Global millionaires call governments for higher taxes to reduce wealth inequality

A group of more than 100 richest people in the world called “Patriots” by governments to make them contribute more taxes in global economic recovery. Millionaires around the world say current tax systems are “unfair” and that increasing wealth taxes will help resolve inequalities that have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 health crisis. In an … Read more

Biden administration disputes Maryland governor’s claim on availability of tests

Covid-19 is seen in home test kits at Davies Pharmacy in Canton, Ohio, on Wednesday, Jan. 5 (Julie Vennitti Botos/USA Today Network) Some states say they are having trouble getting rapid Covid-19 tests in the wake of the US federal government’s plan to send home test kits to families across the country. “We have ordered … Read more

Some officials say states are having a hard time getting Covid-19 tests as the federal testing plan rolls out

Covid-19 is seen in home test kits at Davies Pharmacy in Canton, Ohio, on Wednesday, Jan. 5 (Julie Vennitti Botos/USA Today Network) Some states say they are having trouble getting rapid Covid-19 tests in the wake of the US federal government’s plan to send home test kits to families across the country. “We have ordered … Read more

Minnesota AG sues testing providers for allegedly failing to deliver results and giving falsified results

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison filed a lawsuit Wednesday against a company and its associated clinical laboratory, which allegedly provided a Covid-19 test but failed to provide test results or untimely delivery of false test results. The lawsuit filed Wednesday in Hennepin County Court alleges that the Minnesota Department of Health received complaints after people … Read more

Australian court upholds cancellation of Novak Djokovic’s visa due to COVID-19 risk – National

An Australian court said Thursday it has rejected tennis star Novak Djokovic’s appeal over the revocation of his visa, as the minister who rescinded it reasonably believes that Djokovic, who has not been vaccinated against Covid-19, may be a danger to society. The federal court also rejected the argument that there was no evidence that … Read more

Ghislaine Maxwell requests new trial, alleges juror hid past sexual abuse claim – National

Ghislaine Maxwell’s lawyers late Wednesday formally requested a new trial after lawyers for the British socialite raised concerns that a juror might not disclose pre-trial that he was sexually abused as a child. Maxwell, 60, was convicted December 29 on five counts of sex trafficking and other offenses of recruiting and preparing teenage girls to … Read more

Australia rejects plan allowing 16-year-old forklift drivers to ease supply chain woes – National

Australia has ruled out allowing teenagers as young as 16 to drive a forklift truck to address labor shortages in coronavirus-hit supply chains, as it strives to collect millions of home test kits needed to keep businesses running. A sudden increase in coronavirus cases in recent weeks has seen hundreds of thousands of workers fall … Read more

Those who had COVID-19 and are vaccinated have best protection, study finds – National

A new study in two states comparing protection against coronavirus from previous infections and vaccination finds that getting vaccinated is still the safest way to prevent COVID-19. The study examined infections in New York and California last summer and fall and found that people who had been vaccinated and had survived a previous bout of … Read more

U.S. Supreme Court blocks Trump’s bid to keep Jan. 6 documents from Congress – National

In a refusal of former US President Donald Trump, the Supreme Court allowed the release of presidential documents requested by the congressional committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol. On Wednesday, judges rejected an attempt by Trump to withhold the documents from the committee until the case was finally resolved by the courts. … Read more