Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Sumon Chakrabarti says with the vaccine deployment and lockdowns, the reopening of society will likely take until spring of 2021 — and it won’t happen all at once, but in slow and steady stages.
Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Sumon Chakrabarti says with the vaccine deployment and lockdowns, the reopening of society will likely take until spring of 2021 — and it won’t happen all at once, but in slow and steady stages.
The U.S. Justice Department's top antitrust official said on Friday the administration won't scrap decades-old agreements with music licensing groups ASCAP and BMI that hold down costs for Spotify and others. The department's review of the matter had been closely watched since scrapping the 1941 consent agreements could upend the business of licensing music to online companies like Spotify and Pandora as well as movie companies, commercials, bars and restaurants. Without the decrees, companies of any size seeking to play music would have to negotiate rights in a chaotic transition while also facing the prospect of price hikes, said the MIC Coalition, whose members include the Brewers Association and National Restaurant Association.
The Wu-Tang Clan architect also gives an update on his long-in-the-works solo album The Cure.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs have proven that they can overcome just about any deficit in the post-season. That doesn't mean they want to keep doing it. Of all the points of emphasis this weekend, when the Chiefs play the Cleveland Browns for a spot in their third straight AFC championship game, perhaps none is as consequential as this: Kansas City wants to start fast on Sunday, something it failed to do in falling behind by double figures in each of their playoff games last season. “Yeah, our coaches brought it up: ‘Let’s not put ourselves in that same position we did last year,” Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill said this week. “We just have to come out and have the same energy we've had all year.” It would sure make a smoother road to the Super Bowl than the bumpy track they took last year. The Chiefs began their journey to Miami by falling behind Houston by 24 points early in the second quarter, thanks in part to a blocked punt returned for a touchdown. But they responded by scoring 41 consecutive points, taking a 28-24 lead into halftime and piling on in the third quarter, eventually coasting to a 51-31 victory at Arrowhead Stadium. It seemed like déjà vu in the AFC title game the following week, when Tennessee pounded its way to leads of 10-0 and 17-7 late in the first half. But much like the Chiefs did in the divisional round, Patrick Mahomes and his fleet flotilla of playmakers responded with 28 straight points, cruising in the fourth quarter to a 35-24 victory. Then came the Super Bowl and probably the toughest deficit, when San Francisco turned a tied game at halftime into a 20-10 lead. It was still that margin when Mahomes hit Travis Kelce for a touchdown with 6:13 left, and the game's MVP followed with a touchdown pass to Damien Williams with 2:44 to take the lead. And when Williams rolled 38 yards for the clinching touchdown, the Chiefs had scored 21 points in a tick over five minutes for a 31-20 victory. “I mean, you understand what it takes. That's the biggest thing,” said Mahomes, who hasn't played in three weeks after the Chiefs clinched the No. 1 seed and a first-round bye against Atlanta in late December. “You know it's not easy. You'll have to put in a lot of work, but you can do it. Play to the best of our ability and it'll handle itself.” For all their success this season, including a franchise-record 14 wins and a fifth straight AFC West title, very little has been a breeze. Mahomes has had to lead three fourth-quarter comebacks, including one against the Falcons, when he found wide receiver Demarcus Robinson with 1:55 left to give Kansas City a 17-14 victory. “You can stand there as a coach and tell guys, ‘Hey, listen, it’s going to get faster every step you take. The competition is ridiculous,'” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. “There might be a player or side to the ball you looked at during the season and you go, ‘Ahh,’ but immediately, today, you're going to get their best shot, and it's going to be faster and more aggressive. “Like I said, you can stand there and say it,” Reid continued, “but for our guys to have experienced that, that was the most important thing, and we have a majority of the team coming back. Now, it's important you don't take it for granted that, ‘Oh, yeah, we're going to up our game too.' No, you got to work at it and bust your tail and dedicate yourself, be humble and all those things are important when you get into this. Everybody is going to give you their best shot and then some.” NOTES: Running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire (high ankle sprain) did not practice for the second straight day Friday and will be listed as questionable, Reid said. He practiced Wednesday for the first time since getting hurt in Week 15. “We just kind of backed off him,” Reid said. “He's still doing stuff just not with the group. We'll see how he does here.” ... WR Sammy Watkins (calf) and LB Willie Gay Jr. (ankle) are out for Sunday. TE Deon Yelder (groin) is questionable. ... There's a chance LB Dorian O'Daniel, a special teams ace, will be activated from IR for the game. He's been out with a high ankle sprain. ___ More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL Dave Skretta, The Associated Press
Jacob Chansley, the horned helmet-wearing, painted face Capitol rioter is set for a detention hearing this afternoon in Arizona federal court, and prosecutors are requesting a judge keep him in government custody pending trial -- using some of their bluntest words yet in court to describe last week's assault on the U.S. Capitol as a "violent insurrection." "Chansley is an active participant in -- and has made himself the most prominent symbol of -- a violent insurrection that attempted to overthrow the United States Government on January 6, 2021," prosecutors wrote in a brief to the judge. Chansley is the rioter seen roaming through the halls of Congress last week wearing horns, a coyote tail headdress, face paint and a wielding a 6-foot spear.
WILMINGTON, Del. — ATTN DESK: WIRE EMBARGO 3:45 PM Getting 100 million shots in Americans' arms in his first 100 days is only the beginning of his coronavirus plan, President-elect Joe Biden declared Friday. Lasting impact, he said, will come from uniting the nation in a new effort grounded in science and fueled by billions in federal money for vaccination, testing and outbreak sleuths. Biden spoke a day after unveiling a $1.9 trillion “American Rescue Plan” to confront the virus and provide temporary support for a shaky economy. About $400 billion of the plan is focused on measures aimed at controlling the virus. Those range from mass vaccination centres to more sophisticated scientific analysis of new strains and squads of local health workers to trace the contacts of infected people. On Friday, Biden pledged to maximize the available supply of vaccines and materials needed to administer them, using a Cold War-era law called the Defence Production Act to direct private manufacturing. He also seconded the Trump's administration's call earlier this week for states to start vaccinating more seniors, reaching those 65 and older as well as younger people with certain health problems. Until now states have been focused on inoculating health care workers, and some are starting to vaccinate people 75 and older. Relatively few are providing shots to people between 65 and 75. Dr. Leana Wen, a public health expert and emergency physician, said Biden should aim higher. “At this point, mass vaccination is our last and best chance to restoring normalcy,” she said. “There should be no expenses spared in the vaccine rollout. A hundred million in 100 days needs to be seen as only a start." As Biden spoke, some governors blasted the Trump administration for what at least one said was “deception” in suggesting earlier this week a reserve of vaccine doses was ready to ship, augmenting supplies. An administration official said states have still not ordered all of the doses allocated to them, and called it a problem with states' expectations. Biden committed to better communication with the states, to avoid surprises about how much vaccine they can expect. His plan calls for the federal government to fully reimburse states that mobilize their National Guard to help distribute vaccines. The political outlook for Biden's rescue plan remains unclear, although a powerful business lobbying group welcomed its focus on controlling the pandemic. Biden has long held that economic recovery is inextricably linked with controlling the coronavirus. That squares with the judgment of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the most powerful business lobbying group and traditionally an adversary of Democrats. “We must defeat COVID before we can restore our economy and that requires turbocharging our vaccination efforts,” the Chamber said in a statement Thursday night that welcomed Biden's plan but stopped short of endorsing it. The plan comes as a divided nation is in the grip of the pandemic’s most dangerous wave yet. So far, more than 389,000 people have died of COVID-19 in the U.S. Under Biden's multipronged virus strategy, about $20 billion would be allocated for a more disciplined focus on vaccination, on top of some $8 billion already approved by Congress. Biden has called for setting up mass vaccination centres and sending mobile units to hard-to-reach areas. On Friday, he announced former FDA chief David Kessler as his chief science officer for the vaccine drive. Kessler has been advising Biden as a co-chair of his advisory board on the coronavirus pandemic. A pediatrician and attorney, he has emphasized the need to ease public concerns about the safety of the coronavirus vaccines. Confidence in the FDA’s review process is critical to ramping up the effort to vaccinate millions of Americans. With the backing of Congress and the expertise of private and government scientists, the Trump administration delivered two highly effective vaccines and more are on the way. Yet a month after the first shots were given, the nation’s vaccination campaign is off to a slow start with about 12.3 million doses administered out more than 31 million delivered, or 39%. About 10.6 million individuals have received first or second doses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But the American Hospital Association estimates that close to 246 million must be vaccinated to reach widespread or “herd” immunity by the summer. Vaccines currently available require to shots to be fully effective. Biden has called the vaccine rollout “a dismal failure so far." “We need to be getting to more than 3 million vaccinations a day, rapidly,” said Wen. The plan also provides $50 billion to expand testing, which is seen as key to reopening most schools by the end of the new administration's first 100 days. About $130 billion would be allocated to help schools reopen without risking further contagion. The plan would fund the hiring of 100,000 public health workers, to focus on encouraging people to get vaccinated and on tracing the contacts of those infected with the coronavirus. There's also a proposal to boost investment in genetic sequencing, to help track new virus strains including the more contagious variants identified in the United Kingdom and South Africa. Throughout the plan, there's a focus on ensuring that minority communities that have borne the brunt of the pandemic are not shortchanged on vaccines and treatments, aides said. With the new proposals comes a call to redouble efforts on the basics. Biden is asking Americans to override their sense of pandemic fatigue and recommit to wearing masks, practicing social distancing and avoiding indoor gatherings, particularly larger ones. It's still the surest way to slow the COVID-19 wave, with more than 4,400 deaths reported just on Tuesday. Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar And Bill Barrow, The Associated Press
The Kansas City Chiefs have proven that they can overcome just about any deficit in the postseason. Of all the points of emphasis this weekend, when the Chiefs play the Cleveland Browns for a spot in their third straight AFC championship game, perhaps none is as consequential as this: Kansas City wants to start fast on Sunday, something it failed to do in falling behind by double figures in each of their playoff games last season. The Chiefs began their journey to Miami by falling behind Houston by 24 points early in the second quarter, thanks in part to a blocked punt returned for a touchdown.
OTTAWA — Canada's international development minister says the world's first inoculation of a refugee against COVID-19 this week is an important milestone in ending the pandemic everywhere. Karina Gould told The Canadian Press in a statement that it was encouraging to see the rollout of new vaccinations because "it brings an early glimmer of hope to the most vulnerable people right across the globe as we fight this terrible pandemic." A woman living in the northern Jordanian city of Irbid who had fled northern Iraq became the first United Nations registered refugee to receive the COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday. Before the pandemic, Canada committed $2.1 billion in security, humanitarian and development funds to help Jordan and neighbouring Lebanon cope with the massive influx of refugees they face due to the crises in Syria and Iraq. Since the pandemic began, Canada has committed more than $865 million to the ACT-Accelerator, a global effort to ensure low- and middle-income countries have equitable access to medical treatments during the pandemic. It has also committed $220 million to its partner initiative, the COVAX Facility, to help buy vaccine doses for low- and middle-income countries. "While we're fighting for the health of our own citizens, I am committed to ensure we're not leaving the rest of the world behind," said Gould, who was appointed Friday as the co-chair of the COVAX international engagement group. The appointment will see Gould working with the Indonesian foreign minister, the Ethiopian health minister and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, which has emerged in the last two decades as the major distributor of vaccines to poor countries. "Canada has invested $865 million into global health efforts against COVID-19 and continues to make equitable access to a vaccine and health solutions to the pandemic a reality for all, including refugees living in precarious conditions," said Gould. In an updated mandate letter released Friday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told Gould to work with new Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau and other cabinet colleagues to "reinforce international efforts to ensure that people around the world have access to health interventions to fight COVID-19, including vaccines, therapeutics and strengthened health systems." Rema Jamous Imseis, the Canadian representative for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, said if refugees aren't vaccinated, they run the risk of infecting people in their host countries. "If you want to defeat the pandemic, you have to include refugees in the vaccine rollout around the world," she said. "That's sort of the bigger context and what we're doing is calling on all governments, Canada included, to ensure that refugees and other displaced populations are included." Jordan is also the home to the Zaatari refugee camp, one of the world's largest, less than 15 kilometres from the Syrian border. It is home to almost 80,000 people, including more than 40,000 children, fleeing the carnage of Syria's decade-long civil war and the unrest sparked by Islamic militants in Iraq. Canada has deployed hundreds of military personnel to northern Iraq and neighbouring Kuwait as part of a Western effort to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Canada supplies the commander of the NATO training mission in northern Iraq that is trying to professionalize Iraqi security forces to protect its own citizens from ISIL. "COVID has essentially been an emergency on top of an emergency for refugees around the world," said Jamous Imseis. "Canada came out early and strong as one of the donors to the COVAX initiative," she added. "But we also need Canada to use its influence with his friends and other countries around the world to ensure that that basic principle of equitable and global access to vaccines for everyone is something that we're all working towards." This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 15, 2021. Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press
The World Golf Championship is moving from Mexico City to the Gulf Coast of Florida, a change driven by the COVID-19 pandemic that has put restrictions on travel and kept away spectators. The PGA Tour sent a memo to players Friday informing them of the relocation for Feb. 25-28. It will be played at The Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, co-designed by Jack Nicklaus and Tony Jacklin.
Persistent claims that Biden's November victory was fraudulent are false, as are claims he participated in corruption in Ukraine.
President-elect Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion “rescue plan” released on Thursday calls for three key tax improvements for 2021 that would help Americans across the income spectrum.
It comes amid concerns over a variant emerging in Brazil, which has led to the banning of all flights from South America.
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Major social platforms have been cracking down on the spread of misinformation and conspiracy theories in the leadup to the presidential election, and expanded their efforts in the wake of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. Podcasts made available by the two Big Tech companies let you tune into the world of the QAnon conspiracy theory, wallow in President Donald Trump's false claims of a stolen election and bask in other extremism. Accounts that have been banned on social media for election misinformation, threatening or bullying, and breaking other rules also still live on as podcasts available on the tech giants’ platforms.
Before the good folks in Jacksonville get too fired up about the arrival of Urban Meyer, let’s review a few cautionary tales. Like Nick Saban. And Steve Spurrier. And perhaps the biggest flop of all when it comes to college coaches going pro, Bobby Petrino. Back in 2007, Petrino lasted all of 13 games with the Atlanta Falcons, winning just three times before he slinked back to college in the middle of the night, leaving behind nothing more than a form letter for his abandoned players. As Petrino and so many others have learned, Meyer can't just pick up with the Jaguars where he he left off at Ohio State after one of the most successful coaching careers in college football history. Meyer acknowledged the challenges he'll face in a videotaped interview released by the Jaguars shortly after a deal was reached to take over the forlorn franchise. “Yes, it's different. Professional is different,” Meyer said. “You're coaching grown men as opposed to college guys.” Petrino certainly learned that the hard way during his brief, ill-fated foray into the NFL. To be fair, his tenure was essentially doomed before he ever coached a game thanks to Michael Vick's side business running a dogfighting ring. Instead of having one of the game's most dynamic quarterbacks, Petrino was left with Joey Harrington. But it was clear by Week 3 that Petrino was out of his element when it came to dealing with players who weren't afraid to speak their minds. Pro Bowl cornerback DeAngelo Hall got into a heated confrontation with Petrino on the sideline during a loss to Carolina. The next day, in keeping with the way he handled things in college, the coach wouldn't discuss what action he planned to take against Hall. “It is something that we are keeping in house,” Petrino said. In college, that would've been the end of it. A young player who is totally dependent on the coach for his starting job and playing time would never think to challenge that one-sided relationship. But Hall wasn't a college kid. He was an established pro. And he wasn't the least bit shy about speaking his mind. Not long after Petrino declared the issue off-limits, Hall was revealing everything to some two dozen media members crowded around his locker. He had been fined $100,000. He didn't plan to pay it. He made it clear that he thought Petrino was acting too harshly. By the time Petrino bolted for Arkansas, having turned in one of the shortest tenures for a non-interim coach since the NFL-AFL merger, the locker room was basically in open revolt. “This league is not for everybody,” safety Lawyer Milloy said. “This league is for real men. I think he realized he didn’t belong here.” Petrino drew the ire of the veterans for an aloof, dictatorial style and a bunch of silly, college-like rules, from banishing televisions in the locker room to frowning on any loud talking at team dinners when the Falcons were on the road. Meyer will learn right away that communication, compromise and carving out a more balanced arrangement with his players are the keys to being a great NFL coach. He won't be able to run roughshod over his team like he did at Florida and Ohio State, where he became the only coach other than Saban to win national championships at more than one school. “We're going to treat our players not good, we're going to treat our players great,” Meyer said, clearly trying to get a jump on this new dynamic. “We're going to love them, we’re going to grind them, but they're going to be treated great." Saban and Spurrier are perhaps the most infamous cases of a highly successful college coach flaming out in the pros. Saban went 15-17 in two seasons with the Miami Dolphins. Spurrier was 12-20 in two years at Washington before he walked away. Neither made the playoffs. For Saban, who has won six national championships at Alabama since his dalliance with the NFL, it's always been clear that his desire to have control over every aspect of the organization is far more compatible with the college game. “I found out maybe I was a little more suited to be a college coach," Saban said. “I enjoyed coaching in the NFL. I love college coaching.” Spurrier's most glaring blind spot as a pro coach was believing his fun ‘n’ gun offensive system would work just as well in Washington as it did during a dozen years at Florida, running roughshod over the Southeastern Conference. He even had the audacity to think he could win in the NFL with many of the same players who starred for the Gators. But Spurrier quickly discovered that exemplary college players such as quarterback Danny Wuerffel and receiver Chris Doeriing were nothing more than journeymen in the NFL. Spurrier, too, turned out to be a mere shell of his former coaching self. Who knows? Meyer could follow the path of Jimmy Johnson, who led Miami to a national championship and went on to have even more success in the NFL, winning two Super Bowl titles with the Dallas Cowboys. Coming off a 1-15 season, the Jaguars will be able to grab potential franchise quarterback Trevor Lawrence with the top pick in the NFL draft. There is plenty of salary cap space to assemble a talented group around Lawrence. But Meyer's most important moves will likely come in the next few weeks. “It starts with hiring an elite staff,” he said, “I’m going to spend so much time on that. We’ve had a lot of success in college. If there’s one strength I have, it’s surrounding myself with really, really great coaches.” If he can bring in assistants with plenty of pro experience, who can smooth Meyer's transition to the NFL, the chances of success will rise exponentially. Otherwise, he'll find himself heading down the same path as Saban and Spurrier. Or, even worse, Petrino. ___ AP Sports Writers Mark Long in Jacksonville and Steven Wine in Miami contributed to this report. ___ Paul Newberry is a sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at pnewberry(at)ap.org or at https://twitter.com/pnewberry196 His work can be found at https://apnews.com/search/paulnewberry ___ More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL Paul Newberry, The Associated Press
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Trump has refused to call Biden as is customary for an outgoing president. He plans to skip Biden's inauguration and leave the White House that morning.