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As U.S. Death Toll Surpasses Half A Million, Biden Plans To Order Flags To Half-Staff

Monday, February 22, 2021

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that at a Monday event marking 500,000 COVID-19 deaths, President Joe Biden will order flags on federal property to be lowered to half staff for five days.

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'The Sky's Not Even The Limit': Cancer Survivor To Become Youngest American In Space

Monday, February 22, 2021

Physician assistant and pediatric bone cancer survivor Hayley Arceneaux, 29, will be one of four crew members on the world's first all-civilian mission to space at the end of this year.

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Extreme Winter Weather Creates Backlog Of 6 Million Vaccine Doses

Friday, February 19, 2021

The White House COVID-19 Response Team said Friday that while this week's storm affected deliveries to all 50 states, it is confident it can make up the backlog within the next week.

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Florida Women Pose As 'Grannies' In Foiled Plot To Get 2nd COVID-19 Vaccine Doses

Friday, February 19, 2021

The director of the Florida Department of Health in Orange County said the women disguised themselves with bonnets, gloves and glasses. It is not known how they managed to get their first doses.

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For Texas, The Worst Of The Weather Has Passed, But Water Is Still A Big Problem

Friday, February 19, 2021

Many Texans were getting the electricity back on, but millions still face either no water at all or are having to boil it to make it safe to drink.

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New Zealand Will Offer Free Sanitary Products At Schools To Fight Period Poverty

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Thursday the government will work with suppliers to get free period products into schools in June, building off a pilot program started last year.

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'A Disaster Within A Disaster': Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Cases Are Surging In Texas

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Health officials told NPR that 450 carbon monoxide-related calls have been made statewide since Feb. 11, as residents scrambling for warmth turn to heat sources like grills, stoves and generators.

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Volunteers In Texas Are Saving Thousands Of Cold-Stunned Sea Turtles From The Storm

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

The nonprofit Sea Turtle, Inc. says it has brought in nearly 4,500 sea turtles and counting since Sunday. Still without power, it's heating its tanks with a commercial generator donated by SpaceX.

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Winter Storm Disrupts COVID-19 Vaccinations, Closing Clinics And Delaying Shipments

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Missouri has canceled all state-run mass vaccination events for the week, as other states and cities across the South reschedule appointments and warn of delayed shipments.

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After Weeks Of Being Offline, Parler Finds A New Web Host

Monday, February 15, 2021

The conservative social network is relaunching under new leadership and on new technology, a month after being de-platformed. It says it will not rely on Big Tech for its operations.

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Major Storm Unleashes Ice, Snow And Frigid Temperatures Across Much Of The U.S.

Monday, February 15, 2021

The powerful storm is bringing record-low temperatures, widespread power outages and hazardous conditions to a swath of the country the National Weather Service calls "unprecedented and expansive."

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Danish, German Authorities Detain 14 Suspects In Counter-Terrorism Operation

Friday, February 12, 2021

The Danish intelligence service said it detained 13 people, with another arrested in Germany in a "linked" case. Seven are facing charges of possessing components for making explosives.

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At Least 5 People Dead After Texas Interstate Crash Involving At Least 75 Vehicles

Thursday, February 11, 2021

A Fort Worth police spokesperson said between 75 and 100 vehicles appear to have been involved in the Thursday morning crash, which authorities declared a mass casualty event.

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U.S. To Impose Sanctions On Myanmar Military Officials Over Coup

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

President Joe Biden announced a series of actions aimed at imposing consequences on the Myanmar military officials responsible for the country's coup, including sanctions and stronger export controls.

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Colombia Offers Temporary Legal Status To Nearly 1 Million Venezuelan Migrants

Tuesday, February 09, 2021

The move will allow migrants to work legally in Colombia, obtain 10-year residence permits and access social services including healthcare and COVID-19 vaccines.

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Myanmar Coup: Military Defends Takeover And Enacts Curfew As Protests Intensify

Monday, February 08, 2021

A week after Myanmar's military seized power, it imposed restrictions in major cities to quell growing protests, as the coup's leader promised a new election in his first televised address.

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Pentagon Will Deploy Active Duty Troops To Support COVID-19 Vaccination Sites

Friday, February 05, 2021

White House coronavirus adviser Andy Slavitt said part of the first contingent of more than 1,000 troops is set to begin operations in California mid-February with more vaccination missions to follow.

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Russia Expels Diplomats From 3 Countries, Saying They Attended Pro-Navalny Protests

Friday, February 05, 2021

Russia's Foreign Ministry says it is expelling diplomats from Sweden, Poland and Germany, alleging they participated in illegal Jan. 23 protests.

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Russian Journalist Jailed After Court Deems Joking Retweet A 'Call To Protest'

Thursday, February 04, 2021

A Moscow court has sentenced Sergei Smirnov to 25 days in jail for retweeting a post that poked fun at his resemblance to a Russian musician and made reference to an upcoming anti-Kremlin protest.

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Facing Backlash For Sexist Remarks, Tokyo Olympics Chief Apologizes But Won't Resign

Thursday, February 04, 2021

Yoshiro Mori, Japan's former prime minister and head of the Tokyo Olympics organizing committee, said on Wednesday that women who talk too much should have their speaking time at meetings restricted.

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