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Weekly Claims For Unemployment Benefits Dip To Pandemic Low

Unemployment Benefits

The number of Americans filing first-time claims for unemployment benefits fell to 360,000 last week, the lowest level since the coronavirus pandemic began, the Labor Department reported on Thursday. The reading was a decrease of 26,000 from the prior week’s revised level and the lowest level since March 14, 2020, …

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Senate confirms Jen Easterly as Cybersecurity director

Jen Easterly

The US Senate on Monday unanimously confirmed Jen Easterly as the new director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) within the Department of Homeland Security. The agency, established in 2018, is responsible for the security, resiliency and reliability of the nation’s cybersecurity and communications infrastructure. CISA has not …

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FBI Warns Of Large ‘Scale’ In Ransomware Attack

The FBI said Sunday the “scale” of a major ransomware attack against a US IT company could mean investigators won’t be able to work with every victim individually. Hackers hit Kaseya, a firm that provides IT services to other companies, with a ransomware attack that could have targeted as many …

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CDC, FDA Lift Pause On Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

vaccine

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Food and Drug Administration have lifted a 10-day pause on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. “Above all else, health and safety are at the forefront of our decisions,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said in a press release. “Our vaccine safety systems …

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Colorado Judge To Resign After Admitting To Use Of Racial Slur

A judge in Colorado’s largest judicial district will resign after using a racial slur, employing derogatory language to speak about another judge, espousing opinions about racial justice from the bench and directing court employees to work on her personal business. The Colorado Supreme Court on Friday censured 18th Judicial District …

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Global Death Toll From COVID-19 Passes 3 Million

Just a little over a year after the coronavirus was first identified, the world has recorded more than 3 million deaths Saturday from the disease. More than 140 million people around the world have contracted COVID-19, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The United States has the most COVID-19 …

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Nearly 40% Of Marines Have Declined COVID-19 Vaccine

Nearly 40% of United States Marines who have been offered the COVID-19 vaccine have declined it, according to the Pentagon. Of the 123,500 Marines that have had access to the vaccine, 75,500 Marines are either fully vaccinated or have only received one dose while about 48,000 have declined it, Communication …

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Sen. Thom Tillis To Have Surgery For Prostate Cancer

North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) announced on Monday that he has prostate cancer, but is expecting to make a full recovery. Tillis, who served in the House before winning a Senate seat in 2015, said he will have surgery next week. “I am blessed that my cancer was detected relatively …

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Judge Drops Terrorism Charges In Michigan Gov. Kidnapping Plot

A Michigan judge on Monday dismissed terrorism charges against three men accused in a plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Judge Michael Klaeren ruled in a preliminary examination there wasn’t enough probable cause for threat of terrorism charges against two of the eight militia members charged in the plot, …

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Opponents Of Georgia Voting Law Call For Boycott Of State

Opponents of Georgia’s new voting law are threatening to boycott Georgia and some of the biggest corporations based in the state. Some of the changes in the voting law that opponents are against include requiring an ID number to apply for an absentee ballot, cut off absentee ballot applications 11 …

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