Coronavirus Update: 😷 Total confirmed U.S. cases as of 7:30 p.m. ET on Monday: 39,026,744 — Total deaths: 638,604
Yet another variant of Covid was detected in South Africa on Monday. They are calling it the C.1.2. lineage but scientists say that it has been detected at a low rate.
A new study shows that the Moderna vaccine produces twice as many antibodies as the Pfizer vaccine.
A chiropractor in Florida is suddenly popular for issuing medical exemption forms for students not to have to wear masks in schools.
The Education Department has launched an investigation into states that ban the use of masks in schools. This could risk school funding to states found to not be protecting students with disabilities or other vulnerabilities.
*Stock data as of market close, cryptocurrency data as of 5:00am ET.
Markets: Monday saw a mixed bag on Wall Street as investors watch the Chinese government continue its regulatory business crackdowns. Big tech lifted the Nasdaq to new highs. All eyes on Bitcoin as it tests critical levels.
The last plane of U.S. troops left Afghanistan just one minute before the deadline set by President Joe Biden, marking the end of a 20-year conflict.
A large C-17 carrier was wheels up with the last American troops on Monday but there are approximately 100-200 Americans left in the country and thousands of Afghanistans who were considered allies to the U.S. who were not evacuated. The Wall Street Journal says that there could be as many as 60,000 allies still there, now at risk of retribution from the Taliban regime.
The Taliban has said it will not retaliate against anyone who allied with the U.S. or any other Western forces. Now we’ll see if they meant it.
The FAA says that the airport in Kabul does not have air traffic control services and that U.S. planes must not land there.
Amazon will now let you put items on layaway and pay for them in increments over time. They are calling this “flexible payment.”
Any item that is over $50 can be purchased this way. Buyers can choose to split the payments but they must be approved to use this option, meaning some kind of credit approval will first be necessary. They will be given options for how much to pay over time and they will be shown how much it costs to pay over time for an item. Presumably, this means that there might be some interest or fee added in order to pay this way because the press release says that customers will be “shown the total cost of their purchase upfront and will never pay more than what they agree to at checkout.”
Amazon has partnered with financial company Affirm to roll this out. Affirm will handle the payment part and Amazon will handle the shopping part.
Side note: Shares of Affirm skyrocketed over 40% yesterday on this news.
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China has done what all parents want to do and put a limit on the time that young people can spend on online games. Sorry kids, the government says so! Now go play outside!
The new rules mandate that anyone under 18 years old can only play online games for one hour on Fridays, weekends and holidays and only between 8 and 9 p.m. Previously, the rule allowed minors to play for three hours on holidays and 90 minutes on other days.
Technology and gaming companies will be banned from providing gaming services to minors and must put enforcement systems in place.
News By The Numbers
68%. That is the percentage of the menu that will now be vegan at universities in Berlin. The school is making changes to its menus, significantly cutting back on meat, because students demanded menus that were more climate-friendly. The menu will be 68% vegan, 28% vegetarian and 2% fish-based with just one meat option offered only four days per week.
3.5 million. That is how many people are at risk of eviction in the U.S. after a high court blocked the Biden administration from enforcing a temporary ban on evictions.
10 hectares. That is how much land in Southern France that Chanel has purchased to make sure that they can continue to harvest jasmine flowers for its signature Chanel No. 5 perfume.
Ireland is under attack from spiders the size of your fist that scientists call “sexually aggressive.” No thanks!
An ecologist calls the spiders “imposing” and said that they frighten people because they can move quickly and in a manner that is “rather alien.” The spiders have been coming into people’s houses looking for mates to breed with but experts say that they are not dangerous to humans so we should not be afraid. Unless they breed with a rodent and then we have sexually aggressive spider/rat home invaders!! (No science in the last part. Just a nightmare our imaginations came up with.)
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We'll be analyzing the exit of the last American soldiers from Afghanistan as the U.S. starts a new chapter in this war.
750,000 Americans are facing homelessness in a new study of the eviction nightmare.
Some families are eligible for additional $1,400 stimulus checks. We'll tell you how to apply.