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China’s economy expanded 8.1% in 2021, but growth is slowing

China’s economy expanded 8.1% in 2021, but growth is slowing

China’s economy expanded 8.1% last year, far exceeding the government’s own targets. But weakening growth in the closing months of 2021 suggest that trouble is still on the horizon as the country contends with a deepening real estate crisis, renewed Covid outbreaks and Beijing’s strict no-tolerance approach to controlling the virus. That figure is roughly…MORE

13-year-old boy dies after presumed fentanyl exposure at his Connecticut school, police say

13-year-old boy dies after presumed fentanyl exposure at his Connecticut school, police say

A 13-year-old boy who was found unconscious after a presumed fentanyl exposure at his Hartford, Connecticut, school last week has died, police said. The boy died Saturday at approximately 5:35 p.m. Two other male students who were also taken to a nearby hospital on Thursday were later released, police said in a news release. The…MORE

New documents show census officials concerned about political interference from Trump’s Commerce Department

New documents show census officials concerned about political interference from Trump’s Commerce Department

Newly released documents appear to show top career officials at the Census Bureau had drafted a memo of concerns during the Trump administration’s attempts to exert political pressure on the bureau during the 2020 population count. Other records show career officials alarmed by pressure from political appointees to alter processes for tallying undocumented immigrants and…MORE

Billionaires added $5 trillion to their fortunes during the pandemic
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Billionaires added $5 trillion to their fortunes during the pandemic

Billionaires added $5 trillion to their fortunes during the pandemic, according to Oxfam, exacerbating economic inequality as the pandemic pushed millions of people around the world into poverty. Using data compiled by Forbes, Oxfam says in a new report that the total wealth of billionaires jumped from $8.6 trillion in March 2020 to $13.8 trillion…MORE

Florida tornadoes destroy dozens of homes, leave 7,000 customers without power
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Florida tornadoes destroy dozens of homes, leave 7,000 customers without power

Two tornadoes struck southwest Florida Sunday morning, destroying at least 28 homes and damaging others in Lee County, while leaving about 7,000 houses there without power, officials said. At least 62 homes are currently “unlivable,” said Cecil Pendergrass, co-chairman of the county’s board of commissioners, at a news conference. The twister was an EF2 tornado…MORE

University of Michigan president fired for inappropriate relationship with university employee
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University of Michigan president fired for inappropriate relationship with university employee

The University of Michigan removed president Mark Schlissel from his position “effective immediately” following an anonymous complaint suggesting that he “may have been involved in an inappropriate relationship with a University employee,” the university said Saturday. “After an investigation, we learned that Dr. Schlissel, over a period of years, used his University email account to…MORE

A startup that rates the reliability of news sources says it’s making a profit
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A startup that rates the reliability of news sources says it’s making a profit

NewsGuard, a four-year-old startup that scans the web and rates the reliability of news sources, says its own business is reliable enough to turn a profit. The company more than doubled its revenue in 2021 versus the year before, thanks to licensing deals with advertisers and other firms that use its ratings. NewsGuard is now…MORE

Tuskegee Airman Brig. Gen. Charles McGee dies at 102
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Tuskegee Airman Brig. Gen. Charles McGee dies at 102

Brig. Gen. Charles McGee, one of the last surviving Tuskegee Airmen, died Sunday morning in his sleep, according to a family spokesman. He was 102. “McGee was a living legend known for his kind-hearted, and humble nature, who saw positivity at every turn,” the family said in the statement. “He spent the last half century…MORE

Dr. Oz’s Senate run is playing out as a ‘Fox primary’
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Dr. Oz’s Senate run is playing out as a ‘Fox primary’

Dr. Mehmet Oz has gone from one of the country’s most recognizable TV personalities to a polarizing Republican Senate candidate — and his primary campaign is exclusively targeted to Fox viewers. CNN research found that Oz has done 12 Fox interviews since announcing his candidacy for an open Senate seat in Pennsylvania in late November…MORE

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