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Brisbane is the ‘preferred host’ for 2032 Olympics, IOC announces

The Australian city of Brisbane is the “preferred host” for the 2032 Summer Olympics, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced Wednesday, in a move which officials said was designed to bring “stability” to the Games after the delay of the Tokyo 2020 edition. IOC President Thomas Bach announced at a news conference Wednesday that the…MORE

Researchers find worrying new coronavirus variant in New York City

Two separate teams of researchers said this week they have found a worrying new coronavirus variant in New York City and elsewhere in the Northeast that carries mutations that help it evade the body’s natural immune response — as well as the effects of monoclonal antibody treatments. Genomics researchers have named the variant B.1.526. It…MORE

Texas storm victims are facing a now-familiar battle: Covid

Texas storm victims are facing a now-familiar battle: Covid

While most Texans had more than enough to worry about in last week’s icy storm that led to power outages and water problems, some, like Tania Delacruz, had an added woe: Covid-19. For Delacruz, it started with body aches before the storm. Then, on the coldest night in south Texas, Delacruz’ oxygen levels dropped as…MORE

5 questions answered about Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine

5 questions answered about Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine

The US is one step closer to having a third Covid-19 vaccine and it can’t come soon enough. With people clamoring for a shot, it was welcome news that the US Food and Drug Administration’s analysis Johnson & Johnson’s trial data showed its vaccine is safe and effective. Here’s what that could mean for you.…MORE

Australia passes new law requiring Facebook and Google to pay for news

Australia passes new law requiring Facebook and Google to pay for news

Australia has passed a new law that will force tech companies to pay publishers for news content, setting the stage for potential, similar action in other countries. The new code, which the Australian parliament approved Thursday, “will ensure that news media businesses are fairly remunerated for the content they generate,” Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said…MORE

Democratic Rep. Stephanie Murphy considers Senate bid against Marco Rubio

Democratic Rep. Stephanie Murphy considers Senate bid against Marco Rubio

Florida Democratic Rep. Stephanie Murphy is seriously considering a run against Republican Sen. Marco Rubio in 2022, launching a listening tour on issues including the pandemic, “managing misinformation,” fighting climate change and for social justice. Murphy, co-chair of the centrist Blue Dog Coalition of House Democrats, hopes that by emphasizing a bipartisan background she can…MORE

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