RFK Jr. apologizes after condemnation for Anne Frank comment

Anti-vaccine activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr., apologized Tuesday for suggesting things are worse for people today than they were for Anne Frank, the teenager who died in a Nazi concentration camp after hiding with her family in a secret annex in an Amsterdam house for two years.
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Medical examiner rules 23-year-old Connecticut woman's death accidental

The death of Lauren Smith-Fields was accidental and caused by "acute intoxication due to the combined effects of fentanyl, promethazine, hydroxyzine and alcohol," a medical examiner ruled.
Before Monday's ruling by Dr. Christopher Borck of Connecticut's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, members of Smith-Fields' family accused the Bridgeport Police Department of violating their civil rights, mishandling the investigation of her death and not notifying them she had died.
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Conviction of Mexican drug kingpin 'El Chapo' upheld by U.S. appeals court

NEW YORK -- The Mexican drug kingpin known as "El Chapo" will stay in prison after a U.S. appeals court refused to overturn his 2019 drug trafficking conviction despite a report that jurors had tracked the case in the media during his blockbuster trial.
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Neil Young demands Spotify remove his music over Joe Rogan COVID-19 misinformation

Late Monday, Canadian singer and songwriter Neil Young posted an open letter to his personal website, demanding that music streamer Spotify remove his music from its service. 
In the since-deleted letter, Young explained he wants his music gone since Spotify also hosts a podcast by comedian and actor Joe Rogan.
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Walmart invests in indoor vertical farming startup Plenty

Walmart said Tuesday it has taken a stake in agriculture startup Plenty, becoming the first large U.S. retailer to significantly invest in indoor vertical farming as a way to deliver fresher produce to its stores.
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Starbucks is launching an energy drink

Starbucks is giving customers new ways to perk up: a line of energy drinks called Starbucks Baya Energy and a bunch of fresh flavours in the grocery aisle.
Baya will be available for purchase at stores and online starting this week, and will go on sale at U.S.
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Banff RCMP hope to identify decades-old human remains found on Sulphur Mountain

Banff RCMP are looking for help identifying human remains found on Sulphur Mountain almost 25 years ago.
The remains were discovered by a tour guide on the back side of the mountain, accessed via Cosmic Ray Road, on July 11, 1998.
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The eruption this month of an underwater volcano near Tonga was hundreds of times more powerful than the Hiroshima atomic bomb, according to NASA.
Jim Garvin, chief scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, said the eruption of the Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha'apai volcano on January 15 released "hundreds of times the equivalent mechanical energy of the Hiroshima nuclear explosion," referring to one of two atomic bombs dropped by the United States on Japan during World War II.

Avenatti weighs representing himself against Stormy Daniels

NEW YORK -- Once-prominent California attorney Michael Avenatti tried Tuesday to interrupt his trial over whether he stole money from porn star Stormy Daniels to consider formally asking to represent himself, but the judge refused to delay the proceeding and said the right to self-representation is diminished once a trial begins.
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U.S. Commerce Dept says chips shortage to persist, will review some pricing

The U.S. Commerce Department said Tuesday a survey of semiconductor chips producers and users shows a shortage will persist, sparked primarily by wafer production capacity.
The department said it will "engage industry on node-specific problem solving in the coming weeks.
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Ontario Premier Doug Ford says the province is "very, very close" to a child-care deal with the federal government.
His comments to a radio station in Kenora today come after a deal announced Monday with Nunavut leaves Ontario as the only jurisdiction without a deal with Ottawa for $10-a-day child care.
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China accuses U.S., Japan of smearing it 'baselessly'

BEIJING -- Beijing has issued a strongly-worded complaint to the United States and Japan for "baselessly" attacking China at a virtual meeting between U.S. President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson said on Monday.
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