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Breaking down. How bite may address racism and they're growing racial justice movements. Take away We'll be right back after these headlines. Live from NPR news. I'm Laxmi saying 100 million vaccinations in 100 days On his first full day in office. President Biden sign 10 executive actions but essentially hits the reset button on a response that until today had been mired in confusion, misinformation and very costly delays. Resulting in the U. S bearing the highest number of Corona virus. Infections of any country in the highest number of lives lost more than 406,000 so far. Hospitals. We're out of beds. Businesses. They're closed for good. Schools or caught in between. And while the vaccines provides so much hope, Rollout has been a dismal failure thus far. Biden to sign executive orders that, among other things, mandates masks at airports in certain public transportation ramps up testing, expands vaccine manufacturing and directs agencies to help address critical shortfalls through the Defense Production Act. NPR's Mara Liasson has more on that the bind team says the Defense production act has a lot of parts. It's planning to use it to boost supply chains. It's going to try to increase testing increased supplies like syringes and masks, but also the production of vaccines. They seem very confident. If they can get enough supply into the system of vaccines and then solve the distribution problem. Mara Liasson reporting This administration has canceled president or former President Trump's National Emergency Declaration and stopped the diversion of Pentagon money to build his border wall. NPR's John Burnett has more President Biden's proclamation issued win state says the government will pause to study the 27 outstanding wall building contracts to see which ones should proceed or be canceled. Tricia Cortez, a Laredo, Texas, says she's encouraged that Trump's massive $15 billion project is coming to an end. Yes, we are cautiously celebrating. Biden very clearly said not another foot, but there's still work to be done to cancel the contracts, stop the taking of land and healing the harm to our border communities. Despite the proclamation that freezes Wall Building, Cortez, wonders of contractors got the message because some construction continued along the border Thursday morning. John Burnett. NPR news The House of Representatives in an overwhelming bipartisan vote, has approved a waiver for retired Army General Lloyd Austin to serve as president Biden's defense secretary. If confirmed by the U. S. Senate, Austin would be the first black secretary of defense. Federal law does not permit military officers who have been retired for less than seven years to serve as defense secretary unless both houses of Congress approved a waiver. The Dow Jones Industrial Average has closed down 12 points. You're listening to NPR knees. Live from KQED News. I'm terrorist Siler. Google is courting more public controversy over its internal crackdown on its artificial intelligence ethics team, KQED Sam Harnett explains. The AI ethics team was established to investigate things like potential bias and image recognition software or search algorithms at Google in December, co leader of the team Tim that get, Bruce said she was fired after criticizing Google's hiring practices and technological biases. Google spokespeople say Debra left after a disagreement over a research paper. Now Google is investigating another team member, Margaret Mitchell, and has blocked her access to corporate accounts in a statement, Google Road that they're automated systems Detective Mitchell had quote, expatriated thousands of files and share them with multiple external accounts. Mitchell has been publicly critical over what happened to our colleague get broom, and she's a member of the new Alphabet Workers Union, which issued a statement of concern. I'm Sam Burnett. KQED NEWS. Ah, UC Santa Cruz graduate student who participated in the Wildcat strike, demanding higher wages last year, is now suing the schools. Police Department. In the suit filed last week. PhD students, Sabrina Shirazi alleges that officers struck her repeatedly with a baton during the strike. Her lawyer, Rachel Letterman, says Shirazi was targeted because of her race. In her immediate vicinity. She was surrounded by white folks, and she was the only person that was treated this way. Letterman says that no one else was injured that day and wants police to release the names of the officers involved. U C. Santa Cruz and Campus Police did not immediately respond to a request for comment in Oakland. I'm terrorist Tyler.

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