5 Things to Know for November 4th: Twitter, Flu, January 6th, Student Loans, Brittney Griner


The massive rocket at the heart of NASA’s mission to return humans to the moon is rolling out of the hangar today. After some problems and bad weather thwarted the first two launch attempts, the agency has spent weeks fixing the problems and is now preparing for another attempt to get the rocket off the ground.

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Elon Musk will begin laying off Twitter workers this morning, according to a notice sent to employees, with several employees accusing the billionaire of violating labor laws. An email sent out Thursday evening informed employees that they would receive a notice by 12:00 PM ET today, detailing the job status. Reports prior to the announcement said Musk planned to lay off half of the company’s workforce after it was acquired for $44 billion last week. Twitter had about 7,500 employees before Musk took over. He began his tenure at Twitter by firing its CEO and two other executives, according to two people familiar with the decision. Musk also disbanded Twitter’s former board of directors.

This year’s strains across the U.S. are bolstering health officials’ recommendations for flu shots. This fall there have been at least 880,000 flu cases, nearly 7,000 hospitalizations and 360 flu-related deaths — including one pediatric death — according to CDC data. The numbers also show that since 2009 there have not been as many flu cases this early in the season. After recently receiving Covid-19 vaccines and boosters, some people are waiting until late in the season to get a flu shot, CNN Medical analyst Dr. Leana Wen said. However, since it takes about two weeks after receiving the flu vaccine to achieve optimal immune protection, people who have not yet received it should do so now.

A triple threat is emerging: flu, Covid, RSV


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The House Select Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 riot at the US Capitol has interviewed more Secret Service witnesses, including a detail from former Vice President Mike Pence. The commission is expected to interview at least half a dozen more Secret Service witnesses in the coming weeks, including current and former officials and agents, multiple sources told CNN. The panel’s efforts in the final months of its investigation to secure testimony from an expanding list of current and former Secret Service agents show the committee is stepping up its push to learn more about what the Secret Service knew about threats against Pence and other administration officials. of the attack

A sign with a US Secret Service shield is cleaned at the service's headquarters on November 7, 2019 in Washington, DC.

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President Joe Biden’s student loan forgiveness program remains on hold as a federal appeals court hears an appeal by six Republican-led states. The Biden administration is accepting applications for student loan forgiveness, worth up to $20,000 per loan, but it is currently not allowed to cancel student loan debt until the lien is lifted. The Biden administration is also facing lawsuits from an attorney general and conservative groups that say it lacks the legal authority to cancel student loan debt across the board. As for what happens next, an appeals court will decide whether to grant the preliminary injunction requested by the states. If granted, the student loan forgiveness program could be suspended while the judge hears from both parties. If it is not granted, debt cancellation can be started while the appeal is being carried out. Judgment can come at any moment.

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US Embassy officials visited Brittney Griner, the WNBA basketball star who was arrested Thursday, in Russia and “saw in her mind her determination and perseverance despite her current situation,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a statement. They had not been able to visit Griner since early August, but spoke to him by phone last month. After months of internal debate, the Biden administration offered to exchange a Russian arms dealer serving a 25-year sentence in the US for Griner and Paul Whelan, as part of a possible deal to secure the release of Griner and Paul Whelan, who are being held in a remote prison. Camp in Russia since 2018 on espionage charges. US officials say they have continued to follow up on their offer and stressed that the arrest of the Americans remains a top priority.

Kyrie Irving has apologized amid Twitter controversy and suspension from the Brooklyn Nets

The NBA star apologized on Instagram late Thursday, hours after the Nets announced a five-game suspension for his “failure to reject anti-Semitism.”

Netflix launches a new plan with ads

After much anticipation, the platform’s cheaper ad-supported plan debuted in the US on Thursday. Here’s how it differs from existing plans.

Miller Lite sells a Christmas tree stand that doubles as a beer keg

Beer lovers are taking “holiday cheer” to a whole new level… This product was designed to make “beer look like it’s pouring beer from a tree,” said a company spokesperson.

Jay-Z and Jeff Bezos are interested in buying the Washington Commanders together

The two billionaire businessmen already have strong sporting connections. Now, they are talking about a possible joint venture to buy an NFL team.

The Iranian artist’s paintings of women take on a new sense of urgencycy

These symbolic paintings are full of emotion and refer to issues that have recently sparked protests across Iran.

An “extremely rare” item expected to fetch $30 million at an upcoming auction?

A. George Washington’s journal

B. White House key

C. First edition copy of the US Constitution

D. Original senate matel

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That’s the age of the first-time buyer in the US in 2022, up from 33 last year. A new report from the National Association of Realtors shows that only 26 percent of all home buyers in the year ending in June were first-time buyers, roughly four decades in the past. Financial analysts say many factors have made it a difficult environment for Millennials and Gen Zers to remain competitive in the marketplace, including rising home prices, rising mortgage rates and younger generations saving less money for a down payment.

“Violence has no place in politics.

– White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, condemning the attack on former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday. The country’s former leader was shot in the leg outside the town of Gujranwala in Punjab province during a political rally, Pakistani officials said. He was taken to Lahore for treatment and his condition was stable. According to the police, a man who is not suspected of having fired the shots during the demonstration has been arrested. Khan has repeatedly claimed, without any evidence, that the US was behind his loss of power after he was ousted as prime minister in April.

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Indoor ocean simulator

The US Navy is testing its equipment in a large swimming pool that can replicate any wave condition in the world. Look inside. (Click here to view)