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Medical oxygen scarce in Africa, Latin America amid virus

Published On: February 25, 2021 07:22 PM NPT By: Associated Press

DAKAR, SENEGAL, Feb 25: A crisis over the supply of medical oxygen for coronavirus patients has struck nations in Africa and Latin America, where warnings went unheeded at the start of the pandemic and doctors say the shortage has led to unnecessary deaths.

Dear Sir or Madam: Paul McCartney memoir due out in November

Published On: February 25, 2021 05:06 PM NPT By: Associated Press

Paul McCartney is finally ready to write his memoirs, and will use music — and a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet — to help guide him. “The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present” will be released Nov. 2, according to a joint announcement Wednesday from the British publisher Allen Lane and from Liveright in the United States

‘Mission: Impossible 7’ will hit Paramount+ even sooner

Published On: February 25, 2021 04:05 PM NPT By: Associated Press

Paramount Pictures is joining other major Hollywood studios in slashing the traditional 90-day theatrical window. ViacomCBS on Wednesday announced that some of the studio’s films, including “Mission: Impossible 7” and “A Quiet Place Part II,” will go to its fledgling streaming service, Paramount+, after 45 days in theaters.

David Foster and Katharine McPhee welcome a baby boy

Published On: February 25, 2021 03:03 PM NPT By: Associated Press

Katharine McPhee and David Foster may want to channel their musical talents into lullabies. The couple, who wed in 2019, have welcomed a baby boy, McPhee’s publicist confirmed Wednesday.

Amid COVID-19 pandemic, flu has disappeared in the US

Published On: February 25, 2021 02:37 PM NPT By: Associated Press

NEW YORK, Feb 25: February is usually the peak of flu season, with doctors’ offices and hospitals packed with suffering patients. But not this year.

Drunken driving charge against Bruce Springsteen dropped

Published On: February 25, 2021 02:01 PM NPT By: Associated Press

The government dropped drunken driving and reckless driving charges against Bruce Springsteen on Wednesday stemming from an incident in November, admitting that the rocker’s blood-alcohol level was so low that it didn’t warrant the charges.

Australia passes law to make Google, Facebook pay for news

Published On: February 25, 2021 07:15 AM NPT By: Associated Press

CANBERRA, Australia, Feb 25: Australia’s laws forcing Google and Facebook to pay for news are ready to take effect, though the laws’ architect said it will take time for the digital giants to strike media deals.

Ghana is first nation in world to receive COVAX vaccines

Published On: February 24, 2021 04:59 PM NPT By: Associated Press

ACCRA, Ghana, Feb 24: Ghana has become the first country in the world to receive vaccines acquired through the United Nations-backed COVAX initiative with a delivery of 600,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine made by the Serum Institute of India.

‘Hot Boy’ rapper Bobby Shmurda released from NY prison

Published On: February 24, 2021 04:30 PM NPT By: Associated Press

Bobby Shmurda, a once up-and-coming rapper thanks to a hit music video that popularized the “Shmoney dance,” was paroled on Tuesday after spending more than four years behind bars for a drug gang conviction.

Mandy Moore announces birth of son ‘right on his due date’

Published On: February 24, 2021 02:01 PM NPT By: Associated Press

Mandy Moore is officially a mom. The 36-year-old “This Is Us” star announced the birth of her first child, a son named August Harrison Goldsmith, on her Instagram Tuesday.

Moet Hennessy buys 50% stake in Jay-Z’s Champagne brand

Published On: February 24, 2021 01:06 PM NPT By: Associated Press

Moet Hennessy is acquiring a 50% stake in rapper and entrepreneur Jay-Z’s Champagne brand in an effort to up its cool factor and expand distribution.

Hillary Clinton and Louise Penny co-writing mystery novel

Published On: February 24, 2021 01:04 PM NPT By: Associated Press

One of the world’s better known fans of mystery novels, Hillary Rodham Clinton, is now writing one.

China’s Mars craft enters parking orbit before landing rover

Published On: February 24, 2021 10:06 AM NPT By: Associated Press

BEIJING, Feb 24: China says its Tianwen-1 spacecraft has entered a temporary parking orbit around Mars in anticipation of landing a rover on the red planet in the coming months.

Drug executives: Big jump in vaccine supply is coming soon

Published On: February 24, 2021 09:47 AM NPT By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON, Feb 24: COVID-19 vaccine makers told Congress on Tuesday to expect a big jump in the delivery of doses over the coming month, and the companies insist they will be able to provide enough for most Americans to get inoculated by summer.

Court won’t revive porn star’s defamation suit against Trump

Published On: February 23, 2021 04:43 PM NPT By: Associated Press

The Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal from porn star Stormy Daniels, who sought to revive a defamation lawsuit she filed against former President Donald Trump.

Shailene Woodley confirms she’s engaged to Aaron Rodgers

Published On: February 23, 2021 01:57 PM NPT By: Associated Press

Shailene Woodley confirmed that she’s engaged to Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Grammy-winning duo Daft Punk break up after 28 years

Published On: February 23, 2021 01:50 PM NPT By: Associated Press

Grammy-winning electronic music pioneers Daft Punk have announced that they are breaking up after 28 years.

Facebook says it will lift its Australian news ban soon

Published On: February 23, 2021 12:14 PM NPT By: Associated Press

CANBERRA, Feb 23: Facebook said on Tuesday it will lift its ban on Australians sharing news after a deal was struck with Australia’s government on legislation that would make digital giants pay for journalism.

NASA releases Mars landing video: ‘Stuff of our dreams’

Published On: February 23, 2021 11:56 AM NPT By: Associated Press

CAPE CANAVERAL, Feb 23: NASA on Monday released the first high-quality video of a spacecraft landing on Mars, a three-minute trailer showing the enormous orange and white parachute hurtling open and the red dust kicking up as rocket engines lowered the rover to the surface.

EXPLAINER: Why a plane’s engine exploded over Denver

Published On: February 23, 2021 10:50 AM NPT By: Associated Press

USA, Feb 23: The investigation into an engine explosion on a jetliner taking off from Denver is focusing on a fan blade that appeared to be weakened by wear and tear, a development reminiscent of a fatal failure on board another plane in 2018.