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A top U.S. official Friday apologized for how Haitian migrants were treated along the U.S.-Mexico border, saying it’s not how border officials or the Department of Homeland Security behave. The comments from Juan Gonzalez, the U.S. National Security Council’s senior director for the Western Hemisphere, came during a two-day official visit to Haiti to talk with local leaders about migration and other issues. 

Brian Nichols, U.S. assistant secretary for Western Hemisphere affairs, speaks at a news conference at the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Friday. “The United States is committed to working with the people of Haiti,” Nichols said. “I want to say that it was an injustice, that it was wrong,” he said. “The proud people of Haiti and any migrant deserve to be treated with dignity.” The U.S. government recently came under fire for its treatment of Haitian migrants, with images showing men on horseback, corralling Haitian asylum seekers. 

An experimental antiviral pill developed by Merck & Co could have the chances of dying or being hospitalized for those most at risk of contracting severe COVID-19, according to data that experts hailed as a potential breakthrough in how the virus is treated. If it gets authorization, molnupiravir, which is designed to introduce errors into the genetic code of the virus, would be the first oral antiviral medication for COVID-19. Merck and partner Ridgeback Biotherapeutics said they plan to seek U.S. emergency use authorization for the pill as soon as possible and to make regulatory applications worldwide.

Hyundai and Kia are recalling more than 550,000 cars and minivans in the U.S. because the turn signals can flash in the opposite direction of what the driver intended. The recall covers Hyundai’s Sonata midsize car from the 2015 through 2017 model years, and Sonata gas-electric hybrids from 2016 and 2017. Kia’s Sedona minivan from 2015 through 2017 also is affected. Hyundai says software in a junction box may not properly interpret signals.

Financial giant Visa plans to open a new hub in Midtown Atlanta that is expected to create roughly 1,000 jobs in the region over the next several years. The new office will be located in the former headquarters of Norfolk Southern, and it is set to open in 2022 with a focus on technology and client services. The company, one of the world’s largest payment processors, plans to hire staffers for jobs that include product management, software development and cybersecurity, among others.

Jimmy Carter, the nation’s 39th president, celebrated his 97th birthday last week. Carter was born Oct. 1, 1924 in Plains, Ga., where he was raised, met his wife of 75 years, Rosalynn, and eventually launched his political career with a Georgia Senate run in 1962. Jimmy and Rosalynn celebrated their 75th anniversary with a party at their home in July.

Former President Donald Trump asked a federal judge to force Twitter to temporarily reinstate his account while he sues to permanently return to the social media network he once used to communicate with millions of supporters. Trump’s request for a preliminary injunction against Twitter was filed late Friday in Miami. The Republican, who lost his bid for a second term in office, claims Twitter canceled his account in January under pressure from his political rivals in Congress. Twitter kicked Trump off its platform on Jan. 8, two days after a mob of the former president’s supporters attacked the Capitol to prevent President Joe Biden’s victory from being confirmed by Congress. Trump used Twitter and other social media platforms to falsely and repeatedly claim that the election had been rigged.

Sweeping their division fore, the Atlanta Braves won their Fourth NL east division title in front of a home crowd last week and are back in the playoffs.The Braves secured their crown on Thursday after defeating the Philadelphia Phillies 5-3. The Braves finished the first half of the season with a losing record, at 44-45, and entered August trailing in the division by five games. Nevertheless, they were able to rally back by winning games in the second half at a 98-win pace overall.

A new TikTok controversy targeting teachers could end up with students being arrested. Students have been imitating what they see online. Last month, it was trashing bathrooms in response to the so-called School Challenge. Students stole toilets, spray-painted walls and wrecked plumbing. October saw a new challenge emerging where students appear to be slapping teachers on the rear end. School officials do not find it funny and are sending a message to students that this will be considered sexual assault and are reminding parents that a criminal record would follow their children for the rest of their lives.

A recent study finds that more than 2 million teens in the U.S. are using e-cigarettes. 1.7 million high school students and 320,000 middle students are engaging in the habit of smoking flavored e-cigarettes, which are a favorite among kids. Parents can look for unique sweet smells on teens.

The public should brace for longer delivery time and reduced post office hours as the U. S. Post Office is changing first class mail and periodicals from 1 to 3 days to 1 to 5 days after moving to transfer more mail by ground over air to save money.

A holiday tradition at Macy’s which has been around for 50 years is no more. The Macy’s Pink Pig, which delighted children and raised funds for charity has made its last ride because of the pandemic. Last used in 2019, the attraction is the latest casualty if COVID-19. In closing the Pink Pig, Macy’s says it is giving a parting donation to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

The NFL, Pepsi, and Rock Nation are partnering to bring Five music legions together to perform for the first time during the Super Bowl- Dr. Dre, Snoop Dog, Mary J. Blige, Eminem, and Kendrick Lamar are slated to perform during Super Bowl 2022 halftime in Los Angeles. 

Neiman Marcus recently disclosed that its 2020 data breach impacted about 4.6 million customers with Neiman Marcus online accounts and that personal information of these customers was potentially compromised during the incident. The bits of information include Names, addresses, contact information, , usernames and passwords of Neiman Marcus online accounts, Payment card numbers and expiration dates (although no CVV numbers), Neiman Marcus virtual gift card numbers (without PINs), and Security questions of Neiman Marcus online accounts

The discount retailer, Dollar stores, says their pricing is prices beyond $1. The retailer plans to transform more of its locations into Dollar Tree Plus stores with products also priced at $3 and $5. The company, headquartered in Chesapeake, Virginia, has more than 15,800 Dollar Tree, Family Dollar and Dollar Tree Canada stores across 48 states and five Canadian provinces. The company said Tuesday it plans to have 500 Dollar Tree Plus stores by the end of 2021 and another 1,500 next year. At least 5,000 Dollar Tree Plus stores are expected by the end of 2024.

The Bachelor has a new host, former NFL football player and TV personality Jessie Palmer, replacing former host Chris Harrison after he came under fire last year for defending questionable behaviour by one of the show’s contestants.   

For lovers of the McRib, McDonald’s has great news. It is set to return the McRib to its menu for a limited-time nationwide on November 1. McDonald’s said this year marks the 40th anniversary of the McRib, which was a dud when it first launched, but has bounced back to become a fan-favorite menu item. The sandwich is shaped like a rack of ribs and smothered in barbecue sauce then placed on a homestyle bun.

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