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The Five States Making the Fastest Progress Giving Covid Shots
In the first week since U.S. states started administering Covid-19 vaccines, some states are making more rapid progress than others in working through their allocations from the federal government.
West Virginia has given 15,046 doses of Pfizer Inc.’s vaccine, representing almost all of the 16,575 doses it was allocated for the first week of allocations. That represents 0.84% of the state’s population, a better week-one start than anywhere else.
“We’re getting it done,” West Virginia Governor Jim Justice said in astatement.
West Virginia is followed by North Dakota (0.74%), South Dakota (0.71%), Colorado (0.54%), and Maine (0.33%).Bloomberg has data on vaccinations from 40 states and territories, though not all jurisdictions have reported full data. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 556,208 Americans had been vaccinated as of Dec. 20.
Some other states that Bloomberg has data from have vaccinated more people in total, including Florida and Texas.
Click here to see Bloomberg’s full vaccination tracker.
Intel Investigating SolarWinds Hack Risk, Sees No Impact
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Intel Corp., the world’s largest chipmaker, said it’s investigating whether it was a victim of theSolarWinds Corp. hack that has roiled the U.S. government and private sector.
“We are still actively investigating, but we currently see no evidence or indication that our systems were affected,” the company said in an emailed statement.
Separately, rival U.S. chipmakerNvidia Corp. also said it’s looking into whether there was illicit access of its systems.
“We have no evidence at this time that Nvidia was adversely affected,” it said in a statement.
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Costco Is Selling a Babe Ruth Autographed Baseball for $64,000
Customers checking outCostco Wholesale Corp.’s website for essentials like toilet paper and light bulbs might be surprised at one of its newly listed items: a Babe Ruth autographed baseball going for the low, low price of just $63,999.99.
It’s at least the second Ruth-signed ball the wholesaler hasput up for sale this year. A ball with a lower rating from PSA — a third-party firm that provides grades for sports trading cards and collectibles — was listed in May for $30,000.
The sports memorabilia market isbooming this year. The PWCC 500, an index of the top 500 trading cards, hit an all-time high in May and has continued its upward trajectory since then. It has gained more than 216% since its inception in 2008, about as much as the S&P 500 Index’s total return over the same period.
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According to the retailer’s listing, the ball is “one of the nicest signed Babe Ruth Home Run Special Balls ever made available to the public, and is overall one of the nicest signed Babe Ruth balls known to be in existence.”
The sale ends Jan. 15.
Kosovo's highest court rules vote on government was illegal
PRISTINA (Reuters) – Kosovo’s highest court ruled on Monday that a June parliament vote on the new government was illegal, pushing the country into an early election.
The Constitutional Court of Kosovo said the election of the government of Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti in June was not “in accordance with paragraph 3 of article 95.”
The court called on the country’s president to set the date for a new election.
Lionsgate Vice Chairman Michael Burns Extends Contract Through 2023
Lionsgate vice chairman Michael Burns has inked a new employment agreement extending the term of his current contract from October, 2022 to October, 2023.
The company said in an SEC filing Monday that the deal may be further extended at the company’s discretion for an additional year.
Chief executive Jon Feltheimer’s contract was extended in August, making ‘Felt & Burns’ one of the longest running senior management teams in media & entertainment — together since March of 2000.
Feltheimer renewed his contract as CEO of Lionsgate further into 2023 than his previous deal, with the company’s board now having the option to extend him for up to two more years beyond that.
The new deal expires August 21. When he signed an extension in 2016, it had carried the expiration date of May 22, 2023. And the company’s board now has the ability to extend him either one year, to August 2024, or two years, to August 2025.
Lionsgate has reported three solid quarters in a row with Starz posting rapid growth in global streaming subscribers this year.