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Gov. Cuomo, Warning Of Virus Second Wave, Appeals Directly To Drug Company For Vaccine Doses

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is warning of a dangerous second wave of the COVID-19 virus, as new, more contagious strains have begun to infiltrate the U.S.. And, as New York State struggles with its vaccination roll out, Cuomo says he’s asking on of the major manufacturers if the state can buy vaccines directly.

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A pilot says FAA approved drone test flights for Upstate Medical University in Syracuse this week are proving they can fly safely across the city.  Pilot Brendan Stewart who works for DroneUP says the length of flights completed here within a visual line of sight is groundbreaking because there was live street traffic below.


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Governor Andrew Cuomo addressed major problems plaguing the state’s vaccine sign up website, saying there are vastly more New Yorkers eligible to be vaccinated than there are vaccines.

Thousands of frustrated New Yorkers spent hours trying to sign up at the state health department website, which repeatedly crashed or shut people out before they could complete sign up forms.  Others spent hours fruitlessly on hold on a state hotline before being disconnected.

Some did get through though, and all state facilities offering vaccines are now booked through April.

The U.S. ambassador to the Netherlands sent a jubilant tweet on Monday, claiming to have "made some history today." He had welcomed Taiwan's de facto ambassador into the U.S. Embassy for a meeting.

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Some 6,000 workers at Amazon's warehouse in Bessemer, Ala., will begin voting next month on a groundbreaking possibility: the first union in the company's U.S. history.

The coronavirus pandemic appears to have shortened the average life expectancy in the United States, according to new research, and the impact is most dire for racial and ethnic minorities.

The deaths caused by COVID-19 have reduced overall life expectancy by 1.13 years, according to the analysis by researchers at the University of Southern California and Princeton University.

That would be the largest single-year decline in life expectancy in the past 40 years and cut U.S. life expectancy to 77.48 years — the lowest it's been since 2003, the researchers say.

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As thousands of National Guard troops now buttress security in Washington, D.C., and the nation, former U.S. Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund is standing by his actions, and those of his agency, on Jan. 6 — the day pro-Trump rioters attacked the Capitol under his watch.

In an interview with NPR, Sund says he had already planned to have 1,400 to 1,500 officers on duty, "all hands on deck." He said Capitol Police expected a large crowd but said nothing prepared them for what actually happened.

The Ostrom Avenue Podcast Ep 46- State of the Program Cont.

Jan 15, 2021

After two consecutive ACC losses, hosts Owen Valentine and Ben Shulman once again take a macro look at the Syracuse men's basketball team and its potential issues. Plus, the hosts preview the upcoming matchup with Pittsburgh by analyzing the defeats to Pitt and UNC in the last two weeks.  


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The top federal prosecutor for the District of Columbia said Friday that investigators have not uncovered direct evidence at this point of any "kill/capture teams" targeting elected officials during the U.S. Capitol insurrection, contradicting allegations made earlier by federal prosecutors in Arizona.

U.S. prosecutors in Arizona said Thursday in a court filing against Jacob Chansley, also known as the "QAnon Shaman," that they have "strong evidence" members of the pro-Trump mob wanted to "capture and assassinate" officials.

The Trump administration introduced new addiction treatment guidelines Thursday that give physicians more flexibility to prescribe a drug to patients struggling with opioid addiction.

When schools shut down in the spring, that raised immediate worries about the nearly 30 million children who depend on school food. Those worries were essentially borne out, with researchers reporting a large rise in child hunger.

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