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Enormous ‘twilight zone’ coral reef discovered off the coast of Tahiti

Enormous ‘twilight zone’ coral reef discovered off the coast of Tahiti

Deep in the ocean off the coast of Tahiti, scientists made an incredible discovery in November: acres of giant, pristine, rose-shaped corals blossoming from the sea floor in what’s known as the ocean’s “twilight zone.” That a coral reef so large and so beautiful had yet to be discovered emphasizes how little we still know…MORE

Voting rights fight shifts back to statehouses as Senate Democrats fail to advance national protections

Voting rights fight shifts back to statehouses as Senate Democrats fail to advance national protections

Just weeks from the first primaries of the 2022 midterm elections, the fight over voting rights is unfolding again at the state level — with Republicans in several swing states proposing new measures that would make it harder to vote. Seizing on former President Donald Trump‘s lies about widespread voter fraud, Republicans in statehouses across…MORE

Florida health official sent an email calling out his unvaccinated colleagues. He’s now on administrative leave
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Florida health official sent an email calling out his unvaccinated colleagues. He’s now on administrative leave

The top official for Florida’s Department of Health in the Orlando area has been placed on administrative leave after he sent an email expressing his frustration at the low vaccination rate among his colleagues. The email on January 4 by Dr. Raul Pino, the director of the Florida Department of Health in Orange County, has…MORE

Conditions were bad last fall in a northeastern Kentucky hospital during a Covid spike. They’re worse now
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Conditions were bad last fall in a northeastern Kentucky hospital during a Covid spike. They’re worse now

Dr. Aaron Parker Banks gets emotional when talking about the toll Covid-19 has taken on his tightknit rural community in northeastern Kentucky, where he works as the only physician at a clinic. “I’ve held the hands of people dying of Covid,” he said. “I’ve had close friends lose their lives, even at my age,” said…MORE

US military releases videos of August drone strike that killed 10 Afghan civilians
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US military releases videos of August drone strike that killed 10 Afghan civilians

The US military released videos Wednesday of the botched August 29 drone strike in Kabul that killed 10 Afghan civilians, including seven children. The newly released videos show the view from above Kabul as the military tracked a white Toyota Corolla through parts of the city, believing that it was an ISIS-K car laden with…MORE

Two broadcasters terminated after calling female high school athletes overweight and laughing about it

Two broadcasters terminated after calling female high school athletes overweight and laughing about it

Two broadcasters in Maine have been terminated, according to a statement posted on the WHOU Facebook page, after calling female high school basketball players overweight and laughing about it. Radio station owner Fred Grant told CNN the two broadcasters involved are Jim Carter and Steve Shaw. WHOU is a local radio station located in Houlton,…MORE

FBI says it’s conducting a ‘court-authorized’ search of Rep. Henry Cuellar’s Texas home
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FBI says it’s conducting a ‘court-authorized’ search of Rep. Henry Cuellar’s Texas home

The Federal Bureau of Investigation said in a statement Wednesday evening that it is doing a “court-authorized” search of the Texas home of Rep. Henry Cuellar. “The FBI was present in the vicinity of Windridge Drive and Estate Drive in Laredo conducting court-authorized law enforcement activity,” the FBI said in a statement. “The FBI cannot…MORE

DeSantis’ proposed election police force alarms voting rights advocates
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DeSantis’ proposed election police force alarms voting rights advocates

Florida could become the first state in the country with a dedicated police force to investigate election fraud under a proposal that has become a top priority of Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis. The proposal has concerned voting rights advocates, local election officials and Democrats, who fear the scope of this police force’s new mandate could…MORE

More people died of drug-resistant bacterial infections in 2019 than HIV or malaria, new study suggests
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More people died of drug-resistant bacterial infections in 2019 than HIV or malaria, new study suggests

At least 1.27 million people died in 2019 due to drug-resistant bacterial infections, according to a new study on the global burden of antimicrobial resistance. The study, published Wednesday in the journal The Lancet, suggests that if all drug-resistant bacterial infections had not occurred that year, 4.95 million deaths could have been prevented in 2019,…MORE

January 6 committee subpoenas 2 people who promoted election fraud conspiracy theories
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January 6 committee subpoenas 2 people who promoted election fraud conspiracy theories

The House select committee investigating the January 6 riot issued two new subpoenas Wednesday to individuals who promoted unsupported theories about election fraud and were at the US Capitol Complex on January 6, 2021, during the attack. Nicholas J. Fuentes and Patrick Casey are affiliated with far right groups “America First” and “Groyper.” The panel…MORE

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