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Do we really need pants? And other lessons from a pandemic year

We're one year, or roughly 31,536,000 seconds, into this new, strange pandemic life.

Posted on 7 March 2021 | 1:59 am

Wall Street Journal: Third female former staffer accuses New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo of inappropriate conduct

A third female former staffer has come forward with accusations of inappropriate conduct by embattled New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, according to reporting by the Wall Street Journal on Saturday night.

Posted on 7 March 2021 | 12:22 am

Analysis: With Covid relief and stimulus checks in sight, Biden asks for faith in US democracy

Democrats muscled past unified Republican opposition, resolved their own last-minute identity crisis and are on the cusp of delivering a massive Covid relief bill that will put $1,400 checks in the pockets of millions of Americans, shore up unemployment for the millions still out of work and notch the first major legislative accomplishment of Joe Biden's presidency.

Posted on 7 March 2021 | 12:05 am

Find out which countries are welcoming US tourists back

Once one of the world's most powerful travel documents, the might of the United States passport has been diminished during the pandemic. With US Covid-19 cases near the 29 million mark, some nations continue to view American vacationers warily.

Posted on 6 March 2021 | 11:37 pm

How rape allegations among Australia's political elite reignited its #MeToo movement

When Australia's attorney general last week outed himself as the minister accused of raping a 16-year-old girl in 1988, his denial was emphatic.

Posted on 6 March 2021 | 9:23 pm

Democrats' key swing vote wasn't on board with the relief bill, making clear he wouldn't accept something he didn't like. Here's how his party won him back.

• Senate passes Biden's $1.9 trillion Covid relief plan after all-night votes • Biden's historic victory for America -- no thanks to GOP • Here's what's in the Senate stimulus plan

Posted on 6 March 2021 | 9:06 pm

Trump says he'll campaign against Murkowski in Alaska next year

Former President Donald Trump said Saturday he plans to campaign against GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski in Alaska next year when she's up for reelection, intensifying his pledges to oppose GOP lawmakers who have bucked him.

Posted on 6 March 2021 | 8:39 pm

Safe water -- it's what women want

Of the many indirect consequences of Covid-19, growing gender inequality is an area of grave concern where the world is falling grievously behind. While women labor at the frontlines, comprising 70% of the world's healthcare workers, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), they are also leaving the workforce at a much higher rate than men, and doing over three-quarters of all unpaid care work, including the care of children.

Posted on 6 March 2021 | 8:22 pm

Black mother pepper-sprayed in front of her toddler, police say

The Police Accountability Board in Rochester, New York, is calling for fundamental changes in the city's police department after police said a Black mother was pepper-sprayed during an arrest, which body camera footage showed took place in front of her 3-year-old child.

Posted on 6 March 2021 | 8:15 pm

China faces huge climate and tech challenges in its bid for global leadership

China's leaders are finalizing their political and economic agenda for the rest of 2021 and beyond. How the country achieves technological independence and tackles the climate crisis will be near the top.

Posted on 6 March 2021 | 7:28 pm

Trump wants top Republican fundraising organizations to stop using his likeness

Lawyers for former President Donald Trump sent out cease-and-desist letters Friday to the Republican National Committee, the National Republican Congressional Committee, and the National Republican Senatorial Committee for using his name and likeness on fundraising emails and merchandise, a Trump adviser tells CNN.

Posted on 6 March 2021 | 7:10 pm

Biden administration expected to form task force to deal with Microsoft hack linked to China

The Biden administration is expected to put together a task force to deal with major cyber intrusions that Microsoft said this week were linked to China, according to a US official.

Posted on 6 March 2021 | 7:04 pm

New body cam video shows man telling officers 'I can't breathe' before he died in 2017

Newly-released police body camera footage shows a California man telling Fresno police officers, county sheriff's deputies and paramedics that he can't breathe as they restrain him in the moments before he died in 2017.

Posted on 6 March 2021 | 5:53 pm

12-year-old arrested for four carjacking incidents

A 12-year-old boy was arrested Thursday evening after a series of attempted armed carjackings and one successful one in Washington, DC.

Posted on 6 March 2021 | 5:32 pm