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4/9/21
TechNews for the week: April 9; April 7; April 5;

War, Politics and Reports (Also, see Finance and Economics)
Nearly 20 arrested in alleged plot against Jordan's King Abdullah II; Jordan accuses former crown prince and high-ranking officials of 'promoting sedition,' with foreign backing;
What to know about Jordan, the U.S. ally that faced an alleged coup attempt; Jordan Arrests High-Profile Figures, and Ex-Crown Prince Cries Foul;
Rift in Jordan's Royal Leadership Is Soothed, Palace Says; Divided Kingdom: Jordan Shaken by Split Between King and Ex-Crown Prince;
U.S. and Iran set to begin indirect talks on reviving nuclear deal in Vienna; Iranian vessel was struck by explosion in Red Sea as nuclear talks began, Iran says;
Iranian ship attacked in the Red Sea; Iran frees South Korean ship as more nuclear talks planned in Vienna;
Israel's Netanyahu appears in court on corruption charges as his party vies for a chance to stay in power;
Israeli president picks Netanyahu to try to form government; Israel's election: Ideological foes weigh pact to oust Netanyahu;
Israeli strikes near capital Damascus wound 4 troops; Ex-Walla CEO: We nicknamed Netanyahu Kim Jong Un;
Russia's military buildup near the border of Ukraine is now the largest it's been since 2014; EU pledges 'unwavering' support for Ukraine amid Russian troop build-up;
China builds advanced weapons systems using American chip technology;
Maoist Insurgents Kill 23 Indian Forces in Ambush;
Biden Backs Taiwan, but Some Call for a Clearer Warning to China;
In Bid to Boost Its Profile, ISIS Turns to Africa's Militants;
Military Closes Failing Facility at Guantánamo Bay to Consolidate Prisoners;
Prince Philip, royal consort to Queen Elizabeth II, dies at 99;
Biden to nominate gun-control advocate to head Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives;
Biden calls gun violence in the U.S. an 'epidemic' and 'embarrassment' as he announces executive orders to tighten restrictions;
Biden seeks huge funding increases for education, health care and environmental protection in first budget request to Congress;
Biden administration spending $60 million per week to shelter unaccompanied minors;
Biden embraces a bold agenda, leaving behind the 'third way' of centrist politics;
Biden unveils commission to study possible expansion of Supreme Court;
Manchin says there is 'no circumstance' where he would vote to get rid of or 'weaken' the filibuster in blow to Biden agenda;
Asian American Students Fear For Elders After Large Number Of Racist Attacks; Woman verbally attacks several Asians - and one turns out to be an undercover cop;
Arkansas legislators pass ban on transgender medical treatments for youths, overriding governor's veto;
Inside a stealth 'persuasion machine' promising Republican victories in 2022; Time back home with voters only emboldens Republicans to oppose Biden's agenda;
Republicans ramp up attacks on corporations over Georgia voting law, threaten 'consequences';
The Georgia Voting Fight; What Georgia's Voting Law Really Does; Her Ballot Didn't Count. She Faces 5 Years in Prison for Casting It;
Video shows Texas GOP official seeking 'army' of volunteers to monitor polls in mostly Black and Hispanic Houston precincts;
McConnell says companies should stay out of politics — unless they're donating money; Yet Again, Mitch McConnell Digs In Against Campaign Law Changes;
Georgia's GOP lieutenant governor says Rudy Giuliani's false voter fraud claims triggered voting restrictions;
Alabama secretary of state admits affair, denies calling Black people 'the coloreds,' drops Senate bid;
Why Kentucky Just Became the Only Red State to Expand Voting Rights;
California's Governor Was Tested by the Pandemic. Now a Recall Looms;
Kansas' senate majority leader called a police officer 'donut boy' after arrest following a wrong-way highway chase;
When police kill people, they are rarely prosecuted and hard to convict;
Trump news and investigation
NYT: Trump Campaign Used Scam Tactics To Sap Money From Supporters;
GOP House fundraisers accuse people who uncheck their recurring donation box of being Trump 'DEFECTORS' and prey to 'the Radical Left';
'The 45th': Why Trump is abandoning his iconic brand for a number;
Trump-era grievances could get second life at Supreme Court; Justices dismiss suit over Trump's blocking of critics on Twitter;
Why tearing down Fauci is essential to the MAGA myth; A QAnon revelation suggests the truth of Q's identity was right there all along;
Trump Organization adds veteran criminal defense attorney;
Manhattan district attorney seizes evidence from Trump executive’s former daughter-in-law;
Capital Riot and fallout
In key showdown, U.S. judge tests prosecutors' claims that Proud Boys leaders planned Jan. 6 Capitol breach;
Ex-officer texted 'We stormed the Capitol' during Jan. 6 riot, feds say, and tipsters turned him in;
After its members were charged in the Capitol riot, one group says it is more popular than ever;
Study Finds Fears of White People Losing Out Permeate Capitol Rioters' Towns;
COVID-19
4 million coronavirus vaccines were given in the U.S. on Saturday, a single-day record. Track the vaccine progress in your state;
Nearly 20 percent of the U.S. population is fully vaccinated. Many countries may not hit that target this year;
Nearly half of new US virus infections are in just 5 states; Rise of coronavirus variants will define the next phase of the pandemic in the U.S.;
Hundreds of thousands of vaccine doses go unordered by states amid outbreaks, spurring calls for new approach;
Canada's variant-fueled covid-19 surge prompts new restrictions;
Yellen warns that slow vaccine rollout in poor countries poses threat to U.S., global economies;
Pfizer halts shipment of 700,000 COVID vaccines to Israel after the country reportedly failed to make payment;
European regulators say AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine plausibly linked to rare brain clots;
China has made big vaccine promises. When they come up short, nations struggle;
Russia Demands Slovakia Return Vaccine Doses Due To "Contract Violations";
Johnson & Johnson says it will take full control of its coronavirus vaccine production at Baltimore plant;
62% of health-care workers say covid-19 stress hurt their mental health; 46 COVID-19 cases linked to one indoor bar event in rural Illinois;
The CDC is calling for an end to 'hygiene theater';
Likely Legal, 'Vaccine Passports' Emerge as the Next Coronavirus Divide; We tested the first state 'vaccine passport.' Here's what worked — and didn't;
Trump officials celebrated efforts to change CDC reports on coronavirus, emails show;

Math, science and technology:
Security issues
U.S. Seizes Three Websites Posing as Biotech Companies to Steal Info;
Commerce Department Adds Chinese Supercomputing Entities to Blacklist;
Google's Project Zero Finds a Nation-State Zero-Day Operation; Backdoor Added — But Found — in PHP; Phone Cloning Scam;
Math and science
A 3,000-year-old 'lost golden city' has been unearthed in Egypt;
Wreckage of long-lost WW II ship, sunken with its Native American skipper and half its crew, identified;
A Tiny Particle's Wobble Could Upend the Known Laws of Physics; Quantum Breakthroughs Are Helping US Army, Air Force Advance Supercomputing;
Carbon dioxide spikes to critical record, halfway to doubling preindustrial levels;
Research Center Focuses On Whether AI Can Predict Weather Forecasts; Biases Continue To Plague AI Voice Technology;
Ingenuity Touches Down On Mars;
Web, computing, technology and social media issues
533 million Facebook users' phone numbers, personal information exposed online; The dark web may already have your password. How to check;
Facebook Removes 300 Accounts Created by Troll Farm in Albania; Fake Facebook Ads Posing as Clubhouse App for PC Linked to Malware;
Twitter Won't Allow Archive of Trump's Banned Account on Its Platform;
YouTube Discloses 'Violative View Rate' to Track Videos That Break Its Rules;
Muslim Advocates Civil Rights Group Sues Facebook Over Safety Concerns;
Lawmakers Question Whether Digital Advertising Threatens National Security;
Russia Extends Twitter Slowdown for Not Removing Illegal Content;
Google's Supreme Court Win Seen as Victory for Open-Source Business Model;

Business and Economics
US jobless claims up to 744K as virus still forces layoffs;
No Federal Taxes for Dozens of Big, Profitable Companies;
Yellen presses for global minimum tax in first big speech as Treasury secretary;
Biden Plan Spurs Fight Over What 'Infrastructure' Really Means; Biden says he's open to compromise with Republicans on $2 trillion infrastructure plan;
Biden's Tax Plan Aims to Raise $2.5 Trillion and End Profit-Shifting;
$5 billion in stimulus funds tabbed ​for reducing homelessness; Biden administration aims to get 130,000 people off the street;
Minutes Show Fed Officials Encouraged By Economy, But Sticking To Policies; Federal Reserve Chairman Describes US Recovery As "Uneven And Incomplete";
Senate Democrats Propose Changing Corporate Tax Law To Pay For Infrastructure Plan;
JPMorgan CEO Foresees Economic Boom That Could "Run Into 2023";
New York Governor, Lawmakers Nearing Budget Agreement That Will Raise Income, Corporate Taxes;
HP, Dow, Under Armour among nearly 200 companies speaking out against voting law changes in Texas, other states;
PGA Tour, PGA of America release statements regarding voting regulations in Georgia;
Outlook For Renewable Energy Uncertain, Despite Biden's Support; Ford Announces New Carbon Neutral Targets;
Biden Set To Decide Trade Dispute That Could Have Significant Impacts On US EV Market;
Apple CEO Tim Cook Discusses Regulation, AR, Autonomous Vehicles;
General Motors and Ford halt production at more factories as global semiconductor shortage worsens; Automakers Want Aid For U.S. Chip Production;
GM Plans Electric Version Of Chevy Silverado Pickup; Driverless Trucks Make More Commercial Sense Than Robotaxis, To Some;
Farmers View Shift To Electric Vehicles As A Threat To Their Livelihoods;
Boeing Recommendation for Potential Issue for Some 737 MAX Jets;
How Credit Suisse got tangled in the Archegos Wall Street chaos;
Global Brands Find It Hard to Untangle Themselves From Xinjiang Cotton;
Supreme Court Rules for Google in Java Copyright Case Against Oracle;
Finance
He Got $300,000 From Credit-Card Rewards. The IRS Said It Was Taxable Income;
Stimulus checks: IRS will correct miscalculated payments claimed on tax returns;
Sports
FanGraphs Tags a Cloud Database to Keep Up with the Big Show;
How Fit Can You Get From Just Walking?
Other news
What happens when the majority doesn't rule?
Jonathan Dimbleby: The inside story of the barbaric battle that really lost Hitler the war;

Education:
Report Criticizes Outcomes-Based Funding For Colleges For Worsening Equity; Who owes student debt? More and more, older people and black students;
Another Class Of College Graduates Struggle To Get Jobs Amid Pandemic; Employers Say College Grads Lack Needed Skills, But That May Be Changing;
Moody's: Colleges Could Feel Effects Of International Enrollment Declines For Years;
Applications Jump, Admission Rates Plummet At Ivy League Schools Amid Pandemic; Survey Shows Reasons Why Students Do Not Fill Out FAFSA;
Poll Shows Nearly Half Of Parents Do Not Want Their Kids To Go To Four-Year Colleges; Fewer Students From Class Of 2020 Went Directly To College;
Study Finds College Residence Halls Have Racialized Labels;
Tennessee May Owe Public HBCU Up To $544M Due To Chronic Underfunding;
Florida Pushes Bill To Survey Faculty, College Students On Beliefs;
Major Universities Will Vaccinate Students On Campus; Some Colleges Face Political, Legal Challenges With COVID Vaccine Mandates;


4/2/21
TechNews for the week: April 2; March 31; March 29;

War, Politics and Reports (Also, see Finance and Economics)
North Korea says Biden administration took wrong first step over latest missile test; Satellite image shows renewed activity at North Korean nuclear lab;
With U.S. withdrawal delay likely, and new peace proposal on the table, Taliban faces inevitable crossroads;
Dozens killed among anti-coup protesters as Myanmar celebrates Armed Forces Day;
The days of China 'hiding and biding' its might are officially over;
Hong Kong court finds veteran pro-democracy activists, most over 60, guilty of unauthorized assembly;
Tensions between Russia and Ukraine flare up; Italy Expels Two Russian Embassy Officials, Arrests Navy Captain On Spying Charges;
U.S. officials and other signatories to Iran deal to meet in Vienna next week;
Israel's Shadow War With Iran Moves Out to Sea;
Lapid begins courting partners for anti-Netanyahu coalition; Islamist turned Israeli kingmaker offers olive branch to rightist Jews;
Israel's president to pick candidate next week to try to form a government; Israel's president calls for new alliances to solve deadlock;
The US's longstanding position is that the West Bank is occupied; Biden administration quietly ramping up aid to Palestinians;
Jailed Fatah leader shakes up Palestinian election by running rival candidates against his own party;
Palestinians get Chinese-donated COVID-19 vaccines;
Insurgents Seize Mozambique Town, Killing Several People; Fate of Hundreds Unknown;
Brazil's Armed Forces Chiefs Resign Abruptly Amid Cabinet Shake-Up;
Biden Plans to Repeal Trump-Era Sanctions on ICC;
The U.S. Army goes to school on Nagorno-Karabakh;
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas fires almost every member of Homeland Security Advisory Council;
EPA dismisses dozens of key science advisers picked under Trump;
Border crossings in March jumped to highest level in 15 years;
Biden calls Georgia voting law 'Jim Crow in the 21st Century'; Judge tosses some claims in old Georgia election lawsuit;
Democrats Splinter Over Strategy for Pushing Through Voting Rights Bill; Iowa Democrat Drops House Election Appeal, Sparing Her Party a Messy Fight;
New York man charged with hate crime in Asian American attack that bystanders watched without helping;
Biden Details Federal Response To Hate Crimes Targeting Asian Americans;
Schumer floats 'magical parliamentary trick' to give Democrats more 51-vote victories;
Biden administration launches major push to expand offshore wind power;
Republicans seek to make vaccine passports the next battle in the pandemic culture wars; Far-Right Extremists Move From 'Stop the Steal' to Stop the Vaccine;
Notice something's up with USPS? There's a reason behind the mail crisis;
In Washington, Policy Revolves Around Joe Manchin. He Likes It That Way;
GOP Sen. Marsha Blackburn's car was pulled over by Capitol Police but was let go after she flashed her congressional pin;
Republican announces run for Murkowski's Alaska Senate seat;
Kentucky Republicans change the rules so they could get to pick Mitch McConnell's replacement;
Lindsey Graham says he needs AR-15 for defense: 'My house will be the last one that the gang will come to';
Trump's heir? Pence reemerges, lays groundwork for 2024 run;
Rep. Matt Gaetz faces Justice Dept. investigation over alleged relationship with teen girl; Justice Dept. Inquiry Into Matt Gaetz Said to Be Focused on Cash Paid to Women;
Gaetz investigation complicated by overture to his father about ex-FBI agent who went missing;
Criminal charges filed against Kansas Senate majority leader;
Shooter at Kansas Jewish centers appeals death sentence;
Trump news and investigation
Trump helped the GOP raise $2 billion. Now former aides and allies are jockeying to tap into his fundraising power;
An official website of Trump launched to stay connected with supporters;
New York attorney general probes finances of key Trump aide; Trump must face 'Apprentice' contestant's defamation lawsuit -NY court;
A Trump appointee who drank vodka and had sex on the General Services Administration building's roof is back with a new political committee;
Top Trump adviser warned then-president on virus supply shortage, then pursued controversial deals;
Capital Riot and fallout
Oath Keepers founder, associates exchanged 19 calls from start of Jan. 6 riot through breach, prosecutors allege;
Former Trump chief of staff calls ex-President's Capitol riot claims 'manifestly false';
Man photographed in Capitol with zip-tie cuffs and his mother win pretrial release in case that tested federal riot prosecutions;
Two Capitol Police officers sue Trump for 'physical and emotional injuries' suffered in riots;
COVID-19
CDC says Fully vaccinated people may travel; IRS announces new batch of COVID-19 payments;
How long will the coronavirus vaccines protect you? Experts weigh in; Can a vaccinated person still spread coronavirus?
CDC says Pfizer, Moderna vaccines 90 percent effective in preventing coronavirus infections in U.S. study of essential workersdescription;
Here is a detailed picture of vaccination across the country. See where your county stands;
'No Excuse Not to Be Vaccinated' in Texas, Which Expands Eligibility to All Adults; Judge Rules New York Must Offer Vaccine to All Prisoners Immediately;
'Vaccine passports' are on the way, but developing them won't be easy;
WHO Wuhan report leaves question of coronavirus origins unresolved;
WHO chief, U.S. and other world leaders criticize China for limiting access of team researching coronavirus origins;
Factory Mix-Up Ruins Up to 15 Million Vaccine Doses From Johnson & Johnson;
Mets-Nationals postponed in Washington as coronavirus issues disrupt Opening Day;
Shut Out on Vaccines, Tiny San Marino Turns to Old Friend: Russia;

Math, science and technology:
Security issues
FBI, Others Warn About Vaccination Scams Spreading via Social Media;
The ACLU Is Seeking Government Data On AI Use In National Security;
Suspected Russian Hackers Accessed Former DHS Leader's Email;
U.S. military still relies on aircraft from an era when homes cost $12,000. It has been struggling to update its arsenal for years.;
Math and science
The Ancient Method That Keeps Afghanistan's Grapes Fresh All Winter; Glimpses of an Ancient Fire-Walking Ritual in Northern Greece;
Researchers Find Labeling Errors In Datasets Used To Test AI;
For Elon Musk's SpaceX Starship program, more smoke, fire and shrapnel;
Solar Geoengineering Is Worth Studying But Not Substitute For Cutting Emissions;
11 Serious Answers to Slightly Crazy Science Questions;
Web, computing, technology and social media issues
Facebook Freezes Venezuelan President's Account for Spreading Misinformation;
Parler Said It Flagged Content for FBI Before Insurrection at U.S. Capitol; Republicans press Google, Apple, Amazon on Parler removals;
Facebook Removes Lara Trump's Interview with Her Father-in-Law;
Texas Senate Approves Bill to Stop Social Media Sites from Political Bans;
Supreme Court Rules for Facebook in Lawsuit Over Anti-Robocall Law;
10 Gmail tools so important you'll use them every day; Google Maps adds AR walking directions for malls and airports, 'eco-friendly' routes;
SC News and Politics
For SC Republican lawmakers, this was the anti-abortion proposal that went 'too far';
Charleston mulls if it can use $20M in stimulus funds to undo tax increase;

Business and Economics
Commerce Department: Consumer Spending Fell In February Ahead Of Passage Of Relief Bill, but has rebounded;
The U.S. economy added 916,000 jobs in March as recovery gains steam again; New US jobless claims rise again after hitting pandemic-era low;
US 10-year Treasury yield hits highest level since January last year; Long-term US government bonds endure worst quarterly fall since 1980;
S&P 500 closes above 4,000 for first time; Report: Wall Street's fixation on quick profits wreaking havoc in the 'real' economy;
March Factory Activity Expanded At Fastest Pace Since December 1983;
White House unveils $2 trillion infrastructure and climate plan, setting up giant battle over size and cost of government;
What's in Biden's $2 trillion jobs and infrastructure plan; American Rescue Plan Makes Health Insurance Cheaper for Millions;
Justice Dept. has charged 474 people with trying to steal more than $569 million in covid-related fraud schemes;
Some of America's wealthiest hospital systems ended up even richer, thanks to federal bailouts;
An Accidental Disclosure Exposes a $1 Billion Tax Fight With Bristol Myers; Billionaire at the center of a Wall Street fiasco gives millions to evangelical ministries;
UN chief Guterres warns of COVID-19 debt crisis for developing world;
China, With $400 Billion Iran Deal, Could Deepen Influence in Mideast; Saudi Arabia's energy minister says 'rough seas' persist in oil market;
Giant ship blocking Suez Canal is freed; incident on key trade route cost the global economy billions of dollars; Traffic in Suez Canal resumes after stranded ship refloated;
Credit Suisse lurches from one risk management crisis to the next;
US Automakers Report First Quarter Sales Increases;
More Automakers Announce Production Halts Due To Chip Shortage; Semiconductor Shortage Forces Ford Truck Production Halts;
Buttigieg Says No Plan To Ban Gas Vehicles; EPA Studying Offering Biofuels Credits For EV Charging;
Corn and soybean prices are surging after the annual USDA prospective plantings report;
Drillers Burned Off Gas at a Staggering Rate as Winter Storm Hit Texas; US Outlines Goal For 30 GW Of Offshore Wind Capacity By 2030;
Apple Pushes Over 100 Suppliers Into Renewable Energy;
U.S. court slams brakes on Trump-era hog slaughter line speed rule; union cheers;
Biden Administration Lets Trump Ban On Some Foreign Work Visas Expire; U.S. Senate Democrats aim to undo Trump-era shareholder voting rights rule;
Why pine needles are now a $200 million industry in the Southeast;
Companies, facing new expectations, struggle with pressure to take stand on Georgia voting bill;
Delta, Coca-Cola forcefully condemn Georgia elections bill as activists ramp up pressure on corporations; Delta faces boycott threats for stance on new Georgia voting law;
Finance
Ken Burns: People are making lots of money off 'the big lie' of US election fraud;
The 7 Best Agriculture Stocks Now;
Sports
The ballpark is a summer sanctuary. The ballpark is a summer sanctuary. These fans help explain why they missed it so much;
MLB will move its All-Star Game out of Atlanta as backlash to Georgia voting law continues;
The NCAA, under fire over amateurism, takes its fight to the Supreme Court; NCAA kicks Oregon State Beavers out of hotel in the middle of the night after Elite 8 loss;
Other news
A Black Lives Matter activist exposed the role two local police officers played in the Capitol insurrection. Their small town rapidly took sides;
Church membership in the U.S. has fallen below the majority for the first time in nearly a century;

Education:
Executive Compensation at Public and Private Colleges;
Experts Predict More College Consolidation And Closures Amid Pandemic; Oregon Bill Would Allow Mergers Of Two-, Four-Year Public Colleges;
Experts Discuss How Cheating In College Hurts Students; Study: Virtual Learning Is Leading Students To Cheat More;
College Acceptance Rates Low After Receiving More Applications Than Usual; Difficulty Of Erasing Student Debt Analyzed;
Virginia Governor Signs Legislation Creating Tuition-Free Community College; Florida May Shield Universities From Pandemic-Related Lawsuits;
Prospective International Students Face Hurdles Related To Visas, Travel Bans;
Colleges Plan More In-Person Classes, Graduations; Students Sue Oregon Colleges Over Remote Learning Cost Amid Pandemic;
Boise State University Resumes Diversity Course Suspended After Complaint;
Colleges Ready Students To Receive Vaccines As Eligibility Requirements Expands; U. of Pittsburgh Orders Students to Shelter in Place After Positive Cases in 13 Dorms;