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Pandemic tensions deepen in Florida as DeSantis digs in over battle with critics

The Omicron wave appears to have crested in Florida, but you wouldn’t know it from the acrimonious battles Florida politicians have been fighting over the pandemic. Gov. Ron DeSantis this week lashed out at Washington, and Democratic lawmakers protested the confirmation of Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo, who has expressed skepticism over vaccines and masks. Few states have received as much scrutiny throughout the pandemic as Florida, where DeSantis has rejected many of the safety… Source link

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Google bumps up vacation days and parental leaves

The logo for Google is seen at their office in Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S., November 17, 2021. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Jan 27 (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google on Thursday increased the amount of time employees around the world can take off for vacation or caring for newborns and seriously ill loved ones. Google has long been known as a global trailblazer in workplace benefits. But unlike many companies… Source link

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Tesla is disappointing investors because it doesn’t have a $25,000 car: analyst

Tesla could be leaving a lot of money on the table over the next decade if it can’t get a $25,000 electric vehicle to market. “Expanding into lower price volume segments will be critical to support the company’s growth outlook as we move into the middle part of the decade,” said Guggenheim analyst Ali Faghri in a research note Thursday.  On Wednesday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk shot down the potential for a $25,000 car this year as it focuses resources on the rollout of full-self driving… Source link

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A few things are going Biden’s way

It’s a low point of Joe Biden’s presidency, with inflation, a COVID resurgence and Democratic flailing in Congress dragging his approval rating down to a measly 41%. Conventional wisdom holds that Biden’s weak standing will cost Democrats control of the House and maybe the Senate in the November midterm elections. It’s not all bad news, however. Full-year GDP growth for 2021 came in at 5.7%, following a drop of 3.4% in 2020. That allows Biden to say he reversed the damage from… Source link

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Vaccine mandate for minor-league baseball players scrapped

Major League Baseball will not require minor-league players to be vaccinated in the upcoming season, a reversal from plans originally reported by Yahoo Sports in October. Since then, vaccine mandates have come under legal fire across the country. Earlier this month, the Supreme Court blocked a rule introduced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that would have required large companies to mandate vaccines or weekly testing for workers. In response, OSHA withdrew the… Source link

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2022 NBA All-Star starters picks: LeBron James leads again

Will LeBron James be named an NBA All-Star Game captain for the fifth straight season? The latest round of voting results had James and Kevin Durant as the leading vote-getters in the Western and Eastern Conferences, respectively. James has been a captain every season since the format changed. Durant served as a captain last season, but did not play in the game because of a hamstring strain. Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes reported Tuesday night on TNT Durant would miss his second straight… Source link

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Robinhood reports earnings today — here’s what to expect

Robinhood Markets (HOOD) is scheduled to report its fourth-quarter earnings on Thursday after the closing bell, as shares of the commission-fee trading platform have been trading at all-time lows. Here are consensus estimates expected by Wall Street analysts, according to Bloomberg data.  Adjusted earnings (loss) per share: -.42 cents compared to -$2.06 reported in Q3 Revenue: $370.92 million compared to $364.92 million in Q3 The trading platform is expected to give an update on its new crypto… Source link

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Would Aaron Rodgers follow Nathaniel Hackett to Denver?

Perhaps the most important task for new Denver Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett is finding a quarterback for a team that has struggled at the position since Peyton Manning retired after the 2015 season’s Super Bowl. Does Hackett know any good ones? Like maybe a veteran coming off a likely MVP season who has left open the possibility of starting anew and avoiding a potential rebuild with his salary cap-addled current team? Hackett, of course, is coming from the Green Bay Packers, where he… Source link

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Bitcoin, crypto reverse post Fed gains

Cryptocurrencies lost momentum on Thursday, tumbling sharply after the outcome of the Federal Reserve’s Wednesday Open Markets Committee meeting gave digital coins a fleeting boost. After briefly appearing to decouple from risk-sensitive stocks, Bitcoin (BTC-USD), Ethereum (ETH-USD) and its crypto cohorts ended Wednesday’s whipsaw session in the red, along with Wall Street. The reversal signaled the correlation with equities was not likely to end anytime soon, especially with the Fed poised… Source link

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Will the Rams be the road team at home?

The Los Angeles Rams’ efforts to prevent their home stadium from becoming hostile territory on Sunday may have an unintended consequence. It appears the Rams’ defensive maneuver has only made 49ers fans more motivated to snatch up tickets to Sunday’s NFC championship game. Lifelong 49ers fan Shane Stern didn’t want the Rams to get away with restricting ticket sales to buyers with credit cards registered in the Los Angeles area. Last Sunday morning, Stern posted on Twitter that he would… Source link

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