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A flare of that color and type flying over coastal skies typically signals one thing: A vessel or crew is in distress an...
10/06/2021
Two men set off flares during a wedding celebration. They prompted a ‘needless’ $100,000 Coast Guard search.

A flare of that color and type flying over coastal skies typically signals one thing: A vessel or crew is in distress and needs help. Two men discharged the flares to catch the attention of wedding guests.

Perry C. Phillips and Benjamin C. Foster discharged the flares aboard a skiff when they got close to their friend’s wedding reception in the Breezy Point area of Block Island, court records state.

Russia’s Communist Party has long been known for its compliance, never threatening the Kremlin, in return for state fund...
10/06/2021
Russia's rising young Communists pose an unexpected new threat to Putin’s grip

Russia’s Communist Party has long been known for its compliance, never threatening the Kremlin, in return for state funding and perks. But some young communists and leftist allies did not get that memo: They are starting to behave like a genuine opposition.

With Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny imprisoned, a phalanx of fiery young communists is in the Kremlin’s firing line.

A Colorado-based health system says it is denying organ transplants to patients not vaccinated against the coronavirus i...
10/06/2021
Hospital system says it will deny transplants to the unvaccinated in ‘almost all situations’

A Colorado-based health system says it is denying organ transplants to patients not vaccinated against the coronavirus in “almost all situations,” citing studies that show these patients are much more likely to die if they get covid-19.

UCHealth says that transplant recipients often have to meet other health requirements and that studies show covid-19 is especially fatal to transplant patients.

The Nobel Prize in chemistry was awarded to two scientists who built a tool for constructing molecules in a cheap, envir...
10/06/2021
Nobel Prize in chemistry awarded to duo who made a tool to build molecules in an environmentally-friendly way

The Nobel Prize in chemistry was awarded to two scientists who built a tool for constructing molecules in a cheap, environmentally-friendly way, allowing researchers to more easily make products including pharmaceuticals.

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded Wednesday to two scientists who built a tool for constructing molecules in a cheap, environmentally-friendly way, allowing researchers to more easily make products including pharmaceuticals.

The Supreme Court will consider whether something that most everyone knows can still be a “state secret” the government ...
10/06/2021
Supreme Court considers whether information widely known can be ‘state secret’

The Supreme Court will consider whether something that most everyone knows can still be a “state secret” the government cannot be compelled to reveal.
The case involves a request by a Guantánamo Bay terrorism suspect — mistakenly thought to be a leader of al-Qaeda — for more information about his CIA-sponsored torture.

Suspect once thought to be al-Qaeda leader wants information on CIA, torture.

Allen, the New Yorker's 33-year-old cartoon and humor editor, is recruiting a broader range of artists, including more w...
10/06/2021
Emma Allen is redefining what a New Yorker cartoon can be

Allen, the New Yorker's 33-year-old cartoon and humor editor, is recruiting a broader range of artists, including more women, people of color and LGBTQ voices.

Allen, the New Yorker's 33-year-old cartoon and humor editor, is recruiting a broader range of artists, including more women, people of color and LGBTQ voices.

Twenty-four of Venezuela’s top soccer players condemned what they said was years of “abuse and harassment, physical, psy...
10/06/2021
#MeToo movement in women’s soccer goes global as Australia, Venezuela stars allege sexual abuse

Twenty-four of Venezuela’s top soccer players condemned what they said was years of “abuse and harassment, physical, psychological and sexual” by former coach Kenneth Zseremeta.
The statement came after revelations of abuse in the National Women's Soccer League in the U.S. and allegations by a top Australian footballer that she had been groomed and harassed early in her career.

Venezuela soccer players, including star forward Deyna Castellanos, condemned reports of sexual abuse by a coach while a retired Australian international said she had been groomed as a teenager.

The ferocity of the delta variant surge has delivered a serious financial blow to hospital systems in parts of the count...
10/06/2021

The ferocity of the delta variant surge has delivered a serious financial blow to hospital systems in parts of the country with low vaccination rates that are struggling to care for coronavirus patients, even as they combat plummeting income, reduced bailout funds and higher labor costs.

Many hospitals in Southern states and rural areas of the country — even in states with otherwise high vaccination rates — have been forced once again to temporarily curtail elective procedures such as hip replacements that bring in the most money.

Meanwhile, rates of burnout and nurse attrition have soared at institutions with overburdened ICUs and covid-19 wards, contributing to severe labor shortages that are driving up costs for replacement workers, hospital officials said. https://wapo.st/3oETx0m

The ferocity of the delta variant surge has delivered a serious financial blow to hospital systems in parts of the country with low vaccination rates that are struggling to care for coronavirus patients, even as they combat plummeting income, reduced bailout funds and higher labor costs.

Many hospitals in Southern states and rural areas of the country — even in states with otherwise high vaccination rates — have been forced once again to temporarily curtail elective procedures such as hip replacements that bring in the most money.

Meanwhile, rates of burnout and nurse attrition have soared at institutions with overburdened ICUs and covid-19 wards, contributing to severe labor shortages that are driving up costs for replacement workers, hospital officials said. https://wapo.st/3oETx0m

Taliban officials said that the country would resume issuing travel documents, ending a months-long suspension that had ...
10/06/2021
Hundreds of Afghans gather outside passport office as Taliban resumes issuing travel documents

Taliban officials said that the country would resume issuing travel documents, ending a months-long suspension that had further diminished the already limited ability of Afghans to leave their war-torn country.

The Taliban said there were no restrictions on who could apply for a passport, though many educated Afghans fled following the Islamist militant takeover, fearing that the regime's severe interpretation of sharia law.

From Friday to Monday, as China celebrated the 72nd anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic, its army sent ...
10/06/2021
Chinese jets menace Taiwan, pressuring U.S. support of island’s defenses

From Friday to Monday, as China celebrated the 72nd anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic, its army sent 148 warplanes into Taiwan’s air defense identification zone, shattering previous daily records three times in a row.

The displays of military strength place the democratic island at the center of efforts by the United States and its allies to counter Beijing’s aggression.

U.N. investigators say they have found evidence of crimes against humanity and war crimes perpetrated in Libya in recent...
10/06/2021
War crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Libya, U.N. finds

U.N. investigators say they have found evidence of crimes against humanity and war crimes perpetrated in Libya in recent years, including violence against civilians on the part of foreign mercenaries and human rights violations in prisons.

A vehicle destroyed in a drone strike sits near the entrance of a hospital in 2019 in Tripoli, Libya. (Lorenzo Tugnoli for The Washington Post)By Sammy WestfallToday at 3:28 p.m. EDTBy Sammy WestfallToday at 3:28 p.m. EDTU.N. investigators say they have found evidence of crimes against humanity and....

“Uniquely, even after losing badly in 2020, not only does Trump still have the party in his grip, but his very transform...
10/06/2021
Opinion | Mike Pence and Nikki Haley struggle to escape the pull of the Trump vortex

“Uniquely, even after losing badly in 2020, not only does Trump still have the party in his grip, but his very transformation of it makes it impossible for successors to correct the things he did,” Paul Waldman & Greg Sargent write in Opinions.

The challenge: Correcting for Trump's failures while denying they ever existed at all.

California lawmakers demanded a stop to oil drilling off their state’s coast as outrage grew over an enormous oil spill,...
10/06/2021
California lawmakers push to ban new drilling in wake of massive oil spill

California lawmakers demanded a stop to oil drilling off their state’s coast as outrage grew over an enormous oil spill, and questions emerged about the timing and reporting of its detection.

California lawmakers demanded a stop to oil drilling off their state’s coast Tuesday as outrage grew over an enormous oil spill, and questions emerged about the timing and reporting of its detection.

The company’s rapid downfall — and Watson’s unexpected “Today” interview — pulled back the curtain on the open secrets o...
10/06/2021
Ozy Media’s audience was mostly a mirage. Even in scandal, founder Carlos Watson is looking for opportunity.

The company’s rapid downfall — and Watson’s unexpected “Today” interview — pulled back the curtain on the open secrets of digital media it attempted to exploit.

Carlos Watson records an episode of "Take On America With OZY" in San Francisco in 2018. (Kimberly White/Getty Images)By Sarah Ellison and Jeremy Barr Today at 6:40 p.m. EDTBy Sarah Ellison and Jeremy Barr Today at 6:40 p.m. EDTOn Monday morning, Carlos Watson scored one of the most valuable intervi...

Throughout 2020 and into this year, Democratic leaders dreamed big despite warning signs that they would not be able to ...
10/06/2021
The expectations game hounds Democrats as they try to deliver their vast agenda

Throughout 2020 and into this year, Democratic leaders dreamed big despite warning signs that they would not be able to ultimately deliver on their promises. They are now facing a long-delayed reckoning.

Throughout 2020 and into this year, Democratic leaders dreamed big despite warning signs that they would not be able to ultimately deliver on their promises. They are now facing a long-delayed reckoning.

The president’s comments come one day before Republicans plan to block a third attempt to raise the government’s borrowi...
10/06/2021
Biden says changing filibuster rules to raise debt ceiling is a ‘real possibility’

The president’s comments come one day before Republicans plan to block a third attempt to raise the government’s borrowing limit. White House officials have said that if the debt limit isn’t raised very soon, it could trigger an economic crisis.

President Biden on Tuesday said it is a “real possibility” that Senate Democrats could seek to rethink the chamber’s filibuster rules in order to overcome a Republican blockade on raising the debt ceiling.

The ferocity of the delta variant surge has delivered a serious financial blow to hospital systems in parts of the count...
10/06/2021
Hospitals in less-vaccinated areas are struggling financially as infections mount and stimulus runs out

The ferocity of the delta variant surge has delivered a serious financial blow to hospital systems in parts of the country with low vaccination rates that are struggling to care for coronavirus patients, even as they combat plummeting income, reduced bailout funds and higher labor costs.

Hospitals are struggling financially, with the delta variant surging just as the $178 billion taxpayer safety net winds down.

Former Facebook product manager Frances Haugen warned lawmakers that the social media giant has repeatedly misled the pu...
10/06/2021
Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen tells lawmakers that meaningful reform is necessary ‘for our common good’

Former Facebook product manager Frances Haugen warned lawmakers that the social media giant has repeatedly misled the public about the extent to which its products harm children and stoke division.

Former Facebook product manager Frances Haugen warned lawmakers of the challenges with Facebook are unique because policymakers don’t have visibility into how the company works.

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