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IRAQ – At least 10 missiles were targeted at a military base in western Iraq where US-led coalition forces, the coalition and the Iraqi military, are stationed. It was not immediately known whether there were victims. By Samya Kullab. SENT: 360 words photo.
BIDEN VACCINE PROMISE ANALYSIS – President Joe Biden wants to get a grip on expectations as he addresses the urgent need to vaccinate Americans against the coronavirus and mitigates bullish proclamations on the country’s vaccine supply with warnings of the challenges ahead. By Jonathan Lemire and Zeke Miller. SENT: 970 words, photos, videos. With VIRUS OUTBREAK-BIDEN, Biden Commends Enough Vaccine For All Adults In The US By The End Of May; VIRUS OUTBREAK CONGRESS – Biden urges Senate Democrats to rally behind $ 1.9 trillion on viruses.
IRAQ-POPE-SISTANI – In the holiest city of Iraq a Pope will meet a revered Ayatollah and write history with a message of coexistence in a place plagued by bitter divisions. One is the top pastor of the worldwide Catholic Church, the other a prominent figure in Shiite Islam whose opinion has a strong influence on the Iraqi Straits and beyond. Their encounter will resonate throughout Iraq and even cross the borders to neighboring, mainly Shiite Iran. By Qassim Abdul-Zahra and Samya Kullab. SENT: 1,330 words, photos.
CAPITOL BREACH-SECURITY – Federal law enforcement and military officials will testify in the second Senate hearing about what went wrong on Jan. 6. You face questions about lack of information and botched efforts to quickly rally National Guard troops on the day a violent mob was laid siege of the U.S. Capitol. By Mary Clare Jalonick. SENT: 500 words, photo. COMING: 800 words after the 10am hearing.
UNITED STATES – CHINA – Biden has taken office and promised to act swiftly to restore and repair America’s relations with the rest of the world, but one great nation has yet to see US efforts to improve relations: China. The Biden administration has not yet withdrawn any of former President Donald Trump’s actions against Beijing. By the diplomatic writer Matthew Lee. SENT: 970 words, photo.
CALIFORNIA MOTORWAY CRASH – Less than a mile from where an all-terrain vehicle loaded with 25 people hit a tractor-trailer and killed 13 inside, an unmarked brick cemetery is a burial site for migrants who crossed the border from Mexico in the remote California desert died. Authorities are investigating whether people smuggling was involved in the early morning collision on Tuesday that killed the 22-year-old male driver of the SUV and 12 passengers. By Elliot Balancing act. SENT: 860 words, photos, videos.
MORE ABOUT THE VIRUS OUTBREAK
———————————————————————- VIRUS OUTBREAK-US – Texas is the largest state to lift its mask rule and join a rapidly growing movement of governors and other leaders joins US to ease COVID-19 restrictions, despite health officials asking not to lose their vigilance just yet. SENT: 980 words, photos. With VIRUS-OUTBREAK-THE-LATEST.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-SEYCHELLES STOVE IMMUNITY – The President of Seychelles is hoping enough residents will be vaccinated against COVID-19 soon to stop the virus from spreading. SENT: 530 words, photos.
VIRUS OUTBREAK KENYA VACCINES – Kenya has just over 1 million doses of a COVID in the first batch of the global COVAX initiative created to ensure low and middle income countries have fair access to vaccines 19 vaccine received. SENT: 290 words, photos.
VIRUS-OUTBREAK-CALIFORNIA-VACCINE-EQUITY – California governor says a commitment to justice drives his government’s centralized approach to vaccinating residents. SENT: 920 words, photos.
VIRUS-OUTBREAK-CANADA – The health minister of Canada’s most populous province says senior citizens in Ontario will not receive the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine due to limited data on its effectiveness in older populations. SENT: 560 words.
WHAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT
PEOPLE-DOLLY-PARTON – “Vaccine, Vaccine”: Dolly Parton sings “Jolene” before rewriting the shot. SENT: 180 words, photo.
VIRUS-OUTBREAK-FAUCI-SMITHSONIAN – Dr. Fauci presents his personal virus model to Smithsonian. SENT: 300 words, photo.
TURKEY KANGAL DOG PHOTO GALLERY – Cattle dogs breed Turkish pride. SENT: 250 words, photos.
CREIGHTON-MCDERMOTT APOLOGY – Creighton trainer McDermott apologizes for “Plantation” remark. SENT: 470 words, photo.
AFGHANISTAN-MEDIA KILLINGS – IS claims to have killed three media workers in Afghanistan. SENT: 500 words, photos.
TRUMP MONEY – Trump urges his supporters to send their contributions directly to his own committees. SENT: 750 words, photo.
BIDEN-CABINET-HEALTH – Biden’s election as Minister of Health takes heat for his defense of abortion rights from a tag team of Republicans who want to define him – and the new administration – as out of the mainstream. SENT: 930 words, photo. COMING: 990 words after the 10am hearing.
TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE – America’s infrastructure has near-flawed scores for its deteriorating roads, public transportation, and stormwater systems due to years of federal government inaction due to years of federal government inactivity, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers. SENT: 780 words, photo.
BIDEN BUDGET DIRECTOR – Biden’s election as Head of Administration and Budget, Neera Tanden, is withdrawing her nomination after facing opposition from key Democratic and Republican senators over her controversial tweets. SENT: 660 words, photo, graphics. With BIDEN-CABINET – Biden’s cabinet half empty after a slow start in confirmations.
CONGRESS ELECTION BILL – House Democrats stand ready to pass comprehensive electoral and ethics law to act as a powerful counterbalance to the advancing voting restrictions in republican-controlled state houses across the country. SENT: 690 words, photos.
RENEWABLES-BIDEN – Biden aims to change the way the US uses energy by expanding the use of renewable energies. However, it will have to overcome a number of challenges – including the coronavirus pandemic and restoring hundreds of thousands of lost jobs – to make it happen. SENT: 1,140 words, photos.
KELLEN-WINSLOW-II-RAPE – Kellen Winslow II – once the highest-paid tight end in the NFL – could have been jailed for more than a decade since he was in jail in 2018 for multiple rapes and other sexual offenses against five women in southern California, including one homeless attack. SENT: 500 words, photo.
MICHIGAN OFFICIALS SEVERANCE – Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has come under increasing criticism after two additional job separation contracts for former top officials were announced the day after her administration recognized a leading official in the state’s response received $ 155,000 on the coronavirus pandemic after his sudden resignation. SENT: 700 words, photos.
MYANMAR JOURNALIST FEES – Myanmar authorities have charged Associated Press journalist Thein Zaw and five other media representatives with violating a public order law that could imprison them for up to three years, a lawyer said Tuesday. SENT: 460 words, photo. With MYANMAR – the Myanmar armed forces are again using violence against demonstrators.
AUSTRALIA-RAPE ALLEGATION – The Australian Attorney General denied sexual contact with a 16-year-old who accused him of raping her 33 years ago and said he would not step down as the country’s chief judicial officer. SENT: 480 words, photo.
PERSIAN-GULF-TENSIONS – An Israeli-owned cargo ship that suffered a mysterious explosion last week left Dubai port and crossed the Gulf of Oman, satellite tracking data shows. SENT: 350 words, photo.
JAPAN-NUCLEAR – The head of the destroyed Fukushima nuclear power plant says that despite the uncertainties about molten fuel in the plant’s three reactors, there is no need to extend the current target to complete the decommissioning in 30 to 40 years. SENT: 510 words, photos.
FINANCIAL MARKETS – Stocks rose in Asia after a shaky day on Wall Street as the S&P 500 returned most of its gains from the previous day. From business author Elaine Kurtenbach. SENT: 670 words, photos.
MUSIC-GRAMMYWATCH-BENTONIA-BLUES – In the small town of Bentonia, Mississippi, Juke co-owner Jimmy “Duck” Holmes is the last bearer of a dying musical storytelling tradition. SENT: 1,240 words, photos.
NFL WOMEN’S FORUM – The organizers of the NFL’s fifth annual women’s career forum were concerned about running the event virtually, but they did it. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 820 words, photos.
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