Summary of US National News: US Government Stops Funding Advanced Study of Inovio’s COVID-19 Vaccine; Sexual assault charges should be dropped and more

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US government halts funding for advanced study of Inovio’s COVID-19 vaccine

Drug developer Inovio Pharmaceuticals said on Friday that the U.S. government had stopped funding an advanced-stage study testing its COVID-19 vaccine candidate, due to the increasing availability of licensed vaccines in the country. “This decision is not a reflection of the winner or the product, but rather of a rapidly changing environment associated with the former Operation Warp Speed ​​on decisions related to future products,” said the US Department of Defense to Inovio, according to a statement from the company.

Sexual assault prosecutions should be removed from US military chain of command: panel

A Pentagon sexual assault commission has recommended that the U.S. military make the decision to prosecute sexual assault cases outside the military chain of command, a U.S. official said on Thursday. If the initial recommendations made by the independent commission are accepted by Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, it would be a major change in the military.

Smile ‘worth a million dollars’: Daunte Wright buried after Minnesota police shooting

Hundreds of mourners, wearing face masks and crying, packed a Minneapolis church on Thursday for the funeral of Daunte Wright, a black man whose shooting by police after a traffic stop raised new concerns about the the way cops treat people of color. Wright, 20, who was shot dead by a white policeman in a Minneapolis suburb on April 11, was laid to rest two days after a Minneapolis jury found a white policeman guilty of the murder of George Floyd last May, a murder that sparked worldwide protests for racial justice.

US Senate Passes Bill to Tackle Anti-Asian Hate Crimes

A hate crimes bill to tackle violence against Asian Americans in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic passed overwhelmingly by the US Senate on Thursday, a rare bipartisan vote in the chamber evenly divided. The bill passed 94-1, with Missouri Senator Josh Hawley the only No vote. He must pass the House of Representatives, where Democrats hold a clear majority. President Joe Biden called for adoption.

U.S. officials hope advisers meet again on J&J COVID-19 vaccine

Advisors from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will meet again on Friday to determine whether it is safe to resume injections of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine, as senior U.S. health officials prepare at a green light. Last week, the panel asked for more data on a possible link to rare blood clots in the brain before deciding how and whether to end a ‘pause’ in J&J vaccine delivery requested by the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration.

FCC orders U.S. broadcasters to identify sponsors of foreign government programs

The United States Federal Communications Commission said Thursday it had voted unanimously to adopt rules requiring public disclosure of content broadcast on television and radio that is funded or provided by foreign governments. Disclosure would be required at the time of a broadcast if a foreign government entity paid a radio or television station, directly or indirectly, to broadcast material. The current rules do not specify when and how the sponsorship of a foreign government must be made public.

Biden to raise historic tax on investment gains for the rich

President Joe Biden will roll out a plan to raise taxes for the wealthiest Americans, including the largest ever increase in investment gains levies, to fund an estimated $ 1 trillion in child care, universal preschool education and paid leave for workers, sources familiar with said the proposal. The plan is part of the White House’s effort to overhaul the U.S. tax system to make the rich and big business pay more and help foot the bill for Biden’s ambitious economic agenda. The proposal calls for raising the top marginal tax rate to 39.6% from 37%, the sources said this week. It would also almost double capital gains taxes to 39.6% for people earning more than $ 1 million.

Republicans unveil $ 568 billion infrastructure package to counter Biden

Republicans in the U.S. Senate on Thursday proposed a five-year, $ 568 billion infrastructure package as a counter-offer to President Joe Biden’s sweeping $ 2.3 trillion plan, calling their measure a good effort. faith in bipartite negotiations. The proposal, which falls even below the $ 600 billion to $ 800 billion range Republicans launched earlier in the week, focuses narrowly on traditional infrastructure projects and broadband access.

Special Report – Giant U.S. Homeowners Continue Evictions Despite CDC Ban

Marvia Robinson was dead tired after a week of overnight long-haul travel when she plunged her Greyhound bus in the station into deep darkness before dawn. Still, the 63-year-old driver kept a friendly voice as she said goodbye to runners passing in front of her and getting off the bus. “Rough night,” she said a few minutes later, walking over to her Toyota Corolla in the parking lot. “I had to deliver two to Tallahassee, to drink, then another to Ocala.” She wanted to go home to sleep.

Cheerleader Snapchat Blasphemy Gets US Supreme Court Attention

Two days after Mahanoy-area High School in Pennsylvania held their cheerleading trials, ninth-grade Brandi Levy was still furious at being sidelined for a spot on the varsity team. With a young girl picked for college, Levy faced another relegated year to the junior college cheering team. That Saturday afternoon in May 2017 – standing not on school grounds but in the Cocoa Hut convenience store in Mahanoy City in the state’s coal country – Levy pulled out his cell phone and, with a friend, took out raised his middle finger towards the camera.

(With contributions from agencies.)

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