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Italian mafia employs new strategies during COVID-19 lockdown: report
Italy’s mafia reportedly provided stimulus for some struggling small businesses in the country and there is concern that these establishments will become beholden to these mobsters going forward. The Financial Times, citing a study by Rome’s interior ministry on organized crime, reported that small or mid-sized businesses in the country were given the funds, but the mafia then reverted to the...
New version of first-ever African-American screen kiss discovered in Norway
A new version of the first known on-screen kiss between two African-American actors has been discovered in the collections of the National Library of Norway. The 1898 film, directed by US film industry pioneer William Selig, stars vaudeville actors Saint Suttle and Gertie Brown and shows them courting and kissing in front of a cloth...
Meet the vaccine appointment bots, and their foes
Having trouble scoring a COVID-19 vaccine appointment? You’re not alone. To cope, some people are turning to bots that scan overwhelmed websites and send alerts on social media when slots open up. They’ve provided relief to families helping older relatives find scarce appointments. But not all public health officials think they’re a good idea. In...
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German police carry out dozens of dawn raids on far right crime network
BERLIN – Hundreds of police in Germany carried out dawn raids on 27 homes and business premises on Friday, including a lawyer’s office, in an operation targeting members of far right groups suspected of drugs and weapons trafficking, public broadcaster MDR said. Prosecutors told the broadcaster that eight people, aged from 24 to 55, had...
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Young woman with neurological disease writes book using eyes
A young Turkish woman suffering from a severe neurological disease which prevents much of her movement has written a book using only her eyes. Ozlem Ozalkan, 38, went to the hospital 13 years ago due to a loss of power in her hands and was diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, which is a...
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Queensland skies light up as Chinese space junk burns up in atmosphere
Social media in Queensland, Australia lit up on Thursday night, matching the flashing night sky as users posted short videos of what experts later said was debris from a Chinese rocket burning up as it re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere. “I thought it was a meteorite at first, but later as it split, my mate and...
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Co-workers who became BFFs learn secret connection through DNA test
These former co-workers turned out to be closer than colleagues. 
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Woman gets liver transplant after $60 nose piercing goes horribly wrong
Queens woman Dana Smith, 37, nearly died after contracting an infection from a $60 nose piercing, was placed in a medically induced coma and got a liver transplant.
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Vaccination ‘passports’ may open society, but inequity looms
TEL AVIV, Israel — Violet light bathed the club stage as 300 people, masked and socially distanced, erupted in gentle applause. For the first time since the pandemic began, Israeli musician Aviv Geffen stepped to his electric piano and began to play for an audience seated right in front of him. “A miracle is happening...
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Maren Morris, Chris Stapleton lead Country Music Award 2021 nominations
And, in a first for ACM, the nominations included four black artists in one year.
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Pie in the sky: Skydivers share pizza in 14,000-foot plummet
These are some daring pie-divers.
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Mike Tyson rips Hulu over biopic, calls it ‘cultural misappropriation’
He accused Hulu of putting "dollars over respect for Black story rights."
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Retired Italian teacher leaves fortune to hospitals, charities
ROME – A retired Italian teacher has bequeathed more than 25 million euros ($30 million) to hospitals and charities, stunning residents of the northern city of Genoa where she lived who had no inkling of her wealth. Marisa Cavanna died in December aged 96. She was described as a reserved woman who never got married...
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Senior citizen ‘Granfluencers’ are making it rain on Instagram
They're Instagrannies.
Russian influencer ‘sorry’ for posing nude on endangered elephant in Bali
A Russian Instagram influencer was forced to apologize after posing naked on top of an endangered elephant in Bali. Alesya Kafelnikova, 22, faced fierce backlash for posting a video from the photoshoot last week that showed her lying naked on top of a Sumatran elephant, according to The Sun. The since-deleted clip was captioned “natural...
House poised to vote on legal safeguards for LGBTQ people
WASHINGTON — The Democratic-led House is poised to pass a bill that would enshrine LGBTQ protections in the nation’s labor and civil rights laws, a top priority of President Joe Biden, though the legislation faces an uphill battle in the Senate. The Equality Act amends existing civil rights law to explicitly include sexual orientation and...
Italy’s Lombardy again in virus crisis as Brescia sees surge
ROME — Italy’s northern Lombardy region, where Europe’s coronavirus outbreak erupted last year, asked the national government Thursday for more vaccines to help stem a surge of new COVID-19 cases that are taxing the health system in the province of Brescia. The province’s fast-growing caseload is contributing to another upswing in reported cases nationwide: Italy...
China celebrates official end of extreme poverty, lauds Xi
BEIJING — The ruling Communist Party is celebrating the official end of extreme poverty in China with a propaganda campaign that praises President Xi Jinping’s role, part of efforts to cement his image as a history-making leader who is reclaiming his country’s rightful place as a global power. The propaganda apparatus has been linking national...
Amid COVID pandemic, flu has disappeared in the US
NEW YORK — February is usually the peak of flu season, with doctors’ offices and hospitals packed with suffering patients. But not this year. Flu has virtually disappeared from the U.S., with reports coming in at far lower levels than anything seen in decades. Experts say that measures put in place to fend off the...
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High school band uses individual tents to keep practicing during pandemic
They’ll be no two peas in the single-person pods given to members of the band at Wenatchee High School in Washington.  The school’s student musicians are rocking out together inside individual pop-up tents. The innovative solution comes as the trumpets of in-person learning resound after months of remote schooling due to the pandemic. “You get...
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26,000 people applied to move to Arkansas and get $10,000
If you’ve ever thought about a move to the Ozarks, you’re not alone. More than 26,000 people have applied for a program that will pay them to move to northwest Arkansas. The Northwest Arkansas Council’s “Life Works Here” program is offering the money to remote workers willing to move to the region, Fox News previously reported. The program will also...
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Annie’s to remove chemical tied to low sperm counts from mac ‘n’ cheese
Mac 'n' cheese brand Annie’s has announced it will begin phasing out phthalates from its products — years after multiple studies linked the chemical to lower sperm counts, an increased risk of birth defects and learning disabilities.
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Medical oxygen scarce in Africa, Latin America amid COVID-19
DAKAR, Senegal — A crisis over the supply of medical oxygen for coronavirus patients has struck nations in Africa and Latin America, where warnings went unheeded at the start of the pandemic and doctors say the shortage has led to unnecessary deaths. It takes about 12 weeks to install a hospital oxygen plant and even...
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Pelican found shot in Texas now ‘thriving’ at Bronx Zoo
After a tough time down south, this bird is making a new life for itself in New York City.
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Hundreds of buildings burned around Tigray town, research group says
NAIROBI – Fires that appear to have been deliberately set destroyed more than 500 structures this week in and around Ethiopia’s Gijet town, an analysis of satellite imagery shared with Reuters has found, adding credence to reports of continued conflict in parts of the northern region of Tigray. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed declared victory over...
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Facebook admits ‘mistake’ in threat to ban 81-year-old knitter for hate speech
The self-proclaimed "porcophile" meant no harm when describing her knitted dolls as "white pigs."
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Former home of legendary director Mike Nichols lists for $26M
The property is on the same block as Madonna's mega mansion.
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Bizarre ‘sea penis’ worm gets a rise out of social media
It's the new Moby Dick.
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Pizza-slinging con man of Lombardi’s fame opens NYC slice joint
He was one of NYC’s most celebrated pizzaiolos before the feds put him behind bars back in 1996. Today, infamous pie man Andrew Bellucci is back tossing dough in NYC — and swears he’s finally gone legit.  “I’ve run away so many times,” Bellucci, 57, a pizza chef who exploded onto the culinary scene in...
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‘Go somewhere else’: Florida officials crack down on spring break amid COVID pandemic
Florida officials are cracking down on spring-breakers hoping to flee to the state’s beaches amid the pandemic. New restrictions are being implemented to help slow the spread of COVID-19 as vacationers touch down in popular South Florida destinations like South Beach, where fewer Miami vices like staying out past midnight and alcohol consumption, among other things, will be tolerated. “If you’re...
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