As pandemic spread pain and panic, congressman chased profit

In the early days of the pandemic, New Jersey Rep. Tom Malinowski scolded those looking to capitalize on the health crisis, saying it was “not the time for anybody to be profiting” from selling goods to combat the pandemic. The two-term Democrat did not heed his own admonition. Since early 2020, Malinowski has bought or sold as much as $1 million of stock in medical and tech companies that had a stake in the virus response, records show. The trades were just one slice of as much as $3.2 million in trades he did not properly disclose. The issue of congressional stock trading took on a new urgency last year when at least three senators were the subject of inquiries

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Meghan Markle latest – Prince Harry reveals personal pain as Apple TV mental health documentary with Oprah is released

RINCE HARRY AND MEGHAN’S $14.7M MONTECITO HOME UNDER THREAT OF ‘SEVERE WILDFIRES’ WITH NEIGHBORS ‘WORRIED SICK’ PRINCE Harry and Meghan’s $14.7million home is at risk of “severe wildfires” with neighbors “worried sick” after one of the one of the driest rainfall years in the last decade, The Sun can exclusively reveal. The royal couple, who relocated from Britain to sunny California last year, bought a stunning home in a celebrity enclave in Montecito, where they live with their two-year-old son, Archie. With Meghan heavily pregnant, they may end up evacuating with their newborn daughter, their toddler son and beloved pets, after officials delivered a stark warning this month. Christina Favuzzi, Montecito Fire Public Information Officer, exclusively told The Sun homeowners such

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‘Like hell:’ As Olympics loom, Japan health care in turmoil

As she struggled to breathe, Shizue Akita had to wait more than six hours while paramedics searched for a hospital in Osaka that would treat her worsening COVID-19. When she finally got to one that wasn’t overwhelmed with other patients, doctors diagnosed severe pneumonia and organ failure and sedated her. Akita, 87, was dead two weeks later. “Osaka’s medical systems have collapsed,” said her son, Kazuyuki Akita. He has watched from his home north of Tokyo as three other family members in Osaka have dealt with the virus, and with inadequate health care. “It’s like hell.” Hospitals in Osaka, Japan’s third-biggest city and only 2 1/2 hours by bullet train from Summer Olympics host Tokyo, are overflowing with coronavirus patients.

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As pandemic spread pain and panic, congressman chased profit

In the early days of the pandemic, New Jersey Rep. Tom Malinowski scolded those looking to capitalize on the once-in-a-century health crisis. “This is not the time for anybody to be profiting off of selling ventilators, vaccines, drugs, treatments, PPE, anywhere in the world,” the two-term Democrat and former assistant secretary of state told MSNBC in April 2020. He did not heed his own admonition. Since early 2020, Malinowski has bought or sold as much as $1 million of stock in medical and tech companies that had a stake in the virus response, according to an analysis of records by The Associated Press. The trades were just one slice of a stock buying and selling spree by the congressman in

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New detector finds gamma rays from surprising cosmic sources

Astrophysicist Cao Zhen opens a steel hatch on a windswept Tibetan Plateau and climbs down a ladder into inky darkness. His flashlight picks out a boat floating on a pool of purified water above thousands of glittering orbs the size of beachballs. He’s inside a $175 million observatory that has already discovered something tantalizing astronomers even before the observatory is technically complete: bursts of gamma rays from outer space that may someday help explain how matter is created and distributed across the universe. The Large High Altitude Air Shower Observatory, the biggest device of its kind, has detected a dozen sources of ultra high-energy gamma rays, according to a study in the journal Nature, from what Cao calls “many hot

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Apple brings CEO Tim Cook to court in defense of app store

Apple CEO Tim Cook will take the witness stand Friday to defend the company’s iPhone app store against charges that it has grown into an illegal monopoly — one far more profitable than his predecessor Steve Jobs envisioned when it opened up 13 years ago. The technology company is counting on Cook’s appearance to put the finishing touches on Apple’s defense against an antitrust case brought by Epic Games maker of the popular video game Fortnite. Epic is trying to topple the so-called “walled garden” for iPhone and iPad apps that welcomes users and developers while keeping competition out. Created by Jobs a year after the iPhone’s 2007 debut, the App Store has become a key revenue source for Apple,

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Artist publishes 100 drawings from Peru’s COVID-19 pandemic

With a pencil and a notebook, artist Edilberto Jiménez walks the streets of Lima and cities in the Andes mountains collecting stories and images about the coronavirus health crisis that has devastated Peru. Later, in his workshop, he completes the scenes while reading newspapers or watching television news about the pandemic that has killed tens of thousands of people in his South American homeland. “It’s like a war with an invisible enemy,” Jiménez says of COVID-19. “Each drawing tells a story that had an impact on me,” says the artist, who drew 750 sketches and selected 100 of them for a book called “New Coronavirus and Good Government.” His title plays off that of another book — “New Chronicle and

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Prince Harry was ‘afraid’ that returning for Prince Philip’s funeral would ‘trigger’ his trauma

The Duke of Sussex has revealed that he was “afraid” to return to the UK for the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral last month because he worried it would “trigger” his past trauma. In a promotional video for a new Apple TV series on mental health[1], the Duke was asked by a reporter about the difficulty of going back to London for his grandfather’s funeral. One part of The Me You Can’t See, released on Friday, focuses on the trauma caused by the death of his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales[2], and the subsequent public spotlight on the young Duke.  Prince Harry, 36, described how returning to London on previous occasions had been emotionally challenging but that this time his therapy had helped him to

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Jill Biden tells ‘dreamers’ she feels inspired by them

First lady Jill Biden on Thursday told young immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children that she feels “inspired” by them because they didn’t just receive a college education, they “fought for it.” “Your journey from this day forward will be both heartbreaking and hopeful, bruised and beautiful. But you already know that the inner strength that got you here will serve you well,” the first lady said during a virtual commencement ceremony. Jill Biden, an English and writing teacher at Northern Virginia Community College delivered the keynote speech at a ceremony organized by TheDream.US, a scholarship providing organization for young immigrants often described as “dreamers.” Her speech took place nearly a week after president Joe Biden

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