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American Academy of Arts and Letters expands, diversifies

One of the country’s oldest cultural institutions is expanding its core membership, from 250 artists in literature, music and art and architecture, to 300 by 2025.

Reports: NY officials altered count of nursing home deaths

Top aides to Governor Andrew Cuomo altered a state Health Department report to obscure the true number of people killed by COVID-19 in the state’s nursing homes, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times reported late Thursday.

Judge dismisses lawsuit over slave portraits at Harvard

A Massachusetts state judge has dismissed a lawsuit from a Connecticut woman who said Harvard University illegally owned photos of her enslaved ancestors and refused to turn them over.

9 great apes get COVID-19 vaccinations at San Diego Zoo

The San Diego Zoo has vaccinated nine great apes for the coronavirus after a troop of gorillas in its Safari Park became infected, officials said Thursday.

9 in SUV have major injuries in border crash that killed 13

Nine migrants in an SUV packed with 25 people that drove through an opening in a border wall suffered major injuries after their vehicle slammed into a tractor-trailer and killed 13 others inside, the California Highway Patrol said Thursday.

Connecticut eases some virus-related restrictions, eliminating capacity limits in restaurants, gyms

On March 19, capacity limits will be eliminated on restaurants, libraries, museums, aquariums, gyms, retail stores, hair salons and churches.

Senate votes to open debate on Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill

As soon as the Senate voted to proceed to the bill, Senator Ron Johnson, Republican of Wisconsin, insisted on a full reading of S.B. 628, which commenced immediately and could take hours.

Capitol Police request extension of National Guard to protect Congress, defense officials say

Three defense officials said that the Defense Department received the extension and that Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Army officials will consider it.