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Pfizer says its COVID-19 vaccine is shown to be extremely effective in young teenagers.
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Pfizer and its vaccine partner BioNTech say preliminary data from a small study shows their COVID-19 vaccine to be extremely effective in young teenagers 

President Biden is pitching his next big piece of legislation, a $2 trillion infrastructure plan he says will restart the economy. The proposal would overhaul roads, transit, utilities, Internet access and more in the name of creating jobs. It's also intended to combat climate change, racial inequality and competition from China.

A 65-year-old Asian American woman was physically and verbally attacked by an unidentified man in Midtown Manhattan on Monday in an incident that's being investigated as a hate crime.

As March Madness plays out on TV, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case on Wednesday testing whether the NCAA's limits on compensation for student athletes violate U.S antitrust laws. The outcome could have enormous consequences for college athletics.

Two U.S. Capitol Police officers are suing former President Donald Trump over the riots at the Capitol on Jan. 6.
 

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Today's Listens

Purple sea urchins have boomed off Northern California, destroying kelp forests that provide a crucial ecosystem.
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Divers and scientists are racing to stop purple sea urchins from taking over the ocean floor off the coast of Northern California. In recent years, the colorful, spiky sea creatures have nearly wiped out kelp forests that are a big part of the crucial ecosystem. Listen here or read about it

The pandemic may be dealing a final blow to one industry: dry cleaning. Listen to details of how the past year's work-in-sweats norm has accelerated the decline of this mom-and-pop and mostly immigrant industry.
 
Wearing a shirt that says, "#NotNCAAProperty," injured University of Michigan basketball player Isaiah Livers looks on prior to his team's NCAA tournament game against Texas Southern on March 20. On Wednesday the U.S. Supreme Court hears a case testing the NCAA's limits on compensation for student athletes.
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As March Madness plays out on TV, the U.S. Supreme Court is taking a rare excursion into sports law Wednesday. The justices will consider whether limits on payments to student-athletes violate U.S. antitrust laws. The outcome could have enormous consequences for college athletics. Click here to listen or read about it

Day 2 of Derek Chauvin's murder trial included some emotional witness testimony. The teenager who videotaped former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on George Floyd's neck testified that she stays up at night "apologizing to George Floyd for not doing more." And video footage played in court on Tuesday showed Genevieve Hansen, an off-duty emergency medical technician and Minneapolis firefighter, pleading with officers for a chance to help Floyd. Listen here or read the story.

Before You Go

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  • A rundown of favorites from NPR's Student Podcast Challenge can be found here
  • NPR has a new audience challenge: How do you cope with recent anti-Asian violence and discrimination? Tell us in a list poem.
  • G. Gordon Liddy, the bombastic Republican operative who was the mastermind behind the Watergate burglary, died on Tuesday at age 90
  • He's being a bad, bad doggy! President Biden's dog Major was involved in another biting incident this week — this time involving a National Park Service employee. (CNN
  • An Italian mob suspect was caught in the Caribbean after police tracked him down through online cooking videos. Apparently, he managed to hide his face but not his distinctive tattoos.
  • A statement by Volkswagen on Monday said it would officially change its name to Voltswagen to show its commitment to electric cars. VW later admitted the announcement was an April Fools' joke.

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