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US vaccine surplus grows by the day as expiration dates loom

In Tennessee and North Carolina, demand for the Covid-19 vaccine has slowed down so much that they have given millions of doses back to the federal government, even though less than half of their total populations are vaccinated. Oklahoma has not asked for new doses from the government for more than a month, spurning its 200,000-a-week allotment. Around the country, ...

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Hungary: Bill would ban ‘promoting’ homosexuality to minors

BUDAPEST: Hungary‘s governing conservative party has prepared new legislation that bans showing pornographic material and any content portraying or promoting sex reassignment or homosexuality to anyone under 18. Fidesz, the party of Prime Minister Viktor Orban, described the legislation as part of an effort to protect children from pedophilia. But LGBT rights activists denounced the bills as discriminatory, with some ...

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Florida supermarket shooter had recently declared bankruptcy

FORT LAUDERDALE: The gunman who killed a grandmother and her one-year-old grandson inside a Florida supermarket had declared bankruptcy earlier this year after falling deeply into debt, federal court records show, though detectives don’t know of any connection between him and his victims. Timothy J. Wall, 55, carried out the slayings Thursday at a Publix in Royal Palm Beach, Palm ...

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Chicago police officer charged in January 6 attack at Capitol

CHICAGO: A Chicago police officer has been charged with breaching the US Capitol and entering a senator’s office during the January 6 insurrection. Karol Chwiesiuk, 29, was arrested Friday and faces five misdemeanor counts, including entering a restricted building, disrupting government business, an disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds with intent to impede congressional proceeding. Prosecutors allege in a criminal complaint ...

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Congress, justice department probing Donald Trump seizures of Democrats’ data

WASHINGTON: The justice department’s internal watchdog launched an investigation on Friday after revelations that former President Donald Trump‘s administration secretly seized phone data from at least two House Democrats as part of an aggressive leaks probe. Democrats called the seizures a “shocking” abuse of power. The announcement by inspector general Michael Horowitz came shortly after deputy attorney general Lisa Monaco ...

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US House lawmakers introduce bipartisan bills to target Big Tech

WASHINGTON: Lawmakers in the US House of Representatives introduced five bills on Friday, four of them aimed at reining in the power of the tech giants in what one congressional aide described as a revolution in antitrust. Among the five bills, two address the issue of giant companies, such as Amazon Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google, creating a platform for ...

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McDonald’s says hackers breached data in Taiwan, South Korea

NEW YORK: Fast food giant McDonald‘s on Friday said hackers breached their servers and accessed data from customers in Taiwan and South Korea. The announcement by the iconic US chain about “recent unauthorized activity on our network” comes amid a wave of cyberattacks worldwide targeting everything from meatpacking plants to pipelines to public utilities, some of whom have had to ...

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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth hosts Joe Biden at G7 reception

ST BLAZEY, ENGLAND: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth hosted a reception for the leaders of some of the world’s richest nations on Friday, taking centre stage amid three days of talks for the Group of Seven nations’ premiers. The 95-year-old monarch was joined by the other most senior members of the British royal family with son and heir Prince Charles and his ...

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