Psychiatrists, psychologists and pediatricians in Germany have voiced growing alarm that school closings and social distancing are magnifying the fear, disruption and stress of the coronavirus pandemic for the country's 13.7 million children and teenagers
A long-awaited COVID relief bill is now making its way to the US Senate after the House of Representatives approved the $1.9 trillion package early Saturday. CNN reports that the vote was 219-212, with no Republicans casting a "yea," and two Democrats joining their GOP colleagues in the "nay"...
Bulgarian actor Maria Bakalova's breakout performance in "Borat 2" is making waves in Hollywood. She's nominated at the Golden Globes, SAG and Critics Choice awards. Could an Oscar nod be next? (Feb. 26)
Justin Bieber Announces Release of New Album, 'Justice'. On February 26, Justin Bieber revealed that his latest music release would be in the form of an album. . The album, titled 'Justice,' is a follow-up to his 2020 album, 'Changes,' and will be released on March 19. . In an Instagram post, Bieber said his goal was to "provide comfort" to his listeners. . In a time when there's so much wrong with this broken planet, we all crave healing—and justice—for humanity … In creating this album, my goal is to make music that will provide comfort; to make songs that people can relate to, and connect to, so they feel less alone, Justin Bieber, via Instagram. Bieber also seemingly revealed his intent to battle "injustice.". I know that I cannot simply solve injustice by making music … This is me doing a small part. My part. I want to continue the conversation of what justice looks like so we can continue to heal, Justin Bieber, via Instagram. The album will include songs "Holy" featuring Chance the Rapper, "Lonely" featuring benny blanco and Bieber's latest release, "Anyone."
A panel of experts recommended Friday that the Food and Drug Administration approve emergency use of Johnson & Johnson's new coronavirus vaccine. After the panel's 22-0 advisory vote, authorization could be granted by the FDA over the weekend, the Washington Post reports, putting the first few million doses on track...
Saudi Prince Responsible for Khashoggi Killing, US Reports Reveal. Renowned journalist Jamal Khashoggi was gruesomely assassinated in the Istanbul Saudi consulate by Saudi operatives in 2018. An intelligence report released on Friday reveals that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia approved the killing. We assess that Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved an operation in Istanbul, Turkey, to capture or kill Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Avril D. Haines, Director of National Intelligence, via 'The New York Times'. With the revelation of the report, the Biden administration was immediately pressured to impose some form of travel sanctions on the Crown Prince. President Joe Biden referred to Saudi Arabia as a "pariah" state "with no redeeming value" in 2020. Administration officials say that the president will not impose a travel sanction on the Crown Prince due to the close relationship between the countries. Biden spoke with Saudi King Salman prior to the release of the report
Police in Myanmar are escalating their crackdown on demonstrators against this month’s military takeover, deploying early and in force as protesters seek to assemble in the country’s two biggest cities
President Joe Biden wrapped up his visit to storm-battered Texas, Friday with calls for unity and bipartisanship as the nation looks to help Texas recover not just from the storm but also from the health and economic crisis caused by COVID. (Feb. 26)
An airline passenger has 30 days to explain why he shouldn't be fined $27,500 for hitting a flight attendant in the face. The Federal Aviation Administration announced its proposed penalty Friday, USA Today reports. The passenger was traveling with someone who refused to wear a mask on a Miami-to-Atlanta...
Draymond Green vowed to make up for losing his cool and costing Golden State a win at Charlotte last weekend and he delivered with a triple-double of a career-high 19 assists, 12 rebounds and 11 points to help the Warriors to their first three-game winning streak of the season with a 130-121 victory against the Hornets
Their leader doesn't support the Proud Boys' joining the Jan. 6 riot at the US Capitol. But "condemn" is too strong a word, Enrique Tarrio said. Either way, he expressed no empathy toward the members of Congress who were under attack. "I'm not gonna cry about people who don't give...
A $1.9 trillion package aimed at helping the country rebuild from the pandemic seemed headed toward House passage Friday, even as Democrats searched for a way to revive their derailed drive to boost the minimum wage. (Feb. 26)
South Korea’s Disease Control and Prevention Agency has allowed health workers to squeeze extra doses from vials of coronavirus vaccines developed by AstraZeneca and Pfizer
Happy Birthday, Justin Bieber!. Justin Drew Bieber turns 27 years old today. Here are five fun facts about the singer. 1. He taught himself how to play the trumpet, guitar, piano and drums. 2. Bieber can solve a Rubik’s Cube in less than two minutes. 3. If he wasn’t a singer he would have been an architect. 4. Bieber’s favorite breakfast cereal is Captain Crunch Berries. 5. He can speak French fluently. Happy Birthday, Justin Bieber!
With the door shut on raising the federal minimum wage through the COVID-19 relief bill , Democrats are looking for another route. Instead of mandating a $15 hourly wage, Sen. Ron Wyden suggests going at it another way: penalizing large corporations whose employees don't make a certain amount. The companies would...
Houston is home to a number of colonies of Mexican free-tailed bats, but they cannot survive the kind of cold weather that gripped the area for days in February.
Pfizer Is Studying the Effects of a Third COVID-19 Vaccine Dose. Two doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine have proven to be 95% effective at preventing severe coronavirus infection. On Feb. 25, the drugmaker announced it will be studying the effects of a third "booster" shot among those who were fully vaccinated over six months ago. We believe that the third dose will raise the antibody response 10- to 20- fold, Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla, via NBC News. Two age groups will be observed in the study: 18 to 55 and 65 to 85. The participants are among some of the first to have ever received Pfizer's vaccine in its initial clinical trials. The third dose will be the same as what they received a year ago. Pfizer also intends to modify its vaccine to test against the variant from South Africa. Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla suspects that much like the flu, "you will have to go and get your annual shot for COVID to be protected."
A federal judge in San Francisco has approved a $650 million settlement of a privacy lawsuit against Facebook for allegedly using photo face-tagging without the permission of its users
Here are the top stories for Friday, February 26th: Biden visits Texas after deep freeze ; Biden intel report releaseed on Khasoggi killing;" Senior vaccine buddies" hit DC streets; Wax celebs promote indoor dining.