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All of the things you need to know now from the editors of TIME




As J&J’s COVID-19 Vaccine Remains Shelved, Who Will Be Most Affected?

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended on April 14 that states shelve doses of the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine for at least a week while regulators investigate the cases of six recipients who developed blood clots within two weeks of their inoculations. Even though the pause will be longer than some expected, the pace of the U.S. rollout is unlikely to slow significantly—so long as a wide percentage of the population remains willing to participate.


Eight People Reported Dead in a Shooting at a FedEx Facility in Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS — Eight people were shot and killed in a late-night shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis, and the shooter killed himself, police said. Multiple other people were injured Thursday night when gunfire erupted at the facility near the Indianapolis International Airport, police spokesperson Genae Cook said. At least four were hospitalized, including one person with critical injuries. Another two people were treated and released at the scene, Cook said.


Biden Will Meet Japan's Yoshihide Suga in His First In-Person Meeting With a Foreign Leader

President Joe Biden will forgo the usual video call for his first in-person meeting with a foreign leader on Friday, when Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, who is fully vaccinated, meets Biden at the White House. A new president's first meeting slot with a foreign leader is normally reserved for top allies.


Column: What the Protests in Northern Ireland Could Mean for the Future of Its Peace

In recent weeks, Molotov cocktails, bricks and bottles have met barricades and water cannons as towns and cities in Northern Ireland faced some of their worst rioting in years. Mobs made up mainly of teenagers from both loyalist and republican neighborhoods have clashed with police, who struggled to keep both sides apart at a "peace line" in Belfast. The anger in Northern Ireland has many sources. Loyalists, who want to remain part of the U.K.


Review: The Controversy Around Amazon's Them Underscores the Trouble With Realistic Violence in Genre TV

This post discusses, in detail, major plot points of the Amazon Prime Video series Them: Covenant. It isn’t often anymore, now that we have so much TV on so many platforms, that an upcoming show achieves the visibility to draw controversy before anyone has seen it. But, for better or worse, Amazon’s anthology series Them broke through the static.


My Family Wants to Visit This Summer. Is Travel Safe Yet?

Welcome to COVID Questions, TIME’s advice column. We’re trying to make living through the pandemic a little easier, with expert-backed answers to your toughest coronavirus-related dilemmas. While we can’t and don’t offer medical advice—those questions should go to your doctor—we hope this column will help you sort through this stressful and confusing time. Got a question? Write to us at covidquestions@time.com.


‘It’s Mean-Spirited.’A Blind Disability Advocate on How Georgia’s New Election Law Could Make Voting Even Harder

Gaylon Tootle, a Black and blind disability advocate in Augusta, Ga., has been fighting to make it easier for people in his state to vote for years. Georgia’s electoral system posited challenges for disabled voters even before the state enacted a sweeping overhaul of its election law on March 25, becoming among the first of hundreds of restrictive voting measures introduced in state legislatures across the country this year to be signed into law.


How Joe Biden’s Pessimism on Afghanistan Won the Day

This article is part of the The DC Brief, TIME’s politics newsletter. Sign up here to get stories like this sent to your inbox every weekday. Back in 2009, Joe Biden didn’t get his way when then-President Barack Obama spent much of that year listening to a team packed around the table in a White House conference room, debating the U.S. footprint in Afghanistan.


Trillions of Cicadas Are About to Emerge Across the U.S. Here's What to Expect

This coming May, millions of people around the United States will have front-row seats to an extraordinary entomological event: Trillions of Brood X cicadas across 15 states will emerge almost synchronously after having spent the last 17 years underground. The males will take up elevated positions, each buzzing as loud as a lawnmower to attract females.


Why I Only Use the Amazon Prime Visa Card to Buy Groceries

All of the things you need to know now from the editors of TIME


Why Abortion Pills Are the Next Frontier in the Battle Over Reproductive Rights

The Biden Administration is removing restrictions on mailing abortion pills during the COVID-19 pandemic, a reversal from the Trump Administration's policy that marks a new phase in the national debate over abortion rights. The move temporarily changes longstanding Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules governing mifepristone—one of two drugs used to terminate early pregnancies—that required patients to pick up the pills in-person from a medical provider.


Minnesota Officer and Police Chief Resign 2 Days After Daunte Wright’s Death

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. — A white Minnesota police officer who fatally shot a Black man during a traffic stop in a Minneapolis suburb and the city's chief of police resigned Tuesday, moves that the mayor said he hoped would help heal the community and lead to reconciliation after two nights of protests and unrest. Officer Kim Potter and Police Chief Tim Gannon both resigned two days after the death of 20-year-old Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Center.


COVID-19: Experts Say India Worst Hit Country in the World

India became the country with the world’s second highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases on Monday, surpassing Brazil, and now second only to the United States. But experts say that low testing in the country suggests the real total is far higher than both. India now has 13.5 million confirmed cases, compared to the U.S.’s 31.1 million. The country is currently in the midst of a second wave of the virus, with confirmed daily infections reaching an all-time high of 168,912 on Monday.


How Celebrity Memoirs Got So Good

Sharon Stone wants you to know that she’s a survivor. And it would be easy to assume that her new memoir, The Beauty of Living Twice, draws its title from its opening passage—which describes her 2001 hospitalization after suffering a brain hemorrhage and stroke that left her with a 1% chance of survival. But the book contains an entire lifetime marked by beating the odds.


Your iPhone’s Next Software Update Aims to Give More Privacy Control

Apple’s next major software update for the iPhone is set to give users more control of their privacy—and could significantly alter the way advertisers and app developers do business. iOS 14.5, already in the hands of beta testers and scheduled for release later this month, puts serious restrictions on the information third parties can gather from iPhone and iPad users without their permission. That data, usually used for ad tracking and targeting, is highly sought after by companies.


Two New Studies Show That the U.K. COVID-19 Virus Variant Is Not Linked to Severe Disease—But Questions Remain

In two studies published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases and in The Lancet Public Health, respectively, scientists provide comforting news about a new strain of the COVID-19 virus that emerged from the U.K. last December. It has since become the dominant virus in the region, accounting for nearly all of the new COVID-19 cases there—and has recently been implicated in spikes in parts of the U.S., as well as other parts of the world. The researchers report that the so-called B.1.1.


Amid Derek Chauvin Trial, Minnesota Grapples With Another Police Killing of an Unarmed Black Man

As the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, charged with the May 2020 murder of George Floyd, entered its eleventh day on Monday, another police killing of a Black man in Minnesota has grabbed the state's—and the nation's—attention.


Why Joe Biden Holds Out Hope For Bipartisan Infrastructure Plan

This article is part of the The DC Brief, TIME’s politics newsletter. Sign up here to get stories like this sent to your inbox every weekday. When the White House back in January said it would prefer a bipartisan COVID-19 relief package, 10 Republican Senators sat down and drew up their outline. It was smaller than Joe Biden's team wanted, but the group pitched it in the Oval Office and followed-up with calls and messages.


Ukraine's President on Why Russia Sent Troops to the Border

“They want us to be afraid,” Volodymyr Zelensky, the President of Ukraine, says as his plane starts to descend, bringing him home from a trip to the war zone near his country’s border with Russia. He’s referring to the Russian troops that have massed along that border during the past two weeks, forcing the world to guess at the intentions of Russian President Vladimir Putin.


Black Women Are Fighting to Be Recognized as Long COVID Patients

It took five years of chronic pain, nausea, fuzzy thoughts and a cruel mixture of fatigue and insomnia for Wilhelmina Jenkins to be diagnosed with myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). But even after she received that diagnosis, in 1988, she faced her fair share of doubters—not because her symptoms didn’t meet the bar for diagnosis, but because she is Black.