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Disparities persist as US tops 500,000 COVID deaths

The United States surpassed 500,000 deaths from COVID-19 on Monday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
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Sweden: Terrorism eyed after ax attack injures 8
A man armed with an ax attacked and injured eight people in a southern Swedish town Wednesday before being shot and arrested, police said.
Associated Press Journalist and 5 Others Charged by Myanmar’s Military Government
A lawyer for journalist Thein Zaw said he faces up to three years in prison for violating a public order law
Tennessee joint operation recovers 150 missing kids
A total of 150 missing children from Tennessee have been recovered during a months-long joint law enforcement operation, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) on Wednesday.
Chris D'Elia issues denial after lawsuit accuses comedian of sexually exploiting teen
Comedian Chris D'Elia has been accused of soliciting child pornography and engaging in sexual relations with a 17-year-old.
Cuomo rips de Blasio, NYC amid apology over sex harassment claims
Gov. Andrew Cuomo took time to take a swipe at Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York City during a press briefing Wednesday where he repeatedly apologized over sexual harassment accusations leveled against him by three women.
Girl raises money for own brain surgery
A 7-year-old Alabama girl is raising money for her own brain surgery by running a lemonade stand. So far, the girl's stand has taken in more than $12,000 in donations, and an online fundraiser has pulled in more than $290,000. (March 4)
Roger Stone dances in pro-Trump rap video
Roger Stone stars in a pro-Trump music video shot over the weekend of Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Florida. CNN's Donie O'Sullivan reports.
Man charged with gun possession after threatening to ‘shoot up’ Bronx hospital
A man allegedly threatened to “shoot up” a Bronx hospital on Wednesday and was arrested on gun possession charges, police said. Christopher Mills, 18, of Mount Vernon, is accused of making the threat at Montefiore Medical Center after not being allowed to visit his just-deceased grandmother because of COVID-19 protocols, police sources said. Hospital staffers...
Alec Baldwin deactives Twitter account: 'Onward with Instagram'
Alec Baldwin, known for appearing on "Saturday Night Live," has announced that he's deleted his Twitter account and turned to Instagram.
What to watch on Thursday: ‘Persona: The Dark Truth Behind Personality Tests’
Thursday, March 4, 2021 | “The Walrus and the Whistleblower” on Discovery Plus.
With the clock ticking, Georgia lawmakers want the state to end daylight saving time
Last week, Georgia's Senate passed a bill 46-7 that would end the state's observance of daylight saving time.
Colorado murder trial witness is shot, killed; police offer reward for info
A Colorado woman who was set to testify next week in the murder trial of a defendant accused of killing a pregnant woman in 2013 was herself found shot and killed at a Denver intersection last Thursday, according to a report.
USC obliterates Stanford 79-42 to stay on pace for Pac-12 title
USC cruised to a 79-42 victory over Stanford on Wednesday at Galen Center to keep on pace for the Pac-12 regular season title.
Ronny Jackson and the 'former guy'
As with so many chapters in the Trump saga, the tale of the former White House physician -- described by subordinates as a 'tyrant' who had "tantrums," made "sexual and denigrating comments" and allegedly drank on the job, according to Pentagon watchdog's report--illustrates the strange way that the former president either attracts people who share his bullying and deceptive ways, or shapes them to fit the mold, writes Michael D'Antonio.
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Dennis Schroder and short-handed Lakers can't complete comeback in loss to Kings
Playing for the first time this season without LeBron James, Dennis Schroder, Montrezl Harrell and Kyle Kuzma get close, but can't lift Lakers past Kings.
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Alec Baldwin quits Twitter, says it’s full of ‘a–holes’
Alec Baldwin on Wednesday deactivated his Twitter account — complaining the social media platform is full of “a–holes.” The 62-year-old actor made the decision after getting skewered on Twitter for commenting about Gillian Anderson’s use of an American accent while accepting a Golden Globe on Sunday. The former “30 Rock” star fumed that Twitter is...
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California will reserve 40% of COVID-19 vaccine for needy in push to speed reopenings
California will reserve 40% of COVID-19 vaccine for needy in push to speed reopenings
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Susan Collins says she’ll back Biden pick Deb Haaland for Interior secretary
U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said Wednesday that she will vote to confirm U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland of New Mexico to become secretary of the interior.
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Capitol Police Uncover ‘Possible Plot’ Against Congress by Far-Right Militia
Capitol Police say they have uncovered intelligence of a “possible plot” by a militia group to breach the U.S. Capitol on Thursday
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Defining Fights: UFC 259's Petr Yan
MMA Junkie's Simon Head takes a look back through the fights that helped define the career of UFC bantamweight champion Petr Yan.      Related StoriesUFC 259 breakdown: Aljamain Sterling can finish Petr Yan by submission. But will he?Defining Fights: UFC 259's Aljamain SterlingUFC 259 pre-event facts: Israel Adesanya's champ-champ attempt comes with a twist 
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Ingraham: Best way to respond to 'disappearing goalposts' of Biden, Fauci is 'just ignore them'
If it were up to the Biden administration and the medical establishment, Laura Ingraham alleged Wednesday, America would never return to normal from the coronavirus pandemic "because they didn't like the old normal."
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Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves Claims Biden Called Middle America 'Neanderthals'— Did He?
President Joe Biden said that "the last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking" while discussing the easing of COVID-19 restrictions in Texas and Mississippi on Wednesday.
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Judge Andrew P. Napolitano: Silencing free speech -- when the First Amendment is not enforced, this can happen
Last week produced news about the suppression of speech on university campuses.
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House passes sweeping voting rights bill over GOP opposition
The bill would require states to offer mail-in ballots, same-day voter registration and a minimum of 15 days of early voting.
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Two doses of Pfizer and Moderna's Covid-19 vaccine are necessary, officials say, but questions still linger
The United States is holding firm to the strategy to administer two doses of the Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccines a few weeks apart. Still, the idea of expanding the supply by dispensing only one dose hasn't faded away. The Trump administration's surgeon general, Dr. Jerome Adams, said in a tweet on Tuesday that the good protection available with one shot "is better than great protection for a few."
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Teen dies after being shot by classmate at Arkansas school
The shooting took place inside Watson Chapel Junior High School on Monday. The suspect, a fellow classmate, faces a first-degree battery charge.
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Democrat-Led House Passes H.R.1, Aimed to Federalize U.S. Elections
The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed H.R. 1, otherwise known as the "For the People Act," which Republicans warn will compromise election integrity and ultimately lead to the federalization of U.S. elections. 
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Texas power grid CEO is fired following widespread outages during winter storms
Following widespread power outages during a series of winter storms that left many Texas residents in the dark for days, the head of the organization overseeing the state's power grid has been fired.
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Jimmy Kimmel Brutally Roasts QAnon Nuts for March 4 Trump Prophesy
ABCCapitol police are on high alert. Why, you might ask? Well, former President Donald Trump’s horde of QAnon followers—you know, the ones like Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, who believe Democrats and Hollywood A-listers are engaged in a massive child sex-trafficking ring and harvest the fear of children (a conspiracy theory inspired in part by the Pixar movie Monsters, Inc.)—believe that Trump will re-assume power and be inaugurated for a second term as president on March 4.As the BBC explained, “The idea stems from the belief among some QAnon followers that the United States turned from a country into a corporation after the passage of the District of Columbia Organic Act of 1871. It’s an odd, unfounded theory drawn from the sovereign citizen movement, an extreme libertarian fringe that opposes federal laws, general taxation and even the U.S. currency on the grounds that they restrict individual rights. Believers in the QAnon offshoot maintain that every US president, act and amendment passed after 1871 is illegitimate.” (We are all dumber for having to even think about this.)On Wednesday night, Jimmy Kimmel dedicated a portion of his monologue to this wacky conspiracy theory.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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UCLA's Pac-12 title hopes compromised in turnover-fueled loss to Oregon
UCLA gives up a nine-point lead in the second half and struggles with turnovers in an 82-74 loss to Oregon that complicates the Pac-12 race for first.
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Cuomo's apology an 'admission of guilt,' Rosie Perez says: 'Come on, dude, really?'
"The Flight Attendant" star Rosie Perez has called New York governor Andrew Cuomo's apology over sexual misconduct allegations an "admission of guilt"
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Sean Hannity slams 'swooning' mainstream media for failing to hold Andrew Cuomo accountable
The mainstream media was "rarely interested in any serious coverage" of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo prior to the current sexual harassment scandal, Sean Hannity told viewers Wednesday.
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Only Republican to vote to approve police-reform bill says he pressed wrong button
The Texas Republican who cast the only vote from the party in favor of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act said in a now-deleted tweet that he “accidentally pressed the wrong button,” a report said.
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Teacher union president on Biden's vaccine statement: It's huge
CNN's Chris Cuomo talks with American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten about the importance of getting kids back to in-person learning at school, and President Biden's announcement that the US will have enough vaccine doses for every adult by the end of May.
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Scary thought for East: Nets only going to get better
OK, look: I get it. You aren’t supposed to celebrate a team for being able to turn it on and off whenever they please. That’s the kind of thing that’s supposed to be anathema to basketball. That’s the kind of thing that makes coaches either turn to whiskey or an extra three hours of film...
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Pompeo: World Leaders Watching Biden's Public Absence 'Very Closely' -- 'They Wonder'
During Wednesday's broadcast of FNC's "Hannity," former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned that President Joe Biden not taking a more out front posture compared to his predecessor former President Donald Trump, could have consequences.
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March 4th Capitol Attack Fears Grow as Conspiracy Theorists Talk of Trump's Return
QAnon believers think Trump will arrive on March 4th to finally execute the long-awaited "storm"—that is, ordering mass arrests and executions of satanic pedophilies who are part of the "deep state."
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Arizona Gov. Ducey orders schools to reopen by mid-March despite some concerns
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey issued an executive order Wednesday requiring in-class learning to resume across the state by mid-March, the governor’s office announced. 
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What's behind the mass exodus of Arab Christians
The future of the ancient Christian communities in the Middle East is in doubt on the eve of Pope Francis' historic trip to Iraq. CNN's Ben Wedeman, reporting from Erbil, Iraq, looks at the factors behind this mass exodus over the years.
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Republicans and Democrats tear new divides as Senate debates Covid-19 deal and states are reopening
Much of the Republican Party -- despite the deaths of more than half a million Americans -- still acts as though the pandemic is more a platform for political grandstanding than the worst national crisis since World War II.
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Amanda Seales chats with Jalen Rose about fame, ‘Insecure’ role
If Amanda Seales had a business card, it would need to be the size of a sandwich board because there’s so much to fit on it. Seales, who is my guest this week on “Renaissance Man” has done it all. She is a poet, a stand-up comedian, a television personality, a singer, a DJ, an...
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Miss Manners: Friend’s aches and pains are hurting the relationship
Physical ailments — real or possibly imagined — are all the friend wants to discuss.
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Ask Amy: Neighbors overhear caregiver daughter’s screams at her elderly dad
Almost daily episodes make readers wonder how they can help.
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Hints From Heloise: Why did I come in here?
Entering a room and forgetting why you’re there is normal phenomenon.
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Democrats in Congress propose monument to honor Ruth Bader Ginsburg
The late Supreme Court justice died in September.
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Carolyn Hax: Seeing friends walk down the aisle is no walk in the park
A reader sees herself as unlovable as her friends are marrying left and right.
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Samantha Bee Demolishes New York’s ‘Biggest Dirtbag’ Andrew Cuomo
Almost two years ago, Samantha Bee used her role as one of the very few ladies in late-night television to mock Joe Biden’s video apologizing for inappropriately touching women in a way her male counterparts never could. Now, with another prominent Democrat under fire for even creepier behavior, the Full Frontal host went all-in Wednesday night.“The U.S. still has a long way to go toward making a real recovery from the pandemic, but we’re entering a new phase. The fog is clearing and we can finally start scrutinizing the behavior of our leaders, including the ones we used to like,” the host began. “Looks like Andrew Cuomo is the biggest dirtbag New Yorkers have elected since… pretty much every previous dirtbag we’ve elected. Guess we have a type!”Bee described the multiple sexual-harassment allegations against the New York governor as “disturbing but not surprising,” and after letting news reports outline those details, she added, “Cuomo seems like the kind of guy who thinks it can’t be sexual harassment if he didn’t use the word ‘toots.’”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Today in History for March 4th
Highlights of this day in history: Franklin D. Roosevelt is sworn in as president and vows to lead America out of the Great Depression; President Ronald Reagan takes responsibility for the Iran-Contra affair; The AAA is founded. (March 4)      
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