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COVID-19

Half of Arizonans believe ‘immunity passports’ should be issued as proof of receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, reveals survey

Half think immunity passports should state which company’s vaccine people received. 42% say they would be concerned about privacy and data sharing. It’s a question of social fairness that has grown increasingly pertinent for public health officials as more and more Americans receive their initial dose of the COVID-19 vaccine – should vaccinated people, or

History

How New York’s 19th-century Jews turned Purim into an American party

The Jewish Museum’s Purim Ball at the Park Avenue Armory in 2015 in New York City. Andrew Toth/Getty Images Zev Eleff, Touro College Purim, which falls this year on Feb. 26, ranks among Judaism’s most joyous holidays. In synagogues, Jews read the Scroll of Esther, a book in the Hebrew Bible that explains how Purim

National

NRA declares bankruptcy, plans to incorporate in Texas

The National Rifle Association announced Friday it has filed for bankruptcy protection and will seek to incorporate the nation’s most politically influential gun-rights group in Texas instead of New York. The announcement came months after New York’s attorney general sued the organization over claims that top executives illegally diverted tens of millions of dollars for

Legal Beat

High court blocks NY coronavirus limits on houses of worship

As coronavirus cases surge again nationwide the Supreme Court late Wednesday barred New York from enforcing certain limits on attendance at churches and synagogues in areas designated as hard hit by the virus. The justices split 5-4 with new Justice Amy Coney Barrett in the majority. It was the conservative’s first publicly discernible vote as

Politics

Pence Calls Out Cuomo, de Blasio Over NY’s COVID Death Rate

Vice President Mike Pence is known as a mild-mannered politician whose temperament is very different from his boss Donald Trump. But that didn’t stop him from unloading on New York’s two most prominent Democrats, holding them responsible for their state’s death rate — the second-highest in the nation. Now political observers are asking if Pence’s

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