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Fauci suggests people consider wearing 2 masks

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

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March

7

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9:12 pm

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The trial for Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis police officer charged with killing George Floyd, kicks off today with initial jury selection. It is one of the country's most heated court cases in years

Chauvin faces charges of second-degree unintentional murder and second-degree manslaughter. Last May, a viral video caught him kneeling on George Floyd's neck, sparking months of protests

The judge is reportedly also considering adding a charge of third-degree murder to make conviction more likely, although with a shorter sentence

The arguments are expected to begin on March 29. 3 other implicated officers are expected to stand trial this summer

March

7

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9:03 pm

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The Senate approved the latest Covid relief stimulus bill, sending it back to the House for final congressional approval

The House passed a different version of the bill before, but has to vote again to approve changes made by the Senate

The Senate removed a minimum wage hike and lowered the weekly unemployment payment from $400 to $300, among other changes

The original version narrowly passed the House, 219-212. Speaker Nancy Pelosi is now tasked with holding the Democrats together to pass the bill as quickly as possible

March

5

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12:03 am

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Despite traffic coming to a screeching halt in 2020, the United States recorded 8% more traffic deaths than in 2019

42,060 people died in car accidents in the US. When controlling for the quantity of driving, the roads were 24% more fatal in 2020

Americans drove 13% fewer miles, yet it was the deadliest year since 2007

Experts say the cause was more fat and reckless driving on relatively uncrowded roads, combined with increased drug and alcohol abuse

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March

4

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12:19 am

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Large chains in Texas are going to continue requiring patrons to wear masks, despite the Governor's ending of all mask mandates

Earlier this week, Governor Greg Abbott announced the "100%" opening of Texas. President Biden called the decision a "big mistake"

Starbucks, Hyatt Hotels, CVS, and Target have all announced that they will be keeping mask mandates in place

All state Covid restrictions will end by March 10. Since September, businesses have operated at up to 75% capacity, with a statewide mask mandate

March

4

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12:00 am

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Exxon Mobil, one of the world's largest fossil fuel companies, announced that it is launching a branch dedicated to capturing and storing carbon

Exxon has been heavily criticized for its contributions to climate change and seen as resistant to climate change concerns

Until now Exxon has maintained that investing in carbon-capture tech, which removes fossil fuel-produced carbon from the atmosphere, has not made economic sense

Yesterday, Exxon said that they expect the carbon capture market to hit $2T by 2040, and that carbon capture will become to most cost-effective way to reduce emissions

March

2

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10:50 pm

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Almost exactly 1 year after lockdowns began, Lyft announced that the last week of February was their best since then

Ridesharing companies like Lyft and Uber have been crushed by the pandemic, as social events and office work came to a halt

While Uber has benefited from its role in the food delivery space with Uber Eats, Lyft hasn't had the same cushion

Even so, Uber's stock is up 60% over the last year, and Lyft's is up 50%

March

1

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11:49 pm

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Yesterday, Instagram announced a new group-streaming feature called "live rooms," which will allow groups of up to 4 to live-stream together

The move is seen as a response to Clubhouse's growing popularity. On Clubhouse, groups of users can hold public conversations, which their followers can join

Beyond Clubhouse, celebrities and politicians have taken to group streaming on YouTube and Twitch during the pandemic

"We hope that doubling up on Live will open up more creative opportunities - start a talk show, host a jam session or co-create with other artists," Insta said in a statement

March

1

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11:40 pm

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Last week, stocks dropped as investors moved to safer assets

That trend was reversed yesterday, with US markets having their best day in about 9 months

With an economic rebound on the horizon, investors are facing uncertainty about how to respond

Many stocks have benefited from low interest rates over the last year. With low interest rates, stocks are relatively more attractive than leaving money in bonds or banks

February

28

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11:26 pm

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Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak announced a new plan to have companies create cities and run them on cryptocurrencies

Sisolak has dubbed these cities “Innovation Zones," where companies would use the newest tech to run everything from the schools to the government

The zones would require companies to invest $1B over 10 years and acquire 50,000 acres of connected uninhabited land

“Companies can collaborate on a future together that would make Nevada not just a national but global leader in Blockchain technology," Sisolak said

February

28

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10:13 pm

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Last week was Bitcoin's worst since March, with It dropping over 9% after hitting an all-time high of $58k last Sunday

The crypto continued to fall over the weekend, bottoming out at $43.2k last night

Appearing to drive the dip was a broader sell-off of assets, including stocks and bonds

Elon Musk's statement last week that the price of Bitcoin seemed "high" may have also played a role

February

25

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4:40 pm

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ByteDance has settled for $92M over allegations that TikTok illegally collected teenage users' data

The accusers alleged that TikTok wrongly took personal information from minors, including face scans

There were 21 class action law suits filed against TikTok representing teens across the United States

The attorneys had alleged that TikTok collected children's data to target advertising and content in a way that was illegal

February

24

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11:22 pm

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The GameStop saga isn't quite over, with the stock jumping over 100% yesterday

Driving the jump was a shake-up at the company. On Tuesday, GameStop announced that the company's CFO was resigning

Trading of the stock was stopped yesterday after it jumped 103.9%. After the market closed, it jumped another 83%

GameStop is reportedly replacing its CFO with someone with a tech background in an attempt to boost the struggling company's online sales

February

24

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1:08 am

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At the company's annual shareholder meeting, Apple CEO Tim Cook said they have acquired about 100 companies over the last 6 years

At that rate, Apple has been acquiring companies every 3 to 4 weeks on average since 2014

Cook said the acquisitions are generally to acquire talent and tech, which it often then incorporates into Apple products

Apple's notable acquisitions include companies like Beats Headphones and Shazam, the music identification app

February

24

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12:30 am

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Tesla stock fell 8.6% on Monday in its worst day since September, wiping over $15B off Elon Musk's net worth. The stock fell from $781 to $652 between Friday and Tuesday morning

Tesla stock surged over 700% last year and an additional 25% to start 2021, but lost nearly all of this year's gains on Monday

Musk's net worth peaked at $210B in January, at which point he surpassed Jeff Bezos as the world's richest person

Since then, Musk and Bezos have been trading spots at the top of the rich list

February

23

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1:05 am

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Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr, head of the Oklahoma-based Cherokee Nation, has said that Jeep "does not honor us by having our name plastered on a car"

“I think we’re in a day and age in this country where it’s time for both corporations and team sports to retire the use of Native American names, images, and mascots," Hoskin said

This is the first time the tribe has asked for Jeep to change the name since the vehicle launched in the 1970s

A Jeep spokesperson said that the car celebrates "Native American people for their nobility, prowess and pride”, and didn't comment on if they company would change the name

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March

7

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10:06 pm

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Adam Silver announced his support for the new Overtime Elite basketball league, which will pay players between the ages of 16 and 18

Speaking at the annual NBA all-star weekend update, Silver said the League is not opposed "to paying young people.” Players have to be 19 to enter the League, but NCAA players are not paid

Media company Overtime is sponsoring the league, which launches in September. It's meant to provide an alternative to existing uncompensated high school basketball leagues

The league is backed by players including Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony, and will pay young players over into the six figures

March

4

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12:12 am

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Amazon is set to pay up to $1B per year to secure exclusive rights to Thursday night NFL games beginning in 2023

The games would be available only on local TV in the teams' markets, and on Amazon streaming

Amazon has been aggressively trying to enter the sports streaming market, and has been streaming some Thursday night games in conjunction with Fox

Fox, NBC, and CBS are all set to resign contracts with the NFL, too. They are each expected to pay about $2B a season over the next decade, up from roughly $1B today

March

3

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12:15 am

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How do you win 7 Super Bowls? Only one player in history claims 7 rings (nobody has even 6), and it's Tom Brady. We just got another glimpse into his mentality that has taken him to 7

Brady reportedly called the Bucs QBs coach just hours after leaving the Bucs postgame party on Super Bowl Monday to talk about next season

The coach, Clyde Christensen, recalls Brady saying, "I was just sitting here thinking, and I think we can really be better next year. I think we’re going to be a better team"

Brady was already thinking about his eighth ring just hours after winning his seventh. He thinks the Bucs will have the horses to do so

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March

7

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11:19 pm

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A new trend is taking off in Australia: Taking a flight to an unknown destination

Australia's Qantas Airlines has brought back "mystery flights," which were popular in the 90s. Passengers pay a fixed fee for a morning departure and same day return from a random destination

The cost is $737 for economy class or $1,579 for business. The first 3 flights, announced last week, sold out within 15 minutes

The popularity is attributed to the lack of international travel and a general boredom from Covid lockdowns

March

7

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9:23 pm

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A Wall Street Journal report showed that Russian intelligence is trying to undermine the United States' Covid vaccine campaign

A diplomat told the WSJ that at least 4 websites "directly linked to Russian intelligence services” are publishing articles to undermine faith in the vaccines' efficacy and safety

The campaign has primarily targeted the Pfizer vaccine, which was the first to be approved in the United States

The misinformation has also been seen as a tactic for Russia to promote and boost sales of its own vaccine, the Sputnik V

March

4

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11:47 pm

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A report by the Wall Street Journal has shown that pandemic lockdowns have led to a dramatic dip in some countries' birth rates, worsening many countries already low birth rates

Demographers had to wait until at least January (9 months after lockdowns began) to begin analyzing the impact on birth rates

In December, France, Hungary, Japan, and Belgium all saw near 10% drops in births, relative to the year before

Italy was worst hit, recording a 21.6% drop in births. In 2020, the country saw twice as many deaths as births

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March

4

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11:52 pm

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A study from the World Obesity Federation found that Covid fatality rates were 10x higher in countries where over half the population was overweight

While age has long been seen as the best indicator of Covid outcomes, the organization said this “shows for the first time that overweight populations come a close second”

The head of the WHO said this should be a wake-up call for countries to deal with obesity

In every country with more than 100 deaths per 100k population, most people are overweight. These include the US, UK, Argentina, and Belgium

March

3

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11:46 pm

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A study found that the squid-like cuttlefish is one of the few animals known to possess self-control

In the study, researchers offered cuttlefish food under 2 different conditions

Under 1, the food would be immediately accessible; under the other, the food would only be reachable after a delay

The cuttlefish quickly realized that they needed to wait to get the food under the second condition, indicating self-control and a level of intelligence associated with animals including humans, chimps, and parrots

March

2

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11:00 pm

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The world's largest LSD microdosing study has shown that the supposed positive effects may be nothing more than placebo

Imperial College London conducted the trial. It looked at whether consuming small LSD doses brought actual mental and physical benefits

It found that while study participants experienced a boost to mood and creativity, there was not a notable difference between those who consumed LSD and those who consumed a placebo

191 participants micro-dosed LSD or a placebo over a 4 week period, and recorded the effects. Microdosing has exploded in popularity after becoming trendy in Silicon Valley

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March

8

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1:58 am

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Why do we procrastinate? Science gives us the answer: Because it feels good

Procrastination puts the mind in its "happy place" while deprioritizing the long-term goals you might have set in the brain's prefrontal cortex

Studies show that college students who self-identify as procrastinators have lower GPAs (on average) than their peers who don't identify as such

Interestingly, the procrastinators also visited health clinics with greater frequency and experienced lower energy, less confidence, and more depression than their counterparts

March

8

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1:47 am

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French billionaire and MP (Member of Parliament) Olivier Dassault died in a helicopter crash in Normandy this weekend

Dassault, 69, is the 361st wealthiest person in the world with an estimated net worth of $7.3B

France's President Emanuel Macron Tweeted, "During his life, he never ceased to serve our country, to value its assets. His sudden death is a great loss"

Olivier's pilot was also killed in the 6:00 PM helicopter crash. Nobody else was on board

March

8

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1:36 am

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Jack Dorsey is selling the first-ever Tweet as a NFT (non-fungible token) on a platform called Valuables

The ownership of a NFT is similar to that of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. It is recorded on a blockchain and allows for true digital ownership

The highest offer for the Tweet on Valuables is $2.5M from Sina Estavi, the CEO of Bridge Oracle. You can swoop in and take the lead for $2.6M!

The first Tweet in history was sent from Jack Dorsey himself in March 21, 2006 and read, "just setting up my twttr"

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March

8

,

1:58 am

Source:

Why do we procrastinate? Science gives us the answer: Because it feels good

Procrastination puts the mind in its "happy place" while deprioritizing the long-term goals you might have set in the brain's prefrontal cortex

Studies show that college students who self-identify as procrastinators have lower GPAs (on average) than their peers who don't identify as such

Interestingly, the procrastinators also visited health clinics with greater frequency and experienced lower energy, less confidence, and more depression than their counterparts

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March

8

,

1:47 am

Source:

French billionaire and MP (Member of Parliament) Olivier Dassault died in a helicopter crash in Normandy this weekend

Dassault, 69, is the 361st wealthiest person in the world with an estimated net worth of $7.3B

France's President Emanuel Macron Tweeted, "During his life, he never ceased to serve our country, to value its assets. His sudden death is a great loss"

Olivier's pilot was also killed in the 6:00 PM helicopter crash. Nobody else was on board

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March

8

,

1:36 am

Source:

Jack Dorsey is selling the first-ever Tweet as a NFT (non-fungible token) on a platform called Valuables

The ownership of a NFT is similar to that of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. It is recorded on a blockchain and allows for true digital ownership

The highest offer for the Tweet on Valuables is $2.5M from Sina Estavi, the CEO of Bridge Oracle. You can swoop in and take the lead for $2.6M!

The first Tweet in history was sent from Jack Dorsey himself in March 21, 2006 and read, "just setting up my twttr"

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March

8

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1:13 am

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Mackenzie Scott, a philanthropist and the ex-wife of Jeff Bezos, married a chemistry teacher at the Lakeside School, a prestigious private school in Seattle

Mackenzie Scott has a net worth of more than $50B, and is currently the third wealthiest woman in the world

The Lakeside School, which is where Bill Gates went to school as a kid, is reportedly the school of Mackenzie Scott's kids

Jeff Bezos gave the newlyweds his blessing with the statement, "Dan is such a great guy, and I am happy and excited for the both of them"

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March

7

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11:19 pm

Source:

A new trend is taking off in Australia: Taking a flight to an unknown destination

Australia's Qantas Airlines has brought back "mystery flights," which were popular in the 90s. Passengers pay a fixed fee for a morning departure and same day return from a random destination

The cost is $737 for economy class or $1,579 for business. The first 3 flights, announced last week, sold out within 15 minutes

The popularity is attributed to the lack of international travel and a general boredom from Covid lockdowns

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March

7

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10:22 pm

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A woman in New York City felt a draft coming through her bathroom, and checked behind the mirror for its source

She found a crawlspace, which led to a 2-story apartment on the other side

The woman released a 4-part video series on TikTok, which went viral

The apartment had 3 bedrooms, but no signs of life other than an empty water bottle and some trash bags

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March

7

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10:06 pm

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Adam Silver announced his support for the new Overtime Elite basketball league, which will pay players between the ages of 16 and 18

Speaking at the annual NBA all-star weekend update, Silver said the League is not opposed "to paying young people.” Players have to be 19 to enter the League, but NCAA players are not paid

Media company Overtime is sponsoring the league, which launches in September. It's meant to provide an alternative to existing uncompensated high school basketball leagues

The league is backed by players including Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony, and will pay young players over into the six figures

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March

7

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9:55 pm

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Oprah Winfrey interviewed Meghan Markle and Prince Harry for a 2-hour, highly anticipated interview on primetime CBS Sunday night

Meghan Markle revealed that she had suicidal thoughts during her time as a royal. She alleges that the palace refused to help her as she struggled with the pressure of her new station

In perhaps the most shocking turn of the interview, she claims that a senior member of the royal family expressed concern about the darkness of her son Archie's skin color. Oprah responded, "Whoa"

The Palace opened an investigation earlier this week into the numerous allegations of bullying that Palace staffers made against Markle. She allegedly brought multiple servants to tears and humiliated them

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March

7

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9:23 pm

Source:

A Wall Street Journal report showed that Russian intelligence is trying to undermine the United States' Covid vaccine campaign

A diplomat told the WSJ that at least 4 websites "directly linked to Russian intelligence services” are publishing articles to undermine faith in the vaccines' efficacy and safety

The campaign has primarily targeted the Pfizer vaccine, which was the first to be approved in the United States

The misinformation has also been seen as a tactic for Russia to promote and boost sales of its own vaccine, the Sputnik V

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March

7

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9:12 pm

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The trial for Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis police officer charged with killing George Floyd, kicks off today with initial jury selection. It is one of the country's most heated court cases in years

Chauvin faces charges of second-degree unintentional murder and second-degree manslaughter. Last May, a viral video caught him kneeling on George Floyd's neck, sparking months of protests

The judge is reportedly also considering adding a charge of third-degree murder to make conviction more likely, although with a shorter sentence

The arguments are expected to begin on March 29. 3 other implicated officers are expected to stand trial this summer

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March

7

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9:03 pm

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The Senate approved the latest Covid relief stimulus bill, sending it back to the House for final congressional approval

The House passed a different version of the bill before, but has to vote again to approve changes made by the Senate

The Senate removed a minimum wage hike and lowered the weekly unemployment payment from $400 to $300, among other changes

The original version narrowly passed the House, 219-212. Speaker Nancy Pelosi is now tasked with holding the Democrats together to pass the bill as quickly as possible

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March

5

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2:00 am

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Iowa resident Bradley Jon Matheny was convicted on Wednesday on seven counts of postage meter stamp forgery and three counts of export violations

Matheny operated an eBay retail business called "Mathenys" and manipulated the postal system to cut his costs

He forged stamps on 28,000 packages costing the United States Postal Office $250,000 -- his fraud could come at a price of 65 years in prison and a $2.5M fine

Matheny managed to trick the postal office for so many years by dropping off packages minutes before the post office closed

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March

5

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1:15 am

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Caroline Rose Giuliani, the 32-year-old daughter of Rudy Giuliani, loves having threesomes and made this known in the pages of the Vanity Fair

Caroline now identifies as pansexual and came to better understand her sexuality through having sex with couples she met online

A graduate of Harvard and current filmmaker, Caroline seeks to remove the stigma surrounding mental health and sexuality. She herself has battled depression and anxiety most of her life

She has long been known to differ from her father's politics and voted for Biden. She disapproved of Rudy's role as President Trump's lawyer and friend

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March

5

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1:05 am

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Nickelodeon is moving forward with a SpongeBob spinoff series centered on Patrick Star called "The Patrick Star Show"

The new show will debut this summer with 13 episodes and feature a young Patrick Star who lives at home with his family and starts his own TV show

Although SpongeBob, Mr. Krabs, and Sandy will make guest appearances, the show will introduce new characters including Patrick's family members

Bill Fagerbakke, the longtime voice for the world's most beloved pink starfish, will continue to play Patrick

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March

5

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12:37 am

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A study tracking butterfly populations west of the Rocky Mountains found that populations have been decreasing dramatically in recent years

“Certainly many butterfly species are becoming so rare it’s hard for some people to see what were once widespread, common species,” the study's lead author said

California has allegedly lost 99% of its monarch butterfly population over the last 40 years

The authors believe that habitat loss, pesticides, and climate change are driving the drop

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March

5

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12:28 am

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Drake released a collection of 3 new songs last night, called "Scary Hours 2"

Drake's highly-anticipated full album, "Certified Lover Boy," was delayed from its intended January launch after Drake underwent knee surgery

That album is expected soon, although its release date isn't yet confirmed

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March

5

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12:20 am

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The daughter of former NYC mayor and Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani published a Vanity Fair essay entitled “A Unicorn’s Tale: Three-Way Sex With Couples Has Made Me A Better Person”

The essay detailed why Rudy's daughter, Caroline, enjoys seeking out couples to hook up with, and how that helped her grow

Rudy Giuliani became one of President Trump's right-hand men, although he faced a series of embarrassing gaffes towards the end of the term

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March

5

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12:12 am

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Skip Bayless left ESPN in 2016 for Fox Sports in a surprise move that broke up the iconic Skip-Stephen A Smith duo on "First Take"

With Skip essentially becoming a free agent personality again this year, ESPN fought to win him back for a reunion with Stephen A Smith and offered Skip big bucks to do so

Bayless refused their offer and chose to re-sign with Fox Sports for a lucrative 4-year deal for $32M

Skip's show with Shannon Sharpe on FS1 "Undisputed" has become a hit for the channel and a popular podcast -- one of the most popular in the sports category

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March

5

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12:03 am

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Despite traffic coming to a screeching halt in 2020, the United States recorded 8% more traffic deaths than in 2019

42,060 people died in car accidents in the US. When controlling for the quantity of driving, the roads were 24% more fatal in 2020

Americans drove 13% fewer miles, yet it was the deadliest year since 2007

Experts say the cause was more fat and reckless driving on relatively uncrowded roads, combined with increased drug and alcohol abuse

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March

4

,

11:52 pm

Source:

A study from the World Obesity Federation found that Covid fatality rates were 10x higher in countries where over half the population was overweight

While age has long been seen as the best indicator of Covid outcomes, the organization said this “shows for the first time that overweight populations come a close second”

The head of the WHO said this should be a wake-up call for countries to deal with obesity

In every country with more than 100 deaths per 100k population, most people are overweight. These include the US, UK, Argentina, and Belgium

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