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Voting rights, Afghanistan, Mother’s Day: your weekend briefing

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Here are the top stories of the week and a look ahead.

1. The Republican Party’s efforts to limit Voting rights make progress.

Florida and Texas were the youngest states to cut voter access after the November elections and join Republican-backed actions in Georgia, Montana and Iowa. Other states, including Arizona, Michigan, and Ohio, are considering their own bills.

On Thursday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a law restricting postal voting, a popular voting method in the state, and expanding a current rule that bans outside groups from advertising near polling stations. Critics say the new law will disproportionately violate colored people.

2. A ransomware attack forced a shutdown one of the largest US pipelines carrying 45 percent of the east coast’s fuel supplies.

The system’s operator, Colonial Pipeline, said it was halting systems on its 5,500-mile pipeline that carries gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel from Texas on the east coast to New York in an attempt to curb the breach of its computer networks. It wasn’t immediately clear who the hacker was, but a federal agency is investigating.

Attacks on critical infrastructure have accelerated in recent months after two security breaches, one by Russia’s top intelligence agency and one by Chinese hackers, highlighted the networks’ vulnerability. In the coming weeks, the Biden government is expected to issue an executive order to improve the security of federal and private systems.

3. Explosions outside a high school in the Afghan capital killed at least 50 people and wounded dozens more, including many teenage girls who left class.

The attack has underscored fears about the nation’s future, and rights groups have sounded the alarm that the withdrawal of US troops will put women at risk if the Taliban expand their hold on parts of the country.

The streets and paths were full on Saturday as Kabul residents prepared for the end of the holy month of Ramadan. So far, no group has taken responsibility.

The explosion crowned a particularly violent week in Afghanistan, killing at least 44 civilians and 139 government troops in the country, the highest weekly death toll since October.

4. India is home to the largest in the world Vaccine maker, the Serum Institute, which had big plans to vaccinate the poor around the world against Covid-19. Those promises have fallen apart.

In an interview with The Times, Serum CEO Adar Poonawalla defended his company and its ambitions. He said he had no choice but to give vaccines to the government. He cited a shortage of raw materials, which he had partially blamed on the United States

5. “Will I know you?”

After seven years, Ana Paredes and her 10-year-old daughter Melissa were reunited in Los Angeles last month. Melissa’s arrival marked the end of a 2,500 mile journey that began in Guatemala in February and ended with a dangerous raft trip across the Rio Grande to Texas.

In the past six months, nearly 50,000 migrant children like Melissa have crossed the southwest border alone in an extraordinary new wave of immigration. Many of the children were abandoned in Central America years ago by parents traveling north to find work.

Federal documents show that while the Biden government released migrant children from border detention centers, the accommodations are now strained. In the past week, more than 21,000 children were living in emergency shelters under government care.

6. The NCAA stopped long College athletes don’t make money off of their fame. This could change soon.

Under pressure to reshape college sports, NCAA president Mark Emmert told The Times he would urge athletes to get promotional deals this year. Emmert said he would recommend college sports governing bodies to enact new rules by July 1, when the laws on such contracts go into effect in five states.

The changes promise to reshape a billion dollar industry and test the NCAA’s generations of claims that student-athletes should be amateurs, primarily playing for scholarships, and that college sports appeal to fans, in part because the players aren’t professionals.

7. California Regulatory Agencies will require the largest accumulation of warehouses in the country, used by Amazon and others to dramatically clean up their emissions.

The new rules would force the operators of some 3,000 mega-warehouses over 100,000 square feet in size to reduce pollution from the trucks serving these facilities. The regulations have set a precedent for regulating the exploding e-commerce industry. They could also accelerate the electrification of trucks.

Pollution has taken a particularly heavy toll in Southern California, which suffers from the worst air quality in the country. Minority neighborhoods are disproportionately affected.

8. You cook. They fake interest in Minecraft. They wrestle. They teach. They give confidence to their children. Mothers do everything.

This year in particular, it seems like mothers spent a lot of time cataloging their mistakes. For Mother’s Day this year, we asked 12 mothers to enjoy their talents and share their secret strengths.

When the pandemic hit last March, a photographer reached out to other mothers with a new baby for comfort. She captured them up in New York City and asked them to write letters to their children. “I wasn’t lost in the chaos of the world because of you,” wrote one.

If you’re celebrating mom this weekend, here are six recipes that will inspire you.

9. Are you trying to build a deer-proof garden? We’ll get to the bad news in a moment: it doesn’t exist.

As one of the dominant species in Canada and the United States, the white-tailed deer is the largest herbivore in most of the places we farm and garden. However, our gardening expert says there are still many steps you can take to deter them such as: B. building a barrier or using repellants that smell or taste bad. But first, make sure your opponent is a deer.

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