How variants like omicron develop and what makes them variants ‘of concern’

The identification of a new Covid “variant of concern,” dubbed omicron, sparked countries to quickly roll out new travel restrictions as scientists work to understand the implications of the discovery. On Friday, the World Health Organization said that preliminary evidence suggested “an increased risk of reinfection with this variant, as compared to other [variants of…

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Biden administration seeks to raise the price to drill for oil and gas on public lands

NANTUCKET, Mass. — The Biden administration called Friday for oil and gas companies to pay more to drill for oil and gas on public lands, arguing taxpayers are being short-changed by low rates that have stayed stagnant for more than a century.In a long-awaited report, the Interior Department said the federal leasing program must be…

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U.S. to restrict travel from South Africa, seven other nations amid new Covid variant

The U.S. will restrict travel from South Africa and seven other countries, effective Monday — a response to the emerging and newly-named “Omicron” variant of Covid-19, President Joe Biden said Friday.The policy, senior administration officials said, “was implemented out of an abundance of caution,” and after advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…

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Ghislane Maxwell’s trial starts Monday. Epstein victims say she was central to his scheme.

The long-awaited trial of convicted sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein’s confidant Ghislaine Maxwell, getting underway Monday, can be likened to an iceberg — many of the unanswered questions about their alleged enterprise will remain hidden, for now.Maxwell, a British socialite who insists she is innocent, is not likely to face questions about allegedly helping Epstein arrange…

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Omar calls out Boebert over ‘anti-Muslim’ remarks, denies Capitol incident took place

Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOmar calls out Boebert over ‘anti-Muslim’ remarks, denies Capitol incident took place Senators make bipartisan push to block 0M weapons sale to Saudis McCarthy pledges to restore Greene, Gosar to committees if GOP wins House MORE (D-Minn.) slammed Rep. Lauren BoebertLauren BoebertOmar calls out Boebert over ‘anti-Muslim’ remarks, denies Capitol incident took…

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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene Introduces Bill To Grant Kyle Rittenhouse Congressional Gold Medal

Topline Right-wing firebrand Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) introduced a bill seeking to grant Kyle Rittenhouse a Congressional Gold Medal, days after he was acquitted on all charges for fatally shooting two people and wounding a third during a protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last year.  UNITED STATES – NOVEMBER 17: Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga.,…

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Twitter’s fledgling misinformation tool is adding aliases

Twitter announced on Monday that its crowdsourced misinformation-fighting tool, Birdwatch, is introducing aliases for its contributors. Contributors will have one chance to pick from five randomized alias options (as opposed to using their actual usernames), which will be available through the Birdwatch link.  “We want everyone to feel comfortable contributing to Birdwatch,” the Birdwatch account…

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Sweden’s first female prime minister resigns hours after appointment

Hours after being tapped as Sweden’s prime minister, Magdalena Andersson resigned Wednesday after suffering a budget defeat in parliament and her coalition partner left the two-party minority government.”For me, it is about respect, but I also do not want to lead a government where there may be grounds to question its legitimacy,” Andersson said at…

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U.S. to release oil from reserves in coordination with other countries to lower gas prices

President Joe Biden said Tuesday that the administration will tap the Strategic Petroleum Reserve as part of a global effort by energy-consuming nations to calm 2021’s rapid rise in fuel prices.The coordinated release between the U.S., India, China, Japan, Republic of Korea and the United Kingdom is the first such move of its kind.The U.S.…

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Jeff Bezos Donates Huge Sum To Obama Foundation

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos donated $100 million to the Obama Foundation, the largest individual gift … [+] the organization has ever received. Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images, Christopher Furlong/Getty Images Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is on a giving spree. The second-richest person in the world on Monday committed $100 million to former president Barack Obama’s foundation,…

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Pfizer’s Covid-19 Shot Offers 100% Long-Term Protection For Young Teens, Trial Shows

Topline Pfizer and BioNTech announced Monday their jointly-developed coronavirus vaccine offered strong long-term protection against Covid-19 in teenagers aged 12 to 15, data the companies said will support planned submissions for full regulatory approval in the U.S. and around the world.  Pfizer said its Covid-19 vaccine provides 100% protection in teens 12-15 AFP via Getty…

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