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China Fines Alibaba $2.8 Billion For Breaking Anti-Monopoly Law

Sat, 04/10/2021 - 17:00

The tech giant received a historically large fine Saturday from the Chinese government. Alibaba says it will comply with the fine and "ensure its compliance with determination."

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In Coney Island, The Wonder Wheel Spins Again

Sat, 04/10/2021 - 14:40

After a year of being shut down due to the pandemic, Coney Island's amusement parks have reopened — at a third of their normal capacity. But business owners are glad to see the parks come alive again.

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U.K. Military Gun Salutes Honor Prince Philip A Day After His Death

Sat, 04/10/2021 - 12:33

The United Kingdom morns the loss of Prince Philip, who died Friday at the age of 99. Gun salutes were conducted at noon throughout the capitals of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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Colorado Assault-Style Weapons Ban Doesn't Look Likely

Sat, 04/10/2021 - 11:58

Weeks after the mass shooting in Boulder, Colo., the push for a statewide ban on assault-style weapons is losing steam, even among prominent Democrats who say it is the wrong strategy.

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50 Years Later, The Legacy Of U.S.-China 'Pingpong Diplomacy' Faces Challenges

Sat, 04/10/2021 - 11:07

April 10 marks the 50th anniversary of when U.S. table tennis players first visited China in a diplomatic breakthrough. But today, the political winds have shifted — in both countries.

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Biden Wants New Ban On Assault-Style Weapons. What Lessons Were Learned From The '90s?

Sat, 04/10/2021 - 08:14

Advocates face steep odds getting a new ban through Congress. If they can succeed, they hope to avoid a repeat of past mistakes that left the original law open to loopholes.

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Opinion: Remembering The Late Comedy Writer Anne Beatts

Sat, 04/10/2021 - 07:55

NPR's Scott Simon remembers comedy writer Anne Beatts, who died this week at the age of 74. She worked in male-dominated writers' rooms at Saturday Night Live and National Lampoon magazine.

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Heinz Promises To Catch Up To Americans' Demand Amid Ketchup Packet Shortage

Sat, 04/10/2021 - 07:46

The pandemic is causing another new, yet uniquely American, shortage — ketchup. Heinz says it has to up its production by 25% to meet the demand for the popular condiment.

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Who Are The Oath Keepers? Militia Group, Founder Scrutinized In Capitol Riot Probe

Sat, 04/10/2021 - 07:01

Stewart Rhodes founded the militia in 2009. Now it's one of the largest extremist anti-government groups in the country, and a focus of the investigation into the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

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Recent Attacks On The Capitol Have Reignited Debate Over Security And Fencing

Sat, 04/10/2021 - 07:01

Lawmakers worked in their districts over the last two weeks but the Capitol was marred by another deadly attack on April 2, reigniting the debate over security and the need for fencing on the campus.

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Heart Disease Is Still A Killer. Here's How To Reverse It

Sat, 04/10/2021 - 07:01

The pandemic has made it harder to exercise and easier to gain weight and delay routine checkups, bad habits that can prime your body for heart disease. These tips can help you get back on track.

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Newly Discovered Dinosaur Was Top Carnivorous Predator In Argentina

Sat, 04/10/2021 - 06:01

The dinosaur named Llukalkan aliocranianus was a predator with a menacing appearance and the ability to strike fear in its prey. Paleontologists said it roamed the Earth nearly 80 million years ago.

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Supreme Court Rules For Worshippers And Against California COVID Restrictions

Sat, 04/10/2021 - 02:28

The court's unsigned order came on a 5-to-4 vote, preventing the state from enforcing a rule that limits at-home gatherings to no more than three households.

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After Data Breach Exposes 530 Million, Facebook Says It Will Not Notify Users

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 23:58

Facebook said that "malicious actors" scraped the data through a vulnerability that it fixed in 2019. But the publicly available data still leaves millions of users vulnerable, security experts say.

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Coronavirus Vaccine FAQs: What's Up With Side Effects? Should You Still Double Mask?

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 20:04

So, you've successfully scored a vaccine — or at least an appointment. Congrats! That's amazing news, seriously! Now what about those side effects? And do you have to keep up that double masking?

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Why There Will Be Fewer Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccines Next Week

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 18:27

A dip of 86% in doses to be distributed to states follows a surge that occurred after one of J&J's third party manufacturers was finally able to release a stockpile.

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House Ethics Committee Investigating Florida GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 17:11

The investigation follows a series of allegations against the Florida congressman, including illegal drug use and sexual misconduct.

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Can Vaccines Stop Variants? Here's What We Know So Far

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 16:16

One of the hottest areas of research right now: Studies to determine how well current vaccines work against emerging coronavirus "variants of concern."

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'A Sigh Of Relief': Crowdfunded Cab Rides Aim To Get Asian Americans Home Safe

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 15:41

In response to attacks against Asian Americans, there are efforts in some major U.S. cities to pool funds for taxi or app-based rides for people who feel unsafe walking or taking public transport.

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Expect More Tropical Storms, NOAA Warns

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 15:24

NOAA is updating its definition of what a "normal" Atlantic hurricane season looks like, based on the last 30 years. The average number of hurricanes in the new normal has risen from 6 to 7.

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