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What COUNTRY saw its daily count of Covid-19 cases rise to over 100,000 per day, just two months after recording record lows? The country, which first reported the "double mutant" strain of the virus now showing up in California, has administered nearly 80 million vaccine doses, with a goal of vaccinating 300 million people by midsummer.
Residents in what STATE were allowed to return to their homes after an evacuation prompted by the potential breach of the Piney Point Reservoir, which held millions of gallons of water contaminated with byproducts from making phosphates? Over 165 million gallons were pumped into a nearby bay, raising concerns over algae blooms and other environmental problems.
Northern Ireland saw continued unrest, fueled by ongoing trade issues sparked by Brexit and the decision to not prosecute 24 members of what POLITICAL PARTY, historically affiliated with the Irish Republican Army, for breaching Covid-19 safety protocols while attending a public funeral?
The US Supreme Court handed Google a win over Oracle in a lawsuit over the use of part of the Sun Java API code to create what OPERATING SYSTEM?
Testimony in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin focused on his use of a restraint technique on what BODY PART? While Minneapolis Police Department policy does allow for the use of two types of restraint on this body part, officers testified that the restraint used by Chauvin was not one of them.
Researchers at Fermilab announced that their research using what SUBATOMIC PARTICLE suggested the existence of a fifth fundamental force? The claim is based on a discrepancy in what the Standard Model of physics would predict for the particle's magnetic moment and what Fermilab measured.
The Los Angeles County sheriff's office announced that what ATHLETE was driving somewhere between 84 and 87 miles per hour when he crashed the SUV he was driving, suffering significant leg injuries.
President Biden announced a half-dozen executive orders he planned to make to reduce gun violence, one of which would reduce the number of guns known by what NICKNAME that are self-assembled and lack serial numbers, making them easy to sell without background checks.
What PRINCE and husband of Queen Elizabeth II passed away at the age of 99?
What COMPANY saw a unionization vote at a warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama fail? Had it passed, it would have been the company’s first warehouse or fulfillment center to unionize.
What CARIBBEAN ISLAND saw its La Soufriere volcano erupt for the first time since 1979? The eruptions caused widespread power and water outages, and led to warnings about air quality in neighboring Barbados and St. Lucia.
Russia continued a troop buildup on its border with what COUNTRY, saying it would use them to protect Russians living in the country? The country has increased military action against pro-Russian separatists.