Requiring masks in K-12 schools cut Covid-19 infections, study shows
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Requiring masks in K-12 schools cut Covid-19 infections, study shows

As states roll back masking requirements for students, a new study shows that masks helped cut Covid-19 infections in public K-12 schools that required them in the fall. The study comes from a partnership between the US Centers for Disease Control and the Arkansas Department of Health. Investigators looked at Covid-19 infections in Arkansas schools…

The West closes in on Russia’s last lifeline
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The West closes in on Russia’s last lifeline

The United States and Europe have pummeled Russia with unprecedented sanctions over the past several weeks as Vladimir Putin’s army bears down on Ukraine. But the West has largely left Russia’s largest export untouched: energy. Until now. European Union officials on Tuesday said the bloc would slash imports of Russian natural gas by two thirds…

READ: Biden’s executive order banning Russian energy imports into the US

READ: Biden’s executive order banning Russian energy imports into the US

President Joe Biden on Tuesday announced a ban on Russian oil, natural gas and coal imports in response to the country’s invasion of Ukraine. Read his executive order: March 8, 2022 EXECUTIVE ORDER – – – – – – – PROHIBITING CERTAIN IMPORTS AND NEW INVESTMENTS WITH RESPECT TO CONTINUED RUSSIAN FEDERATION EFFORTS TO UNDERMINE…

Aaron Rodgers agrees to stay with Green Bay Packers, Pat McAfee says
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Aaron Rodgers agrees to stay with Green Bay Packers, Pat McAfee says

National Football League quarterback Aaron Rodgers has reportedly agreed to remain with the Green Bay Packers. Pat McAfee, host of “The Pat McAfee Show,” a show in which Rodgers regularly appears as a guest, said Tuesday that the star quarterback would continue to play for the team. McAfee said Rodgers told him, “Why don’t you…

Kohl’s says it’s no longer a department store
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Kohl’s says it’s no longer a department store

Kohl’s is under intense pressure from Wall Street raiders and up against stiff competition from Amazon, Target and others. Now it’s hoping that overhauling its brand image can beat back those threats. Kohl’s announced plans Monday to add Sephora mini-shops to roughly 75% of its 1,100 US stores, open 100 new locations at half the…

Blinken says Russia continues to be engaged in efforts to salvage Iran nuclear deal
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Blinken says Russia continues to be engaged in efforts to salvage Iran nuclear deal

Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday said that Moscow remains engaged in the effort to salvage the Iran nuclear deal, despite a recent demand by the Russian foreign minister for written guarantees that sanctions imposed for its invasion of Ukraine will not its impact future dealings with Tehran. “With regard to the JCPOA, the…

McDonald’s is shutting down its Russian restaurants
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McDonald’s is shutting down its Russian restaurants

McDonald’s is temporarily closing its locations in Russia. “McDonald’s has decided to temporarily close all our restaurants in Russia and pause all operations in the market,” CEO Chris Kempczinski said in a statement Tuesday. There were 847 locations of McDonald’s in Russia at the close of last year, according to an investor document. Globally, most…

Brittney Griner: Why so many WNBA stars play basketball overseas
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Brittney Griner: Why so many WNBA stars play basketball overseas

For many years, WNBA players have regularly gone overseas during the WNBA’s off-season to make the most of the higher salaries they can earn in international leagues. Phoenix Mercury star Brittney Griner — who was detained last month at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport after being found with hash oil — has been doing so since the…

Florida legislature passes bill prohibiting some classroom instruction about sexual orientation and gender identity
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Florida legislature passes bill prohibiting some classroom instruction about sexual orientation and gender identity

Lawmakers in Florida gave final approval Tuesday to a bill that would ban certain instruction about sexual orientation and gender identity in the classroom, sending the controversial bill to the desk of Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has signaled his support for the measure. Florida’s GOP-controlled Senate passed HB 1557, titled the Parental Rights in…