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Protection Won’t Come at a Price, Abuse WillThe Biden administration announced it will distribute millions of free masks to Americans next week in an effort to combat the nation’s omicron surge. The University of Michigan has agreed to pay out a staggering $490 million to victims over a former university sports doctor’s alleged sexual abuse. In New York, Attorney General Letitia James announced more details in her ongoing investigation of Trump business practices. And in Washington, the Senate moved deeper into gridlock yesterday during a debate over changing the filibuster.
A World on EdgeAn Oxfam report showed that the world’s 10 richest men doubled their income during the COVID-19 pandemic while 99% of the world’s population got poorer. Scientists in Israel throw uncertainty on whether a fourth dose of the COVID-19 vaccine actually helps combat omicron. South America’s healthcare system is being stretched to its limit as omicron rips through the population. And North Korea has launched its fourth missile test so far this month.
Germany's Voters Shift Left. Will the Government Follow?German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative party suffered its worst election results ever yesterday, but it still has a chance to eke out a governing coalition instead of the victorious left-leaning Social Democrats. Authorities are investigating this weekend’s deadly crash of an Amtrak train in Montana. And safety officials are worried about other accidents as Tesla rolls out the beta version of its autonomous driving software.
When Your Pool Fills With LavaPresidents Emmanuel Macron and Joe Biden seem to have patched up Franco-American relations in the wake of the Australian submarine crisis. America is planning to immunize 70% of the world against COVID-19. And what do you do when your swimming pool is filled with lava?
Pepperoni Pizza … With a Vaccine ToppingGood morning! Each time my wife and I think about buying a house, we’re forced to change our plans. The pandemic was the latest spoiler. Still, had we been in China, we might have found ourselves in an even bigger mess. Read today about a dangerous housing bubble that could impact you. As three of the world’s major economies head toward pivotal elections, meet a controversial politician who’s hoping to become Japan’s first female prime minister. Explore some of the world’s quirkiest festivals. And take part in our spot the difference contest!
Back to School, Ready or NotPutting aside the medical world, has any aspect of life been as dramatically affected by the pandemic as schooling? Now, after 18 months of hybrid teaching, endless hand-washing and mind-numbing headaches for parents and teachers alike, classrooms are beginning to reopen en masse across America. But as they do, the dynamics around what that ought to look like are shifting — again. Some districts are mandating masks for children riding the school bus, but not while they’re in class. In parts of the country, Republican-dominated state legislatures are threatening to withhold pay for school administrators who insist that students mask up. Anger is mounting on many sides as political ideologies, poor planning, and new policies pit parents against schools and local authorities. Read on for our deep dive into the state of play — plus the creative solutions these unique times are forcing upon all involved.