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Grim report: 90,000 more may die

AS MANY as 90,000 more Americans may die from the coronavirus in the next month, according to a briefing Wednesday (Pexels).

The coronavirus is far from done with killing thousands of Americans, the Biden administration warned in a briefing Wednesday from the White House.

At the briefing came the grim warning that as many as 90,000 more may die in the next month as vaccinations struggle to compete with the still-growing number of infections from the COVID-19 virus.

The latest figure from the Johns Hopkins University counts 428,791 U.S. deaths from coronavirus. The total count of corona cases is 25,583,630.

Worldwide the death toll is 2,170,457, with 100,746,915 cases across the globe.

“I know this is not news we all want to hear, but this is something we must say so we are all aware,” said Dr. Rochelle Walensky, who is the new director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

These briefings are to be held three times a week in keeping with President Joe Biden’s vow to always “level with the American people” and to encourage them to follow health measures such as mask-wearing and getting vaccinated.

The News: Domestic terror warning from HLS

A national terrorism bulletin has been issued by the Department of Homeland Security, warning of the possibility of violence by “antigovernment” protesters in the weeks after the Jan. 20 inauguration of President Joe Biden.

“Information suggests that some ideologically-motivated violent extremists with objections to the exercise of governmental authority and the presidential transition, as well as other perceived grievances fueled by false narratives, could continue to mobilize to incite or commit violence,” the bulletin said.

BIDEN’S ENVIRONMENTAL MOVES: On Wednesday, President Joe Biden signed several executive orders related to environmental issues. Among them were an end to oil and gas leases on public land and a memo on scientific integrity to protect scientists from “political interference.”

His orders, he said, are aimed at battling climate change. “In my view,” he said. “We’ve already waited too long to deal with this climate crisis.”

Critics argued that his moves would cost Americans jobs and hurt the national economy.

Sports: Bulldogs are still number one

This week’s Associated Press men’s basketball poll looks very familiar. Gonzaga University’s team (15-0) is still number one.

Rounding out the top five are Baylor (14-0), Villanova (10-1), Michigan (13-1) and Texas (11-2). The only team from the Pac-12 in the top 25 is UCLA (12-3), rated 23rd. USC and Oregon received some votes.

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