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SHERMAN FREDERICK BLOG: Nevada’s chief justice suggests Supreme Court justices not take pay increase

Supreme Court Chief Justice Jim Hardesty suggested that Supreme Court justices not take a pay increase in light of the severe budget crunch facing the state.

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The World Health Organization chief on Monday lambasted drugmakers’ profits and vaccine inequalities, saying it’s “not right” that younger, healthier adults in wealthy countries get vaccinated against COVID-19 before older people or health care workers in poorer countries and charging that most vaccine makers have targeted locations where “profits are highest.”

 
Guard troops vetted by FBI amid fears of insider attack

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FBI vetting National Guard troops amid fears of D.C. attack

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Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit reached space on Sunday, eight months after the first demonstration flight of its air-launched rocket system failed, the company said.

 
Statehouses, amid heavy security, see small protests across US

Small groups of right-wing protesters — some of them carrying rifles — gathered outside heavily fortified statehouses around the country Sunday, outnumbered by National Guard troops and police brought in to prevent a repeat of the violence that erupted at the U.S. Capitol.