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COVID-19’s total cost to the economy in US will reach $14 trillion by end of 2023 – new research

Jakub Hlávka, University of Southern California and Adam Rose, University of Southern California The Research Brief is a short take about interesting academic work. The big idea The economic toll of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S. will reach US$14 trillion by the end of 2023, our team of economists, public policy researchers and other experts have estimated. Putting a price tag on all the pain, suffering and upheaval Americans and people around the world have experienced because of COVID-19 is, of course, hard to do. More than 1.1 million people have died as a result of COVID-19 in the

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What does ending the emergency status of the COVID-19 pandemic in the US mean in practice? 4 questions answered

Marian Moser Jones, The Ohio State University and Amy Lauren Fairchild, The Ohio State University The COVID-19 pandemic’s public health emergency status in the U.S. expires on May 11, 2023. And on May 5, the World Health Organization declared an end to the COVID-19 public health emergency of international concern, or PHEIC, designation that had been in place since Jan. 30, 2020. Still, both the WHO and the White House have made clear that while the emergency phase of the pandemic has ended, the virus is here to stay and could continue to wreak havoc. WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom

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What is carbon capture and storage? EPA’s new power plant standards proposal gives it a boost, but CCS is not a quick solution

Soyoung Oh, Tufts University The Biden administration proposed new power plant rules on May 11, 2023, that have the potential to be among the most stringent federal policy measures on coal, oil and gas power plants the United States has ever introduced. The proposal would set new carbon pollution standards for existing power plants, effectively restricting their emissions of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. Operators of fossil fuel power plants would need to find feasible and innovative ways to avoid excessive carbon dioxide releases. That’s drawing attention to a relatively mature, but expensive technology: carbon

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Woman, 23, charged with killing boyfriend

A young woman from Dublin is facing charges for murdering his boyfriend.  According to the Dublin Police Department, they found the victim inside a home on Campbell Lane on Cinco de Mayo around 9 p.m.  The victim, 23-year-old Jesus Gallegos, had been stabbed. Police said the victim also suffered blunt-force trauma injuries.  Officers detained Gallegos’ girlfriend, Crystal Angelina Espinoza, 23, at the crime scene. She was arrested and booked into Santa Rita Jail on charges of homicide and domestic assault. Dublin Police Captain Gurvinder Gosal said, “They were in a dating relationship. The victim stayed at the suspect’s apartment on

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SWAT team responds to a home invasion in Fremont

A SWAT team is called to a Fremont apartment complex Thursday afternoon. The incident happened at the Briarwood Apartments in the 40600 block of Grimmer Boulevard in Irvington.  According to police, they received a 911 call around 2:230 p.m., reporting a possible home invasion. The suspect was allegedly armed with a handgun.   At 5 p.m., the suspect surrendered after negotiations with police and was arrested.  There was a woman inside the apartment at the time of the crime.  Police are trying to determine the relationship between the suspect and the woman.  Police say there is no indication of a public

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‘Destructive device’ found inside San Jose facility: police

One man is arrested after a destructive device-making facility was discovered on Monday.  According to the San Jose Police Department, officers responded at around 4:17 a.m. to a commercial burglary in the 1200 block of Old Bayshore Highway.  When the burglary was reported, police performed a security sweep of the building and discovered a destructive device manufacturing operation.  Law enforcement officials said the explosives they found are more powerful than fireworks and are enough to level an entire building.  The primary suspect was identified as Adam Mirassou of San Jose.  Search warrants were executed for Mirassou’s business and residence, where

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