5 more Mainers with COVID-19 have died as state reports 572 additional cases

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting 572 additional cases of COVID-19 on Friday and five new deaths.The number of Mainers with COVID-19 who have died is now 763. Androscoggin County reported two new deaths, while Kennebec, Somerset and York counties each reported one new death.The 572 additional cases bring the total…Continue Reading

J&J asked Pfizer and Moderna to help study blood-clot risks but they declined, report says

A person walks by a sign that reads, “the vaccine is our best shot against COVID-19” on the Upper West Side amid the coronavirus pandemic on March 30, 2021 in New York City.Noam Galai | Getty ImagesJohnson & Johnson privately asked Covid-19 vaccine rivals Pfizer and Moderna to join a study looking into the potential…Continue Reading

Derek Chauvin takes the Fifth, the defense rests, and closings next in trial of George Floyd’s death

(CNN)When closing arguments are delivered Monday in the trial of Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd, jurors will have sat through the testimony of seven witnesses for the defense and 38 for the prosecution. But the jury did not hear from the former Minneapolis police officer, who on Thursday removed his face covering…Continue Reading

Judge denies Derek Chauvin defense team’s acquittal request in George Floyd’s death

The judge presiding over former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin’s murder trial denied an acquittal request Wednesday by the officer’s defense team.Chauvin is accused of murdering George Floyd on May 25, 2020, by pressing a knee on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes during an arrest after Floyd allegedly tried to use a counterfeit…Continue Reading

Greensill: Cameron says he will ‘respond positively’ to MPs’ lobbying inquiry

David Cameron has said he will “respond positively” to any requests from MPs for him to give evidence about Greensill Capital.The former prime minister has faced criticism for lobbying on behalf of the finance firm, which recently collapsed.It has sparked a wider row over private companies’ attempts to influence ministers and officials.The government has asked…Continue Reading

TSMC books 19% Q1 profit growth; says chip shortage likely last into 2022

By Yimou Lee and Ben Blanchard   TAIPEI (Reuters) -Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd (TSMC) said on Thursday it is doing all it can to increase productivity and alleviate a worldwide chip shortage, but that tight supplies will likely continue into next year.   The world’s biggest contract chipmaker said it is expanding capacity and working to keep pricing…Continue Reading

How Mario Draghi Made Italy a Power Player in Europe

The new prime minister is leveraging his European relationships and his solid reputation to make Italy a force on the continent in a way it has not been in decades.Prime Minister Mario Draghi of Italy during a ceremony remembering Covid-19 victims in Bergamo in March.Credit…Filippo Venezia/EPA, via ShutterstockApril 15, 2021Updated 6:57 a.m. ETROME — The…Continue Reading

Queen Elizabeth carries out first duty since Prince Philip’s death: report

Queen Elizabeth II on Tuesday carried out her first official duty since Friday’s death of her husband, Prince Philip, according to a report.In a private ceremony at Windsor Castle, the queen accepted a wand and formal insignia from the Earl Peel as he retired as Lord Chamberlain, the BBC reported.QUEEN ELIZABETH ‘UNDERSTANDS WHY’ MEGHAN MARKLE…Continue Reading