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Battling COVID-19, South Africa prepares for…

Battling a COVID-19 resurgence driven by a more infectious variant, South Africa is preparing to roll out its first vaccines to the country’s frontline healthcare workers

Couple adopts stray dog after he jumps into their…

Couple adopts stray dog after he jumps into their truck

Wife of Pharmacist Accused of Vax Sabotage: I…

A Wisconsin pharmacist and admitted conspiracy theorist has agreed to plead guilty to federal charges after being accused of purposely trying to ruin hundreds of doses of COVID-19 vaccine. Steven Brandenburg confessed he'd intentionally, on two consecutive overnight shifts in late December, taken 57 vials of the vaccine—enough doses...

Timberlake's 'Palmer' co-star 'amazed' by his…

Eight-year-old Ryder Allen, who acts alongside Justin Timberlake in gritty drama "Palmer," was very impressed with the singer's acting after the first scene they shot together. (Jan. 27)

Study Finds Common Back Pain Treatment Doesn't…

A commonly prescribed treatment for people suffering from chronic back pain may not be providing any relief. A new review suggests that antidepressants when prescribed for chronic pain, provide little to no back pain relief. The review did find that the medications could however offer a modest benefit for osteoarthritis and sciatica. Their review looked at data from 33 clinical trials studying the use of antidepressants for chronic pain. Antidepressants are frequently prescribed by doctors to help chronic pain sufferers with their mental distress.

In Wall Street David v. Goliath story, 2 Goliaths…

Two hedge funds are bowing out of their short positions on money-losing video game retailer GameStop

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'Harry Potter' TV Series Reportedly Being Planned…

'Harry Potter' TV Series Reportedly Being Planned for HBO Max. According to 'The Hollywood Reporter' and 'Variety,' a live-action TV series is in the "extremely early stages.". 'The Hollywood Reporter' says executives have "engaged in multiple conversations with potential writers exploring various ideas that would bring the beloved property to television.". Warner Bros. and HBO Max are denying the claims. There are no 'Harry Potter' series in development at the studio or on the streaming platform, Warner Bros. and HBO Max representatives, to CNBC. Though both companies deny that anything is "in development," insiders still insist the idea is being talked about. Many 'Harry Potter' fans were excited by news of the potential series, . but others were upset due to author J.K. Rowling's recent anti-trans statements

Biden Keeping Christopher Wray As FBI Director

YouTube Delivers Bad News to Trump, Giuliani

If former President Trump had hoped to get one of his online megaphones back soon, he might have to cross YouTube off his list. As the last major social-media platform to suspend the former president, six days after the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, the site extended that ban last...

Volunteers shovel sidewalks in Chicago for seniors

After Chicago received several inches of snow on Jan. 25 – hundreds of volunteers shoveled snow around the city for senior citizens.

America's Billionaires Have Become $1.1 Trillion…

America's Billionaires Have Become $1.1 Trillion Richer Amid the Pandemic. According to a report published by The Institute for Policy Studies and Americans for Tax Fairness. billionaires in the United States have collectively become 40% richer since mid-March. In fact, many billionaires are faring better than they were before the pandemic. The $4.1 trillion in wealth that America's 660 billionaires currently hold is two-thirds more than what the bottom 50% of Americans hold. Big players Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk have enjoyed significant increases in wealth. They are respectively $37 billion, $68 billion and $155 billion richer. According to economists, over 8 million Americans fell into poverty in the last 6 months of 2020. According to Oxfam International's annual inequality report, it will take over a decade for the poorest people in the world to recover losses from COVID-19. It only took nine months for the world's top 1,000 billionaires to recover and then turn a profit

Man to plead guilty in plot to kidnap Michigan…

One of six men charged in an alleged plot to snatch Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has agreed to plead guilty to a kidnapping conspiracy

On This Day: 27 January 2002

In 2002, Harry Potter was introduced to children in Beijing, at a special screening of "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone." (Jan. 27)

Amanda Gorman Wants to Be President. But First, a…

Inauguration poet Amanda Gorman has signed with one of the world's biggest modeling agencies, meaning she's "literally putting the model in role model," as the Los Angeles Times puts it. The first National Youth Poet Laureate completed a deal with IMG Models , the talent agency representing supermodels Kate Moss and...

Spain running short of vaccines due to delivery…

Health authorities in Spain are complaining that they are running short of COVID-19 vaccines due to delays in deliveries by pharmaceutical companies

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Scientists capture underwater sounds of rays…

Using the whitespotted eagle ray (Aetobatus narinari) as a model, a team of scientists led by Florida Atlantic University's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute in collaboration with FAU's College of Engineering and Computer Science; Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium; and the Florida Institute of Technology, are the first to use passive acoustics to characterize how they consume hard-shelled mollusk prey in a controlled environment.

Goya Censures CEO Who Said: 'There Is a War…

Robert Unanue, the chief executive of Goya, will no longer be allowed to speak to the news media without the approval of the company's board of directors. On Friday, the board voted to censure Unanue, CNN reports, after repeated comments supporting President Trump's unproven claims of election fraud. On Inauguration...

ShowBiz Minute: Page, Disney, Fonda

Elliot Page and Emma Portner divorcing after three years; Disney updates Jungle Cruise after insensitivity criticism; Jane Fonda to receive Golden Globes' Cecil B. DeMille Award. (Jan. 27)

Biden Extends Pause On Student Loans

President Biden issued an executive order extending a pause on federal student loan payments. The order will cover the vast majority of all federal student loans. Under President Biden's direction, the pause will allow borrowers to defer payments without penalty and reset interest rates to zero. According to HuffPost, the pause will be in effect through at least the end of September 2021. A pause on payments initially went into effect in March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. It was extended in December and was scheduled to expire on Jan.31

Kevin Hart to debut SiriusXM podcast with…

Kevin Hart will debut his new SiriusXM original podcast with Jerry Seinfeld as the series’ inaugural guest

Budweiser, Coke and Pepsi to Sit out Super Bowl

Budweiser, Coke and Pepsi to Sit out Super Bowl . Coke and Pepsi first announced their withdrawals from Super Bowl advertising this year. Pepsi will be focusing on its sponsorship of the halftime show. Coke will be “investing in the right resources” as its sales have declined since less drinks are being purchased outside of the home. Budweiser is the latest to opt out of paying for Super Bowl ads. It will be the first time in 37 years that the iconic beer brand hasn't aired a commercial during the big game. Instead, Anheuser-Busch InBev will use its marketing money to promote COVID-19 vaccine education and access. . Budweiser will still run a digital Super Bowl ad during the week leading up to Super Bowl LV. Anheuser-Busch InBev's other brands, such as Bud Light and Michelob Ultra, will still have ads featured during the game

Man Who Doubted Ability To Be Arrested Following…

Andrew Williams was one of the Trump supporters who stormed the US Capitol on January 6th. Days later, he asked, "How are they going to arrest every single person?" in a live stream. His expression of doubt regarding the insurrection was fairly widespread among participants. Williams was arrested on January 13th, according to Business Insider. Williams' activities and participation were chronicled in photos and videos obtained by federal police. The FBI and local police force are urging everyone with info to come forward.

What Senate Vote Count Says About the Impeachment…

Former President Trump's impeachment trial begins Feb. 9, but a vote Tuesday in the Senate revealed a mostly partisan split over the validity of having the trial in the first place. It was a win for the Democrats, only in that they, and five Republicans who joined them, quashed an...

Arizona desert coated in snow

Sheriff’s deputies in San Manuel, Arizona, had a snowball fight after snow coated the desert landscape on Jan. 26.

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Biden Lifts Transgender Military Ban Initiated By…

Biden Lifts Transgender Military Ban, Initiated By Trump Admin. President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Monday reversing the Trump administration's ban on transgender people serving in the military. The order also brings an immediate end to involuntary discharges of trans people who had been serving in the military already. Simply put, it’s the right thing to do, and is in our national interest, White House Statement, via 'The New York Times'. Many young trans people have been waiting anxiously for the ban to be lifted, essentially pausing their life plans. For a lot of us, life has been on hold while all this is going on, Nicholas Ballou, Transgender Man, via 'The New York Times'. Former President Trump announced the ban via Twitter in July of 2017. We’ve been pushing for this for how many years? And we finally see the light. We are on deck and ready to go, Nic Talbott, Transgender Man, via 'The New York Times'

Not in short supply: Blame for EU's rusty vaccine…

The 27-nation EU is coming under criticism for the slow rollout of its vaccination campaign

Timberlake seeks redemption in 'Palmer'

Justin Timberlake says one of the major themes of his new movie "Palmer" is redemption. The movie premieres on Apple TV+ on Jan. 29. (Jan. 26)