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January

26

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2:19 am

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A Korean report reveals that the forthcoming Apple Watch Series 7 will include a blood sugar measurement

The Apple Watch originally served as a device that would add convenience to the notification process but has evolved into a more health-oriented device

The watch will measure blood sugar levels via an optical sensor. 10% of Americans have diabetes and an estimated tens of millions more have undiagnosed cases

The Series 6 watch starts at $399 in Apple Stores. Apple has not yet announced the price of the Series 7 device

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January

26

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2:02 am

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Dr. Anthony Fauci recently told Matthew McConaughey on his podcast that he merely "lives on a government salary." What Fauci didn't mentioned is that his is the highest salary in the entire federal government

In 2019, the last year for which federal salaries are available, Fauci raked in over $417,000. President Trump, on the other hand, earned $400,000 (all of which he donated)

Vice President Pence must've had an inferiority complex around Dr. Fauci since he pulled in a mere $235,000

The federal government pays 4 million employees and the controversial Coronavirus taskforce leader sat at the top of last year's ranking

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January

26

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1:46 am

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In 2016, President Obama announced that Harriet Tubman would one day replace Andrew Jackson's on the $20 bill

The Trump Administration slowed down the plan, but Biden's press secretary Jen Psaki announced yesterday that they will accelerate the process to change the bill

Trump's Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin announced in 2019 that the Harriet Tubman $20 bill was on track to be printed by 2028 with the Treasury's new high-speed printers

The Biden Administration has not shared specifics on its expedited timeline for the change but plans to make this announcement in the coming months

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January

26

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1:22 am

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A live-action Harry Potter series could be in the works that would revive the story of the book series with over 500 million copies sold worldwide

Hollywood Reporter broke a story yesterday saying that such a series is in extremely early development at HBO Max

The New York Post reached out to HBO Max which gave the incredibly vague answer of "no Harry Potter series is currently in development"

It's not clear if Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, or any of the big-name Harry Potter actors would be involved or what part of the Harry Potter story would be explored (if any!)

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January

25

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1:57 am

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American geologist Mike Bowers has a volcanic rock that looks like a very happy Cookie Monster from Sesame Street on the inside

Somebody else found the rock in Brazil back in November, and eventually Mike Bowers got a hold on it. He is its current owner

Bowers claims that at least five interested buyers have offered to purchase it for over $10K

He has not decided on whether he will sell the rock. Bowers drew a spotlight to the rock when he posted about it on Facebook this week

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January

25

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1:44 am

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TikTok's fifteen most-followed accounts consist primarily of stars under the age of 20. The two biggest TikTokers Charli D'Amelio and Addison Rae are 16 and 20 respectively

The only two TikTokers in this distinguished group above the age of 30 are Will Smith and Jason Derulo

Will Smith has effortlessly earned his place in the top ten, having made fewer than 100 posts on a platform that requires high output to grow followings

The Rock isn't far behind Smith and Derulo. Other established celebrities like Jack Black and Joe Gatto (Impractical Jokers) do a lot of content on the app

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January

25

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12:48 am

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Earlier this month, a woman called Disney World to "book tickets for a vacation" but instead used the call to report her boyfriend's abuse

The Disney World employee suspected that the caller was undergoing an abuse episode and asked "yes or no" questions to gather more information from her

After confirming their suspicions, the employee called the cops who ended up arresting the 38 year-old boyfriend of the caller for physical abuse

He choked and strangled her after she mocked his job of selling fire extinguishers and told him "to get a real job"

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January

25

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12:23 am

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Charli and Dixie D'Amelio might be the most recognizable teen celebrities in the world. They are learning that this position comes with some baggage

The D'Amelio sisters roasted their former paparazzi friends Kevin and Josh for waiting outside their house and stalking them around LA

Charli began their latest 2 Chix podcast episode by saying: "Kevin, Josh, this is for you guys: Please stop waiting outside my house"

Charli has 107M TikTok followers (the most on the app by far) while her older sister Dixie has 48M (the eighth most)

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January

24

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11:21 pm

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Asia Argento, who was one of the first people to accuse Harvey Weinstein of rape, has accused director Rob Cohen of sexual assault

Argento alleged the Fast & Furious director drugged and raped her while filming the movie xXx in 2002

Argento's autobiography, Anatomy of a Wild Heart, is due for release later this month

Cohen denied the allegations, calling them "bewildering" and "absolutely false"

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January

22

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5:28 pm

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A Boston attorney who made it on People Magazine's 2001 top-bachelor list has been accused of rape by 2 women

The man allegedly raped a woman earlier this month while out on bail for another 2016 rape charge

This time, he is being held in custody

Also on the Top 50 Bachelors list he appeared on were superstars, including Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Benicio del Toro

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January

22

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5:24 pm

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A mother in Australia was confused after consistently finding this left out of place in her home

Her security system was disabled, chicken nuggets left out, and more

Upon closer inspection and after calling the police, she discovered a secret hatch that had been used for someone to sneak into the attic

She told an Australian paper she felt she had failed to protect her kids, and asked, “What has this person been doing in my house when I’m not home?"

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January

22

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1:55 am

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Lindsay Capuano is a devout Christian who prays every night and also makes $200K as a model on OnlyFans

Her OnlyFans followers get to see nude content from her and pay her a lot of money to do so, while her 2.4M Instagram followers do not

She maintains that her faith is strong and recently told the Daily Star, “I pray every single night. I pray for whatever I feel I need to that day. I pray for my family, my fans, myself”

Lindsay used to work as a daycare worker in Connecticut but has moved on to ~greener~ pastures

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January

26

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1:02 am

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President Biden has boosted his goal of 1M shots a day to 1.5M shots

He also said his hope is that anyone who wants a shot will be able to get one by the spring

Biden is asking Congress for $400B to fund an expanded vaccination drive, including with more vaccination sites and improved logistics

"We are in this for a while," he said, but said he believes by summer we should be well on our way to heading toward herd immunity"

January

26

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12:53 am

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2 separate research groups have identified a mutation to the coronavirus found in California

They think the mutation makes the strain more contagious, and believe it may have accelerated the virus's spread across the state

California has recorded more cases than any other state, and southern California has faced a case surge in recent months

Yesterday, the state relaxed its nearly state-wide stay at home order, allowing people to resume dining outside and other non-essential activities

January

26

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12:48 am

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Moderna announced it is developing a Covid booster shot to combat the South African strain of the coronavirus

Moderna has said that its vaccine is effective against the strain, but potentially less-so than it is against the primary coronavirus strain, especially in older people

Studies showed that the immune response to the South African variant was relatively weak, meaning people may need a booster shot for protection against it

Moderna's CEO said it is doing this "out of an abundance of caution." The timeline on the booster is not yet clear

January

26

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12:44 am

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Asked yesterday whether Americans should consider wearing two masks, Fauci suggested they should

“If you have a physical covering with one layer, you put another layer on, it just makes common sense that it likely would be more effective,” Dr. Fauci said

The CDC recommends that people wear a mask with "two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric"

New cases are falling, with average daily cases at their lowest level since early December. About 80k fewer people are contracting Covid daily than in early Jan

January

26

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12:40 am

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Ted Wheeler, the mayor of Portland, OR, pepper sprayed a man who assaulted him outside of a restaraunt

A man approached Wheeler after dinner, yelling at him for not wearing a mask during the meal

“I informed him that I was carrying pepper spray and that I would use it if he did not back off. He remained at close distance, I pulled out my pepper spray and I sprayed him in the eyes,” Wheeler said

Earlier this month, an angry woman punched him in the face while out to dinner in the city. Tough life for Ted!

January

26

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12:38 am

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Trump's former press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is running to be governor of Arkansas

She is the daughter of former Republican governor Mike Huckabee

In her announcement video she said, “America is great because we are free, but today, our freedom and the rule of law are under attack"

Sanders left the White House in July 2019, and rumors have swirled about a gubernatorial run since then

January

26

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12:36 am

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For the first time in nearly 40 years, Budweiser won't advertise in the Super Bowl this year

Instead, Budweiser will spend $1M for a vaccine awareness campaign throughout the spring

Other Anheuscher-Busch brands, including Bud Light and Michelob Ultra will still advertise during the big game

Marketing analysts say this may end up a better marketing ploy than spending $1M on a Super Bowl ad itself

January

26

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12:32 am

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Brexit uncertainty meant that the UK was struggling before the pandemic, and lockdowns put the economy's problems over the edge

It appears to have shrunk 8.6% in last quarter of 2020, versus just 2.8% in the US

Of the G7 countries, which excludes China but includes the other leading economies, it shrunk more than 2 points more than the next-worst performer

France, Germany, Italy, Canada, and Japan all shrunk between 3.9% and 5.7%

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