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Republicans demand CDC director explain why children have to wear masks

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Republicans demand CDC director explain why children have to wear masks

Thirty-two Republican lawmakers sent a letter to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle Walensky asking how the agency reached their determination that children over two years old have to wear masks.

The lawmakers requested that Walensky provide the group with “information on how the [CDC] came to its conclusion that children two years and older should wear facemasks to mitigate the spread of COVID-19” in a letter led by Senator Mike Lee, R-Utah, sent on Thursday.

“The implementation of these recommendations has had serious consequences for some Americans,” the lawmakers wrote. “Multiple parents of young children have been removed from flights and in some instances, permanently banned, from future travel on the airline they were flying due to their toddler’s refusal to wear a mask.”

The Republicans pointed out that the CDC mask mandate has made it “almost impossible” for parents of children with disabilities to comply and has resulted in “increased social isolation and negative mental health consequences.”

“The CDC’s mandate that children as young as two years old must wear facemasks is among the most stringent face mask age requirements in the world,” the lawmakers wrote, adding that other nations – such as Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Italy – have a much higher age requirement for masks.

Referencing multiple scientific data analyses and infectious disease experts, the legion of Republican lawmakers unleashed a volley of questions at Walensky as to why “the CDC set the minimum age requirement for COVID-19 mask guidelines at two years old.”

“Are you continuing to monitor the science that informs your administration’s guidance on children wearing masks?” the lawmakers asked. “Are you willing to modify and update your current guidance?”

“We look forward to receiving your response by May 6, 2021,” the lawmakers concluded.

A mother of three in Georgia recently went viral after ripping into the Gwinnett County School Board after the board announced it would be continuing its mask mandate through the next year.

“I think month after month I have been waiting for this mask requirement to end or at the very least ease up and there’s just no end in sight and nobody’s even having the discussion about when this is going to stop,” Courtney Ann Taylor said in the video posted Thursday.

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2-year-old boy shoots parents in Maine home

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2-year-old boy shoots parents in Maine home

A 2-year-old boy in Maine shot his parents Wednesday morning with a gun he picked up from a nightstand, a report said.

The toddler’s 25-year-old father was hit in the head, and the mother, 22, was struck in the leg in the shooting at their home in West Bath, WMTW reported, citing Sagadahoc County Sheriff Joel Merry.

The baby was injured by the recoil of the gun, authorities said. All three family members were hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries, according to Merry.

“The question of how the boy was able to pick up and fire the weapon is of great concern and is being investigated,” Merry said, according to the report.

“This situation, while disturbing, could have had an even more tragic ending,” the sheriff said.

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Banksy’s ‘Love is in the Air’ auctioned for $12.9M in crypto

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Banksy's 'Love is in the Air' auctioned for $12.9M in crypto

A Banksy piece fetched $12.9 million in an auction Tuesday — and the winning bidder will pay for the pricey pop art with cryptocurrency.

The anonymous artist’s “Love is in the Air” is the first physical piece of art sold by a major auction house paid for using crypto, according to a tweet from Sotheby’s.

The protest image — which shows a protester winding up with a bouquet of flowers in hand instead of a molotov cocktail — was sold after a 14-minute bidding battle with four participants, Sotheby’s said.

The auction house announced in March it would auction off a series of non-fungible tokens, or NFTs, which are digital assets that represent ownership of virtual items like art and sports memorabilia.

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Colonial Pipeline has restarted operations after cyberattack

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Colonial Pipeline has restarted operations after cyberattack

Colonial Pipeline restarted operations on Wednesday — after it was shut down for days over a cyberattack, causing major disruptions and panic-buying at gas stations across the Southeast.

The company said it “initiated the restart of the pipeline” — which delivers about 45 percent of the fuel consumed on the East Coast — at around 5 p.m..

“Following this restart, it will take several days for the product delivery supply chain to return to normal,” Colonial’s statement said.

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