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Texas Republican first in US Congress to die from COVID-19

Washington: US Representative Ron Wright has died after testing positive for COVID-19 last month, his office said, making him the first member of the US Congress to die from the pandemic disease that has claimed nearly 464,000 American lives. Wright, a 67-year-old Texas Republican, had also been battling cancer. He …

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Feeling ‘so lucky’ to be alive after receiving new melanoma treatment

“It literally saved my life. To live and be this well with no treatment more than three years after diagnosis is incredible,” she said. “I feel so lucky. “I’m back at work full-time teaching. I’ve had no adverse effects. I’m super well and no one would know that I had …

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Expectant parents fired a cannon to celebrate their baby shower. It exploded and killed a guest

The homeowner had purchased the cannon at an auction and previously fired it on multiple occasions, MLive.com reported. Police described the device as similar to a “signal cannon,” which is often used as a novelty. The cannon should have set off a loud bang, a flash of light and a …

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Tesla electrifies bitcoin with $US1.5 billion bet, car payments pledge

“I think we will see an acceleration of companies looking to allocate to bitcoin now that Tesla has made the first move,” said Eric Turner, vice-president of market intelligence at cryptocurrency research and data firm Messari. “One of the largest companies in the world now owns bitcoin and by extension, …

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Paire slams Australian Open for ‘shameful’ quarantine treatment

Frenchman Benoit Paire has criticised Australian Open organisers for their “shameful” treatment of players during quarantine ahead of the grand slam event and said lack of training due to strict restrictions contributed to his first-round exit. World No. 29 Paire, who lost 2-6, 6-2, 6-7(5), 5-7 to Egor Gerasimov, was …

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Bad online experiences for children ‘invisible’ to parents during lockdown

Thirty per cent said they experienced unwanted online contact from a stranger, 15 per cent received threats or abuse, and 20 per cent received inappropriate material such as porn, disturbing content or violent imagery between March and September 2020. Loading Ms Inman Grant said it was the type of content …

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Wait up beaches, locals are using rules for radicals

Munro has been in Lennox for decades, runs a local business, dedicated to surf. And he knew that having the WSL at that time would cause chaos. There is zero infrastructure. Parking is already at a premium – and it’s surprising there aren’t more accidents. Mike “Spider” Heesom, a retired …

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Crackdown on platform tax avoidance to fund public interest reporting

New minimum standards also give media companies clarity around their engagement with platforms. They will be notified when algorithm changes directly affect news content and will get general information about how people interact with their content on Google and Facebook. Debate about the reform has been divisive. Media companies have …

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Morrison needs to step up in the Pacific

There are questions about whether Canberra contributed to the break-up. It certainly failed to manage the crisis. Has Scott Morrison’s policy of Pacific Step-Up stumbled into Pacific Stuff-Up? Australia’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Marise Payne, says she’s attempting to orchestrate a make-up after the event. “Unity,” she told reporters on Monday, …

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‘You could have Rolex being shouted out’: Sponsors could replace ‘out’ calls

“The capacity is unlimited. It can be bespoke, determined by the tournament. There’s even been some discussion about sponsors names, rather than the out call. That’s worth exploring as well. It’s quite interesting,” Figueiredo said. “You could have ‘Ralph Lauren’ being shouted out. That might wind a few people up …

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