The COVID-19 warning for cruise ships has been dropped. The landing of a NASA astronaut defies US tensions with Russia. Bruce Willis announces his retirement from acting.
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CDC: It’s OK to set sail
After more than two years of discouraging travelers from taking cruises amid the pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention dropped its COVID-19 risk assessment for cruise travel on Wednesday. The removal of the COVID-19 cruise ship health notice does not mean that sailing the seas comes without any risks. A spokesperson for the health agency said travelers should analyze the risks as they would for any other travel. The decision to lift the notice was based on the pandemic situation and low rates of COVID-19 on cruise ships.
Little progress in talks between Russia and Ukraine
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday that no breakthroughs had been reached in talks with Ukraine to end the Russian invasion. Peskov said none of the officials involved in the talks described them as positive. Britain’s Ministry of Defense said in an assessment on Wednesday that the Russian army had suffered heavy losses that forced units to return to Belarus and Russia, putting pressure on overcrowded Russian logistics. President Joe Biden pledged $500 million in additional support to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during a phone call on Wednesday.
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Bruce Willis bows
Bruce Willis is quitting acting due to health issues. The 67-year-old actor known for his roles in “Die Hard” and “Pulp Fiction” has been diagnosed with aphasia, a language disorder that hampers a person’s ability to communicate and speak with others. According to his daughter Rumer’s Instagram post, the condition is “affecting his cognitive abilities”, causing the star to walk away from his celebrity career. The joint family statement called the decision a “challenge” but expressed love and appreciation for the fans’ support.
Judge Kitangi Brown Jackson on his way to the Supreme Court
President Joe Biden’s Supreme Court nominee has bipartisan support to confirm her appointment. Senator Susan Collins, R-Maine, said Wednesday she would vote yes on Judge Kitangi Brown-Jackson’s nomination. Collins’ vote would move the needle in the Senate, which is evenly divided along party lines and needs a simple majority of 51 of the 100 senators to make the judge the first black woman to serve on the nation’s highest court. Republicans lobbied Jackson during last week’s hearings, but Collins said in a statement that while she would not agree with all of Jackson’s votes, “this alone, however, does not lead to disqualification.”
NASA astronaut returns to Earth in a Russian capsule
NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hee landed on Earth on Wednesday with two Russian cosmonauts after a record 355-day spaceflight on the International Space Station. The Americans landed in a Soyuz capsule – a Russian capsule – in Kazakhstan with Pyotr Dubrov and Anton Shkaplerov of the Russian Space Agency. The trio’s return from space comes as tensions rise between the United States and Russia over Vladimir Putin’s deadly invasion of Ukraine. Vande Hei said he avoided the topic of war with fellow Russians during the trip. One astronaut noted that during orbit, “we are one crew.”
The ninth address is shortened to 50
Title IX celebrates 50 years this summer. Federal law obligates schools that receive public funds to ensure gender equality across a range of fields, but they are known to be mandated to provide women with equal athletic opportunities. Five decades later, schools still fall short of this directive. USA TODAY interviewed coaches, athletes, and athletic directors to assess the disparities. Despite the rise in the number of girls and women playing sports, schools are lagging behind in ensuring equal opportunities. Spending imbalances between the men’s and women’s teams are often hidden — another way women are told it doesn’t matter.
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