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Neil Young poses for a portrait in Santa Monica, Calif. on Sept. 9, 2019. Spotify says it will grant the veteran rocker's request to remove his music from its streaming platform. Young made the request as a protest to what he called the company's decision to allow COVID-19 misinformation to spread on its service. (Photo by Rebecca Cabage/Invision/AP, File)

Spotify removing Neil Young’s music amid Joe Rogan protest

- Associated Press

Neil Young’s music will be removed from Spotify at his request, following the veteran rock star’s protest over the streaming service airing a popular podcast that featured a figure criticized for spreading COVID misinformation.

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Toronto crowd cheers anti-vaccine trucker convoy

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Jussie Smollett to be sentenced March 10 for lying to police

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FILE - Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra testifies before a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing, Sept. 30, 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington. U.S. health secretary Xavier Becerra is ordering Medicare to reassess a big premium increase facing millions of seniors this year. The increase was largely attributed to a pricey new Alzheimer’s drug with questionable benefits. Becerra’s directive on Monday comes days after drugmaker Biogen slashed the price of its $56,000-a-year medication, Aduhelm, to $28,200 a year — a cut of about half.  (Shawn Thew/Pool via AP, File)

Watchdog: HHS failing on health crises, deemed 'high risk'

- Associated Press

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FILE - Artist and author Art Spiegelman gets some help with his lunch from Francoise Mouly, of Random House, Inc., during a signing of Spiegelman's new book "In the Shadow of No Towers" at the Book Expo America convention, Saturday, June 5, 2004, in Chicago.  A Tennessee school district has voted to ban a Pulitzer Prize winning graphic novel about the Holocaust due to “inappropriate language” and an illustration of a nude woman. That's according to minutes from the McMinn County School Board meeting on Jan. 10, 2022.  Board members voted to remove “Maus,” a graphic novel by Art Spiegelman. (AP Photo/Brian Kersey, File)

Book about Holocaust banned in Tennessee school district

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A Tennessee school district has voted to ban a Pulitzer Prize winning graphic novel about the Holocaust due to "inappropriate language" and an illustration of a nude woman, according to minutes from a board meeting.

The healthcare.gov website is seen, Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021, in Fort Washington, Md. Some 14.5 million Americans got health insurance for this year under the Obama-era health law, President Joe Biden said Thursday. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Biden touts record Obamacare sign-ups of 14.5M

The Washington Times

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