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CDC: Delta variant will become predominant COVID strain

CDC: Delta variant will become predominant COVID strain

By Tim Darnell, Atlanta Journal-Constitution Troy Warren for CNT States with highest unvaccinated numbers will be most at risk: ex-FDA executive Despite a recent White House victory lap over 300 million vaccine shots administered in President Joe Biden’s first 150 days, the highly contagious delta variant continues threatening the U.S., especially in states with the lowest vaccination numbers. On Sunday, Scott Gottlieb, former commissioner of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, told CBS’ “Face the Nation” the Biden administration needs a new vaccine strategy. “Connecticut, for example where I am, shows no upsurge of infection, but Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Missouri, show…
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Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Partners Signs Film Production Partnership With Netflix

Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Partners Signs Film Production Partnership With Netflix

BY BORYS KIT | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT The deal is on top of the one Amblin already has with Universal. Amblin Partners, the production outfit run by Steven Spielberg, has signed a partnership with Netflix. The deal will see the company produce multiple films for the streamer per year and is on top of the long-standing output pact the company has with Universal, which is theatrical in nature and was renewed in December 2020. Amblin sees the deal as a way to increase its film slate. The Netflix deal has no restrictions regarding budget or genre, according to insiders. “At…
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US Updates Travel Advisory Levels for Destinations in Mexico

US Updates Travel Advisory Levels for Destinations in Mexico

RICH THOMASELLI | TravelPulse.Com Troy Warren for CNT   The U.S. State Department on Friday raised the travel warnings to two states in Mexico while downgrading four other Mexican destinations. The U.S. raised its warnings from Level 2 (“Exercise Increased caution” to Level 3 (“Reconsider travel”) for Baja California and Guanajuato. Baja California, in particular, is a heavy tourist destination that includes Tijuana, Mexicali and Ensenada. The updated travel advisory cited crime and kidnapping as dangers in Baja California, according to the Mexico Daily News. “Violent crime and gang activity are common. Of particular concern is the high number of homicides…
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EXPLAINER: The significance of China’s new space station

EXPLAINER: The significance of China’s new space station

By Sam McNeil, The Associated Press Troy Warren for CNT JIUQUAN, China — Adding a crew to China’s new orbiting space station is another major advance for the burgeoning space power. Here’s a look at key developments: What’s the mission’s purpose? The three-member crew is due to stay for three months in the station’s main living module, named Tianhe, or Heavenly Harmony. They will be carrying out science experiments and maintenance, space walks and preparing the facility to receive two additional modules next year. While China concedes it arrived late at the space station game, it says its facility is cutting-edge.…
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Many workers need more than skills

Many workers need more than skills

By Steve Lohr, The New York Times Troy Warren for CNT   Career guidance, moral support help overcome last-mile problems Rachelle Katchenago of Menasha, Wisconsin, lost her job as a call-center contract worker last year after the pandemic lockdowns took hold. No one was hiring. Katchenago, 37, eventually heard of career courses, paid for by Microsoft as part of a COVID relief program. She plunged in, learning online customer service and sales skills, hoping to improve her employment prospects. But it turned out that the technical skills, in the free classes from Microsoft’s LinkedIn job listing and training service, were not…
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Why American women everywhere are delaying motherhood

Why American women everywhere are delaying motherhood

By Sabrina Tavernise, Claire Cain Miller, Quoctrung Bui and Robert Gebeloff, The New York Times Troy Warren for CNT PHOENIX — Luz Portillo, the oldest daughter of Mexican immigrants, has many plans. She is studying to be a skin care expert. She has also applied to nursing school. She works full time, too — as a nurse’s aide and doing eyelash extensions, a business she would like to grow. But one thing she has no plans for anytime soon is a baby. Portillo’s mother had her when she was 16. Her father has worked as a landscaper for as long as…
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Ohio police officer runs over gunshot victim with patrol car

Ohio police officer runs over gunshot victim with patrol car

By ArLuther Lee, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Troy Warren for CNT   Report fails to mention incident; Springfield Police chief says it was accident An Ohio police officer has been placed on administrative leave after dashcam video revealed her patrol car ran over a Black man who was lying in the street with gunshot wounds. The incident, which the Springfield Police chief called unintentional, occurred shortly before 11:30 p.m. Sunday. Officer Amanda Rosales was responding to the scene of a shooting when her SUV cruiser rolled over 42-year-old Eric Cole, who was lying face-up on the ground on the left side of…
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“The Netflix of Wellness”: Inside the Hollywoodization of Peloton

“The Netflix of Wellness”: Inside the Hollywoodization of Peloton

BY COURTNEY RUBIN | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT The bike company has become a global content brand via rigorous scripting of classes, canny promotion of instructors and entertainment industry partnerships. In the spring of 2018 — in the days before Peloton was ubiquitous — the company set out to make a TV ad cool enough to wipe away the perception that its internet-connected bike was a suburban mom thing. CEO and now-billionaire John Foley — a former president of ecommerce at Barnes & Noble — wanted to shoot for the moon, suggesting licensing tracks from bands he loved, including The…
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Dozens of women sue Pornhub for posting videos without their consent

Dozens of women sue Pornhub for posting videos without their consent

By ArLuther Lee, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Troy Warren for CNT   Lawsuit comes months after site accused of posting child rape videos, other lurid content A civil lawsuit filed on behalf of more than 30 women in California this week accuses Pornhub of racketeering and violating multiple federal sex trafficking laws, including distributing child pornography and the publication of unauthorized videos without their consent. The legal action filed Thursday alleges MindGeek, the parent company of the adult entertainment website, is a criminal enterprise that capitalizes off human trafficking and sexual assault, reports said. Pornhub issued a statement calling the allegations “utterly…
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A special Father’s Day for dad who lived in hospital with newborn twins

A special Father’s Day for dad who lived in hospital with newborn twins

By Nancy Clanton, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Troy Warren for CNT Jonathan Jones will be happy to spend his first “official” Father’s Day just sitting on the couch and holding his daughters. “I don’t need anything else,” he said. “I’m honestly good.” That’s because he spent eight months living at and working from the Heart Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta while his twins, Ava and Averie, recovered from heart surgeries. Building their family Jonathan and Briena Jones had just celebrated their first wedding anniversary when they learned they were pregnant. Briena Jones brought two daughters from a previous marriage with her,…
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