Joe Biden names picks for secretary of State, Homeland Security chief, director of national intelligence

(L-R) U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, Deputy National Security Advisor Tony Blinken, National Security Advisor Susan Rice and Secretary of State John Kerry listen as President Barack Obama and Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki address reporters in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, November 1, 2013. Jonathan Ernst | Reuters WASHINGTON — […]

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AstraZeneca’s Covid vaccine might seem less effective than its peers — but it has some advantages

LONDON — The coronavirus vaccine being developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford was found to be “highly” protective, potentially paving the way for a vaccine that is more affordable and easier to distribute than some of its peers. An interim analysis of clinical trials showed the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine had an average efficacy of […]

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Biden team denies president-elect wants Democrats to accept smaller relief deal

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden speaks about the U.S. economy following a briefing with economic advisers in Wilmington, Delaware, November 16, 2020. Kevin Lemarque | Reuters Joe Biden‘s transition team denied Monday that the president-elect’s advisors have pushed Democratic congressional leaders to potentially accept a smaller coronavirus stimulus package in order to send more relief now. […]

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Ether, XRP and other ‘altcoins’ rally as bitcoin heads for all-time high

Getty Images Bitcoin isn’t the only cryptocurrency posting strong gains lately. Ether, XRP and a handful of other so-called “altcoins,” or alternative cryptocurrencies, rallied Monday, following the world’s best-known digital currency higher. At around 9:15 a.m. ET, ether passed the $600 level, a point it hasn’t reached since June 2018, according to data from industry […]

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