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Plummeting sperm counts, shrinking penises: toxic chemicals threaten humanity | Erin Brockovich
The chemicals to blame for our reproductive crisis are found everywhere and in everything The end of humankind? It may be coming sooner than we think, thanks to hormone-disrupting chemicals that are decimating fertility at an alarming rate around the globe. A new book called Countdown, by Shanna Swan, an environmental and reproductive epidemiologist at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in N
12 Republicans vote against honoring Capitol police for protecting Congress
House voted 413-12 to award congressional gold medals to all members of Capitol force for their efforts on 6 January A dozen Republicans voted against a resolution honoring US Capitol police for their efforts to protect members of Congress during the insurrection on 6 January. The House voted 413-12 on Wednesday to award congressional gold medals, Congress’s “highest expression of national apprec
When depression wears a smile, even psychiatrists like me can be deceived | Rebecca Lawrence
By the time mental ill health is visible, it’s probably very bad. The best risk assessment is to listen rather than look In my everyday life, when I see someone who looks happy, I expect them to feel like that, too. I don’t think about it particularly – it’s a reflex. I glance casually at a smiling face and am reassured that all is well. It takes a conscious effort to remind myself of a fact that


US House passes bill that would give Dreamers a path to citizenship
Measure, which aims to undo Trump’s hardline immigration policies, is likely to hit a wall in the evenly divided Senate The US House of Representatives has passed a bill that would give undocumented immigrants, including “Dreamers”, a pathway to citizenship. The House on Thursday voted 228 to 197, largely along party lines, to set up a legal pathway to citizenship for Dreamers – people who came t
'Our community is bleeding': Asian American lawmakers say violence has reached 'crisis point'
House legislators hold hearing as Biden and Harris plan meetings with Atlanta leaders Asian American lawmakers and leaders have warned that violence and discrimination targeting their community have reached a “crisis point” following the shootings in Atlanta this week that killed eight people, including six women of Asian descent. The hearing, the first to examine anti-Asian discrimination in mor
Willam Burns confirmed as CIA director after Ted Cruz lifts block
Burns is a former ambassador to Russia and Jordan Cruz had sought to exert pressure over Russian pipeline Without opposition, the Senate confirmed the veteran diplomat William Burns as CIA director on Thursday, giving him control of the nation’s premier spy agency as the US government confronts threats from China, Russia, Iran and elsewhere. The approval, by voice vote, came soon after Senator Te
US Senate confirms Xavier Becerra as Biden's health secretary
Becerra, 63, wins confirmation on party-line 50-49 vote Former California attorney general first Latino to hold post Xavier Becerra was confirmed by the US Senate as health and human services secretary on Thursday, clearing the way for him to take the helm of the sprawling department as the United States battles the Covid-19 pandemic. He is the first Latino to hold the role in US history. Related
California's vaccine delivery is among most unequal in the US, report finds
CDC data found that the state has given a smaller proportion of vaccines to counties with the most vulnerable residents California has failed to equitably distribute vaccines to residents in its poorest and most vulnerable regions, according to a new report from federal researchers that found the nation’s most populous state has one of most unequal vaccine programs. The report from the US Centers
NFL finalizes blockbuster $113bn media rights deal through 2033 season
NFL will nearly double media revenue to over $10bn per season Amazon paying about $1bn for Thursday Night Football package The NFL will nearly double its media revenue to more than $10bn a season with new rights agreements announced on Thursday, including a deal with Amazon Prime Video that gives the streaming service exclusive rights to Thursday Night Football beginning in 2022. The league took
'This is Jim Crow in new clothes': Raphael Warnock condemns voter suppression | Raphael Warnock
In his first speech as a US senator, the Rev Raphael Warnock warned Americans of a rightwing attack on voting rights. Here are his remarks On Wednesday, the Rev Raphael Warnock, elected in January as Georgia’s first African American US senator, gave his first speech in Congress. He used the opportunity to condemn voter suppression and urge his colleagues to support legislation to make it easier f
Cuomo scandal: sexual harassment rife in New York state capitol, female reporters say
New York governor has resisted calls to resign over allegations Women tell of sexual harassment culture in corridors of power Female reporters have said that sexual harassment is “as pervasive as air” in New York’s statehouse in Albany, amid Governor Andrew Cuomo’s harassment scandal. Cuomo is facing allegations that he sexually harassed or behaved inappropriately towards several women, including
Delaina Ashley Yaun: family and friends mourn 'great mother, wife, daughter'
Atlanta shooting victim, 33, would go out of her way to help others and often take in friends who were in need of a place to stay Delaina Ashley Yaun, 33, and her husband of less than a year were looking to spend a night away from their kids when they visited Young’s Asian Massage spa just outside of Atlanta on Tuesday when she was shot and killed by a gunman who would kill eight people that day.
Paul Andre Michels: 'very good-hearted' handyman killed in Atlanta shootings
The 54-year-old who worked at the Youngs Asian Massage had served in the US army and at one point owned a home security and theater business Paul Andre Michels was a handyman at Youngs Asian Massage who was among the eight killed in the spa shootings in the Atlanta area on Tuesday. Related: Atlanta shootings: House holds hearing as representative warns of 'crisis point' for Asian Americans – late
Woman claims Texans QB Deshaun Watson forced oral sex in third lawsuit
QB has attacked ‘baseless six-figure settlement demand’ Two other massage therapists have filed suits against player A third woman has accused the Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson of inappropriate behavior in a lawsuit. The latest complaint was filed on Wednesday night and alleges Watson arranged for a massage at an office building in Houston in December 2020. It alleges that Watson turn
Derek Chauvin trial: jury grows after $27m settlement to Floyd family
Concerns appear to fade that settlement will derail trial of ex-officer as two jurors seated Concern appears to be fading that a massive settlement for George Floyd’s family will derail the trial of a former police officer accused in his death, with most potential jurors saying they avoided news of the settlement or could set it aside. Related: Minneapolis to pay George Floyd's family $27m in pol
The woman seeking to unseat Republican extremist Marjorie Taylor Greene
Democrat Holly McCormack is ready to take on the Trump devotee in 2022 – but it’s no easy task in a deep-red Georgia district “I’m taking on the queen of Qanon: Marjorie Taylor Greene,” reads one tweet from Holly McCormack. “Retweet if you think Marjorie Taylor Greene is an embarrassment to our country,” says another. America’s midterm elections may be 20 months in the future, but a campaign is a
Family of a man who died from Covid while incarcerated sues California prison system
Lawsuit claims prison officials and administrators failed to take precautions when transferring men between facilities The family of a man who died of Covid-19 in a California prison has filed a federal lawsuit against the state’s prison system and high-ranking prison administrators over their handling of the pandemic. On Wednesday, attorneys representing the family of Daniel Ruiz filed a wrongfu
'Inhumane and flawed': global business leaders urge governments to end death penalty
Initial signatories of campaign include billionaires fashion mogul Francois-Henri Pinault and Arianna Huffington Global business leaders launched a campaign on Thursday declaring their opposition to the death penalty, urging governments everywhere to end the practice and asking their peers to join them. Speaking to the virtual South by Southwest festival, Sir Richard Branson, one of the campaign’
Why do so many straight men come to resent the women they find attractive? | Moira Donegan
To be able to experience sexual attraction without it becoming a source of rage requires a degree of respect that the Atlanta suspect, and men like him, do not possess It’s unclear if Robert Aaron Long, the 21-year-old white man who killed eight people on Tuesday – seven of them women, and six of them Asian women – in a mass shooting across three different massage parlors in the Atlanta area, eve
Atlanta shootings: US struggles to address violence against Asian Americans – latest updates
What we know so far about the shootings FBI under pressure to tackle anti-Asian hate crime San Francisco’s Chinatown reckons with attacks: ‘I don’t feel safe’ Georgia officer condemned for saying shooter was ‘having a bad day’ Atlanta shootings fuel fears over anti-sex-work ideology US politics – follow the latest live updates 2.42pm GMT Here’s a video clip from chair Steve Cohen’s opening statem
Georgia officer says Atlanta shooter was 'having a bad day' - video
A Georgia sheriff’s captain was criticised for appearing to characterise the actions of the suspect in a mass shooting in Atlanta as him having had 'a really bad day'. Robert Aaron Long, 21, was charged with killing eight people in Atlanta , six of them women of Asian descent, on Wednesday. Atlanta police said Long had declared Tuesday’s attack was not racially motivated. He claimed to have a 'se
'A specific kind of racism': Atlanta shootings fuel fears over anti-sex-work ideology
Advocates for sex workers say the spa attacks combined sexism and toxic Asian stereotypes On Tuesday night, a 21-year-old man named Robert Aaron Long allegedly went on a deadly rampage at three Atlanta spas, killing eight people, including six Asian women. Long’s shooting spree, police say, began at Youngs Asian Massage Parlor on the city’s outskirts, where he killed four people, two of whom were
We need to mark the countless lives Covid has claimed. But how to do it? | Laura Spinney
I’m struck by the beauty of a tribute to the dead of all pandemics – the ones forgotten and the ones still to come Just over two years ago, my friend Janet came over to commiserate with my husband, whose leg was in plaster after a road accident. We immediately noticed a change in her. This sharp, funny woman in her mid-60s, who had nothing good to say about men (with the exception of her three be
Demographic clones: time to shift power away from white privileged men in Australian politics | Antoun Issa
The pathways to parliament are often determined by a set pedigree: Anglo-Celtic? Tick. Male? Tick. Private school educated? Tick With thousands of black-clad women providing the backdrop at Melbourne’s March 4 Justice rally on Monday, Samaa, a young woman of colour, was fired up : “Legislation is fucking written by men! People in parliament don’t look anything like the people they represent. By t
Atlanta shootings spotlight anti-Asian hate | First Thing
The shooting of six Asian Americans has amplified calls from anti-hate groups for greater awareness and recording of anti-Asian crimes. Plus, the oil industry knew of pollution risks for 50 years but lobbied against clean air measures anyway Good morning. Law enforcement agencies are under pressure to ramp up efforts to combat a surge in anti-Asian hate crimes , with particular criticism centring
US faces reckoning over Asian American hate crimes after Atlanta shooting – live
Law enforcement agencies widely criticised for handling of attacks on Asian Americans FBI under pressure to tackle anti-Asian hate crime Officer condemned for saying Atlanta shooter was ‘having a bad day’ Sign up to receive First Thing – our daily briefing by email 11.51am GMT Marie Solis reports for us on how the Atlanta shootings has fuelled fears over anti-sex-work ideology : Following an inte
Big companies, it’s time to fix a corporate sin and pay your small clients | Gene Marks
Getting paid by big companies is the worst part about running a small business – and it’s become even more frustrating during the pandemic As Washington debates whether to tax big corporations that don’t pay a higher minimum wage, maybe now’s the right time to also fix another corporate sin: paying their smallest customers on time. For me – and countless others like me – getting paid by big compa


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