Remembering the stars who passed in 2020, from lawmakers to scholars and entertainers.
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Republican lawmakers in Georgia muscled legislation through the state House on Monday that would roll back voting access, over the objection of Democrats and civil rights groups gathered at the Capitol to protest. The bill comes after record turnout led to Democratic wins in Georgia’s presidential election and two U.S. Senate runoffs. House Bill 531 passed the lower legislative chamber by a vote of 97-72.
Kourtney Kardashian admits Kim made her cry when she called her the 'least exciting to look at': 'I took it really personally'
The eldest Kardashian was getting her makeup done by sister Kylie Jenner, who asked her about the vicious argument she and Kim had in 2018.
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Markieff Morris put on a show against the Golden State Warriors as the Lakers lean on players to make bigger contributions with Anthony Davis sidelined by an injury.
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It extends an extraordinary losing streak for lawsuits from Donald Trump and his allies seeking to overturn the 2020 presidential election results.
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Lady Gaga's dog walker, who was shot last week during a robbery in Hollywood when two of the singer’s French bulldogs were stolen, described the violence and his recovery “from a very close call with death" in social media posts Monday. Ryan Fischer’s posts included pictures taken from his hospital bed, where he says “(a) lot of healing still needs to happen” but he looks forward to reuniting with the dogs. Fischer was shot once as he walked three of Lady Gaga's dogs on Wednesday night on a street just off the famed Sunset Boulevard.
- The Independent
Lindell equates getting coronavirus vaccine to receiving ‘mark of the beast’ pledging allegiance to the devil
The Golden Globes kicked off the 2021 awards season with a few awkward moments, including a buggy telecast, acceptance speeches made in pajamas and an awkward acknowledgment from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association about the group's lack of diversity. Why it matters: Despite a few light and heartfelt moments, the telecast was a grim reminder of how much the pandemic has upended American lives and the entertainment industry over the past year. Stay on top of the latest market trends and economic insights with Axios Markets. Subscribe for freeIn television: The biggest winner of the night was Netflix. Its hit drama series "The Crown" took home four awards — including "Best Drama." The platform's chess mini-drama series "The Queen's Gambit" took home two prizes. AppleTV's "Ted Lasso" picked up a prize. Star Jason Sudeikis was awarded "Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series for a Musical or Comedy."“Schitt’s Creek” added to its Emmys success with two awards, including "Best Television Series for a Musical or Comedy."In film:Searchlight's "Nomadland" broke new ground, as its director Chloé Zhao became the second woman in the Globes' 78-year history to win "Best Director." The movie also won "Best Drama Film."Amazon Studio's “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm,” starring Sacha Baron Cohen, also picked up two awards, including "Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy."Disney's "Soul," which debuted on Disney's streaming service Disney+ last year, picked up two wins, including "Best Animated Motion Picture."Chadwick Boseman, the Black Panther star who died six months ago from cancer, won a Golden Globe for "Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Drama" for his final movie, “Ma Rainey's Black Bottom." His widow accepted the award on his behalf.Be smart: Streaming services dominated the night, a reflection of how resilient the technology industry has been throughout the pandemic. The big picture: The pandemic upended the typically-sexy Hollywood affair. While the virtual broadcast gave a glimpse into the homes of some of Hollywood's elite, it didn't come without a few interesting moments. The show hosts — comedians Tina Fey and Amy Poehler — appeared live from two different cities. From the start, the two joked about the challenges of hosting a bi-coastal event remotely. Hundreds of Hollywood A-listers were replaced by a small group of frontline workers attending the event in person.Nominees and winners Zoomed in from their homes, as the show skipped the typical red carpet affairs and glamour. While some stars appeared in black tie, others kept it casual from home. Jodie Foster accepted the award for "Best Supporting Actress" for her role in "The Mauritanian" while wearing pajamas on her couch. Jason Sudeikis accepted his prize wearing a tie-die sweatshirt at home. The big picture: The show occurred just days after the Lost Angeles Times published a damning profile of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which found that the group does not have any Black members, and may not apply the most unbiased criteria when selecting nominees. "We recognize we have our own work to do," the group's vice president Helen Hoehne said during the telecast. "Black representation is vital. We must have Black journalists in our organization.”Go deeper: Virtual Emmys address chaotic yearMore from Axios: Sign up to get the latest market trends with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free
A week after Alex Smith said Washington didn't want him during his incredible return from a scary leg injury, the team is expected to cut him
Alex Smith is reportedly set to hit the free agent market this offseason and keep his career going over two years after suffering an injury that some thought was career-ending.
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European Commission raises hopes of coronavirus vaccine passports to ease travel for work and tourism
European Union plans for a coronavirus vaccine passport could be opened up to British tourists and other non-EU holidaymakers, Brussels said on Monday. Ursula von der Leyen said the EU-wide “Digital Green Pass” would be proposed this month and that it could be a first step towards a virus passport for travel from outside the bloc. "The Digital Green Pass should facilitate Europeans‘ lives. The aim is to gradually enable them to move safely in the EU or abroad - for work or tourism,” the European Commission president said. The chief spokesman for the European Commission said the process would be done "step by step". “We work on a European solution now, this is where we start and then anything else would need to come after,” he said. "We’re of the view that in collaboration with the World Health Organisation there should be a way to scale this up globally." The UK said it was looking into the idea. “The Department for Transport will work and speak to countries across the world in terms of how they may look to introduce passports," the Prime Minister’s spokesman said in London. The Green Pass will include information such as whether the carrier has ever had coronavirus, been tested or vaccinated and is aimed at “facilitating safe free movement in the European Union.” The legislation will be put forward on March 17. Spanish Tourism Minister Reyes Maroto said that work should be speeded up to save the summer season and enable safe travel from the UK. “It is important to have the tools ready to start mobility and make Europe a safe travel destination again as soon as the virus incidence data allows for this,” Ms Maroto said at a meeting of EU tourism ministers in Lisbon.
Prince Harry, who shocked Britain last year when he and his wife Meghan stepped back from royal duties, told U.S. interviewer Oprah Winfrey that he had worried about history repeating itself, according to excerpts released on Sunday. The CBS broadcast network released two brief clips from Winfrey's interview of the couple, which is scheduled to air on March 7. "My biggest concern was history repeating itself," Harry said, apparently referring to his mother Princess Diana, who was hounded by the British press and died at age 36 in a car crash in Paris after her divorce from Prince Charles.
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Royal Family has 'more important things to worry about' than Sussexes' interview as Prince Philip moves hospitals
The Royal Family has "more important things to worry about" than the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Oprah Winfrey interview, Buckingham Palace aides said on Monday night, as the Duke of Edinburgh was transferred to a leading cardiac hospital. Prince Philip, 99, was taken by ambulance from the private King Edward VII’s Hospital to St Bartholomew’s Hospital in central London just hours after a dramatic clip of the Sussexes’ “shocking” comments was released by a US television network. The timing of the couple’s interview was described as “unfortunate” amid speculation about whether it might have to be pulled. Palace aides suggested that the family’s focus was solely on the Duke, who had already spent 13 nights in hospital and is expected to remain there until at least the end of the week. One said: “The family is very worried about him and their thoughts are very much with him rather than this Oprah interview. They have much more important things to worry about.” Another senior aide said: “This programme is really not something we are focusing on at the moment.”
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The United States wasted billions of dollars in war-torn Afghanistan on buildings and vehicles that were either abandoned or destroyed, according to a report released Monday by a U.S. government watchdog. The agency said it reviewed $7.8 billion spent since 2008 on buildings and vehicles. Only $343.2 million worth of buildings and vehicles “were maintained in good condition,” said the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, or SIGAR, which oversees American taxpayer money spent on the protracted conflict.
Problems at AstraZeneca Plc's European production site in January kicked off a six-week push to get a version of its COVID-19 vaccine made at an Indian facility approved by Canada's drug regulator, according to the Canadian pharmaceutical company that filed the application. Last week, when Health Canada approved AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine, it also cleared a version of the shot made by the Serum Institute of India (SII). SII filed the application with a Canadian partner, Verity Pharmaceuticals.
Throughout its 94 episodes across six seasons, "Sex and the City" featured some very famous faces. The show is now getting a revival on HBO Max.
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WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the rise in cases was "disappointing but not surprising" and urged countries not to relax measures to fight the disease.It was too early for countries to rely solely on vaccination programs and abandon other measures, he said.Adding, "If countries rely solely on vaccines, they are making a mistake. Basic public health measures remain the foundation of the response."
The lawyer for the 'QAnon Shaman' wants to use Trump's speech before the insurrection as part of his defense
"QAnon Shaman" Jacob Chansley's lawyer has blamed Donald Trump for inciting his client to storm the Capitol building on January 6.
Former U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday laid out a variety of election proposals, such as limiting absentee voting and days when Americans can vote, in his first public speech after his stinging Nov. 3 election loss. Democrats' nationwide push to register new voters, including Black voters and young people, and Trump's refusal to urge his Republican supporters to vote by absentee ballot are believed to have been factors in his 7 million vote loss to Joe Biden. At a speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Florida, Trump said Election Day should be only one day, not a number of days leading up to the actual voting day.
After a tweet admiring a line about grief and love from episode eight of WandaVision went viral, people began making ironic memes about it.
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Israel's Supreme Court on Monday dealt a major blow to the country's powerful Orthodox establishment, ruling that people who convert to Judaism through the Reform and Conservative movements in Israel are also Jewish and entitled to become citizens. The landmark ruling, 15 years in the making, centered around the combustible question of who is Jewish and marked an important victory for the Reform and Conservative movements.
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Hundreds of protesters gathered outside a Hong Kong court on Monday (March 1) for the hearing of 47 democracy activists charged with conspiracy to commit subversion.Security was tight, with more than 100 police officers deployed.Protesters chanted slogans. Many wore black, the color associated with the 2019 anti-government protests. And some raised the three-finger salute that has become the symbol of protest against authoritarian rule in Myanmar. The activists inside are accused of organizing and participating in an unofficial "primary election" last July aimed at selecting the strongest candidates for a legislative council election.Authorities said the informal poll was part of a plan to "overthrow" the government.Critics say that’s a clear sign that Hong Kong has taken a swift authoritarian turn since Beijing imposed a national security law last June.Since the legislation was imposed, some elected legislators have been disqualified, scores of activists arrested and others have fled overseas.Ivy Chan supports the pro-democracy movement: "This group of people are our allies who fight for democracy and freedom. There is nothing else we can do so we queue here to let everyone know that we are still here. Hongkongers cannot be defeated, we will continue to fight on."The activists were charged on Sunday (February 28) under the law which punishes what China broadly defines as secession, subversion, terrorism, and collusion with foreign forces with up to life in prison.U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken called for the 47 to be released immediately. British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab described the charges as "deeply disturbing."