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“A lot of people worry we’re trading fossil fuel dependence for rare earth dependence,” said Kristin Dziczek, vice president at the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Tesla operates a massive Gigafactory in Reno, Nevada, that produces millions of battery cells each day. Environmentalists were up in arms last fall when fields of rare flowers, the Tiehm’s buckwheat, mysteriously died off in northern Nevada. While Ioneer denied harming the flowers, the incident drew attention to the larger environmental issues that underpin the push for clean energy. The question is whether China will dominate that side of the business, as well, or whether the U.S. could establish a domestic battery recycling industry.
Persons: Joe Biden's, , Kristin Dziczek, Morgan Stanley, Tesla, Ioneer, Aakash Arora, Nathan Niese, LCE Organizations: Center for Automotive Research, European Union, General Motors, Defense, Rio Tinto, Lithium, Boston Consulting Group, Reuters Locations: U.S, Australia, China, Ann Arbor , Michigan, Japan, South Korea, Reno , Nevada, Lordstown , Ohio, Spring Hill , Tennessee, Rio, Lithium Americas, Nevada
Want a job? Employers say: Talk to the computer
  + stars: | 2021-06-15 | by ( The Associated Press | ) www.nbcnews.com + 0.00   time to read: +9 min
New rules proposed by the European Union would subject such AI hiring systems to tighter regulation. She was rejected again after completing a HireVue interview for a different job in December. The proposed EU rules, unveiled in April, would force providers of AI systems that screen or evaluate job candidates to meet new requirements for accuracy, transparency and accountability. Kian Betancourt, a 26-year-old who is pursuing a doctorate in organizational psychology at Hofstra University, also failed a remote HireVue interview for a consulting position earlier this year. "Tell people exactly how we’re being evaluated, even if it’s something as simple as, 'This is an AI interview,'" he said.
Persons: Dana Anthony, Anthony didn’t, Anthony, , Aislinn Kelly, JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, Kevin Parker, HireVue, Parker, Outmatch, Target, , We’re, Kelly, Lyth, Critics, Sarah Myers West, Kian Betancourt, Betancourt Organizations: Oxford University, European Union, Target, Ikea, Associated Press, University of North, Privacy, Center, Federal Trade Commission, AP, Sarah Myers West of New York, Hofstra University Locations: U.S, Utah, , University of North Carolina, Europe, Sarah Myers West of New
Rumours of airlines discussing a potential ban on vaccinated passengers due to blood clot risks appear to be baseless. “IATA is not aware of any airlines considering denying vaccinated passengers due to the blood clot risk,” Anaelle Ashong, Corporate Communications Assistant at IATA (www.iata.org/en/about/) told Reuters via email. However, flying is not known to increase the vaccine-induced blood clot risk as flying can provoke a different type of blood clot, according to several health experts contacted by Reuters. There is no evidence that airlines met to discuss the blood clot risk for vaccinated passengers. Several medical experts told Reuters there is no evidence to show that flying increases vaccine-induced blood clot risk.
Persons: Anaelle, , Sue Pavord, Haematologist, ” Dr Gregory Poland, Read Organizations: International Air Transport Association, Reuters, “ Airlines, Johnson, AstraZeneca, Corporate Communications, U.S . Centers for Disease Control, Prevention, CDC, Oxford University Hospitals, British Society, Haematology, Mayo
The so-called delta variant of the coronavirus now accounts for nearly 10 percent of new cases in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. The alpha variant was first detected in the United Kingdom, and in April, it became the dominant strain in the U.S.Data for the two-week period ending June 5 predicts that the delta variant accounts for 9.9 percent of cases in the U.S., the CDC said. Still, there is evidence that the vaccines in use in the U.S. are effective against this and other circulating variants. Two doses are required for the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines, while the Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires just one. Because the delta variant is able to spread from person to person more easily, experts say those who have not had the vaccine remain especially vulnerable.
Persons: Johnson, Boris Johnson, Gregory Poland Organizations: Centers for Disease Control, Prevention, Monday, CDC, NBC News, Data, Moderna, Pfizer, Johnson, Public Health, Vaccine Research, NBC, Twitter, Facebook Locations: United States, India, United Kingdom, U.S, Mayo, Rochester , Minnesota
More than 70% of adult New York residents have received at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccine, a critical milestone in a state that was once the epicenter of the global pandemic. Andrew Cuomo, means that any remaining pandemic-related restrictions—including capacity restrictions and social-distancing rules—will become optional for vaccinated residents starting Tuesday. Unvaccinated people, however, will still need to social-distance and wear a facial covering, and schools will need to follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “We’re no longer just surviving,” the governor said Tuesday. “We can get back to living.”The milestone comes six months after a New York nurse received the first Covid-19 vaccine in the state.
Persons: Andrew Cuomo, Organizations: Gov, Centers for Disease Control Locations: York, New York
‘Gone Girl’ Actor Lisa Banes Dies From Scooter-Crash Injuries
  + stars: | 2021-06-15 | by ( Ben Chapman | Paul Berger | ) www.wsj.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
Award-winning actor Lisa Banes has died from injuries she suffered when she was hit by a motorized scooter on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, New York Police Department officials said Tuesday. Ms. Banes was struck by the scooter at about 6:30 p.m. on June 4 while walking in a crosswalk at Amsterdam Avenue and West 64th Street, near the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. The operator of the scooter crashed into Ms. Banes after running a red light, according to the officials. The 65-year-old actor suffered head injuries and died Monday at Mount Sinai Saint Luke’s Hospital, according to the officials. Ms. Banes, who was born in Ohio and studied acting at the Juilliard School in New York City, held regular roles on television and acted in films, including “Gone Girl,” “Cocktail” and “The Hotel New Hampshire.” Ms. Banes also starred in Broadway plays and in 1981 won a Theatre World Award for her performance in an off-Broadway production of “Look Back in Anger.”
Persons: Lisa Banes, Banes, Ms, Kathryn Kranhold, , hasn’t, ” Ms Organizations: , New York Police, Lincoln Center, Performing Arts, Wall Street, Twitter, Juilliard School, Broadway Locations: ,, Amsterdam, Sinai, Luke’s, Ohio, New York City, Hotel New Hampshire
"Gone Girl" actor Lisa Banes died Monday after she was struck in an apparent hit-and-run accident in New York City's Upper West Side more than a week ago, according to her manager. "We are heartsick over Lisa's tragic and senseless passing," David Williams told NBC News. When officers responded to an accident at that location, they observed a 65-year-old woman "with severe head trauma" in the roadway, according to the New York City Police Department. A scooter traveling north on Amsterdam ran a light and struck the woman in the roadway, police said. Banes has appeared in such films as "Gone Girl," "A Cure for Wellness" and "Cocktail."
Persons: Lisa Banes, David Williams, Williams, Banes Organizations: NBC, Morningside Hospital, Lincoln Center, New York City Police Department, Wellness Locations: New York, Mount, Amsterdam
Biden Administration Lays Out Broad Strategy for Targeting Domestic Terrorism
  + stars: | 2021-06-15 | by ( Rachael Levy | ) www.wsj.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: +2 min
The Biden administration is seeking increased funds for the Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation and promoting programs for civic education and digital literacy to counter a rise in domestic terrorism, according to a broad new strategy released Tuesday morning. The 32-page policy, developed during a monthslong review, presents a governmentwide approach to President Biden’s campaign promise to reduce attacks by domestic extremists. It includes several actions already under way, such as increased funding for state and local programs to combat domestic violent extremism. In March, U.S. intelligence agencies found that white supremacists and antigovernment militia extremists pose the most lethal threat among domestic violent extremists, echoing findings from DHS and testimony last year by FBI Director Christopher Wray. The White House’s plans don’t address whether the U.S. should make domestic terrorism a federal crime, leaving that question to Congress and the Justice Department.
Persons: Biden, Biden’s, Christopher Wray Organizations: Justice Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, National Security Council, Center for Strategic, International Studies, Department of Homeland Security, DHS, CSIS Locations: Washington, U.S
Presidential candidate Ebrahim Raisi ​attends an election debate at a television studio, in Tehran, Iran June 8, 2021. Iran says its legal system is independent and not influenced by political interests. The United States in 2019 sanctioned Raisi for human rights violations, including the 1980s executions and his part in the suppression of unrest in 2009. A Raisi presidency would strengthen Khamenei's hand at home, and rights activists fear it could usher in more repression. Vaez was referring to the republican pillar of Iran's dual system of clerical and republican rule.
Persons: Ebrahim Raisi ​, Morteza Fakhri, Ebrahim Raisi's, Iran's, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Khamenei, Raisi, , Hadi Ghaemi, Hassan Rouhani, Kasra Aarabi, Tony Blair, Ali Vaez, Ruhollah Khomeini's, Sanam Vakil, Shah, Vaez Organizations: West Asia News Agency, Raisi, Center for Human Rights, Amnesty, Tony, Tony Blair Institute for Global, Guardian Council, Crisis, Chatham House’s, North Africa, Thomson Locations: Tehran, Iran, New York, IRAN, Islamic Republic, United States, East, Mashhad, U.S
COVID-19 cases are falling where most people are vaccinated, and vice versa, The Washington Post found. Vaccination rates are lower in southern US states. Coronavirus cases in the US are rising in areas that have lower vaccination rates, a Washington Post analysis found. Vaccination rates are lower in southern states, the data shows. The Post's analysis comes as the US edges near recording 600,000 COVID-19 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.
Persons: Johnson, Johnson COVID Organizations: Washington Post, Centers for Disease Control, Post, Pfizer, Moderna, CDC Locations: Washington
Amundi's Marco Pirondini told Insider he thinks regulation is coming for the crypto space. He said assets like bitcoin and etherum wouldn't play a bigger role in 10 years than they do today. "The world of these digital currencies that live outside the rule I think is coming to an end," he said. Luke Lloyd, an investment strategist at Strategic Wealth Partners, told Insider in February that while he thinks regulation around bitcoin specifically would spook investors in the near-term, it would be a positive longer-term. China has taken a hardline stance, banning banks from conducting business with bitcoin, silencing bitcoin social media influencers, and stopping bitcoin mining.
Persons: Amundi's Marco Pirondini, doesn't, etherum, Marco Pirondini, Pirondini, Pascale Blanque, Aya Kantorovich, It's, there's, Luke Lloyd, Lloyd Organizations: Amundi, , cryptocurrencies, Strategic Wealth Partners Locations: China, Washington, El Salvador
Explainer: California reopens, mostly, on Tuesday
  + stars: | 2021-06-15 | by ( Jane Lee | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
A man walks down a street in Encinitas, as California Governor Gavin Newsom said his state would keep its mask order in place for another month, in California, U.S., May 17, 2021. Here is what's changing for California offices, and what's not. Workplace rules are dictated by the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board, which has debated keeping restrictions in place longer than the governor. Under the newest proposal, which will be voted on June 17, fully vaccinated office workers won’t need to wear a mask in normal circumstances. Many are waiting until after the Labor Day holiday, on Sept. 7, or even 2022, to reopen offices fully.
Persons: Gavin Newsom, Mike Blake California, what's, Newsom, Francisco’s, Salesforce Organizations: REUTERS, California Occupational Safety, Health, Board, BIG, Tech, Labor, Twitter, Google, Facebook Inc, Apple, U.S . Centers for Disease Control, Thomson Locations: Encinitas, California, U.S, COVID, Silicon Valley, San Francisco , New York, Paris, London
An Atlanta grocery store worker was shot dead after an argument with a customer about a face mask. An Atlanta, Georgia, grocery-store worker was shot dead Monday after a mask dispute with a customer, The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) said. Preliminary information suggested the customer left the store without making a purchase after getting into an argument about his face mask with the cashier, the GBI said. The customer also shot the security guard in the store, who is a reserve deputy officer for the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office in Atlanta, the GBI said. Maddox said that she understood the topic of face masks was "very sensitive at this time."
Persons: Melody Maddox, Sheriff Maddox, Maddox, Marc Perrone, Larry Barton Organizations: Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Grady Memorial Hospital, DeKalb County Sheriff's, Atlanta Medical Center, for Disease Control, The United Food, Commercial Workers International, University of Central Locations: Atlanta, An Atlanta , Georgia, Georgia, Grady, DeKalb County, University of Central Florida
Harvey Fierstein may be a multiple Tony-winning performer and writer. But he is also the son of a librarian, who still sometimes heads to the reading room when he needs to do homework. In 2005, when he was preparing to play Tevye in a revival of “Fiddler on the Roof,” he visited the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center to watch a recording of an earlier Broadway revival featuring Zero Mostel, which is included in its famed Theater on Film and Tape Archive. “And don’t tell anyone, but I’ve also used the library,” he said in an interview, dropping his famous Brooklyn molasses-spiked-with-gravel voice, “for pleasure.”Now, Fierstein has donated $2.5 million to create a new “theater lab” at the library’s Lincoln Center campus, a dedicated educational space where students and the general public will be able to attend programs drawing on its vast holdings of photographs, scripts, recordings, set models, costumes and other materials.
Persons: Harvey Fierstein, Tony, Zero, I’ve, , Fierstein Organizations: New York Public Library, Performing Arts, Lincoln Center Locations: Brooklyn, Lincoln
Hunter Horsley, CEO of Bitwise Asset Management and executives celebrate the launch of an ETF at the New York Stock Exchange, June 1, 2021. Henry Kravis, Stanley Druckenmiller and Bridgewater CEO David McCormick have invested in Bitwise Asset Management's Series B funding. Bitwise plans to use the funds to strengthen its balance sheet and develop its research, client service and sales teams. It currently offers several cryptocurrency index funds "but there's more that we want to do," he added. In January, 81% of 1,000 financial advisors Bitwise surveys annually said they were fielding questions from clients about cryptocurrencies.
Persons: Hunter Horsley, Henry Kravis, Stanley Druckenmiller, David McCormick, Horsley, Daniel Sundheim, Kevin Warsh, Dan Loeb's, Daniel Och's Willoughby, Louis Bacon's, Paul Eisenstein's, Elad Gil, Naval Ravikant, Bitwise Organizations: Bitwise Asset Management, New York Stock Exchange, Bridgewater, CNBC, Wall, Federal, Louis Bacon's Moore Strategic Ventures, Electric Capital, Khosla Ventures, Island Ventures, Naval, cryptocurrencies, Securities and Exchange Commission, Fidelity, SkyBridge, SEC Locations: Wall, Silicon Valley, Bitwise, Highland
Watch CNBC's full interview with Alibaba co-founder Joe Tsai
  + stars: | 2021-06-15 | by ( ) www.cnbc.com sentiment -0.94   time to read: 1 min
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailWatch CNBC's full interview with Alibaba co-founder Joe TsaiAlibaba co-founder Joe Tsai, who also owns the Brooklyn Nets, joined "Squawk Box" from Barclay's Center on Tuesday to discuss the NBA playoffs, fighting anti-Asian discrimination, Jack Ma and more.
Persons: Alibaba, Joe Tsai Alibaba, Joe Tsai, Jack Ma Organizations: Brooklyn Nets, Barclay's Center, NBA
Builder sentiment in June fell to its lowest level since August, as construction costs pushed new home prices higher, sidelining buyers and making it harder for some builders to get loans. "Higher costs and declining availability for softwood lumber and other building materials pushed down builder sentiment in June," said NAHB Chairman Chuck Fowke, a homebuilder from Tampa, Florida. "These higher costs have moved some new homes beyond the budget of prospective buyers, which has slowed the strong pace of home building." While lumber prices are down about 10% from their recent peak, they are still about 300% higher than the 15-year average. These higher costs are passed on to buyers.
Persons: Chuck Fowke, Robert Dietz Organizations: KB, National Association of Home Builders Locations: Valley Center , California, U.S, Wells Fargo, Tampa , Florida, West, Midwest
‘A Momentous Day’: New York Lifts Most Virus Restrictions
  + stars: | 2021-06-15 | by ( Luis Ferré-Sadurní | ) www.nytimes.com sentiment -0.97   time to read: +1 min
“This is a momentous day and we deserve it because it has been a long, long road,” Mr. Cuomo, a third-term Democrat, said at the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan on Tuesday. Mr. Cuomo set the 70 percent threshold that triggered the end of the restrictions last week as a way to spur on the state’s reopening and incentivize people to get vaccinated, saying “virtually all” coronavirus rules would expire. Fourteen other states and Washington, D.C., have all reached the same threshold, according to the latest federal data, with Vermont topping the list at 84 percent. On Tuesday, California also lifted nearly all of its restrictions — “reopening day,” as Gov. Even so, the move in New York comes as health officials remain vexed by low vaccination rates in ZIP codes across the state, and in pockets of New York City.
Persons: Mr, Cuomo, , Gavin Newsom Organizations: World Trade Center, D.C, Locations: Lower Manhattan, Washington, Vermont, California, New York, New York City
The US death toll from COVID-19 has passed 600,000, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. But some vaccine hesitancy and procrastination is posing a threat to reaching herd immunity. The US reached a grim new milestone Tuesday: The nation's known death toll from COVID-19 surpassed 600,000, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. No other country has reported more COVID-19 deaths, and scientists say the true death toll is most likely higher than official reports. In any case, vaccine hesitancy has posed a challenge to reaching herd immunity in the US.
Persons: , Joe Biden, Johnson, hesitancy Organizations: Johns Hopkins University ., US, Johns Hopkins University, Centers for Disease Control, Pfizer, Gallup, COVID, NBC, Transpiration Locations: COVID, . New York
State-mandated COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted in New York, with few exceptions. 70% of New Yorkers have got at least one COVID-19 vaccine, which was Cuomo's requirement for reopening. Earlier this month, Cuomo said "virtually all" COVID-19 restrictions would be lifted once 70% of New Yorkers received their first shot. Remember today, because it is the day that New York rose again," Cuomo said, adding that June 15 is also his late father and former New York Gov. Masks will still be required on public transit, but otherwise, New York's landscape of state mandates will be drastically diminished.
Persons: Andrew Cuomo, Cuomo, Mario Cuomo's, Sen, Tim Scott Organizations: Yorkers, Trade Center, New York Gov, Republican Locations: New York, New York City, Long, Capital Region, Albany
US Marine Corps Cpl. But after two years, 45 surgeries, the loss of his tailbone, and damage to his intestines, Foster was walking again. After volunteering to deploy to Iraq four times, the Marine Corps finally sent Cpl. Two years later, the Marine told AZCentral that he was evacuated to the Bethesda Naval Medical Center and subsequently underwent some 45 surgeries. "I say I don't have a butt to sit on now, and I really don't," Foster is quoted as saying in a Marine Corps Safety Corner.
Persons: Jared Foster, Foster, AZCentral Organizations: Marine, Marine Corps, BMG, Bethesda Naval Medical Center Locations: Baghdad, Iraq
(CNN) Actress Lisa Banes, who appeared in numerous television series and films like "Gone Girl," died Monday after suffering injuries sustained from being hit by a scooter in New York City earlier this month, the NYPD and a law enforcement official told CNN Tuesday. Banes suffered severe head trauma after being struck by a scooter that ran a red light in Manhattan's Upper West on June 4. She was hospitalized immediately following the incident, police said. There are no arrests and the investigation remains ongoing," the NYPD said in a release. Her manager, David Williams, previously told CNN his understanding was that Banes was on her way to visit Juilliard, her alma mater, and Lincoln Center Theater when she was injured.
Persons: Lisa Banes, Banes, David Williams, Read Organizations: CNN, NYPD, Juilliard, Lincoln Center Theater Locations: New York City, Upper West
Deaths in the U.S. have been slowing for months, according to Johns Hopkins University data, due largely to an aggressive campaign to vaccinate the nation's elderly and medically vulnerable people who are most at risk of dying from Covid. Covid vaccines by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna were authorized by the Food and Drug Administration for emergency use in December, followed Johnson & Johnson's in February. The U.S. has recorded more Covid cases than any other country in the world — about 33.5 million cases, according to data compiled by John Hopkins University. Globally, there have been more than 176 million cases recorded, and more than 3.8 million deaths. Pfizer's Covid vaccine was given emergency approval for adolescents last month.
Persons: Johnson Organizations: Wood, Johns Hopkins University, Centers for Disease Control, Healthcare, United Memorial Medical Center, Johns Hopkins University . Deaths, Pfizer, BioNTech, Moderna, Food and Drug Administration, Johnson's, U.S, John Hopkins University, Globally Locations: Brooklyn , New York, U.S, Covid, United, Houston , Texas, India
Billionaire businessman Joe Tsai told CNBC on Tuesday that Asian Americans have wrongly faced violent backlash for various challenges facing the U.S. throughout history. "But if there's a crisis — if there's a pandemic, if there's a war or if there's an economic downturn — Asian Americans get scapegoated," added Tsai, whose parents were from mainland China. The recent increase in hate crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders prompted action by U.S. lawmakers. "Not all that money is going to come ... to the foundation," Tsai said. In Tuesday's CNBC interview from inside the Barclays Center, Tsai also addressed recent questions about fellow Alibaba co-founder Jack Ma's retreat from public life.
Persons: Joe Tsai, Tsai, Vincent Chin, Chin, Joe Biden, Covid, Jerry Yang, Joseph Bae, Li Lu, Jack Ma's, Ma Organizations: CNBC, Asian, Brooklyn Nets, New York Liberty, Yale, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, Asian American Foundation, Americans, Yahoo, KKR, Himalaya Capital, Pacific, Barclays Center Locations: China, Taiwan, New Jersey, U.S, American, Detroit, Japan, Himalaya
New York will lift most of its Covid-19 restrictions now that 70% of all adults in the state have been vaccinated with at least one dose, Gov. On Sunday, the seven-day positivity rate across the state was 0.41%, down from a high of 7.9% on Jan. 4. Every region of the state has a positivity rate below 1%. Before the pandemic, the unemployment rate in New York state was 3.9%. Cuomo said the state will lift capacity restrictions, social distancing, hygiene protocols, health screenings, some contact tracing and more.
Persons: Andrew Cuomo, Cuomo, Joe Biden Organizations: Centers for Disease Control, CDC Locations: New York City . New York, New York, United States, New York City, U.S
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