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US Equality Act, NYC middle schools reopen, Tiger Woods crash: 5 things you need to know Thursday

12:51  25 february  2021
12:51  25 february  2021 Source:   usatoday.com

Tiger Woods on if he'll play the Masters: 'God I hope so. I’ve got to get there first.'

  Tiger Woods on if he'll play the Masters: 'God I hope so. I’ve got to get there first.' A fifth back surgery kept Tiger Woods out of the field at this week's 2021 Genesis Invitational, but it didn't keep him away from his hosting duties. Woods, 45, made his PGA Tour debut at Riviera Country Club in 1992 as an amateur at just 16 years old and…Woods, 45, made his PGA Tour debut at Riviera Country Club in 1992 as an amateur at just 16 years old and has served as the Los Angeles-area tournament’s host since 2017. During Sunday’s final round the 82-time winner on Tour appeared with Jim Nantz on the CBS broadcast to talk about his Tiger Woods Foundation entering its 25th year, what he’s been able to do while recovering from back surgery and what he’s seen this week from outside the ropes.

Most Americans think LGBTQ people are protected from discrimination. In reality, many federal protections aren't available to the LGBTQ community. © Provided by USA TODAY Most Americans think LGBTQ people are protected from discrimination. In reality, many federal protections aren't available to the LGBTQ community.

The Equality Act with protections for LGBTQ Americans goes up for vote

The House is set to pass sweeping legislation Thursday prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation and gender identity. The Equality Act would amend existing federal civil rights laws to extend protections for LGBTQ Americans in what Democratic lawmakers and advocates say would make significant progress toward legal protections for all Americans. Nine members of the House openly identify as LGBTQ and two in the Senate, amounting to about 2% of each chamber. A recent Gallup Poll showed a record 5.6% of U.S. adults identified as LGBTQ. The Equality Act, one of President Joe Biden's top legislative priorities, faces an uncertain future in the Senate.

Tiger Woods Injured in Roll-Over Car Accident in California, Undergoing Surgery

  Tiger Woods Injured in Roll-Over Car Accident in California, Undergoing Surgery Tiger Woods was taken to a local hospital to be treated for his injuries, the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department said, noting that they were not life-threatening"On Feb. 23, 2021, at approximately 7:12 AM, LASD responded to a single vehicle roll-over traffic collision on the border of Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes," the sheriff's department said in the Twitter statement. "The vehicle was traveling northbound on Hawthorne Boulevard at Blackhorse Road, where it crashed. The vehicle sustained major damage.

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COVID-19: Some NYC middle schoolers back in classrooms; drug chains expand vaccinations

New York City is set to reopen public middle schools for in-person learning for the first time since November on Thursday. The decision affects about 62,000 students who opted for in-person learning last year, the New York Times reported. About 70 percent of the city's students have opted out of in-person classes altogether and will learn from home for the rest of the school year. Meanwhile, CVS and Walgreens drugstores will start vaccinations in more states Thursday. CVS will add stores in six states, including Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Walgreens is expanding into California, Oregon and Virginia, among other states.

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Los Angeles sheriff: Tiger Woods' crash 'purely an accident'

Los Angeles County deputies saw no evidence that golf star Tiger Woods was impaired by drugs or alcohol after Tuesday’s rollover wreck on a downhill stretch of road known for crashes, Sheriff Alex Villanueva said, characterizing the crash as “purely an accident.” The sheriff appeared to rule out any potential criminal charges even as authorities were still investigating the crash, which caused “significant” injuries to Woods' right leg, requiring surgery. Personal injury attorney Justin King said that if investigators prove the road is unsafe, the municipality that controls it could be held liable. Meanwhile, the sheriff said investigators may seek search warrants for a blood sample to definitively rule out drugs and alcohol. Detectives also could apply for search warrants for Woods’ cell phone to see if he was driving distracted, as well as the vehicle’s event data recorder, or “black box,” which would give information about how fast he was going. Injuries have been an unfortunate common occurrence for Woods. But he always made it back to winning on the golf course. Even after four back surgeries, he won the Masters in April 2019 for the fifth time, which ranks among the great comebacks in the sport.

Tiger Woods had rod put in leg, is 'awake, responsive' after crash, reps say

  Tiger Woods had rod put in leg, is 'awake, responsive' after crash, reps say The golf legend suffered injuries to his legs in the crash Tuesday morning in the Los Angeles area.Woods, 45, "suffered significant orthopaedic injuries to his right lower extremity" that were treated in emergency surgery, Anish Mahajan, chief medical officer and interim CEO at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, said in the statement, which was tweeted on Woods' account.

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America has a vast overseas military empire. Does it still need it?

For decades, the U.S. has enjoyed global military dominance, its reach vast and empire-like. The Department of Defense spends more than $700 billion a year on weaponry and combat preparedness — more than the next 10 countries combined, according to economic think tank the Peter G. Peterson Foundation. In Germany, about 45,000 Americans go to work each day around the Kaiserslautern Military Community, a network of U.S. Army and Air Force bases that accommodates schools, housing complexes, hospitals, community centers, and retail stores. About 60,000 American military and civilian personnel are stationed in Japan; another 30,000 in South Korea. More than 6,000 U.S. military personnel are spread across Africa, according to the Department of Defense. Yet today, amid a sea change in security threats, America's military might overseas may be less relevant than it once was, say some security analysts, defense officials and former and active U.S. military service members.

Tiger Woods has a long, uncertain road ahead after California crash, emergency doctor says

  Tiger Woods has a long, uncertain road ahead after California crash, emergency doctor says Even after his emergency surgery, the path to recovery is long and uncertain for golf legend Tiger Woods, following his car accident in California. © Patrick Smith/Getty Images Tiger Woods of the United States looks on after a shot on the second hole during the final round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club in 2020. "He is still in that acute phase where they may still have a lot of work to do in the present, in moments, in days to come," Dr. Jeremy Faust, emergency physician Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, told CNN on Wednesday.

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What will conservatives do next? Meet up at CPAC

Conservatives looking for a way forward after the tumultuous presidency of Donald Trump will gather in Orlando on Thursday for the four-day Conservative Political Action Conference. Founded in 1974, the event has since become the most influential meeting ground for the conservative movement. Speakers listed on the CPAC website include many Republican heavy hitters (and potential presidential candidates), including Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., former secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. All of them, however, are likely to be overshadowed by Trump, who is scheduled to close out the program Sunday.

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Tiger Woods Crash: Sheriff's Department Executes Warrant to Obtain Black Box Data .
The investigators will go through the box to get more information on the cause of the accident.A rep from the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department tells ET, "Traffic collision investigators are continuing the investigation into the cause of the collision involving Mr. Woods.

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