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US to up ‘Do Not Travel’ advisories to 80% of countries due to COVID

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People walking in Galeao International airport in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on April 13, 2021. Brazil is one of the listed as "Level 4: Do Not Travel" by the State Department.

The US State Department on Monday said it will up its “Do Not Travel” advisory to about 80 percent of countries worldwide.

“The Department of State strongly recommends US citizens reconsider all travel abroad,” the agency said in a statement.

At least 34 out of about 200 countries were already listed as “Level 4: Do Not Travel,” the department’s highest warning. They include Russia, Kenya, Haiti, Brazil and Argentina.

Getting to 80 percent would imply adding nearly 130 countries to that guidance.

The agency said the move doesn’t mean that it has reassessed the current health situation in some countries, but rather, “reflects an adjustment” meant to rely more on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s existing assessment.

“As always, we are closely monitoring conditions around the globe, and will regularly update our destination-specific advice to US travelers as conditions evolve,” the statement said.

Most Americans were already barred from traveling to much of Europe because of COVID-19 restrictions.

With Post wires

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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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