cooling system. . The resulting nuclear meltdown impacted tens of thousands of locals. . All of the plaintiffs, who were between 6 and 16 at the time of the disaster, were diagnosed with thyroid cancer between 2012 and 2018. . All of the plaintiffs, who were between 6 and 16 at the time of the disaster, were diagnosed with thyroid cancer between 2012 and 2018. . According to a Fukushima prefectural survey, nearly 300 people in the area have been diagnosed with or suspected to have thyroid cancer. . According to a Fukushima prefectural survey, nearly 300 people in the area have been diagnosed with or suspected to have thyroid cancer. . In 2019, three officials from Tepco were found not guilty of criminal responsibility for the meltdown. . The Tokyo district court ruled that the company's former executives could not have predicted the disaster. . 'The Independent' reports that case, and its ruling in favor of Tepco, have now been taken to a higher court.

Ben Roethlisberger Announces Retirement From National Football League

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Ben Roethlisberger Announces Retirement , From National Football League. Ben Roethlisberger Announces Retirement , From National Football League. CNN reports all-pro quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has announced his retirement from professional football. Roethlisberger, affectionately known as "Big Ben," spent the entirety of his 18-year NFL career with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Roethlisberger, affectionately known as "Big Ben," spent the entirety of his 18-year NFL career with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Selected with the number 11 overall pick in 2004, Roethlisberger quickly acclimated himself to the NFL, winning Offensive Rookie of the Year in his first season. The time has come to clean out my locker, , Ben Roethlisberger, former NFL Quarterback, via Twitter. ... hang up my cleats, and continue to be all I can be to my wife and children. , Ben Roethlisberger, former NFL Quarterback, via Twitter. Roethlisberger propelled the Pittsburgh Steelers to Super Bowl victories in 2005 and 2008. Roethlisberger propelled the Pittsburgh Steelers to Super Bowl victories in 2005 and 2008. He remains the youngest starting quarterback to win a Super Bowl. Known for his cannon-like throwing arm, Roethlisberger dazzled his way to six Pro Bowl selections. As Roethlisberger calls it a career, he finishes as the Pittsburgh Steelers' all-time leader in passing yards and passing touchdowns. As Roethlisberger calls it a career, he finishes as the Pittsburgh Steelers' all-time leader in passing yards and passing touchdowns. I retire from football a truly grateful man. , Ben Roethlisberger, former NFL Quarterback, via Twitter

NASA's TESS Mission Has Already Identified Thousands of Possible Alien Worlds

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NASA's TESS Mission , Has Already Identified , Thousands of Possible Alien Worlds. 'Newsweek' recently reported on some of the weirdest and most exciting exoplanet candidates detected by NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS). So far, TESS has discovered over 5,000 alien worlds outside of our own solar system. . In 2018, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) launched the TESS mission and began gathering information about these distant worlds. . This time last year, TESS had found just over 2,400 TOIs. Today, TESS has reached more than twice that number—a huge testament to the mission and all the teams scouring the data for new planets. I'm excited to see thousands more in the years to come!, Michelle Kunimoto, a postdoctoral researcher at MIT. This time last year, TESS had found just over 2,400 TOIs. Today, TESS has reached more than twice that number—a huge testament to the mission and all the teams scouring the data for new planets. I'm excited to see thousands more in the years to come!, Michelle Kunimoto, a postdoctoral researcher at MIT. 'Newsweek' reports that many of the exoplanets already identified stand out for either general weirdness or a likeness to the Earth. . TOI-2109b orbits its parent star, about 855 million light-years from Earth, in just 16 hours. Daytime temperatures on TOI-2109b reach a searing 6,000 degrees Fahrenheit. GJ-367b, one of the smallest planets detected, has a super-fast orbit of just eight hours, and daytime temperatures up to 2,700 degrees Fahrenheit. Other exoplanets have been noted for their similarities to the Earth. . In January of 2020, NASA announced it had found the first Earth-sized planet within the habitable zone of its star. TOI-700d is reportedly a rocky world only slightly larger than Earth, about 100 light-years away

Spotify To Remove Neil Young’s Music

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Spotify To Remove , Neil Young’s Music. Spotify To Remove , Neil Young’s Music. CNN reports that on Jan. 26, Neil Young issued a statement on his website regarding Joe Rogan and vaccine disinformation, which has since been deleted. CNN reports that on Jan. 26, Neil Young issued a statement on his website regarding Joe Rogan and vaccine disinformation, which has since been deleted. He expressed a desire to have his music removed from Spotify since he believes the platform is "spreading fake information about vaccines -- potentially causing death to those who believe this disinformation spread by them.". He expressed a desire to have his music removed from Spotify since he believes the platform is "spreading fake information about vaccines -- potentially causing death to those who believe this disinformation spread by them.". I want you to let Spotify know immediately TODAY that I want all my music off their platform. They can have Rogan or Young. Not both, Neil Young, via statement courtesy of 'Rolling Stone'. Spotify has reportedly decided to heed Young's request and remove his music from the platform. We want all the world's music and audio content to be available to Spotify users. With that comes great responsibility in balancing both safety for listeners and freedom for creators, Spotify spokesman, via 'The Washington Post'. We have detailed content policies in place and we've removed over 20,000 podcast episodes related to covid-19 since the start of the pandemic. We regret Neil's decision to remove his music from Spotify, but hope to welcome him back soon, Spotify spokesman, via 'The Washington Post'. We have detailed content policies in place and we've removed over 20,000 podcast episodes related to covid-19 since the start of the pandemic. We regret Neil's decision to remove his music from Spotify, but hope to welcome him back soon, Spotify spokesman, via 'The Washington Post'. Meanwhile, 250 health professionals recently wrote an open letter calling out the platform for promoting Rogan and COVID-19 misinformation. Meanwhile, 250 health professionals recently wrote an open letter calling out the platform for promoting Rogan and COVID-19 misinformation. 'Variety' reports that 'The Joe Rogan Experience' was Spotify's most popular podcast in 2021

How COVID-19 Is Negatively Affecting Early Education

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How COVID-19 Is , Negatively Affecting Early Education. CNN reports that as the Omicron variant continues to infect large swaths of the global population, officials say schoolchildren are experiencing increased health issues. CNN reports that as the Omicron variant continues to infect large swaths of the global population, officials say schoolchildren are experiencing increased health issues. It has been such a tumultuous few years with so much uncertainty, , Phyllis Fagell, school counselor in Washington, D.C., via CNN. ... so much disruption, so much dashed optimism at various points. , Phyllis Fagell, school counselor in Washington, D.C., via CNN. According to data company Burbio, almost 3,500 schools in the United States have returned to remote learning. A recent study, published in 'JAMA Pediatrics,' found that the uncertainty surrounding school closures amid the COVID-19 pandemic is taking a toll on children. The research found children have increased chances of experiencing mental and physical health problems as a result of lockdowns and school closures. Researchers say pandemic safety measures have made children more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety. As a result of shuttered schools, children of poorer families may also experience food insecurity. There's a lot that goes into the fabric of a school day that builds a community around the child that they've not been able to fully take advantage of over the last couple of years. , Dr. David Rubin, director of Population Health Innovation Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, via CNN. The toll that school closures and social isolation has had on kid's mental health cannot be overstated. , Dr. Daniell Dooley, medical director at Children's National Hospital, via CNN

Climate Change Threatens 22,500 Archaeological Sites, Experts Warn

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Climate Change Threatens , 22,500 Archaeological Sites, Experts Warn. 'The Independent' reports that experts say nearly 22,500 archaeological sites in the U.K. are in danger due to climate change. . Warmer weather reportedly threatens artifacts still buried beneath the ground. . According to experts, increasing temperatures dry out waterlogged soil, reducing its ability to preserve organic materials like wood, leather or textiles. . The BBC reports that archaeologists working to uncover a Roman fort along Hadrian's Wall fear the process is already happening at the site. . Experts have expressed concern over how the peatlands, which cover 10% of the U.K., could be impacted by climate change. 'The Independent' reports that these peatlands have been estimated to contain up to 22,500 archaeological sites. . According to Historic England, the peatlands' waterlogged conditions make for, “exceptional preservation of natural and cultural organic remains.”. The loss of peatlands would have big implications for the understanding of the country’s history but also for our climatic history and our environmental history, Dr Rosie Everett, Northumbria University, via the BBC. 'The Independent' reports that the peatlands are also crucial in Britain's fight against climate change. . When healthy, the peatlands are capable of storing vast quantities of carbon.

A Helpful Guide to Pre-Bedtime Snacks That Won't Prevent a Good Night's Sleep

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A Helpful Guide , to Pre-Bedtime Snacks , That Won't Prevent a Good Night's Sleep. 'The Independent' recently asked Sammy Margo, author of 'The Good Sleep Guide,' which foods people should eat before bed and those they should avoid. . Here are 5 foods she recommended: . 1. Bananas, These magnesium-rich little wonders help relax muscles and also contain serotonin and melatonin, which can encourage sleep. . 1. Bananas, These magnesium-rich little wonders help relax muscles and also contain serotonin and melatonin, which can encourage sleep. . 2. Almonds, Not only are these nuts a source of healthy fats, they are also loaded with tryptophan and magnesium. . 2. Almonds, Not only are these nuts a source of healthy fats, they are also loaded with tryptophan and magnesium. . Both help to naturally reduce muscle and nerve function while also steadying your heart rhythm, Sammy Margo, sleep expert and author of 'The Good Sleep Guide,' via 'The Independent'. 3. Honey, According to Margo, one teaspoon of honey is enough to release melatonin in the brain and reduce orexin, which keeps people alert. . 4. Oats, Rich in vitamins, minerals and amino acids, oats help produce sleep-inducing melatonin. . 4. Oats, Rich in vitamins, minerals and amino acids, oats help produce sleep-inducing melatonin. . They also stimulate insulin production and raise blood sugar naturally. . 5. Turkey, According to Margo, this is one of the most famous sources of tryptophan, while also being a great source of protein. . Foods to avoid before bed include:. Alcohol, cheese, spicy food, fatty foods and coffee. . While particular foods and drinks may feel warming, those that are spicy, caffeinated, or high in fat and protein can play havoc with our sleep. Lying down after eating a spice-laden meal can result in heartburn and a restless night, Sammy Margo, sleep expert and author of 'The Good Sleep Guide,' via 'The Independent'

Hot Housing Prices Start To Cool Down in the United States

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Hot Housing Prices Start To Cool Down , in the United States. CNN reports the overheated prices of homes in the United States are now showing signs of cooling. Per the S&P CoreLogic Case Shiller U.S. National Home Price Index in November, house prices rose by 18% year-over-year. Despite the rise in year-over-year numbers, November's home prices decreased 19.1% from the previous month. For the past several months, prices have continued to rise at a very high rate, but the increases have been getting smaller. , Craig J. Lazzara, managing director of S&P Down Jones Indices, via CNN. Even when considering the current deceleration of housing prices, November's gain ranks sixth-highest in the U.S. National Home Price Index's history. Phoenix, Arizona's, housing prices have led the charge during the coronavirus pandemic, increasing 32.2% annually. Directly behind Phoenix is Tampa, Florida, where prices went up by 29%, and Miami, Florida, which experienced increases of 26.6%. Directly behind Phoenix is Tampa, Florida, where prices went up by 29%, and Miami, Florida, which experienced increases of 26.6%. We continue to see very strong growth at the city level, Craig J. Lazzara, managing director of S&P Down Jones Indices, via CNN. Experts say housing prices have been pushed to all-time highs, partly due to a lack of inventory. Increasing home prices will continue to be the norm as long as supply is restricted. , Bill Dallas, president of Finance of America Mortgage, via CNN

Future COVID-19 Variants Will Be More Contagious, WHO Says

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Future COVID-19 Variants , Will Be More Contagious, , WHO Says. Future COVID-19 Variants , Will Be More Contagious, , WHO Says. CNBC reports officials with the World Health Organization (WHO) suggest future variants of the coronavirus will be just as infectious as Omicron, if not more transmissible. . Whether or not they will be as deadly remains to be seen. According to CNBC, nearly 21 million new cases of COVID-19 were reported to the WHO in the last week. Though Omicron thus far has been less virulent than previous strains, officials say the influx of new cases has had devastating impacts on hospitals around the world. The next variant of concern will be more fit, and what we mean by that is it will be more transmissible because it will have to overtake what is currently circulating. , Maria Van Kerkhove, COVID-19 technical lead at WHO, via CNBC. The big question is whether or not future variants will be more or less severe. , Maria Van Kerkhove, COVID-19 technical lead at WHO, via CNBC. Officials caution against accepting the theory that COVID-19 is mutating into milder strains. There is no guarantee of that. We hope that that is the case, but there is no guarantee of that and we can’t bank on it. , Maria Van Kerkhove, COVID-19 technical lead at WHO, via CNBC. A study from the U.K. Health Security Agency found that booster doses of coronavirus vaccines are nearly 75% effective in preventing symptomatic Omicron infections. The study also found that after ten weeks, the protection from a booster dose wanes dramatically, dropping to around 45% efficacy. The study also found that after ten weeks, the protection from a booster dose wanes dramatically, dropping to around 45% efficacy

San Jose Votes To Enact First-in-Nation Gun Ownership Requirements

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San Jose Votes To Enact , First-in-Nation , Gun Ownership Requirements. San Jose Votes To Enact , First-in-Nation , Gun Ownership Requirements. On Jan. 25, the San Jose, California, city council voted to adopt an ordinance that would require the majority of gun owners to pay an annual $25 fee and have liability insurance. It's the first time such an ordinance would be implemented in the United States. The measure is intended to promote safer behavior and lessen the financial burden of gun violence taxpayers endure. Mayor Sam Liccardo estimates that the city's residents incur nearly $442 million in gun-related expenses per year. Certainly, the Second Amendment protects every citizen's right to own a gun. It does not require taxpayers to subsidize that right, Sam Liccardo, San Jose Mayor, via news conference. The $25 fee would go to a nonprofit tasked with distributing the money to gun crime prevention and gun violence victims. The ordinance's final reading will take place next month, where it must be approved to take effect in August. Gun rights activists have already threatened lawsuits if the measures become law. CNN reports that a 2021 Gallup poll found that only 52% of Americans think "laws covering the sales of firearms" should be more strict

Child Care Workers in the United States Face Food Insecurity

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Child Care Workers , in the United States, Face Food Insecurity . 'Newsweek' reports that a new study showed that about one-third of child care workers in the United States faced food insecurity in 2020. . 'Newsweek' reports that a new study showed that about one-third of child care workers in the United States faced food insecurity in 2020. . The study was conducted by the Center for Early Childhood Innovation and South Side Early Learning. Food insecurity is defined as a lack of access to consistent meals. . Food insecurity in the U.S. is monitored by the Department of Agriculture. . According to a Department of Agriculture report for 2020, 10.5% of households in the U.S. experienced food insecurity. . Among child care workers, the rate of food insecurity was as much as 20% higher than the national average. . According to the 'News and Tribune,' the average pay for child care workers is approximately $12.24 an hour. . 'Newsweek' reports that the First Five Years Fund (FFYF) looks to expand support for child care workers at the federal level. . The existential flaws of the child care market have set everyone involved up for failure: parents, provider and the communities who rely on them. , Charlie Joughin, First Five Years Fund (FFYF), via 'Newsweek'. The existential flaws of the child care market have set everyone involved up for failure: parents, provider and the communities who rely on them. , Charlie Joughin, First Five Years Fund (FFYF), via 'Newsweek'. While COVID has certainly pushed this crisis to the brink, the underlying issues will remain long after the pandemic is over unless Congress passes significant, sustained reforms and investments to build an early learning system that actually works, Charlie Joughin, First Five Years Fund (FFYF), via 'Newsweek'. While COVID has certainly pushed this crisis to the brink, the underlying issues will remain long after the pandemic is over unless Congress passes significant, sustained reforms and investments to build an early learning system that actually works, Charlie Joughin, First Five Years Fund (FFYF), via 'Newsweek'

Mattel Wins Back Disney Princess Toy License, While Hasbro Keeps ‘Star Wars’

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Mattel Wins Back Disney Princess Toy License, While Hasbro Keeps ‘Star Wars’. Mattel Wins Back Disney Princess Toy License, While Hasbro Keeps ‘Star Wars’. In 2016, Mattel lost its license to make Disney princess toys to rival Hasbro. But on Jan. 26, Mattel announced it has recouped the license and will start selling new Disney toys in 2023. The group that handles its Barbie franchise will manage the new endeavor. Mattel said the new deal will enhance its offerings for the 'Toy Story,' 'Cars' and 'Lightyear' franchises as well. Mattel said the new deal will enhance its offerings for the 'Toy Story,' 'Cars' and 'Lightyear' franchises as well. As the worldwide leader in dolls, we look forward to bringing our unique Mattel Playbook approach to brand management, product and marketing expertise, Richard Dickson, Mattel President and Chief Operating Officer, via statement. Also on Jan. 26, Hasbro announced it had renewed its licensing deal for the 'Star Wars' franchise. Also on Jan. 26, Hasbro announced it had renewed its licensing deal for the 'Star Wars' franchise. The company also signed a new agreement enabling products to be made based on the 'Indiana Jones' franchise. The company also signed a new agreement enabling products to be made based on the 'Indiana Jones' franchise. 'Indiana Jones' items are also slated to hit shelves in 2023. 'Indiana Jones' items are also slated to hit shelves in 2023

Gates Foundation Expands Board of Trustees, Announces New Members

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Gates Foundation , Expands Board of Trustees, , Announces New Members. On January 26, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced that it will expand its board of trustees, adding four members. . On January 26, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced that it will expand its board of trustees, adding four members. . ABC News reports that the move marks a first for the Seattle-based foundation, which has been guided by few people since being founded in 2000. . ABC News reports that the move marks a first for the Seattle-based foundation, which has been guided by few people since being founded in 2000. . The announcement means that six people will be in charge of the global charitable group and its $50 billion endowment in the future. . The announcement means that six people will be in charge of the global charitable group and its $50 billion endowment in the future. . On January 26, Gates Foundation CEO Mark Suzman announced that he would be joining the board while also revealing the three other new members. . On January 26, Gates Foundation CEO Mark Suzman announced that he would be joining the board while also revealing the three other new members. . Zimbabwean telecom billionaire Strive Masiyiwa, Minouche Shafik, director of the London School of Economics and Political Science. ... and Thomas J. Tierney, co-founder and co-chair of The Bridgespan Group, will also join the board. . According to ABC News, as co-chairs of the foundation, Bill and Melinda will continue to have additional authority. . The foundation said that the board will meet three times a year, and board members can serve up to two consecutive three-year terms. . The foundation said that the board will meet three times a year, and board members can serve up to two consecutive three-year terms. . Critics, like David Callahan, founder of the website Insider Philanthropy, argue that the foundation holds too much global influence and lacks oversight. . They are such a powerful player that it’s hard for people to speak truth to power to them. So many of the people who may be critics of the Gates Foundation are funded by the Gates Foundation, or would like to be funded by the Gates Foundation, David Callahan, founder of Insider Philanthropy and author of 'The Givers: Wealth, Power, and Philanthropy in a New Gilded Age,' via ABC News

David 'Big Papi' Ortiz Elected Into Major League Baseball Hall of Fame

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David 'Big Papi' Ortiz Elected Into , Major League Baseball Hall of Fame. David 'Big Papi' Ortiz Elected Into , Major League Baseball Hall of Fame. NPR reports beloved David 'Big Papi' Ortiz, formerly of the Boston Red Sox, is officially a member of the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame. Ortiz, a native of the Dominican Republic, was the only former player to receive the prestigious lifetime achievement this year. According to NPR, Ortiz appeared on 307 of 394 total Hall of Fame ballots. To me, it's an honor. I can't even describe it. , David Ortiz, former MLB player, via NPR. Ortiz spent the majority of his career as a designated hitter. . During his two decades in the major leagues, Ortiz hit 541 home runs and won three World Series titles with the Boston Red Sox. During his two decades in the major leagues, Ortiz hit 541 home runs and won three World Series titles with the Boston Red Sox. Hall of Fame voters once again decided against inducting Barry Bonds, the league's all-time home run leader, and seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens. Hall of Fame voters once again decided against inducting Barry Bonds, the league's all-time home run leader, and seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens. For Bonds and Clemens, this was their tenth and final year on the Hall of Fame ballot. For Bonds and Clemens, this was their tenth and final year on the Hall of Fame ballot. Both former superstar caliber baseball players, Bonds and Clemens' history has been affected by their use of performance-enhancing drugs, prevalently found in the MLB during the late '90s and early 2000s. Clemens says he is happy this troubling chapter of his life is now behind him. I didn't play baseball to get into the HOF. I played to make a generational difference in the lives of my family. , Roger Clemens, former MLB pitcher, via Twitter

As Omicron Spreads, Many Americans Haven't Received a Booster Shot of COVID-19 Vaccine

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As Omicron Spreads, , Many Americans Haven't Received a Booster Shot, of a COVID-19 Vaccine. ABC News reports the drive to put booster shots in Americans' arms is faltering. Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 40% of citizens of the United States have had a booster shot. It’s clear that the booster effort is falling short. , Jason Schwartz, vaccine policy expert at Yale University, via ABC News. In all, the United States' campaign for coronavirus vaccines has resulted in around 63% of citizens receiving their initial shots. The sluggish response from the general public has led some states to get creative with their vaccine messaging. In Wyoming, where 44% of citizens are vaccinated, the state is now airing television advertisements featuring health care workers' accounts of unvaccinated patients' struggles against the virus. In Wyoming, where 44% of citizens are vaccinated, the state is now airing television advertisements featuring health care workers' accounts of unvaccinated patients' struggles against the virus. Certainly, we would like to see higher rates. But it would be wrong for anyone to think that the rates we have are due to a lack of effort. , Kim Deti, spokesperson for Wyoming Health Department, via ABC News. 86 million Americans have been fully vaccinated and are eligible for a booster shot. I think the evidence is now overwhelming that the booster is not simply an optional supplement, but it is a foundational part of protection. , Jason Schwartz, vaccine policy expert at Yale University, via ABC News. But clearly that message has been lost. , Jason Schwartz, vaccine policy expert at Yale University, via ABC News

Biden Administration's Vaccine Mandate for Large Companies Is Officially Withdrawn

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Biden Administration's , Vaccine Mandate for Large Companies , Is Officially Withdrawn. 'Time' reports that the Biden administration has officially withdrawn a rule that would have mandated vaccination or regular testing for workers at big companies. . 'Time' reports that the Biden administration has officially withdrawn a rule that would have mandated vaccination or regular testing for workers at big companies. . On January 25, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) confirmed that the mandate had been withdrawn. . 'Time' reports that OSHA said it still strongly recommends that workers get vaccinated. . The mandate, which would have impacted workers at companies with at least 100 employees, was originally scheduled to go into effect on January 4. . The mandate, which would have impacted workers at companies with at least 100 employees, was originally scheduled to go into effect on January 4. . According to 'Time,' over 80 million workers in the United States would have been impacted by the mandate. . A number of states and business groups challenged the mandate in court. On January 13, the Supreme Court halted the plan after ruling that OSHA had overstepped its authority. . OSHA has never before imposed such a mandate. Nor has Congress. Indeed, although Congress has enacted significant legislation addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, it has declined to enact any measure similar to what OSHA has promulgated here, Supreme Court Majority, statement, via 'Time'. OSHA has never before imposed such a mandate. Nor has Congress. Indeed, although Congress has enacted significant legislation addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, it has declined to enact any measure similar to what OSHA has promulgated here, Supreme Court Majority, statement, via 'Time'. 'Time' reports that OSHA said the mandate could still return in some form or another. . According to OSHA, the organization will now prioritize the health care mandate.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Announces She Will Run for Reelection

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House Speaker , Nancy Pelosi Announces , She Will Run for Reelection. Al Jazeera reports that United States House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has announced she will run for a 19th term in office. . The announcement reportedly ends speculation that the 81-year-old would retire with her Democratic Party heading into crucial 2022 midterms. . While we have made progress, much more needs to be done to improve people’s lives. This election is crucial. Nothing less is at stake than our democracy, Nancy Pelosi, statement, via Al Jazeera . While we have made progress, much more needs to be done to improve people’s lives. This election is crucial. Nothing less is at stake than our democracy, Nancy Pelosi, statement, via Al Jazeera . Al Jazeera reports that Democrats are looking to defend both the House and the Senate in the midterm elections, while President Joe Biden's approval rating continues to fall. . Al Jazeera reports that Democrats are looking to defend both the House and the Senate in the midterm elections, while President Joe Biden's approval rating continues to fall. . Pelosi represents a district in California that includes San Francisco. 15 years ago she made history, becoming the first female speaker of the House. . Pelosi has served as a member of Congress since 1987. . In January of 2021, Pelosi narrowly defeated Republican Kevin McCarthy to be reelected as house speaker. . In January of 2021, Pelosi narrowly defeated Republican Kevin McCarthy to be reelected as house speaker. . In her announcement, Pelosi did not address whether she will seek another term as the House's Democratic leader. . According to Al Jazeera, she is heavily favored to win her overwhelmingly Democratic district, which she won by 78% in 2020.

Ancient Redwood Forest in California Will Be Returned to Indigenous Tribal Group

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Ancient Redwood Forest , In California Will Be Returned to , Indigenous Tribal Group. Fox News reports that the descendants of Native American tribes on the Northern California coast will reclaim 500 acres of forest. . The land includes ancient redwoods that have towered over the landscape since their ancestors walked the land. . On January 25, the Save the Redwoods League announced that a section of the Lost Coast will be transferred to the InterTribal Sinkyone Wilderness Council. . The organization of 10 tribes will reportedly be responsible for protecting the area dubbed Tc’ih-Léh-Dûñ, or "Fish Run Place," in the Sinkyone language. It’s a real blessing. It’s like a healing for our ancestors. I know our ancestors are happy. This was given to us to protect, Priscilla Hunter, Chairwoman of the Sinkyone Council, via Fox News. Fox News reports that the transfer is part of the Land Back movement to return Indigenous lands to the ancestors of those who originally dwelled there. . The league reportedly paid $37 million to protect part of the Lost Coast from a lumber company that wanted to use the land for logging. . According to Fox News, the land was last logged 30 years ago and still has a large number of old-growth redwoods. . This is a property where you can almost tangibly feel that it is healing, that it is recovering. , Sam Hodder, President and CEO of the Save the Redwoods League, via Fox News. This is a property where you can almost tangibly feel that it is healing, that it is recovering. , Sam Hodder, President and CEO of the Save the Redwoods League, via Fox News. You walk through the forest and, even as you see the kind of ghostly stumps of ancient trees that were harvested, you could also in the foggy landscape see the monsters that were left behind as well as the young redwoods that are sprouting from those stumps, Sam Hodder, President and CEO of the Save the Redwoods League, via Fox News

New Study Shows Peanut Allergy Treatment Works for Toddlers

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New Study Shows Peanut Allergy , Treatment Works for Toddlers. New Study Shows Peanut Allergy , Treatment Works for Toddlers. ABC News reports a peanut allergy treatment used for children ages four and older may be safe for toddlers as well. The study, conducted by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, added powder containing peanuts into the diet of young children. Researchers found that over time, the majority of their subjects became desensitized to their peanut allergy. According to ABC News, nearly 2% of children in the United States are allergic to peanuts. The study found that as far as treating a peanut allergy in children, the younger they are, the more likely they are to attain full remission. This suggests that if we do start treatment younger, , Dr. Lisa Wheatley, Section Chief at the NIAID Division of Allergy, Immunology, and Transplantation, via ABC News. ... there is a potential to help some children become non-allergic. , Dr. Lisa Wheatley, Section Chief at the NIAID Division of Allergy, Immunology, and Transplantation, via ABC News. Researchers say children who had a history of severe allergic reactions weren't involved in the study. The study's findings offer hope for parents of children who are allergic to peanuts. Experts caution: feeding peanuts to a child with a known allergy could have serious adverse effects; such actions are only to be performed by a licensed physician

Fitness Trainer Explains How Long It Takes To Realistically See Results

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Fitness Trainer Explains , How Long It Takes To, Realistically See Results. 'The Independent' recently spoke with a fitness expert to find out how long it should take for a new workout routine to show results. . If you’ve never exercised before, you can expect to see results much faster than someone who has been training for years, as their bodies will be more conditioned, Amanda Hughes, fitness trainer, via 'The Independent'. We’re all individual in our make-up, thus the rate at which we see changes to our body will be different in each person, Amanda Hughes, fitness trainer, via 'The Independent'. With that taken into account, Hughes suggests that a routine that has you training 3 to 5 times a week should show results in about a month or two. . Here are 3 things, that Hughes suggests:. 1. Keep track of your progress, Documenting your workout journey with before and after pics can help to keep you motivated. . Whilst the initial changes will be small, overtime these results will be more noticeable, Amanda Hughes, fitness trainer, via 'The Independent'. 2. Make your workout plan realistic but challenging. . Be progressive with your workouts and take into account your starting point. Having a realistic and sustainable plan in place will help you to stay on it, Amanda Hughes, fitness trainer, via 'The Independent'. 3. Make your workouts fun. , Gyms offer a wide variety of classes, like aerial yoga or boxing, to help spice up your routine. . 3. Make your workouts fun. , Gyms offer a wide variety of classes, like aerial yoga or boxing, to help spice up your routine. . Finding something that you enjoy doing is paramount to your success, Amanda Hughes, fitness trainer, via 'The Independent'

Five Things You Probably Didn't Know About Groundhog Day

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Five Things , You Probably Didn't Know , About Groundhog Day. 1. Groundhog Day's roots stretch far back into history. , According to Mental Floss, Imbolc was an ancient pagan celebration of the beginning of spring. 1. Groundhog Day's roots stretch far back into history. , According to Mental Floss, Imbolc was an ancient pagan celebration of the beginning of spring. Later, Christians would celebrate Candlemas, a feast day that fell 40 days after Christmas. . 2. The first modern Groundhog Day event was held in 1887. , According to Mental Floss, it took place in Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney. . 2. The first modern Groundhog Day event was held in 1887. , According to Mental Floss, it took place in Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney. . 3. Punxsutawney Phil actually has a hit-or-miss record at predicting the weather. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, the groundhog was only right 50% of the time between 2011 and 2020. Not bad for a rodent asked by humans to predict the weather. . 4. According to the lore, Punxsutawney Phil is 135 years old now. , Normally, groundhogs live to be approximately six years old. . However, thanks to a magical elixir, Phil has been predicting the weather since 1887. . Of course, he's only been called Phil since 1961. , Before that he was known as "Br'er Groundhog" or "The Punxsutawney Groundhog.". 5. Punxsutawney Phil goes to Washington, To celebrate Phil's 100th birthday, he traveled to the White House and met with President Ronald Reagan. . 5. Punxsutawney Phil goes to Washington, To celebrate Phil's 100th birthday, he traveled to the White House and met with President Ronald Reagan. . According to Mental Floss, when Phil isn't making his annual prediction, he lives with his wife Phyllis in a sanctuary in the town library. . According to Mental Floss, when Phil isn't making his annual prediction, he lives with his wife Phyllis in a sanctuary in the town library.

Looking For a Career Change Amid the 'Great Resignation?' Here's What To Do

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Looking For a Career Change , Amid the 'Great Resignation?', Here's What To Do. Experts say as the 'Great Resignation' unfolds, now may be your best time to find a better opportunity. Here are a few ways to increase your odds of landing a better career opportunity, according to experts:. Learn New Skills. Experts say one of the best ways to better yourself is to educate yourself. It is never too late to go back to school, obtain a certification, set a goal, or educate yourself on something you’re passionate about. , Karen Gaski, human resources manager CareerBuilder, via CNBC. Transferable Skills. Before you send your resume to any potential employers, make sure to highlight how your skills will transfer to their open position. Make sure to emphasize these skills in the executive summary of your resume and reference them again in your cover letter. Keywords. Mirroring the language of a job post may help your application stand apart. Experts suggest including keywords from job posts in your resume, including any company lingo used to describe the position. Anecdotes. Preparing anecdotes before a job interview could be the key to landing your next great opportunity. Experts say to give specific examples of how you have utilized your transferable skills in the past to forge positive outcomes. Practice. Experts agree to ace a job interview, preparation is essential. Play through some scenarios beforehand, and rehearse your anecdotes. Be prepared so that you can go into your interview with plenty of confidence. Practice what you’ll say ahead of time, but talk conversationally. , Vicki Salemi, career expert Monster, via CNBC

SAT College Admission Test Will Go Digital Starting in 2024

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SAT College Admission Test Will Go Digital , Starting in 2024. The College Board announced the changes on Jan. 25. . The digital SAT will be easier to take, easier to give, and more relevant, Priscilla Rodriguez, College Board VP, via 'The Washington Post'. We’re not simply putting the current SAT on a digital platform — we’re taking full advantage of what delivering an assessment digitally makes possible, Priscilla Rodriguez, College Board VP, via 'The Washington Post'. While the SAT test will be online, it will continue to be administered in a proctored location. Standardized testing for college admissions has been controversial for some time. Access to test taking has been restricted during the COVID pandemic leading universities to suspend test requirements in recent years. Some major universities, such as USC, have even announced that admissions decisions will no longer be based on SAT or ACT scores. Admission officials at Arizona State University lauded the College Board's decision to digitize the SAT test. It’s about time, Kent Hopkins, Arizona State University VP, via 'The Washington Post'. The test will be easier for students to take. It will be easier for test-site coordinators. I’m looking forward to seeing better access to taking the test, Kent Hopkins, Arizona State University VP, via 'The Washington Post'. Officials that oversee the ACT test say that it will also likely move to an online format. Critics of both tests say that making the test digital does not solve their inherent unfairness. Shifting an unnecessary, biased, coachable, and poorly predictive multiple-choice exam that few schools currently require from pencil-and-paper delivery to an electronic format ... , Bob Schaeffer, FairTest: National Center for Fair & Open Testing, via 'The Washington Post'. ... does not magically transform it into a more accurate, fairer or valid tool for assessing college readiness, Bob Schaeffer, FairTest: National Center for Fair & Open Testing, via 'The Washington Post'

8 Chinese New Year Superstitions

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8 Chinese New Year , Superstitions. According to chinatravel.com, there are some dos and don'ts during the New Year festival. Here are some common Chinese New Year superstitions. 1. Don't sweep, Otherwise, the wealth brought by the gods for the New Year may be swept away. 2. Don't wash clothes for the first two days, You could wash away good fortune, as the first day of the celebration is the birthday of the water god. 3. Don't break anything, Breaking things, especially dishes, is considered a bad omen since you are severing your connection to prosperity and good luck. 4. Don't use unlucky words, Negative words such as "death" or "poverty" should be avoided at all costs. 5. No medicine or hospital visits, Unless there is a serious emergency, doing so could bring illness for the coming year. 5. No medicine or hospital visits, Unless there is a serious emergency, doing so could bring illness for the coming year. 6. No lending or borrowing, Doing so will result in lending or borrowing for the rest of the year. 7. Don't use scissors or knives, Cutting hair is also considered taboo until the festival is over. 8. Don't eat porridge or meat, Porridge is considered peasant food, so eating it will keep you from prosperity. Refraining from eating meat in the morning shows respect to the gods who arrive to welcome the new year. 8. Don't eat porridge or meat, Porridge is considered peasant food, so eating it will keep you from prosperity. Refraining from eating meat in the morning shows respect to the gods who arrive to welcome the new year. Good Luck in the Year of the Tiger!

New Study Suggests Discovery of Liquid Water on Mars May Have Been an Illusion

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New Study Suggests , Discovery of Liquid Water on Mars , May Have Been an Illusion. According to a new study, liquid water previously discovered beneath the Martian south pole may have just been an illusion. . 'The Independent' reports that a new study suggests that bright reflections at the pole match those of volcanic plains found across Mars. . Reserchers say that the current temperature and pressure of the red planet makes the presence of stable liquid water unlikely. . Scientists at the University of Texas at Austin suggest volcanic rock buried under ice was mistaken for large bodies of water. . For water to be sustained this close to the surface, you need both a very salty environment and a strong, locally generated heat source, but that doesn’t match what we know of this region, Cyril Grima, Lead author and planetary scientist at the University of Texas Institute for Geophysics (UTIG),via 'The Independent'. According to 'The Independent,' lava flows rich in iron on Earth and leaves behind similar rocks that produce similar reflections. . The study, published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, is based on three years of data from Marsis. Marsis is a radar instrument that was launched aboard the European Space Agency’s Mars Express in 2005. 'The Independent' reports that other hypotheses include mineral deposits left in ancient riverbeds. . Isaac Smith, a geophysicist at York University, suggests the bright reflections are from a kind of clay made when rock erodes in water. I think the beauty of Cyril Grima’s finding is that while it knocks down the idea there might be liquid water under the planet’s south pole today, it also gives us really precise places to go look for evidence of ancient lakes and riverbeds and test hypotheses about the wider drying out of Mars’ climate over billions of years, Isaac Smith, Mars geophysicist at York University, via 'The Independent'

Neil Young Says He'll Leave Spotify Due to Joe Rogan's Vaccine Misinformation

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Neil Young Says He'll Leave Spotify , Due to Joe Rogan's Vaccine Misinformation. Neil Young Says He'll Leave Spotify , Due to Joe Rogan's Vaccine Misinformation. Rock and roll legend Neil Young has seemingly had enough of Joe Rogan's COVID-19 misinformation on Spotify. Young reportedly is no longer comfortable sharing a platform with "The Joe Rogan Experience.". I want you to let Spotify know immediately today that I want all of my music off their platform. , Neil Young, musician, via statement. They can have Rogan or Young. Not both.", Neil Young, musician, via statement. They can have Rogan or Young. Not both.", Neil Young, musician, via statement. He said he wouldn't hesitate to pull his music from Spotify due to "false information about vaccines being spread: potentially causing death to those who believe the disinformation...". Now 76 years old, Neil Young survived polio as a child. Due to widespread vaccination, polio is no longer active in the United States. Each episode of "The Joe Rogan Experience" is estimated to have 11 million or more tuning in. Spotify has a responsibility to mitigate the spread of misinformation on its platform, though the company presently has no misinformation policy. , Neil Young, musician, via statement. "The Joe Rogan Experience" has an exclusive deal with Spotify. It is currently the top podcast in the United States. "The Joe Rogan Experience" has an exclusive deal with Spotify. It is currently the top podcast in the United States

New York State Mask Mandate Ruled Unconstitutional By State Supreme Court

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New York State Mask Mandate , Ruled Unconstitutional , By State Supreme Court. 'The Independent' reports that New York governor Kathy Hochul's mask mandate has been ruled unconstitutional by the state's Supreme Court. . 'The Independent' reports that New York governor Kathy Hochul's mask mandate has been ruled unconstitutional by the state's Supreme Court. . The mandate, in place for all public indoor spaces, went into effect in December of 2021 and was supposed to continue through February 1, 2022. . The mandate, in place for all public indoor spaces, went into effect in December of 2021 and was supposed to continue through February 1, 2022. . On January 24, Governor Hochul said that she would challenge the decision of New York State Supreme Court judge, Thomas Rademaker. . On January 24, Governor Hochul said that she would challenge the decision of New York State Supreme Court judge, Thomas Rademaker. . My responsibility as governor is to protect New Yorkers throughout this public health crisis, and these measures help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and save lives. We strongly disagree with this ruling, and we are pursuing every option to reverse this immediately, Kathy Hochul, Governor of New York, via 'The Independent'. My responsibility as governor is to protect New Yorkers throughout this public health crisis, and these measures help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and save lives. We strongly disagree with this ruling, and we are pursuing every option to reverse this immediately, Kathy Hochul, Governor of New York, via 'The Independent'. Judge Rademaker reportedly said that the mandate overstepped the governor's authority by bypassing the state legislature. . Judge Rademaker reportedly said that the mandate overstepped the governor's authority by bypassing the state legislature. . According to 'The Independent,' the judge noted that the decision does not reflect on the efficacy of masks, rather that, “enacting any laws to this end is entrusted solely to the State Legislature.”. According to 'The Independent,' the judge noted that the decision does not reflect on the efficacy of masks, rather that, “enacting any laws to this end is entrusted solely to the State Legislature.”. Earlier this month, President Joe Biden's vaccination mandate for large businesses was similarly blocked by the U.S. Supreme Court. . Earlier this month, President Joe Biden's vaccination mandate for large businesses was similarly blocked by the U.S. Supreme Court. . A spokeswoman for the New York State Education Department told 'The New York Times' that the state's Health Department would appeal the decision. . 'The Independent' notes that this would temporarily restore the mandate until an appellate court can rule on the matter. . 'The Independent' notes that this would temporarily restore the mandate until an appellate court can rule on the matter. . Therefore, schools must continue to follow the mask rule, Emily DeSantis, Spokeswoman for the New York State Education Department, via 'The New York Times'

Eric Clapton Says COVID-19 Vaccines are Putting People Under 'Hypnosis'

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Eric Clapton Says COVID-19 Vaccines , are Putting People Under 'Hypnosis'. Classic rock guitarist Eric Clapton has once again made headlines for his controversial statements. . Classic rock guitarist Eric Clapton has once again made headlines for his controversial statements. . Clapton has been railing against COVID-19 protocols and discrediting the efficacy of coronavirus vaccines. The 76 year old is leaning even further into his positions. The guitarist, who did receive the Astrazeneca vaccine in 2021, says he was tricked by subliminal messaging. Once I kind of started to look for it, I saw it everywhere. , Eric Clapton, guitarist, via 'The New York Post'. Clapton has now joined forces with another anti-vax musician, singer Van Morrison. Morrison, 76, has stood opposed to vaccine requirements, complaining he hasn't been "allowed" to air his grievances. Morrison, 76, has stood opposed to vaccine requirements, complaining he hasn't been "allowed" to air his grievances. I was mystified, I seemed to be the only person that found it exciting or even appropriate. , Eric Clapton, guitarist, via 'The New York Post'. I’m cut from a cloth where if you tell me I can't do something, I really want to know why. , Eric Clapton, guitarist, via 'The New York Post'. Clapton says his hardline stance on coronavirus restrictions has caused many in the music community to keep their distance from him. Clapton says his hardline stance on coronavirus restrictions has caused many in the music community to keep their distance from him. My phone doesn’t ring very often. I don’t get that many texts and emails anymore. , Eric Clapton, guitarist, via 'The New York Post'. My phone doesn’t ring very often. I don’t get that many texts and emails anymore. , Eric Clapton, guitarist, via 'The New York Post'

Worldwide Shark Attacks Increased Almost 30% In 2021

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Worldwide Shark Attacks, Increased Almost 30%, In 2021. 'Newsweek' reports that the number of unprovoked shark attacks worldwide rose significantly in 2021. . According to a report published by the University of Florida's International Shark Attack File (ISAF), there were 73 attacks on humans last year, up 28% from 2020. . 'Newsweek' reports the number of deaths remained about the same, with 11 recorded fatalities in 2021 and 13 in 2020. . 'Newsweek' reports the number of deaths remained about the same, with 11 recorded fatalities in 2021 and 13 in 2020. . According to the ISAF report, New Caldonia in the South Pacific had two fatal shark attacks in 2021. . Australia, the country that usually has the most shark fatalities, only reported one death in 2021. . There is a lot of tourism in New Caledonia, a destination for a lot of French tourists that encourages a lot of the sportier people to do things like kite surfing. And they have quite a few tiger sharks there, Gavin Naylor, Director of the Florida Program for Shark Research and study co-author, via Newsweek. In the United States, there were 47 shark attacks in 2021, a 42% increase from 2020 and representing 64% of total worldwide attacks. . In the United States, there were 47 shark attacks in 2021, a 42% increase from 2020 and representing 64% of total worldwide attacks. . According to the ISAF report, most shark attacks in the U.S. occur in Florida, which recorded 28 bites in 2021. . According to the ISAF report, most shark attacks in the U.S. occur in Florida, which recorded 28 bites in 2021. . Fatalities are absolutely, very strongly correlated with the size of the shark, and that depends on where you're surfing. , Gavin Naylor, Director of the Florida Program for Shark Research and study co-author, via Newsweek. We don't have too many white sharks close to shore in Florida, so we don't have many fatalities at all in Florida, and yet we lead the world with bites because there are lots and lots of smaller blacktip sharks close to shore and there are a lot of people who surf, Gavin Naylor, Director of the Florida Program for Shark Research and study co-author, via Newsweek. We don't have too many white sharks close to shore in Florida, so we don't have many fatalities at all in Florida, and yet we lead the world with bites because there are lots and lots of smaller blacktip sharks close to shore and there are a lot of people who surf, Gavin Naylor, Director of the Florida Program for Shark Research and study co-author, via Newsweek

Happy Birthday, Alicia Keys!

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Happy Birthday, Alicia Keys!. Alicia Augello-Cook turns 41 years old today. Here are five things you may not have known about the singer. 1. Keys started playing the piano when she was 7 years old and wrote her first song when she was 14. 2. She originally wanted Alicia Wilde to be her stage name. 3. She has won 15 Grammys and was given half of one that John Mayer split in half. 4. Her performance of the National Anthem during the Super Bowl is one of the longest renditions ever. 5. Keys was one of the first artists to sign with J Records. Happy Birthday, Alicia Keys!

This Day in History: First Winter Olympics

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This Day in History: , First Winter Olympics. January 25, 1924. The first Winter Olympics took off in style at Chamonix in the French Alps. Scandinavians dominated the 14 events that involved a total of six sports. Norway won the unofficial team competition with 17 medals. The United States came in third. Of the nearly 300 athletes, only 13 were women, and they only competed in the figure-skating events. The Olympics offered a particular boost to skiing, a sport that would become extremely popular within the next decade. The success of “International Winter Sports Week" led to the second Winter Olympic games in 1928

Regina King's Son Alluded on Social Media of Mental Health Prior to Suicide

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Regina King's Son, Alluded on Social Media of, Mental Health Prior to Suicide. On January 14, Ian Alexander Jr. made his final Twitter posts, five days ahead of his 26th birthday and a week before his death by suicide. . You know that episode of SpongeBob where they go inside his brain and it's a bunch of mini spongebobs just losing their s---…..yea that one really hits home, Ian Alexander Jr., Twitter post, via 'People'. 'People' reports that another post read, , "I don't think instagram is healthy for me.". In an Instagram post, Alexander Jr., who worked as a deejay, promoted an upcoming Los Angeles performance on January 28. . On January 21, Regina King confirmed the death of her son in a statement shared with 'People.'. Our family is devastated at the deepest level by the loss of Ian. He is such a bright light who cared so deeply about the happiness of others. Our family asks for respectful consideration during this private time. Thank you, Regina King, statement, via 'People'. Our family is devastated at the deepest level by the loss of Ian. He is such a bright light who cared so deeply about the happiness of others. Our family asks for respectful consideration during this private time. Thank you, Regina King, statement, via 'People'. 'People' reports that in honor of his mom's 50th birthday last year, Alexander Jr. paid tribute on Instagram. Happy birthday to my co, so extremely proud of you and inspired by your love, artistry, and gangsta! To be able to watch you take this lifetime by its neck and make it yours is something i will forever be grateful for, Ian Alexander Jr., Instagram post, via 'People'. Happy birthday to my co, so extremely proud of you and inspired by your love, artistry, and gangsta! To be able to watch you take this lifetime by its neck and make it yours is something i will forever be grateful for, Ian Alexander Jr., Instagram post, via 'People'. But to have you as my mother is the greatest gift I could ask for. To be all that you are while always having the time to be there, love and support me unconditionally is truly remarkable, Ian Alexander Jr., Instagram post, via 'People'. But to have you as my mother is the greatest gift I could ask for. To be all that you are while always having the time to be there, love and support me unconditionally is truly remarkable, Ian Alexander Jr., Instagram post, via 'People'. The whole marvel universe ain't got s--- on you, your the real superhero! Love you mom! This day and everyday YO DAY!!, Ian Alexander Jr., Instagram post, via 'People'

Sony Music Buys Bob Dylan's Recorded Music Catalog

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Sony Music Buys Bob Dylan's , Recorded Music Catalog. CNBC reports Bob Dylan has sold the entirety of his recorded discography to Sony Music Entertainment. The deal will reportedly include every recorded work dating back to 1962. . According to 'Variety,' the price of Dylan's deal is estimated between $150 million and $200 million. According to 'Variety,' the price of Dylan's deal is estimated between $150 million and $200 million. Columbia Records and Rob Stringer have been nothing but good to me for many, many years and a whole lot of records. , Statement from Bob Dylan. I’m glad that all my recordings can stay where they belong. , Statement from Bob Dylan. Dylan had previously sold the rights to his songwriting in a deal with Universal Music in 2020. Columbia Records has had a special relationship with Bob Dylan from the beginning of his career... , Rob Stringer, chairman of Sony Music Group, via statement. ...we are tremendously proud and excited to be continuing to grow and evolve our ongoing 60-year partnership. , Rob Stringer, chairman Sony Music Group, via statement. Now 80 years old, some speculate Dylan's recent financial moves may be related to the planning of his estate. Financial experts say the tax rate on capital gains is likely to increase above 20% in the near future. Dylan's sell-off may have been a precaution to help his heirs avoid extra taxation

As New Tax Season Starts, IRS Still Processing 2020 Returns

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As New Tax Season Starts, , IRS Still Processing 2020 Returns. NPR reports as a new tax filing season begins, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) still has millions of 2020 returns yet to be processed. On top of being understaffed, tax experts say the agency has less money and more work than ever. The service is in the roughest shape it's been in 50 years. , Mark Everson, former commissioner Internal Revenue Service, via NPR. According to NPR, the IRS' budget has been slashed by nearly 20% in the last decade. IRS watchdog, the National Taxpayer Advocate, reports in 2022, the agency has nearly 35 million tax returns still unfinished from 2020. The National Taxpayer Advocate also found in 2021 that taxpayers who attempted to contact the IRS for information had a measly 1 in 9 chance of someone answering their calls. Experts say, per the usual, taxpaying citizens of the United States are left holding the bag. It has been a very painful period of time, very frustrating, very hard for taxpayers. , Erin Collins, the National Taxpayer Advocate, via NPR. They can't get through to the IRS through phones, their paper correspondence have been piling up, , Erin Collins, the National Taxpayer Advocate, via NPR. so it's very difficult for them to figure out what's going on. , Erin Collins, the National Taxpayer Advocate, via NPR

A Guide to the Upcoming 2022 Beijing Olympic Winter Games

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A Guide to the Upcoming , 2022 Beijing Olympic , Winter Games. With the 2022 Winter Olympics just around the corner, NBC reports on some of the most frequently asked questions about the upcoming Beijing Winter Games. . The 2022 Winter Olympics are scheduled to begin on Friday, February 4 and will conclude on Sunday, February 20. . The games will take place in the area surrounding China's capital city, Beijing. . The event's opening and closing ceremonies, as well as ice sports and four snow events, will take place in Beijing. . Yanqing, a mountainous suburb of the capital, will be home to the Olympic Athletes' village and host Alpine skiing and sliding events. . Yanqing, a mountainous suburb of the capital, will be home to the Olympic Athletes' village and host Alpine skiing and sliding events. . To the northwest of Beijing, Zhangjiakou will host a majority of the ski and snowboarding events including the biathlon, freestyle and cross-country. To the northwest of Beijing, Zhangjiakou will host a majority of the ski and snowboarding events including the biathlon, freestyle and cross-country. Last year, the International Olympic Committee announced that only , “spectators residing in China’s mainland, who meet the requirements of the COVID-19 countermeasures” , will be allowed to attend events. Last year, the International Olympic Committee announced that only , “spectators residing in China’s mainland, who meet the requirements of the COVID-19 countermeasures” , will be allowed to attend events. The 2022 Games will be aired live on NBC networks and can be streamed on NBCSports.com and Peacock. . In the PyeongChang Games, the United States finished fourth overall with a total of 23 medals. . In the PyeongChang Games, the United States finished fourth overall with a total of 23 medals. . According to NBC, the outlook for the U.S. medal count at the 2022 Games is about the same. . At the Beijing Games, Team USA's Shaun White will be competing to become the first snowboarder to win four Olympic gold medals. At the Beijing Games, Team USA's Shaun White will be competing to become the first snowboarder to win four Olympic gold medals

Plaid To Pay $58 Million to Users of Venmo, Robinhood and Other Apps

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Plaid To Pay $58 Million to Users of Venmo, Robinhood and Other Apps. Plaid To Pay $58 Million to Users of Venmo, Robinhood and Other Apps. Engadget reports Plaid, which links consumer bank accounts to apps like Robinhood, Venmo and Coinbase, . Engadget reports Plaid, which links consumer bank accounts to apps like Robinhood, Venmo and Coinbase, . Engadget reports Plaid, which links consumer bank accounts to apps like Robinhood, Venmo and Coinbase, . Engadget reports Plaid, which links consumer bank accounts to apps like Robinhood, Venmo and Coinbase, . has been accused of collecting "more financial data than was needed from users.". has been accused of collecting "more financial data than was needed from users.". Although Plaid denied the allegations, it has agreed to pay $58 million to anyone with a bank account linked to a client app. Although Plaid denied the allegations, it has agreed to pay $58 million to anyone with a bank account linked to a client app. It will also reportedly change some of its business practices. If you're a U.S. resident and your bank account was hooked up to the app between Jan. 1, 2013, and Nov. 19, 2021, you may qualify for compensation. If you're a U.S. resident and your bank account was hooked up to the app between Jan. 1, 2013, and Nov. 19, 2021, you may qualify for compensation. However, millions of people have used apps linked to the service, so payouts will likely be small. Claims must be submitted by Apr. 28, 2022.

Are Rapid COVID-19 Tests Accurate Enough for Omicron?

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Are Rapid COVID-19 Tests , Accurate Enough for Omicron?. Are Rapid COVID-19 Tests , Accurate Enough for Omicron?. As the Omicron variant spreads, many have turned to regular rapid COVID-19 antigen testing for peace of mind. But how trustworthy are the results of a rapid COVID-19 test?. In December, during the onset of the Omicron variant, the US Food and Drug Administration updated its guidance to note:. Though rapid antigen tests can detect an Omicron infection, "they may have reduced sensitivity.". Experts say rapid tests are more likely to work when coronavirus symptoms are present. Wait a day, maybe two into symptoms to use your test because people are becoming symptomatic a day or so before they're turning positive. , Dr. Michael Mina, epidemiologist chief science officer eMed, via NPR. Officials suggest one negative rapid test is not conclusive evidence that a coronavirus infection isn't present. If you're negative after two rapid tests but still experiencing symptoms, consider testing a third time with a rapid test or getting a PCR test if you can. , Dr. Wilbur Lam, professor of pediatrics and biomedical engineering Emory University, via NPA. While a single negative rapid test may be a reasonable step before grocery shopping or meeting with a healthy friend, experts say different situations call for more stringent testing. If I'm going to the nursing home on Saturday, I would start to isolate and reduce my social contacts in the preceding week, and I would take a couple of tests. , Bruce Tromberg, head of National Institutes of Health's Radx program, via NPR

Lizzo, H.E.R, Big Sean and More To Headline iHeartRadio’s Living Black! Celebration

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Lizzo, H.E.R, Big Sean and More To Headline, iHeartRadio’s Living Black! Celebration. Lizzo, H.E.R, Big Sean and More To Headline, iHeartRadio’s Living Black! Celebration. Lizzo, H.E.R, Big Sean and More To Headline, iHeartRadio’s Living Black! Celebration. The 2nd annual Living Black! Empowered by AT&T celebrations honoring Black History Month are almost underway. iHeartRadio Living Black is a bold celebration of Black culture and showcases the beauty and influence of the Black experience. , Thea Mitchem, Executive VP of Programming Hip Hop and R&B Strategy for iHeartMedia, via statement. We’re thrilled to build upon the Living Black! foundation in our second year and excited to once again work with Magic Lemonade on this wonderful celebration, Thea Mitchem, Executive VP of Programming Hip Hop and R&B Strategy for iHeartMedia, via statement. In addition to different happenings throughout the month, a special event featuring performances by big name artists will also take place on Feb. 23 at 8:00 pm EST. It will be broadcast live on select iHeartMedia radio stations, the iHeartRadio app and TikTok. It will be broadcast live on select iHeartMedia radio stations, the iHeartRadio app and TikTok. Some of the performers include Lizzo, H.E.R., Big Sean. Some of the performers include Lizzo, H.E.R., Big Sean. Some of the performers include Lizzo, H.E.R., Big Sean. Moneybagg Yo and Ari Lennox. Moneybagg Yo and Ari Lennox. Also scheduled to make appearances are Alicia Keys, John Legend, J. Cole and Saweetie. Also scheduled to make appearances are Alicia Keys, John Legend, J. Cole and Saweetie. Also scheduled to make appearances are Alicia Keys, John Legend, J. Cole and Saweetie. Also scheduled to make appearances are Alicia Keys, John Legend, J. Cole and Saweetie

NATO Puts Forces On Standby Amid Concerns Over Russian Forces Near Ukraine

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NATO Puts Forces , On Standby Amid Concerns , Over Russian Forces Near Ukraine. ABC reports that the United States and Britian have announced that they will withdraw some diplomatic staff and their families from Ukraine. . ABC reports that the United States and Britian have announced that they will withdraw some diplomatic staff and their families from Ukraine. . The news comes amid increased tension over the possibility of an invasion by Russia, who has amassed tens of thousands of troops near Ukraine's border. . ABC reports that NATO announced it would put extra forces on standby and deploy ships and fighter jets to strengthen its presence in the region. . According to a NATO statement, Denmark has deployed a frigate to the Baltic Sea and four warplanes to Lithuania. . According to a NATO statement, Denmark has deployed a frigate to the Baltic Sea and four warplanes to Lithuania. . Meanwhile, the United States, France, Spain and the Netherlands are also prepared to deploy forces to defend NATO allies in the region. . Meanwhile, the United States, France, Spain and the Netherlands are also prepared to deploy forces to defend NATO allies in the region. . NATO will continue to take all necessary measures to protect and defend all Allies, including by reinforcing the eastern part of the Alliance, Jens Stoltenberg, NATO's Secretary General, via ABC. On January 24, both the U.S. and Britain ordered some of their embassy staff and their dependents to be pulled out of Ukraine. According to the British Foreign Office, the decision was made , "in response to the growing threat from Russia.". The U.S. State Department reportedly emphasized that the withdrawal was just a precaution and not an emergency evacuation. . Officials in Ukraine have reportedly called the evacuations, "premature" and "excessively cautious." . ABC reports that Ukrainian officials generally doubt that Russia will launch a major attack and worry that exaggerating the risk could spread unnecessary panic.

WHO Warns It Is Unsafe to Assume COVID-19 Pandemic Is Ending

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WHO Warns It Is Unsafe to Assume , COVID-19 Pandemic Is Ending. Reuters reports officials with the World Health Organization (WHO) say it is dangerous to assume the coronavirus pandemic is coming to an end. Reuters reports officials with the World Health Organization (WHO) say it is dangerous to assume the coronavirus pandemic is coming to an end. It’s dangerous to assume that Omicron will be the last variant and that we are in the end game. , Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general WHO, via Reuters. Officials say it is likely there will be more variants of COVID-19. On the contrary, globally the conditions are ideal for more variants to emerge. , Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general WHO, via Reuters. On the contrary, globally the conditions are ideal for more variants to emerge. , Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general WHO, via Reuters. The highly infectious Omicron variant has caused global cases of COVID-19 to soar to almost 350 million. Seemingly less lethal than past variants, many have grown optimistic that the worst of the pandemic is now behind us. Officials say now is not the time to relax restrictions. The COVID-19 pandemic is now entering its third year and we are at a critical juncture, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general WHO, via Reuters. We must work together to bring the acute phase of this pandemic to an end. , Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general WHO, via Reuters. We cannot let it continue to drag on, lurching between panic and neglect. , Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general WHO, via Reuters

John Stockton Has Season Tickets Suspended by Gonzaga University Over Mask Mandate

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John Stockton, Has Season Tickets Suspended by Gonzaga University Over Mask Mandate. CNN reports Gonzaga University has suspended alumni John Stockton's season tickets due to their COVID-19 safety precautions. Stockton, a Hall of Fame basketball player, had been adamant in refusing to comply with the university's mask mandate. Basically, it came down to, they were asking me to wear a mask to the games, , John Stockton, former NBA Point Guard, via CNN. and being a public figure, someone a little bit more visible, I stuck out in the crowd a little bit. , John Stockton, former NBA Point Guard, via CNN. ...they were going to have to either ask me to wear a mask or they were going to suspend my tickets. , John Stockton, former NBA Point Guard, via CNN. Stockton has been outspoken in his stance against the vaccines, as well as coronavirus safety measures. Stockton's views on the coronavirus pandemic were previously expressed in the conspiracy documentary, "COVID and the Vaccine: Truth, Lies and Misconceptions Revealed." . Stockton's views on the coronavirus pandemic were previously expressed in the conspiracy documentary, "COVID and the Vaccine: Truth, Lies and Misconceptions Revealed." . In the film, Stockton makes baseless claims, suggesting hundreds of athletes have died from COVID-19 vaccines. I think it's highly recorded now, it's over 100 professional athletes dead -- , John Stockton, former NBA Point Guard, via "COVID and the Vaccine: Truth, Lies and Misconceptions Revealed" . ... dropping dead that are vaccinated, right on the pitch, right on the field, right on the court. , John Stockton, former NBA Point Guard, via "COVID and the Vaccine: Truth, Lies and Misconceptions Revealed" . Generally considered to be one the greatest point guards in the history of basketball, Stockton spent four years at Gonzaga before playing 19 seasons with the Utah Jazz. Generally considered to be one the greatest point guards in the history of basketball, Stockton spent four years at Gonzaga before playing 19 seasons with the Utah Jazz

Crypto Market Plunges $130 Billion in 24 Hours

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Crypto Market Plunges , $130 Billion in 24 Hours. CNBC reports the drop came on the heels of a multi-day sell-off. According to Coin Metrics, Bitcoin was down to $33,755.57, and Ether dropped to $2,239.08. According to Coin Metrics, Bitcoin was down to $33,755.57, and Ether dropped to $2,239.08. At one point, both cryptocurrencies hit their lowest points since July. CNBC reports Bitcoin is down 50% from its all-time high. Many investors have been selling tech and crypto stocks in anticipation of the U.S. Federal Reserve tightening monetary policy amid soaring interest rates. Looking forward, our most immediate concern is how equities markets respond to this week’s Fed meeting, Leah Wald, CEO at digital asset investment manager Valkyrie Funds, via CNBC. A consolidation in traditional assets would catalyze a potential recovery in bitcoin, ether and other altcoins, Leah Wald, CEO at digital asset investment manager Valkyrie Funds, via CNBC. Realistically, though, digital asset traders tend to be willing to take on more risk than traders in other asset classes, so we do expect some volatility in the coming days and weeks, Leah Wald, CEO at digital asset investment manager Valkyrie Funds, via CNBC. Non-crypto stocks have also continued to fall, coming off their worst week since March 2020.