In Brief–TL;DR News

The massive cargo ship that has blocked the Suez Canal for more than a week has finally been freed, officials say.The Suez Canal Authority says tugboats were able to dislodge the ship’s bow, after freeing the stern earlier on Monday.  The 1,300-foot ship is now being pulled to an area called the Great Bitter Lake to be inspected. It’s not clear exactly when normal canal traffic will be able to resume.  About 367 ships are currently backed up on either side – a backlog that could take more than a week to clear out.


Okay, so you’ve finally got your COVID-19 vaccine card – now what?  Well, Staples and Office Depot will laminate it for free.Why laminate it?  Well, you might want to keep it as a memento.  But it’s also possible that proof of vaccination will be needed in the future to do things like board a plane or enter a hospital. Both stores will keep the promotion in place into the summer months.


President Biden is expected to announce another coronavirus recovery bill in the coming week.On Sunday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the President will be discussing more on a recovery plan aimed at women leaving the workforce and healthcare.Psaki cited Biden’s recovery plan being in two stages. “He’s going to have more to say later in April about the second part of his recovery plan, which will include a number of the pieces you talked about — health care, child care, addressing that. It’s a crisis right now, the number of women who have left the workplace,” Psaki told Fox News. “The total package, we’re still working out.


A new poll shows that President Joe Biden is receiving high marks on his performance on how he has handled Covid-19.The poll from ABC News/Ispos shows that 72% of those surveyed approve of how Biden has been handling top priority projects like Covid-19 and recovery of the economy.At the same time, 53% disapprove of his performance with gun violence and migrants crossing the U.S. border. It comes down to party lines, with 66% of Republicans believing Biden is dividing the country and 95% of Democrats saying they believe he is uniting the country.


As the coronavirus continues to surge in France, the country’s education minister on Friday instituted a new policy for French schools.Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer says the moment one case of COVID-19 is detected in a class, the entire classroom will be shut down. Blanquer is warning parents that the measure will likely mean “even more class closures in the coming days.”


The gun shop owner who sold the gun used in Monday’s Boulder massacre says accused shooter Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa passed the state required background check without any issues.John Mark Eagleton, owner of Eagles Nest Armory, says he submitted the proper paperwork to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, which cleared the 21-year-old to purchase a Ruger AR-556 semiautomatic pistol six days before the shooting. “We are absolutely shocked by what happened and our hearts are broken for the victims and families that are left behind,” Eagleton says. “Ensuring every sale that occurs at our shop is lawful has always been and will always remain the highest iority for our business.”


Dr. Anthony Fauci says he may know of the reason why new Covid-19 cases are appearing in the U.S.Appearing on Sunday’s “Face the Nation,” Fauci says that new variants of the virus appearing in the U.K. and Brazil are more contagious.Fauci also believes that large gatherings and much less caution are to blame.  “Well, you know, the variants are playing a part, but it is not completely the variants. What we’re likely seeing is because of things like spring break and pulling back on the mitigation methods that you’ve seen now. Several states have done that,” said Fauci.


NASA’s TESS spacecraft is exceeding expectations with its latest discoveries.TESS (or Transisting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) has reportedly found 2,200 potential new planets since 2018.TESS was initially expected to find around 1,600 planets, but has obviously gone beyond that. Of the 120 planets confirmed so far, there are small planets, gas planets, and a “hot super-Earth” with an 11-hour orbit.


An Oklahoma pastor’s wife and her much younger lover are behind bars after confessing to the shooting death of her husband.47-year-old Kristie Evans initially told police that her husband, 50-year-old Pastor David Evans, was shot by an intruder in their Ada, OK home.  She would later admit that she and her accomplice, 26-year-old Kahlil Square, were behind the murder.  Square had been involved in a relationship with the couple, having threesomes at  a nearby hotel.  He then continued to have a secret affair with Kristie, who allegedly told him her husband was verbally abusive.  Evans allegedly gave Square her husband’s handgun and left the back door unlocked for him to enter and shoot him.