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Here are 4 NFT startups transforming the way we buy art and sports memorabilia

Summary List PlacementYou should've known something was changing when Lil Miquela, with her eerily human face and literally infinite wardrobe, graced your Instagram feed. You really should've known something was up when Lil Miquela — a computer-generated influencer with more than 3 million Instagram followers — began selling non-fungible tokens. In 2020, the digital-only influencer made $82,361 from a digital-only piece of artwork. And that was just the beginning.  Non-fungible tokens, or NFTs, have had a huge spike in popularity due to recent high-profile sales, like 3LAU selling 33 NFTs for over $11.6 million and Grimes making $5.8 million from her digital collection. But many are insisting that NFTs aren't just a fad — it's technology that's going to change the world.  "This is a new...

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Authorities Thought She Died in a 2014 Home Invasion. Now Her Husband Has Been Charged With Murder.

Photos Cassia County Sheriff’s Office/FacebookWhen Whitney Murphy was found fatally shot in her Idaho home in 2014, authorities thought her death was the tragic result of a home invasion. Now, six years later, authorities are pointing the finger at her husband—whom they allege murdered the 26-year-old in a staged robbery just weeks after taking out a lucrative $650,000 life insurance policy in her name. Jimmy Lee Murphy, 32, was slapped with several charges last week, including first-degree murder, in connection with his wife’s October 2014 death, according to the Cassia County Sheriff”s Office. When authorities tried to arrest Murphy outside his mobile home about an hour outside of Twin Falls on Wednesday, he allegedly attempted to flee, forcing officers to tackle and subdue him with a s...

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FBI arrests 2, including Roger Stone bodyguard, in Capitol riot

In this Jan. 6, 2021, file photo, U.S. Capitol Police push back rioters trying to enter the U.S. Capitol in Washington. | APRoberto Minuta breached the Capitol grounds and “aggressively berated and taunted U.S. Capitol police officers” during the Jan. 6 insurrection, the FBI said in court papers. Also arrested was Isaac Steve Sturgeon, 32, of Dillon, Montana, NEW YORK — Two men wanted in the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol were arrested over the weekend, including one who reportedly served as a bodyguard to former President Donald Trump’s longtime political confidant Roger Stone, federal authorities said Monday. Roberto Minuta breached the Capitol grounds and “aggressively berated and taunted U.S. Capitol police officers” during the Jan. 6 insurrection, the FBI said in court papers. Minu...

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Apple will no longer produce the iMac Pro as the company reportedly works on innovative new tech, like foldable iPhones and virtual reality gear (AAPL)

Summary List PlacementApple will discontinue the iMac Pro after current supplies runs out.  The tech giant will stop making new iMac Pros after inventory runs out, Apple told CNN Business. The $4,999 model comes with a 10, 14, and 18 core processors, Turbo Boost speeds of up to 4.5GHz, and Retina 5K display. Apple released the iMac Pro, which it called the "fastest and most powerful Mac ever," in December 2017.  Apple's announcement comes when the tech behemoth zeros in on new innovation. The company is reportedly working on an autonomous electric car, a foldable phone, and smart glasses.  Jony Ive, Apple's visionary design guru credited with devising the iMac and iPhone, left the firm in 2019 to form an independent design company. Ive's exit, along with senior vice president of engine...

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HEALTH TECH’S ROLE IN THE NEW OFFICE NORMAL: How digital health firms are helping US employers facilitate return-to-work programs amid the coronavirus pandemic

Summary List PlacementThe coronavirus pandemic has thrown the US economy into a state of flux, forcing businesses into uncharted territory as they decide when and how to reopen. Before the pandemic, 39% of US office employees worked remotely—which nearly doubled to 77% during the pandemic, per a June PwC survey.  Now, company leaders across the US are strategizing how to resume operations and restore normalcy by bringing their employees back into the office. In order to reopen brick-and-mortar offices, warehouses, and stores, it'll be of paramount importance for employers to navigate how to do so safely and instate routines that curb the spread of the coronavirus. Otherwise, employers risk creating sites of new outbreaks and being forced to shut their doors yet again. The pandemic could...

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Florida reports 3,312 additional COVID-19 cases, 83 more deaths

The Florida Department of Health on Monday reported 3,312 new cases of the coronavirus and 83 additional deaths related to the virus. Of those deaths, 19 were recorded in Northeast Florida: 11 in Duval County (1,219 total deaths), six in Alachua County (242), one in Columbia County (162), one in Flagler County (94) and one in Bradford County (53). The state Department of Health has now reported a total of 1,948,307 COVID-19 cases and 32,349 coronavirus-related deaths since March 2020. Duval County has recorded 89,831 total cases, including 107 cases that were reported Monday. !function(e,i,n,s){var t="InfogramEmbeds",d=e.getElementsByTagName("script")[0];if(window[t]&&window[t].initialized)window[t].process&&window[t].process();else if(!e.getElementById(n)){var o=e.creat...

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$40M gender equality fund by Gates, Scott announce finalists

A gender equality philanthropic initiative spearheaded by Melinda Gates’ investment company, with support from MacKenzie Scott, has announced 10 project finalists for $40 million in funding slated to be awarded this summer. The Equality Can’t Wait Challenge, which is hosted by Gates’ Pivotal Ventures, said Monday, on International Women’s Day, that the finalists include women-led projects aiming to support victims of domestic violence, increase the influence of Black women in the South using advocacy and double the reporting capacity of The 19th, a news organization reporting on gender, politics and policy. The challenge was launched in June with the goal of expanding women’s power and influence in the United States by 2030. Gates, who committed $1 billion in 2019 toward advancing gender e

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VP Harris to make her UN debut with March 16 speech

By Michelle Nichols | Reuters NEW YORK – Kamala Harris is due to make her United Nations debut as U.S. vice president next week when she addresses an annual United Nations meeting on the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. Harris will speak at the virtual 65th Commission on the Status of Women on March 16, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield said on Monday, adding Washington would also join a U.N. “Group of Friends for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls.” “We all believe and understand that when women do better, countries do better,” Thomas-Greenfield said. “It is time we translate our noble commitments into concrete action.” She said the United States would take a leading role to combat sexual and gender-based violence aro...

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VP Harris to make her UN debut with March 16 speech

By Michelle Nichols | Reuters NEW YORK – Kamala Harris is due to make her United Nations debut as U.S. vice president next week when she addresses an annual United Nations meeting on the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. Harris will speak at the virtual 65th Commission on the Status of Women on March 16, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield said on Monday, adding Washington would also join a U.N. “Group of Friends for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls.” “We all believe and understand that when women do better, countries do better,” Thomas-Greenfield said. “It is time we translate our noble commitments into concrete action.” She said the United States would take a leading role to combat sexual and gender-based violence aro...

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Entertainment

‘Kapaemahu’: This Animated Short Oscar Contender Is a Transgender, Hawaiian Breakthrough

“Kapaemahu” would make history as the first Native Hawaiian animated short to be nominated for the Oscar. But it’s an important transgender breakthrough as well. The eight-minute 2D short tells the long-forgotten story about the four stones on Waikiki Beach placed as tribute to four legendary mahu (third gender individuals), who brought the healing arts from Tahiti to Hawaii in the 15th century. “Kapaemahu,” directed by Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, a Native Hawaiian teacher and mahu, along with Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson (“Kumu Hina,” the award-winning 2014 documentary about Wong-Kalu), couldn’t be timelier with this indigenous transgender tribute, bolstered by an exquisite hand-drawn aesthetic from animation director Daniel Sousa (the Oscar-nominated short “Feral”). The story demonstrates the h

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Barracks for UK asylum seekers slammed as ‘filthy and unfit for habitation’

Kent’s Napier Barracks was branded decrepit by inspectors (Picture: PA)Inspectors have branded the housing provided to asylum seekers in the UK ‘filthy’, as the Government was blasted for ‘fundamental failures’. Napier Barracks in Kent housed people at high risk of self-harm in a ‘decrepit’ so-called isolation block that was ‘unfit for habitation’, according to findings by the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration (ICIBI) and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) published on Monday. New pictures show what inspectors branded an ‘impoverished’ and ‘cramped’ facility – but on Monday evening, the Home Office repeated its assertion that ‘it is wrong to say it is not adequate for asylum seekers’. The department has faced repeated criticism over its use of the ‘u

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Dependents will be eligible for the 3rd stimulus check, including those left out of the first 2 rounds

Summary List PlacementA third round of stimulus checks could be on its way soon.  The American Relief Act, a massive coronavirus relief bill that includes funding for services and goods from food stamps to school funding, is making its way through Congress this week. Among other efforts to get money to Americans, the legislation will likely also include a third round of stimulus checks.  But this time, eligibility requirements are somewhat different than the first two rounds. Anyone who had an adjusted gross income of $75,000 or less on their most recent tax return (2019 or 2020) and has a Social Security number will be eligible for the full $1,400 stimulus checks if the bill passes in its current form. All dependents are included, too, including some who weren't eligible before.  ...

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COVID bill to deliver big health insurance savings for many

Several million people stand to save hundreds of dollars in health insurance costs, or more, under the Democratic coronavirus relief legislation on track to pass Congress. Winners include those covered by “Obamacare” or just now signing up, self-employed people who buy their own insurance and don't currently get federal help, laid-off workers struggling to retain employer coverage, and most anyone collecting unemployment. Also, potentially many more could benefit if about a dozen states accept a Medicaid deal in the legislation. Taken together, the components of the coronavirus bill represent the biggest expansion of federal help for health insurance since the Obama-era Affordable Care Act more than 10 years ago. “Obamacare” not only survived former President Donald Trump’s repeated attemp

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Americans are expected to spend their third stimulus checks on clothes, home improvement, and dining out — and it could boost stores like Kohl’s and Home Depot

Summary List PlacementRetailers and restaurants are poised to see a boost in Americans buying goods if President Joe Biden signs the $1.9 trillion stimulus package, as expected.  Apparel, home improvement, outdoor dining, and travel companies are set to benefit from Americans who receive the extra $1,400 in their bank accounts, analysts at Jefferies said in a Monday note.  After the last stimulus checks in January, retail sales that month saw an 8.9% bump, indicating consumers want to spend the extra dollars, Jefferies said. This time around, the checks, which in most cases are more than twice the amount of January's, could boost sales once again. Read more: Buy these 14 stocks set to go into overdrive as consumers' stimulus checks arrive in March, Cowen says Some retailers who didn't s...

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Families who have lost loved ones in semitruck crashes push for safety guard

Could deadly crashes involving semitrucks be prevented? A group of families who’ve lost loved ones hope a simple guard on the side of trucks could help lower the number of deaths in collisions between cars and tractor trailers. An underride crash is when a car goes under a semitruck trailer. It can happen from the front, side or back of the trailer, and the results are often deadly. Monday morning, family members joined together in a video call as part of a task force for the Stop Underrides Act, which would make protective guards under tractor trailers mandatory nationwide. “His name was Guy. He was 16-years-old, an all-star baseball player. He was my favorite person in the world,” said Roy Crawford, whose son was killed in an underride crash. “I lost my wife Leslie and my daughter Sophi

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