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Cases Soar but Swiss Reject Lockdown as COVID Law Vote Looms

  Like many others in Europe, Switzerland is facing a steep rise in coronavirus cases. But its federal government, unlike others, hasn’t responded with new restrictive measures. Analysts say it doesn’t want to stir up more opposition to its anti-COVID-19 policies, which face…

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COVID Omicron Variant Prompts Biden to Announce Air Travel Curbs on 8 Nations

  U.S. President Joe Biden announced the United States will restrict travel from South Africa and seven other countries, effective Monday. The U.S. travel prohibition is still being worked out and will likely mirror earlier policy. The restrictions do not apply to American…

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US Nurses Leaving Hospital Bedsides

  “I could not understand how this highly educated, powerful trauma nurse is now the patient.” A registered nurse who asks that we call her “Gi” is talking about herself. While working in the emergency room of her community hospital at the height…

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European Nations Add Boosters, Plan Shots for Children Amid COVID Surge

European countries expanded COVID-19 booster vaccinations, began plans to get shots to young children and tightened some curbs Thursday as the continent battled a surge in coronavirus cases and concerns about its economic fallout grew. Slovakia went into a two-week lockdown, and the…

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NASA Launches Craft to Hit Asteroid

  The U.S. space agency NASA has launched a spacecraft on a mission to test the ability to knock an asteroid off a potentially harmful collision course with Earth. The Double Asteroid Redirection Test, or DART, will take 10 months to reach the…

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State Department Official Discusses Chip Shortage, Taiwan Talks, 5G ‘Trusted Network’

A senior U.S. State Department official said the United States is not asking the world’s top chipmakers to provide “trade secrets” in response to a request for supply chain information to help address the global chip shortage. “We’re not asking for information that…

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Slashing ‘Chinese Democracy’ to 45 Minutes: Roundtable

Published by Ultimate Classic Rock Axl Rose ended one of the most agonizing waiting periods in rock history when his handpicked Guns N’ Roses lineup released Chinese Democracy on Nov. 23, 2008. Commercial and critical reception were mixed upon its release. The album…

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Biden Reappoints Jerome Powell as Federal Reserve Chair

U.S. President Joe Biden on Monday reappointed Jerome Powell to a second term as chair of the country’s central bank, the Federal Reserve, saying that Powell has played a pivotal role in helping the United States recover from the worst of the economic …

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Robot Waiter Eases Labor Shortages in Australia’s Hospitality Industry

A Sydney restaurant is using a Chinese-made, multi-lingual hospitality robot to address chronic staff shortages as Australia’s economy begins to recover from COVID-19 lockdowns and border closures.The robot waiter is programmed to know the layout of th…

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Australian Mining Magnate to Help Publishers Strike Content Deal With Google, Facebook

Australian mining billionaire Andrew Forrest’s philanthropic organization will help 18 small news publishers in the country to negotiate collectively with Google and Facebook to secure licensing deals for the supply of news content.Forrest’s Minderoo F…

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