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Winter weather is continuing to wreak havoc
across the US, with forecasts predicting more ice and low temperatures ahead in the most-affected states. Texas, which rarely gets this chilly, has been hit especially hard
. Frigid temperatures have both heightened power demand and frozen or overworked energy sources, leaving millions of people in the dark and struggling to keep warm. The situation could have wide-reaching implications
as the US power industry attempts to slash carbon emissions in response to the climate crisis. Another consequence of the bad weather: Many cities and states have hit pause
on vaccine efforts. The winter storm has led to at least 26 deaths.
President Joe Biden set a new deadline
at a CNN town hall last night: By the end of July, the US will have enough Covid-19 vaccine doses to vaccinate every single American. He also said the nation could hope to return to normal
by next Christmas, adding that he didn’t want to over-promise. Those questions
were among several that Biden addressed in his first town hall as President
. He also clarified confusion on schools reopening
, defended a call for a minimum wage hike
and insisted that the country was not divided. If you missed it, CNN’s Chris Cillizza has some takeaways
on what mattered most. Overall, Biden showed that “the days of presidential pandemic denial and indifference to America’s suffering are over,” CNN’s Stephen Collinson writes
Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was heralded as the textbook example of crisis leadership last year, with his clear-eyed coronavirus briefings
and passionate appeals to the federal government for more medical supplies. He even wrote a book offering lessons on leadership. Now, all of that is in question. Cuomo is at the center of a controversy
over Covid-19 deaths in nursing homes, how they were counted and how his administration handled requests for that data. A top aide told state lawmakers
earlier this month that his administration delayed releasing nursing home data over concerns about a potential federal investigation by the Trump administration. Cuomo admitted some fault this week
, but ultimately defended the decision to delay releasing data on deaths. Lawmakers from both parties have called for an investigation and limitations on his executive powers.
The fallout over Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial continues. The former President on Tuesday went after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell
, who offered a blistering criticism of Trump just after voting to acquit him. The insults leveled by Trump against McConnell come as the Republican Party at large is grappling over whether to continue in Trump’s likeness or forge a path veering from the former President’s legacy. In other news, Trump’s longtime personal attorney Rudy Giuliani is not currently representing
the former President in any legal matters, an adviser said. Trump is facing multiple criminal investigations
, civil state inquiries and defamation lawsuits by two women accusing him of sexual assault.
A US Navy warship has sailed by islands claimed by China
in the South China Sea. It’s the second such sailing in as many weeks, and comes as the Biden administration steps up the US’ military presence
in the disputed waters. Vietnam, Taiwan and the Philippines also have claims in the Spratly Islands, where the US guided-missile destroyer came close. Since assuming office, the Biden administration has reaffirmed its commitment to US allies and partners in the region, as well as to protecting a free and open Indo-Pacific. China claims the US naval operations in the South China Sea inflame tensions
and violate its sovereignty.
Rihanna posed topless wearing a pendant depicting the Hindu god Ganesha and some people are not happy
Johnny Pacheco, who popularized salsa music in the US, dies at 85
His contributions to the genre earned him the title “godfather of salsa.”
Reparations for slavery could have reduced Covid-19 transmission and deaths in the US, Harvard study says
California condors at the Oregon Zoo have laid nine eggs — a much-needed boost for the endangered species
Selfie-taking tourists could be spreading Covid-19 to endangered gorillas
A friendly reminder to all zoo visitors: Please wear a mask
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Dozens of students are feared abducted after armed men raided a school in Nigeria
PROFILES IN PERSEVERANCE
February is Black History Month, and every day we’re highlighting Black pioneers in American history. Learn more here.
Marsha P. Johnson, gay and transgender rights activist, 1945-1992
When police raided the New York gay bar known as the Stonewall Inn in 1969, Johnson was said to be among the first to resist them. The next year, she marched in the city’s first Gay Pride event. She helped open a shelter for LGBTQ youth and advocated for sex workers and those with HIV/AIDs. Her activism made her a minor celebrity among the artists and outcasts of Lower Manhattan.
$ 500 million
That’s how much Citibank had been trying to recoup after mistakenly wiring a very large sum to lenders for the cosmetics company Revlon last year. On Tuesday, a judge ruled that the bank couldn’t get the money back
“I’m a hostage.”
Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed Al Maktoum
, daughter of Dubai’s billionaire ruler, who appears in secret recordings
claiming that she is being held in a villa-turned-jail with no access to medical help, according to a BBC documentary.
50 states, 50 accents
Whether or not we want to admit it, we all have an accent. Did these people get your state right? (Click here to view.