THURSDAY - 02/11/20
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Chicago teachers approve deal to return to in-person classes

  • On Wednesday, the Chicago Teachers Union agreed to a deal with the city on how to safely reopen schools starting this week, ending a months-long dispute between Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the country’s third-largest public school system on how to safely reopen Chicago schools
  • The deal provides for teachers and staff to receive vaccines and states no teacher “will be required to resume in-person learning prior to having the opportunity to be fully vaccinated”


Saudi women’s rights activist released from prison

  • On Wednesday, Saudi Arabia released Loujain Al-Hathloul from jail after nearly three years. Al-Hathloul is best known for leading the campaign to legalize driving for women in Saudi Arabia
  • Al-Hathoul was detained in May 2018 and sentenced to five years eight months in prison under counterterrorism laws. Weeks after her detainment, Saudi Arabia lifted the ban on women driving


More retail pharmacies to administer coronavirus vaccines

  • Pharmacies in Walmart and Sam’s Club are set to begin administering coronavirus vaccines starting Friday, as a part of the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program
  • More than 1000 pharmacies in 22 states—including Alabama, Indiana, Missouri, Texas, and Utah—will receive doses this week, rolling out plans with an “emphasis on locations that reach customers in underserved communities with limited access to health care”


TikTok sale to Oracle shelved

  • It was reported that a plan for Walmart and tech company Oracle to buy US operations of the social media platform TikTok has been pushed back indefinitely
  • The Biden administration plans to undergo a review of the Trump administration’s efforts to address potential security risks posed by TikTok and its parent company, the China-based ByteDance


Biden administration asks Supreme Court to uphold Affordable Care Act

  • On Wednesday, the Department of Justice notified the Supreme Court that it no longer considers the Affordable Care Act (commonly known as Obamacare) unconstitutional, reversing the stance taken by the previous Trump administration
  • Multiple Republican-led states are challenging the Affordable Care Act due to a provision in the act called the “individual mandate,” which requires Americans to obtain health insurance or pay a penalty, which Republicans claim is unconstitutional. The Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the issue last November and a ruling is due by the end of June


Historic Krispy Kreme store owned by Shaquille O’Neal damaged by fire

  • On Wednesday morning, an Atlanta Krispy Kreme store that is owned by retired NBA player Shaquille O’Neal caught on fire. The fire mainly damaged the inside of the store and no injuries were reported
  • The historic Krispy Kreme location has been around since the 1960s. In 1968, the store donated 150 dozen donuts to Atlanta churches to help feed mourners who participated in Martin Luther King Jr.’s funeral procession


  • Food 🍔. Popeyes unveils new Cajun Flounder Sandwich
  • World 🌏. Biden imposes sanctions on Myanmar military leaders who directed coup
  • Space 🚀. Astronomers discover most distant object observed in solar system
  • Television 📺. Some older Apple TVs will soon lose support of CBS All Access
  • Uplifting ❤️. Sanitation workers save 10-year-old girl who was kidnapped

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