German Man Drove Into Carnival Crowd ‘to Kill’: Officials

Time BERLIN — A German man who drove his car into a crowd celebrating Carnival, injuring dozens of people including many children, is being investigated on suspicion of attempted murder, prosecutors said Tuesday. The 29-year-old man, who suffered serious head injuries in the crash, lived in the central German town of Volkmarsen, where the incident took place Monday. Authorities said 61 people were injured when the man plowed into a crowd watching the traditional “Rose Monday” procession, including 20 children. Those injured ranged in age from 2 to 85. By Tuesday, 35 remained hospitalized, some with life-threatening injuries. Prosecutors said … Continue reading German Man Drove Into Carnival Crowd ‘to Kill’: Officials

COVID-19 Vaccine Shipped, and Drug Trials Start

Alice Park Moderna Therapeutics, a biotech company based in Cambridge, Mass., has shipped the first batches of its COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine was created just 42 days after the genetic sequence of the COVID_19 virus, called SARS-CoV-2, was released by Chinese researchers in mid-January. The first vials were sent to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, MD, which will ready the vaccine for human testing as early as April. NIH scientists also began testing an antiviral drug called remdesivir that had been developed for Ebola, on a … Continue reading COVID-19 Vaccine Shipped, and Drug Trials Start

Joe Biden’s Last Stand: Why the Former Vice President Needs A Convincing Win in South Carolina

Philip Elliott South Carolina could be the last stand of Joe Biden’s political career. “If Biden doesn’t have a big win, the reality is, it’s over,” says one Democratic strategist who is backing the former vice president largely in hopes of stopping Bernie Sanders from winning the party’s presidential nomination. “If the campaign doesn’t get that, they’re delusional.” Biden has long banked on South Carolina as his firewall. But after losses in the first three nomination contests, his numbers are heading in the wrong direction. Black voters, who are expected to make up two-thirds of the South Carolina primary electorate, … Continue reading Joe Biden’s Last Stand: Why the Former Vice President Needs A Convincing Win in South Carolina

Disney Names Bob Chapek Its New CEO, Replacing Bob Iger

Associated Press (NEW YORK) — The Walt Disney Co. has named Bob Chapek CEO, replacing Bob Iger, effective immediately. Iger will become executive chairman. Chapek was most recently chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products. Iger will remain chairman through the end of his contract Dec. 31, 2021. Iger said it was an “optimal time” for him to step down following Disney’s acquisition of Fox’s entertainment assets and the launch of Disney Plus streaming service in November. Chapek is only the seventh CEO in Disney history. Susan Arnold, the independent lead director of the Disney board said succession planning had … Continue reading Disney Names Bob Chapek Its New CEO, Replacing Bob Iger

‘They’re in a World of Hurt.’ 39 States to Investigate Juul’s Marketing Tactics

Dave Collins and Matthew Perrone / AP (HARTFORD, Conn.) — A coalition of 39 states will look into the marketing and sales of vaping products by Juul Labs, including whether the company targeted youths and made misleading claims about nicotine content in its devices, officials announced Tuesday. Attorneys general from Connecticut, Florida, Nevada, Oregon and Texas said they will lead the multi-state investigation into San Francisco-based Juul, which also is facing lawsuits by teenagers and others who say they became addicted to the company’s vaping products. The state officials said they also will investigate the company’s claims about the risk, … Continue reading ‘They’re in a World of Hurt.’ 39 States to Investigate Juul’s Marketing Tactics

Harvey Weinstein’s Mixed Verdict Shows the Challenge of Prosecuting Sexual Assault

Melissa Chan Celebrations rippled across social media, and the women whose claims helped topple Harvey Weinstein cheered as the convicted rapist was led out of the courtroom and taken into custody. “For once he won’t be sitting comfortably,” said actor Rose McGowan, who is one of the most vocal of Weinstein’s accusers. “For once he will know what it’s like to have power wrapped around his neck.” A jury on Monday found the former Hollywood mogul guilty of raping Jessica Mann, a former aspiring actor, in 2013, and of sexually assaulting Mimi Haleyi, a former “Project Runway” production assistant, in … Continue reading Harvey Weinstein’s Mixed Verdict Shows the Challenge of Prosecuting Sexual Assault

Hot Pockets Heiress Who Cheated to Get Her Daughters Into College Faces Possible Prison Time

Alanna Durkin Richer / AP (BOSTON) — Prosecutors are seeking nearly two years in prison for an heiress to the Hot Pockets microwavable snack fortune who agreed to pay $300,000 to cheat the college admissions process for her daughters in a nationwide bribery scheme. Michelle Janavs, whose family developed Hot Pockets before selling their company, will be sentenced Tuesday in Boston federal court for her role in the scandal that has embroiled elite universities across the country. Janavs admitted to paying the consultant at the center of the scheme, Rick Singer, $100,000 to have a proctor correct her daughters’ ACT … Continue reading Hot Pockets Heiress Who Cheated to Get Her Daughters Into College Faces Possible Prison Time