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DeSantis vetoes social media ban for kids, with replacement expected

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — For Florida’s ban on social media for kids under 16, it’s back to the drawing board.

Gov. Ron DeSantis vetoed House Bill 1 on Friday, and lawmakers are expected to take up a new, toned-down version on Monday in the final week of the legislative session.

The veto was widely expected. Lawmakers passed the legislation last week despite DeSantis’ concerns about banning kids from social media with no option for parents to override it.

Since then, House Speaker Paul Renner, R-Palm Coast, has been negotiating with DeSantis on a compromise bill. The new legislation, House Bill 3, has not yet been released, but it’s expected to appease the governor’s concerns.

—Tampa Bay Times

‘We are in a different place’: CDC lifts isolation guidelines for COVID

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials announced Friday new guidelines for people with COVID-19, recommending those with the virus treat it the same as the flu and RSV — staying home while they have symptoms and fever.

The guidelines eliminate earlier recommendations for five days of isolation and testing for COVID, marking a new approach for the federal health agency. They said the new guidelines are intended to make it easier for people to know how to protect others and take into account that people may not know which virus they have.

“We are in a different situation with the level of protection we have against the virus and the prevention steps we know work to protect ourselves and others,” said CDC Director Dr. Mandy Cohen in announcing the changes at a press conference Friday.

People with COVID can return to work or regular activities if their symptoms are mild and improving and it’s been at least 24 hours since they’ve had a fever, without fever-reducing medicines — the same standard used for the flu and respiratory syncytial virus or RSV.

—The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Journalist held in contempt for refusing to reveal sources in Fox News investigation


NEW YORK — A court ruling found veteran TV news correspondent Catherine Herridge in civil contempt for refusing to identify sources related to a 2017 investigation she reported for Fox News.

Herridge, who until recently worked for CBS News, declined to divulge information about how she learned of an FBI probe into an academic when she was deposed on the matter in September.

U.S. District Court Judge Christopher R. Cooper imposed a fine of $800 a day until Herridge complies. She will have time to appeal the decision before the fine goes into effect.

Cooper had ordered Herridge in August to reveal her sourcing for a 2017 story on Dr. Yanping Chen, a Chinese American scientist who founded the University of Management and Technology. The Virginia-based school attracted military service members who received tuition assistance from the Department of Defense.

—Los Angeles Times

Pope Francis calls 'gender ideology' greatest danger of our time

ROME — Pope Francis has described "gender ideology" as the greatest danger of current times, arguing that it abolishes differences and makes everything the same.

"To abolish differences means to abolish humanity," the leader of the Catholic Church said on Friday during an audience. Instead, man and woman are in a fruitful tension, the pontiff continued.

Pope Francis, 87, read only a portion of his remarks on Friday, with the rest read by a member of his staff. According to the Vatican, the pope has been suffering from a "mild flu" for several days.

"I still have a cold and get tired when I read for a while," said Francis. The Pope's health has been increasingly troubling him for some time. In recent months, he has also had problems with inflammation of the respiratory tract on several occasions.



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