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2. Adults in all US states are now eligible for a coronavirus vaccination.
Hawaii, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont were the latest states to expand eligibility, opening vaccinations to all adults and meeting the deadline set by President Biden he two weeks ago.
At its current rate, the United States will vaccinate 70% of its population by mid-June. As of Sunday, more than 131 million people, or half of all American adults, had received at least one injection. About 84.3 million Americans are fully immunized.
But about a fifth of people aged 65 and over, a particularly vulnerable group, have not even received a single injection. Over the past week, the United States has averaged more than 67,000 new cases of the virus a day – up from more than 54,000 a month ago, according to a Times database.
3. The authorities did not use the “red flag” law for the Indianapolis shooter.
Prosecutors have never sought to invoke a law that would have prevented Brandon Hole – who shot and killed eight people before committing suicide in a FedEx warehouse last week – from obtaining guns, said today a senior law enforcement official.
Ryan Mears, the Marion County District Attorney, said it would have been difficult to prove Mr Hole should be subject to the law during the 14-day window allowed by law. “I think it’s important to note that this case illustrates some of the loopholes that exist with this red flag law,” Mears said.
Police seized a shotgun belonging to Mr Hole in March 2020 after his mother sounded the alarm over his mental health, records show. In July and September, he legally purchased the two semi-automatic rifles used in last week’s attack, which he could not have done had the Red Flag Law been enforced.
4. The Russian authorities have moved the imprisoned opposition leader Aleksei Navalny in a hospital, and the US has warned of the “consequences” if he dies.
Personal medics for Mr Navalny, who is now nearly three weeks on a hunger strike, said he was experiencing a series of severe symptoms they called life-threatening.
Lawyers for Mr Navalny say he could also suffer from the lingering effects of near-fatal poisoning with a military nerve agent last summer. He was treated in Germany, but was arrested on his return to Russia on a parole violation for a conviction he and his allies rejected on political grounds.
5. Brian Sicknick, Capitol Police Officer, died of natural causes, the Washington, DC medical examiner ruled.
The examiner’s office said the 42-year-old man died after suffering a pair of strokes hours after clashing with rioters on Capitol Hill on January 6.
The determination complicates the efforts of the FBI and the Department of Justice to prosecute anyone because of his death. In March, federal prosecutors charged two men with assaulting Mr. Sicknick with bear spray on January 6.
The autopsy found no evidence the officer had an allergic reaction to the chemicals or any evidence of internal or external injuries, medical examiner Dr. Francisco J. Diaz told the Washington Post.
6. Wood pellets: clean bioenergy or polluter?
In just a decade, the wood pellet industry in the Southeastern United States has grown from virtually nothing to 23 plants with the capacity to produce over 10 million metric tonnes per year for export.
Industry and other supporters see it as a climate-friendly source of rural employment. But wood releases more carbon dioxide per unit of electricity produced than coal or gas, and a newly planted tree can take decades to reabsorb the carbon dioxide emitted by burning the pellets.
Yet the explosive growth of the industry continues. Permits have been filed for a dozen new pellet plants, mostly in the Gulf Coast states.
7. It took a little ingenuity at NASA.
A small robotic helicopter named Ingenuity made space exploration history today when it took off from the surface of Mars and became the first machine on Earth to fly like an airplane or helicopter over another world.
Flying in the thin atmosphere of Mars is tricky because there is hardly any air to push against. So the engineers used ultralight materials, fast rotating blades and high power computer processing.
Like the first airplane flight by Wilbur and Orville Wright in 1903, the flight did not go far or last long, but the solar-powered helicopter offered NASA a new mode of transportation to study the mysteries of the solar system. .
8. The new European Super League, explained.
Here’s what we know so far about 12 of the world’s biggest soccer clubs, including Manchester United, Liverpool, Real Madrid and Juventus, to go head-to-head while claiming even more wealth.
The announcement calls into question the Champions League and domestic competitions that have anchored the sport for more than a century. The money is at stake: The founding clubs of the Super League would share more than $ 4 billion as part of his training, and the funding is being led by JPMorgan Chase.
Can they really do it? The superclub group has already called in lawyers to fend off legal threats. The president of European football responded by calling the leaders of the teams “snakes and liars”.
9. Matthew McConaughey, Governor of Texas?
The actor has repeatedly flirted with his home state’s candidacy for the top post, although he has not said whether he will do so as a Republican or Democrat.
At this early stage, his outlook looks good. In a recent poll, 45% of voters in the state said they would vote for Mr McConaughey next year if he were to challenge Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican.
Thirty-three percent of voters said they would support Mr. Abbott, while 22 percent said at this early stage they would totally prefer someone else.
10. And finally, there’s a name for the blah you’re feeling.
It’s called languishing: a dull void between depression and fulfillment. And that may be the dominant emotion of 2021 – the emotional baggage of a long-lasting pandemic, writes Wharton psychologist Adam Grant.
It is not burnout or depression. It’s a joyless, aimless feeling that can dull your motivation and focus. It’s “meh”.
But it is fixable. Mr. Grant recommends finding a “flow” in a meaningful challenge or momentary connection, where your sense of time, place, and yourself dissipates.
Have an evening without stagnation.
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