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Former Gaetz associate strikes deal to plead guilty and cooperate with prosecutors – (CNN)
An indicted close confidant of Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz, has struck a deal with federal prosecutors to greatly reduce his criminal case and plans to help investigators in their sprawling sex crimes investigation.

Prince Harry: I want to break cycle of pain for my children – (BBC News)
The Duke of Sussex compares his life to a mixture of the film the Truman Show and being in a zoo.

Trader Joe's says fully vaccinated customers don't have to wear masks in stores – (CNN)
Trader Joe's customers don't have to wear a mask while shopping, the grocery chain said Friday.

Gaetz associate to plead guilty to six charges, including child sex trafficking | TheHill – (The Hill)
Joel Greenberg, an associate of Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) at the cente...

US fuel pipeline 'paid hackers $5m in ransom' – (BBC News)
Reports say Colonial Pipeline paid cyber-criminal gang DarkSide a ransom to prevent a data leak.

Lottery jackpot 'winner' says she destroyed $26m ticket in laundry wash – (BBC News)
A woman who claims she bought the winning California Lottery ticket says she put it in the laundry.

Several Palestinians killed by Israeli fire in West Bank protests – (Al Jazeera English)
Israeli forces injure more than 500 Palestinians in wave of West Bank protests against Israel’s bombardment of Gaza.

Israel strike collapses building during BBC report – (BBC News)
BBC producer Adnan Elbursh was broadcasting live from Gaza City when a building behind him was hit.

House Democrats unveil $1.9 billion bill to boost security after insurrection | TheHill – (The Hill)
The House on Friday unveiled a $1.9 billion supplemental appropri...

States, business sort out what new CDC mask guidance means – (Associated Press)
Several states immediately and enthusiastically embraced new guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention t hat say fully vaccinated Americans no longer need to wear masks indoors or out in most situations.

Ongoing mask mandate for travelers: 'It will be enforced, period' – (CNN)
Travel is a big exception for new mask guidance in the United States, and the airline industry says it will continue to strictly enforce mask use.

Covid: Delay child vaccinations and share jabs with Covax, says WHO – (BBC News)
Wealthier nations should instead donate more vaccines to low-income countries, the health body says.

Deleted video shows Greene taunting Ocasio-Cortez's Capitol Hill office in 2019 | TheHill – (The Hill)
A video from February 2019 published by CNN on Friday shows Rep. ...

As Israel bombards Gaza, BDS urges renewed economic pressure – (Al Jazeera English)
BDS is urging consumers to vote with their wallets and economically pressure Israel to end its occupation of Palestine.

EXPLAINER: Why is Gaza almost always mired in conflict? – (Associated Press)
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Gaza Strip was pounded this week by hundreds of Israeli strikes from sea, land and air, while the enclave's militant Hamas rulers fired hundreds of rockets into Israel.

The unwitting are the target of COVID-19 falsehoods online – (Associated Press)
Dr. Michelle Rockwell lost a pregnancy in December and shared her heartache with her 30,000 Instagram followers. Weeks later, she received the COVID-19 vaccine and posted about that, too. By February, Rockwell was getting past the grief and finally starting t…

Elise Stefanik: Trump loyalist wins Republican leadership post – (BBC News)
Elise Stefanik, a four-term congresswoman from upstate New York, is now the third-ranking Republican.

Missouri Republicans move to block Greitens in key Senate race | TheHill – (The Hill)
Republican legislators in Missouri are floating a last-minute plan to create a runoff election after next year’s primary for an open U.S. Senate seat in what appears to be a move aimed at blocking a controversial candidate from winning the party’s nomination.

Analysis: Liz Cheney blasted Fox News for the Big Lie....on Fox News – (CNN)
Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney stared down the most powerful entity in Republican politics on Thursday night and delivered a simple message: You are a big part of the problem.

Biden administration issues second shipping waiver amid fuel shortages | TheHill – (The Hill)
The Biden administration issued a second waiver Thursday evening ...



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