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Cuomo signs bill repealing nursing home COVID-19 liability protections

Governor Cuomo repealed a controversial law that shielded nursing homes and other essential businesses from coronavirus related lawsuits Tuesday night. The measure rolled back the “Emergency or Disaster Treatment Protection Act,” which granted health care facilities and workers liability immunity from negligence suits, and comes as Cuomo’s administration is under federal investigation for covering up...
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How an Insurgency Threatens Mozambique’s Gas Bonanza
One of the world’s poorest countries could be transformed by Africa’s biggest-ever private investment splurge, but there’s a problem. Increasingly brazen attacks by Islamist insurgents are threatening plans to tap huge natural gas deposits found off Mozambique’s northern coast a decade ago. More than 2,600 people have died and over 700,000 have been displaced since the violence began in 2017. The country’s export ambitions are linked to giant projects by France’s Total SE and Italy’s Eni SpA, an
US coordinates Afghanistan pullout with NATO withdrawal
President Joe Biden's top national security aides are consulting with NATO to coordinate the alliance's withdrawal from Afghanistan with the planned U.S. pullout by the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks
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Asia's prisons are filling up with women serving long sentences for minor drug crimes
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Turkey enters partial lockdown during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan
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Ex-Mexican president: "Not going to pay for that f***ing wall"
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The Racist Attacks Against Kristen Clarke End Now. The Senate Must Confirm Her | Opinion
A dangerous smear campaign has been launched in an effort to spread misinformation about Ms. Clarke, her values, and her record. It cannot be allowed to succeed.
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Officer who shot Daunte Wright to death and police chief resign
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Latest: Apple files motion to vacate judge's order
Apple has responded to a judge's order to unlock the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters by filing a motion to vacate the order. CBS News justice reporter Paula Reid joins with the latest details.
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Biden draws on long history with the war in Afghanistan as he prepares to announce troop withdrawal
It's an image President Joe Biden kept returning to: the sight of helicopters evacuating Americans from Saigon during the last major battle of the Vietnam War.
GOP Debate: What's at stake?
The five remaining Republican candidates for president will all be looking to make an impact Thursday night as they face off in their final debate before Super Tuesday. The debate comes as new polls show Ted Cruz leading Donald Trump by 15 points in Texas while Trump holds a commanding lead over Marco Rubio in Florida. Political contributor Leslie Sanchez joins CBSN for more on the GOP race.
Coast Guard boat overturns off NYC coast
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DOJ nominee Kristen Clarke faces Senate as supporters say civil rights chief is badly needed
Kristen Clarke, President Joe Biden's nominee to lead the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, heads to her Senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday as a groundswell of supporters says there's an urgency for Clarke to take office and lead the team of federal prosecutors to address recent allegations of unconstitutional acts across the country, including police killings of unarmed people of color.
PA Cops: Honors student isn't who he says he is
Pennsylvania police made a shocking discovery when they found out that a 23-year-old Ukrainian national was posing as a high school honors student. CBSN's Vladimir Duthiers and Kristine Johnson have more details.
House committee to vote on bill to grant DC statehood
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Holly Holm's gym: "A champion factory"
60 Minutes Sports covers the Jackson Wink MMA Academy -- an elite training ground for some of the best MMA fighters in the world including UFC Bantamweight Champion Holly Holm who pulled off a stunning upset victory over Ronda Rousey. Watch Tuesday, March 1 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME.
Stacey Abrams' Organization Tells Hollywood To 'Stay and Fight' in Georgia
The specter of a Hollywood boycott is once again looming in the state. Will Smith's upcoming film "Emancipation" was the first to pull its production this week.
The Queen returns to royal duties following Prince Philip's death
Britain's Queen Elizabeth has held her first in-person engagement since the death of her husband, Prince Philip, last Friday.
The Queen returns to royal duties following Prince Philip's death
Britain's Queen Elizabeth has held her first in-person engagement since the death of her husband, Prince Philip, last Friday.
National weather forecast: Winter weather hangs on in the West
Winter weather continues to hang on across the West with heavy snow for the Rockies including Colorado and Wyoming on Wednesday.
Asia's prisons are filling up with women. Many are victims of the war on drugs
It was dark when the plane touched down in Hong Kong from Phnom Penh. Noor Yuni swiftly cleared immigration and collected her luggage. But as she approached the "nothing to declare" lane, a customs officer pulled her aside, she says.
2 men arrested in 1996 disappearance of college student Kristin Smart
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Can Marco Rubio or Ted Cruz stop Donald Trump?
Ahead of the last GOP debate before Super Tuesday, Donald Trump is leading Marco Rubio in Florida, but losing to Ted Cruz in Texas. Do either of these senators have what it takes to beat Trump for the GOP nomination? Bob Cusack, editor-in-chief of The Hill, joins CBSN to discuss.
Live updates: Biden to formally announce troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, pay respects to fallen service members
On Capitol Hill, a House committee is expected to vote to advance legislation that would create a commission to study whether to pay reparations to descendants of slaves.
Aloha! How esports Overwatch League discovered Hawaii was key to 2021 in-season tournaments
The Overwatch League will send the North American tournament champion for each of the four in-season tournaments to Hawaii for the finale.
Ex-Jets star Al Toon's daughter dead in apparent murder-suicide, police say
The daughter of former New York Jets star Al Toon died Sunday in an apparent murder-suicide in Arizona, authorities said.
Was deadly car-to-car shooting road rage, or thrill kill?
When a Seattle man is brutally murdered at a red light, police suspect road rage – at first. Then, the case takes a bizarre turn. Peter Van Sant previews Saturday's all-new "48 Hours." Watch "A Student of Murder" Saturday, Feb. 27 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.
Have no idea what's happened during awards season? Here are the highs and lows you missed
From Viola Davis' priceless SAG win to Jason Sudeikis' speech-ready sweatshirts, here are the best and worst moments from the COVID-era awards season.
The fight over who will pay for Texas blackouts gears up
A high-stakes struggle is taking place in federal bankruptcy courts, in state courts and in the Texas legislature.
Caron Nazario saw Eric Garner, his ‘uncle,’ die in police hands. Then officers assaulted him six years later.
Nazario, an Army officer who was pulled over in uniform and pepper-sprayed in Windsor, Va., mourned Garner, who died after being placed in a chokehold by New York police officers in 2014.
Trump didn’t bring White working-class voters to the Republican Party. The data suggest he kept them away.
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Why your state might lose or gain clout in Congress after the census is released
Some states will gain seats after the census, while others such as Rhode Island will likely lose them. And even after the changes, House members from some states will still represent a starkly different number of people than others.
Fast food over fine dining: What spending data tells us about the pandemic recovery
Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images Five charts that show how dramatically the pandemic affected our spending. You can paint a picture of the pandemic by what we bought or didn't buy. You can learn a lot by looking at where we went or didn’t go. And as vaccines become more widely available and the end of the pandemic potentially draws near, you can also use those measures to illustrate which industries have recovered or are still struggling Recovery from the impacts of the pandemic varies widely by industry, according to new data from Earnest Research, which uses de-identified credit card, debit card, and mobile geolocation data to track spending and foot traffic at businesses in the United States. Even within a category like food or retail, there are winners and losers based on the particulars of the pandemic that made one type more or less popular than another. The data is indexed to the same month two years earlier — so March 2020 data would show the percentage difference from March 2018 — in order to strip out some of the huge dips when many businesses were closed completely during lockdown. Food Spending on online grocers like Fresh Direct and Instacart and delivery services like DoorDash and GrubHub soared during the pandemic to rates 400 percent higher than what they had been a couple years earlier, as people sought a safer way to get food than going to the supermarket or restaurants. While below their pandemic peaks, sales remain elevated far above where they had been as these types of commerce continue to grow in popularity. Restaurant recovery varied by type, though none is booming. Sales at fast food and fast casual restaurants — think Chipotle and Chopt, where you can pick up food but don’t necessarily dine in — are above 2019 levels. Meanwhile, sales at restaurants where people typically dine in, both fine dining chains like Capital Grille or Sugarfish and casual chains like Applebee’s and California Pizza Kitchen, remained depressed. Supermarket sales are back to the 2019 baseline after sales surged nearly 30 percent in the early pandemic. Perhaps people are over a lockdown spent cooking for themselves, but it’s more likely that grocery shopping has moved online and into meal kits. Shopping The biggest areas of apparel growth were in active and athleisure brands like Lululemon, Spanx, and Nike, as Americans worked from home and got comfy. Even from our quarantine isolation, our fashion followed collective trends bolstered by social media. Unflattering bike shorts became the official uniform of pandemic summer. Unsurprisingly for those of us who have abstained from the strictures of pants and going out, professional and dress attire brands like Brooks Brothers and Banana Republic suffered most, and sales remain down. Purchases of fast fashion and luxury brands, however, are up — perhaps thanks to the beloved quarantine pastime of impulse buying online. And while certain types of clothing spend have recovered, the physical stores at which they were once purchased haven’t. Emergent Research data on foot traffic by category — which is different from their spending categories because they use different data sources — shows that people haven’t completely returned to clothing stores. In conjunction with the elevated spending data, this suggests that online sales have taken a bigger portion of clothing sales in a move that’s likely to be permanent. Fitness Even before the pandemic, physical gyms were in trouble, as people increasingly opted to work out at home on a new swath of at-home fitness equipment rather than in the gym. The pandemic closures during lockdown might have solidified that trend. Gym traffic is down 30 percent from pre-pandemic levels and spending is down significantly as well: 40 percent in March 2021 compared with March 2019, according to Earnest data. And it’s possible it will remain depressed, thanks to the enormous growth in spending on at-home workout equipment and subscriptions during the pandemic, with companies like Peloton and NordicTrack seeing rapid growth. Travel Travel recovery is a bit harder to pin down, especially since a lot of travel during the pandemic happened locally, with people traveling by car and staying in Airbnbs nearby. The data we have also ends in March, before the CDC gave the green light to vaccinated travelers. What we do know is that foot traffic to airports, hotels, and rental car establishments remains down. And while numbers are ticking upward, spending data on airlines and online travel also remain depressed as of the end of March, according to Earnest’s data. That said, many are predicting a travel boom this summer. As more Americans get vaccinated — currently nearly a quarter of the population are fully vaccinated — it is likely that more people will take to the air (or boat or rental car).Three-quarters of Americans are planning a post-vaccine trip within the next six months, according to a new survey from PredictHQ, a demand intelligence company. “My guess is there’s so much pent-up demand, domestic travel this summer will potentially be bigger than pre-pandemic levels,” PredictHQ CEO Campbell Brown told Recode. Americans, who have hoarded so many vacation days since the pandemic that some employers are paying them to take off, are about to summer like Europeans, according to the Atlantic, which reported searches and reservations for summer growing rapidly on online portals. For now, our travel habits are closer to getting back to how they used to be.
Hormone Monsters
Illustration by Oliver Munday; Christine Schneider / Brigitte Sporrer / Getty This article was published online on April 14, 2021.Embarrassment makes for rich literature, but few fictions I can think of capture humiliation with the brute efficiency of “Traumarama.” The series, which ran for a time in Seventeen magazine, offered true stories written by, and for, teenagers—three or so lines, poetic in their brevity, about unruly bodies and unforgiving worlds. Crushes were a common topic. So were pimples and periods. White pants, in the world of “Traumarama,” were Chekhov’s gun.The series was silly. As a kid, I loved it anyway. It offered commiseration and catharsis. Its mini-melodramas were tales of embarrassment that, in the end, defied embarrassment: How mortifying should any of this be, if so many others were living through it, too?Newly in need of balm during topsy-turvy years, I’ve found it in television shows that have been asking the same question—in particular, a crop of current series that bring exuberant candor to their depictions of growing up. PEN15, the critical darling now in its second season on Hulu, chronicles the victories and humiliations of two best friends as they start seventh grade in the year 2000. Stranger Things, the Netflix smash hit set in and celebrating the 1980s, makes use of genres well suited to examining the out-of-body quality of puberty: science fiction, mystery, horror. Big Mouth, also on Netflix, follows the fortunes of a group of present-day middle schoolers. A crucial element of that show’s success—it recently completed Season 4 of a run that will span at least six seasons—is that it focuses, with Traumaramic intensity, on the turmoils of early adolescence.Exploring a time of life that ends but never leaves, the shows are wonderfully weird, even cartoonish (Big Mouth is an actual cartoon). But they are deeply earnest, too. They understand that this phase, to those who are living through it, can feel like a chronic emergency. And they have arrived, in their considerations of coming of age, at a singular conclusion: The best way to capture puberty’s reality, it turns out, is to embrace its surrealism.“You guys, stop. This is, like, so mean. Just tell her.” It’s the first day of seventh grade, and Maya Ishii-Peters has spent a few blissful hours thinking that her status in school, and therefore in life, is changing for the better: Brandt, a popular kid, is rumored to like her. So, for that matter, is his friend. All around Trailview Middle School, hand-lettered signs have been popping up: brandt loves maya. dustin loves maya. She and her best friend, Anna Kone, discuss the news, thrilled. Then the guys materialize. “UGIS!” Dustin shouts at Maya. Brandt joins in. “UGIS!” The girls are confused—Yoojiss?—until Becca, a mean girl who thinks herself kind, volunteers an explanation.“Oh, honey, don’t you know?” she says to Maya. “It means ‘ugliest girl in school.’ ”PEN15 ’s camera focuses tightly on Maya’s face as she registers this information. Time, in the show’s world, stops. Taunts of “UGIS!” echo, in sneering slo-mo, in the distance. You feel, through the screen, the pain that is lodging itself inside this very young person—pain that will likely remain for a long time to come. She’s trying so hard not to cry.“It’s cool,” Maya says finally, as the tears well up anyway. “Yeah, yeah, yeah. No, that’s really funny. Thanks for telling me, Becca.”This is not the kind of moment you might expect from a show that bills itself as a wacky comedy. But it’s precisely the kind that makes PEN15 so compelling. Childhood and adulthood, humor and tragedy, maelstrom and magic—they collide with barely controlled chaos. PEN15 ’s primary gag is that Maya and Anna are played by two of the show’s creators, Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle, who are in their 30s, while most of their classmates are played by age-appropriate actors. It’s a gimmick that comes to read as an insight: Rarely has the feeling of not fitting in, and of being awkward at your core, been so neatly visualized.PEN15 delights in recalling the specific indignities of the early aughts (the cargo pants, the screech of the dial-up modem, the brief ubiquity of NSYNC). Its focus, though, is puberty’s more generalized insult. Here you’ll be treated to intermittent close-ups of braces and zits and female shins covered in yeti-thick fur, images exaggerated into demented Dadaism. You’ll find bodies made whimsically alien. Maya removes her retainer; you hear the sucking sound of saliva against the plastic. Anna has her first kiss, and the milestone is portrayed through a montage of body parts: the boy’s slurping tongue; Anna’s shock-widened eyes; the back of her hand, when it’s all over, wiping away the wetness.The effect of the scene is, to be clear, horrifying; I have a pretty high tolerance for gross-out humor, and even I found myself covering my eyes. But awkwardness, in PEN15, operates as an ethic. American culture, when it’s not tricking them into growing up too quickly, often treats girls around Anna and Maya’s age as objects of mystery and mockery. (The term tween is its own reason to cringe.) PEN15 ’s audacities are, in that sense, corrective. The show offers its young characters the elemental dignity of seeing them as they are. It understands how possible it is, at their age or any other, for the surreal to be profoundly true.And so PEN15 feels the girls’ feelings along with them. It swings its moods on their behalf. It lives within their whiplash. Maya throws a tantrum in one moment and gets her period in another. Anna plays with dolls and then gossips, with a practiced indifference, about sex. Both girls want nothing more than to fit in, right until they want nothing more than to stand out. You can’t help but feel tenderness for them. But their show will remind you that tenderness itself has a double valence: love, yes, but also pain. Thanks for telling me, Becca.If doubleness is a theme of PEN15, it is, in Matt and Ross Duffer’s ode to early adolescence, a geography. Stranger Things gives us Hawkins, Indiana, a fictional town where a group of delightfully nerdy preteens ride their bikes and listen to cassette tapes and play Dungeons & Dragons. But lurking underneath their sleepy suburbia, they soon discover, is an anti-world—a darkly detailed inversion of home. The Upside Down, as the kids come to call it, is an apt metaphor for puberty precisely because it’s such a visceral one. This is a place of muscly monsters, rancid odors, and, it must be noted, quite a lot of ooze. It is a place where children, if the monsters have their way, go to die.It is a place, consequently, of profound disorientation. Will, a soft-eyed boy who has traveled to the Upside Down, tries to describe to his best friend, Mike, how it feels to be back. “You know how on a View-Master,” Will says, “when it gets, like …”“Caught between two slides?” Mike asks.“Yeah,” Will replies. “Yeah, like that.”Big Mouth has monsters too. But they roam places even more unsettling than viscous anti-worlds: the bodies of the kids at Bridgeton Middle School. The show’s Hormone Monsters are molecules made manifest: Hirsute and humanoid, and also vaguely bovine, they cause puberty and then coach kids through it. One of them, voiced by Maya Rudolph, is named Connie. Another is named Maurice. As Andrew, Jessi, Missy, Nick, and their peers venture further into seventh grade and beyond, the monsters act as both mentors and menaces. And they are joined, as episodes unfold, by other embodiments of adolescent agita: the Depression Kitty, the Anxiety Mosquito, the Shame Wizard (a specter with a British accent and a dour demeanor who appears at inopportune moments to remind the kids of their “fundamental otherness”).[Read: ‘Big Mouth’ grows up (kinda)]Did I mention that Big Mouth is extremely weird? This is puberty rendered as magical realism. But Big Mouth’s surreality, as in the other shows, is a way of seeing. So is the series’ bawdiness: Animation offers the freedom to go gonzo. Big Mouth is, quite often, filthy. It discusses—and depicts, in graphic if parodic detail—periods and pubic hair and erections and masturbation. It is blunt about bodies in a way that is mostly refreshing and occasionally disgusting.But there is grace in the grossness. Big Mouth, for all its antics, is abidingly protective of its kids. Warmth is woven into its conception. Nick, always anxious that he’s falling behind in the race to grow up, is a version of Big Mouth’s co-creator Nick Kroll. (Kroll also voices the character.) Andrew is based on another co-creator, Andrew Goldberg. The show features many other such blurrings of fact and fiction, among them an episode in which Maya and Anna leap over from the PEN15 universe to voice Big Mouth versions of themselves. The Duffer brothers do not star in Stranger Things; they have suggested, however, that the show’s fluorescent nostalgia is an outgrowth of what their lives were like when the Hormone Monsters came for them.The creators of these shows are compassionate toward the kids because, in a direct sense, they are those kids. The magic here is human, and humane; everyone, on some level, is the child they once were. Everyone can be upended in an addled world. Everyone deserves some tenderness. These cathartic comedies came to life in a moment of deep anxiety about empathy itself—a moment of cruelties and rumors, loneliness and fear, Beccas and Brandts. The shows have instructed, and warned. To watch them is to feel once again the great hope of young adolescence: Please let this just be a phase.This article appears in the May 2021 print edition with the headline “Hormone Monsters.”
Defense launches case in Derek Chauvin trial
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The flu vaccine is 59% effective -- is that good enough?
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Is too much exercise bad for your heart?
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Dad creates hit board game, Dragonwood
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Justin Bieber says his drug problem was so bad that bodyguards would check his pulse as he slept
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Justin Bieber's drug problem was so bad that bodyguards would check his pulse as he slept
Justin Bieber has opened up about his transformation from wild child to reformed character.
Mitt Romney: Donald Trump may have "bombshell" tax issue
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Will President Obama nominate a Republican for the Supreme Court?
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Man gets prison for killing elephant seal on California coast
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U.S. recommends "pause" for Johnson & Johnson vaccine
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