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Senate COVID relief bill paves way for student debt forgiveness through executive action – axios.com

The Senate version of the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package, which cleared the chamber Saturday, was amended to remove taxes on forgiven student loan debt through 2025, the Wall Street Journal reports. Why it matters: The provision, which was included by Democrats this week, paves the way for President Biden to forgive student debt through …

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(PHOTOS) Natrona County fire crews responding to wildland near Casper Mountain Sunday – Casper, WY Oil City News – Oil City News

Crews respond to a fire at the base of Casper Mountain Sunday, 3/7 (Trevor Trujillo) CASPER, Wyo — Natrona County fire crews are responding to a wildland fire Sunday in the Elkhorn Creek drainage at the base of Casper Mountain, according to Casper Fire-EMS. “The fire is moving generally northeast through moderate to heavy fuels,” …

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California: Thousands received wrong COVID-19 vaccine dosage: Report – Business Insider

An estimated 4,300 people received less of the Pfizer vaccine than they should have, KTVU reported. Too little of the vaccine was administered due to a problem with new syringes, the media outlet said. California health officials have said patients will be informed “immediately” if they need a booster. Visit the Business section of Insider …

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Officials announces changes to who’s eligible for vaccines at United Center in an attempt to make distributio… – Chicago Sun-Times

With Illinois’ historic vaccine rollout expected to kick into overdrive this week thanks to the United Center being used as the city’s largest mass vaccination site, officials on Sunday announced major changes to who’s eligible to receive shots at the Near West Side arena in an attempt to ensure doses are equitably available to the …

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At least 20 dead, 600 wounded in Equatorial Guinea blasts – nbcnews.com

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso — A series of explosions at a military barracks in Equatorial Guinea killed at least 20 people and wounded more than 600 others on Sunday, authorities said. President Teodoro Obiang Nguema said the 4 p.m. explosion was due to the “negligent handling of dynamite” in the military barracks located in the neighborhood …

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AP PHOTOS: Tsunami scars linger a decade later in Japan – Associated Press

TOKYO (AP) — The images still hold the power to shock. Dazed survivors walk beneath huge sea tankers deposited amid an expanse of rubble and twisted iron that was once a busy downtown, the ships toppled onto their sides like children’s toys. Grieving survivors pick through the flattened debris where their homes used to be. …

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Escalating violence raises pressure for Myanmar sanctions – The Associated Press

BANGKOK (AP) — The escalation of violence in Myanmar as authorities crack down on protests against the Feb. 1 coup is raising pressure for more sanctions against the junta, even as countries struggle over how to best sway military leaders inured to global condemnation. The challenge is made doubly difficult by fears of harming ordinary …

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Mexico Set to Reshape Power Sector to Favor the State – The New York Times

MEXICO CITY — President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has never been short of criticisms about his predecessor’s legacy. But he has reserved a special contempt for the sweeping overhaul that opened Mexico’s tightly held energy industry to the private sector. He has called the changes a form of legalized “pillaging,” the product of corruption and …

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