US sending AstraZeneca vaccine supplies to India

The Biden administration on Monday said it will send raw materials needed for production of the AstraZeneca vaccine to India as it battles a record rise in coronavirus cases. “As requested by the government of India, we will be providing raw materials for the production of the AstraZeneca COVID Shield vaccine at the Serum Institute of India,” a senior administration official told reporters. The US will be diverting its own order of supplies to the hard-hit country, which has been overwhelmed by a catastrophic surge of COVID-19 infections. “Because of the scope of the current situation India and the state readmore

Iranian vessels swarmed and harassed US Coast Guard ships for

The New York TimesSplit-Second Decisions: How a Supreme Court Case Shaped Modern PolicingIn case after case, it took only a split second for an officer to pull the trigger. Adam Toledo, a 13-year-old in Chicago, had tossed away a handgun and begun raising his hands. Ma’Khia Bryant, a 16-year-old in Columbus, Ohio, lunged with a knife at another teenager. Tyrell Wilson, a 33-year-old mentally ill homeless man in Danville, California, had a knife in hand when he shouted “Kill me” at an approaching deputy sheriff. All three were among more than 100 people shot and killed by police over the readmore

Tesla Extends Profit Streak On Strong Q1 Sales Of Electric

Tesla stayed profitable in the first quarter, posting earnings and revenue figures that topped consensus expectations, helped by the electric-car maker’s robust first-quarter vehicle deliveries and sales of pollution credits to other automakers. The company also said it’s targeting annual growth in deliveries of 50% a year. The Palo Alto, California-based company led by billionaire Elon Musk reported net income of $438 million for the quarter that ended in March, with 39 cents of earnings per share on a GAAP basis, and 93 cents per share, excluding some items, beating a consensus estimate of 79 cents a share. Revenue was $10.4 billion, just ahead readmore

Act on robocalls or else, FCC warns phone companies

The Federal Communications Commission will require phone companies to act aggressively against robocalls – or else. By Sept. 28, phone companies must refuse to accept traffic that is not listed in the Robocall Mitigation Database – which verifies the call is coming from the caller’s actual phone number. “Protecting consumers from scammers that use robocall and spoofing tools is a top priority,” FCC Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel said in a statement. “Our message to providers is clear: certify under penalty of perjury the steps you are taking to stop illegal robocalls, or we will block your calls,” Rosenworcel said. This action by readmore

BCE’s failed Shaw bid renews speculation over more telecom deals

BCE’s unsuccessful bid for Shaw Communications Inc. has shed new light on rivalries in Canada’s telecom industry and renewed speculation about which other companies could be takeover targets for Bell, Rogers or Telus.BCE Inc. confirmed on the weekend that it attempted to outbid Toronto-based Rogers Communications Inc. as that company negotiated a friendly takeover of Shaw.If the Competition Bureau allows Rogers to buy Shaw and its Freedom Mobile division as proposed in March, there could be a flood of other deals, Carleton University professor Dwayne Winseck said in an interview Monday. Read more: Rogers’ $26B Shaw readmore

How The Oscars Debunked Conventional Wisdom About Hollywood Vs. Streamers

If audiences really were watching awards-season movies on streaming platforms, then the comparative domination of streaming titles amid the nominees wouldn’t have been a key factor in record-low ratings for last night’s Academy Awards telecast. It’s no surprise that this year’s Academy Awards telecast had the lowest ratings ever (around 9.85 million total viewers, -58% from last year) for any such Oscar show. In a year when most Hollywood blockbusters, as well as big-scale awards season hopefuls (like Warner Bros.’ In the Heights and Disney/20th Century Pictures’ West Side Story, both of which had trailers last readmore

New York will lose one congressional seat under new Census

New York will lose one seat in the House of Representatives next year, according to data released by the US Census Bureau on Monday. The Empire State’s delegation will shrink from 27 to 26 as a result of national population shifts. It is one of seven states poised to lose a seat in the House. The others are California, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Five states will gain one seat — Florida, Colorado, Montana, North Carolina and Oregon — while Texas will gain two.readmore