News from Around the Web for Feb 26, 2024

News From Around the Web

#10 Pharmacies Across US Are Having Trouble Processing Some Prescriptions Because of Cyberattack - David Goldman and Caroll Alvarado for ABC News

Pharmacies across the United States are reporting that they are having difficulty getting prescriptions to patients because of a cyberattack on a unit of UnitedHealth. The company said in a regulatory filing Thursday its Change Healthcare business, which processes prescriptions to insurance for tens of thousands of pharmacies nationwide, was compromised by hackers who gained access to some of its systems. The company became aware of the cyberattack Wednesday and, in a separate statement, said it expected the attack to last at least throughout the day Thursday. The cyberattack prevented some pharmacies from processing prescriptions to insurance companies to receive payment...

#9 'Disgusting': AP Torn to Shreds for Dismissing Illegal Immigrant Murder Suspect in Laken Riley Killing, Blaming Toxic Masculinity - Paul Sacca for Blaze Media

The Associated Press was obliterated online for a recent article that attempted to dismiss the illegal immigrant murder suspect in the brutal killing of Laken Hope Riley and instead tried to blame toxic masculinity for the brutal slaying. On Saturday, the AP published an article titled: "The Killing of a Nursing Student Out for a Run Highlights the Fears of Solo Female Athletes." The article did not acknowledge that Riley's suspected killer was an illegal immigrant from Venezuela. Instead, the news site described Jose Antonio Ibarra as an "Athens resident."

#8 Moderna is Still Turning a Profit Even Though Fewer People are Using its Only Product - Bruce Gil for Quartz

Moderna stock jumped 7% during premarket trading on Thursday after the pharma company, known for its mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, reported a profit of $217 million in its fourth quarter ending Dec. 31. The company’s profit comes as a surprise to Wall Street, as it has reported a loss in the past two quarters and use of its only product available on the market has dwindled in the last year...

#7 DEI Disaster: Harvard Plagiarism Scandal Deepens with Allegations Against Diversity Administrator - Alana Mastrangelo for Breitbart and Citizen Free Press
Harvard’s plagiarism problem continues as the spotlight shines on other faculty members at the Ivy League university in the wake of the school’s former president, Claudine Gay, being ousted amid dozens of plagiarism allegations being unearthed and multiple antisemitism scandals. This comes after disgraced president Claudine Gay resigned earlier this year in the wake of a slew of plagiarism allegations that resulted in her having to make seven corrections across two articles and her Ph.D. dissertation. Moreover, Harvard University Chief Diversity Officer Sherri Ann Charleston was also accused of plagiarism in a new complaint, which alleges that Charleston claimed credit for her husband’s work...

#6 Consumers Are Increasingly Pushing Back Against Price Increases — and Winning - Christopher Rugaber

Inflation has changed the way many Americans shop. Now, those changes in consumer habits are helping bring down inflation. Fed up with prices that remain about 19%, on average, above where they were before the pandemic, consumers are fighting back. In grocery stores, they’re shifting away from name brands to store-brand items, switching to discount stores, or simply buying fewer items like snacks or gourmet foods. More Americans are buying used cars, too, rather than new, forcing some dealers to provide discounts on new cars again. But the growing consumer pushback to what critics condemn as price-gouging has been most evident with food as well as with consumer goods like paper towels and napkins...

#5  Silent Brain Changes Precede Alzheimer’s. Researchers Have New Clues About Which Come First - BY Lauran Neergaard for AP News

Alzheimer’s quietly ravages the brain long before symptoms appear, and now scientists have new clues about the dominolike sequence of those changes — a potential window to one day intervene. A large study in China tracked middle-aged and older adults for 20 years, using regular brain scans, spinal taps, and other tests. Compared to those who remained cognitively healthy, people who eventually developed the mind-robbing disease had higher levels of an Alzheimer’s-linked protein in their spinal fluid 18 years prior to diagnosis, researchers reported Wednesday. Then, every few years afterward, the study detected another so-called biomarker of brewing trouble...

#4 Journalist Arrested, Hit With 14 Federal Crimes for Allegedly Hacking, Leaking Fox News Tucker Carlson Content - Paul Sacca for Blaze Media

A journalist accused of leaking videos of former Fox News star Tucker Carlson was arrested in Florida on Thursday and hit with 14 federal charges. Timothy Burke, 45, was charged with one count of conspiracy, six counts of accessing a protected computer without authorization, and seven counts of intercepting or disclosing wire, oral, or electronic communications. Burke faces up to 62 years in federal prison if convicted on all counts. Burke was released on the condition that he severs contact with his alleged co-conspirator. The Department of Justice stated that Burke and his co-conspirator "secured and used compromised credentials — usernames and passwords — to gain unauthorized access to protected computers owned or used by the victim entities."

#3 Disturbing Find Made on Voters Rolls as Hundreds of Non-Citizens Removed  - Warner Todd Huston for The Washington Journal

Hundreds of names have been removed from the voter rolls in two Arizona counties, and some of these illegal voters had actually cast ballots in past elections. In the latest purge of illegal voters, both Pima and Maricopa counties in Arizona have eliminated hundreds of names of people who are ineligible to vote because they are not citizens of the country. This is as it should be, and every county in every state should be performing this important task. According to a report by the Public Interest Legal Foundation, Pima County deleted the names of 186 non-citizens after at least seven of them had been caught illegally casting a ballot in two past federal elections...

#2 Republican Suggests Vaccines May Be Getting Injected Into Lettuce - Newsweek

A Tennessee state lawmaker said during a recent legislative session that various companies and medical entities are capable of injecting vaccines into lettuce, tomatoes, and tobacco. Republican state Representative Scott Cepicky said during a House Health Committee hearing on Wednesday that the public should be wary about vaccines being intentionally put into foods commonly found at grocery stores, much to the chagrin of Democratic chairman John Ray Clemmons... 

#1 Ronna McDaniel to Resign as Republican National Committee Chair Days After Super Tuesday - ABC News

After seven years at the helm of the GOP, Ronna McDaniel will step down from her post as chair of the Republican National Committee on March 8, she said in a statement obtained by ABC News. McDaniel's resignation is expected to take effect after Super Tuesday on March 5. McDaniel said that she would resign at the party’s spring training meeting in Houston, Texas, so as to "allow our nominee to select a Chair of their choosing." Hand-picked by Donald Trump to serve in the role shortly after his 2016 election, McDaniel is reported to have arranged her departure with the former president, who is far ahead of his sole primary challenger, Nikki Haley, in the delegate fight for the 2024 nomination... 


And Now for Something Special smiley

Today’s the day! Get free food from Buffalo Wild Wings

This is the day—everyone can get free wings from Buffalo Wild Wings at participating restaurants! The offer is good today only (Monday, Feb. 26) from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. local time. It’s limited to dine-in and in-person carryout orders. Before this year’s Super Bowl, the restaurant chain said it would give free wings to everyone if the game went into overtime—an offer Buffalo Wild Wings has made in the past. Super Bowl LVIII required some extra football, with the Kansas City Chiefs topping the San Francisco 49ers 25 to 22 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. It marked only the second time the big game has ever gone into overtime.


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