General news 19 Feb, 2021
Nearly half of Texans remain under boil-water advisories as water scarcity and freezing temperatures continue - CNNCNN
As Texas begins restoring power after a devastating week of freezing temperatures and winter storms, the state is confronting a new crisis: overwhelmed water systems that could extend misery for much of the population.
Live updates: G-7 leaders to announce boost to global vaccine supply; Japan confirms new virus variant - The Washington PostThe Washington Post
The Biden administration is expected to promise $4 billion in assistance to the Covax initiative backed by the WHO, while both Britain and France said they would donate or set aside portions of their vaccine supplies for use in developing nations.
Pompeo, other critics pan Biden WH offer to restart Iran nuclear talks - Fox NewsFox News
Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and others slammed the Biden administration Thursday after the White House signaled it was ready to restart diplomacy with Tehran over a nuclear deal.
'Longest week of our lives': Texas food banks in crisis as storm disrupts supplies - The GuardianThe Guardian
With grocery stores empty and school meals suspended, the need for food is soaring – even as weather forces pantries to close
Facebook's move to restrict Australian publishers was a 'nuclear option,' expert says - CNBCCNBC
Facebook said Wednesday that Australian users will no longer be able to view or share news content.
Lakers vs. Nets takeaways: James Harden provides spark as Brooklyn shoots past L.A. for fifth straight win - CBSSports.comCBS Sports
The Nets take another step towards the championship team they're hoping to build
Jimmy Kimmel Has an Absolute Field Day With Ted Cruz's Cancun Saga - The Daily BeastDaily Beast
“Why settle for just being the planet’s biggest hypocrite when you can be a world-class liar too?” the late-night host asked during his epic takedown of the Texas senator.
4 Chinese soldiers died in bloody India border clash last year, China reveals - CNNCNN
China has revealed that four of its People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers were killed during a bloody hand-to-hand battle with Indian troops on the two countries' disputed border high in the Himalayas in June 2020.
Colin Cowherd says the Steelers 'sold their soul' for Ben Roethlisberger - Steelers WireUSA Today
Have the Steelers catered to Ben Roethlisberger too much to the detriment of the team?
Prince Markie Dee, Founding Member of Rap Trio Fat Boys, Dies at 52 - The New York TimesNew York Times
The group’s lighthearted rhymes and winning comedic approach helped speed hip-hop’s absorption into pop culture.
NASA's Perseverance Rover Lands Successfully on Mars (Highlight Reel) - NASA Jet Propulsion LaboratoryGoogle News
Thune: Trump allies partaking in 'cancel culture' by punishing senators who voted to convict | TheHill - The HillThe Hill
GOP Sen. John Thune (S.D.) on Thursday blasted members of his own party for rushing to censure the Republican lawmakers who voted in favor of impeaching former President Trump, accusing them of engaging in “cancel culture.”
Clubhouse reaches 8 million downloads on the iOS App Store - 9to5Mac9to5Mac
Clubhouse is a new social network that has been available for a while now, but it has been getting a lot of attention in recent weeks — which has even prompted Twitter and Facebook to work on competitors for the app. A new report points out that Clubhouse, wh…
US lawmakers focus ire on Robinhood in GameStop recriminations - Financial TimesFinancial Times
Trading app’s founder was on the defensive from start of a fiery hearing
Mountain Lake, Minn., native played crucial role in designing Mars rovers - Minneapolis Star TribuneMinneapolis Star Tribune
Roger Wiens has loved science since he and his brother built rockets in Mountain Lake.
Stephen A. - 'If anybody can fix Carson Wentz, it's Frank Reich' | Stephen A's World - ESPNGoogle News
Nvidia says it won’t nerf the Ethereum mining performance of existing GPUs - Circuit BreakerThe Verge
Nvidia will artificially reduce the performance of its upcoming $329 GeForce RTX 3060 graphics card when it comes to Ethereum cryptocurrency mining, but it tells The Verge it won’t touch existing GPUs.
Earth's Magnetic Field Flipped 42,000 Years Ago. The Consequences Were Dramatic - ScienceAlertScienceAlert
A global period of upheaval 42,000 years ago was the result of a reversal in Earth's magnetic field, new research has found.
Paying $45 For Water And Chasing Electricity: Texas's Vulnerable Residents Are Stranded In A Deadly Storm - BuzzFeed NewsBuzzFeed News
In a state that prizes self-reliance over government assistance, those with the least are left to fend for themselves.
San Diego County reports 1st fully vaccinated person to test positive for COVID-19 - KRON4KRON4
A health care worker is San Diego County’s first known case of a fully vaccinated individual to test positive for COVID-19, local officials said.
New look at first black hole detected shows it is bigger than expected - Yahoo NewsYahoo Entertainment
A fresh examination has revealed new details about the first black hole ever detected - which was spotted in 1964 and became the subject of a friendly wager ...
Texas Water Crisis: Frozen Pipes, Cracked Wells and Offline Treatment Plants - The New York TimesNew York Times
Electricity was restored to most Texans who had lost power after a winter storm, but water systems for nearly two-thirds of residents were disrupted, leaving millions without drinkable water.
Android 12 DP1: ‘Display cutout’ menu now lets you hide Pixel 5, 4a hole punch - 9to5Google9to5google.com
The current Made by Google lineup is visually defined by a front-facing camera in the top-left corner. To hide Pixel 5 hole punch...
Fernando Tatis Jr. wont be seeing all of that $340 million, thanks to a deal he made as a minor leaguer - Yahoo SportsYahoo Entertainment
More than a year before his MLB debut, Tatis signed away a portion of his career earnings.
Dow Jones Futures: Stress Test Your Portfolio; Apple, Nio Flash Sell Signals; Roku Leads Earnings Movers - Investor's Business DailyInvestor's Business Daily
Dow Jones futures: As the stock market fights a pullback, it's time to stress test your portfolio. Apple, Nio flashed sell signals. Roku rose on earnings.
Biden privately tells governors: Minimum wage hike likely isn’t happening - POLITICOPolitico
The remarks are the clearest sign yet that the president is content to fight this battle at a later date.
New Mexico reports 18 new deaths, 411 additional COVID-19 cases - KOBKOB
The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) reported 18 additional COVID-19-related deaths in Thursday's report.
FACT CHECK: Fox personalities make false claims about Texas blackouts - Business InsiderBusiness Insider
While millions of Texans suffered from power outages, a slew of Fox News hosts and guests misled their viewers. We fact-checked their claims.
South Dakota's AG charged with 3 misdemeanors in fatal crash - Associated PressAssociated Press
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota’s Republican attorney general was charged Thursday with three misdemeanors for striking and killing a man with his car last summer, avoiding more serious felony...
‘Tremendous loss’: Oregon infant tested positive for COVID-19, died same day at hospital - KPTV.comKPTV.com
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) - The Oregon Health Authority reported Thursday that an Oregon infant who tested positive for COVID-19 on Jan. 17 died that same day at the hospital.
Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton: Why people are cringe-watching old interviews - Yahoo LifestyleYahoo Entertainment
"Framing Britney" has many re-thinking the treatment of female celebrities.
NATO hasn't reached decision on whether to leave Afghanistan as deadline looms - CNBCCNBC
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has not yet decided if the 10,000 troops it has in Afghanistan will leave the country by May.
Matterport iOS app adds iPhone 12 Pro and iPad Pro LiDAR support for creating 3D models - 9to5Mac9to5Mac
Apple’s aspirations for AR have yet to make mainstream waves but we’re seeing improvements for some of most popular early use cases like 3D modeling. Matterport for iOS, an app that makes it easy to create a 3D model of any space with your iPhone or iPad has …
Walmart profit misses as sales boom during holiday quarter, worker wage hikes planned - Fox BusinessFox Business
Walmart Inc. reported a disappointing fourth-quarter profit and warned that sales growth would slow in the current fiscal year.