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Has Provo Canyon 'tortured' patients for decades? Paris Hilton, Drew Barrymore and others expose reform school abuse

Paris Hilton's courage to come out and speak about her abuse in detail was lauded by many, who in return also felt safe enough to open about their trials in school

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Tokyo Extends Emergency; Australia Doses Blocked: Virus Update

(Bloomberg) -- Japan recommended extending its virus state of emergency by two weeks for the Tokyo region set to expire

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Florida governor faces growing claims of vaccine favoritism

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and state health officials are coming under deeper scrutiny amid revelations that seniors in a wealthy enclave in Key Largo received hundreds of life-saving vaccinations as early as mid-January

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Japan Recommends Extending Virus Emergency for Tokyo Region

(Bloomberg) -- The Japanese government recommended extending by two weeks its virus state of emergency for the Tokyo region set

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No. 4 Stanford women throttle USC 92-53 in Pac 12 quarters

Ashten Prechtel had 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead No. 4 Stanford to a 92-53 victory over Southern California in a Pac-12 quarterfinal

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Huawei CFO's argument in U.S. extradition case one for politicians, Canada prosecutor says

By Sarah Berman and Moira Warburton VANCOUVER (Reuters) - Canadian prosecutors told a court on Thursday that it was not

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Texas Power Grid CEO Fired After Blackouts Left Dozens Dead

(Bloomberg) -- Bill Magness, chief executive officer of the Texas power grid operator, will leave his post in the wake

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California Legislature OKs plan aimed at in-person learning

The California Legislature has approved a $6.6 billion plan aimed at returning students to the classroom

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Italy blocks quarter of a million Covid vaccines destined for Australia over European shortage

Italy has blocked the export of more than 250,000 coronavirus vaccine doses to Australia in the first invoking of EU rules designed to allow member states to stop shipments destined for other parts of the world. Italy’s foreign ministry confirmed it had blocked the export of the Oxford/Astrazeneca jab because of the scale of the order, arguing that they had made the decision due to “the continuing shortage of vaccines in the EU and in Italy and delays in the supply of vaccines by AstraZeneca to the EU and Italy”. A statement from the ministry added that Australia had been deemed a “non vulnerable” country, adding that the decision had been approved by the European Commission. The legislation that allowed the EU member state to block the delivery was introduced at the height of the row between the bloc and the UK over vaccine supplies - with Brussels hitting out at supplier AstraZeneca over its slow delivery on the continent compared to its quick contribution to the British jab rollout. The move by Italy comes amid a tough response to supply issues from the nation’s newly empowered prime minister Mario Draghi, the former head of the European Central Bank, who was appointed to lead the nation last month. While the EU had initially ordered 80 million doses of the jab to be disseminated across the continent in the first quarter, AstraZeneca is reported to be unlikely to meet half the figure. The EU has given a vaccine to around 8 per cent of its population, while in the UK the number to have received an initial jab stands at around 30 per cent. Australia meanwhile is still at the start of its vaccination drive. On Tuesday the nation’s federal health minister Greg Hunt said the government would roll out 300,000 doses by the end of next week. “Over the current 10-day period, we will make almost 300,000 doses available to the states and that will be the two distributions of Pfizer and one of AstraZeneca,” he said, adding that the country of 25 million had acquired 733,000 doses of the Pfizer and Astrazeneca jabs so far. It is unclear if the seized shipment, part of the 53.8 million units the country has requested, impacts the nation’s figures. The first 300,000 of the AstraZeneca jabs touched down in Australia in Late February, with plans for the country to produce the immunisation on its own shores by the end of the month. Read More Germany approves AstraZeneca vaccine for over-65s

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Mexico City launches Latin America's latest cable car line

Mexico City has launched the first of what it hopes will be several cable-car lines in the poorer outskirts of the city of 9 million

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Former NFL player Kellen Winslow II sentenced to 14 years in prison for rape and sexual assault

Former NFL player Kellen Winslow II was sentenced this week to 14 years in prison for rape and sexual assault, according to the San Diego County District Attorney's office.

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The Cap is out of the bag! Smart’s Hollywood A-Lister revealed

The cat is out of the bag! Or should we say, the ‘Cap’ is out and now everyone knows who the mystery man was on the first teaser ad that Smart showed in the last coupled of days in the @LiveSmart Twitter account. Hollywood A-Lister and “lead star of the highest-grossing film of all time” Chris Evans is the newest brand ambassador to join in the roster of big names that the telco has signed up. This venture is also the first for a Filipino telecommunications company to have a Hollywood A-Lister enlisted in their brand campaigns. Smart already scored major wins when they signed up K-pop boyband BTS and reel-to-real life K-drama couple superstars Hyun Bin and Son Ye-jin in the telco’s advertisements. In a two-minute video, The Avengers’ star is seen wearing a helmet and a black leather outfit, riding a motorcycle as he delivered a monologue about the concept of life and what people believes in. Chris shared in the video how our actions and “what we do affects the world around us.” For people unaware, Chris is a staunch supporter of different advocacies, one of which is the same-sex marriage in 2012, stating: “It’s insane that civil rights are being denied people in this day and age. It’s embarrassing, and it’s heartbreaking. It goes without saying that I’m completely in support of gay marriage. In ten years, we’ll be ashamed that this was an issue.” The “Captain America” actor is also open when it comes to his political views. In July 2020, Evans launched a civic engagement app and website called A Starting Point, featuring short videos from both Republican and Democratic members of Congress and other U.S. politicians sharing perspectives on policy issues. In the latest Smart ad campaign, Evans talks about life’s second chances and what we have to do about it. “Should we do good? Or should we do better?” he asked. The video goes on and Chris arrived in a seemingly secret tech headquarter where he continued his engaging and inspiring words. “Share more knowledge to build and not to destroy. Show the ways to heal and not to hurt. Let’s strive to live smarter, to make the world better. Because it doesn’t matter who, what, or where you are. We have the power to create a better world. Not just for ourselves, but for the good of all,” Chris goes on. The COVID-19 pandemic has made a big impact on a global scale and many industries, and even the environment, felt the radical changes that it brought upon us. “The world is now on reset and it’s giving us a second chance. We have it in our hands to do better. How do I know this? Simple, Smart ako. How about you? What are you prepared to do?” Chris continued as he mentioned Smart’s tagline before ending the speech. Chris is proud to be a partner of Smart in launching its biggest initiative “Live Smarter for a Better World” which aims to inspire people to do better for all Better is Coming. The ad campaign was reportedly shot in East Coast USA with a Hollywood crew but along the video, a montage of iconic Philippine culture, wildlife, and landscapes can be seen starting at 0:48 minute mark. You can watch the full video of the “Live Smarter for a Better World with Chris Evans” here.

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At least three Myanmar cops cross into India seeking refuge

Those entering India can be granted refugee status, but they will be deported if the government decides against it

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New Zealand Says Tsunami Threat Has Eased After Pacific Quake

(Bloomberg) -- New Zealand downgraded a tsunami warning Friday, allowing thousands who evacuated coastal areas in the north of its

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China dodged a recession last year. Now it needs to pick up the pace

China bucked the global recession in 2020, and in doing so narrowed the economic gap with the United States. Now its leaders are about to reveal how they plan to accelerate the pace of growth this year.

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Asia Stocks Drop as Treasury Yields Rise on Powell: Markets Wrap

(Bloomberg) -- Asian stocks followed U.S. peers lower after Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell refrained from pushing back against the

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Cuomo Accuser Says He Propositioned Her, Leaving her ‘Terrified’

(Bloomberg) -- Charlotte Bennett, who worked for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and has accused him of harassment, said he

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Agot Isidro reacts to local telco firm having Chris Evans as endorser

Singer-actress Agot Isidro has called out a local telecommunications company which recently introduced Hollywood star Chris Evans as its newest ambassador. “Hindi ko na naiintindihan, Smart. (women facepalming emoji),” Agot wrote on Twitter along with news of Chris Evans joining the family of wireless communications and digital services subsidiary of PLDT. “Nakakarami ba talaga ng subscribers ang mga endorsers na yan?” she asked. Recall that the “Captain America” star was unveiled as the face of Smart Communications’ “Live Smarter for a Better World” 2021 campaign. Viewers were in for a treat as Chris ended the two-minute commercial film declaring “Simple, Smart Ako!” Chris is joining some South Korean stars, who were also introduced for the past months as Smart’s ambassadors like actor Park Seo-joon, seven-member boy band BTS, and reel-turned-real couple Hyun Bin and Son Ye-jin.

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Dallas police officer charged with arranging two killings

Authorities say a Dallas police officer has been arrested on two counts of capital murder, more than a year and a half after a man told investigators that he kidnapped and killed two people at the officer’s instruction in 2017

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U.S. ITC criticizes Ford for pursuing SK Innovation battery deals

By David Shepardson and Heekyong Yang WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) on Thursday criticized Ford Motor

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Villanova loses Gillespie to season-ending knee injury

Villanova guard Collin Gillespie has a torn medial collateral ligament in his left knee and is expected to miss the rest of the season

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NCAA bubble trouble: Pandemic pushes mid-majors to margins

The wealthiest conferences hording valuable at-large bids to the NCAA men's basketball tournament has been a trend since the early 2010s

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Yes, you are getting lots of robocalls again

After a year of relief, robocalls are back up to pre-pandemic levels.

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Case to get petrol, diesel under GST

At a time when petrol and diesel prices are at an all-time high, and taxes have a bigger component in the retail price than the base price of the fuels, it is worth revisiting the debate on bringing petrol and diesel under the ambit of GST.

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U.S. Commerce head to use tool to limit tech exports to China firms to 'full effect'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said she will make full use of a powerful regulatory tool

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