General news 12 Feb, 2021
Australian city Melbourne begins 3rd lockdown due to cluster - The Associated PressAssociated Press
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Melbourne, Australia’s second-largest city, will begin its third lockdown on Friday due to a rapidly spreading COVID-19 cluster centered on hotel quarantine. The...
‘Mate! No Google?’ Australia faces life without key search engine - Aljazeera.comAl Jazeera English
Google opposes a planned law that would force it and Facebook to pay Australian publishers for news content.
Aric Almirola and Austin Dillon win qualifying races for Daytona 500 - ESPNESPN
Aric Almirola and Austin Dillon won the two qualifying races for the Daytona 500 on Thursday.
Listen to Taylor Swift’s New Recording of “Love Story” - PitchforkPitchfork
The first of her efforts to re-record her first six albums after Scooter Braun sold her masters in 2019
Ariana Grande - 34+35 Remix (feat. Doja Cat and Megan Thee Stallion) (Official Video) - ArianaGrandeVevoGoogle News
Buffalo police officers seen shoving elderly protester have charges dropped - Fox NewsFox News
Criminal charges have been dropped against two police officers seen on video last spring shoving a 75-year-old protester to the ground in Buffalo, New York, prosecutors said Thursday.
"Bachelor" Contestant Rachael Kirkconnell Released An Apology And Says Her "Ignorance Was Racist" - BuzzFeedBuzzfeed
"I am learning and will continue to learn how to be antiracist."
Former Lincoln Project Staff Ask to Be Released From Nondisclosure Agreements - The New York TimesNew York Times
The former employees want to talk about John Weaver, a co-founder who harassed young men. The Lincoln Project announced it was hiring an outside group to review his behavior, but also came under fire for posting screenshots of another co-founder’s private Twi…
'Stop killing us': Attacks on Asian Americans highlight rise in hate incidents amid COVID-19 - USA TODAYUSA Today
After a series of attacks on Asian Americans, including a 91-year-old man in California, activists say more must be done to curb violence and racism.
Newsom recall: What to know about the California recall process for governor - KCRA SacramentoKCRA Sacramento
While organizers say they have collected more than the number of signatures required to get the measure on the ballot, finalizing the process is far from over.
Minnesota shooting suspect charged with murder as complaint details gruesome attack - CBS NewsCBS News
Gregory Ulrich was charged with one count of second-degree murder and four counts of attempted first-degree premeditated murder.
Illinois COVID Update Today: IL reports 2,838 new coronavirus cases, 102 deaths; South African variant confirmed in state by IDPH - WLS-TVWLS-TV
Illinois health officials reported 2,838 new COVID-19 cases and 102 deaths Thursday. Gov. Pritzker announced an expansion of Phase 1B vaccine eligibility to include those with high-risk medical conditions. IDPH confirmed the South African variant is here.
Report finds racial disparities in COVID-19 vaccinations in Washington state - KOMO NewsKOMO News
Health officials published a new report this week that shows that Black, Hispanic and multi-racial populations in Washington state are under represented in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
Top Republicans call for Cuomo's ouster following nursing home revelation - PoliticoPolitico
Criticism follows a newspaper report quoting the governor's top aide.
CDC investigating possible COVID-19 vaccine-related death in Nebraska - KOLN1011now
DHHS has been made aware that the COVID-19 vaccine was listed as one of several causes of death for an individual in the State.
Armies of China and India pull back from hand-to-hand border battle zone - The GuardianThe Guardian
Both countries say they are disengaging in disputed Ladakh where soldiers killed each other with sticks and rocks
Stardew Valley’s big local co-op update has come to consoles - The VergeThe Verge
Stardew Valley’s 1.5 update is now available on Xbox, PlayStation, and Nintendo Switch, after being released for PC in December. It contains a new split-screen co-op mode, as well as a new location and more.
SLO County receives surprise shipment of COVID-19 doses - KSBY San Luis Obispo NewsKSBY San Luis Obispo News
In a tweet on Thursday, San Luis Obispo County Public Health tweeted an announcement that it received an unexpected shipment of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses.
Videos Turn Eugene Goodman Into a Reluctant Hero in the Capitol Attack - The New York TimesNew York Times
The Capitol Police officer, who served in the Sunni triangle during one of the most dangerous periods of the Iraq War, is credited with saving the lives of members of Congress on Jan. 6.
There Are Now 95 Million Disney+ Subscribers (Hey, That's a Lot!) - /FILM/FILM
On an earnings call, Disney announced there are now 95 million Disney+ subscribers worldwide. For comparison, Netflix has 200 million globally.
Valparaiso alumni react to retiring of Crusader mascot: 'What's the problem with changing it?' - The Times of Northwest Indiananwitimes.com
"If the symbol that happens to represent the university makes people feel some sort of negative cognition, then change it," said Valpo alum Adam Amin. "What’s the problem with changing
Three GOP senators meet with Trump's lawyers on eve of impeachment defense presentation - CNNCNN
A trio of Republican senators allied with former President Donald Trump met with his defense team Thursday evening, in the middle of an impeachment trial in which they will vote on whether to convict Trump and potentially bar him from holding public office ag…
Mounting evidence suggests Trump knew of danger to Pence when he attacked him as lacking ‘courage’ amid Capitol siege - The Washington PostThe Washington Post
His decision to denigrate the vice president as rioters were marauding through the building underscores how Trump delayed taking action to rein in his supporters.
Alexa can now greet people from your Ring Doorbell Pro - The VergeThe Verge
Amazon’s Ring Video Doorbell Pro can now have the Alexa assistant answer your door for you, if you pay for the Ring Protect subscription. You can also now have your doorbell play a canned greeting or message.
Former Longhorns head coach officially joins Urban Meyer's staff in Jacksonville - Longhorns WireUSA Today
Former Texas Longhorns head coach Charlie Strong has officially been hired by Urban Meyer and the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Dow Jones Futures: Market Rally Powers Past Warnings Signs As Marijuana Stocks Plunge; Disney, Datadog Lead 5 Key Earnings Movers - Investor's Business DailyInvestor's Business Daily
Dow Jones futures: The market rally reclaimed a key level as Tilray and other marijuana stocks plunged. Disney and Datadog led earnings movers in buy zones.
'Farfarout' is officially the most distant object in our solar system - Space.comSpace.com
Farfarout now has an official designation: 2018 AG37.
Biden administration purchased 200 million more Pfizer, Moderna doses - Business InsiderBusiness Insider
Biden said his predecessor, former President Donald Trump, "didn't order enough vaccines" while in office.
Chick Corea, Pioneering Jazz-Fusion Keyboardist, Dies at 79 - Ultimate Classic RockUltimate Classic Rock
Jazz-fusion pioneer Chick Corea died at age 79 after battling a rare form of cancer in February 2021.
NASA in talks to buy Russian Soyuz seat through U.S.-based Axiom - The VergeThe Verge
NASA is planning to buy an astronaut seat on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft through Texas-based aerospace firm Axiom Space, according two people familiar with the plans. The seat is a backup for NASA in case its upcoming ride with SpaceX runs into technical probl…
Striking NASA animation reveals the harrowing descent to Mars that the Perseverance rover is about to attempt - Business InsiderBusiness Insider
A supersonic parachute and a jetpack will help Perseverance land on Mars. A NASA video offers a sense of the footage the rover will record.
Report: Colts Have Offered At Least Two 2nd Round Picks for Eagles QB Carson Wentz - Stampede BlueStampede Blue
According to NFL Analyst Ron Jaworski, the Indianapolis Colts have offered a draft compensation package that is highlighted by two second round picks, but have so far, refused to include a first...
China bans BBC World News from broadcasting - BBC NewsBBC News
China has criticised the BBC for its reports on coronavirus and persecution of the Uighurs.
Indigenous leaders warn of missionaries turning Amazon villages against vaccines - ReutersReuters
Medical teams working to immunize Brazil's remote indigenous villages against the coronavirus have encountered fierce resistance in some communities where evangelical missionaries are stoking fears of the vaccine, say tribal leaders and advocates.
Bumble: Female-founded dating app tops $13bn in market debut - BBC NewsBBC News
The listing of Bumble, which also owns Badoo, makes a billionaire of 31-year-old founder Whitney Wolfe Herd.
Galaxy S21 February security patch is reportedly causing battery life issues - SamMobileSamMobile
A fair number of Galaxy S21 owners are complaining about poor battery life on Reddit and a few other forums, ...
Clubhouse May Be Social Media's Future. What's All The Hype About? - NPRNPR
The invite-only app lets you eavesdrop on chats between celebrities, journalists and tech savants. Oprah, Elon Musk and White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain have all joined.