Irv Cross, First Black Network TV Sports Analyst, Dies at 81

After playing defensive back in the N.F.L., he made history when he joined CBS Sports’ pregame show, “The NFL Today.” …

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Johnson trying to set up charity that could fund No 11 flat revamp

No 10 does not deny reports that scheme could cover costs of works by PM’s fiancee, Carrie SymondsDowning Street is trying to set up a charity that could cover the costs of the refurbishment of Boris Johnson’s flat, which he shares with his fiancee, Carrie Symonds.A No 10 spokesman would not deny reports in the Daily Mail that the prime minister is attempting to set up a charity where benefactors can contribute to the upkeep of Downing Street.Symonds is understood to have undertaken a substantial redecoration of the flat above No 11 that she shares with Johnson and their baby son, Wilfred. Johnson is known to have joked with Conservative MPs about the cost of the refurbishment.According the Mail, the purpose of the charitable fund would be to maintain not just the No 11 flat, but also other parts of Downing Street, including the state rooms, and could therefore be presented as having a wider heritage purpose. Continue reading… …

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Neanderthals Listened to the World Much Like Us

A reconstructed Neanderthal ear adds a new piece to the puzzle of whether the early humans could speak. …

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What’s happening with the stimulus check timeline now? The timeline as we know it – CNET

Will Democrats meet their two week deadline to pass the stimulus bill, and if so, what does that mean about when the IRS could send your next payment? Here’s what could throw a wrench in the schedule….

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Documenting emperor penguins in Antarctica

Stefan Christmann spent almost 15 months in Antarctica alongside 10,000 emperor penguins. …

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Syria war: ‘This is the price we had to pay for freedom’

Syrian civilians describe the devastating impact 10 years of war has had on them. …

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Palestinian ‘Techno Queen’ Sama’ Abdulhadi faces court over shrine event

DJ Sama’ Abdulhadi is facing a court hearing following a music event near a West Bank holy site. …

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City firms made plans in Brexit run-up to move assets worth £100bn to EU – survey

Data from EY highlights last-minute transfers in order to hold on to European business City firms revealed in the final months of 2020 that they planned to shift nearly £100bn in assets to the EU, taking the total value of assets lost to the bloc since the Brexit vote to £1.3 trillion, according to a new survey.The data from consulting group EY pointed to a last-minute push by firms before 31 December after the UK-EU trade deal did not offer concessions for the UK’s dominant financial services sector. It forced companies to move staff and assets to the continent in order to continue serving EU customers. Continue reading… …

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Where Biden’s Foreign Policy Is Taking the U.S.

The president diverges from both Donald Trump and Barack Obama with a complex vision of coalition-building. …

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Frontier Cancels Flight, Citing Maskless Passengers

The airline’s treatment of the passengers, all Orthodox Jews, drew condemnation and accusations of anti-Semitism from Jewish groups. …

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Save up to 70% on Lenovo laptops and accessories right now – CNET

There are some solid deals on ThinkPads, Bose headsets and more, with free shipping….

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After El Salvador Election, Bukele Is on Verge of Near-Total Control

The party of President Nayib Bukele is set to take a sweeping majority in El Salvador’s Congress, giving the populist leader broad new powers. …

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Taylor Swift criticises Netflix show for ‘deeply sexist joke’

The pop star accuses the Ginny and Georgia series of “degrading” women in an angry tweet. …

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Why Infrastructure is Next on Biden’s To-Do List

Strengthening the country’s highways, bridges and broadband networks has broad popular support, but Washington remains bitterly divided on the details. …

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Israeli Court Says Converts to Non-Orthodox Judaism Can Claim Citizenship

People who convert in Israel to Reform or Conservative Judaism have a right to citizenship, the Supreme Court ruled, chipping at the power of Orthodox authorities that see them as non-Jewish. …

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Daily Harvest review: Easy, healthy, real meals on hand when you need them – CNET

Prepped-and-ready vegan smoothies, soups, bowls and snacks made from high-quality ingredients — but is Daily Harvest worth the money?…

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