5 things to know for April 7: COVID-19, voter suppression, Chauvin, porcelana, Florida

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The US economy is growing at its fastest pace since 1984, and will likely surpass its pre-pandemic size, the International Monetary Fund predicts. One big reason: los $ 1.9 trillion coronavirus stimulus package.

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      1. Coronavirus

        Nearly half of US adults could have a first Covid-19 vaccine dose by the weekend, y el country will have enough vaccines for all Americans by the end of next month. sin embargo, there are several reasons to temper any optimism that brings. For one, some willing adults may be waiting until the end of the year to get vaccinated because of slow rollouts in some states. Hospitals are also noticing younger and younger patients, and experts say youth sports and extracurriculars may be contributing to the rise. Researchers have also reported as many as 1 en 3 people infected with Covid-19 have longer term mental health or neurological symptoms. A quick look around the world: Chile is postponing its elections for five weeks due to a surge in cases, and India keeps breaking single-day case records, this time with a high of 115,000 new infections.
          California to fully reopen in June amid falling Covid-19 cases

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            California to fully reopen in June amid falling Covid-19 cases

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          2. Voter suppression

          Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has issued an executive order a “mitigate the impactof Georgia’s new election law. The city can’t change or stop the state law, but her order will focus on things like voter education and efforts to inform people of what the new law requires them to do. Private corporations are still pushing back on the bill, creating an unusual rift between Republican lawmakers and big businessestwo entities that are often allies. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell warned big businesses they would faceserious consequencesafter accusing them of employingeconomic blackmailin attempts to influence voting laws in the aftermath of Georgia’s decision. By one tally, lawmakers in all but three states have introduced bills in state legislatures this year that would restrict ballot access.
          'Eso's stupid': McConnell's warning for corporate America

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            ‘It’s stupid’: McConnell’s warning for corporate America

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          3. Juicio de Chauvin

          Four witnesses, all law enforcement professionals, testified yesterday in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer charged with murder in the death of George Floyd last May. A lot of the testimony focused on whether Chauvin used excessive force when he knelt on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes. A use-of-force expert from the Los Angeles Police Department said he did. A similar expert from the Minneapolis Police Department said the tactics Chauvin deployed are not those recommended in training. The trial’s recent focus on police policy is a shift from its first week, which centered on what happened to Floyd on his last day. Testimony in the trial began last Monday and is expected to last about a month overall.
          Police instructor: Chauvin's kneeling not a trained restraint

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            Police instructor: Chauvin’s kneeling not a trained restraint

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          4. porcelana

          China’s armed forces conducted simultaneous military exercises to the west and east of Taiwan, flanking the self-governing island by air and sea. China said the display of an aircraft carrier and warplanes was a routine training exercise, but analysts say it was a warning to Taiwan and its supporter, the US. Even though China and Taiwan have been governed separately for more than seven decades, Chinese President Xi Jinping has vowed that Beijing will never allow the island to become formally independent and has refused to rule out the use of force, if necessary, to take the island back. After diplomatic talks between the US and Japan last month, US officials say the two countries are prepared to push back against Chinese threats to stability and order in Asia.
          Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning sails through the Miyako Strait near Okinawa in this photo released by Japan's Defense Ministry on April 4, 2021.

          5. Florida water breach

          A leak in a Tampa-area reservoir has caused panic along the Gulf Coast since it was discovered a little more than a week ago. The local public safety department warned the leak could cause a collapse of nearby phosphogypsum stacks, waste that is created during fertilizer production and phosphate rock mining. Such a combination would be catastrophic if it were to leach into nearby waterways. Since the leak was discovered, alrededor 34 million gallons a day are being moved as part of a controlled release through pumps, vacuum trucks and other methods, and about 180 million gallons of water have been successfully released. Local officials say they’ve mitigated the crisis, and there are also plans for a deep injection well as a long-term solution. Todavía, the leak is ongoing, and the fact that such toxic substances were sitting abandoned for 20 years raises serious environmental concerns.
          Toxic Florida wastewater pool threatening to leak into aquifer

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          Rapper will.i.am is selling a smart mask for $ 299
          Yahoo Answers is shutting down
          Darn! Now where are we doing to ask the important questions, me gusta “Why do we here?” o “Did I accidentally summon a demon?”
          83-year-old baseball card company Topps is going public
          Starbucks is running out of oat milk a month after adding it to menus nationwide
          Plane mistakenly lands at airport under construction

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          TODAY’S NUMBER

          That’s about how many women in Chile got pregnant after the government distributed faulty birth control pills.

          TODAY’S QUOTE

          These are more than straws in the wind. They reinforce the thought, likely already present in the reader’s mind, that Supreme Court justices are primarily political officials or ‘junior leaguepoliticians themselves rather than jurists.
          Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, who cautioned against viewing the Court as led by the politics of its justices, rather than their observation of the law. In a lecture at Harvard Law School, the eldest SCOTUS justice said he fears public trust in the court is eroding.


          Severe storm threat level raised for the South

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          Severe storm threat level raised for the South 01:49

          AND FINALLY

          Capybara are friends, not food
            If you’re having a rough day, you can probably relate to this pelican: Trying its hardest, but just not getting anywhere.

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