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Here’s what you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On with Your Day. (You can also get “5 Things You Need to Know Today” delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.)1. CoronavirusPresident Biden is expected today to unveil a plan that will push for new vaccine mandates and testing programs as part of a revamped approach to ending the pandemic. The administration’s six-pronged plan will focus on vaccinating the unvaccinated, further protecting the vaccinated through booster shots, keeping schools open, increasing testing and requiring masks, economic recovery and improving care for those with Covid-19, a source told CNN. Meantime, data revealed that the risk of severe breakthrough Covid-19 cases is higher for older adults and for those with multiple underlying medical conditions. And as doctors feared, it is children who are getting hit hard by Covid-19 as school restarts. “This virus is really going for the people who are not vaccinated,” said Dr. Edith Bracho-Sanchez, associate professor of pediatrics at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. “And among those people are children who don’t qualify for the vaccine.” A record 2,396 children were hospitalized with Covid-19 as of Tuesday, according to official data.JUST WATCHEDDad threatened by anti-mask crowd says son has Covid-19ReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH
Dad threatened by anti-mask crowd says son has Covid-19 03:37Read More 2. Afghanistan Taliban fighters used whips and sticks against women protesting in Kabul following the announcement of a hard-line, male-only interim government, in the group’s latest crackdown on dissent. Videos and images show women chanting, “Long live the women of Afghanistan.” Some held placards declaring, “No government can deny the presence of women” and “I will sing freedom over and over.” Others held placards with the image of a pregnant police officer who was killed in Ghor province a few days ago. The Taliban told CNN they were not involved in her death but have launched an investigation. Meanwhile, China will provide almost $31 million worth of food, winter weather supplies, vaccines and medicine to Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. China also will donate an initial 3 million coronavirus vaccine doses to Afghanistan, state media reported.JUST WATCHEDResistance official: Afghans are answering the call for an uprising ReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH
Resistance official: Afghans are answering the call for an uprising 04:093. IdaNew Orleans has lifted the curfew imposed after Hurricane Ida as electricity has been restored to most of the city. Across Louisiana, however, more than 240,000 customers are still in the dark. To help with recovery efforts, the Carnival Glory cruise ship announced it has an agreement with New Orleans and FEMA to house hospital staff, first responders and other emergency workers. Additionally, Louisiana’s health department has revoked the licenses of seven nursing homes that sent residents to a warehouse to shelter — a situation the department said involved unsafe and unsanitary conditions. Seven of the residents died. And here’s a closer look at why Ida’s remnants were so deadly for the Northeast.JUST WATCHEDIda: 7 nursing home licenses suspendedReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH
Ida: 7 nursing home licenses suspended 03:124. ChinaA US destroyer sailed yesterday near the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, the US Navy’s 7th Fleet announced, days after China imposed new maritime identification rules that include the disputed waterway. The USS Benfold, an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, sailed within 12 miles of Mischief Reef, a part of the Spratly Islands where the Chinese have built military facilities. China has accused the US of “illegally” entering its waters. “The activity has seriously violated China’s sovereignty and security,” a statement read. The US 7th Fleet called the Chinese statement “false.” The 7th Fleet said it is the “latest in a long string of (People’s Republic of China) actions to misrepresent lawful US maritime operations and assert its excessive and illegitimate maritime claims.” Tensions over the South China Sea come as a report reveals a pro-Chinese government online influence operation is targeting Americans in an effort to exploit divisions over the Covid-19 pandemic and “physically mobilize protestors in the US in response.”JUST WATCHEDHarris hits back at China over South China Sea (August)ReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH
Harris hits back at China over South China Sea (August) 02:165. California recallCalifornia Gov. Gavin Newsom has been doing everything he can to persuade women to vote “no” on the Republican effort to oust him in Tuesday’s recall election, and Vice President Kamala Harris yesterday helped deliver that message. “You have to understand that this recall campaign is about California, and it’s about a whole lot more,” Harris said, trying to nationalize the race by voicing her outrage over the conservative agenda, particularly Texas’ new restrictive abortion law. Harris’ involvement comes as Republican candidate Larry Elder told reporters he believes “there might very well be shenanigans” in the recall election, continuing the baseless GOP effort to undermine elections by suggesting wrongdoing. Though a lot is different about this year’s recall in California, former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger described it as “exactly the same” as when he ran. And California’s homelessness crisis is a top-of-mind issue for many voters.JUST WATCHEDCA governor puts focus on unions ahead of recall voteReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH
CA governor puts focus on unions ahead of recall vote 02:31BREAKFAST BROWSE2021 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will be more like its old self It will return to a more traditional route, with the public lining the streets of Manhattan to watch.Russian politician faces near-identical opponents in electionA veteran politician has complained that two opponents in St. Petersburg have adopted his name and mimicked his appearance to confuse voters. The ‘world’s best’ cities for 2021? San Francisco has been crowned the “world’s best” city, according to Time Out.Jennifer Aniston unveils new hair care brand, LolaVieThe first product by the “Friends” star’s brand is a “glossing detangler.” El Salvador’s bitcoin experiment is a warning to other countriesEl Salvador’s “Bitcoin Day” did not go especially well.JUST WATCHEDEl Salvador divided over making bitcoin legal tenderReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH
El Salvador divided over making bitcoin legal tender 03:42HAPPENING LATERPro football is backThe NFL kicks off its 102nd season tonight, once again playing under the shadow of the Covid-19 pandemic. “Our challenge is right now — we are in a major surge,” said NFL Chief Medical Officer Allen Sills. “It is no secret … what the impact of the Delta variant is having.”JUST WATCHEDNFL asks fans to play a key role in preventing Covid-19 outbreaks at stadiumsReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH
NFL asks fans to play a key role in preventing Covid-19 outbreaks at stadiums 04:07TODAY’S NUMBER73The number of years since the founding of North Korea. To mark the anniversary, the notoriously reclusive country held a midnight military parade in Pyongyang, state media reported. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waved at the crowd, planes flew overhead firing flares and paratroopers dropped from aircraft in the night sky.JUST WATCHEDNorth Korean parade features ’emergency disease prevention unit’ReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH
North Korean parade features ’emergency disease prevention unit’ 02:29TODAY’S QUOTE”Cyber grave robbers did move very quickly after the collapse to grab what they could from deceased victims while families and friends were in absolute emotional turmoil.”Three people have been arrested in South Florida and accused of identity theft of victims of the Surfside condo collapse, according to Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle. There were seven victims in this case, five of them deceased, the prosecutor said. Photos: Deadly condo collapse near MiamiExcavators dig through the remains from the Champlain Towers South building on July 9.Hide Caption 1 of 58 Photos: Deadly condo collapse near MiamiWooden hearts with victims’ names have been put up at the memorial site near the building’s remains.Hide Caption 2 of 58 Photos: Deadly condo collapse near MiamiNuns from the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church pray at the memorial site on July 7.Hide Caption 3 of 58 Photos: Deadly condo collapse near MiamiA member of a search team moves rubble at the site on July 7. Authorities transitioned from search and rescue to search and recovery after determining “the viability of life in the rubble” was low, Miami-Dade County Fire Chief Alan Cominsky said.Hide Caption 4 of 58 Photos: Deadly condo collapse near MiamiWorkers gather for a moment of silence and prayer after it was announced that rescue efforts would transition to a recovery operation.Hide Caption 5 of 58 Photos: Deadly condo collapse near MiamiA member of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue hugs victims’ family members and friends at the memorial near the collapsed building.Hide Caption 6 of 58 Photos: Deadly condo collapse near MiamiCrews work at the site of the collapsed building on July 6.Hide Caption 7 of 58 Photos: Deadly condo collapse near MiamiMembers of a search-and-rescue team comb through the debris on July 5.Hide Caption 8 of 58 Photos: Deadly condo collapse near MiamiA memorial is seen near the spot where the building used to be. The rest of the building was demolished on July 4 so that authorities could continue to look for survivors safely, officials said.Hide Caption 9 of 58 Photos: Deadly condo collapse near MiamiA controlled explosion brings down the unstable remains of the building on July 4.Hide Caption 10 of 58 Photos: Deadly condo collapse near MiamiA woman cries as she watches the rest of Champlain Towers South be demolished.Hide Caption 11 of 58 Photos: Deadly condo collapse near MiamiPeople watch a cloud of dust form as the rest of the building is demolished.Hide Caption 12 of 58 Photos: Deadly condo collapse near MiamiKarol Casper places a flower on the memorial wall set up near the building.Hide Caption 13 of 58 Photos: Deadly condo collapse near MiamiPeople stop at a makeshift memorial near the site.Hide Caption 14 of 58 Photos: Deadly condo collapse near MiamiSearch-and-rescue personnel work at the site on July 2.Hide Caption 15 of 58 Photos: Deadly condo collapse near MiamiResidents of the Crestview Towers Condominium carry their belongings as they leave their building in North Miami Beach, Florida, on July 2. The building, about 6 miles from Surfside, was deemed to be structurally and electrically unsafe based on a delinquent recertification report for the almost 50-year-old building. The city said the move was out of an “abundance of caution,” as area authorities check high-rise condo buildings following the Surfside collapse.Hide Caption 16 of 58 Photos: Deadly condo collapse near MiamiPresident Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden visit a memorial near the partially collapsed building on July 1. Biden traveled to Surfside to console families still waiting on news of their loved ones. Those meetings were closed to the press.Hide Caption 17 of 58 Photos: Deadly condo collapse near MiamiA Coast Guard boat patrols the water ahead of Biden’s visit.Hide Caption 18 of 58 Photos: Deadly condo collapse near MiamiNBA basketball player Udonis Haslem, left, and Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava arrive to pay their respects at a memorial near the building on June 30.Hide Caption 19 of 58 Photos: Deadly condo collapse near MiamiSearch-and-rescue teams look through the rubble of Champlain Towers South on June 29.Hide Caption 20 of 58 Photos: Deadly condo collapse near MiamiPeople take part in a twilight vigil near the building on June 28.Hide Caption 21 of 58 Photos: Deadly condo collapse near MiamiMore than 3 million pounds of concrete have already been removed during the rescue operation, said Miami-Dade Fire Chief Alan Cominsky.Hide Caption 22 of 58 Photos: Deadly condo collapse near MiamiA woman puts flowers in a barricade as she pays her respects near the building.Hide Caption 23 of 58 Photos: Deadly condo collapse near MiamiPassersby look at photos of missing people.Hide Caption 24 of 58 Photos: Deadly condo collapse near MiamiWorkers search through the rubble on June 26.Hide Caption 25 of 58 Photos: Deadly condo collapse near MiamiEliagne Sanchez and K. Parker lay flowers on the beach near the partially collapsed building.Hide Caption 26 of 58 Photos: Deadly condo collapse near MiamiSmoke rises as rescuers continued to search for survivors on June 26.Hide Caption 27 of 58 Photos: Deadly condo collapse near MiamiPeople stand near the building on June 25.Hide Caption 28 of 58 Photos: Deadly condo collapse near MiamiMourners light candles on the beach near the building.Hide Caption 29 of 58 Photos: Deadly condo collapse near MiamiMembers of a search-and-rescue team work in the rubble.Hide Caption 30 of 58 Photos: Deadly condo collapse near MiamiPeople pray together on the beach near the collapsed building.Hide Caption 31 of 58 Photos: Deadly condo collapse near MiamiFirefighters battle a blaze at the collapse site.Hide Caption 32 of 58 Photos: Deadly condo collapse near MiamiPeople hug June 25 as they wait for news about their relatives at a community center in Surfside.Hide Caption 33 of 58 Photos: Deadly condo collapse near MiamiRescue personnel search through the building’s rubble on June 25.Hide Caption 34 of 58 Photos: Deadly condo collapse near MiamiToby Fried holds up a picture of her missing brother, Chaim Rosenberg, outside the Surfside Community Center on June 25.Hide Caption 35 of 58 Photos: Deadly condo collapse near MiamiRescue workers use a crane to inspect the damage.Hide Caption 36 of 58 Photos: Deadly condo collapse near MiamiAriana Hevia, center, stands with Sean Wilt near the partially collapsed building on June 25. Hevia’s mother, Cassandra Statton, lives in the building.Hide Caption 37 of 58 Photos: Deadly condo collapse near MiamiRescue workers arrive to the scene with dogs on June 25.Hide Caption 38 of 58 Photos: Deadly condo collapse near MiamiFaydah Bushnaq, center, is hugged by Maria Fernanda Martinez as they stand on the beach near the building. Bushnaq, who was vacationing in South Florida, stopped to write “pray for their souls” in the sand.Hide Caption 39 of 58 Photos: Deadly condo collapse near MiamiThe arm of an earth mover is seen during the search operations.Hide Caption 40 of 58 Photos: Deadly condo collapse near MiamiRescue personnel work at the site on June 24.Hide Caption 41 of 58 Photos: Deadly condo collapse near MiamiYube Pettingill talks to the media. Two of her family members were still missing.Hide Caption 42 of 58 Photos: Deadly condo collapse near MiamiThis photo was tweeted by Miami-Dade Fire Rescue after the building collapsed.Hide Caption 43 of 58 Photos: Deadly condo collapse near MiamiDisplaced residents are taken to a nearby hotel in Surfside.Hide Caption 44 of 58 Photos: Deadly condo collapse near MiamiThe partial collapse left huge piles of rubble and materials dangling from what remained of the structure.Hide Caption 45 of 58 Photos: Deadly condo collapse near MiamiFlorida Gov. Ron DeSantis, at center in the red tie, arrives to speak to the media on June 24. “We still have hope to be able to identify additional survivors,” DeSantis told reporters near the scene. “The state of Florida, we’re offering any assistance that we can.”Hide Caption 46 of 58 Photos: Deadly condo collapse near MiamiDebris dangles from the building on June 24.Hide Caption 47 of 58 Photos: Deadly condo collapse near MiamiPeople hug at a family reunification center where evacuees were staying in Surfside.Hide Caption 48 of 58 Photos: Deadly condo collapse near MiamiThe cause of the collapse wasn’t immediately known.Hide Caption 49 of 58 Photos: Deadly condo collapse near MiamiJennifer Carr sits with her daughter as they and other evacuees wait for news at the family reunification center in Surfside.Hide Caption 50 of 58 Photos: Deadly condo collapse near MiamiRescue personnel search through the rubble with dogs.Hide Caption 51 of 58 Photos: Deadly condo collapse near MiamiPolice stand guard on the day the building collapsed.Hide Caption 52 of 58 Photos: Deadly condo collapse near MiamiPeople on the beach look at the building after the partial collapse.Hide Caption 53 of 58 Photos: Deadly condo collapse near MiamiThe building was constructed in 1981, according to online Miami-Dade property records.Hide Caption 54 of 58 Photos: Deadly condo collapse near MiamiPeople lie on cots at the family reunification center in Surfside.Hide Caption 55 of 58 Photos: Deadly condo collapse near MiamiThe beachfront community is a few miles north of Miami Beach.Hide Caption 56 of 58 Photos: Deadly condo collapse near MiamiMore than 80 rescue units responded to the scene, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue said.Hide Caption 57 of 58 Photos: Deadly condo collapse near MiamiRescue personnel work at the site of the partial collapse.Hide Caption 58 of 58TODAY’S WEATHERJUST WATCHEDSoutheast getting drenched by Tropical Depression MindyReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH
Southeast getting drenched by Tropical Depression Mindy 01:30Check your local forecast here>>>AND FINALLYRonaldo is back training with Manchester UnitedAfter a shock return to his old club, one of the world’s greatest soccer players gets back on the field in a surprisingly sunny Carrington. (Who needs Turin?!) (Click here to view.)
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