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A mom just reunited with her 10-year-old daughter in Texas after six years apart. But their journey is far from over. Here’s what else you need to know to Start Your Week Smart. 

By Faith Karimi

Dr. Mayank Amin draws the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine at a clinic in Collegeville, Pennsylvania. Photo by Hannah Beier/Reuters

the weekend that was Four million doses of the coronavirus vaccine were administered in 24 hours, a record for the US.  Some Democratic-led states are expanding voting rights amid a GOP push to restrict access.  Major US cities saw a 33% rise in homicides last year as the pandemic swept across the country. Jordan’s former crown prince says he’s been placed in isolation and his communication cut off.  A Supreme Court ruling could make it easier for Americans to get more robocalls, group says. the week ahead

The trial of Derek Chauvin enters week two on Monday. Last week, jurors heard from several people who witnessed George Floyd’s arrest in May last year. Some cried while describing their attempts to intervene on his behalf and the guilt they carry months later. Floyd died in police custody after Chauvin pressed his knee against his neck for over 9 minutes.


New Yorkers ages 16 and older will become eligible for the coronavirus vaccine Tuesday. The expanded eligibility to all adults comes a month before President Joe Biden’s May 1 deadline and a day after the state lifts curfews on entertainment venues.

The IRS is sending stimulus payments to low-income Social Security recipients, and expects most of the money to be received electronically Wednesday. While most eligible people have received the stimulus payments from the latest relief bill, Social Security recipients who don’t have a 2019 or 2020 tax return on file are still waiting.

With the year we’re having, every day should be National Beer Day. But the date of the official beer celebration is April 7. Crack a few of your favorite brews Wednesday and raise a toast to President Franklin Roosevelt, who signed the legislation into law in 1933. 

NASA’s tiny helicopter, Ingenuity, is postponing its historic first flight on Mars by a few days. Originally scheduled for Thursday, the little craft will now take flight no earlier than Sunday, NASA announced. Ingenuity flew to Mars tucked into the belly of the Perseverance rover. When it takes flight, it’ll be the first powered, controlled flight on another planet. 

tonight's big event

No red carpet, no problemThe annual Screen Actors Guild Awards show airs at 9 p.m. ET on TNT and TBS. Instead of a live event, this year’s show will only last an hour and will feature a special pre-taped inside stars’ homes. 

just watch

Idris Elba’s an urban cowboy  Idris Elba and Caleb McLaughlin star in a new Netflix movie, “Concrete Cowboy.” The coming-of-age story is about a rebellious teen who’s sent to live with his estranged dad and finds kinship among Black cowboys in Philly.

just cheer

Clash of the champsThe NCAA women’s tournament comes to an end with the national championship game today in San Antonio. It’s an all Pac-12 battle as No. 1 Stanford and No. 3 Arizona face off at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN.

total recall

Quiz time! The massive container ship left stranded and blocking the Suez Canal was finally floated and cleared from the waterway. What’s the now-infamous ship’s name?


A. Ever GivenB. MegamoverC. Sea KingD. Scott


Play “Total Recall,” CNN’s weekly news quiz, to see if you’re correct!

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Flashback SundayIn honor of National Siblings Day this week, an ode to the special bond shared by brothers and sisters. (Click here to listen.)

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