Massage Parlor Massacre, Wood Shortage & Most Popular Dog Breed

Here are the headlines you need in Need2Know for Wednesday March 17, 2021:

MASSAGE PARLOR MORDE

Eight people, including six Asian women, were killed in a series of shootings at three day spas in the Atlanta area on Tuesday. Police arrested a 21-year-old white man after a nationwide manhunt, believing he was responsible for all of the attacks. A motive is not yet known, but the shootings come amid an increase in hate crimes against Asian Americans. As recently as this week, several churches in Seattle were attacked with anti-Asian graffiti, as was a Texas ramen restaurant after its owner spoke out against the state’s decision to lift its mask mandate. As a precaution, the NYPD is stepping up anti-terror patrols in Asian communities. Parliament should hold a hearing on this matter as early as tomorrow. CHEDDAR

COVID-19: LATEST DEVELOPMENTS

The EU’s top medical regulator is calling on governments not to stop using the AstraZeneca vaccine and insisting that there is “no evidence” that the vaccination is causing blood clots. A review of this vaccine is expected to complete tomorrow, although many scientists say the damage has already been done in terms of public trust in the shot. Moderna has now started testing its vaccine in children aged 6 months to 11 years. If the pediatric study is positive, children and adolescents could be admitted to the vaccination by the start of school in the fall, with elementary school children to follow next year. AP

NEWS INTERVIEWS

BIDEN: President Biden told ABC News that he supports reform of the law filibuster, the first time he has approved changes to the Senate rule that prevents simple majorities from passing most major bills. The president told George Stephanopoulos he wanted to go back to the “talking filibuster,” where senators literally have to stay on the ground and talk if they want to hold up a bill. ABC NEWSTRUMP: Former President Trump said on Fox News that he “would recommend” people to get the COVID vaccine, calling it a “great vaccine” and “something that works,” but also said he respects it people’s choices when they didn’t want to get it. Trump said to Maria Bartiromo: “I would recommend it to a lot of people who don’t want to get it – and a lot of these people honestly voted for me.” Republican men and Trump supporters are the most reluctant group to vaccinate, according to recent polls. FOX NEWS

Saber rattles

US intelligence agencies suggest that North Korea could plan its first weapons test by the Biden administration in the coming days. This test could be timed with a trip of Sec. from State Tony Blinken to Alaska tomorrow, where he will meet with Chinese diplomats for the first time. On Monday, the sister of North Korean ruler Kim Jong-Un warned the White House against “causing a stench in the first step”. CNN

LACK OF WOOD

Have you noticed how expensive wood is? If you’re not actively building a house, you might not, but there is a severe timber shortage that is now threatening to hit the brakes on the red-hot housing market. A monthly index measuring builder confidence has fallen from its highs on worries about the price of wood, and the industry has called on the White House to do something about it. The National Association of Homebuilders estimates that soaring timber prices over the past year have increased the price of a new single family home by an average of $ 24,000. MARKET OBSERVATION

SLEEP TRACKING

The latest smart home device from Google will be able to monitor your sleep patterns. This isn’t all that innovative in and of itself, other than Google figuring out how to do it without a camera or other portable device. The new Nest Hub has a feature called Sleep Sensing, which uses a low-energy radar to monitor the breathing, movement, and even snoring of someone sleeping next to them. The technology learns your sleep patterns and gives personalized recommendations on how to better close your eyes. Google says the data it collects will not be used for ads. MACHABLE

LEBRON WILL BE AT FENWAY

LeBron James is reportedly joining the Fenway Sports Group as a partner, giving the well-known Yankee fan a stake in the Boston Red Sox as well as Liverpool Football Club and regional sports network NESN. James, along with his business partner Maverick Carter, becomes the first black partner of the FSG. BOSTON GLOBE

SHARON OSBOURNE REQUIREMENTS

The CBS daily program The Talk was scheduled to return from hiatus today but will remain dark as the network conducts a review based on comments made by co-host Sharon Osbourne during a discussion on racism last week. Osbourne defended her boyfriend Piers Morgan over his snappy remarks about Meghan Markle. Now, Osbourne is being accused of making racist comments on her other talk co-hosts over the years, which she denies. THR

FOUND…

… the Chicago River, colored the usual green for St. Patrick’s Day. The crews did it clandestinely this year to keep the crowds from gathering on the riverside: SEE IT … Elliot Page, on the cover of the new edition of Time. Page reveals to the magazine his decision to publicly come out as a transsexual: READ IT… British Prince Philip leaves the hospital after a month’s stay in which he underwent a successful heart operation. Philip celebrates his 100th birthday in June: SEE PICTURES

LEFTOVER: THE FRENCH ARE COMING

When the American Kennel Club releases its annual list of the most popular dog breeds today, it will show that French Bulldogs have finished second, jumping over German Shepherds and Golden Retrievers for the first time. Labs are still # 1 with a bullet – as they have been for the last 30 years – but the French are starting to be on their heels. Dachshunds also made it into the top 10 for the first time. SEE RANKINGS.Listen to the N2K podcast! Are you looking for more context and analysis on the big stories of the day? Check out our podcast! Presenters Jill and Carlo break the headlines, every weekday morning Listen to Apple or Spotify or watch YouTube and send us your feedback!

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