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Today in History for April 8th

Highlights on this day in history: Funeral of Pope John Paul II; Pablo Picasso dies at 91; Teen aids patient Ryan White dies at 18; Hank Aaron hits 715th home run; Kurt Cobain found dead in home from self-inflicted gunshot wound. (April 8)      
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Petri Dishes with Alexandra Petri (April 27 | 11 a.m. ET)
Humor columnist Alexandra Petri takes your questions and comments on the news and political in(s)anity of the day.
Have a question about vaccinations in D.C., Maryland and Virginia? Ask The Post. (April 22 | Noon ET)
Do you have questions about the Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines? Let us know.
Pelosi: "Too much is being made of" Clinton email investigation
After a seven-week recess, Congressional lawmakers returns to Washington Tuesday to tackle stalemates (and partisan fights) that have been on hold for the summer. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi joins "CBS This Morning" to offer a preview of what Congress will be doing in the weeks before Election Day.
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World Leaders React to Derek Chauvin's Murder, Manslaughter Convictions
The killing of George Floyd has had global significance, sparking protests across the world and a debate about race relations.
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President Obama downplays China arrival incident
From the start, President Obama's G-20 trip was marked by an awkward opening moment by Chinese officials. The president was forced to deplane from the belly of Air Force One Saturday after Chinese officials didn't provide a rolling stair case for him at the airport. Margaret Brennan reports on how the incident is symbolic of the increasingly-tense relationship between the two superpowers.
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NYC’s iconic towers are reopening with new luxe perks
They’re back! From Rockefeller Center to the World Trade Center, the iconic building’s that give the New York City skyline its sex appeal are welcoming back visitors with new renovations, health and safety upgrades and fresh aesthetics. Here’s what you can expect when you return to work. Making an entrance What was old is new...
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George Floyd’s brother Philonise recounts moment he heard Derek Chauvin verdict
George Floyd’s brother on Wednesday recounted the moment he watched a judge convict ex-cop Derek Chauvin for killing his sibling. “I hear, ‘guilty,’ and then I heard some more numbers, and I hear, ‘guilty’ again, and I said, ‘Lord, please let it be another,’ and I hear ‘guilty’ again, and I was excited,” Philonise Floyd...
Dana White indicates Colby Covington will get welterweight title shot after UFC 261
It appears playing the waiting game could pay off for Colby Covington.       Related StoriesKamaru Usman: Jorge Masvidal should thank me for gifting UFC 261 title rematchRonda Rousey announces pregnancy: 'Baddest baby on the planet coming to you soon'Video: How would Israel Adesanya vs. Robert Whittaker rematch play out?
Why FDA is banning antibacterial ingredients from soap
Public health experts applaud a new FDA ban on chemicals in many antibacterial soaps. The government is targeting 19 ingredients found in soaps and body washes, saying they could do more harm than good. Companies have one year to remove the chemicals or take the products off store shelves. Dr. David Agus joins "CBS This Morning" from Los Angeles to discuss the ruling.
Man in North Carolina fatally shot while deputies served warrant, authorities say
A man was fatally shot while deputies were serving a warrant Wednesday morning in the North Carolina community of Elizabeth City, the Pasquotank County Sheriff's Office said.
Arizona House passes bill that would stop some voters from automatically receiving mail-in ballots
The GOP-led Arizona House on Tuesday passed legislation that would make changes to the mail-in voting process in the state, including stopping some voters from automatically receiving ballots.
Suspect's tip leads to remains of missing boy from 1989 Minn. cold case
Eleven-year-old Jacob Wetterling was abducted from St. Joseph, Minnesota, in 1989. Danny Heinrich, a person of interest in the boy's kidnapping, helped investigators find Wetterling. He's in jail on child pornography charges. Jamie Yuccas reports from St. Joseph, a community seeking closure.
Leibovich on optics of Clinton email controversy, Trump minority outreach
New York Times Magazine chief national correspondent and CBS News political contributor Mark Leibovich joins "CBS This Morning" from Washington to discuss the latest news from the campaign trail.
SpaceX Crew-2 flight delayed to Friday due to weather
NASA announced on Wednesday that its highly-anticipated SpaceX Crew-2 launch to the International Space Station is delayed.
Chauvin faces decades in prison, but could serve far less
The former Minneapolis police officer will face sentencing in about eight weeks for his convictions in the murder of George Floyd.
Biden to announce 200 million vaccine dose goal will be met Thursday
President Joe Biden on Wednesday will announce his administration will meet his 100-day goal of 200 million vaccine doses on Thursday -- ahead of schedule.
Oxygen Tank Leak Kills at Least 22 COVID Patients: 'Shocking and Painful'
"Those responsible for this accident will not be spared," said the chief minister of the Indian region where the tragedy occurred.
Massachusetts Man Killed by Police Wearing Body Armor With 'Wires', Threatened Bomb Would Go Off
Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early said a motive is not known as of Wednesday morning and says "let the police do their job" to investigate the situation.
Germany Grapples With Racism After Threats Derail Refugee's Candidacy For Parliament
The first Syrian refugee has withdrawn his candidacy because of racist abuse and death threats. The news was announced the same week a German comedian did a TV sketch about the election in blackface.
Home Chef’s healthy meal delivery service can launch your fitness journey
Their new “Fresh Start” dietitian-approved, calorie- and carb-conscious options make eating well a breeze.
Florida Couple Attempts to Hold Wedding in Vacant Mansion Passed Off as Their Own on Invitations
When the groom showed up to the $5.7 million estate on Saturday morning to set up for the wedding, he was met by the disgruntled owner of the home, who swiftly called the police.
The Daily Beast ripped for publishing misinformation about Columbus police shooting
Social media users ripped The Daily Beast for publishing misinformation about the fatal police shooting of 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant in Columbus, Ohio on Tuesday.
Hermine strengthens along Atlantic coast
Hermine threatens several states with rough surf and dangerous flooding as millions celebrate Labor Day. The former tropical storm is slowly moving out to sea, but it's creating dangerous rip currents and storm surges, stretching from New Jersey to Massachusetts. Jericka Duncan reports from Seaside Heights, New Jersey.
April Snow Breaks Records As People Ask If Mother Nature Is OK
Snowfall records have been broken at locations in Ohio, Kentucky, Kansas and Missouri. Weather experts say residents should brace for "unseasonably" cold conditions.
Thief returns stolen money to restaurant
Child shot by uncle during filming of music video
Bill requires women to bury/cremate aborted fetuses
Remains of missing woman may have been found
Feds: Man allegedly defrauded college out of $2M
Man claiming to have bomb, rifle fatally shot
13-year-old raises thousands to help seniors
State will not file charges in fatal deputy shooting
Resident grieves loss of home and history
Cottage retreat for families of ill children to open
The Secret Mission To Unearth Part of A 142-Year-Old Experiment
Scientists in Michigan went out in the dead of night to dig up part of an unusual long-term experiment. It's a research study that started in 1879 and is handed from one generation to the next.
Tom Brady trolls Patrick Mahomes after Royals' Salvador Perez is pictured wearing No.12 Bucs jersey
Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes engaged in some friendly trash-talking over social media Tuesday after the Kansas City Royals tweeted a picture of catcher Salvador Perez wearing a No. 12 Tampa Bay Buccaneers jersey.
9/4: Hermine may regain hurricane status; Cancer patients find healing with horses
Tropical Storm Hermine is regaining strength after striking Florida and may once again become a hurricane; a special four-day program allows 20 young cancer patients and their families to learn to ride and care for horses
Biden to tout US passing 200 million COVID-19 vaccinations
President Biden on Wednesday will hail the US passing 200 million COVID-19 vaccine doses administered — as the nation expands eligibility to all Americans over age 16. According to CDC data, more than 213 million doses were administered as of Wednesday, enough to cover 51 percent of the adult population. Biden’s remarks around 1:15 pm...
Natural Light launches line of boozy ice pops with traveling lemonade stand, well-paying internship position
Nothing says summer like beer and popsicles.
U.K. COVID Variant Makes Up 80% of France's Cases as Country Poised to Enter 'Peak' of Third Wave
France is approaching a peak in the COVID-19 pandemic due to the increasing presence of virus variant strains in the country.
Cruz rips Biden DOJ nominee as 'partisan ideologue' for liking tweet attacking Nikki Haley
Ahead of the Senate vote on Vanita Gupta’s confirmation to be associate attorney general, Sen. Ted Cruz took one final shot at President Biden’s controversial Justice Department nominee, casting doubt on her “regret” of past remarks.
Just because you can work from home doesn’t mean you’ll be allowed to
Depending on your job, company, and industry, you might have to go back to the office soon. | Getty Images Which jobs are heading back to the office and which can stay home varies widely. America’s vaccine rollout is happening faster than expected, with the general population now eligible to get their shot this week instead of in May or June, as originally anticipated. In turn, some office workers in the United States are going back to the office sooner than we thought. When they return and how often they’re expected to be at their desks, however, could vary widely. And as the return to the office picks up, the extent to which American office workers are allowed to continue working from home — which the vast majority of them have done during the pandemic — stands to affect everything from their satisfaction at work to where they are able to live. This summer, offices are generally opening on an optional basis and will open with more expectations for workers to be present this fall. The most flexibility will go to knowledge workers. These high-skilled workers, whose jobs are mediated by computers, will be much more likely than before the pandemic to be allowed to work from home at least some of the time in what’s called the hybrid work model. But everything from which employees can work from home to the number of days they can do so will depend on a number of factors, including their job, company, and industry. Even among industries well-suited to online work, there is a range in who is allowed to work remotely or not. On one end of the spectrum are the finance and law sectors, whose workers have been less likely to work from home all along despite a high potential for their work to be done remotely. These industries are going back to the office sooner, and workers will be less likely than in other types of work to be allowed to complete their work remotely thanks to work cultures that prioritize in-person interactions, whether they’re necessary or not. On the other end are a variety of industries including tech, where some companies like Twitter and DropBox are giving employees the option to permanently work remote. Of course, even within tech there is variation. Amazon, known for its brutal corporate culture, plans to have most of its white-collar workers back in the office by early fall, saying it wants to return to an “office-centric culture as our baseline.” Meanwhile, companies that choose not to allow workers flexibility in where they work will be met with resistance. The vast majority of employees — 89 percent — say they want to be allowed to work remotely some or all of the time. So companies with stricter office rules could have trouble attracting and keeping talent, with one in four employees saying they might quit their jobs after the pandemic, mostly because they want to look for work with greater flexibility. Whether you can continue to work remotely varies by your job and industry The question of whether a given industry is sending workers back to the office early is hardly binary. The future of office attendance depends on a number of factors. McKinsey Global Institute looked at more than 2,000 activities in more than 800 occupations to figure out which had the greatest potential to be done remotely. The authors found that jobs where primary activities include updating knowledge and learning or interacting with computers could largely be done remotely without productivity loss. Meanwhile, jobs that required handling and moving objects or controlling machinery, unsurprisingly, had to be done in person. That means that while some jobs within a company might go partially or completely remote, others are less likely. Anu Madgavkar, a partner at McKinsey Global Institute, gave the example of an e-commerce company, where employees on the business development team “with rapid iterative types of cycles should be encouraged to spend more time together in physical spaces designed for interactions.” Meanwhile, people doing backend web development at that same e-commerce company “can spend much more time working on their own” from home. “Within a company and even within teams, there’s a gradation going on,” Madgavkar said. Activities particularly reliant on being in person include things like creating a company culture, negotiations, sales, first-time conversations with clients, onboarding, coaching, feedback, and problem-solving, especially within interdisciplinary teams. As a whole, jobs with the highest remote potential were concentrated in a few sectors, including finance and insurance as well as management and professional services. Sectors with the least potential included construction, food services, and agriculture. McKinsey estimates that 20 to 25 percent of the workforce could work from home three to five days per week without any loss to productivity. It’s 40 percent if you look at those who could work from home at least one day a week. Job categories with the highest number of remote job postings on FlexJobs, a job site for remote work, were computer & IT, project management, and marketing. However, just because a job can be done effectively remotely doesn’t mean that it will be. A number of industries have cultural barriers to remote work that prevented them from being done remotely, even during the pandemic. Again, despite having jobs with a high potential for remote work, law and finance jobs tend to require more office time. People in those industries worked remotely only a little over half of the time during the pandemic. Law and finance are also likely to remain resistant to remote work post-pandemic. JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon has said he wants “nearly all” traders and bank branch employees back at physical locations, pointing to the shortcomings of remote work for maintaining a company’s culture. His opinions mirror many others in the finance industry. The financial publication Bloomberg wants its employees back as soon as they’re vaccinated, making it a standout from the media industry, which is generally adopting a hybrid model. While privacy and data security in finance are certainly a concern with working from home, it’s not an insurmountable obstacle from a technical point of view (as evidenced by all the work in those fields that did get done with much of the workforce working remotely). Rather, it’s a cultural one. “Some industries that technically could do it, maybe culturally are not ready,” Orsolya Kovács-Ondrejkovic, associate director of people strategy and human resources at Boston Consulting Group (BCG), told Recode. Investment banks, in particular, have been known for their controversial work requirements, often based on executives’ caprice. Look no further than investment bankers in New York having to commute to Greenwich, Connecticut, for work. It’s also worth noting that during the pandemic, employees working from home reported their employers to the Securities and Exchange Commission for corporate wrongdoing at a record clip. Law firms nationwide have had occupancy rates above average throughout the pandemic, according to data from Kastle Systems, an office security company that collects anonymized swipe-in data from 41,000 businesses across the country. Currently, law firms have a 40 percent occupancy rate, about 15 percentage points higher than the cross-industry average. Many law firms have a staid, old-school culture. Notably for those afraid of spreading disease in open office spaces, law firms are also more likely to have private offices than peers in other white-collar industries. Really it depends on what leadership does, and leadership at finance and law firms typically don’t seem to be fully on board with remote work. That could hurt those industries in the future. Workers might rebel. A third to a half of workers have said they’d leave their jobs if their employers didn’t offer remote work. “Can these companies still do it and ask people to go back? Yes, and people probably will,” Kovács-Ondrejkovic said. “But whether this will cause them an issue with their talent pipeline in the next five-ish years? Probably.” The issue will be particularly pressing in coming years among young people, she said, who’ve now had experience working from home successfully. “I think for them,” she added, “it will just feel very, very antiquated to be five days in an office.” Industries like tech and STEM, where talent is in high demand and where future job growth is predicted, will more likely have to offer remote work. “If you’re in an industry where talent is scarce, then you will get a sense pretty quickly that workers want flexibility and bake that into the talent value proposition,” Madgavkar, from McKinsey, said. “Or you will use [remote work] to target and tap talent pools in cities you weren’t able to harness previously.” The percentages of people who actually worked from home during the pandemic would be a good indication of what percentage of people in those fields might work remotely — at least some of the time — post-pandemic, according to the authors of the BCG study published in March. While it’s unclear how much office work will be done remotely, the prospects are at least much brighter than they were pre-pandemic, when less than 5 percent of the workforce worked remotely. The move back to the office is just starting So far, the average weekly office occupancy in April across all industries in 10 major US cities jumped slightly to 26 percent last week, according to Kastle Systems data. Occupancy rates were highest in Texas cities, with Dallas, Austin, and Houston all above 30 percent, and lowest in San Francisco, whose office occupancy was 14 percent. The low national occupancy rate has remained mostly steady for the last year, but Mark Ein, chairman of Kastle Systems, expects it to rise sharply in the coming months, after the working-age population goes through its vaccine cycle. It will likely take a few months after being widely available for Americans to book and get both vaccine doses and for them to be fully effective. Ein, whose business relies on selling software for physical offices, is particularly bullish on the return to the office. Once employees are vaccinated, “there won’t be any reason people shouldn’t be back in the office,” Ein said. “Even people who leaned into working from home early on are talking about getting their workforce back.” He says they’re eager to do things that are difficult to do from home, such as rebuild their work culture and collaborate with new employees. On the other hand, people who’ve gotten a taste of working from home will likely want to continue doing so. The aforementioned BCG study found that nearly 90 percent of workers want to work from home some or all of the time. And many employers are seeing remote work as a cheaper alternative to pricey office real estate, or at least a way to cut down on some of their real estate footprint. There’s also been huge growth in the availability of remote jobs. The number of postings for fully remote jobs on FlexJobs rose 76 percent between 2019 and 2020, while the number of partially remote positions rose about 20 percent (there are now roughly equal numbers of each on the site). All that said, the future of office work will likely look more like a hybrid model, somewhere in the middle of being fully remote and fully in the office. Jamie Hodari, CEO and co-founder of the coworking office space company Industrious, likens the difference in remote work allowances before and after the pandemic to the difference between high school and college. In high school, people’s behaviors and days were much more regulated compared with the relative autonomy college students have to come and go as they please. As such, office workers will have a lot more autonomy in where and when they work. Hodari takes the metaphor further, urging for a balance between remote and in-person work: Jobs that are completely remote may run into trouble maintaining their culture and completing certain tasks, much like online colleges have much lower graduation rates than in-person colleges. Employers that offer workers a mix of remote and in-person work will be able to maintain their company culture and accomplish necessary in-office activities while also giving workers the flexibility they want. Jobs where that’s not the case could run into tension between employers and employees. In any case, if your boss is making you go back to the office and you want to stay remote, your prospects for finding a new remote job have never been better.
Cancer patients find healing with horses
A special four-day program allows 20 young cancer patients and their families to learn to ride and care for horses. Marlie Hall has more on how the program is paying off.
UFO expert debunks Navy footage of mysterious pyramid-shaped objects
A renowned UFO investigator claims to have debunked the US Navy footage of pyramid-shaped objects flying off the coast of California -- saying it "in every way, matches a plane."
With Nearly Half of U.S. Farmworkers Undocumented, Ending Illegal Immigration Could Devastate Economy
Some 49% of the U.S. agricultural workforce is undocumented. A new bill making its way through Congress would expand systems already in place that help U.S. employers hire migrant workers legally.
Powerful earthquake rattles central Oklahoma
A 5.6 earthquake, centered toward the city of Pawnee, Oklahoma, has caused the "fastest and largest" shutdown of wastewater wells in state history. Mireya Villarreal has more.
The fraught history of presidents weighing in on criminal cases
From Richard Nixon and Charles Manson, to Obama, to a bunch of examples involving Donald Trump, this is well-trodden but ill-advised territory for a president.
Mother Teresa becomes Saint Teresa
Pope Francis proclaimed Mother Teresa a saint on Sunday. The ceremony drew 120,000 people to the Vatican. Seth Doane has more.