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NYPD mourns death of ambushed officer

New York City police officer Miosotis Familia was ambushed and shot in the head early Wednesday morning by a gunman who was eventually killed by police. The 48-year-old mother of three died hours later at a Bronx hospital. Don Dahler reports on what's being done to protect police.
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Donald Trump Again Backs Stefanik for GOP Chair but Rival Chip Roy Has More Conservative Record
"Can't imagine Republican House Members would go with Chip Roy—he has not done a great job, and will probably be successfully primaried in his own district," former President Donald Trump said on Thursday.
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Hamas rockets soar during Fox News report, forcing correspondent, camera to the ground
Fox News foreign correspondent Trey Yingst said Israel called on 9,000 reserve troops ahead of what they believe will be a 'full-scale ground invasion' as rockets soared nearby on 'Special Report'
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Midnight Bourbon a legit contender in Preakness Stakes
Midnight Bourbon, the third betting choice, could be the colt to win this Saturday's Preakness Stakes.
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Tucker Carlson, YouTuber Hickok45 smash stereotype that AR-15's are ‘weapons of war’
Tucker Carlson meets up with Greg Kinman, the man behind popular firearms YouTube channel Hickok45, to get a deeper understanding of the AR-15 rifle and its functionality.
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Delta will require new employees get COVID vaccine, CEO says
Delta will require that all new employees be vaccinated against the coronavirus, the airline's CEO said in an interview aired Thursday.
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California AG will investigate deadly police shooting of Sean Monterrosa
The California Department of Justice will review the shooting death of 22-year-old Sean Monterrosa at the hands of officers at the Vallejo Police Department, the state's attorney general said.
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Kamala Harris’ niece says those who are neutral on Israel-Gaza have ‘chosen the side of the oppressor’
Vice President Kamala Harris’ niece Meena offered a more forceful take on the Israel-Gaza unrest Wednesday than that of her aunt, urging people to fight “Palestinian oppression.”
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Ronnie Ortiz-Magro stepping away from ‘Jersey Shore’ over mental health
Ortiz's statement comes the same day it was revealed he'd dodged charges related to an April arrest for alleged domestic violence.
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Stefanik emerges from candidate-forum as front runner to replace Cheney
Stefanik told reporters Thursday evening she believes she is "in a strong position going into tomorrow."       
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Israeli cities face rioting, violence as Jewish-Arab conflicts intensify
The violent conflict between Israelis and Palestinian militants this week sent rockets flying and buildings crumbling under targeted airstrikes, but for some residents of cities like Lod with mixed Arab and Jewish populations, the riots and mobs are more worrying.
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Liz Cheney rips 'dangerous' Trump for 'perpetuating lies': 'We do not swear allegiance to any individual'
Former House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney blasted President Trump and his "enablers" within the GOP, telling 'Special Report' that he is acting in a "dangerous" manner by "perpetuating lies" about the 2020 election being stolen
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Video Shows White Man Berating Asian Family in Burger King Drive-Thru
The man immediately behaved differently as soon as he saw someone else recording him on their smartphone.
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Lottery winner throws $26M ticket in the laundry: report
A California woman accidentally destroyed her winning lottery ticket by washing it with her laundry and now may miss out on $26 million.
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Chris Webber out at TNT on eve of NBA playoffs
Chris Webber and TNT have agreed to part ways on the eve of the NBA playoffs, The Post has learned.
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Luke Rockhold says multiple top 10 fighters turned him down: 'Everyone's just making excuses'
Luke Rockhold says he can't find a top-ranked opponent that's willing to fight him.       Related StoriesLuke Rockhold says multiple top 10 fighters turned him down: 'Everyone's just making excuses' - Enclosure'You got Dana White privilege': Tony Ferguson steals show at UFC 262 press conference'You got Dana White privilege': Tony Ferguson steals show at UFC 262 press conference - Enclosure 
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Biden’s HUD secretary violated Hatch Act with election talk: watchdog
President Biden’s secretary of Housing and Urban Development violated the federal Hatch Act when she weighed in on the 2022 Ohio Senate election, reports said.
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CDC chief moves from 'impending doom' to no masks for the vaccinated in 45 days
In just about a month and a half, the leader of The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has dramatically changed her tone on COVID-19 and mask mandates.
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Chicago-area ice hockey coach sexually abused players, federal lawsuit alleges
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4 y/o dead after accidentally shooting himself
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Mayor wants to crack down on drag racers
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Police: Man stole $33,000 worth of items
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Clock to strike midnight on a number of billx
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Family says girl who accidentally shot 12 y/o posed with gun
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Body of mother missing for weeks, found in pond
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How angry Apple employees’ petition led to a controversial new hire’s departure
One of Apple’s many corporate office buildings in Cupertino, California. Even Apple can’t avoid employee conflict over issues like sexism. It’s not every day that a new hire at a major tech company unleashes employee outrage, a public departure, and debates around sexism in the workplace. That’s particularly true at Apple — a secretive company that stands apart from its largest tech rival Google, which has a history of workplace activism and a culture of employee dissent. But that’s what happened on Wednesday, when Apple abruptly parted ways with a new advertising product technology employee, Antonio García Martínez, after thousands of employees questioned his hiring. The situation shows how tensions over gender parity in tech have persisted since exploding in November 2018 during the Google Walkout and the Me Too movement. Even a company like Apple can’t entirely avoid being swept up in internal conflicts over fraught issues like sexism and political views that have caused rifts and PR crises across the tech industry. Nearly 2,000 Apple employees signed an internal petition by Wednesday evening that criticized Apple’s decision to hire García Martínez, citing passages from his 2016 memoir, including one in which he described “most women” in the San Francisco Bay Area as “soft and weak, cosseted and naive despite their claims of worldliness, and generally full of shit.” Silicon Valley has long been plagued by gender bias issues and inequality, and Apple employees opposed to his hiring said it was unfair to expect women at the company to work with someone who’d expressed and never apologized for misogynistic views. García Martínez, a former Facebook product manager and writer, has previously said that passage has been quoted out of context, because he was making a positive comparison to his former romantic partner, not making a statement about women in isolation. Some people in the tech industry supporting García Martínez argued that he’s being unfairly punished for his personal writing, which they say is tongue-in-cheek and not a serious reflection of his professional treatment of women. Ultimately, Apple sided with the protesting employees when it announced that García Martínez was no longer working at the company, just hours after the employee petition was sent to Apple executive Eddy Cue, and soon after the petition — which one organizer told Recode was not intended to become public — was reported on by The Verge. “At Apple, we have always strived to create an inclusive, welcoming workplace where everyone is respected and accepted,” an Apple spokesman sent in a statement. “Behavior that demeans or discriminates against people for who they are has no place here.” The García Martínez petition marks one of the first known times that a sizable group of rank-and-file employees at Apple — a corporation known for a heads-down work culture — pushed back on a management decision with a petition, and actually succeeded in getting that decision reversed. The whole thing also unfolded rapidly. The controversy began earlier this week when it became public that Apple had hired García Martínez to help build out Apple’s competing ads department. When old passages from García Martínez’s book started going viral on Twitter, some Apple employees noticed and began organizing a petition internally at the company. “We are profoundly distraught by what this hire means for Apple’s commitment to its inclusion goals, as well as its real and immediate impact on those working near Mr. García Martínez,” stated the letter, which goes on to demand an investigation into how García Martínez “published views on women and people of color were missed or ignored” in Apple’s hiring process. The letter called for Apple to take steps to prevent a similar situation from happening again. The petition pointed to other passages in García Martínez’s memoir, including one in which he describes the physique of a former female colleague at Facebook (“composed of alternating Bézier curves from top to bottom: convex, then concave, and then convex again, in a vertical undulation you couldn’t take your eyes off of”), refers to an economically disadvantaged city in Silicon Valley as a “slum,” and compares a former Indian colleague to “bored auto-rickshaw drivers” in New Delhi who would “overcharge you” for a ride. The petition didn’t specifically call for García Martínez to be fired, but it quickly gained traction and created pressure on the company to take action. Even though many may find these passages from García Martínez’s book to be controversial, it should be noted that Chaos Monkeys was generally well-received by the tech press after it debuted in 2016 (including Recode, which interviewed him in an onstage panel at its 2019 Code Conference) — some criticism of sexism withstanding. Until recently, García Martínez was a regular freelance contributor to Wired. He has worked at at least one other tech company since publishing his memoir, other than Apple, according to his LinkedIn profile. Which is all to say that, García Martínez’s writing, even if distasteful to some, has not obviously impacted his career until now. And some argue that in an earlier era at Apple — especially given the so-called “brilliant jerk” leadership style of former CEO and Apple co-founder Steve Jobs — that García Martínez’s writing might not have been such a major issue. But in a post Me Too world, gender and racial equality is no longer seen as an afterthought in corporate life, especially not for rank-and-file employees. And women at the company raise an important question: Should they work with someone who has said he views most women in Silicon Valley as “weak”? And if those comments were truly made in jest, should Apple and/or García Martínez have publicly clarified that more explicitly? An Apple employee involved in writing the petition, who spoke to Recode on the condition of anonymity for fear of professional repercussions, described their reaction to the news of Apple parting ways with García Martínez as “very celebratory but firm that this is only the first step,” and that organizers intend to continue pressing the company to investigate the circumstances around García Martínez’s hiring. There are still many open questions around the situation — like if Apple was aware of García Martínez’s writing, if he was terminated or willingly resigned, and if he was given a chance to recant his earlier stated views before leaving. Apple did not respond to Recode’s follow-up questions, and García Martínez declined to respond to a request for comment. What we do know is Apple is just one example of how major companies across corporate America are having to grapple with the consequences of employing people who espouse views that seem to be at odds with their own stated goals on inclusivity in the workplace. On Wednesday, Apple found itself in the position of being publicly pressured by its own usually quiet workforce to stay accountable to that promise.
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Packers' Aaron Jones hopeful Aaron Rodgers is on team Week 1: 'That’s my quarterback'
Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones is ready for Week 1 and is hoping Aaron Rodgers will be handing the ball off to him when the team takes on the New Orleans Saints.
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Vaccinated Bill Maher tests positive for COVID, forcing cancellation of Friday 'Real Time' episode
Talk host Bill Maher, who's fully vaccinated, was found to be positive for COVID after a weekly 'Real Time' test. He's asymptomatic and feeling fine.      
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Police swarm home of mortified mom who left her ‘corpse’ outside
A U.K. woman was mortified after an errantly placed Halloween prop prompted a squad of 10 police officers to surround her home on the suspicion that she’d committed murder.
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Army bases offering vaccine incentives but no military-wide policy for now
At least three Army bases are now offering incentives for soldiers to receive the Covid-19 vaccine, including additional days off, gym access and reduced movement restrictions.
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High schoolers able to return to prom as US fights pandemic
A year after the pandemic canceled most proms, school districts around the country are considering whether they can once again hold the formal dances.      
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Philly mayor reacts to wrongful cremations
Philadelphia's top health official is out of a job after the mayor said he learned human remains from the 1985 bombing of the headquarters of the group MOVE had been cremated and disposed of without notifying family members. (May 13)      
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‘Better days are ahead’: Maskless Biden marks milestone in virus battle
Building an effective response to the coronavirus has been the central project of his presidency — the one issue advisers thought he would be judged on more than any other.
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Big Pharma execs mocked West Virginia, Kentucky as opioid overdoses soared: report
Pharmaceutical executives mocked Kentucky and West Virginia residents as “Pillbillies” and drug addicts as concerns in both states grew over the opioid epidemic, according to emails recently unveiled in court.
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Kat Dennings, Andrew W.K. engaged: 'Don’t mind if I do'
The "WandaVision" actress, 34, and the musician, 42, announced their engagement Thursday on Instagram.
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Yankees’ Gerrit Cole off to historic start: Stunning numbers prove it
Before you dig up all of your superlatives to capture Gerrit Cole’s amazing 2021 launch, the right-hander offered one verbal shrug late Wednesday night.
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Congress provided $28 billion to save restaurants. It's running out
Congress provided $28.6 billion for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund. Two weeks after the funds became available, more than $65 billion worth of requests have come in.
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Podcast: Share the Vaccine ‘Recipe’
When the Biden administration announced support for waiving COVID-19 vaccine patents last week, it was met with praise, relief, skepticism, and alarm by different groups—but surprise all around. Pharmaceutical giants have long fought efforts to have their intellectual property released to meet international needs. And they’ve backed it up with immense political muscle. Could this time be different? Would it discourage future research, as critics such as Bill Gates claim? And how much (and how quickly) could it help?To understand the issue, James Hamblin and Maeve Higgins are joined on the podcast Social Distance by Julie Rovner, the chief Washington correspondent for Kaiser Health News. Listen to their conversation here:Subscribe to Social Distance to receive new episodes as soon as they’re published.What follows is a transcript of their conversation, edited and condensed for clarity:James Hamblin: What was your reaction to that news last week when the Biden administration indicated that they would be backing patent waivers?Julie Rovner: Well, of course, because I cover politics, my first inclination was political. It was like, Wow, the Biden administration is doing something that the drug industry really doesn’t want them to do. And, of course, the drug industry is flying high right now. Everybody loves them because they brought us these miraculous vaccines. But someone reminded me that [President Joe] Biden did, in fact, promise to do this patent waiver back last summer. So it was a campaign promise.Maeve Higgins: I’m over in Ireland and some of the E.U. leaders have said this isn’t going to make the biggest difference. Do you think they have a point?Rovner: I think it’s not going to make a difference right away. And, in fact, the CEOs of the companies making the vaccines are worried about competition for the raw ingredients that they need to continue to make the vaccines. I was at a meeting with the ambassador of one of the E.U. countries ... [and] he did say that it was really important that less-developed countries not just get vaccines from more-developed countries but that they actually manufacture their own vaccines. I had not heard that before. This was a month ago [and] this was a country that makes its own vaccines.He thought this waiver was really important. He really wanted to get the rest of the world up and running. Obviously, it will take a very long time. It’s not going to help India with its current crisis. India needs vaccines. India has lots of vaccine manufacturing. So I think it may be a long-run thing. The other question is: Is this the first nose under the camel’s tent about intellectual property and waiving patents? Particularly for the very powerful drug industry, which I know is powerful, not just in the U.S. but also in other parts of the world, including the E.U.Hamblin: So, just to clarify the terms, these patent waivers would mean Pfizer would kind of upload its plans ...Higgins: It would put them on TikTok and anybody could screenshot them ...Rovner: It would be a recipe. It would be like Tasty for vaccines.Hamblin: Yeah, but not everyone can just go make a vaccine in their kitchen. It still requires a lot of overhead, and time to ramp up, and technology. And so the question is: Are there actually companies out there that would make that investment if they could get the IP? And hasn’t Moderna already shared theirs, and not a lot of people took them up on it?Rovner: I would think the companies would want to, but these are not easy vaccines to make, particularly the mRNA ones. I don’t think it would be that simple for even some of the countries that have vaccine-manufacturing capabilities to necessarily do these quickly.But it’s definitely an interesting prospect, assuming the World Trade Organization goes ahead and does this. Remember: This is just us supporting it. The W.T.O. actually has to do it. Assuming that they do, it’ll be interesting to see what happens with it.Higgins: Is Biden just potentially really upsetting the pharmaceutical industry, while not necessarily taking a meaningful step to actually help the countries that desperately need vaccines?Rovner: The U.S. is also doing other things to help countries that desperately need vaccines. There’s been a lot of concern about the U.S. [being] slow to help India. And there is this lingering irritation of “Why are we vaccinating 12-to-15-year-olds when there are so many countries in the world that can’t vaccinate anybody yet?”What obligation does the U.S. and all the developed countries that now have these vaccines have to less-developed countries? And [there’s a] continual reminder that people don’t appreciate that: Nobody is safe until everybody is safe. There are countries that are basically on fire and creating new variants that could undermine all of the vaccinating that we’re doing now.Hamblin: Do you have concerns about the argument people like Bill Gates have made, that if we set a precedent now that vaccine patents can just be made public, that there will be even less investment from the industry in vaccines we might need for future pandemics?Rovner: Well, my impression is that most of the investment was made by the government. (Laughs.)Higgins: (Laughs.) Yes!Hamblin: In point of fact, yeah.Rovner: Drug companies are still not investing that much. And drug companies not investing in vaccines is not a new thing. I’ve been writing about it for 20 years. And there is this whole argument—and I’ve been covering drug prices since the 1980s when we first started complaining about them, maybe before that, but that was when I started—and drug companies have always said, “If you don’t let us make big profits, we won’t have money to invest into the next lifesaving medicines. Drug companies have been investing in things that are not vaccines for a really long time, so I’m not sure how much of a precedent this sets for intellectual property on other drugs, but certainly it’s something that the drug industry is not thrilled about. I was amazed at how quickly the reaction started flooding into my inbox when this was announced last week. I mean, within seconds.Hamblin: And the argument is like, “This is going to destroy access to so many medications.” Or, “We won’t be able to do our jobs if we don’t have a billion dollars in profit.”Rovner: Basically, yes. “You take away the incentive for us to sink money into it if you’re just going to give away what we discover.” And this is not a new argument. This has been the argument about drug prices too. “If we can’t earn unlimited profits, then we won’t have money to put into R&D.” That’s effectively what they’ve been saying since the 1980s.Hamblin: Yeah. But it’s an effective argument.Rovner: It’s an extremely effective argument. I always say: The two industries we’re forever haranguing are the drug industry and the tobacco industry. And, unlike the tobacco industry, the drug industry makes things we want and need.Hamblin: Is it a bundling issue? Could we just have companies that just make vaccines? That way they wouldn’t be able to say, “We’re not going to make vaccines because we need the money to invest in cancer research.” It becomes very muddled and complicated.Rovner: It does. I mean, there were not enough companies making childhood vaccines for a while. This is not a new thing. They don’t make as much money off of vaccines, which you give once ... Well, the flu vaccine you give every year, but generally, childhood vaccines you give once, maybe twice, rather than a statin drug that a lot of adults will take every day for 20 or 30 years. Vaccines are sort of the least-profitable piece of the drug industry.Hamblin: Because they work so well.Rovner: That’s right, yeah. We have problems with antibiotics for the same reason. Which is to say: You don’t take them constantly. You just take them when you’re sick.Hamblin: Does the kind of pandemic matter here? This is a global emergency for everyone in the world. Do you think the kind of emergency we’re seeing now incentivizes research for another disease that could pop up?Rovner: We’ve obviously never had this kind of a global pandemic before. And that’s part of the problem. Even when we had Ebola, we could send everything to the one place where it was. This is a true pandemic. And I do think that things are different. Although a lot of scientists are expecting that this will not be the last pandemic, [and] that as we have these diseases that jump from animals to people that people have no resistance to, it could happen again. And it could conceivably happen again with something that’s even more deadly than this one. I mean, it’s definitely uncharted territory, but I think people are kind of looking at it to see [whether] we’re going to have a different feeling for how public health and the medical system work.I was interested at the beginning to see how the nation’s various health systems were able to deal with this. And I realized very quickly that it wasn’t so much a test of health systems as it was a test of public-health systems, and that places that had good, very robust public-health systems were better able to deal with it than places that necessarily had universal health care.Hamblin: If you could take politics out of it, how should we get the global vaccine supply into a more sustainable place where we’re not having to rely on hoping that companies come through for us next time? If companies won’t do so unless they can be guaranteed a large profit, how do we get around that to have a sustainable plan for the future?Rovner: Well, you know, if we had a functioning U.N. and a functioning World Health Organization ... and that’s what COVAX [COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access] is. I mean, that’s the idea that the wealthier countries are going to come together and help fund vaccines for the poorer countries who can’t do it themselves. Because, as I said, no one is safe until everyone is safe. So, there is self-interest in this too. One would hope that self-interest would help this along.Hamblin: We have that in abundance.Rovner: Yes, we definitely have that in abundance. But I think people don’t see it. This is the constant: “Why do we give money to other countries? Our foreign-aid budget must be huge. Why should we give money? Why do we care if the rest of the world is at war?”Well, we get a lot of our stuff from the rest of the world, which I think we’re discovering now. The disrupted supply chains are an eye-opener to a lot of people.Hamblin: How much can you see the influence playing out of the money that Big Pharma donates to politicians? Do you kind of see that happening like clockwork in your work, or is it more subtle?Rovner: With the drug companies, it’s not that subtle. They do give a lot of money to lawmakers, and lawmakers tend to do their bidding. And it’s not just Republicans. They give money to Democrats, and there are Democrats who are kind of loath to cross the drug industry. This is why Congress has been fighting about drug prices for 40 years and still hasn’t really done anything about it.They haven’t even done some of the very low-hanging fruit, like letting drug companies buy off their generic competition temporarily, which helps the generic company because they’re getting paid, and it helps the brand-name company because they don’t have competition. And the only people who aren’t helped are the people actually trying to buy the drugs. That’s been one of these things that just about everybody agrees on. And yet Congress has had great difficulty doing even the easy stuff, much less the hard stuff that might actually do something about the price of prescription drugs.Higgins: I just keep thinking about insulin. I have friends who, immediately, when Biden made his announcement, they were just like, How about insulin?Rovner: Insulin is such a good example because the original patent for insulin was sold for $1. The whole idea was that insulin wasn’t supposed to make money. And yet all of these little variations on insulin now cost hundreds and thousands of dollars. And we’re seeing people in the United States literally dying because they’re diabetics and can’t afford their insulin.Hamblin: And this is coming off of a presidency where Donald Trump said many times that we need to do something about drug prices. He would get cheers at his rallies for it, and Biden has said the same thing. It would seem like there’s bipartisan support for this to happen. And Americans certainly want lower drug prices. And yet here we are.Well, what I would love to hear you say that this is a big, significant move and it’s one you think is really going to change things, waiving these patents. But unfortunately ...Rovner: I will believe it when I see it. Waiving the patents for vaccines is an important step, but I don’t know that it gets followed by anything else. I’d love to be proven wrong, but I have grown cynical about drug prices over almost 40 years of covering them.
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Is This the End?
The announcement seemed to catch everyone off guard: Early Thursday afternoon, the government told Americans that if they were fully vaccinated against COVID-19, they did not need to wear a mask—indoors or outside, in groups small or large.People who have gotten their shots, Rochelle Walensky, the CDC director, said at a White House press briefing, “can start doing the things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic.” Coming from an administration that has preached caution to the point of criticism—only six weeks ago a teary-eyed Walensky warned the nation of “impending doom”—the words sounded like a surprisingly abrupt declaration of freedom: Did the CDC just end the pandemic?It had not, of course. There were, as always, plenty of caveats to the CDC’s guidance. Masks should still be worn on public transportation and in high-risk settings such as doctor’s offices, hospitals, and nursing homes. A majority of Americans remain unvaccinated and should continue to mask up. Tens of thousands are testing positive for the coronavirus every day, and hundreds are still dying from it. Cases are surging in India and other parts of the world.So, no, the pandemic isn’t over, but the significance of the CDC’s shift was unmistakable, and the nation’s senior political leaders made sure the public didn’t miss it. Inside the Oval Office, President Joe Biden and the Republican lawmakers with whom he was meeting took off their masks, Senator Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia told reporters outside the White House. On the Senate floor, Senator Susan Collins of Maine—who earlier this week chastised Walensky over the CDC’s “conflicting” mask guidance—triumphantly waved hers in the air. “Free at last,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, previously a fastidious mask-wearer, declared at the Capitol. Conservatives have mocked Biden, who has been fully vaccinated for months, for wearing a mask even when it clearly offered no discernible health benefit, including while walking alone to and from his helicopter. So when Biden spoke later in the afternoon in the White House Rose Garden, it was notable that he wasn’t wearing one. His remarks carried an air of celebration, if not quite finality. “Today,” he said, “is a great day for America in our long battle with the coronavirus.”[Read: The liberals who can’t quit lockdown]The impact of today’s announcement—like that of so many others during the past 15 months—will vary greatly across the country. For the millions of people who have long refused to wear masks, it will make little difference. Plenty of others will ignore it; in New York and other cities, people regularly wear masks as they walk down the street even though the CDC relaxed guidelines for outdoor activities weeks ago. Businesses and local governments could continue to require them. For many, the announcement immediately raised anxiety and a host of new questions, particularly among parents of children who are too young to be vaccinated. Is it safe to bring kids into a grocery store where people aren’t wearing masks? What about the immunocompromised for whom the vaccinations might be less effective? How do you know whether a maskless person is vaccinated? Enforcement is impossible. (“It’s not an enforcement thing,” Biden said. “We’re not going to go out and arrest people.”)The president and the CDC framed the change as one more incentive for people to become vaccinated by presenting the vaccine-hesitant with a choice—get your shot if you don’t like wearing a mask. But the guideline change was also at least a tacit acknowledgment that not everyone is going to become vaccinated and that at some point the country needs to move closer to normalcy anyway. With cases dropping across the country, the CDC was under increasing pressure to loosen its position toward masks.Biden has promised, over and over again, to remove politics from the decision making around the pandemic, to “follow the science.” But the political implications of today’s announcement were inescapable. The president needs the pandemic to end, but he also needs the public to see that his policies and leadership have helped make it end. So far, his success has been measured mostly in numbers—in the falling infection rate and in the hundreds of millions of vaccinations, which have exceeded the administration’s initial stated goals. Liberating the people from their face coverings is a far more visible step—one that Americans will feel, physically as well as symbolically, in their daily lives. It will also ease one of the most polarizing issues of the pandemic. The harsh political reality is that people might be more willing to credit Biden for ending the mask mandates than they are for keeping them healthy.Undoubtedly, a few more twists and turns in the pandemic lie ahead, and the administration’s shift might yet prove to be premature. The ongoing global spread of the virus could spawn new variants that evade the vaccines, and the duration of the protection offered by the shots is still unknown. Masks will be a part of American life in certain settings for months to come, if not longer. For more than a year, however, these flimsy garments have come to symbolize the intrusion, and the isolation, wrought by COVID-19. When the pandemic is finally indeed over, the country might look back at the unexpected announcement of May 13 as a moment of demarcation—even as something of an end.
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Allbirds vs. Everlane vs. Rothy's: What's the Best, Most Comfortable Shoe?
Have you heard a lot about sustainable, comfortable shoe brands but aren't sure which to buy? Here's everything you need to know about the most comfortable styles from Allbirds, Everlane and Rothy's.
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How America Has Changed Since the First Census in 1790
From population booms to population declines, find out how the country has changed in the over 200 years since the census was created.
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Luis Rojas’ temperament is exactly what these Mets need
Up front, it is worth pointing out that Luis Rojas has not accomplished anything yet. His baseball baptism might have come by fire after the Carlos Beltran disaster, but he still should have found a way to lead the 2020 Mets to the playoffs.
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The Black Keys celebrate 20 years together with a new blues album
On “Delta Kream,” their 10th studio album, the Black Keys celebrate their 20th anniversary by going back to their roots on 11 Mississippi hill country blues songs by greats such as R.L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough.
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Missouri governor nixes voter-approved Medicaid expansion plan
Republican Missouri Gov. Mike Parson said Thursday that he will not expand Medicaid -- a change approved by voters and scheduled to start July 1 -- because lawmakers did not appropriate funding.
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Biden inauguration priest resigns as Santa Clara U. president
The Jesuit priest who presided over the inaugural Mass for then President-elect Joe Biden resigned as president of Santa Clara University in California.
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Sophie Turner criticizes 'disgusting' paparazzi photos: Stars who beg for children's privacy
Sophie Turner joins a growing list of celebrities advocating for their children's privacy from the paparazzi.      
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CNN heavily promoted Rebekah Jones' fake conspiracy accusing DeSantis admin of altering COVID data
Rebekah Jones, a former state health official in Florida, became a media darling during the coronavirus pandemic over her explosive claim that she was pressured by the DeSantis administration to alter the state's data in order to push for reopenings. However, a damning new report suggests that she completely made up her allegations
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Southern California opioid deaths prompt charges
At least 11 suspected drug dealers face charges in Southern California that they sold fentanyl and other opioids that led to 12 overdose deaths, federal prosecutors said Thursday. (May 13)      
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