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1. After the emergence in rare blood clotting and the withdrawal of Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 shot, all states stopped giving it.
Federal health agencies recommended a halt in the use of vaccine after six cases of blood clots among women aged 18 to 48. One of the victims has died while another one is being treated in critical condition. Nearly seven millions Americans have had Johnson & Johnson shots since Monday.
Experts are yet to determine whether the vaccine is responsible. However, experts say the vaccine’s potential benefits far outweigh its risks. European regulators are now investigating and determining that AstraZeneca vaccine could be responsible. This is an extremely rare form of clotting disorder. Johnson & Johnson indicated that it would halt Europe’s rollout for its vaccine.
2. Biden is expected by Sept. 11 to announce that the United States will withdraw all troops from Afghanistan, marking the 20th anniversary for the terrorist attacks which started the longest U.S. war.
This decision will allow more than 3,000 troops to remain on the ground after the May 1 deadline, which was set by former President Donald Trump. Officials said that by fixing a withdrawal date, Mr. Biden hoped to avoid an increase in violence threatened by the Taliban if the U.S. stayed beyond May 1. A new intelligence report was released that offered a grim assessment of Afghanistan as well as the prospects for peace.
3. The Minnesota officer who fatally shot Daunte Wittering resigned.
Kim Potter, left, is a veteran cop in Brooklyn Center, Minn. who was placed on administrative leave following the death of Mr. Wright (a Black man). Police claimed that Ms. Potter wanted to use the Taser on Mr. Wright as part of a traffic stop. But the weapons look and feel different, and most forces take precautions to prevent the mix-up.
Just miles from where Mr. Wright was shot, Derek Chauvin’s defense team began to present the case — that George Floyd died due to heart disease and drug addiction. A former officer in the police force and an expert on the use, Chauvin, stated that Mr. Chauvin’s tactic.”. But it remains to be seen whether Mr. Chauvin, an ex-police officer from Minneapolis, will accept the stand.
4. March’s consumer price rise was the fastest in nearly nine-years. This could fuel inflation concerns.
The Consumer Price Index, a closely watched inflation measure, rose by 0.6 percent in March, up from the 0.4 percent increase in February. The increase was driven by higher prices at the pump: In March, gasoline prices rose 9.1 percent.
Overall, prices increased 2.6 percentage points from last year. But to get a better sense of true inflation trends, it helps to look at percent change in prices since February 2020, Our Upshot correspondent explains why inflation stands at 2.25%, close to the Federal Reserve goal of 2 percent.
5. Ramadan was observed by millions of Muslims all over the globe, and it marked the second time that the religious holiday occurred during the pandemic.
The promise of Ramadan with less restrictions was made in many countries by the first day of the holy month. This is a far cry from last year’s situation, where all mosques were closed around the world due to the coronavirus. Although this Holy Month has its limits, people plan to meet together for prayer in groups and with their friends.
The spread of this virus was still a risk due to insufficient vaccine rollout. Egyptian officials warned that there would be a third round of infected people before Ramadan. Above, outside of Cairo.
6. “Any other mother would have done that.”
The sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl in Venezuela led to the arrests of her mother and a teacher who helped the girl end her pregnancy, prompting A national debate about legalizing abortion. It is a demonstration of how the country’s humanitarian and economic crisis has taken away protections for young girls and women. The accused rapist remains at large.
Back in the U.S., Food and Drug Administration will allow women who are unable to travel to the hospital to get abortion pills to be sent to them. This reverses an Obama-era rule that required women visiting a clinic or hospital to get the first pill.
7. NFTs have been selling for millions. They are also warming the Earth.
Many small artists have felt tempted to cash-in on the NFT “gold rush”, which has resulted at eye-popping sales of millions of dollar. But the environmental downsides are vast, with an average NFT estimated to emit as much carbon as driving a car 500 miles.
Chris Precht, the artist of the above-pictured art, stated that “the numbers have become just too overwhelming.” He abandoned plans to sell and create NFTs. “I can’t, no matter how much it hurts mentally and financially.”
8. Frank Gehry (92) is currently working to build the Los Angeles High Line. It will house homeless veterans, and provide a setting for a jazz operetta. He is far too busy to consider retiring.
stated to our reporter his first studio visit since the pandemic. Gehry is a Pritzker-winning Architect. He stated, “I’m just getting free” and that he doesn’t need to worry about fees.
We also considered the legacy of another master of his trade. After Anthony Bourdain’s death, his long-time assistant was left alone to finish his last book “World Travel. An Illustrative Guide.” Our Travel writer says it’s “an eternal embodiment of Anthony Bourdain’s Love for the Whole World.”
9. What is it that Big Ben needs to be heard again?
We checked in with Ian Westworth, above, a clock mechanic for the Houses of Parliament and one of 500 artisans working on a yearslong restoration project: For the first time since its installation in 1859, the Great Clock in the Palace of Westminster has been removed.
The clock’s restoration is being done at a secret location to protect the clock’s security. Most noticeable changes to the clock’s exterior are to its original Victorian color scheme, which is Prussian blue. Big Ben won’t be different, but repairs will improve its accuracy.
10. Finally, the longest bunny in the world is still missing.
Darius, a large, slender bunny that measures four feet in length and weighs 50 lbs, should be easy to spot. But he vanished last weekend from an English backyard, and the police are considering his disappearance an abduction.
Anette Edwards, Darius’s owner, is a model turned rabbit breeder who has held four world-record titles for the size of her animals. Darius was often accompanied by her as Jessica Rabbit the cartoon character. The bunny was reported to be insured for $1.6 million and traveled with a bodyguard, though he is now largely retired from public appearances.
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