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Pres. Biden tweaks Paycheck Protection Program to target smallest businesses

Officials say changes to the Paycheck Protection Program will allow more money to be directed to small businesses that need it most.       
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Car bomb explodes in Somalia's capital, killing at least 20 people
At least 20 people were killed and more than 30 others wounded in a car bomb blast in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Friday night, police and emergency services said.
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NBA's best players gather for All-Star Game like no other
It is typically a time where the great and good of the NBA showcase their unique skills to an assembled crowd of fans and A-list celebrities.
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Declining Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Shots Is 'Inexplicable', Dr. Wen Tells Detroit Mayor
Mayor Mike Duggan walked back comments suggesting the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was inferior to others.
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Woman allegedly shoots officer with pellet gun
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Spring break could be a perfect storm for spreading coronavirus variants. Don't let that happen
Highly contagious variants will soon have a ridiculously easy chance to spread rapidly across the US. Spring break starts for hundreds of universities this month, and typical revelry could lead to countless Americans getting infected as variants threaten to outpace vaccinations.
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Hold That Drill: Why Wall Street Wants Energy Companies To Pump Less Oil, Not More
After bankrolling oil companies for years and seeing poor returns, investors are now pressuring companies to keep their oil output lower, instead of higher.
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D.C.-area forecast: Cold wind keeps blowing today and tomorrow, then springtime warmth surges
40s with wind chills the next two days. By Tuesday, we're talking 60s.
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After Khashoggi murder, Saudi Arabia shifts lobbying firepower to 'middle America' with women's rights message
The Saudis are reaching out to local officials from New Orleans to Anchorage. The pitch: Saudi Arabia is a global player transforming on women's rights.       
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Biden may be getting rid of the Authorizations for the Use of Military Force. That deserves a ‘Whoa.’
The possibility of addressing the legal framework for the war on terror is big news.
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These Are the Go-to Face Masks That Scouted Writers Love
Photo Illustration: Scouted/The Daily Beast/VendorsIt’s a year into the pandemic and we’ve tried a lot of face masks here at Scouted. From ones that fit smaller (or bigger) faces, to machine-washable ones, each one of us has a favorite, go-to mask. We thought we’d round them all up in one place so you can see just how the staff at Scouted is feeling when it comes to face coverings.Scouted selects products independently and prices reflect what was available at the time of publish. Sign up for our newsletter for more recommendations and check out our coupon site for more deals. If you buy something from our posts, we may earn a small commission.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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There's a dearth of Black players on the LPGA Tour. This woman wants that to change
Clemmie Perry is the founder of Women of Color Golf and GIrls On the Green Tee, an initiative that aims to bridge the access gap in golf.
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There's a dearth of Black players on the LPGA Tour. This woman wants that to change
Made redundant from her job at Lockheed Martin at the age of 55, Clemmie Perry started thinking she needed to find a hobby.
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UK destinations brace tourist pandemonium
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The emotional catharsis of 'Wandavision' in a year of grief
Watching the protagonist of "Wandavision" slowly start to break down the walls of the sitcom safe haven she created has been cathartic for audiences living through a year of relentless loss.
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Kevin McCarthy Making for Dr. Seuss Video Amid Stimulus Bill Debate
The deceased children's author has become a recent flashback in debates about so-called "cancel culture."
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'I'm A Sex Therapist, These Are The 3 Most Common Sex Issues I See'
In my practice there are common issues around sex that come up. There are three areas in particular I encounter the most.
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Indian farmers block highway outside Delhi marking 100th day of protest
NEW DELHI – Indian farmers began gathering on Saturday to block a six-lane expressway outside New Delhi to mark the 100th day of protests against deregulation of agriculture markets, to add pressure on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government. Farmers young and old headed in cars, trucks and tractors to the highway for a five-hour roadblock...
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UK destinations take steps to avoid tourist pandemonium
Destinations across the UK are preparing for an influx of domestic tourism when Covid-19 restrictions lift. After months of lockdown, there's a feeling of relief, mixed with concern about potential chaos when UK tourists are let loose.
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Georgia couple begs U-Haul thieves to return the urn holding their baby’s ashes
A Georgia couple was left devastated after thieves stole their U-Haul moving truck — which held an urn filled with their infant son’s ashes. Ben and Kassandra Benton were asleep at a LaQuinta hotel in Covington on Wednesday, when the U-Haul holding all their possessions was stolen from the parking lot, WAGA reported. A military...
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At least 6 people hospitalized after a natural gas explosion and fire in Texas
At least six employees of CenterPoint Energy were transported to local hospitals Friday after what the company described as a "natural gas incident."
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In a Land Dominated by Ex-Rebels, Kosovo Women Find Power at the Ballot Box
Women are winning greater political representation in Kosovo, raising hopes of more equality in a country still living with the scars of the war against Serbian rule in the 1990s.
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At least 10 injured after Texas natural gas explosion
As least 10 people were injured in a fire caused by a natural gas explosion in Texas Friday night, officials said. The explosion happened just before 8 p.m. when workers for the utility company CenterPoint Energy were trying to shut down a gas line outside a home in the town of Spring, KXAN reported, citing...
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Pope Francis holds historic meeting with revered Shia cleric in Iraq's Najaf
Pope Francis has held a historic meeting with revered Shia Muslim cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani in Iraq's holy city of Najaf, according to al-Iraqiya state TV, on the second day of the pontiff's visit to the country.
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White Rochester cop probed after pepper-spraying black mom near toddler
A Rochester police officer has been placed on administrative leave after video emerged Friday of the cop pepper spraying a shoplifting suspect as she attempted to flee with her three-year-old child. The video was released as the Rochester Police Department remains under scrutiny over its interactions with black residents — including Daniel Prude, whose September...
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'We're walking into the mouth of the monster' by loosening Covid-19 restrictions, expert says
More states are relaxing measures to protect against Covid-19 as variants circulate in the United States -- a combination that means "we're walking into the mouth of the monster," an infectious disease expert said.
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Former Mexican President Vincent Fox expects cannabis bill to pass
MEXICO CITY – Former Mexican President Vicente Fox said on Friday he expected Congress to pass its new law to legalize cannabis next week, a move that would effectively create one of the world’s largest weed markets. The bill, backed by the administration of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, would mark a major shift in...
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Ted Cruz’s Favorite Porn Star Cory Chase Is More Patriotic Than He’ll Ever Be
Reality KingsTed Cruz, the Republican senator from Texas, has found himself in the middle of a number of controversies. There was the 2013 government shutdown, wherein Cruz hijacked Congress with a reading of Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham; the time he accused President Obama of high treason for wanting to push immigration reform; the time GOP Senator Lindsey Graham said, “If you killed Ted Cruz on the floor of the Senate, and the trial was in the Senate, nobody would convict you”; and the time Donald Trump branded Cruz’s wife ugly and accused his father of assassinating JFK, prompting Cruz to cower and kiss his ring anyway. Recently, the culture war-obsessed congressman has come under fire for his complicity in the January 6 storming of the Capitol, and abandoning his state for a Cancun vacation in the midst of an energy crisis that left millions without power and dozens dead.One of the funniest Cruz controversies, of course, came in September of 2017, when his Twitter account “liked” an incestuous porn clip. The adult film in question, Dicks for Two, starred the celebrated porn actress Cory Chase as a stepmother who, after stumbling upon her stepdaughter and her boyfriend getting down and dirty, joins in on the X-rated fun. The incident took many by surprise, given that his Republican Party had only a few months prior adopted a platform branding porn “a public health crisis that is destroying the life [sic] of millions,” and the time Cruz, as Texas’ solicitor general, passionately defended his state’s ban on sex toys, claiming, “There is no substantive-due-process right to stimulate one's genitals for non-medical purposes unrelated to procreation or outside of an interpersonal relationship.” (Cruz rather dubiously placed the blame for “liking” the porn clip on an unnamed staffer.)According to Cory Chase, Dicks for Two is a “family roleplay” flick—or “fauxcest,” as the popular porn genre is frequently called. “I was a very new stepmom to my stepdaughter. I think she pretended to stay home sick, had her boyfriend come over, they had fun, and then of course, I caught them,” she tells me, chuckling. “It was me being a Peeping Tom, and then me finding out, ‘Man, my stepdaughter is really hot, and her boyfriend has a really big dick, maybe I should join in.’”Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
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The Gary Sanchez positives keep coming for Yankees
Observations from the Yankees’ spring training game on Friday Power Up After hitting just three homers last season, Gleyber Torres hit his first of the spring — an opposite field shot off Tigers left-hander Tyler Alexander. Walk On Right-handed prospect Luis Medina walked four batters in just two-thirds of an inning. The 21-year-old has struggled...
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Pope Francis to meet with top Shiite cleric in Iraq
NAJAF, Iraq — Pope Francis met with Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, one of the most senior clerics in Shiite Islam, in Iraq’s holy city of Najaf on Saturday to deliver a message of peaceful coexistence, urging Muslims to embrace Iraq’s long-beleaguered Christian minority.  The historic meeting in al-Sistani’s humble home was months in the making, with...
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Senate OKs extension of $300 weekly unemployment benefit after long delay
The Senate adopted an amendment to keep the federal unemployment benefit at $300 per week through August. The change passed the Senate 50-49.       
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Angels’ Shohei Ohtani hits 100 mph in spring outing
Shohei Ohtani figured he’d be careful in his return to the mound after two injury-spoiled seasons. A few batters in, the Los Angeles Angels’ two-way sensation reached back for a little extra — and brought back some of the buzz that surrounded his major league debut three years ago. Ohtani reached 100 mph with his...
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Dalai Lama seen getting COVID-19 vaccine at hospital in India
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama got his first COVID-19 shot at a hospital in India Saturday morning — and then posted a photo on Instagram. The photo shows him wearing a face mask and a scarlet robe as a masked and gowned worker gave him the injection at Zonal Hospital in Dharmsala, India, where...
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Pope Francis meets with Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, urges for peaceful coexistence
Pope Francis met with Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani in Iraq's holy city of Najaf on Saturday to deliver a message of peaceful coexistence.       
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Senate moves forward with COVID bill "vote-a-rama"
Although the $1.9 trillion bill is expected to pass, Republican senators will make the process as difficult as possible.
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Familial-like bond between star players has Wagner on verge of NCAA tourney
They are the engine to the area’s best local college basketball story, close friends who describe each other as brothers, a pair of junior college transfers who have turned Wagner from a preseason afterthought to favorites to reach the NCAA Tournament from the Northeast Conference. There is the quiet, unassuming and easygoing Alex Morales, the...
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Rangers coach David Quinn downplays Mika Zibanejad benching
David Quinn was candid while explaining his reasons for benching struggling veteran Mika Zibanejad for a majority of the second period in the Rangers’ 6-1 victory over the Devils on Thursday night, but the head coach said everything was business as usual between the two in practice Friday. “The same vibes, nothing has changed from...
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Senate grinds toward passage of $1.9 trillion Biden relief plan
Debate on the Senate floor stretched into the early morning hours of Saturday.
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Senate rejects Sanders’ $15 minimum wage bid, braces for all-nighter on COVID-19 relief
The Senate voted 58-42 Friday night to reject Sen. Bernie Sanders’ effort to add a $15 minimum wage provision to President Biden’s $1.9 million COVID-19 relief bill, and is now poised to work well into Saturday in an all-night marathon of haggling over the massive measure. The so-called “vote-a-rama” — during which senators can offer...
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Robert Gamez’s 32-year Arnold Palmer run comes to unceremonious end
ORLANDO, Fla. — Robert Gamez has had — and will continue to have — many better days on the golf course than the one he experienced on Friday. The 20-over 92 Gamez shot in the second round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill to finish 27-over and DFL through 36 holes surely was...
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Claressa Shields makes more history with shutout of Marie-Eve Dicaire
Claressa Shields might want to compete exclusively in mixed martial arts if she cares about challenges. No one in boxing can touch her.       Related StoriesUFC 259 'Embedded,' No. 6: Behind the scenes at tense faceoffsVideo: Which UFC 259 title fight will be most talked about come Sunday?Twitter Mailbag: If Israel Adesanya becomes champ-champ at UFC 259, then what? 
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What to watch this weekend: ‘GOATs: The Greatest of All Time’ on ESPN
Saturday March 6 and Sunday March 7, 2021 | 2021 Critics Choice Awards on the CW.
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Poet Amanda Gorman says she was tailed by guard who thought of her as 'threat'
Poet Amanda Gorman said she was tailed by a guard on her way home because he thought she looked suspicious.
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Cuomo ‘grooming’ claims should’ve been investigated: Charlotte Bennett’s lawyer
Gov. Andrew Cuomo accuser Charlotte Bennett’s lawyer expressed outrage toward his aides for allegedly telling her there was no need to investigate him because his inappropriate behavior never got past the “grooming” stage. Bennett’s lawyer, Debra Katz said Friday night that Cuomo’s staff was required by law to investigate the allegations. “When she said, ‘I...
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Five mid-majors to watch as northeast conference tournaments begin
It’s conference tournament time and the local mid-majors are practicing their steps in hopes of qualifying for the Big Dance. Here are five schools to watch: Hofstra Hofstra avoided any COVID-19 pauses until a bad time: The final two weeks of the season. That means the Pride will enter the CAA Tournament having gone 20...
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WTF Happened to Naomi Watts?
HuluEven with the noxious Mel Gibson as its villain and a story driven by a tired Groundhog Day conceit, Boss Level (on Hulu on March 5) is a reasonably lively video game adventure about an ex-Special Forces soldier (Frank Grillo) stuck reliving the same action-packed day over and over again until he finds a way to defeat his assassin adversaries, kill Gibson, and escape his 24-hour time loop. Much of the B-movie’s success is due to Grillo’s smarty-pants macho routine, but none of the credit goes to Naomi Watts, here relegated to playing Grillo’s scientist ex, who’s responsible for developing the high-tech device that created this re-running fiasco, and whose death at Gibson’s hands is what compels Grillo to try to reach his coin-op reality’s final stage.In other words, she’s the “woman in the refrigerator”—the disrespected female character who’s unceremoniously dispatched by the storytellers in order to give the hero guiding motivation. That she has only slightly more screen time in this affair than NFL tight end Rob Gronkowski is merely insult to injury. Appearing for only a few expositional scenes that underline her character’s status as a one-dimensional narrative device, Watts is not served well by the gung-ho Boss Level. Then again, that’s not a unique situation for the 52-year-old Australian to find herself in, especially over the past decade. Though capable of more than handling her own in dramas and comedies, small-scale chamber pieces and CGI-enhanced spectacles, the Oscar-nominated actress has had her talents wasted in recent years by a string of misfires that were either middling or misbegotten from the start, or inept at properly utilizing her. Whether the result of faulty instincts or shoddy guidance from others, Watts’ career has gotten more than a bit off track as of late—a state of affairs that need not continue, so long as she begins gravitating toward the types of projects that made her an A-lister in the first place.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Chris Hayes Compares Cuomo's Nursing Home Deaths to Trump Keeping COVID Patients on Ships
Hayes called any elected official's attempts to artificially suppress COVID-19 case numbers "an indefensible position."
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Brett Gardner’s return isn’t a ‘reward’ for his Yankees past
TAMPA — Brett Gardner is back for a 14th season in pinstripes, but not just because of what he did in his first 13 seasons in The Bronx, according to general manager Brian Cashman. Though the veteran outfielder re-signed with the Yankees less than a week before position players reported to spring training and may...
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Los fanáticos del LA Galaxy y LAFC podrían asistir a los juegos bajo las nuevas pautas del coronavirus
Según las pautas de coronavirus establecidas en California, el Galaxy y el LAFC podrían recibir a un número limitado de fanáticos cuando comience la temporada de la MLS
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