U.S. sanctions Cuban officials over human rights abuses, protests

The U.S. Treasury Department announced Thursday that the United States imposed new sanctions on Cuban officials accused of “serious human rights abuse and corruption” amid ongoing protests calling for economic reform and COVID-19 relief. The sanctions target Cuba’s Interior Ministry and Alvaro Lopez Miera, head of Cuba’s Ministry of the Revolutionary Armed Forces. The financial […]

CDC stands firm on mask guidance despite surge of Delta COVID-19 variant

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky told reporters on Thursday that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is standing firm for now with its guidance  that only unvaccinated people need to wear masks to be safe, and vaccinated people are able to go without. Last May, the CDC said that vaccinated people could safely go without […]

NFL planning to enforce forfeits in event of games cancelled due to COVID-19 outbreaks

The NFL announced Thursday it will not allow games to be rescheduled in 2021 in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak. The league’s new policy was announced in a memo sent to all 32 teams, in which it states that if a team is forced to cancel a game due to COVID-19 infections among its […]

Cardinals’ DeAndre Hopkins questions NFL future due to COVID-19 vaccine concerns in since-deleted tweet

In a since-deleted tweet, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins questioned his future in the NFL due to the COVID-19 vaccine. Hopkins said in the tweet: “Never thought I would say this, But being put in a position to hurt my team because I don’t want to partake in the vaccine is making me question […]

Senate Republicans block vote to advance bipartisan infrastructure bill

On Wednesday, Senate Republicans blocked a procedural vote to advance a massive bipartisan infrastructure bill, saying it is premature to do so while negotiators are still ironing out its details. The infrastructure bill, ultimately expected to be worth $600 billion, has been a key priority of President Joe Biden. GOP senators blocked consideration of the […]

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi vetoes two GOP recommendations for Jan. 6 committee

On Wednesday, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi vetoed two choices to serve on the committee set to investigate the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Reps. Jim Banks on Indiana and Jim Jordan of Ohio, chosen by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, were rejected by Pelosi to sit on the panel, which will […]

San Francisco 49ers sign linebacker Fred Warner to five-year, $95M extension

The San Francisco 49ers and linebacker Fred Warner agreed to a five-year, $95 million contract extension on Wednesday. Warner will earn $40.5 million in guarantees, making him the highest-paid inside linebacker in the NFL. The 24-year-old Warner was named first-team All-Pro this past season, after notching 125 combined tackles and two interceptions in the 2020 […]

Texas and Oklahoma look to potential conference move to SEC, leaving Big 12

Texas and Oklahoma have reached out to the SEC regarding a potential conference move. The addition of the Big 12 powers would give the SEC 16 schools, creating the nation’s first “super-conference” though Texas and Oklahoma’s induction into the SEC will be dependent on a “majority vote.” Texas and Oklahoma both nearly left the Big […]

Contagious Delta variant of COVID-19 making up 83% of new coronavirus cases

Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director, said on Tuesday that the more contagious delta variant of COVID-19 now makes up 83% of sequenced samples in the United States. Walensky said in a Senate committee hearing: “This is a dramatic increase, up from 50% for the week of July 3.” Health […]

Jeff Bezos and Blue Origin crew soar successfully into space, landing safely

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and three crewmates soared into space aboard a Blue Origin rocket from Texas, landing safely in the desert about 10 minutes later.  The New Shepard suborbital rocket lifted off about 9:12 a.m. EDT from the company’s Corn Ranch launch site 160 miles east of El Paso. Bezos’ brother, Mark Bezos, rode […]