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In Virginia, four more high schools have announced that they are also guilty of withholding National Merit Award notifications for students.
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology came under fire in November for withholding the awards when a parent discovered that neither she nor her child was notified of the award. This led to an apology, and the awards were delayed long enough that the students couldn’t use them on early acceptance applications. It was because the high school wanted to promote equity.
The headlines from this scandal prompted other high schools to acknowledge their situation.
A giant World War II-era military structure fell down a sandy cliff and onto a San Francisco beach.
The incident at Fort Funston, a city park with 200-foot oceanside bluffs, is the latest in a series of landslides across Northern California caused by a deluge of heavy rainstorms.
Golden Gate National Recreation Area reported the incident and shared a photo on Twitter on Monday.
"Beachcombers at Fort Funston will share the beach today with a WWII military structure undermined when saturated bluff sand slid onto the beach," the tweet said.
Children under age 14 are dying from fentanyl poisoning at a faster rate than any other age group in the U.S., according to a new analysis from Families Against Fentanyl.
In the past two years, synthetic opioid (fentanyl) deaths among children surged.
Fentanyl-related deaths among infants (children under age one) quadrupled from 2019 to 2021; more than tripled among children between the ages of 1 and 4 and nearly quadrupled among children between the ages of 5 and 14.
Since 2015, fentanyl-related deaths among infants increased nearly 10-fold; among children ages 1 to 14, deaths increased 15-fold, an increase of over 1,400%, FAF said.
Nationally, fentanyl deaths also doubled over the same time period.
The majority of deaths were poisonings, meaning they resulted from fentanyl being ingested without the person’s knowledge. In 2021, less than 1% of fentanyl-related fatalities were suicides.
MAGA Representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene and Paul Gosar have been given committee assignments after being stripped of them in 2021 by a Democrat-controlled House.
It’s a promise new House Speaker Kevin McCarthy made, and has now kept.
Greene (R-GA) will be sitting on the House Homeland Security and Oversight Committees while Gosar (R-AZ) will take part on the House Natural Resources and Oversight Committees.
Gosar’s assignments are basically a reinstatement to committees he served on before his removal.
Ernest Ramirez says he wanted to do the right thing for his son, so he decided to have 16-year-old Ernesto take the COVID-19 vaccine.
After all, what was the harm? Ramirez was told the vaccine was 100 percent safe.
Soon after his son's death, Ramirez says, he received a call from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. According to him, agency officials asked him to change the cause of death for his son to "COVID."
Ramirez says they offered to help him financially in exchange for doing so.
More than 90 countries have expressed their "deep concern" in a statement on Monday at Israel's punitive measures against the Palestinian people, following a UN request for an advisory opinion by the International Court of Justice (ICJ).
The UN General Assembly voted 87-26 with 53 abstentions on 30 December in favour of the resolution calling for the ICJ to give an opinion on the legality of Israeli policies in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.
In a statement, the signatories called for a reversal of Israeli measures, saying regardless of their position on the General Assembly's resolution, "we reject punitive measures in response to a request for an advisory opinion by the International Court of Justice".
In response to the successful Palestinian initiative at the UN, Israel's new far-right government seized $39m of tax revenues collected on behalf of the Palestinian Authority (PA).
The radicals worshipped at the site in breach of the longstanding status quo governing it, according to Palestinian sources.
Israeli forces reportedly began harassing Muslim worshippers at the site from early Tuesday to clear the way for the incursion.
Under the agreement, Muslims alone are permitted to pray at Al-Aqsa, the third-holiest place in Islam and the most-sacred Muslim site in Palestine. Non-Muslims are, however, able to visit.
Ghassan Majali was stopped at Bab al-Asbat (Lions' Gate), leading to the mosque, and asked to present permission to visit the site.
The envoy then left in protest, according to Palestinian media reports.
Israeli police said they didn't refuse Majali from entering, according to the Times of Israel.
The number of earthquakes recorded in Pahala, a town in the south of the Big Island of Hawaii, has increased 70-fold since 2015, and seismologists have used modern imaging techniques to attribute the sharp rise to a web of magma connected to a nearby volcano.
Pahala is a small town that had a population of around 1,500 at the time of the 2020 census and was once a home to a sugar plantation. According to the United States Geological Survey it is the 'most seismically active area' in Hawaii.
As the number of people experiencing homelessness increases across the country, more cities and states have passed laws making it illegal to live out of tents and cars or sleep in public spaces.
More than 100 jurisdictions have had such bans on the books for years, according to the National Homelessness Law Center. In recent months, high-profile measures have been approved targeting homelessness in many western U.S. cities and across entire states.
Federal data shows 582,462 people were experiencing homelessness on a single night in January 2022. Experts warn more people will enter homelessness as housing costs increase, as has been the case for decades in cities such as New York and in much of California.
A school board meeting in Greeley, Colo., kicked off this month with a newly restrictive public comment policy — the fourth iteration in a year marked by such vitriol over masks and books that one member suggested suspending comment altogether. Two opportunities for citizens to address the board for a total of four minutes had already been slimmed to one three-minute chance. Now speakers would have two minutes.
In Rochester, Minn., where public comment at city council meetings has featured personal attacks on the mayor and baseless accusations about the library promoting pedophilia, speakers since October have been permitted to comment just once a month — and the board is considering further restrictions.
And in Salem, Ore., the school board in September closed meetings to the public and began taking comments by Zoom or phone or in writing, following what the superintendent called an “escalation of disruptive behavior” that had turned in-person comment into a “public forum for political agendas.”
China’s population shrank for the first time in decades last year as its birthrate plunged, official figures showed Tuesday, adding to pressure on leaders to keep the economy growing despite an aging workforce and at a time of rising tension with the U.S.
Despite the official numbers, some experts believe China’s population has been in decline for a few years — a dramatic turn in a country that once sought to control such growth through a one-child policy.
Many wealthy countries are struggling with how to respond to aging populations, which can be a drag on economic growth as shrinking numbers of workers try to support growing numbers of elderly people.
Amid a nursing shortage that is worsening poor health outcomes in Mississippi, nursing programs at the state’s public universities are turning away hundreds of potential students every year because of insufficient faculty sizes.
Alfred Rankins Jr., Mississippi’s commissioner of higher education, said at a legislative hearing Tuesday that nursing programs have struggled to retain faculty members because of the state’s lower-than-average salaries for public university employees.
“Unfortunately, our nursing programs must turn away approximately 300 qualified nursing applicants each year because of limited faculty numbers,” Rankins said.
Federal prosecutors declined Tuesday to seek the death penalty for the alleged Walmart shooter who killed 23 shoppers in an El Paso branch of the store in 2019.
The decision is consistent with the Department of Justice’s practice of not pursuing capital punishment in federal cases since President Joe Biden took office, according to local reports.
Patrick Crusius is accused of driving 10 hours from Allen, Texas and casing the busy Walmart to make sure it was filled with Hispanic people before gunning down 23 shoppers with an AK-47 and injuring 22 others on Aug. 3, 2019.
Texas lawmakers are pushing for a bill to ban certain foreign entities from purchasing land in the state. The bill, SB 147, is sponsored by Republican Senator Lois Kolkhorst (Brenham) and has the support of Texas Governor Greg Abbott.
The bill would prohibit any future purchase of or otherwise acquiring title to real property in the state of Texas by governments or entities affiliated with countries such as Iran, Russia, North Korea, and China. Recent polling found 82 percent of Texas Republican voters want to see the Texas government prohibit the Chinese government or Chinese citizens from purchasing land in the state.
Microsoft is preparing to axe thousands of jobs in the latest move by one of the world's biggest technology companies to reduce its workforce in the face of a slowing global economy.
Sky News has learnt that the US software giant could announce plans to cull a significant number of posts around the world within a matter of days.
Microsoft, which employs more than 220,000 people, including 6,000 in the UK, is said to be contemplating cutting roughly 5% of its workforce, which if accurate would equate to approximately 11,000 jobs.
Human lifespans could be lengthened by an anti-ageing jab within five years, say researchers.
A 'breakthrough' study showed that the experimental therapy rejuvenated cells in mice, helping them live longer, while reducing frailty and boosting heart and lung health.
Harvard-backed anti-ageing scientists hope the 'exciting' findings will open up the door to treating humans in the same way, boosting their resilience against diseases like cancer and dementia by making them biologically younger.
Marine activists and many others are calling for a stop to offshore wind farms while they are investigating the idea that they might be killing marine life.
According to Fox News, a host of whales and other marine life began to wash up on New York and New Jersey shores in recent weeks.
Seafreeze fisheries liaison Meghan Lapp spoke with Fox News. It said that the Biden Administration’s ambition to have more wind farms built offshore has potentially caused many forms of marine life to become endangered.