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For the first time in over 100 years, Virginia won’t celebrate Lee-Jackson Day

For the first time in over 100 years, Virginia won’t celebrate Lee-Jackson Day

For the first time in more than 100 years, Lee-Jackson Day will not officially be celebrated in Virginia. The holiday, which was observed on the Friday before Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in January, celebrated Gens. Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson as “defenders of causes.” The event typically involved Civil War-themed parades, wreath…MORE

Biden picks former FDA commissioner to lead US vaccine effort

President-elect Joe Biden has picked Dr. David Kessler, a former head of the US Food and Drug Administration, to lead federal Covid-19 vaccine efforts for the incoming administration, Biden’s presidential transition team announced Friday. Kessler, who is currently the co-chair of the Biden transition’s coronavirus task force, will help lead Operation Warp Speed in the…MORE

Even $1,400 checks aren’t exciting Wall Street

Even $1,400 checks aren’t exciting Wall Street

News that President-elect Joe Biden is asking Congress to pass a $1.9 trillion stimulus package would normally give markets a big boost. Not this time. US stocks slid on Thursday, and futures indicate they could lose more ground Friday. The S&P 500 has shed 0.8% this week, setting it up for its first weekly decline…MORE

Marvel’s ‘WandaVision’ looks to make Disney+ even mightier

Marvel’s ‘WandaVision’ looks to make Disney+ even mightier

“WandaVision,” Marvel Studios’ first original series for Disney+, hits streaming this weekend. That’s excellent news for Disney+, considering that Marvel is the company’s mightiest brand. And it’s bad news for Disney’s rivals, since the new service has notched 86 million subscribers, even without an exclusive original series from Hollywood’s biggest blockbuster franchise. Sure, Disney+ has…MORE

What we know about potential armed protests ahead of Joe Biden’s inauguration

What we know about potential armed protests ahead of Joe Biden’s inauguration

Washington, DC, and states across the country are heightening security and preparing reinforcements this week ahead of potential armed protests from Saturday up to at least Inauguration Day on Wednesday. One week after a pro-Trump mob ransacked the US Capitol, federal officials reiterated a warning in a call with law enforcement leaders across the country,…MORE

How to keep your fitness resolutions past January

How to keep your fitness resolutions past January

It’s estimated that 80% of people abandon their resolutions by the end of January. This number is likely even higher for fitness-related resolutions as too many people, driven by the “new year, new you” marketing mantra, attempt to reinvent themselves to match an unrealistic ideal. Overwhelmed by the burden of making sweeping lifestyle changes based…MORE

Biden taps David Cohen to be CIA deputy director

President-elect Joseph Biden will announce Friday the appointment of David Cohen to the role of deputy director of the CIA, according to a transition official. Cohen served as the deputy director for the CIA from 2015 to 2017 in the Obama administration. Earlier this week, Biden tapped veteran American diplomat William Burns to be the…MORE

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