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




‘Cows Are the New Coal.’ How the Cattle Industry Is Ignoring the Bottom Line When It Comes to Methane Emissions

One of the early, attention-grabbing announcements at November’s COP climate conference in Glasgow was a commitment by more than 105 countries to join a U.S.- and E.U.-led coalition to cut 30% of methane emissions by 2030. The potent greenhouse gas, which is up to 80 times more effective at heating the planet than carbon dioxide in the short term, has often been considered the lowest hanging fruit when it comes to slowing down global warming.


Does the Global Scramble to Contain Omicron Show that China’s COVID Zero Approach is Simply Better?

Countries across the world scrambled this week to impose border and travel curbs after the new omicron variant emerged. In China, it was business as usual. While scientists race to figure out whether the Covid-19 variant first sequenced in South Africa will pose a bigger problem than the highly infectious delta strain, countries ranging from the U.K. and Israel to Japan erred on the side of caution.


Biden’s ‘Free’ At-Home COVID Test Plan Isn’t as Straightforward as it Sounds

As the Biden Administration prepares to tackle the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic this winter, part of its strategy is to expand access to rapid, at-home coronavirus testing free of charge—something that many public health experts have said is key to controlling spread of the virus.


What Researchers Have Learned About Whether it’s Possible to ‘Cure’ HIV

It’s the news that the HIV community has been waiting four long decades for: the hint that maybe, just maybe, HIV can be cured. Dr. Xu Yu, a principal investigator at the Ragon Institute of Massachusetts General Hospital, MIT and Harvard, as well as an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, had to check and recheck her results to be sure. In one of her patients, test after test to detect evidence of HIV in the woman's blood came up empty.


Mayors, Borough Bosses and Land Commissioners: Why Donald Trump Is Making Extremely Local Endorsements

During their local mayoral race in early November, town residents in Hialeah, Florida, population 230,000, heard a familiar voice in a campaign ad for the city’s election. “Steve Bovo,” boomed former President Donald Trump’s voice, in an ad spliced with video of Trump name checking the Republican candidate during a rally in 2020.


How the Enron Scandal Changed American Business Forever

It's the kind of historic anniversary few people really want to remember. In early December 2001, innovative energy company Enron Corporation, a darling of Wall Street investors with $63.4 billion in assets, went bust. It was the largest bankruptcy in U.S. history. Some of the corporation's executives, including the CEO and chief financial officer, went to prison for fraud and other offenses.


Independent Musicians Are Making Big Money From NFTs. Can They Challenge the Music Industry?

A version of this article was published in TIME’s newsletter Into the Metaverse. Subscribe for a weekly guide to the future of the Internet. It’s brutally hard for most musicians to make money in the streaming era. Artists get paid fractions of pennies per stream, with many struggling to find sizable audiences at all: Data from 2019 and 2020 shows that 90% of streams go to the top 1% of artists.


School Shooting Shows That COVID-19 Isn't the Only Thing American Kids Need Protection From

When a 15-year-old opened fire on Tuesday at a high school in Oxford Township, Mich., killing four students, it marked the deadliest school shooting since May 2018—and became a sign that schools are now contending with one public health crisis on top of another. "Gun violence is a public health crisis that claims lives every day," Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said in a statement after the shooting at Oxford High School, which also left seven others injured.


Arctic Rain Will Soon Be More Common Than Arctic Snowfall

When rain—not snow—fell on the highest point of Greenland’s ice sheet this August for the first time in recorded history, it was considered a worrying anomaly related to the regions’ changing climate. Now, a new study led by Canada’s University of Manitoba and co-authored by scientists at the U.S.-based National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) shows that it’s not an outlier but a harbinger of things to come.


New Study Explores if a Vaccine Can Prevent Breast Cancer

Harnessing the immune system to target cancer has long resided on doctors’ wish lists, with very little promise of becoming reality. Because cancer cells are normal cells that mutate to grow out of control, directing the body to destroy these cells is a risky endeavor with potentially dangerous outcomes.


Supreme Court Signals It’s Ready to Limit Abortion at Historic Arguments

The Supreme Court on Wednesday seemed ready to uphold a Mississippi law that bars abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, a move that would significantly curtail the right to abortion in the United States. The law in question directly contradicts what has been the central holding of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that established the constitutional right to abortion and said that states cannot ban the procedure before fetal viability, which occurs around 24 weeks of pregnancy.


Congress Can’t Agree on How to Reform Big Tech. Frances Haugen Says That’s What Facebook Wants

A House hearing on Wednesday, which included new testimony from Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen, laid bare the deep partisan divisions that continue to hamper any legislative or regulatory reforms to hold tech platforms accountable for how they amplify dangerous content.


WTA Suspends Tournaments in China Over Lingering Concerns About Peng Shuai

The suspension of all WTA tournaments in China because of concerns about the safety of Peng Shuai, a Grand Slam doubles champion who accused a former government official there of sexual assault, could result in cancellations of those events beyond 2022, the head of the women's professional tennis tour told The Associated Press on Wednesday.


Alec Baldwin to ABC About the Rust Shooting: ‘I Didn’t Pull the Trigger’

NEW YORK — Alec Baldwin told ABC's George Stephanopoulos in an interview airing Thursday that he did not pull the trigger on a prop gun he was holding on a New Mexico film set when it went off, killing a cinematographer. “I didn't pull the trigger,” Baldwin said. “I would never point a gun at anyone and pull the trigger at them. Never.” It is Baldwin's first sitdown interview since the Oct. 21 shooting on the set of the western film “Rust.


Column: There's Only One Way to Stop the Emergence of Variants Like Omicron

There are still more questions about the Omicron variant than answers. While the mutations identified suggest it has the potential to be more resistant to vaccines, invade cells more efficiently and be more transmissible than other variants, it may also turn out to cause less severe disease or it could just simply fizzle out.


Do Current COVID-19 Tests Still Detect Omicron?

While no cases of the new coronavirus variant, Omicron, have been reported in the U.S. yet, it’s only a matter of time. In fact, Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical advisor on COVID-19 to President Biden, says it’s likely the virus is already in the country, given how much travel is occurring between countries as pandemic restrictions have started to lift in recent months.


3 Students Killed, 8 People Wounded in Mass Shooting at Michigan High School

(OXFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich.) — A 15-year-old sophomore opened fire at his Michigan high school on Tuesday, killing three students, including a 16-year-old boy who died in a deputy’s patrol car on the way to a hospital, authorities said. Eight other people were wounded, some critically.


FDA Panel Narrowly Backs a First-of-a-Kind COVID-19 Antiviral Pill Made By Merck

WASHINGTON (AP) — A panel of U.S. health advisers on Tuesday narrowly backed a closely watched COVID-19 pill from Merck, setting the stage for a likely authorization of the first drug that Americans could take at home to treat the coronavirus. A Food and Drug Administration (FDA) panel voted 13-10 that the drug’s benefits outweigh its risks, including potential birth defects if used during pregnancy.


CNN Suspends Chris Cuomo for Helping His Brother Andrew in a Sexual Harassment Scandal

NEW YORK — CNN indefinitely suspended anchor Chris Cuomo on Tuesday after details emerged about how he helped his brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, to face charges of sexual harassment earlier this year. The network said documents released by New York's attorney general Monday indicated Cuomo took a greater level of involvement in his brother's efforts than CNN executives previously knew.


What To Know About the Contacts Book That Could Be Crucial to Ghislaine Maxwell’s Trial

The trial of Ghislaine Maxwell began on Monday, more than two years after the death of her alleged associate Jeffrey Epstein, with whom she had been charged with conspiring to sexually abuse minors. The trial is likely to be a media spectacle. The crimes of Jeffrey Epstein—and his death by suicide in August 2019—have spawned numerous books, documentaries and conspiracy theories.